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Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 07/21/2008

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

DJ Spooky's "New York is Now" caps off a day of hip-hop music and film at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday. (Irvine Contemporary)

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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.

'Summer Surfing' at the Library of Congress
Can't make it to Hawaii this summer? The Library of Congress brings the waves to you with four weeks of cinematic surfing in the Mary Pickford Theatre. The series kicks off tonight with the "Endless Summer," the classic 1966 film which tours the top surfing spots around the globe, paired with the very first episode of "Gidget."

Christylez Bacon and Strange Fruit at Strathmore
D.C. born rapper Christylez Bacon -- a current Strathmore artist-in-residence -- performs, and Aussie circus act Strange Fruit dances on 4-meter-high poles. What do they have in common? We can't wait to find out.

'A Night of Hip-Hop' at the National Portrait Gallery
Calling this a "night" of hip-hop is more than a little misleading -- it kicks off with WKYS's DJ EZ Street broadcasting live from the Kogod Courtyard from 2 to 6 p.m., includes a "Hip-Hop Happy Hour" with a cash bar from 5 to 6:45, and a screening of "New York Is Now," a film by Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) that marries his beats with archival footage of the Big Apple. (Watch a preview.) The screening begins at 7. Doors open at 6:30, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

'Exodus' at the Freer Gallery of Art
A peeping tom arrested in a ladies room swears to the Hong Kong police that he was actually gathering information about a worldwide plot to rid the earth of all men. This intense thriller is part of the Freer's "Made in Hong Kong" movie festival.

'Muscle and Mortar: Animating Architecture' at the National Building Museum
The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange mixes its dancing with the breathtaking architecture of the Building Museum. These two performances, at 2 and 4 p.m., are part of the Capital Fringe Festival.

Free Outdoor Yoga in Rock Creek Park
All experience levels are welcome at this monthly hour-long yoga session. Bring a mat, towel and water.

Alain Nu at Woodrow Wilson Plaza
Magician Alain Nu reads minds, bends spoons, picks pockets and astonishes with card tricks and other sleight of hand.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | July 21, 2008; 12:59 PM ET
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I love yoga. It is the best exercise in the world. It is decrease our stress and it makes us healthy. Free outdoor yoga in Rock Creek Park is good information for me. Thanks for this kind of information.

Posted by: victor133 | July 22, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

If you like left-wing political humor and folk music, head over to the Lubber Run Amphitheater in Arlington. Roy Zimmerman, who wrote many great songs for the Foremen, will be in concert for free. My personal favorites include "Every Man for Himself," "Ain't No Liberal," "Defense of Marriage," "Firing the Surgeon General," and "My Conservative Girlfriend."

Posted by: free concert in Arlington, Roy Zimmerman Sat night | July 22, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

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