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Happy Monday everyone. I’m excited to share this list of free and donation-based events taking place this week in the D.C. metro area, highlights from my site Free in DC.
Tonight Classical music lovers will be delighted to know that Christoph Eschenbach, director of the National Symphony Orchestra, will conduct an open rehearsal of Brahms’ Third Symphony with the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center! Those without cars can Metro to College Park and take the free 104 UM shuttle there.
It’s the final night of Solas Nua’s DC Irish Writers Festival. Award-winning Irish poet Leanne O’Sullivan reads at 7 p.m. at Sova in the H Street Corridor; stick around the coffee shop afterward for the closing party.
Psychologist and civil rights activist Terrence Roberts—best known as one of the Little Rock Nine—discusses Simple, Not Easy: Reflections on Community Social Responsibility and Tolerance from 6:30 to 8 at Busboys and Poets 14th & V. Tuesday In Columbia Heights, BloomBars hosts its indie film night BloomScreen from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tonight’s film is the 2009 documentary Only When I Dance, the feel-good true story of two teenagers, Irlan and Isabela, whose pursuit of their dream to become dance professionally takes them from the violent favelas of Rio de Janeiro to ballet competitions in New York and Switzerland. Afterward, filmmaker Beadie Finzi and Sylvana Sandoz of the local Glade Dance Collective will speak. Donations of $5-$10 encouraged.
Wednesday See violinist Hahn Bin in an intimate setting as he performs a free show and master class at the Levine School of Music in Van Ness from 7 to 9 p.m. This performance is sure to be a real treat! I saw him the last time he performed at the Levine School and was blown away by his skills and his sense of style.
In Chinatown, the Goethe-Institut hosts an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. for “Approximate Landscape,” featuring photographs by German artist Christoph Engel. Engel and Muriel Hasbun, associate chair of photography at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, will be on hand at the opening. The show will be on view through April 29. RSVP is requested.
Those who enjoy folk and Americana music can Metro over to Takoma from 8 to 11 p.m. for an all-ages, donation-based show at the Electric Maid. The performance features Silver Spring’s own Dan Wolff and Austin-based musician Andrew Anderson, who will play his unique blend of political punk, country, and folk/Americana on all-wooden instruments.
Amy Melrose is the creator of Free in DC, an arts, culture and consciousness blog highlighting free and low-cost events that are all Metro accessible in the D.C. area. You can also follow Free in DC on Twitter and Facebook.