This week in free concerts and movies


Colin Firth portrays King George VI in “The King's Speech,” which you can see for free on Wednesday thanks to the National Institutes of Health. (Laurie Sparham/AP)

Wednesday: NIH Science in the Cinema: “The King’s Speech”

The National Institutes of Health’s series exploring health issues in Hollywood films rolls on at 7 p.m. with a look at stuttering in the 2010 Best Picture winner.

Wednesday: “Some Like it Hot”

NoMa Summer Screen’s “Trains!” film showcase chugs along with Billy Wilder’s 1959 comedy starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon that proves nobody is, in fact, perfect. A pre-show barbecue starts at 7 p.m. and the film starts at 9 at Second and L streets NE.

Thursday: Fort Reno

It’s weird to type this, because it feels like summer just started, but you’ve got only a few more weeks of Fort Reno shows. Thursday’s show features SPRCSS, the Ambulars and Fell Types. Be sure to bring plenty of fluids with you (but no glass bottles), because the weather forecast seems pretty unforgiving. The show starts at 7:15 p.m.

Thursday: Dive-In Movie

And speaking of unforgiving forecasts, you’re unlikely to find a better spot to be on Thursday than a swimming pool. To that end, Sixth & I Synagogue is hosting its annual dive-in movie at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, where you can float around the hotel’s pool while watching the modern comedy classic “Wet Hot American Summer” at 7:30 p.m.

Friday:Going Out Guide Weekend Concerts Neo Soul Night

As you probably already know, we here at the Going Out Guide have been sponsoring a series of shows at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, as we do every year. The final show of the 2011 season is now upon us: It’s Neo Soul Night, featuring performances by Carolyn Malachi, Navasha Daya and Ayanna Gregory. Free tickets can be picked up at The Washington Post building (1150 15th St. NW) on the day of the show beginning at 8:30 a.m. or at Carter Barron beginning at noon.

Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.

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