Culture Vulture

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

Tuesday, June 1
July 4 is still more than a month away, but there’s still much patriotic music to be heard in Washington. The US Navy Band & Sea Chanters perform tonight at the Navy Memorial Plaza as part of the Concerts on the Avenue summer series. 8 PM.

Wednesday, June 2

Beware of Romulans bearing gifts. The NoMa Summer Screen tonight shows 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn. Bring a blanket, a lawn chair, and your best Captain Kirk impression to L Street between Second and Third streets, Northeast. 9 PM.

Thursday, June 3
Learn about the Phoenix spacecraft’s journey to Mars’s Arctic north plains on a mission to discover water. The National Air and Space Museum hosts a film followed by a lecture by the Phoenix Mars Lander mission’s principal investigator, Peter Smith, along with a Q&A. Free, but tickets are required; click here to reserve a seat. 6:30 PM.

Friday, June 4
Learn about the healing power of art at CREATE Arts Center’s Studio Downstairs, which uses art as therapy to help adults living with posttraumatic stress disorder and mental illness. Tonight the center holds a free art-therapy symposium and opening reception for its new “Look In/Look Out: Portraits in Progress” exhibit. Symposium starts at 1, reception at 5.

Saturday, June 5
The National Museum of the American Indian kicked off its fourth annual Ibero-American Guitar Festival on Friday, but today and tomorrow feature free performances by eight talented performers. Times vary; check the full schedule here.

Sunday, June 6
Head to the Freer Gallery of Art to catch A City of Sadness, a 1989 film following the struggles of a Taiwanese family from 1945 to 1949—the time between the end of Japanese rule and the secession of the island from China. The film, called “one of the supreme masterworks of the contemporary cinema” by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, isn’t available on DVD, so this chance to see it is a rare one. 2 PM.

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