Yes, life will return to normal in Borderstan and Washington. If you have decided to watch the Inauguration festivities on television/online–and avoid the crowds–you may be ready to get out and go some something by mid-week. Here are a few activities and events coming up later this week, January 21 and 22. Listing is from “D.C. Community Events” in The Washington Post’s weekly Extra section for D.C.
Wednesday, January 21
- LINCOLN-ERA MUSIC, pianist Elizabeth Smith Brownstein performs songs from Abraham Lincoln’s time and explains their significance in his life, sponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. 10-11:50 a.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-895-4860.
- CHILDREN’S KING PROGRAMS, a librarian reads stories and shows short films about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to children 1-5, 10:30 a.m.; youths 13-19 watch films and discuss King’s influence on their lives, 4 p.m., Washington Highlands Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-645-5880.
- NATIVE AMERICAN STORIES, museum staff members read from books by or about their Native American ancestors. 11 a.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
- FUTURE OF NEW ART TECHNOLOGIES, Glenn Wharton, media conservator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, discusses the challenges for conservationists when artists use TVs, videos, DVDs, MP3s and other technologies in multimedia installations. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
- LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC, performed by Chicha Libre. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
- GUEVARA DOCUMENTARY, filmmaker and curator Trisha Ziff’s 2008 film “Chevolution,” about the life of Che Guevara, and Alberto Korda’s famous photo of him, followed by a question-and-answer session with Ziff. 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $18. 202-639-1770.
- FRANZ KAFKA AND “AMERIKA,” Mark Harman of Elizabethtown College discusses Kafka and how the Czech-born writer came to write a novel set in the United States. Harman reads excerpts from his translation of Kafka’s “Amerika: The Missing Person.” 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-895-6776 or [email protected].
Thursday, January 22
- “ELECTIONS 2004 AND 2008: WHAT CHANGED,” Christopher Hayes, Washington editor of the Nation, discusses trends from 2004 to 2008 and how they helped elect Barrack Obama. Sponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. 10-11:50 a.m., American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-895-4860.
- PUPPET SHOW, for ages 2-7, “Starry, Starry Night.” The Stone Lion Puppet Theatre introduces children to stargazing and tells stories about the constellations. 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. $6; age 16 and younger, $5. 202-633-3030.
- DOUGLASS AND LINCOLN LECTURE, “Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln,” author John Stauffer discusses his book about how Douglass and Lincoln reinvented themselves and helped to change the United States. Noon, National Archives, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
- ARTS OF JAPAN, a docent leads a tour of the museum’s collection of screens, paintings, lacquerware, prints, ceramics and sculpture. 1:15 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
— Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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