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The sounds of our cities immediately plant us in a location, even if we’re not there physically. For Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh, the sounds that signify home are those of the Balogun, a large open-air market in Lagos. To create “Market Symphony,” his new installation at the National Museum of African Art, Ogboh recorded hours of sound; visitors to the museum’s first sound exhibition will hear music, buses and cars, and people exchanging goods. Listen even closer and stories start to emerge. Experiencing the sounds of home from the sterile confines of a gallery thousands of miles away becomes an emotional experience for Nigerian expats, who tell Ogboh that his work moves them unexpectedly. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 633-4600. africa.si.edu. (Caroline Jones)
Chef Quinten Frye started offering Mexican tortas as part of a drop-off lunch catering service. Now, his Cocina Tortas menu is available every Monday from 5 to 10 p.m. at Songbyrd Record Cafe. The menu starts with “small bites” like chips and salsa, fried avocado, and Mexican street-style corn. Tortas include grilled citrus-marinated chicken with avocado, tomatillo, and cilantro slaw as well as the “Tortaguesa,” a dry-aged beef burger with Tex-Mex queso, avocado, pickled jalapenos, and caramelized onions (with an optional sunny side up egg). For dessert, try a horchata flan or Mexican chocolate chip cookie. Cocina Tortas at Songbyrd, 2475 18th St. NW. songbyrddc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Founded in the early years of China’s economic reform, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra is based in China’s first Special Economic Zone, the fishing-village-turned-megacity just north of Hong Kong. In the years since, Shenzhen’s weight as a cultural center has also grown, and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra has carved a new space for itself by pairing traditional Chinese folk and orchestral music with Western classical works. The orchestra makes its Kennedy Center debut on the first day of the Lunar New Year, marking the finale of a weekend of cultural events celebrating the Year of the Monkey. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $15–$89. (Emily Walz)
Austrialian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel begins his two-night stand at the Birchmere tonight. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $49.50.
Muslima Musawwir performs Lady Godiva, playwright Cristina Bejan‘s dramatic story about her life in communist Romania, at Source in conjunction with the Bucharest Inside the Beltway arts collective. 7:30 p.m. at 1835 14th St. NW. Pay what you can.
Contributors to the essay collection Queer Brown Voices, including Laura Esquivel and José Gutiérrez, discuss their work with editors Letitia Gomez and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz at Busboys and Poets 14th & V. 6:30 p.m. at 2021 14th St. NW. Free.
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