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In The Migration Series, painter Jacob Lawrence captures the movement of African Americans from the rural south to cities in the north. Last April, the Phillips collaborated with the U.S. Department of State to host a series of workshops in Pakistan about The Migration Series and its message of social change, then encouraged students, educators, and emerging artists to create work driven by their personal and national histories. Read more >>> The exhibit is on view 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays to Dec. 31 at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 381-2151. phillipscollection.org. (Caroline Jones)
Remember Mr. Belding from Saved By The Bell? Well, he’s back. Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., actor Dennis Haskins will host a “decades” happy hour/dance party at Kabin, the ski lodge-themed lounge in Dupont. Here’s how the happy hour works: Every hour the music moves through a different decade. At 6 p.m., it’s ’60s sunshine pop; at 7 p.m., David Bowie; at 8 p.m., prepare for Prince, and so on. The playlist lands at present day at 11 p.m. Cocktail and shot prices will also change by the hour, with $6 cocktails and six shots for $3 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and $8 cocktails and eight shots for $3 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Kabin,1337 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 810-2770. kabindc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Furloughed federal employees: Here’s a list of some of the theater companies and other venues offering cheap or free tickets during the shutdown.
Sewn to the Sky, Bill Callahan’s debut album under the Smog moniker in 1990, was a haphazard collection of home-recorded half-songs featuring barely-there vocals and copious noise. But Callahan’s latest, Dream River, is so clean, so mellow, so full of flutes, that it’s hard to imagine him being anything but the singular, fully formed artist he is now. He plays at Sixth & I Synagogue tonight with New Bums. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 8 p.m. at Sixth & I Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $25. (Christopher Porter)
If there’s one band reunion no one should be excited about whatsoever, it’s Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg. After all, Marky isn’t even The Ramones’ original drummer. But by recruiting Partier-in-Chief Andrew W.K. to handle lead vocals, Marky circumvented all of the usual reunion gripes and created one of the most fun-sounding tours ever. It stops at the 9:30 Club tonight. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25. (Matt Cohen)
It’s hard to get old in hip-hop, in part because vets can blow out their knees from even the tiniest stage jumps, as 38-year-old Big Boi did earlier this year. Big Boi’s patella has healed well enough for him to make up the canceled dates of his Shoes for Running Tour, though it might be safest if he just speed-walks. (Note: Federal employees can get free tickets to this show tonight; just stop by the Howard Theatre box office.) Read more about Big Boi in our Fall Arts Guide. 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $35. (Christopher Porter)
Local soul-garage band Black Alley combines elements of jazz, funk, and rock. Miss the band’s regular club gigs? Check ’em out for free at the Millennium Stage this evening. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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