As local performance venues go, there are a few reasons why the Kennedy Center can be a tough draw: It’s hard to get to, parking costs are exorbitant, Newt Gingrich hangs out there, etc. And for musicians, there’s an added gripe: “We don’t usually get to have drinks on stage,” remarked National Symphony violinist Joel Fuller (shown), cocktail in hand, at Busboys and Poets during last year’s inaugural “NSO in Your Neighborhood.” It was such a hit with audiences that the NSO wisely brought it back this year in U Street, Howard, Shaw, and Logan Circle, and Fuller’s Kari Quartet returns to Busboys tonight. Read more >>> “NSO in Your Neighborhood” runs to Jan. 14th at various venues. Free. Registration required for some performances. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Mike Paarlberg)
A guilt-free burger? That’s the selling point at Energy Kitchen, a new “fast food, not fat food” spot that recently opened downtown. Everything on the menu—burgers, fries, wraps, shakes, and salads—is under 500 calories. The New York-based restaurant is backed and strategically led by Mike Repole, the co-founder of Vitaminwater. And apparently, there’s a long list of celebrities who’ve visited the New York spot, including Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, and Uma Thurman. Check out the menu here. Energy Kitchen, 1901 L St. NW. (202) 833-3505; energykitchen.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Boston’s modern Ethiopian jazz ensemble Debo Band headlines Artisphere tonight with support from D.C.’s African-diaspora specialist DJ Underdog. 8 p.m. at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $15.
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