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Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 03/ 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.

Looking for more ideas? See the Weekend Section's guide to free events in the month of March.

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.

Tuesday
'Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968' at the S. Dillon Ripley Center

Documenting the period between the Montgomery bus boycott and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., these powerful black-and-white photographs trace the history of the civil rights movement. This show closes on Monday, March 9.

Wednesday
B'net Houariyat at Millennium Stage
Five women from the Marrakech region of Morocco mix traditional and urban styles of music and dance to tell stories about the role and condition of women in Islam. This performance is part of the Kennedy Center's Arabesque festival.

Thursday
Making HerStory at the Sewall-Belmont House
In honor of Women's History Month, the Sewall-Belmont House exhibits works by 25 local female artists. Tonight's opening celebration runs from 6 to 8.

Friday
Funky Movement 2009 at Dahlak
Larry Grogan, the man behind the enormously popular Funky 16 Corners soul and funk blog, and his partner-in-crime DJ Prestige join DJ Nitekrawler for a night of killer old-school dance music at Moneytown.

Saturday
Women's History Month Family Day at the American Art Museum
Clara Barton will be on hand to celebrate women's history with hands-on activities, an a cappella concert, a scavenger hunt and dance performances.

Sunday
'Cruel Story of Youth' at the National Gallery of Art
Nagisa Oshima's edgy 1960 film, which involves restless teenagers, hitchhiking and urban crime, helped kickstart the new wave of Japanese cinema. It's shown twice this weekend as part of a Oshima retrospective.

Monday
Nine on the Ninth at Busboys and Poets
At 9 p.m. on the ninth day of the month, Busboys and Poets's poet-in-residence Derrick Weston Brown invites everyone to share their stories at the restaurant's open mike.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | March 2, 2009; 12:52 PM ET
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