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Tennessee-born country singer Ashley Monroe frequently lends her sweet drawl to slow-tempoed, almost folky songs about women on the edge dealing with burdensome emotional issues. On her latest album, The Blade, she looks at both the hope and desolation found in relationships. She chronicles the decision to end a romance on “Bombshell” and questions her own place in the world on the waltz-tempoed “If the Devil Don’t Want Me” with the stinging follow-up line “where the hell do I go.” Monroe isn’t all minor-key catharsis over pedal steel guitar though. All three of her albums feature a few poppier tracks, and Monroe also rocks out, honky-tonk style, as a member of the Pistol Annies. Read more >>> Ashley Monroe performs at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $22–$25. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Steve Kiviat)
Room 11 is getting in the Halloween spirit with various food and drink specials. The restaurant’s in-house bakery, Paisley Fig, is debuting a new version of its popular taco choco with a chocolate taco shell, espresso ice cream, “dirt” cookie crumble, and gummy worms for $10. It will be available today through Nov. 1 or while supplies last. The bar has also created a beer cocktail called the Shelleycoat, named after a monster in British folklore that haunts rivers and streams. The drink contains Brooklyn Brewery’s Monster Ale (a barley wine ale), gin, and bitters. Other Halloween treats include pumpkin brittle, candy corn colored bunt cake, and bat-shaped sugar cookies. Room 11, 3234 11th St. NW. (202) 332-3234. room11dc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Forum Theatre begins performances of its latest play, World Builders, about two schizophrenic young people who fall in love while participating in a clinical drug trial, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s Melton Rehearsal Hall. 8 p.m. at 641 D St. NW. $20.
The video editors from Everything Is Terrible, who, over the past seven years, have populated the Internet with bizarre clips found on old VHS tapes, bring their Legends tour to the Black Cat Backstage, where they’ll screen a variety of new selections. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12–$15.
Los Angeles-based artist Shana Lutker opens a new exhibition of work inspired by her forthcoming book, Le “NEW” Monocle, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 10 a.m. at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
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