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Posted at 1:25 PM ET, 08/ 4/2008

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

The Lovell Sisters bring their exciting bluegass sound from Georgia to Strathmore for a free concert. (Courtesy of Folklore Productions)

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'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.

Chad America's Birthday Party at the Black Cat
One of the Black Cat's longest-serving bartenders throws himself a birthday party on the club's backstage, and we all get the presents: live performances by local rockers Suns of Guns, Citygoats and Mississippi's John Barrett's Bass Drum of Death.

The Lovell Sisters at Strathmore
Three sisters from Georgia play a perfect mix of bluegrass, folk and country on dobro, fiddle and mandolin. They may be the next big Americana stars, so catch them for nothing while you can.

Julie Ocean and the Aquarium at Fort Reno
Julie Ocean plays taut, sparkling power pop -- exactly what you'd expect from ex-members of '90s D.C. stars Velocity Girl and the Saturday People. The Aquarium, meanwhile, rocks the way only an organ-and-drums duo can.

'Shaolin Soccer' at the Freer Gallery of Art
If you think soccer movies are boring, you haven't seen "Shaolin Soccer," which former Washington Post critic Desson Thomson calls "a cartoonish, kinetic film" that "suggests 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' with a ball." It screens as part of the Freer's "Made in Hong Kong" film festival.

Stone Soul Picnic at RFK Stadium
R&B stars Eric Benet, Joe and Raphael Saadiq are among the featured performers at the annual event, which includes live soul and gospel music and children's activities, as well as merchants selling food and ethnic goods.

Asian Festival at Lake Newport Tennis Facility
This festival to promote Asian culture offers all-day stage performances, interactive demonstrations, kickboxing, tennis clinics and tournaments and traditional Asian foods.

'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane' at the National Theatre
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford go toe-to-toe as sisters who were both Hollywood stars in this tense thriller. This is the final night of the National Theatre's "All About Bette" series.

By Fritz Hahn  | August 4, 2008; 1:25 PM ET
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