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Posted at 7:53 PM ET, 06/ 6/2010

Free and easy events

By Stephanie Merry

This week's free events include a reason to break out your summer seersucker and the chance to see Pam Grier -- also known as Foxy Brown -- in person.

Monday
Turning Point
Part of the International VSA Festival, this series of staged play readings spotlights Irish artists with disabilities. The selections, which were commissioned in part by Dublin's Fishamble Company, all deal with the theme of change.

Tuesday
'This Is It' screening
The monthly U Street Movie Series kicks off with the Michael Jackson concert film documenting rehearsals for what was supposed to be a string of 50 sold-out concerts at London's O2 Arena. The first 100 people get free popcorn.

Wednesday
Party at the Plaza
Step right up to this salsa-tutorial-meets-dance-party. Show up at 5:30 p.m. for a half- hour lesson with instructor Eileen Torres, then test out your new skills to the beat of live Latin music courtesy of Orquesta la Leyenda.

Thursday
Going Out Guide happy hour
Join the Going Out Gurus for food, drinks and corn hole at the Bullpen, then cross the street to watch the Nationals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (you must purchase your own tickets).

Friday
Dynamic, Daring and Delicious: Enrique Olvera's Design With Food
Take a break from Top Chef reruns for the real deal -- renowned chef Enrique Olvera, who opened the Mexico City restaurant Pujol. Olvera will be in town to discuss his inventive approach to cuisine in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Institute's exhibit "Re-thinking Tradition: Contemporary Design in Mexico." RSVP to cdiaz@instituteofmexicodc.org.

Saturday
Dandies & Quaintrelles Seersucker Bike Ride
The group that brought you last fall's D.C. Tweed Ride is back with an outing that's really just an excuse to break out your snappy striped duds. To participate in the ride, and to receive detailed course information, register at seersuckersocial.eventbrite.com. For those who want to make a day of it, a $20 after-party will take place at Hillwood, including live entertainment, such prepster games as croquet and badminton, gelato and cocktails.

Sunday
Pam Grier at Busboys and Poets
The iconic actress from such blaxploitation films of the 1970s as "Foxy Brown" and "Coffy" signs and discusses her new book, "Foxy: My Life in Three Acts."

-- David Malitz and Stephanie Merry

By Stephanie Merry  | June 6, 2010; 7:53 PM ET
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