Free and Easy: ‘Cool Hand Paul,’ Bethesda Literary Festival and ‘A Band Called Death’

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

Brothers David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney were the members of Death, considered the first black punk band. On Sunday, catch a screening of the documentary "A Band Called Death" at the Anacostia Community Museum. (Drafthouse Films)

MONDAY
'Somebody Up There Likes Me'

For its "Cool Hand Paul" film series, running through May 19, the National Theatre is screening films starring legendary actor and humanitarian Paul Newman, including "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "The Hustler" and "Cool Hand Luke." This week, catch "Somebody Up There Likes Me," the 1956 film in which Newman played boxer Rocky Graziano.

6:30 p.m. National Theatre, Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161. www.nationaltheatre.org.

TUESDAY
Eclectic Tuesdays

Comedian Rallo Boykins hosts a night of comedy and music featuring DJ K-Meta and comedians Kasaun Wilson, Ashley Mayo and Rob Gordon. A Hyattsville native, Boykins has performed with the likes of Bill Bellamy, Sheryl Underwood, Deray Davis and other comedic talents.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-631-6291. www.anacostiaartscenter.com.

WEDNESDAY
'Faith, Hip-Hop and the Common Good'

As part of the Kennedy Center's "One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide" festival, rapper Talib Kweli headlines a concert celebrating religious diversity and tolerance from a hip-hop perspective. He'll be joined by artists of different faiths, including Jin, Poetic Pilgrimage and Narcicyst. Stick around for a post-show discussion.

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

THURSDAY
Author event: Margot Friedlander

Holocaust survivor Margot Friedlander reads from the English translation of her memoir, "Try to Make Your Life." Friedlander, who was born in Berlin, emigrated to the United States in 1946 but returned to Germany in 2010. Copies of her book will be available for purchase.

6:30 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. www.goethe.de/ins/us/was. Register online.

FRIDAY
Bethesda Literary Festival

Now in its 15th year, the Bethesda book festival kicks off with a writing contest, an awards ceremony and discussions with former Post reporter Steve Vogel and former CIA chief legal officer John Rizzo. The festival continues through Sunday and offers book lovers a variety of activities, including author talks, readings and story time for families. Other authors include Stephen Jimenez, Alice McDermott and Henry Wiencek.

7 p.m. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 7400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 301-657-1234. Other events at various locations in Bethesda. 301-215-6660.
www.bethesda.org.

SATURDAY
Ask Roulette

Have you ever wanted to walk up to a total stranger and ask him or her a question? Well, tonight at Politics and Prose, you can do just that during the Ask Roulette program. The event also features such special guests as The Post's Clinton Yates, Tamara Keith of NPR, John Dickerson of Slate and CBS, among others. And if you're too shy to speak up, you can just observe.

6 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW. 202-364-1919. www.politics-prose.com or www.askroulette.net.

SUNDAY
'A Band Called Death'

The Anacostia Community Museum hosts a screening of this 2013 documentary about David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney, three brothers from Detroit who in 1974 formed Death, considered the first black punk band. Post freelance critic Mark Jenkins gave the film three stars. After the screening, the museum's director of education and outreach, Paul Perry, will lead a discussion.

2 to 4 p.m. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4820. www.anacostia.si.edu.

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