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Free and Easy: Environmental Film Festival and National Cherry Blossom Festival

The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.

A scene from "Rebalancing" about the Capital Bikeshare program. The film screens during the 2014 Environmental Film Festival. (Tim Cone)

Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras parade
This annual parade, originally planned for March 4, was rescheduled for Monday due to snow. Well guess what? It snowed again, and the rescheduled parade has been canceled too. Mother Nature doesn't like Mardi Gras, apparently.

Environmental Film Festival

For the 22nd year, eco-activism and cinema collide as venues across the District host screenings of 200 environmentally conscious films. The series kicks off today at 10 a.m. with animated films for children, including "Blackout," "Cloudette" and "Bear Has a Story to Tell." Additional screenings include “Chasing Rhinos With Billy Bush” and  “Your Inner Fish." The festival continues through March 30.
Various locations and screening times. (Note: Not all screenings are free.) 202-342-2564.

Author event: Maude Barlow

What would happen if the world ran out of water? Canadian author Maude Barlow discusses that possibility in an appearance at Busboys and Poets. She'll also sign copies of her book "Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever," the final installment in her "Blue Trilogy" series.
6:30 to 8 p.m. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Rimi Natsukawa

Although recent weather might have indicated otherwise, spring is on its way, and there's no better sign of it than the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which kicks off this week. As part of the early festivities, Japanese pop singer Natsukawa performs on the Millennium Stage.
6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

Author event: Scott Reich

Author Scott Reich discusses his book about John F. Kennedy, "The Power of Citizenship," and how Kennedy's values and ideas about citizenship can affect future generations. A book signing will follow the program.
Noon. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000.

'In Her Words'

Actors and singers perform a dramatic reading from Khadijah Ali-Coleman's play "In Her Words." This production at the Anacostia Community Museum celebrates the creativity and social activism of such female musical icons as Nina Simone, Lena Horne and Billie Holiday and is part of the museum's celebration of women in music. Catch the performance again March 27 at Charles E. Beatley Library at 7 p.m.
2 to 4 p.m. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4820.

Poulenc Trio

Irene Kaplan (piano), Vladimir Lande (oboe) and Bryan Young (bassoon) perform as part of the National Gallery of Art's 72nd season of concerts and its celebration of Women's History Month.
6:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Garden Court, Constitution Avenue and Sixth Street NW. 202-737-4215.

DC blooms: Where to find cherry blossoms in your neighborhood.

Macy L. Freeman is an editorial aide for the Weekend/Going Out Guide section at The Washington Post.



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