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Sukiyabashi Jiro is underground, nestled into the wall of a drab Tokyo subway station. The narrow sushi bar seats only 10. The bathroom is outside the restaurant, down the subway corridor. And yet, it is, with very little argument, home of the best raw fish on earth. David Gelb’s Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a loving portrait of Jiro Ono, an octogenarian genius of a sushi-maker whose tiny restaurant was the first sushi shop to earn three Michelin stars, and which charges $300 for meals that last 30 minutes. Though he is industrious—his sous chefs endure months of training just to learn his proprietary rice mixture—there is a constant artistic melody to Ono’s monastic approach. He literally dreams of fatty tuna, still not convinced that, even with the admiration of great chefs from around the world, he has perfected the art of plopping filleted seafood atop a clump of sweet and sticky rice. And the egg sushi—a puffed-up rectangle, golden brown and locked in a band of seaweed, appears beautifully simple when it is finished. But it is the most vexing item on Jiro’s menu, taking years of training to master, and a dish that by itself seems worth a special trip. The film shows all week at E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $11. (202) 452-7672. (Benjamin R. Freed)

MUSIC

Several big acts are in town tonight, and two of them are named Fiona: There’s Slaughterhouse at the 9:30 Club, Van Halen and Kool and the Gang at Verizon Center, Noel Gallagher‘s mild dad-rock ensemble High Flying Birds at Warner Theatre, Melanie Fiona at the Hamilton, and Fiona Apple at Sixth & I. Both Fionas are sold out, though. Sorry, everyone. Find out more on our concert calendar!

HYPNOTISM

Flip Orley is back! The comedian/hypnotist starts a five-night run at the D.C. Improv tonight. Last summer, City Paper contributor Mimi Kirk spoke to Orley from his home in Louisiana, and he told us about the time he, at 12 years old, tried to hypnotize a girl into liking him. She kicked him in the junk. Read the interview here. Performances start tonight at 8 p.m. at the D.C. Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15. 202-296-7008.

DRINK THIS

Admit it: you’ve always wanted to learn how to pop open a bottle of bubbly using a sword. Tonight, Kimpton Hotels’ master sommelier, the aptly named Emily Wines, with show you how during a saber-wielding interactive sparkling wine cocktail demo at The Grille at Morrison House in Old Town Alexandria. Snack on caviar and blini canapés while sipping champagne and other sparklers. Tickets are $25. The event also doubles an accessory drive to benefit the charity Dress for Success. Representatives will be collecting donated handbags, professional totes, closed-toe shoes, career-appropriate jewelry, new hosiery, and the like. The Grille at Morrison House, 116 South Alfred St. Alexandria, (703) 838-8000. (Chris Shott)

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