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“Therefore play music!” announces Benedick in the final scene of Much Ado About Nothing. In Shakespeare’s day, he was probably yelling at one onstage lute player, but in the four centuries since, composers have taken that exclamation as a directive. Tonight the Last Stand Quartet, four young members of the National Symphony Orchestra with thespian streaks, will play Shakespeare-inspired music by nine of those composers, from 17th century Englishman Henry Purcell up through contemporary American Ned Rorem. Read more >>> The Last Stand Quartet performs with special guests Andre Braugher, Reiko Aylesworth, and Rob Clare at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
Alba Osteria opens in Mount Vernon Triangle today, serving cuisine from the Piedmont region of northern Italy. Chef Roberto Donna (of Al Dente) and chef de cuisine Amy Brandwein (previously of Casa Nonna) will offer a wide selection of Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas plus fresh pastas. An extensive antipasti list ranges from fried pig’s feet to sweet and sour peppers. The restaurant also has a prominent 62-area bar area with four wines on tap and a weekday happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Read more about Alba Osteria at Young & Hungry. Alba Osteria, 425 I St. NW. (202) 733-4454. albaosteriadc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Shakespeare Theatre Company broadcasts the National Theatre’s production of Macbeth starring Kenneth Branagh again tonight. Read more >>> 7:30 p.m. at 610 F St. NW. $10.
Head back to the ’70s and ’80s at the Hamilton with Talking Heads tribute group Start Making Sense. Hall & Oates cover band HmfO opens the show. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $22.50.
Former En Vogue vocalist Dawn Robinson performs a solo show at the Howard Theatre with opening act Twinky. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $35.
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