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Some of New York–based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s paintings and prints bear more than a passing resemblance to the colorful blots of the District’s own late painter Alma Thomas. Apfelbaum’s work intersects with the Washington Color School in other ways, although no one would mistake it as being the same: Her work is lighter, not so leaded with theory, more illustrational Charley Harper than dour Tom Downing. Decorative is usually a slur when applied to fine art, but it’s fitting for Apfelbaum’s hard-edged abstractions: She embraces petals and floral patterns as her abstract mark. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Mondays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m., to July 2, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $8–$10. (202) 783-5000. nmwa.org. (Kriston Capps)
Now that new Chef Ryan Ratino has settled in at Ripple, the grilled cheese menu is back in play at the bar. But these aren’t the grilled cheese sandwiches your mom made. One features truffled cheese and garlic cream ($10), while the other showcases Morbier cheese with shortrib and horseradish cream ($11). One other highlight from the new bar menu is fried Amish chicken with green curry Ranch dressing ($15). Ripple, 3417 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 244-7995. rippledc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Australian country songwriter Kasey Chambers performs at The Birchmere with Seth Walker. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35.
The Kennedy Center and the Sundance Institute continue their collaboration with Palestinian theater artists and present Where Can I Find Someone Like You, Ali?, Raeda Taha‘s rumination on the loss of her father and life as an orphaned woman, in the Terrace Gallery. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $15.
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