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Haunted by the loss of her young husband in the Vietnam War nearly three decades before, artist and photographer Barbara Sonneborn traveled to the site of his death to make a documentary, Regret to Inform. What she unearthed was not only her own grief but that of an entire country. Sonneborn interviewed war widows both here and there, and, while their remembrances overlap in places, the women who survived the war in their own land have more harrowing tales to tell. What Sonneborn heard from Vietnamese women—including her friend and translator, who had fled to the United States—doesn’t diminish the impact of the stories told by their American counterparts, but it certainly does put them in context. At noon at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Mark Jenkins)