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'The Orchid in Chinese Painting'
The cymbidium orchid became a popular subject for Chinese artists during the Song dynasty (A.D. 960-1279) and was often painted in the dark ink of calligraphers. Fifteen orchid paintings are on display at the Sackler Gallery in anticipation of an orchid show that opens at the Natural History Museum on Saturday.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through July 17. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-4880. www.asia.si.edu.
Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance
The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage commemorates the 50th anniversary of Irish American John F. Kennedy's presidential inauguration with some good old-fashioned Irish dance.
6 p.m. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.
Final days of 'The Art of Gaman' at the Renwick
An exhibition of more than 120 works of art made by Japanese American internees during World War II closes Sunday at the Renwick Gallery.
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-633-7970. www.americanart.si.edu.