‘Art Crimes’ reception

The new “Art Crimes” exhibit at the Dunes features multimedia artist Antoine Josse and bronze sculptor Ferama Wobken, both based in France. At the opening reception for their joint show, you’ll hear French music by Rachel Sberro and nibble on hors d’oeuvres (wash them down with a glass of French wine from Wine Traditions in Falls Church at the cash bar).

7:30 p.m. The Dunes Gallery, 1402 Meridian Pl. NW. 202-436-9118.


Regie Cabico

This Filipino American performer is part comedian, part actor and part activist. But regardless of how he’s categorized, his performance at the Cafritz Foundation Theatre is sure to entertain. After the show, Cabico will teach audience members how to write their own poetry.

5:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Cafritz Foundation Theatre, University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787.


Adelina Vlas

The assistant curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art discusses her role in organizing media exhibitions at the museum, particularly the “Notations and Live Cinema” series that she has spearheaded. The talk is part of MICA’s Art@Lunch series of lunchtime discussions on world art.

12:30 p.m. Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. 410-225-2300.


Celebrating Chilean Rakizuam

The American Indian Museum celebrates Chile’s indigenous roots with a four-day festival featuring weaving demonstrations, roundtable discussions, dancing, food and free Chilean wine tastings.

Through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000.


Open mike night

Over the past year, the American Art Museum’s Luce Unplugged concert series has hosted intimate concerts by numerous established musicians in a variety of genres. The museum is celebrating the first anniversary of the series Friday with an open mike night, a music-themed scavenger hunt and cash bar.

5:30 p.m. Luce Foundation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.


Stefan Fatsis

Scrabble geeks everywhere are probably familiar with Stefan Fatsis’s 2001 ode to competitive scrabble, “Word Freak.” Hear Fatsis speak on the 10th anniversary of the book’s publication. There will also be tables set up for playing Scrabble, and Fatsis will be on hand to offer pointers.

3 p.m. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. 240-777-0970.


Howard University Jazz Ensemble and Afro Blue

If you’re looking for some of the best jazz the city has to offer, look no further than the Howard University Jazz Ensemble. The group will be performing as part of the Kennedy Center’s winter jazz series, “Swing, Swing, Swing,” appearing with the acclaimed Howard vocal group Afro Blue.

6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324.

— Jess Righthand