Thursday, July 16
Do-it-yourselfers, rejoice: Faythe Levine hosts a free screening of Handmade Nation, her popular documentary on how arts and crafts became cool again in the indie community. Be sure to stick around after the screening, as Levine will be on hand for a book signing (the movie springs from a text of the same title). Noon. Grand salon, Renwick Gallery.
Friday, July 17
Jack Rasmussen, Director of American University's Katzen Center Museum, gives his take on the "Strange Bodies" exhibit at the Hirshhorn during this week's Friday Gallery Talk. Spend the morning meandering through the exhibit, then meet at the information desk at 12:30 to hear Rasmussen's opinion on artistic representation of human form throughout history.
Saturday, July 18
Mint Fitness (1724 California St., NW), is hosting a Pilates open house, where you’ll get the opportunity to try out an abbreviated Pilates-machine class, meet instructors, watch demonstrations, and enter to win free classes. If you’re looking to get long and lean for an upcoming beach trip, this is worth checking out. 10 to 4 PM.
At the National Air and Space Museum, a class called “In the Stars Tonight” helps you see stars, constellations, and other celestial highlights on the Albert Einstein Planetarium projector. Free; 11:30 AM Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Click here for more information.
Sunday, July 19
For those shopaholics feeling the credit crunch, the Capital Fringe Festival is here for you. Gather any clothes, books, and music you no longer need and head to the Trading Post (1013 Seventh St., NW) for the Free Store. At this community project dedicated to promoting recycling and reuse, you can trade your undesirables for anything you find more appealing. Think of it as a clothing swap among a vastly extended circle of friends. Open July 9 to 26, Wednesday through Friday 5 to 8, Saturday and Sunday 2 to 8. All clothing must be washed and in fair condition. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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