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At first, Titanic: The Untold Story might seem like an oxymoronic title for a museum exhibition. Few stories have been told more exhaustively and frequently than that of the Titanic, the big doomed boat that carried Leonardo DiCaprio to his death many years ago. But popular demand keeps the Titanic-industrial complex forever on the lookout for new angles into this intensely familiar tale—and, thus, here we are, with a brand-new Titanic exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. Though the ocean never yields its secrets, the federal government routinely declassifies once-private documents, which is how the curators learned of the link between the 1985 discovery of the famous ship’s wreckage and a hush-hush Cold War mission involving a Naval investigation, a race against the clock, and a man who is described in a video on the National Geographic website as “the Henry Kissinger of oceanographic research.” (It would be funny if this guy turned out to just be Henry Kissinger.) The exhibition also tells the personal stories of some of the ship’s non-DiCaprio passengers, and presents some rare Titanic artifacts, such as Marion Wright Woolcott’s coat. Who was Marion Wright Woolcott? I have no idea, but I look forward to learning her untold story. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Jan. 6, 2019 at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. $15. (202) 857-7700. nationalgeographic.org/dc. (Justin Peters)
OH AND ALSO
New Orleans-born swinging jazz singer and actor Harry Connick Jr. performs at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, where he will celebrate the Crescent City’s tricentennial. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $42–$95.
Rapper Joe Budden joins his friends Rory and Mal for a live rendition of The Joe Budden Podcast at the Howard Theatre. 9 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $30–$114.99.
Rock & Roll Hotel welcomes Angelo Moore, best known as the lead singer of ska and funk metal band Fishbone, and his band The Brand New Step. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.
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