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Posted at 6:45 AM ET, 01/11/2010

Free and easy events

By Anne Kenderdine

Gregory Peck won an Oscar for portraying Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird," screening Saturday at the National Archives. (Universal Pictures)

This week brings opportunities to taste a new beer, see out-of-this-world images from the Hubble Space Telescope or watch "Too Kill a Mockingbird" without paying a cent.

Great Lakes Brewing Co. at the Big Hunt
Today's your first chance to taste beers from Cleveland's award-winning Great Lakes Brewing Co. on draft in D.C. Get free tastes of the Dortmunder Gold lager, Commodore Perry India pale ale and one other selection, either Eliot Ness amber lager or Edmund Fitzgerald porter, says Big Hunt General Manager Dave Coleman, a Cleveland native. Coleman will provide free pierogi, kielbasa and other Midwestern treats while supplies last. After you sample, pints are $6 each.

"Black Georgetown Remembered" at Anacostia Community Museum
Back before Georgetown was a sea of upscale boutiques, preppy bars and multimillion-dollar houses, it was home to a thriving African American community. This 1989 documentary uses the voices of Georgetown's 20th-century residents to tell the story of the neighborhood. The screening is followed by a discussion with Robert Hall, head of the museum's education department.

Year of Astronomy Finale at Goddard Space Flight Center
David Leckrone, the Hubble Space Telescope's lead scientist for the past 16 years, discusses his two-decade-long career with NASA, including last year's mission to upgrade and repair the telescope, and shows images from the new lenses. Before the talk, visitors can don astronaut gloves to operate tools like those used on the mission.

Country Night at Union Jack's of Bethesda
Bethesda's British pub trades themes for the night to offer live country covers by local group SoHoDown - think songs by Miranda Lambert, Dwight Yokum or Carrie Underwood - and specials, including $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon cans and Budweiser bottles, and $4 Jack Daniel's drinks. Country outfits are encouraged.

"Bilateral Engagement" at Art Museum of the Americas
Head to the Mall today for your last chance to see this indoor-outdoor exhibit, which pairs new works by members of the Washington Sculptors Group with pieces from the Organization of American States' permanent collection of Latin American art. Update:The show's been extended slightly, so you now have until Saturday morning to catch it.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" at the National Archives
One of the greatest American novels of the 20th century, the Pulitzer Prize-winning "To Kill a Mockingbird" was turned into one of the American Film Institute's top 100 films. Gregory Peck won the Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal of Atticus Finch, the lawyer at the center of a story about race and class in a small Southern town. The Archives is showing the film as part of its "Civil Rights History" film and discussion series.

"Edgar Allan Poe: A Baltimore Icon" at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore is going all out for the 200th birthday of adopted son Edgar Allan Poe, which is Jan. 19. Chief among the events and celebrations is this exhibit, which shows how Poe's works inspired other great artists. Included are Edouard Manet's lithographs of "The Raven" and Henri Matisse's portrait of Poe.

-- Fritz Hahn

By Anne Kenderdine  | January 11, 2010; 6:45 AM ET
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