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As the child of a collagist and a painter, Alison Saar grew up learning about creating art; it’s no real surprise that she pursued a creative career. Best known as a sculptor and installation artist, she focuses on representing African-American history and culture using simple materials like wood, tin, and tar. Saar also creates masterful prints, which the National Museum of Women in the Arts highlights in a new exhibit. It features a combination of color lithographs and woodcuts that focus on similar cultural themes but emphasize details in different ways. In “Mirror, Mirror: Mulatta Seeking Inner Negress II” (pictured, detail), a composition in tan, white, and black, a woman searches for her racial identity by holding a pot up to her face. 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 Oct. 2, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $8–$10. (202) 783-5000. nmwa.org. (Caroline Jones)
Jose Andres‘ veggie-centric fast-casual restaurant Beefsteak opened its third D.C.-area location in Tenleytown last week. Like its counterparts in Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom, the new spot offers bowls with different combinations of fresh vegetables, sauces, and toppings. You can make your own bowl or choose a signature item like the Eden with quinoa, snow peas, edamame, green beans, broccoli, cucumber salad, lemon honey dressing, and much more. Proteins like chicken sausage and salt-cured salmon are relegated to the side and available as add-ons. Beefsteak, 4531 Wisconsin Ave. NW. beefsteakveggies.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Saxophonist Steve Coleman, a MacArthur Foundation grant recipient, performs his so-called “spontaneous compositions” at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue as part of the D.C. Jazz Festival. 8 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $28–$33.
Punk collective Leftöver Crack performs a noisy set combining elements of death metal and ska at Rock & Roll Hotel along with Days n Daze, All Torn Up, and Daycare Swindlers. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.
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