Culture Agenda: Free Arts Events This Week

From Ireland to India in the arts

By: Mollie Reilly

Monday, March 14
Jazz keyboardist Will Rast, a Fairfax native who has performed with R&B musician Mya, is playing a free show at Tryst from 8 to 10.

Tuesday, March 15

Michael Farquhar, author of Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly from Royal Britain, is speaking and signing books at Politics and Prose. His latest book looks at British royalty going back to the Tudors and chronicles their most fascinating and unexpected moments. 7 PM.

Wednesday, March 16
This is America, directed by famed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, is showing at the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building (1849 C St., NW) from 7 to 9. The film, a prequel to his National Parks series, looks at how the idea of National Parks originated and how it changed over the ensuing decades.

Thursday, March 17

If you’re taking a “personal day” on St. Patrick’s Day, your best bet for all-day fun might be the 12th Annual Kegs & Eggs event at 9:30 Club. This year’s free lineup includes Switchfoot, the Gracious Few, and Carbon Leaf. Doors open at 7 AM.

Friday, March 18
As part of Thai Film Week, Tears of the Black Tiger is showing at the Royal Thai Embassy (1024 Wisconsin Ave., NW) from 6:30 to 9. There’ll be complimentary refreshments. E-mail thaifilmweek@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

Saturday, March 19
Mauricio Murillo’s “Viva La Gummy” opens at the Art Whino Gallery this weekend, and there’s an opening reception from 6 to midnight. Murillo’s humorous photographs depict gummy bears in human situations. There’ll be live music, a sketching session, and a print giveaway to the first 25 guests.

Sunday, March 20

Panjabi MC, an Indian rapper who meshes bhangra with hip-hop, is performing at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage as part of the Maximum India festival. 6 PM.

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