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Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 02/21/2011

Free and Easy: D.C. Fashion Week, orchids, Fugazi

By Jess Righthand

This week, D.C. Fashion Week comes to a runway near you, the Natural History Museum hosts an orchid-themed family day and a documentary about Fugazi screens at the National Gallery of Art.

Monday
D.C. Fashion Week reception
Celebrate the beginning of D.C. Fashion Week with a jewelry and accessories show and reception. The first 75 guests receive a free glass of champagne.

Tuesday
Tony Kushner
The author of the epic play "Angels in America" and Steven Spielberg's "Munich" sits for a discussion with University of Maryland Professor Emeritus Jackson Bryer. A reception and book signing follow.

Wednesday
'Choosing to Participate'
The Historical Society of Washington hosts a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception in conjunction with its new exhibit on the history of prejudice. After the reception, there will be a symposium on citizenship and religious liberty, inspired by George Washington's lifelong dedication to protecting citizens' rights.

Thursday
'An Invitation to the Bold at Heart'
As part of the Goethe-Institut's contemporary literature series, German author Dorothee Elmiger reads from her debut novel. Local poet and translator Lane Jennings will read excerpts in English. A reception with Swiss goodies concludes the program.

Friday
University of South Carolina wind ensemble
The University of South Carolina student wind ensemble stops at Northern Virginia Community College for a free concert, playing works by Aaron Copland, Steven Bryant and others.

Saturday
Orchid exhibit family day
The National Museum of Natural History welcomes families to its live orchid exhibit with interactive activities such as stamp art, calligraphy and lessons on planting your own orchid.

Sunday
Fugazi at the National Gallery of Art
Ian MacKaye will be at the National Gallery of Art for a screening of "Instrument," a documentary about Fugazi by filmmaker Jem Cohen.

By Jess Righthand  | February 21, 2011; 10:49 AM ET
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