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Posted at 3:09 PM ET, 08/ 2/2009

Free and Easy

By Anne Kenderdine

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

Asian Festival at the Lake Newport Tennis Facility
The pan-Asian festival offers three stages of music, comedy and dance performances, including DJs, "lion dancers" and an Indian dance contest. There will also be an Asian beer garden and dozens of food vendors selling traditional dishes.

'Reflections/Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century" at the National Portrait Gallery'
Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Jacob Lawrence are among the 75 artists whose self-portraits are included in this revealing exhibition about identity and self-awareness. The museum's late hours are conducive to after-work visits.

Chad America's Birthday Party at the Black Cat
The Black Cat's longtime bartender celebrates his birthday with a free show featuring garage-y punk rockers the Electricutions and the heavy-indie-rock sound of Suns of Guns.

Wes Anderson Film Series at Asylum
For the past month, Asylum has been giving Wednesday nights over to a retrospective of movies by director Wes Anderson. Tonight, it's time for "The Darjeeling Limited," the 2007 film that follows three brothers on a journey across India. The film screens in the upstairs bar.

Big Hillbilly Bluegrass at Lake Anne Village Center
One of the finest bluegrass bands in the Washington area, Big Hillbilly Bluegrass has toured Eastern Europe and the Dominican Republic to spread American music at the behest of the State Department. It's just that good.

Release at Ibiza
Sneak out of work a couple minutes early and make your way over to Ibiza. While the club usually isn't hopping until midnight, a new end-of-the-week happy hour features an open bar from 5 to 6 p.m. (drinks go up to half-price from 6 to 7) and a complimentary buffet.

Signature Theatre Open House
The Arlington venue kicks off its 20th season with performances from upcoming shows, live music, classes and family activities.

-- Fritz Hahn

By Anne Kenderdine  | August 2, 2009; 3:09 PM ET
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Free & Easy Live Standup Comedy:

FREE Live standup comedy show
by local standup comics
$25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show
Every Wednesday night
8 to 10 pm
Ha-Ha at Ri-Ra
Ri-Ra Irish Pub
2915 Wilson Blvd(in Clarendon)
Arlington,VA 22201

FREE Live standup comedy show
by local standup comics
$25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show
Every Thursday night
8 to 10 pm
Topaz Hotel Bar
1733 N Street NW(off Dupont Circle)
Washington, DC 20036-2801

Posted by: StandupComedyToGocom | August 4, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

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