Directions: John Gerrard
What: The environmental photographer and installation artist discusses his work in the exhibit.
Why: Digitally manipulated pics of oil derricks and lonely farms make for new landscapes.
When: Thurs., 7 p.m.
Where: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Ave. SW, at 7th St. (202-633-1000).
U Street Music Hall Opens
What: Christen the new venue with a performance by Bluebrain to celebrate the release of the band’s latest, Soft Power.
Why: DJs Empath and Molly Siegel spin.
When: Thurs., 9 p.m.
Where: 1115 U St. NW, b/t 11th & 12th Sts. Tickets online at ticketalternative.com.
The Light in the Piazza
What: Molly Smith directs a chamber music version of the beloved musical.
Why: So many awards, so little time.
When: Thru Apr. 11.
Where: Arena Stage in Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington (202-488-3300). Tickets online at arenastage.org.
Dickson Wine Bar
What: The new bar pours biodynamic wines and organic spirits and serves food by Marvin’s James Claudio.
Why: The cozy space has big ideas, communal wood tables, and a warm atmosphere.
When: Sun.-Thurs., 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; Fri. & Sat., 6 p.m.-3 a.m.
Where: 903 U St. NW, b/t 9th St. & Vermont Ave. (202-332-1779).
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel Anniversary Cocktails
What: Toast its 85th with a Lady GaGa (sparkling wine, cognac, Lillet, lemon juice) or First Lady (vodka, grapefruit juice, Lillet, grenadine) in the Town & Country lounge.
Why: The $5 snacks.
When: Thru Apr. 1. Daily, 5 p.m.-midnight.
Where: 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, b/t L & M Sts. (202-347-3000).
Art: John Gerrard / Courtesy of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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