Dorte Verner, a World Bank economist, has traveled the globe using photography to document the plight of refugees. Her exhibit at Photoworks, The Wonder People, includes images of refugees, old and young, in more than 20 countries, from Burkina Faso to Egypt to Slovenia. Some photographs are as depressing as one might expect—a Syrian refugee boy climbing a water-storage barrel, refugees sleeping in seemingly endless rows on the ground in Serbia, two children gazing at metal fencing that dwarfs them on the Hungarian-Serbian border. But some images tease out small bits of levity in the refugees’ lives: A man dances to the music of a smartphone, and children play energetically in a dreary lot. The finest images are the simplest, like a close-up of an Afghan girl’s hand gripping razor wire fencing or a man bicycling down a scenic road in Uganda, laden with three large water containers. Verner captures the mundane so dreamily that each shot of simplicity is teeming with life. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view through Feb. 25 at Photoworks At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Free. (301) 634-2274. glenechophotoworks.org. (Louis Jacobson)
Downtown Italian eatery Bibiana has a new chef and a new menu. Loris Navone has a long culinary history in his home country of Italy but joins the team most recently from Miami. Try his fritto misto featuring fried buttermilk poached seafood served with caramelized lemon and dipping sauces ($16); ricotta cavatelli with lamb ragu, kale, and pecorino ($25); and braised short ribs with mascarpone polenta and micro greens ($25). Bibiana, 1100 New York Ave. NW. (202) 216-9550. bibianadc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece big band, performs at Blues Alley. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20.
American Ballet Theatre dancer David Hallberg stops by Politics and Prose at the Wharf to discuss his memoir, A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back, with former Kennedy Center president Michael M. Kaiser. 7 p.m. at 70 District Sq. SW. Free.
Energetic rock band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club performs at 9:30 Club in support of their latest album, Wrong Creatures. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $26.
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