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Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 03/24/2008

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
African American Family Celebration at the National Zoo
A tradition for more than 100 years, this family day out includes an Easter egg hunt, dance performances, African drummers and a food bazaar.

Tuesday
'Jill Greenberg: Monkey Portraits' at the National Academy of Sciences
Known for shooting portraits of celebrities like Clint Eastwood and Jon Stewart, photographer Jill Greenberg turned her lens onto primates for her latest book, "Monkey Portraits." Eleven large-scale works feature in this show, which closes April 4.

Wednesday
'The Craigslist Show' at Civilian Art Projects
The online bulletin board Craigslist connects concert-goers with ticket-sellers and renters with landlords. Now some artists are using it to solicit models for their works, while others are creating new images by using photos "found" on the popular site.

Thursday
Stephen Colbert Portrait Talk at the National Portrait Gallery
National Portrait Gallery Public Affairs Officer Bethany Bentley discusses the TV host's portrait, its unique placement in the gallery and the appropriately comedic circumstances of its acceptance.

Or

Eric Hilton at the Modernist Society
During Bourbon's monthly Q&A salon, Eric Hilton discusses his work in Thievery Corporation, the founding of Eighteenth Street Lounge and its accompanying record label and his expanding restaurant empire.

(We honestly couldn't decide between these.)

Friday
Wreckfest @ Tiffany's at the Arlington Arts Center
A graffiti art exhibit at Arlington Arts Center features live painting, DJs, fashion and a panel discussion about graffiti and hip-hop.

Saturday
National Cherry Blossom Festival
The annual festival gets underway with family-friendly music and crafts and an opening ceremony at the National Building Museum, while hundreds of kites take to the skies over the Mall during the Smithsonian Kite Festival.

Sunday
Martin Puryear and Ruth Fine at the National Gallery of Art
Award-winning sculptor (and D.C. native) Martin Puryear, known for his minimalist works using wood, stone and other natural materials, discusses his career with National Gallery Curator Ruth Fine. The National Gallery will be hosting a special retrospective of Puryear's work later this summer.

Monday
Los Gringos at the Millennium Stage
George Washington University's Latin music group specializes in salsa, meringue and Latin jazz.

By Fritz Hahn  | March 24, 2008; 12:28 PM ET
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