The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do this week.
'Solomon Northup's Odyssey'
Before there was the Academy Award-winning "12 Years a Slave," there was the 1984 TV film "Solomon Northup's Odyssey," directed by the legendary photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks. As part of the kickoff event for the March on Washington Film Festival, the National Archives hosts a discussion titled “What Story, Which Story and Whose Story is Being Told” featuring author Jelani Cobb and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The film, which stars Avery Brooks as Northup and John Saxon as Edwin Epps, will be screened as well.
6 p.m. National Archives, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. 202-357-5000. www.archives.gov.
In his first film, "Jellyfish Eyes," Japanese visual artist Takashi Murakami explores childhood fears while also referencing the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Murakami will discuss the film, which is in Japanese with English subtitles.
8 p.m. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.hirshhorn.si.edu.
A trip to Louisiana would be fantastic right about now, but if you can’t get away, perhaps this concert will take you there. As part of the Bethesda free summer concert series, local band Squeeze Bayou performs traditional Cajun and zydeco music.
6 to 8 p.m. Veterans Park, Woodmont and Norfolk avenues, Bethesda. www.bethesda.org.
As part of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, the saxophonist and bandleader performs with her band SoulSquad. A New York City native, Benjamin has performed with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and the Roots. The Kennedy Center's tribute to pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams concludes on Saturday.
6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Join the city of Rockville as it celebrates Memorial Day weekend with children’s activities and food from such participating restaurants as American Taproom, Armand's Chicago Pizzeria and Matt's House of Kabob. There will also be 30 free concerts featuring Brothers Osborne, John Brown’s Body, the Fighting Jamesons and others.
2 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Downtown Rockville, 200 East Middle Lane. 240-314-5000. www.rockvillemd.gov.