Local spotlight on Wednesday: Corcoran Uncorked; Guatemalan dress

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ART, LATE NIGHT

Wednesday nights just got a whole lot better thanks to the debut of Corcoran Uncorked, a series of late-night programming at the fine-art museum with gourmet food, all new features and delectable drinks from the city's top mixologists and wine directors. It'll kick off Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. and includes the launch of "D.C. Chef's Table," the District's favorite new cookbook written by food author Beth Kanter. The book features recipes from some of the best chefs in town, and to commemorate the evening, some of these chefs -- Todd Gray of Equinox Restaurant, Ris Lacoste of RIS and Santosh Tiptur of Co Co. Sala -- will be cooking up some of their favorite treats. There will also be special private tours of the exhibits as well as the MobileMovie Film Festival.

Tickets are $15 and include one drink ticket, or free for Corcoran members or college students. To see the full schedule of Uncorked events, go to corcoran.org/uncorked.

DRESSING IN THE AMERICAS

The dress code is a little different for another opening reception going on just down the street from the Corcoran. The Art Museum of the Americas, within the Organization of American States (1889 F St. NW), is featuring a stunning and vivid photography exhibit, "Rabin Ajaw: Indigenous Ceremonial Dress of Guatemala."

Guatemalan photographer Juan Carlos Lemus Dahinten captures a manifestation of cultural identity through the garments and the people wearing them. He takes the viewer on a colorful journey through all 50 Guatemalan regions represented in the exhibit.

The Rabin Ajaw is the only Mayan National Representative Pageant in Guatemala that has taken place for more than 40 years. Lemus Dahinten is the official photographer for the pageant where participants wear ceremonial and festive dress, with ornamentations such as indigenous necklaces that demonstrate the rich Mayan cultural heritage.

Ambassador Rodrigo Vielmann will share remarks during the opening reception, which is free and begins at 6 p.m. The exhibit runs through March 29.

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