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You’ve already seen most of this summer’s big movies, and you need an excuse to sit inside, feel some air conditioning blow, and laugh? Thank goodness the Second City is returning to D.C. this week. The Chicago-based team of improvisers and sketch comedians have crafted a new show just for D.C. audiences, following the acclaimed runs of Barack Star and America All Better in summers past. Keeping with tradition, Second City’s sharp and satirical gang will skewer everything from Facebook to Farragut North and pay special attention to the District’s main provider of jobs: the federal government. Read more >>> The show runs July 7 to Aug. 2 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. $35–$68. (202) 393-3939. woollymammoth.net. (Diana Metzger)
Ben’s Chili Bowl opens its H Street NE location today with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. featuring the Chuck Brown Band, Mayor Muriel Bowser, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. The street level floor serves pretty much the same menu of half-smokes and burgers as the other Ben’s locations. A second floor full-service dining area and rooftop bar will open in the coming months. Unlike the iconic U Street NW locale, this one downplays Bill Cosby, and the owners have declined to comment on anything related to the TV star. Read more on Young & Hungry. Ben’s Chili Bowl, 1001 H St. NE. benschilibowl.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Once, the big Broadway musical about delicate singer-songwriters who meet in Dublin and end up creating beautiful music together, arrives at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater for a month-long stay. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $65–160.
Keyboard-and-drums duo Mates of State have been performing together since 1997 and this year isn’t any different. They play Rock & Roll Hotel tonight with pop-folk duo Good Graeff and Seattle-based chamber pop act Hey Marsailles. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $20.
Part Gypsy swing band, part jazz ensemble, Orchester Praževica brings its lively and danceable music to Adams Morgan’s Bossa Bistro. Find more details on Facebook. 9:30 p.m. at 2463 18th St. NW. $5.
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