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Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 06/ 9/2008

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

Last year's Capital Pride Parade featured dancing by the D.C. Cowboys Dance Company. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

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'Highlights from the David C. Driskell Center' at the University of Maryland University College
Paintings, prints and three-dimensional work by leading African-American artists are featured in this exhibit, organized by the university's Driskell Center.

'Running for Office' at the National Archives
Does primary season have you tired of attack politics? Check out the work of legendary political cartoonist Clifford Berryman, who made his points effectively without being cruel.

50 Years of American Photojournalism at the Canadian Embassy
The Canadian Embassy's new exhibit takes a fresh look at some of the most widely seen images of 20th-century photojournalism.

The Kelly Bell Band Band at Farragut Square
What are you doing after work? The Kelly Bell Blues Band mixes electric blues, funk and soul into an incredibly catchy package, and they're playing from 5 to 7 in the middle of Farragut Square.

Columbia Festival of the Arts
Columbia's month-long festival of music, theater, dance and visual arts kicks off with activities on the city's Lakefront. There will be an arts fair, family activities and several local bands, including Chopteeth, a 14-piece Afrofunk orchestra, and singer-songwriter Luke Brindley.

Capitol Pride Parade
The high point of D.C.'s annual gay pride festival is this parade, which begins at 23rd and P streets NW and winds its way through the Dupont Circle neighborhood, past live entertainment at 14th and P streets, to Thomas Circle.

Duckpin bowling! Rockabilly bands! More beehive hairdos than you can shake a can of Natty Boh at! HonFest, an annual celebration of all things Baltimore -- make that Bawlmer -- is a fabulous weekend festival. Don't miss the final round of "Baltimore's Best Hon" at 2 p.m. -- it's everything the Miss America pageant should be.

The Charles Bubeck Quartet at the Kennedy Center
Local vibraphone virtuoso Charles Bubeck has an impressive resume, both as part of big bands (the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, the Eric Felten Orchestra) and leading his own small groups, where he has four CDs to his name as well as shows at clubs like Blues Alley and Twins Jazz. Tonight, the longtime director of the W.T. Woodson High School Jazz Ensemble leads his quartet through a mix of originals and standards. (Check out his MySpace for a preview.)

By Fritz Hahn  | June 9, 2008; 12:52 PM ET
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