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It’s appropriate that the federal sequester hit just a week before the opening of the exhibit “Searching for the Seventies: The Documerica Photography Project,” the fruits of a five-year-long, taxpayer-funded project in which 70 photographers produced 22,000 images of—well, that’s a little vague. Environmental problems are a recurring theme in the exhibit, from belching smokestacks to nuclear cooling towers, but a cursory look at the images on display makes clear that the participating photographers had wide-ranging interests. Perhaps the most revealing tidbit in the exhibit is the existence of a new-generation documentary project now underway; this time, however, it’s crowd-sourced. Read more >>> The exhibit is on view daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. (202) 357-5000. archives.gov. (Louis Jacobson)
Passover officially begins tonight. If you don’t have a seder to go to or are looking for some Jewish foods with a twist, head to Rosa Mexicano for its 11th annual Mexican Passover celebration. Today through April 2, the Penn Quarter and Chevy Chase restaurants will offer creations like matzo ball soup with Jalisco-style pozole soup and chipotle-marrow matzo balls; tacos with chicken cracklings, duck egg, caramelized onions, and mustard salsa verde; and brisket mixiote with sweet oranges and chilies. Check out the full menu here. Rosa Mexicano, 575 7th St. NW and 5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW. rosamexicano.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Just months after he performed a revised version of The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, the factually fast-and-loose performance piece based on inhumane conditions in China’s Apple plants, monologist Mike Daisey returns to Woolly Mammoth. Now, he’s trying to move on with American Utopias, a monologue that examines America’s artificial utopias. Read more >>> 8 p.m. at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. Pay what you can. (Ian Buckwalter)
The Hamilton hosts a series of concerts this week in conjunction with the Craft Brewer’s Conference that’s in town. It kicks off tonight with a show by folk singer-songwriters Elephant Revival sponsored by New Belgium Beer. 8:30 p.m. at The Hamilton, 600 F St. NW. $27.50.
Electronic music producer and moombahton pioneer Dillon Francis performs at 9:30 Club with electronic music duo Oliver. 9 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20.
The Duke Ellington School of the Arts celebrates its 40th anniversary with a benefit performance by R&B icon Patti Labelle. 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $50–$175.
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