Our weekly roundup of interesting—and most important, free—cultural events around town
Think of it as a birthday bash for the bard. In honor of Shakespeare’s birthday, the Folger Theatre hosts Warwick University English professor Jonathan Bate for a lecture on Shakespeare’s use of “the good life” in his works. 8 PM.
Tuesday, April 27
The Vocal Arts Society presents baritone Christopher Maltman and pianist Graham Johnson for an evening of classical music at the Embassy of Austria. 7:30.
Wednesday, April 28
Shutterbugs can get some lunchtime perspective at the Library of Congress’s James Madison building, where Toby Jurovics, the American Art Museum’s photography curator; Carol M. Johnson, the Library of Congress’s photography curator; and independent photography scholar William F. Stapp are leading a discussion on their new book, Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O’Sullivan, as part of the Books & Beyond series. Noon to 1.
Thursday, April 29
Congressman Chris Van Hollen will make an appearance at Busboys & Poets at 14th and V streets, Northwest, when author Sanford Gottlieb reflects on his new book, Red to Blue: Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Grassroots Politics. Event starts at 7.
Friday, April 30
For an evening of pop culture, check out Rosslyn’s Gateway Park, where the I Love the 90s Outdoor Film Festival kicks off with the valley-girl-centric hit Clueless. The movie starts at dusk. Show up early for pre-show games and prizes.
Saturday, May 1
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo a few days early at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. The program offers a history of the holiday plus tips for making your own Cinco de Mayo crafts. The event starts at 10:30.
Sunday, May 2
As part of the literacy campaign DC’s Big Read, James A. Miller, a George Washington University African American Studies professor and author of Remembering Scottsboro: The Legacy of an Infamous Trial, will discuss topics of Ernest Gaines’s A Lesson Before Dying. Subjects up for discussion include injustice and the state of the criminal-justice system in the 1940s. The event is at Politics and Prose starting at 5.