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Posted at 11:53 PM ET, 05/ 2/2010

Free and easy events

By Stephanie Merry

This week's free events include the opening of the National Gallery's new exhibition of photographs by Allen Ginsberg and the first chance of the year to climb to the top of the central tower of the National Cathedral.

'Acid Trip'
Talk about a flashback. Local artist J.W. Mahoney traveled to where he first experimented with LSD 40 years ago to take photos of the site. The works will be on display for one night only, so don't miss your chance to take in these totally trippy pictures of land and sky.

Alan Lomax -- The Man Who Recorded the World: A Bio-Ethnography
Writer and professor John F. Szwed lectures about one of the most influential figures in 20th-century music who never played an instrument. Alan Lomax ranks as one of America's premier folklorists, recording and preserving the country's classic sounds, including works from Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Jelly Roll Morton and many others.

Fellows lectures on American art
Get a lesson in art history on your coffee break when the Smithsonian fellows discuss intriguing topics relating to modern art. Among the themes: American cemeteries in World War II-era France and the artist-as-celebrity in 1920s fashion magazines.

Cathedral Flower Mart
It's the first opportunity of the year to climb the 333 steps to the top of the central tower of Washington National Cathedral to enjoy a view from one of the highest points in D.C. There will also be plant sales, boutique booths, music and entertainment, and activities for children, including rides on the antique carousel.

'Much Ado About Nothing'
Shakespeare's charming comedy of mostly good-natured gender warfare is one of the first chances to experience outdoor theater this season. Bleacher seating is limited, so patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato's Grand Opening Party
What's your pleasure - gelato or smoked pig? Both? Well, you're in luck because the local chain Dolcezza is celebrating the opening of its Dupont location with free samples. Why smoked pig at a gelato spot? Why ask questions? It's free food!

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.

'Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg'
The National Gallery is proving that there's more to Allen Ginsberg than his poetic behemoth, "Howl." The multi-talented writer also had a knack for photography. The gallery is displaying a selection of his work, including portraits of fellow Beat writers Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.

-- David Malitz, Stephanie Merry and Justin Rude

By Stephanie Merry  | May 2, 2010; 11:53 PM ET
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Speaking of submitting way late - I know you guys posted some Cinco-de-mayo suggestions, but I did not see any Mariachis mantioned. Donde esta los mariachis? (Last year you guys called out a great spot , but I can't remember where it was.)

Posted by: jandvon | May 3, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

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