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Posted at 8:14 PM ET, 06/27/2010

Free and easy events

By Stephanie Merry

This week's free events include the first Fort Reno concert of the summer, a new exhibition at the Corcoran and fireworks on the Mall.

Monday
Fort Reno
Now that it's officially summer, the city's favorite free outdoor concert series springs to life when the Public Good, America Hearts and Tiny Bombs open the season.

Tuesday
Best of Washington happy hour
Georgetown Cupcake will be in the house, along with free food and drinks, at a happy hour hosted by Washingtonian magazine. Discounted tickets for the magazine's Best of Washington party at the National Building Museum on July 21 will be available.

Wednesday
37th Student Academy Award gold medal winners
Take a look at the next generation of directing talent at this screening of movies by five award-winning college filmmakers. After all, before Steven Spielberg was the directing titan he is today, he was just another student at Cal State, Long Beach.

Thursday
Golden Triangle Summer Concert Series
The weekly free concerts in Farragut Square continue with danceable funk covers courtesy of Cazhmiere, as well as prizes including gift certificates to Elephant & Castle and Famous Luigi's.

Friday
'Observations With a Typewriter'
Local artist Ding Ren will be drawing inspiration from her surroundings for this performance piece in conjunction with the exhibition "Lists: To-Dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts and Other Artists' Enumerations From the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art." Ren will sit at a typewriter, recording the sights and sounds of those who wander into the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery, and the resulting pages will extend onto the floor for visitors to read.

Saturday
'Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration'
Take advantage of the Corcoran's Free Summer Saturdays and be rewarded with the opening of this exhibition of work by the painter, photographer and printmaker known for his awe-inspiringly large photo-realist portraits.

Sunday
A Capitol Fourth
Jimmy Smits hosts this Fourth of July concert featuring Reba McEntire, Gladys Knight, Darius Rucker, David Archuleta, John Schneider, classical pianist Lang Lang, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. The finale is Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture featuring the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets and live cannon fire provided by the U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery. Also: lots of fireworks.

-- Stephanie Merry and Justin Rude

By Stephanie Merry  | June 27, 2010; 8:14 PM ET
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