In the early days of the Reagan administration, a unique type of business sprang up around the country, where one could rent movies to watch on a home television and also purchase snacks to enjoy while watching said video. Michael Hollinger’s (pictured) play Tiny Island looks at the disruption of the video store from the perspective of middle-aged siblings Hazel and Muriel, who grew up working at their family’s movie theater. While Hazel keeps screening old films to dwindling audiences, Muriel is wrapped up in personal drama, returning to her hometown in order to sort things out with her sister. Read more >>> The play runs Oct. 1 to Oct. 25 at Washington Stage Guild, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $40–$50. (240) 582-0050. stageguild.org. (Caroline Jones)
City Tap House hosts an Oktoberfest celebration today through Sunday, where all 40 draft lines will serve beers from German breweries for $7 to $14 per draft daily until close. Culinary Director Brian Cooke will offer German dinner specials like a charcuterie plate served with a beer cheese spread, red currant jelly, and crostini, or the German-style pancake with cherry compote, vanilla maple syrup, and whipped cream, for $9 to $19 per plate. The event is part of the restaurant’s monthly “European Vacation Series,” which showcases beers from various regions of Europe. City Tap House, 901 9th St. NW. (202) 733-5333. citytaphousedc.com. (Tatiana Cirisano)
OH AND ALSO
Nashville-based garage rock band Bully headlines tonight’s show at Rock & Roll Hotel in support of its latest album, Feels Like. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Avoid the dreary weather by ducking in to a screening of Before the Flood, which looks at a Chinese town that lies within the flooding area of the Three Gorges Dam and is presented at UDC as part of the Goethe-Institut’s “Forging the Future” series. 5:30 p.m. at 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Joey Cape, a so-called “rock ‘n’ roll renaissance man” who’s performed with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and Bad Astronaut, performs a solo show at the Black Cat with opening acts Walt Hamburger and Joe Bergeron. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
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