Saturday, March 28, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: Today! March Show featuring works by 14 Local Artists "(Re)creation" at ReCreative Spaces, New Art Space in NE near Brookland, FRI, March 6 - SUN, March 29, Closing Reception on SUN, March 29 from 11:00am - 1:00pm, Open FRI, March 27 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

March Show (Re)creation at ReCreative Spaces featuring works by fourteen local artists!
On view Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 29

Friday, March 27 -  4:00pm - 8:00pm
Sunday, March 29 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Closing Reception -  Sunday, March 29 
11:00am - 1:00pm 

This group show is built around the theme of recreation. Artists were 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.

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.

Friday, March 27, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: Final Day! Visual Arts Exhibition featuring grantees of 2015 Artist Fellowship Program at the DCCAH from FRI, Feb 20 - FRI, March 27, Open MON - FRI from 9:00am - 5:00pm, Free

Visual Arts Exhibition featuring grantees of 2015 Artist Fellowship Program at the DCCAH
On view Friday, February 20 - Friday, March 27

Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

This exhibition presents some of the District’s finest visual artists that have been awarded an FY15 Artist Fellowship Program (AFP) grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The collection of these artworks in the District’s first operated public gallery captures the broad scope of the dynamic art scene and provides an opportunity for artists to share their work with the public. Many works are available for purchase directly from the artist.

Exhibited artists awarded an Artist Fellowship Program FY15 grant: Sondra Arkin, Jessica Beels, Anne Bouie, Adam Davies, Anna U. Davis, Christopher Dolan, Nekisha Durrett, Mary Early, Cheryl Edwards, Rik Freeman, Rania Hassan, Ian Jehle, Timothy Johnson, Rachel Kerwin, Gediyon Kifle, Nate Lewis, Alex Mayer, Kathryn McDonnell, EJ Montgomery, Mike Osborne, Marta Perez Garcia, Carmen Torruella-Quanderm, Joyce Wellman, Martine Workma

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
200 I St SE
Metro: Navy Yard

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tomorrow ~ Live near Reston, VA and Curious about Meditation? "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" Free Workshop on SAT March 28 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm at the Reston Library led by Zelma Chamberlain

"Stop the World, I Want to Get Off"a Free Meditation Workshop at the Reston Library in VA led by Zelma Chamberlain, M. Ed. of Science of Spirituality
Saturday, March 28
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Free, recommended for adults and teens

Is the stress of living in the modern world getting you down? Is it impacting your work life, your personal life, and your overall sense of well being? The world may seem insane soemtimes, but you don't have to be. Zelma Chamberlain will show you how simple meditation can ease the stress of daily life and help to bring inner peace.

This free workshop is organized with Science of Spirituality DC. SOS DC offers free meditation workshops throughout the the DC metro area. 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.

Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Dr (map) Reston VA
Metro: Click here for bus options listed on the library's website. My suggestion would be to metro to Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station and take a taxi or Uber, see special promo below. It's an 8 minute drive according to google maps. You can also walk or bike along the Washington and Old Dominion Trail to get there if the weather is nice that might be sweet. It's about a 40 minute walk or shorter bike ride according to google. You can take your bike on the metro.  

Uber Promo: Smart phone users who do not yet use Uber can get $20 off their first ride. Sign up at and use the promo code FREEINDC14 - be sure to select uberx for best price when you request a ride!

There are multiple Fairfax Connector bus lines that go to the Reston Towne Center bus depot, located four blocks from the library. To walk from the bus depot to the library, walk north on Explorer St. to Bowman Towne Dr. Turn right on Bowman Towne Dr. The library will be the second building on the right. 

UPCOMING: FILM: Tonight! More Free Films FRI, March 27 - SUN, March 29 as part of the Annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Tuesday, March 17 - Sunday, March 29
features hundreds of free films! Some allow for advance RSVP
looks like there are eight or more screenings every day to choose from

The 23rd annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital explores the pervasive impact of climate change on our planet through a special focus on Climate Connections. This series of films, speakers and events explores the effects of this challenging global phenomenon on the world’s natural systems and resources. See the schedule below for more information. Most of the films are free, click through each event to be sure. Some allow for advance RSVP but many are just first come first seated, recommend you arrive early to get in as lines tend to form before the screenings. 

Participating venues include Embassies, libraries, churches, theaters,  National Geographic,  Carnegie Institution for Science, GALA Hispanic Theatre and more!

Free film screenings below are organized by day but not by time, click for details
some may require RSVP, especially the ones at Embassies
See metro trip-planner for best bus and metro access.

Friday, March 27

Saturday, March 28

Sunday, March 29 - Final Day of the Festival!

Eight films at the Carnegie Institution for Science

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! NYC-based Comedian Mike Lawrence performs in the Family Theater, tix 5:30pm, max two per person, as part of The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage series on FRI, March 27, Artists vary daily, Performances from 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

Friday, March 27

Mike Lawrence
Note: This event tales place in the Family Theater.
Tickets distributed in the Family Theater lobby starting at approximately 5:30pm, max 2 per person.
The New York City–based comedian who has been featured as a stand-up on TBS's Conan, and Comedy Central’s John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show and The Half Hour. Opening set by DC area native Jason Saenz. This program contains mature themes and strong language.

Upcoming Performance:
Mar 28 Samuel Prather and Groove Orchestra
Mar 29 Target Family Night: Voices Rising
Mar 30 Very Be Careful (VBC)
Mar 31 Senri Oe

The Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle that runs every ten minutes

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! More Free and low-cost events to choose from on FRI, March 27

More Free and low-cost events to choose from on Friday, March 27

Art Opening at All We Art for Naturally Occurring Patterns
6:00pm - 9:00pm
On view Friday, March 27 - Sunday, April 12
Featuring Donna Cameron, Mariana Copello and Mark Parascandola with a Special Selection of Pre-Columbian Goldwork from Luma Gold
All We Art
1666 33rd St NW - near Reservoir Rd
Metro: Accessible by multiple bus lines, from Farragut West/ North or Foggy Bottom can catch the Circulator express bus, Georgetown-Union Station line, to Wisconsin Ave & R St NW or you take any of the 30 line buses, except for the 38B, to the same stop. Buses also available from Tenleytown southbound or from Dupont Circle.

7:00pm - 9:00pm
by donation, suggested $8 - $10
100% of donations will go to the L'arche Community home on Ontario Rd
With Love DC hosts a yoga class to benefit L'Arche's group home on Ontario Rd in Adam's Morgan. This love-filled yoga gathering will be led by Heather, the founder of WithLove, and will be driven by the amazing live electronic-inspired beats of DJ Choppy Oppy at the gorgeous Buddha B Yoga studio on U St. Coordinator of the Made With Love Kitchen Project, Natalie, will be there with some of the resident's of the L'arche group home to talk about what they do and show off some of their amazing cooking! 
Buddha B Yoga
Note: Entrance is on 11th St
1115 U St, NW, 2nd Floor, Suite 202
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus to 14 & U or any buses along 14th or U St 

Art Soiree Fine Art Series Season Finale featuring Paper Art installation by Voyo Woo
8:00pm - 1:00am
Free, RSVP Required, 21+ 
3100 South St, NW
Metro: Farragut North, Foggy Bottom or Rosslyn and take the Circulator or the31, 32 or 36 bus.

glittHER Dance Party for All Genders and Orientations hosted by The V DC at Zeba Bar
9:00pm - 3:00am
Free, 21+
Zeba Bar
Metro: Columbia Heights
5441 Wisconsin Ave
Metro: Friendship Heights

UPCOMING: ART: Tonight! Three Art Openings FRI, March 27 + More Free Art Events on SAT, March 28 from East City Art: Weekend Round-Up!

East City Art Weekend Round-Up

Friday, March 27

Art Opening for Eternal Spring at the Anacostia Arts Center
6:00pm - 9:00pm
On view Friday, March 27 - Saturday, April 25
Join Anacostia Arts Center for Eternal Spring, an exhibition by Matt Hollis celebrating the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Hollis’s works featured organic soft sculptures and bold colors.
Save the Date for Sunday, April 12 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm when there will be an additional reception to celebrate the closing of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00am - 7:00pm.
Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Rd SE
Metro: Anacostia and walk or bike, or take a bus closer

Art Opening at Gallery Al-Quds at The Jerusalem Fund, near GWU
6:00pm - 8:00pm
The ongoing series, Exiles & nomads, features works that represent family and community through the use of a variety of materials. The artist uses ceramics, glass, and discarded wood to build sculptures and portraits. On view: La’am=Yes/No (Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle). Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm and by appointment.
The Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds 
2425 Virginia Avenue NW, see note below
Metro: Foggy Bottom, note that this particular venue is a bit tricky to find, it is inside what I believe is an apartment building, on the ground floor, entrance is on a slight angle from the main street

Alchemical Vessesls - Elena Patino
Opening for Alchemical Vessels at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at the Smith Center on U St
7:00pm - 9:00pm
On view Friday, March 27 - Friday, May 22
This annual exhibit and fundraiser features the work of 125 artists selected by 20 curators. Each artist was asked to transform "a simple ceramic bowl by mean of his or her own personal aesthetic and medium, drawing inspiration from the bowl as a place of holding, community, sacred space, and the alchemical vessel." Some of the local artists featured include: Judy Byron, Lenny Campello, Dana Ellyn, Pat Goslee, Ryan Hill, Rose Jaffe, Wayson Jones, Micheline Klagsbrun, Peter Krsko, Cory Oberndorfer, Anthony Palliparambil, Jr., Matt Sesow, Lisa Marie Thalhammer and Kelly Towles, Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday 11:00am - 3:00pm and by appointment.
The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery 
at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U St NW
Metro: U St or take any of the S line buses along 16th St or 90 line buses along U St to 16th & U

Saturday, March 28

Art by Maggie Michael
Artist Conversation at G Fine Art
In this conversation, art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine and artist Maggie Michael will speak about the literary and musical connections to the Colored Ground Series.
G Fine Art
4718 14th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and take any of the 50 line buses north on 14th about 10 minutes to the stop by the bus depot at Decatur or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St and walk over two blocks. This venue is right near the Dance Loft on 14.

Opening for Freya Grand's solo show Africa at Gallery plan b
6:00pm  - 8:00pm
On view Wednesday, March 25 - Sunday, May 3
Freya Grand’s solo exhibition features the vast landscapes of Namibia and Botswana. Grand is working with the African Wildlife Foundation and a portion of all proceeds will go to AWF. Gallery hours: Wednesday - Saturday 12:00pm - 7:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm and by appointment.
Gallery plan b
1530 14th Street, NW
Metro: McPherson Sq or U St and take the Circulator bus along 14th St to RI Ave/ P St or walk from Dupont

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook by follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

ON VIEW: ART: Tonight! EMULSION, East City Art Regional Juried Show featuring works by 31 Regional Artists from DC, MD & VA, on view at Gallery OonH on H for one Week only! Open 6:30pm - 9:00pm FRI, March 27 + Closing Party SAT, March 28 from 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

EMULSION 2015 image courtesy East City Art
Saturday, March 21 - Saturday, March 28

Remaining Gallery Hours:
Friday, March 27
6:30pm - 9:00pm nightly

Save the date for the Closing Party!
Saturday, March 28
7:00pm - 10:00pm
People's Choice Awards Ceremony at 8:00pm

“EMULSION is the region’s premiere showcase for contemporary artists from the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area,” says EMULSION Producer Phil Hutinet. “The great number of applicants demonstrates the wealth of artistic talent in our region. In our second edition, EMULSION 2015 will display the works of 31 diverse artists, from sculptors to painters to performance artists.”

From opening night through Friday, March 27, the audience will be able to select their  favorite artist and vote via text messaging. The votes will be tallied and top two artists will receive the EMULSION People’s Choice Award. Winners will be announced on Saturday March, 28 at the closing.  

"An emulsion combines two seemingly incompatible ingredients to produce a third yet entirely new substance. In this spirit, EMULSION, now in its second year, seeks to show visitors a wide array of art forms and mediums - from two-dimensional work to performance based work - to create a unified ensemble. East City Art and Phil Hutinet are pleased to announce Gallerist Adah Rose Bitterbaum has selected 31 applicants from the greater Washington-Baltimore region to exhibit at EMULSION."

An open call for entry to all artists residing in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area yielded 213 submissions. Of these, Juror Adah Rose Bitterbaum selected the following 31 artists:

Washington, DC Artists:
Chris Bohner, Washington, DC
Rita Elsner, Washington, DC
Roxana Alger Geffen, Washington, DC
Kyujin Lee, Washington, DC
Carolina Mayorga, Washington, DC
Bruce McKaig, Washington, DC
Pam Rogers, Washington, DC
Sidney Thomas, Washington, DC
Amy Wike, Washington, DC
Andrew Wodzianski, Washington, DC

Maryland Artists: 
Erick Antonio Benitez, Baltimore, MD
Joshua Araujo, Rockville, MD
Bobby Coleman, Baltimore, MD
Leslie Holt, Hyattsville, MD
Elizabeth Holtry, Frederick, MD
Ways R. Jones, Brentwood, MD
Jaime (Jimyung) Kim, Baltimore, MD
Ruth Lozner, Bethesda, MD
Anthony Palliparambil, Jr., Bowie, MD
John Paradiso, Brentwood, MD
Casey Snyder, Gaithersburg, MD
Scott Speck, Pasadena, MD
Andrew Wohl, Bethesda, MD

Virginia Artists: 
Elissa Farrow-Savos, Sterling, VA
Jay Hendrick, Fairfax, VA
Chee Keong Kung, McLean, VA
Rahshia Sawyer, Sterling, VA
Anne Smith, Arlington, VA
Marsha Staiger, Alexandria, VA
Patricia Underwood, Castleton, VA
Alice Whealin, Arlington, VA

Pictured in the image above are clips from the following pieces of art: Elizabeth Holtry Blue Blood Blues, Andrew Wodzianski Self Portrait as Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, Carolina Mayorga Silent 
Celebration, Bobby Coleman Boat Shoes and John Paradiso Boy Fairy.

Gallery OonH
1354 H St NE
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown and take the X2 bus from H St Nw to stop closest to 14th St NE. See metro trip-planner for other bus access.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free events this SAT, March 28 - TUES, March 31 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

Saturday, March 28

Afternoon - Staged-Reading Marathon of Works by Women at the NMWA - Metro Center
Theater: SWAN Day: Staged-reading marathon
12:00pm - 2:00pm
NMWA celebrates SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now) and D.C. Theatre’s ‘Year of the Woman Playwright’ by hosting this staged-reading marathon. The program features readings of fresh, thought-provoking short plays and scenes from full-length plays by women playwrights. Featured are works by D.C.-area playwrights Monique LaForce, Laura Rocklyn and Ty Hallmark. Participating theatres include Guillotine Theatre, Nu Sass Productions and Pallas Theatre Collective. Drop by and see one play, or stay for all of them.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Performance Hall1250 New York Ave, NW
Metro: Metro Center, 13th St exit or take any number of buses to the corner of 13th & H St NW

Afternoon - Choral Concert featuring Young Men's Ensembles at Church - Tenleytown
''Share the Music'' Concert with Young Men's Ensembles
The Young Men's Ensembles from Children's Chorus of Washington and visiting guest Boston Youth Chorus will present an hour-long concert sharing inspiring music with the audience. Each ensemble will first present its individual program of mixed repertoire before combining their voices for two final songs Edvard Grieg’s Brothers, Sing On! and a capella piece Silhouettes arranged by Ed Lojeski.
Metropolitan Memorial Methodist Church
3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Metro: Tenleytown and take the free shuttle bus to American University, the church is close to campus, or take short taxi, uber or lyft ride. Walk is about 25 min according to google maps.

Afternoon - Film Screening at the NGA West Building - Archives
Film Event: Levitated Mass
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Film: Doug Pray and Jamie Patricof, 2013, 88 minutes
When Michael Heizer’s 340-ton earthwork boulder traveled aboard an oversize red tractor-trailer from a quarry in Riverside County, California, to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the expedition turned into an unsettling spectacle for the astounded observers who saw it en route. Levitated Mass follows this big rock’s journey (accomplished over eleven nights) to its installation at the museum, while bringing into focus this interesting and reclusive artist famously intrigued by geology and “negative space.”
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall.
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Evening - Art Opening at Gallery plan b - 14th St/ P St/ Logan Circle
Freya Grand.... Africa: Opening Reception
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Freya Grand returns to plan b with an exhibition of paintings focusing on the diverse and intriguing landscapes of Africa. The paintings, some very large, capture the vistas the artist encountered on her many visits to this vast continent.
Gallery plan b
1530 14th Street, NW
Metro: Take any bus or the Circulator along 14th St, or walk, from McPherson Sq or U St or walk over from Dupont Circle

Connect with on facebook + Find more free events on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on

Sunday, March 29

Afternoon - Art Talk at the NGA West Building - Archives
Restoration as Event and Idea: Art in Europe, 1814-1820: Cut Loose, 1815-1817: Napoleon Returns, David Crosses Borders, and Géricault Wanders Outcast Rome
Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall.
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Late Afternoon - Film Screening at the NGA West Building - Archives
Film Event: Chris Marker's Level Five
4:00pm - 5:50pm
this film will also be screened on Wed, April 1 at 2:00pm
Film: Chris Marker, 1996, French with subtitles, 106 minutes
Marker's late 1990s, low-tech, sci-fi essay was not released in the United States until just last year. Like much of this filmmaker's remarkable oeuvre, Level Five is a hybrid of history, memoir, and fantasy. The film's subject is the Battle of Okinawa (April 1 through June 22, 1945)—in Marker's view, the start of the atomic age. The story is told through the testimony of Catherine Belkhodja (playing a character called Laura) who, speaking to the camera, is trying to finish her absent lover's life work—a video game based on the battle, though the footage ranges from Japanese social customs to obscure film history.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall.
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

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

Tuesday, March 31

Evening - Roundtable on Food at the University of Maryland - UMD College Park, MD
Divergent Perspectives: Foodways
Divergent Perspectives is a yearlong discussion series reflecting on the Festival of Subversive Artists and Minds. In our second roundtable join various stakeholders to consider subversion in the production and consumption of our food.
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Stadium Drive, UMD - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a bus or taxi

Evening - The NGA presents a Georgian Film Screening at the Freer - Smithsonian 
7:00pm - 8:50pm
Presented by the National Gallery of Art at the Freer. Film: Tengiz Abuladze, 1977, 107 minutes.
Folklore and legend shape the The Wishing Tree, a pastoral film set in a picturesque, pre-Revolution Georgia. Spanning four seasons in the lives of an assortment of village characters, more than twenty moral tales are folded into the narrative, centering on a beautiful young woman forced to marry a man she does not love. One tale involves a village eccentric looking for a legendary tree that grants miracles — though that tree is to be found only in death. Death also opens the film, but The Wishing Tree is overflowing with life. Author Georgi Leonidze’s original story is set in the province of Kakheti, the birthplace of renowned naïve painter Pirosmani.
Sackler & Freer
1050 Independence Ave SW
Metro: Smithsonian

Evening - Panel Discussion on Temperance and Women's Suffrage at The Archives - Archives
Temperance and Woman Suffrage: Reform Movements and the Women Who Changed America
The temperance and woman suffrage movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries created opportunities for women to organize for social, economic, and political change, creating improved working conditions for wage-earning women, improved public education, and political equality. Page Harrington, executive director of the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, leads a discussion on these reform movements and the women behind them. Also participating in the discussion will be Lori Osborne, archivist and president of the Frances Willard Historical Association, which manages the Frances Willard House & Museum in Evanston, IL.
National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

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!

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Tonight! Weekly: Community Yoga Class at Kali Yoga in Columbia Heights every FRI with Sachin from 6:30pm - 7:45pm + every SUN from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, teachers vary, by donation, RSVP online recommended

Kali Yoga Studio is happy to offer two donation-based, community classes to enjoy each week! Friday nights and Sunday afternoons

Next Class - Friday,  March 27
Yoga, Asanas and Meditation led by my friend Sachin
every Friday night
Sachin Kandhari
6:45pm - 7:45pm class, 6:30pm doors open for arrival
Note: They recommend that you sign up online
Class begins and doors lock promptly at 6:45pm
All welcome, by donation, please give as you can

My friend Sachin Kandhari will be teaching a new donation-based yoga class on Friday nights! "A holistic yoga session including asana, pranayama, and meditation. All levels are welcome, and a sliding scale means you can pay whatever you want, whether it's $10, $5, or $0. Whatever you can afford, you are welcome & encouraged to attend."

Next Class - Sunday, March 29
Community Yoga Classes with various teachers most Sundays*
4:00pm - 5:00pm
by donation, please give as you can
suggest you arrive a little early for this one too
Note: They recommend that you sign up online

*You may want to also confirm online to make sure the classes are happening that week - sometimes there may be teacher training sessions.

Kali Yoga
3423 14th St, NW
formerly Quiet Mind Yoga, above Zeba Bar
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about three blocks north on 14th St, on the right, or you can take any of the 50 line buses that run along 14th St there. 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every FRI night

Weekly Friday night events organized by start time

Friday Night Jazz Night at Westminster Church
6:00pm - 9:00pm
$5, free for those under 16
often followed by Jazz Night at the Movies
Metro: Waterfront

Friday Night Unplugged Open Mic at Politics & Prose Coffeehouse
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Note: On Feb 28, 2015 the cafe changed ownership and is now being run by Politics and Prose directly as P&P Coffeehouse instead of Modern Times. You might want to call to confirm that they are still doing the open mic nights. The website said that services will continue uninterrupted but that was it. Their number is (202) 362-2408. You can also email
Metro: Friendship Heights or Van Ness and take a bus 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Free events as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival on SAT, March 28

Saturday, March 28 - More Free events as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Join in a short, non-competitive walk and program to celebrate and learn about the Japanese American spirit of patriotism and perseverance during World War II.
National Japanese American Memorial
Intersection of NJ Ave, Louisiana Ave & D St NW
Metro: Union Station

Friendship Between Nations Family Day
Enjoy hands-on activities and celebrate the Cherry Blossoms! Learn more about this gift from Japan to the United States and about other fun ways nations express their friendship, cooperation, and goodwill toward each other.National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Three events below at the Washington Monument

Blossom Kite Festival
The Blossom Kite Festival soars into spring and kicks off the kite flying season with five areas to explore and enjoy: the Competition & Demonstration Field, Family Field, Kite Club Display Area, Activity Tents, and Public Field. See the creativity of kite makers and skill of kite fliers from across the US and internationally through competitions and demonstrations – including the popular Hot Tricks Showdown and the Rokkaku Battle! Open kite flying is welcome on the Public Field. Bring your own kite, or children can make a kite to fly at an activity station (while supplies last).

Step Into Spring - Shahana
Take your dance practice on a trip around the globe as you learn classic and modern movements in Afro-Cuban Jazz, Reggae, Soca, and Salsa Caliente – just to name a few.

Step Into Spring - Fitness Party
Nike Trainer, Deanna Jefferson’s, total body interval training class with upbeat music and high energy moves to get the crowd moving while having so much fun!

Washington Monument grounds
Constitution Ave, between 15th & 17th St, NW (map)
Metro: Federal Triangle looks closest, also close to Smithsonian

Vignettes Revisited: A Therapeutic Noh Theater® Performance Tradition
The Vignettes consist of the dictation of poetry by the actor/dancers with Intellectual disability as a reflection of symbolic self-identity. “As a… I can…” or “I want to be…” have been used to stimulate the poetry dictation. The actors select masks to reflect their chosen identity and are then costumed by Dr. Sky. The improvisations of Noh kata, mime, dance, or movement are used to express that identity. This integrated ensemble features also professional musicians and chanters, who improvise to support the actor/dancer who is the center of the production.The Art and Drama Therapy Institute, Inc.
327 S. St NE - at the foot of the Metropolitan Branch Trail
Metro: NoMa- Gallaudet U and walk north about 11 minutes or bike along the Metropolitan Branch Trail

Sunday, March 22, 2015

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: The Free Four-Week Intro to Meditation series begins on MON, March 30 and continues on Monday, April 6, 15 & 20 at the Science of Spirituality DC Center from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free, RSVP to ensure your space

Free Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next session!
Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks

Note: If you can't make it to the first session you can join in the second session but if you miss the first two you'll need to wait til the next series begins on Monday, March 30.

Next full four week session begins March 30!
Mondays - March 30, April 6, 15 & 20
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP required, email or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582

"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 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 - 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: WORKSHOP: Essential Oils Info Session with Hilary Mughloo at lil omm in Tenlyetown on SUN, March 29 from 6:30pm - 7:00pm, Free

Essential Oils Info Session with Hilary Mughloo at lil omm in Tenleytown
Sunday, March 29
6:30pm - 7:00pm

"We all know stress causes inflammation and toxicity in the body, which in turn can lead to disease. When you can alleviate stress, you will sleep better, your moods will change, your digestion will improve, and in general you will feel a new sense of lightness. Just what we need any time of year! When we have the tools to manage our response to stress in the day to day, life flows toward ease. What a gift! Join us for a free info session on how to use essential oils to decrease stress!"

4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Metro: Tenleytown, walk just a few blocks north on Wisconsin Ave, lil omm is on the left side (same side as Best Buy)

Friday, March 20, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING Monthly: The next Thursday Morning Chamber Music Recital with members of the FMMC will be on THURS, April 2 at the Mansion at Strathmore from 11:00am - 12:00pm, Free

Thursday Morning Monthly Chamber Music Recitals at Strathmore
with members of the Friday Morning Music Club
usually every first Thursday of the month
11:00am - 12:00pm
see the calendar on the FMMC site for program details each month

Next concert - Thursday, April 2
• Ravel: Noble and Sentimental Waltzes. Carol Wolfe-Ralph, piano.
• Hoiby: The Italian Lesson. Deborah Thurlow, soprano; Gillian Cookson, piano.
• Bruch: Eight Pieces for piano, clarinet, and cello, op. 83. Carole Falvo, clarinet; Jacqueline Birn, cello; Lois Jones, piano.

The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike -  Bethesda, MD - see map
Metro: Grosvenor, follow the walkway from the metro exit to the left, cross the street, go up the grassy hill, the Mansion is on the left across from the main Strathmore building. 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Monthly: Cathedral Crossroads, Special Program and Labyrinth Walk at the Washington National Cathedral every last TUES of the month from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Special program this month, TUES, Feb 24, will focus on "Practicing Presence with Mindfulness" from 7:30pm - 8:30pm, Free, donations welcome

Cathedral Crossroads, Special Program and Labyrinth Walk
Tuesday, March 31
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Special program
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Free, donations welcome

Cathedral Crossroads, an evening of contemplative practice, is free and open to the public on the last Tuesday of the month, special programs vary each month.

An evening of contemplative practices including walking the labyrinth, healing prayer, and Native American flute and harp on the last Tuesday of each month; free and open to the public. General offerings 6 pm to 8:45 pm; special program 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

Special Programs vary each month.
Tuesday, March 31 Special Program:
Spiritual Reading, Writing and Ruminatingwith Randon Billings Noble in the Bethlehem Chapel

Take an evening to slow down and join writer Randon Billings Noble to explore how writing about something as simple as a bread recipe can spark contemplation, meditation and reflection.
Tenth-century monk Guigo the Carthusian wrote, “Reading puts as it were whole food into your mouth; meditation chews it and breaks it down; prayer finds its savor; contemplation is the sweetness that so delights and strengthens.” Nearly one thousand years later, author Natalie Goldberg teaches that “as writers we live life twice, like a cow that eats its food once and then regurgitates it to chew and digest it again. We have a second chance at biting into our experience and examining it… Slow down now, touch what is around you, and out of care and compassion for each moment and detail, put pen to paper and begin to write.”

General Program Schedule:
6:00pm -7:00pm Centering Prayer in the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage
6:30pm -9:00pm Labyrinth Walk accompanied by harpist in the nave
6:30pm - 8:30pm Laying on of Hands for Healing in Holy Spirit Chapel
7:30pm - 8:30pm Special Program
8:45pm - 9:00pm Compline in the Great Choir

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

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: "User Error" featuring works by Larry Lairson at Honfleur Gallery in Anacostia from FRI, March 20 - FRI, May 1, Free

"User Error" featuring works by Larry Lairson at Honfleur Gallery
On view Friday, March 20 - Friday, May 1

Honfleur Gallery is proud to present User Error, the first solo exhibit in DC to feature works by painter Larry Lairson. This new body of work presented explores the painterly possibilities of polyurethane adhesive.

Honfleur Gallery
1241 Good Hope Rd, SE
Metro: Anacostia take 90 to Martin Luther King Ave SE and Goodhope Rd, turn right on Goodhope Rd, on your right you'll see 1241

Sunday, March 15, 2015

ON VIEW: EXHIBIT: "Cover Stories: ArchitectureDC Magazine, 2003 – 2014" at the District Architecture Center in Chinatown WED, Feb 18 - SAT, April 4, Free

Cover Stories: ArchitectureDC Magazine, 2003 – 2014 On view at the District Architecture Center Sorg Gallery
Wednesday, February 18 - Saturday, April 4

Monday - Thursday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
DAC closes occasionally for private events. Please call ahead to check 202.347.9403.

This exhibition unveils many of the covers that brought ArchitectureDC recognition and continued readership throughout its tenure. Covers are arranged by composition and organized by themes: Sites for Moving & Gathering; Environments for Working; Centers for Learning; Spaces for Eating & Entertaining; and Places for Living. Together, the covers show that the Washington market really supports progressive architecture, a fact that is often surprising to outsiders. Copies of past issues will also be displayed, encouraging exhibition-goers to revisit these covers and the stories within. Read more about the exhibit here.

District Architecture Center
421 7th St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or Archives 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every SAT

Weekly Saturday highlights

Weekly Stand Up Comedy Show at Shaw's Tavern
"Wake & Bacon"
3:00pm - 4:30pm show
Free with a suggested donation of $10
2:00pm - 3:00pm brunch service available
Comedians vary each week, RSVP Requested.
Shaw's Tavern
520 Florida Ave NW
Metro: Shaw

Live Jazz with The James Benson Quartet at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan, often with guest vocalist Abby Nightingale
every Saturday night
9:30pm - 1:30am
Columbia Station
2325 18th St NW
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill Rd stop, near 18th & Columbia and walk about two blocks, or Dupont Circle and take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to Belmont and walk downhill one block to 18th St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every SUN

Weekly Sunday events, organized by start time

Contact Improv Jam on Capitol Hill
2:00pm - 5:00pm
by donation, $5 - $10 suggested
Metro: Eastern Market 

When it's Nice Out... Relax, Dance, Drum, & People Watch in the Park!
Sunday's when it's Warm out  in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
Mid-afternoon until it gets dark
Warmer weather, outdoors in Park
Between 15th & 16th -  Euclid & W St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Euclid and enter at the top of the park or walk from U St metro to the bottom of the park and follow the stairs/ path up to the upper level

The Insight Meditation Community of Washington hosts a Sunday eve Sangha Meditation Group 
now at the Church of the Holy City on 16th St near Corcoran  (they're doing renovations at All Souls)
6:00pm - 7:30pm
by donation
Metro: Dupont Circle, best reached by the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St

Saturday, March 14, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: "Gute Aussichten: New German Photography 2014/2015" on view at the Goethe-Institut in Chinatown THURS, March 5 - FRI, May 1, Free

Stefanie Schroeder
Gute Aussichten: New German Photography 2014/2015
on view at the Goethe-Institut
Thursday, March 5 - Friday, May 1

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. Curated by Josefine Raab and Stefan Becht.

812 Seventh St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: "Flood Redux" at the Strathmore Mansion in Rockville, MD on view SAT, March 7 - SUN, May 31, Free

"Flood Redux" at the Strathmore Mansion
On view Sunday, March 8 - Sunday, May 31

Painters Arlette Jassel, David Molesky, and Michael Ross share a water-infused vision in which the earth’s oceans are changed and challenged by the results of human excess. Jassel's work features assemblages of figures and marine life roiling through waterscapes; Molesky references oil slicks and dispersal agents in lurid and luminous depictions of waves; Ross posits allegorical figures and birds as they contemplate the water's rising edge.

Regular Exhibition Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 10am - 4pm Wednesday - 10am-9pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm, Closed on Monday.

Strathmore Mansion
Strathmore Hall's Invitational Gallery
10701 Rockville Pike -  Bethesda, MD - see map
Metro: Grosvenor, follow the walkway from the metro exit to the left, cross the street, go up the grassy hill, the Mansion is on the left across from the main Strathmore building. 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Weekly: The James Benson Quartet performs with Abby Nightingale on Vocals on SAT, March 28 at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan, Live Jazz every SAT night from 9:30pm - 1:30am, often with Abby Nightingale on vocals, Free

Live Jazz with The James Benson Quartet at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan, often with the smooth and sultry vocals of Abby Nightingale
every Saturday night
9:30pm - 1:30am
Abby joins them again on Saturday, March 28

The James Benson Quartet, who play jazz standards, blues, and bossa nova at Columbia Station every Saturday night, often with Abby Nightingale (listen here), performing sultry and smooth vocals. Columbia Station has earned the title of one of DownBeat Magazine's Best Jazz Venues in DC, and the world and is located in the heart of Adams Morgan along 18th St.

Columbia Station
2325 18th St NW
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill Rd stop, near 18th & Columbia and walk about two blocks, or Dupont Circle and take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to Belmont and walk downhill one block to 18th St

Monday, March 2, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: Free Meditation on SUN, March 29 from 10:00am - 12:00pm + Free Bilingual Yoga Class for English & Spanish speakers every SAT from 11:00am - 12:00pm 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 
Bilingual Yoga class en Espanol/English -Argeny Rodriguez
Saturdays - March 7, 14, 21 & 28
Yoga class for English & Spanish speakers, open to all 
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 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.

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UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: The next Yoga Share Community Yoga Class will be on THURS, April 2 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
by donation, $10 or more suggested, give as you can, BYO yoga mat
see the facebook group events page for details each week

Next Yoga Share - Thursday, April 2
Gather at 7:30. Class starts at 7:45. Tea at 9:00.
see the facebook group events page for details each week
Bring a mat, mug for tea and something warm to wrap yourself in!

Gisela is a KRI Certified Teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and RYT 200 Certified with the Yoga Alliance. She currently she teaches Kundalini Yoga for Beginner’s at Raj Yoga, VA,
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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every MON night

Weekly Monday night events organized by start time

"Blue Monday Blues" at Westminster Church, Waterfront Metro artists vary each week - see schedule
6:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages

6:45pm - 8:00pm, doors 6:45pm
If you have questions, message Marta directly -
All ages, bilingual class
by donation, $10 suggested

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra live at Bohemian Caverns on U St
Two sets, 8:00pm and 10:00pm
8:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages

"La-Ti-Do" Musical Theater Cabaret & Spoken Word Night at James Hoban's in Dupont Circle 
curated showcase, featured guest artists vary each week
8:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 when you RSVP in advance online, pay at the door, 21+

featured guest artists vary each week as does the guest co-host
9:00pm - 11:00pm
8:30pm sign up 
All ages, by donation

Learn how to Salsa! Monday nights at Lima Lounge on K St
9:00pm class, followed by a dance party
Free, 21+

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every TUES night

Weekly Tuesday night events organized by start time

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
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 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