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

If you have $5

Save your money for refreshments and go check out the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, which features free live performances each day. On May 29th, the Thomas “Whit” Williams Jazz Quintet will play improvisational jazz, and on May 30th, local hip-hop dance group The First Rays will perform, featuring breaking, popping, locking and spoken word poetry.

If you have $10

Escape the D.C. summer heat and duck into the cool air-conditioned theatre at the Landmark E Street Cinema, which features many independent, artsy and lesser-known films. Plus, you can order a beer or a mixed drink, along with many frozen treats, from their unique concession stand. Visit www.landmarktheatres.com for features and show times.

If you have $20

Take the Metro to U Street for some of the best soul food D.C. has to offer at Oohs and Ahhs (1005 U St. NW). Entrees like fried chicken, catfish, or ribs with homemade barbeque sauce come with two heaping, delicious sides like collard greens, candy yams and macaroni & cheese. While there’s a small counter and some additional seating upstairs, you may be better off getting your soul food to go.

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