Is there anything humans living in the 21st century can learn from the traditional societies that came before us? Best-selling author Jared Diamond believes we can. His latest book, The World Until Yesterday: Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?, considers the last 11,000 years an evolutionary eye-blink during which modern societies have gone from traditional and very sparse social structures to literate societies that have learned to harness fossil fuels and fly airplanes. Read more >>> Diamond lectures at 7:30 p.m. at National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. $25. (202) 857-7700. (Neda Semnani)


H Street NE’s new French spot Le Grenier is hosting a complimentary wine tasting tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring three white wines and three reds from France. While you’re there, sit down for some escargots, coq au vin, crepes, and other French specialties. Check out the full menu here. Le Grenier, 502 H St. NE. (202) 544-4999; (Jessica Sidman)


Young jazz phenom Grace Kelly (she’s only 20 and has already released six critically acclaimed albums) performs twice tonight at Blues Alley. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1072 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $25.

Van-dwelling metal band Jucifer brings its “Wall of Sound” (7,000 watts, 15 speaker cabinets) to the Black Cat Backstage with heavy local opener LTW. 8 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12.

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