Eartha Kitt’s 80th Birthday Tour, Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C., Saturday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m.
How do you spell that guttural mix of purr and growl that is Eartha’s signature? She is on her 80th birthday tour and she’s just getting started. She’s giving interviews on how to flirt with men, and usually in her shows she comes off the stage to sing while running her hands through the hair of, or caressing the bald head of, some unsuspecting first row male patron. She oozes sex appeal but in a light-hearted, almost comedic way. After she dressed down President Johnson at a formal White House dinner for the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, she was blacklisted for years. But she’s now come back with a passion to a whole new generation of fans. Tickets on Ticketmaster.