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Here we focus exclusively on the cheapest YET most satisfying entertainment to be found around DC. Every week we highlight free and almost free activities, a choice happy hour or two, food specials and hot tips for budget survival. 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, time to plan the week!

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  • Tuesday, April 7 The Theory of Everything plays tonight at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse for $2 Movie Tuesdays. It made Stephen Hawking cry, and maybe it will make you shed some tears too.

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  • Tuesday, April 7 – The documentary Without a Word, produced by The Education and Activism Group within SPA Leadership at American University, debuts at Busboys and Poets. Tickets are $2 and proceeds go to the Washington Literacy Center.
  • Friday, April 10 – Expand your horizons with a showing of Artic (Ärtico) at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center as part of the Festival of New Spanish Cinema. Tickets are $12, but you get a glimpse into a world of two hustlers in Spain trying to make ends meet.
  • Friday, April 10 – Famous British director Ken Loach’s 2013 non-fiction work The Spirit of ’45,  which deals with anti-authority sentiments in England, screens for free at American University.
  • Friday, April 10 – Learn more about the process that translators undertake when dealing with classical works by attending the free screening of Cosmologies of the Classical at the Georgetown Library.
  • Sunday, April 12 – Transport yourself to another world with a free screening of London: Day In, Day Out at the National Portrait Gallery. Now’s the chance to learn what Londoners like to do in their free time

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  • Sunday, April 12 – Freer and Sackler Galleries hosts a free screening of Old Men as part of its series “Road Works: Films that Inspire Writers.” Old Men focuses on what it’s like to be an elderly man in China today, and the screening follows a book signing by Val Wang, author of Beijing Bastards: Into the Wilds of Changing China.

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  • Wednesday, April 8thSpring Foto season has started. Celebrate by joining FotoDC at Frye Company’s Gallery this Wednesday as we kick off the Spring FotoDC competitions in style with an evening of complimentary cocktails, catching-up and beautiful images of some of our past season’s winners. 1066 Wisconsin Ave NW, 6:30-8:30pm RSVP at: [email protected]

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  • Wednesday, April 8 – It’s National Empanada Day, and Cuba Libre is pairing with Rum Bar for a $1 empanada happy hour between 5 p.m and 7 p.m. Also, be sure to ask about their special empanadas, both of which are available for under $10 during lunch and dinner times.
  • Thursday, April 9 – One Eight Distilling and Toki Underground’s Erik Bruner-Yang are coming together for a dine-and-drink event, pairing Toki Underground favorites with cherry blossom themed drinks. At only $20 per guest, it’s a steal.
  • Until Saturday, April 11 – It’s only “$10 Till 10” at BLT Steak, where they’re offering six chef’s specials for just $10 at the bar until, you guessed it, 10 p.m. Simple enough.
  • As long as there are pink trees  Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with some of these food/drink specials:
    – Café Bonaparte and Malmaison – Sip on one of three cherry-themed cocktails for just $12.
    – RareSweets – Try the President Taft Deviled Almond Sundae (with cherry compote) for just $7.50.
    Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits – Rose? It’s free wine tasting on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. or Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. until April 12.

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  • Tuesday, April 7 – Channel your inner fashion nerd tonight as The Washington Post‘s fashion critic Robin Givhan stops by Busboys and Poets Takoma for a reading from her new book The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into the Spotlight and Made History.

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  • Wednesday, April 8  – Practice your flow at the American Art Museum with Yoga in Luce. It’s $10, but spots fill up fast so make sure to reserve a spot ahead of time.
  • Wednesday, April 8 – Improve your dance skills with Blues Dance Lessons at Emergence Community Arts Collective. It’s $5 and takes place every Wednesday of April, so you’ll have plenty of time to go from zero to hero.

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  • Wednesday, April 8  – The always great Paul Beatty takes over Busboys and Poets Brookland for a reading of his fourth novel The Sellout.
  • Friday, April 10  – Washington Artworks host the opening reception for its newest exhibition “Hang the Lawyers,” which features artwork made by D.C. attorneys and law students.
  • Friday, April 10 – Check out this month’s Cuban Dance Social at Dance Place. For $12 you get to show off some cuban flair to the music of DJ Casineros, and bring back out those classic cha cha cha moves.
  • Saturday, April 11 – Interested in comics? Want to make them for a living? Then stop by the Mt. Pleasant Library for the Careers in Comics Panel Discussion and Portfolio Review to meet other comics, writers and artists.
  • Saturday, April 11 – D.C.’s pro ultimate team the Breeze begins the season with their home opener against rivals from Toronto. The game takes place at Galludet University, and there will be music and food on-hand.
  • Sunday, April 12 – Release you theater geek and attend a free staged reading of the classic play Raisin in the Sun at MLK Jr. Memorial Library, co-hosted with The Theatre Lab of Dramatic Arts.

That’s all, remember – 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. Feel free to leave us your suggestions in the comments. Sharing is the new caring.

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