Free this week: the Afro-Brazilian Arts and Cultural Heritage Festival, a talk from National Geographic explorer Enric Sala and the Capital Pride Parade.
Winner of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year, John Wort Hannam was once a ninth-grade language arts teacher on a Blackfoot reservation in Canada. But after hearing a recording by Loudon Wainwright III, he picked up a guitar and dropped his day job to pursue music full time.
Immerse yourself in the swaying rhythms and movements of Afro-Brazilian culture at the opening party for the week’s Afro-Brazilian Arts and Cultural Heritage Festival. Capoeira, samba, West African dance and music, and even go-go dancing incorporate both traditions and trends in Washington’s Afro-Brazilian community.
National Geographic ocean fellow and marine ecologist Enric Sala has spent his career investigating the last remaining pockets of ocean that harbor untouched and undamaged ecosystems. Sala discusses his findings, which show not only what has been lost due to environmental degradation, but also what might be done to preserve marine life.
Cross your fingers for clear skies tonight when the National Air and Space Museum opens its observatory to the public to sneak a peek at the solar system using the museum’s professional telescope.
The Old Print Gallery’s new show of prints by contemporary and early-20th-century artists opens with a reception. Light refreshments will be served. The show, which focuses on the artists’ portrayals of light, runs through July 8.
Party with the proud before the Capitol Pride Parade at the judges’ stage on P Street NW between 14th and 15th streets. Live entertainment starts at 3 p.m., with DJ Steve Henderson and performances by drag queens Venus D Lite and Blair Michaels and singers Consuelo Costin and Jenna Drey. Then, at 5:30, watch as floats full of the outrageously clad flood the streets on their way to Dupont Circle.
Looking to dress up as an Elizabethan minstrel or lady-in-waiting next Halloween? The Washington Shakespeare Company’s yard sale gives all remaining inventory away for free the last day of their weekend-long sale, including costumes, props, set pieces, building materials and tools.