Free this week: the much-anticipated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial opens and Strathmore goes after the Guinness World Record for largest ukukele ensemble.
It’s been 15 years in the making, but the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is finally here. The 30-foot sculpture of Dr. King is nestled on a four-acre site along the Tidal Basin, directly aligned with both the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials. The site opens for public viewing on Monday, in advance of a star-studded dedication ceremony to be held this Sunday.
The United States Navy Concert Band celebrates the centennial anniversary of naval aviation by performing a selection of songs from its repertoire for a free outdoor concert in the Navy Memorial Plaza. The concert includes selections from “Wicked,” “Top Gun,” “E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “The Lion King.”
For this year’s third annual UkeFest, the folks over at Strathmore decided to put their audience to good use and attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest ukulele ensemble (the current record is 851 players performing in unison). The World Record attempt will take place at 7:30, and performances by local duo the Sweater Set, The Riders, Gerald Ross, Victoria Vox and the Washington Ukulele Orchestra continue throughout the evening. Visit Strathmore’s website to download chord charts and practice videos of the two songs to be performed for the World Record attempt.
Art historian and Johns Hopkins University professor Michael Fried leads a walk-through of the museum’s current exhibition, which closes on Sunday. Fried will focus on works by Hiroshi Sugimoto, Douglas Gordon and Tacita Dean.
Olney Theatre Center puts on a free production of “The Taming of the Shrew” for the 21st annual Summer Shakespeare Festival, which also kicks off the year’s tour by the theater company’s National Players.
Food trucks, morning yoga, a dog parade, an expanded kids play area, a King and Queen of Columbia Heights pageant and three areas with live music fill the area around Harriet Tubman Elementary for the fifth annual Columbia Heights Day Festival. Acre 121 and Lou’s City Bar host an after party with live music and drink specials as the festival winds down.
The National Archives holds a screening of the 1963 film documenting the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. Sunday marks the 48th anniversary of the march. The movie also screens on Saturday.