Aimee Mann Publicity
Aimee Mann Publicity

In the 27 years since she emancipated herself from her controlling yuppie boyfriend in ’Til Tuesday’s iconic “Voices Carry” video, Aimee Mann has become something of a comedian, appearing as Carrie Browstein’s housekeeper on the first season of Portlandia and turning the video for her latest single, “Labrador,” into a shot-for-shot remake of the one that launched her career. But she remains a musician first, releasing eight solo albums and breaking out as a singer-songwriter. She’ll share the stage at the Birchmere tonight with punk rocker and adopted son of D.C. Ted Leo. The two might sound like an odd pairing, but both have a keen ear for melody without taking themselves too seriously. Read more >>> (Matt Siblo)

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $59. (703) 549-7500.


There’s now a place where drinking beer and eating a burger contributes to the greater good. Cause, a “philanthropub” that will give all its profits to charity, opens tonight at 8 p.m. off U Street NW. Founders Nick Vielle and Raj Ratwani came up with the idea as a way to give back in a more fun, easy way. They’ve teamed up with restaurant vets John Jarecki and Dave Pressley, who also run The Light Horse in Alexandria. Former Queen Vic chef Adam Stein will oversee the menu, which features burgers and sandwiches as well as other odds and ends like seared chicken livers and African chicken groundnut stew. Cause, 1926 9th St. NW; (202) 588-5220; (Jessica Sidman)


Azar Nafisi, authour of Reading Lolita in Tehran, discusses her book and what she’s currently reading. 6:30 p.m. at West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. Free.  (202) 724-8707.

Ethereal indie bands Companion, America Hearts, and Cigarette take the stage at Comet Ping Pong for a showcase curated by music blog All Our Noise. 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. (202) 364-0404.

Gather your stakes and garlic: The Washington Ballet’s ghoulish and glamorous production of Dracula begins tonight at the Kennedy Center. 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$125. (202) 467-4600.

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