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Culture Vulture

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

Monday, March 15
Monday night at the National Theatre means free performances, and you’d better wear green to this week’s show. That’s because the Laureen O’Neill Irish Dancers are performing step dance, Irish jigs, and everything in between—and audience members are invited to come onstage and perform alongside the group. Shows begin at 6 and 7:30 in the Helen Hayes Gallery.

Tuesday, March 16
Join Mary Ryan of the Mary Ryan Art Gallery for the annual Collector’s Roundtable series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The talk, entitled “The Pleasures of Building a Print Collection,” provides insight and advice for building a personal art collection. The event is at 7 in the McEvoy Auditorium.

Wednesday, March 17

Busboys and Poets at DC’s 14th and V streets, Northwest, hosts a discussion about the book Culture Is Our Weapon: Making Music and Changing Lives in Rio de Janeiro. Coauthor Damian Platt and others talk about Brazil’s poorest areas and how a Rio-based organization is using music to combat the city’s drug trade. The event begins at 6:30 in the Langston Room.

Thursday, March 18
Michael Lewis, best-selling author of Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street, gives his perspective on the American economy in a discussion with the Washington Post’s Joel Achenbach at Politics and Prose. Lewis’s new book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, is a dark tale exploring the villains and heroes that led to the economic collapse. The event begins at 7.

Friday, March 19

The Freer Gallery continues its “In the Realm of the Buddha” exhibition with the Tibetan film Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint. It’s the story of Tibet’s greatest poet and saint from the 11th century as he sets out on a path of revenge and redemption. The film’s executive producer will be on hand for the screening, which begins at 7 in the Meyer Auditorium.

Saturday, March 20
The National Postal Museum hosts a lecture exploring the 1970 nationwide postal workers’ strike and its impact on the employees and the nation. Among the panel members is the former president of the local union that fired the opening salvo in the strike and the current president of the American Postal Workers Union. The lecture runs from 1 to 3 in the museum’s Discovery Center.

Sunday, March 21

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Opera Workshop takes over the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage to performs excerpts from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. Also at the show will be special selections from When God Made Lonely, an opera composed by Duke Ellington School students. The show begins at 6.

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Michael J. Gaynor has written about fake Navy SEALs, a town without cell phones, his Russian spy landlord, and many more weird and fascinating stories for the Washingtonian. He lives in DC, where his landlord is no longer a Russian spy.