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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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  • Monday, July 24 – Join the Washington Psychotronic Film Society for a screening of Cornman.
  • Tuesday, July 25 – See Brooklyn at the Georgetown Sunset Cinema.
  • Wednesday, July 26 – Catch Tom Waits Big Time at Suns Cinema.
  • Wednesday, July 26 – See Wag The Dog at NOMA Summer Screen.
  • Thursday, July 27 – Dive into Suzanne Ciani’s work at Suns screenings of A Life In Waves.
  • Friday, July 28 – If you’re looking for something romantic and gaudy, hit up Scaramouche at NGA.
  • Saturday, July 29 – Swing by NGA to see some selections from the Black Maria film festival.
  • Saturday, July 29 – Cry and watch Purple Rain at Suns.
  • Sunday, July 30 – End your week with a low-key screening of Death of Louis XIV at NGA.
  • Sunday, July 30 – Or you could see Tommy.
  • Sunday, July 30 – Hit up the Betamax Video Club at Ten Tigers.


  • Monday, July 24 – Flowerbomb and Bike Thiefs take over DC9, if you want to drink Oberon and dance.
  • Monday, July 24 – Want to get drunk on a Monday? Head to Slash Run and see Lies Kill, The Ned, Signal 30 and Rent Party.
  • Monday, July 24 – Fort Reno soldiers on with FuzzQueen, Mimi Loco and Ear.
  • Wednesday, July 26 – BYT favorites BRNDA take over Slash Run with David Nance and Staffers.
  • Wednesday, July 26 – Rhizome gives you a reason to go to Takoma Park with their House and Land, Layne Garrett and Devin Hoff show.
  • Tuesday, July 25 – See the School of Rock All Stars at Black Cat! Support kids and stuff!
  • Thursday, July 27 – Stop by Songbyrd to see Reagan Bombs release their new LP.
  • Thursday, July 27 – Hang out with Tristen at DC9.
  • Thursday, July 27 – Go see Institute, Wildhoney, RASHŌMON and Diaspora at The Pinch.
  • Friday, July 28 – Bellows, Fraternal Twin and Stolen Jars are at Songbyrd.
  • Friday, July 28 – Go back to Slash Run to see Homosuperior, Jail Soliderity, Symptoms and Alements.
  • Saturday, July 29 – Head to the W Hotel to catch a free show by the dreamy Angelica Garcia.
  • Saturday, July 29 – Broken Grids, Bilge Rat, Hotline and Reyna Valencia hit up the Dew Drop Inn.
  • Sunday, July 30 – Catch Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires at DC9 if you’re into long and intricate names.
  • Sunday, July 30 – Bored? Go see a million bands at Black Cat. And by a million I mean four.

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  • Tuesday, July 25 – If you like Mark Z. Danielewski, catch author Adam Novak talking about his book Freaks of the Industry at Kramerbooks.
  • Wednesday, July 26 – Learn about the weird world of Ultimate Frisbee at Kramerbooks.
  • Thursday, July 27 – 29 – Hang out at the Asian American Literature Festival! It’s free and it looks great.
  • Thursday, July 27 – Learn more about why we say why at Politics & Prose.
  • Saturday, July 29 –Learn how to watch movies the right way with Ann Hornaday at Politics & Prose.
  • Saturday, July 29 – Talk about the good stuff, like sex, drugs an bowling with author Mark Stein at Politics & Prose.

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.