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Riding Metro’s Red Line is like taking a train through a museum: There’s art all around you, in the form of designs spraypainted on the outsides of warehouses. Or at least, some people see it as art. Now that the Metropolitan Branch Trail has brought more eyes to the area than just those safely sliding by in a rail car, the city sees those warehouses as frustrating enforcement zones. It’s devoted significant energy—whitewashing every few weeks, commissioning murals—to ward off taggers. In her forthcoming documentary, The Red Line D.C. Project, discussed at tonight’s Pink Line Project-hosted event, Georgetown graduate student Saaret Yoseph investigates the stories behind the Red Line’s now-famous graffiti, asking commuters, is it blight or public art? Salon Contra: Red Line D.C. begins at 7 p.m. Free. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org for address information. pinklineproject.com. (Lydia DePillis)
New Orleans rapper Curren$y just released his major-label debut, The Stoned Immaculate, and true to the title it keeps thing at low-to-medium sizzle. Here’s the inevitable Wale collab. Curren$y performs tonight with The Jets, Smoke DZA, and more at 8 p.m. at Empire, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield, Va. $20. (703) 569-5940.
Ripple in Cleveland Park debuts its “Grilled Cheese Bar” today. The specialty menu, available only at the bar, allows diners to customize their sandwiches with 15 artisanal cheeses and a variety of breads, meats, and spreads. There’s also the “Swiss Bank Account” ($9) with prosciutto, challerhocker, and truffles and the “Krusty Krab” ($11) with jumbo lumb crab and oozing bechamel cheese. But perhaps our favorite creation: “Stinky Pete” ($9) with smelly epoisse cheese, anchovy, and asparagus. The sandwiches are available from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and from 10:30 p.m. to midnight. Ripple, 3417 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-244-7995; rippledc.com. (Jessica Sidman)