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Outside of the terrarium you might keep on your desk or the ficus growing in your living room, most plants are dead in the depths of a D.C. winter. If you want to see brightly colored blossoms, you’re better off traveling to the Southern Hemisphere. But for a few months, you can simply visit the National Mall. Starting this week, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden hosts the 22nd annual Smithsonian Gardens orchid exhibition. The ornate, delicate flowers will be set up throughout the museum and are intended to play off the stark architecture of the building. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to May 14, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 633-1000. hirshhorn.si.edu. (Caroline Jones)

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Ripple’s new chef, Ryan Ratino, launched his new menu this month. Try as much as you can at the Cleveland Park restaurant with the four-course tasting menu, which costs $59. The hen egg with mushrooms, burnt onions, sweetbreads, and cured yolk covered in a thin layer of potato foam is a must-order ($15). Also try a side of trout latkes ($9). Ripple, 3417 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 244-7995. rippledc.com.

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Kennedy Center hosts its annual Let Freedom Ring! concert with this year’s special guest, Gladys Knight. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Guitarist Eric Gales brings his unique blues rock style to the Howard Theatre, where he performs with opening act The Charles Wright Trio. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $25–$55.

New York-based art rock band The Grasping Straws plays an intimate show at Arlington’s Galaxy Hut with Pagan Reagan and Deb Felz Band. 8 p.m. at 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $5

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