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

On Sunday evening, bassist and composer Derrick Hodge will be part of a panel discussion on jazz and hip-hop at the HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues. (Chris Baldwin)

Author event: Lolis Eric Elie

As part of its Food and Folklore series, Eatonville Restaurant hosts Lolis Eric Elie, a writer and story editor for the HBO show "Treme" and the author of "Treme: Stories and Recipes From the Heart of New Orleans." The cookbook, which will be available for purchase, features such recipes as Creole gumbo, Clemenceau'd shrimp and other NOLA dishes. Your mouth's probably watering just thinking about it.

6:30 p.m. Eatonville Restaurant, 2121 14th St. NW. 202-332-9672.

Last Resort Comedy Show

Because everyone needs a good laugh, here's a show featuring local comedians from the DC Improv, Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse,Laugh Factory and more. The shows take place every Tuesday at Bier Baron.

8:30 p.m. Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. 202-293-1887.

'Today's Politics and Social Justice'

Join Maria Teresa Kumar, MSNBC political analyst and founder of Voto Latino, for a discussion about government, civic engagement and social action. Register online or by calling 703-765-3645.

7:30 p.m. Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. 703-765-3645.

Split This Rock poetry reading

For the annual Split This Rock festival, poets, dreamers, thinkers and community members come together for a celebration of poetry, community-building, creativity and more. Kicking off this year’s festival are free readings by poets Joy Harjo, Dunya Mikhali and Danez Smith. Readings continue through Sunday.
7:30 p.m. National Geographic Society, 1600 M St. NW. 202-787-5210.

Author event: Michio Kaku

During a recent appearance on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," author and theoretical analyst Michio Kaku talked about his new book, "The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind." Catch him in person at Politics and Prose discussing his book, which recently landed at the top of the New York Times bestsellers list.

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

'The Sandlot'

This coming-of-age flick will have you reminiscing about your childhood. Catch a free screening of the 1993 film as part of the "Play Ball! Hollywood and the American Pastime" series at AFI through April 16.

11:15 a.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720.

'A Look at Jazz in a Hip Hop World'

Jazz enthusiasts and hip-hop heads alike will delight in this panel discussion on the relationship between hip-hop and jazz and the future of hip-hop. Speakers include bassist Derrick Hodge, singer Tamara Wellons, and DJ Two-Tone Jones and Gerald Watson of the Shaolin Jazz Project. The event is part of the 20-day Kennedy Center festival "One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide."

7 p.m. HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues, 1007 H St. NE. 202-253-0044.