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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 11/ 6/2010

Free and easy events: 'Rashomon,' skateboarding in art

By Alex Baldinger, David Malitz and Stephanie Merry

This week, some of the best things in life are free. Impress a date with your creativity, take a friend or go exploring solo: Akira Kurosawa's genre-defining film "Rashomon" and photographs of skateboarding at night and Argentina's national parks top our list of the coolest free events of the week.

Monday
Opening reception: "The National Parks of Argentina: Diego Ortiz Mugica's New Work"
Celebrate the opening of this exhibition with the artist, in town from Argentina, as he displays 20 photographs of his native country's national parks from his upcoming book. There will also be an artist talk Tuesday at 6:30.

Tuesday
Discussion with Lia Halloran
The photographer whose work will be on display in the "Skateboarding Side Effects" exhibit leads a free Fotoweek discussion.

Wednesday
'Discovering the Civil War, Part II'
The National Archives opens the second-half of its year-long Civil War exhibition, which covers the freeing of the slaves and the war's closing battles, with a rare public display of the original Emancipation Proclamation, through Sunday.

Thursday
Veterans Day At the U.S. Navy Memorial
Celebrate those who have served in our nation's military when veterans display their collections of medals and other artifacts as part of Memorabilia Day. There will also be discussions led by authors and historians before the festivities continue outside with a wreath-laying at 1 p.m. on the plaza.

Friday
Julie Wolfe at Hemphill
Life and death, the beautiful and the sinister, light and darkness are the competing elements in Julie Wolfe's paintings. The exhibit runs through Dec. 23 with a public reception on Nov. 12.

Saturday
Polanski and the Lódz Film School
A showcase of seven short, eccentric comedies made by acclaimed director Roman Polanski at Poland's national film academy in the late 1950s. The films are accompanied by live music performed by the Polish duo Sza/Za.

Sunday
'Rashomon'
Akira Kurosawa's iconic 1950 film about a murder mystery in Samurai-era Japan broke ground for its narrative style and continues to be a major influence on filmmakers 60 years later.

By Alex Baldinger, David Malitz and Stephanie Merry  | November 6, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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