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Posted at 11:55 PM ET, 04/25/2010

Free and easy events

By Stephanie Merry

This week, catch "Clueless" outdoors, get a tour of embassies around town and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with mariachi and merengue performances.

Wednesday
Urban Decay: A Carnival of Custom Vinyl and Lowbrow Art
Underground comics, punk music, hot-rod street culture and graffiti are just some of the inspirations behind this collection of custom vinyl and surreal pop art from 13 designers, as well as "designer toys" created by local artists. If you've been saving that new Kidrobot T for the perfect event, your wait is over.

Thursday
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment
Get a crash course in 20th-century music by checking out the National Museum of American History's newest exhibit. In honor of the Apollo Theater's 75th anniversary, the museum is showing film clips of performances and interviews, along with photos from the theater that saw Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Sammy Davis Jr. and James Brown grace its stage.

Friday
'Clueless' at Rosslyn Film Festival
Don't totally pause and miss this mid-'90s classic that kicks off the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival. Alicia Silverstone stars as Cher, the eminently quotable Valley girl with a heart of gold.

Saturday
Passport D.C.
The annual citywide festival of global culture, art and food has been expanded to encompass the entire month of May, and kicks off Saturday with an Around the World Embassy Tour. More than 30 embassies will open their doors for that event, and more than 200 embassies and international cultural centers will host events over the next four weeks.

Sunday
National Cinco de Mayo Festival
Maru Montero Dance Company hosts this festival celebrating Latin American dance, music and crafts. There will be salsa, Mexican folk, mariachi and merengue performances along with a children's pavilion where kids can make piñatas and puppets.

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

Monday
Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture
Celebrate the Bard's birthday with Jonathan Bate, a professor at the University of Warwick, as he examines "the good life" that pervades such works as "Measure for Measure" and "As You Like It."

Tuesday
Poetry Out Loud national finals
From nearly 325,000 entrants to 53 semifinalists to nine finalists, the top high school poets in the country compete for a $20,000 prize. Author Garrison Keillor, actress and activist Alfre Woodard and poets Valerie Martínez and Jane Shore are among the judges.

-- David Malitz, Stephanie Merry and Justin Rude

By Stephanie Merry  | April 25, 2010; 11:55 PM ET
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