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Posted at 3:20 PM ET, 05/11/2009

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

'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.

'An Evening of Chinese Culture: Turandot' at the National Geographic Society
In honor of the Washington National Opera's "Turandot" and National Geographic's upcoming exhibit, "Terra Cotta Warriors," the two groups join forces for an evening of Chinese culture. Museum Director Susan Norton will discuss the warrior statues, which will arrive in Washington in November, while the opera's Christina Scheppelmann will talk about Puccini's "Turandot," set in ancient China. Soprano Jennifer Lynn Waters and tenor José Ortega perform songs from the opera, including "Nessun Dorma." No RSVP is required.

Big Songs From a Big Collapse: The Music of the Great Depression at the National Archives
When the Great Depression hit, the hedonistic tunes of the Roaring '20s faded away, and popular songs began to focus on unemployment, a dislike of the rich and social unrest. (Even Ella Fitzgerald sang a song that went "Let's go slumming, nose thumbing, on Park Avenue.") Music historian Michael Lasser, host of the syndicated radio show "Fascinatin' Rhythm," discusses the class consciousness of these songs during a special lunchtime lecture.

Going Out Guide Happy Hour at Caddies on Cordell
The Going Out Gurus are taking our monthly happy hour to Bethesda, with free food (sliders, quesadillas, wings), free Golden Tee, $2 Yuenglings and Miller Lite drafts and $5 cocktails on the spacious patio at Caddies. We'll also be giving away two pairs of tickets to see Coldplay at Nissan Pavilion and a pair of passes to watch Tiger Woods walk the fairways at the AT&T National golf tournament.

'Dirty Dancing' at the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival
This summer's movies-under-the-stars film series in Rosslyn's Gateway Park is flashing back to the greatest films of the '80s. Tonight, sparks fly between hunky summer camp dance instructor Patrick Swayze and a post-"Ferris Bueller"/pre-rhinoplasty Jennifer Grey in "Dirty Dancing." Bring a picnic and make a night of it.

Mid-City Artists Open Studios Tour
Painters, photographers, sculptors and other artists open their Dupont and Logan Circle-area studios to the public. As Weekend Section art critic Michael O'Sullivan says, "Think of it as a cultural pub crawl -- yes, there are often libations and snacks along the way -- only with something more interesting to look at than that smudgy mirror behind the bar."

German Academic All-Star Jazz Ensemble at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage
In what sounds like a cross between "Fame" and "Making the Band," students from Germany's top music colleges participated in a national competition for jazz instrumentalists, who then came to America to study as part of the German Academic Exchange Service. An "impromptu ensemble" of these top jazz scholars performs new and classic works on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage at 6 p.m., and if you doubt that German jazz can really swing, listen to a 2008 performance on the Kennedy Center's Web site.

Conner Contemporary 10th Anniversary
The renowned Connor Contemporary Art gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary with an exhibition of works by painter Erik Sandberg, photographer Dean Kessmann and video artist Isaac Mailselman.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | May 11, 2009; 3:20 PM ET
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