Free and Easy: ‘A Place in the Sun,’ the other cherry blossoms and highbrow bluegrass

March 24, 2013

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.

Annual sunrise service on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on April, 08, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
Annual sunrise service on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on April, 08, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

MONDAY

‘A Place in the Sun’

To kick off its Monday night spring film series, The National Theatre is screening “A Place in the Sun,” starring Montgomery Clift, the 1950s Hollywood heartthrob appearing in all of the spring films. This flick features Clift as a man on an unexpected rise to success but threatened by secrets from a dark, mysterious past.

6:30 p.m. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. www.nationaltheatre.org.

TUESDAY

The other cherry blossoms

While the gorgeous flowers at the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park are a D.C. tradition, the National Arboretum offers a compelling supplement with their exhibition “Beyond the Tidal Basin: Introducing Other Great Flowering Cherries.” There are nearly 40 alternatives to the traditional Yoshino cherry trees, and it’s well worth the trip.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 14. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-245-2726. www.usna.usda.gov.

WEDNESDAY

‘The Beautiful Music All Around Us’

Researcher and musician Stephen Wade spent decades tracking down surviving musicians and families connected to several iconic field recordings of the American South. He discusses the profound impact those creative unknowns have had in a lecture tied to his new book, “The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience.”

Noon. Mary Pickford Theater, Third Floor, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510. www.loc.gov.

THURSDAY

‘The Gaza Kitchen’

Authors Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt traveled the Gaza Strip extensively for their book, “The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey.” Join them to learn about the food and conversations they found inside the embattled kitchens of a contested territory.

6:30 p.m. Busboys & Poets, 1025 Fifth St. NW. 202-789-2227. www.busboysandpoets.com.

FRIDAY

Highbrow Bluegrass

There are plenty of long-standing, acclaimed bluegrass groups in D.C. area, but Washington-based pickers in By & By have been together just three years, infancy in bluegrass time. Catch the fresh-faced ensemble at the Millennium Stage.

6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.

SATURDAY

‘How Suite It Is’

Graduate students with a knack for woodwinds form the Siren ensemble. The quintet will perform suites by such 20th-century composers as Maurice Ravel and Henri Tomasi in the Ulrich Recital Hall at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

3 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park. 301-405-7794. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.

SUNDAY

Sunrise service at Lincoln Memorial

For the 35th year, the Capital Church of Vienna will host a traditional Easter service at the Lincoln Memorial. It might be a bit chilly, but if you’re in the mood for a rousing rendition of “How Great Thou Art,” it shouldn’t be anything a blanket and a sweatshirt can’t handle.

6:30 a.m. Lincoln Memorial, 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir. SW. 202-426-6841. www.capitalchurch.net.

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