A compilation of interesting—and, most important, free—lectures, cultural events, and more throughout the week.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Leslie Gelb brings his book Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy to Politics and Prose at 7. Gelb draws on his experience as president of the Council on Foreign Relations to discuss the use and misuse of power in international affairs.
Wednesday, April 1
The Library of Congress screens The Jazz Baroness at its Mary Pickford Theater at 7. The documentary, directed and written by Hannah Rothschild, explores the story of Pannonica “Nica” de Koenigswarter, an heiress and patron of jazz musicians in New York City. Sonny Rollins, T.S. Monk, Quincy Jones, Roy Haynes, and Chico Hamilton are interviewed. Helen Mirren provides the voice of the baroness.
Thursday, April 2
The Laughing Man plays a free show at Tryst in Adams Morgan from 7 to 9 as part of local artist Liz Gorman’s photography show.
Friday, April 3
The Freer and Sackler Galleries screen Empire of Passion as part of a film series on Japanese director Nagisa Oshima. The movie, which plays in the Meyer Auditorium at 7, centers around an affair between a young soldier recently discharged from the army and an older married woman.
Saturday, April 4
The National Gallery of Art screens highlights from the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art at 2. The films will include Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments, a study of Kelly’s life in Paris; Achieving the Unachievable, about M.C. Escher and number theorist Hendrik Lenstra; Andy Warhol: Denied, a look at the Warhol Art Authentication Board; and Looking for an Icon, about photographs that attain canonical status.
Sunday, April 5
Ironwork specialist Nol Putnam discusses his craft in the Renwick Gallery’s Grand Salon at 3. Putnam created three gates for the columbarium at Washington National Cathedral.