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Posted at 10:43 PM ET, 08/15/2010

Free and easy events

By Stephanie Merry

This week's free events include free ice cream for wimps, the chance to play Twister at the Textile Museum and a lovable thriller starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.

Monday
'Charade'
The final film in the National Theatre's Cary Grant-themed Summer Cinema series is the amusing romantic thriller co-starring Audrey Hepburn as a widow being pursued by her late husband's nefarious business partners. Free tickets are distributed 30 minutes before showtime.

Tuesday
Summer Screenings: Capital Irish Film Festival
The next-to-last installment of this weekly free (and catered) film series presents "Strange Days Are These," a mockumentary about a filmmaker on a shoestring budget.

Wednesday
Even Wimps Get Ice Cream'
Politics & Prose is celebrating the release of the fifth book in the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series with a visit from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Summer Reading Ice Cream Truck, which will give out free frozen treats and other goodies. The store is giving away "golden tickets" in random order that will entitle the recipient to a free copy of the book.

Thursday
Shakespeare Free for All
Shakespeare Theatre Company's annual free production kicks off with a new online lottery system for tickets, which means no more waiting for hours in the steamy summer heat. This year's production is "Twelfth Night," a reprise of the version that won over audiences in late 2008.

Friday
Observations with a Typewriter
Want to be the subject of an art piece? In conjunction with "Lists: To-Dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations From the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art," local conceptual artist Ding Ren will perform "Observations With a Typewriter," in which she creates a list of things she notices about the people in the gallery.

Saturday
Mid-Century Modern Game Day
It's like "Mad Men" for kids. Take your little ones to the Textile Museum gardens to try out toys that were popular in the 1960s and early '70s. A tour of the exhibitions and a scavenger hunt follows. Ages 4-12.

Sunday
Cambodian Community Day
Performances of Cambodian music and dance will showcase traditional and contemporary techniques, and a handmade scale model of the Angkor Wat temple, the majestic structure that graces the Cambodian flag, will provide visitors with a firsthand glimpse of the country's architecture.

-- David Malitz, Stephanie Merry and Justin Rude

By Stephanie Merry  | August 15, 2010; 10:43 PM ET
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