What helps make Marc Ribot unique among the thousands of high-quality ax slingers performing today are his limitations. He’s a lefty playing right-handed, which means his nondominant hand is strumming and plucking the strings. So when Ribot plays jazz, he’s not smooth; when he plays Cuban music, the roughest edges of the rhythm get highlighted, and when he’s playing with his avant-rock trio Ceramic Dog, Ribot dives straight into the chaos without sounding particularly punk, metal, or anything but his singular, slashing, freewheeling self. Read more >>> Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog performs with Les Rhinocéros at 7:30 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 629-4535. tropicaliadc.com. (Christopher Porter)
Rose’s Luxury is now open in Barracks Row. The restaurant comes from chef Aaron Silverman, an alum of McCrady’s in South Carolina and Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York. On the menu, you’ll find small plates broken into cold, warm and grill, pasta, and “other goods” sections with dishes like popcorn soup, fennel-stuffed gnocchi, and fried eggplant with melted feta and honey. Larger family-style dishes ($24-$27) include grilled clams, smoked brisket, and a Southern-style chicken with “trimmins.” Read more about Rose’s Luxury here. Rose’s Luxury, 717 8th St. SE. rosesluxury.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
As the (e)merge Art Fair enters its third year tonight, it is approaching the threshold that some people in this business describe as the viability test for such an enterprise. Fair directors Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith (of the bieponymous gallery Connersmith) and former fair partner Helen Allen may have found the right mix of domestic and international art dealers to make it stick. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 7 p.m. at Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW. $35. (Kriston Capps)
Washington Improv Theater gets spooky with an improvised adaptation of the slasher flick Die! Die! Die! at Source. 8 p.m. at 1835 14th St. NW.$12–$30.
dog & pony dc kicks off its repertory productions of Beertown and A Killing Game at Round House Theatre Silver Spring. Buy tickets for any performance today for only $10. 8 p.m. at 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $10–$20.
Experimental pop group holychild performs at Sixth & I Synagogue with Finish Ticket and Swaai Boys. 8 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $10.
Florida rockers Surfer Blood play Rock & Roll Hotel with Team Spirit and Andy Boay. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $18.
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