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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 09/ 5/2009

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

Watch the Washington National Opera while enjoying a picnic in the outfield grass at Nationals Park. (Gerald Martineau/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

National Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol
Emil de Cou conducts the National Symphony's annual Labor Day concert on the Capitol's West Lawn. Bring a picnic: Gates open to the public at 3:20 p.m.

Glen Echo Park Irish Festivities and Labor Day Art Show
The park will be abuzz Labor Day weekend, thanks to two concurrent events: the Labor Day art show, which features paintings, photographs, ceramics and jewelry by more than 100 artists, and the Irish festivities, with traditional Irish musicians and dancing.

'The Tsars and the East: Gifts from Turkey and Iran in the Moscow Kremlin' at the Sackler Gallery
See arms, armor, bejeweled drinking vessels and other lavish gifts that the rulers of the Persian and Ottoman empires gave to the Russian czars in the 16th and 17th centuries.

'Satchel Paige: The Life and Times of an American Legend' at the National Museum of American History
Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige, who was one of the best Negro leaguers before he made his major league debut at the age of 42, is the subject of journalist Larry Tye's new biography. Tye discusses his book with the National Museum of African American History and Culture's director, Lonnie Bunch, and Washington Post staff writer Wil Haygood.

The 50 Worst Songs of the '80s at Halo
The '80s gave us many great pop tunes. It also gave us a lot of dreck: For every "Billie Jean" or "Sweet Child o' Mine," there's Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time" or the New Kids on the Block's "Hangin' Tough." DJ Jason Royce, who runs Halo's weekly '80s night, has been conducting a poll to find the worst songs of the decade, and he'll be counting down the "winners" between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Ease your suffering with a five-minute open bar at the top of every hour and drink specials throughout the night.

Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden
Another sign that summer is over: It's the final night for this outdoor series. It closes with acclaimed local pianist Robert Redd, followed by the U.S. Navy Band's Commodores, the service branch's big-band jazz ensemble.

Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park
Most opera tickets to the opera can be expensive, but not this time. The Washington National Opera's opening night performance of "The Barber of Seville" will be simulcast on the huge 4,500-square-foot, high-definition scoreboard. Gates open at 5:30; arrive early to snag the best seats and watch a screening of the Bugs Bunny classic "The Rabbit of Seville." You can also register for free VIP seats on the Opera's Web site.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | September 5, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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Hey GOGs, there is also an event at Whole Foods P St this Saturday from 11am-2pm!

Food & Water Watch will be sponsoring a "triclosan drop-off event." To help rid your home of this nasty chemical, which is considered hazardous waste, FWW will take the items to the appropriate disposal site.

It's easy:

* Check around the house for products that contain the pesticide triclosan.

* Drop them off with us on the 12th!

* Tell your friends to do the same!

Posted by: botdotcom | September 8, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

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