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When you love something as much as Bob Boilen loves music, you want to know what made your heroes fall in love with it too. His first book, Your Song Changed My Life, brings together legends like Smokey Robinson and comers like James Blake to unpack their most significant music memories. Boilen’s energy for the artists he loves is apparent by the number of shows (reportedly in the double digits) he tries to attend each week. He comes to Your Song Changed My Life as a fan bringing the artists he loves to anyone willing to listen or read. Read more >>> Bob Boilen speaks at 7:30 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $35–$50. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Jordan-Marie Smith)
Veloce, the fast-casual pizza place from the owner of Pizzeria Paradiso, celebrates its one-year anniversary with deals and giveaways this week. Today, 10-inch “curated” pizzas are buy one, get one free from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. when you mention the deal. Check the pizza joint’s social media pages for promotions through May 6, including a beer and pizza happy hour and complimentary black bottom cupcakes. Veloce, 1828 L St. NW, (202) 290-1910, eatatveloce.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Chicago-based rock duo Local H celebrates the 20th anniversary of its seminal album As Good as Dead by performing it in its entirety at Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $17.
Readers including Tim O’Brien, Lauren Groff, and Madison Smartt Bell pay tribute to longtime PEN/Faulkner Chairman Robert Stone at a celebration at the Folger Shakespeare Library. 7:30 p.m. at 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15.
Indie pop duo SALES takes the stage at DC9 with local pop ensemble Tall Friend. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14.
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