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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 05/15/2011

Free and Easy: NoMa Summer Screen and The Front Row


The Front Row in Bethesda showcases high fashion this Friday. (Abby Greenawalt)
This week’s free events include the kickoff to NoMa Summer Screen, a fashion bonanza and a yoga flash mob (no, we’re not kidding).

Monday

Meet the Composer: Olli Kortekangas

Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas discusses his new composition, “Seven Songs for Planet Earth,” a work commissioned by the Choral Arts Society of Washington. The conversation will be moderated by Norman Scribner, the Choral Arts Society’s artistic director. Hear about the inspiration for the piece before it premieres May 22 at the Kennedy Center.

Tuesday

Ripley garden tour

Take advantage of the spring weather by taking a tour of the gardens outside the S. Dillon Ripley Center near the Smithsonian Castle. One of the Smithsonian’s horticulturists will point out some of the plants and flowers that make the garden unique. Home gardeners can take notes on what might work in their own plots.

Wednesday

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Remember the first scene in George Clooney’s “Odyssey”-inspired film in which Clooney’s character and a couple of fellow prisoners try unsuccessfully to jump on a moving train to escape their chain gang? The film kick offs the train-themed NoMa Summer Screen film series, which runs through August. There will be free popcorn, as well as food for sale from Smokin’ Somethin’, Sweetgreen and Kool Kidz Italian Ice.

Thursday

Rooms With a View: Politico

Hear White House reporter Julie Mason and senior congressional reporter Jonathan Allen, both journalists for Politico, give their thoughts on how John Boehner, Harry Reid and Barack Obama are faring after having a bit of time to get used to working with one another.

Friday

The Front Row

The Louboutins will be clicking all across Bethesda’s retail row for three nights during this annual fashion blowout, which features sales, free makeovers and, most important, cupcakes. Friday, however, gets top billing, with its outdoor catwalk and special appearance by tough-as-nails fashion PR maven/reality star Kelly Cutrone.

Saturday

Yoga Flash Mob

Crash the Fiesta Asia Street Fair with hordes of like-minded yogis and perform a sun salutation to kick off an hour-long free yoga session. Part of Yoga Week DC, the flash mob is BYOM (bring your own mat). After the yoga, stay and take in the food, arts and crafts and children’s activities at the fair.

Sunday

Israel festival

Activities at this celebration of Israel’s 63rd birthday include food tastings, cooking demonstrations, music and more. At 5 p.m., Israeli reggae-hip-hop group Axum will perform. The festival is community-wide, with individual festivals at both the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in addition to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.

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