A statue of Ben Franklin, from the exhibition “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World” at the National Archives through May 6. (Lavanya Ramanathan)

In two new exhibits, just blocks apart from each other, we get a look at Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson beyond history books and folklore. “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World,” opening Friday at the National Archives, looks at Franklin’s less-than-glamorous day job as a printer and his initial indecisiveness on separating from Britain. “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” scrutinizes the third president’s ambivalent view of slavery.

We in the news business are familiar with tight deadlines, but playwrights usually get to write under a more relaxed timeframe. Not so this weekend: Six local theater companies give themselves 24 hours to write, rehearse, direct and perform an entirely new 10-minute play. See their results at the Imagination Stage.

If you’re a foodie and oenophile, head to the Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival for tastings from local restaurants and international wineries. The Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday feature more than 500 wines alone.

See a dozen more ideas on our full list of the best events this weekend.