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For most printmakers, each work they create is almost entirely executed before the ink hits the page. Fawna Xiao is not most printmakers. She approaches her prints like a painter approaches a painting: by adding one layer on top of another until she’s created her ideal effect. In her latest solo show, “Lost Land,” she takes inspiration from the natural world. What makes her work compelling is how she distills an entire mountain ranges into three shades of one color and yet still manages to capture the majesty of nature. Not so bad for an artist who created her first works in her parents’ basement. Read more >>> “Lost Land” is on view Mondays and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m., and Tuesdays-Fridays, noon to 6 p.m., to April 27, at Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW. Free. (202) 338-0680. artsandartists.org. (Caroline Jones)
EAT THIS Have you filed your taxes yet? Good for you! If you’re feeling extra depressed, don’t, because these restaurants have deals big enough to make you forget how much money you just handed over to The Man. At California Tortilla locations, score free chips and queso with the purchase of any item if you whisper the magic code: 1040. Drink your cares away at BLT Steak, where all cocktails, wine, and beer are 50 percent off today. Jack Rose Dining Saloon is giving away free English whiskey from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. And if you’re heading to The Palm, print out this certificate for complimentary “Prime Bites” like mini crab cakes or steakburger sliders with the purchase of any drink at the bar. For more details, check out Young & Hungry. (May Wildman)
OH AND ALSO Do you like your rock ‘n’ roll with a side of fairy tales? Head over to DC9 to see British goth rockers Esben and the Witch and try to catch all their literary references. 8:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Jazz fusion pioneer Jeff Lorber returns to the sound he helped create decades ago tonight at The Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. at The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $33.
Percussion powerhouse Chris Dave performs tonight at the Howard Theatre with his backing group, The Drumhedz. 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $22.50.
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