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Opera and baseball, Americana and pie, and other odd (but free!) combinations for this week

Monday, September 13
It’s been eight months since an earthquake brought Haiti to international headlines in January. Tonight, a panel of Haitian activists is gathering at Busboys and Poets to discuss the state of affairs there and what lies ahead for the Caribbean country. 6 PM.

Tuesday, September 14
Roots and world musicians descend on the Kennedy Center tonight thanks to a partnership between DeVos Institute of Arts Management and the U.S. State Department. The result is a program called “Roots Music Ambassadors,” which consists of diverse musical performances from jazz to folk. 6 PM.

Wednesday, September 15
Author Eliza Griswold is discussing her book, The Tenth Parallel, at Politics ad Prose tonight. The book examines life just north of the equator, where half the world’s Muslim population and 60 percent of the world’s Christian population live, interact, and often struggle. 7 PM.  

Thursday, September 16
Even before Steven Spielberg was an Academy Award-winning director, he was making World War II epics. One of his first, Empire of the Sun, will be screened at the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 6:30.

Friday, September 17
Americana, funk, lattes, pie, and Proust? There’s only one place in DC’s Dupont Circle that could house such a varied combination: Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, where musician Mike Mulvaney will let out his electric sound starting at 10 PM.

Saturday, September 18
Pie-eating contest? Fashion shows? Boxing? Speed chess? Must be H Street. The Northeast DC neighborhood hosts its H Street Festival today with special exhibitions, deals at restaurants, and musical performances at local galleries. Noon to 6.

Sunday, September 20

Take me out to the opera! Have you ever wanted to jump onto a major-league baseball field or hoped that you could watch some Verdi under the bright blue sky? If so, head to Nationals park for the annual Opera in the Outfield. Guests can spread out blankets in the ballpark and watch a live simulcast of A Masked Ball on the centerfield scoreboard. 2 PM.

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