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17th-century Chinese artist Bada Shanren held a multitude of titles, but his inner life remains mysterious. Born under the Ming dynasty to a high-society family, Shanren lived as a Buddhist monk and calligrapher before turning his attention to painting. Shanren’s style for calm but energetic paintings reflected the tumultuous mental state of the aristocrat monk. You can attempt to understand him while his work is on display at the Freer, but be warned: Shanren will likely remain an enigma for good. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to Jan. 3, at the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. (202) 633-480. asia.si.edu. (Jordan-Marie Smith)
With temperatures threatening to climb into the triple digits, cool off after work at EatsPlace with its newest pop-up invasion, the Green Zone. There will be six Middle Eastern-inspired cocktails, $11 each, by Chris Hassaan Francke, who’s part Iraqi and has family in Lebanon. Try the “Fuck ISIS” punch, which features two rums, Vimto (a British soft drink popular in the Middle East), lemon, and Arabian bitters. Pair the drinks with Middle Eastern-inspired burgers from Kafta Burgers. The pop-up will continue twice a week for four weeks. Read more on Young & Hungry. The Green Zone at EatsPlace, 3607 Georgia Ave. NW. (202) 882-3287. eatsplace.com. (Josh Solomon)
OH AND ALSO
Local pop musician (and recent City Paper profile subject) Louis Weeks performs at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Feel the power of love when Huey Lewis and the News reunite for a concert at the Warner Theatre. 8 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $70–$112.50.
Ohio-based rock act Total Babes brings its noisy pop songs to the Black Cat Backstage with Massachusetts-based experimental trio Mouser. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
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