Weekend Events Nov. 11-14: Without Fear, Vicky Leyva, and Bach to the Future

This weekend, see a Russian film classic, get a taste of Afro-Peruvian rhythms, and listen to a pianist’s new take on the classics

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Friday, November 11 Without Fear

Come see a classic Soviet film with modern-day relevance. In director Ali Khamraev’s 1972 masterpiece Without Fear, a 1920s Red army officer must grapple with the tension between modernization and Islamic tradition in an isolated Uzbek village. Written by prolific Soviet-American filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky, it blends engrossing storytelling with political issues. Free, Russian with English subtitles. 7 p.m. Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium.

Saturday, November 12 Vicky Leyva

Peruvian singer Vicky Leyva comes to the Smithsonian Institution to perform a fusion of traditional Afro-Peruvian rhythms and contemporary arrangements. Leyva’s music features the lively styles from the coastal plain of Lima, and draws upon the genres of landó, zamacueca, and festejo, reflecting Peru’s rich African and Spanish musical heritage. Free. 2 to 3 p.m. African Art Museum, Pavilion.

Pianist Alexander Wu performs at the American Art Museum. Photo courtesy museum

Sunday, November 13 Bach to the Future

Innovative and eclectic piano soloist Alexander A. Wu brings his unique approach to the classics. At “Bach to the Future,” enjoy updated versions of Bach, Bernstein, Chopin, Ellington, Gershwin, Liszt, Mozart and more, performed on a Steinway. Free. 3 to 4 p.m. American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium

For a complete listing of Smithsonian events and exhibitions visit the goSmithsonian Visitors Guide. Additional reporting by Michelle Strange.

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