If your upbringing was informed by Western religions, you’re probably familiar with certain inflexible ideas about Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ’s mother Mary. In a confrontational collection of comics that focuses on sex work in biblical stories, award-winning Canadian cartoonist Chester Brown dismantles those ideas, arguing that the textual representations of prostitution don’t align with Christ’s opinions of it. Brown’s typically four-panel, black and white pages in Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus: Prostitution and Religious Obedience in the Bible are sourced from the books of Genesis and Joshua, among others. Clean linework and sparingly worded dialogues take center stage. Read more >>> Chester Brown reads at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. (Dominic Umile)
Crane & Turtle closed last week, but the staff is taking over the restaurant this week for a series of passion project pop-ups. Tonight, Guillaume Bouscavel and Angelina Dirina will host a natural wine pop-up with six Italian offerings that aren’t otherwise available in D.C. Six three-ounce pours will go for $35, and the wines will also be available by the glass. No reservations are required. Other pop-ups this week involve Japanese booze and a seasonal tasting menu. And from May 4 to 15, ANXO Cidery & Pinxtos Bar will be taking over the space. Read more on Young & Hungry. Crane & Turtle, 828 Upshur St. NW, (202) 723-2543, craneandturtledc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Suuns, an experimental rock band based in Montreal, performs at DC9 with Grammy-winning producer and emerging indie rock performer John Congleton. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
Former Sugar and Hüsker Dü singer Bob Mould plays a solo show at 9:30 Club with Ted Leo, who also appears solo. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Author Howard Blum reads from his new book, The Last Goodnight, a true World War II thriller about a debutante who becomes an Allied spy, at Kramerbooks. Find more details on Facebook.
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