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Posted at 1:39 PM ET, 06/23/2008

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

Washington Post political columnist Dana Milbank shares strange-but-true stories of Capitol Hill at the Modernist Society on Thursday. (MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann)

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

Fort Reno Concert Series at Fort Reno Park
Everyone's favorite free alternative/indie/punk concert series kicks off its twice-weekly summer season with a show featuring Olivia Mancini & the Housemates, New Rock Church of Fire and Evolution. Bring a picnic and a blanket. Don't bring bottles, alcohol or drugs.

'Dog Day Afternoon' at the National Portrait Gallery's McEvoy Auditorium
Al Pacino starts in this 1975 heist film, which was based on the true story of a New York man who held up a bank to pay for his lover's sex change operation. A discussion with Margaret Murray, executive director of gay and lesbian arts group One in Ten, follows the screening.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The annual exploration of cultures brings Bhutan, Texas and NASA to the National Mall with exhibits, activities, food and music.

Dana Millbank at the Modernist Society
Washington Post political columnist Dana Milbank -- author of the Washington Sketch column and the Rough Sketch blog -- dishes about covering Capitol Hill at the monthly meeting of the Modernist Society. Milbank speaks at 9, followed by an audience Q&A. Arrive early for $3 drink specials, stick around for dancing to DJ D-Mac.

Weekend's Weekends at Carter Barron Amphitheatre
Bio Ritmo, Orquesta Zeniza All Stars and Sin Miedo play stellar salsa -- for free! -- under the stars.

D.C. Caribbean Carnival
It's one of the most festive and colorful days of the year: Hundreds of costumed dancers and musicians parade down Georgia Avenue.

Asleep at the Wheel at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Texas's finest Western swing group is the perfect representative for the Lone Star State at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Tonight's "Waltz Across Texas Dance Party" also features the Gillette Brothers and Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys.

'Ornament as Art' at the Renwick Gallery
An exhibit of wearable art is filled with avant-garde jewelry -- necklaces made of sliced books, shards of Coca-Cola bottles or colored fishing line, or chunky black rubber bracelets that conceal a ball of gold.

By Fritz Hahn  | June 23, 2008; 1:39 PM ET
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Fritz forgot to mention Crafty Bastards on June 28 from 10am-5pm in downtown Silver Spring. Awesome local crafts, art, and more.

Posted by: Paralegal | June 24, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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