Arts Desk

Don’t Be Bored: “Local Color” and Talking About Race

When most people visualize Washington, D.C., marble monuments come to mind. But in Gallery plan b’s exhibition “Local Color”—a nine-artist show of paintings and photographs set in D.C.—the surprise icon is Wonder bread. Charlie Gaynor presents a bracing image of the façade of the old Wonder bread factory at 641 S St. NW in Shaw, while a series of screen prints by Michael D. Crossett (pictured) employ the company’s trucks and logo as a central motif. It’s an odd choice for a unifying theme, perhaps, but reflective of the nine artists’ view of the District as a sum of its ordinariness rather than its grandeur. To that end, Joey Manlapaz offers bright, crisp photorealistic paintings starring the humble sidewalk newspaper box, and Chad Andrews offers a series of four anonymous street scenes that offset the pitch-black gloom of night with luscious pink and turquoise highlights. Then there are the oil paintings by Ron Donoughe that portray stately Victorian homes and row houses, undercut by just a tinge of anxiety. It’s a vibe cribbed straight from Edward Hopper—but if you’re going to crib a vibe, you could do a whole lot worse. (Louis Jacobson) The exhibit is on view Wednesdays to Saturdays noon to 7 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to August 28 at Gallery plan b, 1530 14th St. NW. Free.

MUSIC

Chillwave and tech-house fans need to be at DC9 tonight for Small Black and D.C. super-producer Outputmessage, who are playing a Monument Music and Arts Festival-hosted benefit show for the Grassroots Reconciliation Group. 8:30 p.m. $13.

Titans of twang Band of Heathens gig at Hill Country Barbecue. 9 p.m. $10.

BOOKS

Naval architect and historian Larrie D. Ferreiro discusses his book Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World, which "tells the full story of the Geodesic Mission to the Equator for the very first time." For a certain segment of the population, this is probably fascinating. 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose. Free.

RACE: AN ICE-BREAKER?

The Smithsonian Associates are hosting a "Mingle at the Museum" event for the "Race: Are We So Different?" exhibit at the Natural History Museum. Curator Mary Jo Arnoldi will be in the house along with various Smithsonian scholars. 8 p.m. $30 for non-members.

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