You may know Joshua Redman as an acclaimed saxophonist and composer, but what you probably don't know is that Redman didn't go to college for music. He actually graduated from Harvard University with a degree in social studies. That's what makes him fit right in here in Washington, and why he's on his way to selling out eight shows this weekend.

The California native connected with jazz musicians such as Leon Parker, Mark Turner and Larry Goldings, and after winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in 1991, he decided to make music his lifelong career. He's since been nominated for two Grammys and has gained serious credo from music critics.

He'll be performing at Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW) at 8 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. through Sunday. Tickets are $40 at bluesalley.com.


We believe the old adage that "couples who cook together, stay together" still rings true. So why not sign up for a romantic couples cooking class with your Valentine? Downtown seafood haven, DC Coast (1401 K St. NW) is hosting its annual Cupid's Cooking Class for Couples this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn from chef Matt Kuhn as he prepares a decadent four-course menu that features a salt-roasted chioggia beet salad, sweet potato gnocchi, pan-roasted Atlantic salmon and lobster with Tuscan kale. Commence this amorous experience with a dark chocolate banana souffle drizzled with chocolate-peanut butter anglaise. Sip on complimentary wine as Kuhn dishes out cooking tips and easy recipes you can make at home.

The class is $85 per person. Reserve your spot by going to PassionFoodHospitality.com.


Only in Washington would a fun, cultural dance-DJ collective name itself as a Cabinet agency. We promise the party the U.S. Department of Bhangra will be much more fun than any agency party you've gone to.

Bhangra, which is becoming all the rage of late, even making its attempt to grab the Zumba addicts at fitness clubs, is a fusion of traditional folk dance of Punjab region of India and Western dance style. It's filled with hip rotations and wrist flicks, and is sure to work up a very fun sweat.

Celebrating its fourth anniversary, USDB will offer free dance lessons at 9:30 p.m. followed by a crazy night of Indian-inspired tunes at Black Cat Backstage (1811 14th St. NW). Visit blackcatdc.com for more information. Also check out the upstairs party, Mixtape, with DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer.