Here we focus exclusively on the cheapest YET most satisfying entertainment to be found around DC. Every Monday – we highlight free and almost free activities, a choice happy hour or two, food specials, and hot tips for budget survival. ALSO-PLEASE POST YOUR FREE EVENTS (FOR FREE!) ON OUR AGENDA PAGE or send us FREE TIPS to [email protected], for inclusion in the future FREE THINGS guide. So-lets dig in.
- FIRST UP: Our OUTDOOR SUMMER FREE MOVIE GUIDE IS LIVE. From high school movies to Jane Austen picnic viewings to Jaws, there is a little something for everyone there. Use it always.
- GENTLE REMINDER: you should consider joining the new-and-improved BYT VIP program, called VIPERS (yes!) which is all about making your life better with awesome things like: Paid reserves at select (already) sold-out shows, hugs-heavy bus trips to where-the-hell-is-that venues like Merriweather Post Pavilion, pre-release MP3s and promo CD downloads, members-only ticket giveaways and discounts, priority line-jumping at BYT events, tons of loot we get from labels and PR people that we don’t know what to do with, exclusive pre-pre-pre-sales, monthly secret happy hours where you can huddle amongst the rest of the VIPER elite + pick up extra schwag, super sweet Vipers-only pow wows with some of your favorite musicians, artists and local celebs…. and, well, anything else we can think of. SO-SIGN UP.
- NOW, onto this week:
- Monday, May 20th – Washington Psychotronic Society Presents: BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS – You take a great movie (“The Seven Samurai”), turn it into “The Magnificent Seven,” add an outer space twist to it… throw in Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, John Saxon, George Peppard, Sybil Danning and you’ve got yourself one helluva Sci-fi adventure! Space freaks and space people team up to rid their sector of an evil entity. Ride ’em, space cowboy!
- Wednesday, May 22nd – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade kicks off NOMA Summer screen. – we obviously don’t have to explain to you why this will be great.
- Wednesday, May 22nd – Goonies are playing as part of the Family Meal Drive – In summer movie series. (bonus: there is live local music at 7pm with every edition too)
- Friday, May 24th – Argo is playing at the Strawberry Park. Read our full review here.
- Friday, May 24th – Ferris Beuller is playing at the Roslyn Outdoor Movie Series. Good times.
- Saturday, May 25th – Toward CS Blues: Delinquency and Danger in Rolling Stones films @ National Gallery of Art. A Lecture AND A screening. CS Blues, Robert Frank’s legendary on-the-road rendering of the Stones’ 1972 North American cross-country tour, reconstructs themes found in many of the earlier films. The screening is preceded by a “Reviewing of the history of the Rolling Stones on film—the group’s fiftieth anniversary is this year—media historian David James probes the recurring portrayal of recklessness and violence, tracing these themes through Charlie Is My Darling (Peter Whitehead, 1966), Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London (Peter Whitehead, 1967), One Plus One (Jean- Luc Godard, 1968), Invocation of My Demon Brother (Kenneth Anger, 1969), Performance (Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg, 1970), and Gimme Shelter (Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, 1970).”
- Sunday, May 26th – The Connection @ National Gallery of Art. – part of the Shirley Clarke: The Real Thing movie series. From the NGA website: “The Living Theater first performed Jack Gelber’s play The Connection in 1959, drawing national attention to this stark Off-Broadway portrayal of addicts and “philosophers of the needle.” Shirley Clarke was inspired to make a film version, a revolutionary notion in 1961. The result was “neither creaky problem melodrama nor flashy, experiential panorama” — Jaime N. Christley.”
- Wednesday, May 22nd – Wonderland Circus returns to WONDERLAND – he Wonderland Circus is the new variety show where anything goes! See a wide variety of performers do their stuff. Much like any circus, expect thrills, chills, and amazement! The show is Free Admission, though a $5 suggested donation will be collected for the artists.
- Wednesday, May 23rd – KISS KISS BANG BANG, an alternative 80s dance party @ Little Miss Whiskey’s
- Friday, May 24th – DJ SMUDGE-Memorial Day Edition @ Tropicalia – “DJ Smudge likes to party with everyone. He’s an expansive selector and prominent DC firestarter with the jams. A little bit of everything all the time!”
- Friday, May 24th – Late night @ Penn Social – Classic Arcade Games, Shuffleboard, Pool, Skeeball, Giant Jenga, 30+ Draught Beers, It’s all going down. Music will start around 10pm
- Saturday, May 25th – BYT and DURKL present the best value in local music: FAT LIP, a new DC EMERGING ARTIST Monthly– 3 great local acts, $5, ZEBA. Get Sweaty with us:
- The Great American Shake Sale @ Shake Shack – May 1-31, 2013, at all Shake Shacks. The goal is to help raise awareness and funds for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign in its effort to end childhood hunger in America. Throughout the month of May, Shake Shack guests who donate $2 or more to No Kid Hungry will receive a card for a complimentary hand-spun shake–valued at $5–redeemable on their next visit. One hundred percent of donations will benefit No Kid Hungry. In the spirit of the bake sale, Shake Shack is offering seven baked good-inspired frozen custard flavors–one for each day of the week–on its May “Custard Calendar.” Frozen custard flavors include Lemon Meringue, Black & White Cookie, Oatmeal Crème Pie, Olive Oil Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Spiced Chocolate Brownie, and Banana Bread. Of course, all flavors can be made into delicious shakes.
- Free Key Lime Doughnuts – Check in on Foursquare with a friend at participating Krispy Kreme shops on May 15 & 22 and get a free Key Lime Doughnut while supplies last.(via WTOP)
- Friday, May 24th – JAZZ IN THE GARDEN kicks off @ National Gallery of Art. That means summer is officially here.
- Saturday and Sunday, May 25th and 26th – Celebrate Hawaii Festival @ Museum of the American Indian. Expect: “celebration of Hawaiian arts and culture and coincides with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. During the festival, visitors can meet and greet Hawaiian culture bearers who are practitioners of the traditional Hawaiian arts related to voyaging and canoes.”
- May 19th-24th is Baltimore Museum Week and features buy-one-get-one-free admission as well as free events and walking tours. Perfect for a day trip.
GENERAL WELL BEING:
- Monday, May 20th – “Spring into Meditation” Monday nights near Foggy Bottom
- Every Tuesday – Pilates in the Park – Free Pilates classes in Farragut Square Park, 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday now through June 25. Bring your own mat! Instruction will be provided by certified teachers from Yoga District.
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