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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 03/10/2008

Free and Easy

By Fritz Hahn

Every week, 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
Sweet: The Graphic Beauty of the Contemporary Rock Poster at the University of Maryland Art Gallery
The art of the concert poster is celebrated at this very cool show, which focuses on ads for bands like the Gossip, Feist and the Decemberists instead of the been-there, done-that '60s works.

Tuesday
WNO Insight Lecture Series: "The Flying Dutchman" at the Kennedy Center
Going to see the Washington National Opera's production of Wagner's epic classic? You might want to make a pre-show stop at this talk, which discusses the opera's background and themes through the use of musical excerpts.

Wednesday
The Magna Carta at the National Archives
Avoid the crowds at Tuesday's sure-to-be-packed opening ceremony and stop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to see the 13th-century document that led to the development of constitutional law.

Thursday
Jessie Mann and Mary Chiaramonte at the Long View Gallery
Time is running out to see dark drawings, cut-out works and Pollock-esque drip paintings by two of the region's most in-your-face female artists.

Friday
'Nashville Star' Auditions at the Westin Grand Hotel
Think you have what it takes to be country music's next big thing? Individuals, duos and trios are invited to try out for "Nashville Star," which will appear on NBC this summer.

Saturday
Nuestra Quinceanera: A Celebration of Our 15 Years at the National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum celebrates its 15th birthday with a traditional quinceañera party, including music, salsa lessons and a viewing of special stamps.

Sunday
Washington St. Patrick's Day Parade
Dancers, bagpipers and bands parade along Constitution Avenue.

Monday
All-Ireland Hurling and Football Championships at Flanagan's Harp and Fiddle
There's more to St. Patrick's Day than corned beef and Guinness. In Ireland, the hurling and football (soccer) seasons culminate with the All-Ireland finals. Watch these annual championships at Flanagan's Harp and Fiddle, beginning with the hurling final at 10 a.m., while enjoying an Irish breakfast.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | March 10, 2008; 12:53 PM ET
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