Wednesday, April 23, 2014

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! Here's a list of more Free events this WED, April 23rd - SUN, April 27th from - a Fabulous online resource for Arts and Culture events in DC, MD and VA!

Here are some more great free arts and culture events from! This site is a fantastic resource for events provided by CultureCapital (formerly known as the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington) a wonderful organization that supports and highlights the DC metro area's vibrant and diverse arts community!

Please note: Weekends are usually really busy with events but this weekend is an exception with Passover, Good Friday, Easter and folks on Spring Break.  See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of exhibits on view! Plus, is now on facebook

Wednesday, April 23rd

Photo courtesy The Textile Museum
Morning - Workshop on Beaded Textiles - Anacostia
Conserving Your Textiles, Part II (Beaded Work)
Maria Fusco, Associate Conservator for Collections, Textile Museum, explains the do’s and don’ts of caring for your personal beaded items.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE (map)
Metro: Anacostia and take the W2 bus, see metro trip-planner for bus access from metro

Lunchtime - Earth Day Gallery Talk at NMWA - Metro Center
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Celebrate Earth Day at NMWA! Looking for some artistic and intellectual nourishment during your lunch break? Join us on Wednesdays for short gallery talks to explore highlights from special exhibitions and NMWA’s collection with museum staff. This week, Associate Educator Addie L. Gayoso discusses selections from the NMWA’s collection that reflect on our delicate and complicated relationship with nature. Note: Talk is free, if you want to tour the museum before or after, admission applies. 
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Meet at Information Desk
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Metro: Metro Center or take any number of buses that go to 13th & H St NW

Lunchtime - Architecture Walking Tour - Chinatown
Spring Walking Tour: From Red Brick to Plain Black Box - German-Born Architects in Downtown DC
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Please RSVP here 
Tour will be led by local historian and tour guide Elizabeth Sherman. "In the mid-19th century, many talented architects fleeing repressive regimes in Germany settled in Washington, DC, where they designed and built everything from private residences to large government buildings. A century later, in the same tradition, Mies van der Rohe’s starkly monumental MLK Library (pictured) added a distinctly modern and internationalist note to DC’s old German immigrant neighborhood."
812 7th St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or take the Circulator bus to 7th & Mass Ave

Lunchtime - Author Talk and Signing at the Archives - Archives
The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur
12:00pm -1:00pm
General Douglas MacArthur-imperious, headstrong, and vain-is also remembered as a brilliant commander. Mark Perry, author of The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur, examines how this paradoxical man overcame his personal and professional challenges to lead his countrymen in World War II. A book signing will follow the programNational Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

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Thursday, April 24th

Evening - History Lecture at the Dumbarton House - Dupont Circle/ Georgetown 
War of 1812 Exhibition Opening & Lecture
Note: Invite says that this event is sold out so please call 202-337-2288 to see if there's a stand by list.
Celebrate the opening of War of 1812 Commemoration Exhibition with cocktails and lecture "Impressment and the War of 1812" by Prof. Denver Brunsman.
Dumbarton House
2715 Q St, NW
between Dupont Circle and Georgetown
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk or take a bus closer. You can also take a bus along Wisconsin Ave to Q St and walk over if you're coming from that direction. For those driving, parking is free but limited (behind the garden at 27th and Q Streets NW).

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

Friday, April 25th

Lunchtime - Chamber Music Concert - Chinatown 
Friday Morning Music Club: Chamber Concert
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Friday Morning Music Club members perform as part of this weekly concert series. See program details here.
Calvary Baptist Church
755 8th St NW - between H & G
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown
Evening - Film Sat the Embassy of Argentina - Dupont Circle
TANGO - NO me dejes nunca
Presented by Pan American Symphony Orchestra. Carlos Saura's "Tango," is a tantalizing, sometimes brilliant musical film: a magical blend of grace and savagery that, like the tango itself, turns lovemaking into warfare, lust into beauty, life into song. It's an ultimate dance film; the tango numbers themselves express the tensions of the characters. Concentrate too much on Saura's story -- about a crippled film director trying to make the ultimate tango picture while falling in love with his star.Embassy of Argentina
1600 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle 

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Saturday, April 26th

All Day - Family-friendly Festival at UMD - College Park, MD
The 16th Annual Maryland Day
10:00am - 4:00pm
This community open house has something for the entire family with more than 40 different events throughout the Center -- on stage, in the studios and behind the scene. See a complete schedule of events hereClarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Stadium Drive, UMD - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a bus or taxi

Afternoon - Family-Friendly Dance Festival - Arlington, VA
Bowen McCauley Dance: 5th Annual Move Me Festival
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Bowen McCauley Dance presents the 5th Annual Move Me Festival. Move Me is a free family-friendly celebration of the arts and culture, serving nearly 1,000 people annually, featuring performances and artistic activities by local arts partners. The festival culminates with performances by the BMD professional company and a special performance by BMD's Kenmore Junior Company. Enjoy live music, dance, theatre, and activities for children and adults alike.
Kenmore Middle School
200 South Carlin Springs Rd - Arlington, VA
Metro: Ballston and take the 25B bus toward Van Dorn St from Bus Bay B to Carlin Spring Rd & 3rd St, about a 7 minute ride, walk 0.05 mile North on S Carlin Spring Rd. You can also see the metro trip-planner for bus schedule and other possible bus options.

Afternoon - Kid's Workshops - Georgetown 
Children's Art Workshops at Jackson Art Center in Georgetown
3:00pm - 5:00pm
(Plus, come back for the Open House on Sunday)
Create in a real art studio: Card making for young children and watercolor workshop for kids 7 and older (and interested parents) led by Jackson artist Sherry Kaskey. Plus: Explore working artists' studios open for the weekend. Plus, come back from the full Open Studios the following day - Sunday, April 27th from 12:00pm - 5:00pm - when more than 30 working artists' studios will be open to the public. Come explore and meet and greet the artists over art, conversation, refreshments and music.
Jackson Art Center
3050 R St NW-  in Georgetown (see map)
across from Montrose Park, a few blocks from Wisconisn
Metro: Bus access only, see metro trip-planner for best bus access. Accessible by Circulator bus, Georgetown - Union Station line, to Wisconsin Ave stop closest to R St from K St, from Farragut West or Farragut North along K St, or take any of the 30 lines buses, except for the 38B, from Farragut West or Foggy Bottom, or catch the cross town bus, bike or walk about a mile, from Dupont Circle.

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

Sunday, April 27th
Afternoon - U.S. Marine Band Concert Celebrating Shakespeare at NVCC - Alexandria, VA
Free Concert Celebrating Shakespeare's 450th Birthday at NoVa Community College with the United States Marine Band
2:00pm - 4:00pm
"April 23, 2014, will mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of the most remarkable storyteller in history, William Shakespeare. His timeless themes are as relevant today as they were four and a half centuries ago. With thousands of unforgettable quotes and more than 1,700 English words coined by the Bard of Avon, his influence continues to extend far beyond the theater and into our everyday lives. This program features both music of Shakespeare’s time, such as Gordon Jacob’s William Byrd Suite, and works borne from his inimitable prose, such as Sergei Prokofiev’s famous ballet based on Romeo and Juliet and highlights from Sir Arthur Sullivan’s incidental music for The Tempest. The program will include a solo performance by the winner of the 2014 Concerto Competition for high school musicians. SULLIVAN/trans. D. Patterson*: Suite from The Tempest, Opus 1 JACOB: William Byrd Suite PROKOFIEV/trans. D. Patterson*: Suite from Romeo and Juliet"
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall
at NoVa Community College
3001 North Beauregard St - Alexandria, VA
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro. For those driving, parking is $6 per car in the Beauregard Garage.

Late Afternoon - Filmfest DC Film Screening at NGA East Building - Archives
Filmfest DC: Helsinki Forever
Presented by Filmfest DC
4:00pm - 6:00pmHelsinki, Forever (Finland, 2008, 74 min, color) preceded by Station (Finland, 1989, 31 min, color) Both films are in Finnish with English subtitles. Helsinki, Forever will be introduced by Sami van Ingen, Finnish filmmaker, curator, and great-grand nephew of American filmmaker Robert Flaherty (Nanook of the North) and will be preceded by Station. Read more about the films here
National Gallery of Art
East Building
4th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives
See more free events and exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on!

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Today! Weekly: Two Free Performances this WED, April 23rd as part of the "Happenings at the Harman" series at Shakespeare Theatre's Harman Hall in Chinatown, WPAS: Feder String Competition from 12:00pm - 1:00pm + Free Experimental Performance Happy Hour with Aether Art Projects from 5:30pm - 6:30pm

"Happenings at the Harman" weekly lunctime performances
at Shakespeare Theatre's Sidney Harman Hall, by the Chinatown Metro
Weekly, every Wednesday from September 2013 - May 2013 
12:00pm - 1:00pm, doors open at 11:45am
Free, no reservations needed

This season, you can see performances from Happenstance Theatre,Washington Improv Theatre’s iMusical, Congressional Chorus, Milo the Magnificent, Next Reflex Dance Collective and many more!

Wednesday, April 23rd - Lunchtime + Happy Hour Show 
Happenings: WPAS: Feder String Competition
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Washington Performing Arts Society's presents the winners of WPAS’s competition, DC-area youth in grades 6–12, play classical works. As one of the leading presenters in the nation, WPAS embraces a broad spectrum of the performing arts, including classical music, jazz, gospel, contemporary dance and music, international music and art forms, and new work. Dynamic education programs in the public schools and beyond are hallmarks of Washington Performing Arts, as are the organization’s Embassy Adoption Program and two resident gospel choirs.
Happy Hour Tonight! 

Wednesday, April 23rd
Aether Art Projects Triptych
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Aether Art Projects: Triptych looks at endurance, theatrics, and actions. Aggressive movement, manipulated light, and the building of soundscape. The narrative is rooted in personal memory: being thirteen and fearless, sort of. This experimental performance is inspired by Hal, Falstaff, and Hotspur of Henry IV, Part 1 and created by inter-disiplinary artist and curator Eames Armstrong.

Next Week at Happenings Lunchtime Performance Series: 

Wednesday, April 30th
Happenings: Beverly Cosham and Cam Magee
A cabaret show of songs linked with Shakespeare text to highlight the musicality found in Shakespeare. Featuring jazz singer Beverly Cosham and actress Cam Magee with Musical Accompaniment by Reenie Codelka.
Happenings Happy Hour performances will take place every other month on select Wednesdays from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. See the full schedule of performances here.  If you are 21+ you can even enjoy a free vodka drink!
Connect with STC on facebook and @ShakespeareinDC on twitter, and feel free to tweet about the series with hashtag #HappeningsattheHarman

Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harman Hall
Forum Theater, downstairs
610 F St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, Arena exit, cross the street, Harman Hall is at the corner of 6th & F

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Today! Weekly: Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts at the National Gallery of Art every WED from 12:10pm - 1:00pm, Performers vary each week, Free

every Wednesday in the West Building
12:10pm - 1:00pm
All concerts take place in the West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court unless otherwise noted

Remaining Concerts in April are listed below:
Music by Maria Bach

Wednesday, April 30th
Ann Schein, pianist
Chopin Sonata in B Minor, Debussy L’isle joyeuse, Liszt Tarantelle and Ravel Sonatine
West Building Lecture Hall
Note: The West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court, where the concerts are usually held, is a beautiful space, however almost all of the seats have an obstructed, or minimal view. If you want a seat with a view, best to arrive early to get in line.

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Tonight! Weekly: Wednesday Night Meditation Series continues on WED, April 23rd at the Georgetown Library near Wisconsin & R St, Three Week Sessions will be led by teachers from Science of Spirituality DC, every WED from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

"Deeper into Meditation" An Ongoing Free Meditation Series at the Georgetown Library
now offered every Wednesday night
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Attend any or all sessions

Though Science of Spirituality now has a home of their own now in DC they are still offering free meditation workshops at area libraries and are now offering a regular Wednesday night series at the Georgetown library!

Teachers from SOS DC leading upcoming classes:
April 16th and 23rd - Zelma Chamberlain
April 30th - Sangeeta Prasad

Read more about Jyoti Meditation and Science of Spirituality online and feel free to connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and SOS DC on twitter  @SOS_WashDC.

3260 R St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Farragut North or Farragut West, Dupont Circle or Tenleytown and take a bus or the Circulator to the stop closest to Wisconsin and R St, see metro trip-planner for best bus access.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: DRUMMING: Tonight! Weekly: Wednesday Night Drum Jams continue on WED, April 23rd & 30th at the Electric Maid, right across from the Takoma Metro,7:00pm - 9:30pm, All ages, by donation, $5 suggested

every Wednesday night at the Electric Maid in Takoma
Wednesdays - April 16th, 23rd & 30th
7:00pm - 9:30pm
All ages, by donation, $5 suggested
"Come early and get a seat and let yourself move to the beat!"

Katy Gaughan and friends are back with their weekly evening drum jams on Wednesdays now thru April 30th at the Electric Maid in Takoma. Join Mark Francis Nickens and Joe Kennedy along with Katy, Hillary and others, and get your groove on. Drummers and dancers welcome! Drums provided or bring your own. No experience necessary. Kids welcome with supervising adult. Please bring your own water. Come to drum or to dance, or both! See more pics on the invite.

The Electric Maid
268 Carroll St, NW
Metro: Takoma, just across the street, steps away from metro exit.

UPCOMING: FILM: Tonight! Learn more about the dangers and politics of Fracking at this Screening of "Gasland Part II" at the Shaw Library on WED, April 23rd from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Film Screening of "Gasland Part II" at the Shaw Library
Wednesday, April 23rd
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Come out to a free screening of the documentary film "Gasland Part II" which investigates the dangers and politics of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The film premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and is a follow-up to "Gasland" a 2011 Academy Award nominated documentary film.

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Public Library
Conference Room 2 on the second floor
1630 7th St NW
Metro: Shaw, right above the metro

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! Students from the Eastman School of Music perform Classical Music in the Terrace Theater on WED, April 23rd at the Kenndey Center Millennium Stage, Performances vary every day, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Performances every night!
6:00pm - 7:00pm


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

Wednesday, April 23rd
This event is taking place in the Terrace Theater.
Students play Balakirev’s Islamey, Fantasie Orientale; Ravel’s Tzigane; Zyman’s Sonata; Young and Elliott’s “A Weaver of Dreams;” and selections from Puccini’s Turandot and Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 “Archduke.”

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Tonight! Weekly: Gentle Yoga at Smith Center on U St on WED evenings from 5:30pm - 6:45pm + on MON mornings from 10:30am - 11:45am, $10 per class

Science tells us that psychological stress can affect the immune system, the body’s defense against infection and disease, including cancer. Reducing stress benefits us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Smith Center offers therapeutic yoga weekly, as well as regular yoga workshops, meditation and qigong classes, and more. Smith Center offers weekly gentle yoga classes open to anyone interested. They are specifically designed for adults facing stress, cancer, or other illness. Learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Restorative Yoga focuses on relaxing the body in restful postures. Note that 'rest' is different than sleep. Rest provides the body an opportunity to renew and heal. Enjoy a greater sense of well being and enhanced energy. All levels welcome. Ongoing Classes listed below.

Monday Mornings
Gentle Morning Yoga for Cancer & Stress
with Corrin Bennett
10:30am - 11:45am
$10/session or $25/month. Register here

Wednesday Evenings
with Alaina Sadick
5:30pm - 6:45pm 
$10/session or $25/month. Register here
More Upcoming Stress Reduction Programs

Countless studies have proven the physical and emotional benefits of including stress reduction as part of an approach to optimal wellness. Restorative yoga, as well as other forms of yoga, meditation, and other techniques, help to trigger the Parasympathetic Nervous System, also known as the PNS. The PNS is responsible for balancing the body and bringing its response system back into equilibrium. Stimulating the PNS helps to lower heart rate, blood pressure; it helps to healthily stimulate the immune system and keep the endocrine system operating healthily.

When this system gets out of whack, or when the Sympathetic nervous system (SNS) gets over-stimulated, the PNS helps to bring all back in balance. It is believed that is the PNS is tapped out or under-active, illness pervades. Thus, forms of relaxation, such as yoga and meditation, that help to stimulate the PNS are generally beneficial for overall body health.

David Spiegel, MD, author of Living Beyond Limits, reports, "In medicine, we are learning that physical problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, can be influenced by psychological interventions, such as relaxation training. Mind and body are connected and must work together, and this should be a powerful asset in treating medical illness."

1632 U St NW
Metro: closest access is by bus, the S1, S2, S4 or S9 along 16th St to U or any of the 90 line buses that run along U St, closest metro is U St, walk is about four long blocks.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! DC Emancipation events continue WED, April 23rd - SUN, April 27th, while all events are Free, some may require advance RSVP

Please click through links for complete details
All events are Free, some may require advance RSVP
See metro trip-planner for best bus and metro access

What is Emancipation Day? The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day. Read more about the History of Emancipation Day and see the Emancipation Day Photo Gallery. Remaining free events:

Wednesday, April 23rd
"African Americans and Gentrification in Washington, DC - Race, Class and Social Justice in the Nation's Capital"
Using oral interviews, qualitative and quantitative data to explore the experiences and ideas of African Americans confronting and constructing gentrification in Washington, DC, African Americans and Gentrification in Washington, DC is a highly anticipated ethnography on a subject of great intrigue and consequences from a well-known public scholar and intellectual. The book contextualizes Black Washingtonians' perspectives on belonging and attachment during a marked period of urban restructuring and demographic change in the Nation's Capital and sheds light on the process of social hierarchies and standpoints that have unfolded over time.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
Black Studies Center, Room 316
901 G Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, also close to Metro Center

Thursday, April 24th

Sunday, April 27th
Salem Baptist Church Emancipation Day Celebration

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Tonight! "Live! Wednesdays" continue at the Anacostia Arts Center with Elijah Jamal Balbed - cureated by Twins Jazz - on WED, April 23rd + Performances every WED night from 7:30pm - 9:00pm, Al ages, Free

Live! Wednesdays - Live Music at the Anacostia Arts Center
every Wednesday night
7:30pm - 9:00pm
All ages, Free
Made possible by the support of The Kresge Foundation, Advance RSVP recommended
Genres vary and include Jazz, Rock, and Funk

Wednesday, April 23rd
Elijah Jamal Balbed (curated by Twins Jazz)
Wednesday, April 30th
Color School Band

Next Month:
Wednesday, May 7th
  Black Masala
Wednesday, May 14th
Wednesday, May 21st
  Black Notes
Wednesday, May 28th
Wednesday, June 4th
  Louis Weeks
1231 Good Hope Rd. SE
Metro: Anacostia and walk, bus, bike or cab closer. Starting on April 1st the Potomac Ave - Barracks Row- Skyland Circulator bus will be running past 7pm again! You can catch that Circulator bus from Howard Rd and get off at the stop right after it turns right onto Good Hope Rd, or pick it up from Eastern Market Metro on 8th St SE by the Starbucks)

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tomorrow, Live in VA and Curious about Meditation? "Spring into Meditation" on THURS, April 24th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm in Annandale, Free

"Spring into Meditation" Meditation Workshop in Annandale, VA
Led by Gerry Gorman of Science of Spirituality DC
Thursday, April 24th
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Gerry Gorman will discuss and demonstrate a powerful yet simple meditation technique that can help enhance physical, mental, and emotional wellness, concentration, and an overall sense of ease and equilibrium. 

This event is organized in partnership with the Science of Sprituality, an organization that offers free meditation workshops throughout the DC area and at their new Meditation Center in DC

Gerry Gorman has been a student of meditation for over 30 years and has studied with two of the most respected mystics of our time: Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj and Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. Professionally, he has worked as an engineer, engineering manager, and business development executive for a number of computer controls and technology companies and he now runs his own controls company.

Learn more about SOS DC and the Science of Spirituality DC Chapter and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with them on facebook and twitter as well @SOS_WashDC.
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
Metro: Note this location is best reached by car. You can catch a bus from Dunn Loring there, though it's a 30 minute bus ride from there, or a 45 minute bus ride from Pentagon City.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! "The Wonderland Circus" monthly event is back as part of the Weekly "Wonderland Wednesdays" series at Wonderland Ballroom, every WED from 8:00pm - 11:00pm, Shows vary eachWeek, Free - $5, donations for the artists appreciated, 21+

Wonderland Wednesdays at The Wonderland Ballroom
every Wednesday night, themes vary each week
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Free, except for 2nd Wed "Church Night" which has a $5 cover, donations for the artists appreciated, $5 suggested, 21+

Wonderland Wednesdays take place every Wednesday night at The Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights, on the upper level. The shows will feature a variety of performers, including stand-up comedians, musicians, storytellers, spoken-word artists, and many more. The shows are all hosted and produced by some of DC’s best performing artists. In addition, The Wonderland Ballroom will be offering its “Working Man’s Special” which includes a shot of Jim Beam and a Genesee Cream Ale for $6. All of these show are free of charge, though donations will be collected for the artists. For more info, call 202-431-4704. Wednesdays are Wonderful! The line-up for these fantastic shows is as follows:

Wednesday, April 23rd
"The Wonderland Circus" 
8:30pm showtime, 8:00pm doors
The gang from The Capital City Showcase  brings you a variety show where anything goes, featuring comedians, musicians, storytellers, and burlesque artists! The April 23rd Circus will feature comedians: Dana BellDanny Charnley and Leo Lytel, Musician Linsay Deming and Burlesque Artist Mindi Mimosa

First Wednesday of the month 
"Highway Robbery" 9:00pm showtime
Comedian Haywood Turnipseed Jr. presents a wide array of comedians, musicians, and spoken word/hip-hop artists from the DMV and beyond! 9:00pm showtime.

Second Wednesday of the month 
"Church Night" 8:00pm showtime 
Linsay Deming presents an “alternative church service” featuring comedians, musicians, burlesque, and more.
Please Note: As of April 2014, this one has a $5 cover

Third Wednesday of the month
"Funny Moms Comedian" 9:00pm showtime
Adam Friedland presents a hilarious evening with some of DC’s funniest comics.

Fourth Wednesday of the month
"The Wonderland Circus" 
8:30pm showtime
The gang from The Capital City Showcase  brings you a variety show where anything goes, featuring comedians, musicians, storytellers, and burlesque artists!

The Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk over to 11th

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY OPEN MIC: Tonight! Weekly: Busboys and Poets Wed Night Open Mic at 5th & K every WED from 9:00pm - 11:00pm, All ages, $5

McPherson Time features on April 16th
Busboys and Poets 5th & K Wednesday Night Open Mic 
every Wednesday night
9:00pm - 11:00pm, doors and list 8:45pm 
$5, online or at the door if available

"Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear. This Open Mic has different local poets hosting each week!

5th & K St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center and walk or take the Circulator bus (Union Station - K St - Georgetown line) to 5th & Mass Ave and walk a block. 

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

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

Wednesday Night Sahaja Meditation at the West End Library
near Foggy Bottom at 24th & L St, NW
7:00pm - 8:00pm
* I recommend that you call (571) 277-1389, noted on their website to see if this event is still taking place every Wednesday. You can also call the West End library directly at 202-724-8707. It wasn't listed on the library calendar online.
Metro: Foggy Bottom

Wednesday Night Drum Jam at the Electric Maid, by the Takoma Metro
every Wednesday nights throughout the rest of April
7:00pm - 9:30pm
All ages, by donation, $5 suggested
Metro: Takoma

Wednesday Night Meditation Gathering at BloomBars
7:00pm - 8:30pm
All ages, Free
Unguided Silent Meditation every week
February 2014: Just Breathe!
7:00pm - 8:30pm 
$6 for students, seniors and unemployed, $12 general
Please come 10-15 minutes before the class and ring bell to be let in. Once the class starts, they won't be letting people in.  No registration required. Walk-ins welcome. Class led by Gen Kelsang Varahi. "By practicing these meditations over time you will discover that it is possible to experience inner peace without having to rely upon external conditions. Just breathe! This is a 4 week series. Each class is self-contained but you will receive more benefit if you can participate in all 4 classes. Everyone is welcome. The classes are suitable for beginners and those with experience as well."
Vajrayogini Buddhist Center
1787 Columbia Rd NW - right in the heard of Adams Morgan near the corner of 18th 
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill or take the 42 bus from Dupont north toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia. 

"Wonderland Wednesdays" 
at Wonderland Ballroom!
different theme shows every Wednesday, hosts and performers vary each week!
8:00pm - 11:00pm 
Free, except for on the 2nd Wed of the month when there is a $5 cover, all donations go to artists, $5 suggested
Metro: Columbia Heights

Wednesday Night "Kostume Karaoke"
Update: April 2014:  No longer every Wednesday night, now every Thursday at Solly's on U St and every 1st & 3rd Wednesday at Little Miss Whiskey's on H St NE
8:00pm - 1:30am
Free, 21+
Metro: U St or Chinatown/ Union Station and take a bus or taxi

Wednesday Night Musicians Open Mic
at IOTA in Clarendon, VA
8:00pm - 12:30am
Sign-ups 7:30pm & 10:00pm
Metro: Clarendon

Wednesday Night Comedy Nights in Clarendon, VA
"Ha-Ha at Ri Ra" - apparently this is now called "Crafts and Laughs"
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Free, 21+
Every Wednesday night join us for free comedy and buckets of craft beers, and half price burgers too.
Ri Ra 
Metro: Clarendon

Wednesday Night Late Night Open Mic at Busboys and Poets 5th & K St NW
9:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, $5, buy online with a small service fee of $1.27 added starting at midnight the day of, or onsite the day of for $5
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq or Gallery Pl - Chinatown or Circulator bus

Wednesday Night Late Night Samba Class at BloomBars
9:00pm - 10:30pm
All ages, by donation, believe they are requested $10-$15 for this one
Metro: Columbia Heights 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Monthly: "Take 5!" Live Jazz Series - usually every third THURS - will take place this month on FRI, April 25th Perfromers vary each month, in the Kogod Courtyard at the American Art Museum from 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Relax and "Take 5!" Free, Live Jazz at SAAM/ NPG
usually every third Thursday of the month
5:00pm - 7:00pm

April's Take 5! will be on a special date!
Friday, April 25th
5:00pm - 8:00pm

"During Jazz Appreciation Month, join us for a special evening performance by The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra as we celebrate the First Lady of Song’s birthday. The Orchestra will highlight Ella Fitzgerald’s collaborations with big bands, including the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and feature the outstanding vocals of Lena Seikaly."

Take 5! takes place once a month in the Kogod Courtyard at SAAM/ NPG in Chinatown. The huge, glass-ceiling and open space allow you to look up to the sky, making it one of DC's loveliest and most unusual architectural spaces!

Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery
between 7th &a 9th St, F & G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown

Monday, April 21, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: COMEDY: Monthly: Don't Block the Box Comedy Show 30, Headliner Jason Weems, at Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights FRI, April 25th from 7:30pm - 10:00pm, $3, 21+

Don't Block the Box Comedy Show 30: Jason Weems at Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights
Friday, April 25th
7:30pm - 10:00pm
$3, 21+

Don't Block The Box Comedy Show at Wonderland Ballroom. Come out for some comedy and cheap drinks and stick around for a dance party afterwards if you like. Headliner: Jason Weems (NBC's "Last Comic Standing", The Lunch Time Show, DC Improv, DVD "Vol. 1: Intellectual Property" out now) Featuring: Benjy Himmelbarb (Jewish Jews of Comedy) Natalie McGill (Bentzen Ball) David Tveite (Laughing Skull Comedy Festival) Host: Reggie Melbrough (Story League).

Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Loft Late Night Music Series at The Hamilton every FRI & SAT from 10:30pm - 1:30am, All ages, Free

Free Loft Late Night Music at The Hamilton
every Friday and Saturday night!
10:30pm - 1:30am
All ages, Free

Friday, April 25th
Loft Late Night Music with Moonshine Society
High energy roots rock, blues, and old school R&B in a style... often compared to Susan Tedeschi, Lou Anne Barton, and Bonnie Raitt, the band is comprised of A-List players including powerful vocalist Black Betty.

Saturday, April 26th
Loft Late Night Music with Harris Face
DC-based folk-rock-blues artist whose "percussive guitar, harmonica, and emotive rock dominate his music, drawing comparisons with an acoustic Springsteen, the Counting Crows, and modern roots crusaders like William Elliott Whitmore."

Note: The Loft Late Night performances are all in the loft area of the bar and not the main music venue area, Some shows may be delayed a bit if there is a private event in the loft.

The Hamilton
600 14th St, NW
Metro: Metro Center

UPCOMING & ONGOING: KARAOKE: Weekly: Kostume Karaoke now every THURS night at Solly's on U St from 8:00pm - 1:30am, Free, 21+

Kostume Karaoke now every Thursday at Solly's
every Thursday (formerly every other Wed)
8:00pm - 1:30am
Free, 21+

BIG UPDATE: Starting Thursday, April 10th they will switch to a weekly event every Thursday at Solly's!

Some people come for the karaoke, some come for the costumes, some come for both... and a lot of silliness! Costumes provided, and you must be in costume to take the mic.

From facebook: "We have been happily getting together to sing every 2nd & 4th Wednesday night at Solly's on U St Solly's for 6 years. It's time to make a (more) regular thing of it. Join us every Thursday night at 8pm starting on April 10! And... We'll continue to be at Little Miss Whiskey's on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, so if that's a better night, or a better neighborhood for you, join us there!"

Solly's Tavern
11th & U St
Metro: U St, African American Civil War Memorial exit

Sunday, April 20, 2014

ON VIEW: ART: Last Chance! Outdoor Sculpture by Chakaia Booker, on New York Avenue at 13th St, outside of National Museum of Women in the Arts, THURS, March 8th, 2013 - SUN, April 27th, Free

The Second Installation of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project outside of the NMWA on NY Avenue
Thursday, March 8th - April 27th, 2014

Internationally renowned sculptor Chakaia Booker has been selected as the second artist for the New York Avenue Sculpture Project, the only public art space featuring changing installations of contemporary works by women artists. Based in New York, Booker works almost exclusively with recycled tires that are cut, folded, and woven into dynamic, highly textured sculptures. Her large-scale expressive works fuse ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization, and gender. The installation comprises four sculptures, including a new work that Booker is creating specifically for the project.

Outside on NY Ave, across from the
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW - at 13th St, NWMetro: Metro Center

ON VIEW: ART: Last Chance! "Exchanged III: New Work by Graduate & Undergraduate Students at GMU & James Madison University" at the Brentwood Arts Exchange from MON, March 24th - SAT, April 26th, Free

On view Monday, March 24th - Saturday, April 26th

George Mason and James Madison Universities have a long-established reputation for excellence in the arts. Exchanged III brings art students from both universities together in the Gateway Arts District for the first time. This eclectic group of artists will present artwork in variety of media and viewpoints in this top-notch showcase of art by regional college students.
At the Gateway Arts Center
3901 RI Ave - Brentwood, MD

Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro

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

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

7:00pm -8:30pm
Metro: Cleveland Park

"Yoga Share DC" Yoga Class at BloomBars in Columbia Heights
7:30pm - 9:00pm
by donation, doors close at 7:45pm
RSVP please to ensure your space and join the facebook group to stay connected Note: used to be on Tuesdays, now on Thursdays
Metro: Columbia Heights

Metro: Cleveland Park or Woodley Park or take the L2 or L4 bus

Weekly "Spit Dat" Open Mic Night at the ECAC near Columbia Heighst & Howard University
featured artists vary each week
8:45pm - 11:30pm
All ages, Just $1
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk, or take any H bus or bus along Georgia Ave

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

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

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

Friday Night Unplugged Open Mic at Politics & Prose Coffeehouse
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Metro: Friendship Heights or Van Ness and take a bus 

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

Weekly Saturday highlights

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

Shaw's Tavern
520 Florida Ave NW
Metro: Shaw

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

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

Note: Due to Easter being this Sunday, April 20th
I recommend that you confirm each of these events before heading out

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

When it's Warm... Relax, Dance, Drum, & People Watch in the Park!
Sunday's when it's Warm out  in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park - Afternoon - Dark and In the Winter the Malcolm X Drummers move indoors to BloomBars!
3:00pm - 5:00pm indoors, outdoors is usually longer
donations appreciated
From the invite: "Spread the WORD! Once again, we welcome the Malcolm X Park Drum Circle back to their winter home. Every Sunday from 3-5pm, starting December 22nd, drummers, percussionists, dancers and all the beautifully rhythmic and creative souls who gather on Sundays in the warmer months are invited to BloomBars to keep the spirit alive until the cold passes. Bring drums instruments and open hearts."
3222 11th St NW
When Indoors: Metro: Columbia Heights or take any bus along 11th or 14th to stop closest to Kenyon
When outdoors in Park: Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St right there

The Insight Meditation Community of Washington hosts a Sunday eve Sangha Meditation Group 
now at the Church of the Holy City on 16th St near Corcoran  (they're doing renovations at All Souls)
6:00pm - 7:30pm
by donation
Metro: Columbia Heights

6:30pm - 8:15pm or so, arrive earlier for seating
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Main Floor, West Garden Court
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial or Judiciary

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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

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

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

**Please confirm whether this class is still occurring, didn't see it on the BloomBars calendar**
6:30pm - 8:00pm
All ages, bilingual class
by donation, $10 suggested

Weekly Wu Style Tai Chi Class - First Class Free - at Urban Tao Acupuncture and Herbology in Dupont Circle
7:00pm - 8:00pm
All ages, All levels

**Still on, confirmed**
8:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 when you RSVP in advance online, pay at the door, 21+

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra live at Bohemian Caverns on U St
Two sets, 8:00pm and 10:00pm
8:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages
featured guest artists vary each week as does the guest co-host
9:00pm - 11:00pm
8:30pm sign up 
All ages, by donation

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