Here are our picks for the best free events this week, including a screening of “The Wizard of Oz” and a day of art workshops and more at Corcoran Community Day.
The ruby red slippers at the National Museum of American History may be out on loan, but you can watch the all-time classic movie that made the shoes iconic at the National Theatre.
Performer Rinde Eckert, whose play “And God Created Great Whales” deals with an artist writing an opera while losing his memory, sits on a panel called “Creativity and the Elder Artist” with visual artist David C. Driskell, poet A.B. Spellman and Sharon Simson, associate director of University of Maryland’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
As part of the Mutual Inspirations festival honoring filmmaker Milos Forman, Pavel Stingl presents his documentary on Jan Wiener, who fled Czechoslovakia during World War II and joined the Royal Air Force.
National Portrait Gallery curator David C. Ward leads a tour of “Poetic Likeness,” an exhibit of portraits of American poets, and discusses the connections between Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln and Robert Lowell.
The French magician’s show has magic, poetry, humor, ventriloquism and an assistant, Mr. Crobs, who bumbles about while trying to fill in for his boss. The show is part of Kids Euro Festival 2012.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art and its College of Art + Design host a day of printmaking, bookbinding and art workshops, making ceramic bowls for the nonprofit SOME (So Others Might Eat) and offering the chance to meet artist Charlotte Dumas and tour her exhibition.
Enjoy performances by African Heritage Dancers and Drummers, Cantare Fiesta!, Ziva’s Spanish Dance Ensemble and the WPAS Gospel Choir as part of the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Fall Arts Fair.