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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 11/ 9/2009

Free and easy events

By Anne Kenderdine

Want to ride on a zipline, learn about step dancing or hear from authors of a book on D.C.'s hardcore scene? You can do all that (and more) for free this week.

Step Afrika offers a dance history lesson on Friday night. (Step Afrika!)

Thursday, Nov. 12
Going Out Guide Happy Hour at the Russia House Restaurant and Lounge
The Going Out Guide's monthly gathering takes on an Eastern European vibe at the four-story Dupont vodka bar, with free snacks (veal bitki, strudel, cheese platters) and live Russian music. There will also be drink specials.
6-8 p.m. 1800 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-234-9433 or

Friday, Nov. 13
"The History of Step" at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
C. Brian Williams, the founder of the Step Afrika! dance troupe, discusses the history of step dancing, from its African roots to its adoption by African American fraternities and sororities.

Saturday, Nov. 14
"Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital" at Politics and Prose
Journalist Mark Jenkins and activist Mark Andersen of Positive Force discuss the new edition of their well-reviewed history of D.C.'s hardcore and alternative music scene.The updated book has more information on Fugazi and the latest generation of bands.

Sunday, Nov. 15
"Cans for Zips" at Terrapin Adventures
Thrill seekers, get a free ride on the Terrapin Adventures Zipline, where you'll reach speeds of up to 20 mph while flying 20 to 30 feet above the ground. To get the free ride, you must call ahead and reserve a time, and you have to bring five cans of food, which will be donated to Grassroots Crisis Center in Columbia. (Okay, technically this isn't free, but we figured many people have some cans of food at home that they'd be happy to donate to charity.)

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Monday, Nov. 9
"Ruined" at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theatre
The winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for drama, "Ruined" tells the story of a Congolese mining town torn apart by civil war. The staged reading of the play is followed by a panel discussion with playwright Lynn Nottage, Congolese journalist Chouchou Namegabe and John Prendergast of the Enough Project, which is working to end genocide in Congo. Pick up free tickets at the Kennedy Center box office, or reserve them by calling 202-467-4600. There's no service charge.
7:30-9:30 p.m. 2700 F St. NW.

Tuesday, Nov. 10
"Midnight Ramble" at the Anacostia Community Museum
In the early decades of the 20th century, segregation was a fact of life in Hollywood, so African American filmmakers made hundreds of independent movies for black audiences that showed slices of life and culture rarely seen in mainstream films. This program looks at the work of Oscar Micheaux, one of the most talented and prolific directors of the time.

Wednesday, Nov. 11
Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery
A solemn day begins with a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at 11 a.m., followed by an observance in the cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater featuring the Air Force's Concert Band and Singing Sergeants. Space is limited; cemetery officials suggest visitors should be at either the Tomb of the Unknowns or the amphitheater by 9:30 a.m. Free parking is available beginning at 8 a.m.

-- Fritz Hahn

By Anne Kenderdine  | November 9, 2009; 12:00 AM ET
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There are no tickets remaining for the "Ruined" reading and panel discussion tonight (Monday).

Wish I could recommend something else, but I'll be likely be home watching news coverage of the falling of the Berlin Wall.

Posted by: smperk | November 9, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Plugging yet another free show featuring The Galt Line, this time in Alexandria! Be at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub ( at 8:00pm this Friday, November 13, to hear the swingin' tunes of local Americana Roots band The Galt Line ( All ages are welcome, and their music will definitely kick-start your weekend!

Posted by: mkbtrue999 | November 10, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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