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This holiday season, theatergoers looking for a little less cheesy yuletide cheer and a little more dark fare will find their gift in Terminus, a gloomy, pared-down play by Irish writer Mark O’Rowe that explores loosely interlocking tales of fear and terror. Over the course of one dreary night in Dublin, the lives of a crisis hotline worker, a lonely young woman, and a serial killer come crashing together. In Terminus, the story is told as a rhyming monologue with modern, violent verse—a whole lot more daring than traditional holiday tales of yore. Read more >>> The play runs Dec. 10 through Jan. 4 at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $20–$30. (202) 332-3300. studiotheatre.org(Diana Metzger)


Hank’s Oyster Bar has a new oyster grown exclusively for its restaurants. The Salty Wolfe comes from War Shore Oyster Company near Chincoteague Island, Va., and is named after chef and owner chef and owner Jamie Leeds’ father, Hank Wolfe Leeds. The medium-cupped mollusks are salty up front and mildly sweet and creamy to finish. They’re will be available at Hank’s Dupont, Capitol Hill, and Old Town Alexandria locations for $2.25 each. Ten percent of the proceeds from the oysters will go to a different charity each quarter, beginning with the American Heart Association. Hank’s Oyster Bar, multiple locations. hanksoysterbar.com (Jessica Sidman)


Philadelphia-based rock outfit Drgn King plays the Black Cat Backstage with local experimental quartet Sealab. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

R&B singer Tinashe incorporates elements of hip-hop, pop, and electronica into her live show at the Howard Theatre. Main Girl and NaVon Smith also perform. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $25.

Local funk act Emilio Festevez leads a dance party at DC9 featuring additional music by DJs G and Raha. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.

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