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Classical theaters, like many arts venues, have a women problem. Area theaters will start righting this wrong in the upcoming city-wide Women’s Voices Theater Festival; Shakespeare Theatre Company is taking a first step by focusing its annual ReDiscovery Series on lesser-known works by female playwrights. The series begins tonight with a reading of Chains of Dew, directed by Holly Twyford. The 1922 play by Susan Glaspell is about a man whose wife and girlfriend, both frustrated with his behavior, start a branch of the Birth Control League in his living room. Read more >>> The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 F St. NW. Free; reservations required. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org. (Caroline Jones)
Casa Oaxaca is celebrating Mexico’s Independence Day today and tomorrow with a late-night happy hour (from 9 to 11 p.m.) that features $10 cocktails, small plates from $5, and mezcal tastings. In addition, distributors of Raicillia, Sotol, and Bacanora will discuss traditional tequila distillation and production tonight. (Tickets are $30.) Tomorrow, Erick Rodriguez, the “Indiana Jones of Mezcal,” will present a unique selection of mezcals from his travels throughout Mexico, including one distilled with mole poblano and pork meat. Tickets are $45 with proceeds going toward Rodriguez’s Fundacion Agaves Silvestres, a nonprofit dedicated to the reforestation of Mexico’s wild agave plants. Casa Oaxaca, 2106 18th St NW. (202) 387-2272. oaxacaindc.com. (Daniel White)
OH AND ALSO
Lyrical alt-folk artist Hiss Golden Messenger performs at DC9 with Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $14.
Rock duo Detroit Cobras plays Rock & Roll Hotel with local garage-rock acts Jake Starr and the Delicious Fullness and Thee Lolitas. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
“Sludge/punk stud” Ty Segall takes the stage at 9:30 Club tonight. Read more about the show in our Fall Arts Guide. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $18.
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