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“Post Nihilist Utopia,” the newest exhibit at Civilian Art Projects by artist-activist Dan Tague, includes works on paper, paintings, sculptures, installations, and a bit of performance art. But Tague hasn’t let go of his signature flourish: dollar bills crumpled in just the right way to expose hidden messages. For a man whose art was stirred after he lost just about everything in Hurricane Katrina, the most emotional piece in this exhibition is an inkjet print tacked to pieces of oak and pine that reads “made it through that water.” The bottom half of the 8-foot-square construction looks murky and distorted, the result of a soak in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to May 30, at Civilian Art Projects, 4718 14th St. NW. Free. civilianartprojects.com. (Louis Jacobson)
Calabash Tea & Tonic is hosting a tasting event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. tonight to preview its new Shaw location. “TeaEO” Sunyatta Amen will feature a $9 tasting menu with different teas like “Love Potion #10,” a hibiscus flower tea with lemongrass and cayenne, and kombucha on tap. There are also samosas, Jamaican jerk chili, habanero-infused vegan sweet potato pie, and chai-spiced carrot cake. Calabash Tea & Tonic, 1847 7th St. NW. (202) 525-5386. facebook.com/calabashtea. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie visits Arlington’s Central Library to discuss her novel Americanah, which was selected as the featured novel for the 2015 Arlington Reads campaign. 7 p.m. at 1015 North Quincy St., Arlington. Free.
Middle Eastern folk act Sitali is joined by drummer Juju House for their show tonight at Bossa. Americana act Big Lazy also performs, with Marcus Webb sitting in on lap steel. Find more details on Facebook. 8 p.m. at 2463 18th St. NW. $10.
Theater Alliance begins performances of Nathan Alan Davis‘ new play, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea, about a young man determined to swim into the Atlantic Ocean to connect with the spirit of an ancestor who perished during the Middle Passage, at the Anacostia Playhouse. 8 p.m. at 2020 Shannon Place SE. $20–$35.
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