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With such an emphasis on Irish theater in Washington, you would think that no Blarney Stone had been left unturned, at least in terms of Irish playwrights. But Garry Hynes, the pioneering Galway-based director who put Enda Walsh and Martin McDonagh on the map, has yet another playwright she’d like to introduce to international audiences: 77-year-old Tom Murphy. On this world tour that Hynes calls DruidMurphy, the theater company will present three plays exploring the theme of immigration. Conversations on a Homecoming opens the series tonight. Shots of Jameson, which you might need, are not included. Read more >>> (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
The plays run Oct. 17-20 at The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre, 2700 F St. NW. $35–$65. kennedy-center.org. (202) 467-4600.
Mellow Mushroom turns one today and the Adam’s Morgan pizza place is celebrating with $1 slices from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you can’t make it then, stop by after work for $3 draft beers from 5 p.m. to close. There will also be live music by the Brian Settles Trio. Mellow Mushroom, 2436 18th St. NW. (202) 290-2778; mellowmushroom.com. (Jessica Sidman)
Still interested in election-related things? The Corcoran wants to believe that. “On the Campaign Trail,” their new exhibit of presidential photographs and political paintings, opens today. Missing from the exhibit: binders full of women. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursdays at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. (202) 639-1700. corcoran.org. $10 for adults.
Seasoned author Sherman Alexie discusses Blasphemy, his collection of old and new stories, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. Free.
Soul icon Mavis Staples takes the stage tonight at the Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. at the Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. (202) 787-1000. thehamiltondc.com. $52-$62.
Attention folkies: There have been plenty of high-profile Woody Guthrie centennial events in town, but tonight there’s a lower-key alternative: The D.C. Music Salon series is celebrating the influential songwriter with a session dedicated to lesser-known highlights from Guthrie’s career. Smithsonian archivist Jeff Place shapes the discussion. 7 p.m. at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Branch Library, 1630 7th St. NW. Free. More information on Facebook.
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