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A few years ago, I got a chance to experience the brilliance of The Second City’s show Black Side of the Moon and it has forever changed my relationship with Popeyes fried chicken. The outrageously talented comedy troupe known for their improv talent machine delivered a show that was equal parts scathing and hilarious. The performance, delivered right after we discovered that the fate of our country was in the hands of blonde Boris and Natasha, provided enough levity for me to ponder why exactly I still devoured buckets of Popeyes when I knew it was slowly killing me and feeding me remixed Aunt Jemima tropes at the same time. I haven’t walked into a Popeyes since. Such is the power of well-executed satire in an age where criticism is taken as assault, and The Second City has proven themselves to be powerful. The Kennedy Center brings the troupe to the Theater Lab for their latest offering: The Second City’s Generation Gap…Or, How Many Millennials Does It Take to Teach a Baby Boomer to Text Generation X? The group takes on the battle of the generations as it excavates the oh so powerful millennial generation. The show promises to be interactive, thoughtful and most importantly funny AF! Read more>>> The show runs to Aug. 12 at the Kennedy Center Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. $49–$59. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.(Hamzat Sani)


Rock legend Pat Benatar performs with two fellow rockers: her husband, Neil Giraldo, and daytime TV icon Rick Springfield at The Theater at MGM National Harbor. 8 p.m. at 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill. $55–$70.

Direct Carving, an exhibition drawn from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection, showcases 24 sculptures from across the 20th century that highlight the direct carving method, in which artists work directly on a piece of stone or wood instead of with a model, cast, or preconceived design. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 8th and F Streets NW. Free.

Witty Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $40–$60.

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