Jamaican dancehall artist Capleton has become tied to controversy. Though he’s been criticized for his homophobic lyrics (he claims they’re not meant to be taken literally), the raw energy of anthems like “Who Dem” or the swanky groove of “Jah Jah City,” two classics from his More Fire album, continues to draw in fans. The incredibly expressive performer charms audiences while onstage, riding riddims with a veteran’s expertise. Read more >>> Capleton performs at 8 p.m. at Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25–$30. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com(Julian Kimble)


Restaurants nominated for the RAMMY Wine Program of the Year are hosting a number of special events today to showcase their wine. At The Curious Grape, all wines in the retail store will be 20 percent off from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and in the restaurant and bar, wine by the glass and half-glass will also be 20 percent off from 4 to 9 p.m. At Ripple, get half off more than 50 different wines by the glass all night long and enjoy complimentary cheese pairings. Meanwhile, 2941 Restaurant is hosting a “Bottle Battle,” a 5-course tasting menu that includes two opposing pairings for each course (old world vs. new world, creative vs. classic). The dinner is $90 per person. Get more info about all the restaurants’ deals and offerings here. (Jessica Sidman)


Shakespeare Theatre Company begins performances of Noel Coward‘s Private Lives, a witty romp about the people we can’t live with or without, at its Lansburgh Theatre. 8 p.m. at 450 7th St. NW. $20–$95.

Local folk group the Torches plays Comet Ping Pong with Puff Pieces and Flamers. Find more information on Facebook. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.

Former Gourmet editor and memoirist Ruth Reichl discusses and signs copies of Delicious!, her first work of fiction, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

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