Gary Louris and Mark Olson: There's nothing like a little stripped down guitar playing to help you relax in the evening. Louris and Olson are out promoting their new album, Ready for the Flood, which features melodic harmonies and a disctinctive country feeling. The duo both got their start from the Jayhawks, who split up officially in 2003, and this is their first recording together since Olson left the group in 1995. $25. Birchmere Music Hall. 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703-549-7500.
Correction: the concert was with Gary Louris, not Gary Town, as previously reported. I apologize for any confusion.
Cocktail Sessions: Mixologist Adam Bernbach mixes up five creative martinis using relatively obscure alcohols and seasonal ingredients. The menu is designed that week, and flavors are mixed to complement each other. The session opens and closes with a "taste" and features three full sized cocktails inbetween. The whole experience is $36, and $11 will get you the three cocktails. 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. Bar Pilar. 1833 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. Click here for more information.
Avenue Q: Residents in the D.C. area don't have to go to New York to attend opening night of a hit Broadway musical. Avenue Q is making its way down to D.C. The Tony award winner for best musical, this comedy features a mix of puppets and people, all trying to make it to the big time in New York. $45. Warner Theatre, 13th and E St. NW. For mor information, call 800-551-7328.
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