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As the Renwick settles into its post-renovation groove, its biennial Invitational returns to the gallery. Now in its seventh edition, the exhibition showcases work from four emerging craft artists. From sculptures made of ornately carved wood and bone to sleek, transparent glass, there is a diversity of media on display, but a unity of theme: All four deal with fragility, decay, and the beauty of things on the brink. Each of these approaches expands the way we think about material culture. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to Jan. 8 at the Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW. Free. (202) 633-7970. renwick.americanart.si.edu. (Emily Walz)


This month’s “Royal Knights” celebration at The Royal honors National Bourbon Heritage Month. Tonight from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., guest bartender Brian Nixon from McClellan’s Retreat will be stirring eight bourbon-based cocktails ($8 each) paired with Southern snacks. Try the “Summer Longing” with bourbon, rum, house-made pineapple jam, lime juice, basil leaves, and herbsaint, or “The Fat Rockstar” with bourbon, peanut butter-washed port, and house-smoked bitters. The Royal, 501 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 332-7777. theroyaldc.com(Laura Hayes)


Author Jonathan Safran Foer reads from his latest novel Here I Am at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Foer appears in conversation with The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $20–$45.

Songwriter Julien Baker headlines a show at U Street Music Hall with opening act Grayling7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $18.

Maya Kamaty, a blues singer based on the French-speaking island of Reunion, performs her tropical work at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

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