Free and easy
By — Jess Righthand,
Big Band Pre-Halloween Scream
If you’re not hunkering down on Monday because of the storm, the University of Maryland hosts its annual Halloween-themed concert by the UMD Jazz Ensemble, the UMD Jazz Lab Band and the University Jazz Band.
7:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmith
Doggie Happy Hour Howl-O-Ween Party
Looking for a way to get Fido excited for Halloween? Dress up your canine and bring him/her to the Hotel Monaco’s dress-up fest for dogs, which culminates in a doggy costume contest.
4:30 to 7 p.m. Hotel Monaco, 480 King St., Alexandria. 703-549-6080. www.monaco-alexandria.com.
Nightmare on K Street
Tons of Halloween events are taking place in the days leading to Halloween. But if you still have some energy to put on your costume by the time the big day comes, this party has no cover and promises a free drink to anyone who arrives dressed up.
10 p.m. Shadow Room, 2131 K St. NW. 202-887-1200. www.shadowroom.
Symposium: Cultural Appropriation in American Sports
From the Redskins to the Braves to the Indians, many American sports teams have used Native American culture for their own branding. In this symposium, representatives from the NCAA, writers — including Philip J. Deloria and Washington Post columnist Mike Wise — and American Indian scholars come together to discuss the impact of this practice.
10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.nmai.si.edu.
‘The Child With a Violin’
The Kids Euro Festival continues with an interactive performance from Belgium, featuring an accordion player who finds a young violin player and takes him and the audience on a musical trip around the globe.
6 p.m. The Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.
Last chance: Mariah Anne Johnson ‘In the Pines’
Johnson’s installation blends two-dimensional and three-dimensional work by hanging vintage sheets amid her paintings. Saturday is your last chance to see the show, which has been at the gallery for a month.
Through Saturday. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. www.flashpointdc.org.
‘Song of the Rivers’
In conjunction with the PostClassical Ensemble’s Interpreting Shostakovich festival, the National Gallery screens a series of films with scores by the famed Russian composer and pianist. On Sunday, the museum screens “Song of the Rivers,” a film about workers around the world that involved not only Shostakovich but also the artists Bertolt Brecht, Paul Robeson and others.
4 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4125. www.nga.gov.
— Jess Righthand