Things to Do

Ten Under $10

The Samurai, scholars, and Sci-Fi musicals edition.

Thursday, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden brings together experts in various fields for a discussion called The Many Faces of Yves. Part of the ongoing Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers exhibition, the event explores the many facets of the French artist’s career, which includes monochromatic and post-modernist works. Free. 6:30.

Washington Samurai Week continues with a Samurai Film Fest at the Japanese Information & Cultural Center at the Embassy of Japan. Thursday’s showing is The Hidden Blade, the sequel to the Oscar-nominated Twilight Samurai and part of a trilogy exploring the fading samurai profession. Friday’s movie is Samurai X: The Motion Picture, an animated film about a retired samurai’s return to battle in a revolution against the new government. Both are free and begin at 6:30. Reservations are required; call 202-238-6949 or e-mail

Arena Stage is holding a special concert preview of its new sci-fi rock musical SkinDiver at Busboys and Poets Thursday. The show combines technology, mechanical manipulation, a deadly computer code, and a fight for justice. Free. 7 PM.

The Hola Mexico Film Festival celebrates the best of Mexican cinema through Tuesday at E Street Cinema. Included are dramas and documentaries such as Those Who Remain, which is about families left behind by those who cross the US border. Tickets are $10. Click here for the full schedule.

The Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival continues with free screenings in Gateway Park at dusk. This year’s theme is I Love the ’90s, and Friday brings Adam Sandler’s (arguably) finest film, Happy Gilmore, about a down-and-out hockey player who takes up golf.

The local indie rockers Greenland are performing at Velvet Lounge Friday for the very indie-rock price of $8. The show begins at 9. 

For the scholar in you, visit the American Museum of National History Friday for a talk entitled Hot Topics: Dialogue on the Relationship between Scientific and Religious Perspectives on Human Evolution. The curator of the Hall of Human Origins and the cochair of the Human Origins Program’s Broader Social Impact Committee will lead the discussion. Free. 3 PM.

Head to Rockville’s Hometown Holidays, an annual festival featuring concerts, arts and crafts, kids’ rides, dance stages, and more. The festival is at the Rockville Town Center through Monday. Free. Saturday and Sunday 1 to 10, Monday 9 to 1. 

The annual National Memorial Day Concert is at the Capitol West Lawn (East Capitol and First Sts.; 202-619-7222) Sunday at 8. The National Symphony Orchestra will perform. Free. 

Wolf Trap is hosting its 2010 Summer Blast Off Sunday at 8. Capacity is limited for the celebration, which includes a performance by the United States Marine Band and, of course, fireworks. Click here to reserve tickets. 

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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.