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Posted at 2:06 PM ET, 01/ 5/2009

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 events@washingtonpost.com.

Monday
Sabor Mondays at Lima
Did you make resolutions to pinch pennies and learn how to dance in 2009? Get a head start on both tonight at Lima: Free salsa lessons begin at 9 p.m., and women get an open bar from 9 to 11.

Tuesday
Intro to Improv Workshops at the Children's Studio School
Ever wanted to learn the basics of improv comedy? The Washington Improv Theater offers free beginner classes between the 6th and the 11th.

Wednesday
Going Out Guide Happy Hour at Bourbon
The Going Out Guide kicks off a series of monthly happy hours with free food, drink specials, giveaways and music provided by DJ Stylus of the Poemcees (aka our own Guru Rhome Anderson).

Thursday
Snowy Winter Nights at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
The Torpedo Factory kicks off its 35th year with a scavenger hunt through the Old Town Alexandria arts center, a candy buffet and a chance to wander through artists' studios to see their latest creations.

Friday
'Cory Oberndorfer: Flavor of the Month' Opening at Flashpoint
Cory Oberndorfer's new show at Flashpoint features large images of roller-derby girls, so it's only natural that the opening party -- tonight from 6 to 10 -- will feature "girls on skates and junk food," plus music by DJ Anish.

Saturday
Open House at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
Make your own checkerboard set, take a dance class or learn how to create a piece of mixed-media art at a preview of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop's spring series.

Sunday
Black Box: Ori Gersht at the Hirshhorn
The three slow-motion video works, starring trees, a pomegranate and a vase of flowers, "contain mayhem by gunfire, explosion and saw," reports art critic Michael O'Sullivan.

Monday
Ripley at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage
Tony-nominated actress Alice Ripley has appeared on Broadway in "Sunset Boulevard," "Les Miserables" and "The Rocky Horror Show." See another side to her at the Kennedy Center as she performs with her punk-pop band Ripley.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | January 5, 2009; 2:06 PM ET
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The way the going-out gurus blog shows up in Google reader has been different and more difficult to read lately. Can this be changed back? I enjoy these updates, but usually don't have time to click through to the site.

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