Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Santiago Sierra and Jorge Galindo, Aggio Opens, and DCIFF Begins


As highly as Spanish artists Santiago Sierra and Jorge Galindo function as creative beings, they’re equally comfortable as political activists. Their work is at its best when those two fields combine, as it does in Los Encargados, the pair’s film now showing in the Hirshhorn’s Black Box. In August 2012, the duo organized a protest in which seven black Mercedes drove down Madrid’s Gran Vía with upside-down portraits of Spanish political leaders affixed to the top of each car. The film documents the protest and explains how increased government intervention limited the voice of the people, prompting the artists to protest. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to May 18 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 633-4674. Jones)


Chef Bryan Voltaggio opened a surprise new Italian restaurant called Aggio in the back of his Chevy Chase restaurant Range on Valentine’s Day. Unlike Range, Aggio doesn't feature the same “share plates” format. Expect housemade pastas including radiatori with vodka sauce, chili, and smoked parmesan as well as cavatelli and clams with rye, soffritto, soda crackers toasted in brown butter, and prosciutto lardo. There are also a number of fish and meat entrees plus antipasti, soups, and salads. If you’re in the mood to splurge, a six-course tasting menu is available for $95 with the option of a $65 wine pairing. Aggio, 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 803-8020. (Jessica Sidman)


The D.C. Independent Film Festival opens this evening at the Naval Memorial Heritage Center. Prepare for your trip to the festival by reading our reviews on Arts Desk. 6 p.m. at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $10–$18.

Nadastrom, Sabo, and Etc! Etc! perform at the 34th edition of Moombahton Massive at U Street Music Hall. 8 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $8–$12.

Bowen McCauley Dance Company presents two world premieres in An Evening to Love, playing tonight at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $40–$45.

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