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. 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!
Now onto this week:
- October 10-16- The REEL Independent Film Festival continues all this week at West End cinema. Shows are $11 each at the door, and weeklong passes are available on their website.
- Tuesday, October 14th– Freedom Summer, a Sundance documentary about civil rights activists during the summer of 1964, is screening for free at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. Register at www.anacostia.si.edu.
- Every Monday in October – Dodge City will hold a Halloween Movie Monday every Monday this October with no cover. Each night will begin with an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? followed by a cheesy Halloween movie. Free candy, too.
- Monday, October 13th– Nikki Glaser, semifinalist from season 4 of Last Comic Standing will be at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre. Tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at 5:30 pm. Limit two tickets per person.
- Wednesday, October 14th– Tarana & the Silent Note, a trombone/synth and drums/electronics duo performs at Bossa for $5. Doors at 9, show at 10.
- Thursday, October 16th– Chicago Symphony cellist Katinka Kleijn collaborates with an EEG headset to play a live duet with her brain waves in Library Late: Intelligence in the Human Machine. Free at the Atlas Performing Arts Center Lang Theatre.
- Friday, October 17th– The United States Marine Chamber Ensemble plays the Kenendy Center Stage tonight.
- Saturday, October 18th – An afternoon full of live jazz awaits at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. Musicians will play the work of Oscar Brown Jr, and jazz scholar Wayne Willentz will present a talk prior to the show and screen a documentary entitled Music is My Life, Politics My Mistress.
- Tuesday, October 14th– “Toast to Community” Happy Hour at 201 Bar is hosted by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and will celebrate contributions from refugees and immigrants, as well as provide an insider update on the situation of unaccompanied children crossing the border.
- Thursday, October 16th– The Georgetown Piano Bar is hosting an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge happy hour party, featuring dueling pianos, cheap drinks to benefit the ALS association, and the creators of the viral sensation. Bringing your own Ice Bucket Challenge videos is encouraged, but not required.
- Monday, October 13th- Take a trip on the Art Bus! Hop on at the Courthouse metro station for $1.50 and ride to the Arlington Arts Center. Artist Rachel Schmidt will discuss her site specific installation in front of the Court House prior to boarding the bus. Schmidt’s “Boat Journeys” is a a series of drawings and collages that are inspired by the constant moving, commuting, and traveling that comes with living in an urban environment.
- Tuesday, October 14th– Take an OM break with Yoga at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. Free one-hour class beginning at 12:30. Email [email protected] to register.
- Thursday, October 16th – The Hirschhorn is kicking off its 40 year anniversary celebrations with two new exhibitions, “At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection” and “Days of Endless Time,” featuring works from over 60 artists.
- Thursday, October 16th– Kramerbooks hosts a marathon reading of two Edgar Allen Poe works at the Hillyer Art Space in celebration of Halloween. Email [email protected] with the subject line “Poe Marathon” to volunteer to read from “The Tell-Tale Heart” or “The Raven,” or just come listen. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
- Saturday, October 18th – The DC Author Festival kicks off today at 9:30 am, with talks, readings, workshops, and more than 70 vendor booths.
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