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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 11/21/2010

Free and Easy: shopping, salsa and rock musicals

By Alex Baldinger and Stephanie Merry

Shake out family stress at this week's few events: salsa dancing, a Black Friday shopping frenzy and extended hours for an all-American exhibit at the Smithsonian.

Sabor Mondays
It couldn't hurt to burn a few calories in preparation for Thursday's ritual gluttony. And here's a fun way to do it: Lima's weekly salsa lesson, which heats up to the beats of DJ Bemba.

Impossibly Funky Book Event
The Washington Psychotronic Film Society's movie screening gets a visitor this week. After a viewing of Brian De Palma's "Phantom of the Paradise," stick around for a discussion and book signing with Mike White, who put out "Impossibly Funky," an anthology drawn from the cinephile magazine Cashiers du Cinemart.

National Gallery of Art Chamber Players
Ease into your Thanksgiving holiday with a matinee performance of Italian Renaissance music along with the ongoing "Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy" exhibition.

'Seasons Greenings'
While malls rolled out the red and green decorations weeks ago, the Botanic Garden kicks off its annual celebration of holiday spirit on Thanksgiving Day, and not a moment sooner. The always adorable display includes model trains weaving their way through poinsettias and replicas of Washington landmarks made of plant materials.

Escape to Black Friday
The day after Thanksgiving doesn't have to be spent in a shopping mall stampede. The Workhouse Arts Center hosts an art sale with food and drink tastings, and an evening performance by the Potomac Jazz Project.

Art Carnage 316
Now that holiday shopping season is here, get started on your list at this art-market-meets-variety-show that promises four hours of "frantic, creative madness."

Extended hours for 'Telling Stories'
The American Art Museum is offering a little help for those with family members in town that refuse to sleep in and expect to be entertained. The lower level of the museum opens 90 minutes ahead of its usual schedule on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, giving early risers the chance to check out the current exhibition of Norman Rockwell paintings and drawings.

By Alex Baldinger and Stephanie Merry  | November 21, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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