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Posted at 11:57 PM ET, 04/18/2010

Free & easy events

By Stephanie Merry

This week, a new monthly dance party kicks off at U Street Music Hall and John Legend and Sting make their way to the Mall to sing for a cause.

The Whale
Celebrate the start of a new monthly party hosted by standout local DJ duo Beautiful Swimmers and their Future Times label mates, who consistently serve up everything freaky and funky. Wednesday night's opening installment is free and features guest Lovefingers, a New York DJ known for spinning the deepest of disco delights.

The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad
National Geographic is hosting two musical groups as part of a collaboration between Jazz at Lincoln Center and the State Department. The concert features jazz by the Mark Sherman-Tim Horner Quartet and gospel courtesy of Oscar Williams Jr. and Perfected Praise.

Korean Film Festival: 'Dream'
Director Kim Ki-duk is a favorite on the South Korean art-house cinema circuit. His most recent film was another critical success, a philosophical exploration that focuses on Jin, who dreams about a car crash only to learn that it was real and caused by a sleepwalking woman with whom his thoughts have somehow become intertwined.

Maryland Day
One of the biggest outdoor festivals of the year actually presents a problem for its visitors -- there is simply more to do and see than one can possibly squeeze into the day, forcing you to choose between the free ice cream, Terps sporting events, live music, theater performances and kids games.

The Climate Rally
Superstars will be out in full force for this Earth Day rally/concert on the Mall. Sting, John Legend, the Roots, Bob Weir, Patrick Stump, Mavis Staples, Passion Pit, Q-Tip and Booker T are among the artists scheduled to perform.

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.

East/West Blues
Traditional Indian folk music meets jazzy syncopation when musicians Pradeep Ratnayake, Nitin Mitta and Jacob Friedman bring their sitar, piano and tabla to town for a free performance.

The Campbell Brothers
Performing as part of the weeklong "Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America" series at the Kennedy Center, this Rochester, N.Y., group puts a unique stamp on the gospel sound by featuring pedal-steel and lap-steel guitar.

-- David Malitz, Stephanie Merry and Justin Rude

By Stephanie Merry  | April 18, 2010; 11:57 PM ET
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Also Check out the Georgetown U jazz fest on Saturday for free

Posted by: freaker | April 20, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

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