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Posted at 1:26 PM ET, 12/15/2008

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

Free tickets are required for the lighting of the National Menorah on Sunday night. (Photo by Robert A. Reeder/The Washington Post)

Mama Tried at the Millennium Stage
WAMMIE Award-winning vocalist and banjo player Randy Barrett and a crew of dedicated Washington-area musicians have developed their own bluegrass sound.

The World Bank Group and IMF Chorus Present Handel's Messiah
Take a long lunch break to hear the singers of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund perform Handel's holiday classic.

'Quasi-Painting' at the Randall Scott Gallery
A new exhibit showcases nine different artists who all have painterly sensibilities (think more abstract, less linear), whether they're painting, shooting photos or sculpting.

Project Natale at the American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum's monthly Take Five! event features music from the lively Latin Jazz ensemble Project Natale. The group will be performing tunes from its holiday CD in the all-weather Kogod Courtyard.

'Blithe Spirit' at the National Gallery of Art
In this 1945 film adaption of Noel Coward's play, a widower's first wife returns as a ghost and conspires to wreck his second marriage. Rex Harrison and Kay Hammond star in this recently restored version, which was directed by David Lean. (If you can't sneak out on Friday afternoon, it also screens on Saturday.)

Ladies Night at kstreet Lounge
This one's just for the ladies: RSVP for free admission at kstreet from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., and take advantage of an open-bar happy hour from 10 to midnight.

Hanukkah on the Ellipse
The lighting of the National Menorah features performances by the Three Cantors and the U.S. Navy Band, plus free hot latkes and donuts. Free tickets are available from

Festival of Lights at the Mormon Temple
This annual festival features musical performances, a live nativity scene, dozens of creches and more than 450,000 lights.

By Fritz Hahn  | December 15, 2008; 1:26 PM ET
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