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Freestylin’ D.C.: Beatles Trivia, Green Carpets, and More

Happy Monday! Hope you enjoy this weekday edition of Freestylin’ DC, where I’ll share some of the coolest and most interesting events posted on my site, Free in DC.

Hope Leigh Rollins performs Monday at BloomBars.

Hope Leigh Rollins performs Monday at BloomBars.

Monday
Grab your girlfriends and head over to Woolly Mammoth
for their pay-what-you-can performance of In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, tonight and Tuesday at 8 p.m. Be sure to arrive early to get tickets. Line starts to form around 5:30, and tickets go on sale 6:30–limit 2 per person, cash or check only.

Over at Busboys and Poets' 14th & V location, you can attend a free screening and discussion of the award-winning documentary film Workers' Republic, about workers in Chicago who waged–and won–a militant fight in their factory in 2008, at 6 p.m.

Head over to BloomBars in Columbia Heights for their monthly donation-based Poet-Tree in Bloom writing workshop from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and stick around if you like for their weekly all ages, donation-based open mic event, The Garden, at 8:30 p.m. This week's featured performers are Hope Leigh Rollins and A Road Less Traveled.

At 7 p.m. near Van Ness, author Louise Shelley will read from her book, Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective at Politics and Prose.


Tuesday
Join Washington City Paper staff at Stetson's, on the U Street Corridor, for Beatles Trivia Night from 7 to 10 p.m. Earn a chance to win free tickets to Abbey Road on the River, the world's largest Beatles festival, on Labor Day weekend.

Sixth and I Historic Synagogue hosts a mayoral debate with D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray and Mayor Adrian Fenty at 8 p.m. in Chinatown. The maximum number of pre-registrants have registered, but a limited number of people will be admitted at the door, on a space-available basis. Doors open at 7.

Celebrate the work of Howard Zinn with  “A Night of People’s History Poetry & Performance” at Busboys and Poets 14th & V from 6 to 8 p.m. This free event will feature local poet Naomi Ayala, WETA’s Hometown Hero and author Kenneth Carroll, local poet and host of Intersections at American Poetry Museum Fred Joiner, and many others.

Over on P Street in Stead Park, near 17th, you can sit out under the stars at the free screening of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The film starts at 9 p.m., but arrive with your blanket or chair around 8:45 to secure a space.


Wednesday

At Flashpoint, starting at 6:30 p.m., there will be a Pink Panel discussion with artist Matthew Mann about his current exhibit at the gallery, "The Cinecitta Chapel." The panel will be moderated by Pinkline Project founder, Philippa P.B. Hughes and will include Jamie L. Smith, partner and curator at Conner Contemporary Art, and artist Andrew Wodzianski. “Thought DJs” Adam Good and Jon Lee of “We are Science!” will also be performing at this donation-based event.

Check out "The Green Carpet Affair," a benefit for DC Greenworks, from 6 to 9:30 p.m at Eastern Market. This donation-based evening of music, message, and art will feature the hip-hop stylings of local artist Christylez Bacon, DJ Wes Felton, live painting, organic food, and more.

Get to Busboys and Poets 5th & K for the monthly *SPARKLE* poetry open mic night, featuring activist, writer and Feministing editor Miriam Zoila Pérez, and recent Larry Neal Writer’s Award recipient Danielle Evennou. This queer-driven reading series for all goes from 9 to 11 p.m., with a small cover charge of $3.

Over at Lounge of Three on U Street, The Pro-Seeds Project hosts a free night of hip hop, funk, R and B, and go-go music. Emcee and songwriter Emperess hosts this music video release party and fundraiser, which will feature performances from lots of local talent from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. For guests 21-plus.

Free in DC is 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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