Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (August 7-9): Taj Majal and Keb’ Mo’, Cooking Class at Jaleo, and Conservation at the Hirshhorn

Stop by the third floor of the Hirshhorn this week to watch conservators work on Jean-Paul Riopelle’s Large Triptych (1964). Photo by Cathy Carver.


MUSEUMS The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is loaning Canadian painter Jean-Paul Riopelle’s 1964 work “Large Triptych” to Quebec City’s Musee National des Beaux-Arts in October. Before it ships out, Hirshhorn visitors can take a closer look Smithsonian conservators’ work to “stabilize” Riopelle’s painting, a delicate process by which thick swaths of paint are secured to the canvas. Visitors can ask questions in the afternoons, and on Friday, the Hirshhorn’s paintings conservator, Pamela Johnson, give a talk detailing her team’s discoveries throughout the process. Free, 10 AM to 5 PM.

LEARN If you don’t even know where to start in conversations about art, check out DC art buff Jenny Dally’s Art History for Beginners crash-course at Bourbon in Adams Morgan. Dally will cover how to read a painting and how to talk about art movements, and students will learn a few talking points from the major periods in art history. $20, 7 PM.


COOKING Chef Robbie Meltzer at Jaleo’s Bethesda location is leading a Veg-Out Cooking Class. Guests can learn to make four of Jaleo’s most popular vegetable-focused tapas, including roasted onions with pine nuts and cauliflower with olives and dates. The class includes a beverage to pair with the food made that evening. $80, 6 PM.

BOOKS In her book Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women’s Lives at Work, Gillian Thomas presents ten Supreme Court cases pivotal to women’s ongoing struggle for access to jobs, fair pay, and protection from sexual harassment since the Title VII Amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Thomas, a senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project, will be at Politics & Prose to discuss her book, these landmark cases, and the civil rights heroes behind them, such as Ida Phillips, Ruth Blanco, Lillian Garland, and Teresa Harris. Free, 7 PM.


BEER Baltimore brewery Union Craft Brewing is celebrating its fifth anniversary of selling in DC at Roofers Union in Adams Morgan. The bar will feature more than ten beers from the brewery, all priced at $7 per pint. In addition to Union’s staples like the Old Pro gose and Duckpin pale ale, Roofers Union will feature variants (Older Pro with mango), older beers (2014 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chessie barleywine), and two anniversary beers (Fraggle Rock Anniversary sour and Smash Anniversary pale ale). 6 PM.

MUSIC Blues greats and Grammy winners Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ teamed up for the May album TajMo, featuring original songs as well as a covers like John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change” and The Who’s “Squeeze Box”. The duo will perform with its backing band and opening act Jontavious Willis at the Lincoln Theatre. Tickets $55, 8 PM.