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On each episode of his show, The United Shades of America, comedian W. Kamau Bell travels to a different part of this great nation of ours and attempts to understand and unpack the racial subcultures and behavior of different groups, including, of course, white men dressed in KKK hoods. When he appears at the Avalon Theatre to discuss his new book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6’ 4,” African-American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian, expect him to share stories from his travels and his decades of work on the comedy circuit. Read more >>> W. Kamau Bell speaks at 8 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $38–$40. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. (Caroline Jones)


nopa Kitchen + Bar celebrates National Burger Month by serving a new burger each week of May. Chef Matt Kuhn’s creations include a NoPa Burger with pimento cheese “whiz,” bacon jam, and Kewpie aioli as well as a Roseda Farms Angus Beef Burger with ramp and goat cheese fondue, pea shoots, and ramp aioli. The burgers cost $14–$16 and include a side of fries and a choice of a draft beer or glass of wine. Try them during lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. nopa Kitchen + Bar, 800 F St. NW. (202) 347-4667. nopadc.com. (Laura Hayes)


Japanese rock band MONO plays its instrumental compositions at Rock & Roll Hotel with opening acts Kikagaku Moyo and Holy Sons. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $16–$18.

Head to 9:30 Club for a performance by Arizona pop quintet The Maine, joined by The Mowgli’s and Beach Weather. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.

Actress Gabourey Sidibe discusses her new book This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, with NPR’s Linda Holmes at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $18–$45.

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