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As your plane takes off from National Airport, you’re treated to a miniature tour of D.C. Out the window, you see iconic spots like the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, the Washington Monument, and Capitol Dome, as well as lesser known (though equally impressive) spots like the National Cathedral and the old stone buildings of Georgetown University. Before you even leave the ground, however, there’s another architecturally significant structure to consider: the César Pelli and Associates–designed air traffic control erected in 1997. The National Air and Space Museum highlights 50 similar feats of engineering and their important functions in its latest exhibit, “Art of the Airport Tower.” Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue and 6th Street SW. Free. (202) 633-2214. airandspace.si.edu. (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

“Morini Mondays” featuring $10 plates of homemade pasta are back at Navy Yard’s Osteria Morini. Every Monday evening through March 28, the Italian restaurant will offer three classic pasta dishes plus seasonally changing offerings like cappelletti with truffled ricotta and prosciutto at the discounted price. Meanwhile, the cocktail menu has doubled in size to include six classic cocktails plus some seasonal drinks like a rosemary gibson. Osteria Morini, 301 Water St. SE. (202) 484-0660. osteriamorini.cm. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Creed Bratton, known to many for his turn on The Office but known to a few others for his work as a musician with bands like The Grass Roots, brings his “Evening of Music and Comedy” tour to Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $25.

Head to the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ library to check out “Womanimal,” a new exhibition of work by Brooklyn-based zine artist Caroline Paquita. 10 a.m. at 1250 New York Ave. NW. $8–$10.

The young artists from Word Beats & Life perform hip-hop and spoken word excerpts from Crowns, an album inspired by chess, at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

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