Arts Desk

Don’t Be Bored: Mystery Train

The twin exhibitions now on view at Flashpoint don’t limit themselves to appearing in the gallery; they become part of it, toying with the architectural features not just of the exhibition space, but also the facility’s accompanying cubicles, conference rooms, and bathroom areas. In"Trace," Nicole Herbert adds a series of supernumerary fixtures to the office in ways that echo the surroundings, such as windows with taped outlines that abstract the view outside, or fake water pipes that go from nowhere to nowhere. The works are hard to locate, even with motion-sensored lights to illuminate them, and their conceptual impact is equally subtle. More successful are the works of Janell Olah (pictured), curated by Amanda Jirón-Murphy. Olah hijacks the building’s air vents and HVAC system with a network of translucent plastic coverings that inflate and deflate depending on how the air is flowing. The appearance of Olah’s works is frustratingly indifferent—the visual vibe of her materials might be described as “IKEA-shower-curtain”—but the notion of giving a star turn to something as fleeting as airflow is clever. Plus, there’s something unexpectedly thrilling about a row of cloud-shaped plastic forms spontaneously inflating in unison whenever the AC kicks on. (Louis Jacobson) On view noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays to August 27 at Flashpoint. Free.

MUSIC

Bob Dylan brings his never-ending mystery train to the leafy Columbia, Md. With Drive-By Truckers and Leon Russell at 6 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion. $40-$77.50.

I like Six Organs of Admittance's lush, folky mode, and I like the band's drone stuff too. I really like it when the Ben Chasny-led group goes all long-form and combines the two. With Donovan Quinn and Lithia Corsica at DC9. $12.

It's the one-year anniversary of Rock Creek Social Club's Goodlife parties at Recess. More on this later today!

BOOKS

D.C. novelist Jennifer Close's book Girls in White Dresses—which, according to the Post, "follows three women and peripheral friends as they alternately flounder and flourish through their 20s. Weddings provide the backdrop as the women feel their way in and out of inert relationships and crappy jobs, trying to figure out who they want to be—sounds exhausting. Maybe it's your thing though! Close reads at Politics & Prose, where she also works, tonight at 7 p.m. Free.

THEATER

Everybody wants to hang out in a room with Cate Blanchett. Today's "Theater Look-in" event with the cast of Uncle Vanya is sold out.

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