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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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  • Tuesday, November 17Free to Rock, a documentary about how western rock music influenced the end of the Cold War, is being screened at Georgetown followed by a panel discussion. Kiefer Sutherland is the narrator if that’s a selling point for the 24 mega-fan in you.
  • Wednesday, November 18 – The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is screening Before the Music Dies, a documentary on the mainstream-ing of the music industry.
  • Friday, November 20 – Not really a movie, but the Smithsonian Institution’s History of Film Forum is hosting a discussion on diversity in history film at the Warner Bros. Theater. Educate yo’ self.
  • Saturday, November 21Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays is being screened by The History of Film Forum at the Warner Bros. Theater. It’s a Yahoo News documentary reported and narrated by Michael Isikoff.

 

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  • Tuesday, November 17 – Violinist Tamaki Kawakubo and pianist Ryo Yanagitani are performing at the Millennium Stage.
  • Tuesday, November 17 – Anne Sofie von Otter, Jonathan Cohen, and Thomas Dunford will be at the Library of Congress doing what they do best while we watch and contemplate the career we could’ve had if we didn’t quit playing the piano.
  • Wednesday, November 18 – If you enjoy listening to people with beautiful voices sing together, the Congressional Chorus is performing at Millennium Stage.
  • Wednesday, November 18 -Upshur Street Books. Rocky Horror. Lauren Everett, the photographer and author behind People Like Us: The Cult of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, will be talking about her book on Rocky Horror while other people will be performing songs from Rocky Horror.

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  • Wednesday, November 18 – Denizens Brewing Co is hosting their monthly comedy show, Hot Freaks presented by Lousy Humans.
  • Thursday, November 19 – Pianist Ana Sinkovec Burstin is performing at the Millennium Stage.
  • Thursday, November 19 – Talented teens talking about life: the Hillyer Art Space is hosting Picture This! A D.C. Teen Poetry Slam.
  • Thursday, November 19 – A.R. Williams is throwing a release party for The Camellia Reckoning at the Ulysses Room.
  • Thursday, November 19The Living Room Live Series at the Ritz in Georgetown is bringing jazz singer Kathy Farmer to perform for your free listening pleasure.
  • Thursday, November 19The Science Club. Last Resort Comedy. Comedy. Comedy.
  • Thursday, November 19The Library of Congress wants you to stop by (reserve tickets first though) and listen to the music of Apollo’s Fire.
  • Thursday, November 19 – Corner Politics is hosting a HIP HOP FEUD. When I first read this I thought it said Hip Hop Freud and got really excited but this is just as good. And if you’re not participating, there’s a happy hour going on at the same time as the feuds.
  • Friday, November 20 – A party that isn’t too much like a party: Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan is hosting clothing swap party where you can go shopping without wasting the clothes you already have.
  • Saturday, November 21 – Shaolin Jazz is having a listening party of their new EP Byrd Over Staten at Songbyrd in Adams Morgan.

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  • Tuesday, November 17Behind the Bar is having a launch party at the Howard Theatre. Behind the Bar is a platform for D.C. bartenders to connect with cool people and companies. There’s going to be live performances by Vic Mensa and Mane Squeeze accompanied by an open bar and FOOD.

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  • Friday, November 20 – What’s happening: the D.C. Sip, a wine tasting and sale at Paul’s Wine and Spirits. What you’ll be: tipsy off good wine.
  • Saturday, November 21Bike to the Beach is presenting its Cranksgiving Food Drive. It’s called Cranksgiving because its a bike ride, autism awareness ride, food drive, and scavenger hunt all rolled into one event at the Georgetown waterfront.

 

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  • Tuesday, November 17 – Contemporary artist John Stango is holding an Art Intervention at Pinea. I’m not quite sure what’s in need of intervention, but you’ll be able to make your own art and watch Stango do the same. Bubbly on the side.
  • Tuesday, November 17 – Bottom Shelf Comedy at Black Whiskey in Logan Circle is hosting an open mic. Get your funnies ready.

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  • Tuesday, November 17 – Tuesdays = Last Resort Comedy at Bier Baron.
  • Tuesday, November 17 – Playscripts, D.C.’s very own script-reading book club, is having a reading of A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. It’s at the Fringe Arts Bar. No slam poetry tonight.
  • Tuesday, November 17 – It’s that time of the week for the weekly Underground Comedy at Vendetta.
  • Tuesday, November 17Jonathan Terrell is coming to D.C. to play some songs from his new album.

  • Wednesday, November 18 – It’s the NPR All Crafts Considered Holiday Market (!!) at the NPR headquarters in NOMA. Not quite Thanksgiving but it’s never too early to celebrate how much we love buying things.
  • Wednesday, November 18 – The National Archives is hosting Drawn from the Headlines, a panel discussion with award winning political cartoonists from the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and more. Featuring talented people talking about the role of cartoons in the 21st century.
  • Wednesday, November 18 – If you’re interested in participating in the Capital Fringe Festival, the Logan Fringe Arts Space is hosting How to Fringe for future applicants. Thanks guys.
  • Wednesday, November 18 – Claire Huschle of the arts program at George Mason University is leading a discussion on arts management in the D.C. area at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library.
  • Friday, November 20 – Pike & Rose is having a Holiday Light Spectacular, featuring a tree lighting led by Washington Capital’s Karl Alzner, live ice carving, a cappella singing, and food.
  • Friday, November 20 – The Potter’s House is having an All-Women’s Open Mic Night called Art Between Us.

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  • Saturday, November 21The Luce Foundation Center at SAAM is hosting a talk with theater prop designer Britney Mongold.
  • Sunday, November 22Book Riot’s Read Harder book group is meeting up and wants book-nerds to come.

 

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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