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Posted at 3:32 PM ET, 01/ 7/2008

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
Alex Hassan at the Kennedy Center
Pianist Alex Hassan calls his act "Novelty Piano," focusing on rare songs from the ragtime and swing eras. Expect to hear songs from such now-forgotten musicals as "Gold Diggers of 1935" and "Twenty Million Sweethearts" along with more familiar numbers like "Jeepers Creepers."

Tuesday
Jefferson Pinder and iona rozeal brown at G Fine Art
Jefferson Pinder's video installation, featuring side-by-side videos depicting shoeshine boys, challenges presumptions on race. brown's paintings are also on display at the gallery.

Wednesday
The Future of the Warehouse Theater at the Warehouse Theater
The owners of the Warehouse Theater are closing the performing arts venue later this year, due to increased property taxes in Shaw. What happens next? That's where you come in. Tonight's meeting is the first of three community roundtables about the Warehouse's future plans. Tonight's focuses on the theater aspect; the next two will be about art and live music. Come armed with ideas.

Thursday
Highlights of German Cinema at the Goethe Institut
University of Maryland Professor Peter Beicken, who has written several books on German cinema, uses film clips to trace the common threads of the country's films from the beginnings to the present day.

Friday
Not Dead Yet at the Rock and Roll Hotel
Dress as your favorite dead rock star to get discounted drinks all night long in the upstairs Hotel Bar, and enter a costume contest with prizes for the three best outfits. Local musicians Ivan Ramiscal (of the Positions) and Christian Scanniello (Sprites) spin vinyl from the '60s onward.

Saturday
Gallery Openings in Logan Circle
The monthly openings in Logan Circle include an exhibition of photographic portraiture at G Fine Art, Phil Nesmith's eerie photographs from Baghdad (which are made using old-school photo techniques) at Irvine Contemporary and 15 artists celebrating arts patron Philip Barlow in a variety of different media at Curator's Office.

Sunday
Premiere of 'The Gates' at National Gallery of Art
Ever wanted to talk to conceptual artists Christo and Jean-Claude? Here's your chance. The duo will be at the National Gallery for the Washington premiere of "The Gates" -- a documentary of their seminal work in New York's Central Park in 2005. They'll take questions after the 5 p.m. screening.

Monday
The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet at the Kennedy Center
These four singers have put their tight harmonies to work behind Tony Bennett, Branford Marsalis and the Neville Brothers. At this concert, they'll focus on classic jazz and pop songs, including many standards from the great American songbook.

By Fritz Hahn  | January 7, 2008; 3:32 PM ET
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