Sometimes the best things in life really are free. Over the next few days you can get democratic, meet an artist, and see musicians making performances out of thin air. Here are our three favorite free events this week; check the Westword calendar for more entertainment options.
Blind Date With Democracy: Experiments and Conversations on Gathering
5 p.m. Wednesday, free
The "Art of Being Many" is a new reason to get people together — bringing ideas, art and democracy into focus at one gathering. Join a local introduction of the movement at Counterpath, which will host a mini-conference with discussions,writing experiments, Senate hearing screenings and live performances. See the schedule here.
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Summer Speaker Series: The Art + Life of Matt Sesow
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, free
Matt Sesow, a self-taught artist from Washington, D.C. has an interesting story about his life — and an even better outlook on life. Fresh from his exhibition at the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, he'll present some of his work as well as screen a documentary film about his life. Matt Sesow: Divide & Conquer opens at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 19, at VSA/Access Gallery.
Ratio Air Guitar Throwdown
7 p.m. Thursday, free
There's a real art to mimicking those epic ax solos. Grab a beer and watch some of the pros from the US Air Guitar circuit do their thing on stage. And if you think you have the chops, send a video to Ratio for a shot at performing on stage as well. Find more info on that here.