Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the Plums as a trio. This version has been updated.
If you’ve strolled through the halls of the Hirshhorn in recent weeks, Ragnar Kjartansson’s “Woman In E” probably caught your ear, then your eye. It’s the most magnetic work in the Icelandic artist’s Hirshhorn exhibition — an ongoing performance piece in which a stoic electric guitarist wearing a sparkly gown strums a solemn E-minor chord ad infinitum.
The “woman” has been played by 14 guitarists over the past three months — all area musicians who will return to their respective musical lives when the Kjartansson show finally closes Sunday. Six of the participants already have events on the calendar. To find out whether they’ve banished E-minor from their respective songbooks, mark these dates:
●Selena Benally fronts More AM Than FM, a power trio set to perform at Club Heaven and Hell in Adams Morgan on Jan. 21.
●Martha Hamilton, who drums for the indie outfit Nice Breeze and plays guitar in the improvisational quartet the Plums, will launch a monthly benefit concert series at the Dew Drop Inn in Edgewood on Jan. 30.
●Beck Levy and Erin McCarley are the only bandmates to participate in “Woman In E.” Their minimalist duo, Hand Grenade Job, will celebrate the release of its new album at the Black Cat on Feb. 23. McCarley also sings and drums for the punk trio Governess, which headlines at the Baxter Building in Wheaton on Saturday.
● Gina Sobel sings — and plays a mean flute — in the improvisational funk troupe Choose Your Own Adventure. The band performs at the Whiskey Jar in Charlottesville on Friday.
●And to formally close the Kjartansson show, various participants of “Woman In E” will give a gallery talk at the Hirshhorn on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Also, Caroline Weinroth, bandleader of Cinema Hearts, will co-host an additional talk about femininity, kitsch and rock-and-roll at the Hirshhorn on Sunday at 2 p.m.