Frank Van Riper is known in the D.C. area for his writings on photography. Now, the photography teacher has curated his own exhibition, “Mirror to the World: Documentary Photography 2013.” Of the artists on view, the most winningly enigmatic is Fred Zafran (shown), who photographs “unplanned encounters” on the streets of an unknown town, which only adds to the mystery. Zafran’s comfort zone is a demimonde of dramatic footprints, darkened Hopperesque windows, and blank planar surfaces that are so low-lit it’s sometimes hard to tell when he’s photographing in black and white or color. This small selection suggests that Zafran has distinct ability to capture a scene’s lurking unease. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view Sundays and Mondays, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., to April 28 at Photoworks, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Free. (301) 634-2274. glenechophotoworks.org. (Louis Jacobson)
Hot off the heels ofGBD‘s opening Friday, D.C. now has its second fried chicken and doughnut spot: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken. The first 50 lunch customers (beginning at 11 a.m.) will get a complimentary side with any chicken order. The fried chicken comes in traditional buttermilk with a recipe from chef Jason Gehring‘s family or double-fried Korean style with a spicy garlic or Sriracha glaze. Prices are two pieces for $5.25; four pieces for $10; eight pieces for $18.50; or three chicken tenders for $5. There’s also a chicken BLT for $7 and potato salad and Asian slaw for sides. The doughnut menu ($2.25 -$2.85) includes some staples like maple bacon and crème brûlée plus daily changing flavors. Check out the full doughnut menu here. Astro will be open from 8 a.m. until food runs out today through April 12. After that, the hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, 1308 G St. NW. (202) 809-5565. astrodoughnuts.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Indie-pop rising stars Royal Teeth play the Millennium Stage tonight. Get there early to navigate the crowds of tweens. 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Port St. Willow, the Brooklyn-based music and noise project of Nicholas Principe, performs at DC9 with Myrrh Myrrh. 8 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
French Catholic priest Father Patrick Desbois is an activist committed to documenting the unmarked graves of the Holocaust. He discusses his work with author Jonathan Safran Foer tonight, in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $9.
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