Free and Easy: Cheick Hamala Diabaté and the National Book Festival

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

MONDAY
Wait Until Dark

The National Theatre's “Audrey: Her Life in Film” series concludes with a screening of the 1967 film starring Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna and Jack Weston. Hepburn stars as a blind woman who is terrorized by three men searching for heroin they believe to be hidden in her apartment.

6:30 p.m. National Theatre, Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. thenationaldc.org.

TUESDAY
Herbert Johnson

Don’t miss one of the final concerts in the Music on the Mall performance series as vocalist Herbert Johnson delivers an a capella performance. The series concludes Thursday.

Noon to 1 p.m. The National Mall, Jefferson Avenue and 12th Street. dcarts.dc.gov.

WEDNESDAY
"Ferguson and Beyond - The Way Forward"

During a discussion at Busboys and Poets, guest panelists including actor Danny Glover (via Skype) and hip-hop activist Jasiri X will discuss the shooting death of Michael Brown, and the state of race relations in America.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. www.busboysandpoets.com.


Storyteller, historian and choreographer Cheick Hamala Diabaté will be performing at the Monroe Street Market on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Cheick Hamala Diabaté)

THURSDAY
Cheick Hamala Diabaté

As part of Dance Place's Art on the 8th event series, the West African historian, storyteller and choreographer delivers a performance that mixes music, storytelling and dancing. Diabaté is touring the United States to support his 2013 album, "Anka Ben Mali Denou."

6:30 p.m. Arts Walk at Monroe St. Market, 625 Monroe St. NE. www.danceplace.org.

FRIDAY
MetroPerforms

Celebrate the talents of local artists as the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority presents a showcase featuring Washington street performers.

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


The 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival takes place on Aug. 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. (Pictured above) two children met the Cat in the Hat at the 2013 festival. (Photo by Ashley Jones)

SATURDAY
14th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival

Bibliophiles will descend on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the National Book Festival, which will include author and poet readings, activities for children, book sales, a poetry slam and a panel discussion about books that were adapted for film.

10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 202-249-3400. www.loc.gov.

SUNDAY
The Winter’s Tale

The 28th season of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Free For All concludes. Don't miss your last chance to see Shakespeare's play about the trials of two royal families in Sicilia.

2 p.m. Shakespeare Theatre Company, 610 F. St. NW. 202-547-1122. www.shakespearetheatre.org.

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the title of the 1967 film "Wait Until Dark." This version has been updated.

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