The Going Out Gurus recommend free things to do for every day of the week:
Sanskrit text, ASL and innovative communication come together in this theater piece by Aditi Brennan Kapil to create an unlikely love story. Ram, a bookish poet, falls for Vic, who introduces him to her sister, Free. As Free, a deaf signer, begins to read Ram’s work, the two develop a hybrid language of their own.
7:30 p.m. The Fridge, 516 1/2 Eighth St. SE. www.thefridgedc.com.
The new Daft Punk album, the band’s first proper release in eight years, has been hyped to the extreme. To celebrate its release, U Street Music Hall will be spinning “Random Access Memories” on vinyl through what might be the city’s best sound system (at least for dance music). Those who arrive early get free posters and other merchandise. If you’re younger than 21, you’ll have to drop $5 to get in, but the party is for attendees 18 and older.
8 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com.
As part of American composer John Adams’s week-long residency at the Library of Congress, New York’s Attacca Quartet is performing works by Adams, Leos Janacek, Timothy Andres and Beethoven. The ensemble made a name for itself in part through acclaimed performances at Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge, and the group’s rapport with Adams is well-established.
8 p.m. Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5502. www.loc.gov.
In this World War II film from 2006, starring Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford and Adam Beach, director Clint Eastwood examines the iconic moment when six U.S. soldiers raised the American flag on top of Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi. The film questions the traditional version of the story and follows the troops to see how the event affected their lives.
7:30p.m. Library of Congress — Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper. 202-707-9994. www.loc.gov.
As part of the series of Friday mid-day recitals at National City Christian Church, Christopher Lynch, a member of the American Guild of Organists from Bloomington, Ind., will be playing the church’s five-keyboard Möller pipe organ. Lynch will perform Edward Elgar’s “Imperial March,” as well as classics by Mendelssohn, Bach and Louis Vierne.
12:15 p.m. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-797-0103. www.nationalcitycc.org.
Today marks the start of the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s summer of Saturdays with free admission. Be sure and catch the soon-to-close exhibition “How Is the World? Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Photography.” Works by such well-known photographers as Edward Burtynsky and Hank Willis Thomas are on display, as well as by such lesser-known artists as Kate O’Donovan Cook, who specializes in unusual self-portraits.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. www.corcoran.org.
Kick off summer with the U.S. Marine Band and a picnic at Wolf Trap, and stick around for a fireworks display at about 9:45 p.m. Get there early; it’s first-come, first-served. The gates open 90 minutes before the show.
8 p.m. Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-255-1900. www.wolftrap.org.