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Here we focus exclusively on the cheapest YET most satisfying entertainment to be found around D.C. 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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  • Tuesday, May 23 – Fatakra, an Indian film about family traditions and South Asian culture, screens at the Library of Congress.
  • Tuesday, May 23 – Can I Kick It? returns for their monthly screening at Songbyrd. Tonight is Black Belt Jones.
  • Wednesday, May 24 – Suns Cinema hosts a night of Soviet space films.
  • Thursday, May 25 – The Library of Congress screens Waiting for Guffman.
  • Friday, May 26 – See All Quiet on the Western Front at the Air and Space Museum tonight at 7 and/or Saturday at 2:20 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 27 – Every weekend the National Gallery of Art has multiple free films. Today they have Back Home at 2 p.m. and The Miracle of Tekir at 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 27 – The Anacostia Community Museum has a film and discussion of Angel of Nanjing.
  • Saturday, May 27Merriweather Post Pavilion has a free outdoor movie series this year. It begins Saturday with Grease.
  • Sunday, May 28 – The free museum screening we’re most interested in is Waste Land at Hirshhorn at 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 28 – Today’s two free options at the National Gallery of Art: Sunset Song at 2 p.m. and Beyond the Hills at 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 28 – You may find us at Black Cat’s Summer Kick Off All Night Happy Hour. They’re screening Jaws and Wet Hot American Summer and while that’s nice, free pinball is much nicer.
  • Monday, May 29 – Two more free options at the National Gallery of Art: Return to DakTo at 2 p.m. and Parables of War preceded by Monument at 4 p.m.

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  • Tuesday, May 23 – See the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra perform on the Millennium Stage.
  • Wednesday, May 24 – INKARAYKU performs at the American Indian Museum Heye Center at 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 24 – It’s open mic night at the DC Improv. It’s free. All open mics should be free.
  • Thursday, May 25 – The Cambodian-American Heritage Dancers with Chum Ngek Ensemble perform at noon at the Library of Congress.
  • Thursday, May 25 – The very good Luce Unplugged series continues at the American Art Museum with Bad Moves.
  • Thursday, May 25 – We like Dee Ahmed and he co-hosts The Facebook Monologues at Drafthouse Comedy. No cover.
  • Friday, May 26 National Gallery of Art’s Jazz in the Garden series continues with a free performance from the United States Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band.
  • Friday, May 26DC9’s Liberation Dance Party is only $5.
  • Saturday, May 27 – Go listen to some people playing music on porches in Takoma Park at Takoma Porch Music Festival.
  • Saturday, May 27 – Dance to some indiepop at Black Cat’s Mousetrap. $7 cover.
  • Saturday, May 27 – If you’d rather dance to a decade, DC9 has their Y2K dance party. $5 cover.
  • Sunday, May 28 Rock & Roll Hotel has a free rooftop dance party beginning at 3 p.m. That’s a lot of dance for not a lot of dollars.
  • Sunday, May 28 – Sing songs you didn’t write at DC9’s indie rock karaoke. It’s free because it’s karaoke.


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  • Tuesday, May 23 – Some of us will be at the Busboys and Poets on 14th & V for Miranda Pennington – A Girl Walks Into a Book: What the Brontes Taught Me about Life, Love, and Women’s Work.
  • Tuesday, May 23 – Do some yoga in the Shaw Library.
  • Wednesday, May 24 – Library of Congress hosts the talk, “JFK and Hope: Nurturing ‘This Collaboration between Government and the Arts’,” by Alan Gevinson, curator of the “Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture” exhibition.
  • Saturday, May 27 – Fale University opens their doors at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Suns Cinema. Open your mind.
  • Monday, May 29 – Learn about astronomy. In a bar. What?!? Astronomy on Tap is at DC9.

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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.