Culture Agenda: Free Arts Events This Week in Washington

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day and the Phillips Collection’s Grand Reopening

By: Mollie Reilly

Monday, January 10
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in DC’s Penn Quarter is hosting “An Evening of Street Art and Jazz”  this evening. The event features the opening of “Picture Equality,” a new exhibit by the youth photography group Critical Exposure and a jazz concert with vocalist Akua Allrich and bassist Herman Burney. There’ll also be light refreshments. 6:30 to 8:30.

Tuesday, January 11
Rachel Polonsky, author of Molotov’s Magic Lantern, is giving a reading at Politics and Prose. To write the book, which was released last week and covers the span of modern Russian history, Polonsky moved to Moscow and lived in a building once occupied by Stalin’s right-hand man, Vyacheslav Molotov. 7 PM.

Wednesday, January 12
Artist Alexis Rockman speaks at the American Art Museum Wednesday evening about his exhibit, “A Fable for Tomorrow,” which opened at the museum in November. As part of a new series of lectures that explore climate change in a cultural context, Rockman will discuss his own art and humans’ impact on the planet. 7 PM.

Thursday, January 13
It’s Second Thursday Art Night at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, where you can meet artists and explore open studios and galleries. This week’s theme is Wintry Mix and includes a make-your-own-snowflake craft. 6 to 9.

Friday, January 14
Singer-songwriter Bob Franke performs at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage at 6 PM. His songs are often topical and tinged with humor.

Saturday, January 15
To celebrate its grand reopening, the Phillips Collection is offering free admission all weekend. There’ll also be a special installation of Sir Howard Hodgkin’s “As Time Goes By,” a vibrant pair of 20-foot-long hand-painted etchings, as well as a complimentary Champagne tasting and a display of birthday-cake designs. The museum is open from 10 to 5.

Sunday, January 16
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the National Museum of American History is hosting “To the Mountaintop: The Words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” The Freedom Singers will perform songs from the Civil Rights movement, and actor Xavier Carnegie will read selections from Dr. King’s most stirring speeches. 3:30.

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