If you’re not big on war literature, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation may encourage you to reconsider when it hosts a dual reading by Philip Caputo and Kevin Powers, two authors who have published acclaimed works based on their military experiences. Neither Caputo nor Powers intended to chronicle the history of those wars, nor do they believe that their stories represent everyone who served. They’ll speak, instead, about how writing allowed them to process their time at war and share portions of their stories. Read more >>> Philip Caputo and Kevin Powers read at 7:30 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. (202) 898-9063. penfaulkner.org. (Caroline Jones)
It’s Industry Takeover Night at Graffiato, and this month the Italian-inspired eatery is going Korean. Mandu’s Danny and Yesoon Lee, Pabu chef Jonah Kim, and Ed Lee of Louisville, Kentucky restaurants 610 Magnolia and Milkwood will be preparing free late night snacks for guests at the first floor pizza bar from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. Guest mixologists will serve up drink specials. A $10 cash-only cover charge is requested at the door, with half of the money going toward the James Beard Foundation. Graffiato, 707 6th St. NW. (202) 289-3600; graffiatodc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Woolly Mammoth begins previews of Appropriate, the local native playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins‘ play about a family who returns to Arkansas in order to settle their patriarch’s estate. 8 p.m. at 641 D St. NW. Pay what you can.
Bounce rapper Big Freedia celebrates her new TV program, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, with a performance at the Howard Theatre with special guests. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $20.
Tokyo experimental-punk trio Melt-Banana plays the Black Cat Backstage with sound duo Brain Tentacles. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $18.
Share your thoughts about M.I.A.‘s new album, Matangi, at a listening party at U Street Music Hall. 8 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $5.
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