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Things to Do in DC This Week (July 17-19): A Book About Charlotte Brontë, Gorillaz, and a Play About Slavery

Photo caption: The Octoroon runs Tuesday through August 6 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Photograph by Scott Suchman


BOOKS Georgetown professor John Pfordresher appears at East City Bookshop discussing his new book, The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece. In his book, Pfordresher explores the parallels between the book’s story and Brontë’s life and why she disavowed the book after it was written. Free, 6:30 PM.

MUSIC The virtual band Gorillaz just released its fifth studio album Humanz after a six-year break. The British band, led by musician Damon Albarn (Blur) and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett (co-creator of Tank Girl), performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion. With Vince Staples and Danny Brown. Tickets $49.25-$199, 7:30 PM.


THEATER Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company opens its 38th season with a revival its 2016 production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins‘s An Octoroon. The Obie Award-winning play is riff on a 19th-century drama that helped shape the debate around the abolition of slavery, following a young man who falls for the part-black daughter of a plantation owner while another man tries to buy her for himself. Through August 6. Tickets $54-$109.

FILM The latest screening in Bistro Bohem’s Film & Beer series is If a Thousand Clarinets, a 1964 musical comedy in which a reporter finds a military base whose rifles have mysteriously transformed into musical instruments. Free (reservation required to 202-735-5895 or, 6:45 PM.


FILM The Avalon screens the 2015 French drama This Summer Feeling. The film tells the story of a man whose girlfriend dies suddenly in Berlin; his life gradually reawakens over three summers living in three different cities. Tickets $12.25, 8 PM.

THEATER Synetic Theater’s latest wordless production, The Mark of Cainshows the world through the eyes of Cain, the world’s first criminal according to the Bible, and distills human history back to his murder of his brother, Abel. Recommended for ages 13 and up due to mature content. Through August 13, Tickets $35-$60.