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How much are we willing to sacrifice to appease our families? The characters in Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities, now playing at Arena Stage, frequently grapple with this issue, but any sort of consensus between family members seems out of reach. When Brooke, the Wyeth family’s only daughter, returns to celebrate Christmas with her family after a six-year estrangement, she announces that she’s going to publish a memoir based on a family tragedy others would like to keep quiet. What is for Brooke a therapeutic act seems to others a mortal sin, and the Wyeth brand of dysfunction reaches new heights. Read more >>> The play runs April 26 to May 26 at Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. $40–$70. (202) 554-9066. arenastage.org. (Caroline Jones)
Frederik de Pue’s new European-style seafood restaurant Azur is launching its bar menu and happy hour today from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The menu offers a break from the pricey cocktail menu, which includes several cocktails over $20 and one that’s $40. Happy hour specials include $5 drafts, $6 martinis, and $1 oysters. The bar menu includes dishes like uni toast, mini fish and chips, chicken lollipos with chimichurri sauce, and more. Azur, 405 8th St. NW. (202) 347-7491. azurdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
How to Destroy Angels, the new band from former Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, performs at the Fillmore with opening act Diiv. 8 p.m. at the Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $35.
Sing-along inspiring rockers Spirit Animal, along with alt-pop groups Black Taxi and Eksi Ekso, take the stage at DC9. 8:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Olympia, Washington-based band The Gun Outfit brings its guitar riffs to the Black Cat Backstage with opening act Fell Types. 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
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