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Lindy West is a shockingly honest writer, so it’s no surprise that her first book, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, feels like an intimate, frank girl-talk session with West herself. It’s a collection of essays about growing up and all the topics that resonate so loudly in her mind that they beg to be shared. While not quite a household name, you can’t have gone on social media without coming across something with West’s stamp on it. Whether it was one of her stories on This American Life, her reproductive-rights activism with the co-creation of #ShoutYourAbortion, her weekly column in The Guardian, or her fierce promotion of body acceptance, West isn’t shy about making herself and her opinions known. Read more >>> Lindy West reads at 6:30 p.m. at Kramerbooks, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 387-3825. kramers.com. (Diana Metzger)


Cocktail bar 2 Birds 1 Stone is launching a new summer happy hour devoted to frozen blender drinks today. From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, Bar Director Adam Bernbach will serve up twists on strawberry daiquiris, margaritas, and pina coladas on different days throughout the week. One you won’t want to miss is the Wednesday special: a frozen Aperol spritz. All of the frozen drinks are $9. 2 Birds 1 Stone, 1800 14th St. NW, 2birds1stonedc.com. (Jessica Sidman)


The Violent Femmes bring its classic jangly folk-punk to the Lincoln Theatre. 6:30 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $45.

As part of its The Preparation series—a monthly showcase of experimental and avant-garde music—Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio performs at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, with an opening set by Marcus Webb. 8:30 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $10.

Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb is in Bethesda tonight, performing at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. 8 p.m. at 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. $35. 

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