These days, elected officials aren’t the only puppets in town. For its latest exhibit, “Puppetry in America,” the National Museum of American History has gathered a variety of puppets spanning 160 years. Yes, America’s favorite fleecy amphibian makes an appearance. Read more >>> The exhibit is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to March 28 at the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 633-1000.


Mike Isabella’s Graffiato celebrates the first anniversary of its Industry Takeover Nights tonight. Top Chef alums Jennifer Carroll and Angelo Sosa will join local chefs like Del Campo’s Victor Albisu and The Source’s Scott Drewno plus former Bourbon Steak chef Adam Sobel (now at RN74 in San Francisco) to serve up food.  Mouton Noir Wines owner and winemaker Andre Mack will provide drinks. The party will be bigger than usual, taking up the second floor plus the first-floor pizza bar. Festivities extend from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Half of the $10 cover charge will go toward Meals on Wheels. Graffiato, 707 6th St. NW. (202) 289-3600. (Jessica Sidman)


The Black Cat kicks off Middle Earth Mondays with a screening of The Fellowship of the Ring. It’s a much better (and cheaper) choice than suffering through a screening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. Free.

The Velvet Lounge hosts a post-MAGFest concert, featuring Mega Ran, K-Murdock, Whole Damme Delegation, Bright Primate, Ardamus, and DJ Cutman. 9 p.m. at 915 U St. NW. $8–$10.

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