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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble, with Laura Ortiz, performs Oct. 7 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble, with Laura Ortiz, performs Oct. 7 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. (2005 Photo By Michael Williamson -- The Washington Post)

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Friday, September 28, 2007

All events are free with no registration required, unless otherwise noted.

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FILM

Through Oct. 7: The XVIII Washington Latin American Film Festival at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre explores filmmaking throughout Latin America, Spain and Portugal. This year's selection includes more than 30 films. 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. http://www.afi.com/silver. Tickets are $9.75, discounts for AFI members, children and seniors.

Wednesday at 6:30: Tango: Idiom in Dance and Film. Screening of the film "Tango: no me dejes nunca (You Never Leave Me)." The program explores the history of tango and includes a demonstration. Central Library auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-5945.

FESTIVALS

Sunday from 11 to 7: Fiesta DC, a family festival in Adams Morgan offers music, food, a parade, folkloric dances and children's activities. Mount Pleasant Street, from Park Road to Argonne Place NW. 202-232-4393. http://www.fiestadc.org.

Oct. 13 from 11 to 4: MexicoFest, a day of craftmaking and performances, highlights the traditions of Mexico. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. http://www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

EXHIBITIONS

Through Nov. 21: "The Kimberly Collection: Four Decades After the Muralists." This collection includes paintings by Miguel Castro Le¿ero, photos by Manuel ¿lvarez Bravo, mixed-media work by Jose Luis Cuevas and Vicente Rojo, and sculptures by Antonio Castellanos. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. 202-728-1675. http://www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Through Feb. 10: " Legacy: Spain and the United States in the Age of Independence, 1763-1848." Exhibition explores Spain's role in U.S. history. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-8300. http://www.npg.si.edu.

Through Feb. 15: "Mexican Cycles: Festival Images by George O. Jackson de Llano." The Mexican American photographer's images explore religious festivals in indigenous communities across Mexico. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. http://www.mnh.si.edu/exhibits.

PERFORMANCES

Saturday at 11:30 and 2: Mexican, Latin American and Caribbean music by vocalist Charro Javier, including "B¿same Mucho," "Malague¿a," "Cielito Lindo" and "Guantanamera." At 11:30, Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg; 240-773-9490. At 2, Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. 240-777-0200.

Saturday at 3: "We All Need a Pygmalion."

A performance by educator and artist Pablo Helguera serves as an introduction to his book "The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style." Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. http://hirshhorn.si.edu/programs/events.asp.

Saturday at 2 : Tinku. Members of Fraternidad Cultural Pachamama will demonstrate and teach "Tinku," an ancient Bolivian ritual dance. Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. 703-228-7685.


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