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Here we focus exclusively on the cheapest YET most satisfying entertainment to be found around DC. 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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  • Monday, March 27 – The Washington Psychotronic Society is showing Population: 1 at Smoke & Barrel.
  • Tuesday, March 28 – Run, do not walk, over to Suns Cinema to catch Run, Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of King Lear.
  • Tuesday, March 28 – Stop by Can I Kick It? Songbyrd at where they will be screening Double Impact.
  • Wednesday, March 29 – Swing by the West End Library for Rabbit-Proof Fence. This is a good movie that is going to make you very sad.
  • Wednesday, March 29 – The Anacostia Playhouse is screening The Arc of Justice.
  • Thursday, March 30 – Then cap off your Thursday by seeing Suffragette at the Georgetown Library.
  • Friday, March 31 – Go back to Suns for their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pizza party! Hell yeah.

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  • Wednesday, March 29 Underground Comedy Festival is back! Rob Cantrell and Church Night are going to be there which means you know it’s going to be good.
  • Wednesday, March 29 – And if you still feel motivated and filled with energy after that, go to the late night show.
  • Wednesday, March 29 – Antiphons, Cinema Hearts (solo!) and Weston Smith are at Comet Ping Pong.
  • Thursday, March 30 – Go get some fun advice from Dave and Kat at The Passenger.
  • Thursday, March 30 – Seiho is at the Velvet Lounge if you’re really into dancey electronic jazz music.
  • Friday, March 31 – The 18th & U Duplex Diner is throwing an 80s dance party and if I’m going to dance anywhere I’d prefer to be close to bacon and hash browns.
  • Friday, March 31 – Slash Run is holding a concert to benefit the D.C. Rape Crisis Center. Bruised Ego, Bust Off, Payback and Vile/Scum will be playing and it should be awesome.
  • Saturday, April 1 – Go to the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival! It’s one of the prettiest events in D.C. and it doesn’t technically require the cherry blossoms being alive.
  • Saturday, April 1 – Then go back and see Broken Hills, Brick Top and Nunchucks at Slash Run.
  • Saturday, April 1 – The Pinch is throwing an April Fool’s Day Massacre show featuring Les Faux Curs, Pinkwrench, Femme Flag and Capital Offender.
  • Saturday, April 1 – Go Cozy, Son Step, Grace Vonderkuhn and Fellow Creatures are playing a Brookland house show.
  • Saturday, April 1 – Play It Cool is back at Ivy City Smokehouse if you want to party near smoked fish.
  • Sunday, April 2 – The Combs, Sammy Kay and The Loving Paupers are all at Slash Run.
  • Sunday, April 2 – Catch High Waisted, The Rememberables and Greenland at DC9.


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  • Monday, March 27 – Gish Jen talks about her book, The Girl at Baggage Claim at Politics & Prose.
  • Tuesday, March 28 – Then go learn more about The Idiot at P&P.
  • Wednesday, March 29 – Learn how to go meatless with Kristie Middleton at Busboys & Poets.
  • Wednesday, March 29 – Stop by Kramerbooks to see Susan Perabo talk about her book The Fall of Lisa Bellow.
  • Thursday, March 30 – Spend your Thursday listening to Tom Nichols talk about his book The Death of Experience at Politics & Prose.
  • Thursday, March 30 – Learn about the disappearance of Jim Thompson at the Spy Museum.
  • Friday, March 31 – NYT journalist Helene Cooper talks about her new books at P&P.
  • Sunday, April 2 – The Arclight book club is back at Fantom Comics!
  • Sunday, April 2 – It’s Community Day at National Museum of Women in the Arts which means there is no cover to enter. Go look at some sweet art.

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.