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Posted at 2:49 PM ET, 02/23/2009

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
"When Oud Speaks" at the Kennedy Center
The first free concert of the Kennedy Center's mammoth "Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World" festival features the Oud Knights with Amina and Shayma. Amina and Shayma are a female duo from Bahrain who play the oud, an ancient precursor of the lute.

Tuesday
Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade
The annual family-friendly Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade will feature floats from local merchants, live music and beads. Floats run down Wilson Boulevard between the Court House and Clarendon Metro stations. Afterwards, the party continues at nearby bars; Whitlow's on Wilson has a special concert with no cover charge.

Wednesday
After Five: Arts of the Islamic World at the Freer Gallery of Art
Ever wish museums were open later so you could browse exhibits after work? The Freer's After Five talks and tours are the answer. Tonight's guided tour of the Freer's Islamic objects includes art from Southern Spain, North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, with works dating back to the 7th Century.

Thursday
Better Days at Napoleon
Local DJ standouts Dave Nada (Nadastrom) and Harry Dixon (the Coolout) combine at a new underground night of electro, house and global grooves.

Friday
Campfire Ghost Stories at Transformer Gallery
Forget the latest Friday the 13th movie. As part of Transformer's Summer Camp series, John Warfield, the lead investigator for the Metro-Area Ghostwatchers, talks about his experiences with the supernatural and offers slides of spooky images he's taken while in the field. The talk runs from 6:30 to 8.

Saturday
Louise Bourgeois at the Hirshhorn
This brand-new survey of the French-born artist's works includes paintings, drawings and sculpture highlighting her varied avant-garde style.

Sunday
Design S/Swedish Design Award at the House of Sweden
Swedish design has become synonymous with clean, functional modernism -- objects that look as good as they work. The entries in the 2008 Swedish Design Awards -- furniture, housewares, jewelry, bicycles, mobile phones, even clerical vestments -- are on display at the House of Sweden in an exhibit co-sponsored by the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Monday
Adam Gopnik at Politics and Prose
The bestselling author and New Yorker staff writer discusses Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin -- both born Feb. 12, 1809 -- and how the two men changed the world.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | February 23, 2009; 2:49 PM ET
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