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When Lyndon Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act into law, the paranoiac-in-chief worried that the new access it promoted would help America’s enemies. But LBJ likely didn’t imagine that the new law would also help the country’s comedians. In FOIA Love, a show built around government documents pried open with FOIA requests, writer Curtis Raye has found an unlikely comedy vein, mining dusty government papers for chuckles. In my experience, even the most bizarre open records request inspires more smirk than belly laugh. But then again, FOIA culture has always been vaguely ridiculous. Read more >>> The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. $12 suggested donation. (202) 387-7638. curtisraye.com/foia-love. (Will Sommer)
Cocktail and cabaret pop-up Secret Monkey Social Club is hosting a tropical spinoff event tonight at Dolcezza‘s gelato factory beginning at 8 p.m. Guest bartenders from The Dabney, Jack Rose Dining Saloon, and elsewhere will prepare a total of seven tiki punches ($9 per pour) while surf rock tunes are performed by The Three Monketeers at 8 p.m. and DJ Smudgetown at 11:30 p.m. PBR and Tullamore Dew combos are will also be available for $7. Tiki Monkey at Dolcezza Gelato Factory & Cocktail Lab, 550 Penn St. NE. secretmonkeysocialclub.tumblr.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Donovan, the man behind “Mellow Yellow” and a collaborator with The Beatles on much of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, celebrates 50 years in the music business with a show at the Hamilton featuring songs recorded throughout his career. 8 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $35–$75.
Soul singer India.Arie puts a funky spin on traditional Christmas tunes at the Howard Theatre. She’s joined by gospel vocalist Jonathan McReynolds. 7:30 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $62.50–$100.
Chicago-based hip-hop artist G Herbo performs at the Black Cat Backstage with opening acts Zuse, Mobsquad Nard, and Skinny. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $13.
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