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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 12/14/2009

Free and easy events

By Fritz Hahn

This week, pay nothing to air your grievances in public, spin your favorite MP3s at Eighteenth Street Lounge, view portraits of famous artists or listen to dozens of tubas serenade you with Christmas carols.


Yousuf Karsh's portraits of artists, musicians, actors and authors -- including this 1957 shot of Ernest Hemmingway -- are on display at the Canadian Embassy. (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa/© Estate of Yousuf Karsh)

Monday
Merry Tuba Christmas at the Kennedy Center
Area tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players team up to play traditional Christmas music in this decades-old tradition. If you'd like to participate, bring a folding music stand and your instrument to the Hall of States at 3 p.m. to register. There is a rehearsal at 4 in the Grand Foyer.

Tuesday
Soul Parlour at Eighteenth Street Lounge
Think you have what it takes to DJ for 20 minutes at one of D.C.'s top lounges? At the new Soul Parlour iPod DJ night, you can run a funk, soul and rare groove playlist -- if you pass quality control. (Send an outline of your set to kennishaford@yahoo.com ahead of time.) Just beware that you might get dismissed in a "Showtime at the Apollo" fashion if the crowd isn't feeling it.

Wednesday
Hanukkah Wonderland at Chabad Lubavitch of Upper Montgomery
Judah Maccabee guides children through the story of Hanukkah and hands-on activities, including making doughnuts and dreidel magnets.

Thursday
'Karsh at 100: Portraits of Artists' at the Canadian Embassy
Photographer Yousuf Karsh's portraits capture an array of artists, from Andy Warhol to Joan Crawford. Make plans to see this exhibit before it closes on Friday.

Friday
Frederick Festival of Lights
During this annual event, carolers lead crowds through the streets of downtown Frederick to city hall. There, after more singing, candles are passed through the crowd and lit one by one during "Silent Night." The program is followed by a concert in Baker Park.

Saturday
'The Little Match Girl' at the National Gallery of Art
Jean Renoir and Jean Tédesco filmed this 1928 adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's famous holiday tale. At this screening in the East Building's auditorium, pianist Andrew Simpson will provide live accompaniment.

Sunday
Festivus in Adams Morgan
Have a grievance against someone or something? Air it in true "Seinfeld" style in the middle of Adams Morgan. Stop by and post your complaint at the kiosk at the corner of Columbia and Adams Mill roads, and it will be read aloud -- town-crier style -- on weekends.

-- Fritz Hahn

By Fritz Hahn  | December 14, 2009; 12:00 AM ET
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