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Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 12/17/2012

‘A Christmas Story,’ plus more free events this week


The Library of Congress screens “A Christmas Story” Thursday at its Packard Campus. (TURNER BROADCASTING, INC. - WARNER BROS.)
Free this week: The Library of Congress screens “A Christmas Story,” plus the music of Stan Kenton and holiday cheer at Glenview Mansion’s open house. Here’s what’s on tap for the week:

Monday

Stan Kenton Christmas

The late legendary composer, pianist and arranger Stan Kenton gets a nod from the U.S. Army Band when it performs tunes popularized by Kenton’s orchestra in the middle of the 20th century.

Tuesday

Brent & Co.

This Washington-centric act fronted by singer-songwriter Brent Peterson is exactly the kind of happy-go-lucky acoustic rock that would make a great fit at Hill Country. So grab some barbecue and a cold brew and have a listen to this local artist.

Wednesday

Kenneth Slowik

The cellist, viol player and conductor plays music from the era of the fortepiano, a predecessor of the piano we know and love today. The fortepiano was created by instrument maker Bartolomeo Cristofori in the early 18th century and enjoyed popularity through the early 19th century.

Thursday

A Christmas Story

This Christmas cinema classic is one of those feel-good holiday flicks that never lose their luster. Settle in for a screening of the 1983 film starring Peter Billingsley as little Ralphie Parker.

Friday

Last chance: Benjamin Bellas exhibit

“Benjamin Bellas: Losing Something You Never Had” is a collection of original works inspired by the artist’s uncle, who was lost at sea during the Vietnam War. The show is punctuated with objects from his uncle’s life, including a navy peacoat and a typewriter.

Saturday

Last chance: ‘Nothing Lasts Forever

Another exhibit closing this week is in Northeast, where Kenny Hunter and Julie Roberts’s exhibition displays sculptures and paintings loosely based on the theme of childhood.

Sunday

Glenview Mansion holiday open house

As the countdown to Christmas and the new year winds down, Glenview Mansion’s weekly open house is likely to be more festive than ever. Expect caroling, tours of the mansion, Christmas trees and general merriment for all.

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