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Your guide to interesting—and free!—arts and culture events in Washington this week

Monday, August 23
Michael Feinberg usually plays with rock bands and does small-club jazz shows, but tonight, he’ll be performing a blend of world music, jazz, and rock at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage. 6 PM.

Tuesday, August 24
As the summer series Concerts on the Avenue winds down, get patriotic with the US Navy Band. For this concert, the bands teams up with the Sea Chanters—the official chorus of the US Navy—at the Navy Memorial. 8 PM.

Wednesday, August 25
Learn to hula during Ukefest 2010. The festival, dedicated to ukulele music, will take over Strathmore Backyard Theater Stage in North Bethesda. 6 PM.

Thursday, August 26
Feeling a tad Parisian? The Library of Congress’s Packard Campus Theater might be the place for you tonight. A screening of the Vincente Minnelli classic Gigi will bring a touch of chic to the world of local cinema. Reservations suggested. 7:30 PM.

Friday, August 27
Embrace your inner drag queen and watch the ‘90s standard The Birdcage starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane at Rosslyn’s Gateway Park. Platform heels, feather boas, and rouge are optional. Dusk.

Saturday, August 28
Oftentimes, the only thing that can elevate art any further is music. This Saturday, the Corcoran has both. Enjoy a live performance by the neoclassical trio Virginia Virtuosi as you walk through the galleries to view the Corcoran’s collection completely free of charge. Performances at 11 AM, noon, and 1.

Sunday, August 29
What niche hobby do Steven Spielberg and George Lucas share? Both of the legendary filmmakers have amassed personal collections of Norman Rockwell works. Those collections are on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. From the iconic “Triple Self-Portrait” to some of Rockwell’s most well-known magazine covers, every painting in the exhibition does what Spielberg and Lucas love to do: tell stories. Gallery opens 11:30 AM.

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