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Posted at 7:56 PM ET, 06/13/2010

Free and easy events

By Stephanie Merry

This week's free events include a massive art walk along H Street NE and gelato at the annual Festa Italiana.

Drop by the Black Cat for this monthly all-female display of spoken word poetry. And although the evening is free, donations are appreciated and go to SMYAL, the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League.

Ballet Across America returns to the Kennedy Center, and the Millennium Stage is featuring free dance performances Tuesday through Saturday. The series kicks off with Joy of Motion Dance, a group dedicated to innovative jazz dances.

'Bloomsday' readings
In celebration of the life of James Joyce, and in recognition of the day of Leopold Bloom's Dublin wanderings, the Harvard Club of Washington DC and American Independent Writers sponsor a public reading of highlights from "Ulysses."

ARTventures on H Street
The growing arts district along H Street NE is the place to be tonight when 11 galleries and art spaces, including Conner Contemporary, G Fine Arts and Studio H, open their doors to visitors. Drop by between 5 and 7 p.m. and receive a stamp at each locale, which translates to discounts at nearby hot spots, such as Granville Moore's and Sticky Rice, between 7 and 9 p.m.

BuddhaFest film screening
A four-day extravaganza of Buddhism -- including film screenings, talks and meditation practice -- includes a free screening of the dramatic documentary "Fire Under the Snow." The movie follows the Tibetan monk Palden Gyatso, who was imprisoned for 33 years because of his religious views.

'Paint' Alexandria 2010
The Art League hosts this day-long event in which member artists give tutorials on artistic process, from capturing a sunset at Founders Park to acrylic painting, which takes place on the waterfront behind the Torpedo Factory.

Festa Italiana
Street food, sports cars, music and dance are central to this festival of Italian and Italian-American culture. And although this year's festival focuses on the Molise region of Italy, we expect that the cannolis, gelati and Ferraris will be the main draw.

-- David Malitz, Stephanie Merry and Justin Rude

By Stephanie Merry  | June 13, 2010; 7:56 PM ET
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