Friday, January 30, 2015

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! Free events FRI, Jan 30 & SAT, Jan 31 from, a fabulous resource for Arts and Culture events in the DC 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! You can also connect on facebook and follow TICKETPLACE, another great program of CultureCapital where you can find half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area   @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at

Friday,  January 30

Evening - The NGA presents a Film Screening at American University - Tenleytown/ AU
Film Series: Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary: Like Water Through Stone
Presented by the National Gallery of Art
(Marília Rocha, 2009, 85 minutes)
In the remote Espinhaço Mountains of Minas Gerais, four young women approach the end of their sheltered and relatively calm adolescence. Filmmaker Marília Rocha sensitively recounts their coming-of-age, even as the outside world begins to intrude. These authentic, unsentimental women seem compatible with the raw beauty of their landscape.
American University,
on the second floor of the McKinley Building
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (see campus map)
Metro: Tenleytown and take the free AU Shuttle to campus

Evening - Special Performance + Archival Film "A Living Voices" Production - Fairfax, VA
"Island of Hope"
Recommend fro those 8 and up
"A Living Voices" Touring Production featuring a performance uniquely combined with archival film, turning history into a moving, personal journey. Leah is a ten-year-old Jewish girl growing up in Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Her family escapes oppression and sails to a new life in the new world. Discover life at Ellis Island during its busiest years, and the fears and dreams of every hopeful American immigrant.
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV)
8900 Little River Turnpike - Fairfax, VA
Metro: Vienna, see metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro

Evening - Art Opening at VisArts - Rockville, MD
Laini Nemett: East of Sheridan
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Laini Nemett’s recent paintings and constructions piece together fragments of places to investigate ways of conceiving and experiencing “home”.
VisArts Rockville 
1st Floor, Gibbs Street Gallery 
155 Gibbs St - Rockville, MD
Metro: Rockville, walk about 5 minutes. See metro and driving/parking directions here.

More free events and exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on! Connect on facebook + find 1/2 price tix to performances in the DC metro on

Saturday, January 31

Afternoon - Film at the Smithsonian Anacostia - Anacostia
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013; 82 min)
2:00pm - 3:30pm
This award-winning documentary profiles Grace Lee Boggs, the iconoclastic social activist and philosopher who has dedicated her life to the possibility of a better, more just future for all of humanity. At age 99 and currently living in Detroit, Michigan, she has been building movements and developing strategies for social change for most of her life. Discussion with a museum educator follows the screening. This film is closed captioned.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Pl SE
Metro: Anacostia, see metro trip-planner for bus options from metro

Find more free events and exhibits on view inside of the beltway on the custom designed "Free in DC" Inside Out page on!

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Tonight! Weekly: Jazz Night at Westminster Church, Jazz Performances every FRI night by the Waterfront Metro in SW from 6:00pm - 9:00pm + "Jazz Night at the Movies" Film at 9:15pm, $5, under 16 free

Jazz Night at Westminster Church
in Southwest by the Waterfront Metro
every Friday night!
6:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, $5, free for those under 16
See the full schedule here

Jazz Night every Friday at Westminster Church just a block or so from the Waterfront Metro in SW.

Next Jazz Night - Friday, January 30
JN Jazz Legends Series #6

Featuring Pepe Gonzalez, Pepe Gonzalez, bass, Imani, vocals, Chris Battistone, trumpet, Jon Ozment, piano
Joe Link, drums.

Jazz Night at the Movies
Brownie Speaks: The Life, Music and Legacy of Clifford Brown

Food and beverages are available for purchase from 5:30pm to 8:45pm. For those driving, parking is also available in the church lot, neighboring commercial garages, or on the street.

400 I St SW
Metro: Waterfront, short walk, about a block past the Safeway, on the left side of the street

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Tonight! Weekly: Community Yoga Class at Kali Yoga in Columbia Heights Evening Class with Sachin every FRI from 6:30pm - 7:45pm, by donation + every SUN from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, teachers vary, 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, January 30
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, February 1

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.

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: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! NSO Youth Fellows perform on FRI, Jan 30 as part of the Daily Free Performace 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

Friday, January 30
NSO Youth Fellows
Participants in the NSO training program play chamber works.

Free performances every night at 6:00pm. Can't make it in person? Stream the show live online, or watch it anytime after on the online archives!

Upcoming Perfromances:
Jan 31 NSO Prelude

Click here for a complete schedule of performances.

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! Weekly: Highlights post for FRI night events!

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
Metro: Friendship Heights or Van Ness and take a bus 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Weekly: Live Jazz with The James Benson Quartet, SAT, Jan 31 featuring Vocalist Abby Nightingale at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan! Live Jazz every SAT night from 9:30pm - 1:30am, Free

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
Save the date! Abby is back on Saturday, January 31

Come out and enjoy some of the best live jazz DC has to offer. The James Benson Quartet, plays jazz standards, blues, and bossa nova at Columbia Station every Saturday night, often with the lovely Abby Nightingale (listen here) on 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

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: The next Free Four-Week Intro to Meditation begins on MON, Feb 2 at the Science of Spirituality DC Center and continues Weekly on Monday Nights Feb 9, 16 & 23 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

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
Next session begins on Monday, February 2

Mondays - February 2, 9, 16 & 23
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP now to ensure your space!
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: PERFORMANCE + TALK: Dramatic Reading & Discussion on the "Death of Slavery: 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment" at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church on SAT, Jan 31, 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Free

"Death of Slavery: 150th Anniversary of  the 13th Amendment" at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
Saturday, January 31
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Come out for a dramatic reading from Frederick Douglass portrayer, learn more about what it took for President Lincoln to pass the 13th Amendment and hear Howard University Professor Edna Greene Medford speak.

Kevin McIlvaine, professional actor and Frederick Douglass portrayer will entertain with the forceful lecturing style that made Douglass the “moral leader” of the abolition and nineteenth century civil rights movement.

Edna Greene Medford, Ph.D., professor of history at Howard University and award-winning Lincoln scholar will discuss “President Lincoln and the 13th Amendment.”

Local church leaders will discuss the activism of their congregations that helped pass the amendment that ended slavery in the U.S. forever. At President Lincoln’s church,

"Just two months before the 1864 election, Lincoln was convinced that he was destined to be a one-term president. Yet he insisted that his party platform include the controversial commitment to pass the 13th Amendment. With this program, the Lincoln Group celebrates the promised accomplishment of “a new birth of freedom,” the abolition of slavery in the United States." Read more here.

New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
1313 New York Avenue, NW
Metro: Metro Center, 13th and H streets NW, 3 blocks north of Metro Center, or take any number of buses there, see metro trip-planner for bus options

UPCOMING: Final Event in the "Orwellian America? Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age" series will take place on SAT, Jan 31 at 2:00pm at the Newseum and online

Special Series of events as part of "Orwellian America? Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age"
Thursday, January 22 - Saturday, January 31
Free events on select days at various locations
see full schedule of events

Watch live online, see info below
Join us at the Newseum's Knight Studio as representatives from the International Spy Museum and the Newseum Institute discuss issues of government transparency and national security, moderated by by the Newseum. Voice your opinion afterwards with our electronic voting system. See a TV studio in action as the conversation is live streamed to the DC Public Library,  Newseum and International Spy Museum websites. The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Please RSVP on Newseum's site.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: Yoga in Spanish SAT, Jan 31, and every SAT from 11:00am - 12:00pm, Free + Meditation on SUN, Feb 8 - and most SUN mornings - 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 - February 8, 15 and 22
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 - January 31, February 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: Weekly: Highlights post for SAT events!

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 SUN events!

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: Columbia Heights

Thursday, January 22, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Monthly: "Community Day" at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Free admission on SUN, Feb 1 - and every first SUN of the month - from 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Free "Community Day" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts!
every first Sunday of  the month
12:00pm - 5:00pm

Next Community Day - Sunday, February 1
Free Community Day at the NMWA

Community Days are held on the first Sunday of every month. Regular admission to the museum is $10, $8 for students and those 65+, 18 and under free.

When you are there, I recommend checking out their gift shop, where you can find wearable art and items made from recycled materials. Aside from the gift shop at the Building Museum, this may be my favorite one in town. I got one of my favorite fabric necklaces there a while back.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave, NW
Metro: Metro Center, use the 13th St exit and up two blocks to NY Ave or take one of many buses that go to 13th & H St NW

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Live Music Jam Series at the O St Mansion in Dupont Circle - Bluegrass Jam on SUN, Feb 1 - 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

Sunday, February 1
first Sunday - Bluegrass Jam

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: MUSIC: The "Afternoon Encounters with Music" series at the National Gallery of Art continues on SUN, Feb 1 with the National Gallery of Art Chamber Players performing from 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Free

The Seventy-Third Season of Concerts 2014–2015
"Afternoon Encounters with Music" at the National Gallery of Art, new series!
3:30pm - 4:30pm, or earlier

Note: Admittance is on a first-come, first admitted basis ten minutes before the concert begins. Limited seating is provided for those who cannot stand. Encounters are shorter, under one hour, and late entry is permitted, unlike the Sunday evening concerts.

Upcoming performances, all at 3:30pm

Sunday, February 1
National Gallery of Art Chamber Players

West Building, West Garden Court
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: Yoga Co-op DC's Weekly Intermediate-Advanced Community Yoga Class at Stroga in Adams Morgan, teachers vary, every SUN from 3:00pm - 4:30pm, by donation, $8 or more suggested

Yoga Co-op DC Community Class - for intermediate and advanced yogis at Stroga
every Sunday afternoon
3:00pm - 4:30pm
donation based, minimum $8, please give as you can,  cash donations can be made after class or minimum donation of $8 can be made here.

Teachers vary each week, join the Yoga Co-op DC (YCDC) group on facebook to see who is teaching. See the facebook page to learn more about the special guest teacher and style of yoga they will be offering each week. All classes are 90 minutes long. Connect with Yoga Co-op DC on facebook for details each week.

Next YCDC - Sunday, February 1

1808 Adams Mill Rd NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus to the stop at Adams Mill 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for MON night events!

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 TUES night events!

Weekly Tuesday night events organized by start time

DC Youth Slam hosts a Free Writing Workshop for Teens at MLK Library every Tuesday
4:30pm - 6:30pm
MLK Library
Metro: Gallery Pl - also close to Metro Center

Free Yoga Class every Tuesday night in Cleveland Park
Classes 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
every Thursday night
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

Saturday, January 3, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA & MEDITATION: More Free & Low-Cost Yoga & Meditation Classes at Yoga Studios in DC and Metro VA & MD!

Free & Low Cost Community Yoga Classes in DC!
Below is a list of some of the more popular studios that offer free, donation-based, and reduced price yoga classes as part of their weekly schedules.

If you know of any other studios or places where you can find yoga classes that are free, by donation or $10 or less, feel free to post a comment here or on Free in DC's facebook page or email me to let me know. Note: list was last confirmed on December 20th, 2012.

Yoga Classes - Organized alphabetically by Studio/ Venue Name:

Saturday Morning & Monday Night
BicycleSPACE  - Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center 
Monday nights 7:30pm + Saturday morning 8:15am by donation 1019 7th St NW 

Saturday lunchtime
Circle Yoga - Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase
Free Community Class  on Saturdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm (except during session breaks). More here. All donations benefit the teacher’s charity of choice. No advance registration. View the full schedule of free community classes. Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Friday late afternoon
Down Dog Yoga - Georgetown
Community class on Fridays at 4:00pm that are $10 for a drop in and $6 for students. I beleive that all of their classes are hot yoga. Call if you have questions. Details here. Note: no community classes the last two weeks in December, classes resume in January

Saturday afternoon
Flow Yoga Center - Logan Circle/ P St
Donation-based (pay-what-you-can) classes used to be offered every Saturday at 1:30pm. Proceeds benefit charities dedicated to making yoga and wellness services accessible to individuals in need. Details here. Update: I can't locate the info online. Please call first to confirm 202-462-FLOW (3569)

Every day - select classes $10
Studio Serenity / Studio DC Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle
Select $10 yoga classes every day! Weekdays during lunchtime, usually 12:00pm or 12:30pm start times, at either Dupont Circle or Adams Morgan. On Saturdays they offer a 4:00pm - 5:15pm class in Adams Morgan and a 4:30pm - 6:00pm class in Dupont and on Sundays from 4:30pm - 6:00pm in Dupnt and 5:30pm - 6:45pm in Adams Morgan.  and Saturday and and Sundays with start times between 4:00pm and 5:30pm. They also offer a free class for members who bring friends to class, the free class goes to the member. They also give students a free class during their birthday week. Details here. They also offer a $10 for 10 consecutive days for newcomers, (valid for location where purchased) details here.

Thursday late night in Arlington + 
Wednesday late afternoon and the Second Sunday afternoon in Dupont 
Tranquil Space - Arlington, VA near Virginia Sq Metro and Dupont Circle 17th St locations
In Arlington, VA only, $10 Yoga On the Go every Thursday from 8:30pm - 9:30pm. In Dupont Circle $5 Class every Wednesday at 4:30pm and on the Second Sunday on the month 3:30pm - 4:30pm, all-levels class, donations benefit different charities each month and feature different teachers each month as well. $5 suggested.

Friday night in Bethesda
Unity Woods - Bethesda, MD - additional locations in Woodley Park, and Arlington, VA in Ballston
$5 Community class on Fridays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm at the Bethesda, MD location only. Details here.

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC

Yoga District offers lots of donation based Meditation & Yoga Classes (most on Sundays) 

Meditation Classes 

Monday night 
Circle Yoga - Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase
Monday Night Mindfulness every Monday from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, and an early Intro for newcomers on the first Monday of the month at 6:15pm. The eve includes a sitting and walking meditation and a facilitated discussion. Learn more. Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Saturday afternoon
Stroga - Adams Morgan
Donation based Loving Kindness Meditation class on Saturdays from 1:15pm - 1:45pm taught by Andres Meneses.

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC
Yoga District offers lots of donation based Meditation & Yoga Classes (most on Sundays) 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Twice-Monthly: The Sunday Concert Series at the National Gallery of Art continues on SUN, Feb 8 with pianist Alan Mandel and soprano Marlissa Hudson, Concerts usually every second and fourth SUN of the month from 6:30pm - 8:15pm, Oct - May, Free

The Sunday Night Concert Series at the National Gallery of Art
now every second  & fourth Sunday of the month
6:30pm - 8:15pm, no late entry so arrive earlier
NOTE: Used to be every Sunday night but starting with The Seventy-Third Season of Concerts 2014–2015 Sunday Evening concerts will take place on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from October through May in the West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court unless otherwise noted. Late entry or reentry of the West Building after 6:30pm is not allowed.

Next Concert - Sunday, February 8
Marlissa Hudson, soprano, and Alan Mandel, pianist
Marlissa Hudson, soprano, and Alan Mandel, pianist; music by Mandel; in honor of African American History Month

New this Season!  Afternoon Encounters take place at 3:30 pm in the West Building, West Garden Court, unless otherwise indicated. Admittance is on a first-come, first admitted basis ten minutes before the concert begins. Limited seating is provided for those who cannot stand. Encounters are planned to last no more than sixty minutes, and late entry is permitted.
Note: The West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court, where the concerts are usually held, is a beautiful space, however almost all of the seats have an obstructed, or minimal view. If you want a seat with a view, best to arrive early to get in line.

National Gallery of Art 
West Building, Main Floor, West Garden Court
6th & Constitution Ave, NW entrance
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial or Judiciary Sq

UPCOMING: WORKSHOP: Note: **This event is now Full** Help Keep DC Green! Sign up now for this Free "Stand Up for Trees" Workshop and Training at Casey Trees in Brookland SAT, Jan 31st from 9:00am - 3:00pm Learn how you can help protect DC's Tree Canopy, RSVP Required

UPDATE: January 22, I was just informed that **this event is now full** and the waitlist is filled as well. Stay connected with Casey Trees on facebook to find out the next time this one will be offered, they host this event twice a year.

Stand Up for Trees at this free training workshop at Casey Trees Headquarters in Brookland
Saturday, January 31st
9:00am - 3:00pm
Free, light breakfast and lunch provided as well*
RSVP to ensure your space now, this one is offered just twice per year!

The Stand Up for Trees workshop is designed for residents of DC who want to protect D.C.’s tree canopy. During the class, participants will learn how to engage with local officials and agencies to enact change in our neighborhoods and city and to keep DC green. 

Learn more about the state of DC’s trees, how the local government is organized, and who the key players are that help to manage our trees in public spaces and techniques for engaging these key officials and agencies to encourage them to protect and increase the amazing tree canopy in your neighborhood and throughout the city. Afterwards, you will be able to speak with current Casey Trees volunteers and Tree Advocates to learn of their experiences advocating for trees.

Who Should Attend? Open to all, especially recommended to those interested in advocating for the urban canopy or becoming a Citizen Forester as this is a Citizen Forester qualifying course.  ISA Continuing Education Credits are also available. While this class will be focusing on how to be an advocate for DC’s trees, residents from outside of the District will also benefit from learning about the challenges of managing an urban forest. 

The event will include the following instructors, all working at Casey Trees

  • Maisie Hughes, Director of Planning and Design
  • Sue Erhardt, Director of Education
  • Stephanie Juchs, Community Education Coordinator
  • Emily Oaksford, Planning Associate
  • Suraj K. Sazawal, Advocacy Associate
Learn more about Casey Trees and the wonderful work that they do! 

*Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so they can attempt to accommodate your needs.

3030 12th St NE
Metro: Brookland-CUA (Red Line) and walk 10 or take the H8 bus to 12th and Irving St NE.  Ample street parking is available for those wishing to drive and room for cyclists to park their bikes as well. 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Community Kirtan, Yoga and Meditation select days and times every week at Yoga District locations in DC, Free, donations welcome

Community Meditation, Kirtan & Yoga Classes at Yoga District locations in DC
Free, donations welcome 
please note that this schedule is subject to change

Meditation - Evenings
Monday        6:45pm - 7:15pm  Dupont 
Tuesday        7:00pm - 7:30pm  Dupont
Wednesday   7:00pm - 7:30pm  Dupont - Pranayama: Breathing 
                    8:15pm - 9:00pm  14th St - Relax, Breathe, Meditate 
Thursday      6:45pm - 7:30pm  Dupont
Saturday       7:45pm - 8:30pm   Dupont
Sunday         6:30pm - 7:05pm  14th St
                    7:00pm - 8:30pm   H St

Meditation - Mornings
Wednesday   7:30am - 8:30am  I St 

Kirtan: Chanting
Saturday        8:00pm - 9:00pm  Bloomingdale
Sunday          12:00pm - 1:00pm  H St

Sunday Night  6:30pm - 7:15pm 14th St - Yogic Sleep: Resting Meditation for Stress Relief 
                      6:30pm - 7:15pm  Glover Park - Yogic Sleep: Yoga Nidra
Sunday Night  7:15pm - 8:15pm 14th St - Sunday Night with the Sutras: The Yogic Principles

Nonprofit Community Run Yoga Studios
  • Glover Park: 2201 Wisconsin Ave, NW - newest studio
  • Dupont Circle: 1635 Connecticut Ave, NW, 5th Flr
  • U St. Corridor: 1910 14th St, NW, Units 1 & 3
  • Bloomingdale: 1830 1st St, NW
  • Downtown: 1922 I St, NW, 2nd & 3rd Flrs
  • Food and Tea Bar, District Tea, located on the 1st Flr
  • H St. Corridor: 526 H St, NE, 2nd Flr 
Metro: Please see metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access

Friday, January 2, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: The Friday Morning Music Club Weekly Chamber Music Recital continues on FRI, Feb 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, February 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: MUSIC: Fan of Beethoven? Come out to the second in a series of eight Free Concerts at Catholic University featuring 32 Piano Sonatas by Beethoven on TUES, Feb 3 at 8:00pm, Highlighting Sonatas 5-8, Free

Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Free Concert at Catholic University
series of eight free concerts!
Tuesday, January 20 - Monday, November 23
8:00pm concerts, all pre-concert lectures 7:15pm
Reception to follow performance

Note: Additional concerts will take place in Fairfax, VA and Rockville, MD, see details

Catholic University's presents Beethoven 32 Piano Sonatas performed by piano faculty and students of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in a series of 8 free performances featuring 4 sonatas each.

Next Concert - Tuesday, February 3
Concert 2: Sonatas 5 - 8
Hurst (Op. 10/1), Blair (Op. 10/2), Tafaro (Op. 10/3), Labazevitch (Op.13 “Pathetique”)

Save the dates! Remaining sonata performances as part of this free eight part series:
Concert 3: Sonatas 9-12, Tuesday, March 3
Concert 4: Sonatas 13-16, Tuesday, April 14 with a pre-concert lecture
Concert 5: Sonatas 17-21, Tuesday, September 15
Concert 6: Sonatas 22-26, Tuesday October 6
Concert 7: Sonatas 27-29, Tuesday, November 10 with a pre-concert lecture
Concert 8: Sonatas 30-32 - Monday, November 23
Performers in this series will include: Brian Billion, Nathan Blair, Nikita Fitenko, Motoko Howard, Francesca Hurst, Ivo Kaltchev, JeongEun Park Kang, Yea Seul Kim, Daniel Kuehler, Martin Labazevitch, Alexandra LaMastra, James Litzelman, Juan Carlos Fernandez Nieto, Anna Nizhegorodtseva, Esther Nyberg, Ralitza Patcheva, Sophia Pileggi, Jinghua Pu, Jose Ramos Santana,
Jason Solounias, Mary Spence, Jackie Song, Clare Schuberg, Jarred Tafaro, Yuan Yi, and Mingke Zhu.

Ward Recital Hall
Catholic University
620 Michigan Ave NE
Metro: Brookland - CUA

UPCOMING & ONGOING: CABARET: Weekly: La-Ti-Do Musical Theater Cabaret & Spoken Word series is back at James Hoban's, just south of Dupont Circle, on MON, Feb 2 - shows every MON night - 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Performers vary every week, $10 with online RSVP, 21+

La-Ti-Do Musical Theater Cabaret & Spoken Word Series at Black Fox Lounge in Dupont
every Monday night - artists vary each week
8:00pm - 10:00pm, doors 7:55pm
$10 cash only at the door with RSVP
$15 without RSVP, Students with valid ID $7, Non-performing LTD Alumni $5, 21+
If you have dinner first at James Hoban's and spend at least $25, bring your receipt for $7 admission 
see the facebook page for details each week

Monday, February 2 
New Year - New Venue!
Black Fox Lounge has closed, so head on over to James Hoban's

La-Ti-Do is DC's first curated spoken word/musical theater cabaret series! Regular hosts: Don Mike Mendoza & Regie Cabico. Regular Accompanist: Jonathan Tuzman.

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

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: The Friday Noon Concert Series at the Arts Club of Washington most FRI 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
*If no details noted, recommend calling to confirm, they aren't always great at updating their website with the details*

"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: YOGA: Weekly: The next "Yoga Share DC" class will be on THURS, Feb 5 at BloomBars! Classes every THURS from 7:30pm - 9:00pm in Columbia Heights, Teachers and yoga styles vary each week, by donation, $10 suggested

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, tea follows the class
see the facebook group events page for details each week
Class starts at 7:45pm so please arrive beforehand
by donation, $10 or more suggested, give as you can, BYO yoga mat
Bring a mat, mug for tea and something warm to wrap yourself in!

Next Yoga Share Class - Thursday, February 5
see the facebook group events page for details each week

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.

BloomBars - indoors on Thursday nights
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: OPEN MIC: Weekly: "The Garden" All Styles, All Ages Open Mic is back on MON, Feb 2, featured Performers vary, every MON night from 9:00pm - 11:00pm at BloomBars, sign up 8:30pm, by donation

"The Garden" Weekly Variety Open Mic at
every Monday night
9:00pm - 11:00pm, sign up 8:30pm
All ages, by donation, $5 or more suggested, no one turned away.

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

Next Open Mic - Monday,  February 2

Usually hosted by Gowri K., a Tamil American poet, performing artist, teaching artist, and lawyer whose parents immigrated from Sri Lanka. She serves as poetry coordinator at BloomBars, a poetry events host at Busboys and Poets, and senior poetry editor at Jaggery: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal. Gowri tweets on-the-spot haiku @gowricurry.

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