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ToDo ToDay: Duncan Trussell! Christo! Psychic Mirrors!

Comedians are philosophers, but few philosophers are comedians. Duncan Trussell, the stand-up and podcast host, is one of the few with the ability to analyze the human condition and make his humor rise to the realm of dharma. His podcast waxes on his foibles, fallibilities, and family problems—a recent episode featured his dying mother. But don’t think Trussell is Nietzsche with jokes; his “Drunk History” episode on Funny Or Die—where he drinks a six-pack of beer and a half bottle of absinthe before trying to discuss the inventions of scientist Nikola Tesla—is so ridiculous it’d have the Buddha laughing. Read more >>> Duncan Trussell performs at 7:30 p.m. at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. $20. (703) 486-2345. arlingtondrafthouse.com. (Christopher Porter)

EAT THIS

Feeling like a swanky night on the town? The Grill Room and The Rye Bar are now open in Georgetown's Capella Hotel. It turns out the $40 entree is not dead! And neither are black truffles, wagyu, and lobster, which appear on the menu alongside a beef tartar prepared table side. The decadence continues at The Rye Bar, where you'll find potato skins with oxtail, porcini mushrooms, and black truffle as well as applewood smoked mozzarella sticks with cured ham. Even the ice is fancy. The whiskey-centric bar has a "hand-harvested ice program" with a number of chilling options, including spherical ice made with natural spring water. The Grill Room and The Rye Bar, 1050 31st St. NW. (202) 617-2400. capellahotels.com/washingtondc/georgetown/. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Renowned installation artist Christo, the man behind the Central Park Gates and the Valley Curtain, discusses his work and future projects with fans at the Hirshhorn. 6:30 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum of Art, 7th St. and Independence Ave. SW. Free.

Howard University alumna Geri Allen falls under the jazz-pianist umbrella but can play anything from a ballad to a standard to her own luscious compositions—accompanied, solo, or in a big band. More than a pianist, Allen is a thoroughly versatile surrealist. Read more >>> 8 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $25–$35. (Michael J. West)

Boogie funk group Psychic Mirrors journeys north from Miami for its gig tonight at Tropicalia. Arrive ready to move. 8 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. $5.

The Craft Brewers Conference continues with a special screening of The Beer Hunter, a new documentary about late beer expert Michael Jackson. Tickets include one free beer and snacks. 7 p.m. at RFD, 810 7th St. NW. $30.

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