Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: “Pictures In the Parlor” at the American Art Museum and Father’s Children at Howard Theatre

"Pictures in the Parlor" is a bit of an oddity. Nominally a photography show, the Smithsonian exhibit spotlights “decorative images”—primarily portraits of family members—that were displayed in homes "to convey the values, aspirations, and achievements of their owners." It also shows how families of modest means viewed photography not as an art form with its own distinct aesthetics, but as a medium that could mimic more traditional arts like painting. But what’s ironic about the works is how anonymous all these stern-faced sitters are—a curious and poignant fate for a selection of works whose intent was to celebrate individuals who were near and dear. Read more>>> The exhibit is on view daily, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. to June 30 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-7970. americanart.si.edu. (Louis Jacobson)

EAT THIS

Rogue 24 chef R.J. Cooper has taken over the kitchen at Hogo for the next month. Cooper will preview some dishes you might find at his forthcoming Mosaic District restaurant Gypsy Soul. The Hogo menu is broken down into snacks, small eats, big eats, and sweet stuff. Look for pimento cheese with lavash (a flatbread) made with spelt from a beer that Rogue 24 brews in house as well as a grilled squid-ink brioche with uni and seaweed jam. Among the bigger plates: chicken fried rib-eye with whipped potatoes and morel gravy. Don't miss the PB&J dessert. Read more about the pop-up and see the full menu hereHogo, 1017 7th St. NW. (202) 293-1313. hogodc.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

The Howard Theatre hosts the 29th annual Marvin Gaye Day celebration tonight, featuring music by Fathers Children and Dr. Nick. 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25.

Andy and the Shadows, a new play about a man so haunted by his parents' upbringing in Nazi Europe that he can't deal with his own shortcomings, begins previews at Theater J. Ari Roth, the theater's artistic director, wrote and directs this production. 7:30 p.m. at Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. Pay what you can.

Chillwave rockers Mansions on the Moon perform at the Black Cat Backstage with Carousel. 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12.

Australian beatmaking prodigy Flume arrives at U Street Music Hall and plays with Philip Goyette, Eprom, and Lovelife. 9 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $10.

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