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Posted at 9:14 AM ET, 08/18/2008

Free and Easy Events

By Anne Kenderdine

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Catch this '80s flick on an outdoor screen at Strathmore. (Sony Pictures)

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'Ghostbusters' at Strathmore Outdoor Film Festival
This goofy '80s comedy is perfect for a screening under the stars. The film is free, but concession sales benefit children's charities at NIH.

'Hollywood Shuffle' and 'In Living Color' at the Library of Congress
Robert Townsend's satire of the limited roles for black actors was a labor of love, filmed for a mere $100,000 in the mid '80s. The Washington Post's Richard Harrington called it a film "whose budget (or lack thereof) doesn't show nearly as much as its heart." Before it starts, see a 1991 episode of "In Living Color."

'The Pride of the Yankees' at New Jersey Avenue SE and Tingey Street SE
It's the last night of the new Riverfront Reel series celebrating baseball in Washington. Before the movie starts, try your batting hand with inflatable games and Wii baseball.

'1776' at Fort Ward Park
The Little Theatre of Alexandria troupe celebrates its 75th anniversary with a free performance of the Revolutionary War musical. This could be your only chance to see the show; tickets for the troupe's indoor performances of "1776" are already sold out.

The Young Lions at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
You'd have to pay to catch these cats at jazz clubs around town, but tonight you can hear them free in summer's most perfect hangout.

Thai Festival at Union Station
Parades, kickboxing and dance performances fill this festival organized by the Thai embassy.

Ben's Chili Bowl Concert at the 9:30 Club
To celebrate the U Street fixture's 50th anniversary, the 9:30 club hosts a day-long free concert. Get ready to dance to hip-hop and go-go acts, including EU and Sugar Bear and Mambo Sauce.

Organist Richard Pilliner at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Here's your chance to sit in the grandeur of the Concert Hall and hear the Kennedy Center's organ played by a pro.

-- Anne

By Anne Kenderdine  | August 18, 2008; 9:14 AM ET
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