There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
It seems like you can buy decorations made from reclaimed wood (or a synthetic version of it) everywhere from 5 Below to Etsy these days. However relevant the bible verses and poems praising wine painted on these pieces may be, they’re too kitschy to be real art. But artist Ric Cunningham elevates the current trend by turning the asymmetrical boards he collects into canvases and transferring old photos and other materials to them. The West Virginia native’s work carries with it an air of sad nostalgia that comes from revisiting old memories but there’s also a sense of joy in his work. Read more >>> The exhibit is on view Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to April 9, at Vivid Solutions Gallery, 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free. (202) 631-6291. anacostiaartscenter.com. (Caroline Jones)
Get in the mood with an aphrodisiac tasting at Hank’s Oyster Bar this weekend.From tonight through Valentine’s Day, the Dupont Circle location of the seafood restaurant will serve a $40 three-course meal (optional $25 beverage pairing). Dishes include oysters with decadent toppings, pumpkin seed-crusted rockfish with spaghetti squash, and champagne panna cotta with grapes, ginger, and lychee. Hank’s Oyster Bar, 1624 Q St. NW, (202) 462-4265, hanksoysterbar.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: There’s not too fine a line between art of different mediums. That was evident in the Hirshhorn’s most recent survey of Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, which often found the artist blurring the line between music and visual art, with pieces like “The Visitors,” “God,” and “Woman in E.” He’s far from the first artist to morph music and immersive visual art, and he certainly won’t be the last. In the local music scene, The North Country are launching an “immersive art experience” tonight at Dance Loft at 14 for one night only. The installation is meant to be a visual accompaniment to the band’s upcoming album In Defense of Cosmic Altruism; a sprawling, epic music odyssey that finds the band mining influence and inspiration from The Beatles’ most psychedelic and grandiose works. The band will perform tonight with LuxDeluxe and Ted Zook. 7 p.m. at 4618 14th St. NW. $15.
Friday: Nicole Mitchell‘s Black Earth Ensemble will do a rare performance of Mandorla Awakening tonight at the Logan Fringe Arts Space. Janel Leppin‘s Ensemble Volcanic Ash will open the show. 8 p.m. at 1358 Florida Ave. NE. $20.
Saturday: As part of an extended, weekend-long edition of its Sci-Fi Sundays series, The Air and Space Museum’s IMAX theater is screening a double feature of the classic films 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. 4 p.m. at Independence Aveneu at 6th Street SW. $30.
Sunday: Charlie Wilson is the gift that keeps on giving. In the 1970s and ’80s, the Tulsa, Oklahoma singer led electro-funk pioneers The Gap Band, the group behind hits like “You Dropped a Bomb on Me.” Like many funk acts, The Gap Band saw many of its hits sampled by rap and R&B artists in the ’90s. But none of Wilson’s contemporaries were as comfortable in the new landscape as he is: He’s frequently collaborated with Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, and even controversial upstart Tyler, the Creator. Read more >>> Charlie Wilson performs with Fantasia and Johnny Gill at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. Free. (202) 628-3200. verizoncenter.com. (Chris Kelly)
Sunday: Jazz musicians Luke Stewart and Jamal Moore‘s Ancestral Duo perform a free show at the MLK Library, one of the last before it closes for extensive renovations. 2 p.m. at 901 G St. NW. Free.