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Posted at 3:21 PM ET, 01/26/2009

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

Dancing dragons and a five-story firecracker help welcome the Year of the Ox in Chinatown on Sunday. (Michael Lutzky/The Washington Post)

George Pelecanos at the Arlington County Central Library
Washington's finest crime novelist, also known for his work on "The Wire," discusses his most recent work, "The Turnaround."

The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Kennedy Center
See the opera stars of tomorrow as the Washington National Opera's young artists in residence perform arias and scenes from popular works like "Don Giovanni" and "Roméo et Juliette," accompanied by a pianist.

Truffles by J.Chocolatier at ACKC Cocoa Gallery
Sample luscious treats from the new J.Chocolatier. Free gourmet chocolate, people. Do we need to spell it out?

Michael J. Fox Face-to-Face Portrait Talk
Curator of photographs Ann Shumard leads a short talk on the gallery's new portrait of actor Michael J. Fox by artist Steve Pyke.

Fatback DJs at Cafe Saint-Ex
We don't always recommend dealing with the crowds at Saint-Ex on a Friday night, but the Fatback DJs have knocked us out with their mix of soul, rare grooves, vintage funk and old-school hip-hop on a couple of occasions in the last month, so this weekend may be worth the effort.

Millennium Stage 12th Anniversary at the Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center's free daily performance series turns 12 with a Broadway-themed celebration in the Opera House. The event is co-hosted by nine-time Tony Award nominee Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics for "Godspell" and "Wicked") and Tony-winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell ("Kiss Me, Kate," "Man of La Mancha," "Ragtime"). Performances feature Tony winners Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens ("Ragtime" and "Once on This Island"); Tony nominee Scott Frankel and Michael Korie ("Grey Gardens"); and three-time Tony nominee Jeanine Tesori ("Caroline" and "Or Change").

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade
Super Bowl? What Super Bowl? Crowds flock to the Friendship Arch in Chinatown for dragon dancers and a five-story-tall firecracker.

Howard Zinn at Busboys and Poets
Renowned historian Howard Zinn is the author of "The People's History of the United States," the groundbreaking work that showed American history as it related to the working class, slaves, Native Americans and the urban poor -- those whose views are missing in most history books. At Busboy and Poets, he'll discuss the historic nature of the election of Barack Obama, and what it means for the country.

By Fritz Hahn  | January 26, 2009; 3:21 PM ET
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Just a technical point, "Caroline, or Change" (in your Millenium Stage entry) is just one musical.

Posted by: oceanchild | January 26, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Still not corrected? What happened to all the copy editors.

Posted by: subwayguy | January 27, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

The place for fabulous women to be on
Friday, January 30, 2009, 6:30 to 9:30 PM

The Little Black Dress Club ( and Eyebar invite women to the launch party celebrating the premiere of the women’s social networking club based in Washington, D.C. The event will feature $5 glasses of Chandon Champagne and $7 Little Black Dress Cocktails (Champagne, Chambord and Crème de Cacao) in honor of this great women's group. Other drink specials include $3 beer, $4 wine and rail drinks, $5 mixed drinks and $6 martinis. Free gift bags will be given to the first 50 members to arrive.

1716 I St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
Metro Access: Farragut West and Farragut North

Posted by: scubahoya | January 27, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

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