The works of Ivan Pinkava, a prominent Czech photographer, confirm many of the stereotypes Americans have about Eastern European art: It’s intellectually ponderous, and very, very gray. Sometimes, that’s OK. The exhibit is on view 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays to Dec. 16 at the American University Museum, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 885-1300. Read more >>> (Louis Jacobson)


Think you know chili? Test your taste buds at tonight’s Chili Chomp at The Dunes. You’ll get to taste at least seven types of chili made by local chili-makers, including WCP beer expert Tammy Tuck. The organizers are promising a leaning tower of cornbread and—-phew!—-unlimited Tums. $10 at the door includes one drink ticket. 7 p.m. at The Dunes, 1402 Meridian Place NW. More information on Facebook.


Garden of Steven, a Kickstarter-funded short film made by local filmmakers, has its world premiere tonight. It follows a small town missionary in search of salvation, with help from a little girl, a practitioner of black magic, and a saint smoking a cigar. 7:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m., and 9 p.m. at D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $15. More information on Facebook.

ABC News White House correspondent (and WCP alum) Jake Tapper talks about his new bookThe Outpost, this evening at the National Press Club. 7 p.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. $5.

Famed dance-rock band The Faint plays their acclaimed 2001 albumDanse Macabre, in full tonight. Trust and Icky Blossoms support. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $30.

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