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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 12/17/2007

Free and Easy

By Fritz Hahn

Every Monday, the Going Out Gurus suggest ways to enjoy Washington's cultural scene without spending any money. Have an idea for us? Send it to events@washingtonpost.com.

Monday
'Elvis: That's the Way It Is' at the Library of Congress
You'll have a blue Christmas without seeing this 1970 documentary, which follows Elvis Presley and his band as they rehearse for a return to the Las Vegas stage.

Tuesday
Billy Hancock's Holiday Show at JV's Restaurant
Expect revved-up versions of seasonal favorites from Hancock, a longtime fixture on the D.C. rockabilly scene, who played with Danny Gatton and his own band, the Tennessee Rockets.

Wednesday
David Byrne and James Huckenpahler at Hemphill Fine Arts
Chairs may seem to be an odd thing for anyone to muse on, let alone former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, but the result is a quirky, cool exhibition that includes chairs made of macaroni and chairs embroidered on upholstery fabric. Run down to see to see this show, which closes Saturday.

Thursday
Project Natale at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Kogod Courtyard
The local group, which mixes Caribbean, African and Brazilian rhythms into a funky, danceable sound, performs songs from its new holiday CD at a happy hour concert. Food and drinks are available in the all-weather courtyard.

Friday
Junkyard Saints at the Kennedy Center
Mardi Gras is a few months away, but this Baltimore band's gumbo of New Orleans-style R&B, zydeco and blues will have you dancing in the aisles.

Saturday
Holiday Caroling at the National Gallery of Art
Guest choirs lead a rousing singalong in the festively decorated West Building rotunda. Carolers of all ages are welcome.

Sunday
'Wine, Worship and Sacrifice' at the Sackler Gallery
Golden statues, drinking vessels, jewelry and other treasures offer a glimpse of Vani, a rich trading city that was at its peak two and a half millennia ago.

Monday
Waterskiing Santa on the Potomac River
Forget the sleigh: This annual event, which is like nothing you've ever seen, features Santa on waterskis, his reindeer on knee boards, flying elves, a dinghy-bound snowman and a Grinch on a jet ski. Seriously.

By Fritz Hahn  | December 17, 2007; 2:00 PM ET
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I love this post. I look forward to it every Monday! THANK YOU!!

Posted by: Brigid | December 18, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

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