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In the abstract, the exhibition of artworks by Steve Miller at the National Academy of Sciences—billed as a “metaphorical checkup” on the ecological health of the Amazon rainforest—sounds like a gimmick. But while some of the pieces are needlessly complex, others are strikingly beautiful. In “Law of the Jungle,” Miller etched an X-ray on laminated glass, showing a sinuously curved python with a very dead mouse still being digested in its stomach. Equal parts beautiful and creepy, the work is easily Miller’s finest and the show’s least political. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Jan. 31 at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 334-2415. cpnas.org. (Louis Jacobson)
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Cocktail bar 2 Birds 1 Stone is celebrating its fourth birthday with an anniversary bash from 7 p.m. to midnight tonight. The subterranean bar, not usually open on Mondays, will serve $6 cocktails all night long. Drink piña coladas, Aperol spritz punch, watermelon punch, and dark & stormys. Find the bar below, Doi Moi, (1800 14th St. NW) through a door accessed on S Street NW. 2 Birds 1 Stone. 2birds1stonedc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Local electronic rock duo Catscan!performs at DC9 with New Orleans-based creep rock act Cult Wife, Baltimore guitarist Herschel Hoover, and Trajectories, a D.C.-based alt-rock trio. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Post Shift Theatre, a new company helmed by creative people in the food and beverage industry, presents its first show, a night of six 10-minute plays based on the theme of sticks and stones, at Republic Restoratives. 8 p.m. at 1369 New York Ave. NE. $5 suggested donation.
If you feel compelled to workout in a beautiful place, instructors from Park View’s Yoga Heights studio lead students through a class in the Kennedy Center’s Great Hall. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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