Marcus Kyd and Kimberly Gilbert as Hamlet and Ophelia in Taffety Punk Theatre Company's “Hamlet: The Bad-ass Quarto.” (Erin Mitchell)

Our picks for the best free events this week, including a new adaptation of “Hamlet” and a festival celebrating African culture.


Bootlegging the Bard

As part of their Bootleg Shakespeare series, the actors at Taffety Punk go through just one day of rehearsal before staging their adaptation of the first draft of “Hamlet,” a version they have dubbed “Hamlet: The Bad-ass Quarto.”


Third Coast Percussion

The Chicago ensemble plays drums, marimbas, vibraphones and everyday objects in a performance of works composed by avant-garde musician John Cage.


Disaster flick

Head to NoMa for a screening of “Deep Impact,” the disaster film with an all-star cast — Morgan Freeman as the president! — about a comet on a collision course with Earth.


A youthful take on the classics

The National Youth Orchestra of Canada performs a program of Dvorak and Shostakovich and a new work by Canadian composer Adam Sherkin, “Terra Incognita,” at the Music Center at Strathmore.


Global perspectives

The new exhibit “The Two Planets — Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook” at Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum features short film vignettes of Thai farmers discussing modern European paintings.


“Outside a Dog” book festival

Head to the historic grounds of the Congressional Cemetery to buy books, meet local authors (and their dogs) and participate in a used-book exchange. Authors Meredith Henne Baker, Anthony Pitch and The Post’s Gene Weingarten are scheduled to appear.



Enjoy a celebration of African culture, including more than 50 musical performances, fashion shows, dance performances, food and craft vendors and more at Silver Spring’s Veterans Plaza Civic Center.

BONUS: It is the last week to see “Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape” at the National Gallery of Art.