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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Free this week: Doug Aitken at the Hirshhorn and more


On Thursday evening, Doug Aitken discusses his work "SONG 1," which the Hirshhorn commissioned for the face of the museum. (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2012, conceptual rendering)
Free this week: the Hirshhorn gets a makeover and some lunchtime Basil Twist-inspired puppeteering. Here’s what’s on deck:

Monday

Sorry, Wrong Number

The National Theatre continues its spring tribute to actor Burt Lancaster with a screening of the classic 1948 film “Sorry, Wrong Number” about a bedridden woman who overhears a murder plot.

Tuesday

Jonah Lehrer

Feeling uninspired lately? Writer and journalist Jonah Lehrer just may shed some light on why that is when he discusses and signs his new book, “Imagine: How Creativity Works.” (The Book World review runs in The Post on March 25.)

Wednesday

Local puppeteering

This week’s noontime performance at Sidney Harman Hall features local puppeteers. The show is in conjunction with Basil Twist’s “Petrushka,” which is playing at the Shakespeare Theatre Company through Sunday.

Thursday

Doug Aitken ‘Song 1’ opening

Starting Thursday evening, the familiar doughnut shape of the Hirshhorn gets a makeover by Los Angeles artist Doug Aitken and his 360-degree illumination project, titled “Song 1.” On the night of the opening, the artist discusses his work at the museum.

Friday

Songwriters: The Next Generation

Get a glimpse of the future of songwriting in a showcase at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation. The two-night showcase ends Friday with performances by bluegrass singer Celia Woodsmith and her group, Della Mae, and the Andy Akiho Quartet.

Saturday

Opening day: Japan Spring

The cherry blossoms are expected to be in full bloom as early as this week. Celebrate the arrival of spring — and the kickoff of Japan Spring, an array of cherry-blossom-inspired exhibits and events — on the Mall with bento boxes and tea from Kushi available for purchase in the Sackler Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A kabuki demonstration begins at 2 in the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium.

Sunday

Last chance: ‘Print by Print: Series from Durer to Lichtenstein

Sunday is your last chance to check out a show of 350 prints spanning 500 years. The survey includes works by artists as renowned as Marcel Duchamp, Picasso and Canaletto.

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