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Culture Agenda: Free Arts Events This Week in Washington

Lincoln’s birthday, poetry, and wind music this week in culture

Tuesday, February 22
Celebrate Lincoln’s birthday at Artisphere, where there’s a new video representation of “The Gettysburg Address,” by Adam Gault. The video, honoring the 16th President, is running continuously throughout the week.

Wednesday, February 23
“Choosing to Participate” opens at the Historical Society of Washington with a special reception and symposium. The exhibit looks at the history of bigotry and injustice and celebrates those who have shown courage in the face of adversity. Register with FacingHistory. 5:30 to 8:30.

Thursday, February 24
Former Marine colonel Bing West reads from his new book, The Wrong War, which examines the challenges that the US faces in Afghanistan, at Politics and Prose . 7 PM.

Friday, February 25
The University of South Carolina’s wind ensemble makes a stop at Schlesinger Concert Hall (3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria). The group is performing works by Aaron Copland, Gustav Holst, and Steven Bryant. 8 PM.

Saturday, February 26
The District’s poet laureate, Dolores Kendrick, and six up-and-coming poets are giving readings at the Folger Shakespeare Library. A reception will follow. 6:30 to 9:30.

Sunday, February 27
“Art, Politics, and Women’s Voices in Iran” is a documentary program featuring three recent films that explore gender and culture in modern Iran. It screens at the Freer Gallery at 2.

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