Before you lock yourself away studying for finals, catch appearances by feel-good performers like a television personality and chef, or the sounds of a modern disciple of indie-rock. Then, catch a comedy show with rip-roaring depictions of party politics.
Carla Hall Book Signing at Politics and Prose
Southern food is delicious, but the cultural history behind these dishes extend far past the taste buds. Join Carla Hall in a talk that sheds a light on soul food’s important origins, following her new cookbook, “Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration.” With television appearances as a co-host on ABC’s “The Chew” and as a contestant on “Top Chef,” Hall has become popular for her bubbly personality and drive for food accessibility. Hall has dedicated her career to opening people’s eyes to the historic issues rooted in cooking, including slavery in the deep South. Food at the event will be provided by Puddin’, a woman-run soul food restaurant, so you can fill both your stomach and brain enjoying the food you will spend the night learning about.
Politics and Prose at Union Market, 1270 5th St. NE. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $50.
Soccer Mommy at Black Cat
Twenty-year-old Sophie Allison is the young innovator behind Soccer Mommy. What started as dabbling in her local DIY music scene turned into a bright career in music the summer before her first year of college. Allison has since toured with other renowned indie rockers like Mitski, Jay Som and Speedy Ortiz. Her latest studio-album debut, “Clean,” was met with rave reviews for its mature lyrics and sound. Don’t underestimate this young star as she breezes through powerful tunes like “Cool” and “Your Dog.”
Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $17.
wellRED Comedy Trio at the D.C. Improv Comedy Club
The self-proclaimed “Liberal Rednecks” Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester have made waves on the internet for viral videos with insightful political commentary. Their wellRED comedy show consists of politically charged humor that aims to close the divide between political party identifications. Their last shows in the District sold out, but now they’re back with six shows scheduled at the D.C. Improv Comedy Club that promises to be outrageous. If you want a pre-finals stress reliever, this comedy show will provide the laughs you need.
D.C. Improv Comedy Club, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. Doors at 6 p.m. Show begins 7 p.m. Tickets range from $27 to $42. 18+.