Free & Easy: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington


Nicole C. Lee, president of TransAfrica, speaks at the Anacostia Community Museum's Martin Luther King Jr. program. (ArtsGroup Inc.)
January 12
MONDAY
With Their Own Eyes: Photographers Witness the March on Washington

Photographers and relatives of photographers who captured images of the March on Washington will share accounts of the day in 1963 and how it affected their lives at this Library of Congress symposium. Featured photographers include Bob Adelman, David Johnson and Keith Jenkins. After the symposium, tour the exhibit “A Day Like No Other: Comemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington,” on view until May 31.

1-4 p.m. Library of Congress, Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-8938. www.loc.gov.

TUESDAY
Martin Luther King Jr. program

On the eve of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the Anacostia Community Museum will hold a program honoring the civil rights leader. Nicole C. Lee, president of TransAfrica, will be the keynote speaker and discuss the similarities between King and Nelson Mandela. The program also will feature performances by Lesole’s Dance Project, a company focused on traditional South African dances.

7-9 p.m. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-4820. www.anacostia.si.edu. Reservations required.

WEDNESDAY
Igor Butman Moscow Jazz Orchestra

Saxophonist Igor Butman leads the 16-piece Moscow Jazz Orchestra in a Millennium Stage performance. The orchestra’s latest work, “Special Opinion,” is a 10-track compilation featuring music by composer and pianist Nick Levinovsky.

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

THURSDAY
Author talk: ‘Sisters
in Crime’

If you love a good whodunit, this might be the program for you. Hear from Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, Tracy Kiely, G.M. Malliet and other authors who’ve made mystery their business. These “sisters in crime” will discuss their most recent novels and the practice of writing mystery fiction.

7 p.m. Charles Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. 703-746-1702. www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

FRIDAY
‘Damage Control’ gallery talk

Join curator Kelly Gordon for a 30-minute discussion on the work of the late Gordon Matta-Clark, one of the artists featured in the Hirshhorn exhibit “Damage Control,” on view through May 26. The New York artist is perhaps best known for the work he produced in the 1970s known as “anarchitecture.”

12:30 p.m. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.hirshhorn.si.edu.

SATURDAY
MLK Days: Message
in a Bottle

In celebration of the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Annmarie Garden hosts a project in which guests of all ages can participate in a community activity Saturday through Monday. Visitors are asked to reflect on King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and write their own dreams for the world, which will be enclosed in bottles and placed along the trails of the sculpture garden throughout March.

1-4 p.m. Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons, Md. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org.

SUNDAY
Artist talk with Sonya Clark

How we wear our hair can be a form of cultural expression and a celebration of heritage. For some, it can even be art. Using such materials as hair, copper and beads, D.C. native and artist Sonya Clark’s art explores the politics of hair. She discusses her career in this program at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

2 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanart.si.edu.

— Macy Freeman

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