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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 18 – The Chevy Chase Library is screening Valentin.
  • Tuesday, September 19 – Catch Reservoir Dogs at one of your favorite local music venues, Songbyrd.
  • Tuesday, September 19 – Catch 25 Watts at Suns.
  • Tuesday, September 19Black Cat is showing L7: Pretend We’re Dead.
  • Tuesday, September 19 – Head back to Suns for a showing of Spike Lee’s Bamboozled.
  • Wednesday, September 20 – The Tenley-Friendship Library is screening Enchanted April.
  • Thursday, September 21The Exterminating Angel is playing at Suns.
  • Thursday, September 21 West End is screening Amores Perros, which is Iñárritu’s best movie and we don’t want to hear otherwise.
  • Friday, September 22 – Swing by Suns and see Apocalipsur.
  • Saturday, September 23 Biutiful is playing at Suns.
  • Saturday, September 24NGA is showing a restored version of Cock of the Air.
  • Sunday, September 24 – See Embrace of the Serpent at Suns.
  • Sunday, September 24 – Head back to NGA and catch The Front Page.

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  • Monday, September 18 – Loi Loi and Park Snakes are at Songbyrd for Loi Loi’s EP release party.
  • Monday, September 18 – If you’re not in the mood to see a show, Songbyrd is also hosting music trivia.
  • Monday, September 18 – The Baggios and Pitbull 1999 are at Black Cat. Does Pitbull 1999 only play Pitbull music in the style of 90s tunes? Does they play 90s tunes in the style of Pitbull? I have a lot of questions.
  • Wednesday, September 20 – Stop by Slash Run for Rock and Roll Karaoke with Andrew Herndon.
  • Wednesday, September 20 – Hello Shark, Golden Papo, and Generifus are at Comet.
  • Wednesday, September 20 – Head over to U Street and catch Jax Jones.
  • Thursday, September 21 – Spirits, Reality Check, and Payback are at Slash Run.
  • Thursday, September 21 Songbyrd is hosting nine singer/songwriters if you want to get the most music for your money.
  • Thursday, September 21 – Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones are at U Street with Vjuan Allure, GRRL, and Rewak.
  • Thursday, September 21 – There’s a Biggie listening party at Songbyrd AKA the best way to spend a Thursday.
  • Friday, September 22 – Head over to Comet and catch Hovvdy, Yowler, and Dove Lady.
  • Friday, September 22Slash Run is hosting a 60’s reggae and soul themed DJ night.
  • Friday, September 22 – Listen to The Killers’ new album at Songbyrd. Remember when everyone liked the Killers? I still actively like The Killers.
  • Friday, September 22The Void in College Park is hosting GUMP, Doc Holiday, Particle Kid, and Kevin Tit.
  • Friday, September 22 – J. Phlip, Sacha Robotti, and Brian Billion are at U Street.
  • Saturday, September 22 – Escape-ism and Light Beams are having a joint release party at Comet.
  • Saturday, September 23 – LAPêCHE & J.Robbins are at DC9 for the early show.
  • Saturday, September 23 – Feeling nautical? Stick around at DC9 for their boat season after party.
  • Saturday, September 23 – Don’t miss FuzzQueen, Lushfarm, and Circadian Clock at Slash Run.
  • Saturday, September 23 – Black Cat is hosting a tribute to Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Prince. Hell yes.
  • Saturday, September 23 – Mark Farina and Sam Burns are at U Street.
  • Sunday, September 24 – Head back to Black Cat and catch DeQn Sue, Echelon the Seeker, and Sir E.U.

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  • Monday, September 18 – Daniel Mendelsohn talks about his new memoir An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic at Politics and Prose.
  • Tuesday, September 19 – Darcey Rosenblatt is at Politics and Prose talking about her new novel, Lost Boys, inspired by the classic Persepolis.
  • Tuesday, September 19 – The Mt. Pleasant Library is hosting a talk with DC novelist George Pelecanos.
  • Wednesday, September 20 – Head over to the National Museum of Women in the Arts on your lunch break for a short gallery talk.
  • Thursday, September 21 – Stop by Kramerbooks, where Ben Loory is discussing Tales of Falling and Flying, his new book of fairytales and fables.
  • Thursday, September 21 – Head over the the Arts Walk on Monroe Street for their last Third Thursday outdoor event of the year.
  • Thursday, September 21 – Acclaimed author James Barron is doing a talk and book signing at the National Postal Museum.
  • Friday, September 22 – Journalist Katy Tur is at Politics and Prose discussing her new book Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.
  • Saturday, September 23 – David Litt is lightening things up at Politics and Prose with a talk about his new humorous book of stories from his time in the White House, Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years.
  • Saturday, September 23 – Get ready to stay up late – Art All Night: Made in DC is tonight.

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.