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This week is packed full of all kinds of interesting events that won’t cost you much, if anything! From interpretive performance and open relationships to the ethics of neuroscience and a chat about intuition, there seems to be something for everyone. Have a look at these highlight from my site, Free in DC. All events are free unless otherwise noted, and whatever you decide to do, hope you have a great week. Monday Tonight is the final pay-what-you-can event at Forum Theatre’s Naomi Wallace Festival. Tonight’s event, dubbed “Forum (Re)Acts,” features performances by writers, dancers, and artists who have created works in response to Wallace’s book of poetry To Dance a Stony Field. Featured performers include Kathleen Akerley, Patrick Bussink, Anne McCaw, Augie Praley, and Jesse Terrill. It all takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, near the Silver Spring Metro.
At Liv, in the U Street Corridor, check out Subcontinental Drift’s February open mic night, produced by and for South Asian Americans. Comedian and storyteller Anupama Pillalamarri will host the event, which start at 7 p.m. and goes ’til 9; sign-up for participants is at 6:30. All forms of performance are welcome—dance, drama/skits, monologues, music, comedy, poetry. $3 donation requested.
Tuesday Neuroscientist, professor, and author James J. Giordano discusses and signs Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives in Neuroethics, a look at medicine that accounts for philosophy and ethics. He’ll speak at 6:30 p.m. at Reiter’s Books at 19th & G Streets NW.
Are you curious about intuition? Want to learn more about trusting your instincts? Head over to Politics and Prose at 7 p.m. to hear Sophy Burnham discuss The Art of Intuition: Cultivating Your Inner Wisdom.
BloomBars in Columbia Heights screens Brothas N Arms,a documentary that follows locals Charles Jean Pierre and Johnnie “Monk” Bess as they make their way in the world as artists, trying to remain true and honest with themselves. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A with the stars and director Najma Nuriddin. Local poet and performance artist Holly Bass hosts Wroteo, a monthly open mic night at Artisphere in Rosslyn. This month’s theme is “Hot For Teacher,” highlighting stories and poems about teaching and learning. The pay-what-you-can event starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 9:30. Wednesday Learn more about the history of hip-hop from the business perspective as Dan Charnas discusses The Big Payback. The book charts the early rap of the ’70s to the hip-hop of today, and includes interviews with industry moguls like Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. Charnas appears at 6:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble’s Metro Center location.
If you’re curious about non-traditional relationships or, perhaps even, in one yourself, then you may be interested in attending Outside Monogamy, a discussion on polyamory, open relationships, and swinging. Opening Horizons founders Tony and Christina Vandervelt will lead the conversation from 7 to 9 p.m. at the D.C. Center in the U Street Corridor.
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.