Who was the Virgin Mary? The answer depends on who you ask and when they lived. The National Museum of Women in the Arts’ latest exhibition suggests several possible identities for the world’s most famous mother. In six sections, 60 Renaissance- and Baroque-era paintings borrowed from the Vatican Museums and Uffizi Gallery depict the Virgin Mary in her most-referenced roles. As if inspired by the chorus of Meredith Brooks’ “Bitch,” Mary is shown as a cousin, a wife, a daughter, a mourning mother, a legendary biblical protagonist, a revered cultural icon, and a liaison between heaven and Earth. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Mondays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m., to April 12 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $8–$10. (202) 783-5000. nmwa.org(Tim Regan)


Pizza Vinoteca opens today in Ballston serving grilled pizzas and wine. The restaurant, whose New York location closed a few weeks ago, was initially planning to offer an iPad ordering system on every table, but it has since ditched that plan. There are still other high-tech aspects to the restaurant, like a custom-made grill with 16 burners, infrared heat, and wood chip smoke boxes plus an argon gas-fueled wine preservation and dispensing system that keeps bottles fresh longer. The menu includes classic pies like pepperoni and eggplant plus more adventurous toppings like nduja meatballs with kale pesto. Read more about the restaurant and check out photos and menus on Young & Hungry. Pizza Vinoteca, 800 N. Glebe Road, Arlington. (703) 567-1056. pizzavinoteca.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Local musicians the Mauls headline a punk show at DC9 featuring Mobius Strip, Mantis Toboggan, and 3rd Grade Friends. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.

Chicago-based rock act Exit Verse performs at the Black Cat Backstage with local trio the Effects, who celebrate the release of their latest tape, Closer. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

Salt Lake City’s Ballet West continues performances of its adaptation of The Nutcracker  at the Kennedy Center Opera House. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $56–$165.

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