When he’s fronting the hyperactive ska-punk outfit Streetlight Manifesto, Tomas Kalnoky fires off mile-a-minute battle cries and existential musings that he juxtaposes with a flurry of horn section fanfare. Although Streetlight’s most riveting work is driven by his sense of urgency, Kalnoky—who has been a ska-punk mainstay since he formed Catch 22 in 1996—maintains his command when he gently reimagines these songs as Toh Kay, his acoustic solo project. Kalnoky can undoubtedly hold his own alongside a frantic horn arrangement, but as Toh Kay he succeeds by embracing his softer side. Read more >>> Toh Kay performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $15–$18. (202) 787-1000. thehamiltondc.com. (Dan Singer)
Iron Gate’s wisteria-covered patio has been warmed up for winter with heaters, new lounge furniture, and fire pits. Stop by tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. for a winter garden party. For $35, guests receive passed canapés like beef and potato phyllo pies and ricotta-squash bruschetta plus two cocktails. Bar & Spirits Director Jeff Faile has created drinks such as the Bourbon Diversion (bourbon, crème de cacao, Fernet Branca, absinthe, and hot water) and the Hot Doctrine (hot chamomile tea with St. Germain, honey liqueur, and lemon). Iron Gate, 1734 N St. NW. (202) 524-5202. irongaterestaurantdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
At the Folger Shakespeare Library, fans of Emily Dickinson will read her works aloud in a daylong marathon tribute. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 201 East Capitol St. SE.
Ashley Poole, former Dream member and current solo dance-pop singer, performs at DC9 with Maryland electro act Lance Neptune. 7:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Watch animated films about the Berlin Wall at the Goethe-Institut. 6:30 p.m. at 812 7th St. NW. $7.