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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 04/ 6/2009

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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

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 The Smithsonian has extended the exhibit and public comment period through April 19 -- a team of judges picks the winner next month.

Sonora at Cafe Saint-Ex
A night of old-school salsa, merengue, cha cha, rumba and other Latin jams, spun by Rattan DJ (of the great salsa band Bio Ritmo) and DJ Neville C from the original vinyl. No CDs or computers allowed.

Howard University Jazz Faculty Concert at the Blackburn Center
As part of Jazz Week 2009, the faculty of Howard University's Department of Music (and some special guests) presents a lunchtime concert.

The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad at National Geographic
As part of its Rhythm Road cultural diplomacy project, the U.S. State Department sends American musicians all over the world to perform for foreign audiences. The Hoppin' John String Band (listen), which plays traditional Appalachian tunes, and the Ryan Cohan Quartet (listen), which performs modern jazz and blues, are among the next groups to ship out. But before they do, they're teaming up for an after-work concert at National Geographic. The Ryan Cohan Quartet takes the stage at 6 p.m.; the Hoppin' John String Band follows at 7:15.

Lovefingers and Beautiful Swimmers at Comet Ping Pong
Looking for a sweaty, funky party with deep grooves and crazy disco? New York's Lovefingers and Lee Douglas provide the beats tonight in the back room at Comet Ping Pong, joined by Beautiful Swimmers, Mondo and C-Rob. Wear your most comfortable dancing shoes.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks Show on the Southwestern Waterfront
The Cherry Blossom Festival wraps up with a bang on the Southwest Waterfront. The fireworks show lasts from 8:30 to 9. Before that, there's a family-friendly fair with live music, children's activities and a selection of food and drinks from local restaurants.

The University Choir of the Balearic Islands at the Kennedy Center
The University Choir of the Balearic Islands -- that's an archipelago off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea -- presents a program of Spanish music ranging from medieval works to contemporary compositions.

'Stanley Mouse: Grateful Life' at Govinda Gallery
Painter Stanley Mouse is best known for the iconic concert posters and album covers he created for the Grateful Dead -- think combinations of skulls and roses -- but he also worked with many other artists of the era, from Big Brother and the Holding Company to the Steve Miller Band. Vintage paintings and new works hang in this show at Georgetown's Govinda Gallery. Mouse himself will attend the April 13 opening celebration.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | April 6, 2009; 11:36 AM ET
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According to the website, the African American History and Culture exhibit now closes April 19. So is today just the last to comment? If so, I may trek over soon to complain about how huge this designs are and why this isn't a part of the American History Museum.

Posted by: patrickneil | April 6, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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