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Free and Easy: OK Go, Strathmore summer concerts


LaBrassBanda is the first group to peform in Strathmore's free summer concert series. (LaBrassBanda)

Monday

16 Candles

If you’re looking to enjoy a classic film under the stars, look no further than the screening of Molly Ringwald’s breakout movie, John Hughes’s “16 Candles” at Crystal City’s outdoor film series, “Crystal Screen: By the Numbers.”

Tuesday

The North: Mexican Art on the Edge

Learn about current trends in Mexican art, including a burgeoning scene near the United States-Mexico border. The talk features artists Ruben Gutierrez and Julio Castro, and coincides with the center’s current exhibit, “Registro 02: Mirar Por Segunda Vez.” A reception with light, Mexican-themed refreshments follows the talk.

Wednesday

Strathmore free summer concerts

Strathmore’s free summer concert series of international acts kicks off with LaBrassBanda, an ensemble from Southern Germany that uses their tuba, trumpet and trombone to emulate ska, polka and even Mexican mariachi music. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Thursday

OK Go and Pomplamoose

To celebrate the 14th anniversary of the Kennedy Center’s free venue, Millennium Stage, internet sensations OK Go and Pomplamoose give a free concert. Tickets have already been distributed via lottery, but there will be a standby line at 10 a.m. at the Kennedy Center Hall of Nations to get free tickets.

Friday

Archives featuring Lenny Kurlou

The Going Out Guide Weekend Concerts continue with the ever-popular reggae night, headlined by Archives and Lenny Kurlou. Passion Reggae Band and Carl Malcolm & Positive Vibrations Band round out the lineup.

Saturday

African American Heritage Days

Through Sunday, historic sites throughout Montgomery county associated with African American history offer free and open admission. See gospel performances from several different groups, tour a simulated underground railroad route and an old African American schoolhouse, among other attractions.

Sunday

Georgetown Waterfront Summer Celebration

Fire off hundreds of pre-filled water balloons or bring your own water weapon of choice to the Great Georgetown Water Balloon Battle, the pinnacle of the Georgetown Waterfront Summer Celebration. The festival also includes a steel drum band, face painting and other child-friendly fun.

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