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Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 07/14/2008

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

Kids of all ages can enjoy learning about the Red Planet -- and seeing its surface in 3-D -- on Mars Day. (L. William Kobelka for The Washington Post)

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

'Dr. No' at Screen on the Green
Pack a picnic and a blanket for the return of summer movies on the Mall. This year's series begins with Sean Connery's first turn as James Bond, in "Dr. No."

'The King of Jazz' at the Library of Congress
Bandleader Paul Whiteman was dubbed "The King of Jazz" in the 1920s, as he led the most popular orchestra in America. This 1930s production is less a movie than a series of short, lavish, stand-alone segments, including dance sequences, cartoons and musical numbers. The highlight is an elaborate take on "Rhapsody in Blue." Look out for Bing Crosby's first film appearances.

Green Mic at the Kennedy Center
What do poetry slam champs ages 13 to 25 have to say about global warming? Find out at this showcase, which is part spoken-word drama, part smackdown and part "American Idol."

'Academy 2008' at Taurus Development
This showcase is always one of the best roundups of the work of recent graduates from local fine arts programs. "Academy 2008" brings together works across many mediums, including painting, video, sculpture and photography.

Mars Day at the National Air and Space Museum
If recent voyages to Mars have you curious about the Red Planet, the National Air and Space Museum is the place to be. Visitors can see a meteorite from Mars, talk to scientists about recent discoveries, learn about future missions into space and see the surface of the planet with 3-D glasses.

Artscape Throughout Baltimore
"America's largest free public arts festival" takes over Charm City this weekend, and while we're jazzed about Friday night's concerts (Joan Jett, Blaqstarr, Roberta Flack), we suggest you head up on Saturday to take in happenings all across the city: the Chick Webb jazz competition, plays, fashion shows, visual arts exhibits and concerts by dozens of musicians of all genres.

Sunday Sessions at Science Club
Resident DJs Hanik and Sammy K are joined by guests for an unpredictable Sunday night that could feature house, dubstep, Latin or something completely out of left field.

Brainstormer Trivia Night at Fado Irish Pub
Bring your friends to one of the city's more challenging (and interesting) pub quizzes and put your history, literature, geography and pop-culture knowledge to the test for a chance to win prizes.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | July 14, 2008; 12:47 PM ET
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