Among its many unique distinctions, Hawaii is the only U.S. state that contains an actual palace that royalty once lived in. Until Americans overthrew it in 1893, Hawaii was an independent kingdom, led by generations of native islanders. The National Museum of the American Indian’s latest exhibit explains to residents unfamiliar with this particular example of imperialism just what the archipelago looked like under the command of King Kamehameha and Queen Lili’uokalani. From the sugar industry, which greedy businessmen were eager to take control of, to native cultural traditions that fell out of favor or were appropriated by others, visitors will learn seldom-told stories from the 50th state. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Ave. NW. Free. (202) 633-1000. nmai.si.edu. (Caroline Jones)
Georgetown restaurant Malmaison is hosting four local chefs tonight for a special collaborative menu. Nick Sharpe of forthcoming Jolene, Bar Pilar and Cafe Saint-Ex chef Jesse Miller, Brabo chef Harper McClure, and Travis Robinson of North Carolina’s G2B will each prepare three small plate dishes, which will be available a la carte. Look out for dishes ($10-$18) like tuna crudo with an uni-coconut emulsion, marinated winter melon, toasted coconut, and micro basil as well as braised lamb neck with pearl barley, cumin honey pearl onion parsley root, parsley puree, and preserved lemon. Make a reservation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Get more info here. Malmaison, 3401 K St. NW. (202) 817-3340. malmaisondc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
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The Kennedy Center welcomes gospel singer Yolanda Adams, who performs at the annual “Let Freedom Ring” concert in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
In connection with its “Twelve Years That Shook and Shaped Washington” exhibition, the Anacostia Community Museum opens a new show of work created between 1963 and 1965 by members of the local Spiral Collective in its Community Gallery. 10 a.m. at 1901 Fort Place SE. Free.
Head to the Black Cat Backstage for a free screening of Trailer Park Boys: The Movie as part of its Marijuana Mondays series. As an added bonus, each attendee will be entered into a raffle to win a small seed packet. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. Free.
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