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The experimental architecture practice Studio Tobias Klein is a fitting match for Industry Gallery, one of D.C.’s most innovative and least-known art spaces. The gallery is devoted to 21st-century design: No Eames chairs or midcentury modern here, so head back to 14th Street NW if that’s what you want, son. Industry’s Craig Appelbaum reads design as an impossibly and delightfully broad category, so when Studio Tobias Klein exhibits a continuous virtual sunset at the Trinidad gallery, it’ll fit right in. The notion behind “Virtual Sunset,” one of the pieces now on display, is that the sun is always setting somewhere; Klein has put together a rather touching system for crowdsourcing and displaying images of sunsets in real time. It’s more than a hashtag on Instagram: “Virtual Sunset,” which previously showed at London’s V&A Museum, represents the expansion of design and architectural concerns into the digital realm, a practice sometimes called computational design. Through March 20, the global equinox, the sun will never quite set in Trinidad. The show is on view noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays–Saturdays at 1358 Florida Ave. NE. Free. industrygallerydc.com. (202) 399-1730. (Kriston Capps)
Ladies: Take advantage of a free Chinese New Year-inspired “snakebite” shooter from 5 to 6 p.m. As part of its “Seven Days of (Snake) Sins” promotion, both of Ping Pong Dim Sum‘s locations are offering food and drink specials throughout the first week of the Chinese New Year based on each of the seven deadly sins. Today’s sin? Rage. Ping Pong Dim Sum, 900 7th St. NW and 1 Dupont Circle NW; (202) 506-3740 and (202) 293-1268; pingpongdimsum.us. (Zosia Dunn)
OH AND ALSO
Philadelphia noise-pop duo Reading Rainbow has morphed into a rock quartet now known as Bleeding Rainbow. Check out the new ensemble tonight at DC9. Local favorites Motion Lines open. 8:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
If you’re curious about all this papal resignation business, Catholic scholar Garry Wills will shed some light on the situation when he discusses his new book, Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
The Convert, Danai Gurira‘s new play about colonization and Christianity in 19th century Africa, opens tonight at Woolly Mammoth. 8 p.m. at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. $25–$35.
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