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ToDo ToDay: “Beyond the Parking Lot” Opens at Artisphere

“Beyond the Parking Lot,” a Cynthia Connolly-curated exhibit that opens today at Artisphere, nails down the point that our society, built as it was around the automobile, is beginning to show wear, at least in terms of its infrastructure and environment. Dyed-in-the-wool urbanists may already know the answer to this show’s question—are parking lots bad?—but even they might appreciate a demonstration that looks beyond charts and graphs. Read more >>> (Kriston Capps)

“Beyond the Parking Lot: The Change and Reassessment of Our Modern Landscape” is on view 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesdays to Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. artisphere.com. (703) 875-1100.

EAT THIS

Saturday, head to the D.C. Fairgrounds for the Funky Fresh Foodie Fest, a food truck and craft beer bonanza. Ten food trucks, including Pepe, Fojol Brothers, and Takorean will be on hand from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., along with breweries like Starr Hill, Goose Island, and Devil's Backbone. Local bands Judo Chop, Sean Chyun and The Deceivers, Hari Karaoke Band, and Flo Anita will perform along with a karaoke invitational and outdoor games. General admission tickets are $12 and all-inclusive premium tickets go up to $75. A portion of the proceeds will go to D.C. Central Kitchen. D.C. Fairgrounds, Half and M streets SE. dcf4.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

At Saturday's “Bike Carnival” on the 180-acre campus of St. Elizabeths East, WABA is hosting a family bike parade, games, bicycle decorating, and a bike raffle for the curious public. It’s cute, but the message is smart: More bicycle tires should touch down in Ward 8. Read more >>> (Ally Schweitzer) The St. Elizabeths East Bike Carnival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE. Free. More information at waba.org.

By all accounts, D’Angelo has his shit together again. The band is tight, his attitude is right, and his stage presence is as powerful as ever. The Richmond native’s co-headlining tour with Mary J. Blige makes perfect sense; her devotees undoubtedly remember his naked video for “Untitled.” Their screams are the most reliable fuel for his comeback, which hasn’t quite reached “conquering hero” phase yet, but certainly seems ready to turn that corner. Read more >>> (Joe Warminsky) Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, and Melanie Fiona perform at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $39.75–$150.75 plus fees. verizoncenter.com. (800) 745-3000.

"Baltimore Panorama, 1-95 and I-395" by Frank Day (1994)

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