Free this week: jazz with Chuck Redd, a birthday party for the pioneer of video art and the last free Going Out Guide concert of the summer.
Acclaimed drummer and vibraphonist Chuck Redd, who just came out with a new album entitled “The Common Thread,” gets together with bassist Nicki Parrott and veteran jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli to play a few songs off the new record and some oldies by greats like Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.
The Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel’s series of summer screenings continues with eight short films about coffee made by Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers from Tel Aviv University. A special gourmet food menu complete with chipotle popcorn and regional micro-brews will be available for purchase.
Nam June Paik pioneered the concept of creating works of art out of video. To celebrate the artist’s birthday, media arts curator John Hanhardt and artist Jim Campbell (whose work is featured in the museum’s “Watch This!” exhibition) discuss Paik’s legacy. Birthday cake and conversation follow.
History buffs will swoon over the volume of mostly free reenactments and exhibits planned to honor the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) Civil War through Sunday. On Thursday, attend a recreation of the 1911 Peace Jubilee, see blacksmith, soap-making and cooking demonstrations and hear live Civil War Period Music.
Nominated this year for a Grammy for her single “Orion” on her EP “Lions, Fires & Squares,” singer Carolyn Malachi brings her concoction of jazz, rap and spoken-word poetry to the Carter Barron Amphitheatre to headline the last of the summer’s free Going Out Guide concerts. Singers Navasha Daya and Ayanna Gregory open the show.
Signature Theatre opens to the public with a day of performances, master classes, the ever-popular Signature Idol singing competition and a concert at 8:30 p.m. featuring the competition winner. Participants can learn choreography to be featured in next year’s “Hairspray” production and hear D.C. actors perform pieces from their audition books.
The annual weekend-long festival showcases the cultures of India, the Philippines, China and Thailand, among other Asian countries, with food, crafts vendors, live performances on three stages and an Asian sports tournament.