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Ask musical-theater fans about Chita Rivera and they’ll give an objective response: She’s a stage legend. In addition to winning two Tony Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, she originated the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago and, at 82, she’s still not done: Rivera will return to Broadway later this year in The Visit, the final musical created by Chicago composers John Kander and Fred Ebb. To get back into performance mode, Rivera will bring her cabaret act back to the area where her career began. Read more >>> Chita Rivera performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $45–$75. (703) 790-0123. mcleancenter.org. (Caroline Jones)
Belga Cafe is hosting a sour-beer pairing dinner tonight at 6:30 p.m. Chef Bart Vandaele will prepare a four-course meal featuring pork cheek confit salad, pan-seared scallops with spinach tagliatelle, veal short ribs, and a churro waffle for dessert. Each dish will be matched different sour beers—-seven in total. The price is $59 per person (not including tip and tax). Call the restaurant for more details. Belga Cafe, 514 8th St. SE. (202) 544-0100. belgacafe.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Vocalist Bettye LaVette brings her gospel-tinged R&B songs to the Barns at Wolf Trap. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 8 p.m.at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $45–$48.
Issa Rae, creator of the web series Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and author of the book of the same title, discusses her work with University of Maryland Vice President Kumea Shorter-Gooden at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $12–$26.
Indie-folk act the Dodos performs at the Black Cat with pop vocalist Springtime Carnivore. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
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