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James Huckenpahler is one of D.C.’s most innovative artists—and also one of its best librarians. For years he has been mining the photographic and sculptural potential of 3-D image modeling. But it’s not this part of his practice that concerns “Welcome to Chocolate City,” presented at Hemphill as a special part of the “Artist-Citizen” group show. Huckenpahler first decided to lecture about the history of D.C. art when he heard a class of George Washington University undergrads comment that while D.C. was pretty, it lacked culture. The fifth-generation Washingtonian had to show this wasn’t the case. Read more >>> The program begins at 6 p.m. at Hemphill Fine Arts, 1515 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 234-5601. hemphillfinearts.com. (Kriston Capps)
Get ready for an all-day Hump Day happy hour. Tortilla Coast‘s Logan Circle and Capitol Hill locations are ringing in National Tequila Day with $5 margaritas all day. Sample their blood orange habanero margarita, featuring black-pepper habanero tequila, orange juice, blood-orange puree, agave, fresh lime, and chile salt. Also check out their prickly-pear blueberry and smoky watermelon margaritas. Tortilla Coast Logan Circle, 1460 P St. NW. (202) 629-3280. Tortilla Coast Capitol Hill, 400 First St. SE. (202) 546-6768. tortillacoast.com. (Cara Newlon)
OH AND ALSO
Get your go-go fix at Strathmore: Trouble Funk performs tonight on the arts center’s lawn. 7 p.m. at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free.
Embark on a scavenger hunt around D.C. and meet some extraterrestrials in the process. In conjunction with Ellen Harvey‘s current exhibit, the Corcoran has developed an interactive search around town, with stops at happy hours along the way. 5 p.m. at 500 17th St. NW. $10–$15.
Italian DJ J. Paul Getto spins at U Street Music Hall, along with Malphunktion vs. ForQuarters, Throdown vs. Saintlike, and Cocaine Cowboys. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW> $10.
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