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In 2012, director, writer, producer, and sometimes-actor John Waters packed a bag and went hitchin’. Waters had set his sights on San Francisco, by way of his hometown of Baltimore, a nearly 3,000-mile journey. His favorite method for flagging down cars? Holding a sign that read, simply, “I’m Not Psycho.” Whether it had to do with the sign or the man holding it, the technique was effective, and along the way, he met enough kind strangers to get him to the West Coast and fill an entire book: Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America. Read more >>> John Waters speaks at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $30–$40. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Tim Regan)
Tonight, Italian restaurant I Ricchi is taking it down a notch and bringing a more casual event to the outside patio—a wine tasting and wild boar festival. According to owner and chef Christianne Ricchi, wild boar festivals are common in southern Italy at this time of year, so she’s seeking to recreate some of the Tuscan atmosphere in the District. All of the wines will be from Umbria, a district that borders Tuscany. As for the wild boar? She didn’t hunt it down herself (it’s domestically raised in Texas), but don’t let that deter you. The festival goes from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and tickets are available here at $39.50 a person. I Ricchi, 1220 19th St. NW, (202) 835-0459. iricchidc.com. (Julia Tanaka)
OH AND ALSO
Queens-by-way-of-France rapper Bas performs at U Street Music Hall with Maryland rhymer Uno Hype. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
Afrobeat saxophonist Seun Kuti plays with his group, Egypt 80, at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $30.
Country singer and humorist Kinky Friedman performs at the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center as part of the Washington Jewish Music Festival. 7:30 p.m. at 1529 16th St. NW. $25–$50.
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