Jan. 7: NSO in Your Neighborhood
Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Center, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE., Jan. 7, 2 p.m., free.
As part of the National Symphony Orchestra’s annual free concert series, hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon, electric cellist Wytold and the orchestra will create live remixes of classical standards, including Pachelbel’s Canon and Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1. Tickets must be reserved online at kennedy-center.org.
Jan. 10: Street Pop/Prince Tribute with Maverick Lemons
Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Jan. 10, 6 p.m., free.
Start 2017 by remembering one of the biggest losses of 2016. Area choreographer Maverick Lemons leads a dance fitness class celebrating the music of Prince. Varying levels of instruction mean that everyone from basic toe-tappers to experienced boogiers will find a way to shake it in honor of the Purple One.
Jan. 10: Iota Jam
Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; Tuesdays, 8 p.m., free.
In July, Nappy Riddem guitarist Gordon Sterling started hosting the Iota Jam, a free, freewheeling concert series at Iota Club & Cafe that’s streamed live through the event’s Facebook page. Each show usually begins with a set from Sterling and the house band, followed by a genre-defying open jam session that anyone — that means you — is welcome to join.
Jan. 16: ‘Let Freedom Ring!’
Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Jan. 16, 6 p.m., free.
Gladys Knight and the Let Freedom Ring Choir — mostly made up of Georgetown students — are the headliners for a free concert in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Pick up your tickets (limited to two per person) at the entrance to the Hall of Nations beginning at 4:30 — though we’d recommend getting there earlier.
Jan. 21 & 22: Free Community Weekend: Women’s March on Washington
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW; Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Jan. 22, noon-5 p.m., free.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is opening its doors for two days of free admission, the same weekend thousands of people will gather for the post-inauguration Women’s March on Washington. The museum will feature its collection of sculptural pop-up books, an exhibition on famed feminist Simone de Beauvoir and a “Nasty Women” tour on Sunday that highlights trailblazing influencers, aka badass ladies.
Jan. 24: Didgeridoo workshop
House of Musical Traditions, 7010 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park; Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., sold out; email email@example.com for free waitlist.
Get tips on circular breathing from didgeridoo virtuoso Tjupurru at the House of Musical Traditions’ didgeridoo workshop. If you have one of the droning Australian instruments, bring it, though there will be some available to borrow — perhaps even a didjeribone, the trombone-didgeridoo hybrid that’s Tjupurru’s specialty.
Jan. 27: Jason Diamond, ‘Searching for John Hughes’
Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW; Jan. 27, 7 p.m., free.
Rolling Stone sports editor Jason Diamond has been though a lot: His father was abusive, his mother abandoned him, and he was once homeless. But he always found solace in the movies of John Hughes, so much so that he set out to write the Brat Pack director’s definitive biography. That didn’t happen, but Diamond did wind up with this humorous and poignant account of his attempts — and his life’s struggles. In D.C., he’ll discuss the book with author Amber Sparks.
Jan. 27-29: Second Season: The Weeping Philosophers
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park; Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 28, 2 p.m.; Jan. 29, 7 p.m., free, tickets must be reserved at theclarice.umd.edu.
University of Maryland MFA candidates Mark Costello and Kelly Colburn are using dance, video and theater to examine different sides of the same theme. In Costello’s video project, “My Life Has Been Like Water,” time is controllable. But in Colburn’s multimedia work, “untitled homage to my twenties in new york city,” time — and growing up — is unstoppable.
Jan. 28: ‘Chocolate City’ and Q&A with Ellie Walton
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE; Jan. 28, 2 p.m., free.
As the first part in a series of documentaries about contemporary urban culture featured at the Anacostia Community Museum, “Chocolate City” looks at gentrification in D.C. and a group of women fighting to return to the neighborhood they were forced out of. The film’s director, Ellie Walton (below), will participate in a discussion after the screening.
Jan. 29: ‘Woman in the Dunes’
National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW; Jan. 29, 4 p.m., free.
Want to impress your date? Skip “Monster Trucks” and see 1964’s “Woman in the Dunes,” screening at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building. It’s a black-and-white Japanese psychological thriller about a widow forced to dig her home out of the sand dunes that threaten to drown her. On second thought, this isn’t a very romantic choice — maybe see this one alone.