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Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 03/30/2009

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

Budding female DJs can try out the turntables at the Black Cat and get lessons from professional mixmasters, including the Pinstriped Rebel (a k a Les Talusan) on Tuesday night. (Courtesy of Les Talusan/Girls Rock DC)

The University of Maryland Brass Quintet at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage
As part of Music in Our Schools Month, the University of Maryland Brass Quintet and the Saint James School Choir span the centuries to perform a selection of Renaissance songs as well as 20th-century compositions by Jerome Kern and Eric Ewazen.

Girls Rock DJ Lessons at the Black Cat
If you found yourself dancing at a club last weekend, chances are very good that the person selecting the music was male. The Girls Rock DC team, which runs a camp to empower young female musicians, is trying to change that. Veteran DJs Bullet and K La Rock are offering a women-only intro-to-DJing class to give beginners some hands-on experience with equipment and mixing between songs. TUESDAY UPDATE: The class is now full.

"The Jazz Baroness" at the Library of Congress
A 2009 BBC documentary tells the curious story of British heiress Pannonica de Koenigswarter, a devoted jazz fan. She was a friend to pianist Thelonious Monk -- going so far as to take the rap when the pair were caught with marijuana -- and the legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker, who died in her hotel room. This screening is part of Jazz Appreciation Month.

The Electric Cabaret at Muse Lounge
A new weekly night of house and techno kicks off at Muse Lounge with Canadian-born, Berlin-based DJ Jeremy Caulfield and Florida's Q Burns Abstract Message. There's a $10 cover charge, but you can skip that before midnight if you RSVP on Facebook.

"The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene" at the Renwick Gallery
An exquisite new exhibition at the Renwick features furniture, stained glass and metalwork by Charles and Henry Greene, leaders of the Arts and Crafts style that flourished 100 years ago.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and Sakura Matsuri Street Festival
The annual Cherry Blossom Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue brings marching bands, dancers, floats and classic cars to Constitution Avenue. "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek serves as grand marshal, and entertainment includes Sesame Street characters, former "American Idol" contestant Kimberley Locke, disco singer Thelma Houston, tween idol Joey Page, Miss America Katie Stam and Broadway performers from "Mamma Mia" and "Chicago."

Once the parade has ended, walk over to Pennsylvania Avenue, where the Sakura Matsuri Street Festival features martial arts demonstrations, live music, sake and tea tasting, cultural exhibits and a Japanese marketplace, plus food from 20 Japanese restaurants and a pair of beer gardens.

Cherry Blossom Rugby Tournament at Rosecroft Raceway
The annual competition features men's club teams and high school and college competitors from all over the U.S., as well as invited international sides.

National Museum of African American History and Culture's Architectural Design Competition Submissions
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is scheduled to open in 2015. But before the museum can be constructed, a design has to be chosen. Six architecture teams have submitted models, which are now on display in the Smithsonian Castle, and the public is invited to view and comment on them. Today is your final chance to let your thoughts be known -- a team of judges picks the winner next month.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | March 30, 2009; 11:27 AM ET
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