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In just over a year, Boston-based indie rock band Speedy Ortiz has gone from headlining the quaint, tiny Black Cat backstage to taking over the cavernous main stage. The group’s quick rise to prominence makes sense: Speedy Ortiz’s singer and guitarist (more like shred-master) Sadie Dupuis is one of the best songwriters of the past few years, the rare lyricist who can balance acid-tongued wit with tender emotionality. But Dupuis almost never falls into the trap of ironic detachment. Read more >>> Speedy Ortiz performs with Krill and Two Inch Astronaut at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Dean Essner)


Art and Soul hosts its second annual Biscuit Bash tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. Nine chefs will prepare their own biscuit creations for the chance to win the title of Biscuit King or Queen. Among those competing are chefs from Mason Dixie Biscuit Co., Bar Pilar, Sticky Fingers, and Vidalia. The public will choose the champion while enjoying cocktails, beers, dessert from Ice Cream Jubilee, and a DJ. Tickets are $50 and available here. A portion of the the proceeds will go to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and DC Central Kitchen. Art and Soul, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. (202) 393-7777.  artandsouldc.com/special-events/biscuit-bash. (Jessica Sidman)


Theater J begins performances of its new playThe Call, about a white couple who seek to adopt a child from Africa and their African-American friends’ reactions, at Atlas Performing Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $25.

Arizona-bred pop vocalist Zella Day performs at DC9 with Rockville-based pop rock act Skyline Hotel. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.

For its annual No Rules ShowNo Rules Theatre Company presents a new sketch comedy revue conceived by company members and hosted by artistic director Joshua Morgan. 8 p.m. at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $15.

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