Free this week: listen to the Persian harp performed at the Freer Gallery and see “Pina” in 2-D at the National Archives.
Celebrate President’s Day by listening to a performance led by composer André Thomas of Howard Hanson’s “Song of Democracy” and more, while guest conductor Todd Nichols leads a rendition of “Elegy for a Young American.” Limited walk-up tickets will be available beginning at noon at the Kennedy Center.
Grab your beads and take in the parade of floats and music along Wilson Boulevard from North Barton Street to North Irving St., passing by the Clarendon Metro Station.
As part of the Music from Japan Festival 2012, listen to the Persian harp and other rare instruments. Limited free tickets (two per person, no service fee) can be obtained at the Meyer Auditorium an hour before the show, or can be reserved now through Ticketmaster (four per person, with a service fee).
At this month’s party, celebrate Black History Month with an oldies music line-up that also pays tribute to the late-but-great Whitney Houston.
UPDATE, FEB. 23: The screening of “Pina” at the National Archives will not take place. The National Archives will instead screen the Academy Awards Live Action Short Film nominees at the scheduled time. See a 2-D screening of Wim Wenders’ acclaimed “Pina” as part of the National Archives Experience screenings of documentary and short Academy Award nominees. The Post’s Stephanie Merry gave the film 3 1/2 stars, saying: “It’s not every day that a director comes along and sweeps away a genre’s pesky cobwebs.” Get your free ticket an hour before the show at the special events entrance located on Constitution Avenue.
Learn about what is involved in reenacting the Civil War — and see if becoming a reenactor is right for you — by talking with the 3rd U.S. Regular Infantry, Company K, and even donning a soldier’s cap or boots.
In 2010, German photographer Candida Hofer spent time in Charm City documenting some of Baltimore’s best architecture, including the Walters Art Museum and the George Peabody Library. This is your last chance to catch this exhibit (an Editors’ Pick), which includes 13 works.