Washington, D.C. - March 2015: Origami raining session before the Origami Hands-on Adult Workshop at the National Archives. (credit: Jeffrey Reed, National Archives)

The Going Out Guide lists five things to do for $5 or less this week.


Spider Press Demo

In 1918, the U.S. Post Office decided to rush out a new stamp in honor of the first airmail flight. The result was one of the most well-known errors in the history of American stamp making: an image of a Curtiss JN-4 airplane was accidentally printed upside down, and the stamp became known as the “Inverted Jenny.” Come view a live demonstration of the spider printing press, the antique machine on which the Post Office made that famous mistake, and leave with a souvenir.

2 p.m. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Avenue. NE. 202-633-5555. postalmuseum.si.edu.  


Emergence Blues Lessons

Get some new dance moves at the Emergence Community Arts Collective’s weekly lessons. There will be a new beginner series held each month, starting on the first Wednesday and the lessons will not only focus on technique but "connection and musicality."

8 p.m. Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW. www.capitalblues.org. $5, cash.


Origami Hands-On Adult Workshop

In honor of this season’s cherry blossoms, the National Archives is hosting a hands-on workshop on the Japanese art of folding paper. Learn how to make classics, like the ever-popular origami crane, during this free lesson.

5:30 p.m. National Archives Museum, Boeing Learning Center, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5946. www.archivesfoundation.org. Registration required.


Howard University Jazz Ensemble

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, guitarist Mike Stern and pianist Donald Brown of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble perform a tribute to Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins.

6:30 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202- 633-8300. npg.si.edu.


‘Au Naturel’

Works from the NMWA collection that are inspired by the natural world are featured in this springtime show.

Noon. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue. NW. 202-783-5000. www.nmwa.org.