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Anaïs Mitchell is more griot than singer-songwriter. Her acoustic guitar-driven tales, told in a gentle, almost childlike voice, paint detailed storybook pictures that evoke a specific, often faraway time and place. But don’t expect saccharine fairytales with happy endings: There’s a sturdy rope of fear, uncertainty, and jaded regret that runs through her work, cutting the sweetness of her tones. Read more >>>Anaïs Mitchell performs with Carsie Blanton at 7:30 p.m. at the Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $15–$18. (202) 787-1000. thehamiltondc.com. (Christina Cauterucci)
Satisfy your inner English major with the “Craft Spirit of Poe,” a fittingly morbid celebration of the anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death. A fundraiser for local nonprofit Les Dames d’Escoffier, the evening’s festivities include seven cocktail interpretations of classic Poe stories crafted by area bartenders (the winner receives the “Poe-letariate Award”), a chat with American University literary scholars over spirits, and a screening of a modern The Fall of the House of Usher film. Tickets are $40 (or $50 for everything plus two full cocktails) and available for purchase at craftspiritofpoe.com/tickets.html. The Loft at 600 F, 600 F St. NW. craftspiritofpoe.com. (Jamie Slater)
OH AND ALSO
Signature Theatre begins performances of Elmer Gantry, a new musical adaptation of the Sinclair Lewis novel starring Charlie Pollock and Mary Kate Morrissey. 7:30 p.m. at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $29–$70.
Vocalist Federico Aubele plays a solo show at DC9 in support of his new album, 5. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $15.
Loud Detroit rock band the Electric Six takes the stage at the Black Cat with opening act the Soft White Sixties. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
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