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Sarah Alexander’s photography makes it clear that she likes pieces better than wholes. In her hands, a portion of an intricate, textured rotunda becomes Escheresque; several levels of an oval-shaped staircase collapse into an unexpectedly flat plane; and a segment of weathered architectural detailing coexists with a perfectly undisturbed field of red. Meanwhile, “Reflections” (shown) turns a clichéd subject—an abstracted view of a glass façade—into a genre-bending work. By using inkjet printing techniques on canvas, the image meets the photorealistic paintings of buildings by D.C. artist Joey Manlapaz precisely halfway, and from the opposite direction. Read more >>> The show is on view Wednesdays–Sundays noon to 6 p.m. to March 31 at the Foundry Gallery, 1314 18th St. NW. Free.(202) 463-0203. foundrygallery.org. (Louis Jacobson)


Taylor Gourmet opened its seventh shop in the Chinatown today at 11 a.m., so go get a hoagie! The menu features 36 different hoagies plus breakfast varieties on weekends. Taylor Gourmet, 626 E St. NW. taylorgourmet.com (Jessica Sidman)


Monthly ska and reggae celebration BlueBeat D.C. returns this month with a performance by The Shifters. Opening is Upstanding Youth‘s Marc Allred, who will perform acoustic ska with the aide of a looping machine. 8 p.m. at Solly’s Tavern, 1942 11th St. NW. $5.

Colombian MC and DJ ISA GT makes her D.C. debut tonight at Tropicalia. Her sets blend everything from house music to kuduro to cumbia, so show up ready to dance. 10 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. $5.

Above Tropicalia at Lost Society, Deep Secrets DJs Pat JaglaBenoit Benoit, and Sami Y. take over. 9 p.m. at Lost Society, 2001 14th St. NW. Free.

French classical music ensemble Court-Circuit performs a set of contemporary works at the French Embassy tonight, including Philippe Manoury‘s “Michigan Trio.” More details and tickets are available on Eventbrite. 7:30 p.m. at La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. $25.

Catholic University MFA candidate Matthew Buckley Smith presents his playwriting thesis, Spooky Action at a Distance, about a physics tutor at the height of the Vietnam War. 7:30 p.m. at the Callan Theatre, 3801 Harewood Road, NE. $5–$15.

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