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Free and Easy: ‘Solomon Northup’s Odyssey,’ Lakecia Benjamin and Hometown Holidays

The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do this week.

In 2013, Dirty Guv'nahs peformed at the City of Rockville's Hometown Holidays. On Saturday and Sunday, Rockville will celebrate Memorial Day with 30 concerts, food and children's activities.


'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.

Jellyfish Eyes

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.

Squeeze Bayou

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.

Lakecia Benjamin

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.

Hometown Holidays

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.

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



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