Saturday, October 25, 2014

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! More Free events SAT, Oct 25th & SUN, Oct 26th Thanks to CultureCapital.com - a Fabulous resource for Arts and Culture events in the DC, MD & VA Metro area!

Here are some more great free arts and culture events from CultureCapital.com! 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!

Check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for a list of more free events and exhibits on view and connect with CultureCapital.com on facebook too.

Saturday, October 25th

Daytime - Food Day Festival - Farragut North
Harvest Festival - DC's official Food Day Celebration
10:00am - 3:00pm
Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Celebrate all things food at the Harvest Festival, DC’s official Food Day celebration and part of the National Geographic Museum’s Food: Our Global Kitchen exhibition! Watch demonstrations by local chefs for both kids and adults, ride a smoothie-bike, taste healthy and delicious treats, explore a mini-farmers market complete with a produce scavenger hunt, explore your inner artist with fruit and veggie watercolor painting, and much more.
National Geographic Museum
1145 17th St NW - two buildings, other one has an entrance on M St
Metro: Farragut North, L St exit, or Dupont Circle, south, or take a bus closer, any of the S line buses along 16th St to M St or the 42 bus to M St


Artists Talk & Symposium at the Goethe - Institut - Gallery Pl - Chinatown
The Wall in Our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall, Symposium
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Three American artists featured in “The Wall in Our Heads: An Exhibition of American Artists and Kai Wiedenhöfer,” Frank Hallam Day, Stephanie Syjuco, and Bill Van Parys, in conversation with Kai Wiedenhöfer, will consider the role of Berlin in the American cultural imagination and more broadly the notion of the artist as citizen before and after 1989. Each artist will share personal insights and glimpses into their work produced in/about the Berlin Wall, culminating in a roundtable moderated by exhibition curator Paul M. Farber.Goethe-Institut

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

Sunday, October 26th 

Afternoon - Literary Reading at The Writer's Center - Bethesda, MD
Howard Feinstein and Adele Levine Read at The Writer's Center
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Howard Feinstein reads from Fire on the Bayou. He is joined by Adele Levine, who reads from Run, Dont Walk. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest

Afternoon - 5x5 special event at the NGA West Building - Archives
The 5x5 Project: Soda_Jerk: Hollywood Burn
2:00pm
Hollywood Burn is Soda_Jerk's narrative feature constructed entirely from hundreds of sampled audiovisual fragments. In this anti-copyright epic, Elvis Presley and a league of video pirates are pitted against the evil tyrant Moses and his Copyright Commandments. Read more on the 5x5 site here.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Afternoon - Concert with Arlington Philharmonic - Arlington, VA
Music for Dance
3:00pm
Join Arlington Philharmonic for their opening concert of their 2014-2015 season, “Music for Dance!” Repertoire includes a variety of dance pieces by Fauré, Kodály, and Ginastera and features DC-based violinist Emil Chudnovsky performing the celebrated Tchaikovsky violin concerto. Considered one of the most challenging and hauntingly beautiful pieces in violin literature, this performance is not to be missed!
Washington-Lee High School
1301 N Stafford St - Arlington, VA
Metro: Ballston or Virginia Sq

Evening - Concert - Works by Czech Composers at the NGA - Archives
Concert: Alexander and Natalia Shonert
6:30pm - 8:30pm
As part of the Sunday Night Concert Series at the National Gallery of Art, West Building. Alexander Shonert, violinist, Natalia Shonert, pianist; Music by Czech composers.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

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

UPCOMING: POETRY: Today! The DC Poetry Project presents the first Annual Costume and Open Mic Poetry Reading and a Special presentation of Poe's "The Raven" performed by R. Michael Oliver at the Shaw Library on SAT, Oct 25th from 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Free, RSVP Requested, 18+

The DC Poetry Project Presents: Costumes and Open Mic Poetry
Saturday, October 25th
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Free, 18+
RSVP Requested to letpoetryring@gmx.com

If possible, please bring bags of hard candy as a donation to Operation Shoebox’s “Trick or Treat for Troops” Program, which sends candy and other items to service members overseas. 

R. Michael Oliver
The DC Poetry Project Presents: Costumes and Poetry… Oh What a Treat! The DCPP's First Annual Costume and Open Mic Poetry Reading! Meeting Room/Lower Level Costume Optional (But Encouraged) Special Presentation of Edgar Allen Poe’s classic poem, "The Raven" performed by R. Michael Oliver! 

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library
1630 7th St NW
at the intersection of Rhode Island Ave & R St
Metro: Shaw-Howard, right above the metro exit

ON VIEW: SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Today! "Peace & Hope: 1760 ft Art Exhibit by 1000+ Syrian Refugee Children" on The National Mall FRI, Oct 24th - SUN, Oct 26th from 8:00am - Sunset and on MON, Oct 27th from 8:00am - 3:30pm, Free

"Peace & Hope: 1760 ft Art Exhibit by 1000+ Syrian Refugee Children" on The National Mall
Free
Thursday, October 23rd - Monday, October 27th
See facebook invite and eventbrite for details

'Peace & Hope: A Gift From the Children of Syria to the World' is an apolitical cultural diplomacy exhibit aimed at educating the American public about the plight of Syrian children & youth.

Friday, October 24th - Sunday, October 27th
8:00am - Sunset, daily

Monday, October 27th
8:00am - 3:30pm

About the exhibit: Painted by 1,000+ children and youth in the Shakespeare Tent, Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, Peace & Hope tells the story of Syrian children/youth impacted by over 3 years of conflict that has left millions displaced. Under the leadership of Syrian actor Nawar Bulbul, over the course of a few months, children and youth of all ages were invited to paint what "peace and hope" mean to them.

The art exhibit is over 1/3 miles long (536 meters - 1,760 feet) and weighs over 300 lbs (136 kilograms). The backdrop of the exhibit will be the US Capitol from one side, Washington Memorial from the other side, and directly in front of the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art. The exhibit is supported by over 25 organizations including UNHCR and UN-Habitat. It will remain up during the Marine Corps Marathon and will feature a UNHCR tent to simulate life in a refugee camp, where the canvas was made.  The art installation is part of a larger public affairs initiative, #RestoreHappy. To learn more: www.restorehappy.org.

On the National Mall
between 6th & 7th St NW on Jefferson Dr
Metro: Smithsonian or L'Enfant Plaza

UPCOMING: ART: Today! Weekend Round Up from Easy City Art for Free Art events on SAT, Oct 25th in DC and MD

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Artist Collectives and Fever Edition

Saturday, October 25th

Opening of New Studio Space - Fontana Forge
10:00am - 4:00pm
Celebrate the opening of Fontana Forge in Brookland-Woodridge. The new studio space is designed for artisans focusing on black-smithing of furniture, furnishings, and gift-ware. The morning events are for metalworkers, sculptors, and jewelers and the afternoon events are for friends, neighbors, and colleagues; visitors are encouraged to choose which time frame is most convenient.
Off the Beaten Track Warehouse
2414 Douglas St NE
Metro: See metro trip-planner for metro and bus access

Art Opening at Harmony Hall - Fort Washington, MD
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Five Make Art celebrates the works of five women at the height of their careers. Pam Rogers, Liz Lescault, Ellen Cornett, Gloria Chapa, and Claudia Vess express their individual visions and passions in ways unique to themselves in this group exhibition. The variety of works span from watercolor to pastel to installations.
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Rd - Fort Washington, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for metro and bus access

Art Opening at Project 4 Gallery
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann presents recent work in her solo exhibit titled Feverland. Her paintings explore the patterns that emerge from the chaos and organic environment established through her process. As her works develop, these patterns dissolve creating diverse pieces, which strain on the verge of disunity.
Project 4 Gallery
1353 U St NW - Suite 302
Metro: U St

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.

UPCOMING: FILM: Today! "Viewing China" Film Series continues SAT, Oct 25th at 2:00pm at the National Gallery of Art West Building, Screening Series FRI, Oct 17th - FRI, Oct 31st, Free

The National Gallery of Art and American University School of Communication present a free film series "Viewing China" during October
Free
Friday, October 17th - Friday, October 31st
click through each link for event details

In collaboration with the American University School of Communication, a sequence of recent non-fiction films from mainland China contrasts traditional and modern ways of life, while informing the discourse between works from the stateowned Central Newsreel and Documentary Studio Group (China Central Television or CCTV) and independently-made productions. Examples of early actualités by Sun Mingjing, a pioneer of cinematography who established China’s strong educational film tradition, are also featured. Films are in Mandarin and local dialects with subtitles. With thanks to Icarus Film, Day Zero Film, China Film Archive, and China Central Newsreel and Documentary Studio Group. Remaining screenings listed below.

Saturday, October 25th
National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall

National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall

National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall

West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

UPCOMING: MUSIC: Tonight! Cantare! Visual Art and Music performance SAT, Oct 25th at 8:00pm + More Free events at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland - Highlights from CultureCapital.com - SUN, Oct 26th - MON, Oct 27th

Free events at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center - from CultureCapital.com

Saturday, October 25th
Cantare!
8:00pm
Cantare! expresses the natural synergy between music and visual art.This interdisciplinary program entitled All American pairs the artwork of contemporary visual artist Patrick Delaney with the music of American composers: Leslie Adams, Jake Heggie, Scott Joplin, Camille Nickerson, Frank Proto and Gene Scheer.

Sunday, October 26th 
UMD Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Preliminaries
1:00pm
Which School of Music student will be the next featured soloist with the UMD Symphony Orchestra?In the preliminary round of the annual UMSO Concerto Competition, students perform excerpts of a concerto or concert piece for an independent jury panel. A select number of competitors are advanced to the final round where a winner, runner-up and second runner-up are announced.

Monday, October 27th 
Big Band Halloween Scream
7:30pm
A spirited evening of spine-tingling performances by the UMD Jazz Ensemble, UMD Jazz Lab Band and University Jazz Band is the hallmark of this annual favorite. Things will go bump in the night!

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Stadium Drive, UMD - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a bus or taxi

UPCOMING: THEATER: Today! Pay-What-You-Can Matinees for WSC Avant Bard's "Visibile Language" - All Shows will be in ASL and English - at Gallaudet University - this SAT, Oct 25th at 2:30pm and every Saturday through Nov 15th

Pay-What-You-Can shows! WSC Avant Bard's Visible Language "A world premiere musical about the 1890s culture war that changed the life of every Deaf person in America" at the Eastman Studio Theatre at Gallaudet University

Saturday Afternoon PWYC shows!
Saturdays: October 25th November 1st, 8th & 15th
2:30pm

Book and lyrics by Mary Resing Music by Andy Welchel - All singing! All signing!

This show is a  joint production of WSC Avant Bard  and the Gallaudet University Theatre and Dance Program, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Gallaudet University and the 25th anniversary of Avant Bard.  All performances will be in American Sign Language (ASL) and English, and all performances will be captioned.  November 1st show will be audio described.

A world premiere musical about the 1890s culture war that changed the life of every Deaf person in America. Right here in Washington, DC, in the volatile 1890s, two powerful and egotistical men—Alexander Graham Bell and Edward Miner Gallaudet—clashed over how the Deaf should be taught to communicate. That contest was to impact every Deaf person thereafter. This new bilingual musical tells that momentous story through the real people who lived it, including a young girl named Helen Keller, just beginning to learn what it means to be a woman in an era of progress.

Gilbert C. Eastman Studio Theatre located in Elstad Annex 131
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue NE
Metro: NoMa–Gallaudet on the red line and walk or take a short taxi or Uber ride.  Driving? Free on-campus parking is available.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! AAFP 5K Family Fun Run Walk at 6:30m + Tonight! Japanese Bamboo Flute Concert at the Freer at 7:30pm, Free, on SAT, Oct 25th

More free and low-cost events to choose from!

Saturday, October 25th

AAFP 5K Family Fun Run/Walk 
6:30am - 8:00am
The AAFP Assembly in Washington, D.C. will include the Family Fun Run/Walk 5K! All are welcome to participate at no cost and support a great cause while promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Museum of the American Indian
4th St &  Independence Ave SW
Metro: L'Enfant Plaza, exit Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums, or take any of the 30's buses

Bamboo Brilliance: A Mujuan Shakuhachi Celebration at the Freer
7:30pm
Free
Japanese bamboo flute (shakuhachi) virtuoso Kurahashi Yodo II leads an ensemble celebrating the 40th anniversary of the school his father founded in Kyoto.
Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive at 12th St, SW
Metro: Smithsonian

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! Kids Concert with Jali D, Uncle Devin and Bab Ras D on SAT, Oct 25th as part of the Millennium Stage Free Performance series at The Kennedy Center, Performances daily from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Artists vary, Free

Free performances at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 
Performances every night, 365 days a year
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Free

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! Click here for a complete schedule.

Saturday, October 25th     
Target Family Night: Chocolate City Rocks presents Jali D, Uncle Devin, and Bab Ras D
This for the kids edition features live performances by critically acclaimed musicians, children entertainers, and educators and is hosted by Risikat Okedeyi.

Additional Upcoming Performances:
Sun Oct 26    Theatre Mala Scena
Mon Oct 27   Shannon Dunne Dance
Tues Oct 28   Laurent Piron's Magicalement Drole
Wed Oct 29   Arabesque
Thurs Oct 30 Tev un Man
Fri Oct 31     Halloween BOOgie Down with The Loser’s Lounge

2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: Meditation SUN, Oct 26th and most SUN mornings 10:00am - 12:00pm + Yoga in Spanish every SAT11:00am - 12:00pm, Free, at the Science of Spirituality DC Center

Science of Spirituality  has a new 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 - October 12th, 19th and 26th 
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 - October 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
Spanish Language Yoga
11:00am - 12:00pm
Yoga Class limited to 8 students. Please Register beforehand: Arg.medit@gmail.com or (703) 212-8140.

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: Today! 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
Free
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

Friday, October 24, 2014

OF NOTE: LOCALS DISCOUNT: Did you know that you can ride the Old Town Trolley or DC Ducks or take the Monuments by Moonlight Tour for Free when you attend with a Full Paying Adult if you are a DC Resident or live within 50 miles of DC? Sign up online for the Washington DC Hometown Pass to take advantage of this one!

Are you a DC area resident? Accompany a paying guest for Free on Old Town Trolley Tours, DC Duck Tours and Monuments by Moonlight Tour with The Historic Tours of America Washington DC Hometown Pass

Note: You'll need to sign up for the Washington DC Hometown Pass online first. Tour Tickets must be purchased on site, not available online.

Note: This is just an FYI post. If you have company who wants to go on the tour you can accompany them for free if you want to. It's a bit different than the usual $10 or less post I realize but figured that during the summer lots of people may be visiting town and this may be something that some of you may want to take advantage of. If you're a student, intern or local and you have a DC area driver's license and want to be a tourist for a day, this may also be something fun to do with friends. While more than $10 per person if you divide it, still works out to save you each about $20.

Free for locals with a full fare adult ticket only: Regular ticket $39, child ticket (4-12) $29, children under 4 free except for on the DC Ducks tours. This deal is applicable for the following tours: 

• DC Duck Tours ( April - end of October)
• Monuments by Moonlight Tour

All DC residents and those within a 50 mile radius of  DC can take advantage of a free tour when accompanied by a full fare adult paid guest. You'll need to bring along a valid local driver's license, government issued id or voter's registration with you to show at the depot where you buy your ticket in conjunction with the Hometown Pass, for all pass holders over the age of 15.  Tickets may not be purchased online and may not be purchased using any discounts or coupons. Accompanying adult guest ticket must be purchased at a Historic Tours of America tour or attraction ticket booth.  See Terms.

You can purchase tickets at the following three locations (see map of the stops on the tour):

  • Welcome Center, stop #1, sales desk 9:00am - 3:00pm daily
  • Union Station, stop #4, sales desk 8:00am - 9:00pm daily
  • Georgetown, stop #18, Spring and Summer Tour only. Cash only. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

UPCOMING: MUSIC: Come dressed in your best Victorian Steampunk, Creepy, Funky, Quirky or Dark Attire to hear local band American Sinner and for a chance to appear in their film this SUN, Oct 26th from 3:00pm - 5:30pm at The Electric Maid in Takoma Park, Free, 18+

American Sinner Live Rehearsal/Filming
Sunday, October 26th
3:00pm - 5:30pm
Free, 18+

Come dressed in your best Victorian Steampunk, creepy, funky, quirky or dark attire, or come dressed as you are to hear songs from local band American Sinner. They'll will be choosing a few costumed individuals to appear in scenes from their upcoming movie. Hear new songs from their upcoming album, Island of the Dolls. Enjoy some music, food, drinks and some interesting company.

The Electric Maid
268 Carroll St NW
Metro: Takoma, right across the street pretty much from the metro

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: BELLYDANCING: Monthly: DC's monthly fusion Bellydance Showcase, DCTribal Cafe, at Mad Momos SUN, Oct 26th - usually every fourth SUN of the month - from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, doors and seating 5:00pm, $10

DCTribal Cafe - DC's monthly fusion Bellydance Showcase at Mad Momos
usually every fourth Sunday of the month - this month on the fifth
6:00pm - 8:00pm show, doors and seating 5:00pm
$10 includes show and drink specials

Next show - Sunday, October 26th
see the DCTribal afe facebook page for monthly details

Spice up Sunday dinner wCith DCTribal Cafe, a monthly dinner destination featuring fantastic fusion belly dance performances, great food, friends and fun! Regulars usually include Mavi Belly Dance, and DJ Myra Sinnott Beatrix.

Mad Momos
3605 14th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or take any of the 50 line buses along 14th St closer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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

Yoga
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
Other
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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for SUN events!

Weekly Sunday events, organized by start time
please click links for complete details on individual posts

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

When it's Warm... 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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: The next Free Four Week Intro to Meditation course at the Science of Spirituality DC Center begins MON, Nov 10th and continues Weekly on MON nights on Nov 17th, 24th & Dec 1st from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free, RSVP now to ensure your space!

Free Four-Week Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next four week session!
Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks
Next session begins on Monday, November 17th

Mondays - November 10th, 17th & 24th and December 1st
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP now to ensure your space!
RSVP required, email DCinfo@sos.org or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582.

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.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

ON VIEW: ART: 5x5 - DC's Largest Public Art Project - on view SAT, Sept 6th - SAT, Dec 6th! 5 curators selected 5 artists each, for a total of 25 Art Installations throughout DC!


5x5 = 5 curators x 5 artists each
Free
Saturday, September 6th - Saturday, December 6th
5x5, a project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, is a three-month long District-wide public art exhibition featuring 25 art installations. Five curators, Lance Fung, Shamim M. Momin, Stephanie Sherman, Justine Topfer and A.M. Weaver, were each commissioned to initiate five art activations, resulting in a total of 25 ground-breaking public art installations. These highly experienced and innovative contemporary arts professionals each selected and worked with five artists or artist teams to develop and present exciting, ephemeral works of art in public spaces throughout all wards this fall.

Now in its second iteration, 5x5, the District's largest public art project to date, showcases contemporary public art for all residents, visitors and art enthusiasts. Artists are from the District, New York and places as far away as Argentina and Australia. The 25 selected artists represent many genres, from visual arts of all types to poetry, arts and activism and sound art. The 5x5 artists have shown in Paris, Poland, London and India and other places around the globe.

Select highlights include:

The 5x5 Project: Abigail DeVille: The New Migration
Note: this is the one in Anacostia that the people in the neighborhood were not pleased with and was almost removed due to the controversy. After further consideration the DCCAH released a statement saying that the exhibit would in fact remain on view still through Sunday, November 2nd 
Recommend that you read about the artist and the story behind the work for a better understanding
1205 - 1215 Good Hope Rd SE
Metro: Anacostia 

The 5x5 Project: Kota Ezawa: Hand Voteon view through Friday, November 21st
Read more about this one here
202 M St SE
Metro: Navy Yard

on view through Friday, November 21st
U.S.A.I.R.A.N obscures the perceived divide between Iranian and US identities. By re-appropriating the exterior of a vacant building in D.C.’s thriving H Street corridor, artist Sanaz Mazinani creates a sculptural symbol for the transference of culture in which one’s personal politics are re-contextualized and cross-examined.
1300 H St NE
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown and take the X2 bus along H St or Shaw or U St and take any of the 90 line buses to 8th & H NE and walk over 

Landmark locations for artworks will include the SW Waterfront, St. Elizabeths East, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Arena Stage and the Reeves Center, among others. Programming partners, Hillyer Art Space, Furthermore, Hamiltonian, Pleasant Plains Workshop and Washington Project for the Arts, are planning a diversity of public programs that highlight the meaning and vitality of each of the 5x5 projects. Programming includes a variety of tours, panel discussions, performance pieces and workshops.

Metro: See metro trip-planner for best access to wherever it is you are trying to go

Friday, October 3, 2014

UPCOMING: MUSIC: Art Soiree's Living Room Live Series comes to a close with their final Concert of the series featuring Victorio Menghi on THURS, Oct 30th from 7:00pm - 12:00am, All ages, Free, RSVP Requested, Series continues every Thursday night through Oct 30th, Free, RSVP

Art Soiree Living Room Live October Concert Series comes to a close with Victorio Menghi
on Thursday, October 30th
7:00pm - 12:00am, music starts at 8:00pm
Free, RSVP here, All ages welcome
every Thursday September 25th - October 30th


Thursday, October 30th
Victorio Menghi
8:00pm

With German and Italian family roots, Buenos Aires born VIctorio is inspired by his native music genre, Argentinian tango. Victorio combines modern musical styles with tango music to create a universal language that helps him interact with all the world’s cultures. The Tango Fusion pioneer has a degree in “Electro Acoustic Composition” and has performed in several South American countries.

Check out this new Art Soiree series at the Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown. Living Room Live is a unique concert series aimed to spotlight and support emerging artists while giving exclusive access to the true music fans. Running every Thursday from September 25th - October 30th. Enjoy live concert performances by featured artists, while sipping on one of the hotel's signature cocktails or simply enjoying the comfort of hotel's lounge & lobby wood-fireplace in the company of art and music lovers.

The Ritz Carlton, Georgetown
3100 South St, NW
Metro: Farragut North, Foggy Bottom or Rosslyn and take the Circulator or the 31, 32 or 36 metro bus.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: Yoga Co-op DC's Weekly Intermediate-Advanced Community Yoga Class - with Brandon Copeland at Studio by 2nd & U St NW on SUN, Oct 26th only - usually 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, October 26th
Note: This week moved to a different location!
2009 2nd St NW - between U St & V St
YCDC with Brandon Copeland

About the class and Bio: Do you like yoga classes that encourage expressive movement and a nice deep stretch? If so, Brandon Copeland's classes are just for you. This Howard University graduate hails from Atlanta, GA and has been teaching Vinyasa and Progressive Ashtanga yoga for four years in Washington D.C. and Virginia. Since being certified with YogaAlliance's 200-hour training certification in 2010 Brandon continues to share yoga with students, athletes and peers. Brandon's philosophy on a students development centers around understanding the importance of breathe and alignment within each passing pose. Brandon's classes offer a range of movements for every student's particular skill level. Each student is encouraged to deepen their breath and take what's needed from each asana according to the insight the linked breathe and varying poses provide. Brandon's classes inspire students to take what they learn on the mat and apply it to the world around them, embracing the idea that "yoga is life."

Note from the YCDC crew: Folks, unfortunately Stroga has scheduled a workshop during YCDC class time. Instead of canceling the class we are moving the class to a different location. The location is a private yoga space located at 2009 2nd St NW. The space can accommodate 20 yogis. To secure your spot in the class best to book in advance using https://routeam.com/center/ycdc. We will return to our usual location the following week.

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

UPCOMING: YOGA: Pop-Up Community Yoga Class at Yoga Heights continues WithLove DC on MON, Oct 27th from 7:30pm - 8:45pm, by donation, $8-$10 suggested

Pop-Up Community Yoga Class at Yoga Heights courtesy of WithLove DC
Mondays in October
7:30pm - 8:45pm
by donation, $8 - $10 suggested
Remaining dates listed below

Monday, October 27th
Flow with Julia Saraswati Colton

This month, enjoy four Monday night yoga classes at WITHLOVEDC's October pop up space Yoga Heights. Join the folks at WithLove DC as they flow together in a new space and spread love to new neighborhoods each month. "Bring your mat, water bottle, and a smile."

Yoga Heights
3506 Georgia Ave NW - at Newton
Metro: Georgia Ave - Petworth, south of the metro, between Columbia Heights & Petworth

ON VIEW: ART: "LEGAL: Branco, Gen Duarte, Nick Alive, TIKKA, Vermelho" the first presentation of Brazilian Street Art in DC at Gallery 102, GWU, on view this month! MON, Oct 6th - FRI, Oct 31st, Open MON - FRI from 9:00am - 5:00pm, Free

"LEGAL: Branco, Gen Duarte, Nick Alive, TIKKA, Vermelho"
Free
On view Monday, October 6th - Friday, October 31st
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

This exhibit is the first presentation of Brazilian street art in Washington, DC. Swing by the student-led art gallery, Gallery 102 at The George Washington University to see the art while it is on view during the month of October.

Gallery 102 at GW University
801 22nd St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom

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

Weekly Monday night events organized by start time
click links for complete details on individual posts

"Blue Monday Blues" at Westminster Church, Waterfront Metro artists vary each week - see schedule
6:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages
$5

6:30pm - 8:00pm
If you have questions or wish to confirm that the class is still going on, best to message Marta directly - marta@martadances.com
All ages, bilingual class
by donation, $10 suggested

Weekly Wu Style Tai Chi Class - First Class Free - at Urban Tao Acupuncture and Herbology in Dupont Circle
7:00pm - 8:00pm
All ages, All levels
Best to call 202-253-0670 if you have questions or want to confirm if the class is still happening 

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




"La-Ti-Do" Musical Theater Cabaret & Spoken Word Series at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont
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
click links for complete details on individual posts

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
7:00pm
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
Pay-What-You-Choose
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