$5 – $10 – $20: An entertainment guide for the cash-strapped college student

If you have $5

Put it in your midnight 7-11 Slurpee account and head down to the Kennedy Center from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday through Monday for the Page-to-Stage New Play Festival, an annual event that offers potential theater-goers a sneak peek at the upcoming offerings of the D.C. theater community with a series of readings and previews. This free event will get you primed to take advantage of the diverse array of events offered on stages throughout the District.

If you have $10

Borrow two more dollars from your roommate and head over to U Street to catch up-and-coming indie rockers Comets on Fire at the Black Cat. Bring some earplugs, as this Santa Cruz band is known to go for your heart by destroying your eardrums, and the intimate space at 1811 14th Street is certainly conducive to that particular experience. Comets on Fire play at 9:30 p.m. on the main stage.

If you have $20

Relive childhood memories and go see a production of the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast” at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center in Vienna, Va. Take the Metro to the West Falls Church station and wait for a shuttle. Tickets can run steep, but if you sit on the lawn, you can enjoy the adventures of Belle and her coterie of anthropomorphic household items for only $18 (we’re not counting the cost of transportation).

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