Chad Beckim’s world premiere play, Lights Rise on Grace, centers around Grace, the daughter of Chinese immigrants who falls in love with Large, a young black man. Though their relationship progresses quickly, it’s halted by Large’s sudden disappearance. When he returns six years later, the couple attempts to pick up where they left off, but a third party who befriends both of them confuses the situation. Emotional turmoil ensues, and as the characters discover that they can’t leave their pasts behind, the play turns from a passionate love story to a study of an unconventional family that forms in the least expected place. Read more >>> The play runs March 30 to April 26 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $35–$68. (202) 393-3939. (Caroline Jones)


Prepare for warmer weather by treating yourself to a scoop of ice cream. Ice Cream Jubilee releases new flavors today, including fig, port, and goat cheese as well as Passover-inspired chocolate matzo crack with chocolate and caramel-covered matzah brittle mixed into vanilla. The Navy Yard shop is also introducing milkshakes and malts ($6.95) to its menu today. Flavors include salted caramel, cookies and cookie dough, and “unicorn,” made of vanilla malt blended with rainbow sprinkles and birthday cake. Guests can also design their own milkshake with any three scoops of ice cream. Ice Cream Jubilee, 301 Water St. SE. (202) 863-0727. (Jessica Sidman)


Blues-influenced pop band Lillywood performs at U Street Music Hall with Brooklyn-based swing duo French Horn Rebellion. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $25.

Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band pay tribute to the late blues musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron on his birthday with a performance at Bossa Bistro. Find more details on Facebook. 9 p.m. at 2463 18th St. NW. $10.

Foundry Gallery pairs the work of contemporary painters with the words of contemporary poets in its newest show, “The Painted Word,” which opens today. Noon at 1314 18th St. NW. Free.

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