Free and Easy
Judging by the number of Oscar nominees this year that were Washington-centric, Hollywood has an interest in the nation’s capital. Learn more about the relationship between the movies and the District when Mike Canning discusses and signs copies of his new book, “Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, D.C.”
7 p.m. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. www.dclibrary.org.
The Nordic countries are known for having a global influence in the field of design. As part of the Kennedy Center’s Nordic Cool festival, hear about how contemporary Nordic design is tackling trends, production challenges, changing markets and more.
7 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.
Continuing the PostClassical Ensemble’s Dvorak festival, the Left Bank Quartet, Carmen Balthrop and others play songs and chamber works by the famed Czech composer.
8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
Last chance: ‘Tomorrow We Disappear’
See Emmy-winning photographer Joshua Cogan’s images of New Delhi’s Kathputli Colony. The photos, which he took while working on a film to be released next year, document a group of magicians, acrobats and puppeteers forced to relocate to make room for a new skyscraper.
Through Thursday. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org.
Part of this year’s Korean Film Festival, this new film by Park Chan-wook stars quite a few English-speaking actors, including Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Dermot Mulroney. The drama follows India, whose uncle comes to live with her and her mother after her father dies in a car accident.
7 p.m. Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-4880. www.asia.si.edu.
‘Ike and Dick’
Former Washington Post journalist Jeffrey Frank discusses his new book, “Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage,” which explores the relationship between the two politicians.
6 p.m. Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. www.politics-prose.com.
Last chance: Chuck Close’s tapestries of President Obama
For the inauguration this year, the National Portrait Gallery offered visitors a chance to see two new jacquard tapestry portraits made by artist Chuck Close. Each one is nearly eight feet tall and more than six feet across, and is composed of Polaroid photos.
Through Friday. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.npg.si.edu.