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Culture Agenda: Free Arts Events This Week in Washington

Valentines, ocean explorers, and tiger mothers this week in culture

Monday, February 14
It doesn’t matter if you have a Valentine or not at the Black Cat’s free dance party tonight, featuring oldies music from the ’50s and ’60s. In the Red Room bar at 8 PM.

Tuesday, February 15

Explorer, architect, and film producer Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of famed ocean explorer Jacques, speaks at the National Museum of Natural History about his four decades of exploring the planet’s waters. 5:30 PM.

Wednesday, February 16
Jane Franklin Dance, a modern-dance company, performs several pieces at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 PM.

Thursday, February 17

Directed by Tunisian filmmaker and poet Nacer Khemir, Bab’Aziz, The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul retells an ancient fairy tale in a modern context. It’s screening Thursday at the National Museum of African Art. 7 PM.

Friday, February 18

Amy Chua—the now-infamous Yale professor and parenting guru—reads from her newsmaking parenting guide, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, at Politics and Prose. 7 PM.

Saturday, February 19

The San Francisco-based Del Sol String Quartet performs Kui Dong’s Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter at the Freer Gallery on Saturday. The ensemble will be joined by Chinese musicians Hong Wang, Gao Hong, Hu Jianbing, and Yang Yi. 7:30 PM.

Sunday, February 20

Celebrate Presidents Day at the National Portrait Gallery with a family-friendly Portrait Story Days event about George Washington. You’ll hear a story about the first President and create your own portrait. 1 to 4 PM.

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