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The work of British playwright Lucy Kirkwood has found a warm and receptive audience in D.C.-area theaters. Her hilarious play about the magazine industry, NSFW, opened to popular and critical acclaim at Round House Theatre last year, and her new, slightly darker work, Chimerica, is likely to intrigue audiences as it kickstarts Studio Theatre’s fall season. The conflict is seen through the lens of Joe, an American photojournalist, who in 1989 takes a picture of a protester facing off with a tank in Tiananmen Square. More than 20 years later, Joe goes in search of his now-famous photo’s subject in order to take advantage of the zeitgeisty topic of U.S./China relations. Read more >>> The play runs Sept. 9 to Oct. 18 at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $20–$81. (202) 332-3300. studiotheatre.org. (Diana Metzger)


701 Restaurant has reopened after a five day, half a million dollar renovation. The 25-year-old restaurant has a new look but also a new menu. Chef Benjamin Lambert has introduced 18 new dishes, including an entire section of vegetarian-friendly fare. Also look out for more unique offerings under the “share center” section of the menu, which includes a carrot funnel cake, duck confit steam buns, and bone marrow topped with mole short ribs. Read more and the changes and see some photos of the renovation on Young & Hungry. 701 Restaurant, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 393-0701. 701restaurant.com. (Jessica Sidman)


The Clarice Smith Center at the University of Maryland kicks off its fall performing arts season with the NextNOW Festival, a celebration of all branches of the performing arts, which begins tonight and runs through Saturday. 7 p.m. at the University of Maryland campus in College Park. Prices vary.

Norwegian singer Jenny Hval performs an intimate show at DC9 with opening act Briana Marela. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.

Experimental Canadian rock act Godspeed You! Black Emperor takes the stage at the 9:30 Club with Xylouris White, a duo featuring Cretan lute player George Xylouris and underground musician Jim White. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $30.

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