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Free and Easy: Art Crimes, Uranium Film Festival and Portrait of America

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

Baye Harrell: How the B-Side Won

Written by Harrell, this production takes place in the Bronx in the 1970s and explores hip-hop's beginnings, including the story of Afrika Bambaataa.

7:30 p.m. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7800. Pay-what-you-can.

Art Crimes of the 20th Century

Just as George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" hits theaters, the Arts Club of Washington presents a talk on the kinds of thefts at the center of the film. During this discussion, lawyer Thomas Kline will discuss the motivation behind art crimes and how they continue to affect collectors, museums and today's art market. Kline will also discuss books on the topic, including "Rescuing Da Vinci," "The Rape of Europa" and "The Monuments Men."

6:30 p.m. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282.

'Fukushima and Nuclear Power Plant Risks'

As part of the Uranium Film Festival, the Goethe-Institut screens four short films examining the impact nuclear power plants can have on communities in Japan, Brazil, Germany and India. This is your last chance to catch one of the films before the festival moves to New York.

6:30 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200.

Anouk Markovitz

Join the author for a discussion about her memoir and first novel "I Am Forbidden," a book about her experiences growing up as a Hasidic Jew in France.

7 p.m. George Washington University, Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-7470.

Stupid Cupid Stop-Light Party

Looking for a little Valentine's Day fun? Nightlife Agency and Gilt City host a party for the 21-and-older crowd at new oyster bar Catch 15. There's free admission from 11 p.m. to midnight and with music by DJ Biks. For the open bar, you'll pay $15 for singles, $20 for couples.

11 p.m. Catch 15, 1518 K St. NW. 202-969-2858.

Portrait of America

Visitors to the National Portrait Gallery can check out "Portrait of America," Brooklyn-based artist David Datuna's 12-foot multimedia American flag installation, through Feb. 17. Try out Google Glass, tech specs allowing viewers to see the historical and contemporary figures of American culture that make up the piece. The flag will be on display through Feb. 17.

National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

Winter Talk

Paul Jenings was born into slavery in 1799 and enslaved by President James Madison before receiving his freedom in the 1840s. He then became an abolitionist and led one of the largest slave escapes in U.S. history. In celebration of Black History Month, author Elizabeth Dowling Taylor discusses her book about Jenings, "A Slave in the White House."

2 p.m. Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. 703-777-3174.