Tuesday, October 17, 2017

UPCOMING: CONCERT: Today! The Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany, near Metro Center, TUES, Oct 17 from 12:10pm - 1:00pm, Artists vary each Week, Free, donations appreciated

lunchtime concerts every Tuesday
12:10pm - 1:00pm
Free, donations greatly 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, October 17
The Tuesday Concert Series will feature Amy Domingues and Donna Fournier on violas da gamba and Anthony Harvey on theorbo performing works by French and Dutch masters Marin Marais and Johannes Schenck.

Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St NW
Metro: Metro Center

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today + Tonight! Here's a list of Free and low-cost events to choose from on TUES, Oct 17

Tuesday, October 17

For more Free and low-cost events see highlights from the the daily post on the Current Newspaper events page, organized by start time. Search google for event or venue information if you need more details. You can visit metro trip-planner online for metro and/ or bus directions.

Morning

     10:00am
  • A certified yoga instructor will lead a walk-in gentle yoga class targeted to ages 55 and older. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • “Tudor Tots: Houses” will feature songs, stories and movement (for ages 2 through 4). 10 a.m. $5; free for accompanying adults. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. The fall “Tudor Tots” series will continue weekly through Oct. 31.
     10:30am
  • Julie Segal-Walters and Brian Biggs will discuss their book “This Is Not a Normal Animal Book” (for ages 4 through 8). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
     11:30am
  • The Georgetown Library will present a walk-in yoga class practicing introductory vinyasa techniques. 11:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
Noontime
  • Carrie Mae Weems will discuss her “Kitchen Table Series,” which features 20 staged photographs that tell the story of a woman’s life as seen through the intimate space of the kitchen. Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Journalist and memoirist Pythia Peay, co-author of “America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture,” will discuss why U.S. voters elected Donald Trump president and what his election reveals about the psychology of the American people. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
Evening/ After Five

     5:30pm
  • The “Two Faces Comedy Series,” drawing inspiration from Abraham Lincoln’s legendary humor and self-deprecation and presented by President Lincoln’s Cottage and the DC Improv, will feature a performance for kids by ComedySportz, an improv comedy crew. 5:30 to 7 p.m. $5. President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home, Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road NW. lincolncottage.org/twofacescomedy.
     6:00pm
  • The members of Trad.Attack! will perform their own interpretation of Estonian folk — a fusion of rock, folk and bagpipe-drive. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Realtor Ebony Bates will host a real estate information session. 6 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • “Mutual Inspirations Festival 2017 — Gregor Mendel” will feature a presentation on the fertile wine region of South Moravia of the Czech Republic, an area dotted with majestic castles and picturesque villages as well as prominent universities and research institutes. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. southmoravia.eventbrite.com.
  • As part of the 17th Italian Language Week in the World, Caterina D’Amico, director of the Centro di Cinematografia Sperimentale in Rome, will discuss how Italian cinema changed and shaped the Italian language. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. www.iicwashington.esteri.it.
  • Busboys and Poets, DC LaborFest and the Immigration Film Fest will present Prakash Wadhwa’s film “From the Land of Gandhi,” about four immigrants a decade after they came to study in the United States. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. bit.ly/dclff-gandhi. The festival’s “No Room for Refugees” series will continue through Oct. 28 at various venues.
     6:30pm
  • CASS Fitness will present a weekly outdoor fitness class led by a certified personal trainer. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. The Parks at Walter Reed, Georgia Avenue and Butternut Street NW. TheParksatWalterReed@gmail.com. The class will continue weekly through Oct. 24, weather permitting.
  • In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a panel on the state of cancer research will feature Elizabeth Franklin, senior director of policy and advocacy at the headquarters of the Cancer Support Community, and Greg Simon, president of the Biden Cancer Initiative. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Amanda Sheffer, professor of German at Catholic University, will lead a Goethe Book Club discussion of Mechthild Gläser’s “The Book Jumper (Die Buchspringer).” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW. goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com.
  • The American University Center for Environmental Filmmaking will present a talk on “Birds and People That Inspire Conservation Storytelling” by Aditi Desai, director of multimedia at the American Bird Conservancy. Reception at 6:30 p.m.; program at 7 p.m. Free. Doyle/Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3408.
  • Joshua Clark Davis, assistant professor of U.S. history at the University of Baltimore, will discuss his book “From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.
  • Herb Auerbach, real estate development consultant, and Ira Nadel, professor of English at the University of British Columbia, will discuss their new book “Placemakers: Emperors, Kings, and Entrepreneurs — A Brief History of Real Estate Development.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
     7:00pm
  • Leaders from Jews United for Justice and Rabbi Suzy Stone will present “The Facts of Life: A Paid Family Leave Workshop,” about the D.C. law adopted last year but under review by the D.C. Council for possible changes or repeal. 7 p.m. $5. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.
  • Muhammad Yunus will discuss his book “A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Amanda Litman will discuss her book “Run for Something: A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. politics-prose.com/wharf.
  • The Chevy Chase Library’s “Crime and Punishment” discussion series — a look at 10 works of fiction from different eras and genres that explore humankind’s struggle for systems of justice that work for all — will delve into “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • In conjunction with the upcoming opening of the National Archives exhibit “Remembering Vietnam,” journalist Cokie Roberts will moderate a discussion with directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their PBS documentary series “The Vietnam War.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Facilitator Catharin Dalpino of the Washington English Center will lead an Evening English Conversation Group for members to talk about ideas and events and practice conversation skills. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • Author Grace Cavalieri will discuss her latest book, “Other Voices, Other Lives,” featuring a selection of poems, plays and interviews drawn from over 40 years of work by one of America’s most beloved and influential women of letters. 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3.
  • Recovery International will host a small group meeting for people coping with issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, stress, anger, fear and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-2680.
7:30pm

  • The Washington Jewish Film Festival’s fall season will feature Cheryl Halpern’s 2016 documentary “Wishmakers,” about a winery established in a residential adult special needs community in Israel’s Jezreel Valley that fosters a caring environment while providing employment, dignity and purpose for the residents. A panel discussion on vocational programs for adults with disabilities will follow. 7:30 p.m. Pay-what-you-can. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. wjff.org.
8:00pm
  • The Lannan Center author series will feature readings by poets Peter Balakian and Layli Long Soldier. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. lannan.georgetown.edu.
  • The Washington Improv Theater’s “Harold Night” will feature long-form improv performances by various ensembles. 8 and 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. witdc.org.
9:00pm
  • Drew Anderson will present an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Monday, October 16, 2017

UPCOMING: COMEDY: "Specific Ignorance" hosted By Chris Milner comes to Drafthouse Comedy this THURS, Oct 19 at 8:45pm, doors 8:30pm, $5 plus fee online or at the door if available, 21+

Specific Ignorance hosted By Chris Milner at Drafthouse Comedy in DC
Thursday, October 19
8:45pm show, 8:30pm doors
$5 plus fee online, or at the door if available
Note this show is for those 21+
no minimum purchase required

The complete opposite of general knowledge, Specific Ignorance is a panel show in which three comedians compete as a team in a trivia matchup against a live viewing audience. The comedians each choose a subject to answer questions on, but the audience writes the questions. If the audience can stump the comedians, whoever wrote the question wins a free shot of liquor! If at the end of the night, the audience have accumulated more points than the comedians, they will select one of the panel to perform the Punishment Set - improvised stand-up comedy, for an undisclosed period of time... on the subject that they chose.

Specific Ignorance has been a hugely popular monthly show in Washington D.C., gaining press mentions (Washington Post/Washington City Paper/Express) as one of the Best Things To Do In D.C., and as one of the most enjoyable and innovative new comedy shows in the scene today. Specific Ignorance has had road shows in Cincinnati at Go Bananas Comedy Club, as well as in New York at The Creek & The Cave and also The P.I.T.

Specific Ignorance has been featured at the 202 Comedy Festival and has previously enjoyed the company of comedians such as Geoff Tate, Josh Gondelman, Matt Koff, Josh Sneed, Rob Cantrell, Will Miles, Kenny DE Forest, Clark Jones, Amber Nelson, Nick Turner, Mr. Tony Woods and more as past panelists!

About the venue: In April of last year, the owners of the Arlington Drafthouse opened up a comedy arts performance space at 13th & L St NW, in the heart of DC. Drafthouse Comedy is styled after a black box theater, with tall ceilings, great sight lines, and an intimate setting. The venue has beer, wine, liquor, and some light fare available for purchase. There are no minimum purchase requirements for patrons, nor is there table-side service.

1100 13th St NW - enter on L St between 13th & 14th St
Metro: McPherson Sq is closest, also walking distance from Metro Center or you can take the Circulator bus, Woodley - McPherson Sq route, or any of the metro buses along K St or 14th St, to the stop closest to 14th & K St NW

UPCOMING: STORYTELLING: Come on out to the Bier Baron this THURS, Oct 19 to Raise funds for Puerto Rico at "Smash" A Burlesque and Comedy Show, 8:00pm - 10:00pm, doors 7:00pm, Free, donations very much appreciated! 21+

This month's SMASH! is a fundraiser for Puerto Rico! Come on out to The Bier Baron in Dupont Circle for  SMASH! a Comedy and Burlesque Show and Fundraiser
Thursday, October 19
8:00pm - 10:00 show, 7:00pm doors
food and drinks available for purchase
Free, donations encouraged!
RSVP requested, 21+
view and share facebook event page

SMASH is a monthly event where comedians share super awkward sex and relationship jokes to the audience! The audience has a chance to share in the cringe fest by anonymously submitting there own stories for the host to share in between sets. Come out for a hilarious line up of comedians talking about the funniest aspects of relationships and sex and help raise money for Puerto Rico. This time they'll be adding burlesque acts to spice things up a bit. Show starts at 8pm, Doors open at 7pm so you can have time to find parking, meet up, order drinks and food.

From the event page: "This month we are doubling the fun and the worthiness by adding wonderful Burlesque dancers to twerk, bump, grind, dance and otherwise entertain to help raise money for Puerto Rico! Brainy Girl Productions in concert with Callie Pigeon and Philanthrotease are bringing you a fundraiser to end all fundraisers! Proceeds from the show will go to the Puerto Rico United organization to raise money for the uprighting of the island ravaged by the hurricane. We want to raise money to cover more than rolls of paper towels. Bring your singles and your laughter, this is fitin to be a Smash to end all smashes!"

The Bier Baron
1523 22nd St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

UPCOMING: VARIETY OPEN MIC: The Capital City Showcase presents the Final edition of Glover Park Social, a Variety Open Mic, at Mason Inn this THURS, Oct 19 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, doors 6:00pm, Free

Glover Park Social: Variety Open Mic
7:00pm - 8:30pm, doors 6:00pm 
Free

Final edition! Thursday, October 19
see the facebook event page

The producers of the monthly variety show The Capital City Showcase bring you the final edition of the variety show open mic 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 who have not yet downloaded the lyft or uber apps: 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. (Please message me if these promo codes are no longer working, thye have been up for a while.) 

UPCOMING: Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Light, at Science of Spirituality DC on SAT, Oct 21 from 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Free, family friendly!

Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Light, at Science of Spirituality DC
Saturday, October 21
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Free, family friendly!

All are welcome to attend this annual event to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Light. At the Celebration you can enjoy:
* Diwali Games
* Cultural & Musical Program
* Meditation
* Festive snacks, dinner, and more!

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.

Driving? For those with cars, street parking is readily available in this residential neighborhood.

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.

(Please let me know if these codes are no longer working) 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, and $20 off your first Uber with promo code FREEINDC14 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: IMPROV: Curious about Improv? RSVP to attend a Free Improv Workshop at The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale this SUN, Oct 22 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Free Improv Workshop at Unified Scene Theater
Sunday, October 22
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free, please RSVP to ensure your space
RSVP to info@unifiedscenetheater.com

Unified Scene Theater's free monthly workshop returns on Sunday, October 22. Ever thought “Hey, this improv stuff looks fun. But I’m not sure I could do it. Wouldn’t mind giving it a test run before I do.” Well, now’s your chance! Unified Scene, located in Bloomingdale, hosts a free 2-hour improv workshop with Shawn Westfall and they invite you to give it a try! You might surprise yourself.

The Unified Scene Theater
80 T St NW
Metro: Shaw - Howard U and walk about 12 minutes or take a bus. You can also catch the 80 line towards Fort Totten right to T and North Capitol, and walk a block West to the theater, or the G8 which drops you off right across the street from the theater on Rhode Island Ave Also, a Capital Bikeshare station (located at 1st and RI Avenue, NW) is within mere steps of the theater.

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Learn more about Meditation with Sangeeta Sinha on SAT, Oct 21 at the Lamond-Riggs Library from 11:00am - 12:30pm, Free

"Meditation with Sangeeta”at the Lamond-Riggs Library
11:00am - 12:30pm
Free

All are welcome to a this free introduction to meditation workshop with Sangeeta Sinha.

Lamond Riggs Library
5401 South Dakota Avenue, NE
Metro: Fort Totten

Sunday, October 15, 2017

UPCOMING: THEATER: Pay-What-You-Can shows this THURS, Oct 19 at 7:30pm & SAT, Oct 21 at 2:00pm for Avant Bard's "Emilie" at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA, by donation, $10 minimum to reserve online or by donation at the door if available

Pay-What-You-Will shows for Avant Bard's production of "Emilie" every Thursday night & Saturday matinee during the run of the show


by donation/ Pay What You Will 
See calendar for dates and times

"A smart comedy about a brainy and badass woman, written by the most-produced playwright in America"

You can name your ticket price, any price, at the door. If you are able to, they recommend that you reserve your PWYW ticket online in advance with a $10 minimum.

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Avant Bard’s first production of the season is Lauren Gunderson’s Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight—a witty reincarnation of a passionate and defiant woman who in 18th-century France dazzled Voltaire and blazed a trail for women in science. She was smarter than the men around her. And she made it in their world.

Lauren Gunderson was recently ranked most-produced playwright in the 2017/2018 season by American Theatre magazine in a national survey of nonprofit theaters. 

In Emilie, her seductively theatrical rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie du Châtelet returns to life in the present, determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? During this inspiring and surprising comic drama, Emilie defends her life and loves, and in the process creates a legacy that alters the course of physics.

Emilie is directed by Helen Hayes Award winner Rick Hammerly. Starring as Emilie is Sara Barker,recently seen at Avant Bard in King Lear, Othello, and Orlando and a company member with Avant Bard.

While WSC Avant Bard is still the formal name of the company ("WSC" stands for the original name, Washington Shakespeare Company), increasingly the company refers to itself as simply Avant Bard. You can learn more about Avant Bard here

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 lyft.com. $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at uber.com 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. Please notify me if these promo codes are no longer valid, they've been up for a while.

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Free Introduction to Meditation Series continues on MON, Oct 23 and the next two Mondays, thru MON, Nov 6, 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

Note: If you weren't able to attend the first session in the 4-Week series on Monday, October 16 you're welcome to join in the second session, Monday, October 23, just RSVP to let them know you plan to attend.

Series continues - Monday, October 23
and the next two Mondays, thru November 6
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


"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 also offers 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 Science of Spirituality on twitter at @SOSMeditate.

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.

(Please let me know if these codes are no longer working) 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: 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!

Friday, October 13, 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!

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 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. 

ADAMS MORGAN

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

BLOOMINGDALE
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

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

CHINATOWN
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

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS & MT PLEASANT
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


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

DUPONT CIRCLE
Dolcezza
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

Filter 
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

EASTERN MARKET
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


FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END
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

GEORGETOWN
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

H ST CORRIDOR, NE
417 H St NE

LOGAN CIRCLE
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.

SHAW
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

U ST 
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

UNION STATION
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

OUTDOOR PARKS with Free WiFi!
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

CHAIN STORES & CAFES in DC
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.

Cosi
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
Tenleytown
H St NW between 6th and 7th
Chinatown
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

BARS & RESTAURANTS IN DC
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
Tenleytown

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

Commisary
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

Tenlyetown


MUSEUMS
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

Chinatown
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
Smithsonian

DC PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Great quiet places to work throughout DC!
View the list of Library locations! 
MLK Library at 9th & G St, NW is open latest
Chinatown
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)

NORTHERN VIRGINIA
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
Rosslyn

Busboys and Poets
Shirlington, VA (not near metro, take bus or car)
Buzz 
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
Ballston

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

the food and coffee here is quite good
3211 Wilson Blvd
Clarendon

in the Ballston Commons Mall
Ballston

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

Monday, December 21, 2015

ON VIEW: Here is a great list of Free, donation-based and low-cost things you can do "Off The Mall"

Explore DC "Off The Mall" Here are some ideas! Lots of Free, discount and low-cost venues!

Did you know? Free in DC has it's own CultureCapital Inside-Out page on CultureCapital listing free events and exhibitions on view!

If you've never been to or heard of the Pepco Gallery in Chinatown, Joan Hisako Healing Arts Gallery on U St, Honfleur Gallery in Anacostia and the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, you might want to check them out as well. 

Museums and other places "Off The Mall" 

The National Building Museum
Free if you just want to hang out in the space, $8 - $5 if you want to see any of the exhibits on view. The building itself is a beautiful space, huge ceilings, cafe, and one of DC's best gift shops.
401 F St NW
Metro: Judiciary Sq

National Geographic Museum
Admission to this museum varies, lots of the exhibits are free in general
those with kids might enjoy the Meerkats 3-D film currently screening, $7
1145 17th St NW - two buildings, other one has an entrance on M St
Metro: Dupont Circle, south or Farragut North, L St exit, easiest access is by bus, take any of the S line buses along 16th St to M St or the 42 bus to M St

The Wilderness Society - Ansel Adams Gallery
On view Monday - Friday during the day, Free
Photographer Ansel Adams was a Wilderness Society council member and supported the organization for more than four decades. Throughout his career, he photographed dozens of iconic portraits of wildlands, such as Alaska’s Denali and California’s Yosemite. Before his death in 1984, Adams gave 75 signed, original images to The Wilderness Society. Since that time the collection has grown to a total of 88 landscape photographs and one portrait of Adams by photographer Arnold Newman. Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm, Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm. Closed, weekends and federal holidays. 
1615 M St NW, in the Sumner School building 
Metro: Dupont Circle, south or Farragut North, L St exit, easiest access is by bus, take any of the S line buses along 16th St to M St or the 42 bus to M St

The Phillips Collection
Did you know that they Phillips is by donation during the week? Permanent collection only. Click link above for detailed post on Free in DC.
1600 21st St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north exit

National Museum of Women in the Arts
General Admission $10, Members/Students/65+ $8, Free for those 18 and under
1250 New York Ave NW
Metro: Metro Center or take any of the S buses along 16th St that run to 13th & NY Ave.

The Mansion on O Street
DC's most unusual and quirky museum if you ask me! Great for all ages.
The basic "Self-Guided/Gift Shopping/Book Tour"
$8 donation/person
Create your own adventure when you explore the museum and its collection of more than 20,000 books and other donated items on your own. Search through 100 rooms and 32 secret doors for new titles, rare volumes, or your all time favorites! Get 2 free books of similar value for every 10 you purchase. Most titles are priced $5 or less. 10% discount off other items (antiques excluded).
2020 O St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit, walk down O Street, between 20th and 21st
The Corcoran Gallery of Art 
$10, Seniors 62+ Students with valid ID $8, Free for12 and under, Members and Military Active Duty. They also have a side gallery called Gallery 31 that is free during museum hours
500 17th St NW
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West and walk down 17th St toward E St about ten minutes or so

Museums listed below are part of the Dupont - Kalorama Museums Consortium 
click through for hours and admission details - see map

P.S. Looking to get out of the house? Here is a list of Coffee Shops and Cafes with Free Wi-Fi!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: MURALS: Check out some great Murals throughout DC!

Find murals in DC at these, and other locations.
Learn more about Murals DC
Also, see this map on google for Outdoor Art in DC

Walter Pierce Park
2630 Adams Mill Rd, NW - near Ontario Pl
Artist: Aniekan Udofia

3904 14th Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life

314 Carroll Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life

907 Barry Pl NW
Artist: Albus Cavus

1320B Good Hope Road, SE

Artist: Helping Inner City Kids Succeed (HICKS)

615 Division Ave, NE
Artist: Ward 7 Arts Collaborative

See Metro for best bus or metro access