The share of blue-collar jobs in the United States may have fallen immensely in recent years, but don’t go looking for portrayals of cubicles, suburban office parks, or the modern service industry in the National Portrait Gallery exhibit The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers. The exhibit of some 75 artworks defines laborers in the most traditional sense, as workers whose sweat pours out due to heat and physical exhaustion. Some of the artworks stretch back 200 years, but the primary focus is on the period from about 1890 to 1960, likely due to both its technological advancements in photography and the long-running attention by artists to the plight of American workers, from the muckraking of Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine to the socially engaged paintings of the Ashcan School and Depression-era artists such as Ben Shahn. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view daily 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., to Sept. 3, 2018, at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-8300. npg.si.edu. (Louis Jacobson)
G by Mike Isabella is serving up a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner now through Christmas Eve. The five-course meal is one of the better values in town at $65 per person for food only. (Wine pairings are available for an extra fee.) The meal includes oysters, hamachi tartare, caramelized seafood in a broth, snow crab arrabbiata pasta with uni, pan-roasted bronzino, and dessert. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. G by Mike Isabella, 2201 14th St. NW. (202) 234-5015. gbymikeisabella.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
The 9:30 Club presents a live version of the hit podcast Up and Vanished, which investigates the disappearance of Georgia teacher Tara Grinstead. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $30.
The Choral Arts Society of Washington performs holiday standards at the Kennedy Center. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $15–$69.
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