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Free and Easy: Tango lesson, Ella Fitzgerald and Spring Arts Festival

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

In celebration of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald's birthday, the American Art Museum is hosting a performance Friday in her honor. (Carl Van Vechten/Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum)

Fast Food, Slow Food and Food Justice

As part of its "Civil War to Civil Rights: The Well-Being of a Nation" discussion series, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center will screen the 1936 film "Redes," about a fishing community and the challenges it faces with big business, labor unions and politics. After the film, University of Maryland professors Perla M. Guerrero, Luka Arsenjuk and Psyche Williams-Forson will discuss the influence of food on policy and societal disparities in the United States and globally.

7:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787.

Northwestern University music students

Students from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music will perform Schumann's "Fantasy Pieces," Handel's "Rinaldo," Mozart's "Turkish March" and other selections as part of the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project.

6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. 202-467-4600.

Introduction to tango dancing

Here's a chance to polish off those dancing shoes. As part of the DC Tango Festival, the Pan Am Symphony Orchestra is offering tango lessons for beginners. Dancers Arnaud Lucas and Corinne Merzeraud will lead the class, which is for couples only. Wear appropriate dancing shoes; rubber-soled shoes are not permitted. To register, e-mail

6:30 p.m. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW 202-238-6401.

Jazz diplomacy

Few things can bring people together as well as music. Join author John Edward Hasse, former U.S. ambassador David T. Killion, Voice of America director David Ensor and historian Penny Von Eschen for a disussion about how jazz was used as a diplomatic tool during the Cold War and around the world.

7 p.m. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000.

'Take 5! An Evening With Ella'

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra will perform in honor of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald's birthday. The performance will feature singer Lena Seikaly and Fitzgerald's collaborations with the Duke Ellington and Count Basie orchestras.

5 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

'One Run'

Get some exercise and support a good cause by running in the One Campaign's 5K to fight poverty. Participants will be able to sign letters urging Congress to support legislation that would provide electricity for 50 million people in Africa.

7:45 a.m. registration; race begins at 9. Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Dr. SE. 202-472-3873.

Spring Arts Festival

Celebrate the arrival of the spring at Dance Place's multicultural arts festival at the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk. The event will feature dance, poetry and music. Participating groups and artists include the D.C. Youth Slam Team, SongRise, Bomani and Mesi Walton.

4 to 7 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600.

Macy L. Freeman is an editorial aide for the Weekend/Going Out Guide section at The Washington Post.



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