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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 06/16/2008

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

Roomful of Blues headlines the 13th annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival in Arlington on Saturday. (Alligator Records)

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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. As a solo artist, he has four CDs to his name and performs 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 page for a preview.)

The U.S. Navy Band at the U.S. Navy Memorial
The Navy Band's concert at the Navy Memorial is the largest of the year so far. In addition to the brassy Concert Band, tonight's show features the Sea Chanters chorus, which covers everything from classical to musicals, and the Cruisers band, which specializes in rock oldies, Motown hits and Top 40.

'4 Little Girls' at AFI Silver Theatre
Director Spike Lee is honored at this year's Silverdocs documentary festival, and several of his films will be shown free of charge this week. Today, watch the absorbing "4 Little Girls," the story of four Sunday school students killed in the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham, Ala., church, and the short "We Wuz Robbed," about the 2000 Florida recount. The screening begins at 1:30, and tickets will be distributed at the box office on a first-come, first-served basis. (The box office opens at 8:30 a.m. daily.)

Sharon Clark at Live! On Woodrow Wilson Plaza
One of Washington's most talented jazz singers, Clark has a rich voice and sublime scatting showing the influences of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and D.C.'s own Shirley Horn.

QuinTango at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage
Learn the seductive steps of the tango at 5:30 in the Kennedy Center's Grand Foyer, then practice your new moves to the sounds of QuinTango, a five-piece tango orchestra that has given a command performance at the White House.

Columbia Pike Blues Festival
Roomful of Blues, Memphis Gold, Tom Principato, Melanie Mason Band, Karl Stoll & The Dangerzone and Danny Blew & The Blues Crew perform at Arlington's 13th annual festival.

'Martin Puryear' at the National Gallery of Art
Known for his massive sculptures constructed from natural materials, Martin Puryear is one of America's most famous modern artists. A new National Gallery exhibition, which opens today, is the first American retrospective of the D.C. native's work in more than 15 years.

'Leadership: Oliphant Cartoons and Sculpture From the Bush Years' at the Stanford in Washington Art Gallery
A roundup of the artist's wonderfully wicked political cartoons and sculpture from the past decade finds him skewering both Bush presidents.

By Fritz Hahn  | June 16, 2008; 12:40 PM ET
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