Tuesday, September 2, 2014

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free events this WED, Sept 3rd - MON, Sept 8th from CultureCapital.com - a Fabulous resource for Arts & Culture events in the DC Metro area!

Here are some more great free arts and culture events from CultureCapital.com! 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! Check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for a list of more free events and exhibits on view and connect with CultureCapital.com on facebook too.

Wednesday, September 3rd

Step Afrika! brings the excitement and energy of stepping to DC Parks and Recreation Centers in all 8 Wards this summer with the second annual Step Afrika! Step Explosion.
RH Terrell Recreation Campus
155 L Street, NW
Metro: Union Station or see metro trip-planner for closer bus access

Thursday, September 4th

Art on 8th: Alex Martin 
Alex Martin seeks to create music that expresses his unique confluence of world cultures, what he calls “New World jazz.” A graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at Austin, he makes music that tells stories of the exotic and the familiar – all of us being “exotic” to someone else in the rich tapestry of human culture. Presented by Dance Place
716 Monroe St NE
Metro: Brookland - CUA, or take a bus, see metro trip-planner for bus access

Step Explosion
Step Afrika! brings the excitement and energy of stepping to DC Parks and Recreation Centers in all 8 Wards this summer with the second annual Step Afrika! Step Explosion.
Rita Bright Recreation Campus
2500 14th Street, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk downhill or take the 52 or 54 bus along 14th St to stop closest to Clifton

Opening reception for retrospective of master metalsmith, Komelia Okim. 
155 Gibbs St - Rockville, MD
Metro: Rockville, about a 5 minute walk from the metro. See metro and driving/parking directions here.

5:00pm - 8:00pm
An artist makes many decisions before and during the creative process. Often the finished work is not at all like the original concept. Each work in this show will include a short statement by the artist on their original inspiration, and how it evolved as the work progressed. This show will be juried by James Farrah.
Gallery Underground
Crystal City Shops
2100 Crystal Dr - Arlington, VA
Metro: Crystal City

Find more free events + exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com!

Saturday, September 6th

10:00am - 3:00pm
A day of free musical activities for the community presented by the DC Youth Orchestra Program! Enjoy free master classes, open rehearsals an instrument petting zoo, and concerts by local musicians.
1700 E. Capitol St NE
Metro: Stadium-Armory

10:00am - 11:00am
Discover how people, including Shakespeare himself, used heraldry to describe their family history. This program is recommended for children ages 6–12. Advanced registration is required. Reserve your spot here!
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Metro: Capitol South

Move This World (for Adults)
10:30am - 12:30pm
Recommended that you call ACM at 202.633.4844 to register for this event
Performance troupe Move This World leads an interactive empowerment workshop based on the themes in the Ubuhle exhibition related to self-esteem, independence, and empowerment. The group uses gesturing and body movement as a platform for participants to attain a sense of self-empowerment.
1901 Fort Place, SE (map)
Metro: Anacostia and take the W2 bus, see metro trip-planner for bus access from metro

1:00pm - 7:00pm
Click link above for info, complete details here.
Gateway Park
Lee Hwy & N. Lynn St - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn

The culminating show for Step Explosion will feature 8 of the greatest step teams in the DMV along with the dynamic artists of Step Afrika.
Raymond Recreation Center
3725 10th St NW
Metro: Georgia Ave - Petworth

Two films. Read more about the films by clicking the link above. Introduced by Peter von Bagh. Remembrance is a  poetic assemblage of reflections, photos, prose, paintings, and archival fragments linked to the Finnish town of Oulu (2013, 69 minutes). Splinters tells the story of the Aho- Soldan family. (2011, 74 minutes).
McEvoy Auditorium
betweeen 7th & 9th and F & G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown

3:00pm - 5:00pm
In the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, curator Kade Twist discusses the importance of the work in Hacking Objects of Desire. Three indigenous Norwegian artists examine pertinent question about commercialism and globalism as they re-appropriate everyday objects to reflect the worldview of the S├ími people. The exhibition features photographs, sculpture, and video.
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union St - Alexandria, VA 
Metro: King St and take a bus south along King St to the Waterfront or take the free Trolley down to the Waterfront

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Artists’ Talk at 5:00pm
At the Fisher Art Gallery. “Electronic Aesthetics” is curated by Judith HeartSong, Washington ArtWorks Director of Resident Artist Programs and Exhibitions, and presents two Maryland based artists, Eric Celarier and Glen Kessler. In their work, Celarier and Kessler share a principal concern with how the advent of the microchip has initiated a hyper evolution of societal and technological change. The interplay between Celarier’s circuit board “quilts” and Kessler’s “CircuitScape” paintings reveals a beautiful and intriguing take on the changing role technology plays in our lives.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall
at NoVa Community College
3001 North Beauregard St - Alexandria, VA
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro. Driving?  Parking available in the Beauregard Garage $2 per hour.

5:00pm - 8:00pm
Axis is an exhibition of visual and literary arts created by 13 artists linked into an alliance by the common experience of having been fellows at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.
Brentwood Arts Exchange
At the Gateway Arts Center
3901 RI Ave - Brentwood, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheep Jones returns to plan b for her 4th solo show. Her works are always a favorite and sell quickly. Ranging in size from 6” x 6” to 48” x 60”, the works take on various concepts and include wildlife like owls, fish, birds, and bees or plant life and the roots below. Undoubtedly, a few of her paintings will include her iconic shed/house imagery.
1530 14th St NW
Metro: U St or McPherson Sq and take the Circulator bus to 14th & RI Ave/ P St or walk, also walking distance from Dupont

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

Sunday, September 7th

12:00pm - 5:00pm
"Community Day" free admission every first Sunday of the month!
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Metro: Metro Center or take any number of buses that go to 13th & H St NW

Readings by Poet Christine Kitano and Author Timothy Denevi 
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Timothy Denevi reads from Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD. He is joined by poet and Emerging Writer Fellowship recipient Christine Kitano, author of Birds of Paradise. 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

Courtesy of Jewish Historical
Society of Greater Washington Collections.
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Program will include remarks by Ambassador Richard Schifter, “Voices of the Movement” concert by Robyn Helzner, and ceremonial ribbon cutting. This award-winning exhibition tells the story of the two-decades long effort by Washington Jews to free their refusenik brethren living in the Soviet Union. Voices of the Vigil showcases more than 90 historic photos, archival documents, protest buttons and t-shirts, and other memorabilia to tell the story of our community’s role in the struggle for freedom for Soviet Jewry. In addition to holding a 20-year daily vigil across the street from the Soviet Embassy, Washington Jews organized rallies and marches, lobbied politicians, mailed letters and packages to refuseniks, and visited Jews in the Soviet Union.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd - Rockville, MD 
Metro: White Flint and walk, bus or taxi, about a two minute drive or a twenty minute walk
Find more free events + exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com!

Monday, September 8th 

Cass R. Sunstein, the nation’s most-cited legal scholar, discusses his latest book Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas, a compilation of his most famous, insightful, relevant, and inflammatory pieces. Sunstein cuts through the fog of left vs. right arguments and offers logical, evidence-based solutions to today’s most challenging questions. A book signing will follow the program.
National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Find more free events + exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com!

UPCOMING & ONGOING: TEENS: Today! Weekly: DC Youth Slam Writing Workshop for Teens at MLK Library every TUES from 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Free

Weekly Workshops at MLK Library Teen Space - Tuesdays All Year
every Tuesday beginning June 4th, 2013 
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Did you know that DC is now the Capital of Poetry! In August 2014 BeltwaySlamDC won first place in the National Poetry Slam competition with Elizabeth Acevedo taking home the title of Gran Slam Champion and the DCyouthSlam placed first and took home the win at the Brave New Voices competition.... and every Tuesday teens can take a free workshop hosted by the DC Youth Slam Team at the MLK Library! Head to Teen Space, room 208.

901 G St NW
Teen Space - Room 208
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

UPCOMING & ONGOING: FILM: Tonight! Weekly: BloomScreen Tuesday Night Independent Film Series at BloomBars! Screenings every TUES from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Films vary each week and are followed by discussion and Q&A, All ages, by donation, $10 suggested

BloomScreen Independent Film Night at BloomBars
Films vary each week
Discussion with Q&A after, often with the director
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested, no one turned away
Free organic popcorn and refreshments served

Next Film - Tuesday, September 2nd

3222 11th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk over to 11th and turn left, right next door to Wonderland.

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Daily: 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.

Sep 2 Corina Bartra
Sep 3 The Dixie Power Trio
Sep 4 - Sep 5 Adriane Fang
Sep 6 Okinawan Performing Arts
Sep 7 Alfred Street Baptist Church Music and Arts Ministry Presents "The Glory of Gospel"
Sep 8 Sandaraa
Sep 9 Hoba Hoba Spirit
Sep 10 U.S. Marine Chamber Ensemble

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Tonight! Weekly: Poetry Open Mic at Busboys and Poets 14th & V Hosts vary each Week, every TUES night, 9:00pm - 11:00pm, All ages, $5

Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry at Busboys and Poets
every Tuesday night
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Open mic sign up starts at 8:30pm $5, available online or at the door if seats are still available  Note: seating is first come, first seated, no saved seats allowed.

Next Open Mic - Tuesday, September 2nd

Open Mic Night every Tuesday night, usually with a new feature and host. "Expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week."

Busboys and Poets
14th & V St, NW
Metro: U St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Tonight! Weekly: Free Recurring Yoga Classes at DC Public Libraries every TUES night in Cleveland Park and SAT mornings in Petworth and also at the Benning Library + Additional Classes on Select Days, Free

Weekly Yoga Classes at DC Public Libraries! Updated - June 2014 Thanks to Yoga Activist for offering most of these Note that there are always classes being added and there are some one time classes and lunchtime classes as well. 

For a complete calendar list of Yoga Classes at DC Libraries - click here!

TuesdayWeekly on Tuesdays - Evening
Tuesday Evening Free Yoga Class at the Cleveland Park Library
Free weekly yoga classes led by a qualified instructor, courtesy of Yoga Activist. Geared toward beginners, but all are welcome.
Cleveland Park Library
3310 Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Cleveland Park, walk south on Connecticut Ave a few blocks

Saturday - Weekly on Saturdays - Morning
10:00am - 11:00am
Wear some comfortable clothing and bring a mat, but if you don’t have one, yoga mats are available for use during the class. Classes are taught by Yoga Activist and are held on the lower level, in the Larger Meeting Room.
This class is free and open to the public.
Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library
3935 Benning Rd. NE
Metro: Minnesota Avenue, just a short walk from the metro, turn right on Minnesota and left on Benning

Saturday - Weekly on Saturdays - Morning

Yoga at Your Library at the Petworth Library - New class as of 2014!
11:00am - 12:00pm
New beginner level yoga class for adults and teens brought to you courtesy of Yoga Activist. No experience is required. Bring your own mat, but if you don’t have one, yoga mats are available for use during the class.
Petworth Library
4200 Kansas Ave NW
Metro: Petworth, three blocks from the metro

UPCOMING: ART: Celebrate the Opening of 5x5 - DC's Largest Public Art Project - with Free Public Bus Tours of the Art Installations on SAT, Sept 6th at 11:00am and 2:00pm Enjoy Free Workshops, Art Openings, Poetry and more as part of the Opening Weekend, SAT, Sept 6th & SUN, Sept 7th

Opening Weekend for 5x5 - DC's Largest Public Art Project!
Saturday, September 6th & Sunday, September 7th

5x5 = 5 curators x 5 artists each
Saturday, September 6th - Saturday, December 6th

5x5, a project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, launches with free public bus tours and special events! The three-month long District-wide public art exhibitions will go on view beginning Saturday, September 6th with free bus tours and art events for DC residents and visitors throughout the weekend!

Five curators, Lance Fung, Shamim M. Momin, Stephanie Sherman, Justine Topfer and A.M. Weaver, were each commissioned to initiate five art activations, resulting in a total of 25 ground-breaking public art installations. These highly experienced and innovative contemporary arts professionals each selected and worked with five artists or artist teams to develop and present exciting, ephemeral works of art in public spaces throughout all wards this fall. Now in its second iteration, 5x5, the District's largest public art project to date, showcases contemporary public art for all residents, visitors and art enthusiasts. Artists are from the District, New York and places as far away as Argentina and Australia. The 25 selected artists represent many genres, from visual arts of all types to poetry, arts and activism and sound art. The 5x5 artists have shown in Paris, Poland, London and India and other places around the globe.

Landmark locations for artworks will include the SW Waterfront, St. Elizabeths East, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Arena Stage and the Reeves Center, among others. Programming partners, Hillyer Art Space, Furthermore, Hamiltonian, Pleasant Plains Workshop and Washington Project for the Arts, are planning a diversity of public programs that highlight the meaning and vitality of each of the 5x5 projects. Programming includes a variety of tours, panel discussions, performance pieces and workshops. All events are free and open to the public!

Opening Weekend Highlights include: 

Saturday, September 6th

Free Public Bus Tours of 5x5 Art!

Hop on the Bus - Get a Tour of the Art!
11:00am - 1:30pm
RSVP here
Meet at 4th & I St, SW
Metro: Waterfront

Hop on the Bus - Get a Tour of the Art!
2:00pm - 4:00pm
RSVP here
Meet at 14th & U St, NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus to 14th & U

Performances, Workshops, Art Openings and more!

Nonument Park Opening Reception
11:00am - 1:00pm
Opening reception for Lance Fung's Nonument Park. Performance artists Graham Boyle and Eames Armstrong will perform their respective pieces "End the Quota" and "I'm afraid to be alone at night ever since..." throughout the opening.
Nonument Park
1000 4th St SW
Metro: Waterfront

Concert of traditional and contemporary Persian music, I.R.A.N.U.S.A.
11:00am - 2:00pm
R. L. Christian Library
1300 H Street NE
Metro: bus accessible from along H St, nearest metro to pick up bus is Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Print Workshop in NoMa
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn about screen printing with Oakland-based graphic artist collective Dignidad Rebelde and take home free poster prints featuring images from their new NoMa print works mural. The mural looks back on NoMa’s indigenous histories, and considers how today’s gentrification and housing policies affect futures for neighborhood youth.
1st and N St. NE
Metro: NoMa - Florida Ave

LAND Opening Reception
5:00pm - 8:00pm
LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) will host an opening reception to celebrate the launch of the 5 installations as part of 5×5:2014 on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at artist Glenn Kaino’s installation.
Naval Building 170
200 Tingey Street SE
Metro: Navy Yard

Sunday, September 7th

Afternoon of Poetry & Open Mic at Hillyer Art Space in Dupont Circle
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Hillyer is partnering with The 5×5 Project to collaborate with Curator A.M. Weaver, and her public art project Ceremonies of Dark Men. Enjoy an afternoon of spoken word, open mic and to learn more about the project.
Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! Weekly: Open Mic for Singer/ Songwriters at Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge in Georgetown every TUES night from 8:00pm - 12:00am, Sign-up 7:30pm, Free, 21+

every Tuesday night! 
8:00pm - 12:00am, sign-up 7:30pm 
Free, 21+

Singer/songwriter open mic every Tuesday night, while originals are preferred, covers are appreciated as well. All genres are welcome, but no pre-recorded tracks allowed; all music should be played  live. Gypsy Sally's has a PA system in house and all mics, cables, stands are provided. If you need a keyboard, acoustic guitar, percussion or amp, they are available upon request. The stage is not large enough for full drum kits, but there is room for 3-4 people with a percussionist. Questions, email david@gypsysallys.com. Drink specials until 10:00pm, all night for participating musicians. Food specials available as well.  

If you haven't been there yet, Gypsy Sally's is a relatively new venue located above Malmaison on K St on the Waterfront, close to the Key Bridge. You can read more about them in this article in the Georgetowner! The Vinyl Lounge is a separate “no cover” eating and drinking lounge open Tuesday through Saturday, and on Sunday and Monday when there is music in the main room, which has its own entrance behind the building on 34th St. 

Coming Soon! Monday Night Music Showcase. They will soon be starting a singer songwriter showcase in the Vinyl Lounge on Monday nights and working into featured singer songwriter spots on Wednesday nights. The best way to sign up for those nights is to come to the Open Mic or email james@gypsysallys.com

Gypsy Sally's
3401 K St NW
Note: Vinyl Lounge has it's own entrance behind the building on 34th St
Close to the Key Bridge, on K St, right across from the Waterfront Park
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Farragut North or Rosslyn and take the Circulator bus or the 38B bus closer

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! 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

Monday, September 1, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: Meditation most SUN mornings 10:00am - 12:00pm + Yoga in Spanish every SAT 11:00am - 12:00pm + The next Free Four Week MON Night Intro to Meditation begins MON, Sept 15th, All events are Free and will be at the Science of Spirituality DC Center

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.

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
Note: new schedule beginning on July 20th, 2014

Sundays - this month - September 14th, 21st and 28th 
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

Free Four-Week Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next four week session!
Introductory classes begin every four weeks
Next session begins on Monday, September 15th!

Mondays - September 15th, 22nd & 29th and October 6th 
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP now to ensure your space!
RSVP required, email DCinfo@sos.org 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.

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.
Weekly on Saturdays - 
Yoga class en Espanol  - with Argeny Rodriguez

Saturdays - this month - September  6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
Spanish Language Yoga
11:00am - 12:00pm
Yoga Class limited to 8 students. Please Register beforehand: Arg.medit@gmail.com 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.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Monthly: Flo Anito and Friends are back this WED, Sept 3rd for their regular gig at Chief Ike's in Adams Morgan, every first WED of the month from 8:30pm - 11:30pm, Free, 21+

First Wednesday's with Flo Anito and friends
at Chief Ike's in Adams Morgan
every first Wednesday of the month
8:30pm - 11:30pm
Free, 21+

Next Show - Wednesday, September 3rd

Flo Anito and friends perform live at this free monthly event every first Wednesday. Come on out and support live, local music! Opening act at 8:30pm, Flo at 9:30pm, and closing act at 10:30pm.

in Adams Morgan
1725 Columbia Rd, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus two stops from Columbia Rd or Woodley Park and take the Circulator to the Safeway stop.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: "Wonderland Wednesdays" series at Wonderland Ballroom from 8:00pm - 11:00pm, Weekly Shows vary, Free - $5, donations for the artists appreciated, 21+

Wonderland Wednesdays at The Wonderland Ballroom
every Wednesday night, themes vary each week
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Free, except for 2nd Wed "Church Night" which has a $5 cover, donations for the artists appreciated, $5 suggested, 21+

Wonderland Wednesdays take place every Wednesday night at The Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights, on the upper level. The shows will feature a variety of performers, including stand-up comedians, musicians, storytellers, spoken-word artists, and many more. The shows are all hosted and produced by some of DC’s best performing artists. In addition, The Wonderland Ballroom will be offering its “Working Man’s Special” which includes a shot of Jim Beam and a Genesee Cream Ale for $6. All of these show are free of charge, though donations will be collected for the artists. For more info, call 202-431-4704. Wednesdays are Wonderful! The line-up for these fantastic shows is as follows:

First Wednesday of the month - September 3rd
"Highway Robbery" 9:00pm showtime
Comedian Haywood Turnipseed Jr. presents a wide array of comedians, musicians, and spoken word/hip-hop artists from the DMV and beyond! 9:00pm showtime.

Second Wednesday of the month - September 10th
"Church Night" 8:00pm showtime 
Linsay Deming presents an “alternative church service” featuring comedians, musicians, burlesque, and more.
Please Note: As of April 2014, this one has a $5 cover

Third Wednesday of the month - September 17th
"Funny Moms Comedian" 9:00pm showtime
Adam Friedland presents a hilarious evening with some of DC’s funniest comics.

Fourth Wednesday of the month - September 24th
8:30pm showtime
The gang from The Capital City Showcase  brings you a variety show where anything goes, featuring comedians, musicians, storytellers, and burlesque artists!

The Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk over to 11th

UPCOMING & ONGOING: KARAOKE: Twice-Monthly: Kostume Karaoke every first and third WED night at Little Miss Whiskey's on H St NE from 8:00pm - 1:30am, Free, 21+

Kostume Karaoke at Little Miss Whiskey's twice a month
every first and third Wednesday of the month
8:00pm - 1:30am, or so
Free, 21+
UPDATE: Starting Thursday, April 10th they will switch to a weekly event every Thursday at Solly's!

Next Kostume Karaoke - Wednesday, September 3rd
see facbeook page for next invite with details

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!"

Kostume Karaoke now takes place every 1st & 3rd Wednesday at Little Miss Whiskey's on H St, NE. Connect Kostume Karaoke on facebook here.

Little Miss Whiskey's
1104 H St, NE
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown and take the X2 bus there, runs along H 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 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

ON VIEW: ART: Highlights post from CultureCapital.com! Exhibits on view through September, Free

Van Gogh
Please click through links for details about these Art Exhibits! On view now through:

UPCOMING & ONGOING: SKILLSHARE: Monthly: DC Trainers Network Skillshare at St. Stephens Church, 16th & Newton, Themes and facilitators vary each month, Next Workshop will be on WED, Sept 10th and will focus on Non-Violent Direct Action, or NVDA, Workshops usually every first WED of the month from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

DC Trainers Network Skillshare
usually every first Wednesday of  the month
7:00pm - 9:00pm or so

Next Skillshare - Wednesday, September 10th
Theme: Non-Violent Direct Action - NVDA
Facilitated by Nadine Bloch,Washington Action Group, and Samantha Miller, DC Action Lab.
RSVP here and check out the facebook invite

"Come on out for a hands-on, interactive workshop on elements of nonviolent direct action - a powerful tool for social change! Through role plays and exercises we will review nonviolent Street Smarts and Safety, working in Affinity Groups, and planning effective nonviolent direct action (NVDA), Flying Squads and mobile tactics, with a focus on how to use NVDA strategically within a campaign. For all folks ready to invest in effective actions, or move their campaigns to the next level. Especially for all those going to NYC for the People's Climate March or those engaging in Campaign Nonviolence's actions."

Calling all popular educators, trainers, facilitators, instructors, teachers, and anyone interested in further developing those skills! The  DC Trainers’ Network monthly skillshare is a structured, interactive space where people can share skills and gain confidence in their training abilities and everybody is both a teacher and a learner. It strives to provide an inclusive practice space to experiment with different approaches for learning and teaching.

St. Stephens Church
at the corner of 16th & Newton St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights on walk about 12 minutes, or take the S2 or S4 bus that runs along 16th St right to Newton

Friday, August 29, 2014

PAST: WALKING TOURS: Last Chance! Washington Walks offers six Free Walking Tours this Month! Tours every THURS, FRI, SAT & SUN Nights! Choose from Memorials by Moonlight and Haunted themed Tours + Learn more about Dupont Circle on SUN Mornings! Tours run through SUN, August 31st

Free Walking Tours this month with Washington Walks 
Tours offered Thursdays - Sundays
Free during the month of August!
Regularly $15, $10 with US military of federal government ID, kids 3 and younger free
Rain or shine! While tours are free, tips for guides welcome
Remaining Tours Thursday, August 7 - Sunday, August 31st

Choose from three different Memorials by Moonlight tours, two Haunted themed tours and a neighborhood tour of Dupont Circle. Each walk lasts approximately 2 hours. No need to RSVP in advance, simply show up and look for the Washington Walks guide, who will be easily identifiable, wearing a blue and green Washington Walks badge.  Learn more about Washington Walks, founded in 1999, and read more about the guides who will be giving the tours here!

Enjoy these six classic walks for free from August 1st through Labor Day!

Memorials by Moonlight Tours:

Thursday & Saturday nights
Memorials by Moonlight: Sampler
7:00pm - 9:00pm
This tour includes visits to the National World War II Memorial, District War Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Abraham Lincoln Memorial. The Washington Monument and Thomas Jefferson Memorial are seen and discussed from a distance. Along the way, your guide sets the scene for the Federal City's original plans to memorialize its national heroes and how they've evolved with time. Read more here. 
Meet in front of the Organization of American States by the statue of Queen Isabella I, which was donated to the OAS by Spain in 1966.
17th & Constitution Ave NW
Statue is located on the N side of Constitution and W side of 17th St at the SE corner of the OAS Building
Metro: Farragut West and walk about 12 minutes down 17th St 

Friday & Sunday nights
Meet here - Queen Isabella I Statue
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Learn more about the monuments along the Reflecting Pool and interesting facts like: "Had you ventured along the acreage covered on this walk during the Civil War years, you would have found yourself submerged beneath the Potomac River." In this tour you'll see series of major monuments to America's wars in Europe and Asia, evoking the triumph and anguish of warfare. Read more here. This tour includes visits to Constitution Gardens, the National World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Abraham Lincoln Memorial.
Meet in front of the Organization of American States by the statue of Queen Isabella I, which was donated to the OAS by Spain in 1966.
17th & Constitution Ave NW
Statue is located on the North side of Constitution and West side of 17th St at the SE corner of the OAS Building
Metro: Farragut West and walk about 12 minutes down 17th St 

Friday & Sunday nights
7:00pm - 9:00pm
See the Jefferson Memorial and other memorials as you stroll around this beautiful Tidal Basin, one of DC's most famous man-made bodies of water. See memorials to brilliant leaders and the only First Lady honored on the National Mall featured in a presidential memorial. This tour includes visits to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, George Mason Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial plus views of the Washington Monument, U.S. Air Force Memorial and District War Memorial.
Meet the guide by the refreshment stand located at the back (south side) of the memroial
Metro: The nearest Metro station to this site is Smithsonian at 12th & Independence Ave SW, and it's about a 10-15 minute walk from there. If you have a bike or Capital Bikeshare access, there is a bikeshare station right by the Jefferson Memorial, it's nice to bike down there too! If you plan to drive, be sure to read the parking restriction signs carefully and click here for more info about parking options.

Haunted Tours:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Features stories about the Octagon, D.C.'s most ghost-filled residence. Read more here.  Please note that this walk does not include interior visits to any of the buildings featured. 
Meet at "The Octagon" house sign 
1799 New York Ave NW 
Metro: Closest metro is Farragut West, walk about 8 minutes south on 17th or 18th St to New York Ave  

Saturday night only
Capitol Hauntings
7:30pm - 9:30pm
A decidedly unnerving-and historical-walk through one of DC's oldest neighborhoods. Read more here. Please note that this walk does not include interior visits to any of the buildings featured.
Meet by the Capitol South Metro exit
Metro: Capitol South

Neighborhood Tour:

Sunday morning only
Dupont Circle
10:30am - 12:30pm
Dupont Circle is a  vibrant, diverse and historic district that has a lot of great character and charm.  The tour will start with a look at the “Brewmaster’s Castle,” then it’s on to Dupont Circle itself and then on to explore more buildings in the neighborhood. The walk will conclude at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market, where you can pick up some great farm fresh fruits, veggies, breads, flowers and more if you like. Read more here
Meet the guide outside the Dupont Circle Metro exit, south side
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit by the entrance to Panera Bread on 19th St NW. You can also take the 42 bus to the stop just south of the circle on Connecticut Ave. 

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free and low-cost things to do this Labor Day Weeekend!

Friday, August 29th

Free Friday Yoga in the Park!
Free class in Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park
YCDC founder Zhenya Valenrod will lead a 75-90 minute mixed flow practice. The weather forecast calls for 85°F and sunny. Meet behind the spot where the the drum circle takes place on Sundays.
Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park
Euclid St entrance between 15th & 16th 
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Euclid

8:30pm show, 7:00pm doors
$10 if you buy in advance, $14 at the door, 21+
The Circus Life celebrates one year! Enjoy performances by Derek Evry and his band of misanthropes, Tiffany Thompson Ban, Victoria Vox, Justin Trawick and the Common Good, Mundy, Don Kim and his famous band, Louisa Hall and DJ Sam Snow.
Gypsy Sally's
3401 K St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Farragut North or Rosslyn and take the Circulator bus or the 38B bus closer. Close to the Key Bridge, on K St, right across from the Waterfront Park.

Saturday, August 30th

7:00am - 8:15am 
by donation, $8-$10 suggested.
Bring your mat, water bottle, and a smile.
Wake up with the sun at With Love DC's Sunrise Yoga class at the Jefferson Memorial. With Love DC tanks and post cards will also be available for purchase after class. Can't make it to this gathering? Check out a list of their other donation based classes here.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Metro: The nearest Metro station to this site is Smithsonian at 12th & Independence Ave SW, and it's about a 10-15 minute walk from there. If you have a bike or Capital Bikeshare access, there is a bikeshare station right by the Jefferson Memorial. Planning to drive, click here for more info about parking options.

Our Borders: An Immigration Film Festival & Celebration
5:00pm - 1:00am 
click link for more details and schedule of events!
The Lamont Street Collective
1822 Lamont St NW 
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the 42 bus or S2 or S4 bus to Lamont St and walk

National Book Festival: Stage [Hearts] Page -
DC Youth Slam on Books & Reading
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Come on out for the first-ever slam at the National Book Festival!
The slam—a contest in which poets read or recite their poems, which are then judged by a panel—will include the District of Columbia’s top youth slam groups: the DC Youth Slam Team and Louder Than a Bomb DMV. Champion delegates from both groups will compete to be named the city’s top youth slammer, by performing new works on the subject of books and reading. The event is a collaboration among the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center, the National Endowment for the Arts and the poetry organization Split This Rock. Judges will include national and international slam champion Gayle Danley, Tanuja Desai Hidier, author of "Born Confused," and Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin. The emcee for the slam will be Beltway Grand Slam champion Elizabeth Acevedo. Read more here.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Pl NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center

Sunday, August 31st

12:00pm - 3:00pm
Free/ Pay-it-Forward!
Staying in town for Labor Day weekend? Come to Himalayan Heritage in Adam's Morgan for the August edition of Karma Kitchen - and bring a friend or two.
2305 18 St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle or Woodley Park and walk or take the 42 bus to Belmont or any 90 line bus along 18th St closer, see metro trip-planner