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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Free and easy: Dickens turns 200, adopt a cat


You might not find a Persian cat like this one at this weekend’s cat adoption event, but there are sure to be other cute, fuzzy creatures free for the petting. (YVES HERMAN - REUTERS)
Free this week: celebrate Dickens’s 200th birthday and play with irresistible cats up for adoption.

Monday

Mutts Gone Nuts

The comedy duo of Jessie and James are joined on Millennium Stage by their six dogs for a family-friendly show in which the canines perform everything from stunts to dancing and “talking.”

Tuesday

Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London

Just in time for the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s birthday, author Andrea Warren will read from and discuss her new book, “Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London,” about Dickens’s experiences as a factory worker in his youth. For ages 10 to 12.

Wednesday

Le Mystere Picasso

See the legendary artist Pablo Picasso at work in this 1956 French film by Henri-Georges Clouzot.

Thursday

Courtyard Cinema Classics: ‘Modern Times

In the glass-covered Kogod Courtyard you can watch the classic 1936 film written, directed by and starring the iconic Charlie Chaplin.

Friday

Nakatani Gong Orchestra

Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani leads an ensemble performance with an unlikely instrument in the spotlight: the gong.

Saturday

The Health Benefits of Chocolate

Catherine Kwik-Uribe discusses the historical uses of cacao and research that points to cardiovascular health benefits of chocolate. Part of the Power of Chocolate Festival at the National Museum for the American Indian.

Sunday

Catapalooza 2012

At this open house, there will be more than 50 cats available for adoption for just $2 each. You also can enjoy refreshments, and kids can make Valentine’s Day cards. All of the cats have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and examined by a vet.

By Erica Balanc  |  04:00 PM ET, 02/05/2012

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