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

Politics and Prose is filled to the brim with talent this week, featuring a different author every night. Highlights include master pollster John Zogby, who believes that our deeply divided nation is moving toward a national consensus. Wednesday at 7 PM.

If that sounds too optimistic for you, try political humorist Christopher Buckley’s new Washington satire—Supreme Courtship. In the novel, the president nominates a TV-show judge (think Judge Judy) to the Supreme Court; Friday at 7.

Saturday’s double-header starts at 1 PM with Alan Weisman, who will discuss The World Without Us, a hypothetical depiction of how the earth would endure without any human interference. Local novelist Louis Bayard follows at 6 with his 1818 Parisian murder mystery Black Tower.

The National Gallery of Art’s Jazz in the Garden series continues this Friday with violinist Bruno Nasta followed by the US Army Blues from 5 to 8:30.

The National Gallery will also show three films: Earth and Ashes, Belle Toujours, and Belle de Jour. Earth and Ashes—Saturday at 2:30—follows an old man and his grandson as they travel by foot across the Afghan desert.

Starting at 4 on Sunday, Belle Toujours—a comedic homage to the 1961 Belle de Jour—will screen followed by the classic original.

Like a little music with your lunch? The Corcoran series Wednesday jazz hosts Phil McCusker at 12:30 in the Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium.

If you can’t make lunch, stop by Busboys and Poets after work to check out its weekly Wednesday Hump Day Groovez performance with Alex Culbreth and Busboys’ own Brady.

On Thursday at 6:30, Busboys will screen Chicago 10, a history of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial, which featured a clash between protestors at the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the Chicago police department.

Like oxygen and enjoy the earth? Busboys will also host a benefit-for-trees concert on Friday at 9. This free program will feature performances by Lizzie West and the White Buffalo.

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