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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 06/12/2011

Free and Easy: Smokey Robinson, World Children’s Festival


Smokey Robinson performs to kick off Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza today. (Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
Free this week: Smokey Robinson performs on Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Rosslyn screens the classic comedy “Trading Places” and the World Children’s Festival comes to the National Mall.

Monday

Smokey Robinson

Starting today, Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza brings free live entertainment to the courtyard outside of the Ronald Reagan Building every weekday through September 23. The one and only Smokey Robinson kicks things off with his beloved Motown classics.

Tuesday

Authors Out Loud: Liliane Willens

Liliane Willens didn’t have what many would consider a traditional upbringing. Born to Jewish Russian parents who settled in Shanghai after fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution, the retired literary scholar lived through a period of grave uncertainty as she witnessed the crumbling of China’s political system and the emergence of the People’s Republic of China. She speaks on her experiences and her 2009 memoir, “Stateless in Shanghai.”

Wednesday

Boozy book talk

Do you ever wonder, as you’re sipping a Jack Rose, what kind of lush Jack Rose must have been? While savoring an Old Fashioned, have you asked yourself when the Old Fashioned first came into fashion? Together, Orr Shtuhl, author of Washington City Paper’s Beerspotter column, and illustrator Elizabeth Graeber have compiled the histories of many of today’s most popular cocktails. They launch their book, “An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails,” and a tour of Washington area bars with an informal meet and greet at D.C.’s own cocktail Mecca, The Gibson.

Thursday

Urban Funk

The Smithsonian American Art Museum brings this jazz/R&B/Latin fusion band led by local saxophonist Wayne Sulc to the Kogod Courtyard for a free concert, part of the museum’s “Take 5!” series. While you’re listening, peruse the works in progress being painted by ArtJamz participants (ArtJamz has a temporary studio set up for the concerts).

Friday

Trading Places

Rosslyn’s outdoor SNL-themed film festival screens the classic comedy in which two millionaire commodities brokers bet that they can turn the tides of two lives by switching their roles in society. They replace Dan Aykroyd, who plays their high-profile employee, with Eddie Murphy, who plays a poor street hustler; hilarity ensues.

Saturday

Shanghai Kunju Troupe

The famed Shanghai Kunju Troupe performs musical theater selections from “The Palace of Eternity,” a tale of an emperor whose love life distracts him from his important post. Joining the troupe for the performance is American-based star Qian Yi.

Sunday

World Children’s Festival

Okay, Father’s Day is for the dads, but for families who want to spend the holiday doing something kid-friendly, the World Children’s Festival is taking over the Mall all weekend long. Child delegates ages 6-16, both local and international, will perform at the event, and a host of family-friendly workshops and activities run throughout the festival.

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