Thursday, March 23, 2017

UPCOMING: EXHIBIT: Tonight! "Passport Destination: Copenhagen" an Interactive Exhibit, one night only, at Beyond Studios DC near the Mt Vernon Sq Metro, THURS, March 23 from 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Free

Passport Destination: Copenhagen, an Interactive Exhibit, one night only, at Beyond Studios DC near Mt Vernon Sq 
Thursday, March 23
6:00pm - 11:00pm
DJ, art and mingling throughout the event. The documentary film is 15 minutes and will screen at 7:00pm at 9:00pm
Free, RSVP requested

Passport Destination: Copenhagen is an interactive, multimedia exhibition that transports individuals to the city of Copenhagen, Denmark without ever having to leave DC. Using seamless technologies, attendees will experience the culture, art and design Copenhagen offers. Through multiple channels of engagement, participants will gain insight into how these elements work together to bring this vibrant and exciting modern Danish society to life. 

This experiential-immersion exhibition combines interactive technology, photography, and documentary film to engage viewers thus creating an educational atmosphere. Unlike a more traditional classroom, the exhibit allows for interaction with aspects of Copenhagen that aren’t accessible through simple web or textbook learning.

The goal? To promote social inclusion, tolerance, and camaraderie between international cultures. The exhibition will show Copenhagen as a cultural hub and incubator for creativity, art, design, fashion and innovation. Further promoting cultural tourism and inspiring the use of creative channels such as photography and film. Guests leave equipped with the necessary inspiration and creative drive to further expand their understanding of global cultures outside their own.

You can connect with the project and the artist behind it, Matthew Frazier, on instagram at MkAmericana

Beyond Studios DC
1240 9th St NW
Metro; Mt Vernon Square, short walk, turn left on M St and right on 9th

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tonight! Free Guided Meditation with Lisa Wilder at Eye Street Massage by Farragut Sq this THURS, March 23 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm, please RSVP as space is limited

Free Thursday Night Guided Meditation with Lisa Wilder at Eye Street Massage Therapy at Farragut Sq in downtown DC
Thursday, March 23
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Free, RSVP Required 
No experience is necessary, all welcome
Please arrive around 6:15pm as doors will close at 6:30pm

Note: Space is limited to 8 participants so please RSVP, click on "Book An Appointment" and choose "Book Classes" or call, (202) 463-0987 to reserve your space.  Read more here!

During the months of  February and March, Eye Street Massage Therapy will be offering free weekly group meditation sessions on Thursday nights, as well as monthly on the second Saturday, with resident cranio-sacral practitioner, Pranic healer and Usui Reiki Master, Lisa Wilder. The meditation will be designed to help you unwind, relax, develop a stronger state of awareness, settle busy minds, and visualize goals with guided meditations. 

Lisa will be facilitating a weekly group guided meditation on Thursday nights from 6:30pm-7:30pm in February and March. While the session is being offered free of charge, donations are welcome and will go directly to the healer. In addition to the weekly meditation there will be a monthly meditation on the second Saturday of the month, in February and March,

Save the dates and RSVP now for the remaining Thursday evening sessions!
Thursdays: March 16 & 23

Eye Street Massage Therapy
1634 "Eye" I Street NW
Note: In an office building, on the Lower Level, Suite 125
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut Sq, right at Farragut Sq on "Eye" St NW near the corner of 17th St

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tonight! "Meditation: Unlock the Power Within You" an Introduction to Meditation THURS, March 23 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Lamond Riggs Library near Fort Totten, Free

"Meditation: Unlock the Power Within You" 
Introduction to Meditation led by David Newcomb
at the Lamond Riggs Library near Fort Totten
Thursday March 23
7:00pm - 8:30pm 

Curious about meditation? Come on out to this free workshop led by long time meditator David Newcomb, who'll also be available to answer any questions you may have about the practice. During this workshop he will talk about how meditation can help to achieve a feeling of peace, happiness and greater well being. David will share a simple technique of a spiritual meditation practice and you'll also have a chance to practice this technique. For new or advanced meditators. Questions:

5401 South Dakota Avenue, NE
Metro: Fort Totten and walk about 9 minutes

UPCOMING: VARIETY OPEN MIC: Tonight! Glover Park Social, a new Variety Open Mic at Mason Inn THURS, March 23 and every Thursday from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

New! Glover Park Social: Variety Open Mic
Thursday, March 23
and every Thursday night at Mason Inn 
(No Glover Park Social March 16 for March Madness)
8:00pm - 10:00pm 
view and share facebook event page here

The producers of the monthly variety show The Capital City Showcase have just launched a new weekly variety show open mic every Thursday night at Mason Inn in Glover Park.

Come out to see some of the DC area's finest comedians, musicians, and performing artists at this free show! Interested in performing? Artists can sign up by emailing  Mason Inn opens at 6:00pm and seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so come early to make sure you get a great seat.

Mason Inn
2408 Wisconsin Ave NW
north of W Pl NW and south of Calvert, just past the Whole Foods  (see map)
Metro: See metro trip-planner for all bus options. You can get there by taking any of the 30 line buses (except for the 38B) that run along Wisconsin Avenue NW or by the Circulator bus, yellow line (see route map), which gets you a short distance south of the venue. You can catch the 30 lines buses north on Wisconsin from the Tenleytown Metro or from Foggy Bottom area along Pennsylvania Ave or you can take uber or lyft there, see promotions for new users below.

Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers: Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at - be sure to select uberx for best price instead of uber. You can also select uber pool or lyft line if you aren't in a hurry and don't mind the possibility of sharing the ride. Note: they may not let you select uberpool or lyftline if it's your first time using the app and you want to apply the discount.

UPCOMING: MUSICAL: Tonight! Avant Bard offers Pay-What-You-Will tickets to the Musical "The Gospel at Colonus" this THURS, March 23 from 7:30pm - 9:00pm and SAT, March 23 from 2:00pm -3:30pm SAT, March 25 from 2:00pm -3:30pm at The Gunston ArtsCenter in VA, by donation

Avant Bard presents the legendary gospel musical The Gospel at Colonus with Pay-What-You-Will shows every Thursday night and every Saturday afternoon during the run!
by donation/PWYW so you name your price at the door* Regular admission $30 on Friday and $35 for Saturday evenings & Sunday shows

Thursday, March 23 - Final Thursday night!
7:30pm - 9:00pm, tickets 7:00pm

Saturday, March 25 - last PWYW show!
2:00pm - 3:30pm, tickets 1:30pm

Please Note: The number of seats available day of the show will vary based on how many are sold online. If you want to ensure a seat it is recommended that you purchase a PWYW ticket online with a $10 minimum donation here.

Avant Bard proudly presents the legendary gospel musical The Gospel at Colonus, a soaring celebration of transcendence and the fragility of life that transforms Sophocles' timeless tale of the last days of Oedipus into a parable for our times. Its message of redemption is sorely needed right now.

Avant Bard gives The Gospel at Colonus new life in an up-close and intimate production directed by Jennifer L. Nelson (Resident Director, Mosaic Theater Company of DC; Founding Artistic Director, African Continuum Theatre Company) with musical direction by e’Marcus Harper-Short (Musical Director of Theater Alliance’s acclaimed Black Nativity). Unlike previous productions of the show, which had a megachurch setting, the Avant Bard production will evoke a sacred site that draws from and honors the Greek and African roots of the source material.

With its epic poetry and magnificent score, The Gospel at Colonus reminds us that out of the deepest sorrows, the highest and most uplifting hope can emerge. This musical was a global sensation when it premiered in 1983. The story combines Greek tragedy and African American heritage. The score is an inspiring fusion of Black church gospel with elements of blues and Motown. Written by Lee Breuer and composer Bob Telson, The Gospel at Colonus was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Best Drama in 1985 and won the Obie for Best Musical in 1984.

*Note that the number of seats available at each show will vary based on how many people reserved tickets online in advance so you'll want to get there about 30 minutes early to get your ticket. All ages welcome, Recommended for ages 14 and up, performance is about 90 minutes, no intermission 

Show runs Thursday, February 23 - Sunday, March 26 with additional PWYW performances on Monday, February 27 & Thursday evenings at 7:30pm and Saturday matinees at 2:00pm, Check out this short video to get a sense of some of the music you will here. 

Remaining PWYW Evening Shows 
Thursdays March 16 & 23

Remaining PWYW Saturday Matinee Shows
Saturdays March 18 & 25

Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two
2700 South Lang St - Arlington, VA 22206 (see map)
Metro: Crystal City and catch the 23A or 23B bus from bus bay two (the thoughtful folks at Avant Bard even made a video you can watch on how to get there using metro and bus which is especially great for visual folks) and get off at South Arlington Ridge Rd and South Lang St, nine stops, about a six minute bus ride.  You can use metro trip-planner for metro and bus schedules. It's about 1.5 miles from the metro if you want to bike or walk, or you can also uber or lyft there if that makes more sense, see promotions for new users at the bottom of this post. If you have a car and plan to drive you can see driving directions here. Ample free parking available. 

New User Promotions: You cam get $10 off your first Lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at and use the promo code FREEINDC14. I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request future rides.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more Free and low-cost events every day @FreeinDCBlog on twitter - and if you don't use twitter, no worries, you don't need an account to view the page!

For more events please check out @FreeinDCBlog on twitter and the Free in DC page on facebook, search for "Free in DC" or click here! Much of the event content I cover comes from facebook and I don't always have time to craft individual posts on this site for every event I come across and I often post links to events on  @FreeinDCBlog on twittter and/or FreeinDC on facebook that aren't on the main site.

I tweet most every day, focusing on events happening that day, and some other events coming soon or ones that you might not find on the main site or on facebook. Also, if you aren't a twitter user you can just look at the page without needing to sign up for an account!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

UPCOMING: One Year Anniversary Celebration + Performances, Vendors and more at Hands on Drum on Rhode Island Avenue this SAT, March 25 from 12:00pm - 9:00pm, Free and Family-Friendly

Hands on Drums - One Year Anniversary Celebration on Rhode Island Ave + Spring Equinox
Saturday, March 25
12:00pm - 9:00pm

From the event page: "It's been a year since we tore out the guts of the abandoned L&W auto parts shop and turned it into a community space full of good vibes, gorgeous hand crafted drums, fashions, instruments and accessories from our craft-worker community in Ghana, and most of all...Good People. This Saturday, come out and dance and sing to the Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, Nii Dembaya, and Los Caribbeat. Check out a demo on Family Capoeira and Ghana drumming styles. Browse local craft vendors offering healing arts and delicious foods and drinks and check out our Spring line of drums and clothing."

2:00pm - Family Capoeira demo with James Muwonge
3:00pm - Ghana drumming demo with Kweku Owusu and Nii Adjei
4:00pm - Performance by Bele Bele Rhythm Collective
5:00pm - Performance by Nii Dembaya drumming
7:00pm - 9:00pm - 2 Sets performed by Los Caribbeat

Vendors and Services all day long, from 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Hands on Drums, Stuck on Ginger, the Sacred Kitchen, Zoe the Designer, Yew 360 Wholistic Health & Wellness, A Soulful Touch Wellness chair massage, Treat Artisanal Chocolates, Lotus Eats Life Feminine Apothecary, House of Lukaya, Crafty Blessings.
Hands on Drums
600 Rhode Island Avenue NE
Metro: Rhode Island Avenue, short walk from the metro

Saturday, March 18, 2017

UPCOMING: COOKING CLASSES: Usher in the Spring with Four Free Classes in Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking on Saturday afternoons at the Science of Spirituality DC Meditation Center, First Class is SAT, March 25 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm and will focus on Tex-Mex Cuisine, RSVP to ensure your space

Usher in the Spring with Free Classes in Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking
Saturdays at the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center in NW DC, near American University
Saturday afternoons from March 25 - April 15
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Attend any of the classes, as you like
Please RSVP so that they can plan accordingly. Questions:

Saturday, March 25 - Class 1
Tex-Mex Cuisine
Please RSVP in advance

Preparation of particular dishes representing each cuisine will be demonstrated, including sampling of finished dishes. Printed recipes, including the location of stores where ingredients can be found, will be given to each attendee, and there will be time for Q&A.

Saturday, April 1 - Class 2
Indian Cuisine
Please RSVP in advance

Saturday, April 8 - Class 3
Indian Cusine
Please RSVP in advance

Saturday, April 15 - Class 4
American Cuisine
Please RSVP in advance

SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and connect with them on twitter @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 but they don't run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. For those of you with smart phones who don't own cars you may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are or from the Tenleytown Metro, which is closest. See promo below.

New User Promotions: $10 off your first Lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at and use the promo code FREEINDC14. I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request future rides.

Friday, March 17, 2017

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Here's a list of Free and low-cost events to choose from on FR!, March 24 - SUN, March 26

Friday, March 24

ReThink Business Colloquium 3.24.17
hosted by Behind The Mind Radio Show
at The Miracle Theatre on 8th St SE
10:00am - 1:00pm, doors 9:30am
Free, RSVP on eventbrite here
Behind The Mind Radio Show presents a Free Live audience experience at the Historic Miracle Theatre this Friday March 24th in DC! Featuring these expert speakers who #ReThinkBusiness:
Colloquium Show Themes: Design Thinking In Business, Women In Business, After The Investment, Transition in Business and Crowdfunding Your Capital. Powered by the following partners: We Act Radio Network, Social Art and Culture, Impact HUB DC and WACIF.
The Miracle Theatre
535 8th St SE
Metro: Eastern Market

Artomatic Opening  Day - Crystal City, VA
On view Friday, March 24 - Saturday, May 6
ARTOMATIC 2017 opens to the public at noon this Friday! Click links to learn more.
1800 South Bell St - Arlington, VA
Metro: Crystal City

Ellyn & Sesow: Open Studio
5:00pm - 7:00pm
and 11:00am - 2:00pm on Saturday
Free to come by though you might want to buy some stuff to take home
Open Studio: Dana Ellyn & Matt Sesow March 24th & 25th at their downtow DC studio. Stop by to say hi and and dig through hundreds of bargain priced paintings … everything must go!
Sesow & Ellyn *almost* moved to Connecticut late last year after finding what appeared to be our dream home & dream art studio. After putting in an offer and going through an arduous inspection process, many major issues were discovered with the house. So they are staying in DC, and after 16 years together, will finally start living under the same roof! They'll be renovating Matt's Adams Morgan studio into a lovely small space to live, and converting Dana's downtown space into two separate studios for them to work. Come on by to meet Matt and Dana, check out their work and help them make room by picking up some paintings. 
Mather Studios
916 G St NW #304 
Metro; Gallery Pl - Chinatown, 9th & G exit, across from MLK Library  

Avanti Orchestra Concert at the Church of the Epiphany
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Free, donations appreciated, $10 suggested 
You're invited! FMMC's conductor Pablo Saelzer and Avanti Orchestra join Javier Arrey, baritone, Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Arrey will perform Dvořák’s Biblical Songs. Also on the program is the Moderato quasi marcia and Menuetto from Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 “Prague.”
1317 G St NW
Metro: Metro Center 

Saturday, March 25

Ellyn & Sesow: Open Studio
11:00am - 2:00pm
see description above

Art  by Michael Platt 
Artist Talk with Michael Platt at Honfleur Gallery in Anacostia
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Light refreshments will be served
Note: Right after this event is another event a few doors away at Anacostia Art Center, see below. Michael B Platt will discuss the work in his solo show Pathfinders, upcoming projects, and how his work has evolved over time. "Foreground and background, past and present, pattern and figure all overlap in Platt’s pieces to reveal the strength, resiliency, and grace of individuals who break with tradition." Platt is a Native Washingtonian and self-described “image-maker” who combines photography, digital imagery, and printmaking for this series of haunting, transcendent work. The show is on view through April 9.
1241 Good Hope Rd SE
Metro: Anacostia and take the Circulator bus from Howard Rd or get off at Eastern Market and take the same Circulator bus line to the first stop when you turn right on Good Hope Rd

Opening Reception for Photography Exhibit "The World is Your Stage"
4:00pm - 6:00pm
On view March 25 - April 4
Come out for an opening reception for The World is Your Stage, a photo exhibit by Sir Harvey Fitz that depicts seven stages of mankind from grand stages to street corners. This exhibit celebrates the passion that drives an artist or performer, regardless of the stage of life that they’re in – from being a dreamer of the craft, to a veteran, or someone who longs to return to their art.
Note: Right before this event is another event a few doors away, see above. Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Road, SE
Metro: Anacostia and take the Circulator bus from Howard Rd or get off at Eastern Market and take the same Circulator bus line to the first stop when you turn right on Good Hope Rd
in relation to the exhibit Gene Davis: Hot Beat
5:00pm concert, 4:00pm pre-concert talk, 3:30pm doors
Gene Davis’s brightly colored stripes repeat across the surface of his paintings, reflecting the rhythm and tempo of music. In honor of the exhibition Gene Davis: Hot Beat, 21st Century Consort performs a musical reaction to this Washington Color School painter. The program features works influenced by minimalism and synesthesia, and music by DC composers. 
Note: this venue is wheelchair accessible
Smithsonian American Art Museum 
McEvoy Auditorium
8th & G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, elevator exit or 9th & G exit are closest, or walk a few short blocks from Metro Center

Sunday, March 26

Karma Kitchen March Edition at Himalayan Heritage in Adams Morgan 
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Pay-it-Forward/No-Set-Cost, Monthly Community Meal
by donation meal, Indian food, made by and served by a team of volunteers. Karma Kitchen is a volunteer-driven experiment in generosity started in Berkeley, California on March 31st 2007 based on the principles of a "gift economy." Your meal experience is gifted by volunteers: prepared, cooked and served from the heart to you. People of all backgrounds join together for a healthy vegetarian meal in a very set menu. You can eat as much or as little as you wish. All are welcome to join and to invite others to join as well. 
Himalayan Heritage Restaurant
2305 18th St NW - at Kalorama
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus a bit closer to Adams Mill, cross over Columbia Rd and walk down 18th St a few block, or Dupont Circle and walk up 18th St or take the 42 bus the stop closest to Kalorama or Belmont and walk downhill one block to 18th St.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Comedy on the Table, a Lady-Centric Comedy Showcase, is back at the Velvet Lounge on U St on FRI, March 24 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, $5, 18+ Benefit for local charity

is back at the Velvet Lounge on U St
Friday, March 24
7:00pm - 9:00pm
$5, 18+
All proceeds will benefit a local charity!

The longest running women's comedy show in D.C. is back for the first show of 2017 and your $5 cover will support Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). This edition of Comedy on the Table, presented by Lousy Humans and hosted by Tok Moffat, will feature funny women: Eryca Nolan Christine FerreraValerie PaschallCristina Payne, Elizabeth Croydon and Theresa Concepcion.

The Velvet Lounge
915 U Street NW
Metro: U St, African-American War Memorial exit

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

OF NOTE: FITNESS: Fitiverse is Free to Join and helps you to Connect with new Workout buddies and Find Free Fitness Activities in your area

Want to get fit? Connect on Fitiverse!
No gym, no problem! Free to join
Find new fitness buddies and activities and 50+ Free weekly classes in DC

Fitiverse is local, social network that will help you to find new, fun and social ways to workout! Fitiverse focuses on fitness and connects you with compatible workout buddies who have access to the same fitness zones, which are like neighborhoods.

Find Free Workouts, Yoga Classes, Meet-ups and more, on Fitiverse. The local place to go for Free Fitness activities! Create your free account here!

If you're wondering why am I sharing Fitiverse on Free in DC when technically it's not an arts, culture or consciousness event, it is because Fitiverse shares a similar mission, to help people connect to fabulous, local, free things to do. In their case, they just focus on fitness. It's also free to join! The site was founded by two brothers who live in the DC area who share a passion for fitness and well-being. They wanted to help others in the greater community find people who live nearby, share similar schedules and are interested in similar ways of working out and having fun.

So go ahead, check it out, what do you have to lose? Create your free account, find some new free activities, have some fun burning calories and maybe even make some new friends!

Monday, March 13, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Meditate in Community on Sunday Mornings at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, the next Meditation & Talk will be on SUN, March 26 from 10:00am - 12:00pm followed by a vegetarian lunch + New Spanish Meditation at 1:00pm, Free

The Science of Spirituality  DC Center
hosts lots of free programs.
See the schedule or calendar page for more program information.

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

Weekly Meditation on Sunday Mornings
except for the first Sunday of the month
Sunday Morning Silent Meditation
10:00am - 11:00am
Sunday Morning Meditation Talk
11:00am - 12:00pm
All welcome regardless of level of experience

Meditation Talk and Meditation at 11:00am is recommended for new folks. Feel free to arrive when you can to meditate with the group in a silent format so if you are an experienced meditator you are welcome to arrive anytime starting from 10:00am for a silent meditation sit. Vegetarian lunch is provided after the meditation talk. at noon, for those who participate in the morning program.

New! Sunday Spanish Meditation led by Paola Neyra
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Questions? Call 540-907-0019

SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and connect with them on twitter @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 but they don't run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. For those of you with smart phones who don't own cars you may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are or from the Tenleytown Metro, which is closest. See promo below.

New User Promotions: $10 off your first Lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at and use the promo code FREEINDC14. I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request future rides.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

UPCOMING: FILM: "Watashi Daisuki" a Cinematic Exploration of the life and legacy of Yayoi Kasuma on SUN, March 26 at 3:00pm + other Free events at The Hirshhorn related to the "Infinity Mirrors" exhibition, through SAT, April 30

Free events related to the Yayoi Kasuma: Infinity Mirrors exhibit!

Sunday, March 26
Film: Watashi Daisuki (I Adore Myself) (2008)
Join the museum for a cinematic exploration into the life and legacy of Kusama. Using experimental cinema, recordings of her New York happenings and documentary footage of her current life in Japan, this series looks at Kusama’s multifaceted career through her life and connection to performance and film. I Adore Myself follows the wildly charismatic Kusama during an 18-month period as she obsessively works on “Love Forever,” a series of 50 large drawings for a 2008 gallery opening in New York City. This film is presented in partnership with the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

Additional events next month: 

Sunday, April 9
Taking a unique look into the experimental Black Gate Theater, where Kusama performed and staged happenings in New York City in the 1960s, this program will include screenings of Aldo Tambellini’s Black Zero and Otto Piene’s The Proliferation of the Sun, as well as never before shown documentary footage.

Friday, April 14
Gallery Talk: Mika Yoshitake on Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin
Curator of the exhibition Mika Yoshitake discusses Kusama’s obsession with polka dots and pumpkins for a special gallery talk on the Hirshhorn Plaza. Meet at the Information Desk. Note: This particular event may require tickets, I'm not sure. Will post an update once I find out.

Saturday, April 30
The Hirshhorn and Smithsonian Gardens team up for a day of family friendly activities inspired by “Orchids: A Moment” and “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.” Note: This particular event may require tickets, I'm not sure. Will post an update once I find out.

7th & Independence Ave SW
Metro: L’Enfant Plaza

Thursday, March 2, 2017

ON VIEW: ART: Exhibit featuring the Hill Rag's Art and the City "REvisit" artists throughout three floors of the Hill Center near Eastern Market from THURS, March 2 - SUN, April 30, Free

New exhibition featuring the Hill Rag’s Art and the City “REvisit” artists Opening Reception at the Hill Center - featuring works by local artists Matt Sesow, Dana Ellyn and others!
Exhibit features multiple works from each of the artists in the hallways and rooms of the Hill Center, on three floors!
On view from Thursday, March 2 - Sunday, April 30
This show is generously sponsored by the Hill Rag.
Works are for sale and 30% will go to support the Hill Center.

The Hill Rag’s Art and the City
A column by Jim Magner

"For the 14th year of my column, Art and the City, I elected to look back at some of the artists I had profiled in years past. I was looking for contrasts—for the creative journeys that bring new directions and new perceptions. What I found was dedication – a fervid reaching for excellence and evolving insights that let them soar higher, while ever-testing and questioning the meaning of it all. For all of these artists, the intervening years have been full of art – full of seeing, searching, and living visually. By being creative, they have given true value to time. This is a terrific show in the variety of subjects and styles.
  • The quality of work is exceptional and intellectually exciting, from: 
  • The ever-exploring idea art of Alan Braley,
  • The mystical watercolor landscapes of Tom Bucci,
  • The abstracted visual rhythms of Tati Kaupp,
  • The internal questioning force of Matt Sesow,
  • The passage through time and dancing colors of Jan Kern,
  • The exquisite oil landscapes of Andrei Kushnir,
  • The powerful abstract images of Anne Marchand,
  • The wonderfully whimsical drawings and pastels of Ellen Cornett,
  • The roaring social statements of Dana Ellyn,
  • The portraits and passions of Patrick Campbell,
  • The vision and award-winning landscapes of Barbara Nuss,
  • To the reaching and lifting river photography of Bruce McNeil.
About Jim Magner: I’ve been writing the Hill Rag column, Art and the City, since March 2002—14 years. I am an artist and writer. My book, A Haunting Beauty: Vietnam Through the Eyes of an Artist, has received awards and great reviews. I have had a presence on Capitol Hill for 40 years in one capacity or another and have a fair number of paintings in personal collections scattered about the area. I have also been a legislative assistant to a US senator and a teacher of kids with emotional disabilities. The former prepared me for the latter."

Hill Center
at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Metro: Eastern Market, just a block or so from the metro along Pennsylvania Ave 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ON VIEW: ART: "What to do? Resistance Art for 2017 + Beyond" a group exhibit at ReCreative Spaces in Mt Rainier. MD from FRI, March 3 - FRI, March 31, Free

'Liberate Theology' by Andrea Noel
Art Opening for What to do? Resistance Art for 2017 + Beyond a group exhibit at ReCreative Spaces in Mt Rainier. MD
On view Friday, March 3- Friday, March 31
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 2:00pm, by appointment and during programming, see calendar,

What to do? Resistance Art for 2017 + Beyond features the works of The Monument Quilt Project, Andrea Noel Camilla Schaeffer, Victoria Sgarro, Juliana Vallejo, and Amelia Vercauteren.
Read more about the show on East City Art.

About ReCreative Spaces: ReCreative Spaces designs places for communities to gather and share their passion for art of all kinds. We work with property owners, developers, city agencies, small businesses and organizations to drive creativity, awareness and traffic into otherwise underutilized spaces. By offering site-specific programming and events we aim to cultivate artistic expression, build community, encourage social collaboration, and increase civic participation. ReCreative Spaces aims to provide low-cost, high-awesome creative programming to all, and to make affordable space available for artists to create and share their work.

3501 Perry St - Mt Rainier, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access or take an uber or lyft there, see new user promotions below

Thursday, September 1, 2016

OF NOTE: WIFI: Here's a list of Where to get Free Wi-Fi! Go online at Coffeeshops, Cafes, Museums, Libraries, Parks, Bars and Restaurants, Places to get Free Wireless Internet in DC, MD and VA

Updated December 29, 2015. Here is a list of coffee shops and other spots with free wireless internet in DC, and parts of VA and MD. I am sure there are more I haven't listed yet... Please add any additional locations in DC or next to a metro in MD or VA along with the address, area, and link if you have it in the comment section and I will add it to the list! If you know of any changes, please let me know of those as well. You can comment tweet me @FreeinDCBlog or message me on Free in DC's facebook page or send an email to if you have any updates to this list (new places or places listed here that may be closed, etc...) Thanks!

My personal favorite independent coffee shops to work from, listed alphabetically: Blind Dog Cafe, Bourbon, Chinatown Coffee, Coffy Cafe, Filter, Flying Fish, Pleasant Pops, Tryst, Tynan and Vigalante. All are self serve except for Tryst which has waiter service. 

INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOPS & CAFES (without waiter service)
For ease of use, this list is organized alphabetically by neighborhood, and rest is alphabetical too. 


The Potter's House
Now Renovated! "Cafe, Bookstore, and Community Space - Rooted in Adams Morgan Since 1960"
1658 Columbia Rd NW
between 16th & 17th St NW 
beautiful space, light food available, variety of coffee drinks  
Monday - Friday | 7am - 9pm Saturday | 8am - 10pm Sunday | 8am-6pm

Pleasant Pops
delicious veggie sandwiches, soups, salads, a great section of local foods and really good espresso drinks from Ceremony Coffee
1781 Florida Ave NW
near the intersection of 18th & Florida Ave, by Mint Gym
at the bottom of Adams Morgan, north of Dupont

Sugar Daddy's
2006 18th St NW
bakery near Florida Ave 
at the bottom of Adams Morgan, north of Dupont

Big Bear Cafe
Note - they have a cute outdoor area 
really delicious coffee drinks, cute spot
1st & R St NW
nearest metro is NoMa, closest by bus

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

Chinatown Coffee Company
standard benches and chairs, delicious espresso
if you're looking for cushy sofas, not your spot
now serving beer, wine and absinthe!
475 H St NW

Compass Coffee 
650 F Street NW
New location opened in May 2016

Bakers & Baristas
501 Seventh St NW
click link to read more about the venue

Coffy Cafe
At Park Rd, across from the Tivoli large community space, retro vibe.
Large space with a small upper level, yummy coffee and espresso from Ceremony coffee, and crepes
3310 14th St NW

Flying Fish Coffee
smaller venue, community table and some smaller tables
Counter Culture espresso, hand poured coffee
3604 Mt Pleasant St, NW

Tynan Coffee and Tea 
You get a 2 hour free wifi ticket with purchase
open 'til 8:00pm daily, next to metro and Five Guys
1400 Irving St NW

Sticky Fingers Bakery
*vegan food only* good for gluten free too
Note: they do not offer cream for your coffee
pink glittery furniture with old school diner vibe
Note: I heard that they turn off their wifi on Saturdays
so check first if you go on a weekend
1370 Park Rd, NW

gelato and coffee bar, ritual coffee
some seating and community table
1704 Connecticut Ave, NW -near R St
Note: locations also in Bethesda and Georgetown 
but not sure if they have wireless there

note - they also have a small outdoor area
nice place, good coffee, but super small
inside can be hard to find seating sometimes
1726 20th NW (between R & S)

note - they also have an outdoor area 
one of DC's very first coffeeshops!
(didn't see website, reviews online) please
call for info 202- 463-7646
2150 P St NW

Peregrine Espresso
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Note: They have a small shop also on 14th St, near U, that does not offer wireless internet

Port City Java
701 North Carolina Ave. SE

Bourbon Coffee 
"crop to cup" beans from Rwanda!
Super comfy, nice decor! Great story/mission.
try the ice kaffe in summer - ice cream + espresso!
2101 L St NW

Baked and Wired
Cupcakes and coffee, the only indie coffee shop in the area.
Just past canal from M St between 30th & 31st St, K & M St
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW

417 H St NE

Dolcezza - New location with late night hours!
at the corner of
14th & P St NW
Monday - Thursday: 7am-11pm Friday 7am-12am
Saturday 8am-12am Sunday 8am - 11pm
They also have a location in Dupont Circle
Metro: best reached by the Circulator bus, Woodley-McPherson route that also goes up 14th St and by the Columbia Heights Metro, right to 14th & RI Ave or P St, you can also take any bus along 14th St.

Qualia Coffee
"fresh off the roast" coffee beans roasted on site
note - they also have a small outdoor area in the back!
3917 Georgia Ave NW
just a few blocks north of the Georgia Ave - Petworth metro

Kafe Bohem
Viennese-style coffeehouse, open until 5pm daily, attached to Bistro Bohem
600 Florida Ave NW

Compass Coffee 
One of the newest places in DC, beans roast in house!
Interesting story behind this place too, learn more here
Daily form 7:00am - 8:00pm
1535 7th St NW - near Q St 
Note: They have two additional locations now! One in Chinatown and another in Shaw

Compass Coffee at The Shay
located inside The Shay building
1921 8th St NW

The Wydown 
Now on 14th St right next to the Trader Joe's
Mon - Fri 6am-10pm Sat & Sun 8am-10pm
1924 14th St NW

The Coffee Bar - TCB
1201 S St NW
they also have a large area for outside seating

Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St NE

OTHER PLACES (without waiter service)
Steam Cafe & Lounge
note - they also have an outdoor area
1700 17th St NW around R St
Dupont Circle/ 17th St

Bruegger's Bagel Bakery
2101 L St NW
(next door to Bourbon Coffee)
See their 
website for hours and more info.

Foggy Bottom/ K St Area

INDEPENDENT CAFES & RESTAURANTS (with coffee, food, and waiter service) 
Busboys & Poets - two locations in DC
(waiter service only)
1025 5th St NW  - 5th & K 
Chinatown/ Mt Vernon Sq
2021 14th St NW - 14 & V 
U St Area

Open City
large outdoor seating area and semi-outdoor space
Sister restaurant to Tryst, good coffee drinks
2331 Calvert St NW, close to Connecticut
Woodley Park

The Coupe
upscale diner, coffee shop and bar  open late
owned by the same folks that own Tryst, Open City and The Diner
Sun - Thurs 6:00am - 12:00am
Fri - Sat 6:00am - 1:00am
3415 11th St NW
Columbia Heights

(waiter service only)
Note: Wi-Fi turned off on weekends
great espresso drinks, good food
2459 28th St NW
Adams Morgan

Farragut Square
17th St & I St
Yes, there is Free Wifi in the Park!
Select Golden Triangle Wireless
it will direct you to 
Golden Triangle BID site

which is also a great resource for local spots
Farragut West or North

free wireless in courtyards and park areas, see map
Crystal City

Au Bon Pain
Free wifi, locations all over the city
Metro Center, L St, Chinatown, etc...

Peet's Coffee
13th & G  - 601 13th St
Metro Center
15th & M - 1156 15th St
McPherson Sq
17th & L - 1101 17th St NW
Farragut North 
1800 M St NW
Farragut North

Corner Bakery
locations throughout the city!

Pret A Manger
11th and F 1155 F St NW
Metro Center
14th and H 1399 New York Ave NW
McPherson Sq
15th and K 1432 K St NW
McPherson Sq
17th and K  1701 K St NW
Note: No WiFi at this one
Farragut North
18th and I  1825 Eye St NW
Farragut West
19th and L 1828 L St NW
Farragut North
Union Station 50 Mass Ave NW
Union Station

Saxby's Coffee
Hours vary at each location 
Georgetown, near University
3500 O St NW
Downtown, near K St

1000 Vermont Ave NW
Dupont Circle, South exit
1309 19th St NW

CHAINS in DC with locations also in MD & VA
Barnes and Noble
All Barnes and Noble's now offers free wifi!
Locations in MD and VA, all DC stores have closed unfortunately. Clarendon, Bethesda, Springfield and Rockville are close to metro I believe. Tysons Corner, Seven Corners and Potomac, car required.

locations throughout the city and in MD and VA!
Dupont, Downtown, Capitol Hill, and Ballston in VA

Harris Teeter - Citadelnow has a fancy coffee machine and wifi in their cafe
1631 Kalorama Rd - between 16h & 17th St
Adams Morgan/ 16th St

IHOP - Open 24 hours!
**This is the only free wireless spot I know of open 24 hours**
Irving &14th St, NW
Columbia Heights (not sure if the one in Ballston has internet)
New: Apparently, most all of the McDonalds in the area now have offer free wireless internet! To see which ones in the area have wi-fi and to learn more, please click here. You'll want to type in your zipcode and look for the ones with a green box on the far right.

1350 Connecticut Avenue
Dupont Circle 
Irving at 14th St, NW
Columbia Heights
Wisconsin Ave, above the metro
H St NW between 6th and 7th
Panera also has locations by metro in MD & VA:
just north on Colesville at Georgia
Silver Spring, MD
in the Ballston Commons Mall
Ballston, VA

many Safeway stores now have free wireless in their cafes so you should call first
some are run by Starbucks. I know for sure that these two have:
1100 4th St, SW
Waterfront Metro
5th & K St, NW
Gallery Place, Mt Vernon Sq, Circulator bus

lots of locations all over the city

pizza and sandwich place, casual
multiple locations, see list online
Tenley has wifi, not sure if the others do, please call
4529 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Breadsoda *Late Night Spot*
beer, billiards, sandwiches, open late!
2233 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Glover Park (bus access from Tenleytown metro)

Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St NW
Dupont Circle

1443 P St NW
Logan Circle
821 Upsher St, NW
Georgia Ave - Petworth

Red Derby
3718 14th St NW (at Quincy)

Georgia Ave/Petworth

Z Burger
4321 Wisconsin Ave, NW


Smithsonian American Art Museum & NPG
Kogod Courtyard + The Luce Foundation Center - 3rd Floor
Open 11:00am - 7:00pm
Two great spots to work from, Luce has a community table and places to plug in
8th & F St NW

Open 8:30am - 5:30pm
they have free wireless in cafe area
coffee and food is pricey if you are hungry
you may want to pack snacks or food
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW

Great quiet places to work throughout DC!
View the list of Library locations! 
MLK Library at 9th & G St, NW is open latest
I know that these are right near metro:
Tenleytown (new library! right by metro)
Shaw (new library! right by metro)
Cleveland Park (about a block or so from metro)

Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St
Virginia Sq or Ballston 

Artisphere *Late Night Spot*
open late! free wi-fi art space
Wed - Fri: 4:00pm - 11:00pm*
Sat: Noon - 11:00pm
Sun: Noon - 5:00pm
Mon - Tues: Closed
Open later pending programmed events

Busboys and Poets
Shirlington, VA (not near metro, take bus or car)
really great coffee shop with cupcakes and other baked goods
I was thrilled to discover this one in Arlington! Try their 9:30 cupcake, it is so good!
818 N. Quincy - entrance is on Wilson Blvd, near sweetgreen 
Ballston (walk to Wilson, turn left and go a few blocks)
Note: They also have a second location in Alexandria, VA but I haven't been there so not sure if it's accessible by metro or if they have wireless there

1000 N. Randolph St

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

the food and coffee here is quite good
3211 Wilson Blvd

in the Ballston Commons Mall

Jason's Deli
7356 Baltimore Ave.
College Park - about a 10 min walk from the Metro