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In her play Owl Moon, playwright Liz Maestri sent two couples out into a frozen wasteland where they confronted their neuroses and where one pair attempted to dump a body. Now, Maestri reunites these characters with the actors in Inheritance Canyon, her new play that’s presented as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. This time, Shell and her friends survive a plane crash into a canyon, only to become unwilling participants in a series of government tests that strip them of their autonomy. Read more >>> The play runs Sept. 18 to Oct. 10 at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. $15. (202) 355-9441. taffetypunk.com
The folks at Macon Bistro & Larder understand the sadness that comes with summer’s end. The restaurant wants to help Washingtonians with these issues by hosting a bubbles, oysters, and brews party on its outdoor patio. The French and Southern bistro will provide guests unlimited champagne, oysters, and beers for $30 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Circle Wine & Spirits and Flying Dog Brewery will pour the drinks, and Rappahannock Oyster Company will supply locally farmed fried oysters. An RSVP is required to attend the celebration and can be made by calling the restaurant. Macon Bistro & Larder, 5520 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 248-7807. maconbistro.com. (Freddy Rodriguez)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Southern rock band Alabama Shakes headlines one of Merriweather Post Pavilion’s final shows of the season. Brittany Howard and company are joined by opening act Drive-By Truckers. 8 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $40–$55.
Friday: Comedian Tom Segura, who’s toured the nation as a stand-up and appeared on WTF with Marc Maron and Happy Endings, headlines the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $20–$35.
Friday: Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin performs an intimate five- to six-song set and answers questions from listeners at Rock & Roll Hotel. He also reads from his new book, Population Wars: A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $25.
Saturday: E.M. Lewis’ new play, Now Comes the Night, opens with journalist Michael Apres’ release after 18 months as a hostage in Iraq. Determined to return his life normalcy, he throws himself into work, but his friend Brad senses that something remains wrong. Lewis’ work encourages viewers to question the value we place on the pursuit of truth. Read more >>> The play runs Sept. 17 to Oct. 11 at 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons. $15–$30. (703) 854-1856. 1ststagetysons.org. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: Acclaimed novelist Salman Rushdie reads from his new novel, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, and discusses his work at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 7:30 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $35–$45.
Saturday: Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company returns to the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater to perform three repertory works and debut “We choose to go to the moon,” a new piece developed with NASA that examines the human fascination with space. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $28–$45.
Sunday: For proof that everything that looked cool and technologically advanced in the early 1980s looks laughably awkward now, look no further than French New Wave director Eric Rohmer’s Full Moon in Paris. The film is centered around Louise, a 20-something party girl with her fair share of first world problems, or, as the French like to call it, ennui. Fleeing the Parisian suburbs and the cloying affections of her older urban planner boyfriend Rémi, Louise decides to settle in Paris in solitude and find herself. Unluckily for Louise, her dreams of being an unmoored ship are capsized by a bevy of men, all of whom are wrong for her. Read more >>> The film shows at 4 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Amrita Khalid)
Sunday: The annual Sonic Circuits Festival wraps up its weekend of programming with a performance by experimental musicians including Janel Leppin, Boats Burning, and Jen Shyu, at Pyramid Atlantic. 5 p.m. at 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $20.
Sunday: South Carolina-based rock band Brave Baby plays DC9 with local indie rockers Night Kitchen, who also play the Sonic Circuits Festival earlier in the weekend. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
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