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A compilation of interesting—and, most important, free—lectures, cultural events, and more throughout the week.

Monday, October 27
The National Portrait Gallery’s Cultures in Motion series presents the program “Brando Himself.” Edward Gero uses Marlon Brando quotes to portray the iconic actor in an interview with actress Jewell Robinson. The performance takes place in the McEvoy Auditorium. Call 202-633-8520 to reserve seats.

Tuesday, October 28
Join conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth for a discussion of his work at the Hirshhorn at 7. Kosuth’s text-based works grew popular in the 1960s because of his emphasis on ideas over craft. He’ll discuss seven pieces from the Hirshhorn’s collection, five of which are on display in the Panza Collection through January 11.

Wednesday, October 29

The presidential election is less than a week away, and the two candidates have barely discussed environmental issues. Want to hear more? Busboys and Poets at 14th and V streets, Northwest, is hoping to paint half the picture with an Obama environmental-information event. Learn more about the Democratic nominee’s perspective on coal-to-liquids technology, ethanol, and his climate and energy plans. Three short films will also be shown. For more information, call 703-864-7770.


Thursday, October 20
Robert V. Remini, professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago and National Book Award winner for The Life of Andrew Jackson, brings his latest work, A Short History of The United States, to Politics and Prose at 7. In the book, Remini chronicles four centuries of American history, from its discovery to recent outbreaks of terrorism, in a remarkably brief and thorough fashion.

Friday, October 31
On Halloween, how about a film that discuss the marriage of heaven and hell? The Library of Congress screens Apparition of the Eternal Church at 7 in the Mary Pickford Theater. Paul Festa’s movie captures responses of 31 authors, musicians, filmmakers, and dancers to Olivier Messiaen’s epic organ work of the same name. Discussions touch on eternity, eroticism, spiritual ecstasy, and physical torture.

Saturday, November 1, and Sunday, November 2
Celebrate Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, with a two-day family festival at the National Museum of the American Indian. Starting at 10:30 AM, activities include Guatemalan kite crafting with Evelyn Orantes, papier-mâché skull and skeleton making with Ruben Guzman Campos, and Mexican sugar-skull making. Los Tecuanes will perform traditional festival dance and music throughout the day.

Sunday, November 2
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art present the Secret History of Yoga at the Sackler at 2. Dr. Vijay Pinch, professor of history at Wesleyan University, will lecture on the historical practice of yoga and its influence on political power in 19th-century India.
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