Free & Easy: Nordic cooking, Sam Lipsyte, Left Bank Quartet

If you’re looking for something to do in the week ahead that’s both free and hassle-free, you’ve come to the right place.

MONDAY

Nordic cooking demonstration

Chefs Ulrika Bengtsson, Mads Refslund and Morten Sohlberg prepare Scandinavian European cuisine in front of an audience as part of the Kennedy Center’s Nordic Cool festival.

6 p.m. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 

TWEENS as photographed by Ashley Ross.

TWEENS as photographed by Ashley Ross.

TUESDAY

Tweens and Teen Liver

Two doo-wop-inspired, rough-and-tumble garage rock bands play a free show (donations accepted), while G.L. Jaguar and Sean “The Bishop” Connell provide snarky commentary at Arlington’s popular CD Cellar record store.

8 p.m. CD Cellar, 2607 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

WEDNESDAY

Open-mike night at Iota

This regular acoustic jam session has seen its share of performers go on to form bands and tour the country. Stop by for an evening of Americana, and you might just see a future rock star.

8 p.m. Iota, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 

THURSDAY

Sam Lipsyte

The author of the acclaimed comic novels “Home Land” and “The Ask” is in town from New York to talk about and read from his newest collection of short stories, “The Fun Parts.”

7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 

FRIDAY

Danish National Girls’ Choir

This group, founded more than 70 years ago and considered one of the best girls’ choirs in the world, performs as part of the Nordic Cool Festival. The choir performs a variety of genres, including pop and religious music.

6 p.m. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW.

SATURDAY

The Bog Band and Shannon Dunne Dance Company

Young musicians perform traditional Irish music while the Shannon Dunne Dance Company performs old-style Irish dances in a St. Patrick’s Day celebration for children age 4 and older.

9:30 and 11 a.m. Helen Hayes Gallery at National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. 

SUNDAY

Left Bank Quartet

Keep it classy with musical compositions by Janacek, Moravec and Dvorak, performed by a local string quartet and from clarinetist Paul Cigan and pianist Audrey Andrist.

3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

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