Free and Easy Events
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trivia Night at the Wonderland Ballroom
One of the most crowded and amusing trivia nights in Washington consists of 10 grueling rounds of 10 questions each, which can cover any topic -- D.C. trivia, science fiction, politics, indie rock, or whatever the hosts come up with. Persevere, though, because the winning team gets $100 worth of food and drinks (or, more likely, drinks).
An Evening With Barbara Bosworth at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The famed photographer, whose work is currently on display in "Earth and Sky: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth," discusses her career and the inspiration for her art.
Cassettes Listening Party at Galaxy Hut
Local "steam-punk" band the Cassettes unveils its latest melange of old-timey instruments and modern songwriting at a Galaxy Hut listening party. They'll play their new album -- how else? -- on cassette.
Justin Jones at the Rock and Roll Hotel
The local roots-folk rocker knows how to make himself stand out from the crowd. This concert is 21-and-over only, a break from the Hotel's usual concert policy.
Yardfest at Howard University
The centerpiece of Howard's annual homecoming celebration is this free festival on the university's main quad. The musical lineup is a surprise, but previous performers have included Jay-Z, Kanye West, Ludacris, Three 6 Mafia and Ghostface.
Bethesda Row Arts Festival
The 11th annual outdoor art show features nearly 200 artists displaying their works, plus food from local restaurants and live music.
'Garden and Cosmos' Opening Celebration at the Sackler Gallery
The Sackler welcomes a new exhibit, "Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur," with a weekend of music, storytelling and activities for all ages. Performing both days is Rajasthan with Rupayan, a group whose members trace their families to castes of Muslim musicians who served the Hindu Rajput courts for centuries.
'Swift to My Wounded' at the National Theatre
This one-man play, adapted from the Civil War writings of Walt Whitman, is performed by Washington Stage Guild artistic director Bill Largess.
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