Weekend Events: Skateboarding, Air Force Band and the Real Thomas Jefferson

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Friday, July 3: Ramp it up: Skateboard Culture in Native America

Interested in flips, grinds and catching air? See the skateboarders of Native America Jam perform on a mini-ramp and show why skateboarding is becoming the most popular sport in Native American culture. Free. American Indian Museum, 12-12:30 PM, repeats at 2 PM and July 4 and 5.

Saturday, July 4: United States Air Force Band: Max Impact

Celebrate the holiday listening to the United States Air Force newest band: Max Impact. The high-energy band is comprised of three of the Air Force's top vocalists and supported by a five-piece rhythm section. Fusing together today's hip-hop, pop and urban sounds, Max Impact creates music for any age to enjoy. Free. Air and Space Museum, 6 PM.

Sunday, July 5: A conversation with Thomas Jefferson and his Slave, Betty Hemmings: Culture in Motion Performance

Check out the "Tom and Betty Show" and listen to Thomas Jefferson's slave Betty Hemmings as she tells about what the former president was really like. The performance features Timmy Ray James as Jefferson and Portrait Gallery staff Jewell Robinson as Betty Hemmings. Free, but seating is limited. For reservations call 202-633-8520 or e-mail [email protected]. American Art Museum, 4 PM.

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