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On bad days, when you feel at odds with the world, the only thing that helps restore order is watching adorable animal videos. This might explain the popularity of the National Zoo’s Panda Cam but it’s also present in the Environmental Film Festival’s programming this year. Beginning tonight, the annual celebration of the natural world features films about, among other things, a dog who protects penguins from invasive foxes, Asiatic lion cubs, and the life of Atlantic puffins. The diverse lineup isn’t limited to fuzzy creature features, however; urban planning nerds can learn about the development of Reston, Va., and food snobs can discover how environmental changes affect the creation of products like collard greens and sake. Read more >>> The festival runs March 15 to March 26 at various venues around D.C. Free–$30. (202) 342-2564. dceff.org. (Caroline Jones)
Kombucha fans should head to Upshur Street Books tonight from 8 to 9:30 p.m. for an event with Hannah Crum, author of The Big Book of Kombucha. Crum will talk about the fermented tea, while guests sip on beverages from Craft Kombucha and nibble on snacks. Tickets are $22.09 or $48.47 for a signed copy of the book as well. Get more info and purchase tickets here. Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW. (202) 726-0380. upshurstreetbooks.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Gaslight Anthem singer and guitarist Brian Fallon performs with his new rock group, The Crowes, at 9:30 Club with acoustic opening act Austin Plaine. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Don your finest rags and head to the National Theatre, where a new production of Annie, the celebrated musical about a precocious orphan and her bald benefactor, plays for the week. 7:30 p.m. at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $48–$228.
New Orleans-based funk and soul outfit The Royal Southern Brotherhood takes the stage at Gypsy Sally’s with special guest Cyril Neville and opening act Sweet Leda. 8 p.m. at 3401 K St. NW. $18–$22.
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