Free this week: Fotoweek DC hosts 14 exhibitions, Harry Belafonte speaks and salsa gets spooky tonight.
Lima’s usual Monday night salsa takes a ghoulish turn with free dance lessons at 9 p.m. and prizes for the best costumes. The night is totally free if you arrive before 11 p.m., so show up early and wear a costume you can move in.
Most know Harry Belafonte for his unforgettable rendition of “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” which brought calypso music to a wider audience. But the singer also has a history as a social activist. Hear more about his life when he appears at Politics and Prose to talk about and sign copies of his new memoir, “My Song.”
The classical trio plays a program of music by Bogdanovic, Garner, Lindroth, Norman and Simpson in conjunction with the current exhibition on American printmaker John Taylor Arms.
Yearning to see Johnny Depp and the Puerto Rican scenery in “The Rum Diary”? First, learn about the people of the territory at a lecture by Felix Matos Rodriguez, President of Hostos Community College, City University of New York. The talk corresponds to an exhibit of photographs by Louise and Edwin Rosskam, who were hired by the Puerto Rican government in the 1940s to document life on the island.
Halloween might be over, but you still have until Friday to check out the Dia de los Muertos exhibit at the Torpedo Factory. Local artists have created their own altars for the occasion, with plenty of eye-popping colors and spooky skulls to go around.
The Phillips Collection celebrates its 90th birthday throughout this year, but the big bash is on Saturday. On top of offering free admission to the special exhibition, “Degas’s Dancers at the Barre: Point and Counterpoint,” the museum will be bustling with live ballet, music, a cash bar and hands-on art projects all day long.
FotoWeek DC has moved into the old Borders space on 18th and L streets NW. Images replace books starting Saturday and running through Nov. 12, with 14 different exhibitions to cover every nook and cranny of the place. Opening day could be crowded; Sunday may offer more carefree viewing.