I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart, Morgan Gould’s new play premiering at Studio Theatre this month, revolves around two couch potatoes, Leo and Samantha, a gay man and his female roommate whose days revolve around binging Shonda Rhimes shows and making self-deprecating comments. The set-up is far from perfect—both admit to feeling rage toward the other one on any given day—but it works for them. When a new friend arrives, thereby changing the cozy, lazy rapport that defines the roommates’ relationship, Samantha and Leo have to figure out a new way to cope. Read more >>> The play runs Feb. 1 to Feb. 19 at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $20–$55. (202) 332-3300. studiotheatre.com. (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

The National Zoo could really use some help right now—maybe you heard a bobcat was on the loose. If you order the Bye-Bye Bao Bao burger ($9) at Burger, Tap & Shake in Foggy Bottom or Tenleytown, $1 will go to Friends of the National Zoo. The burger was created to honor Bao Bao’s time in D.C. since the young panda will soon go back to China. It’s made from spiced black and white beans and topped with Napa cabbage, bean sprout slaw, and ginger hoisin aioli. It’s available throughout the month of February. Burger Tap & Shake, 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 587-6258. burgertapshake.com. (Laura Hayes)

OH AND ALSO

Author Paul Auster, a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters, reads from his latest novel, 4 3 2 1, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $15–$42.

It’s hard to think of a Southern rock band as anything other than a product of its environment, especially in these times. There’s a certain connotation with any country-leaning rock band that makes it hard not to imagine a crew of drunk white dudes in Confederate flag shirts fist-pumping and yee-hawing along in their own little racially misguided bubble. But Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires, who hail from Birmingham, Al. and perform tonight at DC9, deconstruct and subvert such expectations. The band’s particular Southern rock sound is as scuzzy and raucous as you’d expect, but Bains’ lyrics are a direct confrontation to all that’s wrong many southerner’s social politics. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12. (Matt Cohen)

London-based rock trio White Lies comes stateside for a show at 9:30 Club with opening act Vowws. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.

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