The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors, a Hillyer Art Space traveling photography exhibition developed by Switzerland’s federal government, is as revealing about the country’s own actions as it is about the survivors pictured. The exhibition acknowledges that Switzerland, a neutral country in World War II, was not especially welcoming to Jewish refugees. Some were accepted long enough to regain their health, then told to move on; other Jewish Holocaust survivors ended up in Switzerland only years later, after fleeing communist crackdowns in Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Some are among the survivors pictured in massive, black-and-white close-ups that are impossible to look away from. Every wrinkle is a defiant statement: I’m still here. Also on view at Hillyer is REVEALED, a juried exhibition of self-portraiture in the age of the selfie, including notable works by Fithi Abraham, Mandy Cooper, Muriel Hasbun, and Mike Callaghan. And finally, not to be missed for locals is Truer Than True, a lighthearted romp through D.C. attorney Tom Olson’s gently absurdist flipbooks, shared for the first time since 1979. Read more>>> The exhibitions are on view to April 29 at Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW. Free. (202) 338-0325. athillyer.org. (Louis Jacobson)
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Michigander, an indie rock band out of Kalamazoo, performs at Songbyrd Music House. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $12–$15.
Author John Scalzi discusses his latest book, Head On: A Novel of the Near Future, a sci-fi murder mystery sequel to his 2014 book Lock In, at Politics and Prose at The Wharf. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.
Mosaic Theater Company presents Paper Dolls, a karaoke musical about the challenges facing Filipino migrant workers in Israel, at Atlas Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $20–$35.
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