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A reading from a book about bicycle commuting, right next to the Capital Crescent Trail in downtown Bethesda? Ordinarily, that sounds like a recipe for a lot of two-wheeled triumphalism. But maybe not when the author is Eben Weiss, better known to self-loathing cyclists as Bike Snob NYC, whose eponymous, hilarious blog about the joys, and horrors, of riding daily from Manhattan to Brooklyn also manages to pop any biker’s sense of smugness like a nail through an overinflated tire. The Bike Snob bashes every cycling archetype out there, from hipsters on fixies to professional racers on five-figure carbon-fiber contraptions. Here, he’ll read from his second book, The Enlightened Cyclist, out later this month; if it’s anything like his first one or his blog, some of the people in the audience may regret riding up there in the first place. Weiss discusses and signs his book at noon at Barnes & Noble Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Free. (301) 986-1761. Weiss also participates in a bike ride at 6 p.m. at BicycleSPACE, 1019 7th St. NW. Free.bicyclespacewdc.com. (202) 962-0123. (Mike Madden)
Upstart opera company UrbanArias has commissioned a new work, Positions 1956, to open its festival in April. Tonight, they’ll workshop the piece by composer Conrad Cummings and librettist Michael Korie. 7:30 p.m. at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $17. (703) 875-1100.
There is no “sophomore slump” for Amy K. Bormet‘s ambitious local showcase, the Washington Women in Jazz Festival. Its inaugural last year was a small but stunning affair, bursting with excellent female musicians with chops to spare and a great deal to say. This year they’ll be saying it on a larger scale, with eight venues in two cities. The festival opens on Wednesday with a performance that demonstrates its scope. The ensemble is billed as the WWJF All Stars, which includes among its ranks saxophonists , trombonist Melissa Gardner, Sarah Hughes and Leigh Pilzer, pianist Amy K. Bormet, and bassist Karine Chapdelaine. As for the drummer, well, that would be the special guest and headliner for the evening: Allison Miller, a D.C. native who’s now working in New York city as a session player, side woman, and postbop jazz bandleader in her own right—in which guise she’s a fast-rising star and the recipient of mountains of critical acclaim. It’s an exciting combination with a great deal of D.C. flavor. Miller and the WWJF All-Stars perform at 8 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $20. (202) 399-7993. (Michael J. West)
Irish DJ and BBC personality Annie Mac spins 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $8, or free with a ticket stub from the sold-out Justice show at 9:30 Club. (202) 588-1880.
North Carolina pastoral folkers Bowerbirds play at 8 p.m. on the Black Cat mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-7960.
The Call Your Girlfriend series features readings and musical performances from local women artists. Tonight’s inaugural events features fiction writer, Danielle Evans, poets Molly Gaudry and Maureen Thorson, journalist Rebecca Armendariz, singer/songwriter B.Steady, and host (and former WCP contributor) Jen Girdish. 7:30 p.m. at Big Bear Cafe, 1700 First St. NW. Free.
Dino’s Dean Gold is the latest D.C. chef to embrace one of the hottest trends in the sustainable seafood movement. Tonight, he’s serving up snakehead—-the invasive species from Asia that is overtaking Chesapeake-area rivers and “a fish you can feel good about depleting,” as Volt’s Bryan Voltaggio told the Baltimore Sun last summer. Gold is serving the nicknamed “frankenfish” wrapped in prosciutto with an Iranian saffron and mussel stew. How’s it taste? “Suggestive of eel, cod,” says Gold. “Quite firm, not as oily.” He’s expecting the special to run tonight through Thursday, or longer if he can get his hands on more of the notorious swimmer. Dino, 3435 Connecticut Ave. NW, (202) 686-2966. (Chris Shott)