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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 08/11/2008

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

Look! Up on the screen! Superman makes an appearance on the National Mall this week. (Warner Bros.)

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
'Superman' at Screen on the Green
Our favorite outdoor movie series goes out with a bang more powerful than a locomotive: the original 1978 "Superman" starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman and Marlon Brando.

Tuesday
Sunset Parade at Arlington National Cemetery
The Marine Corps' weekly Sunset Parade is a full-dress ceremony featuring the Drum and Bugle Corps and Silent Drill Corps. It's a thing of beauty to watch, as the Marines twirl and toss their rifles while stepping in perfect precision. This is the final performance of the summer.

Wednesday
Flamenco Nights at Las Tapas
Head to the Old Town tapas bar to watch traditional Spanish dancing accompanied by live (and lively) guitar picking.

Thursday
The Final Night of Fort Reno
The last concert of the Fort Reno summer season is a mystery no more. Last week, we speculated that the headliners could be recently reformed D.C. legends Shudder to Think, who performed at the Virgin MOBILE Festival in Baltimore over the weekend. Well, we were wrong. It's Silver Spring's muscular indie rockers The Jet Age (listen), energetic power-pop trio Yell County (listen) and, in an interesting development, a D.C. debut for Title Tracks (listen), the new band fronted by John Davis (ex-Q and Not U and Georgie James).

Friday
Perry Conticchio Jazz at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden
So many summer traditions are ending this week -- see Monday, Tuesday and Thursday -- but the National Gallery's Friday evening concerts go into October. Tonight, bring a picnic to listen to saxophonist Perry Conticchio, whose style recalls seminal 1960s players like Dexter Gordon and Wayne Shorter.

Saturday
'One Planet -- Ours' at the U.S. Botanic Garden
Wondering how you can live a greener lifestyle? The Botanic Garden can teach you all about sustainability during a day of free workshops and demonstrations. Learn about organic gardening, cooking with local produce, wind turbines and how to prepare food using nothing but sunshine.

Sunday
Running for Office: Candidate, Campaigns and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman at the National Archives
A collection of early 20th-century political cartoons by Berryman -- best known for the cartoon giving Teddy Roosevelt his nickname -- harkens back to a more genteel time of campaigning. This exhibit closes on August 17.

Monday
'The Kite Runner' at the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival
Of the acclaimed 2007 film, Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday says: "Khaled Hosseini's novel has been given the screen adaptation it richly deserves. ... For all the pain and loss, this is still a film of exhilarating, redemptive humanity, conveying enduring hope." The screening is free, but concession sales benefit children's charities at NIH.

By Fritz Hahn  | August 11, 2008; 12:19 PM ET
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How could you forget the Sunset Parade every Friday Night at the Marine Barracks, 8th & I Sts., S.E. It has been holding these parades for many many years and they are free for bleacher seats, first come first served. You can also obtain tickets for reserved seating for free from either the Barracks or through your Senator or Congressman.

Posted by: David B. Wright | August 12, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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