The Hirshhorn follows the slept-on Suspended Animation exhibition with The Message: New Media Works, a collection of film and video installations that investigate 21st century life. Curator Mark Beasley says the exhibition “unfolds as a musical LP, with each work as an individual track on a record connected by similar themes.” In that way, theology, race, sexuality, and technology are explored through pieces that reappropriate modes of communication, from the “performance lecture” of Hito Steyerl’s surveillance-subverting How Not To Be Seen to Frances Stark’s My Best Thing, which recreates real-life sex chats through computer animation. Giving the exhibition its title is Love is the Message, The Message is Death by Arthur Jafa, an award-winning cinematographer and director who has worked with everyone from Spike Lee to Solange. With the Kanye West-soundtracked Love is the Message, Jafa aimed to replicate “the power, beauty, and alienation of black music,” providing this exhibition with not just its title but perhaps its most timely work. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to April 22, 2018, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 633-4674. hirshhorn.si.edu. (Chris Kelly)
Casual Indian restaurant RASA opens today in Navy Yard. Swing by from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. to get a first taste of their bowls layered with flavors and textures. The vegetarian “Oh My Goodness” combines green jackfruit imported directly from Kerala, India, with coconut ginger sauce, super grains, roasted Brussels sprouts, masala beets, cucumber, tamarind ginger chutney, and a lentil crisp ($9). Pair a bowl with a fresh young coconut with a straw in it ($5) or a masala gin and tonic on draft ($7.50). RASA, 1247 First St. SE. (202) 313-7272. rasagrill.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Relive the nostalgia of early 2000s teen angst with Canadian rock band Simple Plan at the Fillmore Silver Spring. 7 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $36.
Holiday stage spectacle Cirque Dreams Holidaze, featuring acrobatics, original music, and more, continues its 10th anniversary tour run at MGM National Harbor. 8 p.m. at 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill. $26–$81.
The best-selling hip-hop group in Israel, the band Hadag Nahash, performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $45.
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