If youâ€™re looking for something to do in the week ahead thatâ€™s both free and hassle-free, youâ€™ve come to the right place.
Chefs Ulrika Bengtsson, Mads Refslund and Morten Sohlberg prepare Scandinavian European cuisine in front of an audience as part of the Kennedy Centerâ€™s Nordic Cool festival.
6 p.m. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW.Â
Two doo-wop-inspired, rough-and-tumble garage rock bands play a free show (donations accepted), while G.L. Jaguar and Sean â€śThe Bishopâ€ť Connell provide snarky commentary at Arlingtonâ€™s popular CD Cellar record store.
8 p.m. CD Cellar, 2607 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
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.Â
The author of the acclaimed comic novels â€śHome Landâ€ť and â€śThe Askâ€ť is in town from New York to talk about and read from his newest collection of short stories, â€śThe Fun Parts.â€ť
7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW.Â
This group, founded more than 70 years ago and considered one of the best girlsâ€™ 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.
Young musicians perform traditional Irish music while the Shannon Dunne Dance Company performs old-style Irish dances in a St. Patrickâ€™s Day celebration for children age 4 and older.
9:30 and 11 a.m. Helen Hayes Gallery at National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave.Â
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.