If you're looking for something to do in the week ahead that's both free and hassle-free, you've come to the right place.

South Korean film director Park Chan-wook, second from left, with the cast of his first English-language film, “Stoker.” (Luke MacGregor/Reuters)


‘Living by Design: A Holistic Approach to Everything’

The Nordic countries are known for having a global influence in the field of design. As part of the Kennedy Center’s Nordic Cool festival, hear about how contemporary Nordic design is tackling trends, production challenges, changing markets and more.

7 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW.


‘Dvorak in Search of America’

Continuing the PostClassical Ensemble’s Dvorak festival, the Left Bank Quartet, Carmen Balthrop and others play songs and chamber works by the famed Czech composer.

8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. 


Last chance: ‘Tomorrow We Disappear

See Emmy-winning photographer Joshua Cogan’s images of New Delhi’s Kathputli Colony. The photos, which he took while working on a film to be released next year, document a group of magicians, acrobats and puppeteers forced to relocate to make room for a new skyscraper.

Through Thursday. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 



Part of this year’s Korean Film Festival, this new film by Park Chan-wook stars quite a few English-speaking actors, including Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Dermot Mulroney. The drama follows India, whose uncle comes to live with her and her mother after her father dies in a car accident.

• Related: Are South Korean-made movies about to take over Hollywood?

7 p.m. Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW.


‘Ike and Dick’

Former Washington Post journalist Jeffrey Frank discusses his new book, “Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage,” which explores the relationship between Dwight D.  Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.

6 p.m. Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


Last chance: Chuck Close’s tapestries of President Obama

For the inauguration this year, the National Portrait Gallery offered visitors a chance to see two new jacquard tapestry portraits made by artist Chuck Close. Each one is nearly eight feet tall and more than six feet across, and is composed of Polaroid photos.

Through Friday. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW.