Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Talk It! Attacca Quartet Honors John Adams!

Full disclosure: Talk It’s Andrew Beaujon is the former managing editor of Washington City Paper. “Full disclosure” could also be a mission statement for the trio. A description on record label Teen-Beat’s website points out that the band plays clean and is unencumbered by fancy effects. But Talk It is more than the sum of its parts. Both Beaujon and guitarist John Rickman are alumni of Eggs, a 1990s Northern Virginia rock fixture. Talk It didn’t inherit that band’s brass players and jangle-pop sound, but it delivers something just as distinctive: unfiltered, just-the-facts rock, almost straight from the practice space. Read more >>> Talk It and Lorelei perform at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Kriston Capps)

EAT THIS

Now open: Vendetta, an Italian restaurant with indoor bocce courts on H Street NE. The eatery comes from Jimmy Silk, a partner in H Street Country Club and Capitol Lounge as well as restaurateur Joe Englert of Granville Moore's, The Pug, and more. Pasta is the main attraction.  For $16, diners choose from bucatini, pappardelle, farfalle, penne, tagliatelle, gnocchi, or tortellini to match with one of eight sauces, including squid ink, rabbit ragu with broccoli rabe, and walnut kale pesto. (Full menu here.) Also check out the 16-seat bar upstairs with Vespas suspended overhead and enjoy some prosecco on tap. Vendetta, 1212 H St. NE. (202) 399-3201. vendettadc.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Doin' It in the Park, a documentary about pick-up basketball games in New York, has its D.C. premiere at GALA Hispanic Theatre. Following the screening, ESPN host Tony Reali will moderate a discussion with the film's directors, Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau.  7 p.m. at GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $20.

The Real Thing is about true love, but not the trite pop-song variety. In his modern classic, Tom Stoppard gives love a deeply layered treatment fraught with pain, doubt, and betrayal, in which the lead, a playwright named Henry, becomes entangled in a web of infidelity far more complicated than any he could write for the stage. Stoppard articulates the complexities of passion and betrayal; the compromises we can make to preserve our relationships; when we choose to shatter intimacy; and how we manage to preserve it. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide8 p.m. at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $39-$72. (Sophia Bushong)

Comedian Pete Holmes, best known for his appearances on Best Week Ever, brings his topical stand-up routine to the 9:30 Club. San Francisco comedian Chris Thayer will also perform a set. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20.

The Attacca Quartet performs at the Library of Congress as part of the John Adams Festival. Read more about the festival in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 8 p.m. at the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium, First St. SE between Independence Ave. and East Capitol St. Free.

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