Trend pieces may insist that Georgetown is sooooo over in terms of its late-night bar scene, but damnit if we don’t still enjoy watching the movements and political machinations of the neighborhood’s hostesses. Anthony Giardina’s latest play, The City of Conversation, doubles down on that supposition, taking audiences through the years with Hester Ferris, a liberal, well-connected string-puller who invites ideological opposites into her living room to discuss the issues of the day. From the Carter years through two Bush adminstrations and into Obama’s historic election, Hester sees her gatherings evolve, but her world is truly rocked when her new, conservative daughter-in-law threatens to dismantle everything Hester has built over the decades. Read more >>> The play runs Jan. 29 to March 6 at Arena Stage, 1100 6th St. SW. $55–$90. (202) 554-9066. arenastage.org. (Caroline Jones)
Teddy & The Bully Bar will celebrate President’s Day early this year with a “Presidential Happy Hour” today from 3 to 8 p.m. The special includes complimentary food from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with themed drinks like the Rio Roosevelt and the Safari Sangria going for $8. In case the free food doesn’t sway you, 10 percent of the happy hour proceeds will go to the Washington Humane Society. Teddy & The Bully Bar, 1200 19th St. NW. (202) 872-8700. teddyandthebullybar.com. (Quinn Myers)
OH AND ALSO
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden opens “Suspended Animation,” a new exhibition featuring work by artist whose digitally generated work questions our notions of reality. 10 a.m. at 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free.
New Orleans-based rapper Pell brings his southern-tinged hip-hop to the Black Cat Backstage. He’s joined by fellow rapper Daye Jack. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
Head to DC9 for its Story Collider reading series, where five writers share their favorite stories about science. Shane Hanlon and Farah Ahmad oversee the proceedings. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
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