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Where & When Weekly

Our picks for the best events taking place this week.

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Monday, April 23: Have you checked out all the events taking place around town for Washington’s ColorField remix? If not, here’s your chance. Personally, I’m a fan of Hemphill Fine Arts’ (1515 14th Street, NW) three-artist exhibition featuring Jason Gubbiotti’s Wrong Way to Paradise, Leon Berkowitz’s The Cathedral Series, and Portia Munson’s Pink Project: Contained. Berkowitz is the only true member of the Washington Color School movement, but the other exhibits are beautiful and absorbing. Hemphill is open from 10 am to 5 pm on the weekdays.

Tuesday, April 24: Spend the evening unwinding with the acoustic stylings of some city’s best singer-songwriters. The Black Cat hosts a singer-songwriter showcase this evening featuring some of my favorite local performers, including Laura Burhenn and Brandon Butler. For $8, you get your money’s worth with six musicians taking the stage. 9 pm.

It’s rare to find a fashionista who both takes styling seriously and still has a sense of humor about herself. Luckily, Cynthia Rowley bridges that divide. The designer, known both for dressing celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and for her mega-successful line of furniture and home accessories, will be at the Corcoran’s Hammer Auditorium (500 17th Street, NW) this evening to talk about her new book, Slim: A Fantasy Memoir. 7 pm. $25.

Wednesday, April 25
: John Vanderslice’s perfectly executed pop is melodious, literary, and at its most charming live. So you should head out to the Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H Street, NE) to catch him in concert. Vanderslice was part of the Listen Up! column last week; go ahead and listen. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets $10 in advance (purchase here), $12 at the doors.

Thursday, April 26
: Time for another spring beauty and fashion event—one that I definitely won’t be missing. It’s Beauty Night Out, held at the Embassy Suites Hotel (1250 22nd Street, NW). There’ll be manicures, make-up touch-ups, plenty of clothes and accessories, cocktails, and more. Tickets are $35 in advance (purchase here), $45 at the door, and include a nice little goodie bag. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Dress For Success. 5 to 10 pm.

The Hirshhorn screens The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, which, truth be told, isn’t as dirty as it sounds, but is loads of fun anyway. Director Sophie Fiennes takes wacky and bombastic film scholar Slavoj Žižek and inserts him into recreated settings or original locations of classic films, like the bedroom from The Exorcist or the bay in Hitchcock’s The Birds. Žižek deconstructs scenes and interprets the directors’ intentions, leading both to hilarity and insight. Free. 7 pm.