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Posted at 1:06 PM ET, 09/15/2008

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

Danny DeVito (left) and Jack Nicholson star in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," which screens for free Wednesday at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (United Artists/Photofest)

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Pinetop Perkins at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage
The nonagenarian Delta bluesman has influenced three generations of piano players. At this show, he's backed up by the Nighthawks, perhaps the area's finest blues band.

'Take Five' at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
The Chinese Theatre Works demonstrates techniques used in traditional Chinese opera, toy theater and shadow puppetry.

'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The classic 1975 film, which swept the Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay), shows in the McEvoy Auditorium at 6 p.m. as part of the American Art Museum's "Page to Screen" series.

Argonaut Anniversary Celebration at the Argonaut
The original H Street Revival bar, which opened well before the Palace of Wonders, Rock and Roll Hotel, etc. -- marks its third birthday with free tunes on the jukebox, free darts, free foosball, free meals for kids and discounts on adult beverages.

Jon Secada at D.C. Grooves
Grammy Award-winning singer Secada's music fuses Latin pop, American funk and Top 40 R&B.

Walkingtown, D.C.
Get ready to explore sides of D.C. that are hiding in plain sight: A weekend full of free walking and biking tours covers topics ranging from Civil War forts to the history of U Street to art inside Metro stations.

Fiesta Musical at the National Zoo
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with live music, animal demonstrations, crafts, food and family activities.

Chinua Achebe at the Fall for the Book Festival
Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian-born author of the classic novel "Things Fall Apart," is honored at the annual Fall for the Book Festival at George Mason University. In the morning, African scholars discuss the works and influence of Achebe and his contemporaries. From 5:30 to 7:30, a reception at the Center of the Arts features Nigerian music and food. Finally, from 7:30 to 9, Achebe, the recipient of the 2008 Mason Award for literature, speaks about his work and reads from "Things Fall Apart."

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | September 15, 2008; 1:06 PM ET
Categories:  Events, Misc.  
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The link for Walkingtown, DC is incorrect.

Posted by: G.R.O. | September 16, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Here's the proper link for the Walkingtown DC event.

Posted by: T | September 16, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

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