Going Out Guide: Going Out Gurus recommend free events for week of Nov. 9, 2009

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Monday, November 9, 2009


"Ruined" at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theatre

The winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for drama, "Ruined" tells the story of a Congolese mining town torn apart by civil war. The staged reading of the play is followed by a panel discussion with playwright Lynn Nottage, Congolese journalist Chouchou Namegabe and John Prendergast of the Enough Project, which is working to end genocide in Congo. Pick up free tickets at the Kennedy Center box office, or reserve them by calling 202-467-4600. There's no service charge.

7:30-9:30 p.m. 2700 F St. NW. http://www.kennedy-center.org.


"Midnight Ramble" at the Anacostia Community Museum

In the early decades of the 20th century, segregation was a fact of life in Hollywood, so African American filmmakers made hundreds of independent movies for black audiences that showed slices of life and culture rarely seen in mainstream films. This program looks at the work of Oscar Micheaux, one of the most talented and prolific directors of the time.

7 p.m. 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4820 or http://anacostia.si.edu.


Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery

A solemn day begins with a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at 11 a.m., followed by an observance in the cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater featuring the Air Force's Concert Band and Singing Sergeants. Space is limited; cemetery officials suggest visitors should be at either the Tomb of the Unknowns or the amphitheater by 9:30 a.m. Free parking is available beginning at 8 a.m.

11 a.m. Memorial Bridge and Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. 703-607-8000 or http://www.arlingtoncemetery.org.


Going Out Guide Happy Hour at the Russia House Restaurant and Lounge

The Going Out Guide's monthly gathering takes on an Eastern European vibe at the four-story Dupont vodka bar, with free snacks (veal bitki, strudel, cheese platters) and live Russian music. There will also be drink specials.

6-8 p.m. 1800 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-234-9433 or http://www.goingoutguide.com.

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