Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Becky Shaw Opens! Imperial China Hangs It Up!

As terrible as they are, bad dates provide the best stories. That kind of sick glee shines through in Round House Theatre’s new production of Becky Shaw, Gina Gionfriddo’s 2008 play about one of those horrible encounters. When newlyweds Suzanna and Andrew arrange a date between their friends Max and Becky, it seems like nothing can really go wrong. Er, no. The date ends at a police station—and from there, things somehow continue to go downhill. Your last bad date was probably a picnic in the park compared to this one. Read more>>> The play runs May 29 to June 23 at Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $10–$53. (240) 644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org. (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

Art and Soul is bringing back its Wednesday patio parties tonight. Chef Wes Morton will roast heritage pork and grill Rappahannock oysters. There will also be a snacks like pork rinds, pimento cheese, and creamsicles for dessert. The feast is $35 per person, and a seasonal punch is available in pitchers for $30. A menu of limited parts like ears, trotters, and cheeks will be priced individually and sold on a first-come basis. The patio parties will continue every Wednesday through Aug. 28. Art and Soul, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. (202) 393-7777. artandsouldc.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Over the past several years, no band has put the District’s current indie rock in the context of the previous two decades’ better than Imperial China. Along with groups like Hume and Buildings—as well as their home, Sockets Records—Imperial China was one of the most visible bands of the early 2010s, a brief stretch in which D.C. indie rock felt both vital, eccentric, and largely disconnected from its previous incarnations. Now, the label is gone, and tonight, Imperial China will be too. Maybe, if we’re lucky, it’ll be more like a long-term hiatus. Read more >>> 8 p.m. at  Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (Jonathan L. Fischer)

Canadian hip-hop collective A Tribe Called Red performs at Tropicalia with special guests DJ Rat and DJ Mafe of Maracuyeah. 8 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. $10.

The Dandy Warhols play their acclaimed 2000 album 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia in its entirety tonight at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25.

With its themes of art and identity, Jacqueline E. Lawton’s The Hampton Years seems like a natural fit for the first new plays to emerge from Theater J’s inaugural Locally Grown: Community Supported Art Festival. Last January The Hampton Years was still a work in progress; tonight, it premieres as one of two productions anchoring the 2013 festival. Read more >>> 7:30 p.m. at Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. Pay what you can. (Sophia Bushong)

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