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Scena Theater surely planned its production of a play based on Franz Kafka‘s Report to an Academy before the internet blew up with Harambe memes but the timing could not be more perfect. The Czech author’s short story revolves around an ape captured in the wild who is brought to Europe and learns to behave like his human captors before giving a speech about his capability to learn and relate to other primates to a leading group of scientists. This production allows audiences to learn about the ways in which we treat our closest animal relatives in a moving and thought-provoking way. That it coincides with the biggest gorilla story since Mighty Joe Young is an added bonus. Read more >>> The play runs Aug. 31 to Sept. 25 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1353 H St. NE. $10–$35. (202) 399-7993. scenatheater.org. —Caroline Jones
“Tomatina” is back at all locations of Jaleo, the Spanish tapas restaurants from Chef José Andrés. Starting today through Sept. 11, dishes that star tomatoes will take center stage including pan seared day boat scallops on top of heirloom cherry tomatoes ($15) and Spanish tuna ‘bonito’ with heirloom tomato sauce ($12). There’s even a dessert. Kick things off tonight from 4 to 6 p.m. at Jaleo’s D.C. location with complimentary tomato bites and rosé tastings at the bar during “Sangria Hour.” Jaleo, 480 7th St. NW. (202) 628-7949. jaleo.com/dc. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Musicians usually seen singing in Metro stations take the stage in a quieter setting with fewer trains and pigeons rushing by when artists associated with the Metro Performs! initiative perform at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
RZA of Wu-Tang Clan and Paul Banks of Interpol team up for a night of experimental electronic music at 9:30 Club, performing under the moniker Banks & Steelz. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
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