Free and Easy Events
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 email@example.com.
Monday, Oct. 5
Mac McCaughan at Crooked Beat
Mac McCaughan had a dual role in the indie rock revolution of the 1990s. As the frontman for Chapel Hill icons Superchunk, he wrote some of the genre's smartest, sharpest songs. He was also the co-founder of Merge Records, home to the Arcade Fire, the Magnetic Fields, Spoon, Superchunk, Neutral Milk Hotel and Butterglory. The new book "Our Noise" tells Merge's story. McCaughan appears at Adams Morgan's coolest record store to read from the book and play a few songs.
Tuesday, Oct. 6
Karaoke at Sticky Rice
One of the hippest karaoke nights around starts late (10 p.m.) and doesn't let up until last call. You'll hear everything from punk to Whitney Houston while watching vocalists dance on tables. Drink specials are available if you need liquid courage.
Wednesday, Oct. 7
'War Child' at the Capitol Visitors Center
The award-winning documentary "War Child" tells the story of Emmanuel Jal, a Sudanese child soldier who became an international hip-hop star. This screening, held in the Capitol Visitors Center, includes welcoming remarks from U.S. Representatives Donald M. Payne (D-N.J.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and a post-screening panel with director Karim Chrobog. Reservations are recommended; see the event Web site to RSVP. (Learn more about Jal in this 2008 Washington Post profile.)
Thursday, Oct. 8
'Star Wars' at the Outer Space Outdoor Movie Series
One of the most-loved and most-influential outer space moves of all time is the perfect choice to wrap up the "Outer Space" film series at the Capitol Riverfront. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the power of the Force.
Update: Organizers sent out a press release on Monday afternoon saying that "due to lowering fall temperatures," they were canceling the screening of "Star Wars." Boooo. Instead, we offer these ideas for Thursday night:
Going Out Gurus Happy Hour at Capitol City Brewing Company
The Going Out Guide staff hosts an Oktoberfest-themed happy hour with raffles and free food, including Chesapeake Bay mini crab bites and several varieties of chicken wings and spring rolls. Beer will also be $3.50 a pint.
Shorts at Asylum
Before you pack your summer clothes away for the season, give your shorts one last workout at Shorts, the only DJ night that requires everyone to be wearing jorts, Daisy Dukes, cutoffs or Umbros to get past the bouncers.
Friday, Oct. 9
Nine on the Ninth at Busboys and Poets
The monthly open-mike night at Busboys and Poets celebrates its fourth birthday with poet-in-residence Derrick Watson Brown, special guest hip-hop poet Bomani Armah and anyone else who wants to share their work.
Saturday, Oct. 10
Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Semi-Finals at the National Museum of Natural History
Each year this prestigious competition shines the spotlight on a different instrument. In 2009, 15 promising young bassists compete for more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes, including a recording contract. The judges include Ron Carter, Charlie Haden and Christian McBride. The finals concert will be held at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, but tickets cost $35-$75. Why not check out the same rising stars for free on Saturday afternoon? The competition begins at noon; free tickets will be distributed beginning at 11 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 11
'Flora: Growing Inspirations' at the U.S. Botanic Gardens
Enjoy it while you can: The Botanic Garden's soon-to-disappear summer exhibit features colorful living sculptures by artists from across the United States and Zimbabwe.
-- Fritz Hahn
| October 5, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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