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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 01/18/2010

Free and easy events

By Fritz Hahn

This week, pay nothing to honor Martin Luther King Jr., see an exhibit of '60s hippie fashions or discuss the first year of Barack Obama's presidency with journalists from Al Jazeera.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Washington National Cathedral
Chuck Brown, African Heritage Dancers and Drummers and Urban Nation H.I.P.-H.O.P. Choir are just a few of the groups paying tribute to King's legacy at this celebration.

Second annual H Street karaoke competition qualifier at Sticky Rice
There's a showdown coming between the top singers of two H Street NE karaoke nights: The winners from each head to a big sing-off at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Jan. 26. This is your final chance to qualify from Sticky Rice. (Little Miss Whiskey's is holding its last-chance contest during Wednesday's Kostume Karaoke.)

Thievery Corporation happy hour and photography exhibition at Bar Rouge
On Wednesday, hometown heroes Thievery Corporation kick off a five-day photo exhibit at the Hotel Rouge's bar. Images of the duo by Eighteenth Street Lounge label photographers and local artists will cover the bar's walls through Sunday. At the opening reception, Rouge provides free appetizers, and discounted Flying Dog beer will be available.

Al Jazeera English journalists discuss President Obama's first year at Busboys and Poets
Avi Lewis, the co-host of Al Jazeera English's news program "Fault Lines," invites audience members and Al Jazeera English newscasters to discuss the state of the world one year into the Obama presidency.

"Clothing the Rebellious Soul: Revolution 1963-1973" at George Washington University
An exhibit at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery traces hippie fashions from bell-bottoms and love beads to antiwar protest garb. Stop by to see the fringed jackets before the exhibit closes Friday.

"Uncle Vanya" at the National Gallery of Art
In honor of Anton Chekhov's 150th birthday, the museum hosts a five-week retrospective of film adaptations of the Russian author's stories and plays. Innokenti Smoktunovsky plays the title role in this 1970 version, directed by Andrei Konchalovsky.

"What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect" at the American Art Museum
This is the last day to see the museum's massive collection of Wiley's works - paintings, sculpture, film, prints and a working pinball machine - that mix an irreverent attitude with sharp political commentary.

-- Fritz Hahn

By Fritz Hahn  | January 18, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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Obama has spent a whole year at Busboys and Poets? Is he working there nights and weekends to make a few extra bucks?

Posted by: rmontcal | January 19, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

One more free & easy event, especially for lovers of live music! The Galt Line ( will be playing Market Street Coffee ( in Purcellville, VA, this Saturday, January 23, at 6:00pm. Come out for an evening of free, acoustic music and delicious coffee! Hope to see you there!

Posted by: mkbtrue090909 | January 21, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

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