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Posted at 7:24 PM ET, 08/14/2009

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

Don't forget about Asian Elephant Day at the Zoo -- you know the guests of honor won't. (Joe Elbert/`The Washington Post)

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

Pakistan Festival USA at George Mason University
Pakistani pop musicians, folk singers, dancers, comics and movie and TV stars will be appearing at this day-long celebration of the country's independence day. Vendors dish up curries and kebabs, sell crafts and offer henna tattoos. Look your best: the festivities will be broadcast on television in Pakistan.

"Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life" at the National Gallery of Art
There's less than a week left to catch this large exhibition of the acclaimed 18th-century Spanish painter's works, which feature tricks of light that dazzle the eye.

Doug Segree at Midtown Loft
Guitarist Doug Segree, known for hosting the Suicide Sunday parties at Dewey Beach's raucous Starboard, brings his mix of infectious, Dave Matthews-esque alternative rock to a brand-new Dupont Circle bar and lounge. There's no cover or dress code, and draft beer is free from 5 to 6.

"Lost and Found: 15 years of the 2.D.K. LAB" at Miss Pixie's Furnishings & Whatnot
This unique show of art, photography and sculpture features works by famed D.C. graffiti artists, including Cool "Disco" Dan and Borf, as well as works from the D.C. Urban Arts Academy.

"Slumdog Millionaire" at the Mansion at Strathmore
Held on Strathmore's huge lawn, the family-friendly Comcast Outdoor Film Festival showcases popular films, including the 2008 Best Picture winner "Slumdog Millionaire." Admission is free and you're welcome to bring a picnic; however, concession sales benefit NIH Children's Charities.

Arlington County Fair
The closest fair to Washington that lacks an admission fee, Arlington's annual gathering includes midway rides that you do have to pay for. But there's no charge for the outdoor screening of "Twilight" or to watch a "Dating Game"-style event with "Rock of Love" winner Ambre Lake.

Celebrate Asian Elephants at the National Zoo
Learn about a day in the life of a zoo elephant as the National Zoo's largest residents are bathed, trained and weighed. The Sri Lankan homeland of the zoo's elephant Shanthi is honored with traditional dances, craft displays and free Ceylon tea.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | August 14, 2009; 7:24 PM ET
Categories:  Events, Free and Cheap  
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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
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$25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show
Every Thursday night
8 to 10 pm
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Washington, DC 20036-2801

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