Nothing is ever “just a picture” with Michael Nichols. A National Geographic lensman since 1996, Nichols has chronicled seemingly every corner of the globe, no matter how remote and primeval. He often uses handcrafted gadgets to get the job done: “trap” cameras triggered by unsuspecting backcountry fauna, sturdy camera-carrying rovers able to mix it up inside a pride of lions, and vertical riggings able to lift a camera from the forest floor to the top of a 3,200-year-old sequoia tree. Still, for every leaping tiger caught by a trap camera or stunning aerial view of Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring, there’s a more down-to-earth image that’s equally striking, such as the purple-tinged grassland at dusk featuring a pair of tigers with eerie, glowing eyes. Wild is a retrospective of his images, plus videos showing him at work, up close and personal. Indeed, the photographs where Nichols himself got up close and personal with his subjects are among the most memorable, from a bison’s head caked with congealed snow to a hippo in Gabon about to be soaked by a swelling wave to a chimp’s hand reaching out toward Jane Goodall, “The Creation of Adam”-style. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to Jan. 15, 2018, at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. $15. (202) 857-7700. nationalgeographic.org. (Louis Jacobson)
Score a helping of green pozole soup today and tomorrow in front of Del Campo, where Taco Bamba’s taco cart will be parked. The street-side cart will serve up the soulful Mexican soup from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The pozole is made with either chicken or pork and is $6 for 16 oz. and $10 for 32 oz. Future dates for taco cart specials will be announced on the restaurants’ social media accounts. Del Campo, 777 I St. NW, (202) 289-7377, delcampodc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo performs at the Kennedy Center. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $29–$79.
Former The Smiths frontman Morrissey performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$75.
Mosaic Theater Company presents The Real Americans, in which actor and journalist Dan Hoyle performs multi-character encounters with those who purport to be “real Americans,” from rural drug dealers to anti-war veterans to closeted gay creation theory experts, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $25–$65.
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