Friday, December 15, 2017

UPCOMING: IMPROV: Tonight! Get discount tickets to Washington Improv Theater's "Seasonal Disorder" shows this FRI, Dec 15 & SAT, Dec 16 at 9:30pm at Source, tickets regularly $14 with fee, use special promo code for $10 tickets!

Washington Improv Theater presents "Seasonal Disorder" Special Discount for Late Shows featuring GIRLish
Friday, December 15 & Saturday, December 16
9:30pm
Use promo code FREEINDC to save $4, tickets just $10 tickets with no service fee!

This Friday and Saturday you can see Girlish perform along with a WIT company ensemble opening the show for them. 

The improv & sketch duo "Girlish" features Alex Bellisle and Stephanie Anderson. When improvising, this dynamic duo play awkward weirdos inside everyday life situations. Their self-titled sketch comedy revue is inspired by Steph & Alex's true life experiences and offers social satire woven with music, movement, a little absurdity and a lot of fun! This critically-acclaimed revue opened in 2016 at MCL Chicago, and after showcasing at the NYC Fringe Festival has been toured to cities around the country. This weekend they come to DC!

Friday, December 15
Love Onion + GIRLish (sketch)
9:30pm

This show also features WIT company ensemble Love Onion. "From afar, Love Onion looks like just another dirty root vegetable. But slice that baby open and you’ll find a loving heart surrounded by an emotional support system of vitamin C, calcium and iron. And that's a fact."

Saturday, December 16
Madeline + GIRLish (sketch)
9:30pm

This show also features WIT company ensemble  Madeline. "Centuries from now, the Intergalactic Council of Comedy will send eight improvisers back to the year 2014, as one last chance to save humanity. The project, known as Making A Different Entertaining TimeLINE, or MADELINE will use the concepts of fast thinking and slow improv to restore humor to Earth."

Remember to use the promo code FREEINDC to get tickets for $10, no additional fees.

Source Theatre
1835 14th St NW
near the corner of 14th & T
Metro: U St and walk to 14th St, turn left, Source is about a block or so down on the left side. You can also take the Circulator bus or any number of buses along 14th St to U or along U St to 14th

UPCOMING: STAGED READING: Tonight! The "Scripts in Play Festival" continues with a Free Staged Reading of "Far Away" on FRI, Dec 15 at 7:30pm, Festival runs through SUN, Dec 17 at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA

Scripts in Play Festival, a series of Play Readings, kicks off this Friday, December 1 at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA Free!
14 staged readings of 12 new plays 
Friday, December 1 - Sunday, December 17 
Free

After each reading there will be an afterchat where they will ask for your feedback. Including the chat, the program will run about 2.5 hours. The feedback you give will help Avant Bard plan future seasons. You can see a short video promo about the festival and learn more about Avant Bard here.

What to expect? "Staged reading is the common term for actors who have rehearsed the play reading their parts on book. Typically in performance the actors stand and read from scripts placed on music stands, though some scenes might be blocked and acted out more fully. It varies a lot, depending on the script and the director."

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Final Free Readings!

Friday, December 15
Far Away
7:30pm

Saturday, December 16
Marvellous, An Illuminated Tale
2:00pm

Her, Across The River
7:30pm

Sunday, December 17
Sizwe Bansi Is Dead
2:00pm

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. 


UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today + Tonight! Here's a list of more free and low-cost events happening in DC on FRI, Dec 15

Friday, December 15

Here is a list of more Free and low-cost events from the Current Newspaper daily events page (Thanks to The Current Newspaper staff for compiling!). Events are organized by start time. Some events may require advance RSVP, if so that will also be noted. If more information is needed about the event or the venue you can search google or refer to the links included if they are listed. For public transit access by bus or metro, see metro trip-planner.

Morning 
  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts will host “CreativeMornings,” a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community. 8 to 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Great Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. creativemornings.com.
Noon
  • The Friday Noon Concert series will feature pianist Audrey Andrist. Noon - 12:30pm. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3.
  • The Friday Morning Music Club will present a composer concert featuring works by Steven Schwarz, Emmanuel Dubois, Mark Simon, Jonathan Newmark and Leslie Bennett. A holiday reception will follow. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075.
  • Villanova University professor Victor Brooks will discuss his book “1967: The Year of Fire and Ice,” which features the dramatic events that occurred that year, ranging from the first Super Bowl to the start of the 1968 presidential campaign to the “Summer of Love.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Neil Weston, director of music at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church, will present an organ recital featuring “Christmas Dance of the Little Animals,” “Christmas in Sicily” and other holiday selections. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103.
Starting at Noon - All Day

     12:00pm - 8:00pm
  • The 13th annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.  The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
     12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Afternoon

     2:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Special Holiday event for those in need. The United Methodist Church will present “The True Meaning of Christmas Tour,” with a bedecked tour truck offering hot cocoa and collecting canned goods and coats for local people in need. 2 to 6 p.m. Free. 7th and H streets NW. UnwrapChristmas.org.
Evening

     5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • The Heurich House Museum’s “Mini Markt: Wrap the Children’s Gifts” will feature children’s toys and clothing from D For Dolls and Outta Our Minds. The event will include a self-guided tour of the mansion decorated for the holidays. 5 to 8 p.m. $10; $2 for ages 2 through 12. Castle Garden, Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. heurichchristmas.org/mini-markts.
     5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly LED displays, a light show set to music, 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel, live entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark play zone for children. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).
  • In conjunction with the “ZooLights” festival, the National Zoo will host the GRUMP Holiday Market with arts and crafts made by local artisans. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. Near the main entrance to the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will continue Saturday and Sunday with different vendors.
     5:15pm
  • As part of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Family Week, a backstage tour will follow the daily path of actors from dressing rooms to the stage. 5:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
     5:30pm
  • The “Holiday Lobbying” concert series will feature the Georgetown Visitation Madrigals. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100.
     6:00pm
  • Diana Gameros — a nationally recognized Mexican singer-songwriter, guitarist and composer based in the San Francisco Bay area — will perform songs from her new album, “Arrullo,” a love letter to her homeland made up of 13 renditions of classic Mexican songs. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Jazz Nights” series will feature D.C. jazz trio Epsilon, with Mike Okusami on bass, Paul Jung on drums and Matt Henderson on keyboard. 6 to 7:45 p.m. Free. Mezzanine, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
  • The Italian Cultural Institute will present “Alfabeto Falso,” a concert by Simone Vallerotonda and I Bassifondi mirroring a typical instrumental session in 17th-century Italy. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. www.iicwashington.esteri.it.
     6:30pm
  • The Potter’s House will screen “Homelessly in Love,” a feature-length documentary about the romantic lives of five men and women experiencing housing instability in the District. A Q&A will follow. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.




Wednesday, December 13, 2017

UPCOMING:MUSIC: Hear a live performance of Handel's "Messiah" this SAT, Dec 16 at 11:00am at the Capitol Hill SDA Church, by Eastern Market, Family-Friendly, Free

Capitol Hill SDA Church presents Handel's "Messiah"
Saturday, December 16
11:00am
Family-friendly, Free

All are welcome to come to enjoy the free performance of Handel's "Messiah" at the Capitol Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church featuring the Capitol Hill Chorale (director, Ramón B. Braxton), Deleware State University Choir, Denna Purdie and Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. Lloyd Mallory, Jr. This musical presentation will be ASL interpreted by Denise Sloan, Dominique Evans, and Valerie Robinson.

Soloists and musicians include:

between Constitution Ave and A St NE
Metro: Eastern Market, about a 12 minute, 0.6 mile walk from the metro  



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

UPCOMING: CONCERT: "Music with the Angels" concert with Saxophonist Zulfugar Baghirov and Pianist Ramin Amir Arjomand this SAT, Dec 16 at the Church of the Holy City on 16th St at 7:30pm, by donation

"Music with the Angels" Piano and Saxophone Concert
at the Church of the Holy City on 16th St near Corcoran
Saturday, December 16
7:30pm
All welcome, by donation, $10 suggested, to support the artists 
Meet the Artists reception following the concert
you can view and share the facebook event page here

Award-Winning Performers and Composers Saxophonist Zulfugar Baghirov and Pianist Ramin Amir Arjomand perform.

From the Artists: "All compositions are born during the time they are played. The length of the pieces varies from several minutes long up to 45-50 minutes long. Depending on the mood and feel of that time. We count it off (without rhythm) and hop it goes. Not even what mood, key or meter - pretty much nothing. While improvisation is unveiling we build structures and forms on the spot during the performance. And music has a very wide mixtures of influences including Classical, Jazz, Free Form Improvisation, 20th Century atonal, etc."

Church of the Holy City
1611 16th St NW (see map)
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk over or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St right there, stop closest to Corcoran.

UPCOMING: HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Hands on Drum hosts their 3rd Annual Bazaar and Craft Market on SUN, Dec 17 from 11:00am - 8:00pm, Family-Friendly, Free

Holiday Bazaar and Ghana Send-Off Party at Hands on Drums
Sunday, December 17
11:00am - 8:00pm
Free and family-friendly!

Holiday Bazaar and Ghana Send-Off Party at Hands on Drums! From teh event page: "Come celebrate with us and send off our Hands On Drums Ghana trip crew with style! Sales, entertainment and food! ♥ "

Come out out and enjoy:
Hands on Drums
600 Rhode Island Avenue NE
Metro: Rhode Island Avenue, short walk from the metro

UPCOMING: IMPROV CLASS: The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale hosts their Monthly Free Improv Workshop on SUN, Dec 17 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm, RSVP now to ensure your space!

Monthly Free Improv Workshop at The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale 
Sunday, December 17
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free, RSVP to info@unifiedscenetheater.com

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 info@unifiedscenetheater.com

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.

Monday, December 11, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Meditate in Community on SUN, Dec 17 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
Free
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.

Next gathering will be on Sunday, December 17
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 lyft.com. $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at uber.com 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 on MON, Dec 18 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, December 18

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 lyft.com. Get $20 off your first Uber with promo code FREEINDC14 Sign up at uber.com. 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.

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Free Four-Week Intro to Meditation continues on MON, Dec 18 and the next two Mondays thru MON, Jan 1 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Science of Spirituality DC Center in NW, close to American University

Free Four Week Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next session!
Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks
Facilitated by Sangeeta Prasad and Paola Neyra

Series continues - Monday, December 18 
and the next two Mondays, thru January 1
7:00pm - 8:30pm
No experience necessary, all welcome to attend!
Free, RSVP required, email DCinfo@sos.org or call (937) 361-4515 or (630) 597-5174

Note: If you weren't able to attend the first session in the 4-Week series on Monday, December 11 you're welcome to join in the second session, Monday, December 18, just RSVP to let them know you plan to attend.

"Jyoti meditation provides the experience of inner light, the joy of self discovery, and the lasting value of spirituality as a complement to physical, intellectual, and cultural attainments." Introductory classes will run in four-week cycles which repeat. For those who wish to go on after the intro sessions, there will be intermediate and advanced classes continuing throughout the year.

SOS DC also offers 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 Science of Spirituality on twitter at @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 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.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

UPCOMING: COMEDY: "Attack of the Comics" Free Comedy Show at Solly's on U St hosted by Haywood Turnipseed on TUES, Dec 19 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, December 19

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 

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Michele Sometimes hosts “Black Card Declined: A Comedy Game Show" where Comedians answer Trivia related to Black African-American Culture WED, Dec 20 from 9:00pm - 10:30pm at Drafthouse Comedy on L St, $5 plus small fee online or $10 at the door, 18+

Black Card Declined: A Comedy Game Show
hosted by Michele Sometimes
Wednesday, December 20
9:00pm - 10:30pm
$5 plus fee when you buy tickets online or $10 at the door
This month proceeds will  benefit Black Lives Matter DC
See video clip from a recent show!

Come on out for a one-of-a-kind comedy show where comedians will have to answer a trivia question related to Black African-American Culture. If they are right, they move into a 10 minute comedy set. If they answer the question wrong, they get just 7 minutes and give the audience member a chance to answer the question correctly! Hosted by comedian Michele Sometimes, the line-up includes a variety of some of the best comedians in the DC area!

Unlike some other comedy venues, this venue is open to those 18+ and does not have any minimum purchase requirement. 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. Opened in April of 2016 and operated by the same folks who run Arlington Drafthouse, Drafthouse is a unique comedy arts performance space located in the heart of downtown DC at the corner of 13th & L St NW.

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

Thursday, November 30, 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!

Sunday, November 26, 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!

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 freeindcblog@gmail.com 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. 

ADAMS MORGAN

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

BLOOMINGDALE
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

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

CHINATOWN
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

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS & MT PLEASANT
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

DUPONT CIRCLE
Dolcezza
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

Filter 
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

EASTERN MARKET
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


FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END
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

GEORGETOWN
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

H ST CORRIDOR, NE
417 H St NE

LOGAN CIRCLE
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.

SHAW
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

UNION STATION
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

CHAIN STORES & CAFES in DC
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.

Cosi
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
Tenleytown
H St NW between 6th and 7th
Chinatown
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

BARS & RESTAURANTS IN DC
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
Tenleytown

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

Commisary
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

Tenlyetown


MUSEUMS
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

Chinatown
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
Smithsonian

DC PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Great quiet places to work throughout DC!
View the list of Library locations! 
MLK Library at 9th & G St, NW is open latest
Chinatown
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)

NORTHERN VIRGINIA
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
Rosslyn

Busboys and Poets
Shirlington, VA (not near metro, take bus or car)
Buzz 
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
Ballston

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

the food and coffee here is quite good
3211 Wilson Blvd
Clarendon

in the Ballston Commons Mall
Ballston

INDEPENDENT CAFES IN MD
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!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: MURALS: Check out some great Murals throughout DC!

Find murals in DC at these, and other locations.
Learn more about Murals DC
Also, see this map on google for Outdoor Art in DC

Walter Pierce Park
2630 Adams Mill Rd, NW - near Ontario Pl
Artist: Aniekan Udofia

3904 14th Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life

314 Carroll Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life

907 Barry Pl NW
Artist: Albus Cavus

1320B Good Hope Road, SE

Artist: Helping Inner City Kids Succeed (HICKS)

615 Division Ave, NE
Artist: Ward 7 Arts Collaborative

See Metro for best bus or metro access