In the wake of mass shootings, a clip from Australian comedian Jim Jefferies‘ 2014 special Bare frequently circulates online. And since mass shootings happen nearly every day in America, Jefferies’ polemic, in which he rages against the NRA and individuals who oppose gun control, has become quite popular among those sensible enough to realize that the mass murder of schoolchildren, concertgoers, and worshippers should not be a commonplace thing. Monologist Mike Daisey will take a similar approach in The Story of the Gun, a piece in which he uses humor and history to break down America’s firearm obsession. Daisey first presented the piece in 2014, after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Five of the 10 deadliest shootings in American history occurred in the four years since The Story of the Gun debuted. Thousands of gun violence protesters passed Woolly Mammoth, Daisey’s D.C. home, during the March for Our Lives, one of the few uplifting moments of 2018. While his work alone is unlikely to change the minds of steadfast Second Amendment lovers, the spirit of the young, determined activists, at least for this week, continues to radiate from D Street NW. Read more>>> The performance runs to Aug. 5 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. $20–$66.50. (202) 393-3939. (Caroline Jones)


Rock & Roll Hotel welcomes The Sheepdogs, a guitar-driven Canadian retro rock band. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $20.

DMV rapper Rico Nasty continues her Nasty Tour with a performance at the Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $25.

Co-editors Maurice Jackson and Blair Ruble chat about their book DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, DC, a collection of essays chronicling the history of jazz in D.C., at Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library. 7 p.m. at 1630 7th St. NW. Free.

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