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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 05/ 5/2008

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
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.

Tuesday
Roller Disco Cinema at the Library of Congress
You'll find yourself believing that roller disco will never die after watching Scott Baio and Patrick Swayze duel over Maureen McCormick -- aka Marsha Brady -- in this 1979 "classic." Two early-'80 shorts are also on the bill tonight: roller skating safety tips from the Glendale, Calif., police, and a silent film depicting acrobatic skaters from Venice Beach.

Wednesday
'Wonderful Greece' at the Embassy of Greece
As part of Europe Week, the Greek embassy opens its doors for music and dance performances, screenings of short films and an exhibit about the new Acropolis Museum.

Thursday
Matt Taibbi at Politics & Prose
Rolling Stone's political reporter is interviewed about his new book, "The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire," at a discussion that will be taped and shown on C-Span.

Friday
Lighting to Unite: Lighting the Nation, Uniting the World at the National Cathedral
Artist Gerry Hofstetter, who has projected colored lights and images onto the Egyptian pyramids and Antarctic icebergs, turns the National Cathedral into a vibrant stone canvas.

Saturday
Learn-A-Palooza
Ever wanted to learn how to read tarot cards, shoot pool or knit a scarf? Wondered if you could make it as a burlesque dancer, or just want to look less awkward when grooving at parties? There's a solution for you at Learn-A-Palooza, where volunteer instructors cover the basics of dozens of topics at venues across the city.

Sunday
Frogs: A Chorus of Colors at the National Geographic Society
Kids of all ages will have fun examining the colorful amphibians that fill this about-to-close exhibit.

Monday
'The Last Iceberg' at the National Academy of Sciences
Photographer Camille Seaman traveled to Antarctica and the polar reaches of Greenland to document massive icebergs and the changes being made by global warming.

By Fritz Hahn  | May 5, 2008; 12:22 PM ET
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