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The rascally Shakespeare performers from Taffety Punk Theatre Company return to the Folger with another take on the Bard’s dense prose. This time, the actors take on Henry VI, Part I, a play rarely performed by itself, and to up the stakes, they’ll bring the production together in a day as part of the Bootleg Shakespeare series. Scholars might tell you that the three parts of Henry VI are among Shakespeare’s weakest works and the first part isn’t what you’d call an approachable text, but disregard that information and enter the show with no assumptions. Read more >>>The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. (202) 355-9441. taffetypunk.com. (Caroline Jones)
Cool off with D.C.’s signature cocktail at McClellan’s Retreat. The Dupont Circle bar is celebrating rickey month in a big way with six takes on the original ($11-$12) including a wild one called “Save Me Rickey, Shiitake Too Much,” with Bulleit Rye, fino sherry, lemon juice, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, shiitake soda, and a garnish of spiced apples. Why rye? The traditional recipe calls for a choice of gin, bourbon, or rye and the menu reflects that. The bar opens at 4 p.m. McClellan’s Retreat, 2031 Florida Ave. NW, (202) 265-6270, mcclellansretreat.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Dikembe, the Florida indie rock outfit that shares a name with one of Georgetown University’s favorite basketball players, performs at Comet Ping Pong with Slingshot Dakota and The Rememberables. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
Settle into the grass at Fort Reno and check out sets from local rock ensembles Makeup Girl, Mirror Motives, and Brushes. 7 p.m. at 3800 Donaldson Place NW. Free.
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