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Free and Easy: Micro de Mayo, ‘A Mother’s Work’ and Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

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

In celebration of Mother's Day, the National Museum of Women in the Arts is hosting a discussion with digital media specialist Laura Hoffman, who will focus on pieces in the museum's collection that reflect motherhood. The above painting by Marie Danforth Page is titled "Her Littlest One." (courtesy of the National Museum of Women in the Arts)
In celebration of Mother's Day, the National Museum of Women in the Arts is hosting a discussion on pieces in its collection that reflect motherhood, including "Her Littlest One," above, by Marie Danforth Page. (National Museum of Women in the Arts)


Micro de Mayo

As part of its "Savor Week," Jack Rose is hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration of local craft breweries DC Brau and Flying Dog. Admission is free to the event, which features happy-hour priced Mexican-inspired food, 10 beers from both breweries, $5 drafts and more.

6 p.m. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW. 202-588-7388.

'The Dawn of Freedom'

Established in 1865 after the Civil War, the Freedmen's Bureau was formed to help African American slaves transition to freedom. Retired archivist Reginald Washington will discuss the importance of the bureau's records to African American genealogical research and offer guests strategies for conducting research on their own.

11 a.m. National Archives, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. 202-357-5000.

'A Mother's Work'

As Mother's Day draws near, here's an opportunity to celebrate motherhood at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Digital media specialist Laura Hoffman will discuss pieces in the museum's collection that reflect what it means to be a mom.

Noon. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.

Get your fill of movie monsters

The Warner Bros. remake of "Godzilla," starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor Johnson, hits theaters May 16. But before that, catch a screening of the original 1954 Japanese-language "Godzilla" as part of the Library of Congress' "Monsters in May" film series. The film will be screened with English subtitles. Also screening: the 1955 American film "Gigantis, the Fire Monster."

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

'Art Walk in the Park'

Every second Friday from May through October, Glen Echo Park will be hosting artist demonstrations and opening studios to visitors. Current shows there include the Popcorn Gallery's new "Masterworks 2014: A Shared Vision," a show of work by Glen Echo's pottery community.

6 to 8 p.m. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2228.

Derrick Hodge

Bassist Derrick Hodge has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Common, Maxwell and Jill Scott. Perhaps best known as a member of the Robert Glasper Experiment, Hodge made his solo debut on Blue Note Records last year with "Live Today." As part of the Kennedy Center's "Blue Note at 75" concert series, hear Hodge perform selections from that album.

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

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

For a perfect Mother's Day outing (or for the perfect gift), head to the final day of the fine arts festival in Bethesda, which features children's activities, food vendors and pieces by more than 120 artists in such mediums as ceramics, furniture and mixed media.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk, Auburn and Del Ray avenues.

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