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Posted at 1:03 PM ET, 09/ 4/2007

Free and Easy

By Fritz Hahn

Every Monday, the Going Out Gurus post about the best ways to spend time in Washington without spending any money. Have an idea for us? Send it to

This week's list contains two annual arts events from opposite ends of the spectrum: The Kennedy Center's Open House, a circus-themed event featuring ballet, drama and the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Warehouse Theater's freewheeling Art Romp, which showcases contributions from local artists of all stripes.

The Washington National Opera at the Millennium Stage
Members of the Washington National Opera discuss and perform excerpts from Puccini's "La Boheme," which opens the company's season.

D.L. Hughley at the Improv
Bring a printout of your MySpace profile to see one of the "Original Kings of Comedy," but move fast: Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

MC Hammer at the Woodrow Wilson Center
Nostalgic for harem pants, Rick James samples and the "Addams Family" soundtrack? Hammer's back.

Art Romp 20 at the Warehouse Theater
The "Grand Finale" of the annual Art Romp parties mixes theater, paintings, sculpture, videos, installations and performance art throughout the Warehouse Theater complex.

Kennedy Center Open House
"Underground Circus" is the theme of the Kennedy Center's annual open house, so the day-long party includes clowns, stilt walkers and puppets, as well as performances by the National Symphony Orchestra and Ben Kweller.

Adams Morgan Day Festival
Proof that there's more to the neighborhood than the bars of 18th Street, this huge block party features flamenco dancers, African drummers, street theater, poets, breakdancers, magicians and the creations of local artists and jewelers. Multiple stages feature bands playing everything from Brazilian jazz and Latin rock to punk, bluegrass and Delta blues.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | September 4, 2007; 1:03 PM ET
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There is a great free dance concert Thursday and Friday night at the Millennium Stage from 6-7pm.

Posted by: Dancer | September 5, 2007 9:25 AM | Report abuse

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