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ToDo ToDay: Joan Rivers, Anna Mwalagho, and Urban Butcher Happy Hour

joanJust because she’s inside a house of worship doesn’t mean Joan Rivers will bite her tongue when she visits Sixth & I Historic Synagogue for a chat with the Atlantic’s Hanna Rosin. Comedian, host of E!’s Fashion Police, and professional shit-stirrer Rivers returns to town with a new book that promises to be salacious as ever. Don’t be surprised if her comments prompt mass tweeting, your body aches from laughing, and your jaw drops a few inches by the end of the night. Unfortunately, Rivers won’t be signing books. But if you’re lucky, she might critique your outfit during the question-and-answer portion. Don’t blame me if she sends you home in tears. Read more >>> Joan Rivers reads at 7:30 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $40. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Diana Metzger)

EAT THIS

Urban Butcher in Silver Spring is kicking off summer right, adding a happy hour to its already impressive array of drinks and meat-centric offerings. Specials are available Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and weekends from 11:30 a.m to 7:30 p.m. at the bar only. The deals include $5 cocktails, including a lavender margarita, white sangria, and dirty gibson, in addition to select wines and draft beers. The bar food is also far from meager with beef empanadas for $4, smoked bluefish rillettes  for $5, and select sandwiches for $10. Check out the full menu hereUrban Butcher, 8226 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring. (301) 585-5800. urbanbutcher.com. (Julia Tanaka)

OH AND ALSO

Kenya-born musician Anna Mwalagho performs at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival with her band, Afro Floetry. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 2 p.m.on the National Mall. Free.

"The Gray Area: Living in Transition," an exhibition of photos, videos, and paintings that explore the contrast between military life and civilian life, opens today at the Corcoran's Gallery 31. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 500 17th St. NW. $8–$10.

Rockville nerdcore duo hiphopmcdougal plays DC9 with Arlington rock group Company Calls and Curse Words. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.

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