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Artist Kesha Bruce’s work regularly features abstract portraits of unknown figures. Sometimes they’re called angels, sometimes totems. In her latest series, “The Guardians,” now on view at Morton Fine Art, she paints “spirits who act as watchers, keepers, and protectors.” The element of watching comes across most vividly in “Birbal” (pictured), a head in shades of red and black with two white eyes that appear to penetrate the linen on which they’re painted. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m., to Jan. 6 at Morton Fine Art, 1781 Florida Ave. NW. Free. (202) 628-2787. mortonfineart.com. (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

The year’s first snow calls for a hot boozy drink. Jack Rose Dining Saloon serves mulled wine with cardamom pods, cinnamon, star anise, black pepper, vanilla, clove, orange, and lemon as well as a hot whiskey cider with Jim Beam Bourbon and fall spices—both for $10. Stop by for happy hour from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and they’re only $6. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW. (202) 588-7388. jackrosediningsaloon.com(Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Baltimore-based gypsy-jazz act UltraFaux performs at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage under the leadership of guitarist Michael Joseph Harris. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Former radio DJ and program director Beau Phillips shares his rock ‘n’ roll stories in his new book, I Killed Pink Floyd’s Pig, which he’ll discuss tonight at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library. 6:30 p.m. at 1630 7th St. NW. Free.

The National Symphony Orchestra kicks off its annual “NSO in Your Neighborhood” program with a chamber performance at NPR’s Studio 1. RSVP and find more information on NPR’s website. 7 p.m. at 1111 North Capitol St. NE. Free.

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