You may have seen some of his comics in the New Yorker, Metropolis magazine or in several newspapers throughout the country. He's best known for his weekly comic strip "Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District" that paints New York City through a Jewish lens. We introduce to you Ben Katchor, the first cartoonist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. His latest graphic narrative, "Hand-Drying in America," reveals ways that urban planning and architecture reflect cultural values. He manages to turn mundane objects -- like a building, a bar of soap and even an ATM -- into surreal objects of social significance.

He'll be presenting his narrative at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I St. NW) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, and you can purchase yours at


The Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda) welcomes to the stage Tuesday evening the Dresden Staatskapelle, one of the world's oldest orchestras, along with its new music director, Christian Thielemann. He'll be leading the venerable ensemble in an all-Brahms program that features the accomplished young violinist Lisa Batiashvili. This is an incredibly rare performance for Batiashvili. She is one of the most sought-after violinists of our time, and has been continuously praised by audiences and fellow performers from around the globe for her virtuosity and profound sensitivity.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance range from $35 to $100, and you can purchase them at