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Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally


'Summer of 69'

The word: "Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman and "Will & Grace" star Megan Mullally are teaming up for this live show combining comedy and music. The married couple will discuss their lives and relationship with musical numbers, skits and pieces of stand-up. Despite his conservative character on "Parks and Rec," Offerman is known for pushing the boundaries of good taste. 

Details: 8 p.m. Friday, DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D. St., NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets are $37.50 and are available at

Hot Ticket


Jeff Bridge and the Abiders

The word: Following his role as a country singer in the film "Crazy Heart," actor Jeff Bridges signed a recording contract and started a relationship with producer T Bone Burnett, who was responsible for the hit "O Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack. While taking a break from his acting work, Bridges tours with his band, The Abiders -- named for the "The Big Lebowski" quote "The dude abides."

Details: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Birchmere, 1701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $89.50 and are available at

Big Premiere

'22 Jump Street'

The word: Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord are following up their PG-rated mega-hit, "The Lego Movie" with the R-rated blockbuster comedy sequel "22 Jump Street." Miller and Lord have managed to make a critical commercial hit out of a toy film and television adaptation, and it remains to be seen if they can do the same with a comedy sequel. The film re-teams Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as undercover police officers. This time they're taking down a drug ring in a local college. Early reviews have said the film successfully satirizes college films and sequels while retaining the heartfelt core of the original.

Details: "22 Jump Street" premieres Friday in theaters nationwide, including Regal Westminster 9. For showtimes, call 410-857-1422.


Jennifer Lopez


The word: Coming off of her success as a judge on American Idol, Jennifer Lopez is back in the recording game with her eighth studio album. "A.K.A." features the singles "First Love" and "I Luh Ya Papi." Lopez made waves earlier with her video for "I Luh Ya Papi" and her denouncement of sexism in the recording industry.

Details: The album will be available Tuesday for $14.99 on Amazon.

Couch Potato

'Independent Lens'


'The New Black'

The word: This documentary series examines a different topic every week. This week they turn their lens on gay rights. The film, "The New Black," examines the response of the black community with special emphasis given on the battle to legalize gay marriage in Maryland. Prior to its airing, the film was nominated for an NAACP Image award and a GLAAD Media Award.

Details: "Independent Lens" airs at 9 p.m. Monday on PBS.