Free and easy events
A low-key New Year's Eve option, ideas for how to entertain the kids and holiday visitors filling up your house plus some tips on starting off the new year with energy -- they're all on our list of the best free events of the week.
'The Wind That Shakes the Barley' at Flashpoint
As part of its Irish Popcorn film series, theater company Solas Nua presents a screening of this 2006 drama starring Cillian Murphy about Irish brothers fighting the British in the 1920s.
Clare Burson at the Kennedy Center
The indie folk singer comes to Millennium Stage to perform some especially personal tunes; songs from her album "Silver and Ash" recount the life of her grandmother, who escaped from Germany -- and the Nazis -- in 1938.
Kringle Kaboose at Bowie Railroad Museum
Kids ages 1 through 10 are invited for a reading of "The Polar Express," games about trains and a chance to explore the nearby red caboose. Usually held monthly from March through October, the program takes on a holiday theme for the first time.
New Year's Eve at Buffalo Billiards
The easiest way to escape the open bar/lavish dinner buffet/superstar DJ hyperbole of New Year's Eve? Head to this enormous subterranean pool hall, which is treating Dec. 31 like any other night. You'll pay for your own drinks, darts and pool, but you won't have to put up with cover charges or velvet ropes.
Festival of Lights at the Mormon Temple
Friday is the last night to see this holiday display of decorated trees and creches from around the world. The festival includes concerts at 7 and 8 p.m.
Fiery Sun Fitness Beginner Yoga at Hollin Hall Senior Center
If you've never taken a class here before, your first one is free -- and it's not only for seniors. Just think: You could get a start on resolutions to save money and exercise more all on one day; the January session begins Saturday.
Three Kings Day at GALA Hispanic Theatre
Burros, a llama and the Three Kings will parade along 14th Street NW starting at Park Road, followed by a free performance inside the theater by storytellers, singer Maria Isolina and Mexican dancers. Stick around for churros and hot chocolate and to see the animals outside.
-- Stephanie Merry, Fritz Hahn and Anne Kenderdine
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