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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 09/ 2/2008

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

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.

Tuesday
Foot-Notes at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
If you'd attended barn raisings, house parties or community dances in Iowa around the turn of the century, you might be familiar with the lively tunes played by Foot-Notes, a fiddle-led quartet from the northeast corner of the state. For the rest of us, it's living history you can dance to.

Wednesday
'Trawick Prize: The Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards' at Heineman Myers Contemporary Art
$14,000 in prize money is available to the winners of the annual Trawick Prize for contemporary art, making it one of the best-paying (and most sought-after) awards on the local visual art scene. See the works of the 15 finalists, beginning tonight, at the Heineman Myers gallery.

Thursday
'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' at the Library of Congress
See the movie musical responsible for one of Marilyn Monroe's most iconic roles, which inspired recreations from Madonna's "Material Girl" video to "Moulin Rouge."

Friday
'Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul' at the National Gallery of Art
There are only days left to see the priceless ancient artifacts, hidden for decades during the Soviet invasion and reign of the Taliban. Try to sneak away on your lunch hour for a free guided tour, led by a curator, which starts every day at noon. (Word to the wise: Expect capacity crowds and looooong lines this weekend.)

Saturday
Black Family Reunion on the National Mall
R&B singers Fantasia and Tank headline the first day of the Black Family Reunion, an annual event that brings food, music, exhibitions and health screenings.

Sunday
The Return of the Eastern Market Music Series
Groove to the sounds of bluegrass, jazz, folk and Americana while shopping for fresh food and antique treasures.

Monday
Karl and the Country Dutchmen at the Kennedy Center Theater Lab
Get ready to swing -- polka-style -- with concertina-toting bandleader Karl Hartwich and his 26-year-old group, veterans of "Prairie Home Companion" and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | September 2, 2008; 11:16 AM ET
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