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.
So strange and so destructive, the tornado has long been a source of awe and terror. Author Lee Sandlin traces the early history of the twister and America’s peculiar relationship with it in “Storm Kings: The Untold History of America’s First Tornado Chasers.” On Monday, he’ll be speaking about his windy beat.
7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
Bears! Stephen Colbert’s biggest fear gets plenty of screen time in this Environmental Film Fest documentary about Canadian rain forests, as photographers and activists capture the progressive destruction of bear habitat by Canadian tar sands development.
12 p.m. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. events.nationalgeographic.com/events.
A Gabonese ecologist and a Gabonese princess strike out against lingering French colonialism in this film. The two attempt to return expatriated lions and a cherished necklace, respectively, from France to their rightful homes.
7 p.m. E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. 202-783-9494. www.landmarktheatres.com.
Veterans of the esteemed Marlboro Music Festival in Philadelphia make their way to Washington to form a string sextet. The players perform works by Schoenberg, Haydn and Schumann.
7:30 p.m. Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu.
Pronounced “tree-oh trio,” these local jazzers perform their own left-field compositions and freely improvise, often sprawling into wild, atonal territory. Like the music, the event is free, but a $5 donation is suggested.
8 p.m. Urban Eats Arts and Music Cafe, 3311 Rhode Island Ave., 100A, Mount Rainier. 301-209-8023. www.facebook.com/urbaneatsmd.
Celebrate Women’s History Month by learning about Bangladeshi women. Artist Monica Jahan Bose traveled east to make sari prints with islanders and gather their oral histories. She’s back to talk about her work and to demonstrate a wood block print.
3 p.m. Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-277-2863.
It’s that Irish time of year. Celebrate a sober St. Patrick’s Day with traditional Irish dancing and music at the Kennedy Center, where you can bring the whole family.
6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.