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Posted at 9:00 PM ET, 10/31/2010

Free and easy events: Al Jarreau, Ian Frazier and more

By Alex Baldinger

Who says you have to spend a lot when you go out? This week, see artists at work, learn about NoVa's rock scene or hear Al Jarreau perform -- all for free.

Monday
'The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848-1875'
The National Gallery showcases 100 photos and 20 paintings that demonstrate British artists' endeavors to prove that cameras could do more than merely chronicle life's moments.

Tuesday
"Slackistan"
London based filmmaker Hammad Khan's new movie explores the lives of Pakistanis in their 20s dealing with modern problems as their country goes through political turmoil.

Wednesday
Ian Frazier: Travels in Siberia
For a region that claims nearly one-seventh of Earth's landmass, Siberia remains the great, wintry unknown to most non-Russians. But not writer Ian Frazier, who traveled the great Slavic plains in search of historical landmarks and discoveries unknown for his latest book, "Travels in Siberia."

Thursday
'All Mixed Up'
Celebrate the opening of this juried exhibition of mixed media art from Prince George's County artists with a reception and a chance to see work by Nancy Donnelly, Megan Mueller and Tim Tate, curated by local arts advocate Philippa Hughes.

Friday
Airmen of Note featuring Al Jarreau
The premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force welcomes seven-time Grammy winning vocalist Al Jarreau as a guest for its Jazz Heritage Series.

Saturday
Northern Virginia and the Rise of Rock & Roll
Before the kids were rocking out at Iota and the Galaxy Hut, Northern Virginia had the Alexandria Roller Rink and the Elks Club, and if you were lucky, you got to see the likes of the Doors or Black Sabbath perform there. Jeff Krulik ("Heavy Metal Parking Lot") explores the origins of NoVa's rock scene with a panel discussion and slide show.

Sunday
Mid City Artists Open Studio
This twice yearly event allows the collective of local art lovers to catch up with the latest creations from this collective of local artists.

-- Alex Baldinger, David Malitz and Stephanie Merry

By Alex Baldinger  | October 31, 2010; 9:00 PM ET
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