The International Spy Museum is great, but it can be hard to stomach the $18 price tag when every Smithsonian museum is free. Sign up for Community Night, when the permanent collection can be seen without charge. 5 to 9 PM. Click here to register.
Thursday, August 27
The popular Shakespeare Free-for-All kicks off tonight at Sidney Harman Hall. The Taming of the Shrew—the play that inspired the 1999 teen movie 10 Things I Hate About You—takes the stage at 8 PM; tickets are available at the box office starting at 6. Can’t make it tonight? No worries—the complete schedule is available here.
Friday, August 28
The hip-hop precursor and musical activist Gil Scott Heron makes an appearance at Carter Barron Amphitheater’s fifth annual DC Poetry in the Park event tonight. Head over at 7:30 PM for spoken word in a great outdoor venue.
Feeling Brave? Jump in the Punk Rock Slam Dance party backstage at Black Cat. DJs Dennman and Steve EP provide the beats, but it’s up to you to find your old combat boots. 9:30 PM; no cover.
Saturday, August 28
Harriet Tubman Elementary (3101 13th St., NW) hosts the third annual Columbia Heights Day. Enjoy live music, belly dancers, free yoga, martial-arts and capoeira demonstrations, a cupcake-eating contest (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to participate), a petting zoo, and more—all free. 10 to 7. 3101 13th St, NW. Visit columbiaheightsday.org for more information.
Sunday, August 29
Dance Festival DC winds down today with a slew of exciting performances. Highlights include hand dancing (click here for a video preview) at 5 PM at Fort Dupont Park (3985 Massachusetts Ave., SE), and the Navigating Nations presentation of international movement at Dance Place at 7. For the weekend’s complete listing of events, click here.
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