Culture Vulture

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

Monday, June 14
Head to the Newseum for a free reception hosted by the International Center for Journalists. José Carlos Zamora of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will present the 2010 Knight International Journalism Award. The center will also introduce its new Knight International Journalism Fellows, whose projects include work in Haiti, Malawi, Malaysia, Peru, and Sierra Leone. RSVP to Karelia Pallen at KPallen@icfj.org. 6:30 to 8:30.

Tuesday, June 15
Catch some classical music at the Dumbarton House tonight. The last concert of the venue’s season, held in the Belle Vue Room on the lower level, features works by Bach, Schumann, and Beethoven. Reservations are requested for groups of five or more. Click here, e-mail rsvp@dumbartonhouse.org, or call 202-337-2288 to guarantee your group’s spot. 7:30.

Wednesday, June 16
Author and historian William Dalrymple stops by the Freer Gallery to read from his latest book, Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India. Enjoy performances by Bengali minstrels, Paban Das Baul and the Bauls of Bengal, and a quartet of fakir singers. Free tickets required; click here to reserve yours. You can also arrive at the Meyer Auditorium one hour before showtime to get tickets without a service charge. Two per person; first come, first served. 7:30.

Thursday, June 17
Who says cartoons are just for kids? The Ultimate Underdogs film festival at the Capitol Riverfront rolls the computer-animated movie Shrek tonight. Get to Canal Park (200 M St., SE) early for trivia, hula-hooping, and Wii games played on the big screen. Global street foods will be available for purchase at the Sâuçá food truck. Film begins at 8:45.

Friday, June 18
The Freer Gallery’s 15th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival kicks off this evening with a screening of John Woo’s epic Han Dynasty battle flick, Red Cliff. A shortened version was released in the US in 2009, but movie buffs can catch the full version tonight. Tickets are first come, first served. 7.

Saturday, June 19
Artists looking for free classes should head to this year’s Paint Alexandria festival. Sponsored by the Art League, it features guided sessions in painting, drawing, and photography. All skill levels and art admirers are encouraged to attend. Click here for the full schedule and locations. 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM.

Sunday, June 20

Today is your last chance to view works by Karen Hubacher and Tory Cowles at Gallery Plan B. The exhibition, on display since May 19, closes this evening. Both artists are known for mixed-media work rich in textures and colors, though Hubacher’s work is measured and geometric, while Cowles’s is frenetic and scattered. 1 to 5.

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