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On a trip to Walter Reed Medical Center in 2004, iconic talk show host Phil Donahue met Tomas Young (shown), a soldier from Kansas City who’d been shot in the chest after only four days’ service in Iraq. Moved by Young’s story, Donahue and filmmaker Ellen Spiro embarked on documenting the veteran’s transition to a lifetime of disability. The result is Body of War, an intense film in which Donahue and Spiro follow the daily trials of Young, who, only 25 at the time, returned home unable to walk, regulate his body temperature, urinate without a catheter, have sex, or cough. Read more >>> (Ally Schweitzer)

Phil Donahue shows and discusses his film at 7 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St. NE. Donations accepted. Register at thepeacealliance.org.


Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Classic Conversations” series draws to a close tonight with veteran actor Stacy Keach in the hot seat. 8 p.m. at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $25-$35.

MC Flex Mathews and pop-punk lifers The Max Levine Ensemble take the stage at Fort Reno this evening. 7 p.m. at Fort Reno Park, Nebraska Avenue and Chesapeake Street NW. Free.


Fast Greek food restaurant Cava Mezze Grill opens in Columbia Heights today at 11 a.m. in the former Radiance Medspa space. The restaurant is like a Mediterranean-style Chipotle: Customers go down an assembly line to pick a meat, vegetable, and sauce in a pita or salad. Prices range from $4.75 for a kid’s entrée to $7.95 for a bowl. This is their third location with two others coming to Tenleytown and Merrifield, Va., this fall. Cava Mezze Grill, 3105 14th St. NW. cavagrill.com. (Stephanie Haven)

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