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Freestylin’ D.C.: Laurie Anderson, Michael Blanding, Bach

It’s hard to believe it’s October already, but it’s finally feeling a bit more like fall . Hope you all enjoy these free and low-cost events from my site, Free in DC.

Monday
If you can make it out to the University of Maryland tonight at 7 p.m., Laurie Anderson and David Harrington of Kronos Quartet will discuss the creative process that led to Anderson’s new work, Delusion, and Kronos’s recent production, A Chinese Home, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Author Michael Blanding discusses his book The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind America's Favorite Soft Drink at Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Streets NW at 6:30 p.m.

“The Garden” Open Mic at BloomBars features She Seven. This weekly event hosted by local poets Jonathan B. Tucker and Gowri K., is all-ages. Donations. 8:30 to 11 p.m.

Tuesday
The Washington Bach Consort performs a free concert at the Church of the Epiphany, located near Metro Center at 1317 G St, NW,  as part of its Noontime Cantata Series, from 12:10 to 1 p.m.

Busboys and Poets at 14th and V streets NW hosts a free discussion of the book Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC with editors Judy RicharsdsonJean Smith Young and Betty G. Robinson. The book shares personal stories from 52 women who worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on the front lines of the civil rights movement. The event is free and takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Stick around Busboys for its Tuesday Night Open Mic from 9 to 11 p.m. with featured poet Derek "Hasumbigboi" Pierce. As space is limited, it is best to arrive early to grab your wristband, which costs $4 and can be purchased at the bookstore anytime after 10 a.m.

The Washington Psychotronic Film Society, which screens independent, cutting-edge, student, experimental, anime, off-beat, underground, obscure, super-8, and low budget films every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at The Passenger, at 1021 7th St, NW near the Mount Vernon Square Metro, features Anguish (1985) directed by Bigas Luna. The event is free, suggested $2 donation.

Wednesday
Enjoy a free lunchtime performance with Ballet Teatro Internationale at Shakespeare Theater’s Harman Hall from 12 to 1 p.m. as part of the weekly “Happenings at the Harman” series.

Another lunchtime event over at the National Gallery of Art features pianist Håkon Austbø performing works by Norwegian composers Egge, Mortensen, Valen, and Wallin starting at 12:10pm in the West Building's lecture hall on the ground flour

Borders on 18th and L streets NW hosts a discussion and signing of My Prison, My Home with author Haleh Esfandiari at 6:30pm.

Celebrate publication of The Poets Laureate Anthology as eight U.S. poets laureates—Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Daniel Hoffman, Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, Kay Ryan, Charles Simic, and Mark Strand—read from their works, starting at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress. Reception and book signing to follow. This is a free event, however tickets are required.

Amy Melrose is the creator of Free in DC, an arts, culture, and consciousness blog that highlights free and low-cost and events that are all public transit accessible in the D.C. metro area. You can also follow Free in DC on twitter and facebook.

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