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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 05/22/2011

Free and Easy: Glee, Spike Mendelsohn


Lea Michele and the stars of "Glee" will sing in the season finale this week. (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok)
This week for free, watch the season finale of Glee on the big screen, meet the subject of recent controversy, celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn, and hear songs from local band The Sweater Set’s new album.

Monday

History in the Mystery

Ever wondered what it takes to write an edge-of-your-seat thriller set in a particular historical timeframe? Authors Louis Bayard, Ellen Crosby and Daniel Stashower discuss the process that goes into writing and researching historical mystery novels. The panel will be moderated by Georgetown University lecturer Maureen Corrigan. Book sales and signings follow.

Tuesday

Glee Season Finale

Will the New Directions triumph at Nationals in New York courtesy of some toe-curling vocals from Rachel Berry? Watch the conclusion to the sophomore season of hit TV series Glee on the big screen and you’ll have a chance to win tickets to hear your favorite numbers live when Glee comes to the Verizon Center on June 9.

Wednesday

Joan Nathan and Spike Mendelsohn

From the Passover Seder to Grandma’s matzo ball soup, food plays an important role in Jewish holidays and culture. Joan Nathan, author of the cookbook “Quiches, Kugels and Couscous,” and celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn speak about Jewish food in conjunction with the Archives’ forthcoming exhibit “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”

Thursday

The Sweater Set

Acoustic duo The Sweater Set just released their second album, “Goldmine,” a collection of sweet songs with the group’s signature soprano harmonies and multi-instrumental arrangements. Hear Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin perform their new material before they leave for a tour of the northeast.

Friday

‘Tommy Boy’ screening

This summer, the 2011 Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival screens movies starring former Saturday Night Live standouts. This week, watch Chris Farley and David Spade sell brake pads as they make their way across the country in the comedy “Tommy Boy.”

Saturday

Summer Saturdays

At least for the summer, there’s a new addition to the list of free museums in Washington. Every Saturday this season, the Corcoran opens its doors to the public at no cost (regular admission is $10). To kick off the series, interdisciplinary artist Chajana denHarder will perform her piece, “Body,” in which she invites visitors to write on eight different casts of her body.

Sunday

Memorial Day concert

Celebrate Memorial Day and honor the service of those in the Armed Forces with a concert hosted by actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna. The musical lineup includes B.B. King, Yolanda Adams, the National Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters and more.

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