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Since its origins in the 1920s, Time magazine has loved honoring Hollywood celebrities on its cover alongside world leaders, criminals, and other notable citizens of the world. Now, the National Portrait Gallery has pulled a selection of nearly three dozen pieces from its collection of original Time covers to show how these faces changed popular culture. The people captured in the exhibit have changed over the years (Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep have matured since they were first captured by Time artists) and so have the techniques used to create the portraits. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., to Sept. 11, at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-8300. npg.si.edu. (Caroline Jones)
Le Grenier on H Street NE will host a complimentary wine tasting tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. The tasting includes three reds and three whites—all from France. And while you’re at it, you might as well stay for some beef Bourguignon, duck confit macaroni and Swiss cheese, or a galette. Le Grenier, 502 H St. NE. (202) 544-4999. legrenierdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Signature Theatre begins performances of The Mystery of Love and Sex, Bathsheba Doran‘s look at the relationship between two college students who have known each other since childhood and decide to explore each other’s bodies as adults. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 7:30 p.m. at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $40–$89.
Ken Vandermark’s Made to Break and the Anthony Pirog Ensemble perform at Songbyrd Music House as part of Creative Music in D.C.’s new “Preparation” series, which incorporates original compositions with improvisation. 9 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $15.
Comedian Duncan Trussell, the mind behind The Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast, brings his standup set to The Howard Theatre as part of his national bus tour. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $22.50–$25.
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