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Lost love can be haunting, especially if your dead spouse appears to you as a ghost. Conor McPherson’s 2004 play, Shining City, shows us how: John, a widower in Dublin, seeks professional help after seeing his wife’s ghost. He divulges his thoughts about his late wife and past regrets to Ian, a therapist whose own demons add to the story’s complexities. The men attempt to determine whether John’s wife really haunts his home, but that quest only serves as a catalyst for a dual self-reckoning around their lifelong feelings of guilt and regret. Read more >>> The play runs Aug. 9 to Sept. 21 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $10–$40. (202) 399-7993. atlasarts.org. (Jordan-Marie Smith)
Another episode of American Grilled featuring Bayou Bakery’s own David Guas as host airs tonight on the Travel Channel. Guas’ Arlington restaurant will be screening tonight’s New Orleans-focused episode at 9 p.m. Show up at 7 p.m. for dinner specials and free grilled oysters. And starting at 5 p.m., grab $3 Abita draft beers, $14 pitchers, $20 beer buckets (five bottles), and $6 mason jar cocktails with grilled citrus. Bayou Bakery, 1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington. (703) 243-2410. bayoubakeryva.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel performs at 9:30 Club with Massachusetts-based experimental band Gem Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
MLK Library continues its summer sing-along series with a screening of Frozen. Belt as loud as you want and compete at movie trivia to win prizes. 6:30 p.m. at 901 G St. NW. Free.
Head to Wolf Trap for an evening of “newgrass” music featuring Nickel Creek and alt-folk songsmith Josh Ritter. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 7:30 p.m. at 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. $35–$50.
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