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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 05/19/2008

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

Gladys Knight, who performed at Radio City Music Hall earlier this month, headlines at the National Memorial Day Concert at the Capitol. (Roger Kisby/Getty Images)

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'Color As Field: American Painting, 1950-1975' at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The "color field" movement of the late 20th century is the subject of this major survey, which features abstract works by Gene Davis, Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis.

Laura Veirs at Olsson's Books & Records
The imaginative, quirky singer-songwriter gives an afternoon performance at the Dupont Circle bookstore before headlining Jammin' Java.

Formula at Science Club
A rotating slate of guest DJs explore the electronic reaches of South Asia, mining dubstep, house, breaks and hip-hop for their selections.

'Tai Hwa Goh: Horizons Under the Surface' at the Flashpoint Gallery
This is the opening reception for Goh's new exhibition, which finds the artist painting scenes on thin Korean rice paper, then laying the images and coating them with beeswax.
'Hamlet' at the Carter Barron Ampitheatre
The Shakespeare Theatre Company's annual Free for All brings the Bard under the stars in Rock Creek Park. Free tickets are handed out beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Washington Post offices and at noon at the Carter Barron box office and the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harmon Hall, but lines form much earlier.

Rockville's Hometown Holidays
Rockville's annual Memorial Day weekend festival kicks off with live music on five stages, including Grammy-nominated singer Vanessa Carlton and local honky tonk legend Bill Kirchen. Other attractions include food from more than 30 restaurants at the the "Taste of Rockville"; a children's area with kid-sized carnival rides and games; and an exhibition of fine arts from the Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts.

National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol
Gladys Knight, Sarah Brightman and Rodney Atkins are among the artists performing with the National Symphony Orchestra at this annual concert, which honors veterans as well as the men and women currently serving in the armed forces.

'Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul' at the National Gallery of Art
Artifacts spanning 3,000 years of Afghanistan's rich history go on display at the National Gallery, including many items spirited out of Kabul before the Taliban could destroy them.

'Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamin' at the Art Museum of the Americas
Ecuadorean painter Oswaldo Guayasamin's canvases are a mixture of attractive landscapes, portraits of indigenous peoples and vicious political works inspired by the turbulent 1960s and '70s.

By Fritz Hahn  | May 19, 2008; 12:38 PM ET
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Umm - the Herndon Festival is next week!

Posted by: Hemisphire | May 19, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Are any decent basic web guides for out-of-town visitors besides

Posted by: Nick | May 23, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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