In “The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years,” the National Gallery of Art showcases 153 works by 20 artists who took images of the same people again, and again, and again over time. But it’s far from repetitive. Most stunning is Gillian Wearing’s homage to Robert Mapplethorpe’s famous final self-portrait, the one with a seemingly disembodied head and his hand holding a skull-topped cane. Read more >>> The exhibit is on view 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays–Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays to Dec. 31 at the National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. (Louis Jacobson)


Stop by any Roti Mediterranean Grill location today and get free dinner when you make a donation of any size to the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy relief fund. The offer goes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. or  4 p.m.  to 6 p.m. at L’Enfant Plaza. (Jessica Sidman)


At an event co-presented by Politics and Prose, acclaimed novelist Barbara Kingsolver makes her first public appearance after the release of her latest, Flight Behavior. 7:30 p.m. at 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $10-$15.

Weird music abounds in Clarendon tonight: Kuschty Rye Ergot, Teething Veils, Domesticated Wild Drones, and Borborites play the CD Cellar record store at 8 p.m. 2607 Wilson Blvd. $5 suggested donation.

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