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Posted at 1:16 PM ET, 10/20/2008

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

The acclaimed Guarneri String Quartet opens its rehearsals to the public, which can be a fascinating way to learn about classical music. (Cory Weaver)

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
'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.

Tuesday
Karaoke at Sticky Rice
Choose from thousands of rock songs -- "from A-Ha to White Zombie" -- and sip $2 Tecates.

Wednesday
Washington Opera Insight Lecture Series: 'Carmen' at the Kennedy Center
Opera veterans and neophytes alike will enjoy listening to members of the Washington Opera discuss "Carmen" and perform short selections from Bizet's masterpiece.

Thursday
A Salute to the National Film Board of Canada at the National Archives
This event, hosted by animation historian Charles Solomon, celebrates more than 50 years of Oscar-winning (and Oscar-nominated) short films produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

Friday
Lotus Lounge One-Year Anniversary Party
The K Street Lounge marks its first birthday with a party -- and its gift to you is free P.I.N.K. vodka cocktails and free hors d'oeuvres.

Saturday
'The Last Days of Pompeii' at the National Gallery of Art
In conjunction with the National Gallery's blockbuster exhibit of treasures from the Roman city of Pompeii, see two very different cinematic takes on the disaster: A 1913 silent version from Italy, accompanied by a pianist, and the 1935 Hollywood film directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack.

Sunday
'Los Caprichos' at St. John's College
Get in the mood for Halloween with Goya's sinister 18th-century images, whose demons and monsters were inspired by the Spanish Inquisition, the French Revolution and the corruption of the church and nobility.

Monday
The Guarneri String Quartet's Open Rehearsal at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
The renowned string quartet, founded in 1964 and in its 27th year of residence at the University of Maryland, continues its tradition of opening rehearsals to the public.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | October 20, 2008; 1:16 PM ET
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I highly suggest checking out the "Last Days of Pompeii" exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. While I won't be able to make it to this Saturday's feature, I was able to attend this past Sunday's lecture on the exhibit. There are some beautiful pieces included, and a great insight into the history and art of the Bay of Naples.

Posted by: Yani | October 21, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

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