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All things considered, the jump War Horse took from its Broadway debut to a month-long run at the Kennedy Center happened in record time. Of course, the World War I epic originally opened five years ago in London, so perhaps it’s not that quick, after all. Theater fans will get what they expect from War Horse: a tender, slightly sappy war epic that’s worth the steep price of admission solely for the life-sized horse puppets. The play runs Oct. 23 to Nov. 11 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$175. kennedy-center.org. (202) 467-4600. Read more >>> (Christopher Heller)


Former New York Times restaurant critic Sam Sifton is in town today promoting his new book, Thanksgiving: How To Cook It Well. Stop by Room & Board at 1840 14th St. NW for a reading and discussion moderated by Y&H alum Tim Carman. The signing begins at 6 p.m., and the conversation goes from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. RSVP here. (Jessica Sidman)


Fly, don’t walk! The Folger’s retelling of the Persian fable The Conference of the Birds begins a week of previews with a pay-what-you-can performance this evening. 7:30 p.m. at the Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St.  SE. Pay what you can. (202) 544-4600. folger.edu.

Tickets still remain to David Sedaris‘ talk at Strathmore tonight. On that note: It’s not the holiday season yet, but now seems like a perfectly decent time to revisit Sedaris’ classic piece of Christmas humor, “Santaland Diaries.” Why not! 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $48-$58.

Chrystia Freeland introduces the world to a new group of super-powerful rich people, the .1 percent, and discusses her new book, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, tonight at Politics & Prose.  7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com.

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