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Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 12/ 1/2008

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

"The Mourning Forest," which took the Grand Prix at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2007, screens at the Freer Gallery of Art on Friday. (Celluloid Dreams)

Clipse at Commonwealth
The gritty Virginia Beach rap duo comes to town to debut its new Play Cloths clothing line give a brief live performance.

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Opening
The U.S. Capitol opens its $621 million Visitors Center, a three-story underground complex with movie theaters and an exhibition hall.

Robert Wallace and Keith Melton: 'Spycraft'
Ever want to know what kind of gadgets and super-secret technologies U.S. spies really use? Find out at this lunch-hour lecture by Robert Wallace and Keith Melton, co-authors of "Spycraft."

National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House
At 5 p.m., President Bush flicks a switch to illuminate the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse.

'The Mourning Forest' at the Freer Gallery's Meyer Auditorium
Naomi Kawase's film, the winner of the Grand Prix at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of an elderly widower and his young caregiver on a day trip in the Japanese countryside.

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights in Old Town Alexandria
Alexandria's harbor lights up when more than 50 brightly lit sailing and powered leisure boats cruise the Potomac at the City's historic waterfront.

Wolf Trap Sing-A-Long
This holiday tradition marks its 40th anniversary with the Marine Band and a 400-voice choir leading the Washington area in song.

'Images from NASA: Photos by Bill Ingalls' at the Washington School of Photography
Bill Ingalls, an official photographer for NASA, shows off his images, including the Kennedy Space Center, the inside of a DC-8 and a flight through a hurricane, as part of FotoWeek DC.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | December 1, 2008; 12:44 PM ET
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There's also an alternative crafts fair this Saturday in Takoma Park, with profits going to charities.

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FREE Live standup comedy show
by local standup comics
$25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show
Every Wednesday night
8 to 10 pm
Ha-Ha at Ri-Ra
Ri-Ra Irish Pub
2915 Wilson Blvd
Arlington,VA 22201

FREE Live standup comedy show
by local standup comics
$25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show
Every Thursday night
8 to 10 pm
Topaz Hotel Bar
1733 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-2801

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