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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 11/16/2009

Free and easy events

By Anne Kenderdine

Our free picks this week include kids yoga, manicures and expert advice on how to be a spy.

Monday, Nov. 16
'The Kalb Report' at the National Press Club
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at "60 Minutes," or how the TV newsmagazine develops its stories? Correspondent Leslie Stahl and Executive Producer Jeffrey Fager discuss the program with journalist Marvin Kalb in the National Press Club's ballroom.

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Roland Mesnier builds a gingerbread house at Mount Vernon
Every day though Nov. 24, the former White House pastry chef will spend a few hours crafting a gingerbread version of George Washington's estate. Visitors are invited to stop by and watch -- and you don't have to pay the usual Mount Vernon admission fee to do so.

Wednesday, Nov. 18
"Put a Corc in It" at the Renaissance M Street Hotel
Most of the art you find in hotels is boring. Not so at the Renaissance M Street Hotel's M Bar and Lounge, where a partnership with the Corcoran College of Art and Design places paintings and drawings by students on display. In celebration of the latest collection of works going up, the Corcoran hosts a wine-and-cheese tasting and an artist meet-and-greet in the lounge.

Thursday, Nov. 19
"When Art Worked" at the American Art Museum
One of the New Deal programs commissioned artists to create works for public buildings, and you can see some of those pieces in the museum's current "A New Deal for Artists" exhibit. Historian Roger Kennedy discusses how the program mobilized artists and signs his book on the subject. Arrive between 5 and 7 p.m. for live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard from the Brad Linde Ensemble.

Friday, Nov. 20
"Hey Girl Hey" at Aloft Hotel
Hey Girl Hey is a sort of an all-female Super Friends -- six experts whose roles are as strictly defined as on "Queer Eye." There's the fashion and style expert, the art and beauty expert, the love and wellness expert --- you get the drift. They're throwing their first D.C. party at National Harbor's Aloft Hotel, headlined by Roxy Cottontail --- a New York DJ who has worked with A-Trak, Afrika Bambaataa and DJ AM. DJs Jackie O and Fabiana rep for D.C. There will be specialty cocktails, a chance to get your nails done by New York manicurist-to-the-stars Naomi Yasuda and more, and all you have to do is RSVP to

Saturday, Nov. 21
"The Real Spy's Guide to Becoming a Spy" at the International Spy Museum
If you've ever wanted to be the next James Bond, you could do worse than getting tips from Spy Museum Executive Director Peter Earnest, who served as a senior CIA spook (er, a "clandestine operations officer") before taking on his current position. Earnest discusses his new book in the museum's gift shop.

Sunday, Nov. 22
Free Kids Yoga Classes at Circle Yoga
Ever get the feeling your son is a budding swami? Does your daughter have a predilection for the warrior pose? Get them to Circle Yoga for free classes for ages 3-5, 5-8 and 8-12. Be aware that your little ones will be guinea pigs for instructors learning to teach yoga to kids, and parents are asked to leave during the half-hour classes, but you never know - your child could discover her inner om.

-- Fritz Hahn

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By Anne Kenderdine  | November 16, 2009; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Events, Free and Cheap, Misc.  
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