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Almost four decades before the National Portrait Gallery opened its doors in 1962, Time magazine was already doing much of the museum’s job, capturing noted figures of the era in weekly portraits. The Smithsonian has collected nearly 2,000 of these original portraits since the late 1970s, and has been steadily rolling them out in a series of rotating exhibitions. The latest is “Time Covers the 1960s,” a collection of the decade’s most interesting front pages. This edition captures a tumultuous and exciting moment in the world of art, too—colorful pop art by Roy Lichtenstein at his peak hangs near dark realist portraits by Henry Koerner and Robert Vickre. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. to Aug. 9 at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-8300. npg.si.edu. (Maxwell Tani)
For the second annual F*ck Forks event, 10 chefs will create sweet and savory dishes that, well, don’t require forks to eat. One of the first events held in the new culinary incubator Mess Hall, the Fuck Cancer benefit event will feature the Red Hen’s Mike Friedman, 2941’s Caitlin Dysart, and Ripple’s Marjorie Meek-Bradley. Bartenders from places like Jack Rose and Chaplin’s will also create cocktails (conveniently, no forks required there, either), and entertainment includes drag queens, graffiti artists doing live art, and a silent art auction curated by the chefs. Plus, there will be swag bags for everyone—including those who purchase “Very F*cking Important Person” packages. Tickets are $80 and available for purchase here. Mess Hall, 703 Edgewood St. NE. fckforks.com. (Jamie Slater)
OH AND ALSO
Soulful songwriter Valerie June performs with local folk singer Tom McBride at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 8 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $22.
The Airborne Toxic Event returns from a nearly two-year hiatus and plays an acoustic show at the Lincoln Theatre. 6:30 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $35.