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Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 11/20/2011

Free and easy: Thanksgiving edition


Stickers from the November 2011 show at Lamont Bishop Gallery on Ninth Street NW, one of the art spaces that opened this year. The show is "Document the Fresh," an exhibition of female photographers curated by Gerald Watson. (Lavanya Ramanathan - The Washington Post)
This week’s free events include the National Harbor Christmas tree lighting ceremony and fireworks, as well as holiday music in Alexandria’s Market Square.

Monday

America Eats: Sustainable Agriculture

NPR’s Linda Wertheimer moderates a discussion on sustainable agriculture as part of the continuing “America Eats” series. Panelists include celebrity chef Jose Andres, Ann Harvey Yonkers of Freshfarm Markets, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and American Farm Bureau Association chief economist Bob Young.

Tuesday

Charles J. Shields

In 2006, Charles J. Shields garnered attention for his best-selling biography of “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee. He comes to Politics & Prose to discuss his newest project, a biography of Kurt Vonnegut, which was released in early November.

Wednesday

Verdehr Trio

The trio — comprising violin, cello and piano — performs works by Daugherty, Hovhaness, Menotti, Rorem and Winkler. The show is in conjunction with the museum’s “Warhol: Headlines” exhibit.

Thursday

Daryl Davis Band

Millennium Stage has several notable performances this week. But if you’re looking for a way to work off that Thanksgiving turkey dinner, grab your dancing shoes and get out to this performance by the Daryl Davis Band. Take the free dance lessons provided by Gottaswing before each set to learn some new moves.

Friday

National Harbor Tree Lighting

If you don’t end up with tickets to the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Dec. 1, consider heading to National Harbor a few days before. The event features a 7 p.m. light show choreographed to performances by Washington’s Big Band and the Radio King Orchestra. Then, at 8 p.m., the tree is lit and the Potomac erupts with a grand finale fireworks show.

Saturday

Document the Fresh Closing Party

This reception is your last chance to see the gallery’s show of music and style photography by female photographers Rosina “Teri” Memolo, Dafna Steinberg and Vickey Ford. There will also be a DJ and cash bar.

Sunday

Steven Gellman and Project Natale

Looking to get your “Jingle Bells” on? Acoustic folk singer Steven Gellman performs a set of holiday tunes at 2 p.m. in Alexandria’s Market Square, followed by a jazzier set by the group Project Natale at 3 p.m.

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