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Culture Agenda: Free Arts Events This Week

Cherry blossoms, classical cello, and trips to the Library of Congress

Monday, March 21
Catch four short films at the Carnegie Institution, presented by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Each piece looks at global water and population issues. A reception and panel discussion follow the screening. Register on Eventbrite. 6 PM.

Tuesday, March 22
Strathmore Artist-in-Residence Alicia Ward plays contemporary and classical pieces at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. The young cellist started performing solo at age 12, and has since won numerous awards and competitions. 6 PM; free.

Wednesday, March 23
The National Portrait Gallery’s Pop Quiz: Women’s History Month Challenge is on Wednesday evening. Test your knowledge of women featured in the gallery’s portrait collection. 6:30.

Thursday, March 24
“Corridor,” an exhibition of work by 12 artists from Baltimore and Washington, opens on Thursday at the Art Museum of the Americas. The show includes prints, photography, video, sculpture, and more. There will be a talk and reception with the artists and curators from 5:30 to 8:30.

Friday, March 25
Take your lunch break at the Library of Congress’s James Madison Building today, where University of Virginia professor Siva Vaidhyanathan will discuss and sign copies of his new book, The Googlization of Everything (and Why We Should Worry). Noon.

Saturday, March 26
It’s the time of year when temperatures rise, tourists crowd the Metro, and the cherry blossoms bloom. This year, enjoy our city’s most celebrated season and check out the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Family Day at the National Building Museum. There will be hands-on activities, demonstrations, indoor and outdoor performances, and more. 10 to 3:30.

Sunday, March 27
Today is the last day to check out “DCist Exposed,” a photography show at the Long View Gallery. The blog’s editors selected the showcased works from hundreds of submissions. 11 to 7.

Catch a free performance of Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Marian Anderson, an opera about the African-American singer known for her historic performance at the Lincoln Memorial. It's at THEARC theater at 3 and 5 PM. Make a reservation by calling 202-889-5901. 

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