Arts Desk

Freestylin’ D.C.: Philippa Hughes, Paul McCartney, and Reading Rainbow (the band)

Just a few weeks to the holidays and the free scene in D.C. is still going strong! Enjoy these free and low-cost events from my site, Free in DC.

Tonight
Philippa Hughes
of the Pink Line Project talks with iStrategy Labs CEO Peter Corbett and magician David London as part of the monthly "Box Smashers" series at Artisphere, which features discussions with arts leaders and artists who think outside the box. The pay-what-you-can event starts at 7 p.m. at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

At 7 p.m., the Emmy-winning documentary Paul McCartney Live in Red Square screens at the Library of Congress. It's the fourth installment of the Sir Paul McCartney Film Fest, which concludes next Monday with The Last Waltz. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater in the LOC's James Madison Building.

Check out the photography of local scenester Ben Droz at One Lounge in Dupont Circle, 1606 20th St. NW. Starting at 9 p.m. you can enjoy a free open buffet and music by DJ Jerome Baker III, as well as free Champagne for the ladies 'til 10 p.m.

Tuesday
Yes, it's only Tuesday, but the Friday Morning Music Club performs a free lunchtime concert at the charming Dumbarton House, located at 2715 Q St. NW, from noon to 1 p.m. Violinists Barbara Gholz, Cecilie Jones and Joyce Rizzolo; violaist Robert Huesmann, harpsichordist Sharon Ollison; and violoncellists Jan Timbers and Valerie Matthews will perform works from Handel, Gabrieli, and Mozart.

On Capitol Hill, the LC Chorale performs a free concert of English carols from noon to 1 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Coolidge Auditorium, located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building.

Join the DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency for its free, monthly, all ages open mic at Bossa in Adams Morgan from 7 to 9 p.m.  Stick around to freestyle with live music from the Fourth Stream.

Wednesday
The Encore Chorale, comprised of musicians 55 and older from nine choirs in the metro area, performs a lunchtime concert from noon to 1 p.m. as part of the free "Happenings at the Harman" series at Sidney Harman Hall, at 610 F St. NW in Chinatown.

I plan to be at the Toys for Tots fundraiser at the Rock and Roll Hotel on H Street, which features a collaboration between the acclaimed Chilean director Francisco Campos-Lopez and some of D.C.'s most exciting up-and-coming musicians. The night includes music videos and performances by Modern Thieves, Practically Einstein, Alexis George, and my friend Flo Anito. Doors at 8; $10 cover.

Enjoy some live music with your pizza as two out of town bands–Brooklyn-based Coasting and Philly-based psych-punk rockers Reading Rainbow–come to Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. Show's at 9 p.m.; $10 cover.

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.
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