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Free and Easy: ‘Hugging Saint,’ ‘Dr. Who’ happy hour and build an alien

The "Hugging Saint" doles out hugs in Alexandria. (Dayna Smith for The Washington Post)

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


'The Hugging Saint'

As part of her North American tour, spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi is visiting Alexandria. Amritanandamayi, originally from South India, also is known as "Amma" or "The Hugging Saint." Tokens for a chance to meet
her will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

10 a.m.; doors open at 8:45 a.m. Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. 240-696-1927.


'Culture of the Spirit ' tour

"Culture of the Spirit" performers bring international music and dance forms to Washington. The artists include Miguel Czachowski,
Avaneendra Sheolikar and Sandesh Popatkar.

6:30 p.m. Greenberg Theater, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW.


Terrorism, espionage and cybersecurity update

David Major, founder of the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, gives a talk at the International Spy Museum about the intelligence and terrorism field and current events regarding national security.

Noon. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.


'Big Words'

As part of the D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival, the Kennedy Center screens this 2013 film directed by Neil Drumming and starring Dorian Missick, Darien Sills-Evans, Gbenga Akinnagbe and Yaya Alafia. It follows a former hip-hop group that reunites on election night 2008.

7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW.


'Dr. Who' happy hour

Every Friday, fans of this popular British sci-fi television series can head to the Black Cat to watch an episode with a crowd of like-minded souls and take advantage of drink specials. This week's episode is "Forest of the Dead."

7 p.m. The Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490.


'Build-an-Alien' project

Interested in all things extraterrestrial? The Corcoran Gallery of Art has a creative opportunity for you. The "Build-an-Alien" project is inspired by the work of artist Ellen Harvey, and gives visitors a chance to collaborate on constructing an alien form out of paper, clay and other materials.

11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. Registration required.


Grant Avenue Market

Fenton Street Market and Old Takoma Business Association host an event in which visitors can play life-size chess, browse antiques and other items, dance and view model trains.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Grant Avenue Market, 5 Grant Ave., Takoma Park.


Macy L. Freeman is an editorial aide for the Weekend/Going Out Guide section at The Washington Post.



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