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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!

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Now onto this week:

  • Wednesday, January 28 – Are you a fan of quirky medical cinema? If so then I’ve some good news for you, because selections from the National Library of Medicine Film will be screening at the Georgetown Neighborhood library.
  • Wednesday, January 28 – Are European short films more your thing? Or maybe you just like watching films by women. Either way, From Women with Love: Films Through Womens Eyes is presenting seven short films (and cocktails) at the Malmaison. You’re bound to enjoy at least one of them.
  • Friday, January 30 – Ever felt like you belonged in the 80s? See for yourself through the dance movie Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, the Library of Congress’ next installation in The 80s: The Decade the Musicals Forgot.


  • Friday, January 30 – Dive into the early years of the D.C. punk scene with Salad Days, a documentary film playing at the Black Cat for $8.

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  • Wednesday, January 28 – It’s a regular circus at The Wonderland Ballroom, featuring comedians Yoki Danoff, Chelsea Shorte and Haywood Turnipseed Jr. as well as burlesque artist Bella La Blanc and the band Spencer Joyce and The Record Machine.
  • Thursday, January 29 – RedBull Thre3Style Competition @ U Street Music Hall – World’s Leading DJ Competition Red Bull Thre3style Kicks Off Its 2015 Tour with Washington, DC Throwdown. 2014 sees the DMV leg of the competition returning to DC DJ’s favorite venue-U Street Music Hall. Facing off over their legendary sound system – GONG DJ Battle Champ As-One, Boston-native Yurz Truley, Skratch Makaniks crew member JEYONE, 2014 DMC New York Champ Petey Complex, and 2014 Red Bull Thre3style Global Finalist Trayze; all of whom will attempt to bring the energy up and the roof down with 15-minute sets that combine three different styles of music. The DJs will be judged on technical ability, crowd reaction and overall originality. The last man standing will advance to the Red Bull Thre3style USA Championships in Phoenix, Arizona this spring. From there, one DJ will go on to represent the USA in the 2015 Red Bull Thre3style World DJ Championships in Tokyo. FREE WITH RSVP.


  • Thursday, January 29 – Get fancy at the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown at Living Room Live, featuring the Dave Kline Band, without spending a dime.
  • Thursday, January 29 – Join BYT for Super Best Friends Forever, Summer Jamz Edition, featuring Kevin Bayly of Furniteur/The Dance Party/Mouse Rat, Shea Van Horn of Mixtape/Crack, Ben Freed of Washingtonian and Cale of Brightest Young Things. It’s round robin style iPod DJing, so bring your favorite summer jams and (if we approve) you can join in (and even win prizes).


  • Friday, January 30 – Johnny Pistolas opened recently enough and they’re having a party on the last Friday of every month to celebrate. This month’s bash is featuring The Lothario and Citizen Select.


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  • Tuesday, January 27 – Get relaxed and limber as you jam with Pop Up Yoga at Flash Club.
  • Tuesday, January 27 – The Nerds in Noma: Word on the Street series will be continuing this Tuesday at The Lobby Project headquarters with speakers Dan Silverman from Popville and Rebecca Sheir from WAMU Metro Connection.


  • Friday, January 30 – Check out “Hustle”, an in-house design project by No Kings Collective and the Napoleon Restaurant Group spotlighting 2D works, multimedia, sculpture and print works
  • Saturday, January 31Get a peek at rare, #Declassified documents from the Library of Congress – music scores from composers like Brahms, Mahler, Yusko and Plylar.
  • Saturday, January 31 – Worried about the government snooping on your Internet browsing history? Learn about issues of government transparency and national security at Orwellian America, hosted by the International Spy Museum and the Newseum Institute. Plus it’s a chance to get into the Newseum for free.

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.