TodayOPENING The Gardens Outside Eden The Sackler Gallery has its mind on flora, in particular Washington's famed cherry blossom, which it cites as inspiration for the gallery's latest pan-Asian show, "East of Eden: Gardens in Asian Art." The exhibit, which opens today, gathers works from the Freer and Sackler collections and breaks them down by region, one (through paintings, scrolls, ceramics and textiles) looking at the garden traditions and representations of West and South Asia, the other at East Asia's. And speaking of traditions, the exhibition (which features no actual gardens) is intended to coincide with next month's National Cherry Blossom Festival. Free. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Through May 13. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-4880. ON STAGE Omarosa -- in "The Vagina Monologues"We're speechless. Thank heavens the "Apprentice" villainess will be joined by best-selling "The Sex Chronicles" author Zane (who we bet knows a thing or two about the subject matter), Tanya Blount and Jeannie Jones in the benefit performance of Eve Ensler's now-ubiquitous play, in which every monologue is about the vagina, tonight at the Lincoln Theatre. Proceeds will go to the Rebecca Project for Human Rights. $50-$100. 8 p.m. 1215 U St. NW. 202-397-7328 or
TomorrowCLOSING An Exercise in Surreal FashionsDissident Display Studios and Gallery's first installment of its monthly exhibition series, "Wonderland: Surrealism and Fashion," featuring the fashion-nature fusions of fashion photographer Yvonne Taylor and her son, Matthew, closes tomorrow. The show is paired with the companion exhibit "Behind the Runway: Images From the Dissident Display Collection, New York Fashion Week 2003-2006." Free. By appointment only through Sunday. 416 H St. NE. 202-332-3346.
MondayFOR FAMILIES African Drumming at the National The National Theatre's free Monday night series brings in African Heritage Drummers & Dancers for a performance that recalls the African heritage of many Washingtonians. 6 and 7:30 p.m. (tickets distributed a half-hour before the performance). Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.