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Posted at 4:14 PM ET, 08/ 6/2007

Free and Easy

By Fritz Hahn

We know that living and playing in Washington is not always cheap. Our Interns' Guide has the scoop on happy hours, discounted theater tickets and other ways to save money, but we thought we could do more to point out all the free events taking place in and around the city.

Every Monday, we're going to list some of our favorite free and low-cost events for the coming week, whether that's live music, movies, exhibits or pay-what-you-can theater. We hope you find it useful.

Monday: Flamenco at Cafe Citron
As singer Gerard Moreno and guitarist Michael "Miguelito" Perez perform upbeat rhumbas and Spanish songs, a female dancer twirls and taps on the lounge's small stage.

Tuesday: Orquesta Ashe at Live! On Woodrow Wilson Plaza
Spend your lunch break listening -- and probably dancing -- to the local Cuban orchestra outside the Ronald Reagan Building.

Wednesday: Wolfgang Tillmans at the Hirshhorn Museum
The German artist's show -- one of Julia's favorites of this year -- closes on Sunday, so beat the weekend crowds and take time to explore about 300 photographs.

Thursday: The Grandsons at the National Zoo
Bring a picnic and groove to the Grandsons' mix of R&B, swing, rockabilly and country.

Friday: Poetry Slam at the Anacostia Museum
These slams, tied to the museum's "Voices and Visions of Tha Bloc" exhibition, are open to teens and young adults, and are hosted by former DC Youth National Slam Team member Isaac Colon.

Saturday: Lovell Sisters Band at Millennium Stage
The three Lovell sisters, who range in age from 16 to 21, play bluegrass, country and folk at the Kennedy Center. Two years ago, they won the national "Prairie Home Companion" teen talent contest.

Sunday: 'Election' at the Sackler Gallery
Jonnie To's 2005 film is a landmark in the Hong Kong gangster genre -- critic Stephen Hunter calls 'Election' "superb" -- and it screens Sunday afternoon as part of the Smithsonian's "Made in Hong Kong" festival.

A reminder: If you're organizing an event and would like to have it considered for inclusion in this column, please read our guidelines for event submission.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | August 6, 2007; 4:14 PM ET
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I know for free performing arts it's easy to peg the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. But a wonderful free performing art event that is taking place this week is Metro DC Dances on Sat. night at Carter Barron Amphitheatre. Five professional dance companies will perform modern dance, tap dance and more beginning at 7:30pm. Sometimes it's worth digging a little deeper to make your free event listings more robust.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 9, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

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