The West Wing might be maligned for inspiring a generation of idealistic young wonks, but the stellar acting at least justified the piles of awards the show won. Tonight, one of those awarded actors returns to the District in a new production at Shakespeare Theatre: Richard Schiff, a.k.a. Communications Director Toby Ziegler, stars in Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie, about a man who laments his bad luck to a hotel night clerk. Ever since former night clerk Hughie, died, Ernie (Schiff) has seen his life go downhill—and there’s clearly a connection between the events. It’s a bit morose, but as any West Wing fan knows, Schiff has a particular gift for that kind of material. Read more>>> The play runs to March 17 at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 F St. NW. $43-$83. (202) 547-1122. (Caroline Jones)


The Pinch in Columbia Heights and DC Brau are teaming up for the first ever Brau Ramble. There will be live bluegrass music from Sligo Creek Stompers and Porchgrass Americana as well as drink specials. Bonus: there will be a 9:30 Club ticket giveaway. No cover. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. The Pinch, 3548 14th St. NW; (202) 722-4440. (Jessica Sidman)


The circus is coming to H Street NE tonight. Well, sort of. The Music Tapes bring their “Traveling Imaginary” tour to Rock & Roll Hotel and present an evening of music, games, and stories under their big tent. 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $12.

Legendary Southern California recording studio Sound City is the subject of a new documentary directed by Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl. It screens tonight at E Street Cinema and AFI. 7:15 p.m. at AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road,  Silver Spring, and 10 p.m. at Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW. $7–$12.50.

Four writers present their work to a panel of all-star judges and face off to determine whose work will reign supreme at the Kennedy Center’s Literary Death Match. 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free.

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