Five years ago, the American Association for the Advancement of Science mounted an exhibition stunning in both its artistry and its technical backstory. Titled Planetfall, it featured images of planets and moons in our solar system painstakingly constructed from raw, unmanned-mission data by artist and filmmaker Michael Benson. It’s hard to know how much the data was being juiced, but the images were so hypnotic that it was easy not to care. Now, AAAS is mounting a return engagement called Curated Cosmos, showcasing many images that were not included in Planetfall. It’s a welcome return—a chance to view Jupiter’s swirling atmosphere, Europa’s deeply crevassed surface ice, the vinyl-record delicacy of Saturn’s rings, and the roiling plasma flares of our sun. The exhibition’s star (sorry, I couldn’t resist!) is Io, a moon of Jupiter, which has a volcanic yellow, pockmarked surface that looks unmistakably like a Yukon Gold potato. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to July 6 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Art Gallery, 1200 New York Ave. NW. Free. (202) 326-6400. aaas.org. (Louis Jacobson)
OH AND ALSO
Washington Performing Arts presents a collaborative performance from three virtuosos—violinist Itzhak Perlman, violinist and violist Pinchas Zukerman, and pianist Rohan De Silva—at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $55–$165.
Maryland indie rock band The Dangerous Summer performs at Union Stage with fellow bands All Get Out, A Will Away, and The Backwoods. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $18–$30.
Pop-Up Magazine brings its night of live stories, this time featuring the likes of writer John Jeremiah Sullivan and actress Joy Bryant, with new original music from Magik*Magik Orchestra, to the Warner Theatre stage. 7:30 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $24–$29.
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