Who would have thought that beatboxing could be a career? Though we've known the very talented Baltimore-based beatboxer Shodekeh for years, we're always mystified by his mad skills of experimental improvisation, collaborations with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, ballet classes and even Lithuanian folk singing (now that's thinking outside the box, ba-da-bum). He is known for channeling musical instruments and natural soundscapes around him, such as drum sets, turntables, ocean waves and sleigh bells, to produce one-of-a-kind beats.
The Corcoran College of Art and Design (500 17th St. NW) will be hosting Shodekeh at 7 p.m. in collaboration with dancer and choreographer Krysia Bock. He'll also be holding workshops with students all weekend to conceptualize his performance. The performance is part of the weekly Corcoran Uncorked, which is free for members and students, or $15 for the public (it includes a drink). For more information, visit corcoran.org.
Believe it or not, Pati Jinich was a policy analyst before she became the official chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute and star of her own PBS series, "Pati's Mexican Table." Born and raised in Mexico, her passion was food, and for the past seven years, she has fulfilled her passion by teaching foodies about Mexican cooking through demonstrations, tasting dinners and numerous workshops.
After years of teaching viewers cooking techniques and introducing her fans to deliciously fresh recipes, she's finally written a book filled with stories of her homeland, her upbringing, travels and even conversation with native cooks.
Joe Yonan, food editor of the Washington Post, will be sitting down with Jinich at 7 p.m. for a public discussion about her book at Sixth & I (600 I St. NW). Tickets are $12 at sixthandi.org.
Next up at the Jazz at the Atlas series is a most unlikely and unprecedented musical endeavor. Managing the trick of being both adventurous and accessible, celestial and bluesy, the Shakers n' Bakers straddle universes both stylistically and conceptually. The group combines cutting-edge jazz and Shaker vision songs -- sounds like it would be an awkward combination (let's just say most jazz isn't inspired by God) -- but it honors both genres and combines something new and fun.
Dedicated to the exploration of "vision songs" received by women of the Shaker religious sect during ecstatic spiritual trances, Shakers n' Bakers is the manifestation of several years of in-depth study and thought. The ensemble is led by multireed player Jeff Lederer and vocalist Mary LaRose. The group is performing at 8 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE). Tickets are $15 for students, $25 for adults.