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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 10/ 1/2007

Free and Easy

By Fritz Hahn

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

'Peter and the Wolf' at the Kennedy Center
Classika Theater brings the children's classic to life through movement-based acting and Prokofiev's music.

Eric Nuzum at the Wonderland Ballroom
Not many authors drink their own blood in the name of research, but local writer Eric Nuzum did a number of weird things while preparing his latest book, "The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula." During this Olsson-sponsored reading, Nuzum will talk about touring Transylvania, working as a haunted-house vampire and watching more than 600 movies about Dracula and his undead brethren.

'Miss Navajo' at the National Geographic Society
Filmmaker Billy Luther -- whose mother was crowned Miss Navajo in 1966 -- follows a tomboy through her quest for the title.

Chuck Close: New Work at the Adamson Gallery
Close's latest compositions are large-scale portraits in a variety of forms -- photographs, tapestries, prints -- but it's the expressions that are priceless. One seems to say "I'm confused"; another makes the statement "Don't mess with me"; and Kate Moss might as well sigh "I'm not that pretty way up close"

Frederick in the Street Festival
Downtown Frederick turns into a giant block party with five stages of music, wine and beer tastings, vendors and a footrace.

Farm Day at Cherry Hill Park
Take your little city slickers to Falls Church for a day of hayrides, scarecrow-making, pony rides, a petting zoo, farmhouse tours and demonstrations of beekeeping and blacksmithing.

Takoma Park Street Fest
Artisans at Takoma Park's long-running festival are only allowed to sell crafts they make themselves, so you'll find one-of-a-kind pottery, jewelry and glassware. The 18 bands performing throughout the day include some of the area's best blues, Afrofunk, rockabilly and folk groups.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | October 1, 2007; 12:53 PM ET
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This Saturday is the 12th annual Art on the Avenue festival in the Del Ray section of Alexandria. Arts, food, and performances from 10am-6pm. Although the WaPo seems to be clueless about it, you can get all the info at

Posted by: Anonymous | October 2, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Art on the Avenue is included in the City Guide's searchable events database, where it has been selected as an Editors' Pick. It simply was not selected for inclusion in this blog post.

Posted by: Fritz | October 2, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

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