Going Out Guide: March on Washington anniversary events and more

August 25, 2013
MONDAY
From the Vaults: ‘The March’

Don’t miss out on the activities commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this week. Get a glimpse of the historical moment through the late filmmaker James Blue’s documentary featuring footage of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the preparation for the march. Screenings of the documentary will also be held Tuesday and Wednesday.

Noon. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 866-272-6272.www.archives.gov.

TUESDAY
Trunk show: Beloved Beadwork

From necklaces to bracelets, the jewelry of Beloved Beadwork embodies African beauty. Founded in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2009 by Anne Richerby, the company is made up of 12 Cape Town women. On Tuesday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Richerby will present pieces from the line. The show will be in the museum shop and will repeat Wednesday.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.www.nmwa.org.

WEDNESDAY
50th anniversary of the March on Washington commemoration

No plans for celebrating the anniversary yet? Never fear, the National Museum of American History will be hosting activities throughout the day. Activities include an open-mike session for guests to express their memories and thoughts and a presentation of footage from the march. The museum also invites guests to tour the exhibition “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963.”

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.americanhistory.si.edu.

THURSDAY
National Portrait Gallery Pop Quiz: Bravo!

If you’re the know-it-all among your friends when it comes to the ins and outs of Hollywood, this event may be the perfect fit. Let your competitive nature out and test your knowledge of Hollywood history with this trivia quiz at the National Portrait Gallery, which is inspired by the actors, singers and dancers whose portraits are in the museum’s collection. Guests can work on teams; the group with the highest score gets a prize.

6:30 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.www.npg.si.edu.

FRIDAY
Asian Pacific Islander American Poetry Slam

Just about anyone can rhyme, but it takes a true artist to paint a picture and tell a story with words. As part of the 2013 DC Asian American Pacific Islander Literary Arts and Performance Poetry Festival, this evening of poetry will feature Gowri K., a poet and lawyer, Adriel Luis of iLL-Literacy, Michelle Myers, a founding member of the poetry group Yellow Rage, and others.

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

SATURDAY
‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual “Free for All” presents Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy. If you’re rarely able to get to the theater, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see this free performance. Past “Free for All” performances have included “All’s Well That Ends Well” in 2012, “Julius Caesar” in 2011 and “Twelfth Night” in 2010. This performance runs through Sept. 1.

2 and 8 p.m. Shakespeare Theatre Company, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122.www.shakespearetheatre.org.

SUNDAY
Labor Day Capitol Concert

There might not be turkey, trees with lights and ornaments or other unique traditions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to celebrate the Labor Day holiday. Take time to get out of the house Sunday night for music at the Capitol. The National Symphony Orchestra will be performing works with an Americana theme, including pieces by composers John Williams and Mark Isham.

8 p.m. U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, East Capitol and First streets NE. 202-467-4600.www.kennedy-center.org.

— Macy Freeman

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