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The 2013-2014 edition of the exhibit “Gute Aussichten: New German Photography” includes an impressively broad selection of nine artists. The show’s standout is Alwin Lay, who produced a video of a glass of water perched on a rickety wooden table that towers over an unnaturally white plant in a bowl. The table’s spindly legs have been coated in a sparkle-inducing material, and once this coating is set alight, trails of sparks travel slowly around the length of the legs. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Goethe-Institut Washington, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. (202) 289-1200. goethe.de/washington(Louis Jacobson)


Iron Horse Taproom doesn’t usually serve any food except chips. But today, chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley of new Adams Morgan restaurant Roofers Union and Cleveland Park’s Ripple will serve complementary brats, coleslaw, and skewers from 9 to 11 p.m. The bar will also serve beer and a specialty cocktails (sorry, those aren’t free) to pair with the snacks. Iron Horse Taproom, 507, 7th St. NW. (202) 347-7665. ironhorsedc.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Georgia electronic duo Yip Deceiver performs at the Black Cat Backstage with Alexander Trust. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

The annual Split This Rock Poetry Festival returns to National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium tonight with readings by poets Joy Harjo, Dunya Mikhail, and Danez Smith. 7:30 p.m. at 1600 M St. NW. Free.

Haunting rock group And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead… performs at Rock & Roll Hotel with Le Femme and Midnight Masses. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $20.

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