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She’s 81, highly quotable, beloved by women and gays on social media, and has powers endowed by the highest court in the land: Ruth Bader Ginsburg has, essentially, usurped Betty White. Now RBG is infringing on White’s theatrical territory too. The lace-collared justice appears in Our War, a “theatrical event” from the National Civil War Project at Arena Stage that features a series of short monologues exploring the Civil War and its echoes in modern life. Read more >>> The play runs Oct. 21 to Nov. 9 at Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. $40. (202) 544-9066. arenastage.org. (Jenny Rogers)


The Smithsonian is bringing together three of D.C.’s top female chefs for a talk and tasting tonightRestaurant Nora’s Nora PouillonRIS’s Ris Lacoste, and Ripple/Roofers Union’s Marjorie Meek-Bradley will talk about their careers, the changing dining scene, and women in professional kitchens. Y&H’s Jessica Sidman will moderate. Tickets for the event are $30 for Smithsonian Associates members and general admission is $42. The event, which runs from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., includes dishes from the chefs, including peach sponge cake, jumbo lump crab cakes, and Asian Caesar salad with garlic croutons. D.C.’s Top Women Chefs, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 


Nashville indie-pop act Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes plays the Black Cat backstage with Louisiana rock duo Baby Bee. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.

As part of the D.C. JCC’s Jewish Literary Festival, author Art Spiegelman and musician Philip Johnston present WORDLESS!, a live musical performance that explains how we understand comics and the history of the genre, at GW’s Lisner Auditorium. 8 p.m. at 730 21st St. NW. $35–$45.

Experimental rock act Pree opens for mystical singer Orenda Fink at DC9. Vocalists Joan Shelley and Walker Lukens also perform. 7:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.

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