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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 01/28/2008

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
Redemption Ritual at the National Theatre
Honoring poets ranging from James Weldon Johnson to Langston Hughes, the performance arts group Redemption Ritual specializes in classical African, American and Occidental poetry and the music of Africa.
Tickets will be released 30 minutes before shows, which begin at 6 and 7:30.

Tuesday
The Kitsune Ensemble at the Kennedy Center
The New York-based musicians perform chamber pieces based on Japanese cultural, artistic and historical themes.

Wednesday
"Legacy" at the National Portait Gallery
Stephen Colbert may be stealing all the headlines at the Portrait Gallery, but "Legacy," an exhibition about the relationship between Spain and the young United States, is worth a visit before it closes on Feb. 10.

Thursday
Modernist Society at Bourbon
This month's "intelligent lounging" happy hour features a Q&A session with journalist and television producer Anthony Lappe. Lappe's acclaimed new graphic novel, "Shooting War," tells the story of a young reporter covering the war in Iraq. It's set in a not-so-alternate world where bombs explode in New York coffee shops and nuclear weapons are used in Asia.

Friday
"Art and Poetry: The Power of the Broadside" at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
Printmakers illustrate poems by the likes of bawdy Charles Bukowski and renegade Emily Dickinson by etching, engraving and drawing around the words.

Saturday
Fire in Ice in Frederick, Md.
Downtown Frederick's monthly gallery walk takes on the feeling of a winter carnival this month. Take a brisk stroll through the beautifully lighted streets of downtown to watch ice-carving demonstrations, see sparkling ice sculptures and hear live music.

Sunday
"England's New Wave, 1958-1964," at the National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery's month-long series focusing on gritty mid-century English films wraps up with a doubleheader of "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner," Tony Richardson's 1962 rumination on the class system, and "Every Day Except Christmas," a documentary on the workers who keep London's Covent Garden market humming 364 days a year.

Monday
"Rodin: In His Own Words" at Howard Community College
Thirty bronze works by the acclaimed sculptor Auguste Rodin are on display at Howard Community College, and the gallery is open until 8 p.m.

By Fritz Hahn  | January 28, 2008; 1:00 PM ET
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my birthday falls on fat tuesday and i'm looking for affordable and feasible things to do in arlington or the city. any suggestions?

Posted by: birthday girl | January 28, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey Bday Girl -- Clarendon has an annual Mardi Gras parade with floats and beads, and Iota serves complimentary gumbo tastes. All free.

Posted by: polly | January 28, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

GREAT! Thanks for suggestion. Have any overall don't miss mardi gras celebration ideas in the metro area for this weekend? I couldn't afford Bourbon Street this year, but would still like to celebrate right! Thanks!

Posted by: birthday girl | January 28, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Bday Girl -- The Clarendon parade is the only thing I've done, although Acadiana likely has something planned. It's also likely kinda pricey. Try the Gurus' online chat this week. If they don't know, maybe someone else will.

Posted by: polly | January 29, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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