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The idea of retirement sounds so relaxing. But these days, as some children rely on their parents well into adulthood and family elders live longer and progressively require more attention, the end of working doesn’t mean that daily obligations immediately stop. Local actress and playwright Dani Stoller (pictured) looks for the comedy in this situation in her latest work Fortune Cookies for Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes. Set in a sunny, gated community in southern Florida, the play follows Marian Amsel, a recent retiree who suddenly finds herself caring for her adult daughter, her new husband’s niece, and a neighbor. Read more >>> The reading begins at 7 p.m. at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Free. (703) 820-9771. sigtheatre.org. (Caroline Jones)
Anglophiles should head to Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown tonight because the Monday night beer club’s theme is “God Save the Queen.” The evening falls on the anniversary of when Elizabeth Alexandra Mary became Queen Elizabeth II. The basement bar will pour English beers and other brews the team deems regal, among them the Lickinghole Creek Heir Apparent, Thornbridge Crackendale, and Redchurch Tartellete. The televisions will show British movies. Visit from 6 p.m. to close. Birreria Paradiso, 3282 M St. NW, (202) 337-1245, eatyourpizza.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Local rock act Proxy States plays an intimate show at Galaxy Hut with Red Moon Preachers. 9 p.m. at 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $5.
Head to the National Gallery of Art Library to see its latest photo exhibition, which chronicles the work of renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free.
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