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Shakespeare’s work has inspired books, films, and musicals in addition to centuries’ worth of doctoral dissertations and scholarly research. Another British author who worked hundreds of years ago has similarly bridged the gap between popular acclaim and academic respect. In the past 15 years, Jane Austen’s six novels have been turned into online comedy series, elaborate costume dramas, zombie thrillers, and comic books. Picking up on the similarities between the Bard and the lady from Bath, curators at the Folger Shakespeare Library present “Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity,” a new exhibition that looks at the obsession the authors draw so long after their deaths. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Mondays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m., to Nov. 6, at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. (202) 544-4600. folger.edu. (Caroline Jones)


Try one of Convivial‘s new dishes—grilled merguez with chickpea and pickled jardinière ($17). Chef Cedric Maupillier’s lamb sausage is packed with heat and tang thanks to a blend of spices that includes coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, oregano, garlic, and ginger. Convivial, 801 O St. NW. (202) 525-2870. convivialdc.com. (Laura Hayes)


Aggressive metal band Sumac performs at DC9 with opening acts Jaye Jayle and Nordra. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.

Handsome Hound, a local country duo reminiscent of Johnny and June Carter Cash, plays the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

John Dickerson, host of Face the Nation and a panelist on the Slate Political Gabfest, reads from his new book, Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories From Presidential Campaign History, at The Hamilton. 7 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $40–$70.

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