Friday, July 25, 2014

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! More Free events this Weekend from! FRI, July 25th - SUN, July 27th

Here are some more great free arts and culture events from! This site is a fantastic resource for events provided by CultureCapital (formerly known as the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington) a wonderful organization that supports and highlights the DC metro area's vibrant and diverse arts community!

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of exhibits on view! Plus, is now on facebook.

Friday, July 25th

Morning - Student Showcase from kids ages 3-5 - Arlington, VA
ETC Beginnings: Around the World Performance
Educational Theatre Company (ETC) shares their imagination and exploration in a free performance from students ages 3-5 showcasing the skills learned in a week long-camp. Free for family and friends.
Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St - Arlington, VA
Metro: See metro trip-planner for bus options from metro or based on where you are coming from

Lunchtime - Film about Jazz at The Archives - Archives
Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns is an exploration of one of the defining art forms of America. From Duke Ellington to Louis Armstrong, Jazz traces the people and cultures of the music from its very origins in New Orleans. Following its progression through two World Wars, a Great Depression, and economic boom times all the way up to today, Ken Burns paints a rich and complete picture of the evolution of jazz music. For jazz, the late 1950s is a period of transition when old stars like Billie Holiday and Lester Young will burn out while young talents arise to take the music in new directions. In this episode,  we meet new virtuosos who push the limits of bebop: saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins; jazz diva Sarah Vaughan; and the drummer Art Blakey.
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial 

Afternoon - Student Showcase from kids ages 8-18 - Falls Church, VA
Physical Comedy Camp Performance!
The Educational Theatre Company (ETC) presents a student showcase at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School. Students ages 8-18 construct original physical comedy scenes, and you're invited to take part in the action. "Open up to the hilarious worlds of greats like Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplain and Laurel and Hardy."
Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School
7130 Leesburg Pike - Falls Church, VA Metro: See metro trip-planner for bus options from metro or based on where you are coming from

Evening -  Live Musical Performances and DJ Outdoors - SE 
6:00pm - 8:00pm
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce Showtime, a performance series through the summer of 2014, featuring a stellar line-up of local artists.  Three members of the Adinkra Group, Farafina Kan, Maimouna Youseff, and Spyda, perform live this Friday night at the Gateway Pavillion in SE! Please click here to read more about the artists, whose style influences range from traditional African music to reggae, blues, jazz, Hip-Hop, Go Go and more. Plus, Spyda the DJ will take audiences around the world with Reggae, Soca, Latin, African High Life, Hip-Hop, R & B and House.
Gateway Pavilion
2700 Martin Luther King Ave SE
Metro: Anacostia and take a short bus ride on the A2 bus from Bus Bay H towards Southern Ave Station at 5:54pm to MLK Ave & ES Gate 3, arriving at 5:58pm right there.

Evening - Outdoor Performance Series - Brookland
Art on 8th: Coyaba Dance Theater
Presented by Dance Place
Coyaba Dance Theater brings the richness of African Dance traditions from Guinea, Mali and Senegal into the heart of Brookland! Be prepared to join in this infectious evening’s event!
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
716 Monroe St NE
Metro: Brookland - CUA, right by the metro, or take a bus, see metro trip-planner for bus access

Evening - Spanish Film Screening - Cheverly, MD 
Instructions Not Included
Spanish with English Subtitles, Rated PG-13
"A sweet, funny, and poignant comedy," is how the Los Angeles Times described this film about a playboy who grows up when meeting the challenges of being a single parent. A surprise smash hit in the U.S. and Mexico, it stars Eugenio Derbez (Jack & Jill, La Misma Luna) who also directed and co-produced the film.
Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Rd - Cheverly, MD
Metro: Cheverly and take The Bus18 towards Langley Park at 7:45 to Landover Rd & Annapolis Rd, arriving at 7:53pm right there.

More free events and exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out; see on facebook

Saturday, July 26th

All Day - Free Admission at The Corcoran - Farragut West/ 17th St
Free Summer Saturdays: Sketching Workshop
Free Admission + Guided Tours + Sketching Workshop
every Saturday between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day
10:30am - 3:00pm
This week, participate in a Sketching Workshop from 10:30am - 12:30pm.
Guided tours are available from 11:00am - 3:00pm. The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design's Free Summer Saturdays series of programming includes gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances.
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
500 17th St NW
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut North, walk down 17th St toward E St

Lunchtime - Art Talk at the NGA East Building - Archives
Lecture: Dressing the Part: Costume and Meaning in Dutch Portraits
This lecture will also take place Sunday at 2:00pm
Lecture given by Lorena Baines.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

"Shirley-Visions of Reality" 
Afternoon - Art Inspired Film at the NGA West Building - Archives
Film Event: Shirley—Visions of Reality
2:30pm - 4:15pm
Also on Sunday at 4:00pm
Introduced by Austrian artist and filmmaker Gustav Deutsch along with Hannah Schimek.
Gustav Deutsch with Hanna Schimek and Jerzy Palacz, 2013, 93 minutes
In this film, Deutsch renders thirteen of Edward Hopper's iconic paintings to the screen with actress choreographer Stephanie Cummings as "Shirley," the woman who serenely inhabits each panorama. Additionally, Deutsch inserts historical footnotes by means of a male radio voice, an experiment that creates a slightly contrived though engaging context.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

See "Free in DC" Inside Out page for more events + connect with on facebook

Sunday, July 27th

Afternoon - Art Talk at the NGA East Building - Archives
Lecture: Dressing the Part: Costume and Meaning in Dutch Portraits
Lecture given by Lorena Baines.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Afternoon - Poetry and Prose Reading -  Bethesda, MD
Patricia Davis and Kyoko Mori
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Poet Patricia Davis reads from The Water that Broke You. She is joined by Kyoko Mori, author of the memoir Yarn and several other collections of fiction and creative nonfiction. The reading will be followed by a reception.
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest

Afternoon - Art Inspired Film at the NGA West Building - Archives
Film Event: Shirley—Visions of Reality
4:00pm - 5:45pm
Introduced by Austrian artist and filmmaker Gustav Deutsch along with Hannah Schimek.
Gustav Deutsch with Hanna Schimek and Jerzy Palacz, 2013, 93 minutes
In this film, Deutsch renders thirteen of Edward Hopper's iconic paintings to the screen with actress choreographer Stephanie Cummings as "Shirley," the woman who serenely inhabits each panorama. Additionally, Deutsch inserts historical footnotes by means of a male radio voice, an experiment that creates a slightly contrived though engaging context.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Early Evening - Outdoor Concert - McLean, VA

Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park - Tom Principato
Presented by The Alden
Tom Principato is one of the most unique guitarists around, combining his rich blues background with high-energy rock, and a highly charged, emotionally expressive delivery. Final concerts of the series.
McLean Central Park Gazebo
1468 Dolley Madison Blvd - McLean, VA
Metro: Ballston and take the 23A bus towards Tysons Corner from Bus Bay C, it's a 20 minute trip from there to Rt 123 Chain Bridge Rd & Ingleside, and walk .53 miles. Walk a short distance SW on Chain Bridge Rd, turn right on Tennyson Dr, walk a short distance NW on Tennyson Dr, continue straight on Ingleside Ave and walk about 3 blocks N on Ingleside Ave to Old Dominion Dr and turn left. Walk a short distance and turn right on Ingleside Ave, walk about a block and turn left on Dolley Madison Blvd.

See "Free in DC" Inside Out page for more events + connect with on facebook

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Tonight! Weekly: The "Jazz in the Garden" series continues on FRI, July 25th at the NGA Sculpture Garden! Outdoor Jazz every FRI from May 23rd - August 29th, 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

Jazz in the Garden is back! 
Friday nights in the NGA Sculpture Garden
Friday, May 23rd - Friday, August 29th
5:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, weather permitting
Please see @ngadc on twitter for show updates related to weather

The free series features an array of jazz artists performing a range of styles--including salsa, blusion, vibraphone, and Afrofunk--every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, rain or shine, from May 23rd - August 29th. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the cafe. Coolers and alcohol are not allowed. You can purchase some alcoholic beverages, such as pitchers of sangria, at the cafe. Best to bring a blanket along if you want to sit on the grass.

Next Concert -  Friday, July 25th
Acoustic Latin Guitar World Fusion Jazz with Incendio

"Formed in the summer of 1999 by Jim Stubblefield, Jean-Pierre Durand and Liza Carbé, Incendio (which means "fire" in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish) became a vehicle for the influences and compositional talents of the three musicians. Echoes of music ranging from classical, to jazz, to rock, to flamenco, to Celtic, to even bluegrass can be heard in Incendio's music."

between 7th & 9th St, NW- Constitution Ave & Madison Dr, NW (see map)
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial or take the S2 bus that runs along 16th St to the final stop, walk to Constitution Ave and turn left, walk a block or so, park is on the right side.

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! The NSO Summer Music Institute Chamber Ensembles perform on FRI, July 25th as part of the Millennium Stage Free Performance series at The Kennedy Center, Performances daily from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Artists vary, Free

Free performances at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 
Performances every night, 365 days a year
6:00pm - 7:00pm


Free performances every night at 6:00pm. Can't make it in person? Stream the show live online, or watch it anytime after on the online archives! Click here for a complete schedule.

Friday, July 25th
NSO Summer Music Institute Chamber Ensembles

Remaining performances this month:
Jul 26  AXIS Dance Company
Jul 27  NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra
Jul 28  Paper Bird
Jul 29  Hess Is More
Jul 30  Mandy Brown
Jul 31  James Adomian

The Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Tonight! Weekly: Community Yoga Class at Kali Yoga in Columbia Heights every FRI from 6:30pm - 7:45pm Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation with Sachin + every SUN from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, teachers vary, all welcome, by donation

Kali Yoga Studio is happy to offer two donation-based, community classes to enjoy each week! Friday nights and Sunday afternoons

Friday Night Community Yoga Class in Columbia Heights at Kali Yoga, above Zeba Bar
Yoga, Asanas and Meditation led by my friend Sachin
every Friday night
6:45pm - 7:45pm class, 6:30pm doors open for arrival
Note: Class begins and doors lock promptly at 6:45pm
All welcome, by donation, please give as you can

My friend Sachin Kandhari will be teaching a new donation-based yoga class on Friday nights! "A holistic yoga session including asana, pranayama, and meditation. All levels are welcome, and a sliding scale means you can pay whatever you want, whether it's $10, $5, or $0. Whatever you can afford, you are welcome & encouraged to attend."

Sachin Kandhari
Community Yoga Classes with various teachers
most Sundays*
4:00pm - 5:00pm
by donation, please give as you can
suggest you arrive a little early for this one too
Note: They recommend that you sign up online. *You may want to also confirm online to make sure the classes are happening that week - sometimes there may be teacher training sessions.

Kali Yoga
3423 14th St, NW
formerly Quiet Mind Yoga, above Zeba Bar
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about three blocks north on 14th St, on the right, or you can take any of the 50 line buses that run along 14th St there. 

OF NOTE: LOCALS DISCOUNT: Did you know that you can ride the Old Town Trolley or DC Ducks or take the Monuments by Moonlight Tour for Free when you attend with a Full Paying Adult if you are a DC Resident or live within 50 miles of DC? Sign up online for the Washington DC Hometown Pass to take advantage of this one!

Are you a DC area resident? Accompany a paying guest for Free on Old Town Trolley Tours, DC Duck Tours and Monuments by Moonlight Tour with The Historic Tours of America Washington DC Hometown Pass

Note: You'll need to sign up for the Washington DC Hometown Pass online first. Tour Tickets must be purchased on site, not available online.

Note: This is just an FYI post. If you have company who wants to go on the tour you can accompany them for free if you want to. It's a bit different than the usual $10 or less post I realize but figured that during the summer lots of people may be visiting town and this may be something that some of you may want to take advantage of. If you're a student, intern or local and you have a DC area driver's license and want to be a tourist for a day, this may also be something fun to do with friends. While more than $10 per person if you divide it, still works out to save you each about $20.

Free for locals with a full fare adult ticket only: Regular ticket $39, child ticket (4-12) $29, children under 4 free except for on the DC Ducks tours. This deal is applicable for the following tours: 

• DC Duck Tours (April - October)
• Monuments by Moonlight Tour

All DC residents and those within a 50 mile radius of  DC can take advantage of a free tour when accompanied by a full fare adult paid guest. You'll need to bring along a valid local driver's license, government issued id or voter's registration with you to show at the depot where you buy your ticket in conjunction with the Hometown Pass, for all pass holders over the age of 15.  Tickets may not be purchased online and may not be purchased using any discounts or coupons. Accompanying adult guest ticket must be purchased at a Historic Tours of America tour or attraction ticket booth.  See Terms.

You can purchase tickets at the following three locations (see map of the stops on the tour):

  • Welcome Center, stop #1, sales desk 9:00am - 3:00pm daily
  • Union Station, stop #4, sales desk 8:00am - 9:00pm daily
  • Georgetown, stop #18, Spring and Summer Tour only. Cash only. 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! Weekly: Highlights post for FRI night events!

Weekly Friday night events organized by start time
click links for complete details on individual posts

Friday Night Jazz Night at Westminster Church
6:00pm - 9:00pm
$5, free for those under 16
Metro: Waterfront

Friday Night Unplugged Open Mic at Politics & Prose Coffeehouse
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Metro: Friendship Heights or Van Ness and take a bus 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

UPCOMING: MULTI-FAITH PANEL: "Master's Day - A Multi-Faith Celebration of Love, Unity and Peace" on SUN, July 27th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Free

"Master's Day - A Multi-Faith Celebration dedicated to Love, Unity and Peace" Guest speakers from various faiths, Dr. Andrew Vidich, Facilitator 
Sunday, July 27th
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Click image or link for complete details

The program will feature a number of speakers from various faiths, including Christian, Hindu, Jain, Islamic, Jewish, Sikh and Buddhist as well as folks from Science of Spirituality. The event will conclude with a complimentary vegetarian dinner.

SOS DC offers free meditation workshops at area libraries as well as at their Washington, DC Center. 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 - Washington, 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 acceslooks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. For those with cars, street parking is available.

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: QMeditation beginner series continues at the Northwest One Library with Raymond Q. Holmes, Founder of the Quintessence Institute, on SUN, July 27th from 1:30pm - 3:30pm, $10 per class, continues with two more classes in August

QMeditation series for beginners continues at the Northwest One Library
with Raymond QHolmes, Founder/Director of Quintessence Institute
Sunday, July 27th
1:30pm to 3:30pm
$10 per class, please pay online to secure your seat
continues on the second and fourth Sunday in August

Join Raymond Q. Holmes, Founder of the Quintessence Institute  for a beginner class in Qmeditation, a practice which can help to navigate change, and develop resilience, on the second and fourth Sunday of the month, in July and August at the Northwest One Library.

If you are a member of  VIDA you can take a Qmeditation beginner’s course for free at VIDA City Vista
beginning on Saturday, July 12th
11:30am to 12:30pm
Free for VIDA Fitness members
course continues for six weeks on Saturdays
VIDA City Vista
445 K St NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq or Gallery Pl - Chinatown or take the Circulator bus to the stop closest to 5th & Massachusetts Ave NW

Northwest One Library - second floor
at R.H. Terrell Recreation Center 
155 L. St, NW 
Metro: Best reached by bus, you can take the Circulator bus, Union Station - K St - Georgetown route to NJ Ave stop and walk over. The Library is a half a block north of the intersection of K & New Jersey Ave NW, just 2 blocks from the K at City Vista Condominiums.  Closest Metro is Union Station

Sunday, July 20, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Today! Weekly: Highlights post for SAT events!

Weekly Saturday highlights

Weekly Stand Up Comedy Show at Shaw's Tavern
LYGO DC presents "Wake & Bacon"
3:00pm - 4:30pm show
Free with a suggested donation of $10
2:00pm - 3:00pm brunch service available
Comedians vary each week, RSVP Requested.
Shaw's Tavern
520 Florida Ave NW
Metro: Shaw

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for SUN events!

Weekly Sunday events, organized by start time
please click links for complete details on individual posts

Contact Improv Jam on Capitol Hill
2:00pm - 5:00pm
by donation, $5 - $10 suggested
Metro: Eastern Market 

When it's Warm... Relax, Dance, Drum, & People Watch in the Park!
Sunday's when it's Warm out  in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
Mid-afternoon until it gets dark
Warmer weather, outdoors in Park
Between 15th & 16th -  Euclid & W St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Euclid and enter at the top of the park or walk from U St metro to the bottom of the park and follow the stairs/ path up to the upper level

Note: In the Winter the Malcolm X Drummers move indoors to BloomBars!
3:00pm - 5:00pm indoors, outdoors is usually longer
donations appreciated
3222 11th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or take any bus along 11th or 14th to stop closest to Kenyon

The Insight Meditation Community of Washington hosts a Sunday eve Sangha Meditation Group 
now at the Church of the Holy City on 16th St near Corcoran  (they're doing renovations at All Souls)
6:00pm - 7:30pm
by donation
Metro: Columbia Heights
*Note: On break for the summer, starts up again in the fall*
6:30pm - 8:15pm or so, arrive earlier for seating
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Main Floor, West Garden Court
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial or Judiciary

Saturday, July 19, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: The Science of Spirituality DC Center offers Free Meditation every SUN morning from 10:00am - 12:00pm + SAT Yoga in Spanish from 11:00am - 12:00pm + The next Four Week Monday Night Intro to Meditation series begins MON, August 18th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, RSVP to ensure your spot, All events are Free

Science of Spirituality  has a new home in DC!
All programs are free and open to the public
See the schedule or calendar page for more program information.

Free Four-Week Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next four week session!

Introductory classes begin every four weeks

Mondays - August 18th & 25th and September 1st & 8th 
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP now to ensure your space!
RSVP required, email or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582.
Introductory classes will run in four-week cycles which repeat. For those who wish to go on after the introductory sessions, there will be intermediate and advanced classes continuing throughout the year.

Can't make this one? The next session will begin on Monday, August 18th and will continue every Monday for four weeks.  

The Science of Spirituality Meditation Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and launched its first community outreach program in the Winter of 2014. The classes will practice Jyoti meditation, a discipline focusing on the experience of inner light. Although its Meditation Center is new, Science of Spirituality has been continuously active in the DC area since 1953. As part of an international, nonprofit, multi-faith organization consisting of two thousand centers and a million members world-wide, Science of Spirituality welcomes the community to participate in its meetings and activities. The group’s president is spiritual leader and author, H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, world renowned for his books on meditation and spirituality, and for leading conferences and workshops promoting love, unity, and peace, in all lands and among all peoples, through the practice of meditation.

Schedule Update:  Effective July 20th  group meditation will start at 10:00am, followed by a talk/ satsang in English from 11:00am - 12:00pm. There will also be a Hindi group from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. The Spanish language group no longer will meet on Saturdays, but will join the main group on Sundays for meditation at 10:00 and satsang at 11:00. The Spanish language group will, however, continue with its yoga class from 11:00am - 12:00pm on Saturdays, with the same contact info. and requirement to register.

Weekly on Sundays - except the first Sunday of the month
This month - Sunday July 13th, 20th and 27th 

Sundays - new schedule beginning on July 20th, 2014
every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month
10:00am - 11:00am - Group Meditation
11:00am - 12:00pm - English Satsang
11:00am - 12:00pm - Spanish Satsang
12:00pm - 1:00pm   - Hindi Language Satsang
Weekly on Saturdays - 
Yoga class, followed by Meditation en Espanol  - with Argeny Rodriguez

Saturdays - this month - July 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th 
Spanish Language Yoga
11:00am - 12:00pm
Yoga Class limited to 8 students. Please Register beforehand: or (703) 212-8140. 

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 - new home in Washington, DC
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.

Friday, July 18, 2014

UPCOMING: PILATES + YOGA: The "Pilates in the Park" series continues in Farragut Sq with the final two classes on TUES, July 29th & THURS, July 31st from 5:30pm - 6:30pm, Thanks to Golden Triangle BID, Free

"Pilates in the Park" in Farragut Square! Series sponsored by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District in partnership with Yoga District
Tuesdays Yogalates and Thursdays Pilates
extended now through Thursday, July 31st!
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Free, bring your own yoga mat

Note: Weather Permitting in the Park. In in case of weather-related location or scheduling changes, please check the Golden Triangle website.

Robert Sherman
Join the Golden Triangle BID every Tuesday and Thursday evening this spring for free Pilates and Yogalates class in Farragut Square Park. Instruction will be provided by certified Pilates and Yogalates instructors. Bring your own mat and enjoy these fun and relaxing after work exercise sessions with the Golden Triangle BID.

Special Guest Instructor Robert Sherman
Thursday, July 24th
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Free, outside, please bring your own yoga mat
Guest instructor Robert Sherman will be teaching the Yoga Flow State. Experience progressions that build, peak and recover into a perfect yogic journey for body and mind. Rain date: Tuesday, July 29th

"Robert was named as one of the top 100 fitness trainers in America by Men’s Journal and Allure Magazines and was selected by the Washington Post newspaper as one of the best fitness instructors in the Washington D.C. area. He is a Gold Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor by ACE, AFAA, and ACSM and holds a BA degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Maryland."

Farragut Square Park
Connecticut and K Streets, NW (map)
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West or take the Circulator or a bus along K or I St

Thursday, July 17, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Community Kirtan, Yoga and Meditation select days and times every week at Yoga District locations in DC, Free, donations welcome

Community Meditation, Kirtan & Yoga Classes at Yoga District locations in DC
Free, donations welcome 
please note that this schedule is subject to change

Meditation - Evenings
Monday        6:45pm - 7:15pm  Dupont 
Tuesday        7:00pm - 7:30pm  Dupont
Wednesday   7:00pm - 7:30pm  Dupont - Pranayama: Breathing 
                    8:15pm - 9:00pm  14th St - Relax, Breathe, Meditate 
Thursday      6:45pm - 7:30pm  Dupont
Saturday       7:45pm - 8:30pm   Dupont
Sunday         6:30pm - 7:05pm  14th St
                    7:00pm - 8:30pm   H St

Meditation - Mornings
Wednesday   7:30am - 8:30am  I St 

Kirtan: Chanting
Saturday        8:00pm - 9:00pm  Bloomingdale
Sunday          12:00pm - 1:00pm  H St

Sunday Night  6:30pm - 7:15pm 14th St - Yogic Sleep: Resting Meditation for Stress Relief 
                      6:30pm - 7:15pm  Glover Park - Yogic Sleep: Yoga Nidra
Sunday Night  7:15pm - 8:15pm 14th St - Sunday Night with the Sutras: The Yogic Principles

Nonprofit Community Run Yoga Studios
  • Glover Park: 2201 Wisconsin Ave, NW - newest studio
  • Dupont Circle: 1635 Connecticut Ave, NW, 5th Flr
  • U St. Corridor: 1910 14th St, NW, Units 1 & 3
  • Bloomingdale: 1830 1st St, NW
  • Downtown: 1922 I St, NW, 2nd & 3rd Flrs
  • Food and Tea Bar, District Tea, located on the 1st Flr
  • H St. Corridor: 526 H St, NE, 2nd Flr 
Metro: Please see metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access

Saturday, July 12, 2014

UPCOMING: SING-A-LONG: Movie Nights you can Sing-a-long to this Summer at DC Public Libraries! The next Film will be on THURS, July 31st at 6:00pm at the Tenley Library, Participating Libraries include Shaw, Tenleytown and MLK, Free

Summer Sing-a-long Series at DC Public Libraries
select nights at select libraries
films begin at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted, arrive earlier
All ages, Free, Popcorn provided

Join DC Libraries this summer for sing along nights! Whether you prefer to sing with a crowd or step up to the mic for a solo, DCPL has your favorite movie musicals ready. Prizes will be awarded for movie trivia and most spirited performance. For movie titles & more information, please call 202.727.1291.

Remaining Screenings/ Sing-a-longs below.

At Tenleytown Library - Weekly on Thursday nights
July 31: Take a magic carpet ride to a whole new world.
August 7: Along with Mushu, help save China from the invading Huns.
August 14: Can you say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?
August 21: Before you let the summer go, chill out one more time with princesses, an iceman, a reindeer, and a snowman.
Tenley Friendship Library
4450 Wisconsin Ave NW
Metro: Tenleytown, right across the street

At MLK Library - Monthly on Wednesday nights
August 13: A princess with an icy touch has to learn to let it go
MLK Library
901 G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, right across from the metro

August 27: Hop in a canoe and find out what’s around the river bend 
1630 7th St NW
Metro: Shaw - RI Ave exit, directly above the metro exit

Sunday, July 6, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for MON night events!

Weekly Monday night events organized by start time
click links for complete details on individual posts

"Blue Monday Blues" at Westminster Church, Waterfront Metro artists vary each week - see schedule
6:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages

Now described as "Interpretive and Folkloric Dance Fusion"
*Please confirm each week online by checking the BloomBars calendar or emailing Marta directly, her info is below*
6:30pm - 8:00pm
If you have questions or wish to confirm that the class is still going on, best to message Marta directly -
All ages, bilingual class
by donation, $10 suggested

Weekly Wu Style Tai Chi Class - First Class Free - at Urban Tao Acupuncture and Herbology in Dupont Circle
7:00pm - 8:00pm
All ages, All levels
Best to call 202-253-0670 if you have questions or want to confirm if the class is still happening 
curated showcase, featured guest artists vary each week
8:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 when you RSVP in advance online, pay at the door, 21+

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra live at Bohemian Caverns on U St
Two sets, 8:00pm and 10:00pm
8:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages

featured guest artists vary each week as does the guest co-host
9:00pm - 11:00pm
8:30pm sign up 
All ages, by donation

Learn how to Salsa! Monday nights at Lima Lounge on K St
9:00pm class, followed by a dance party
Free, 21+

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for TUES night events!

Weekly Tuesday night events organized by start time
click links for complete details on individual posts

BloomScreen Independent Film Night at BloomBars
Films vary each week, followed by discussion with Q&A
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested
Free organic popcorn and refreshments served
Metro: Columbia Heights

Tuesday night Sattva Meditation in Cleveland Park
8:00pm - 9:30pm
All ages, Free
Metro: Cleveland Park

8:00pm - 12:00am, Sign-up 7:30pm
Free, 21+
Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge in Georgetown 
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle or Rossyln and take the Circulator bus or metro bus closer

Tuesday Night Poetry Open Mic at Busboys and Poets
14th & V St NW
9:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, $5
Hosts vary each week
Metro: U St

Last Resort Comedy Show - now at The Bier Baron in Dupont Circle
earlier time as of January 2014, new location as of February 25th, 2014
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Free,  21+
The Last Resort weekly Comedy Show features comedians from the DC Improv, Arlington Cinema Drafthouse, Baltimore Comedy Factory, Laugh Factory and more.
The Bier Baron
1523 22nd St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle 

"Harold Night" Improv Night with WIT at Source Theatre
*NOTE: On break for the summer, last show was on June 24th, 2014*
9:00pm - 10:00pm, followed by a Jam
Now every Harold Night ends with a free jam where audience members can give improv a try side by side with experienced players.
Metro: U St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for WED night events!

Weekly Wednesday night events organized by start time
please click links for complete details on individual posts

7:00pm - 8:30pm 
*discount only for students, seniors and unemployed $6* $12 general
Please come 10-15 minutes before the class and ring bell to be let in. Once the class starts, they won't be letting people in.  No registration required. Walk-ins welcome. Class led by Gen Kelsang Varahi. "By practicing these meditations over time you will discover that it is possible to experience inner peace without having to rely upon external conditions. Just breathe! This is a 4 week series. Each class is self-contained but you will receive more benefit if you can participate in all 4 classes. Everyone is welcome. The classes are suitable for beginners and those with experience as well."
Vajrayogini Buddhist Center
1787 Columbia Rd NW - right in the heard of Adams Morgan near the corner of 18th 
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill or take the 42 bus from Dupont north toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia. 

"Wonderland Wednesdays" 
at Wonderland Ballroom!
different theme shows every Wednesday, hosts and performers vary each week!
8:00pm - 11:00pm 
Free, except for on the 2nd Wed of the month when there is a $5 cover, all donations go to artists, $5 suggested
Metro: Columbia Heights

Wednesday Night Musicians Open Mic
at IOTA in Clarendon, VA
8:00pm - 12:30am
Sign-ups 7:30pm & 10:00pm
Metro: Clarendon

Wednesday Night Comedy Nights in Clarendon, VA
"Ha-Ha at Ri Ra" - apparently this is now called "Crafts and Laughs"
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Free, 21+
Every Wednesday night join us for free comedy and buckets of craft beers, and half price burgers too.
Ri Ra 
Metro: Clarendon
Wednesday Night Late Night Open Mic at Busboys and Poets 5th & K St NW
9:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, $5, buy online with a small service fee of $1.27 added starting at midnight the day of, or onsite the day of for $5
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq or Gallery Pl - Chinatown or Circulator bus

Wednesday Night Late Night Samba Class at BloomBars
9:00pm - 10:30pm
All ages, by donation, believe they are requested $10-$15 for this one
Metro: Columbia Heights 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for THURS night events!

Weekly Thursday night events organized by start time
click links for complete details on individual posts

7:00pm -8:30pm
Metro: Cleveland Park

"Yoga Share DC" Yoga Class at BloomBars in Columbia Heights
7:30pm - 9:00pm
by donation, doors close at 7:45pm
RSVP please to ensure your space and join the facebook group to stay connected Note: used to be on Tuesdays, now on Thursdays
Metro: Columbia Heights

Metro: Cleveland Park or Woodley Park or take the L2 or L4 bus

Weekly "Spit Dat" Open Mic Night at the ECAC near Columbia Heighst & Howard University
featured artists vary each week
8:45pm - 11:30pm
All ages, Just $1
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk, or take any H bus or bus along Georgia Ave

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Lunchtime "Music on the Mall" Outdoor series continues with Poetry from Jonathan Tucker on TUES, July 29th, Performances every Tuesday from June 3rd - August 26th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Free

"Music on the Mall" every Tuesday on The Mall 
Tuesday, June 3rd - Tuesday, August 26th
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Next performance - Tuesday, July 29th 
Jonathan Tucker, Split the Rock Poetry and DC Youth Slam Team organizer

Music on the Mall features lunchtime performances by District of Columbia acoustic musicians and spoken word artists on the National Mall each Tuesday during the summer. Presented by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, in conjunction with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Art in Transit Program and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). Music on the Mall is located at the Smithsonian Metro Station entrance, Jefferson Avenue and 12th Street, SW, and is absolutely free. Benches available so bring your lunch and enjoy some fun in the sun!

Tuesday, August 5th
   Cecily Bumbray Vocals/Guitar
Tuesday, August 12th 
   Tolulope Yeboah African/Jazz Vocals
Tuesday, August 19th 
   Esi Afi Lydia Vocals/Keyboards
Tuesday, August 26th 
   Herbert Johnson Acapella Vocals

National Mall
12th & Jefferson Dr, NW
Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian and walk a few blocks

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" while all of the monuments, museums and parks are shut down. Here are some ideas! Lots of Free, discount and low cost spots to check out!

Did you know? Free in DC has it's own CultureCapital Inside-Out page on CultureCapital listing free events and exhibitions on view! Reminder: All Smithsonian Musuems, the Library of Congress, and National Parks are Closed still, including all of the monuments. 

Other places: Some more off-beat spots that are usually open on weekdays so you normally wouldn't have a chance to get to like the Pepco Gallery in Chinatown, Joan Hisako Healing Arts Gallery on U St, Honfleur Gallery in Anacostia and Meditation Museum in Silver Spring.

Daily Performances at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 
in person or live stream, there's a great online Archives as well!

During the week there are some wonderful weekly lunchtime programs!

Great list of Free, donation-based and low-cost Yoga and Meditation Classes!  If you know of others, or if anything on this post is out of date, email me to let me know

Looking to get out of the house? Head out to these Coffee Shops and Cafes with Free Wi-Fi!

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

Tuesday, July 1, 2014