The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.


Faber Illustration Hour

Join the folks at the National Museum of Health and Medicine for a drop-in sketching session for high-schoolers and adults. Attendees will get the chance to learn how to draw anatomical specimens, historical artifacts or other objects in the museum. A sketchbook and pencils are required.

Noon to 1 p.m. National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane,
Silver Spring. 301-319-3300.


Holiday Hand Dance

What's hand dancing? Visit the Kennedy Center on New Year's Eve to learn about this style of swing dance, which originated in Washington. Instructors from the National Hand Dance Association will lead the program.

6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millenium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.


Silent Meditation Wednesdays

Start the new year off with an workshop on meditation, and take some time to reflect on 2013. After the hour-long session, there will be a roundtable discussion about "aha" moments.

7-8  p.m. BloomBars, 3222 11th St. NW. 202-567-7713.


'55 Days at Peking'

The Library of Congress screens this 1963 film starring Ava Gardner, David Niven and Charlton Heston. The film is set in Peking during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900.

7:30 p.m. Library of Congress, Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper. 202-707-5840.


Past, Present, and Future of History Museums

Learn more about museums from John Gray of the National Museum of American History, Joan Marshall of Bullock Texas State History Museum, Lonnie Bunch of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Kevin Gover of the National Museum of the American Indian and Louis Mirrer of the New York Historical Society.

10:30 a.m. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.

(The Mark Twain House) Author John Muller will be at Politics and Prose to discuss Mark Twain. (The Mark Twain House)


'Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.'

Author John Muller, associate librarian at the D.C. Public Library, discusses the journalistic work of Mark Twain in 1867, as well as his new book, "Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent."

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


Luce Unplugged with Alison Carney

D.C. native and soul singer Alison Carney sits down for a discussion about her music followed by a performance. Carney, whose
most recent album is "AlisonWonderland," performed at the Howard Theatre last month.

1:30 p.m. National Museum of American Art, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.