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Freestylin’ D.C.: Weekend Edition

Carsten Boe and his jazz trio perfrom Friday evening at Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art.

Carsten Boe and his jazz trio perfrom Friday evening at Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art.

For the Thursday editions of Freestylin' D.C., I'll highlight the best low-cost and free events in D.C. from tonight 'til Sunday.

Thursday
Head over to Columbia Heights for final Movie Nights in the Heights event of the season
. Catch Shrek at 8:30 p.m. and DJ Gavin Holland at 8 p.m. for free in the field at Harriet Tubman Elementary.

The theme of tonight’s Phillips After 5 is Fashion Follows Art, featuring designer Jason Wu and artist Robert Ryman. The Phillips Collection, in Dupont Circle, stays open late for this donation-based event from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy the summer's final free concert at Fort Reno tonight in Tenleytown. The Office of Future Plans and America Hearts play from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Discover a fun new way to play with others at tonight’s free Contact Improv Intro dance class, led by my friend Darrell Duane, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Chevy Chase .

Friday
If you haven’t had a chance to experience the free Friday night Jazz in the Garden
at the National Gallery of Art, do so tonight. This week’s guest musicians, the Carsten Boe Trio, hail all the way from Norway and will be sharing their style of Django jazz from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m., head over to the H Street Corridor to catch Faces of Dance by Step Ahead at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Also on H Street, it’s the final weekend for the Temporium pop-up design shop and free Wi-Fi lounge at the old library at 13th and H Streets NE. It's open ‘til 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday.

Love Depeche Mode? You won’t want to miss the free Depeche Mode dance party tonight at Little Miss Whiskey's from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. The H Street Corridor event is for guests 21 and up.

The Potter's House in Adams Morgan hosts the Sound of Hope donation-based benefit concert series every Friday night 7 to 10:30 p.m. This week's featured performers are the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers, whom you can usually find every Sunday afternoon in Meridian Hill Park.

The work of Chuck Close is on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

The work of Chuck Close is on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Saturday
The Corcoran Gallery of Art offers free admission every Saturday during the summer, through September 4. Admission includes the Chuck Close exhibit, which I recommend you see up, um, close to fully appreciate his artistry.

It’s the final weekend for Arts on N Street festival and arts market. It takes place outside of the Convention Center along N Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Also in arts markets, the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market is this Saturday, right by the Metro, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as every other Saturday from now to October.

EcolocityDC is sponsoring a free Composting 101 Workshop in Columbia Heights from 3 to 4:15 p.m.

Over in Capitol Hill, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop hosts an art opening for multimedia artist Roberto Bocci's exhibit "Samples 2003," from 5 to 7 p.m.

Sunday
Take in some art and air conditioning, and an imaginary vacation to Italy, with the free "Prints of Venice: 1900 to 1940" gallery talk at the National Gallery of Art at 2 p.m.

Enjoy a free panel discussion with myself and other Creative Women Who Use Social Media, hosted by my friend and fellow blogstress Ananda Leeke at MLK Library in Chinatown at 3 p.m.

Enjoy the music of Terrence Cunningham and Xavier O'Connor at BloomBars' in “Seed the Sound Sundays,” an all ages, donation-based event from 8 to 10:30 p.m. in Columbia Heights.

If subtitles don't bother you, catch the 5 Eye Asian Film Series, featuring free outdoor films every Sunday in August in the parking lot at 5th and I Streets NW. Tonight's film, the 2007 Korean thriller The Host, screens at 8:30 p.m.

Amy Melrose is the creator of Free in DC, a blog that highlights low-cost and free events in the D.C. metro area. For complete details about the events mentioned above, visit Free in DC or follow Free in DC on Facebook.

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