Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events at www.goingoutguide.com.
Bitters are a bartender’s secret weapon. A few dashes of an herbal or spicy flavor can make the difference between a so-so cocktail and one you’ll talk about for weeks. The bitters market has exploded in recent years, with flavors ranging from xocolatl mole to celery. It can all be a little confusing. So lean on Janet and Avery Glasser, the founders of the acclaimed Bittermens Bitters, and Room 11 co-owner/mixologist/author Dan Searing during a special bitters-centric cocktail class at Salt and Sundry. The $35 ticket includes two cocktails and a bottle of Bittermens to take home and experiment with.
Tuesday at 7 p.m. Salt and Sunday, 1309 Fifth St. NE. 202-556-1866. www.shopsaltandsundry.com. $35.
There has never been a shortage of actors dabbling in music: Keanu Reeves, Kevin Bacon, Minnie Driver, David Hasselhoff. With very few exceptions, they should have stuck to acting. That’s why it’s okay to be skeptical about “Sex and the City” heartthrob John Corbett’s new country album, “Leavin’ Nothing Behind.” But you know what? It’s not bad. Corbett makes fairly straight-ahead country. Some songs are reminiscent of early-’80s country hits; others could slot alongside Dierks Bentley or Jason Aldean on your iPod playlist. (Corbett’s 2006 debut album featured a single called “Good to Go,” which Aldean later covered.) Then again, there are going to be plenty of people at Hill Country on Thursday who are there simply because Corbett spent three seasons portraying Carrie’s hunky furniture designer/boyfriend. You’re advised not to wait and buy tickets at the door.
Thursday at 10 p.m. Hill Country, 410 Seventh St. NW. 202-556-2050. www.hillcountrywdc.com. $20.
After six years of monthly forays into his vast crates of Brazilian records, DJ Neville C is putting Brazilian Rhythms on hiatus. His meticulously curated sets go deep into the music of Brazil, a large country that isn’t solely represented by the samba of the past or the baile funk of the present. There’s the axe of Bahia, the forro of the Northeast and the fusillade of drumming that characterizes batucada, and Neville C rocks them all from the black wax. The caipirinhas will be flowing as Neville C says farewell to Cafe Saint-Ex.
Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Cafe Saint-Ex, 1847 14th St. NW. 202-265-7839. www.saint-ex.com. Free.
Loudoun County is home to a flourishing wine industry, and six of the county’s vintners will be featured at a special all-local wine dinner at Purcellville’s Magnolias at the Mill. The five-course menu includes a potato osso buco paired with Lost Mountain, the pricey flagship wine from RdV in Delaplane, and a pistachio-crusted red snapper paired with the merlot-cabernet franc blend Topiary from Boxwood in Middleburg. Tickets are $85, including tax and tip, and reservations are required.
Saturday at 7 p.m. Magnolias at the Mill, 198 N. 21st St., Purcellville. 540-338-9800. www.magnoliasmill.com. $85.