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For the past decade, Transformer gallery has exhibited emerging artists of all stripes, and a great number of those artists have been Corcoran College of Art & Design graduates. To pay tribute to the symbiotic relationship between the P Street NW gallery and the art school, the Corcoran’s Gallery 31 is hosting “Transformers,” an exhibition of works by 15 select alumni who have shown at Transformer. With that title, the show also suggests that the artists are capable of transforming how we think about art. And they may be: Reuben Breslar creates installations that flatten three-dimensional space, Cynthia Connolly critiques art marketing and presentation, and Mica Scalin—who went on to work for Showtime Networks, among others—makes videos that range from experimental and voyeuristic to pop-consumable. (John Anderson) The exhibition is on view Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to Oct. 2 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Gallery 31, 500 17th St. NW. (Enter from New York Avenue NW.) Free.
There’s an impressively high number of indie-rock and pop shows happening tonight, and it may present some conflicts for local fans. Check out our sked after the jump.
Active Child, Com Truise, and Young Athletes League at Black Cat Backstage. Doors 8 p.m. $12.
J. Mascis at Millennium Stage. 6 p.m., free.
Eternal Summers, Reading Rainbow at Red Palace. 8 p.m. doors, $10.
Twin Shadow and Diamond Rings at Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m., $15.
The Sweater Set Sideshow at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 8 p.m., $12.
Erasure and Frankmusik at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. doors, $45.
Washington Post reporter Dana Priest discusses Top Secret America, her book about the country’s security agencies, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m., free.
Author Joe Allen is at Busboys & Poets’ 14th Street location to talk about People Wasn’t Made to Burn, his history of the campaign to free James Hickman, who shot and killed the landlord he believed murdered his family in 1947 Chicago. 6:30 p.m., free.
Brian Behnken reads from his book Fighting Their Own Battles: Mexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas. 6 p.m. at the National Portrait Gallery bookstore. Free.