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Free things to do every night this week for the culturally-inclined

Monday, April 12
Contemporary ballet and modern dance troupe Reflections performs at the National Theatre (1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-628-6161), bringing a unique inner-city dance perspective to the stage. They’ve also performed at Gala Theatre and Cramton Auditorium and for the Congressional Black Caucus at the Lincoln Center. The multi-cultural group goes on at 6 PM. Get information here.
Tuesday, April 13
It’s Architecture Week 2010! (Don’t worry, we didn’t know either.) To celebrate, the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects will be hosting a Pecha Kucha night. For those of you who don’t speak Japanese, this is a slide show presentation where people get six minutes to show a slide and discuss ideas. AIA promises it’ll be a great way to meet artists, architects, and designers. Catch it all at 6:30 PM at the Light Horse Restaurant (715 King St., Alexandria; 703-549-0533). Find out more here.

Wednesday, April 14
Get ready for some serious female empowerment backstage at the Black Cat (1811 14th St., NW; 202-667-4490). The volunteer-based organization Mother Tongue will be putting on a spoken-word performance starting at 9 PM. All proceeds will be donated to nonprofits that work to improve the lives of DC women and girls. Get details here.

Thursday, April 15
The work of over 45 artists opens for viewing tonight at Touchstone Gallery’s “Mindscapes” exhibit. The art explores reality and how the mind works in both abstract and representational ways, using mediums such as paint, sculpture, hand-pulled prints, collages, and photographs. The opening will be held at ARTiculate Gallery (1100 16th St., NW; 202-261-0204) at 7:30 PM. There’s more information here.

Friday, April 16
As part of the 2010 Korean Film Festival, the Freer and Sackler galleries will be showing one of director Jeon Soo-il’s most acclaimed films, With a Girl of Black Soil. The movie follows nine-year-old Young-lim, who lives in the Kangwon province with her father and mentally-challenged brother. Her father is a miner—until he loses a job after a mining accident. The screening starts at 7 PM in the Freer’s Meyer Auditorium (1050 Independence Ave., SW; 202-633-4880). Go here for more information.

Saturday, April 17
Get moving at the Anacostia Community Museum’s (1901 Fort Pl., SE; 202-633-4820) Metro Mambo: DCharanga. DCharanga—a play on a Cuban form of big-band music called “charanga”—will feature 89.3 FM’s radio personality Jim Byers and Washington-based violin player Eddie Drennon, who will discuss the history of the flute and violin in charanga music. Afterwards, his band the Eddie Drennon Ensemble will perform for you to dance along to. It all starts at 2 PM. Get more information here (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Sunday, April 18
Relax on Sunday with a movie marathon that’ll make you feel like you’re walking in Memphis, courtesy of the American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery (8th St. and F St., NW; 202-633-8300). At 2 PM, get your Elvis Presley fix with 1957’s Jailhouse Rock, directed by Richard Thorpe. At 4, catch Great Balls of Fire!, starring Dennis Quaid as rock-and-roll pianist Jerry Lee Lewis. Then at 6 PM, you’ll get to see a performance by the Man in Black himself with a screening of a 1971 Johnny Cash concert. Conversations with curators from the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Rock ‘n’ Soul exhibition follow the screenings. The event will be held at the McEvoy Auditorium. Doors open 30 minutes before program starts. Get details here.

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