Culture Vulture

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

By: Eliot Stein

Monday, November 23
Spend the night watching Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard at the Library of Congress’s free screening of The Supremes: Reflections. The second installment of the Library’s Motown in the Fall film series, Reflections is a collection of vintage performances showcasing Motown’s best-selling act of the 1960s. The screening begins at 7 in the Mary Pickford Theater. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 202-707-5677.

Tuesday, November 24
Marvel at the internationally renowned Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor’s latest work, S-Curve, on display at the Sackler Gallery. Part of the gallery’s Perspectives series focusing on contemporary Asian art, Kapoor’s exhibit consists of two 16-foot polished steel walls that curve to create convex and concave undulations.

Wednesday, November 25
FotoWeek DC may have shuttered, but you can still catch Mexican photographer Dulce Pinzón’s “The Real Story of the Superheroes” exhibit at the Healing Arts Gallery through Saturday. Pinzón’s satirical series showcases Mexican immigrants in Manhattan who struggle with blue-collar labor while trying to support their families back home. Appropriately, she has dressed each of her subjects in superhero costumes. Wednesday through Friday 11 to 5, Saturday 11 to 3. For more information, click here.

Thursday, November 26
Teach your children the history behind Thanksgiving by taking them to the National Museum of the American Indian to celebrate Native American Indian Heritage Month. The museum’s signature film, A Thousand Roads, plays on loop from 10 to 5:30 on Turkey Day and explores how Native Americans blend ancient traditions with modern technology in the 21st century.

Friday, November 27
If you’re not one of the 96,000 Washingtonians who snatched up tickets for the National Geographic Museum’s “Terra Cotta Warriors” exhibit, there’s a free film screening of the installation at the museum’s Grosvenor Auditorium every day except Tuesday and Thursday through March 31. The film, The Real Dragon Emperor, takes viewers inside the massive tomb of China’s first ruler. For more information and screening times, visit the exhibit’s Web site.

Saturday, November 28
Wet your palette this weekend with a three-hour painting demonstration from 1 to 4 by Northern Virginia watercolorist Ken Frye at the opening of his new exhibit at the Ayr Hill Gallery. A reception with light food and beverages will accompany the lesson. To reserve your spot for the demonstration, call 703-938-3880 or e-mail info@ayrhillgallery.com. Participants are asked to bring their own chair.

Sunday, November 29
Today’s your last chance to check out the “Art of Power: Royal Armor and Portraits From Imperial Spain” exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. Displaying the flashy suits worn by members of Spain’s Hapsburg dynasty, the exhibit puts visitors face to face with three centuries of regal bling spanning from the late 1600s to the 1900s as well as portraits of the dynasty’s most important players.

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