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A Tony Award-winning musical, free alien flick, and a book signing for single chefs-in-training

In the smash-hit Next to Normal, Broadway veteran Alice Ripley plays a mother with bipolar disorder. Photograph courtesy of Next to Normal

Monday, June 27
Grab a blanket, and maybe some bug spray, for tonight’s Crystal Screen outdoor movie selection, District 9. In this 2009 Academy Award-nominated film, aliens are forced to live in slum-like conditions in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the courtyard at 1850 Bell Street. Free, film begins at sundown.

Tuesday, June 28
THEATER: Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal makes its Kennedy Center debut tonight, returning to Washington for the first time since it was workshopped at Arena Stage in 2008. The emotional powerhouse tells the story of a suburban family struggling with loss and mental illness. Tickets ($35 to $120) can be purchased at the Kennedy Center’s Web site. 7:30 PM.

Wednesday, June 29
Blackberry Winter, the collective-turned-band that wrote all the music for the Academy Award-nominated film Winter’s Bone, is dropping by the Rock and Roll Hotel for a live performance of the complete score. Tickets ($15) can be purchased at the Rock and Roll Hotel’s Web site or at the door ($18). 8 PM.

Thursday, June 30
Washington Post food and travel editor Joe Yonan will be signing copies of his new cookbook, Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One, at Cities Restaurant & Lounge. Mingle with other singles while sipping on specially priced Square One Organic Vodka, Honest Tea cocktails, wine, and beer. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will also be served, and attendees will receive a $10 coupon for future visits to Cities. All proceeds will benefit FRESHFARM Markets, the nonprofit behind so many of our favorite local farmers’ markets. Tickets ($10) can be purchased at the door, but attendees must RSVP by Monday, June 27 to

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