By now, the eyes of most sports fans have turned to Brazil and the World Cup that kicks off in Sao Paulo on June 12. But while viewers look forward to seeing the world’s greatest soccer players pitted against one another, Brazilians have been protesting the billions of dollars that have been poured into stadium development and construction while millions of them continue to live in extreme poverty. The Nation’s Dave Zirin explores Rio’s favelas and its mammoth stadiums in his new book, Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy. Read more >>> Dave Zirin reads at 6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 387-7638. busboysandpoets.com. (Caroline Jones)
Ah, rosé… the red (pink?)-headed stepchild of the wine world, considered a vastly lesser wine compared to the sacred reds. Tonight, however, D.C. residents can explore the complexity that pink wine is capable of in a wine tasting class at Flight Wine Bar. Co-owner and sommelier Swati Bose will guide you through three different wine samples that best represent the different aspects of each type of wine, paired with the appropriate foods. This is one in a series of classes that take place on Monday nights at 6 p.m., each class focusing on a different type of wine. Make a reservation soon, as each class is limited to 15 seats, at $35 apiece. More information can be found here. Flight Wine Bar, 777 6th St. NW. (202) 864-6445. flightdc.com. (Julia Tanaka)
OH AND ALSO
Conjure the sounds of summer at Rock & Roll Hotel with a performance by southern California rock band Cayucas. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.
Dark garage pop group My Gold Mask plays the Black Cat Backstage with D.C.-based shoegaze trio Motion Lines. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
Jump in line early for the chance to have humorist David Sedaris sign your copies of his books at Politics & Prose. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
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