The commodification of graffiti culture and the rise of the homeland security apparatus are two good reasons to become a sneaker-customizer: All the good urban canvases are either played out or truly off-limits, even if you have the financial resources and free time to fan out like Borf did. But turn a pair of ordinary kicks into a roving statement or a design triumph, and all of a sudden, eyeballs are looking down instead of up. For sneakerheads, it seems, ubiquity is Enemy No. 1. The small-batch Nikes available from Grand High are meant to be carefully observed—and perhaps eternally protected from the ravages of the street. With that in mind, the D.C.-based customizing company has organized “Grand High: A Sneaker Art Exhibit,” with an emphasis on “original designs by Q as well as rare and limited edition sneakers from area sneaker enthusiasts.” Translation: Scribblin’ on your Chucks just won’t cut it. The show is on view from 6 to 10 p.m. at Capital City Records, 1020 U St. NW. Free. (202) 518-2444.