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The Adamson Gallery exhibit “Gordon Parks: An American Lens” is nominally a retrospective, and it does a solid job of hitting the high points of the famed photographer’s long career—his iconic variation on “American Gothic,” a portrait of D.C. custodian Ella Watson with a broom and mop in front of an oversized flag; and an image from Parks’ visceral series on teenage Harlem gang leader Red Jackson. But the emotional core of the exhibit is Parks’ 1956 series on segregation in Mobile, Ala. Parks’ images of the era’s routine discrimination and deprivation are no-nonsense and in some cases seem a tad contrived. But this just serves to lay bare the ridiculousness of Jim Crow. Read more >>> The show is on view Tuesdays–Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m., to May 31, at Adamson Gallery, 1515 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. Free. (202) 232-0707. adamsongallery.org. (Louis Jacobson)
Matchbox is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Chinatown location this month with all sorts of specials and giveaways. Today and every Tuesday in April, enjoy $10 small pizzas. On Mondays throughout the month, alumni bartenders will pour their favorite cocktails and beers. The restaurant will also offer 10 sliders for $10 on Wednesdays. And this Thursday, the location will host a family-friendly patio party with all-day grilling and giveaways. Matchbox Pizza Chinatown, 713 H St. NW, (202) 289-4441. matchboxchinatown.com. (May Wildman)
OH AND ALSO
Actress, author, and humanitarian Valerie Harper, better known to earlier generations as Rhoda from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, discusses and signs copies of her latest book, I, Rhoda, at the National Archives. 7 p.m. at the National Archives McGowan Theater, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
New York-based rockers The London Souls might have a misleading name, but their music more than makes up for that. See for yourself at DC9. 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Slightly restrained Canadian band SUUNS brings their experimental indie rock to the Black Cat Backstage. 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
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