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Concert: The 9 Songwriter Series

If pennies are a little tight after the holidays, get your money’s worth at the Hamilton in Penn Quarter on Sunday, where you can enjoy nine concerts in one. The 9 Songwriter Series showcases nine local up-and-coming singer/songwriters, giving them the chance to perform at a large venue at which they might not otherwise be able to play on their own. Founded in 2008 by Justin Trawick — a local musician whose music combines rock, folk, bluegrass and hip-hop influences — each show features a new combination of nine artists from the more than 60 on the tour’s list. So even if you’ve already seen this show somewhere along the East Coast, this week’s set undoubtedly will be a different experience. The Hamilton, which is part Clyde’s Restaurant and part music venue, is worth a visit for its genre-defying music performances — and the cheeseburgers are quite delicious, too.

Sunday at the Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW

Phone: 202/787-1000


Theater: National Theatre Live: ‘Timon of Athens’

Though William Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens” is one of his lesser-known works, it’s a fable that certainly is fitting for our tough economic times. Timon is quite popular among the rich and famous of Athens while he extravagantly spends his money on them. Of course, when the money is gone, his former friends and acquaintances cast him aside. What will happen to Timon, and to the corrupt city? You can find out Monday evening at the Shakespeare Theatre, which will broadcast London’s National Theatre’s widely acclaimed production of the play in high definition on the big screen. Simon Russell Beale — who has been performing in Shakespearean plays since the age of 14 and has been called “the greatest stage actor of his generation” by The Independent — plays the title character, who perhaps could teach a lesson to our spendthrift politicians.

Monday at the Shakespeare Theatre Sidney Harmon Hall, 610 F St. NW

Phone: 202/547-1122