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Summer’s over and the National Building Museum has demolished the construction-material icebergs that filled its Great Hall. But for those guests who visit the museum even when it’s not housing a giant maze or a ball pit, its fall exhibit aims to engage their minds in a different way. “Timber City” looks at the contemporary use of wood in building construction through a series of models, samples, and life-size examples. Sure, you might live in a bungalow with wood shingles or have wood beams on your ceiling, but have you ever considered why? Read More >>> The exhibition is on view Mondays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to May 21, at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $7–$10. (202) 272-2448. nbm.org. (Caroline Jones)


Tico launches a play on “taco Tuesday” tonight starting at 4 p.m. at the bar only. Taquito Tuesdays will feature $5 crispy taquitos in flavors like pollo tinga and chipotle beef punched up with house-made slaw, a seasonal salsa, and sour cream, not to mention some more adventurous flavors like smoked tuna and chipotle. The restaurant will serve the discounted taquitos until supplies run out. Tico, 1926 14th St. NW, (202) 319-1400, ticodc.com. (Laura Hayes)


Legendary jazz fusion bassist Stanley Clarke hits The Howard Theatre tonight, and if you need any indication as to why you should go, just watch this bass solo. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $37.50–$75.

The Beach Boys‘ classic album Pet Sounds turned 50 this year and, while things still aren’t rosy between the remaining Beach Boys who perform under the name and founder Brian Wilson, that’s still not stopping Wilson from performing the album in its entirety, which he’s doing tonight at the Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane. $45-$165.

Remember James and the Giant Peach? Yes, that kind of weird, kind of fever dream-y adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl novel that came out in the ’90s? Well, it’s as good and bizarre as you remember and it’s screening at the AFI Silver Theater today. 4 p.m. at 8633 Colesville Road. $10.