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Despite focusing on Asian art, the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery seeks to connect ancient art from the other side of the world with Western culture and tradition. The latest example of this cultural fusion is “Chinamania,” an exhibition that juxtaposes two large porcelain sculptures by contemporary American artist Walter McConnell with delicate blue and white porcelain pieces created during China’s Kangxi period. The small pieces of painted pottery look familiar—the style has been popular in Europe for nearly 150 years, leading to the insanity that gives the exhibit its title—but mass production has made it ubiquitous. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to June 4, 2017, at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 633-4880. asia.si.edu. (Raye Weigel)
Swing by family-style Italian restaurant Carmine’s for happy hour from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to support the White House Runners. The quartet of cross country runners have completed 620 miles, relay-style, from Montreal to D.C. to raise money for cancer research. A $5 donation gets you through the door, where there will be free bites. Proceeds from a signature cocktail will also be donated to the cause. Gift cards to ENO Wine Bar, Ottoman Taverna, and more will be up for grabs. Carmine’s, 425 7th St. NW. (202) 737-7770. carminesnyc.com/locations/washington-dc. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s spooky tale of music, murder, and masks, The Phantom of the Opera, plays the Kennedy Center Opera House in an ornate new production by director Laurence Connor. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $25–$149.
Young Rapids headlines a night of rock ‘n’ roll at DC9 that also features sets from Memphis, Tenn.-based psych rock act Spaceface and local experimental band Paperhaus. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12.
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