Free this week: “The Loving Story” screens at the Smithsonian American Art Museum before it airs on HBO this February, and the Portrait Gallery’s “Seeing Gertrude Stein” exhibit closes on Sunday.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the Corcoran offers totally free admission on Monday. Even if you’re working, it’s still worth a lunchtime trip to check out “Gordon Parks: Photographs From the Collection” and “Hank Willis Thomas: Strange Fruit,” two exhibits that both close that same day.
For those who didn’t get out to see “The Loving Story” during this year’s Silverdocs festival, Tuesday brings another chance to see the documentary before it’s broadcast on HBO in February. The story follows the marriage of Virginia couple Mildred and Richard P. Loving, whose interracial marriage was instrumental in changing miscegenation laws.
Take the bite out of Wednesday with some feel-good tunes from Rafrechi, the Haitian-born hip-hop/reggae band that blends traditional “kompa” music from Haiti into their more contemporary songs. The group performs at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
Retro enthusiasts will revel in “Twist,” a documentary about that popular early rock ‘n roll dance. The film is followed by “Therimin: An Electric Odyssey,” a documentary about the inventor of the first electronic synthesizer.
Shelly Bell hosts a poetry slam, featuring live music at 7 p.m. and an open mike at 8 p.m. for budding spoken word poets eager to show their stuff. The slam is free to attend. If you want to enter your own work, it’s a $10 charge (first prize is $100).
Celebrate the art and culture of Africa at this family-friendly festival, which features storytelling, dress-up, dancing and crafts. Kids can sew a Kuba-inspired textile, munch on cassava chips and learn traditional drumming and dance from Joseph Ngwa.
Last chance: ‘Seeing Gertrude Stein’
Sunday is closing day for “Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories,” the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit that not only chronicles her life, but also shows how she strategically established herself as an artistic/literary force to be reckoned with.