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ToDo ToDay: Kevin Barry, Storytelling, and Weird Comedy

Kevin Barry

Very few evil megalomaniacs are as entertaining as Kevin Barry. The Limerick-born scribe's fiction is a distinctly Irish brew of lyricism, raunchy humor, and sentimentality that translates well to the speaker's podium. Riding a wave of critical enthusiasm to his reading tonight at Mount Vernon Square’s Warehouse Theater, Barry focused his debut novel, City of Bohane, on "hipster hoodlums in the 2050s." Bring a drink from The Passenger next door and settle in for a night of foppish gangsters and grandmotherly abductresses in Barry's squalid but lovable retinue. Before the event, check out City Paper's recent interview with Barry. Read more>>> Kevin Barry reads at 7 p.m. at Warehouse Theater, 645 New York Ave. NW. Free. (202) 783-3933. warehousetheater.com(Sean Jones)

EAT THIS

Get one last taste of Cirque Cuisine food truck's organic offerings before it says goodbye for good. Founders (and former circus clowns) Sean Swartz and Jessica Shields are calling it quits in light of new food truck regulations. You can read more about their decision on Young & Hungry. Today you can find them at Franklin Square. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Art Yards DC, a live public art installation on the Southeast waterfront, officially launches today when artist Kelly Towles pours 111 gallons of paint down the side of a six-story building. The artists will continue working on it through Nov. 29. All day at First and M streets SE. Free.

Jason Mendelson, the man who is determined to write a song about every Metro station, presents some of his best pieces at The Dunes tonight. Star FK Radium and Two Dragons and a Cheetah also perform. 8 p.m. at 1402 Meridian Place NW. $8.

U Street Music Hall hosts another Story League competition, this one built on the theme of "Lies, Lies, Lies." The winning storyteller takes home a $250 cash prize. 8 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $14–$15.

Lalah Hathaway brings her R&B-tinged soul songs to the Howard Theatre tonight. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $60.

Adam Friedland's monthly alt-comedy showcase Funny Moms returns to Wonderland tonight with stand-up comics Jamel Johnson, Michael Foody, Stavros Halkias, and several others. 8:30 p.m. at Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW. Free/donations accepted.

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