The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Washington, D.C.: Secrets of Living the Good Life--For Free!

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Washington, D.C., is full of free and ridiculously inexpensive stuff?you just need to know where to look. Leave it to ?The Cheap Bastard? to uncover all the ins and outs and exclusive bargains to be had, and to tell you the real deal with wit and humor. 

The Cheap Bastard?s? Guide to Washington, D.C. will show you:

? How to gain free or low-cost entrance to plays, films, concerts, comedy shows, and museums

? Where to find free or low-cost classes in everything ...

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Overview

Washington, D.C., is full of free and ridiculously inexpensive stuff—you just need to know where to look. Leave it to “The Cheap Bastard” to uncover all the ins and outs and exclusive bargains to be had, and to tell you the real deal with wit and humor. 

The Cheap Bastard’s® Guide to Washington, D.C. will show you:

• How to gain free or low-cost entrance to plays, films, concerts, comedy shows, and museums

• Where to find free or low-cost classes in everything from cooking to winemaking to dancing

• Where to find half-price meals and free food—from bruschetta to burritos, salami to sushi

• How to get a low-cost haircut, color treatment, manicure, or massage

With The Cheap Bastard’s® Guide to Washington, D.C., anyone can enjoy the good life!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762753369
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Series: Cheap Bastard
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 779,178
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Grader, the Original Cheap Bastard, is the author of The Cheap Bastard’s® Guide to New York City and the award-winning The Cuddle Sutra. In addition to being a massage therapist in Washington, D.C., he is also an actor, having appeared on Law & Order and other series, as well as in the movie American Splendor.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction: Land of the Free ix

Section 1 Entertainment in D.C.

Theater: Free Speech 2

Volunteer Ushering 3

Always Free 19

Drama Deals: Discount Tickets 22

Music: Of Free I Sing 24

Rock/Pop/Folk/Alternative 25

Jazz/Blues/Hip-Hop/World 29

Classical/Standards/Cabaret 32

Military Bands 37

Summer Concerts 39

Film: Cheap Shots 44

Year-round Screenings 45

Better Than the Book: Movies at Public Libraries 55

Summer Screenings 56

Comedy: Cheap Jokes 59

Dance: Free Expression 63

Section 2 Living in D.C.

Food: On the House 72

Happy Hours & Buffets 73

Free Samples: A Sampling 79

Wine & Beer Tastings: Cheap Drunk 85

Hair & Spa Services: Freestyle 95

Hair Salons 96

Low Priced/High Style 99

Beauty & Esthetics Schools 100

Massage School Student Clinics 103

Children's Events and Activities: Free to Be You and Me 107

Destination Playgrounds 108

Story Times 109

Family Films 114

Arts, Crafts, & Performances 116

Fun with Science & History 121

Zoo 125

Health Insurance 126

Education: Cents-less Smarts 128

Food & Drink 129

Arts 133

Foreign Language 137

Meditation 138

Talking Heads: Politics, Policy, Prose, and Poetry 139

Odds & Ends 144

Health & Medical: Live Free or Die 145

Whatever Ails You: Clinical Studies 147

Safety First: Free Condoms 148

Fitness & Fun: Cheap Thrills 150

Park It Here! Parks Offering a Variety of Activities 151

Recreation Centers & Pools 152

Chi for Free: Yoga, Tai Chi, & Qigong Classes 155

Sporting Events 158

Group Bike Rides & Runs 161

Furniture & Household Goods: One Man's Trash166

A Little Give & Take: Dumpster Diving Minus the Dumpster and the Diving 168

Thrift Stores 171

Section 3 Exploring D.C.

Walking Tours: The Freedom Trail 174

Government Buildings 175

Nature Walks, Historic Homes & Sites, & Other Tours 182

Getting around D.C: Freeways 189

Getting Out of Town 193

Gardens & Gardening: Dirt Cheap 195

Gardening 198

Museums: Free to See 201

Appendices

Appendix A Romance: Sweet Nothings 229

Appendix B Public Libraries: Free Access 233

Appendix C Municipal Recreation Centers & Pools 237

Index 246

About the Author 252

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

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    Fun For D.C. Area Bargains

    "The Cheap Bastard's Guide To Washington D.C.: Secrets of Living the Good Life-For Free" is definitely an informative guide. This guide contains some extensive details on the various plays, museums, and other events in the area for low-cost and/or free. Before this book, I originally thought that one had to have connections and/or know many people in order to get into some of the plays for free and/or at a discount. Thanks to this guide I now am aware that this is far from the case, and I only wish that I knew about this book six months ago. However, as they say "better late than never". There is something for everyone in this book. For example, I found some good information on the various dance classes (for whenever I feel courageous enough to take the leap). In addition, I found some detailed listings on the various meditation classes and poetry places. The wide range of recreational classes, comedy centers, and tours are also included. This book is great for anyone who is looking for a multi-dimensional range of activities to do in the D.C. area.

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