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Posted at 6:44 PM ET, 06/20/2010

Free and easy events

By Stephanie Merry

This week's free events include a performance of jazzed-up Bjork songs, a blog party with tasty giveaways and the start of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Bret Easton Ellis
The author of "American Psycho" and "Less Than Zero" reads from "Imperial Bedrooms," his new sequel to the latter. The characters are a bit older, but there's still plenty of sex, drugs and intrigue.

Country of the Clouds: Indigenous Artists of the Oaxaca-Mixtec Region
Part of the Indian Summer Showcase, this five-day festival features movies, live music, hands-on art activities and a showcase of contemporary art from the region.

Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra
Ever wondered what the songs of Icelandic experimental pop queen Bjork would sound like reinterpreted and deconstructed by a jazz orchestra? Then you're in luck, as New York alto saxophonist Travis Sullivan leads his group through "Hyperballad," "Army of Me" and more of Bjork's best-known songs.

Head for Art's Hump Party
Blogger Aleid Ford, who embarked on a year-long project in January to write daily insights about the masterpieces at the National Gallery of Art, is celebrating her halfway mark. Pay a visit to Hamiltonian Gallery to meet the woman behind the thoughtful missives about Wayne Thiebaud's "Cakes" and Francois Boucher's "Love Letter." Also, catch a piece by artist David Page and enter to win a slew of prizes, including gift certificates to Taberna del Alabardero and cupcake mecca Baked and Wired.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The annual celebration of culture is spotlighting Asian Pacific Americans and Mexico this year, along with a peek behind the curtain of operations at Smithsonian museums. Highlights Friday include a demonstration of Mexican candy making, a look at cooking with kimchi and an evening concert featuring Bhangra music and dance.

The Making of the First Kreeger Museum Catalogue: A Wine and Cheese Reception and Discussion
To celebrate the publication of the first Kreeger Museum catalogue, the museum will host a discussion with authors Laura Coyle, Erich Keel and Ori Soltes and graphic designer Carla Badaracco about what goes into the creation of a premier collection catalogue.

Red Cliff -- Part 2
The Made in Hong Kong Film Festival presents the second part of John Woo's two-part military epic that re-creates a famous medieval battle in Han Dynasty-era China. Expect intrigue, action and subtitled military strategy.

-- David Malitz, Stephanie Merry and Justin Rude

By Stephanie Merry  | June 20, 2010; 6:44 PM ET
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