After a five-year absence, Chicago-based composer and lyricist Alan Schmuckler once again graces the Millennium Stage. This time, Schmuckler is going solo. He’s been quite prolific over the past several years. Most recently, he co-created two musicals, The Emperor’s New Clothes (which premiered at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me (a musical based on Serial) with Dave Holstein, a well-known TV writer for shows like Weeds and Raising Hope. If you’re a fan of cutting edge musical theater talent, or you just want to best your friends when they won’t stop yakking about the Hamilton mixtape, get yourself to Schmuckler’s show. Read more >>> Alan Schmuckler performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. (Diana Metzger)


HalfSmoke is serving spiked, hip-hop inspired milkshakes for $10 to $13 each “The Beyon-Shake: It feel like rollin’ dice (seven twice, seven twice),” for example, comes with strawberry ice cream, vanilla frosting, a rainbow sprinkle rim roll, strawberry sauce, whipped cream, glitter, and a sour rope garnished with a giant Pixy Stick. Guests can choose to add either a shot of marshmallow vodka or bourbon. HalfSmoke is open Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. HalfSmoke, 651 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 986-2079. (Laura Hayes)


Las Vegas-based Dizzy Wright headlines a night of hip-hop at U Street Music Hall featuring sets from Audio Push, Demrick, Mark Battles, and T Dubz. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $25.

Canadian garage rock duo The King Khan & BBQ Show kicks off its tour at the Black Cat with opening act The Gartrells. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.

Saxophonist Elijah Balbed pays tribute to the late Chuck Brown when he performs with his jazz-go-go fusion act the JoGo Project at Blues Alley. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20.

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