Free this week: a fun and funky Fourth of July celebration, an Indonesian cultural festival and a free movie series at AFI Silver.
March to the beat of your own drum this Independence Day with a community drum circle, a hula-hoop jam, juggling school and a performance by the Greenbelt Concert Band at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks at sunset round out this quirky yet patriotic celebration.
Join local food producers and consumers as they discuss where to find locally grown foods from fruits and vegetables to eggs and meat, and how to make local items more readily available to the public.
This summer, AFI Silver and the NIH bring back a series of free film screenings combined with talks on medical/scientific issues. A screening of “Crazy Heart” starts things off, with talks from NIH specialists in alcoholism.
Folger books curator Steven Galbraith and conservationist Renate Mesmer tells the wild tale of Shakespeare’s first folio, a collection of works printed in 1623 that was stolen from a Durham University library in 1998, only to turn up at the Folger in 2008 carried by a man claiming to have acquired it in Cuba. A reception and viewing of the Folger’s new exhibit on the folio follow the talk.
Fans of the early 20th century art deco movement are in for a surprise. In reality, the new exhibit at the Touchstone Gallery displays one colorful deck of playing cards based on meticulously crafted artworks by 54 different artists in a variety of media. See the original works and meet some of the artists at the opening reception (light refreshments will be served). Individually printed decks will also be for sale.
The Indonesian Embassy’s cultural festival showcases dance, music and martial arts. See a performance by Grammy-nominated singer Raheem DeVaughn and witness an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest “angklung” (a traditional instrument) ensemble in history. The first 5,000 receive a free anklung!
The Workhouse Arts Center’s “International Day” features a family friendly program of traditional music and dance by performers hailing from India, Korea and Bolivia.