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Saudi photographer Ahmed Mater chronicles the sudden modernization of his nation with his camera. “Symbolic Cities,” the first American exhibition dedicated solely to his work, comments on the radical societal and industrial changes occurring nationwide. From the massive roads leading in and out of Mecca to the shining five-star hotels of Riyadh, Mater’s photos capture his extensive knowledge of the ever-evolving country. Each image sparkles like it’s brand new, a shocking result for a civilization that’s more than a thousand years old. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to Sept. 18, at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 633-4880. asia.si.edu. (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

Around 50 restaurants are offering specially priced wine flights today through March 27 as part of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s Spring Wine Fling. Participating locations, from Jaleo to Sushiko, will feature three wines for $15 per person and/or five for $25. Get more info and see a full list of participating restaurants at wineflingdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Essayist Leslie Jamison and novelist Mitchell S. Jackson discuss how their personal lives impact their work at the latest reading presented by PEN/Faulkner at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 7:30 p.m. at 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15.

Howard University’s Department of Theater Arts presents a production of Sarafina!, a new play about students in a Soweto, South Africa high school and their political struggles, at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Experimental pop rock act Mangchi performs at DC9 with electronic artist Kid Koala. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.

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