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The Hirshhorn Museum’s current exhibition, “Damage Control,” is fixated on destruction, mixing images of mushroom clouds with individual commentaries on terrorism to great effect. Tonight, the Goethe-Institut—in partnership with the Hirshhorn and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen—pushes that theme a step further with a collection of European short films that examines damage up close. But damage manifests itself in many ways: The films cover everything from antlike creatures that destroy a society to a man who removes himself from the world and chain-smokes all day. Stranger still is the festival’s final offering, “Song of the Youth,” in which police officers test their Tasers on their own bodies for no reason but curiosity. The films screen at 7 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Gallery of Art, 700 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 289-1200. hirshhorn.si.edu. Part Two takes place on Jan. 27.