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Sometimes, internal wars stem from experiences in actual wars; sometimes, from a single image. In 1993, Canadian journalist Paul Watson photographed a crowd dragging the desecrated body of Staff Sgt. Bill Cleveland through the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia. The photo had a profound impact; some, including Watson, argue that the picture precipitated President Bill Clinton’s decision to pull out of the Somalian conflict. But for Watson, the image has become a relentless specter. When Dan O’Brien, a playwright grappling with his own demons, heard Watson speak about the photograph in 2007, he emailed the journalist, and, without fully grasping what drew them to each other, they developed a mutual curiosity. O’Brien’s play, The Body of an American, explores their unexpected friendship. Read more >>> The play runs April 27 to May 22 at Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $27–$67. (202) 777-3210. theaterj.org. (Victoria Gaffney)
Eat The Rich will become Mos Eisley Cantina from May 3 through May 6 in honor of Star Wars Week. The bar will have a themed cocktail menu with drinks like the Darkside Daquiri and Sidecar D-2, and every time the Mos Eisley Cantina song plays, Han Solo Cup shots are free. Dress up as your favorite character and get 10 percent off. Eat The Rich, 1839 7th St. NW. (202) 316-9396. etrbar.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Piano rock legend Ben Folds performs favorite hits and songs from his new album, So There, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with yMusic, a Brooklyn-based chamber music ensemble. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $25–$55.
Don DeLillo, the acclaimed author of 15 previous novels, discusses his latest book, Zero K, with author Dana Spiotta at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $16–$35.
Canadian rock quartet Born Ruffians takes the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel with Minneapolis-based experimental pop ensemble On an On. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.
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