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

If you have $5

No money is required to enjoy a beautiful day. Spring is here, and you can celebrate the blooming of some of D.C.’s most famous residents by going out on Saturday for the beginning of this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival. From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Building Museum on 401 F St. N.W, enjoy the grand opening by exploring myriad aspects of Japanese culture and design. The opening ceremony of the festival will follow the family-friendly activities at 4 pm.

If you have $10

Get thee to the H Street corridor on Tuesday night for some stellar tunes. John Roderick’s the Long Winters are playing a set at the Rock and Roll Hotel on 1353 H St. N.E, sure to be filled with deliciously aching folk pop. Don’t miss them. They’re being backed by the Broken West and Stars of Track and Field. We haven’t heard the Broken West, but Stars of Track and Field are an excellent Portland, Ore., trio, plus they’ve got the same name as a pretty sweet Belle and Sebastian song.

If you have $20

Get to 1811 14th St. N.W. on Saturday night at 9 pm for some good old-fashioned Detroit dance pop, courtesy of Electric Six. You might remember absurdly catchy singles like “Danger! High Voltage” and “Gay Bar” from a few years ago, and now they’re touring behind 2006’s Switzerland. So after a long day of enjoying the scenic cherry blossoms, go dance dance dance. Also, the show is only $13, so you can spend the excess cash on some delicious soul food on U Street.

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