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Culture Vulture

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

Tuesday, May 4
Cinephiles can get their fix at Landmark’s E Street Cinema with a viewing of Winter’s Bone, winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. The film, an adaptation of a novel, follows a poor teenage girl who goes looking for her drugged-up father in Missouri’s Orzak Mountains. RSVP required; e-mail or call 202-339-9598. 7 PM.

Wednesday, May 5

Who needs Cinco de Mayo? Go back to in time to the American Revolution at the kickoff of Twilight Tattoo, a sunset military pageant featuring soldiers from the Third US Infantry, the US Army Band, Fife and Drum Corps, and the US Army Drill Team—all dressed in Colonial garb. The musical time warp goes down at Fort McNair at 7.

Thursday, May 6
Marlboro Music, a group of music-makers from—you guessed it—Marlboro, Vermont, give their last concert of the season at the Freer Gallery. The classical selection includes pieces by Boccherini, Schubert, and Stravinsky. Reserve your free tickets here. 7:30.

Friday, May 7
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter visits the National Portrait Gallery to discuss her latest book, Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis, which analyzes the current state of mental healthcare and tells personal stories from her 35 years in the field. Mrs. Carter will sign copies of her book, which is available for purchase. Noon to 1:30.

Saturday, May 8
Go to Europe without boarding a plane. The European Union Embassies’ Open House Day kicks off a week of festivities in honor of Europe Week. This year’s theme is Green Europe: Good for the Economy and the Environment and will address issues related to climate change, greenhouse-gas emissions, and the possibility of a clean-energy economy. 10 to 4.

Sunday, May 9
If Mom isn’t into brunch and flowers on Mother’s Day, take her to the Korean Film Festival’s showing of For Eternal Hearts, a tale of love and loss from filmmaker Hwang Qu-duck. The film is at the Freer Gallery at 2.

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