On Wednesday, George Mason University hosts a free screening of “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” about the controversial Chinese artist (above). (ED JONES/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)


Theater Lab re-opening

For the past five months, the Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab has been undergoing renovations. The space reopens Monday, with a free performance by Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and readings from poets Holly Bass, Mahogany Browne, Vanessa Hidary, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai and others.


The Gold Magnolias at Hill Country

Southern funk/rock group the Gold Magnolias is one part Alabama Shakes and another part James Brown. Hear this bunch of Southern rockers play original material at Hill Country, where there is no cover charge.


Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

If you didn’t have a chance to see this documentary about the polemical Chinese artist when it was in area theaters, here’s a free second chance. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by University of Maryland professor Hasan Elahi.


Lincoln symposium

If the critical acclaim for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” has piqued your interest in the 16th president, learn more about him at this event, which focuses on his involvement in the Dakota War of 1862.


Muscogee (Creek) Heritage Festival

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma is one of the largest tribes in the country. In honor of NovemberAmerican Indian Heritage Month, which continues through the end of November, the National Museum of the American Indian hosts a three-day festival celebrating Muscogee history and culture. You’ll learn about the tribal language, sample traditional cooking, see live performances and more.


Finnish Christmas Bazaar

As Scandinavian holiday sales go, this one has a lot to offer. In addition to Finnish baked goods, fashion, accessories and art, don’t miss the glassware the country is known for. While you shop, you may want to indulge in a cup of warm glogi, or mulled wine.


Redskins tailgate party

Sunday is synonymous with football, and as the Redskins head into the back end of the season coming off of a bye week, beating the Philadelphia Eagles is crucial. If you don’t have TV or just want to be in the company of other fans, head to this gathering to watch the game on a big screen.