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Culture Vulture

A roundup of interesting—and, most important, free—cultural events around Washington.

Monday, April 19
With Earth Day approaching, Busboys and Poets at 14th and V streets is offering a screening of the award-winning documentary Tapped, a look into the unregulated and environmentally harmful bottled-water industry from the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car? and I.O.U.S.A. The event begins at 6.

Tuesday, April 20
Roger Lowenstein, author of When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management, discusses the financial crisis and his new book, The End of Wall Street, at Politics and Prose. The book gives a detailed history of the spread of toxic debt and subprime mortgages with profiles of banking CEOs and government regulators. 7 PM.

Wednesday, April 21
The universe is full of unexplored mysteries, the most dramatic of which is the elusive concept of dark matter. Astronomer Richard Mushotzky examines the invisible phenomenon that inexplicably binds galaxies together at the Library of Congress’s “Shedding a Light on Dark Matter” program. The discussion begins at 11:30 AM in the James Madison Building.

Thursday, April 22
The Nashville-based Fisk University Jubilee Singers perform at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as part of the series “Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America.” The performance begins at 6.

Friday, April 23
The Korean Film Festival at the Freer Gallery continues with Dream, a work by the Korean provocateur Kim Ki-duk. The movie, which the Smithsonian calls a “head trip of a film,” explores dreams, reality, and the thin line in between. The screening starts at 7, and tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis starting at 6:30.

Saturday, April 24

Bring a blanket and picnic dinner to the outdoor Sylvan Theater for the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s Ella Fitzgerald Tribute. The night of outdoor jazz kicks off with West Point’s Jazz Knights and Howard University’s Afro-Blue. The concert begins at 5.

Sunday, April 25
The Climate Rally on the National Mall for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day is shaping up to be the biggest ever of its kind. This year, expect speeches by film director James Cameron and activist Jesse Jackson, as well as performances by Sting, John Legend, and the Roots, and more. Noon to 7. RSVP here.

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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.