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Opening Sheila Heti’s new novel is like hearing a song that you know, just a few beats in, will be your new favorite. With each sentence of Motherhood, the narrator goes back and forth intellectually over whether she needs to become a mother, as most women eventually do. That’s the plot. Yet, in that, Heti has achieved a mystic’s appreciation for the basics of being alive, a place that many equally ambitious writers never reach. Unspooling the raw details of random chance, her romantic relationship, her maternal ancestors, her friends, her soul, and most importantly, her art, the novel deepens in feeling until the very last page. Heti, a Toronto native, has written numerous books, including the brilliant 2012 novel How Should a Person Be? But her latest is a major work and a must-read for anyone interested in musings on motherhood. Go see her. Read more>>> Sheila Heti speaks at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. Free. (202) 488-3867. politics-prose.com. (Diana Michele Yap)


Chicago indie rock outfit Company of Thieves performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15–$50.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s predominantly black Hamlet opens at the Kennedy Center. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $49–$139.

Alternative rock three-piece Sinai Vessel performs at Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

After last year’s sold-out run, Mosaic Theater Company’s Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies, an irreverent exploration of being black in America, returns to the Atlas Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $20–$35.

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