In the age of the camera phone, everyone is a potential photojournalist. But when the best news photos are chosen every year, professional shots always carry the greatest emotional impact. The documentary Deadline Every Second: On Assignment with 12 Associated Press Photojournalists follows 12 AP photographers as they gather images on assignments that take them to battle zones in Afghanistan, protests in Israel, terrorist attacks in Pakistan, wildfires in California, the Tour de France, and the events of Sept. 11 in New York City. Director Ken Kobré—who will host a discussion after the screening—shows these men and women working under pressure to capture the perfect shot that will sum up a newsworthy event, often while their own lives are threatened. That danger can affect amateur news gatherers, too, but as bullets whiz by, they’re not fiddling with aperture, focus, and lighting on their cell phones. The film shows at 7 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $12. corcoran.org. (202) 639-1700. (Christopher Porter)
We last wrote about the New York-based, Virginia-raised Holmes Brothers when they headlined the Bluebird Blues Festival at Prince George’s Community College last fall. Tonight, the Cheap Trick and Nick Lowe-lovin’ blues band is back, playing the still-new stage at The Hamilton downtown. Leyla McCalla opens. 7:30 p.m. at The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $20-$30. 202-787-1000.
And whaddya know, Bomba Estéreo, yet another Washington City Paper critic’s pick, returns to the area tonight. Here’s what we said about ’em last time they played Black Cat: “Colombian band Bomba Estéreo shook thousands of asses last year following its stand-out 2009 debut Blow Up on L.A.’s Nacional Records. The typical indie hype cycle began: The Bogotá group gigged for Levi’s and Fader magazine at South by Southwest, recorded an NPR session, and garnered plenty of half-baked comparisons to M.I.A. and Santigold, on account of the band’s rapping, crazily dressed vocalist, Liliana Saumet. But the electro-cumbia-hip-hop ensemble isn’t all explosives and ‘Fuego,’ the pounding, DJ-baiting (and great) single on the group’s LP. Anchored by Saumet and bassist Simon Mejia, Bomba Estéreo also offers subtle rewards on slow-burning tracks such as “La Boquilla” and “Aguasala.” To see them live is to get the whole picture, as they show that bombs have a way of both making noise and leaving an impact.” Bomba Estéreo and the Maracuyeah DJs perform at 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $18 in advance, $20 at door. (202) 667-7960.
Also worth checking out: Canadian “future pop” duo Purity Ring with Ava Luna at Red Palace. 8 p.m. at 1212 H St. NE. $14. (202) 399-3201.
DCist’s sixth annual DCist Exposed photo show has its second kick-off tonight at Long View Gallery with beers provided by DC Brau and ChurchKey. You can still buy advance tickets for $10. At the door, admission is $15. 6 p.m. at 1234 9th St. NW. (202) 232-4788.
Fear of a Black Republican promises to take a nonpartisan look at why more black Americans aren’t voting Republican, and what that means for the future of a viable two-party system in America. Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is scheduled to appear at tonight’s premiere. 7 p.m. at E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $11. (202) 452-7672.
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