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Posted at 3:50 PM ET, 04/20/2009

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

The Rev. Joseph Lowery, who asked America to look forward to the day when "black will not be asked to get back, [and] when brown can stick around" during the inaugural invocation, will discuss race and the civil rights movement on Wednesday at the National Archives. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

Living Lincoln Series at Ford's Theatre
Lincoln's birthday may have come and gone but the bicentennial celebration continues at Ford's Theater with free weekly performances and discussions dedicated to the 16th president. This week, a panel of scholars led by Howard University's Edna Medford discusses race and emancipation in the age of Lincoln.

Hej Hej at Cafe Saint-Ex
The monthly night of Scandinavian pop and indie music gets a kick from Frodus/Cassettes frontman Shelby Cinca, who'll be spending the summer in the lovely city of Gothenburg, Sweden. There's no cover, and Iceland's Viking beer and Reyka vodka are on special all night.

'Legacy: Black and White in America' at the National Archives
The election of President Barack Obama, the civil rights movement of the '60s and the challenges facing African Americans today are all considered in a new 90-minute PBS documentary, "Legacy: Black and White in America," which will air later this spring. An hour of footage will be screened tonight, introduced by producer Richard Karz and followed by a panel discussion with University of Maryland professor Ronald Walters, Spellman College president Beverly Daniel Tatum, and reverend Joseph E. Lowery, who delivered the benediction at President Obama's inauguration.

Dance Invasion: BosmaDance at Torpedo Factory
The acclaimed BosmaDance company presents a preview of "Eternal Return," a new piece that receives its premiere at the Source Theatre next month, and works inspired by Torpedo Factory visual artists Jamaliah Morais and Diana Chamberlain.

Open Studios and Demonstrations in Mount Ranier
As part of Craft Week, the cluster of glass, ceramics and sculpture studios in Hyattsville and Mount Rainier are opening their doors for demonstrations of the creative process and behind-the-scenes tours.

Big Band Jam at the Sylvan Theater
The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra headlines a day of free big-band jazz ensembles on the Washington Monument grounds. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music, which runs from 1 to 6.

Angelina Ballerina Open House at the American Dance Institute
Know some children who are dreaming of becoming a ballet star? Bring them to the American Dance Institute's celebration of American Dance Week, where they can meet Angelina Ballerina, see and touch ballet costumes and props, watch performances and participate in dance activities.

Singles Night at Freddie's Beach Bar
Karaoke, Wii bowling and other activities for singles (and couples) at Crystal City's most vibrant bar.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | April 20, 2009; 3:50 PM ET
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