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Posted at 1:33 PM ET, 11/17/2008

Free and Easy Events

By David Malitz

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

William Ayers at All Souls Church
One of the most unlikely focal points of the 2008 presidential election, Ayers, a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, discusses "City Kids, City Schools: More Reports from the Front Row," a collection of essays from teachers, scholars and students about the state of America's urban schools.

'Dolomite' at the Meeting Place
The Washington Psychotronic Film Society moves from Arlington to Washington this week, and hits the ground running with a screening of the out-there blaxploitation-meets-kung-fu classic "Dolomite."

Beaujolais Nouveau at Bistrot du Coin
While it's not a sophisticated (or even very good) French wine, the annual release of Burgandy's Beaujolais Nouveau wine is a great excuse for a party. Every year, Bistrot du Coin's raucous party features a DJ, dancing on the bar and all the wine you can drink after midnight. Arrive early to guarantee admission.

NightGallery DC
Large-scale photography slideshows will be projected onto the facades of well-known D.C. buildings every night between 5 and 10 as part of FotoWeek DC. Tonight, gather in the glass-roofed Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery (enter on G Street) to watch the art flash by.

Reopening of the National Museum of American Histroy
Parachute demonstrations by the Army's Golden Knights, a brass band, the firing of a cannon from the War of 1812, a reading of the Gettysburg Address and free refreshments all are part of the museum's grand reopening celebration.

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade
Floats and bands march through Silver Spring during this early Thanksgiving celebration.

'Activate: The Source Grand Opening' at the Source Theatre
To celebrate the renovation of the 14th Street theater, the Source hosts an open house with workshops, performances and classes. If you ever wanted to learn about stage combat, this is your chance.

Bobby Felder's Capitol All-Stars at the Millennium Stage
A night of doo-wop, soul and girl-group sounds at the Kennedy Center honors the legacy of U Street's now-shuttered Howard Theatre. Legendary vocal groups the Orioles and the Jewels are featured, along with Bobby Felder, who was a regular on D.C.'s R&B circuit in the '50s and '60s.

-- Fritz

By David Malitz  | November 17, 2008; 1:33 PM ET
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There will be another free and fun event on Thursday from 8:00 - 10:00 for ladies who want tips on how to wear their "Little Black Dresses" in style for the holidays. It is being jointly sponsored by the Little Black Dress Club of DC ( ) and Current Boutique of Arlington. They will have wine and snacks on hand and will feature fashion consultant Cathy Phillips. Current Boutique is located between the Court House and Clarendon metro stops at 2529 Wilson Blvd.

Posted by: VirginiaHoya | November 18, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

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