Culture Agenda: Free Arts Events This Week in Washington

Jazz Appreciation Month, baseball, and cherry blossoms galore

By: Mollie Reilly

Monday, March 28
The Washingtonian editor Garrett Graff (no conflict of interest here!) will read from and sign copies of his new book, The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror at the National Press Club tonight at 6:30. Call 202-662-7523 for reservations; $5 charge for non-members.

Tuesday, March 29
Jose Luis Merlin and Brian Baumbusch, also known as the Cacho Ensemble, are performing a set of classical guitar music and sharing traditional Argentinean folktales at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. 5:30.

Wednesday, March 30
In honor of Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Month, the museum is hosting “A Women in Jazz Tribute to the International Sweethearts of Rhythm” at Artisphere. The program begins with a discussion of jazz and civil rights, led by Radio One’s Cathy Hughes, followed by a preview of the new documentary Girls in the Band. Finally, there’ll be swing dancing with live music by an all-female jazz quartet. 7 to 11.

Thursday, March 31
Musician/filmmaker DJ Spooky, who judged the Washington Project for the Arts’ 2011 Experimental Media Series, discusses his favorite submissions at the Hirshhorn at 8.

Friday, April 1
The touring nonprofit group Invisible Children is screening its latest documentary at Howard. The new film, Tony, takes a hard look at the wars in Congo and Uganda. It’s at the Armour J. Blackburn University Center from 7 to 9.

Saturday, April 2
Avoid the mob scene on the Mall this weekend and head to Silver Spring, where the Big Cherry Block Party runs all day along Ellsworth Drive. The celebration of Japanese culture features arts and crafts and many specialized vendors. 11 to 7.

Sunday, April 3
As a part of the exhibit “America I Am,” National Geographic is screening Pips & Zastrow: An American Friendship, a 2008 documentary that explores the racial climate in Annapolis in the 1960s—and how an unlikely duo kept the city calm during a time of national unrest. Showtimes at 11 and 1.

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