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The weekend is almost upon us. Here are some free and low-cost ideas for fun activities to do, from my site Free in DC!

Meet the open mic hosts at the free “Nine on the Ninth” poetry event at Busboys and Poets 14th & V. Present tonight will be resident poet Derrick Weston Brown and Rebecca Dupas, host of the open mic night at Busboys and Poets Shirlington.

Five bucks will get you entry to a live musical performance by two emerging artists, Michelle Webb and Valerie June, at Busboys and Poets 5th & K at 9 p.m.


Said Tinat plays classical guitar at Terasol, an artisan gallery and cafe located in Upper Northwest at 5010 Connecticut Ave., starting at 6:30 p.m.

Kung-fu film fans will be psyched to hear that Bruce Lee’s final film, Enter the Dragon, will be screened at the Freer Gallery at 7 p.m., as part of the series “Remembering Bruce Lee.”


Show your support for emerging artists from around the globe. Transformer Gallery hosts an open house for its new show ALPTRAUM! (German for “nightmare”) from 1 to 7 p.m. This comprehensive group exhibition features small-to medium-sized works on paper in a variety of disciplines (painting, drawing, screen prints, photography, collage) by an international mix of nearly 100 artists.

You may have seen its sister exhibit at the Arlington Arts Center, and now Party Crashers: Comic Book Culture invades the Art World comes to the Terrace Gallery at Artisphere. The opening reception will be from 8 to 11 p.m.

If you want to listen to good music and and do good all at once, check out the second annual holiday fundraiser at Bobby Lew’s Saloon in Adams Morgan. Featured performers include Margot MacDonald, Hair Raid, Human Country Jukebox, and Zedicus. Proceeds support the More than Me Foundation. The event’s free, but it is a fundraiser, after all, so donations are appreciated.

Novelist Israel Heller reads from Death in McMurdo, and Kathryn Johnson reads from The Gentleman Poet: A Novel of Love, Danger, and Shakespeare’s The Tempest at 2 p.m. as part of the Open Door Reading Series at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda.

The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic performs a Symphonic Choral Concert featuring Schumann’s Concertstück for Four Solo Horns and Orchestra and Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus with the NOVA Community Chorus. The free concert will take place at the Church of the Epiphany at 1317 G St. NW at 3 p.m.

This Sunday’s concert at the National Gallery of Art takes a holiday spin with Ensemble Galilei performing traditional Christmas carols at 6:30 p.m.

Amy Melrose is the creator of Free in DC , an arts, culture, and consciousness blog highlighting free and low-cost events that are all Metro accessible in the D.C. area. You can also follow Free in DC on Twitter and Facebook.