Free and Easy: ‘E.T. the Extra Terrestrial,’ ‘quack medicine’ and a chocolate tasting

July 21, 2013

(UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS) As part of Screen on the Green 2013, catch a screening of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" on the Mall at dusk.

The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.

MONDAY
Film screening: 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'

Screen on the Green on the Mall kicks off its 2013 season with "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." It's a chance to watch Drew Barrymore in arguably her cutest role. Be sure to show up early to grab a good spot.

At sunset (after 8 p.m.). On the Mall, between Seventh and 12th streets. www.hbo.com/screenonthegreen.

TUESDAY
Talk on 'quack medicine'

Head to the Silver Spring Civic Building to listen to the National Museum of Health and Medicine's archives assistant Eric Boyle talk about the history of "quack medicine." Boyle explains the dangers that health fraud - from quick weight-loss scams to phony alternative therapies - pose to the public and the medical field.

6 p.m. Silver Spring Civic Building, Fenton Room, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring. 240-777-5350. www.silverspringdowntown.com

WEDNESDAY
Rio de Janeiro music scene

The Brazilian samba and choro band Casuarina, which has performed everywhere from Angola to Holland, hits the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.

6 p.m. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.

THURSDAY
'Latin Nights' fitness and spa open house

Aura Spa and VIDA Fitness offer an evening of entertainment, free hors d'oeuvres, chair massages, sangria, fitness demos and more.

6 p.m. VIDA Fitness + Aura Spa, 999 Ninth St. NW, Third Floor. 202-742-1940. RSVP required. www.auraspa.net.

FRIDAY
Chocolate tasting

Such things exist! Cocova, "the showcase of world class chocolate," is hosting free happy hour chocolate tastings every Friday through July and August. This week's theme is "Best of Central & South American Chocolates," which sounds too delicious to pass up.

4 p.m. Cocova, 1904 18th St. NW. 202-903-0346. www.cocova.com.

SATURDAY
Art workshop at Dance Place

Join Andrea Petty-Brown in the Dance Place lobby to make arts and crafts from recycled objects. The event is part of Dance Place's interactive Art on 8th series, which offers dance, visual arts and music workshops for guests of all ages.

12:30 p.m. 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org.

SUNDAY
'ImaginAsia: Soaring Phoenixes'

Bring the family to learn about the history of phoenixes in Chinese art, and check out the mythological fire birds in the Sackler Gallery's related exhibition, Xu Bing's "Nine Deaths, Two Births." After the educational part, guests will get to fly a phoenix kite (instructions and kites provided free) on the Mall. Definitely Sunday Funday appropriate.

2 p.m. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu.

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