In Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 masterpiece Dr. Strangelove, a deranged commander (Sterling Hayden) orders B-52 bombers on a mission that, if allowed to proceed, will trigger a world-destroying doomsday machine. That nail-biting concept is the foundation of one of cinema’s great satires. Peter Sellers earned an Oscar nomination for his multiple roles, which included an ineffective U.S. president and the former Nazi scientist title character, but the powerhouse here may be George C. Scott, who plays General Buck Turgidson with a bug-eyed knack for slapstick that he seldom showed elsewhere. Kubrick’s dark vision almost ended with a pie-fight, which the director finally decided was too absurd—but is it? More than 50 years later, Dr. Strangelove is as horrifying and hilarious as the day it was made. Read more>>> The film screens at 5:15 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.50–$13 (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Pat Padua)

OH AND ALSO

Folk singer-songwriter Luke James Shaffer performs at Union Stage. 7 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $12–$15.

Author Laura van den Berg stops by Politics and Prose to discuss her second novel, The Third Hotel, a portrait of loss in which a widow pursues the husband she thought to be dead. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

The Birchmere welcomes blues rock saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair and her band The Boneshakers. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35.

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