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Free and Easy: Shakespeare’s birthday, Japanese flowers and croquet

The annual croquet match between Navy and St. John's College is Saturday in Annapolis. (James M Thresher/The Washington Post)

The Going Out Gurus recommend free things to do for every day of the week: 


Arab American Heritage Celebration

Commemorate the contributions of such famous Arab Americans as Ralph Nader and Helen Thomas with an evening of traditional Arab cuisine and a speech by talk show host Guled Kassim.

6 p.m. Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350.


‘Five Broken Cameras’

In this Academy Award-nominated documentary, a Palestinian villager records the construction of the West Bank barrier and its effects on Bil’in, where he lives. Five cameras, each with distinct stories, were used over the course of several years, and their footage was combined to create the film.

7 p.m. The Gallery at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. 703-998-6260.


New Music

Seeking fresh classical sounds? Catch more than an hour of new, original compositions by University of Maryland students, performed by solo, chamber and non-traditional, electroacoustic musicians.

8 p.m. Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787.


‘Shalom Bollywood’

This documentary by Danny Ben-Moshe traces the role of Jews in the foundation of Indian cinema. On Thursday, he’ll be screening portions of the film and discussing the contributions of Indian Jews to Bollywood, as well as the interfaith aspects of Indian culture.

Noon. Mary Pickford Theater, Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-9897.


Ikebana exhibition

The cherry blossoms are past their peak, but those interested in Japanese flowers can find an altogether different sort at the National Arboretum. The local chapter of Ikebana International has intricate flower arrangements on display, showcasing a minimalist Japanese tradition that is hundreds of years old.

10 a.m. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-245-2726.


Classic Croquet

If D.C.’s Tweed Rides aren’t enough to sate your “Great Gatsby” nostalgia, this annual croquet match between St. John’s College and the U.S. Naval Academy ought to do the trick. The event recalls a bygone era, with 1920s fashion, swing dancing and picnic blankets in abundance.

1 p.m. St. John’s College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. 410-263-2371.


Shakespeare’s birthday

Elizabethan crafts, court jesters, jugglers and sonnet readings are among the many attractions the Folger Shakespeare Library has to offer in celebration of its namesake’s birthday. The library is opening its doors for an afternoon of family-friendly, Renaissance-inspired revelry.

Noon. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600.



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