Weekend Events: Readings, Classical Guitar and a National Zoo Fiesta

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Friday, September 17: Performance Reading: Some Sing, Some Cry: A Conversation and Performance Featuring Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayesa

Authors Ntozake Shange (For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf) and her sister Ifa Bayesa (The Ballad of Emmett Till) read from their new novel Some Sing, Some Cry. The book follows the Mayfield family from the Civil War through the Civil Rights movement—and the struggles they must endure. The evening will also include a performance by vocalists and a string ensemble of original compositions by Ifa Bayesa. Book signing follows. Free. Natural History Museum, 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 18: Autumn Glow with Gohar Vardanyan

This afternoon, come enjoy a musical program featuring works of Domenico Scarlatti, Joaquin Rodrigo and Agustine Barrios as performed by Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan, who has previously performed at the Juilliard Opera Center. Free. Renwick Gallery, 3:00-5:00 PM.

Sunday, September 19: Fiesta Musical

The Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) invites you to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with a fiesta celebration amongst the animals with music, dancing, crafts, food and animal demonstrations. Free. National Zoo, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM.

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About Jesse Rhodes

Jesse Rhodes is an editorial assistant for Smithsonian magazine. Before he became an editorial assistant, Jesse worked at the Library of Congress Publishing Office, where he was a contributor to the Library of Congress World War II Companion.

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