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Load your tommy guns, learn to tango, and hear about Native Americans and modern farming for free this week
The bank robbers of the Great Depression were immortalized on the big screen in Bonnie and Clyde, the 1967 classic about two young lovers who were partners in crime. It’s part of the Screen on the Green festival on the Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets; 9 PM
Tuesday, August 3
Ready to hear the guitar as you’ve never heard it before? Celtic string player Robin Bullock plays that and a host of other instruments—from the cittern to the mandolin—at the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage at 6.
Wednesday, August 4
Smooth, soulful blues-and-jazz duo Barbara Martin and Mac Walter play classics made famous by such artists as Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington in addition to mixing in their own compositions (Martin’s have been featured on TV shows including Swingtown) at the Friendship Heights Village Center at 7.
Thursday, August 5
The cruiser, the workhorse of the United States Navy, used to roam seas across the world. In homage to the versatile ship, the Cruisers—a Navy band playing a range of music from jazz and R&B to rock and modern pop—perform at 7:30 at Herndon’s Frying Pan Park, an educational site that preserves and demonstrates a working farm in western Fairfax County.
Friday, August 6
Learn the art of the tango from QuinTango, a group made up of string players from the National Symphony Orchestra and other local ensembles. Dancers Carina Losano and Jennifer and Fabio Bonini perform alongside the seasoned musicians at the Lee Center Exhibit Hall in Alexandria at 7.
Saturday, August 7
Check out the sights, sounds, and foods of the Living Earth Festival this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the National Museum of the American Indian. Saturday at 11 and 1:30, members of Native American tribes and scientists speak on how tribes blend their cultural practices with modern agricultural technology as well as the challenges they face as they strive for a more sustainable lifestyle. At 6, Dumpstaphunk, a New Orleans funk group, performs in the museum’s Welcome Plaza.
Sunday, August 8
Catch the last day of “Graphic Masters III,” an exhibit of 28 exceptional watercolors, charcoals, and drawings at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The last in a three-part series tracing American artists’ accomplishments on paper, the show covers works painted from the 1960s to the 1990s. Open 11:30 to 7.