The internet loves cats, whether they’re playing the keyboard, sticking out their tongues, or just looking grumpy. It’s easy to forget that cats marked their territory in various people’s lives long before the advent of the feline celebrity, but the Archives of American Art has a new exhibit that reminds viewers that cats have been lazing around, being their fabulous selves, for centuries. Before Internet Cats: Feline Finds from the Archives of American Art features pieces created between the 19th and early 21st centuries, revealing sketches, illustrations, and photographs of cats. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., to Oct. 29, at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, 8th and F Streets NW. Free. (202) 633-7940. Khenissi)


Espita Mezcaleria now serves its own house mezcals that Josh Phillips and his team discovered on their trips to Oaxaca, Mexico. They’re produced by the Jimenez family in Santiago Mazatlán. One is made from 100 percent Cuixe agave and costs $8 for an ounce ($15 for 2 oz. or $40 for 5 oz.). The Jimenez family’s are made from sustainable, bat-friendly agaves from fields near Palenque. Espita Mezcaleria, 1250 9th St. NW. (202) 621-9695. (Laura Hayes)


War correspondent and veteran journalist Judith Matloff reads from her new collection of political travel writing, No Friends but the Mountains: Dispatches from the World’s Violent Highlands, at Kramerbooks. 6:30 p.m. at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Long-running punk duo Redd Kross performs at the Black Cat Backstage with opening act Foul Swoops. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15

Canadian songwriter Andy Shauf takes the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel in support of his new album, The Bearer of Bad News. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15–$17.

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