Free Washington area events: 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' outdoor concerts and more

Gregory Peck is stellar as Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird," showing Thursday.
Gregory Peck is stellar as Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird," showing Thursday. (Associated Press)
Friday, June 25, 2010

Though the theme of this summer's outdoor movie series at Canal Park is "Ultimate Underdogs," that's not why we'll be flocking to "To Kill a Mockingbird." We watch protagonist Atticus Finch not because we know he'll lose but because he is probably one of the most admirable yet real characters ever created on film. He's the kind of guy who inspires people, and Gregory Peck helps the character leap from the pages of Harper Lee's classic novel. Get there early: Before the movie there will be games, trivia and food.

-- Fiona Zublin

'TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD' Thursday at 8:45 p.m. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE (Metro: Navy Yard). 202-465-7093. Free.

The District

THE SWEATER SET Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin, the two witty women who make up this folk-comedy duo, play an intimidating number of instruments. Eastern Market, Seventh Street and North Carolina Avenue SE. 202-547-1845. Free.

'E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL' Wednesday at 9 p.m. Steven Spielberg's 1982 film, starring Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas, centers on a family that helps an alien return to his planet. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, Frisbee and cooler. NoMa Summer Screen, L Street NE between Second and Third streets. 202-289-0111. Free.


'SHERLOCK HOLMES' Wednesday at 8:45 p.m. The movie version of some of the smartest detective stories ever written will show at dusk. Bring chairs and blankets. Rockville Town Square, between Rockville Pike, East Middle Lane, North Washington Street and Beall Avenue, Rockville. 301-998-8178. Free.

EARLY EVENING BIRD WALK Thursday at 6 p.m. Check out natural fauna along the Luther Goldman Birding Trail. Bring binoculars and hiking boots. Meet at the parking lot at Berwyn Road and Ballew Avenue, Berwyn Heights. The hike will take you into the Lake Artemesia Natural Area. 301-459-3375. Free.


FAMILY SKATE NIGHT Friday 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring your roller skates or in-line skates and safety equipment. Parents are required to stay with children. Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. 703-255-6360. $1.

FAIRFAX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S DIXIELAND BAND Friday at 7:30 p.m. New Orleans-inspired Dixieland music. Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Rd., Springfield. 703-324-7469. 703-569-3464. Free.

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