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Many artists have an alter ego they use to unleash a side of themselves they may be shy about revealing to the world. Beyoncé has Sasha Fierce, Garth Brooks has the strangely soul-patched Chris Gaines, and Alfred Jarry, the French forefather to the Surrealist art movement, had Père Ubu. Jarry wrote many inventive plays centered on the Ubu character, chief among them César-Antéchrist and Ubu Roi. These plays, along with letters written at the end of Jarry’s life, form the basis of Richard Henrich’s Jarry Inside Out. Based on Jarry’s life and fantastical works of writing, the production takes the audience on an intellectual and physical journey through a truly singular mind. Read more >>> The play runs May 28 to June 21 at Spooky Action Theater, 1810 16th St. NW. $15–$35. (202) 248-0301. spookyaction.org. (Diana Metzger)
Can chefs make cocktails? Find out at tonight’s Chefs Behind Bars event at Stanton & Greene from 6 to 8 p.m. Seven local chefs, including Birch & Barley’s Kyle Bailey, Jack Rose Dining Saloon’s Russell Jones, and Vidalia’s Hamilton Johnson, will go head to head with their own cocktail creations. Tickets are $45 and include one drink from each of the chefs, plus bar snacks. Vote for your favorite at the end. The event benefits Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Stanton & Greene, 319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Zydeco king C.J. Chenier plays with his Red Hot Louisiana Band at Artisphere. Arrive early for dance lessons from Dancing by the Bayou. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 7:30 p.m. at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $20.
Head to the Paperhaus for a night of comedy featuring local performers Jenn Tisdale, Matty Litwack, and Jamel Johnson. Find more details on Facebook. 8 p.m. at 4912 3rd St. NW. Free.
Proto-punk band Death (not to be confused with the ’80s metal band Death) takes the stage at the Black Cat with opening act Obnox. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $20–$25.
Local electro/acoustic act Louis Weeks celebrates the release of his latest album with a performance at the Howard Theatre featuring Fellow Creatures and the El Mansouris. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $12–$25.
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