Shakespeare mastered the dramatic gore associated with eye-gouging when King Lear was first produced more than 400 years ago. Playwright Lucas Hnath further explores the scientific consequences of eye-gouging in his latest work, Isaac’s Eye, which he discusses following a reading at the National Academy of Sciences. Read more >>> The reading begins at 6 p.m. at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. Registration required. (202) 334-2415. cpnas.org. (Caroline Jones)
Take a road trip through Greece with a special wine dinner at Zaytinya tonight. For $65, get five family-style courses and wine pairings inspired by the restaurant team’s recent trip to Greece. The menu includes a traditional rabbit stew, roasted Jamison lamb, feta phyllo pie, and more. The dinner starts at 7:15 p.m. Email email@example.com to reserve a spot. Zaytinya, 701 9th St. NW. (202) 638-0800. zaytinya.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Impressive as the National Book Festival is, its national authors can overshadow the local. So the District of Literature festival is an act of cultural rightsizing: The day’s events are designed to make the case for the District’s formidable literary history as well as its future. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. (Mark Athitakis)
Ex-Jurassic 5 hip-hop artist Chali 2na headlines Tropicalia tonight with support from locals Awthentik, Ozker, and Uptown XO. 9 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $20.
Atoms for Peace, the Thom Yorke-led rock supergroup, plays the Patriot Center tonight. 8 p.m. at 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $39–$59.
Legendary Canadian indie band Stars performs at 9:30 Club with Australian duo High Highs. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
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