Seeing some older rock stars sing their back catalogues can be cringeworthy, but Bryan Ferry mostly avoids that sad awkwardness. From his Roxy Music days through his more recent solo albums, Ferry has gone for a sharp look and polished croon that works almost as well at age 69 as it did at 29. These days, he may not hit every high note in the edgy, glam-rock tunes from Roxy’s first album, but he’s enough of a pro to render those cuts in a manner that still works. While this U.K. lounge lizard recently tried to up his sophistication quotient by presenting jazz arrangements of earlier hits, on this tour, he stays classic, performing with a band of young rock players. Read more >>> Bryan Ferry performs at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $55–$75. (202) 888-0050. thelincolndc.com. Check with the venue before the show, as Ferry canceled last night’s performance due to illness. (Steve Kiviat)
The last installment of the Chefs Behind Bars cocktail competition—whose last event produced such creations as a Jim Beam, peaches, and pork belly concoction—will go down tonight at the Gryphon from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Eight D.C. chefs from places like Mason Dixie Biscuit Co., Mandu, Tico, and Beuchert’s Saloon will create unique cocktails to benefit the No Kid Hungry foundation. The people’s and judges’ choices will be announced at the end of the evening, but before then, you’ll get small bites from the Gryphon, entertainment from D.C.’s DJ Neekola, and a chance to buy discounted tickets for the 2015 Taste of the Nation in April. Tickets are $40 and available for purchase here. The Gryphon, 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW. nokidhungry.org. (Jamie Slater)
OH AND ALSO
Essence magazine co-founder Edward Lewis reads from his new memoir, The Man from Essence, and shares stories from his days in publishing at the Howard University Barnes & Noble. 5:30 p.m. at 2225 Georgia Ave. NW. Free.
German composer Michael Obst introduces a screening of the 1922 horror classic Nosferatu, for which he created a new score, at the Goethe-Institut. 6:30 p.m. at 812 7th St. NW. $4–$7.
Kevin Spacey and his personal orchestra serenade audiences with jazz standards at Sidney Harman Hall. 7 p.m. at 610 F St. NW. $104.
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