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When, earlier this summer, New York’s Public Theater staged a version of Julius Caesar that portrayed the titular Roman as a Trump-like buffoon, the right-wing media complained and major corporate sponsors, including Delta Airlines and Bank of America, fled. Even on the page, the similarities between ancient Rome and present-day Washington resonate eerily. Scena Theatre heightens these connections in its own production of Julius Caesar at Atlas Performing Arts Center. With a cast of actors from D.C. and Dublin, director Robert McNamara tells the story of an ambitious leader who senators can’t stand and decide to stop by any means necessary. Read more >>> The play runs Aug. 22 to Sept. 24 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $15–$45. (202) 399-7993. scenatheatre.org. (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

District Distilling’s latest cocktails are for beer lovers. As a part of a new partnership, each drink incorporates a 3 Stars Brewing Company beer. Examples include “Moon Cloud” with Above the Clouds Farmhouse Pale Ale, coriander rye vodka, Campari, and orange bitters or “Passion Spice” with Backroom bourbon, passion fruit ginger puree, lemon juice, orange bitters, and 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison. Each drink costs between $10 and $14. Try them today starting at 5 p.m. District Distilling, 1414 U St. NW. (202) 629-3787. district-distilling.com. (Laura Hayes)

OH AND ALSO

Boston-based alt-rock quartet Dreamer and Sonplays DC9 with Acadia, a group out of Portland, Maine, and two local opening acts, Elizabeth II and Kid Brother. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.

Songbyrd Music House hosts the Smut Slam, a storytelling competition that focuses on consensual sex in all its different forms. 8:30 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $10–$15.

Journalist Mark Bowden discusses his newest book, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam, with the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

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