Sept. 11 marks the beginning of the Ethiopian New Year and harvest celebration known as Enkutatash. As part of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ 5×5 Project, New York composer Jace Clayton, aka DJ Rupture, presents “Enkutatash,” a public choral piece inspired by both the holiday and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He created the work using a musical score based on the color-coded terrorism threat alerts issued by the Department of Homeland Security between 2002 and 2011, which he converted into notes on the Ethiopian five-note pentatonic musical scale. Read more >>> Jace Clayton performs at 6 p.m. at Gateway DC at St. Elizabeths East, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. Free. (202) 330-1219. stelizabethseast.com. (Steve Kiviat)
DC Dosa has expanded from its counter at the Foggy Bottom Whole Foods to a new spot at Union Market. Founder and Bombay native Priya Ammu’s specialty is dosas, which are Indian lentil and rice crepes filled with vegetables and topped with chutney. The all-vegan and gluten-free offerings include fillings like curried potatoes and eggplant with sweet potatoes. There’s mango-ginger and avocado-lime lassis too. Read more on Young & Hungry. DC Dosa at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. dcdosa.net. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
The University of Maryland’s NextNOW Festival, a celebration of the performing arts, begins today at the Clarice Smith Center and runs through the weekend. 4 p.m. at Stadium Drive and University Boulevard, College Park. Free.
Pink Martini, the jazzy band that plays samba one minute and classic Italian songs the next, performs at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with conductor Stephen Reineke and the Von Trapps, the musical great-grandchildren of the family that inspired The Sound of Music. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $22–$88.
Colombian musicians Explosion Negra blend tropical rhythms with dancehall style at Tropicalia. Hip-hop artist Asheru also performs. 9 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $10.
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