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Posted at 2:50 PM ET, 06/ 1/2009

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

Everybody: Chaka Khan is performing for free on Woodrow Wilson Plaza this Wednesday. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Cities and Urban Living at the Goethe-Institut
The EuroAsia Shorts film festival kicks off with entries 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.

J.P. McDermott and Western Bop at Brookside Gardens
Fixtures on the Washington area's rockabilly and honky tonk scene, J.P. McDermott and Western Bop play a 6:30 p.m. concert in Brookside's beautiful Japanese-style gardens.

Chaka Khan at Live! On Woodrow Wilson Plaza
Legendary funk and soul singer Chaka Khan, known for hits like "I'm Every Woman," "I Feel For You" and "Through the Fire," kicks off the summer-long Live! On Woodrow Wilson Plaza concert series with a lunchtime performance.

Summer Jamz at Lima
DJ Dirty Hands was behind D.C.'s biggest underground hip-hop party, Soul Camp, before moving on to residencies at glitzy clubs like Love and spinning for celebrities at NBA All-Star Week events. Though he's a partner in the upscale Fly Lounge, Dirty Hands is taking over the turntables tonight at Lima for the debut of the new weekly Summer Jamz party. Admission is free all night.

The Continentals at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage
The Continentals are one of the area's best polka bands, featured at numerous Oktoberfest festivals and frequently found on the schedule at venues like Blob's Park. Tonight's rollicking performance at the Kennedy Center includes a free polka dance lesson from 5:30 to 6.

Best of "Pancake Mountain" at Artomatic
Once upon a time, we thought seeing Stevie Wonder or Johnny Cash on Sesame Street was as cool as music got on TV for kids. Then came Pancake Mountain, where you might find Ted Leo singing "Wheels on the Bus" and then launching his band into a supercharged "Little Dawn," while the pint-sized audience members pogoed along. Henry Rollins, Fiery Furnaces and Bright Eyes are among the stars that have all appeared on the locally-produced program, which appeals to kids and adults in equal measure. Catch some of the best episodes today from noon to 2 p.m. in Artomatic's screening room.

Jazz 'n Families Fun Days at the Phillips Collection
As part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, the Phillips hosts a weekend of live music, family-friendly stories and activities, and an instrument petting zoo. Admission to the museum is free for jazz and art lovers of all ages.

Paella Festival Kickoff at Jaleo
Enjoy free snacks at a happy hour marking the beginning of Jaleo's annual tribute to paella, the famous Spanish rice dish. The special guest is chef Quim Marques, a Barcelona-based restaurateur and author. RSVPs are suggested -- call the restaurant to reserve your place.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | June 1, 2009; 2:50 PM ET
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Chaka Khan is known for "Ain't Nobody," among the greatest songs ever written. A -glaring- omission.

Just saying.

Posted by: Periodista1 | June 1, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

You are right. It was, of course, also featured in "Breakin," which would be enough reason to post it. Hopefully she'll play it on Wednesday.

Posted by: Fritz Hahn | June 1, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

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