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Jessica Lea Mayfield is no pop starlet. Her blend of folk, alternative, and country developed at an early age—she joined her parents and siblings in the family bluegrass band, One Way Rider, at age 8, and has been touring and recording pretty much nonstop since then. On her current tour, she’s joined by elder brother David, who’s both a multi-instrumentalist and a comedic showman. Expect the siblings to collaborate tonight, both on their original compositions and the traditional gospel songs they grew up hearing. Jessica and David Mayfield perform with T. Hardy Morris at 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $15. (703) 255-1566. jamminjava.com. Read more>>> (Caroline Jones)
Vinoteca is getting in the holiday spirit with mystery holiday gifts. Every diner during dinner and brunch will receive a “mystery” card, some of which contain prizes like gift certificates up to $100, tickets to wine classes, all-night happy hour vouchers for four, and more. Vinoteca will be giving out the cards from now until Dec. 30, but to redeem the prizes, diners must present the unopened envelopes to a server on a return visit in January. Pre-opened envelopes will be considered void. Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. NW (202) 332-9463; vinotecadc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Lady Dane, the mistress of songs and stunts, is back with a regal new cabaret, A Queen Is Born, tonight. She’ll perform a spicy mix of opera, jazz, and original compositions about queens young and old. 8 p.m. at Black Fox Lounge, 1723 Connecticut Ave NW. $10.
The past few years haven’t been so kind to Mark Eitzel. His band, American Music Club, broke up, he suffered a heart attack, and progress on his new solo album was delayed for months. It earned raves when it was released earlier this year and he’ll perform songs from it when he hits the Black Cat Backstage tonight. 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
Scena Theatre presents a staged reading of Theresia Walser’s play A Little Calm Before the Storm, about three actors discussing how to play Hitler as a character. Actors playing actors talking about acting—-how meta. 6:30 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. Free. Reservations required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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