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Posted at 1:14 PM ET, 07/28/2008

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

The American Art Museum's retrospective of Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas, which closes this weekend, includes his 1933 painting "The Founding of Chicago." (Howard University Gallery of Art)

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 events@washingtonpost.com.

Monday
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.

Tuesday
Hej Hej at Cafe Saint-Ex
Expect to hear songs by Jens Lekman, the Ravonettes, Lykke Li, Club 8, Bjork and Firefox AK at this regular showcase of Scandinavian pop and rock music. Get discounts on Iceland's Reyka Vodka and Viking Beer all night.

Wednesday
The World's Fair of Money at the Baltimore Convention Center
Coin collectors can buy, sell and trade their goods at this huge exposition, but the rest of us can gawk at the special exhibitions, which include a nickel worth $3 million and a $100,000 U.S. bank note.

Thursday
Kid Congo Powers at Fort Reno Summer Music Series
Maybe you didn't know we have a minor rock god living in D.C., but Kid Congo Powers used to play guitar with Nick Cave in the Bad Seeds, the Cramps and the Gun Club. He's still churning out noirish garage-surf-country-punk. The Shirks and Girl Loves Distortion open the show.

Friday
'On the Edge . . .' at Carter Barron Amphitheatre
Summer students from the Dance Institute of Washington re-stage classical and contemporary dance works outdoors in Rock Creek Park.

Saturday
'Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist' at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The American Art museum's retrospective of the stylish Harlem Renaissance muralist closes on Sunday, so make time for a visit.

Sunday
Community Day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
The first Sunday of the month means free admission to the National Museum of Women in the Arts -- an excellent chance to see exhibits like "Modern Love: Gifts to the Collection from Heather and Tony Podesta."

Monday
'The Apartment' at Screen on the Green
The 1961 Oscar winner for Best Picture stars Jack Lemmon as a young go-getter who allows executives at his company to use his apartment for extramarital trysts. One of Lemmon's finest performances, the movie also features Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray.

By Fritz Hahn  | July 28, 2008; 1:14 PM ET
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