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Theater: ‘Astro Boy and the God of Comics’

America’s comic heroes in the ‘50s and ‘60s were muscle-bound, masked crime fighters. In Japan, it was a small robotic boy with big eyes and a wild pompadour named Astro Boy. Osamu Tezuka’s happy-go-lucky problem solver foreshadowed not just the country’s impending technological boom, but also set the course for decades of Japanese comic book — or “manga” — artists. At Studio Theater, Georgetown professor Natsu Onoda Power’s work will explore Astro Boy’s legacy — “an embodiment of a peaceful use of nuclear energy,” according Ms. Power — as well as that of his creator, Tezuka, the “Walt Disney of Japan.”

Through March 11 at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW

Phone: 202/332-3300


Festival: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace Crawfish Boil

If you’ve never done it before, the trick to eating crawfish is to not think about it. The fresh-water crustacean is not served the way shrimp and lobster often are, already separated from their husks and legs before they reach the table. No, crawfish arrive on your plate looking very close to alive (mostly because they likely were alive not too long ago), complete with eyes, antennae, limbs and all the rest. Don’t let their appearance scare you off. Crawfish are a Southern staple for good reason. They are delicious and fun to eat. At Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, you can eat as many as you like — along with suckling pig and corn bread — for $60.

Feb. 20 at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, 1612 14th St. NW

Phone: 202/319-1612