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Posted at 12:57 AM ET, 02/22/2010

Free and Easy events

By Fritz Hahn

Clint Eastwood plays The Man With No Name in the classic spaghetti western "Fistful of Dollars" on Wednesday at the American Art Museum. (File photo)

This week, spend nothing to see Clint Eastwood in "Fistful of Dollars," hear a preview of the Washington National Opera's "Porgy and Bess" or go dancing at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

Monday
Gwen Ifill at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library
The moderator and managing editor of the PBS news program "Washington Week" discusses the current state of race in American politics and signs her book, "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama."

Tuesday
Crocodile double feature at National Geographic
Every Tuesday at noon, National Geographic screens films in its Grosvenor Auditorium. This week, see two short documentaries about what happens when crocodiles attack: "Man-Eaters of Malawi" and "Out There: Crocodile Wild," set in Costa Rica.

Wednesday
'A Fistful of Dollars' at American Art Museum
Clint Eastwood portrays the Man With No Name in this genre-defining spaghetti western directed by Sergio Leone. The film, which stars Eastwood as a gunfighter who plays two warring families against each other, screens as part of the museum's "Framing the West Film Series," held in conjunction with the new Timothy O'Sullivan exhibition.

Thursday
'All-American Music: Behind the Scenes with 'Porgy and Bess' ' at the National Museum of American History
Get a tiny sneak preview of Washington National Opera's upcoming production of "Porgy and Bess." Cast members perform a few songs from the show, and conductor John Mauceri and museum curators lead a discussion of George Gershwin's landmark opera.

Friday
Two Sisters at Rock and Roll Hotel
DJs Keenan and Smudge spin house, retro rock tunes, electro, Brazilian - anything that gets a crowd moving. On the last Friday of the month, they set a hip vibe at the Rock & Roll Hotel's upstairs bar with music that's great for dancing or just hanging out. Drink specials include a beer and a shot for $6.

Saturday
Highlights from the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar at National Gallery of Art
The museum presents two days of films that were shown as part of the annual gathering in New York for independent filmmakers, students and artists. Saturday features five short films, including "White Sky," which shows life in the heavily polluted Russian village of Monchegorsk, and "Kristallnacht," which is dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank.

Sunday
Washington Printmakers Gallery 25th Anniversary Reunion Show at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center
In honor of its anniversary, the gallery hosts a best-of show with works by 50 current or former members. Sunday is your last chance to see the exhibit before it closes.

-- Fritz Hahn

By Fritz Hahn  | February 22, 2010; 12:57 AM ET
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