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Posted at 1:31 PM ET, 02/ 2/2009

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
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.

Tuesday
'The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise' at the National Museum of American History
More than 100 images of black America from the 1920s through the 1950s, taken by Addison Scurlock and his sons, who ran a photographic studio on U Street.

Wednesday
Fuzz at Cafe Saint-Ex
Holy guest stars! Geologist of the highly-rated indie group Animal Collective joins DJs DJs Neville C. and Provoke at Fuzz, Saint-Ex's monthly night of psychedelic rock, freakbeat, folk and '60s rock.

Thursday
An American Conversation With Henry Louis Gates Jr. at the National Archives
The Harvard professor and founder of The Root discusses geneaology and his book "In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past."

Friday
Moneytown at Dahlak
Attention, fans of cult free-form radio station WFMU: Mr. Fine Wine, whose weekly show "Downtown Soulville" has highlighted outstanding American soul and funk records for the past 15 years, is making a special apprarance at Moneytown tonight. He's no stranger to dance clubs; he's got a residency at New York's APT and guest spots all over the globe. DJ Nitekrawler hosts the all-original-vinyl party.

Saturday
Lincoln Family Day at the National Archives
Meet Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln, listen to songs of the Civil War era, deliver the Gettysburg Address and decipher secret telegrams at the Archives' all-ages celebration of Abraham Lincoln.

Sunday
'Ballyhoo! Posters as Portraits' at the National Portrait Gallery
This weekend is your final chance to see this retrospective of the ways in which publicity helps shape celebrity, and vice versa, from John Wilkes Booth to Bob Dylan.

Monday
Gallery Talk: The Shaw Memorial at the National Gallery of Art
As part of the Lincoln Bicentennial, National Gallery staffers lead daily discussions of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens's "Shaw Memorial," which honors Colonel Robert Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment -- the African-American regiment immortalized in the film "Glory."

By Fritz Hahn  | February 2, 2009; 1:31 PM ET
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