Free and Easy: Sonia Sanchez book signing, Bootleg Shakespeare and a free skate jam

August 4, 2013

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Philadelphia poet laureate Sonia Sanchez (with Mayor Michael Nutter) will be in Washington this week at Busboys & Poets.

The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.

MONDAY

Bootleg Shakespeare

Taffety Punk company members rehearse and perform William Shakespeare's "Love Labours Lost," one of the playwright's early comedies, in a single day. Sounds like a challenge worth witnessing.

7 p.m. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. www.folger.edu.

TUESDAY

'We Have Not Been Moved'

Head over to Busboys & Poets where activist and poet laureate of Philadelphia Sonia Sanchez and "educator-activist" Matt Meyer will sign and discuss their book, "We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America." The book details grass-roots efforts during the Civil Rights Movement and explores the connections between militarism and white supremacy in history.

6:30 p.m. Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. www.busboysandpoets.com.

WEDNESDAY

Bits of Thread

Wannabe seamstresses and sewing mavens alike can sit in on a gallery talk with Allison Lince-Bentley, owner of Bits of Thread Sewing Studio in Adams Morgan, as she discusses her passion for sewing, the design process and more. The event is a part of a summer series on design at Luce Foundation Center.

6:15 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F Streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanart.si.edu.

THURSDAY

Film screening

Did you know that a DC vs. Marvel Comics film screening series is now underway right under our collective nose? Every Thursday at the Capitol Riverfront, you can catch an outdoor screening of one of your favorite superhero movies. This week is the last week in the series, and Christopher Nolan's dark Batman trilogy, "The Dark Knight Rises" is on tap.

At sunset (after 8 p.m.). Capitol Riverfront, 1100 New Jersey Ave. SE. www.capitolriverfront.org.

FRIDAY

Free skate jam

A day of free food and music PLUS a skateboard competition? Yes, please. Watch contestants carve, backside, frontside and Ollie at the Rockville Skate Jam. Those interested in competing must be 9 or older, and online registration is required.

2 p.m. Rockville Skate Park at Welsh Park, 355 Martins Lane, Rockville. 240-314-8620. www.rockvillemd.gov.

SATURDAY

Festival finale

Catch the end of Lumen8Anacostia 2013, but be prepared to move around a bit for the fun. The evening begins at Honfleur Gallery, where Luis Peralta Del Valle will be awarded the East of the River Distinguished Artist Award. Then head over to the Anacostia Arts Center for art, jerk chicken (or tofu!) from the Los Verracos pop-up restaurant and live reggae, jazz, go-go and more.

6:30 p.m. Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-507-8011. www.lumen8anacostia.com.

SUNDAY

Kids step with Step Afrika!

Young campers who participated in the Washington Performing Arts Society's Summer Steps w/Step Afrika! program perform at the National Building Museum. The event is part of the museum's summer concert series, and is presented with help from the Washington Performing Arts Society.

2 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. go.nbm.org.

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