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Here we focus exclusively on the cheapest YET most satisfying entertainment to be found around D.C. 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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  • Thursday, November 12Frame by Frame, a documentary on photojournalism in Afghanistan, is being screened at the Freer Gallery of Art with the help of Fotoweek DC.
  • Friday, November 13 – The FORUM in Arlington is having another film night where they’ll be showing The Quiet Man.
  • Saturday, November 14 – More Fotoweek DC events! This one is a screening of Grab a Hunk of Lightning at the National Gallery of Art. The film is the story of the legendary 20th century photographer Dorothea Lange.
  • Saturday, November 14 – The short film Ellis stars Robert De Niro and disclaimer: this isn’t the movie where De Niro stars alongside Anne Hathaway. It’ll be screened at Fotoweek Central.


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  • Tuesday, November 10 – It’s Harold Night at the Washington Improv Theater. Yes, and? It’s free so just go.
  • Tuesday, November 10 – Listen to funny people tell average stories or funny stories be told by average people. Story District is having their monthly If I Were You show at Town Danceboutique.
  • Tuesday, November 10 – Tuesday nights at Bier Baron Tavern = Last Resort Comedy Show.
  • Tuesday, November 10 – The POV lounge, you know the rooftop bar at the W, is having another one of its POV Live! events. This time Lightwaves and Incredible Change are performing.

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  • Wednesday, November 11The Summer Camp Show is happening at Wonderland Ballroom. There will be talk of odd childhood experiences and even more exciting, “unusual group activities.” Think Wet Hot American Summer.
  • Thursday, November 12 – The songwriting duo Tough Old Bird is playing at Gypsy Sally’s for anyone who’s into a folk and blues hybrid.
  • Thursday, November 12 – The AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center is presenting the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. And by that I mean that these wonderful people compiled 74 minutes worth of cat video footage for your enjoyment.
  • Thursday, November 12 Feel the Love, the open mic at Flash, is back.  The Lucky So & Sos are performing and Average is doing DJ stuff.
  • Thursday, November 12  – Brutalism is having a cassette release at the Velvet Lounge and Beercat Wildcat will also be there playing some great ~tunes.
  • Friday, November 13 – All at the Red Panda House: Atlas Bloom, Little Spiral, and Maryjo Mattea.
  • Friday, November 13 – The Triathlon is releasing its new EP at Songbyrd. Also, The Sea Life and Laughing Man are playing some new songs. Tickets are $10 if you get them in advance.
  • Saturday, November 14 – Brenmar and Pat Premier are DJing at Little Miss Whiskeys Golden Dollar.
  • Saturday, November 14You, Me, Them, Everybody 8×8 is going to be a night of cool people saying things that are likely to make you laugh. Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee (I know him!!). It’s at the Black Cat.
  • Sunday, November 15 – Seán Barna is coming to the Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe. Other music-playing-people who will be there are yOya, Luis Weeks, and Rom.



  •  Tuesday, November 10 – The author of The Beer Bible, Jeff Alworth, is coming to Busboys and Poets. Go and see if you can spot him. Just kidding, he’s going to be holding a discussion on the book and promoting a new educated population of beer drinkers.
  • Wednesday, November 11 – Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont is taking the night to celebrate English brewing. The Thornbridge Kipling sounds like something Daniel Radcliffe drank in the Harry Pottermovies, so that’s cool.
  • Wednesday, November 11Spices, Flavors, and Flavoring is a workshop at Joe’s Movement Emporium on how to cut down the salt in your diet by replacing it with other, better, flavorful things. Sounds like something your parents would be into but if you go we won’t tell anyone.
  • Thursday, November 12 – Counteract all of the shitty things that alcohol does to your body by going to the Right Proper Brewing Company’s Bike and Brew fundraising event. You can challenge your friends to a “Gold Sprint” on a stationary bike for $5. Hey they get it, Soul Cycle is expensive and hard to do when you’re sober.
  • November 13 – 22 – It’s Cider Week at Bastille. All ciders are from Virginia and go for $9 a glass.
  • Friday, November 13Paul’s Wine and Spirits is having a (SURPRISE) complimentary wine and spirits tasting.wine pizza vegas las vegas pizza las vegas


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  • Tuesday, November 10 – It’s the opening night of the Korean Cultural Center of D.C.’s new exhibition, Meeting Point. It’s displaying contemporary art from Korean and American artists. They’re having a reception and talk on the artists’ works so they don’t have to hear anyone say, “What does this even mean? I can make this.”
  • Tuesday, November 10M Street Yoga is having a free/donation-based yoga class in celebration of Veterans’ Day. You can donate as much or as little as you want, it all goes to a good cause.
  • Tuesday, November 10Cards Against Urbanity: Arlington Edition – a clever play on words and a good time. Yes, you’ll actually be playing a game and yes, you’ll learn stuff about the Arlington community.
  • Wednesday, November 11 – Busboys and Poets Brookland is hosting a book talk by Deepa Iyer on We Too Sing America.
  • Wednesday, November 11 –  Morton Fine Art is hosting New Ancient Pictures, an exhibit by Vonn Sumner. It’s sort of like Surrealist art but not.
  • Thursday, November 12 – The American University Photo Collective is having its second exhibition at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe in Adams Morgan. The theme this year is Street Photography. How #urban.
  • Friday, November 13 – Artist Jeremy Mann is having a solo exhibition at the Principle Gallery. That’s in Alexandria.
  • Friday, November 13 -If you couldn’t get into the Renwick’s Opening Party on Tuesday, the gallery is open for the public on Friday. The Facebook event says 3.3K people are going, it’s the Black Friday of art gallery openings. And I’m the deliverer of the worst jokes ever.
  • Saturday, November 14 Washington Produced Arts (WPA) is putting on an exhibit to showcase the talents of various local artists. The name doesn’t leave room for ambiguity.
  • Tuesday – Sunday, November 10 – 14 – Fotoweek DC is in full swing and we’ll be posting about it all week long. Check our daily Today @ Fotoweek posts for the best updates.



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.