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The Sackler Gallery’s Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha brings together three sixth and seventh century Chinese lacquer buddha sculptures, the only ones of their kind known to man, from around the world for the first time in art history. Together, the exhibit seeks to examine the unique textile, ash, wood, and lacquer composition of these three deceptively simple treasures of the art world. Secrets focuses as much, if not more, on the hard museum science—the analysis, research, and actual preservation work—that has helped bring the exhibit to life. This in turn gives visitors a more full picture of the historical background of each of these three life-sized buddhas, opening doors to the time period in which they were made. In uniting these lacquer buddhas, the Sackler Gallery integrates the Smithsonian’s curation and conservation sides, painting a fresh, more holistic picture of the institution’s mission. Read more>>> The exhibit is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to June 10, 2018 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 633-1000. freersackler.si.edu. (Jackson Sinnenberg)
Why should Pittsburgh be the only city where it’s kosher to put fries in a sandwich? G by Mike Isabella is now serving “Uncle George’s Gyro” with a ground lamb and beef kebab, tzatziki, harissa, and fries in a pita ($15). Kapnos Chef George Pagonis came up with the sandwich as a part of the first round of G’s Sandwich Madness competition. He’s pitted against Elliot Drew from Graffiato whose sandwich, “The Hebrew Hammer,” contains Hebrew National salami, Gulden’s mustard aioli, and garlic chips. A dollar from each sandwich sold will go to each chef’s chosen charity. Both of these sandwiches will be available through the end of January. G by Mike Isabella, 2201 14th St. NW, (202) 234-5015, gbymikeisabella.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
English rock band The Wombats performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Super Soul Bros, a jazz and funk group that incorporates video game music, performs on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Politics and Prose welcomes Angela J. Hattery and Earl Smith, co-authors of an exploration of police violence in black communities, Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives Are Surveilled and How to Work for Change. 7 p.m. at 70 District Sq. SW. Free.
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