“Traces of Memory: A Contemporary Look at the Jewish Past in Poland” is the product of 12 years spent documenting Galicia, a once-thriving region on the border of Poland and Ukraine whose population was destroyed in the Holocaust. The exhibit, which draws from the findings of late British photojournalist Chris Schwarz and University of Birmingham professor Jonathan Weber, shows evidence of genocide, signs of remembrance, and even small elements of revival. Read Louis Jacobson’s complete review here. The Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery is open until 10 p.m. tonight at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Free.


Michael Shuman calls his book Local Dollars, Local Sense a “community resilience guide,” geared toward folks who want to invest money in their local economy. He provides an overview of local investment funds, community ownership, local stock exchanges, and other avenues, with the goal of “demystifying” local investment choices to build healthier regional economies. 6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets 5th & K. Free.

The environmentalist poet Gary Snyder is also a decorated one: his Axe Handles earned him an American Book Award, and Turtle Island landed him the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. A professor at the University of California at Davis, Snyder stops by the Folger Elizabethan Theatre tonight to discuss his lengthy, lauded body of work. 7:30 p.m. at 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15.


Already seen The Avengers? Try the opposite of that: The Last Hour of Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu is the story of the trial and execution of Romanian despot Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena in 1989. The film shows at 6:30 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. $7.


Or, you could just drink. Try happy hour at Helix Lounge, Commissary, The Heights, Mandu, RustikLooking Glass Lounge, or Mussel Mondays at Granville Moore’s, or a half-price bottle at Veritas.

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