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In the days before we packed our pockets with portable computers, artists often carried tiny notebooks with them to record thoughts, phone numbers, and sketches whenever inspiration struck. These rare, private documents are rarely shown in public, but the chronic collectors at the Smithsonian have decided to share a few pages with curious viewers as part of a new exhibition. “Little Black Books: Address Books from the Archives of American Art” includes volumes from legendary artists like Lee Krasner, Joseph Cornell, and Jackson Pollock, among many others. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., to Nov. 1, at the Lawrence A. Fleishman Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-7940. aaa.si.edu. (Caroline Jones)
DC Beer Week kicked off over the weekend, and the upcoming days are full of events to drink beer from near and far. Tonight, head to Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church for a screening of the documentary Blood, Sweat, and Beer at 7 p.m., with happy hour specials from 3 to 7 p.m. Meanwhile, Birch & Barley is hosting a five-course pairing dinner with six Hardywood Park beers for $60. More info here. Take a look at other top picks for DC Beer Week on Young & Hungry. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
More than 30 years after turning “Karma Chameleon” into a huge international hit, Culture Club has reunited. The band stops at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center tonight. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $30–$60.
Philadelphia-based pop-punk band Beach Slang transforms the success of its two 7-inch releases into a headlining gig at DC9. Local pop trio Title Tracks opens the show. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
If the gloomy weather’s got you down, close your eyes and think of England: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix screens for free at the Black Cat Backstage, with drink specials offered all night. 7 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. Free.
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