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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 10/19/2009

Free & easy events

By Anne Kenderdine

The Cherry Carry Out on Georgia Avenue NW is one of the off-the-tourist-trail images featured in Paul Feinberg's "Another Washington" exhibit. (Paul Feinberg)

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

Monday, Oct. 19
'Red Roses and Petrol' at Flashpoint
Dublin's award-winning Fishamble Theatre Company focuses on performing new Irish plays. Local Irish arts group Solas Nua is sponsoring a series of staged readings of Fishamble's recent works; tonight's features this dark comedy by Joseph O'Connor.

Tuesday, Oct. 20
'From Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Fantasy' at the National Library of Medicine
In honor of Charles Darwin's 200th birthday, the National Institutes of Health presents this play, a collaboration between Boston's Underground Railway Theater and MIT. Though it's ostensibly about evolution and "The Origin of Species," the play explores what happens when "a muralist's work is derailed by hallucinations, pregnancy and dinosaurs." Before the show, look for complimentary drinks and snacks, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21
'Over Africa! Low and Slow With the Kenya Wildlife Service' at the National Air and Space Museum
One of the most effective tools to prevent the poaching of African elephants and rhinos is the use of airplanes, which fly "low and slow" over the plains to look for poachers. Stunt pilot Patty Wagstaff went to Africa to teach the Kenya Wildlife Service the correct methods of flying, and director Miles O'Brien tagged along to document the trip. After a screening of "Over Africa!," Wagstaff and O'Brien will discuss the program and take questions from the audience.

Thursday, Oct. 22
'Paul Feinberg: Another Washington' at the Katzen Arts Center
Feinberg's photos of Washington capture drag queens, storefronts, greasy spoons and personalities that populated D.C. in the 1970s. If you're a D.C. native (and especially if you're not), make a point to visit the exhibition, which closes Sunday.

Friday, Oct. 23
Piazza d'Italia at the Hilton Washington
The National Italian American Foundation's Piazza d'Italia features Italian producers of wine, gelato, olive oils, fashion and other products showing their wares and offering free samples, Italian musicians performing and Italian cooks presenting free demonstrations. Friday's events include a free seminar on Italian food and wine from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 24
Mid City Artists Fall Open Studios
One way to keep up with the city's constantly shifting art scene is to visit the artists in their natural environments. This two-day open house, which includes the Logan Circle, Dupont Circle and U Street neighborhoods, allows you to bounce from studio to studio, see works in progress and chat with painters, sculptors and other artists.

Sunday, Oct. 25
Kids Euro Festival
The European Union's Kids Euro Festival aims to bring the best children's entertainment and events from one side of the Atlantic to the other, and there are dozens of events happening across the city. In one day at the French Embassy, for example, children can hear musical stories from Finland, see a version of "Pinocchio" with Italian puppets and listen to tales from ancient Greece. Events are free, but they may require reservations -- check the Web site for a full schedule and more information.

-- Fritz Hahn

By Anne Kenderdine  | October 19, 2009; 12:00 AM ET
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