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Posted at 3:40 PM ET, 01/14/2008

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
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.

Tuesday
The New Republic's 2008 Guide to the Candidates at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
Still not sure which candidate you support, or who you should be supporting? The editors of The New Republic discuss the 2008 campaign and their new book, "TNR's 2008 Guide to the Candidates."

Wednesday
Edward Hopper at the National Gallery of Art
This stunning retrospective of Hopper's paintings closes on the 21st, but weekend crowds create long lines. To fully appreciate the art, visit the National Gallery on your lunch break, or stop by first thing in the morning.

Thursday
The Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program at the National Museum of Natural History
Every year, the Anacostia Community Museum celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events and talks coalescing around a single topic. This year's topic is environmental sustainability and environmental justice, which seems appropriate with all the news about shrinking icecaps. Tonight's keynote speaker is Robert Bullard of Clark Atlanta University, considered the father of environmental justice.

Friday
J. Coleman Opening Reception at Art Whino
Check out the local artist's sinewy figures while listening to DJ Mikel Panda and hard rock band Object.

Saturday
Life at the Edge at Meridian International Center
Speaking of global warming, this weekend is your last chance to see the dramatic large-scale photos that document the impact of shrinking ice caps and retreating glaciers.

Sunday
Finesse Mitchell at the Arlington County Library
The former "Saturday Night Live" cast member discusses his book, "Your Girlfriends Only Know So Much," which was inspired by his relationships column in Essence Magazine.

Monday
'Let Freedom Ring' in the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall
The annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. features internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, a former student at the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts; New York classical/jazz/R&B violin duo Nuttin' But Stringz; and the Let Freedom Ring choir.

By Fritz Hahn  | January 14, 2008; 3:40 PM ET
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