“Our people…they don’t want to go to the theaters and suffer,” says Nucky Walder, producer of Teatro de la Luna’s 15th International Festival of Hispanic Theater. “They want comedies.” Year-round, Teatro de la Luna supports theater as seen from a Latin American perspective; but for this annual festival, it looks to outstanding theater from Hispanic cultures around the world. This year’s festival ropes in a lot of comedy, but it plans to include a few more traditional notes, like a Dominican adaptation of Othello called Otelo…Sniff, which incorporates Afro-West Indian dance. Don’t worry if you don’t habla español: Most performances will include a simultaneous live interpretation. MORE >>> (Sarah A. Ventre)
Teatro de la Luna’s 15th International Festival of Hispanic Theater runs Oct. 9 to Nov. 17 at the Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $10-$35. Children’s theater shows free for kids under age 4. teatrodelaluna.org. (703) 548-3092.
Fiola has launched a new five-course $50 tasting menu dedicated solely to pasta. Every Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., diners will be able to get the deal at the restaurant’s bar and lounge. The meal starts with spaghetti “chitarra” with roasted tomatoes, chills, and basil, then moves on to bucatini with prawns, clams, and chillies. That’s followed by tortellini with goat cheese, butter, and sage, and pappardelle with classic ragu Bolognese, wild mushrooms, and parmesan. The meal is topped off with Fiola’s famous zeppole and chocolate sauce. Wine pairings bring the total price to $85 per person (excluding tax and tip). Fiola, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; (202) 628-2888; fioladc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Baltimore instrumentalists Yevoto rock the Millennium Stage. Details here. 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW . (202) 467-4600. Free.
Irish novelist John Banville talks about his new book based on old characters this evening at Politics & Prose. More information on P&P’s website. 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 364-1919. Free.
The verdict’s still out on Mitt Romney’s opinion of them but indie rockers Menomena play the Black Cat mainstage tonight. Tickets are still available! Doors open at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. (202) 667-4490. $15.
It’s the last night of the Latin American Film Festival at AFI. It closes with a special screening of As Luck Would Have It [La chispa de la vida], a media satire starring Salma Hayek. Details and tickets available here. 7:15 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. (301) 495-6720. $12.
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