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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, April 3 – The Southeast Library is diving deep into Criterion with The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
  • Tuesday, April 4 – Check out Kubrick’s hilariously disturbing (Camp Climax!) Lolita at Suns Cinema.
  • Wednesday, April 5 – If you’re looking for something a little less disturbing, then go see Pretty Woman at the West End Library.
  • Wednesday, April 5 – Go get drunk and watch the weird and sexy The Telephone Book at Suns.
  • Thursday, April 6 – Get into the poetry spirit with a screening of Piñero at the Georgetown Library.
  • Thursday, April 6 – Before the Waves For Water screening comes to D.C., see the doc in Baltimore!
  • Friday, April 7 – Learn more about surfing and clean drinking water at Red Bull’s Waves For Water screening and discussion at AU.
  • Saturday, April 8 – NGA is screening a bunch of Spanish animation if that sounds cool to you (it sounds very cool to me).
  • Sunday, April 9 – Stop by Suns and end your week with a healthy dose of Bergman.

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  • Tuesday, April 4 – Swing by DC9 to catch Kolars and NAH. Tickets are $10 in advance!
  • Wednesday, April 5 – Dance your night away at Ten Tiger’s TigerBomb.
  • Thursday, April 6 – Go see some bands at Black Cat! Social Station is playing with North by North and Uptown Boys Choir.
  • Thursday, April 6 – Witch Coast, Kal Marks, BRNDA are at Comet Ping Pong. Go get pizza and dance to some bands.
  • Thursday, April 6 – Go see Pirato Ketchup and Killers From Space at Slash Run. I mean just look at those band names. You know this has to be good.
  • Friday, April 7 – Don’t have anything to do until later? Head on over to DC9 to catch Peyote Pilgrim and Burt the Dirt for a fun and flirty early show.
  • Friday, April 7 – Peter Aaron / Brain Chase Duo are at Slash Run! I don’t know if that’s a combo band performance or if that’s just a complicated band name, but I’m intrigued.
  • Saturday, April 8 – Colada Shop is serving up $1 empanadas all day in celebration of National Empanada Day! It’s gonna be great. I’m going to order at least 10.
  • Saturday, April 8 – Go to the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade! It’s going to be fun and absolutely packed!
  • Saturday, April 8 – Songbyrd is celebrating the life of Phife Dawg with plenty of music and drinks.
  • Saturday, April 8 – There’s a very free soul and reggae party at Slash Run if you want a side of burgers with your party.
  • Saturday, April 8 – Then go back to DC9 for the Sam Burns Boat Party. You won’t actually be on a boat but you can pretend.
  • Saturday, April 8 – Dance until you can’t dance no more at Black Cat’s Bae Bae.
  • Saturday, April 8 – Or go do what I would do and listen to some music in a graveyard!
  • Sunday, April 9 – Get your sweet indie fix at the Gold Connections concert at DC9.
  • Sunday, April 9 – Cotton & Reed is throwing a release party for their new Allspice dram.

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  • Thursday, April 6 – Hit up eclectic exhibition CTRL SPACE Command at Capital Fringe.
  • Thursday, April 6 – Get nerdy with author Chris Whipple at Politics & Prose.
  • Thursday, April 6 – Learn how to make a zine at DCPL‘s Zine Lab, because sometimes figuring out things on your own is hard.
  • Friday, April 7 – Like fiction? Check out Hannah Tinti’s book at Politics & Prose.
  • Friday, April 7 – Go look at art!
  • Saturday, April 8 – Daniel J. Sharfstein talks about his book Thunder in the Mountains if you’re into history and stuff.

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.