Wednesday, March 4, 2015

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! More Free events this WED, March 4 - MON, March 9 from - a Fabulous Resource for Arts & Culture Events in DC, VA & MD Metro Area!

Here are some more great free arts and culture events from! This site is a fantastic resource for events provided by CultureCapital (formerly known as the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington) a wonderful organization that supports and highlights the DC metro area's vibrant and diverse arts community!

Find more free events and exhibits on view inside of the beltway on the custom designed "Free in DC" Inside Out page on and you can connect with on facebook now too! TICKETPLACE is another great program of CultureCapital where you can find half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at

Wednesday, March 4

Lunchtime - Art Talk at NMWA - Metro Center
Gallery Talk: Collection Connections
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Note: Talk is free but if you want to tour the museum before or after, *regular admission applies.
Bite-size lunchtime talks are offered most Wednesdays throughout the special exhibition, Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea. This week, Member Relations Associate Emily Haight draws connections between artworks in this special exhibition and NMWA’s collection.. *Regular admission: $10, students with ID and 65+ $8, Free for NMWA members and youth 18 and under + Free Community Day on the first Sunday of every month 12:00pm - 5:00pm
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Metro: McPherson Sq or Metro Center, or take a bus to 13 & H St

Lunchtime - Author Talk & Book Signing at The Archives - Archives
Martha Jefferson: An Intimate Life with Thomas Jefferson
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Martha Jefferson is the first and only biography of Thomas Jefferson’s wife, who died at the young age of 33 in 1782. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, law professor William G. Hyland, Jr., discusses this little-known figure. 
National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

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Thursday,  March 5

Evening - Photography Show Opening Reception with the Curators at the Goethe - Chinatown 
Gute Aussichten: New German Photography 2014/2015: Opening Reception
Stefanie Schroeder
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Opening reception with curators Josefine Raab and Stefan Becht. The eight “gute aussichten 2014/2015” award winners (read more about the artists) are hot on life's heels. Death, migration, discrimination, loneliness, isolation and desperation are put face to face with happiness, cognizance, diversity and creative energy. The jury of seven chose eight award winners out of 115 applications from 40 different institutions. The works could hardly be more different from each other. Altogether, there are more than 300 images, two video projections and three books.
812 Seventh St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Evening - Monthly Salon for Artists & Arts Professionals in Old Town, VA - King St 

Salon: An Artful Conversation
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Judith HeartSong’s Salon: An Artful Conversation
is a monthly meeting of artists, writers, and arts professionals who come together to bond, network, and get out of their heads for a little while. It is a conversation, a support group, sometimes a counseling session, always a networking extravaganza, an experimental lab for new ideas, and a place to learn and grow by leaps and bounds as an artist and professional.
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street - on the Waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, VA
Metro: King St and take the free trolley down to the Waterfront or any bus that runs down King St and gets you close to the Torpedo Factory. For those of you with smart phones, you can also download the uber or lyft app on your phone and see details below for a new user promo for $10 or $20 off your first ride.

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Friday, March 6

Lunchtime - Author Talk & Book Signing at The Archives - Archives
Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Author Mark Will-Weber helps the National Archives launch its new exhibit, "Spirited Republic: Alchohol in American History,” with an account of how alcohol figured in memorable moments of our country’s history. A book signing will follow the program.
National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Late Afternoon - Panel on Latin Americans in the US at The Kennedy Center - Foggy Bottom
IBERIAN SUITE: Literature Panel: Latin American Cultural Presence and Influences in America
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Two experts from the Smithsonian--Eduardo Díaz and James Counts Early--lead a discussion about the contributions of Latin Americans and their enriching influence on American culture.
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Family Theater
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom, take free shuttle from metro

Art - Opening Reception for Solo Show at Gallery Underground - Crystal City, VA
Opening Reception for Screaming Babies: Linda Lowery Solo Exhibit
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Opening Reception for “Screaming Babies,” which features large portraits with a close-up view of raw emotion. Linda Lowery has been painting and drawing crying babies for the past five years in a loose, expressionistic style using bold color. Whatever feelings they evoke, they are sure to grab your attention. Presented by the Arlington Artists Alliance.Gallery Underground
Crystal City Shops
2100 Crystal Dr - Arlington, VA
Metro: Crystal City

Friday, March 6 & Saturday, March 7

Evening & Afternoon - Opening Reception + Meet the Artists at Zenith - upper 16th St
Culture Cluster: Opening Receptions
Friday 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday 2:00pm - 6:00pm
"Zenith Gallery presents Culture Cluster, where we've put together a distinguished and eclectic crew of some of our favorite artists, and added a dollop of new artists we’re very excited to show you in honor of our 37th anniversary. The resulting collection presents a wide array of materials, including: wood, clay, pieced metal, found objects and lighting elements, mixed media and mesh, cast glass, photography, acrylic on panel, and more! Join our Culture Cluster!"
Zenith Gallery
1429 Iris Street, NW
Metro: Silver Spring and take the S4 bus southbound along 16th St from the stop on Colesville Rd near East West Hwy to the stop closest to Iris, about a 15 minute bus ride. It's about a 6 minute car ride if you want to download the uber or lyft app on your phone and see details at the bottom of this post for a new user promo for $10 or $20 off your first ride.

Saturday, March 7

All Day - Art History Symposium at the NGA West Building - Archives
Public Symposium: Forty-Fifth Annual Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art
10:30am - 4:00pm
Illustrated lectures by graduate students in art history. Jointly sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and the University of Maryland department of art history and archaeology.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Late Afternoon - Chamber Music at Hillwood - Van Ness
Chamber Music Recital at Hillwood Museum and Gardens
4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Friday Morning Music Club presents a chamber concert featuring classical guitarist Charles Mokotoff along with works by Daniel Dorff: Two Cats for flute and clarinet, Villa-Lobos: Choro No. 2. Susan Brandt, flute; Albert Hunt, clarinet and Peter Wesenauer: Lasterhaftes Trio. Marion Richter, viola; Valerie Matthews, cello; Cyndy Elliott, bass.
Hillwood Museum and Gardens
4155 Linnean Avenue, NW
Metro: Van Ness - UDC and walk about 15 minutes, see google maps, there are two ways you can walk there, the walk can be a bit hilly if I recall. For those of you with smart phones, you can also download the uber or lyft app on your phone and see details at the bottom of this post for a new user promo for $10 or $20 off your first ride.

Follow "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for more free events and exhibits on view, on facebook, @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and TICKETPLACE for half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area!

Sunday, March 8

All Day - Women's Day Event at the NMWA - Metro Center
Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
10:00am - 4:00pm
In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, NMWA is organizing the third annual edit-a-thon focused on improving Wikipedia entries related to notable women artists and art world figures. This event is part of the larger Art+Feminism global initiative to help improve Wikipedia’s gender imbalance. Reservations required. Registrations will open in January. Please bring a laptop with power cord and photo ID. Extension cords and power strips are highly recommended.
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Metro: McPherson Sq or Metro Center, or take a bus to 13 & H St

Afternoon - Lecture on Intermedia Work with Composer & Performers at the NGA - Archives
A discussion of Intermedia work, in particular Roger Reynolds’s FLiGHT Project and the video “operas” of the late Robert Ashley. Participants include Tom Hamilton, a collaborator of Ashley’s, and Ross Karre, percussionist and Intermedia artist for performances of various works by Reynolds. Moderated by Roger Reynolds, Pulitzer prize-winning American composer and University Professor, University of California, San Diego. A performance of the initial sections of FLiGHT and works by Ashley and others will follow at 6:30pm, see those details below.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Afternoon - Art Opening & Artist Talk at Rockville JCC - White Flint, MD
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Artist Talk at 2:30pm
With a unique and innovative art form, Ronni Jolles uses hundreds of kinds of paper, gathered from around the world, to create highly textured and dimensional artwork. Whether it’s the cyclical journey of trees, a clothesline hanging outside a window, or a view of Jerusalem as the sun sets, the medium of paper delivers a sculptural quality that is truly inspiring.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd - Rockville, MD
Metro: White Flint and walk, bus or taxi, about a two minute drive or a twenty minute walk

Afternoon - Chamber Music at the Riversdale Museum - PG Plaza/ Riverdale, MD
The Riversdale's chamber music series continues with musicians from the University of Maryland performing Franz Schubert's Octet in F major.
4811 Riverdale Rd - Riverdale Park, MD
Metro: Prince George's Plaza can take The Bus #14 to Riverdale Rd & 48th Ave. You can also download the uber or lyft app, see details below for special promo for $10 or $20 off your first ride. 

Late Afternoon- Artist Talk & Closing Reception at the DCAC - Woodley Pk/ Adams Morgan 
5:00pm Artist Talk
Dis/Satisfaction: Permission to rewrite history is an exhibit featuring the newest Sparkplug, DCAC's Artist's Collective, members. Composed of nine diverse artists from the DC metro area, the works run the gamut from painterly expression to socially engaged performance art. This exciting body of work offers compelling and engaging commentary on current social issues and norms.
DCAC (DC Arts Center)
2438 18th St NW
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus one stop to Adams Mill or the 42 bus to 18th & Columbia from Dupont Circle

Evening - Concert at the NGA - Archives 
66th American Music Festival: Personal Visions: JACK Quartet
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Please arrive early for seating, no late admittance
Roger Reynolds: Guest Composer and pianist. Conlon Nancarrow: String Quartet No. 3. Michelle Lou: Porcupine. Robert Ashley: Resonant Combinations [A tribute to Cage] Roger Reynolds: The FLiGHT Project (an initial encounter)
West Garden Court
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

See the special "Free in DC" Inside Out feature on for more free events!

Monday, March 9

Lunchtime - Conversation with Young Composer at the NGA West Building - ArchivesWorks in Progress: Personal Vision and the Education of Young Composers in America
12:10pm & 1:10pm
A conversation between an outstanding young composer and one of America's leading mentors of young composers: Michelle Lou, composer and graduate of University of California, San Diego; and Roger Reynolds, Pulitzer prize-winning American composer and University Professor, University of California, San Diego.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Evening - Literary Reading at The Hill Center - Eastern Market 
Hill Center and PEN/Faulkner Present: Brando Skyhorse
7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital & PEN/Faulkner Reading Series features Brando Skyhorse, author of The Madonnas of Echo Park and Take This Man, in conversation with Lisa Page, Acting Director of Creative Writing, The George Washington University.
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Metro: Eastern Market

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UPCOMING: SPECIAL EVENT: Tonight! An Evening on the theme of Forgiveness: Meditation, Short Film Screening of "Admissions: A Film for Peace" followed by discussion with Producer John Viscount and Sister Jenna at The Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, MD this WED, March 4 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free, RSVP Requested

An Evening on the theme of Forgiveness: Meditation, Short Film Screening of "Admissions: A Film for Peace" followed by discussion with Producer John Viscount and Sister Jenna at The Meditation Museum in Silver Spring
Wednesday, March 4
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP here to ensure your space

"Admissions" is a short film - staged a bit more like a play, view trailer - starring Academy Award nominee James Cromwell that tells a transformational tale about what it takes to find forgiveness and the freedom it offers for us to move on and into love. Featuring an Israeli couple and a Palestinian, this modern parable is set in the Admissions Room for the afterlife. Its purpose is to start a conversation that heals. 

The film is about 20 minutes long and will be followed by a discussion with the producer and writer, John Viscount, who will be talking with Sister Jenna of The Meditation Museum. They'll be talking about the theme of forgiveness. The evening will include a screening of the film, discussion, and meditation.

8236 Georgia Avenue -  Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Silver Spring or take the S2 or S4 bus or any number of buses to Georgia & Wayne Ave, walk up Wayne to Georgia and turn right, it's about an 8 minute walk. If you take the metro, you can also walk along the new pedestrian trail just off of Colesville Rd, to the right of the parking structure, and follow the path til it brings you to Georgia Ave, right by the Meditation Museum. Driving? Please do not park in the Pyramid Atlantic Parking lot next door to the Museum. If you park there your car may be towed. This is a private lot for Pyramid Atlantic customers only.

UPCOMING: KIDS FILMS: Today! Free Kids Films at DC Libraries as part of the Environmental Film Festival WED, March 4 - SUN, March 8

Free Kids Films at DC Libraries as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Wednesday, March 4
FINconceivableLucky DucklingsMeJane and The Marvelous Musical Report of The Marine National Monuments
Lamond-Riggs Neighborhood Library
5401 South Dakota Avenue, NE
Metro: Fort Totten

Friday, March 6
Mt Pleasant Library
3160 16th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Lamont or the 42 or 43 bus to Lamont

Sunday, March 8
Metro: Tenleytown

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY WORKSHOP: Tonight! Twice-Monthly: Split This Rock & Beltway Poetry Slam's Poetry Writing Workshop series continues on WED, March 4 - and every first and third WED of the month - from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, $5

Split This Rock & Beltway Poetry Slam Writing Workshops
every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
6:30pm - 8:30pm
two-hour workshop only $5
All ages, no need to RSVP, just come ready to write!

Next Workshop - Wednesday, March 4

Starting in September 2014, Split This Rock and The Beltway Poetry Slam (the new reigning champions of the National Poetry Slam!) began hosting bi-monthly writing workshops, continuing on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month, downtown at the Split this Rock main headquarters on 16th St between L & M St NW.

1112 16th St NW, Suite 600 - between M and L St 
Metro: McPherson Sq, Farragut North or S2 or S4 bus along 16th to M St

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! Metales M5 (Mexico) performs on WED, March 4 as part of the Daily Free Performance Series at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Artists vary daily, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Free performances at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 
Performances every night, 365 days a year
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Click here for a complete schedule of performances

Wednesday, March 4
Metales M5 (Mexico)
Mix the shenanigans of the Blues Brothers with the seriousness of the Canadian Brass and you have Mexico's leading brass quintet. They synthesize classical, contemporary, folk, film, and pops arrangements with brilliant costumes, audience interaction, and Latin American charm.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY: Tonight! Monthly: "Pure Poetry" Open Mic for Poets, Musicians and Vocalists on WED, March 4 - and every first WED of the month - at Pure Lounge on U St, 8:00pm show, doors 6:00pm, $10, 21+

"Pure Poetry" Open Mic for Poets, Singers and Musicians at Pure Lounge on U St, hosted by by Orville Walker aka "Orville the Poet."
every first Wednesday of the month
8:00pm show, 6:00pm doors
$10, 21+

Next event - Wednesday, March 4
See this month's facebook invite for more details

1326 U St, NW
Metro: U St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: KARAOKE: Twice-Monthly: Kostume Karaoke - every first and third WED of the month - at Little Miss Whiskey's on H St NE from 9:00pm - 1:30am, Free, 21+

every first and third Wednesday of the month
9:00pm - 1:30am, or so
Free, 21+
plus, weekly event every Thursday at Solly's!

Next Kostume Karaoke - Wednesday, March 4

Some people come for the karaoke, some come for the costumes, some come for both... and a lot of silliness! Costumes provided, and you must be in costume to take the mic.
Kostume Karaoke now takes place every 1st & 3rd Wednesday at Little Miss Whiskey's on H St, NE. Connect Kostume Karaoke on facebook here.

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

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MINDFULNESS: Mindfulness Happy Hour in Dupont Circle, Relating Games and Meditation led by Klia Bassing of Visit Yourself on FRI, March 6 from 7:15pm - 8:30pm at Transformational Acupuncture, $10 special offer for fans of Free in DC, Advance RSVP Required

Mindfulness Happy Hours in Dupont Circle led by Klia Bassing of Visit Yourself every Friday night at Transformational Acupuncture
7:15pm - 8:30pm
$10 special offer for Free in DC fans
Enter Promo code FREEINDC for reduced rate of $10 for your first event, regular price is $26

Next event - Friday, March 6 - RSVP here

My friend Klia Bassing recently started hosting these fabulous Friday night Mindfulness Happy Hours and she is wanting to create a richer community of folks who may or may not be able afford the initial $26 first-time fee right now. This is not your usual happy hour.

Spend your Friday night "Happy Hour" in a new way! Meditating + Relating. Do you get bored with conversations that don’t feel real? Would you like to stay connected to your inner experience even while connecting with others? Does an evening of guided meditations and mindfulness games sound like your kind of good time? Come on out to one of these Mindfulness Happy Hours! Evening overview of what to expect:
  • Guided 10-15 minute meditation at the beginning of the eve, short guided meditation at the end
  • Interactive mindfulness games that invite you to be authentic, self-aware, and compassionate Some games will be in a large group, some in small groups
  • In-between games, there will be time to share individual experiences
  • At the end of the evening, you'll feel relaxed and--from having deeply connected with one another--the warmth of belonging.
For your first time attending, RSVP here with the coupon code FREEINDC to bring the "one alumni entry" from $15 to $10. Each person attending will need to register on their own. If you have a fabulous tome and would like to attend another Mindfulness Happy Hour, you can attend for as little as $12/session if you purchase multiple entries (for yourself and/or to bring friends) instead of the regular $26 fee. Save the date for the next one on Friday, March 13.

Klia Bassing in an interview on NBC news
Klia Bassing, MBA, MPP, a Mindfulness Meditation instructor since 2004, founded Visit Yourself at Work and is a teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (I met Klia through IMCW years ago when I first started meditating). You can find her on twitter @visityourself.  Klia brings a deep attentive presence and is known for her compassion and humor. If she senses it would be helpful to normalize a client's experience, she's shares her own personal experiences. Prior to teaching Mindfulness Meditation, Klia worked in international development at The World Bank and in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Transformational Acupuncture was founded Jeremy Riesenfeld, M.Ac., L.Ac., (who I first met when I was volunteering years ago at Crossings Healing in Silver Spring, MD). Jeremy has a passion for helping people transform their lives and health. For the past decade, he has used acupuncture and holistic health coaching to help patients with a range of mental, emotional and physical conditions. Learn more about him and the services offered here.

Transformational Acupuncture
1645 Connecticut Ave, NW
3rd floor, above The Hair Cuttery
Note: accessible by stairs only, no elevator
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q st north exit, walk north on Conn Ave, right side, about a block

UPCOMING: RETREAT: Free Women's Day Retreat - Workshops, Meditation, Yoga & Vegetarian Lunch - SAT, March 7 at Science of Spirituality's DC Center from 9:30am - 3:00pm, Please RSVP to ensure your space

Science of Spirituality presents Women's Day: Inviting Women of All Cultures and Traditions to Celebrate
Saturday, March 7
9:30am - 3:00pm
Free, Please RSVP here!
The theme for this retreat will be Healing Hearts

Come out and revitalize your mind, body and soul in honor of International Women's Day at this free daytime retreat at the Science of Spirituality's Center located in a residential neighborhood in DC, near Arizona & Cathedral Ave, NW. Vegetarian lunch will be provided to all who attend.

This day long retreat will include two pre-lunch and two-post lunch workshops with various speakers and instructors on meditation, yoga, aging with grace and self-leadership. Each workshop will last approximately 1 hour. Questions?

SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries and ongoing Sunday morning meditations as well as free four week introduction to Jyoti Meditation  on Monday nights at their DC Center.

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. For those with cars, street parking is available.

UPCOMING: MUSIC + PERFORMANCES: Free Concerts & Performances this FRI, March 6 & SAT, March 7 as part of the INTERSECTIONS Festival at Atlas on H St NE

Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival - through Sunday, March 7 

The Washington Post Cafe Concert Series - Free Performances in the Kogod Lobby and more free events below!

Cafe Concerts - Friday, March 6

6:30pm - 8:00pm
An acoustic duo of guitar, mandolin, and the harmonies of two singer songwriters creatively fuse diverse American musical genres from Blues to Bluegrass to Ragtime. 

Josh Walker & Karine Chapdelaine
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Nu-jazz guitarist joins forces with a Canadian double bassist to form a duo that has charmed audiences across the globe.

Cafe Concerts - Saturday, March 7
Elise Kress & Pat Egan
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Shimmering melodies, jigs, and reels on Celtic flute and guitar in a concert by two gems of DC’s thriving Irish music scene. 

The Bubbas
5:00pm - 6:00pm and 6:30pm - 7:00pm
A light-hearted and fun folk duo features Phil Kominski of the Lloyd Dobler Effect and Elizabeth Coyle Kominski. 

Plus, some additional free events:
Friday, March 6 

7:00pm - 8:15pm
The American premiere of an innovative Belgian mixed media theatre performance about war and the healing process from 1914 until today.

Saturday, March 7 

City at Peace: moving towards... moving towards...
2:00pm - 3:00pm
A relevant, revealing, raw original musical-in-process created by young people ages 14 - 24 that explores their process of moving toward the future.

Mary Hall Surface: Question, Respond, Envision
Join playwright/director/teaching artist Mary Hall Surface in a dynamic workshop for artists and audiences to experience the first steps of crafting an artistic response to what matters most to you.
Atlas Executive Director Douglas Yeuell hosts an open dance floor for soloists and duos to share new work. First come, first dance! "Music has open mics. This is open marley — for dancer and dance lovers. On the final night of the festival, dancers of all genres are invited to participate in the Atlas inaugural Open Marley night. Sign ups start at 9pm for solos and duets appropriate for a space that is 20 x 15. Bring your own music to plug into our sound system. Host Doug Yeuell will create an order and invite you to the stage in between guest featured dancers. Come all dance lovers, too! Bring a drink from the cafe into the cozy Lab 2 and experience experiments, improvisations, and premieres by DC’s exuberant dance community."

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE
Metro: Closest metro is Union Station but no direct buses from there, you can catch the X2 bus along H St NW from Gallery Pl - Chinatown if you don't want to take an uberx, taxi, etc... or you can catch any of the 90 line buses that go to 8th & H St NE and walk over. See metro trip-planner for bus info.  You may also want to consider taking uber or lyft there. For those of you with smart phones, you can download the uber or lyft app to your phone and get $10 off your first ride with promo code FREEINDC10 at Get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 when you sign up at - select uberx for best price!

Monday, March 2, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: DANCE: ReCreative Spaces hosts Contradiction Dance Open Class on SAT, March 7, and every SAT through March 21, 12:30pm - 2:00pm, Pay-what-you-can

Kelly King
Open Class with Contradiction Dance
drop-in class every Saturday through March 21
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Pay-what-you-can, $15 suggested donation
Please bring a water bottle and dress in layers if you can

Kelly King invites you to join the company each week in an exploration of various styles of contemporary dance and approaches to movement. Class typically includes an introduction, conditioning warm-up, across the floor exercises and a choreographed combination. Kelly is known for her warm and inviting approach to class; she encourages all who are curious to attend with an open heart and open mind!

Remaining classes on Saturday - March 7, 14 & 21. Stay tuned to the Contradiction Dance Facebook and Twitter pages for class updates during times where weather conditions may be bad.

ReCreative Spaces
1613 Rhode Island Ave NE
Metro: Rhode Island Ave and take the 81, 82, 83, or 86 bus directly to the front of the space. See metro trip-planner for bus times and options. Folks driving car find street parking in the area. You can also hop in an uber from the metro, select uberx for the most affordable option. Get $20 off your first ride when you download the app and use the promo code FREEINDC14.

UPCOMING: ART: First Friday Art Opening for the March Show featuring works by 14 Local Artists "(Re)creation" at ReCreative Spaces, New Art Space in NE near Brookland, FRI, March 6 from 7:00pm - 11:00pm, $5

First Friday Art Opening for the March Show (Re)creation at ReCreative Spaces featuring works by fourteen local artists!
Friday, March 6 
7:00pm - 11:00pm
$5, RSVP here
"Your support allows us to continue to offer low-cost, high-awesome creative programming"
On view Friday, March 6 - Tuesday, March 31

Meet the artists and get a first look at their work. The eve will include performances and food and beverage options will be available for purchase. 

This group show is built around the theme of recreation. Artists are given the flexibility to express this theme in any way they see fit, and may present up to two pieces in this open call exhibit. Participating Artists: Leon Allen, Lisa Allen, Becky Borlan, Erica Chamblee, Travis Childers, Kath Gayle, Adrian Harris, Jessica Jackson, Arthur Lee, Peter Lewis, Candy Schibli, Brendan Smith, Juliana Vallejo and Tiphanie Williams. 

Regular Gallery Hours:
Thursday & Friday 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm and by appointment

ReCreative Spaces, located near Brookland, is a new space in NE, created in partnership with The Menkiti Group, for people to gather and share their passion for art of all kinds! See their calendar of events here.

ReCreative Spaces
1613 Rhode Island Ave NE
Metro: Rhode Island Ave and take the 81, 82, 83, or 86 bus directly to the front of the space. See metro trip-planner for bus times and options. Folks driving car find street parking in the area.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: The next Yoga Share Community Yoga Class will be led by Neda on THURS, March 5 at BloomBars in Columbia Heights every THURS from 7:30pm - 9:00pm, Teachers and yoga styles vary each week, $10 donation requested

Yoga Share DC donation-based Weekly Yoga Class in Columbia Heights
at BloomBars!
primarily Kundalini Yoga, other styles as well, teachers vary each week
every Thursday night
7:30pm - 9:00pm
see the facebook group events page for details each week
Gather at 7:30. Class starts at 7:45. Tea at 9:00.
by donation, $10 or more suggested, give as you can, BYO yoga mat

Next Yoga Share - Thursday, March 5
Yoga Share Blooms with Neda!

Bring a mat, mug for tea and something warm to wrap yourself in! See the facebook group events page for details each week.

This week will be led by my friend  Neda. "Yoga has been a part of Neda’s life since 2002, and for the last thirteen years she has practiced a range of styles including Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar, and Vinyasa. She decided to become a certified yoga teacher in 2013 so that she could better understand and share her practice and the benefits of yoga with others. And so finally, last summer, she trekked to Rishikesh, India to learn the Sivananda traditional Hatha style. Her class will be mostly Sivananda-inspired, taking the students through some breathing exercises followed by sun salutations and a series of core postures aimed at maintaining a healthy spine."

Proceeds benefit BloomBars and the teacher leading the class each week. RSVP is requested to ensure your spot as the space is on the smaller side. Stick around after class for some homemade chai tea and connection time, bring a mug if you can.

The Yoga Share group hosts a yoga share for yoga teachers and yoga enthusiasts, with rotating teachers who volunteer to teach. Often times the class is Kundalini Yoga (Read more about Kundalini Yoga here) since Irina and Nina who started the group both practice and teach Kundalini. See invites each week on the Yoga Share DC page. Best to join the Yoga Share DC group on facebook to see the invite. Note: You'll need to join the Yoga Share DC group on facebook to RSVP to the facebook invite. You can also sign up for their emails here.

Each week there are different teachers who practice all kinds of yoga so best to check the invite to read more about the teacher who will be teaching that week and the style of yoga they will be offering. See the facebook group events page for details each week.

3222 11th St NW - just north of Kenyon
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th St one block, turn right on Kenyon, walk to 11th and turn left

Sunday, March 1, 2015

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Live in VA and Curious about Meditation? Come out to this Free Workshop in Arlington, VA with Gerry Gorman of Science of Spirituality on WED, March 11 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Cherrydale Library

"Meditation: A Tool to Balance Your Life - Body, Mind, and Spirit"
led by Gerry Gorman at the Cherrydale Library in Arlington, VA
Wednesday, March 11
7:00pm - 8:30pm

"We live in a fast paced world, filled with challenges and constant demands made on our precious time. Wouldn't it be nice if we could step back, take a little vacation from all the tension and find a place filled with joy, bliss and peace?"

When we learn how to meditate, we find such a place within our very selves. The practice of meditation contributes to a more positive, healthy lifestyle. It is an invaluable tool helping people reduce stress, gain a deeper sense of fulfillment in life as well as foster greater physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Join Gerry Gorman as he connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of our lives. He will offer a practical technique of meditation that can positively impact your life. Through first hand demonstrations of this simple yet highly effective method you will discover the key to deeper concentration, relaxation and profound personal growth. The presentation will also allow time for you to ask any questions you may have.

About the presenter: A student of meditation for over 30 years, Gerry studied with two of the most respected mystics of our time: Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj and Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. He is an example of how meditation can be practiced by someone while living a traditional western lifestyle. He describes a very practical form of meditation and explores how this practice can help each of us develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. Gerry has been married for over 30 years and has two grown children. He has worked as a professional engineer, engineering manager, and business development executive for a number of computer controls and technology companies. Today, he has his own company, Emergency Message Controls.

This free workshop is organized with Science of Spirituality DC. SOS DC offers free meditation workshops throughout the the DC metro area and at their beautiful DC Center. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and you can connect with the larger SOS Mid-Atlantic group on facebook and keep tabs on the local DC chapter on twitter @SOS_WashDC.

Cherrydale Branch Library
2190 N. Military Rd - Arlington, VA
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus options from the metro. If you are coming from downtown and don't want to metro and bus you can also catch the 3Y bus from 15th & I NW right there, about a thirty minute bus ride. 

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

Displaying photo.JPG Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany 
lunchtime concerts every Tuesday
12:10pm - 1:00pm
Free, donations appreciated, $10 suggested,
donations support music program and artists

View the schedule of performances

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

Next Concert - Tuesday, March 10 
Elizabeth Adams, violin Sam Post, piano: Schubert, Shostakovich and Schnittke — ‘Subversive Geniuses’.

Save the date for the next two Washington Bach Consort - Noontime Cantata on the first Tuesdays of the month, April 7 and May 5

1317 G St, NW
Metro: Metro Center

UPCOMING & ONGOING: DANCE: Weekly: Contact Improvisation Dance Class at the Dance Loft on THURS, March 5 - and every THURS - Dance from 7:00pm - 8:00pm, $10, Jam from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, $8 or both for $15

Weekly Contact Improvisation Dance Series on Thursdays at brand new space - The Dance Loft
for beginners and experienced folks, all welcome
every Thursday beginning February 26, 2015
drop-in class, RSVP requested here

Contact Improvisation Dance
  7:00pm - 8:00pm
Contact Improvisation Jam 
  8:00pm - 10:00pm 
  $8, or attend both for $15

What is Contact Improv? Learn more on this video from Germany. Come out to move, lift, roll & play while cultivating awareness of the connection with others. "We will take a break from Thursday classes after this class, lets get a great group together for this Thursday!"

The offerings at Dance Loft continue to expand! They now offer Gaga on Tuesdays and Contact improvisation Dance Jam on Thursdays, plus Ecstatic Dance every Saturday, Poi/Hoop/Acro Jam every Sunday at 5pm, Ballet on Sunday! Learn more and sign up for classes on the Dance Loft on 14 site here! Note: Please go to to check on weather related cancellations.

Dance Loft on 14
4618 14th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and take any of the 50 line buses north on 14th to Buchanan, about ten min.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: The Friday Morning Music Club Weekly Chamber Music Recital continues on FRI, March 6 - Concerts most FRI in Chinatown - from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Free

Friday Noon Chamber Recitals in Chinatown
with the Friday Morning Music Club
every Friday at noon
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Next Concert - Friday, March 6
see program details here 

The Friday Morning Music Club presents free noontime chamber concerts every Friday from October through May at the Calvary Baptist Church, located in downtown DC, right by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery and Pepco Edison Place Gallery, on 8th St NW, in the heart of Chinatown. Programs vary each week, see the FMMC website and calendar for program details.

Calvary Baptist Church
755 8th St. NW
Metro: Gallery Pl or walk from Metro Center

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: The Friday Noon Concert Series at the Arts Club of Washington, Free Mini-Concerts most Fridays, beginning FRI, Feb 20, from 12:00pm - 12:30pm, Free

Friday Noon Concerts at The Arts Club of Washington
most Fridays afternoons
12:00pm - 12:30pm
see calendar for weekly program details

Friday, March 6
Friday Noon Concert

"A longstanding Arts Club tradition, this popular concert series celebrated its 600th Friday performance last year. The concerts are held Fridays at noon, at the Arts Club, 2017 I Street NW. The concerts are free and open to the public, and typically last for about a half hour, featuring vocal and/or instrumental performances." Note: If no details are noted, you may want to call to confirm there is a concert before heading over there (202) 331-7282.

Arts Club of Washington
2017 I St, NW
Metro: Farragut West or Foggy Bottom

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: Free Meditation returns on SUN, March 8 from 10:00am - 12:00pm, Free + Yoga in Spanish every SAT from 11:00am - 12:00pm, Free, at the Science of Spirituality DC Center near Arizona & Cathedral Ave NW

Science of Spirituality  now has a home in DC!
All programs are free and open to the public
See the schedule or calendar page for more program information.

The Science of Spirituality Meditation Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and launched its first community outreach program in the 2014. The classes will practice Jyoti meditation, a discipline focusing on the experience of inner light. Although its Meditation Center is new, Science of Spirituality has been continuously active in the DC area since 1953. As part of an international, nonprofit, multi-faith organization consisting of two thousand centers and a million members world-wide, Science of Spirituality welcomes the community to participate in its meetings and activities. The group’s president is spiritual leader and author, H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, world renowned for his books on meditation and spirituality, and for leading conferences and workshops promoting love, unity, and peace, in all lands and among all peoples, through the practice of meditation.

Weekly on Sundays - except the first Sunday of the month
Sundays - March 8, 15, 22 & 29
10:00am - 11:00am - Group Meditation
11:00am - 12:00pm - English Satsang
11:00am - 12:00pm - Spanish Satsang
12:00pm - 1:00pm   - Hindi Language Satsang

Weekly on Saturdays 
Yoga class en Espanol  - with Argeny Rodriguez
Saturdays - March 7, 14, 21 & 28
Spanish Language Yoga
SOS DC will also continue to offer free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and with SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC.
Science of Spirituality - new home in Washington, DC
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. For those with cars, street parking is available.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Live Music Jam Series at the O St Mansion in Dupont Circle - Classical Revolution Jam on SUN, March 8 - Jams every SUN - Bluegrass, Classical, Americana and Blues! Themes vary each week, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

O St Mansion hosts different Jams most Sundays on the month! 
every Sunday - themes vary each week!
upstairs, in one of the more plush living rooms
11:00am - 2:00pm
Free, RSVP Required, Note: Select "stuff" when you go to check out otherwise they'll ask you for a donation amount. You can donate stuff to the mansion if you like. They accept all kinds of quirky things which they sell to visitors on site. I have some great espresso cups with saucers I picked up there.

Sunday, March 8
second Sunday - Classical Revolution DC

The first Sunday of every month - Bluegrass Jam
The second Sunday of every month - Classical Revolution DC
The third Sunday of every month - Americana Jam 
The fourth Sunday of every month - Blues Acoustic Jam
If there is fifth Sunday, contact the O St Mansion directly to ask

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for TUES night events

Weekly Tuesday night events organized by start time

Free Yoga Class every Tuesday night in Cleveland Park
Courtesy of Yoga Activist, geared toward beginners, all welcome.
Metro: Cleveland Park

BloomScreen Independent Film Night at BloomBars

Films vary each week, followed by discussion with Q&A
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested
Free organic popcorn and refreshments served
Metro: Columbia Heights

8:00pm - 12:00am, Sign-up 7:30pm
Free, 21+
Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge in Georgetown 
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle or Rossyln and take the Circulator bus or metro bus closer

Tuesday night Sattva Meditation in Cleveland Park
8:00pm - 9:30pm
All ages, Free
Metro: Cleveland Park

Tuesday Night Poetry Open Mic at Busboys and Poets
14th & V St NW
9:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, $5
Hosts vary each week
Metro: U St

Last Resort Comedy Show - now at The Bier Baron in Dupont Circle
earlier time as of January 2014, new location as of February 25th, 2014
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Free,  21+
The Last Resort weekly Comedy Show features comedians from the DC Improv, Arlington Cinema Drafthouse, Baltimore Comedy Factory, Laugh Factory and more.
The Bier Baron
1523 22nd St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle 

"Harold Night" Improv Night with WIT at Source Theatre
9:00pm - 10:00pm, followed by a Jam
Now every Harold Night ends with a free jam where audience members can give improv a try side by side with experienced players.
Metro: U St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for WED night events

Weekly Wednesday night events organized by start time

7:00pm - 8:30pm 
*discount only for students, seniors and unemployed $6* $12 general
Please come 10-15 minutes before the class and ring bell to be let in. Once the class starts, they won't be letting people in.  No registration required. Walk-ins welcome. Class led by Gen Kelsang Varahi. "By practicing these meditations over time you will discover that it is possible to experience inner peace without having to rely upon external conditions. Just breathe! This is a 4 week series. Each class is self-contained but you will receive more benefit if you can participate in all 4 classes... for beginners and those with experience as well."
Vajrayogini Buddhist Center
1787 Columbia Rd NW - right in the heard of Adams Morgan near the corner of 18th 
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill or take the 42 bus from Dupont north toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia. 

"Wonderland Wednesdays" at Wonderland Ballroom!
different theme shows every Wednesday, hosts and performers vary each week!
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Note: Some of these events may no longer be happening, please confirm on the Wonderland website 
Free, except for on the 2nd Wed of the month when there is a $5 cover, all donations go to artists, $5 suggested
Metro: Columbia Heights

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

Wednesday Night Comedy Nights in Clarendon, VA
"Ha-Ha at Ri Ra" - apparently this is now called "Crafts and Laughs"
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Free, 21+
Every Wednesday night join us for free comedy and buckets of craft beers, and half price burgers too.
Ri Ra 
Metro: Clarendon

Wednesday Night Late Night Open Mic at Busboys and Poets 5th & K St NW
9:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, $5, buy online with a small service fee of $1.27 added starting at midnight the day of, or onsite the day of for $5 hosts vary each week, see the calendar of events for details each week
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq or Gallery Pl - Chinatown or Circulator bus

Wednesday Night Late Night Samba Class at BloomBars
9:00pm - 10:30pm
All ages, by donation, believe they are requested $10-$15 for this one
Metro: Columbia Heights 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for THURS night events

Weekly Thursday night events organized by start time

DC Supersonic Weekly Chant Circle at Studio DC in Dupont Circle
most Thursday nights
6:30pm - 7:30pm
by donation, $10 suggested, no one turned away
All welcome. Join DC Supersonic Kirtan to sing, dance, and make music. Connect with your fellow Bhakti yogis. Have fun. Learn mantras. Maybe even learn an instrument if you’re so inclined. No experience necessary, just come with an open mind and a yearning to engage the heart. Chant sheets will be provided.
Studio DC 
1710 Connecticut Ave NW, right by the Starbucks on R St
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north

Weekly Guided Meditation at The Shambhala Center, Cleveland Pk
7:00pm -8:30pm
Metro: Cleveland Park

"Yoga Share DC" Yoga Class at BloomBars in Columbia Heights
7:30pm - 9:00pm
by donation, doors close at 7:45pm
RSVP please to ensure your space and join the facebook group to stay connected Note: used to be on Tuesdays, now on Thursdays
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Free, 21+
Brought to you by the folks from Last Resort Comedy
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit

Metro: Cleveland Park or Woodley Park or take the L2 or L4 bus

Weekly "Spit Dat" Open Mic Night at the ECAC near Columbia Heighst & Howard University
featured artists vary each week
8:45pm - 11:30pm
All ages, Just $1
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk, or take any H bus or bus along Georgia Ave

Live Jazz at Dukem Jazz Thursday, on U St
every Thursday night
9:00pm - 12:00am
Part of the Dukem Jazz Thursday series, artists vary each week
1114 U St NW
Metro: U St