Free and Easy: Otter toys, ‘Body Talk’ and a Ken Burns film

Janel and Anthony perform at the Kennedy Center this week. (Shervin Lainez)


Otter toy painting

If your kids like sea animals and like to paint, this event at the Calvert Marine Museum is sure to keep them entertained. The museum is enlisting young volunteers to paint toys for the resident otters.

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042.


‘The Central Park Five’

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. Long after the men spent years in jail, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. This 2012 documentary by Ken Burns and his daughter, Sarah, examines how and why it all happened.

6:30 p.m. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387- 7638.


‘Anxieties of Authorship and Ownership’

Anthropology professor Jane Anderson discusses intellectual property and colonial collections of indigenous art. Her time as an adjunct law professor also informs her work and her forthcoming book, “Legal Coloniality: Intellectual Property, Dispossession and the Search for Decolonial Knowledge Sharing Futures.”

Noon. Mary Pickford Theater, Third Floor, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510.


‘The Anecdote’

Storytellers recount tales connected to the theme of “windows,” both literal and metaphorical. There also will be free wine, and a gift card to the home-goods store Room and Board will be given away. The event is free, but a $10 donation to charity is suggested.

7 p.m. Room and Board, 1840 14th St. NW. 202-729-8300.


Janel and Anthony

Two acclaimed local musicians, cellist Janel Leppin and guitarist Anthony Pirog, draw inspiration from free jazz but certainly don’t fit in the genre. The duo’s improvisation and technique creates contemplative, hypnotic meditations. See them at the Millennium Stage.

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


‘Body Talk’

In a talk at Transformer Gallery, artist Eames Armstrong discusses the definitions and boundaries of our bodies. She’ll speak about how our cultural conception of self has expanded and been transformed in the age of social media.

Noon. Transformer, 1404 P St. NW. 202-483-1102.


‘Changeling Tree: The Forest Lies About You’

Part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Iona Rozeal Brown’s performance piece is a nod to Japan’s traditional Noh theater. A choreographed procession of two mythic characters takes place at the Tidal Basin as the evening settles in.

6 p.m. Tidal Basin, Maine Avenue and 15th Street NW. 202-724-5613.



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