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Posted at 2:19 PM ET, 04/27/2009

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

Dancers and musicians perform at a Cinco de Mayo festival on the National Mall on Sunday. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

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

Poetry Out Loud with Natalie Merchant and Garrison Keillor at Lisner Auditorium
Watch the Capitals (With Free Beer) at Darlington House

The Poetry Out Loud contest features high school students from across the country reciting their favorite poems. Tonight's finals feature special guests, including Garrison Keillor and Tyne Daly. Singer Natalie Merchant will perform "a short set of poetry-inspired songs."

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that the Washington Capitals have come back from three-games-to-one deficit to tie their playoff series against the New York Rangers, and everything's riding on tonight's game seven. Sports bars across town should have the game on, but at Darlington House's Cantina, they're offering food and drink specials all night, plus a free beer for every goal the Caps score.

Flirt at Stir
Flirt drew packed houses and plenty of celebrities (Diddy, Clinton Portis, Gilbert Arenas) when it was the Wednesday happy hour at the now-closed MCCXXIII. This week, Flirt makes its move to the new Stir Lounge. An open bar -- free beer, wine and cocktails -- runs from 5 to 7. Small bites (oysters, wings, flatbreads, etc.) are available from a special menu all night. Even better: For the grand opening, Biz Markie is spinning old-school hits. Doors open at 5, and early arrival is highly suggested.

'Touched by Fire' at the Adamson Gallery
Haunting works by French photographer Martin d'Orgeval show the aftermath of a fire at a Parisian taxidermy shop.

'Computer Image Analysis in the Study of Art' at the National Gallery of Art
Physicist David Stork discusses the technology he created to allow people to travel into the virtual world of paintings from "The Girl With the Pearl Earring" to "Las Meninas."

'In Praise of Independents: The Flaherty' at the National Gallery of Art
The annual Flaherty film seminar brings independent filmmakers, scholars and critics together for six days of screenings and discussion in upstate New York. This weekend, the National Gallery of Art is showing a selection of films from the most recent Flaherty, where the common topic was "The Age of Migration." There are two programs on Saturday. The first, at 2, features three short films: "Squggle," the tale of an Indian filmmaker's homecoming; "Lefkosía" is a silent film documenting a checkpoint between divided Turkish North Cyprus and Greek South Cyprus; and "Border," which tells of story of African refugees who try to cross from France to England. Then, at 3:30, the film is the award-winning "Half Moon," about a Kurdish band that travels through the Iraq-Iran border region as it attempts to organize a concert in Iraq. Both screenings are free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cinco de Mayo Festival on the National Mall
The 17th annual festival at the Sylvan Theatre celebrates Latin American culture with live music, dance performances, games, a marketplace and activities for children.

National Hairball Awareness Day at the National Museum of Health and Medicine
In what must be the gross-out pick of the week, see outstanding examples of nine human and animal hairballs from the museum's collection and learn about how they occur. (This is your last chance to see this temporary exhibit.)

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | April 27, 2009; 2:19 PM ET
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Perhaps they should rename it "Cinco de Swine Flu."

Posted by: swmuva | April 28, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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