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Posted at 9:42 PM ET, 05/26/2009

Free and Easy Events

By Stephanie Merry

Luis Melendez: Master of the Spanish Still Life at the National Gallery
Spanish still-life artist Luis Melendez had painting bowls of fruit down to a science. Check out the National Gallery's new exhibition of his works, from pears that seem to pop off the page to ultra-realistic bottles reflecting light from some hidden window.

Herndon Festival
The Herndon Festival will be kicking off to the sounds of A-ha and Def Leppard thanks to a performance by Washington's favorite '80s cover band, the Legwarmers. Ruthie Foster and Eric Scott will also perform, followed by a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

Artomatic 2009
Celebrating its 10th year, Artomatic gets started on Friday night with an evening of live music, walls upon walls of work by local artists and a theatrical performance of "The Last Days of King Solomon." Screenings of local short films will also be playing from noon to 1 a.m.

WalkingTown, DC's Spring Tours
Cultural Tourism DC celebrates spring by offering 120 free tours all over D.C. (including some on bikes). Find out about the history of jazz along U Street, the important Washingtonians buried in the Congressional Cemetery and little-known facts on memorials along the Mall.

Eastern Market Music Series
The annual free music starts this weekend with weekly performances through June. This Sunday, the series gets underway with two performances on Sunday, including jazz by Project Natale at 10:30 a.m. and a cappella from Reverb at 1 p.m.

Cities and Urban Living at the Goethe-Institut
The EuroAsia Shorts film festival kicks off with films from countries as varied as South Korea and Italy. The movies all follow the theme of urban living, so expect to see everything from Parisian taxi drivers to the crazy lights of Tokyo at night.

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | May 26, 2009; 9:42 PM ET
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Is there booze available at the Artomatic opening?

Posted by: Periodista1 | May 28, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

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