Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: TIME Portraits and “Drums Along the Potomac”

For their newest exhibit, the National Portrait Gallery dug through their Time cover collection to showcase a selection of iconic works by portraitist Boris Chaliapin. The artist nicknamed “Mr. Time” created an astounding 413 cover portraits for Time from 1942 through 1970, making him the most prolific artist in the magazine’s stable.  The Smithsonian show emphasizes portraits of popular icons like Marilyn Monroe, Olivia de Havilland, Harry Truman, and Muhammad Ali, but the standout may be an image viewers are less likely to identify: a self-portrait of Chaliapin himself. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily to Jan. 5 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-8300. npg.si.edu. (Neda Semnani)

EAT THIS

The $40 cocktail at Frederik de Pue's new Penn Quarter seafood restaurant Azur is no more. The entire drink menu has been revamped by former Bibiana manager and local limoncello maker Francesco Amodeo. Now, no cocktail will set you back more than $12. Among the new concoctions: a squid ink-infused tequila margarita and the "Regina Marina" with Green Hat gin, Amodeo's Don Ciccio & Figli fennel liqueur, fresh strawberries, and basil. If you grab a snack at the bar, try the fried calamari with sweet and sour nuoc cham vinaigrette and spiced peanuts. Azur, 405 8th St. NW. (202) 347-7491. azurdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Together with his expanded Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber, music writer Greg Tate has teamed up with go-go and jazz pianist Marc Cary, D.C.-raised poet Thomas Sayers Ellis, go-go vocalist Donnell Floyd, and percussionists Go-Go Mickey and Kenny “Kwick” Gross to form The Upper Anacostia ~ Lower Gold Coast Symphonic. The largely improvisational ensemble performs tonight at the Kennedy Center. Read about the project in our Summer Entertainment Guide and also check out City Paper's recent interview with Tate6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (Steve Kiviat)

Pennsylvania punk band Anti-Flag celebrates its 20th anniversary with a two-night stint at DC97:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $18–$25.

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