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Some authors spend decades crafting one serious novel at a time, waiting years to find out whether their solitary contribution will be well-received. Joyce Carol Oates, one of the grand dames of American literature, doesn’t operate that way: She’s published nearly 100 novels, plays, and pieces of nonfiction in her half-century-long career, often working on several books at once. And while that much output might cause some to wonder if she had outside help, the only ghosts present in her work exist within her new novel, The Accursed. Take the opportunity to see her in an intimate setting at Politics & Prose. Perhaps she’ll reveal the reasons behind her productivity. Read more >>> Joyce Carol Oates reads at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. (Chris Heller)
The upstairs izakaya at Chinatown ramen shop Daikaya is finally open. Among the highlights I tried over the weekend: grilled avocado with ponzu and fresh wasabi; shishito peppers stuffed with gouda cheese; Japanese eggplant with sesame-lamb sauce, mint, and yogurt; chawanmushi with shitake and parmesan; and grilled Napa cabbage with apples and salmon roe. There are plenty of sakes and shochus to choose from, and look out for sake bombs made with spherified sake in a glass of Sapporo. Daikaya, 705 6th St. NW. (202) 589-1600. daikaya.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Adams Morgan punk-rock dive bar Pharmacy Bar celebrates its 15th anniversary tonight with DJs and “1998 prices on things that existed in 1998.” 6 p.m. at Pharmacy Bar, 2337 18th St. NW.
Before you get wasted at Pharmacy, though, consider this grindcore show at Smash Records: Baltimore’s Triac is coming down to play with a brutal lineup that includes D.C.’s D.O.C., Buffalo’s Water Torture, and Ohio’s Pizzahifive. 6 p.m. at 2314 18th St. NW. $5-$7 donation.
New local scooter club Turnbull DCs celebrates vintage scooters and the scooting lifestyle tonight at DC9. The evening features performances by The Idle Gossip, El Quatro, and DJs Mikhail Z. and Teddy “Dos Dedos” Garcia. 8:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Japanese classical pianist Yu Kosuge performs at the Kennedy Center tonight as part of the S&R Foundation’s Overtures Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30.
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