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Free Events in Metro DC

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Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage
District of Columbia
Free Performances every day at 6pm. As part of the Kennedy Center's "Performing Arts for Everyone" initiative, visitors can enjoy local, national, and international artists as they showcase their talents in music, dance, theater, and more.
Gina Matchitt: Being There
Artisphere
Thru Sun, September 21
Matchitt uses weaving to further explore her photography, taking photographs of tourists then creating woven photographic objects using Maori techniques.
Breath of Freedom (Film Screening)
National Archives
Thu, September 25
Breath of Freedom is the story of the one-million-plus African Americans who fought in World War II. Their fight would continue back home on American soil.
2014 National Heritage Award Fellows at the Reston Multicultural Festival
Reston Community Center at Lake Anne
Sat, September 27
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowships are the nations highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Presented annually by NEA, the fellowships recognize folk and traditional artists for their lifetime achievement, artistic excellence, and contributions to our nations traditional arts heritage.
Museum Day Live!
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sat, September 27
NMWA is opening its doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! This nationwide event offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.
Film Event: Il Sorpasso
National Gallery of Art
Sun, September 28
Wonderfully mismatched costars Vittorio Gassman and Jean- Louis Trintignant embark on a wildly reckless ride in a Lancia Aurelia convertible from Rome to rural southern Italy.
Sue Ellen Thompson and John Gery
The Writer's Center
Sun, September 28
Sue Ellen Thompson reads from They, her new collection of poems. She is joined by John Gery, author of Have at You Now!. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.
The Return of Sara Baartman (2003; 90 min.)
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Sun, September 28
This historical documentary examines the racism and sexism that existed for Sara Baartman, a 19th century African woman whose body was considered abnormal for a woman of her time.
Performance: Soda_Jerk
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Fri, October 3
Soda_Jerk performs a two-channel live video essay, The Carousel (2011), which explores the intersections of death and cinema.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Folger Theatre
Sat, October 4
Prepare for Halloween with the magic and witchcraft in Shakespeare’s plays.
Conversation Piece: Blauer Leibesbrief (Blue Bodily Letters) & Data Zone, Cultures Table #3
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed, October 8
This week, Curatorial Assistant Stephanie Midon facilitates a conversation about themes connecting Pipilotti Rist’s Blauer Leibesbrief (Blue Bodily Letters) (1992/98) and Michal Rovner’s Data Zone, Cultures Table #3 (2003).
Annual artReston Regional Fine Art Exhibit
Reston Community Center at Lake Anne
Mon, October 6 thru Mon, November 3
An exhibit of 2-dimensional paintings and mixed media art from members of the League of Reston Artists (LRA), a non-profit organization open to all Washington DC Metro art lovers.
Art NOW
The Art League Gallery
Wed, October 8 thru Mon, November 3
This exhibit acts as a conclusion to the year-long retrospective exhibit series. In Art NOW, artists will celebrate creativity today. Works must have been completed between October 2013 and October 2014.
Grace Hartigan: 1922–2008
Strathmore
Thru Sun, November 9
Compatriot of mid-century masters Jackson Pollock, Larry Rivers, Helen Frankenthaler, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Knox Martin and Frank O’Hara, the groundbreaking artists of the “New York School,” or as they were known then, the Cedar Tavern Circle.
Highlights
NPR Berlin - Concept, Audience, Experience
Thu, September 18
Goethe-Institut
Public Art Collection Tour: Part I
Sat, September 20
Artisphere
Art on 8th: Carolyn Malachi
Thu, September 25
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
United States Air Force Band Chamber Players Series- String Quartet
Tue, September 30
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
Early Keepers at The Mall at Prince Georges
Sat, October 4
The Mall at Prince George's