A compilation of interesting—and, most important, free—lectures, cultural events, and more throughout the week.
Check out the percussion ensemble from the world-renowned Yale School of Music for a free performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage at 6. The group performs works from De May, Piazzolla, Wood, and Kagel. Tickets (limit one per person) are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, click here.
Tuesday, March 2
At the Library of Congress’s Mary Pickford Theater, there’s a Cold War-history talk entitled “Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America” starting at noon. The lecture is led by John Haynes, coauthor of the book by the same name, and will touch on the covert operations of the KGB in the United States before the 1950s. The author will sell and sign copies of his book following the discussion. For more information, call 202-707-5221.
Wednesday, March 3
The National Archives (700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW) screens the Oscar-nominated film Food, Inc. at 7. Directed by Emmy Award winner Robert Kenner, the documentary focuses on the agricultural process in the United States and reveals the many behind-the-scenes (and questionable) tactics that large corporations use to control the fruit-and-vegetable industry.
Thursday, March 4
For something truly experimental, head to the Hirshhorn Museum at 8 for a screening of A Girl & A Gun. A part of their series Film Ist, directors Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek spent four years looking through 2,500 shorts, features, and archival footage from the 1890s to the 1940s to produce this montage of sex and death from the dawn of cinema. For more information, click here.
Friday, March 5
The Kurdistan Regional Government Office is sponsoring the opening reception for the Foundry Gallery’s latest exhibit, “My Kurdistan,” from 6 to 8. The show features paintings from seven Kurdish artists, including the much-celebrated Falah Shwan, and will remain on display until March 28. For more information, click here.
Saturday, March 6
Head to the opening reception of “Impressions of Bethesda” at Orchard Gallery in Bethesda from 5:30 to 8:30. Artist Evan Goldman will show more than 30 oil cityscapes, landscapes, portraits, and still lifes inspired by the Washington suburb. Subjects include Rio Grande Cafe and Tastee Diner. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 to 8:30 and Sunday by appointment through March 25.
Sunday, March 7
Brush up on your knowledge of Nordic culture as the Embassy of Sweden sponsors Vasa Ride, a bike ride in honor of the country’s famed ski race and festival Vasaloppet. Starting from the Swedish Embassy, cyclists will recreate the 56-mile race in a noncompetitive pedal through Northwest DC and Montgomery County. There are two shorter routes as well: Halv Vasa (28 miles) and Kort Vasa (14 miles). The Vasa starts at 8, the Halv Vasa at 8:30, and the Kort Vasa at 9. Registration starts at 7:30 and ends at 9:15. Bike helmets are mandatory, and the event will take place rain or shine.