The annual Nordic Jazz Festival takes great pains to give audiences as complete and detailed a panorama as possible of what’s happening in Scandinavian jazz. Of course, one would have to see all eight nights’ worth of concerts to get that complete, detailed panorama, but there’s a good Cliff’s Notes version to be had at the House of Sweden. The highly rhythmic Danish pianist Soren Moller; the Swedish, Billie Holiday-influenced singer-songwriter Lina Nyberg (shown); the idiosyncratic Icelandic Latin-jazz bassist/composer Tómas R. Einarsson; and melodic but reserved Norwegian pianist Maren Selvaag all perform. Read more >>> The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. at the House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. $30. The festival runs from June 20-29. (202) 467-2600. usa.um.dk/nordicjazz2013. (Michael J. West)
Teddy & The Bully Bar is open at 19th and M streets NW, which means you can now eat Theodore Roosevelt-inspired food and barrel-aged cocktails. Chef Michael Hartzer’s menu includes nods to Roosevelt’s eating preferences and places where the 26th president lived. His time as New York police commissioner translates to turn-of-the-century New York dishes like lobster “Wenberg” style, and his fondness for hunting translates to grilled and fire-roasted dishes, including wild game. Even the barrel-aged cocktails pay homage to Roosevelt with names like The Rough Rider, The Conservationist, and The Trust Buster. Read more and check out the menus here. Teddy & The Bully Bar, 1200 19th St. NW. (202) 872-9200. teddyandthebullybar.net. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival begins today. This year’s festival celebrates Hungary, endangered languages, and African American style and identity. Stop by throughout the day to catch a glimpse of Hungarian song and dance, learn a little Welsh or Yiddish, or gaze at some fetching church hats. All day on the National Mall. Free. View today’s schedule on the Folklife Festival’s website.
French electro-jazz group Caravan Palace performs at the 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Rootsy indie rockers Ha Ha Tonka play at DC9 along with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Ezra Furman. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $15.
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