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Bryan Ferry’s music is the epitome of Euro soul: smooth and sexy, yes, but—unlike American R&B—steeped in Teutonic cool. The Roxy Music singer and solo star doesn’t make rip-off-your-clothes-and-get-freaky-in-your-bedroom jams; it’s all slow-motion espionage, illicit rendezvous in centuries-old hotels, and stolen kisses in the night. The 66-year-old sartorialist will forever look the part of a debonair gentleman, and his most recent album, 2010’s Olympia, still casts him in the role of romantic lead. But you need not gaze at Ferry to get weak in the knees. Just let the crooner caress you with his rounded tenor as gently wah-ing guitars and lightly funky drums soundtrack a European vacation in your pants. And mind. Bryan Ferry performs with The Phenomenal Handclap Band at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore. $55-$75. (301) 581-5100. (Christopher Porter)
It’s Miami vs. D.C. night at Velvet Lounge: Bill includes Florida pop destroyers Dino Felipe and This Heart Electric and local noiseniks Animal Wigs (featuring members of Pilesar, Blue Sausage Infant, Timmy Sells His Soul) and Pilesar himself. 9 p.m. $8.
Ariel Dorfman, the Chilean writer and humans rights activist, looks back on his adventure after the military overthrew Allende in 1973 in his new book, Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile. 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose. Free.
Also, Ken Burns is discussing his documentary series Prohibition at 12:30 p.m. at the National Press Club. Go and get boozy!
The Latin American Film Festival continues at the AFI Silver. Of today’s offerings, the most intriguing might be A Mysterious World, a discursive and jazzy narrative tour of Buenos Aires. At 9:20 p.m. $12.
The Future of Music Coalition’s summer continues at Georgetown University. Here’s the schedule. Of particular interest to Arts Desk readers: Hays and Ryan Holladay of the duo Bluebrain are discussing their innovative location-aware albums, along with Beauty Pill leader Chad Clark. WaPo pop critic Chris Richards is moderating. 2:45 to 3:10 p.m. at Georgetown’s Lohrfink Auditorium.