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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/27/2011

Free and Easy: Cherry blossoms, women in jazz


Original members of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm will be present at Artisphere on Wednesday. (Artisphere)
This week, see music and dance from nine Turkic countries, celebrate the cherry blossoms in full bloom and meet original members of a 1930s multiracial female jazz band.

Monday

Turksoy: Music and Dance

Nine Turkic-populated countries — Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova — perform traditional music and dance.

Tuesday

Cacho Ensemble (Take Five)

Classical guitarist Brian Baumbusch and his ensemble transport you straight to the pampas with the wistful melodies of traditional Argentine folkloric music.

Wednesday

Women in jazz

The Smithsonian transitions from Women’s History Month to Jazz Appreciation Month with a series of events focusing on women in jazz. Get swingin’ at Artisphere, where original members of the 1930s multiracial female jazz band, International Sweethearts of Rhythm, discuss jazz and civil rights and screen a short film. Following the talk, the Jen Krupa-Leigh Pilzer Quintet will play music for dancing.

Thursday

Artist reception

Painter and mixed-media artist Michelle Peterson-Albandoz celebrates the opening of her new show, “Revive,” which displays three-dimensional constructions made from found wood.

Friday

Open City

A new exhibit by the Maryland Institute College of Art focuses on the concept of an “open city” where all feel a sense of belonging. In addition to the art students at the college, the work of local artists, activists and organizers will also be on display. An opening night party features stargazing, music and food from local food trucks.

Saturday

Big Cherry Block Party

Downtown Silver Spring celebrates the peak of the cherry blossoms with a blowout festival with arts and crafts, food, performers and even karaoke for those who didn’t quite make it to the mainstage.

Sunday

Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship

As part of National Geographic’s “America I Am” exhibit on African American history and culture, the museum screens a documentary about the interracial friendship between former Annapolis mayor Roger “Pip” Moyer and Joseph “Zastrow” Simms during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

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