Free this week: a host of annual arts festivals, introductory improv classes and more.
With an array of dance and music, from Hispanic rock to traditional Korean dance, this festival is the place to be on Labor Day. In addition to the performances, you can gorge yourself on international cuisine from China, Italy, Germany and Korea.
Wish you could be like that crack-up friend of yours? Break out of your shell and exercise some spontaneity when Washington Improv Theater gives a week of free improv classes through Sunday.
Indie rocker and multi-instrumentalist J Mascis has lent his talents to the likes of Dinosaur Jr., Velvet Monkeys and the Fog. See him perform solo on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
Each year, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the State Department select musical acts to tour the world as ambassadors of American music. See two of the participating groups, the Kate McGarry Quartet and Oscar Williams Jr. & the Band of Life, play before they set off on their journey.
For her video installation at the Sackler Gallery, Turkish artist Hale Tenger filmed the facade of the St. George Hotel in Beirut, where former Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri was assassinated. The artist also chose two feature films to be screened at the museum in connection with her work. The first is Steve McQueen’s “Hunger,” about a famous 1970s hunger strike by IRA prisoners in Northern Ireland.
The annual Arts on Foot festival returns to Gallery Place with a fine-art market; two stages with music; free performances at the Sidney Harman Hall; hands-on cultural activities with representatives from area theaters and museums; food demonstrations; and all-day wine tastings and seminars inside Riot Act Comedy Theater.
Before there was a Columbia Heights Day, there was Adams Morgan Day, one of the first neighborhood street festivals in the Washington area. This year’s festival includes two stages on Columbia Road and Florida Avenue, plus a host of dance and cultural events that reflect the area’s culture.