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Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 05/19/2009

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

"Foodjects" is filled with all kinds of interesting and odd creations, like this hybrid between a Spanish copa wine glass and a porron wine-drinking bottle. (Martin Azua)

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

See You Next Tuesday at the Wonderland Ballroom
The popular electro/house/club/hip-hop disco weekly returns to Columbia Heights, much to the delight of the young, trendy crowd who came out to dance last week. This time around, the guest DJs hail from the enormously popular Swedish Web site Discobelle, which posts mixes and remixes from DJs around the world. Admission is free; Miller High Life is $3 all night.

Malaysian Batik Fashion Show at the Torpedo Factory
Friends of the Torpedo Factory and Batik designer Sharifah Maheran Barakbah present a parade of one-of-a-kind pieces, which have been covered with melted wax before being dyed. When the wax is desolved, patterns and textures remain on the cloth. Refreshments will be served at tonight's show, and reservations are recommended.

'Foodjects: Design and the New Cuisine in Spain' at Apartment Zero
One of the more unusual exhibits you're likely to see this summer is a showcase of everyday objects -- wine glasses, spoons, water jugs -- re-imagined by Spanish designers. They are all works of art unto themselves.

'Haunted: Mary Chiaramonte' at Long View Gallery
The curators couldn't have picked a more apt title for this show. Chiaramonte's expressively painted figures -- almost none of which show their face -- stay with you long after you leave the gallery.

'Monsieur Verdoux' at the National Gallery of Art
Charlie Chaplin directed and starred in this 1947 black comedy about a banker who begins marrying (and killing) rich widows for their money after he's laid off. Martha Raye and William Frawley are among the familiar faces playing supporting roles.

National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol
Opera star Denyce Graves, country singer Trace Adkins, "American Idol" Katharine McPhee, classical pianist Lang Lang and Broadway stars Brian Stokes Mitchell and Colm Wilkinson join Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, Colin Powell and the National Symphony Orchestra on the Capitol's West Lawn for this annual concert.

National Memorial Day Parade
Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Feller and actor Ernest Borgnine -- both World War II veterans -- are honored at the annual parade on Constitution Avenue, which features marching bands, floats, soldiers and veterans groups.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | May 19, 2009; 10:08 AM ET
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See You Next Tuesday... naughty

Posted by: Kev29 | May 19, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

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