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When Charles Bradley sings “Victim of Love,” the title track on his latest album, he makes the emotional point—-about his affection for a woman who may never return to him—-very clear, stretching out the word “victim” to multiple syllables. Singing first with a broom as a mic, Bradley later graduated to clubs, and did a James Brown–influenced act at night while working as a cook by day. He was discovered by the R&B revivalists at Daptone Records, which (with affiliated label Dunham) has released two confessional and critically acclaimed albums from Bradley. Read more >>> Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires perform at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930.930.com(Steve Kiviat)


Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken launched a food truck today serving Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee and doughnuts. (Sorry, no fried chicken.) The truck will roam just in Arlington to start but plans to eventually expand to D.C. Follow the truck’s exact locations on Twitter at @astrodoughnuts. Today’s flavors include crème brûlée, maple bacon, PB&J, vanilla, Turtle (peanuts, caramel and chocolate), cinnamon, Brooklyn Blackout, and Boston Cream. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, astrodoughnuts.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Experimental jazz guitarist Anthony Pirog performs with his trio at Atlas Performing Arts Center. (For other local jazz recommendations, check out this week’s Jazz Setlist.) 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $20–$33.50.

Shakespeare Theatre Company opens its rousing new production of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Lansburgh Theatre. 8 p.m. at 450 7th St. NW. $20–$95.

Experimental local folk artist Marian McLaughlin celebrates the release of her new album with a performance at DC9. Before the show, read our review of the record, called Dérive. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.

The Encyclopedia Show dedicates tonight’s show to the zodiac. Head to The Dunes for tarot card readings, celestial standup, poetry, songs, and everything else. 8 p.m. at 1402 Meridian Place NW. $8–$10.

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