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Posted at 7:10 AM ET, 03/15/2010

Free & easy events

By Anne Kenderdine

Save yourself some cash this week. We'll tell you how to find a St. Patrick's Day party or see movie musicals or a hidden Japanese teahouse, all for free.

Wednesday
St. Patrick's Day party at Murphy's of Alexandria
All of your St. Patrick's Day needs are covered here: The bar opens early (9 a.m.), offers live music until 1 a.m. and is the only Alexandria pub not charging a cover.

Thursday
Ippakutei and 'An Eternal Form: Images of Katsura Imperial Villa'
This Japanese teahouse, built in 1960, was last opened to the public two years ago. This week you have another rare chance to go inside. Before you enter, see photographer Ishimoto Yasuhiro's images of the 17th-century villa in Kyoto that inspired the building's architecture.

Friday
Story/Stereo
The latest installment of the monthly event at the Writer's Center teaming authors with musicians features readings from Kathleen Flenniken and Anthony Varallo and grungy alt-rock from More Humans.

Saturday
Sondheim's 80th Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the man responsible for "Sunday in the Park With George," "Sweeney Todd" and "A Little Night Music" with a weekend of Broadway-infused merriment. Take a backstage tour of Signature's current production of "Sweeney," listen to a performance of Sondheim's signature tunes or head to the Shirlington Library for screenings of "Gypsy" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

Sunday
'Hendrick Avercamp: The Little Ice Age'
With the calendar saying it's nearly spring, the National Gallery takes us back in time to another season. The exhibit of this Dutch landscape painter's wintry scenes of ice skating and sleigh rides opens Sunday.

Update: We moved events that happened earlier in the week to the bottom of this post so you can see our picks for today at the top.

Monday
Meet and greet with Dave Mustaine
Metalheads, be prepared to take an extra long lunch. Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and his band mates will sign autographs and chat with fans at Chuck Levin's in Wheaton.

Tuesday
'Motion Expressions Concert: The heART of Hip Hop'
Joy of Motion Dance Center looks at the many movements that inform hip-hop dance. Styles on display in this showcase include tap, West African and, just in time for St. Paddy's Day, the traditional Irish dance Sean Nos. RSVP by Monday: e-mail outreach@joyofmotion.org.

-- David Malitz, Stephanie Merry and Anne Kenderdine

By Anne Kenderdine  | March 15, 2010; 7:10 AM ET
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Awwww man, I'm going to the Megadeth show tonight, but I'm stuck at the wrong end of town during lunch. Foo.

Posted by: EricS2 | March 15, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

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