It seems like everyone’s obsessed with singlehood in 2016. As the ever-divisive Valentine’s Day weekend approaches, Laura Lane and Angela Spera arrive to ease D.C.’s pain. The pals created This Is Why You’re Single as a live sketch show back in 2013, and the brand’s grown into a chart-topping podcast, book, and one of the more relatable relationship advice channels on the web. For the downtown audience, Lane and Spera will take a hilarious and sometimes all-too-honest trip through each reason so many of us are single. Read more >>> Laura Lane and Angela Spera perform at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $14–$32. (202) 408-3100. (Jordan-Marie Smith)


For this year’s Fat Tuesday, the French Quarter is coming to Penn Quarter. Central Michel Richard is celebrating the Mardi Gras spirit with a New Orleans-themed menu, drink specials, and a masquerade contest that could win you a free four-course dinner. The menu will feature bayou classics like clam gratin “New Orleans,” Creole oxtail soup, and jambalaya. Specialty themed drinks, like the Vieux Carre and Alligatorade, run for $13. Mardi Gras beads, masks, and other festive party favors will also be passed out. Central Michel Richard, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 626-0015. (Quinn Myers)


Chicago-based rock singer Ezra Furman performs at Rock & Roll Hotel with local pop-punk favorites BRNDA. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.

Get in the mood for Mardi Gras at U Street Music Hall, which hosts a lineup of burlesque performances, live music, and comedy. Brandon Wetherbee serves as emcee. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.

Author John Steele Gordon examines the tallest building in D.C. and tells the story of its construction in his new book, Washington’s Monument, which he discusses at Kramerbooks with WAMU transportation reporter Martin DiCaro. Find more details on Facebook. 6:30 p.m. at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

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