Based on title alone, Shakespeare’s epic poem The Rape of Lucrece sounds pretty bleak. It’s the story of Lucretia, the fifth-century BCE Roman woman whose rape by the son of the king supposedly launched the revolution that overthrew the monarchy and established the Roman Republic. Taffety Punk Theatre Company has molded Lucretia’s story into what it’s calling a “concert poem.” Read more>>> The show begins at 5:30 p.m. at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Free. (202) 547-1122. (Caroline Jones)


Bar Pilar is rolling out a “Four More Beers” menu tonight through Jan. 21 in honor of the upcoming Presidential inauguration. The beer cocktails include such creations as “Tall, Handsome, and Elected” with ginger beer, lime juice, and oyster stout, and “The Mormon After” with DC Brau Public Pale Ale, Wild Turkey American Honey, and honeycomb garnish. There’s also “Hemingway’s Ride on the Elephant” and “The Donkey’s Breath.” All the drinks are $7. Bar Pilar, 1833 14th St. NW; (202) 265-1751; (Jessica Sidman)


If you want to warm up your cold, wet feet, look no further than Tropicalia’s African dance party, with tunes by DJs Underdog and Jahsonic. 9 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. $5 after 11 p.m.

Swedish psychedelic rock ensemble The Amazing plays the Black Cat Backstage tonight with opening act Mittenfields. 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12.

Freakwater brings their blend of honky-tonk, bluegrass, and “country-politan” tunes to DC9. D.C. natives Grain Thief open. 8:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $12.

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