Andy Warhol’s “Silver Clouds” is bound to be a crowd-pleaser on view at Artisphere, where 150 of the Scotchpak-made metalized plastic film balloons will float for about five weeks. But make no mistake: Despite their family-friendly appeal, Warhol’s balloons are adult material. Read more >>> (Kriston Capps) The exhibit opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. and is on view Wednesdays to Fridays 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays noon to 11 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. to Oct. 20 at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 875-1100.


The Cooking Channel’s Chuck’s Eat The Street is taking on the 14th Street corridor in tonight’s episode. Busboys & PoetsEstadioPearl Dive Oyster Palace, and The Pig will all be featured. Check out the episode at a viewing party at Black Jack tonight at 10 p.m. The bar will have a complimentary raw bar plus $5 drink specials from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will go to Black’s Family FoundationBlack Jack, 1612 14th St. NW. (202) 986-8777. (Jessica Sidman)


It’s a big night for theater around town: National Geographic presents Bell, newscaster Jim Lehrer’s one-man show about the man who invented the telephone7:30 p.m. at 1600 M St. NW. $27–$30. American Century Theater opens Come Blow Your Horn, the company’s first attempt at a Neil Simon work, at the Gunston Arts Center. 8 p.m. at 2700 South Lang St., Arlington. $32–$35. Shakespeare Theatre Company begins its season with a grand production of the Bard’s comedy Measure for Measure, directed by Jonathan Munby. 8 p.m. at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. $40–$85.

New Georgetown venue Gypsy Sally’s opens tonight with two performances. Country songwriter Jim Lauderdale kicks things off at 8 p.m. and honky-tonk group Wil Gravatt Band takes the stage at 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at 3401 K St. NW. $5–$20.

Emerging Swedish electropop group Kate Boy performs a late show at U Street Music Hall with Joywave and ASTR. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $12–$15.

Psychedelic soul group The Stepkids plays DC9 tonight with local disco/indie rock/proto-punk band Hot Hymns. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.

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