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

As part of the "First Person" series at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Holocaust survivor Sam Ponczak will talk to journalist Bill Benson about his experiences. (U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)


Cycling, storytelling and escaping are just some of the themes featured in this film series, which focuses on the cultures of nine European and Asian countries. Throughout the week, the Goethe-Institut will be screening short films, and Monday’s selections were created in China and Germany. Discussions with guest speakers will follow the films.

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

LGBT poetry celebration

Presented in partnership with Capital Pride, this Library of Congress poetry reading will feature established and emerging poets Joan Larkin, Kamilah Aisha Moon, D.A. Powell and Dan Vera, who happens to be a Washington resident. Visitors will also be able to view rare LGBT materials from the library's collection.

Noon. Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE.

'First Person' series

From generation to generation, historical lessons are passed on through the stories of those willing to share their experiences, and it’s for that reason that programs like the "First Person" series at the Holocaust Museum, in which journalist Bill Benson interviews Holocaust survivors, are so important. On Wednesday, Benson will talk with survivor Sam Ponczak, who lived in a Jewish neighborhood in Warsaw with his mother, Sara. In 1940, Sara fled with her child in tow, crossing a frozen river in an effort to escape the German-occupied area. The 2014 "First Person" series continues through Aug. 14.

11 a.m. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. 202-488-0400.

Bolivian Festival

Celebrate the culture and heritage of Bolivia at this fun-filled, family-friendly festival featuring music workshops, dance performances, food and more. You'll have plenty of time to check it out as the festival runs through Sunday.

10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000.

'Dial M for Murder'

The Hill Center's film series "Twisting the Knife: Hitchcock’s Scary Love Stories" features a screening of this 1954 classic Alfred Hitchcock flick about a man who plots to kill his cheating wife, starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly. Reservations are encouraged as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

7 to 9 p.m. (series continues June 13 and 20). Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Register online.

Ward 8 farmers market and wellness fair

Opening day of the new Ward 8 farmers market will feature a free health fair offering Zumba classes, health screenings, cooking demonstrations, free books and more. Talk about guilt-free fun.

9 a.m. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901.

'Sounds of Brazil'

Strathmore's Jazz Samba Project celebrates a landmark moment in jazz history: Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz's 1962 album, "Jazz Samba," which became the first major bossa nova album on the American jazz scene. This program will feature performances by such local acts as Alma Tropicalia, DC Choro and Batala Washington, among others. There will also be arts activities, workshops and a Q&A with Buddy Deppenschmidt, the only surviving performer from the "Jazz Samba" album.

Noon. Music Center at Strathmore, 301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100.