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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/18/2012

Free and easy: Cherry blossoms, Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams, playwrite. A 31-year-old Williams works on a manuscript in a New York City Hotel. (WIDE WORLD)
Free this week: Writer William Jay Smith gives a reading in honor of Tennessee Williams, and cherry blossom festivities get underway in full force.

Monday

Tennessee Williams’s birthday

If the warm weather is putting you in the mood for some reading to match the atmosphere, then the Library of Congress’ celebration of Tennessee Williams’s 101st birthday couldn’t happen at a better time. Writer William Jay Smith, who was friends with the playwright, will discuss and read from Williams’s works. 

Tuesday

Pop Quiz: 80s Night

President Reagan. “The Cosby Show.” Big hair. If you think you know the ’80s, put your trivia knowledge to the test at the National Portrait Gallery’ s ’80s-themed quiz inspired by the museum’s collection. This happy-hour event is free to attend, but snacks and drinks at the cafe are extra.

Wednesday

Laurel bird walk

This spring, instead of getting annoyed at the birds chirping outside your window early in the morning, how about learning more about them? Pack your field guide and binoculars for this guided birding hike. For ages 16 and older. Call 301-497-5887 to reserve a spot.

Thursday

Japanese theater

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full force, and the Millennium Stage is getting into the act with a Japanese comic theater presentation known as “kyogen,” as well as a performance by Japanese actress Keiko Matsuzaka.

Friday

The art of Ito Jakuchu

The National Gallery of Art is doing its part to commemorate the cherry blossoms with this conference of scholars and art conservators discussing 18th-century Japanese painter Ito Jakuchu, whose works often depicted animals (particularly the rooster). The conference is open to the public, but seating is limited.

Saturday

Mysteries of Mail Family Day

An e-mail can easily beat a letter to its destination, but its journey isn’t nearly as interesting. At this event at the Postal Museum, learn about the history of mail, how items were delivered before the Internet and the intricacies of the mail system today.

Sunday

Tatebanko: Japanese Paper Dioramas

Who didn’t enjoy making dioramas in school? At this family event, celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival by discovering “tatebanko,” the Japanese diorama made with paper. Make your own using prints of artist Katsushika Hokusai’s work, and check out the“36 Views of Mount Fuji” exhibit with your activity guide in tow.

By Erica Balanc  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/18/2012

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