Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: “Alive and Present,” a Jameson Dinner, and Emancipation Day

snopeIt may be 2014, but in two new exhibits at Connersmith, one could be forgiven for thinking it’s 1614. Two artists—painter Katie Miller and photographer Agniet Snoep—bring a century-bending approach to high-realist art. If Miller’s works evoke the golden age of Dutch realist painting through the subtle inclusion of more modern elements, then Snoep’s (shown) use a more contemporary technique, photography, to suggest the same era through the timeless genre of still life. Read more >>> The exhibitions are on view Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to May 31 at Connersmith, 1358 Florida Ave. NE. Free. (202) 588-8750. connersmith.us.com. (Louis Jacobson)

EAT THIS

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Ri Ra Irish Pub in Georgetown partners with Jameson for its first whiskey dinner. The five-course $50 pairing menu features contemporary Irish cuisine paired with the whiskeys, plus a Jameson Black Barrel cocktail to start. RSVP by calling Andrew Christie at (202) 751-2111. Ri Ra Georgetown. 3125 M St. NW. (202) 751-2111. rira.com/georgetown. (Quinn Kelley)

OH AND ALSO

It's Emancipation Day! Celebrate at the parade down Pennsylvania Ave. NW, then stick around for a concert at Freedom Plaza featuring Talib Kweli, Doug E. Fresh, the Black Alley Band, and others. 4 p.m. at 1455 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free.

Story League presents another round of true tales from amateur storytellers at Busboys and Poets, tonight revolving around the word "saucy." 9 p.m. at 2021 14th St. NW. $12.

Author Amy Tan discusses her work with Georgetown University linguistics professor Deborah Tannen at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. 7:30 p.m. at 212 East Capitol St. NE. $15.

Singer Rufus Wainwright entertains audiences at the Lincoln Theatre. 7 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $45.

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