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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 04/ 5/2010

Free & easy events

By David Malitz

We may be biased, but our favorite free event this week is the Going Out Guide Happy Hour at new hotspot ChurchKey. Come on out and join us.

Thursday
Going Out Guide Happy Hour
We're taking over the perpetually packed beer bar ChurchKey for tonight's monthly happy hour, and we're so excited about it that we're kicking things off an hour earlier than usual. Show up at 5 p.m. and say the magic words - "I'm here for the Going Out Guide Happy Hour" - and you will be granted access to free food from ChurchKey, rare happy hour specials and the chance to win a slew of prizes.

Friday
Juilliard String Quartet
The internationally renowned quartet welcomes new violinist Nick Eanet and guest pianist Gilles Vonsattel in performing works by Bartok, Bolcom and Beethoven.

Saturday
'Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon'
Go behind the music with this documentary about the Afrobeat pioneer and human rights activist. Filmmakers Stéphane Tchal Gadjieff and Jean-Jacques Flori mix performance footage with interviews to tell the Nigerian bandleader's life story.

Sunday
Corcoran Family Day
Artmaking workshops, magic demonstrations, dance performances and tours of exhibitions, including the new Edweard Muybridge show, "Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces From the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales" highlight this day of family-friendly activities.
Update: The museum unexpectedly closed the Turner to Cezanne exhibit early this week.

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
'Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration'
There's less than a week left to check out works by this master of color, including a number of his iconic "Homage to the Square" paintings. Don't miss the displays that show color's incredible power to play tricks on the eye.

Tuesday
'$9.99'
Director Tatia Rosenthal will be on hand to introduce and discuss her animated movie featuring the voice of Geoffrey Rush as a grumpy guardian angel. In the film, based on short stories by Israeli author Etgar Keret, a character discovers an ad that promises the meaning of life for just $9.99 while his neighbors shed light on what that meaning might be.

Wednesday
'Constructing Modernism: The Life and Architecture of Hilyard R. Robinson'
Kelly Quinn, an associate professor in American studies at Miami University in Ohio, discusses the modernist legacy of the African American architect behind Anacostia's Langston Terrace Dwellings, the first public housing project in the District.

- David Malitz, Stephanie Merry and Justin Rude

By David Malitz  | April 5, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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