Free this week: a panel on diversity, Taste of DC and the last of the Downtown NY Scene Film Series.
As part of Ford’s Theatre’s Lincoln Legacy Project, John Harris of Politico moderates a panel on diversity featuring U.S. representatives Judy Chu, Emanuel Cleaver II, Keith Ellison, Silvestre Reyes and Mike Simpson. Local historian and author Jay Winik starts things off with a presentation on Lincoln’s presidency. This is the first in a discussion series every Monday evening in October.
Lisbon native Carmen Souza comes to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage to perform a mix of jazz, Latin and soul with a healthy helping of “sodade,” or nostalgic longing, a signature element of Portuguese music.
Out of Zenith Gallery has risen a multidimensional show with sculptures and mixed media from five local artists. The show officially opened Sept. 8, and if you haven’t seen it yet, Wednesday’s reception is a good excuse. The artists will be on hand to meet, greet and answer questions.
At this festival, try traditional dishes, pastries and desserts in a celebration of Armenian culture. In a rush? Grab something tasty to go. Or check out the kids corner, merchants’ mall, and, on Saturday at 7 p.m., music and dancing. (Food is available for purchase).
La Catrina Quartet plays pieces that have long been part of the traditional string quartet repertoire. But the group also works with contemporary composers on new material, all while promoting Mexican arts and culture. See what the quartet is all about at a free show at the Mexican Cultural Institute.
Indulge in a smattering of D.C. cuisine this weekend with the return of Taste of DC. The festival, which has been noticeably absent amid a slew of other “Taste of” events in the area, will be held on Pennsylvania Avenue. Expect high-quality samples of all sorts of cuisine from some of the best restaurants in the city. (Note: Admission is free, but you have to buy tickets to taste.)
The last in the four-film Downtown Scene NY Film Series is “Downtown 81,” a snapshot of the life of a young Jean-Michel Basquiat, who in the early 1980s was a little-known but influential street artist in New York. The film follows Basquiat as he tries to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. A discussion follows the screening.