Going Out Guide: Free & easy events for Dec. 28-Jan. 3
'The Wind That Shakes the Barley' at Flashpoint
As part of its Irish Popcorn film series, theater company Solas Nua presents a screening of this 2006 drama starring Cillian Murphy about Irish brothers fighting the British in the 1920s. 7 p.m.
916 G St. NW. 202-315-1317. http:/
Clare Burson at the Kennedy Center
The indie folk singer comes to Millennium Stage to perform some especially personal tunes; songs from her album "Silver and Ash" recount the life of her grandmother, who escaped from Germany -- and the Nazis -- in 1938.
6 p.m. 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. http:/
Kringle Kaboose at Bowie Railroad Museum
Kids ages 1 through 10 are invited for a reading of "The Polar Express," games about trains and a chance to explore the nearby red caboose. Usually held monthly from March through October, the program takes on a holiday theme for the first time.
10:30 a.m. to noon. City of Bowie Welcome Center, 8606 Chestnut Ave., Bowie. 301-575-2488.
New Year's Eve at Buffalo Billiards
The easiest way to escape the open bar/lavish dinner buffet/superstar DJ hyperbole of New Year's Eve? Head to this enormous subterranean pool hall, which is treating Dec. 31 like any other night. You'll pay for your own drinks, darts and pool, but you won't have to put up with cover charges or velvet ropes.
4 p.m.-3 a.m. 1330 19th St. NW. 202-331-7665. http:/