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Kingsley Flood headlines a show at Northwest Washington's Rock N Roll Hotel Thursday night.
Kingsley Flood headlines a show at Northwest Washington's Rock N Roll Hotel Thursday night.

(June 16-19) Empty chairs unlikely

Two high school juniors founded the Empty Chair Theatre Company in Northern Virginia four years ago to help young actors hone their craft. This week the troupe takes on Shakespeare's comical "Twelfth Night". Fittingly, Viola's decision to cross-dress her way through unrequited love and misplaced affection is set in a modern-day high school. The production is staged at Arlington's Theatre on the Run through Sunday.

(June 16-30) Hirshhorn goes out of this world

If you're trying to beat the heat, you can check out an indoor summer film fest at the Hirshhorn Museum on the Mall. SAUCERIFEROUS provides an opportunity to relive the 1950s fascination with Martians and flying saucers. Out-of-this-world classics screen through the end of June beginning Thursday night with "The Day the Earth Stood Still".

(June 17) A folksy flood

Kingsley Flood isn't from Mars. The band lives in Boston and the singer's here in D.C. He describes the music as "rock 'n' roll with a fiddle," in that it owes as much to Woody Guthrie as it does Joe Strummer. The District's Ugly Purple Sweater opens for Kingsley Friday at Northeast Washington's Rock N Roll Hotel.

Music: "A Little Too Old" by Kingsley Flood

CORRECTION: This segment originally reported that Kingsley Flood was playing Thursday. It actually played Friday, June 17.


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