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If moral ambiguity is the heart of piracy, then perhaps it makes sense that the most interesting person in the new pirate documentary Stolen Seas doesn’t really consider himself a pirate. That would be Ishmael Ali, a Somali guy who found work as a translator for the small boatload of raiders who had captured the Danish-owned ship CEC Future and its crew in 2008.  His presence is crucial to the film: He credibly provides an insider’s view—and his command of English helps bring nuance to a story in which only a few people’s hands are clean. Read more>>> The film screens at 7 p.m. at West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. $11. (202) 419-3456. westendcinema.com. (Joe Warminsky)

Protein Bar officially opens its second D.C. area location in Ballston today. The healthy fast-casual spot servers high-protein blended drinks, soups, salads, bowls, and its signature quinoa-packed “bar-ritos.” Plus, the location already has the Newt Gingrich nod of approval. The former Speaker of the House tweeted he was “very impressed” and the quinoa chili is great. So there you go. Protein Bar, 800 N. Glebe St. North. (571) 970-1573. theproteinbar.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Tonight’s Lumineers show at DAR Constitution Hall is sold out, but fear not: the alt-folk group recently announced a show at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Friday, July 26. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. on Ticketfly.com and at noon at 9:30 Club’s box office.

U Street Music Hall presents a huge, late-night electronic show with performances by Crazibiza, 2rip vs. DJ Obscure, Malphunktion, Christian Dope, and Shawn Lucas. 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $10.

Studio Gallery opens two new shows today: Shadows, a photography and mixed media exhibition of works by Peter Karp, and Rough | Smooth | Evolving, featuring sculptures by Trish Palasik.

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