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Photographer Jacques Lowe stored his priceless Kennedy family photos in a vault inside of 5 World Trade Center. As John F. Kennedy’s personal photographer in the early years of his political career, Lowe had captured painfully intimate images of the president and his family. When the towers fell, those photos were buried with them. But all was not lost. Lowe’s old contact sheets were safe in another part of New York City, and in 2013, the Newseum got a hold of them and planned a showcase. Using the sheets, the staff restored many of the photos. Nearing the end of its limited run, the Newseum’s Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe has brought these photos back to the public consciousness. Set against a fiery red backdrop, the exhibit presents a wealth of Kennedy family photos so personal that just looking at them feels like being whispered a secret. Gems abound, from Lowe’s very first shoot with them in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts in July 1958 where an infant Caroline Kennedy mouths a fistful of her mother’s pearls as her dad holds her on his lap, to a striking candid shot of then-senator John at a 1959 press conference in Omaha that he later used on his presidential campaign materials. Creating Camelot paints a full portrait of a family. It happens to be one of the country’s most iconic first families. And with every twinkly-eyed shot, you’ll understand why. Read more>>> The exhibit is on view to Jan. 7 at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $14.95–$24.95. (202) 292-6100. newseum.org. (Kayla Randall)


Unconventional Diner has a full menu of comfort food that can help you conquer the “bomb cyclone” headed our way. Don’t miss the meatloaf swimming in morel mushroom gravy ($22), the chicken pot pie poppers ($9), or the chicken parmesan served with spaghetti ($21). The new restaurant near the Convention Center is from David Deshaies, the mentee of the late Michel Richard. Unconventional Diner, 1207 9th St. NW, (202) 847-0122, unconventionaldiner.com. (Laura Hayes)


Saxophonist and vocalist Camille Thurman joins drummer Darrell Green for a collaborative performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

The George and Ira Gershwin-scored musical Crazy For You nears the end of its run at the Signature Theatre. 7:30 p.m. at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $40–$94. 

D.C. bassist Tempest “Storm” Thomas performs at Blues Alley. 8 and 10 p.m. at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $22. 

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