Artistic director of the Kronos Quartet David Harrington (far left) shares his influences in a lecture Tuesday. (Jay Blakesberg)


Spies in the Library

Emily Pugh, a research associate at the National Gallery of Art, lectures on how western mass media represented West Berlin during the “Berlin Crisis” of 1958-1961, which resulted in the construction of the Berlin Wall.


“What’s David Harrington Listening To?”

Want to know what the artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Kronos Quartet is listening to? David Harrington shares his latest musings on music, from his new favorite artists to his biggest inspirations. Then, stick around to see the quartet perform student compositions at 8 p.m. in the Dekelboum Concert Hall.


Jazz Ahead

Named after jazz vocalist Betty Carter, “Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead” program brings young composers and musicians from all over the world to Washington, D.C. for two weeks of intensive study. The program culminates in a series of concerts comprised of original works by the residents.


“Food, Glorious Food” reception

Last Thursday, novelist-turned artist Cindy Packard Richmond, a current Torpedo Factory resident artist, opened a solo show of her work, “Food, Glorious Food.” Celebrate the exhibition and browse both the show and the artist’s studio as part of the art center’s interactive “Second Thursday Art Night” event.


“Tango Your Taxes Off”

Celebrate completing (or almost completing) your taxes and let Argentina’s national dance sweep you off your feet. Free tango lessons and dancing demonstrations give way to open dancing with DJ Nicolas Legat and an interactive art installation project.


“Emerge” panel

Sick of having to go to art galleries or museums to take in artistic expression? Speak your mind at a panel all about alternative art formats, put on by Connor Contemporary Art and Flashpoint. Topics include guerilla art projects, art fairs and DIY options for artists.


“Seen and Unseen” reception

Photographer Joanna Knox’s new show, “Seen and Unseen,” features works that capture how the passage of time affects different spaces. Join Knox for an opening reception.