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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, September 11 – Stop by E Street Cinema for the DC Shorts Film Festival’s Lunchtime Sampler event.
  • Tuesday, September 12 – Spend your evening watching a two-part showing of The Battle of Chile at Suns.
    Tuesday, September 12 – Stop by Tenley-Friendship Library for a screening of cult classic Blow-Up.
  • Wednesday, September 13 – Hit up the West End Library for a screening of Pirate Radio as part of Banned Books month.
  • Thursday, September 14 – Head back to West End and see A Clockwork Orange.
  • Friday, September 15 – Swing by Colony Club for Queer Girl Movie Night.
  • Friday, September 15 – The Georgetown Library is screening All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall Of Tower Records.
  • Saturday, September 16 NGA is screening a restored version of Jean Genet’s The Balcony.
  • Sunday, September 17 – Come back to NGA for their showing of Dawson City: Frozen Time.


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  • Monday, September 11 – It’s Black Cat’s 24th Anniversary Show with Fuzzqueen, Foster Carrots, Bust Down, and more.
  • Monday, September 11 – Dear Nora, Nicholas Krgovich, and Hello Shark are at Songbyrd – get your tickets early!
  • Monday, September 11 – Witchtrial, Quayde LaHüe,and An Invitation are at Slash Run.
  • Tuesday, September 12- Go to Songbyrd (and buy tickets early) to see Teen Daze and Rivers Wilder Green.
  • Tuesday, September 12 – Head back to Slash Run to catch Glam Skanks, The Nuclears, and Capital Offenders.
  • Wednesday, September 13 – Hit up Black Cat for Lionize’s album release party with openers the Tomato Dodgers.
  • Wednesday, September 13 – Don’t miss Man Hands, Nots, Herschel Hoover, and Bottled Up at Slash Run.
  • Wednesday, September 13 – Eyes of Love, The Cradle, and Saturday Night are at Hole in the Sky.
  • Wednesday, September 13 – Grab your tickets ahead of time and catch Julian Velard at DC9.
  • Thursday, September 14 – Varsity and Mystery Friends are playing Comet.
  • Friday, September 15 – Got a wig? Love disco? You’ll LOVE Wig & Disco at DC9.
  • Friday, September 15 – Lomelda, Julian, and Keeper are at Above the Bayou.
  • Friday, September 15 – Get your groove on at Songbyrd’s Agua Friday Cuban Dance Party.
  • Saturday, September 16Black Cat is hosting Right Round, an 80’s alt-pop dance party.
  • Saturday, September 16 – Stop by U Street for Feed Me Disco ft. Eau Claire.
  • Sunday, September 17 – Sitcom, NappyNappa, and Jennifer Vanilla are at Comet.
  • Sunday, September 17 – Swing by Songbyrd for a Björk listening party.

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  • Monday, September 11 – Sally Quinn talks about her experiences as a longtime D.C. journalist at Politics and Prose.
  • Monday, September 11 – Stop by Fantom Comics for Comics and Cocktails.
  • Tuesday, September 12 – Tom Wright discusses his new book, All Measures Short of War, at Kramerbooks.
  • Tuesday, September 12 – Head to the National Portrait Gallery for One Life: Sylvia Plath, a lecture/discussion about Plath’s life and struggles led by museum curators.
  • Tuesday, September 12SAAM is hosting author Donna Lucey for a special talk and signing of her new book, Sargent’s Women, Four Lives Behind the Canvas.
  • Wednesday, September 13 – Jeremi Suri is giving a talk at Politics and Prose about his new book, The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office.
  • Wednesday, September 13 – Ben White, Chief Economic Correspondent for Politico, talks with Adam Lashinsky, author of Wild Ride, at Kramerbooks.
  • Thursday, September 14 – Whether you’re working on your first zine or continuing an ongoing project, stop by the Mt. Pleasant Library for Zine Lab.
  • Saturday, September 16 – Today is H Street Festival!
  • Saturday, September 16 – barre3 is hosting a free barre class at Meridian Hill Park. Ice Cream Jubilee, Gouter, and Sunniva will be on site providing free post-class snacks.
  • Saturday, September 17 – Alexandria’s King Street Art Festival starts today – head over and check this outdoor gallery featuring 200 of the nation’s top artists.

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.