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The 1957 film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises features plenty of good looking people but doesn’t really dig into the deep despair each character feels. New York-based Theater group Elevator Repair Service explores that existential dread in The Select, its new adaptation of the novel now showing at the Lansburgh Theatre. ERS is best known for Gatz, its eight-hour adaptation/live reading of The Great Gatsby. While The Select doesn’t run that long, it does look at the story and the characters in a new light. Read more >>> The play runs Feb. 18 to April 2 at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. $44–$118. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org(Caroline Jones)

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Vinoteca’s new Tuesday night wine class series kicks off tonight with a theme of “Wines of the Mid-Atlantic.” The classes are taught by the restaurant’s sommelier Kate Chrisman and include six pours of wines and bites from the kitchen. The class ($59) runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and there are limited tickets remaining. If you miss out, there are also classes on March 7, March 21, April 4, and April 18. Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. NW. (202) 332-9463. vinotecadc.com. (Laura Hayes)

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Norwegian rock act Death by Unga Bunga takes the stage at DC9 with opening act Plastic Nancy, a psychedelia act from the D.C. ‘burbs. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.

Austin-based Black Joe Lewis, who combines elements of soul, punk, and blues in his music, performs at 9:30 Club with his band, The Honeybears. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.

Local harmonicist and vocalist Avon Dews displays his skills at a show at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

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