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Here we go November! Here are some free events to start your month off, highlights from Free in DC.
Tonight Celebrate World Vegan Day at Busboys & Poets 5th & K NW with a panel of vegan-conscious entrepreneurs from various business backgrounds, including Doron Pertersan, founder of Sticky Fingers Bakery in Columbia Heights; and co-founder of blackvegetarians.org and author of By Any Greens Necessary, Tracye McQuirter.The event, moderated by DC Veganfounder Timothy Meinberg, begins at 6:30 p.m., and vegan goodie bags will be handed out to the first 75 people.
Up in College Park at the Clarice Smith Center at the University of Maryland, you can check out “How Do We Know What We Know,” a creative dialogue moderated by Kojo Nnamdi. The discussion, between choreographer Liz Lerman and three scientists, considers the intersection of art and science, which is also the subject of Lerman’s latest work, “The Matter of Origins.” The talk begins at 7 p.m.
Tuesday Instead of sitting at home, glued to your TV as you wait for midterm returns to roll in, come to Free Speech TV’s live broadcast of election night coverage at Busboys and Poets 14th & V NW. The event, which will feature analysis and discussion from radio personalities Thom Hartmann and Marc Steiner, kicks off at 8 p.m.
In the event you’re not doing anything election-oriented, head to BloomBars in Columbia Heights at 7 p.m. and catch the film Made in L.A., the Emmy-winning documentary of three Latina sweatshop workers’ three-year effort to obtain basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer.
“Remembering Rabin”—commemorating the 15th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin—takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the DC JCC. The event, featuring guests Dan Arbell from the Embassy of Israel and David Makovsky of the Project on the Middle East Peace, culminates in a screening of the documentary Rabin: Shivah in November. Free; RSVP required.
Wednesday Opera Week continues at American University’s Katzen Center with Young Artists: AU Opera Lab at 12:30 p.m., as the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists work with AU students and perform arias and duets from opera and operetta.
Intrepid traveler and New Yorker contributor Ian Frazier discusses and signs his book, Travels in Siberia, about his own experiences in the northwestern most part of Russia as well as the region’s geopolitical history, at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose.
It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means my friend and local musician Flo Anito will be performing a free show at Chief Ike’s in Adams Morgan, from 9 p.m. to midnight. She’s preceded by John Heintz, and followed by Alexis George.
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.