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

Monday, July 20
Liz Taylor fans will be happy to know that Giant is free on the screen at the National Theatre tonight at 6:30. Watch Brock Hudson and the iconic actress fall in love in the dusty plains of Texas in this 1950s classic, which garnered ten Academy Award nominations. Tickets are distributed 30 minutes before showtime on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more information.

And how could we forget? Screen on the Green kicks off tonight! Here’s the full schedule.

Tuesday, July 21
How philanthropic Is The Philanthropist? The Hudson Insititute (1015 15th St., NW) hosts a free lunch, screening, and panel discussion in the name of examining the NBC show’s portrayal of the professional philanthropy world. The event kicks off with an optional 10:45 AM episode viewing, followed by a luncheon buffet and a 12:10 talk on where the series gets it right and where it stretches the truth. Tom Fontana, the co-creator and writer of the show, will be on hand. To reserve a spot and find out more, click here.

Wednesday, July 22
Head to the Mansion at Strathmore for the impressive calligraphy designs of Sheila Waters, one of Britain’s youngest Fellows of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators in London. The beautiful Old World designs are sure to catch your eye. This exhibit, which opened July 18, runs through August 22. Click here for more information. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 to 4, Wednesday 10 to 9, Saturday 10 to 3, closed Sunday.

Thursday, July 23
For those who spend their commute listening to Morning Edition and All Things Considered, NPR offers a free tour of its offices (635 Massachusetts Ave., NW). Meet in the lobby building at 11 AM for an hour-long exploration hosted by Building Services. Visit for more information.

Friday, July 24
Don’t miss the tenth annual Design Awards celebration, which takes place today only. Take the morning off and head to one of the free lectures given by pairs of winners from 10 to 11 AM. Highlights include Francisco Costa, the creative director of Calvin Klein, at the Corcoran, and staff members of the New York Times graphics department at the Smithsonian Castle. To view the complete program, click here.

Saturday, July 25
The Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest takes over Marvin Gaye Park (enter at Foote Street and Division Avenue, Northeast) starting at 11 AM today. Last year’s show featured two stages for rap performances, a demonstration stage that showcased local dance troupes, and a fashion show. This year, expect appearances by DC-based Head-Roc and the band Godsheus, international rapper Substantial, and Baltimore’s the 5th L. For directions and further information, click here.

Sunday, July 26
Fringe Festival winds down tonight with a Closing Night Party / Awards Bash. Got a moment? Vote for your favorite shows here, then head to the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar (607 New York Ave NW) to see who takes home top honors. 7 pm. Free and open to the public.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue’s look at female Jewish identity in contemporary society moves to the big screen with a showing of Kissing Jessica Stein. Popcorn fuels the introspection in this second installment of the “Not Your Bubbe’s Sisterhood” discussion series. Noon.

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Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.