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A compilation of interesting—and, most important, free—lectures, cultural events, and more throughout the week.

Monday, June 1
• Luis Alberto Urrea will read and discuss his latest novel, Into the Beautiful North, at Politics and Prose. The book tells of a small-town girl whose life suddenly finds purpose after watching the movie The Magnificent Seven. 7 PM.

• Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra, a steel-drum group composed of students from the Saturday Academy in Maryland, performs at the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage. 6 PM.

Tuesday, June 2
• The Washington Psychotronic Film Society screens Evil Brain From Outer Space at the Warehouse. The film, believe it or not, is about a pajama-wearing superhero fighting space monsters in order to save our planet. The screening is free, but a $2 donation is encouraged. 8 PM.

• Jazz musician Marcus Johnson will perform songs from his most recent album, Poetically Justified, at the 18th and L streets location of Borders in downtown DC. He’ll autograph copies of his album following the performance. 12:30 PM.

Wednesday, June 3
Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza, a free concert series held Monday through Friday over the summer, kicks off today at noon with a performance by Chaka Khan. For more free concerts in the area, check out our guide.

Thursday, June 4
• Those nostalgic for the ’80s should check out the screening of Back to the Future at Tingey Plaza, behind the Department of Transportation building in Southeast DC. The film is part of the ’80s Outdoor Movie series. For more information on the series, click here. Films start at sundown, which is about 8:45 PM.

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