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Martin McDonagh’s 1997 play The Lonesome West follows two contemptuous brothers who recently lost their father—the result of a presumed accident for which one of the two sons was responsible. Relentlessly bickering over their inheritance and other petty matters, the pair takes turns inciting each other into fits of fury over trivial offenses and perceived injustices. Riddled with self-effacing humor, brotherly ridicule, and unapologetic profanity, McDonagh paints a hilarious and macabre portrait of two siblings in the boondocks of western Ireland whose unfettered derision may destroy them. The play runs to Aug. 27 at Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. $35–$45. (202) 265-3767. keegantheatre.com. (Victoria Gaffney)
Whaley’s in Navy Yard debuts brunch this weekend on Saturday with dishes like chicken fried oysters served with poached eggs, a buttermilk biscuit, and chorizo gravy ($18) or buttermilk pancakes with peaches, pistachios, and cardamom mascarpone ($16). Sip boozy beverages or “frescas” in flavors like peach lavender. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Whaley’s, 301 Water St. SE #115. (202) 484-8801. whaleysdc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Female punk band L7, formed in the early ’90s in Los Angeles, continues to tour and tonight, they stop at 9:30 Club with opening act Post Pink, a Baltimore-based ensemble. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Friday: Escape the heat and take in a free show from local favorite experimental ensemble Protect-U inside Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Noon at 901 G St. NW. Free.
Saturday: On 2015’s From Kinshasa, the Congolese band Mbongwana Star and Paris-based producer Doctor L cleverly mixed central African music genres with post-punk, funk, and psychedelia, creating a noisy hybrid that sounded eclectic but not contrived. On “Malukayi,” electrified thumb piano from fellow Congolese act Konono No. 1 helps drive the tempo, while on “Nganshe,” spoken vocals, backing harmonies, and a quick drum beat swirl together. Sure, the musicians occasionally slow down on tracks like “Coco Blues,” but that’s seemingly just to take a breather before launching into another hyperactive cut that pairs tuneful vocal refrains with random bursts of static and pounding stickwork. Read more >>> Mbongwana Star performs at 8 p.m. at Lubber Run Amphitheater, North Columbus Street and 2nd Street North, Arlington. Free. (703) 228-1850. arlingtonarts.org. (Steve Kiviat)
Saturday: The sounds of the early aughts ring out at Wolf Trap when boy bands 98 Degrees and O-Town join pop ensemble Dream and singer Ryan Cabrera for a performance at the Filene Center. 7 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $30–$55.
Saturday: The National Gallery of Art opens “The Last Supper,” a new exhibition of prints by artist Damien Hirst that connect religion with medicine and science. 10 a.m. at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
Sunday: About 130 years ago, Portuguese immigrants from Macaronesia landed in Hawaii and started crafting a new addition to the lute family. Adapted from their traditional instruments, this small, four-stringed number, the ukulele, was widely embraced, from the king of Hawaii to the streets. This week, Strathmore celebrates that invention, along with all of its modern hybrids, including the banjo ukulele. The evening performances are designed to showcase the range of professional strummers but they also feature an open-mic component that lets a few amateur participants step onstage. Read more >>> The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $15. (301) 581-5100. strathmore.org. (Emily Walz)
Sunday: The dancers from S.J. Ewing & Dancers present a new work, Analog, that combines movement with computer-generated projections, at Dance Place. 7 p.m. at 3225 8th St. NE. $15–$30.
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