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All it takes is a pop-up condo or a beer garden to unearth the real, uncomfortable tensions between D.C. gentrifiers and folks who have had roots in the city for generations. Opening at Arena Stage, Native Gardens knowingly exposes that nerve in a darkly comic way. It’s about two sets of couples—one young, the other old—who become neighbors and friends, at least until an erected fence gets in the way of an immaculately manicured garden. This play promises to have a No Exitsense of misanthropy, coupled with a painfully modern nesting extinct. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide >>> The play runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 22 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $56–$110. (202) 554-9066. arenastage.org. (Alan Zilberman)
Taylor Gourmet launched a new fall menu this week with a roster of new hoagies. Fans of Thanksgiving should try the Penn’s Landing with cranberry sage chicken salad, smoky bacon, granny smith apple, creamy brie, and candied almonds ($7.99 for regular, $12.99 for large). Fall additions also include new salads like the Logan with kale, roasted butternut squash, green onion, dried cranberry, granny smith apple, gorgonzola, sunflower seeds, and an apple cider vinaigrette ($7.99). Multiple locations, taylorgourment.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Canadian indie-rock favorites Broken Social Scene performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $36.
Rock legend Joe Walsh presents VetsAid at EagleBank Arena, his first annual benefit show to help veterans and their families, featuring performances from Zac Brown Band, Gary Clark Jr., and Keith Urban. 6:30 p.m. at 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $54–$290.
Gear up for Ed Sheeran’s second night at the Capital One Arena. 7:30 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $96–$97.
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