Monday, April 21, 2014

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! DC Emancipation events continue MON, April 21st - SUN, April 27th, while all events are Free, some may require advance RSVP

Please click through links for complete details
All events are Free, some may require advance RSVP
See metro trip-planner for best bus and metro access

What is Emancipation Day? The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day. Read more about the History of Emancipation Day and see the Emancipation Day Photo Gallery. Remaining free events:

Monday, April 21st
Black, Copper, and Bright: A Fight for Freedom and Justice
9:00am
In this interactive workshop, author, historian, lecturer, and scholar of the African dispora, C.R. Gibbs, will share stories of African American men and women who served the Union, enlisted in the only African American Civil War regiment raised in the nation's capital, fought for freedom for the enslaved, and worked to achieve civil rights here in the nation's capital.
George Washington University
1957 E Street NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom


The National Civil War Project Conference
Monday, April 21st & Tuesday, April 22nd
both days from 9:15am - 6:00pm
The Marvin Center
George Washington University
800 21st St NW 
Metro: Foggy Bottom


UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Today! Weekly: Gentle Yoga at Smith Center on U St on on MON mornings from 10:30am - 11:45am + on WED evenings from 5:30pm - 6:45pm, $10 per class

Science tells us that psychological stress can affect the immune system, the body’s defense against infection and disease, including cancer. Reducing stress benefits us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Smith Center offers therapeutic yoga weekly, as well as regular yoga workshops, meditation and qigong classes, and more. Smith Center offers weekly gentle yoga classes open to anyone interested. They are specifically designed for adults facing stress, cancer, or other illness. Learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Restorative Yoga focuses on relaxing the body in restful postures. Note that 'rest' is different than sleep. Rest provides the body an opportunity to renew and heal. Enjoy a greater sense of well being and enhanced energy. All levels welcome. Ongoing Classes listed below.

Monday Mornings
Gentle Morning Yoga for Cancer & Stress
with Corrin Bennett
10:30am - 11:45am
$10/session or $25/month. Register here

Wednesday Evenings
with Alaina Sadick
5:30pm - 6:45pm 
$10/session or $25/month. Register here
More Upcoming Stress Reduction Programs

Countless studies have proven the physical and emotional benefits of including stress reduction as part of an approach to optimal wellness. Restorative yoga, as well as other forms of yoga, meditation, and other techniques, help to trigger the Parasympathetic Nervous System, also known as the PNS. The PNS is responsible for balancing the body and bringing its response system back into equilibrium. Stimulating the PNS helps to lower heart rate, blood pressure; it helps to healthily stimulate the immune system and keep the endocrine system operating healthily.

When this system gets out of whack, or when the Sympathetic nervous system (SNS) gets over-stimulated, the PNS helps to bring all back in balance. It is believed that is the PNS is tapped out or under-active, illness pervades. Thus, forms of relaxation, such as yoga and meditation, that help to stimulate the PNS are generally beneficial for overall body health.

David Spiegel, MD, author of Living Beyond Limits, reports, "In medicine, we are learning that physical problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, can be influenced by psychological interventions, such as relaxation training. Mind and body are connected and must work together, and this should be a powerful asset in treating medical illness."

1632 U St NW
Metro: closest access is by bus, the S1, S2, S4 or S9 along 16th St to U or any of the 90 line buses that run along U St, closest metro is U St, walk is about four long blocks.

UPCOMING: PANEL: Tonight! Discussion on Food Insecurity in the U.S. at the University of MD on MON, April 21st at 7:00pm, Free, Thanks to CultureCapital.com - a Fabulous local Arts & Culture events site!


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!

Please note: Weekends are usually really busy with events but this weekend is an exception with Passover, Good Friday, Easter and folks on Spring Break.  See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for a list of exhibits on view! Plus, CultureCapital.com is now on facebook

Monday, April 21st

Evening - Panel Discussion on Food Insecurity in the U.S. at UMD - College Park, MD
Fast Food, Slow Food and Food Justice: Global Policies Creating Global Hunger
7:30pm
Food insecurity exists in every state in America. In 2011, 17.9 million households were food insecure and 50.1 million Americans struggle to put food on the table. In the United States, hunger isn't caused by a lack of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty. Join UMD professors Perla M. Guerrero, Luka Arsenjuk and Psyche Williams-Forson, along with USC's Orlando R. Serrano, Jr. as they discuss how food is at the heart of major policy flaws and societal disparities in the United States and around the world.Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Clarice Smith Center - Stadium Drive - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a taxi or UM shuttle 104 to campus

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

UPCOMING: JAZZ: Tonight! Exploring DC Jazz History - Jazz Forum as part of the JazzAlive series at UDC on MON, April 21st at 7:00pm, Free


Exploring DC Jazz History - Jazz Forum
as part of the JazzAlive series at UDC 
Monday, April 21st 
7:00pm
Free

Click here to view image larger and to read the event details. 

University of the District of Columbia
Recital Hall, Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West
4200 Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Van Ness-UDC, look for the Starbucks, continue down Connecticut Avenue towards Potbelly's. Make a left at the corner (Should see UDC Theater of the Arts), go up steps until top, enter "Performing Arts" building, continue straight until the end of the hallway, Recital Hall is on your right.

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tomorrow in VA "Take a Break from Stress with Meditation" on TUES, April 22nd from 7:00pm - 8:30pm in Reston + "Spring into Meditation" on THURS, April 24th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm in Annandale, Free

Two Free Meditation events in Virginia this Month!

Tuesday, April 22nd
"Take a Break from Stress with Meditation" at the Reston Regional Library with Gerry Gorman of Science of Spirituality DC
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free

Enjoy a free meditation workshop in Reston, VA on Tuesday night April 22nd. Gerry Gorman will discuss and demonstrate a powerful yet simple meditation technique that can help enhance physical, mental, and emotional wellness, concentration, and an overall sense of ease and equilibrium. 

This event is organized in partnership with the Science of Sprituality, an organization that offers free meditation workshops throughout the DC area and at their new Meditation Center in DC

Gerry Gorman has been a student of meditation for over 30 years and has studied with two of the most respected mystics of our time: Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj and Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. Professionally, he has worked as an engineer, engineering manager, and business development executive for a number of computer controls and technology companies and he now runs his own controls company.

Learn more about SOS DC and the Science of Spirituality DC Chapter and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with them on facebook and twitter as well @SOS_WashDC.

Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Dr (map) Reston VA
Metro: West Falls Church and catch one of the Fairfax Connector bus lines that go to the Reston Towne Center bus depot, located four blocks from the library. To walk from the bus depot to the library, walk north on Explorer St. to Bowman Towne Dr. Turn right on Bowman Towne Dr. The library will be the second building on the right. More bus info.

Thursday, April 24th
"Spring into Meditation" Meditation Workshop in Annandale, VA
Led by Gerry Gorman of Science of Spirituality
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free
George Mason Regional Library
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
Metro: Note this location is best reached by car. You can catch a bus from Dunn Loring there, though it's a 30 minute bus ride from there, or a 45 minute bus ride from Pentagon City.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Tonight! Weekly: "The Garden" Open Mic for All Styles and All Ages! Featured performers vary every MON night from 9:00pm - 11:00pm at BloomBars, sign up 8:30pm, by donation


"The Garden" Weekly Variety Open Mic at BloomBars
every Monday night
9:00pm - 11:00pm, sign up 8:30pm
All ages, by donation, $7 suggested

"The Garden" variety open mic is open to all ages and all styles! Poetry, music, comedy, story telling, dance... Hosted by haiku-obsessed poet Gowri K. or a guest host.

BloomBars
3222 11th St, NW
at Kenyon, next to Wonderland
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk one block north on 14th, turn right on Kenyon, left on 11th

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note perform as part of the Blues Alley Big Band Jam on MON, April 21st at the Kenndey Center Millennium Stage, Performances vary every day, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Performances every night!
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Free

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.

Monday, April 21st
The premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force performs as part of the Blues Alley Big Band Jam!

Upcoming Shows: 
Apr 22 Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

UPCOMING & ONGOING: CABARET: Tonight! Weekly: La-Ti-Do Musical Theater Cabaret & Spoken Word series at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont every MON night from 8:00pm - 10:00pm Performers vary every week $10, 21+

La-Ti-Do Musical Theater Cabaret and Spoken Word Series at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont
every Monday night - artists vary each week
8:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 at the door with RSVP, $15 at the door if you don't RSVP online non-performing LTD Alumni just $5
Arrive early to get a seat as the space is on the small side, 21+

La-Ti-Do is DC's first curated spoken word/musical theater cabaret series! This weekly event takes place every Monday night in the cozy lower level piano lounge at the Black Fox in Dupont, performers vary. A really great, intimate evening of high quality musical entertainment and spoken word every week!

"Every Monday evening at La-Ti-Do, you can count on a couple of things: the warm welcome, and fabulous talents, of hosts DonMike Mendoza and Regie Cabico, and resident pianist Jonathan Tuzman, spoken word and musical theatre performances (in addition to the month’s feature), and, most importantly, the feeling of community that comes from taking in DC’s performing arts community."

‎1723 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, take the Q St exit and walk a few blocks north on Conn, it's on the right side of the street.

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! 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
$5


**Please confirm whether this class is still occurring, didn't see it on the BloomBars calendar**
6:30pm - 8:00pm
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

**Still on, confirmed**
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
$10
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: YOGA: Tonight! Weekly: Free Recurring Yoga Classes at DC Public Libraries every MON night and TUES night and SAT mornings + select SUN afternoons

Updated - January 2014 Winter Series Schedule
Thanks to Yoga Activist for offering most of these

Monday

Weekly on Mondays - Evening
Free Yoga Class at the Cleveland Park Library
7:00pm
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

Tuesday


Weekly on Tuesdays - Evening
Tuesday Evening Weekly Yoga class at Northwest One Library
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Northwest One Library hosts free yoga classes every Monday night. All skill levels welcome and they provide mats! 
155 L St NW
Metro: Convention Center, walk about ten minutes (see walking map) down M St toward 3rd St, right on NJ Ave and left on L St.

Weekly on Tuesdays - Evening
Tuesday Evening Free Yoga Class at the Cleveland Park Library
7:00pm
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

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

Sunday

Bi-Monthly on Sundays - Afternoon
Afternoon Asanas for those 50+ at the Petworth Library
3:00pm
next one will be Sunday, April 13th
Relax, relate and release as you tone and stretch while practicing yoga using chairs. This program is especially tailored to adults aged 50+ and persons with limited mobility who have doctor consent. All participants are required to sign a liability waiver on their first day of attendance. Mark your calendars... this one meets every second and fourth Sunday! Please call 202-243-1187 or stop by to register. Petworth Neighborhood Library is accessible to wheelchairs and Metro
Petworth Library
4200 Kansas Ave NW
Metro: Petworth, three blocks from the metro

Sunday, April 20, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series at The Church of the Epiphany, near Metro Center, Artists Vary, every TUES from 12:10pm - 1:00pm, Free, donations appreciated

Displaying photo.JPG Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany 
lunchtime concerts every Tuesday
12:10pm - 1:00pm
Free, donations are encouraged, $10 suggested, all 
donations support artists and music program, 
View the schedule of performances January - June


Love this series! If you work near Metro Center or are able to get there on Tuesdays at noon, recommend checking it out!


Tuesday, April 22nd
Levine School of Music Faculty – Hye-Jin Kim, viola Carlos Rodriguez, piano
English music by Holst,  Vaughan-Williams & Rebecca Clarke

Tuesday, April 29th
Marlisa del Cid Woods, violin Elena Tsai, harpsichord
A baroque duo continuing an exploration of  Bach's sonatas for violin and harpsichord, alongside the music of  his contemporaries

1317 G St, NW
Metro: Metro Center

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: Wednesday Night Meditation Series continues on WED, April 23rd at the Georgetown Library near Wisconsin & R St, Three Week Sessions will be led by teachers from Science of Spirituality DC, every WED from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

"Deeper into Meditation" An Ongoing Free Meditation Series at the Georgetown Library
now offered every Wednesday night
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free
Attend any or all sessions

Though Science of Spirituality now has a home of their own now in DC they are still offering free meditation workshops at area libraries and are now offering a regular Wednesday night series at the Georgetown library!

Teachers from SOS DC leading upcoming classes:
April 16th and 23rd - Zelma Chamberlain
April 30th - Sangeeta Prasad

Read more about Jyoti Meditation and Science of Spirituality online and feel free to connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and SOS DC on twitter  @SOS_WashDC.

3260 R St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Farragut North or Farragut West, Dupont Circle or Tenleytown and take a bus or the Circulator to the stop closest to Wisconsin and R St, see metro trip-planner for best bus access.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: TEENS: Weekly: Workshop for Teens, DC Youth Slam hosts Writing Workshops at MLK Library Teen Space 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
Free

Hosted by the DC Youth Slam Team every Tuesday.

901 G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Tonight! "Live! Wednesdays" continue at the Anacostia Arts Center with Elijah Jamal Balbed - cureated by Twins Jazz - on WED, April 23rd + Performances every WED night from 7:30pm - 9:00pm, Al ages, Free


Live! Wednesdays - Live Music at the Anacostia Arts Center
every Wednesday night
7:30pm - 9:00pm
All ages, Free
Made possible by the support of The Kresge Foundation, Advance RSVP recommended
Genres vary and include Jazz, Rock, and Funk

Wednesday, April 23rd
Elijah Jamal Balbed (curated by Twins Jazz)
Wednesday, April 30th
Color School Band

Next Month:
Wednesday, May 7th
  Black Masala
Wednesday, May 14th
  Bomani Armah & IMMALETUFINISH
Wednesday, May 21st
  Black Notes
Wednesday, May 28th
  BOOMscat
Wednesday, June 4th
  Louis Weeks
1231 Good Hope Rd. SE
Metro: Anacostia and walk, bus, bike or cab closer. Starting on April 1st the Potomac Ave - Barracks Row- Skyland Circulator bus will be running past 7pm again! You can catch that Circulator bus from Howard Rd and get off at the stop right after it turns right onto Good Hope Rd, or pick it up from Eastern Market Metro on 8th St SE by the Starbucks)

UPCOMING & ONGOING: FILM: Weekly: BloomScreen Tuesday Night Independent Film Series, Screenings every TUES night, followed by a discussion and Q&A from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, All ages, by donation

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

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 & 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 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

Weekly Open Mic for Singer/ Songwriters at Gypsy Sally's 
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 Sattva Meditation in Cleveland Park
8:00pm - 9:30pm
All ages, Free
Metro: Cleveland Park

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 


Weekly "Harold Night" Improv Night with WIT at Source Theatre
New time as of September 2013
9:00pm - 10:00pm, followed by a Jam
Pay-What-You-Choose
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: 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: FILM: Weekly: The Egyptian Contemporary Film Series continues at Georgetown University every TUES this month! April 22d & 29th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

The Egyptian Contemporary Film Series continues at Georgetown University
every Tuesday from February 4th - April 29th
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Free

Each film will be followed by a brief discussion moderated by Dr. Adel Iskandar.

Remaining dates: April 22nd & 29th
See list of films here!

The "Egyptian Contemporary Film Series" takes place during the Spring 2014 semester at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS). The series will showcase some of the landmark and controversial productions from Egypt since 2000. During this period, Egyptian cinema, the most established and productive film industry in the Arab world, underwent a significant transformation due to factors including privatization, the rise of a new generation of filmmakers, and a burgeoning independent film collective, all of which contributed to an increasingly dynamic cinema.

Georgetown University
ICC  Building - CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241
37th and O St NW - walk to left down first path you see, just a few minute walk, ICC is down the stairs on the right, first large non-dorm building that you will see
Metro: Take the free GUTS shuttle bus to campus from 20th & Mass from Dupont or from Rosslyn

UPCOMING & ONGOING: IMPROV: Weekly: Washington Improv Theater puts on "Harold Night" every TUES night at Source Theatre on 14th St from 9:00pm - 10:00pm, Followed by a Jam, Free

WIT's Free Improv Jam! "Harold Night" at Source Theatre
every Tuesday night, now at an earlier time!
New time this Fall as of September 17th
9:00pm - 10:00pm, followed by a Jam
Pay-What-You-Choose
Seating 8:45pm, show starts at 9:00pm

New time this Fall as of September 17th. Now every Harold Night ends with a free jam where audience members can give improv a try side by side with experienced players.

Washington Improv Theater (WIT) puts on Harold Night every Tuesday night at Source. Each week is a demonstration, celebration, and experiment in the world-famous improv longform, Harold. It starts with an audience suggestion and explores whatever themes emerge through a series of scenes. Stories are made up on the spot and characters intended to delight, and always a good time.

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


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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ON VIEW: ART: Did you know? The Phillips Collection permanent collection is by donation during the Week and on THURS nights 'til 8:30pm

Did you know? The Phillips Collection is open 'til 8:30pm every Thursday night and that
Admission to the permanent collection is by donation Tuesdays - Fridays and Thursday eves!
Free for members and those 18 and under all of the time!

Note: "Philips After 5" takes place on the first Thursday and regular full price admission applies after 5:00pm
$10 for students and those 62+ and $12 general
Free for members and those 18 and under! 

Did you know that during the week, Tuesday - Friday, and on Thursday evenings (except for the first Thursday of the month, see note below) admission to the permanent collection is officially by donation! Just be sure to tell them that you are there for the permanent collection. If you come on the weekend, on Saturday or Sunday, and there is not a special exhibit on view, admission is $10, $8 for students and seniors. When there is a special exhibit, admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and for visitors 62 and over. Free for members and those 18 and under all of the time!

Special event on the first Thursday of the month: "Philips After 5" takes place every first Thursday of every month and combines live music, gallery talks, superb modern art, food, and a cash bar from 5:00pm -8:30pm.  Other elements, such as films and demonstrations, are often included as well. Reservations are strongly advised for this popular event. Reserve. $12; $10 for visitors 62 and over and students. Members always admitted free, no reservation needed. For schedule information on our Phillips after 5 programs, check the Phillips online calendar

Jean Meisel: 50-65 Horizon Line
Thursday, January 23rd - Sunday, May 4th
"50-65 Horizon Line brings together more than 50 of Jean Meisel's small watercolors of horizon lines displayed in an intimate alcove of the Phillips house. Created from her imagination, the subtle landscapes and seascapes demonstrate the DC-based artist's mastery of form, color, and light."

Arthur G. Dove: Red Sun, 1935
Made In The USA: American Masters From The Phillips Collection, 1850-1970
Saurday, March 1st - Sunday, August 31st
Following an acclaimed worldwide tour, the Phillips's renowned collection of American masterworks returns to the museum. The exhibition tells the story of American art from the late 19th-century to the mid-20th century when American art became a significant global force after World War II. This extensive exhibition features more than 200 works by over 120 artists and will occupy nearly two-thirds of the museum's galleries. Artists include Milton Avery, Stuart Davis, Richard Diebenkorn, Arthur Dove, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, John Marin, Robert Motherwell, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mark Rothko, John Sloan, Clyfford Still, and many others.
P.S. Tryst now runs the coffeeshop there, and when the weather is nice, they also have a cute outdoor cafe!

Rothko Room at the Phillips
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday
10:00am - 8:30pm
Sunday
11:00am - 6:00pm

The Phillips Collection
1600 21st St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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

Wednesday Night Sahaja Meditation at the West End Library
near Foggy Bottom at 24th & L St, NW
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Free
* I recommend that you call (571) 277-1389, noted on their website to see if this event is still taking place every Wednesday. You can also call the West End library directly at 202-724-8707. It wasn't listed on the library calendar online.
Metro: Foggy Bottom

Wednesday Night Drum Jam at the Electric Maid, by the Takoma Metro
every Wednesday nights throughout the rest of April
7:00pm - 9:30pm
All ages, by donation, $5 suggested
Metro: Takoma

Wednesday Night Meditation Gathering at BloomBars
7:00pm - 8:30pm
All ages, Free
Unguided Silent Meditation every week
February 2014: Just Breathe!
7:00pm - 8:30pm 
$6 for students, seniors and unemployed, $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 "Kostume Karaoke"
Update: April 2014:  No longer every Wednesday night, now every Thursday at Solly's on U St and every 1st & 3rd Wednesday at Little Miss Whiskey's on H St NE
8:00pm - 1:30am
Free, 21+
Metro: U St or Chinatown/ Union Station and take a bus or taxi

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