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“Aperture: Photographs,” the latest art installation to open at the Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence, follows the history of the Aperture Foundation, founded by American photographer Minor White in 1952 to celebrate the art form, with photos that span 50 years of the foundation’s magazine. Unsurprisingly, the exhibition is the cornerstone of the annual photography festival FotoWeekDC: The 90-work exhibit covers an enormous range of material, stretching from the early 1900s to present-day pieces. Among the artists featured are Depression-era photojournalist Dorothea Lange, contemporary portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, Hungarian war photographer Robert Capa, and dozens of other influential individuals. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to Nov. 15, at the Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence, 2801 16th St. NW. Free. fotodc.org. (Tatiana Cirisano)
Veterans and active military personnel will find plenty of bar and restaurant freebies and discounts today in honor of Veterans Day. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., GCDC will offer free grilled cheese sandwiches to those who’ve served in the military. IHOP will give out free red, white, and blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. And California Pizza Kitchen will serve a complimentary lunch entree to servicemen and women. Come in uniform or show a military ID to get these deals. A handful of other places offering discounts include McClellan’s Retreat, Osteria Morini, Bar Pilar, and Agua 301. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Ethan Hawke is known as an actor and occasionally dabbles in music, but tonight he’s in D.C. to promote his literary efforts. He discusses his latest novel, Rules for a Knight, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue with New Yorker staff writer Margaret Talbot. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $18–$45.
Louisiana-born dance pop act GIVERS performs at U Street Music Hall with opening act Doe Paoro. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $18.
EL VY, a collaboration between Matt Berninger of The National and Brett Knopf of Menomena, performs an intimate show at the 9:30 Club with Flock of Dimes, a solo project from Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $30.
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