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When the Tokugawa shogunate ended in 1868, Japanese leaders began rapidly transforming Tokyo into a modern capital. Upon returning to Tokyo following a six-year exile, self-trained artist Kobayashi Kiyochika set out to capture his new city using traditional and Western techniques. Kiyochika’s works are studies in light, capturing the city’s rapid changes at dawn and dusk. Because even though the colors in each print appear dark and brooding, the curiosity they convey about the modern age seems more optimistic than somber. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to July 27, at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 633-4880. asia.si.edu.
Pan-Latin steakhouse and small plates restaurant Toro Toro opens today across from Franklin Park. The restaurant comes from Richard Sandoval, who also operates El Centro D.F., Masa 14, and Zengo. The menu includes hot and and cold small plates ($8-$16), including ceviches, lamb antichucho skewers, empanadas, and a smoked guacamole. For something heartier, order a steak. Among the meat options is the “rodizio experience,” the Brazilian take on all-you-can-eat. For $79 per person, tables of four or more can try two small plates per person plus unlimited servings of seven types of meats including ribeye, sausage, and lamb chops (some carved tableside) and side dishes. Check out the menus and read more here. Toro Toro, 1300 I St. NW. (202) 682-9500. richardsandoval.com/torotorodc. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Southern California pop quartet Cosmonauts perform at the Black Cat Backstage with Black Sea. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
The Berklee College of Music Mix Maestros present a diverse show of new takes on old hip-hop records as part of the Kennedy Center’s “One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide” celebration. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Experimental rock group The Plums plays Arlington’s Galaxy Hut with Chester Hawkins and Tag Cloud. Find more details on Facebook. 9 p.m. at 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $5.
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