Free and Easy: John Lewis book signing, free cake and more.
By — Brandon Weigel,
EuroAsia Shorts screenings
The Goethe Institut screens two German short films — “Raju” and “Uwe+Uwe” — and one Chinese short film, “The Opposite Shore.” The films reflect the themes of multi-cuturalism and diversity and demonstrate how nations around the world are no longer as homogenous as they once were.
6:30 p.m. 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. www.goethe.de/ins/us/was.
The Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights activist discusses and signs his new book, “Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change,” at Politics & Prose.
7:30 p.m. 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. www.politics-prose.com .
Magic for kids
The Great Zucchini brings his hands-on magic show and innate ability to connect with children through his silly antics to a daytime performance at downtown Silver Spring.
10:30 a.m. 908 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring. www.downtownsilverspring.com .
War of 1812 on TV
When it comes to pop culture, the War of 1812 is often forgotten. The Library of Congress’ Packard Campus will screen examples of the conflict between the British Empire and the fledgling United States found in fictional television series and educational videos.
7:30 p.m. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper. 202-707-5840. www.loc.gov/avconservation .
Historic cooking demonstration
Leni Sorensen, culinary and African American research historian at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, leads several cooking demonstrations based on the recipes of Edith Fossett, an enslaved woman and Jefferson’s cook at the White House.
From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. USDA Farmers Market, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-0070. nmaahc.si.edu .
Occasionally Cake celebrates the grand opening of its second location, in Old Town Alexandria, with free slices of cake, a display of a cake modeled after the Georgetown Masonic Memorial, raffle prizes and ceramic cake crafts for kids.
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 207 King Street, Alexandria. 703-647-9638. www.occasionallycake.com .
The Air Force Cycling Classic
Grab a spot along the streets or a table at neighborhood restaurants such as 3 Bar and Grill, Lyon Hall or Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza to see the streets of Clarendon serve as five-turn, breakneck cycling course on Saturday that begins at the Clarendon Metro Station. Can’t get enough? Check out speed-of-light racers competing for the Crystal Cup on Sunday — along with kids’ rides and other events.
Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., 3100 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., 2100 Crystal Drive, Crystal City. 202-966-0346. www.airforcecyclingclassic.com .
— Brandon Weigel