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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 11/24/2008

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

Buck Hill, who earned the nickname "The Swinging Mailman" in D.C. jazz clubs in the '50s and '60s, brings his sax to the Kennedy Center. (Tyler Mallory)

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.

D.C. Karaoke Showdown at the Rock and Roll Hotel
Sticky Rice's month-long karaoke contest comes to a head at the Rock and Roll Hotel, where the top singers from the last three weeks compete for big prizes. In between karaoke sessions, catch DJs and live music from local bands.

Rockers International at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Thankful you don't have to go to work on Thursday? You'll be extra thankful that Eighteenth Street Lounge waives its cover charge until 11 p.m., allowing you to catch live reggae by See-I and Rockers International, plus special guest DJ Rob Paine.

Hard Bop Heaven at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage
Saxman Buck Hill, who was one of the giants of the local jazz scene in the '50s and '60s, is joined by the Larry Willis Trio, Jacques "The Saxman" Johnson and Friends, and Dr. Bill Clark to remember the hard-swinging bop performed at long-closed clubs like Abarts and The Hollywood.

National Harbor Tree Lighting Ceremony
Watch the lighting of a 65-foot tree followed by a fireworks display. The National Children's Museum, scheduled to open in 2012, sponsors family-friendly entertainment and activities.

Scottish Heritage Preview at the Lyceum
The week before Alexandria's Scottish-themed holiday parade, head to the Lyceum for an afternoon of music, Highland dancing, food and Scottish dogs.

'Herblock's Presidents: Puncturing Pomposity' at National Portrait Gallery
With election season over, this is your last chance to see 55 years of presidential character sketches from the pen of The Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist.

Frank Zappa Mini-Festival at the Library of Congress
A double bill of Zappa includes "The Amazing Mr. Bickford," a claymation tale of brawling monsters and aliens over a Zappa soundtrack, and the live concert film "Does Humor Belong in Music?" The latter will turn any non-believer into a Zappa fan.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | November 24, 2008; 1:30 PM ET
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