Tuesday, April 25, 2017

UPCOMING: MUSIC: Weekly: Today! The Dvorak Duo performs on TUES, April 24 as part of the Tuesday Lunchtime Concert series at The Church of the Epiphany by Metro Center, Performances every TUES from 12:10pm - 1:00pm, Artists vary each Week, Free, donations appreciated

Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany
lunchtime concerts every Tuesday
12:10pm - 1:00pm
Free, donations appreciated to
 support music program and artists

View the schedule of performances for more details

If you're able to get here Tuesday at lunch, recommend this series! 

Tuesday, April 24
The Dvorak Duo
view the facebook event page here
View the schedule of performances for more details

Julianna Nickel, flute, and Melissa Dvorak, harp, in a program offering insights into the relations between Arts and Society. Featuring music by Hendrick Andriessen, Mauric Ravel and Cameron Wilson.
Metro: Metro Center

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tonight! Curious about Meditation? David Newcomb leads a Free Workshop at the Rockville Library in MD on TUES, April 25 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm

"Meditation For Total Wellness" at the Rockville Library 
Tuesday, April 25
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Curious about meditation? David Newcomb leads a free workshop at the Rockville Library.
Meditation is a means of creating a more positive, healthy lifestyle. It is an invaluable tool helping people reduce stress, gain a deeper sense of fulfillment in life as well as foster greater physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Join David Newcomb, long time meditator for this powerful workshop that can positively impact your life.

21 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 
Meeting Room #2
Metro: Rockville, and walk about three blocks. The library is located in the Rockville Town Square. You can also take the 45 or 55 Ride On Bus.

Monday, April 24, 2017

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Comedy for KIND a Fundraiser for Kids In Need of Defense hosted by The Capital City Showcase at Acre 121 in Columbia Heights on WED, April 26 from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, $10

Comedy for KIND - A Fundraiser for Kids In Need of Defense
hosted by The Capital City Showcase
Wednesday, April 26
8:00pm - 10:00pm
$10, buy tickets on eventbrite here 

The Capital City Showcase and Theresa Concepcion present "Comedy for KIND" a fundraiser for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) with headliner Mr. Kasaun T. Wilson. Local comics come together for a good cause at Acre 121 in Columbia Heights. Ticket sales and donations will go towards KIND's work with unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children throughout the Washington, DC region.

1400 Irving St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, right by the metro

UPCOMING: VARIETY SHOW: The Capital City Showcase heads to The Clarendon Grill in Arlington, VA on THURS, April 27 with Comedy, Music and more from 9:00pm - 12:30am, Special Free Show!

Special Free Thursday Night Capital City Showcase this month at The Clarendon Grill in Arlington, VA!
Thursday, April 27
9:00pm - 12:30am
view and share the facebook event here

The Capital City Showcase is the variety show that features some of the DMV's best comedians, musicians, and performers across all genres. April’s Showcase will feature Comedian Mr. Kasaun T. Wilson and Musical Headliner Olivia Mancini and The Mates, who recently performed on The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. The Showcase will also feature comedy from Stephen Campbell and Natalie McGill, and music from Jasmine Gillison.

Mr. Kasaun T. Wilson has been a staple in the DC comedy scene for nearly a decade. A regular performer at The DC Improv, Magooby’s Joke House, and the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, he was voted “DC’s Funniest College Student” by The DC Improv in 2010, and made his national television debut on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2015.

Olivia Mancini and The Mates: A folk-pop rock band that's toured all over the United States and Europe, Olivia and the Mates have performed with top-of-the-line acts including The Hold Steady, Matthew Sweet, and Melissa Ferrick. Their music has even appeared in major-network TV shows such as Gossip Girl and Entourage!

This unique variety show features some of the DC area's best comedians, musicians, and performing artists! For over six years, the Showcase has included DC’s best artists of all kinds, including stand-up comedians, improv troupes, bands, acoustic singer-songwriters, and hip-hop artists.

The Clarendon Grill
1101 N Highland St -  Arlington, VA
Metro: Clarendon

UPCOMING: VARIETY OPEN MIC: Glover Park Social, a new Variety Open Mic at Mason Inn THURS, April 27 and every Thursday from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

New! Glover Park Social: Variety Open Mic
now every Thursday night at Mason Inn 
(No Glover Park Social March 16 for March Madness)
8:00pm - 10:00pm 

Next event - Thursday, April 27
view and share this week's facebook event page 

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 gloverparksocial@gmail.com.  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 lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 - 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: TEACH IN: "Challenging the U.S. War on The Atmosphere" a prelude to the People's Climate March hosted by IPS, Split this Rock and others at St. Stephen's Church on FRI, April 28 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free, RSVP

Challenging the U.S. War on the Atmosphere: How We Fight Back
Friday, April 28
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Free, RSVP here

From the event page: "Join us for a dynamic teach-in event that will be a prelude to the People’s Climate March (PCM) and explore concrete ways that we can fight back in our states, cities, and communities to advance a just climate agenda and to roll back the extractive economy. Through creative interaction, this teach-in will engage, teach, entertain, and inspire climate justice activists to go back from the march and take action in our . This is the kick-off event for the IPS Spring Series, IPS On the Offense: Big Visions for State and Local Power."

Moderated by Director of IPS's Climate Policy Program, Basav Sen. Featured speakers:

Co-sponsors: Institute for Policy Studies’ Climate Policy Program and New Economy Maryland Project, Split This Rock’s Eco-Justice Poetry Project, New Economy Coalition, CodePink, and more TBA. A special thank you to our media sponsor, WPFW 89.3 FM.

St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church 
1525 Newton St NW, at the corner of 16th St
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk or take the S 2 or S4 bus along 16th St right to the corner of 16th & Newton where the church is.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Here's a list of more Free and low-cost events this Week! TUES, April 25 - SUN, April 30

Tuesday, April 25

BloomScreen & AWNP present: The Big Banana
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation
The screening will be followed by a discussion featuring Mr. Bahati Jacques, Policy Analyst, Africa Faith and Justice Network, and moderated by Mwiza Munthali, host of the radio show "Africa Now," on WPFW 89.3FM.
In recognition of Earth Day (Saturday, April 22), BloomBars and the Africa World Now Project presents, The Big Banana (In French with English subtitles, view trailer), which critiques the human and environmental impact of banana plantations in Cameroon... The Big Banana (2011, 85 min), by Franck Bieleu – Banned in Cameroon, The Big Banana illustrates the poor working conditions in the banana plantations of Plantation du Haut Penja (PHP) and exposes the adverse impact of corrupt corporatocracy government on the people, while reaping huge profits for corporations. The film not only exposes multinational corporations culpability in the land grab of Africa but also makes us reconsider where we get our fruit from.
3222 11th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk over to 11th, turn left, about a 7 minute walk from the metro.

Thursday, April 27

From the event page: "Come join us for a great night of duo music, featuring Tim Whalen on piano, and Ethan Philion on bass! Jazz great Kenny Barron describes Tim as "an exceptional player who fully understands the jazz language and is fully conversant with all genres of the music.” Since moving to DC in late 2010, Tim has become an in-demand pianist and arranger on the DC jazz scene, and has played with the finest musicians in the area. He has started to make his mark on DC’s rich and diverse music scene as a bandleader. His septet and quintet have enjoyed sold out audience at venues such as Twins Jazz, the Smithsonian, and the Strathmore Music Center.Tim Whalen is an in-demand jazz pianist / composer / arranger living in Washington, DC. He has played all over the United States, Japan and Europe in many different musical situations, and has written music for everything from jazz duos to orchestras.
1658 Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about 12 minutes or take the 42 or 43 bus toward Mt Pleasant to Mozart Pl or the Circulator bus from Woodley Park Metro to the Ontario Rd stop and walk about a block, or walk from the metro about 20 minutes or so.

Jewish Lit Live presents Faye Moskowitz
at GW Marvin Center
7:00pm - 8:00pm
The George Washington University Department of English and Jewish Lit Live (JLL) proudly present a reading by their very own Faye Moskowitz on Thursday, April 27 in the Marvin Center Amphitheater. From the event page: "At our final event of the semester, Jewish Literature Live will be honoring Faye Moskowitz as she presents her novel And the Bridge is Love. Born in 1930, Faye spent her early years in Detroit and Jackson, Michigan. In Michigan, she worked for the Democratic Party, becoming county vice-chairman, until her husband’s job took the family to Washington. There sheenrolled at GW, earning her B.A. at age forty. She went on to earn a Master’s degree and later her PhD ABD from GW. She taught middle school for 12 years before returning to GW to teach and direct the creative writing program. Ten years later she became department chair, a position she served in for 8 years. Faye has taught Jewish Literature Live for nine years and has consequentially helped give many George Washington students and members of the DC community a unique experience. Aside from her illustrious career at The George Washington University as a professor where she has received such awards as the First Outstanding GW Woman Award, Faye has published several books including A Leak in the Heart and Whoever Finds this: I Love You. Faye Moskowitz has had a profound impact on the George Washington community and the wider DC community as well. Please join us in honoring her on April 27th."
GW Marvin Center
800 21st St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom or take any number of buses or the Circulator bus closer

Friday, April 28
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Threads Artists' Talk with Jane Anthony and Frederick Nunley. From the event page: "Please join us at Carroll Square Gallery for a lunchtime gallery talk featuring Jane Anthony and Frederick Nunley, who will discuss their personal experience in developing creative processes utilizing quilting, sewing, and hand-weaving. Talk will begin promptly at 12:30pm, so please arrive a few minutes before to grab a seat. Street parking is available as well as garage parking on 10th Street. The use of thread in creative endeavors can be traced back to the use of flax by early humans. Its inherent presence in sewing, weaving, and quilting may go unnoticed as machine-made processes replace manual techniques. Often employed in idiomatic expressions, the word “thread” has come into common usage to evoke the presence of meaningful connections between things. We would be well served to remember the emotional qualities textiles take on and how they are essential to the human experience. They provide the warmth and covering necessary for survival, and adorn domestic spaces to serve utilitarian as well as decorative purposes. The artists of Threads, Jane Anthony, Louisiana Bendolph, Kathryn Clark, Frederick Nunley and Patrick McDonough explore the use of thread by either its absence or presence in weaving, printmaking, needlepoint, quilting, and industrial design. Exhibition on view through May 26, 2017. Gallery Open During Business Hours. Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 6:00pm.
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or Metro Center

Saturday, April 29

10:00am - 4:00pm
$5 suggested donation to benefit Mary's Center.
The Adams Morgan Partnership BID presents the inaugural Adams Morgan Pinewood Grand Prix in Kalorama Park. For those not familiar, the Pinewood Derby is a longstanding boy scout tradition where the scouts start with a car kit (a block of wood, four wheels, and four nails) and create a car out of it. But this is Adams Morgan, so while the boys are still welcome to participate, this event is open to everyone regardless of age, gender, or whatever. Car kits are available at Urban Dwell DC, The Brass Knob Architectural Antiques, and Adams Morgan Ace Hardware. Registration and more information at http://AdMoGrandPrix.com/
Kalorama Park & Recreation Center
1875 Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus one stop to Adams Mill

Art Hop Takoma - All Weekend!
Saturday 11:00am - Sunday 3:00pm 
Join us for a weekend of art in Takoma! Over 70 area artists will install their work in the shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries in Takoma Park, MD to the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, DC. Plus free meet-the-artist receptions and live music all weekend! Art includes painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry, pottery, mosaic and more offered for sale at a variety of price points. Live outdoor music and dance performances are planned all weekend at the Takoma Park Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Avenue. Grab an Art Hop Map from any of the participating businesses (Look for the Art Hop Stop sign) or at the Art Hop Info Booth at the Gazebo. Read more here.
Metro: Takoma

Sunday, April 30

JazzFest 2017 - Jazz Lecture: Ella Fitzgerald
hosted by Levine Music Silver Spring, MD campus
11:00am - 1:00pm
Free, RSVP here
From the event page: "Back by popular demand, jazz journalist and lecturer Larry Appelbaum will join us in celebrating the work of jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. This engaging multimedia lecture is presented as part of the world-wide commemoration, "Ella at 100: The Centennial Celebration," with generous support from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation. Larry Appelbaum is a Senior Music Specialist at the Library of Congress. He writes for JazzTimes and Let's Cool One, lectures at music schools and festivals around the world, and is host of the long-running radio program The Sound of Surprise on WPFW-FM."
Levine Music
900 Wayne Ave - Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Silver Spring
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.

2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Writer's Center presents a reading by writers published by Broadkill Press and Broadkill River press. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. Read more about the participating readers on the event page here.
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest, If taking metro, note that Walsh St is only accessible from the left/ northbound side of the Wisconsin so best to cross the street when you exit the metro so you don't miss the turn.

Food For Thought: From Farm to Table
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Free, RSVP requested,  donations appreciated, all donations will benefit Ad 2 DC's pro-bono advertising campaign for The Potter's House.
From the event page: "Curious about the story behind bringing sustainable food to your plate? As Part Two of Ad 2 DC's "Food for Thought" series at The Potter's House, we're thrilled to bring you three exciting mini-documentaries created by local filmmakers exploring several sources of sustainable food, and the intricacies around bringing it to your table. We'll be viewing:
--"El Cacao" to examine the "fairness" of fair trade and cacao farming in the jungles of Panama
--"50 Years of Farming: For Love & Vegetables" to learn the story of the motivated minds behind the "ecoganic" Potomac Vegetable Farms in northern Virginia
--"The Culture of Collards" to celebrate the importance of food to our cultures and how local DC innovators are inspiring future generations through community gardens
We will follow the films with a Q&A session with Michelle Aguilar, filmmaker for "El Cacao", and Lindsey Smith, food systems consultant working with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Enjoy refreshments from The Potter's House, who is committed to serving ethically sourced food, plus the chance to win a movie night gift basket!"
1658 Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about 12 minutes or take the 42 or 43 bus toward Mt Pleasant to Mozart Pl or the Circulator bus from Woodley Park Metro to the Ontario Rd stop and walk about a block, or walk from the metro about 20 minutes or so.

Calling, Service, and Justice Speaker SeriesFeaturing Rev. Adam Taylor, chair of the board of Sojourners and former Presidential Fellow
6:00pm - 7:30pm
From the event page: "Stories from Spiritual Entrepreneurs: Leaders share the ups and downs of discerning calling, and living out visions for service and justice. Understanding, pursuing, and accepting calling are hard. Hearing stories from those who have journeyed inward to face questions, doubts, and fears - and to receive grace and insight - can help. Knowing how they were able to say "yes" and act to honor self, community, and world can support and encourage us. Come hear four inspirational leaders share their joys and pains on the path of deeper calling and inspired action. Come hear what they did, what God did, what has happened, and what comes next. Learn how they are serving communities, empowering others, and seeking justice. And, come to nurture your calling to change the world. These evenings will offer chances for attendees to engage the speakers and each other. In addition, there will be salon discussions a few weeks after each night for those who want to go deeper with what was shared." The next and final event in this series will be on May 21 and will feature Rev. Rebecca Stelle, director of Becoming Church and founding director of Reunion: Dismantling Mass Incarceration through Relationship and Commitment.
1658 Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about 12 minutes or take the 42 or 43 bus toward Mt Pleasant to Mozart Pl or the Circulator bus from Woodley Park Metro to the Ontario Rd stop and walk about a block, or walk from the metro about 20 minutes or so.

8:00pm - 10:00pm
From the event page: Fantom is pleased to host the official soundtrack release party for Pointless Theatre Co.'s local hip hop sci-fi puppet show Dot: a Rotoplastic Ballet (running through May 6 at Mead Theatre Lab). There will be booze. All ages admitted, but must show ID to drink. Dot: a Rotoplastic Ballet addresses the struggles of assimilation and obsoletion within a changing power system - featuring an original soundtrack produced and performed live by nerDCore hip-hop artist naviand two-time Helen Hayes nominated composer Mike Winch." About the show: "Enter the System, a futuristic yet familiar landscape where automated inhabitants are kept in line by the Pulse, a rhythmic energy conducted by NAVI - the last human. When one of these robots, d0t, is corrupted during a routine upgrade, it breaks free from the Pulse, and begins to spread the glitch through the System. Will NAVI be able to stop d0t in time?" Read The Washington Post review here
and learn more about the show here.
Fantom Comics
2010 P St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

UPCOMING: POETRY: Split This Rock hosts a Climate Justice Open Mic, on the evening of the People's Climate March, at Busboys and Poets 5th & K St NW on SAT, April 29 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

Photo of Teri Cross Davis by Mignonette Dooley
Split This Rock Climate Justice Open Mic
at Busboys and Poets 5th & K
Saturday, April 29
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Split This Rock is hosting an eco-justice poetry reading and open mic on the evening of the People's Climate March for Jobs and Justice. Raise your voice for the air, the water, soil, animals, present and future generations! Let's make a ruckus for our one good planet and a future shared by all. Featured readers include Dan Vera, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Alan King, Heather Davis, and others, TBA. Hosted by Melissa Tuckey.  The event, part of Split This Rock's Eco-Justice Project, is free and open to the public. Questions? Want to sign up to read? Contact Melissa Tuckey at ecojustice@splitthisrock.org.

Busboys and Poets 5th & K
1025 5th St NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq or Gallery Pl and walk, or take the Circulator bus to the stop closest to 5th & Mass. Ave, to get closer

Sunday, April 23, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: The next Free Four-Week Introduction to Meditation series begins on MON, May 1 and continues the next three Mondays thru MON, May 22 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Science of Spirituality DC Center in NW, close to American University

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
Facilitated by Sangeeta Prasad and Paola Neyra
Introductory classes begin every four weeks.

4-Week Series begins - Monday, May 1
continues the next three Mondays, thru May 22
7:00pm - 8:30pm
No experience necessary, all welcome to attend!
Free, RSVP required, email DCinfo@sos.org or call (937) 361-4515 or  (630) 597-5174

Note: If you aren't able to attend the first session on Monday, May 1 you're welcome to join in the second session, Monday, May 8. Please RSVP to let them know you plan to attend.

"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 access. It looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. For those with cars, street parking is available. You may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are coming from or from the Tenleytown Metro. See promo codes below for new users.

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 lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 - 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: ART: FAMILY DAY: "From a Moment to Infitity" Free and open to all, SUN, April 30 from 10:00am - 2:00pm in conjunction with Yayoi Kasuma's "Infinity Mirrors" at The Hirshhorn + Tip on Same DayTickets to see the Exhibit

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

Update: April 11, 2017. The Hirshhorn has increased the % of walk-up timed passes so every day there are several hundred available! Best to arrive by 8:00am to get in line.

Sunday, April 30
Family Day: From a Moment to Infinity
10:00am - 2:00pm
Free and open to all, no tickets needed
The Hirshhorn and Smithsonian Gardens team up for a day of family friendly activities inspired by “Orchids: A Moment” and “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.”

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

UPCOMING: OPEN STUDIO: Local Artists Matt Sesow and Dana Ellyn host an Open Studio at 916 G St NW this FRI, April 28 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm and SAT, April 29 from 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dana Ellyn & Matt Sesow: Open Studio! at 916 G St NW, Mather Studios
Friday, April 28
  5:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, April 29
  12:00pm - 3:00pm
Free, though you may want some money to buy some Art!

Dana Ellyn & Matt Sesow  open their downtown DC studio on Friday evening  and Saturday afternoon. Stop by to say hi and dig through hundreds of bargain priced paintings … choose from brand new work and plenty of old treasures.

From the event page: "Sesow & Ellyn *almost* moved to Connecticut late last year. We found 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 here we remain, in Washington DC - but big changes are ahead! After 16 years together, we're finally going to start living under the same roof! We're renovating his little Adams Morgan studio into a lovely small space for us to live, and converting my big downtown space into two separate studios for us to work.  Please help us make room during this shifting of our studios and take some paintings off our hands! This open studio will have an 'everything must go' vibe."

Mather Studios 
916 G Street NW #304
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or Metro Center

Saturday, April 22, 2017

UPCOMING: FELDENKRAIS CLASS: Final Free Feldenkrais Class with Seth Dellinger at Artomatic will be on SUN, April 30 from 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Free Feldenkrais Classes at Artomatic with Seth Dellinger at Artomatic in Crystal City, VA
Attend any or all as you are able! 
for adults, no special clothing is required so long as it is comfortable and loose-fitting

Class Six - Final Class in the Series! - Sunday, April 30
Hosted by Feldenkrais Practitioner Seth Dellinger.  Learn more about Seth and his work on his site, Move Like a Child Note: All classes will involve lying on the floor and a blanket will be provided but you are invited to bring an extra mat or exercise blanket if you need it to rest comfortably.

The Feldenkrais Method® is a unique approach to human development that uses a combination of movement and directed attention to create transformational change. Each weekend at Artomatic, Seth Dellinger, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais practitioner, will offer a special Awareness Through Movement class designed to help you free up your movement as well as your thinking.
From Seth's description on the event page: "Is creativity a magical power possessed only by musicians, painters, dancers and other “artists”? Or is it an innate human quality that we all possess, a rich resource that can improve anyone’s life, regardless of age, profession or any other circumstance? If it is, in fact, a universal quality, then why do we so often define people, including ourselves, as being “more” or “less” creative? What can we do to open up our creative channels?" 

Each class will involve gentle and novel movement explorations where there is no one “correct” way of doing things, helping you to uncover self-defeating habitual patterns of movement and thinking in order to renew your possibilities. As Moshe Feldenkrais famously said, “When you know what you’re doing, you can do what you want!” 

1800 S Bell Street - Crystal City, VA
Workshop Room #2 on the 6th Floor
Metro: Crystal City, just across the street from the metro escalator street exit or the elevator exit

Friday, April 21, 2017

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!

Sunday, April 16, 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.

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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.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

UPCOMING: ART: Opening Reception for Five New Exhibits at Artists & Makers two locations in Rockville, MD on FRI, May 5 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Art by Alonzo Davis
Opening Reception for five new exhibits at Artists & Makers studios in Rockville, MD May in the Galleries at A&M 1 and 2
Friday, May 5
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Exhibits on view Friday, May 5 - Wednesday, May 25. Regular gallery hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm Tuesday-Friday or by appointment

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Dr. present three new exhibits for the month of May: “Navigation/Immigration” by Alonzo Davis, “Waterborne” by Cindy Packard Richmond and “This Ain’t Yo Mama’s Textiles” by Melanye Coleman.

“Navigation/Immigration” with Alonzo Davis, whose artworks are a take on early Micronesian navigation tools, and an exploration of the many modes of transport immigrants use while seeking sanctuary from war and oppression. “Waterborne” with Cindy Packard Richmond examines water in its infinite variations – placid or fierce – the artist is struck by how water affects what it touches, what lives beneath or floats above. “This Ain’t Yo Mama’s Textiles” with Melanye Coleman juxtaposes portraits of women who defy traditional gender stereotypes to show their boundary-defying beauty on fabric – a material that, like them, is strong yet soft, and as varied as the women portrayed.

Artists & Makers Studios
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue presents two new exhibits: “anti-land” by Gregory Logan Dunn and “Tulipmania” by Patty Hankins.

Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville will present one exhibit in the main galleries for the month of May. “anti-land” with artist Gregory Logan Dunn will be featured in the Main and Merge Galleries on the second floor. Work in this solo exhibit represents a new group of paintings that continue to pursue traditional themes in the artist’s work: opacity versus transparency, multiple layers of paint accumulating on the surface while leaving visible existing layers underneath, through holes and rips from the layers above. Mystery, introspection, transformation, absolution. This process is highly personal - it has been an experience Dunn creates, individual and bereft of social or political commentary. Apolitical no more. Negative charges are fired in opposition saturating the American mindscape with polarizing fallout that land like lit fuses in the landscape of the national consciousness. What is fired across the aisle falls out onto the land, and it poisons, burns. There is no harvest in anti-land. “Tulipmania” with Patty Hankins of the Montgomery County Camera Club will open in the Photographers’ Hall, along with exhibits in New Master’s Gallery, Gallery 209, and artists’ open studios to round out the evening.
Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852
About Artists & Makers Studios: A&M1 on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, established in October 2014 by artist and arts community builder Judith HeartSong, is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility is home to 68 resident artists. Newly opened Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 50 resident artists and more to come. A&M Studios is dedicated to providing a supportive and vibrant environment for artists to realize their creative goals – through studio practice, collaboration, education, opportunities, networking and connecting with the community beyond our doors. A&M2 opens in March 2017!

Artists & Makers Studios 1
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210 - Rockville, MD
Metro: White Flint and walk, or you can catch the Ride-On 38 Wheaton via HP or the C8 to College Park Station. It's about a 16 minute walk, see google maps. See directions and map here.

Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 / 12280 Wilkins Avenue - Rockville, MD
Metro: Twinbrook and walk about .8 miles, 16 minutes, according to google maps.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

ON VIEW: ART: Last Chance! 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 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

OF NOTE: WIFI: Here's a list of Where to Wi-Fi for Free in DC! Coffeeshops, Cafes, Museums, Libraries, Parks, Bars and Restaurants with 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 freeindcblog@gmail.com 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.

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