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Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 05/21/2012

The Funk Ark, Viva Vienna!: Free and Easy


Take a lunch break with local band the Funk Ark. (Photo By Jesse Justice)
Our picks for the best free events going on this weekend, including lunch break with the Funk Ark and the Washingotn Folk Festival.

MONDAY

Singer Ellen Cherry

The Baltimore-based singer-songwriter performs songs off her album “Please Don’t Sell the Piano,” whose songs Cherry wrote after losing her singing voice to a throat infection and relearning to play piano.

 

TUESDAY

Book reading for kids

Author Michael Scott reads from “The Enchantress,” the latest volume in his “The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel” fantasy series for young readers. A book signing follows.

WEDNESDAY

Musical lunch break

Head to the Fairgrounds outdoor bar at Nationals Park on your lunch hour for a set with local Afrobeat group the Funk Ark, which released the album “High Noon” last month.

 

THURSDAY

Art from the East

Art professors and museum curators discuss what makes art “Zen” and examine the challenges of installing sacred pieces such as Tibetan Buddhist altars.

FRIDAY

Miro as Portrayed by Portabella

The National Gallery of Art screens documentary shorts depicting surrealist artist Joan Miro. The shorts were made in the early 1970s by Barcelona filmmaker Pere Portabella, Miro’s friend.

SATURDAY

All things zebra

The National Zoo celebrates the black-and-white animals with demonstrations, keeper talks, interactive displays, a lesson about the zebra’s famous stripes and more.

SUNDAY

Viva Vienna!

Enjoy rides, food vendords, games and live entertainment from Dub City Renegades, Cathy Ponton King and others at this Vienna street festival.

Washington Folk Festival (UPDATE: Washington Folk Festival is June 2-3).

Glen Echo Park plays host to a festival of more than 450 musicians, dancers, storytellers and crafters from across the region. The festival’s focus is on international culture as well as traditional American blues, bluegrass and old-time string bands.

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