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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]ngthings.com for inclusion in the future FREE THINGS guide. So, time to plan the week!

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  • Tuesday, October 24 – Catch The Dark Side of Chocolate at the Tenley-Friendship Library
  • Wednesday, October 25 – Catch The Howling at Suns
  • Thursday, October 26 – It’s Zombie Night at the Chevy Chase Library – learn how to do classic zombie movie make up and catch a special screening of Night of the Living Dead.
  • Thursday, October 26What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is playing at the Packard Theatre
  • Friday, October 27 – Get inside the head of one of the most famous album art designers of all time – The Happy Film is playing at Suns
  • Friday, October 27 – Today’s the day to see Psycho on the big screen at Miracle Theatre
  • Friday, October 27 – Packard Theatre is playing both Taste the Blood of Dracula and Crescendo in a special Halloween-time double feature
  • Saturday, October 28 – Get in the Halloween spirit and see Carrie at Suns
  • Saturday, October 28 Tonka of the Gallows is playing at NGA
  • Saturday, October 28 – Come for Tonka of the Gallows, stay for NGA’s screening of Black Peter
  • Saturday, October 28 – One of the best Halloween movies of all time is playing at Packard Theatre – don’t miss their screening of Hocus Pocus
  • Sunday, October 29 – Everyone’s favorite “cult” classic, Rosemary’s Baby, is playing at Suns
  • Sunday, October 29From Saturday to Sunday is playing at NGA

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  • Tuesday, October 24Songbyrd is hosting a one of a kind music/movie combo experience – the creators of Shaolin Jazz will be mixing new soundtracks to martial arts movies on the spot
  • Tuesday, October 24 – Head back to Slash Run and catch Será, Looming, and The Goodbye Party
  • Tuesday, October 24 – Catch Carb on Carb, Lines&Lies, and Barking Carnies at The Dougout
  • Wednesday, October 25 – Make your way over to Right Proper for their Voting Happy Hour (which includes free beer).
  • Wednesday, October 25 – Head on over to Black Cat to see the EFFECTS, Super Silver Haze, and Light Beams.
  • Wednesday, October 25 – It’s Sketch Night at the Laugh Index Theatre.
  • Thursday, October 26 – Afrosonidera and DJ Diaspora are at Songbyrd.
  • Thursday, October 26 – Get free beer and corn dogs during Shaw Main Street’s Vote For Shaw party at Ivy and Coney.
  • Friday, October 27 – MAX and Rozes are playing at U Street.
  • Friday, October 27Habana Village is hosting a comedy benefit show for Puerto Rico relief efforts.
  • Friday, October 27 – Drugs Of Faith, Escuela, Reeking Cross, and Brainpan are at Slash Run tonight.
  • Friday, October 27 – Don’t miss Radiator Hospital headlining at Comet with Outer Spaces and Saturday Night as support.
  • Friday, October 27 – SPOOKY TROPIXXX is at Songbyrd.
  • Saturday, October 28 – AMTRAC and Will Eastman are DJing at U Street.
  • Saturday, October 28 – Head to Slash Run’s Halloween Party and catch an especially spooky Alice Cooper tribute.
  • Saturday, October 28 – Swing by [Insert Here] for their Socktober Show.
  • Sunday, October 29 – Boy Harsher and Technophobia are at DC9.
  • Sunday, October 29 – Head over to Comet for their Haunted Hop Halloween DJ party.

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  • Tuesday, October 24 – Author Jere Van Dyk talks about his new book and his experiences after being captured in Afghanistan at Kramerbooks.
  • Tuesday, October 24 – Author Mark Perry talks about his new book and the state of America at Politics and Prose at the Wharf.
  • Tuesday, October 24 – Stop by the Petworth Library and hone your writing skills at their Writer’s Workshop.
  • Tuesday, October 24 – Geoff Daniels, the Executive VP of National Geographic WILD, is giving a talk at the Doyle/Foreman Theatre and going behind the scenes of this adventure focused TV network.
  • Wednesday, October 25 – Poets on the Fringe are hosting a poetry workshop at the Georgetown Library.
  • Saturday, October 28 – Head over to Songbyrd for a one day only look at the history of the Ambassador Theatre, best known for performances by Jimi Hendrix and other 60’s icons.
  • Saturday, October 28 – The Reston Community Center is leading a class about Alexander Hamilton – the man and the musical.
  • Sunday, October 29 – Alice Waters, a leading figure in the organic foods movement, talks about her new book at Politics and Prose.
  • Sunday, October 29 – Artist Amy Herald will be giving a talk about her work at NGA.

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.