Free for All: Feed your mind

Don’t be dissuaded from heading down to the National Mall once in a while: the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial opening this week on the Tidal Basin is a good bet.

In addition to a 30-foot statue of the civil rights activist, the complex features a ceremonial gateway and a wall of inspirational King quotes. The official dedication ceremony is on Sunday, so it would probably be best to pick another time to enjoy the serenity of the grounds.

Smithsonian and Foggy Bottom Metro stations are equidistant to the memorial, which sits in the sightlines of the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials on the Northwest bank of the Tidal Basin.

In the meantime, head over to Strathmore Metro station tonight at 7:00 p.m. for UkeFest 2011. The annual concert features such ukelele big-shots as Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. If you have your own ukelele, come early for the “pre-show strum” at 6:00 p.m. You could help the group break the world record for the largest ukelele ensemble!

If you’re looking for something to move you more physically, check out the events calendar at BloomBars in Columbia Heights. The arts and cultural center is rolling out a huge variety of events, from dance classes to poetry workshops, for Columbia Heights Day on Saturday. Classes are all ages and by donation.

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