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Culture Vulture

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

Monday, March 23
Local musicians Screen Vinyl Image, Sad Crocodile, Laura Reading, and Patrick Kigongo of Ra Ra Rasputin play a free show at Solly’s U Street Tavern at 9.

Tuesday, March 24
The National Archives screens Lioness in the James Madison Building’s Mary Pickford Theater at 6:30. The documentary is about the first women in United States history to be sent into direct ground combat in Iraq, a violation of official US policy. For additional information, call 202-707-5677.

Wednesday, March 25
Author Thomas Cahill will read from and discuss A Saint on Death Row at Politics and Prose at 7. In the book, Cahill recounts the story of Dominique Green, executed in Texas after 12 years on death row for a murder he denied committing. Cahill uses Green’s case to examine a range of problems in the American justice system, including racism.
Thursday, March 26
Israeli illustrator and animator David Polonsky will discuss his work as art director and lead artist on Ari Folman’s Academy Award-nominated film Waltz With Bashir at 8 in the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium. The documentary recounts Folman’s time serving as a soldier during the 1982 war in Lebanon. Polonsky and Folman are currently collaborating on an illustrated novel based on the film.

Friday, March 27
The DC-based rock group the Andalusions play an in-store performance at Crooked Beat Records in Adams Morgan at 7. The band’s first seven-inch is out on Dischord Records.

Saturday, March 28

The National Gallery of Art screens two Japanese films from the early 1960s, Catch and Shiro Amakusa, the Christian Rebel, starting at 2 in the East Building’s auditorium. In Catch, a black American pilot falls into the hands of a group of villagers looking to cash in on a bounty. Shiro Amakusa is based on a 17th-century uprising in which Shiro, a young boy, leads the poor and exploited Christian peasantry against the Shogunate.

Sunday, March 29

The Freer Gallery screens Kyoto, My Mother’s Place at 2 in the Meyer Auditorium. The documentary, commissioned by BBC Scotland, is an intimate portrait of Japanese director Nagisa Oshima’s mother and of Kyoto, the former imperial capital of Japan.

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