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If you’ve caught up on both seasons of True Detective, and D.C.’s oppressive weather has you trapped inside craving some moody TV, maybe it’s time to look overseas. German producers are putting their own spin on long-form, character-driven television with Blochin—The Living and the Dead. The title character is a Berlin cop with a mysterious past and a bad attitude working homicide alongside his straight-laced brother-in-law. Add in an organized crime syndicate, a wife at home afflicted with MS, political corruption, and motorcycle rides through Berlin’s seedy underbelly, and you’ve got all the makings of solid summer TV. Read more >>> The series shows at 6:30 p.m. at Goethe-Institut Washington. 812 7th St. NW. $4–$7. (202) 289-1200. washington.goethe.org. (Anya van Wagtendonk)
Tico owner Michael Schlow opens his second D.C. restaurant, the Riggsby, in the Carlyle Hotel today. The Dupont Circle restaurant serves European-influenced American dishes from chef Philippe Reininger, formerly of J&G Steakhouse. The menu includes bar snacks like jalapeño tater tots and appetizers like sautéed calamari with tomato, olives, and cranberry beans. For entrees, find everything from a burger with bacon-onion jam to schnitzel. The Riggsby, 1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW. (202) 234-3200. theriggsby.com.(Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Head to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery to check out an exhibition of Vietnamese ceramics, both decorative and useful, presented to honor the 20th anniversary of the normalization of relations between the United States and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. 10 a.m. at 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free.
Over at Fort Reno, enjoy an rock ’n’ roll triple bill with performances by Notaries Public, Spirit Plots, and Teen Liver. 7 p.m. at Nebraska Avenue and Chesapeake Street NW. Free.
Spanish rock quartet Mourn comes stateside to perform at DC9 with local band Big Moth. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $14.
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