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As my beloved but impossibly nerdy housemate weighed whether to attend this year’s Renaissance Festival Romance Weekend or Pirate Invasion Weekend, a thought came to me: Society ought never to have done away with the wandering minstrel. He could be updated with a set of rolling turntables and provide a much-needed soundtrack to my aurally dreary daily grind. A little Big Country for those last few moments on the treadmill, some Peter Gabriel as I finally lock eyes with that bookstore hottie, and The Bends for 72 hours on repeat when he dumps me for some bespectacled medieval-lit grad-school slut. Bastard. But I’ve still got my minstrel. Janet Cardiff appreciates the powerful link between sound and surrounding. Her 33-minute audio walk, Words Drawn in Water, carefully structures whispers, ambient sounds, a cappella music, and excerpts from historical speeches to accompany your stroll through the Hirshhorn’s grounds and nearby areas on the National Mall. Check out the sound of sculpture from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (to Oct. 30; see City List for other dates) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 633-1000. (Kara McPhillips)