Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: “The Civil War in America”! Roky Erickson!

Forget Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. While moviegoers around the country are watching Daniel Day-Lewis don a top hat and mimic the 16th president’s high-pitched timbre, Washingtonians can visit some real artifacts from the Civil War at the Library of Congress’ sesquicentennial exhibition, “The Civil War in America,” which opens today in the Thomas Jefferson Building. The exhibition promises to show the human side of the deadliest war in U.S. history, which means a treasure trove of letters, diaries, and photographs from the era that have never before been displayed in public. The exhibition is on view from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays–Saturdays to June 1, 2013 at the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 1st St. SE. Free. (202) 707-4604. loc.gov. Read more >>> (Christopher Heller)

EAT THIS

Farmers Fishers Bakers is now open in Washington Harbor. The Potomac facing restaurant features a sushi bar, pizza oven, dessert "studio," tiki drinks, open pantry, and more. Read all about what to expect hereFarmers Fishers Bakers, 3000 K St. NW. (202) 298-8783. farmersfishersbakers.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Slap some X's on your hands: 1990s straight-edge hardcore band Trial plays in town tonight with Hollow Earth, Sick Fix, and Lashing Out. 7 p.m. at Ras Restaurant and Lounge, 4809 Georgia Ave. NW. $10. All ages.

Roky Erickson is a legend in the psychedelic garage scene for his voice and his '60s band the 13th Floor Elevators, but he's just as well known for his crazy life story: Following his arrest for possession of a joint, an already unstable Erickson pleaded insanity to avoid a stiff prison sentence, and was forced to undergo brutal shock therapy treatment. He spent many of the ensuing years making increasingly weird music and living as a shut-in with his mother in Texas. It took decades for Erickson to perform an entire concert in public again, but with the assistance of his brother and proper medical care, he's been back at it since 2005. Roky Erickson & Hounds of Baskerville plays with Nude Beach at 8 p.m. at the Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $25.

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