Spending a night watching unknown performers share their creative work with an audience of strangers can easily backfire, and comedy open mics are not necessarily a safe bet. But expect some surprises Monday nights at Townhouse Tavern, where some of D.C.’s best stand-up comedians perform each week. Read more >>> The show begins at 8 p.m. at Townhouse Tavern, 1637 R St. NW. Free. (202) 234-5747. undergroundcomedydc.com. (Caroline Jones)


Newton’s Noodles is expanding beyond fuzu. Beginning today, the fast-casual chain from Newton’s Table chef and owner Dennis Friedman begins serving breakfast. From 7 to 10 a.m. on weekdays, you can get a build your own omelette or egg scramble with a choice of three veggies for $2.99. (Bacon, sausage, and cheese are extra.) The egg offerings can also be added turned into a bagel or croissant sandwich for an additional $1.50. Also on the menu: loco moco with white or brown rice, a choice of bacon, sausage, or turkey, and a sunny side up egg. Aside from breakfast, Newton’s Noodles also begins offering catering and delivery services in select neighborhoods today for minimum orders of $100. Newton’s Noodles, 1129 20th St. NW. (202) 827-3901. newtonsnoodles.com(Jessica Sidman)


Folger Theatre hosts a screening of Richard II, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s first live broadcast from Stratford-upon-Avon. Former Doctor Who star David Tennant plays the title role. 7 p.m. at 201 East Capitol St. SE. $20.

Recent National Book Award winner James McBride discusses his acclaimed novel The Good Lord Bird at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs its creole-tinged holiday tunes at the Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50.

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