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Culture Vulture

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

Tuesday, February 16
Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. The DC-based band Yamomanem performs New Orleans jazz, ’30s Caribbean Latin music, and more at 6.

Wednesday, February 17
Get a head start on the new-media revolution when authors Robert McChesney and John Nichols discuss their book, The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again, at Politics and Prose. The book traces the fall of print and broadcast news and calls for a new beginning and blending of old and new media. The event begins at 7.

Thursday, February 18
As part of the National Museum of American History’s exhibit on the life of Abraham Lincoln, “Lincoln, Race, and the American Presidency,” a panel discussion delves into the President’s complex views on race and politics. The event is in the Carmichael Auditorium at 7.

Friday, February 19
The Iranian Film Festival continues at the Freer Gallery with a screening of Heiran, the story of a forbidden relationship between an Iranian and Afghan. Tickets are limited to two per person, distributed one hour before showtime. The film begins at 7 in the Meyer Auditorium.

Saturday, February 20
The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage presents the Devil Music Ensemble, a contemporary group performing the score to the only surviving Chinese silent martial-arts film, Hong Xia’s 1929 Red Heroine. The event begins at 6.

Sunday, February 21
Politics and Prose hosts a talk with Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The nonfiction book examines the life of a poor Southern tobacco farmer and the cells taken from her unmarked grave by a scientist, who in turn created a lucrative industry in biological materials. The even begins at 1.

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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.