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Looking forward to the launch of The Lighthouse, a new art space and healing center on 5016 9th St. NW. The space is the vision of two fabulous women I know, Elen Awalom and Helina Metaferia. The art opening goes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by an after party featuring a DJ set until 11:30 p.m. You can find more info on the Facebook invite.
Swing by a one-night only art show called “Can You Dig It?” between 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., featuring new, ’70s-inspired, affordable works by local artist and muralist Aniekan Udofia. DJ Uncle Q will also be spinning grooves at the event, which takes place at CRE8 Space Studio Gallery at 1314 9th St. NW.
Saturday The National Gallery of Art presents Cine-Concert, a silent film screening with live musical accompaniment. At 2:30 p.m., the Josef von Sternberg’s 1928 film The Last Command will screen as the three-member Alloy Orchestra perform the film’s original score.
Celebrate the holiday season with the Metropolitan Chorus‘s Messiah Sing Along at 5 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, located walking distance from the Ballston Metro at 601 North Vermont St. The sing along feature Part I (Advent, Christmas) of Handel’s Messiah accompanied by string quartet, organ and harpsichord. Bring your own score, or rent or buy one at the door.
City Gallery, at 804 H St. NE, hosts a retrospective show featuring the award-winning gourd sculptures of Capitol Hill resident Wally Szyndler, who passed away this summer. The opening goes from 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds from sales go to Art Enables, a studio and gallery for emerging artists with developmental and/or mental disabilities. Sunday December 1 was World AIDS Day, and this Sunday’s Open Door Reading at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda features readings from Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS. Editor Philip Clark and writers Dan Vera, Philip Clark, Kim Roberts, and Charles Jensen will all be reading at the 2 p.m. event.
It’s Chanukah, and the Poulenc Trio performs works by Jakov Jakoulouv and other Jewish at the National Gallery of Art’s Sunday evening concert at 6:30 p.m.
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.