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A new “performance essay” on stage at Atlas Performing Arts Center seeks to explain why skepticism is a natural resource 21st-century residents must have in abundance. Presented by local playwrights collective The Welders and performed by member Gwydion Suilebhan, the piece places audience members in armchairs set up around old radios. The Performer then leads a lesson in 20th century history that blends sound experiments with jazz music and horror stories plucked out of current events. Just grab a seat, open your ears, and expect to think twice before sharing that political meme you found so hilarious. Read more >>> The play runs April 28 to May 28 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $15–$30. (202) 399-7993. atlasarts.org. (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

Who needs bar nuts? Brasserie Beck recently began offering complimentary raclette cheese every night from 5 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. in the bar area. The melted cheese is scraped fresh from the wheel with boiled peewee potatoes and gherkin pickles as accompaniments. The Belgian restaurant recommends pairing the snack with a riesling or pinot gris, which are only $4 during happy hour. Brasserie Beck, 1101 K St. NW. (202) 408-1717. brasseriebeck.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

If you’re in the mood for some dark, moody rock ‘n’ roll, head to the Howard Theatre where Filter, Orgy, Vampires Everywhere, and Death Valley High perform as part of the “Make America Hate Again” tour. 6:30 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $22.50–$60.

Rapper Freddie Gibbs takes the stage at U Street Music Hall with Jay IDK, Dutch Capital, and NAPPYNAPPA. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.

Emerging band Parachute headlines a night of pop rock at 9:30 Club alongside Nashville-based opening acts John McLaughlin and My Red + Blue. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $23.

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