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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 07/18/2009

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

What could be better than seeing local-boy-made-good Benjy Ferree under the stars at Fort Reno? Seeing Benjy Ferree at Fort Reno with lots of free cake. (Bryan Whitson)

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Sunday's highlights include a performance by blue-eyed soul singer Robin Thicke, tricks from the Acrobats of China and the finals of the city's male and female jazz vocal competitions.

'Babe' at Columbia Town Center's Lakefront Summer Festival
It's a big night for outdoor movies -- Screen on the Green returns to the Mall and the Crystal City Superheroes series continues -- but if you have the kids in tow, the best destination is Columbia. The sloping lawn allows even the smallest viewers to see the screen.

'Moving Perspectives: Shahzia Sikander and Sun Xun' at the Sackler Gallery
Pakistani painter Shahzia Sikander and Chinese printmaker Sun Xun started in traditional forms of art, but they are taking their talents into the realm of video.

Uke Fest 2009 at the Music Center at Strathmore
Featured performers include Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, who play traditional folk and country on ukuleles instead of the usual guitar and mandolin; the jazzy pop songs of Victoria Vox; Bruce Hutton, who performs songs dating back to the Renaissance; and James Hill, whose new album, "True Love Don't Weep," ranges from blistering instrumentals to old-time gospel and folk.

Benjy Ferree at Fort Reno
His new record, "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Bobby Dee Bobby Dee," finds Ferree with a glammed-up swagger, but we expect his songs will sound perfect under the stars. This is the outdoor concert series' annual "Night of 1,000 Cakes" potluck; generous types bring baked goods to share.

B2B at Friday Night Live
Tickets for Jimmy Buffet's two Nissan Pavilion shows are currently selling for over $120. If you want to get to Margaritaville without that kind of drag on your wallet, Richmond-based band B2B has the easygoing vibe down on a variety of Buffet classics. The group also covers acts from the Beatles to Kenny Chesney. The band takes the stage on the Herndon Town Green tonight as part of its weekly outdoor concert series. Let's hope the beer trucks stock Corona, or at least Landshark Lager.

The Capital Hip-Hop Soul Fest at Marvin Gaye Park
Catch a mix of D.C.'s hip-hop and soul veterans and a rack of up-and-comers: Look out for conscious rapper Bomani Armah, soulful siren Teisha Marie and out-there Baltimore native Labtekwon, whose material swings between thumping club hits and neo-soul.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | July 18, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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