Saturday, November 18, 2017

UPCOMING: THEATER: Today - Last Chance! Final PWYW show, see Avant Bard's "Emilie" by donation this SAT, Nov 18 at 2:00pm at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA, $10 minimum online or by donation at the door if available

Pay-What-You-Will shows for Avant Bard's production of "Emilie" every Thursday 7:30pm & Saturday 2:00pm during the run of the show
by donation/ Pay What You Will 
Show Extended! Now through November 19

Final Pay What You Can Show!
- Saturday: November 18 at 2:00pm

Name your ticket price at the door, or, if  you are able, it is recommended that you reserve your PWYW ticket online in advance $10 minimum

"A smart comedy about a brainy and badass woman, written by the most-produced playwright in America"

Avant Bard’s first production of the season is Lauren Gunderson’s Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight—a witty reincarnation of a passionate and defiant woman who in 18th-century France dazzled Voltaire and blazed a trail for women in science. She was smarter than the men around her. And she made it in their world.

Lauren Gunderson was recently ranked most-produced playwright in the 2017/2018 season by American Theatre magazine in a national survey of nonprofit theaters.  

In Emilie, her seductively theatrical rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie du Châtelet returns to life in the present, determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? During this inspiring and surprising comic drama, Emilie defends her life and loves, and in the process creates a legacy that alters the course of physics.

Emilie is directed by Helen Hayes Award winner Rick Hammerly. Starring as Emilie is Sara Barker, recently seen at Avant Bard in King Lear, Othello, and Orlando and a company member with Avant Bard.

While WSC Avant Bard is still the formal name of the company ("WSC" stands for the original name, Washington Shakespeare Company), increasingly the company refers to itself as simply Avant Bard. You can learn more about Avant Bard here

Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two
2700 South Lang St - Arlington, VA 22206 (see map)
Metro: Crystal City and catch the 23A or 23B bus from bus bay two (the thoughtful folks at Avant Bard even made a video you can watch on how to get there using metro and bus which is especially great for visual folks) and get off at South Arlington Ridge Rd and South Lang St, nine stops, about a six minute bus ride.  You can use metro trip-planner for metro and bus schedules. It's about 1.5 miles from the metro if you want to bike or walk, or you can also uber or lyft there if that makes more sense, see promotions for new users at the bottom of this post. If you have a car and plan to drive you can see driving directions here. Ample free parking available. 

New User Promotions: You cam get $10 off your first Lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at and use the promo code FREEINDC14. I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request future rides. Please notify me if these promo codes are no longer valid, they've been up for a while.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today + Tonight! More Free and low-cost events in DC on SAT, Nov 18

Saturday, November 18

This list of Free and low-cost events, $10 or less, comes from the longer list of events found on the Current Newspaper daily events page (Thanks to The Current Newspaper staff for compiling!) and is organized by start time. Some events may require advance RSVP and if so that will also be noted. Please search google for event or venue information if you need more details. You can visit metro trip-planner online for metro and/ or bus directions.
  • The University of the District of Columbia Latino/a Law Students Association will host a Puerto Rican Diaspora Summit to discuss policy issues and community responses to the island’s economic and humanitarian crises from the perspective of Puerto Ricans in the D.C. area as well as other stakeholders. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. University of the District of Columbia Student Center, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • The Georgetown Library Friends group will host a used-book sale with a wide range of fiction, history, children’s materials and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Lower level, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • The Friends of the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library will hold a used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Large Meeting Room, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
  • “Innovation Nuno Trunk Show” will feature Reiko Sudo’s designs, which combine traditional weaving techniques with state-of-the-art materials and manufacturing technologies. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. The trunk show will continue Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • The Junior League of Washington’s 59th annual Holiday Shops fundraiser will feature more than 70 merchants, with items for sale including food, clothing, stationery and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5 to $10 for a one-day pass. Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. The event will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Gayla April will present a weekly dance/exercise class. 9:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • “Saturday Morning at the National” will feature family-friendly circus clowns Pinot & Augustine in a show packed with physical comedy. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • The Kennedy Center will host an all-levels vinyasa yoga class led by Atticus Mooney. 10 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Grand Foyer, Kennedy Center.
  • The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • Alliance Française de Washington will present “Heure du conte,” an interactive storytime for kids in French. 10 to 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW.
  • “Turkey Tots” will celebrate Thanksgiving with songs, stories and movement (for ages 2 through 4). 10 a.m. $5; free for accompanying adults. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.
  • The Kreeger Museum’s “First Studio: Story + Workshop” will feature a gallery tour of paintings, sculpture and architecture, as well as a story and a hands-on art-making experience (for ages 3 to 5). 10 to 11 a.m. $10 per child; registration required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3050.
  • Kelvin Webb, collector and co-treasurer of the International Hajji Baba Society, will discuss “Non-Turkmen Central Asian Rugs.” 10:30 a.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • “Saturday Morning at the National” will feature family-friendly circus clowns Pinot & Augustine in a show packed with physical comedy. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Juana Martinez-Neal will present a “La Princesa and the Pea” storytime. 11 a.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • CulturalDC will present a workshop production of Pocket Change Theatre Company’s “MuSEEum,” a 20-minute original work about a family that gets lost in a museum and is surprised when the exhibits come to life (for ages 4 through 6 and their families). 11 a.m. Pay-what-you-can. Rehearsal Hall, Source, 1835 14th St. NW.
  • The “Coffee & Conversation” series will feature artists Frank Hallam Day and Trevor Young discussing painting and photography. 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Addison/Ripley Fine Art, 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-338-5180.

  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the season’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m.
  • Children will hear a story about Sitting Bull and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Jeff Koehler will discuss his book “Where the Wild Coffee Grows: The Untold Story of Coffee From the Cloud Forests of Ethiopia to Your Cup.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • “Cooking Up History: Cod and New England Coastal Cuisine” will feature D.C. restaurateur Ris Lacoste cooking a cod recipe and discussing how cod fishing historically drove the regional economy and how salt cod exports influenced cuisine past and present. As part of the event, a food historian will share new research about one enslaved man’s history on the working waterfront in 18th-century Massachusetts. 1 p.m. Free. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
  • Teen designers from the Design Apprenticeship Program will present their modular seating solutions for the National Building Museum, featuring a discussion of their design process and a chance to try out the newly fabricated seating. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • The House of Sweden will host a weekly storytime for children and families to experience Swedish children’s literature. 2 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW.
  • Georgetown University’s Guild of Bands will perform. 2 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
  • Poets Ann A. Philips and Henry Crawford will read from their work. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • “Lateral Time: John Akomfrah and Smoking Dogs Films” will feature the films “Tropikos” and “Peripeteia,” with introductory remarks by Aboubakar Sanogo of Carleton University, Ottawa. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The Tenley-Friendship Library will host “Drop-In & Gab (DIG) Book Club,” a monthly book club with snacks, stories and discussion (for grades 4 to 7). 2:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • The “Fringe Music in the Library” series will feature Kamyar Arsani, a Sufi singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Iran. 2:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW.
  • As part of FotoWeekDC, Mark Parascandola will discuss his book “Once Upon a Time in Almería,” about his work documenting the history and politics behind the meteoric transformation of the sleepy town of Almería into “Hollywood in Spain” through its demise in the 1970s due to changing economic conditions and the ultimate end of the Franco dictatorship. 2 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW.
  • Note:  $5 to $15. Wilson High School will present the hit Broadway show “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” which follows sorority girl Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Theater, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW.
  • FotoWeekDC will feature events and exhibits at various venues through Sunday. James H. Mittelman, distinguished scholar in residence and professor emeritus at American University’s School of International Service, will discuss his book “Implausible Dream: The World-Class University and Repurposing Higher Education” in conversation with Randolph Persaud, associate professor at American University. 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the solar system, the Milky Way and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
  • “Lateral Time: John Akomfrah and Smoking Dogs Films” will feature the 2013 film “The Stuart Hall Project,” about the Jamaica-born sociologist and theorist who established the interdisciplinary field of cultural studies. Aboubakar Sanogo of Carleton University, Ottawa, will make introductory remarks. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The Parks at Walter Reed will host the inaugural Holiday Reflection & Tree Lighting event, dedicated to remembering the history of the campus and ringing in winter with live seasonal music by The Marquees, commemorative ribbon decorating, festive snacks and the lighting of a 20-foot holiday tree. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. The Parks at Walter Reed, Georgia Avenue and Butternut Street NW.
  • Note: $10 to $20. The Chiarina Chamber Players will present “Epic Journeys,” a chamber music concert with violinist Deborah Wong, cellist Robert La Rue and pianist Efi Hackmey performing works by Beethoven and Dvorák. 4 p.m. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE.
  • Joseph LMS Green will host “Youth Open Mic” as part of a monthly series that features poets, singers, musicians and actors from area middle and high schools. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
  • The Renwick Gallery will present Susan Marks’ film “Murder in a Nutshell: The Frances Glessner Lee Story,” a feature-length documentary about the mysterious and brilliant woman who pioneered the field of forensics in the male-dominated world of police investigation. 5:30 p.m. Free. Rubenstein Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will play chamber works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Students of Andrew Frankhouse will perform a winter recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
  • Jazz@Wesley will present multi-instrumentalist Sharon Thomas in “Da Juke Joint.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. $5 to $10; free for ages 12 and younger. Fellowship Hall, Wesley Campus, National United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Abigail Marsh, an associate professor of psychology at Georgetown University, will discuss her book “The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between” in conversation with NPR correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty. 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Contributors Tim Carman, Jane Black, Joe Yonan and Todd Kliman will join editor Holly Hughes to discuss their book “Best Food Writing 2017.” 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW.
  • Project Nur, a student-led initiative of the American Islamic Congress, will host “Monologues for Dialogue,” an open mic night to promote interfaith and inter-ethnic understanding. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW.
    • Members of the Nanuri Dance Company and the a cappella group MTM will present “GaNaDa Flow,” a Korean dance performance for university and high school students who are studying Korean language, history and culture. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
    • “Teen Night Out @ Natural History” will feature food, a DJ, musical performances, hands-on science stations and opportunities to learn more about youth programs at the National Museum of Natural History (for ages 13 through 19 with a valid school ID). 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Q?rius, Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
    • The World Percussion Ensemble will perform works by some of America’s most prominent percussion ensemble composers, as well as original compositions. 7 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
    • The National Capital Astronomers will present “Exploring the Sky,” featuring a night of stargazing through the lens of a telescope with the summer triangle directly overhead. 7 p.m. Free. Military Field near the Picnic Grove 13 parking lot, Glover Road near Military Road NW. 202-895-6070.
    • Politics and Prose will host “Nerds! Trivia Night,” challenging competitors of all ages to three rounds of mind-bending trivia. Prizes awarded. Signup at 7 p.m.; game at 8 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
    • Note:  $5 to $15. Wilson High School will present the hit Broadway show “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” which follows sorority girl Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Theater, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW.
    • The American University Chorus will explore themes of darkness, sleep and dreams with music from rising stars in the world of choral composition, including choral innovator Eric Whitacre and Norwegian songwriter Ola Gjeilo. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634.
    • Note: $8 to $12. The Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society will present its annual Donn B. Murphy One-Acts Festival. 2 and 8 p.m. Stage III, Poulton Hall, Georgetown University, 1421 37th St. NW. 202-687-2787.

    UPCOMING: COMEDY: Tonight! Three Guys On presents "Saturday Night Comedy Showcase" at Drafthouse Comedy on L St, near McPherson Sq, this SAT, Nov 18 and every Saturday from 10:45pm - 12:15am, doors 10:30pm, Free, 18+

    Three Guys On presents "Saturday Night Comedy Showcase" at Drafthouse Comedy
    by McPherson Sq 13th & L St NW
    Saturday, November 18
    and every Saturday night
    10:45pm - 12:15am, doors 10:30pm
    Free show! venue is open to those 18+ RSVP requested, no minimum purchase required

    Come check out local comics on the rise as they test new material. A fun evening for everyone! Hosted by Three Guys On: Tim Miller, Randolph Terrance and Andy Kline. 

    Randolph Terrance: Originally from San Antonio, Texas and now making his home in the DC area, Randolph is a consummate professional comedian with the ability to make any group of people laugh. Randolph's style has been said to be "strictly for the grown and sexy" pairing a smooth delivery with sharp, funny material. Randolph has worked with some of the biggest names in stand up and continues to showcase his comedic talent across the country. His latest media appearances have been featured on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, Comcast Comedy On Demand.

    Andy Kline: A Leesburg,VA native, Andy has always had an interest in Comedy. After getting his comedy start in DC in 1998, Andy has been able to branch out to clubs across the country. In addition to regular appearances on 98 Rock and XM Radio, Andy has performed at The DC Improv, Magooby’s Joke House, Miami Improv, Comedy Cellar in NYC, The Seattle Comedy Underground, and The Baltimore Comedy Factory. With a mixture of strong opinions, creative insight, and common sense, Andy manages to be more than just funny, he manages to be memorable. Andy's talents have enabled him to work with some of the biggest names in the business, including Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes, and Emo Philips.

    About the venue: In April of last year, the owners of the Arlington Drafthouse opened up a comedy arts performance space at 13th & L St NW, in the heart of DC. Drafthouse Comedy is styled after a black box theater, with tall ceilings, great sight lines, and an intimate setting. The venue has beer, wine, liquor, and some light fare available for purchase. There are no minimum purchase requirements for patrons, nor is there table-side service.

    Drafthouse Comedy
    1100 13th St NW - enter on L St between 13th & 14th St
    Metro: McPherson Sq is closest, also walking distance from Metro Center or you can take the Circulator bus, Woodley - McPherson Sq route, or any of the metro buses along K St or 14th St, to the stop closest to 14th & K St NW

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    UPCOMING: IMPROV: Free Improv Workshop at The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale this SUN, Nov 19 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm, RSVP now to ensure your space

    Monthly Free Improv Workshop at The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale 
    Sunday, November 19
    1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Free, RSVP to

    Ever thought “Hey, this improv stuff looks fun. But I’m not sure I could do it. Wouldn’t mind giving it a test run before I do.” Well, now’s your chance! Come out this Sunday afternoon for a free 2-hour improv workshop at The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale. You might surprise yourself — and have fun doing it!

    Space is limited, so please email to let them know you’re coming

    The Unified Scene Theater
    80 T St NW
    Metro: Shaw - Howard U and walk about 12 minutes or take a bus. You can catch the 80 line towards Fort Totten right to T and North Capitol, and walk a block West to the theater, or the G8 which drops you off right across the street from the theater on Rhode Island Ave Also, a Capital Bikeshare station (located at 1st and RI Avenue, NW) is within mere steps of the theater, or you can hop in an uber or lyft there, see promotions for new users below.

    Special Promo: New Lyft users get $10 off your first ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at New Uber users get $20 off your first ride, sign up here: and use the promo code FREEINDC14 - be sure to select uberx or uberpool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request a ride. Not sure if they will let you select a ride share option on your first ride so best to select regular lyft or uberx to use the promotion. 

    UPCOMING: RETREAT: All are welcome to attend a Thanksgiving Meditation Retreat at Science of Spirituality DC on SUN, Nov 19 from 12:00pm - 3:00pm, includes Meditation Talk and a Meal, Family-friendly and Free, RSVP requested

    Sunday, November 19
    12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Free, family-friendly, RSVP requested here

    Thanksgiving is a time for Gratitude, Prayer and Reflection. This Thanksgiving, give yourself the gift of Meditation. Join the Science of Spirituality DC family for a Thanksgiving Meditation Retreat with International Speaker Ravi Kohli, who will explore ways to make meditation integral to our lives. Ravi will lay out all the guidance, tools and help available for inner growth. Meditation sittings are included. 

    Stay for a Celebratory Vegetarian Thanksgiving meal following the session. The retreat is sure to leave you feeling peaceful yet energized. No prior meditation experience necessary. Questions? or 202.810.9780

    Ravi Kohli is an international speaker, successful business man, spiritual seeker and a dedicated volunteer under the guidance of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. He regularly leads meditation talks and sessions at the Science of Spirituality Meditation Centers in the New York area.


    Welcome, light snacks and meet other participants
    12:00pm - 12:30pm

    'Meditation as True Prayer' Talk and Meditation practice led by KeynoteSpeaker - Ravi Kohli
    Note: Special Program for children will run in parallel to the talk
    12:30pm - 2:00pm  

    Free Vegetarian Thanksgiving Meal
    2:00pm - 3:00pm

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

    (Please let me know if these codes are no longer working) Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers: Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at - be sure to select uberx for best price instead of uber. You can also select uber pool or lyft line if you aren't in a hurry and don't mind the possibility of sharing the ride. Note: they may not let you select uberpool or lyftline if it's your first time using the app and you want to apply the discount.

    UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Meditate in Community this SUN, Nov 19 and most Sunday Mornings at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, Silent Meditation from 10:00am - 11:00am, Meditation Talk from 11:00am - 12:00pm, Vegetarian lunch to follow, Free

    Weekly Meditation on Sunday Mornings
    except for the first Sunday of the month
    at the Science of Spirituality  DC Center

    Sunday Morning Silent Meditation
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Sunday Morning Meditation Talk
    11:00am - 12:00pm
    All welcome regardless of level of experience

    Meditation Talk and Meditation at 11:00am is recommended for new folks. Feel free to arrive when you can to meditate with the group in a silent format so if you are an experienced meditator you are welcome to arrive anytime starting from 10:00am for a silent meditation sit. Vegetarian lunch is provided after the meditation talk. at noon, for those who participate in the morning program.

    Sunday, November 19
    10.00 - 11:00 am Meditation
    11:00 - 12:00 pm English Satsang/ Talk
    12:00 - 1:00 pm Vegetarian Lunch

    Meditation Talks in Other Languages
    10:30 - 11:30 am Spanish Satsang
    1:00 - 2:00 pm Hindi Satsang

    The Science of Spirituality Meditation DC Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and offers many free workshops and events. The center focuses on using the practice of Jyoti Meditation. Science of Spirituality has been offering free meditation workshops actively 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.

    SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and connect with them on twitter @SOSMeditate.
    Science of Spirituality - DC Center
    2950 Arizona Ave NW
    at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
    Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close but they don't run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. For those of you with smart phones who don't own cars you may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are or from the Tenleytown Metro, which is closest. See promo below.

    New User Promotions: $10 off your first Lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at and use the promo code FREEINDC14. I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request future rides.

    UPCOMING: MAGIC + COMEDY: Weekly: "Madam's Magical Comedy Show" every Monday Night at Madam's Organ in Adams Morgan with Mentalist + Magician Alain Nu, Comedian Haywood Turnipseed, Jr. and others MON, Nov 20 at 8:30pm, doors at 8:00pm, $3, 21+

    "Madam's Magical Comedy Show" features Comedy + Magic with Haywood Turnipseed, Jr., mentalist and magician Alain Nu and local comics at Madams Organ
    every Monday night 
    8:30pm - 10:30pm or so, 8:00pm doors
    $3, 21+ 

    Every Monday you can enjoy comedy and a comedy open mic hosted by Haywood Turnipseed, Jr and magic and other wow tricks from mentalist Alain Nu, "The Man Who Knows" every Monday night at Madams Organ on their second floor stage. 

    Next Show - Monday, November 20

    Magician Alain Nu: "Throughout his entire life, Alain Nu, The Man Who Knows, has been looking at life with an unusual perspective and doing amazing things. Starting at a very early age, with interests in uncanny phenomena, hypnosis, eastern mysticism and illusions, Alain realized for himself a fantastic world of possibilities and interesting explorations."

    Comedian Haywood Turnipseed Jr. "As a husband/dad/Telephone Man/Jedi by day and a stand-up comic/occasional Sith Lord by night, Haywood Turnipseed still finds time to entertain DC’s masses at comedy spots around the region. Originally from the Holy Land of Indiana, Haywood now resides in DC with his family and is a U.S. Air Force Veteran."

    Madam's Organ
    2461 18th St NW
    in Adams Morgan, next door to Tryst 
    Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/ 18th St stop by the FedEx or walk, about 15 minutes from either station, or you can catch the 42 or 43 bus from Connecticut Ave or Dupont Circle toward Mt Pleasant and get off at 18th & Columbia Rd. The 90 bus lines and L2 bus also go to 18th & Columbia if that is better for you. See metro trip-planner for best options. You can also take uber or lyft there. See new user promotions below.

    New user promotions for uber and lyft! Get $10 off your first Lyft with promo code FREEINDC10 Sign up at Get $20 off your first Uber with promo code FREEINDC14 Sign up at While I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request future rides.

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    UPCOMING: COMEDY: "Attack of the Comics" Free Comedy Show at Solly's on U St hosted by Haywood Turnipseed on TUES, Nov 21 and every 1st, 2nd & 3rd TUES of the month from 8:30pm- 11:00pm, doors 8:00pm, Free, 21+

    Attack of the Comics at Solly's on U St
    every 1st, 2nd  & 3rd Tuesday of the month
    8:30pm - 11:00pm, doors 8:00pm
    Free, 21+

    Next Show - Tuesday, November 21

    Every 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday at Solly's Tavern on U St you can enjoy a unique comedy "studio" in DC, Attack of the Comics. See some of the area's funniest comics perform there three times a month. Hosted by Haywood Turnipseed, Jr., the show includes music provided by a DJ, surprise special guests, audience participation and chances to win free drinks.

    1942 11th St NW
    at the corner of 11th & U St NW
    Metro: U St 

    Sunday, November 12, 2017

    UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more Free and low-cost events every day @FreeinDCBlog on twitter - and if you don't use twitter, no worries, you don't need an account to view the page!

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

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

    Sunday, October 29, 2017

    OF NOTE: FITNESS: Fitiverse is Free to Join and helps you to Connect with new Workout buddies and Find Free Fitness Activities in your area

    Want to get fit? Connect on Fitiverse!
    No gym, no problem! Free to join
    Find new fitness buddies and activities and 50+ Free weekly classes in DC

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

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

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

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

    Thursday, September 1, 2016

    OF NOTE: WIFI: Here's a list of Where to get Free Wi-Fi! Go online at Coffeeshops, Cafes, Museums, Libraries, Parks, Bars and Restaurants, Places to get Free Wireless Internet in DC, MD and VA

    Updated December 29, 2015. Here is a list of coffee shops and other spots with free wireless internet in DC, and parts of VA and MD. I am sure there are more I haven't listed yet... Please add any additional locations in DC or next to a metro in MD or VA along with the address, area, and link if you have it in the comment section and I will add it to the list! If you know of any changes, please let me know of those as well. You can comment tweet me @FreeinDCBlog or message me on Free in DC's facebook page or send an email to if you have any updates to this list (new places or places listed here that may be closed, etc...) Thanks!

    My personal favorite independent coffee shops to work from, listed alphabetically: Blind Dog Cafe, Bourbon, Chinatown Coffee, Coffy Cafe, Filter, Flying Fish, Pleasant Pops, Tryst, Tynan and Vigalante. All are self serve except for Tryst which has waiter service. 

    INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOPS & CAFES (without waiter service)
    For ease of use, this list is organized alphabetically by neighborhood, and rest is alphabetical too. 


    The Potter's House
    Now Renovated! "Cafe, Bookstore, and Community Space - Rooted in Adams Morgan Since 1960"
    1658 Columbia Rd NW
    between 16th & 17th St NW 
    beautiful space, light food available, variety of coffee drinks  
    Monday - Friday | 7am - 9pm Saturday | 8am - 10pm Sunday | 8am-6pm

    Pleasant Pops
    delicious veggie sandwiches, soups, salads, a great section of local foods and really good espresso drinks from Ceremony Coffee
    1781 Florida Ave NW
    near the intersection of 18th & Florida Ave, by Mint Gym
    at the bottom of Adams Morgan, north of Dupont

    Sugar Daddy's
    2006 18th St NW
    bakery near Florida Ave 
    at the bottom of Adams Morgan, north of Dupont

    Big Bear Cafe
    Note - they have a cute outdoor area 
    really delicious coffee drinks, cute spot
    1st & R St NW
    nearest metro is NoMa, closest by bus

    Jacob's Coffee House
    8th & D St, NE 
    walk or bus from Eastern Market

    Chinatown Coffee Company
    standard benches and chairs, delicious espresso
    if you're looking for cushy sofas, not your spot
    now serving beer, wine and absinthe!
    475 H St NW

    Compass Coffee 
    650 F Street NW
    New location opened in May 2016

    Bakers & Baristas
    501 Seventh St NW
    click link to read more about the venue

    Coffy Cafe
    At Park Rd, across from the Tivoli large community space, retro vibe.
    Large space with a small upper level, yummy coffee and espresso from Ceremony coffee, and crepes
    3310 14th St NW

    Tynan Coffee and Tea 
    You get a 2 hour free wifi ticket with purchase
    open 'til 8:00pm daily, next to metro and Five Guys
    1400 Irving St NW

    Sticky Fingers Bakery
    *vegan food only* good for gluten free too
    Note: they do not offer cream for your coffee
    pink glittery furniture with old school diner vibe
    Note: I heard that they turn off their wifi on Saturdays
    so check first if you go on a weekend
    1370 Park Rd, NW

    gelato and coffee bar, ritual coffee
    some seating and community table
    1704 Connecticut Ave, NW -near R St
    Note: locations also in Bethesda and Georgetown 
    but not sure if they have wireless there

    note - they also have a small outdoor area
    nice place, good coffee, but super small
    inside can be hard to find seating sometimes
    1726 20th NW (between R & S)

    note - they also have an outdoor area 
    one of DC's very first coffeeshops!
    (didn't see website, reviews online) please
    call for info 202- 463-7646
    2150 P St NW

    Peregrine Espresso
    660 Pennsylvania Ave SE
    Note: They have a small shop also on 14th St, near U, that does not offer wireless internet

    Port City Java
    701 North Carolina Ave. SE

    Bourbon Coffee 
    "crop to cup" beans from Rwanda!
    Super comfy, nice decor! Great story/mission.
    try the ice kaffe in summer - ice cream + espresso!
    2101 L St NW

    Baked and Wired
    Cupcakes and coffee, the only indie coffee shop in the area.
    Just past canal from M St between 30th & 31st St, K & M St
    1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW

    417 H St NE

    Dolcezza - New location with late night hours!
    at the corner of
    14th & P St NW
    Monday - Thursday: 7am-11pm Friday 7am-12am
    Saturday 8am-12am Sunday 8am - 11pm
    They also have a location in Dupont Circle
    Metro: best reached by the Circulator bus, Woodley-McPherson route that also goes up 14th St and by the Columbia Heights Metro, right to 14th & RI Ave or P St, you can also take any bus along 14th St.

    Kafe Bohem
    Viennese-style coffeehouse, open until 5pm daily, attached to Bistro Bohem
    600 Florida Ave NW

    Compass Coffee 
    One of the newest places in DC, beans roast in house!
    Interesting story behind this place too, learn more here
    Daily form 7:00am - 8:00pm
    1535 7th St NW - near Q St 
    Note: They have two additional locations now! One in Chinatown and another in Shaw

    Compass Coffee at The Shay
    located inside The Shay building
    1921 8th St NW

    U ST 
    The Wydown 
    Now on 14th St right next to the Trader Joe's
    Mon - Fri 6am-10pm Sat & Sun 8am-10pm
    1924 14th St NW

    The Coffee Bar - TCB
    1201 S St NW
    they also have a large area for outside seating

    Ebenezers Coffeehouse
    201 F St NE

    OTHER PLACES (without waiter service)
    Steam Cafe & Lounge
    note - they also have an outdoor area
    1700 17th St NW around R St
    Dupont Circle/ 17th St

    Bruegger's Bagel Bakery
    2101 L St NW
    (next door to Bourbon Coffee)
    See their 
    website for hours and more info.

    Foggy Bottom/ K St Area

    INDEPENDENT CAFES & RESTAURANTS (with coffee, food, and waiter service) 
    Busboys & Poets - two locations in DC
    (waiter service only)
    1025 5th St NW  - 5th & K 
    Chinatown/ Mt Vernon Sq
    2021 14th St NW - 14 & V 
    U St Area

    Open City
    large outdoor seating area and semi-outdoor space
    Sister restaurant to Tryst, good coffee drinks
    2331 Calvert St NW, close to Connecticut
    Woodley Park

    The Coupe
    upscale diner, coffee shop and bar  open late
    owned by the same folks that own Tryst, Open City and The Diner
    Sun - Thurs 6:00am - 12:00am
    Fri - Sat 6:00am - 1:00am
    3415 11th St NW
    Columbia Heights

    (waiter service only)
    Note: Wi-Fi turned off on weekends
    great espresso drinks, good food
    2459 28th St NW
    Adams Morgan

    OUTDOOR PARKS with Free WiFi!
    Farragut Square
    17th St & I St
    Yes, there is Free Wifi in the Park!
    Select Golden Triangle Wireless
    it will direct you to 
    Golden Triangle BID site

    which is also a great resource for local spots
    Farragut West or North

    free wireless in courtyards and park areas, see map
    Crystal City

    Au Bon Pain
    Free wifi, locations all over the city
    Metro Center, L St, Chinatown, etc...

    Peet's Coffee
    13th & G  - 601 13th St
    Metro Center
    15th & M - 1156 15th St
    McPherson Sq
    17th & L - 1101 17th St NW
    Farragut North 
    1800 M St NW
    Farragut North

    Corner Bakery
    locations throughout the city!

    Pret A Manger
    11th and F 1155 F St NW
    Metro Center
    14th and H 1399 New York Ave NW
    McPherson Sq
    15th and K 1432 K St NW
    McPherson Sq
    17th and K  1701 K St NW
    Note: No WiFi at this one
    Farragut North
    18th and I  1825 Eye St NW
    Farragut West
    19th and L 1828 L St NW
    Farragut North
    Union Station 50 Mass Ave NW
    Union Station

    Saxby's Coffee
    Hours vary at each location 
    Georgetown, near University
    3500 O St NW
    Downtown, near K St

    1000 Vermont Ave NW
    Dupont Circle, South exit
    1309 19th St NW

    CHAINS in DC with locations also in MD & VA
    Barnes and Noble
    All Barnes and Noble's now offers free wifi!
    Locations in MD and VA, all DC stores have closed unfortunately. Clarendon, Bethesda, Springfield and Rockville are close to metro I believe. Tysons Corner, Seven Corners and Potomac, car required.

    locations throughout the city and in MD and VA!
    Dupont, Downtown, Capitol Hill, and Ballston in VA

    Harris Teeter - Citadelnow has a fancy coffee machine and wifi in their cafe
    1631 Kalorama Rd - between 16h & 17th St
    Adams Morgan/ 16th St

    IHOP - Open 24 hours!
    **This is the only free wireless spot I know of open 24 hours**
    Irving &14th St, NW
    Columbia Heights (not sure if the one in Ballston has internet)
    New: Apparently, most all of the McDonalds in the area now have offer free wireless internet! To see which ones in the area have wi-fi and to learn more, please click here. You'll want to type in your zipcode and look for the ones with a green box on the far right.

    1350 Connecticut Avenue
    Dupont Circle 
    Irving at 14th St, NW
    Columbia Heights
    Wisconsin Ave, above the metro
    H St NW between 6th and 7th
    Panera also has locations by metro in MD & VA:
    just north on Colesville at Georgia
    Silver Spring, MD
    in the Ballston Commons Mall
    Ballston, VA

    many Safeway stores now have free wireless in their cafes so you should call first
    some are run by Starbucks. I know for sure that these two have:
    1100 4th St, SW
    Waterfront Metro
    5th & K St, NW
    Gallery Place, Mt Vernon Sq, Circulator bus

    lots of locations all over the city

    pizza and sandwich place, casual
    multiple locations, see list online
    Tenley has wifi, not sure if the others do, please call
    4529 Wisconsin Avenue NW

    Breadsoda *Late Night Spot*
    beer, billiards, sandwiches, open late!
    2233 Wisconsin Ave, NW
    Glover Park (bus access from Tenleytown metro)

    Buffalo Billiards
    1330 19th St NW
    Dupont Circle

    1443 P St NW
    Logan Circle
    821 Upsher St, NW
    Georgia Ave - Petworth

    Red Derby
    3718 14th St NW (at Quincy)

    Georgia Ave/Petworth

    Z Burger
    4321 Wisconsin Ave, NW


    Smithsonian American Art Museum & NPG
    Kogod Courtyard + The Luce Foundation Center - 3rd Floor
    Open 11:00am - 7:00pm
    Two great spots to work from, Luce has a community table and places to plug in
    8th & F St NW

    Open 8:30am - 5:30pm
    they have free wireless in cafe area
    coffee and food is pricey if you are hungry
    you may want to pack snacks or food
    1000 Jefferson Drive, SW

    Great quiet places to work throughout DC!
    View the list of Library locations! 
    MLK Library at 9th & G St, NW is open latest
    I know that these are right near metro:
    Tenleytown (new library! right by metro)
    Shaw (new library! right by metro)
    Cleveland Park (about a block or so from metro)

    Arlington Central Library
    1015 N Quincy St
    Virginia Sq or Ballston 

    Artisphere *Late Night Spot*
    open late! free wi-fi art space
    Wed - Fri: 4:00pm - 11:00pm*
    Sat: Noon - 11:00pm
    Sun: Noon - 5:00pm
    Mon - Tues: Closed
    Open later pending programmed events

    Busboys and Poets
    Shirlington, VA (not near metro, take bus or car)
    really great coffee shop with cupcakes and other baked goods
    I was thrilled to discover this one in Arlington! Try their 9:30 cupcake, it is so good!
    818 N. Quincy - entrance is on Wilson Blvd, near sweetgreen 
    Ballston (walk to Wilson, turn left and go a few blocks)
    Note: They also have a second location in Alexandria, VA but I haven't been there so not sure if it's accessible by metro or if they have wireless there

    1000 N. Randolph St

    2507 N. Franklin Rd
    Arlington, VA 22201
    Free wireless on Weekdays and
    Until 1:00pm on Sat, Sun & Holidays

    the food and coffee here is quite good
    3211 Wilson Blvd

    in the Ballston Commons Mall

    Jason's Deli
    7356 Baltimore Ave.
    College Park - about a 10 min walk from the Metro

    Monday, December 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

    Museums and other places "Off The Mall" 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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