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Posted at 1:50 PM ET, 05/ 4/2009

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

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.)

Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour at the Park at 14th
A coalition of Hispanic professional and social groups organizes this annual affair, which features an open bar from 5 to 6, free food from 5 to 7, dancing and other surprises.

Fresh: An Exhibition of Urban Contemporary Art at the Torpedo Factory
Wednesday is the grand opening of this exhibit, which examines graffiti, pop art, figurative works and lowbrow concepts -- all part of the urban contemporary art scene.

Kay Ryan at the Library of Congress
The nation's 16th poet laureate reads from her own works. While admission is free, arrive early -- last fall, she read to standing-room-only crowds.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Kickoff at the Smithsonian
From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., artisans show off traditional Asian crafts, from Korean calligraphy to Mongolian watercolor painting and mask making in the Natural History Museum's rotunda. Then, at the American Art Museum at 6 p.m., the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company performs three works that explore Asian-American cultural identity through dance.

Good Weather: Yoga on the Mall
Bring your downward dog to 15th and Constitution for a free outdoor class as part of DC Yoga Week.

Otherwise: European Union Open House
European embassies open their doors to the public to show off their culture and offer food and drink.

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
Original works of art and craftsmanship from 150 artists will be on display and for sale at this juried show. There will also be food and live entertainment.

Jaromir Funke and the Amateur Avant-Garde at the National Gallery of Art
These modernist Czech photographers, who were active in the 1920s and '30s, had a knack for using cubism and surrealism in their images.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | May 4, 2009; 1:50 PM ET
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