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Once a week, the Washington Post’s Date Lab matches up two singles in an effort to prove how difficult it is to spend a few hours with a stranger. How does the Date Lab crew get it so wrong every week? Find out from Post “matchmaker-in-chief” Christina Breda Antoniades, who will chat with Post advice columnist Carolyn Hax (pictured) and pro matchmaker Paul C. Brunson on love and, presumably, why Washingtonians continue to submit themselves to the column’s amateur but highly readable matchmaking. Later, eligible singles will compete in a live dating game. The “prize”: an evening out on Date Lab. Read more >>> The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $25. (202) 292-6100. newseum.org(Will Sommer)


After a fire shut it down in October, Urban Butcher will re-open this evening. To celebrate, the restaurant is hosting an open house that will include complimentary appetizers from 5 to 9 p.m. Happy hour drink specials will also be offered, followed by a roast at 7:30 p.m. Urban Butcher, 8226 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. (301) 585-5800. urbanbutcher.com (Morgan Hines)


New Zealand pop star Brooke Fraser attempts to make an impression on American audiences with a show on the Black Cat’s main stage. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $20.

Barack Obama‘s former body man Reggie Love shares embarrassing stories from his time inside the White House (including the time Obama walked in on Love with a lady friend) in his new book, Power Forward: My Presidential Education. He reads from it tonight at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Detroit-based rock act Jamaican Queens plays DC9 with Chicago duo Sleepy Kitty and local favorite PREE. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.

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