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Posted at 1:16 PM ET, 06/15/2009

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

Godzilla fights Mothra, a giant lobster and a giant condor in "Godzilla Versus the Sea Monster," screening Thursday at the Hirshhorn. This awesome poster is actually from the first Godzilla film, 1954's "Gojira." ((c)1954 Toho Co., Ltd.)

Origem at Millennium Stage
Get a taste of Brazil at the Kennedy Center from Origem, a Washington-area band composed of Brazilian-born musicians. They specialize in samba, bossa nova and other styles from the country's Northeast and Southeast regions.

'Urban Fossil' at Cross Mackenzie Ceramic Arts
Artist Paul Di Pasquale creates "very elegant, very creepy" sculptures from deconstructed guns.

Double Dagger at Crooked Beat Records
The Baltimore band (listen) uses only the most basic elements -- voice, bass, drums -- to make intense, dynamic punk rock.

'Godzilla versus the Sea Monster' at the Hirshhorn
Everyone's favorite Japanese monster fights Ebirah (a giant lobster), a giant condor and Mothra in this 1966 classic, screened as part of the Hirshhorn's "Summer Camp" film series.

Beautiful Swimmers at Comet Ping-Pong
Silver Spring's Beautiful Swimmers (listen) make a beautiful pastiche of disco, funk and rubbery late '70s R&B grooves that's a perfect soundtrack for poolside lounging. For this free show in Comet's back room, the duo is joined by similarly inspired artists Andrew Morgan, Mondo and C Rob.

Earth First Family Day at the Corcoran Gallery of Art
The free celebration of the environment includes live music, theater, art-making workshops and storytelling, plus guided tours of "Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes" and the gallery's permanent collection.

The Coolout at the Beacon Hotel
DJs Adrian Loving and Harry Hotter set off a soulful afternoon rooftop party. Get there early for drink specials.

The First Fort Reno Concert of the Year
We're still waiting for the full schedule of summer concerts at Fort Reno to be announced, but at least we know how it starts: tuneful indie rockers Pash (listen), the wicked grooves of Will Rast's Funk Ark (listen) and the ukelele-led Americana of the Sweater Set (listen). The show starts around 7:15. Bring a picnic, bring a frisbee, bring your dog, but leave the alcohol and glass bottles at home.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | June 15, 2009; 1:16 PM ET
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