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National Gallery of Art

East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Events free. First come, first seated. 202/737-4215,

• Film: “Duke Ellington at the White House.” Historical, 16 mm, 18-minute film shows the jazz legend observing his 70th birthday at a White House party hosted by President and Mrs. Nixon. A Black History Month program. Noon Feb. 19 and 26.

• Film series: “Istvan Szabo’s 20th Century.” Honoring the Hungarian filmmaker on his 70th birthday. “Budapest Tales” (1976), 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16; “Confidence” (1979), 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16; “Taking Sides” (2001), 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16; “Sunshine” (1999), 4 p.m. Feb. 17; “Being Julia” (2004), 4 p.m. Feb. 23; “Relatives” (2006), 4 p.m. Feb. 24.

• Special lecture series: “The Collecting of African American Art.” Illustrated programs at 2 p.m. Sundays. “Reflections on Collecting” through Andrea Barnwell Brownlee’s talk with Dr. Walter O. Evans of Savannah, Ga., Feb. 17; “A Peculiar Destiny: The Mission of the Paul R. Jones Collection,” with Mr. Jones and Amalia Amaki, Feb. 24. A Black History Month program.

National Geographic Society

NG Live! at Grosvenor Auditorium. 17th and M streets NW. Metro: Farragut North. 202/857-7588, Tickets 202/857-7700,

• Films: “Global Glimpses: Oscar-Nominated Foreign Language Films.” The five nominees, one week before the awards: “The Counterfeiters,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14; “12,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15; “Beaufort,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16; “Mongol,” 2 p.m. Feb. 17; “Katyn,” 5 p.m. Feb. 17. Individual screening $7; series pass $25. Free reception one hour before screening.

National Museum of the American Indian

Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. All events in Rasmuson Theater unless otherwise noted. 202/633-1000,

• Community Discussion: Native Women in Documentary Filmmaking. With Velma Craig (Navajo), Yolanda Cruz (Chatin), Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in), and Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki). Resource Center, Third level. 3:30 p.m. March 15. Free.

• Vine Deloria Jr. Native Writers Series: Buffy Sainte-Marie. Reading, discussion, and CD signing with the Cree musician, songwriter and visual artist. In celebration of Women’s History Month. Noon and 6:30 p.m. March 19. Free.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

600 I St. NW. 202/789-0900,

• Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer in Conversation. The justice talks with Jeffrey Rosen of the George Washington University Law School. 7 p.m. Feb. 21. $8.

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