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The American West easily evokes images of saloon brawls and cowboys, but that’s not the whole story. The National Museum of Women in the Arts challenges those stereotypes with a new exhibition of work by Laura Gilpin and Maria Martinez. The story behind the exhibition is that of a friendship between two women who both felt a deep connection to the region and decided to commemorate it through their art. These two female artists, who dared to look beyond obvious themes, reveal another side to the American West, and this exhibition brings their work into wider view. 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 May 14, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $8–$10. (202) 783-5000. nmwa.org(Selma Khenissi)

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Two of Derek Brown‘s Shaw bars have been converted into a Cherry Blossom pop-up bar dripping with decor. Southern Efficiency is covered in handmade cherry blossom branches, origami cranes, and waving maneki-neko cats, while the Mockingbird Hill has a Super Mario Bros. theme complete with piranha plants that move. The cocktails at each bar are just as creative. Visit now through April 15 (5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays). Cherry Blossom Pub, 1841 7th St. NW. cherryblossompub.com. (Laura Hayes) 

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Author David Grossman reads from his new book, A Horse Walks Into a Bar, which follows the life of a stand-up comedian, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $16–$42.

Geoff Turner, frontman of the popular Dischord band Gray Matter, celebrates his birthday with a DJ night at Black Cat, where he’ll play favorite punk tracks. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. Free.

Head to DC9 for a screening of The World Has No Eyedea, a documentary about musician and poet Micheal ‘Eyedea’ Larsen. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.

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