Thanks to the Young Playwrights’ Theater, thousands of D.C. school children every year receive a crash course in dramatic writing. Through its In-School Playwriting Program, the organization encourages students to connect with their inner dramatists and explore their ideas—and while it’s unclear if the next Arthur Miller is buried within their ranks, the resulting works always boast a high entertainment value. From the more than 1,000 student scripts authored this year, 15 will be performed and directed by professionals at YPT’s New Play Festival. Read more >>> The festival runs April 20 to 22 at GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 387-9173. youngplaywrightstheater.org. (Caroline Jones)
Adams Morgan has a new spot where you can eat a sandwich and record a vinyl track. Songbyrd Record Cafe opened last week with a recording booth where you can create your own three minute song on a 1947 Voice-O-Graph. The cafe also has a collection of 350 vinyl records and listening stations to check out music before you buy. The menu features mostly sandwiches. There’s also a “jumbo slice” and “mumbo slice,” which are actually just open-faced sandwiches served on focaccia. The latter comes topped with mumbo sauce, hot mustard, pulled pork, grilled pineapple, grilled red onions, and basil. Read more on Young & Hungry. Songbyrd, 2477 18th St. NW. songbyrddc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
In celebration of Earth Day, the AFI Silver Theatre, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Environmental Film Festival present a screening of Planetary, a documentary about how we connect with our fellow humans and the world around us. 7 p.m. at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50–$12.
Local bebop musician Brad Linde and his group, Strange City, perform the music of pianist and composer Herbie Nichols at Atlas Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $22–$28.
Rock singer Ryan Montbleau presents a solo show at the Hamilton with opening act Floodwood. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $15–$25.
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