The media is receiving more criticism than usual in this era of “fake news,” so reacquainting yourself with press freedom at the Newseum is a worthy way to spend a day. If you’ve tired of circling the slab of the Berlin Wall and practicing your on-camera reporting skills, the downtown museum has a new exhibit that examines how the actions of musicians intersect with the First Amendment. “Louder Than Words,” which was first displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, includes some schlocky items, but some pieces, like the letter the FBI sent Priority Records complaining about N.W.A.’s “Fuck tha Police,” actually focus on the worries law enforcement had about the impact of popular music. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to July 31, at The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $14.95–$24.95. (202) 292-6100. newseum.org. (Caroline Jones)
All in Service DC, a weekend-long initiative that brought bars and restaurants together to raise funds for local charities, has its sendoff tonight at District Distilling Co. The U Street spot hosts Swine & Spirits, an event that pairs pork dishes with cocktails. Proceeds from the night’s bar sales, plus a suggested $25 donation for entry, will benefit organizations like Whitman-Walker Health, N Street Village, and Martha’s Table. The restaurant’s chef, Justin Bittner, raises pigs on the farm where he lives and he’s invited chefs Jesse Miller (Bar Pilar), Tim Ma (Kyirisan), Seng Luangrath (Thip Khao), and Will Morris (Vermillion) to help cook them. The gathering begins at 6:30 p.m. District Distilling Co., 1414 U St. NW. (202) 629-3787. district-distilling.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Pacifica Quartet, a Grammy-winning classical music ensemble, performs at the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium with clarinet soloist Jörg Widmann. 8 p.m. at 10 First St. SE. Free; reservations required.
Head south to Arlington’s Galaxy Hut, where rock artists Anna Connolly and Don Zientara play an intimate show. 9 p.m. at 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $5.
Author and Howard University professor Nikki M. Taylor reads from her new book, Driven Toward Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio, the story of a slave who killed her infant daughter to save her from a life of slavery that later inspired Toni Morrison‘s Beloved, at Busboys & Poets 14th St. location. 6:30 p.m. at 2021 14th St. NW. Free.
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