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August 21, 2011

MONDAY

Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

It has been 15 years in the making, but the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is finally opening. The 30-foot sculpture of King is nestled on four acres along the Tidal Basin, directly aligned with the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials. The site opens for public viewing at 11 a.m. Monday; a star-studded dedication ceremony is 11 a.m. Aug. 28.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave. SW. 888-484-3373. www.mlkmemorial.org .

TUESDAY

Concert on the Avenue

The U.S. Navy Concert Band celebrates the centennial anniversary of naval aviation with a free outdoor concert at Navy Memorial Plaza. The concert includes selections from “Wicked,” “Top Gun,” “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “The Lion King.”

8 p.m. Navy Memorial Plaza, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-433-4777. www.navyband.navy.mil.

WEDNESDAY

UkeFest 2011

For the third annual UkeFest, the folks at Strathmore decided to put their audience to good use and try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest ukulele ensemble (the record is 851 players performing in unison). The attempt will take place at 7:30 p.m., and performances by local duo the Sweater Set, the Riders, Gerald Ross, Victoria Vox and the Washington Ukulele Orchestra will continue throughout the evening. Visit Strathmore’s Web site to download chord charts and practice videos of the two songs to be performed for the World Record attempt.

7 p.m. Gudelsky Outdoor Concert Gazebo at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. Register by 7 p.m. to participate in the Guinness attempt, and bring your own ukulele or purchase one on site.

THURSDAY

Last look: ‘Fragments in Time and Space’

Art historian and Johns Hopkins University professor Michael Fried leads a walk-through of the Hirshhorn’s current exhibition, which closes Sunday. Fried will focus on works by Hiroshi Sugimoto, Douglas Gordon and Tacita Dean.

7 p.m. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Second Level Galleries, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.hirshhorn.si.edu .

FRIDAY

Summer Shakespeare Festival

Olney Theatre Center puts on a free production of “The Taming of the Shrew” for the 21st annual Summer Shakespeare Festival, which also kicks off the year’s tour by the theater company’s National Players.

Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. The Root Family Stage at Will’s Place, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400. www.olneytheatre.org. Reservations requested.

SATURDAY

Columbia Heights Day Festival

Food trucks, morning yoga, a dog parade, a kids’ play area, the King and Queen of Columbia Heights pageant and three spaces with live music will fill the area around Harriet Tubman Elementary for the fifth annual Columbia Heights Day Festival. Acre 121 and Lou’s City Bar will host an after-party with music and drink specials as the festival winds down.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Harriet Tubman Elementary School field and surrounding areas along 11th and Kenyon streets NW. 202-255-2677. www.columbiaheightsday.org.

SUNDAY

‘The March’

The National Archives screens this 1963 film documenting the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at which the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Sunday marks the 48th anniversary of the march. The movie also screens Saturday.

Noon. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. www.archives.gov .

— Jess Righthand

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