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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 07/ 6/2009

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

Robert Taylor demonstrates breakdancing moves in 1984's "Beat Street." Watch the classic film, then see the current generation of B-boys and B-girls show off their moves at Friday's "Freshest of All Time" competition. (Michael Ginsburg/File Photo)

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'An Antiquity of Imagination: Tullio Lombardo and Venetian High Renaissance Sculpture' at the National Gallery of Art
This major retrospective of the 16th century painter's work, which both inspired and was influenced by Venetian Renaissance painters, opened on July 4.

'Voices Remix: A People's History of the United States' at the Kennedy Center
Poets, activists, authors and DJs use the spoken word to tell another side of America's history -- that of the progressives, activists and dissenters who worked for change but aren't always featured in history books. This event, part of the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival, will be held in the Terrace Theatre, not on the Millennium Stage.

Kostume Karaoke at Solly's
The twice-monthly Kostume Karaoke will spend part of tonight honoring the late Michael Jackson. Wear your favorite outfit to perform, or borrow props and costumes from the bar's collection before going on stage.

Going Out Gurus Happy Hour at BLT Steak
This month's gathering is on the rooftop of BLT Steak, which offers views of the monuments, the White House and other downtown landmarks. As always, there will be free food and drink specials, but you can also meet the editors of the Washington Post Magazine's Date Lab, sign up to go on a date, and get a free consultation from a matchmaker.

Freshest of All Time at St. Stephen's Church
The B-Boys and B-Girls will be out in force for a full night of poppin' and lockin', as breakdance crews from across the U.S. and abroad battle for bragging rights and a cash prize. The night kicks off at 6 with a screening of the 1984 hip-hop classic "Beat Street," followed by the competition. (Want to enter? Sign up by 3 p.m.)

USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration
If you didn't get your fireworks fix on July 4, head to Alexandria's annual birthday party. The centerpiece is the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's famous 1812 Overture, complete with cannon fire, and fireworks at 9:30.

Mongolian Naadam Festival
Travel to the other side of the world in Arlington: The annual Mongolian cultural and sports festival features wrestling, throat singing, contortionists, live music, and traditional mask dancing.

The Fringe at Steve's Bar Room
Ever wonder where the cool kids hang out on a Monday night? They're probably among the packed crowds hanging out until the wee hours and listening to DJ Tru and Dimitrius George spin electro and remixes. This time around, local DJ Harry Dixon is the guest.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | July 6, 2009; 12:07 PM ET
Categories:  Events, Free and Cheap  
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