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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:



  • Tuesday, November 4th – The Natural History Museum will be screening Ringtonea documentary about the connections that cell phones make and break through the lens of one aboriginal community in Australia. A discussion with director Jennifer Deger follows.
  • Thursday, November 6th- The American Art Museum will be screening “Service,” an episode of PBS’s Craft in America about the importance of art in the lives of veterans.
  • Friday, November 7th – The American Indian Museum is presenting Who We Are, a 13-minute presentation on Native life and communities.
  • Friday, November 7th- The world premiere of Xu Tong’s documentary about traveling poet Er Housheng, Cut Out The Eyes will be at Freer Sackler.
  • Friday, November 7th – As part of the National Gallery of Art’s spotlight on Václav Havel, they will be screening The Uninvited Guest and Every Young Man at the Forman Theatre at American University.
  • Sunday, November 9th – The same series will continue with The Mist followed by A Report on the Party and the Guests. 
  • Sunday, November 9th – Freer and Sackler Gallery is showing The Boys from Fengkui, a film about youth in Taiwan.




  • Thursday, November 6th – Italian vocalist Irene Jalenti is performing at the Ritz Carlton Georgetown’s Living Room Live concert series, presented by Art Soiree. Doors are at 7 pm.

  • Thursday, November 6th – Thursday is Ethiopian jazz night with Fedeel Band at Bossa Bistro. Tickets are only $5 and doors are at 9 pm.

  • Thursday, November 6th – It’s ~Ladies First~ at Den of Thieves for NO COVER! Bring as many ladies as you can find!
  • Thursday, November 6th – In a singing mood? Sticky Rice is holding their karaoke night, so be sure to get there early for a chance to sing, as the list fills up quickly!

  • Friday, November 7thFree Loft Late Night continues at The Hamilton with Lloyd Dobler Effect. Doors are at 9 pm.

  • Friday, November 7th – Bier Baron Tavern is holding DC Science Comedy Night — perfect for anyone who self-identifies as a nerd! Event start at 8:30 pm.



  • Every day: Roofer’s Union has their Union Break Happy Hour from 5-7 pm.

  • Tuesday, November 4th – Commissary is beginning their $2 happy hour at 9 am if you come in with your “I Voted” sticker. America.

  • Wednesday, November 5th – Acre 121 has half priced wine night, giving a new meaning to the phrase “happy hour.” Starts at 5pm.

  • Friday, November 7th – Happy Hour from 5-8! .90 drinks from 8-10! Happy Hour AGAIN for the rest of the night! Every Friday at Chief Ike’s Mambo Room!



  • Tuesday, November 4th – The National Building Museum is holding a talk with the director of Georgetown BID, Will Handsfield, to discuss future planning of the neighborhood. Pre-registration required.

  • Tuesday, November 4th – The Capital City Showcase is holding its roast of the DC mayoral candidates at The Brixton. Doors are at 7 pm.

  • Thursday, November 6th – The IDB Cultural Center in the Office of External Relations and the Embassy of Colombia *catches breath* will be hosting a performance by El Colegio del Cuerpo, a modern dance troupe.
  • Friday, November 7th – Free admission to BlackRock’s main art gallery if you look like you have the intention of buying art!
  • Friday, November 7th – A new exhibition about photobooks, appropriately titled Photobook, is opening at the Vivid Solutions Gallery. 
  • Friday, November 7th – The opening reception for Urban Bungalow at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will feature guest curator Jennifer Lindsay.

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