Free and Easy: ‘Pink Sari Revolution,’ a poetry workshop and ‘Landscapes in Passing’ photography panel

September 8, 2013

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


This image by photographer Elaine Mayes is among the works in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibition "Landscapes in Passing." On Thursday, Mayes and the other photographers featured will speak about their work.

MONDAY
'Pink Sari Revolution'

"Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India" by Amana Fontanella-Khan tells the story of Sampat Pal Devi, who was prohibited from attending school, was married by age 12 and had a baby at 15. Devi became a champion for women's rights in India, founding the Gulabi Gang in Northern India in 2006. Learn more about her story in a talk by Fontanella-Khan at Politics and Prose.

7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. www.politics-prose.com.

TUESDAY
Verbal gymnastics

Do you have something to say but need a little help expressing it? Poet John Johnson presents a workshop on poetry and storytelling at the Anacostia Community Museum that could help. Guests will be asked to use their personal experiences and observations
to create an original work. Johnson also will offer advice and share his work.

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4844. www.anacostia.si.edu.

WEDNESDAY
National Continental Congress Festival

Local history buffs will appreciate this festival held in commemoration of the 1786 Annapolis National Convention. It includes an exhibit of related documents and replicas, historical discussions and more. The festival continues through Saturday.

6 p.m. Masonic Lodge, 162 Conduit St., Annapolis. www.annapolisccs.org/festival.

THURSDAY
'Landscapes in Passing'

Photographers Steve Fitch, Robbert Flick and Elaine Mayes, whose work is featured in the American Art Museum exhibition "Landscapes in Passing," talk about their photographs in a discussion facilitated by curator Lisa Hostetler.

7 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-7970. www.americanart.si.edu.

FRIDAY
'Stand and Deliver'

Catch a screening of this 1988 film starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Edward James Olmos. Olmos plays a Los Angeles math teacher who challenges his rebellious teenage students to beat the odds.

7:30 p.m. Library of Congress, Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper. 202-707-9994. www.loc.gov.

SATURDAY
17th Street Festival

Whether you're a regular patron of the 17th Street corridor or an occasional visitor, you won't want to miss this festival, which celebrates the neighborhood's residents, shops, restaurants, schools and more. There will be musical performances, art vendors and special areas for children and pets.

12 p.m.-6 p.m. 17th Street NW, between P Street and Riggs Place. www.17thstreetfestival.org.

SUNDAY
Structure of Salsa Music

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Smithsonian American Art Museum hosts a family day event with salsa demonstrations, a scavenger hunt and craft activities in the Kogod Courtyard. The Eileen Torres Dancers and Orquesta La Leyenda will perform
excerpts from a theatrical presentation. Guests also may want to explore the exhibit "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art."

3-6 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-7970. www.americanart.si.edu.

Macy L. Freeman is an editorial aide for the Weekend/Going Out Guide section at The Washington Post.
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