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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 05/01/2011

Free and Easy: Alice Walker, EU embassy open house


Alice Walker gives a talk Monday at Busboys and Poets. (Michael Williamson/TWP)
Free events on tap for this week: internationally renowned author Alice Walker launches her new memoir, the European Union embassies open their doors to the public and the University of Maryland jazz bands give a concert at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Monday

Alice Walker

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker gives a talk to launch her new book, “The Chicken Chronicles,” a reflection on the writer’s time spent tending a flock of chickens on a farm north of San Francisco.

Tuesday

George Mason University Healing Arts Ensemble

We’ve all heard figurative sayings about the healing powers of music — here’s your chance to see an improvisation-based ensemble with the specific goal of exploring those cathartic properties.

Wednesday

Outdoor big band concert

All three University of Maryland jazz ensembles — the Jazz Lab Band, the Jazz Ensemble and the University Jazz Band — play an open air concert outside the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Thursday

Art party

Enjoy complementary cocktails and the work of seven local artists displayed in the showroom of skin care line Alchimie Forever and the adjacent home of design studio Grupo 7.

Friday

Torpedo Factory Spring Open House

Sip sparkling wine and nibble on sweets, hear music by acoustic guitarists Rob Reid and Gregg Hammond and make a traditional Japanese crane to benefit Doctors Without Borders and the victims of the earthquake in Japan at this garden-themed spring open house.

Saturday

Shortcut to Europe

If that European tour isn’t in the cards for the foreseeable future, at least you can have a brief European staycation. All European Union embassies open their doors to visitors and offer a variety of entertainment, exhibits, treats and more.

Sunday

The Marquise of O

The National Gallery of Art continues a series on contemporary filmmaker Eric Rohmer, who died last year. Rohmer’s 1976 period piece, “The Marquise of O” is an adaptation of a novella by German writer Heinrich von Kleist, about an Italian governor’s daughter who becomes inexplicably pregnant — and thus is shunned by her family — amidst the tumult of the Napoleonic wars.

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