Saturday, February 6, 2016

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! More Free events this Weekend from SAT, Feb 6 & SUN, Feb 7

Here are some great free arts and culture events from! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events presented by nearly 300 Metro DC Arts Presenters. For quick way to find even more FREE arts and culture events check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out feature, curated by the staff of is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at

Saturday. February 6

Daytime - Family-Friendly Celebration of the Chinese New Year - Foggy Bottom/ GWU
Chinese New Year at the Kennedy Center: Family Day Activities
11:00am - 5:30pm
All activities are free, no tickets required
A number of free activities highlighting Chinese culture will be offered for kids of all ages--including Chinese paper cutting lessons, Beijing Opera stage makeup demonstration and costume dress-up with photos, Monkey King mask decorating, calligraphy lessons, and red lantern making demonstrations. In the Atrium at The Kennedy Center. 
The Kennedy Center
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle that runs every ten minutes. If it makes more sense for you based on where you are coming from to get a ride there, new lyft and uber users can take advantage of the special promotions for Free in DC followers. See details at the bottom of this post.

Afternoon - Talk on Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass - Upper Georgetown 
Frederick Douglass/ Harriet Tubman: Parallel Lives From the Eastern Shore
Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, discusses how Frederick Douglass worked by day under the sun and Harriet Tubman worked by night under the stars.
Georgetown Library
3260 R St. NW
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from the metro

Afternoon - Author Talk at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum - Anacostia
Author Talk and Book Signing: Patsy Fletcher
Author Patsy Fletcher discusses her new book, Historically African American Leisure Destinations, which examines the concept of leisure within the context of African American segregation during the 1960s and beyond. Fletcher is a consultant in the field of historic preservation and community development and contributed to the documentary Master Builders of the Nation’s Capital as well as The Economics of Historic Preservation and The Biographical Dictionary of African American Architects, 1865–1945. Limited copies of her book will available for purchase. 
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE
Metro: Anacostia and take a bus, taxi, uber, or lyft. See metro trip-planner for bus access. See uber and lyft promotions for new users below.

Afternoon - Gallery Talk at the NGA West Building - Archives
Gallery Talk: The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.
2:00pm - 2:50pm
Exhibition gallery talk given by Diane Arkin, staff lecturer, National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Main Floor, Rotunda
601 Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Afternoon - Opening Reception for Art Exhibit at Zenith Gallery - Upper 16th St/ Silver Spring
Reception for From History to the Dream
2:00pm  - 5:00pm
In honor of Black History Month, this exhibit explores the many different, unique and extremely talented Black artists that Zenith Gallery represents. We have long-term represented artists along with new additions, and in true Zenith Gallery fashion, there is an eclectic assortment of works. From Nigerian Artist, Doba Afolabi with an expressionist painting style to Local, Mixed Media Sculptor Chris Malone, there's something for everyone's palette. Addition artist featured: Mason Archie, Francesca Britton, Margaret DeLorme, Richard Fitzhugh, Robert Freeman, Cassandra Gillens, Hubert Jackson, Gloria Kirk, Joyce J. Scott, Karen Starika and Curtis Woody.
Zenith Gallery
1429 Iris Street, NW
Metro: Silver Spring or Columbia Heights and take a bus along 16th or 14th, see metro trip-planner

Afternoon - Film at the National Gallery of Art, East Building - Archives
Film Event: Winter 2016: Many Beautiful Things
Laura Waters Hinson in person, Washington premiere
Many Beautiful Things considers the unusual story of Lilias Trotter, a great but obscure female artist who managed, in Victorian England, to win the favor of the celebrated critic John Ruskin. In an age when it was generally assumed that women were incapable of producing high art, Ruskin wrote that her work would be "immortal." With her legacy on the line, however, Lilias made the seemingly odd decision to travel to French Algeria to work with women and children. We are left to ponder, how might the history of art have been different if Lilias had remained in England? The film’s producer, Hisao Kurosawa, is son of legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. (Laura Waters Hinson, 2015, DCP, 70 minutes)
National Gallery of Art
East Building Auditorium
401 Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Find more free events and exhibits on view in DC, MD & VA on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on!

Sunday, February 7

Afternoon - Gallery Talk at the NGA West Building - Archives
Gallery Talk: The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.
1:00pm - 1:50pm
Exhibition gallery talk given by Diane Arkin, staff lecturer, National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Main Floor, Rotunda
601 Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Afternoon - U.S. Marine Band Concert at the Schlesinger Concert Hall at NVCC - Alexandria, VA
The United States Marine Chamber Orchestra: What's in a Nickname
"The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band performs Franz Josef Haydn’s Symphony No. 96 and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, pieces so legendary they each earned nicknames the composers could never have imagined. Haydn’s The Miracle and Mozart’s Jupiter, composed within a few years of one another, captured the ears, hearts, and minds of their audiences and took on lives of their own. The composers and their symphonies are just as relevant today as they were in the 1780s. The program also features Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, a musical portrait dedicated to the flutist of the Copenhagen Wind Quintet. Click here for the program and notes.   
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall 
at NoVa Community College
3001 North Beauregard St - Alexandria, VA
Metro: Bus accessible from metro, please see metro trip-planner for best bus access. Driving?  Parking available in the Beauregard Garage $2 per hour.

Afternoon - Art Opening at the JCC - Rockville, MD
Artist Reception for The Sound of Color by Sharon Dar
Sharon Dar has been illustrating all her life, but when she began painting experimentally, she found a new beginning for her art. She loves to see the paint move on the canvas, especially the way the various colors interact and create interesting textures. She prefers large canvases which allow her to freely apply the paint in many layers. The colors she uses reflect her mood and feelings. Some of her works are mysterious and some are a surprise even to her.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd - Rockville, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro

Afternoon - Poetry & Literary Reading at The Writer's Center - Bethesda, MD
Open Door Reading: Terese Svoboda & Morowa Yejide
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Visiting writer Terese Svoboda reads from When the Next Big War Blows Down the Valley: Selected and New Poems, and Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Bridge, Radical Poet. She is joined by novelist Morowa Yejide, who reads from Time of the Locust. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest, note that you'll need to cross the street to the northbound lane on Wisconsin as Walsh is only accessible for that side

Afternoon - Lecture and Book Signing at the National Gallery of Art East Building - Archives
Lecture and Book Signing: What Makes a Statue?
Carol Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History, George Mason University
On view at the NGA, the exhibition Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World features 50 works that survey the development of Hellenistic art as it spread from Greece throughout the Mediterranean between the fourth and first centuries BC. The exhibition presents a unique opportunity to witness the importance of bronze in the ancient world, when it became the preferred medium for portrait sculpture. In this lecture, Carol Mattusch explains that many of the bronzes in Power and Pathos are incomplete, and explores these questions: What did the complete statues look like? What were the sculptures used for? And were they all statues or did some of them serve other functions.
National Gallery of Art
East Building Auditorium
401 Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Afternoon - Classical Concert with FMMC at The Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria - King St, VA
Friday Morning Music Club Concert
Friday Morning Music Club celebrates their 130th Anniversary! FMMC members will perform classical works by Beethoven, Brahms and others. See program details here.
The Lyceum
201 South Washington St - Alexandria, VA
Metro: King St and walk or take a bus down King St to get closer

Afternoon - Concert at the NGA West Building - Archives
Concert: Cantus
Program: The Four Loves
National Gallery of Art
West Building, West Garden Court
601 Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Afternoon - Film a the National Gallery of Art East Building - Archives
Film Series: New Greek Cinema: Xenia
(Panos H. Koutras, 2014, DCP, subtitles, 134 minutes) Two brothers meet in Athens for a road trip to Thessaloniki, where they hope to track down their estranged biological father — a Greek who never married their now-deceased Albanian mother. Read more about the film here.  
National Gallery of Art
East Building Auditorium
401 Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

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Find more free events and exhibits on view in DC, MD & VA on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on!

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! More Free and low-cost events this Weekend! SAT, Feb 6 - SUN, Feb 7

Saturday, February 6

11:00am - 4:00pm
Ring in the Year of the Monkey at the second annual Lunar New Year celebration at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries. The event will feature free activities for all ages, including:
• Dance performances by Madison Chinese Dance Academy
• Ribbon-dancing tutorials
• Calligraphy
• Mask making and coloring
• Lunar New Year resolutions
• Family-friendly tours of Xu Bing's "Monkeys Grasp for the Moon"
• Photo booth fun
Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries
1050 Independence Ave SW
Metro: Smithsonian

Free "Self-Love" Crafting Circle for Women
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Free, RSVP to
Come out to The Lemon Bowl to chat and get crafty this Saturday at a women-only crafting circle and make yourself a sweet valentine. If you can, please bring some glue, old magazines, and any other craft stuff you think might be fun to share. Feel free to bring a friend and a little sweet or savory snack to share. Circle will be led by yoga teacher, retreat leader, and self care mentor Gracy Obuchowicz.
The Lemon Bowl
3015 Georgia Avenue NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk along Irving in the direction toward 13th St and keep walking until you get to Georgia Ave and turn right

DCYST + Recreative Spaces Present Teen Poetry Slam and Open Mic (Final Qualifier!)
5:30pm - 8:00pm
doors, list, and sign-up 5:30pm sharp
The Final Slam to qualify for the semi-finals to a member of the DC Youth Slam Team. All you need are two original poems that are under three minutes long to possible be one the 6 team members representing the DMV at the Brave New Voices competition. This slam is open to all high school students in the DMV! Don't want to slam? No problem. Sign up for our open mic, share your words, and meet some amazing new people.
To sign up or if you have any questions email

ReCreative Spaces is a place for communities to gather and share their passion for art of all kinds.
They're focus is to foster Creativity, Collaboration and Community.

ReCreative Spaces
3501 Perry St - Mt Rainier, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for bus times and options. Folks driving car find street parking in the area.

Meet the Artists from the University of Maryland's Art Honors exhibition "I Never See You"  at the 39th Street Gallery at Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood, MD
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Light Refreshments will be served
Artist Reception for the group exhibition featuring Sobia Ahmed, Avid Antonelli, Brennan Cox, Niloufar Kazemzadeh, Rachel Lebo, Grant McFarland, and Korey Richardson. The UMD Art Honors Program is designed for students who have demonstrated excellence in studio courses and achieved a high level of academic success. Admission to the Honors Program is based on credit level (class standing), overall and major GPA and, most importantly, portfolio review.  
39th Street Gallery
Gateway Arts Center
second floor 39th St. entrance
3901 Rhode Island Ave - Brentwood, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access and schedules.  Located between Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood and West Hyattsville Metro stations. From the red line RI Ave Metro you can take the 83 bus to 39th St right to the Gateway Arts Center or take the T18 or 86 bus to 37th St and continue walking up Rhode Island Ave. From the green line, get off at West Hyattsville and take the F8 Eastbound towards Cheverly Station or The Bus 13 Southbound. Additional routes include F1 and F2.
Free, 21+
Celebrate the life and music of Bob Marley this Saturday at the Colony Club on Georgia Ave with DJ Neville C, Sonny Cheeba and YOLA. Expect all reggae all night in honor of the most high, Bob Marley.
3118 Georgia Ave NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk over to Georgia Ave, near Kenyon
Sunday, February 7

Pre-Bowl at The Lemon Bowl 
10:00am - 1:00pm
Come out for an Open House Join us for an open house at The Lemon Bowl before turning in to watch the Super Bowl. They'll have light snacks and coffee to jump-start your day ahead of the football game.
Still need to grab a Valentine's Day gift? Mingle with local makers and shop wares from Linny Friend, Kathryn Zaremba Company, Sill Life, An Made rugs and hats and more. Meet some creative folks, check out the space and learn more about upcoming workshops and events they have planned.
The Lemon Bowl
3015 Georgia Avenue NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk along Irving in the direction toward 13th St and keep walking until you get to Georgia Ave and turn right

Performance by Washington National Opera Young Artists at the Renwick
The Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists return to the Renwick’s intimate Grand Salon. For the thirteenth year of this annual performance, they explore various myths and legends
as interpreted by some of opera’s favorite composers.
Renwick Gallery
in the Grand Salon
Pennsylvania Ave NW at 17th St
right near the White House
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut North, short walk down 17th St

UPCOMING: FASHION: Tonight! The final night of Crystal Couture Show and Sale SAT, Feb 6 at the Crystal City Shops, featuring Local Fashion Designers and Runway Shows from 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

Crystal Couture Show and Sale - 2016
Thursday, February 4 -  Saturday, February 6
6:00pm - 10:00pm nightly
Learn more and see the runway lineup - with shows every 15 minute starting at 6:00pm - here!

"The DC area’s hottest bargain retail pop-up and fashion experience returns to Crystal City this February! Crystal Couture – Show & Sale brings 30+ of the metropolitan area’s most stylish boutiques and designers all under one roof. This one-stop shopping experience lets guests browse discounted offerings on the rack and on the runway as models showcase offerings of the participating boutiques all while enjoying sips from the bar, free make-up and hair makeovers, chats with fashion consultants, and music from DJ Neekola."

See the runway line up, with fashion shows every 15 minutes from different designers each night starting at 6:00pm, here! Shout out to my friend Christopher and his company Brown & Williams Clothiers, who will be participating on Friday and Saturday this year! They'll be mixing up their shows significantly for both evenings. The beginning of their Saturday show pays homage to, and is inspired by, Vivienne Westwood who turns 75 this year.   

Crystal City Shops 
1750 Crystal Dr - Arlington, VA
Metro: Crystal City

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! Daily: Free Performances at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 6:00pm - 7:00pm daily, acts vary, Free

Free performances at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 
Performances every night, 365 days a year
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Can't join in person? Live-stream the performance here! 
Click here for a complete schedule of performances

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Kennedy Center with these special Millennium Stage events!

Sunday, February 7
Shenzhen Lily Girls’ Choir

Monday, February 8 
Beijing Opera, Acrobats and Chinese Traditional Music by Henan Arts Troupe

The Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle that runs every ten minutes. If it makes more sense for you based on where you are coming from to get a ride there, new lyft and uber users can take advantage of the special promotions for Free in DC followers.

Download the uber and lyft app to your smartphone. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at - be sure to select uberx for best price!

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more events taking place @FreeinDCBlog on twitter! Additional events not posted on the main site may be found there

For more events please check out @FreeinDCBlog on twitter and the Free in DC page on facebook, search for "Free in DC" or click here! Much of the event content I cover comes from facebook and I don't always have time to craft individual posts on this site for every event I come across and I often post links to events on  @FreeinDCBlog on twittter and/or FreeinDC on facebook that aren't on the main site.

I tweet most every day, focusing on events happening that day, and some other events coming soon or ones that you might not find on the main site or on facebook. Also, if you aren't a twitter user you can just look at the page without needing to sign up for an account! 

Friday, February 5, 2016

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Learn to Meditate! Free Four-Week Intro series continues on MON, Feb 8 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm and continues the following two Mondays through MON, Feb 22 at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, RSVP to ensure your space

Free Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next session!
Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks

4-Week Series begins - Monday, February 1
7:00pm - 8:30pm
continues the next three Mondays:
Monday, February 8, 15 & 22
Free, RSVP required, email or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582

Attendance in all four workshops is encouraged but if you are not able to attend the first session on Monday, February 1 you are welcome to join in the second session on February 8

"Jyoti meditation provides the experience of inner light, the joy of self discovery, and the lasting value of spirituality as a complement to physical, intellectual, and cultural attainments." Introductory classes will run in four-week cycles which repeat. For those who wish to go on after the intro sessions, there will be intermediate and advanced classes continuing throughout the year.

SOS DC will also continue to offer free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and with SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC.

Science of Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. For those with cars, street parking is available. You may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are coming from or from the Tenleytown Metro. See promo codes below for new users.

Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers: Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at - be sure to select uberx for best price!

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Monthly: "Community Day" at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Free admission on SUN, Feb 7 - and every first SUN of the month - from 12:00pm - 5:00pm + Free Film Screening on Designer Eva Zeisel at 3:00pm

Free "Community Day" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts!
every first Sunday of  the month
12:00pm - 5:00pm

Next Community Day - Sunday, February 7
Free Community Day: February + Free Film 

Visit the NMWA on Community Day for FREE admission to the museum. Explore the special exhibition Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today. Community Days are held on the first Sunday of every month. Regular admission to the museum is $10, $8 for students and those 65+, 18 and under free.

When you are there, I recommend checking out their gift shop, where you can find wearable art and items made from recycled materials. Aside from the gift shop at the Building Museum, this may be my favorite one in town. I got one of my favorite fabric necklaces there a while back.

Eva Zeisel Resilient Chair
Film: Throwing Curves-Eva Zeisel
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Enjoy special screenings of Throwing Curves—Eva Zeisel (2002, 60 min.). Director/producer Jyll Johnstone explores the life and art of one of the most famous industrial designers of the 20th century. Zeisel’s prolific career spanned more than 80 years, and her highly collectable works helped change the face of modern design. Shown in conjunction with the special exhibition Pathmakers, which features more than 20 of Zeisel’s designs.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave, NW
Metro: Metro Center, use the 13th St exit and up two blocks to NY Ave or take one of many buses that go to 13th & H St NW

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Contact Improv Jam every SUN afternoon on Capitol Hill from 2:00pm - 5:00pm, by donation, $5 - $10 suggested

Contact Improv Sunday Afternoon Jam
every Sunday afternoon
2:00pm - 5:00pm
$5 to $10 donation
Read more here

Contact improv jams take place every Sunday on Capitol Hill. Best to arrive on the early end if you are new so you can get acquainted with the jam, and jamming in general! All donations support the church's community outreach program.

The first Sunday jam of the month there will be a guided improv structure, usually an Underscore, which is especially helpful for those who are new.  Anyone interested in practicing CI, or just getting a glimpse it in practice, are welcome to attend any of the Sunday sessions. 

Please note: As part of the insurance coverage that our hosts require, every sunday jam participants are asked to sign a liability release/waiver which you can print and sign if it's your first time (they should also have some at the door).

St. James/St. Monica Church parrish hall, Capital Hill
222 8th St. NE (map, walking from Union Station)
Metro: Union Station, it's about a 15 minute walk from there

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Monthly: *Sparkle* Queer-Driven Open Mic for Poets, Musicians and all styles SUN, Feb 7 -and every first SUN of the month- from 8:00pm - 9:30pm at Busboys and Poets 14th & V St NW, All ages, $5

*Sparkle* monthly queer-driven open mic for poets, musicians and all styles of performance at
Busboys and Poets 14th & V St NW
every first Sunday of the month
8:00pm - 9:30pm, sign up 7:45pm
All ages, $5
see the facebook page for details
Tickets available at the door and online 24 hours before the show

*Sparkle* queer open mic is open to all. Hosted by Regie Cabico & Danielle Evennou

Sparkle is queer-driven open mic for all. Co-hosted by Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou, Sparkle houses a unique community of queer writers and allies. Sign up begins at 7.45pm space is limited. 5 minutes. Acoustic and/or Spoken Word: Comedy, Poetry, Fiction. Please refrain from transphobic, homophobic and misogynistic works or any kind of "istic"

Next *Sparkle* - Sunday,February 7
Sparkle Featuring Dan Vera, with Spotlight Rachel Best
8:00pm - 9:30pm, sign up 7:45pm
All ages, $5

This month Sparkle features renowned local poet Dan Vera, author of Speaking Wiri Wiri as well as The Space Between Our Danger and Delight, and board chair of Split This Rock! This month's  spotlight artist is the talented truth teller Rachel Best. Read more about the poets on the facebook invite.
Busboys and Poets
14th & V St NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus, Woodley Park/14th St/McPherson Sq line, right to 14th & U

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: IMCW meets every SUNatthe Church of the Holy City on 16th St near Corcoran, formerly atAllSouls, every SUN from 6:00pm - 7:30pm, by donation

Insight Meditation Community of Washington hosts a Meditation & Talk 
every Sunday evening 
6:00pm - 7:30pm
dhana, donation, based, $10 suggested, no one turned away
Hosted by IMCW

"Insight meditation cultivates our natural wisdom and compassion. Meditation practice develops concentration, which allows us to calm and steady the mind. This class includes a 30-minute guided meditation, 45-minute dharma talk, and then discussion. Newcomers to meditation and long time practitioners are welcome to attend our classes in metro D.C. No registration is necessary. Chairs are always provided or you may bring your sitting gear."

This evening meditation is usually led by Hugh Byrne, sometimes by others. You can check out all of the teachers bios here.

Church of the Holy City
in the upstairs room
1611 16th Street, NW
Metro: Dupont is closest but best reached by the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to the stop closest to Corcoran, also just a few block walk from 14th & RI Ave/ P St stop if you take the Circulator bus

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Live Music Jam Series at the O St Mansion in Dupont every SUN, with Bluegrass, Classical, Americana and Blues themes varying each week, from 11:00am - 2:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

O St Mansion hosts different Jams most Sundays on the month! 
every Sunday - themes vary each week!
upstairs, in one of the more plush living rooms
11:00am - 2:00pm
Free, RSVP Required, Note: Select "stuff" when you go to check out otherwise they'll ask you for a donation amount. You can donate stuff to the mansion if you like. They accept all kinds of quirky things which they sell to visitors on site. I have some great espresso cups with saucers I picked up there.

The first Sunday of every month - Bluegrass Jam
The second Sunday of every month - Classical Revolution DC
The third Sunday of every month - Americana Jam
The fourth Sunday of every month - Blues Acoustic Jam

If there is fifth Sunday, contact the O St Mansion directly to ask

The Mansion on O Street
2020 O Street NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, South

Thursday, February 4, 2016

OF NOTE: FITNESS: Get Fit in 2016! Fitiverse is a new local, social network site that helps you find Free Fitness & Wellness activities in DC! Started by locals, Fitiverse shares a similar mission to Free in DC, with a Fitness Spin!

Get Fit in 2016! Join Fitiverse for Free.
No gym, no problem!
50+ Free weekly classes in DC

Fitiverse is a new local, social network that will help you to find new, fun and social ways to workout! Fitiverse focuses on fitness and connects you with compatible workout buddies who have access to the same fitness zones, which are like neighborhoods.

Find Free Workouts, Yoga Classes, Meet-ups and more, on Fitiverse. The local place to go for Free Fitness activities! Create your free account here!

If you're wondering why am I sharing Fitiverse on Free in DC when technically it's not an arts, culture or consciousness event, it is because Fitiverse shares a similar mission, to help people connect to fabulous, local, free things to do. In their case, they just focus on fitness. It's also free to join! The site was founded by two brothers who live in the DC area who share a passion for fitness and well-being. They wanted to help others in the greater community find people who live nearby, share similar schedules and are interested in similar ways of working out and having fun.

So go ahead, check it out, what do you have to lose? Create your free account, find some new free activities, have some fun burning calories and maybe even make some new friends!  

Monday, February 1, 2016

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free CultureCapital events in DC and Northern VA on TUES, Feb 9

Here are some great free arts and culture events from! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events presented by nearly 300 Metro DC Arts Presenters. For quick way to find even more FREE arts and culture events check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out feature, curated by the staff of is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at

Tuesday, February 9

Lunchtime - Gallery Talk at the National Gallery of Art West Building - Archives
Gallery Talk: The Biography of a Painting: Raphael's St. George and the Dragon
National Gallery of Art
12:00pm - 12:45pm
Permanent collection gallery talk given by Eric Denker, staff lecturer, National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Main Floor, Rotunda
601 Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Lunchtime - Author Talk at The National Archives - Archives
The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome
Free however RSVP is required

Alondra Nelson takes us on a journey into how the double helix has wound its way into contemporary social issues around race. She explains how DNA-based techniques are being used in myriad ways, including the unfinished business of slavery. Author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles will join Nelson. A book signing will follow the program.
National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Evening - Film at MLK Library - Gallery Pl - Chinatown
27th Annual Black Film Festival: Chi-Raq
(127 min, 2015, Rated R)  
Spike Lee’s latest joint, set in the violent streets of Chicago, is an adaptation of Lysistrata by Aristophanes. A thought provoking and timely drama, with humor to soften the blow. All-star cast  includes Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson.
MLK Library
901 G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, museum exit at 9th & G is closest

Evening - Mardi Gras Parade in Arlington - Clarendon or Courthouse, VA
Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade
7:00pm I believe, will adjust time if I hear differently
The Clarendon Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade is a free, family-friendly event. Thousands of local residents and visitors will line the parade route along Wilson Boulevard from North Barton Street to Washington Boulevard. Participating in the parade is a great way to have fun–participants can wear masks, dress completely inappropriately, and throw stuff at people. With over 50 entrants marching this year  at the 17th annual parade, this is the largest Mardi Gras Parade in the DC area. Ball at Clarendon Ballroom costs $20, from 7:00pm - 11:00pm.
Mardi Gras Parade Route - Wilson Blvd. from N. Barton St to Washington Blvd. - Arlington, VA
Metro: Clarendon or Courthouse
Evening - Talk with a descendant of the Addison Family at Benning Library NE
- Minnesota Ave

The History of the Addison Family
Christian Addison discusses the history and legacy of his family. Christian is a seventh generation Washingtonian who descended from the Addison family of the Addison plantation in Washington, DC. It's the oldest plantation in the city and the Black Addison branch is the oldest family of record in the city. They helped found the first churches East of the Anacostia River including Allen Chapel and St. John’s C.M.E. The family also worked with President Lincoln and Frederick Douglass to pass the D.C. Emancipation Act. They are remembered by the Oxon Hill manor in Maryland and Addison Rd. 
Benning Library 3935 Benning Rd, NE
Metro: Minnesota Ave, on orange line, is 0.4 mile walk, Benning Rd, on blue line, is 0.6 mile walk

Evening - First Draft Play Reading at Theatre on the Run - Arlington, VA
Pray for the DeadFirst Draft Reading at Theatre on the Run in Arlington, VA
Free, RSVP here
Free reading at Theatre on the Run as part of the First Draft reading series.
By Gene Bruskin & Tom Smerling. Sweeney Todd meets Norma Rae in this dark musical comedy about despairing morgue workers facing collective calamity. Pray for the Dead is part of First Draft's free New Play Reading Series designed to encourage audiences to explore and engage in the wonderful world of new plays and live performance theater. About First Draft: "First Draft develops audiences alongside new plays, supports artists living in and around our DC community and partners with theaters looking to produce new work. Through our free reading series, which is designed to incorporate audience feedback and discussion with playwrights, we hope to encourage audiences to explore the dynamic world of live performance theater. We also give special attention to audiences typically under-served and/or under-represented by traditional theaters."
Theatre on the Run
3700 South Four Mile Run Drive - Arlington, VA
Metro: Pentagon and take 25-C bus or the Art 75 bus which stop right in front of the theater. See metro trip-planner for best bus options from the metro.

Find more free events and exhibits on view in DC, MD & VA on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

UPCOMING: MEDITATION & YOGA: New Three-Part Saturday Morning Intro to Meditation begins on SAT, Feb 13 from 11:00am - 12:30pm, Free, Please RSVP + Free Yoga Class at 10:00am + Free Spanish Meditation Talk at 11:00am every SAT except for the first one of the month, at the Science of Spirituality's DC Center

Yoga, in English, with Argeny Rodriguez 
10:00am - 11:00am
Class limited to 8 students, RSVP to ensure your space: or (703) 212-8140

Meditation Talk in Spanish with Argeny Rodriguez 
11:00am - 12:00pm

New! Saturday Morning Three-Week Introduction to Meditation Series
Next three week series at the Science of Spirituality DC begins
every second Saturday of the month

Next series begins - Saturday, February 13
11:00am - 12:30pm
continues on Saturday, February 20 & 27
Free, RSVP Required to or call 301-598-3582
(if no answer, be sure to leave a call-back number and your name).
Join long-time meditator and teacher David Newcomb in an interactive course of study that will introduce you to Jyoti meditation (meditation on the inner light), and begin to discover the peace and pleasure of knowing who you are. Saturday Morning Meditation classes run in three-week cycles, beginning on the second Saturday of every month. Since class content is cumulative, they ask that you begin with the first class of a cycle.

SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and connect with them on twitter @SOS_WashDC.
Science of Spirituality - new home in Washington, DC
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Tenleytown Metro is closest. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces, the M4 and D6 get you pretty close but they don't run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. Recommend uber and lyft from wherever you are or from metro, see promos below.

Special Promo for Smartphone users: New Lyft users get $10 off your first ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at New Uber users get $20 off your first ride, sign up: and use the promo code FREEINDC14 - be sure to select uberx -or uber pool if you are not in a rush and open to sharing the ride with someone en route- for best price!

UPCOMING: ORATORY FESTIVAL: "Through Lincoln’s Words" the Annual Target Oratory Festival at Ford's Theatre on TUES, Feb 9 & WED, Feb 10 from 10:00am - 12:00pm, Free

Through Lincoln’s Words: the Target Oratory Festival  at Ford's TheatreTuesday, February 9 & Wednesday, February 10
10:00am - 12:00pm
In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, students from 3rd through 8th grade classrooms across the metro DC area perform a selection of his most historic speeches on the Ford’s Theatre stage. New this year, a limited number of classrooms will perform select speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to highlight the continuum of the Civil War to the Civil Rights. Come hear the words of two important figures from our history, and leave feeling inspired!

Ford's Theatre
511 10th St NW
Metro: Metro Center

Friday, January 29, 2016

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Celebrate Mardi Gras with New Orleans Jazz on TUES, Feb 9 as part of the Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany, near Metro Center, TUES from 12:10pm -1:00pm, Artists vary each Week, Free, donations appreciated

Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany
lunchtime concerts every Tuesday
12:10pm - 1:00pm
Free, donations appreciated, $10 suggested,
donations support music program and artists

View the schedule of performances

If you're able to get there Tuesday at lunch, recommend this one!

Tuesday, February 9
Celebrate Mardi Gras with New Orleans Jazz from Mike Flaherty's Dixieland Direct 

Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St, NW
Metro: Metro Center

Thursday, January 28, 2016

ON VIEW: ART: "Wonder" at the Renwick features 9 different large scale Installation Art Works! Truly Inspiring! FRI, Nov 13 - TUES, May 8, Free

"Wonder" Exhibit at the Renwick Gallery
Large, Room Sized Installation Art! 
On view Friday, November 13 - Tuesday, May 8 - see note below

This exhibit is truly amazing! Highly recommend seeing it! Nine leading contemporary artists are each taking over different galleries in the building, creating site-specific installations inspired by the Renwick. Together, these installations will turn the building into a larger-than-life work of art. While the nine artists featured in Wonder create strikingly different works, they are connected by their interest in creating large-scale installations from unexpected materials. Index cards, marbles, strips of wood—all objects so commonplace and ordinary we often overlook them—are assembled, massed, and juxtaposed to utterly transform spaces and engage us in the most surprising ways.  Learn more here.

Note: On view until May 8: John Grade, Maya Lin, Jennifer Angus, Chakaia Booker. Closing July 10: Tara Donovan, Gabriel Dawe, Patrick Doherty. Remaining indefinitely: Leo Villareal, Janet Echelman

Renwick Gallery - Smithsonian American Art Museum
17th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW - right by The White House
Metro: McPherson Sq or Farragut West and walk or take the S2 or S4 bus or any number of buses there.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

UPCOMING & ONGOING: IMPROV: Weekly: Washington Improv Theater "Harold Night" Improv every TUES at Source Theatre on 14th St, choose from 8:00pm - 9:00pm or 9:00pm - 10:00pm Shows, Open Jam Follows, Free

WIT's "Harold Night" Longform Improv at Source Theatre
every Tuesday night
now two shows! 8:00pm - 9:00pm + 9:00pm - 10:00pm, followed by a free jam where audience members can give improv a try side by side with experienced players.
Free/ Pay-What-You-Choose
Seating 7:45pm and 8:45pm
RSVP here or just come by, walk-ins welcome

Washington Improv Theater (WIT) puts on Harold Night every Tuesday night at Source. Each week is a demonstration, celebration, and experiment in the world-famous improv longform, Harold. "A breeding ground for up-and-coming talent, Harold Night is an homage to the world-famous longform improv format, the Harold, created by actor/teacher Del Close and used by improv theaters such as New York and LA's Upright Citizens Brigade and Chicago's iO Theater. It starts with an audience suggestion. From there, WIT’s five Harold teams create unique worlds full of vibrant characters. Every Harold Night ends with a “jam," giving the audience an opportunity to try improv in a welcoming environment alongside the performers.

Harold Night has been running in DC every Tuesday since March 18, 2010. Come down to Source and check them out, every Tuesday night!

Source Theatre
1835 14th St, NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus to 14th & U or any bus along 14th St to T St

Friday, January 15, 2016

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: Yoga Share at BloomBars, Community Classes in Columbia Heights every THURS 7:30pm - 9:00pm, Teachers and yoga styles vary each week, $10 donation requested

Yoga Share DC donation-based Weekly Yoga Class in Columbia Heights at BloomBars!
often Kundalini Yoga, other styles as well, teachers vary each week
every Thursday night
7:30pm - 9:00pm
by donation, $10 or more suggested, give as you can, BYO yoga mat
Bring a mat, mug for tea and something warm to wrap yourself in!

Best to join the Yoga Share DC group on facebook to see the invite. Note: You'll need to join the Yoga Share DC group on facebook to RSVP to the facebook invite. You can also sign up for their emails here.

Each week there are different teachers who practice all kinds of yoga so best to check the invite to read more about the teacher who will be teaching that week and the style of yoga they will be offering. See the facebook group events page for details each week.

Thursday, February 4 
Class will be led by Stacee StaceeGather at 7:30. Class starts at 7:45. Tea at 9:00.See invites each week on the Yoga Share DC page

Upcoming Classes this month:
February 11- with Doris Kuehn
February 18 - with Gisela
February 25- with Matea Prozorica

3222 11th St NW - just north of Kenyon
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th St one block, turn right on Kenyon, walk to 11th and turn left

Friday, January 1, 2016

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: "Blue Monday Blues" every MON night at Westminster Church by the Waterfront Metro, Performers vary each week, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, $5

every Monday night
6:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, $5, free for those 16 and under
view schedule hereview pics on flickr here

"Blue Monday Blues" brings together great local blues players for an evening of down-home blues. Food and beverages available for purchase from SW Catering Company, featuring Southern and Mediterranean cuisine, from 5:30pm - 8:30pm.

400 I St, SW (map and directions here)
Metro: Waterfront, seems to be a short walk from the metro
For those with cars, parking is available in the church lot or on the street.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: COMEDY: Weekly: Last Resort Comedy every MON night at 8:00pm at Shenanigan's in Adams Morgan, Free, 21+

every Monday starting
Free, 21+ 

Last Resort Comedy's Monday Night show (which used to be at the Salty Dog in Dupont Circle) moved over to Shenanigans, in the heart of Adams Morgan mid-October.

Come out every  Monday night to enjoy some of the best comedy in the city and enjoy the free show! Last Resort features top local comedians and occasional drop-ins from some comedians you may have even seen on TV.

Last Resort hosts free comedy shows four nights a week!
2450 18th St NW
across from Tryst near 18th & Columbia
Metro: Woodley Park and walk across the bridge or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill from Woodley Park or Columbia Heights metro to Adams Mill. From Dupont Circle, take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: KARAOKE: Weekly: Kostume Karaoke every THURS night at Solly's on U St from 8:00pm - 2:00am, Free, 21+

Kostume Karaoke at Solly's
every Thursday night
8:00pm - 2:00am
Free, 21+

Some people come for the karaoke, some come for the costumes, some come for both... and a lot of silliness! Costumes provided, and you must be in costume to take the mic.
From facebook: "We have been happily getting together to sing every 2nd & 4th Wednesday night at Solly's on U St Solly's for 6 years. It's time to make a (more) regular thing of it. Join us every Thursday night at 8pm starting on April 10! And... We'll continue to be at Little Miss Whiskey's on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, so if that's a better night, or a better neighborhood for you, join us there!"

Solly's Tavern
11th & U St
Metro: U St, African American Civil War Memorial exit

UPCOMING & ONGOING: COMEDY: Weekly: Last Resort Comedy Show at The Bier Baron in Dupont Circle every TUES from 8:30pm - 10:30pm, Free, 21+

Last Resort Comedy Show at The Bier Baron
every Tuesday night
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Free, RSVP requested, 21+

Now in Dupont Circle! The Last Resort weekly Comedy Show features comedians from DC Improv, Arlington Cinema Drafthouse, Laugh Factory and more.

Last Resort hosts free comedy shows in DC:

The Bier Baron 
1523 22nd St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

UPCOMING & ONGOING: COMEDY: Weekly: Last Resort Comedy Show in Adams Morgan every WED night at Town Tavern at 8:00pm, Free, 21+

Last Resort Comedy Show - now in Adams Morgan
every Wednesday night at Town Tavern!
Free, RSVP requested here, 21+

Last Resort Comedy hosts a free show now every Wednesday in Adams Morgan featuring some of DC's best stand-up comics who have performed at the DC Improv, Arlington Drafthouse, Laugh Factory and more. 

Last Resort hosts free comedy shows in DC:
2323 18th St NW - Adams Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park and take the Circulator bus one stop to Adams Mill, by the FedEx, and walk across Columbia Rd to 18th St, about a block down on the left side, or take the 42 bus from Dupont Circle to 18th & Columbia  

Monday, December 21, 2015

ON VIEW: Here is a great list of Free, donation-based and low-cost things you can do "Off The Mall"

Explore DC "Off The Mall" Here are some ideas! Lots of Free, discount and low-cost venues!

Did you know? Free in DC has it's own CultureCapital Inside-Out page on CultureCapital listing free events and exhibitions on view!

If you've never been to or heard of the Pepco Gallery in Chinatown, Joan Hisako Healing Arts Gallery on U St, Honfleur Gallery in Anacostia and the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, you might want to check them out as well. 

Museums and other places "Off The Mall" 

The National Building Museum
Free if you just want to hang out in the space, $8 - $5 if you want to see any of the exhibits on view. The building itself is a beautiful space, huge ceilings, cafe, and one of DC's best gift shops.
401 F St NW
Metro: Judiciary Sq

National Geographic Museum
Admission to this museum varies, lots of the exhibits are free in general
those with kids might enjoy the Meerkats 3-D film currently screening, $7
1145 17th St NW - two buildings, other one has an entrance on M St
Metro: Dupont Circle, south or Farragut North, L St exit, easiest access is by bus, take any of the S line buses along 16th St to M St or the 42 bus to M St

The Wilderness Society - Ansel Adams Gallery
On view Monday - Friday during the day, Free
Photographer Ansel Adams was a Wilderness Society council member and supported the organization for more than four decades. Throughout his career, he photographed dozens of iconic portraits of wildlands, such as Alaska’s Denali and California’s Yosemite. Before his death in 1984, Adams gave 75 signed, original images to The Wilderness Society. Since that time the collection has grown to a total of 88 landscape photographs and one portrait of Adams by photographer Arnold Newman. Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm, Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm. Closed, weekends and federal holidays. 
1615 M St NW, in the Sumner School building 
Metro: Dupont Circle, south or Farragut North, L St exit, easiest access is by bus, take any of the S line buses along 16th St to M St or the 42 bus to M St

The Phillips Collection
Did you know that they Phillips is by donation during the week? Permanent collection only. Click link above for detailed post on Free in DC.
1600 21st St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north exit

National Museum of Women in the Arts
General Admission $10, Members/Students/65+ $8, Free for those 18 and under
1250 New York Ave NW
Metro: Metro Center or take any of the S buses along 16th St that run to 13th & NY Ave.

The Mansion on O Street
DC's most unusual and quirky museum if you ask me! Great for all ages.
The basic "Self-Guided/Gift Shopping/Book Tour"
$8 donation/person
Create your own adventure when you explore the museum and its collection of more than 20,000 books and other donated items on your own. Search through 100 rooms and 32 secret doors for new titles, rare volumes, or your all time favorites! Get 2 free books of similar value for every 10 you purchase. Most titles are priced $5 or less. 10% discount off other items (antiques excluded).
2020 O St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit, walk down O Street, between 20th and 21st
The Corcoran Gallery of Art 
$10, Seniors 62+ Students with valid ID $8, Free for12 and under, Members and Military Active Duty. They also have a side gallery called Gallery 31 that is free during museum hours
500 17th St NW
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West and walk down 17th St toward E St about ten minutes or so

Museums listed below are part of the Dupont - Kalorama Museums Consortium 
click through for hours and admission details - see map

P.S. Looking to get out of the house? Here is a list of Coffee Shops and Cafes with Free Wi-Fi!