Freeloaders: Zen and the Art of Free 

The week's best freebies, Jan. 13-19

Sometimes people give winter a hard time. We know, it's cold and dark and can be a bit of a buzz kill. But we feel like it needs its props too — preferably free ones, like these. Monday Dance your way into the week — and through it. Dancefx offers free classes during their open house. Head to Charleston Center for Photography's monthly lectures series to tips on taking Instagram quality pics without the app. Tuesday Movies always make the week go by faster. And on Tuesday, CofC is screening the award-winning documentary Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago. If movies aren't your thing, maybe comedy is — and Cutty's can help with it. They're hosting their monthly comedy night. Monster Music has a listening party with a free slice of pizza. You had us at free pizza. Wednesday Sometimes we wish we had a time machine so we could live a day in different eras. Thankfully, Prohibition takes us back to the swinging '40s with their free dance lessons — no DeLorean needed. Mediate your financial woes away with a guided mediation class. Donations are appreciated. The beer isn't free but learning how to pour it properly is. Pick up tips and learn more about Allagash Brewing Co. at the Bier Wall Takeover. Thursday Today seems like a good day to hang out in Summerville. Weird, we know. Head to Summerville Third Thursday for an art walk with live music. While you're up there, hit up the Kickin' Chicken's Bingo night. If you want to stay closer toward the peninsula, watch drunkards boast about their city when Drunk History interviews people for its upcoming season. Friday Sing songs of praise that it's the weekend at the Gospel Artist Showcase. Saturday Snuggle up with a lab at Whole Foods. Free for a hug, but adopting one will cost you. It's the Roller Derby Kick-Off Party at Tin Roof on Saturday. We wonder if they'll play "Whip It" by Devo? Sunday Seek out some zen at Transcedental Meditation. A plate of Lowcountry boil means shelling out 10 bones, but you can listen to the music for free and eat beforehand.

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