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Posted at 7:59 AM ET, 02/14/2011

Free and easy: Valentine's songs, dance lessons, '60s photography

By Jess Righthand

This week, an award-winning film screens at the Japanese Embassy, dancers take over Bethesda and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival descends on Rockville.

Monday
'Valentines From Voce'
Choral group Voce will perform romantic love songs, from the jazzy "My Funny Valentine" to a rendition of Whitney Houston's megahit "I Will Always Love You."

Tuesday
Graham Reynolds with the Low End String Quartet
Composer and musician Reynolds plays in a quartet of bass, guitar, violin and cello, then performs his concerto about 19th-century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage.

Wednesday
'What the Snow Brings'
The Japanese Embassy screens the award-winning film, the story of Manabu, who starts working in the stable of his brother's racehorse after returning home from a failed life in the big city.

Thursday
Learn 'Knit Speak'
Ever wonder what "knit one, purl two" means? Here's your chance to learn the language of knitting, part of a series of workshops at Fibre Space geared toward beginners.

Friday
'Dance Bethesda'
Take free lessons and get down at dance parties hosted by studios throughout Bethesda.

Saturday
Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival
The second day of the festival features free concerts on the Atrium Stage, a book signing by renowned saxophonist Jimmy Heath, free master classes and an open midnight jam session on the main stage.

Sunday
'Seeing Now' opens
The show at the Baltimore Museum of Art is a 200-print survey of photographic art since 1960.

By Jess Righthand  | February 14, 2011; 7:59 AM ET
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