It’s been more than a quarter century by now, but my recollection of reading Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis in my freshman-year college European lit class remains fresh. Even for a cocky college kid, reading about Gregor Samsa’s transformation into an insect was unnerving. There’s nothing quite as creepy as Kafka’s famous character in Michael Borek’s photography exhibit at the Czech Embassy, which commemorates the 90th anniversary of Kafka’s death. Still, many of the works exude an uneasy vibe. One image lays bare the scarred surface of a wall where a metal silhouette had once been affixed; it now reveals several drilled holes that suggest bullet wounds. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view to July 31 at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. Free. (202) 274-9100. mzv.cz/washington. (Louis Jacobson)
They can cook, but can they mix drinks? Six D.C. chefs will go head-to-head in a cocktail-making competition called Chefs Behind Bars at Union Market from 6 to 8:30 p.m. tonight. Among the participants: Bart Vandaele of Belga Café and B Too, Doug Alexander of Art and Soul, Frank Paris of Sona Creamery, Frederik de Pue of Table and Menu MBK, George Pagonis of Kapnos, and Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Ripple and Roofer’s Union. The $40 ticket price will include drinks from all the chefs plus small bites from Union Market vendors. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for a people’s choice award winner. Young & Hungry columnist Jessica Sidman is one of the judges, so stop by and say hi. Purchase tickets here. The event will support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Chefs Behind Bars at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE; ce.strength.org/events/chefs-behind-bars-enjoy-cocktails-created-your-favorite-chefs. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Melodic Glasgow duo Honeyblood plays DC9 with Cincinnati rock trip PUBLIC. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Electronic artist Rustie, another native of Glasgow, takes the stage at U Street Music Hall. 9 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $10.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra travels south for a performance at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center. Acclaimed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis conducts. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$48.
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