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Posted at 9:00 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Free and Easy: Around the World

By Jess Righthand

Find out about conflict in South Africa, arts of India and partying in Rio -- all for free.

'Two Men Talking'
Paul Browde and Murray Nossel were childhood enemies growing up in South Africa. Now the two are a creative team that will be performing their show at the Clarice Smith Center on Friday and Saturday. Join the pair for a discussion about the healing power of narrative.

Maximum India
Through March 20, the Kennedy Center's three-week India festival brings a variety of free shows to the Millennium Stage. Performers include traditional and contemporary musicians, dancers, comedians and even puppeteers. First up: Mandolin virtuoso U. Shrinivas, who has been credited with popularizing classical mandolin.

Caribbean film series
The Art Museum of the Americas continues its Caribbean film series with "Artists of the Bahamas," a documentary chronicling the evolution of contemporary Bahamian art.

Mongolian-American art
Artisphere hosts an opening reception for "Hamtdaa: Together," its new exhibit featuring local Mongolian American artist Gankhuyag Natsag, who handcrafts traditional dance masks and ceremonial costumes.

Cachaca tasting at Cafe Atlantico
To kick off Carnival, Cafe Atlantico invites the public to sample Brazil's singular cane juice liquor. Experts from D.C.'s Ballet Teatro Internacional and a Brazilian radio show will discuss samba and the Brazilian martial art capoeira.

'Spanning La Serenissima'
Eric Denker, a lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, speaks about the intricate network of canals and bridges that make Venice a one-of-a-kind urban landscape. The lecture is the second in a five-lecture series that accompanies the museum's exhibition on 18th-century Venetian art, "Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals."

Celebrate Carnival in Greenbelt
Make vibrantly colored headdresses with fabric artist Russ Little, take a free merengue dance lesson, see the exhibit "Entropics" and enjoy the Latin rhythms of Cantare, a trio that will perform in Spanish and Portuguese.

By Jess Righthand  | February 27, 2011; 9:00 PM ET
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