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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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  • Tuesday, September 5 – Big Hush, Alien Boy, Beverly Tender and Saturday Night takeover Comet Ping Pong.
  • Wednesday, September 6 – The Electric Grandmother is releasing their new album at the Black Cat with the help of Stronger Sex and Catscan!
  • Thursday, September 7 – Above the Bayou is back and they’re kicking off the season with Peaer, Kid Claws and Baby Grill.
  • Thursday, September 7 – Go see Snakes play the Luce.
  • Thursday, September 7 – BRNDA is at the Millennium Stage if you’re looking for some great, 100% free, local music.
  • Friday, September 8 – Get your tickets early to see NE-HI and Paperhaus at DC9.
  • Saturday, September 9 – Celebrate all the kids going back to school by dancing with hot go-go dancers at DC9 all night.
  • Saturday, September 9 – The Void is back! Go see You Bred Raptors?, Honey, denzell and Cartoon Weapons.
  • Saturday, September 9 – Hit up Lobby Floor, Protect-U, Pacific Fur Company and James CC at Takoma Park’s Airshow Mastering & Recording.
  • Saturday, September 9 – Dance to the dulcet tones of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna & Drake at the Black Cat‘s Real Friends? dance party.
  • Saturday, September 9 – Go to Slash Run, your favorite dive bar / venue, to catch Cinema Hearts, The Anatomy of Frank and J. Flax & The Heart Attacks.
  • Sunday, September 10 – Catch Beverly and EZTV at Black Cat.
  • Sunday, September 10 – Go back to Slash Run to catch Beyond Peace, The Unknown Threat and Speculative Friction.

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  • Wednesday, September 6 – Go to Suns for a living reading of Reservoir Dogs with a fun twist.
  • Thursday, September 7 – Joseph Scapellato talks about his book Big Lonesome at Kramerbooks.
  • Friday, September 8 – Head to Rhizome for the reception of Season in the Abyss: An exhibition by Eames Armstrong of paintings & feelings.
  • Saturday, September 9 – Want more live readings? Fantom Comics is hosting a reading of Neil Gaiman’s How the Marquee got his Coat Back.
  • Saturday, September 9 – Make your way over to Petworth for their neighborhood festival.
  • Saturday, September 9 – There’s also the 202 Arts & Music Festival, if that’s more up your alley.
  • Sunday, September 10 – Adams Morgan Day is back! Hit up 18th street for a block party like you’ve never seen.
  • Sunday, September 10 – Claire Messud is talking about her book The Burning Girl 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.