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From a musical family that included her bossa nova musician dad, Joao Gilberto, New York-born Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto breathily croons in Portuguese and English. She’s no purist, though she does warble over an acoustic guitar, too; the 46-year-old singer has recorded loungey tracks with the likes of Thievery Corporation, as well as albums of clubby remixes. Perhaps she’ll try to turn the 9:30 Club into a late-afternoon beach in Rio. Read more>>> Bebel Gilberto performs at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $35. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Steve Kiviat)


Ginger and scallions usually taste pretty good together. But how will they taste with slices of congealed duck blood? Find out in this week’s edition of Are You Gonna Eat That? Full Kee, 509 H St. NW.  (202) 371-2233. fullkeedc.com. (Mary Kong-DeVito)


Journalists: They’re funny… sometimes? That’s the apparent mission statement of the annual Commedia dell Media comedy showcase, which turns five years old tonight at The Hamilton. Huffington Post staffer and talk-show host Brandon Wetherbee MCs tonight’s show, which organizers say boasts a “record-breaking” lineup of 13 journos with varying experience behind the mic. Look: Journalism is going down, and we all know it, so support these guys in what could become their next career. 8 p.m. at The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $20 in advance, $30 day of. Proceeds go to Reach, Inc., and Writopia. More information on Facebook.

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents a literary salon honoring the 25th anniversary of the death of James Baldwin. For more information and to register, visit the Eventbrite page. 6:30 p.m. at the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 200 I St. SE. Free.

D.C. pop rockers The Beanstalk Library perform with rootsy singers Ryan Tennis Music and Andy Zipf at Black Cat Backstage. 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1115 14th St. NW. $10.

Roy Scranton and Matt Gallagher offer their contribution to the 21st century war canon with Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. They’ll discuss the book tonight at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecitcut Ave. NW. Free.

Nordic Cool started last week at the Kennedy Center. Tired of Scandinavian music yet? No? Then check out Danish indie rockers Efterklang at Rock & Roll Hotel tonight. 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $12.

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