Tuesday, July 29, 2014

UPCOMING: FESTIVAL: Today! The Kaypi Peru Festival kicks off at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Learn more about the Richness and Diversity of Peru and have a chance to purchase Handmade Crafts from Indigenous Artists! TUES, July 29th - SUN, August 3rd, daily from 10:00am - 5:30pm, Free

Celebrate the Art and Culture of Peru at the Kaypi Peru Festival this week at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
Tuesday, July 29th - Sunday, August 3rd
10:00am - 5:30pm

Join the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian this week for the Kaypi Perú Festival, celebrating the indigenous cultures of Peru. Kaypi Perú, which means "This is Peru" in the Quechua language, is a week-long festival devoted to sharing and celebrating the richness and diversity of Peru through traditional dances and live music, photo exhibitions, films, lectures, Peruvian food and drinks, and hands-on activities for kids and families. The festival will also include exhibition and sale of handmade crafts by indigenous Peruvian artisans.

The festival is presented with the Embassy of Peru and a partnership with the Amazon Conservation Association, National Geographic Society and the Mountain Institute.

Smithsonian's National Museum of American Indian
4th & Independence Ave SW
Metro: L’Enfant Plaza L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Green/Yellow lines), exit Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums. On the National Mall between the Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. For Bus,Lines 30, 32, 34–36—Friendship Heights/Southern Avenue

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Today! Weekly: Lunchtime "Music on the Mall" Outdoor series continues with Poetry from Jonathan Tucker and select DC Youth Slam Team Poets 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

Jonathan Tucker
Next performance - Tuesday, July 29th 
Poetry/ Spoken Word from Jonathan Tucker, DC Youth Slam Team organizer, along Thomas Hill and Morgan Butler from the DC Youth Slam Team!

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

UPCOMING: PILATES + YOGA: Today! 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.

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.

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! Monthly: Walk the Labyrinth and Special Program on Laughter Yoga at The National Cathedral on TUES, July 29th - and every last TUES of the month - Special Program varies each month, from 6:00pm - 8:45pm, Free

Walk the Laybrinth at the National Cathedral
as part of the Cathedral Crossroads series 
every last Tuesday of the month
6:00pm - 8:45pm, Labyrinth opens 6:30pm

This monthly event at the National Cathedral is one of the best kept secrets in DC if you ask me, especially if you are looking for something a bit more contemplative. You can walk the Labyrinth and listen to live music, usually the harp and/ or flute, every last Tuesday of the month at The National Cathedral. The evening includes a Special Program from 7:30pm - 8:30pm, with program themes varying each month. 

Next event will be on Tuesday, July 29th

"Laughing Our Way to Well-being: Laughter Yoga in the Garden"
Special Program this Month, Diane Cohen leads this one.

"Laughter Yoga exercises (breathing, clapping, and movement) are designed to relax us and to boost our creativity. As we move past the awkwardness of forced laughter we tap into a wellspring of joy that engenders feelings of health and wellbeing. Join us for this wacky, silly, and fun practice that has been proven to reduce stress and strengthen the immune system. The session ends with a period of silent meditation."

Monthly - General Program Schedule:
6:00pm - 7:00pm Centering Prayer in the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage
6:30pm - 9:00pm Labyrinth Walk accompanied by harpist in the nave
7:30pm - 8:30pm Special Program, varies each month, see description above 

3101 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Wisconsin & Mass Ave basically
Metro: Dupont Circle and bus along Mass Ave or take the metro to Tenleytown and then take any of the 30 line buses, which run often, south along Wisconsin Ave.  You can also wait for the 96 line to McLean Gardens (which doesn't run often) from the Woodley Park metro to the intersection of Woodley Rd and Connecticut.

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

Hosted by the DC Youth Slam Team every Tuesday in the MLK Library 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 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

Amilcar Cabral
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, July 29th
BloomScreen presents: Amílcar Cabral
Portuguese with English subtitles view trailer

"Join BloomBars for another film and discussion featuring one of the great African Leaders of the 20th century! Amílcar Cabral (2001, 60 min), by Ana Ramos Lisboa – recalls the life of Amilcar Cabral, leader of the Liberation Movement of Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau and the founder of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC). Cabral, born in Guinea in 1924 and assassinated in Conakry in 1973, is one of Africa’s great heroes. Using rare footage, the film shows the various aspects of Amílcar Cabral’s life: as a man, as a father, as a politician, as a humanist and as a poet. The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion hosted by Mwiza Munthali."

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.

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: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! Seven-piece New York band Hess is More performs on TUES, July 29th 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.

Tuesday, July 29th
Hess Is More
Led by musician Mikkel Hess, the seven-piece New York band showcases its collaborative skills in an orchestral performance.
Remaining performances this month:
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: 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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

UPCOMING: OPEN HOUSE: Eye Street Massage hosts an Open House at their space by Farragut Sq this THURS, July 31st from 11:00am - 7:00pm, Free Mini-Massages, Meditation, Energy Work and more!

Summer Open House at Eye Street Massage!
Thursday, July 31st
11:00am - 7:00pm
Free, RSVP appreciated for planning purposes Entry based on available space so come early!

Eye Street Massage, run by my friend Pam, invites you to come by for an open house at their space, located by Farragut Square, right next to the Farragut West metro. Celebrate Summer this Thursday with Eye Street Massage.

Mingle over refreshments and enjoy:
  • Free 5-minute chair massages in-studio until 6:00pm
  • Free 16-point stress relief treatment
  • Free consultations on our services and treatments
  • Free  guided meditation at 5:30pm. Limited space
  • Free energy healing sample as time allows
  • Plus, be entered into a drawing to win a 45-minute massage or 30-minute hypnotherapy session. Bring a friend & enter twice! 
  • You'll also be able to save 40% off a 60-minute massage or energy healing if you book for August or September 
Eye Street Massage Therapy
1634 Eye St, NW
Lower Level, Suite 125 
(between 17th St & Connecticut Ave.)
Metro: Farragut West - the building entrance is just one door down - or Farragut North or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to the stop closest to Eye Street.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: 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.

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: 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 

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 & 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 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.

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: 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.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: 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 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: 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 5, 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

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Weekly: The "Jazz in the Garden" series continues on FRI, August 1st 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, August 1st

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 & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: Yoga Co-op DC's Weekly Intermediate-Advanced Community Yoga Class at Stroga in Adams Morgan, teachers vary, every SUN from 3:00pm - 4:30pm, by donation, $7 or more suggested

Yoga Co-op DC Community Class - for intermediate and advanced yogis at Stroga
every Sunday afternoon
3:00pm - 4:30pm
donation based, minimum $7

Teachers vary each week, join the Yoga Co-op DC (YCDC) group on facebook to see who is teaching.

Next class - Sunday, August 3rd
YCDC With David C. Kyle

1808 Adams Mill Rd NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus to the stop at Adams Mill 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: 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. 

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Live Music Jams at the O St Mansion in Dupont Circle every SUN - Bluegrass, Classical, Americana and Blues! Themes vary each week, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

O St Mansion hosts different Jams most Sundays on the month! 
every Sunday - themes vary each week!
11:00am - 2:00pm
Free, RSVP Required

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 of the month, I am not sure if there is a jam, you can contact the O St Mansion directly to ask.

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Monthly: Chamber Jam at the O St Mansion features Classical Revolution DC on SUN, July 13th -and every second SUN of the month- from 11:00am - 2:00pm + Blues and Bluegrass on other Sundays, All ages, Free, Donations welcome, RSVP Required

Chamber Jam at the O St Mansion featuring Classical Revolution DC! 
every second Sunday of the month
11:00am - 2:00pm
All ages, Free, RSVP Requested

Next Chamber Jam -  Sunday, July 13th
Love classical music? Join Classical Revolution DC for an inspirational, open-invitation 'Chamber Jam' session of live chamber music with a Mansion twist. Love to play? Bring your instrument and join in!

O St Mansion hosts different Jams most Sundays on the month! 
When: Sundays from 11:00am - 2:00pm
The first Sunday of every month is bluegrass. 
The second Sunday of every month is classical revolution.
The last Sunday of every month is blues. - next one Sunday, February 23rd

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

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

Yoga Share DC donation-based Weekly Yoga Class in Columbia Heights
at BloomBars!
primarily Kundalini Yoga, other styles as well, teachers vary each week
every Thursday night
7:30pm - 9:00pm
by donation, $10 suggested, give as you can
BYO yoga mat, chai tea and chill chit chat after class, please bring a mug

Proceeds benefit BloomBars and the teacher leading the class each week
RSVP is requested to ensure your spot as the space is on the smaller side
**Note: Doors are locked when the class starts, at 7:45pm, so be sure to get there beforehand**

The Yoga Share group hosts a yoga share for yoga teachers and yoga enthusiasts, with rotating teachers who volunteer to teach. Often times the class is Kundalini Yoga since Irina and Nina who started the group both practice and teach Kundalini. See invites each week on the Yoga Share DC page. 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.

Coming up - Thursdays at Bloombars:
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.

August 21: Marietta Vis

Outdoors in Warmer Weather, select days, weather permitting1375 Kenyon St NW - Rooftop
Metro: Columbia Heights

BloomBars - indoors on Thursday nights
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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: "Wonderland Wednesdays" series at Wonderland Ballroom on WED, July 23rd 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 - August 6th
"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 - August 13th
"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 - August 20th
"Funny Moms Comedian" 9:00pm showtime
Adam Friedland presents a hilarious evening with some of DC’s funniest comics.

Fourth Wednesday of the month - August 27th
"The Wonderland Circus" 
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