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Posted at 1:32 PM ET, 04/28/2008

Free and Easy Events

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
'Tamerlano' at the Kennedy Center
The Washington National Opera discusses and performs excerpts from "Tamerlano," a rarely heard Handel opera that makes its company premiere on April 30.

Tuesday
Mindy Weisel at the Prada Gallery
The local artist delivers large abstract paintings in shades of blue and pink, but it's her experiments with kiln-fused glass that steal the show.

Wednesday
Big Buck Hunter Tournament at Garrett's
The Georgetown bar's month-long Big Buck Hunter tournament wraps up tonight, but not before you have one last chance to win prizes for hunting virtual mountain lions and bighorn sheep with a plastic shotgun.

Thursday
The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad at the National Geographic Society
Every year, the State Department sends talented jazz and urban music artists abroad to demonstrate American arts and culture. Two of those groups perform tonight: The Chris Byars Quartet, which has brought the music of jazz masters to Russia and Central Asia, and AFAR, a Baltimore-based band that works hip-hop, gospel, jazz and R&B into its instrumental tunes.

Friday
Cathedral Flower Mart at the National Cathedral
The 69th annual fair offers a lot more than plants; it has rare books, antiques, arts and crafts, food (lobster rolls are a tradition), tower climbs, kids' activities, music and entertainment.

Saturday
European Union Open House
Twenty-five embassies throw open their doors for tours, food and wine tastings, live music and film screenings, making this the cheapest way to visit Europe in the immediate future.

Sunday
Art a la Cart at the American Art Museum
Kids can learn how to hold a painter's palette, touch sculpture materials and participate in hands-on activities at carts throughout the museum.

Monday
Cinco de Mayo Party at Lima
This celebration includes all of the usual highlights of Monday night at Lima, including an open bar for women from 9 to 11 and free salsa lessons beginning at 9, followed by music to dance to. However, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, everything gets underway at 6 on the restaurant's patio, with two-for-one frozen margaritas all night long.

By Fritz Hahn  | April 28, 2008; 1:32 PM ET
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