Free and Easy: A parade, a celebration of diversity and an art reception

May 26, 2013

America Hearts performs at the Luce Foundation Center. (Nestor Diaz)

MONDAY

National Memorial Day Parade

If you’re not at work, celebrate the reason for it. Washington’s annual Memorial Day parade, which draws hundreds of thousands of spectators, includes both war heroes and celebrities. The Redskins’ Robert Griffin III will be honoring fallen troops at the event alongside country singer Trace Adkins, actor Gary Sinise and “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks.

2 p.m. Constitution Avenue between Seventh and 17th streets NW. 703-302-1012. www.nationalmemorialdayparade.com.

TUESDAY

Pulse Chamber Music

A talented trio that executes both classics and new compositions, Pulse Chamber Music has garnered accolades for its technical skill and innovativeness. The group doesn’t stick to a singular setup; instead they vary the strings, woodwinds and keyboard instruments they play, making for a particularly diverse performance.

12:10 to 1 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. www.epiphanydc.org.

WEDNESDAY

Xinran

The Chinese-American journalist and author of “Message From an Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love” will be speaking about the experiences documented in her book at the Library of Congress. While broadcasting from a remote area of the country, Xinran witnessed the casualties of China’s one-child policy and recounted the emotional trauma they wrought.

8 p.m. Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5502. www.loc.gov.

THURSDAY

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration

As part of a month-long focus on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is hosting an evening celebration with AAPI community service awards and performances by AAPI musicians. Hip-hop duo SNRG, singer Lumi Bustamante, violinist Jonathan C. Chen and beatboxer Chip Han will be among the artists.

7 to 8:30 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-727-3120. www.2013aapihm.eventbrite.com.

FRIDAY

Luce Unplugged Community Showcase

The American Art Museum is reviving its quiet concert series in the Luce Foundation Center, an intimate venue for local musicians. Charming garage rockers America Hearts, clever hip-hop emcee Lyriciss and power pop craftsmen More Humans will provide the tunes for this week’s show.

6 to 8:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. americanart.si.edu.

SATURDAY

Opening reception for ‘Extraktions’

This exhibition of work by Delaware artist Ron Meick features prints that explore such contemporary themes as stock and commodity charts, fracking and Chinese politics. Some of the prints have been crumpled, while others have been distorted to mimic volatile gas extraction processes.

1 to 4 p.m. Washington Printmakers Gallery, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-273-3660. www.washingtonprintmakers.com.

SUNDAY

Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk

This weekend, several off-the-Mall museums are offering free admission and shuttle services between venues. Scavenger hunts are available for adults and children, and some museums will have live music and crafts. Participants are Anderson House, Dumbarton House, Fondo Del Sol, Heurich House, Mary McLeod Bethune House, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, the Phillips Collection, the Textile Museum and the Woodrow Wilson House.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Multiple locations in Northwest D.C. www.dkmuseums.com/walk.html.

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