Our picks for the best free events this week, including a weekend-long Oktoberfest celebration in Loudoun County and a new exhibit on serial portraiture.
The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus play an all-Stravinsky program as three actors perform a story about a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.
Clarence Hickey, interpretive docent for the Montgomery County Historical Society, shares the story of Edward Elisha Stonestreet, a local physician who provided medical services to the Union Army during the Civil War and was the county’s first health officer.
In its final screening of the summer, the U Street Movie Series wraps up its D.C.-themed schedule of movies with “The Pelican Brief,” a legal thriller about a law student (Julia Roberts) who suspects there’s a conspiracy behind the assassination of two Supreme Court justices and helps an investigative reporter (Denzel Washington) unravel it.
Portuguese pop singer Ana Free, who has toured with Shakira and whose videos of cover songs have garnered hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, performs original songs at the Inter-American Development Bank.
The Loudoun County town of Lovettsville hosts a three-day family festival featuring German music and dancing, a beer garden, a volksmarch through the countryside, cloggers, a moonbounce and a Sunday morning pancake breakfast.
Many of the Smithsonian’s museums have free admission, but on Saturday, many more of the systems and affiliates will open their doors without charge. Locally, that includes the National Building Museum, the Dumbarton Oaks Museum, the College Park Aviation Museum, the National Firearms Museum and many more.
The National Gallery of Art opens “The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years,” an exhibit of works in which artists went beyond a single portrait and documented subjects over days, weeks and months.