Friday, September 19, 2014

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! Here's a List of Great Free events from FRI, Sept 19th - TUES, Sept 23rd

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! See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of exhibits on view! Plus, is now on facebook.

Friday, September 19th 

Lunchtime - Art & Coffee at IDB Staff Gallery - Metro Center
Note: please bring valid I.D. to get in to IDB building
Stop by for coffee during or after your lunch break and meet Uruguayan artist Rodrigo de Castro. Get inspired in the middle of your work day and meet other colleagues and professionals from the block. Have a cookie or two!
IDB Staff Association Art Gallery (ISAAG)
1300 New York Avenue, NW
Metro: Metro Center or take the S2 or S4 bus that runs along 16th St, there's a stop right in front at 13th and NY Ave.

Afternoon - Film Screening at the NGA West Building - Archives
courtesy Follow Your Nose Films
(Mark Kendall, 2013, Spanish with subtitles, 71 minutes) "A lyrical otherworldly allegory, Mark Kendall's debut feature is a portrait of Guatemala's working class and (wrote reviewer Matt Brennan) "a cri de coeur from the shadows of affluence." Following the makeover of a decommissioned American school bus into one of the brightly colored camionetas that transport the majority of Guatemalans to work each day, La Camioneta deploys its transnational tale in a form that is both pointed and understated, while exploring a host of complex themes."
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives 

Early Evening - Art Opening at the Publick Playhouse - Cheverly, MD
Gina Marie Lewis: Reception
On view August 15th - October 13th
Working in many different materials, including paint, plaster, paper and mylar, Gina Marie Lewis creates two and three-dimensional painted constructions which explore notions of created, interrupted, and fragmented space. Her work depends upon minimal relationships among the elements, and Lewis seeks to advance an open approach to art that allows the answers to “what is next,” to develop through the process of creating the work.
Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Rd - Cheverly, MD
Metro: Cheverly and take The Bus18 towards Langley Park to Landover Rd & Annapolis Rd.

Evening - Special event at the Folger Theatre - Capitol South
The Institute of Heraldry: Guardians of our National Symbolic Heritage
No tickets are required for this free event but online registration is highly recommended
In conjunction with the Folger Exhibition Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Elizabethan England, the Folger will host a Folger Friday lecture featuring Charles Mugno, the Director of the Institute of Heraldry. The lecture will expand upon modern heraldry and heraldry in the time of Shakespeare’s England. 
Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol St SE
Metro: Capitol South, also walking distance from Union Station

Evening - Annual NEA Heritage Awards, back at Lisner Auditorium - Foggoy Bottom
2014 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert
Free, RSVP is required, see details on the official website

UPDATE: Thursday, September 18th "NEA Tickets have currently been allocated. There will be a standby line to allow guests without a ticket into the auditorium starting at 7:45PM." From past experience I can tell you that there are always no shows at this event so if you want to attend best to just show up and wait in the stand by line. You should be able to get in.

Celebrate our nation's top folk and traditional artists in this evening of performances, demonstrations, and conversations! This year's concert will include blues and Tejano music, African-American religious singing, Irish step dancing, and Native American and Ukrainian traditional art forms. Nick Spitzer, host of public radio’s American Routes, will emcee.
730 21st St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and walk or take the Circulator bus, Union Station/K St/Georgetown route, to 21st between K St and Penn, or any of the 30 line buses along Pennsylvania Ave to 21st or 22nd St stop

Evening - Concert with the Avanti Orchestra - Metro Center
FMMC Avanti Orchestral Concert
Friday Morning Music Club's Avanti Orchestra Concert featuring Pablo Saelzar, conductor. Dvorák Three Legends Op. 59; Mozart Bassoon Concerto, Jeff Ward, bassoon; Dvorák Slavonic Dance, Op. 72, No. 2 (10); Kodály Dances of Galánta.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St, NW
Metro: Metro Center

See "Free in DC" Inside Out page for more events + connect with on facebook

Saturday, September 20th 

Afternoon - Author and Musician Talk + Dance Party - Brookland
Metro Mambo: Time Machine
12:30pm - 3:30pm
Joe Conzo, author of “Mambo Diablo: My Journey with Tito Puente” will share his recollections and rare unreleased and live recordings of music by Puente, Machito and Tito Rodriquez as part of this popular Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum program hosted by WPFW’s Jim Byers. A slammin’ dance party featuring Orquesta La Leyenda follows the presentation! Read more here.
Dance Place
3225 8th St NE
Metro: Brookland

Afternoon - Film Screening at the NGA West Building - Archives
2:30pm - 4:15pm
Olavi Virta (1915–1972) was a national hero, the greatest of Finnish tango singers (iskelmä). There is a legend that when Olavi Virta was screened for the first time, people in every part of Finland went wild, unable to handle the sight of tangos greatest voice and the symbol of postwar celebrity. (1988, 30 minutes) / Paavo Nurmi (1897–1973) was one of the greatest athletes of all time, setting more than twenty official world records for long-distance running and winning nine gold and three silver Olympic medals. His story took a darker turn, however, when he was accused of violating his amateur status and died in disgrace. (1978, 61 minutes).
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Evening - Dance Event in the Park - Arlington, VA
Cute Animals Stop, Drop & Roll
Presented by Jane Franklin Dance
At the dog park, most people know the names of the dogs, but not the name of their owner. This casual community of animal lovers and Jane Franklin Dance spark a connection with those who share a common interest. Stop, Drop & Roll is for two groups in an opposing structure of athletic-inspired movement! Have you ever gone to a ball game and marveled at the timing and chance moments of teamwork? A movement plan explores competition and random opposition.
Penrose Square on Columbia Pike
2501 9th Rd S #100 - Arlington, VA 22204
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from the metro 

See "Free in DC" Inside Out page for more events + connect with on facebook

Sunday, September 21st

Poet Grace Cavalieri
Afternoon - Poetry Readings at The Writer's Center - Bethesda, MD
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Grace Cavalieri reads from two new books of poems, The Man Who Got Away and The Mandate of Heaven. She is joined by visiting poet Rachel Mennies, who reads from The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest

Late Afternoon - Film Screening at the NGA West Building - Archives
Film Event: Intimatta
4:00pm - 6:15pm
(Ramuntcho Matta, 2012, 122 minutes). 
Introduced by Ramuntcho Matta. Roberto Matta (1911–2002) is one of Chiles best-known painters, an innovator in abstract expressionism and surrealism. Directed by the artists son, this portrait was compiled from dozens of video recordings and interviews. It also incorporates footage from close friends and other artists that details his fruitful relationships with Le Corbusier, Duchamp, and Breton, and his many involvements with artists in Paris and New York. Ramuntcho had access to his fathers unpublished notebooks and other private material, offering a very personal view of the artists life.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

See "Free in DC" Inside Out page for more events + connect with on facebook

Monday, September 22nd

Evening - Cross-Disciplinary Discussion on Narratives at UMD - College Park, MD
Does the Audience Need to Know? The Role of Narrative and Meaning-Making
The audience will join the artists on stage for this exploration of what the audience does or doesn't need to know. This cross-disciplinary group will explore the questions: Where do your narratives come from? Are they important to the success of your creative projects? How can stories be of use to the design process? What makes a narrative a narrative? How much is enough? What is too much?
Stadium Drive, UMD - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a bus or taxi

See "Free in DC" Inside Out page for more events + connect with on facebook

Tuesday, September 23rd

Evening - Poetry Reading and Reception at Pepco Gallery - Gallery Pl - Chinatown
Poetry Witnesses Wars from the Civil War to World War I
Presented by the Goethe-Institut at Pepco Edison Place Gallery
Commemorating the atrocities of war and its effects on individuals, this poetry reading presents works critiquing civilization and mourning profound personal loss. Audience members will be invited to sign up to read a poem of their choice from among a selection of American works since the Civil War and European pieces responding to World War I. Introduced and moderated by Peter Beicken (University of Maryland) and David Gewanter (Georgetown University). Reception follows.
Pepco Edison Place Gallery
702 8th St NW 
between H & G St, right by SAAM/NPG
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown 

Evening - Film Screening on D-Day at The Archives - Archives 
'D-Day Remembered': 8th Annual Charles Guggenheim Tribute Program
D-Day Remembered (1994; 52 mins.), Charles Guggenheim’s Academy-Award-nominated documentary of the invasion of Normandy in World War II, uses rare archival films and pictures from British, American, and German archives. Narrated by David McCullough, the film also incorporates the voices of over 50 participants. The screening will be introduced by Craig L. Symonds, author of Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings. A book signing will follow the program.
National Archives
Constitution Ave between 9th & 7th St, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Evening - Jazz Trio performs at the JCC - Rockville, MD
United States Air Force Band Chamber Players Series- Geoff Reecer Jazz Trio
The Geoff Reecer Jazz Combo features three members of The US Air Force Airmen of Note playing guitar, clarinet and saxophone, and double bass. This concert will present a tribute to the music of Jazz composers Jim Hall and Jimmy Giuffre.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road - Rockville, MD
Metro: Twinbrook and wait for the Ride On bus or take a taxi, short trip, just over a mile (see map). You may also consider walking or biking from the metro.

See "Free in DC" Inside Out page for more events + connect with on facebook

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Tonight! #PotShotComics Comedy Night at the Bier Baron FRI, Sept 19th, Two shows! 7:00pm and 9:30pm late show, regularly $20, now $10 plus small fee + Now any remaining seats night of Free with special password for fans of Free in DC

#PotShotComics at the Bier Baron
Friday, September 19th
Two shows! 7:00pm, buy here + 
late show at 9:30pm, buy here
Tickets are regularly $20, get $10 tickets with the promo code word BONG

UPDATE: If there are remaining seats at the door, you can get in FREE now with the password CHEECH. If you want to ensure your space, best to buy tickets in advance.

Note: The show this month will be taped!

Disclaimer: with the small service fee $10 tickets come to $11.34 Every now and again a make an exception to my formal $10 or less price point, when it seems like a great deal for the lineup and especially when an old friend is one of the performers who is also organizing this event, which I hope will be a huge success for her.

Come out for an evening of  comedy at The Bier Baron with my friend, the wild and wonderful Elizabeth Croydon, who is back in the DC area after a being in LA for a while. She'll be performing along with Haywood Turnipseed Jr.Terrance HawkinsEric P. RubinGina Brown, Jake Biltey, Erin GilmanJesse RivasKasha Patel and Deacon Lars. Late show starts at 9:30pm and usually runs late with pop-ins like Tony Woods, Sean Savoy, Reggie Melbrough. The Bier Baron, formerly the Brickskellar, has a selection of five hundred beers from around the world and a full dinner menu, and a hotel upstairs in case you can't find your way home.

Featured comics: Elizabeth Croydon, an old friend of mine who you can see pictured above in the groovy glasses, has performed at the Improv, The Kennedy Center, Riot Act Comedy Club, World Famous Comedy Store on Sunset Strip, la Jolla Comedy Store, and more.  Haywood Turnipseed Jr. has performed at the Lincoln Theatre, the Howard Theatre, Riot Act Comedy Club and Takoma Station. You may be familiar with him from his local comedy shows at Wonderland Ballroom and Solly's. He's even been on TV, on the "Tommy Taylor Show" on PBS, "The Chris Rock Show" on HBO, and promo ads for the CW. Podcasts include "Angry Black Man" and "You, Me, Them, Everybody." Lars Loving is a regularly featured artist on Sirius-XM radio and The Bill O'Reilly Show and is currently based in LA. Read more about these three featured comics on the invite here

If you haven't already heard... the petition to get enough signatures to put Initiative 71, a measure that would fully legalize possession of marijuana in the District, has been successful and you'll see the vote on the November ballot. Read more on the recent article in the DCist here. Also, in case you didn't know, the D.C. Council even voted in March to decriminalize possession, making it a fine of $25, instead of a year-long jail term. As circulated, the measure would allow people 21 and older to possess as much as two ounces of marijuana for personal use and to grow up to three marijuana plants at home. To steer clear of a direct contradiction of federal law, the measure does not allow for the sale of marijuana. Read more here.

The Bier Baron Tavern
1523 22nd St NW - just north of P St
Metro: Dupont Circle, walk along P St to 22nd or take any bus that runs along P St

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! More Free and low-cost events FRI, Sept 19th - SUN, Sept 21st

Free and low-cost events this Weekend!

Friday, September 19th

Free Friday Yoga in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
6:30pm - 8:00pm
From Zhenya, who also organizes YCDC Sunday classes at Stroga "Lovers of yoga and free stuff! Another warm(ish) and sunny(ish) day this Friday! Come join me in Meridian hill park for an absolutely free 75-90 minute mixed flow practice. We've been doing this for a few weeks now and it has been awesome! Open sky, fresh air, the sound of birds and the relaxing days of the weekend ahead create a very soothing atmosphere for practice. We'll meet behind the spot where the drum circle takes place on Sundays. Bonus: Need more reason to come? When you come to this free practice, you'll get 1 free class pass to a local studio!"
Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park
Between 16th St & 14th St, NW
Top of the park is at Euclid St, bottom is at W St
Metro: Columbia Heights and take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St

Heritage India: Works by Anujan Ezhikode and Shanthi Chandrasekar
Opening Reception in the Invitational Gallery at Strathmore
7:00pm - 9:00pm
On view September 7, 2014 - November 9, 2014
The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike - North Bethesda, MD
Metro: Grosvenor

Opening Reception for "Think with your Hands" at Artisphere
7:00pm - 9:00pm
On view Friday, September 19th - Sunday, November 30th
"Think with Your Hands" brings together illustrated journals in a unique collaboration between artists and software developers. The exhibit takes an unusual twist where animation, video and augmented reality brings to life over sixty illustrations of renowned Spanish graphic designers Pep Carrió and Isidro Ferrer.
Terrace Gallery + Upper Town Hall
1101 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn

Saturday, September 20th

ONDREJ RUDAVESKY Atlantis I, 1987 Colored pencil, 16 x 21 in.
Starting Bid: $150
Live Art Auction: Works from the Estate of H. Marc Moyens at American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center - Last day to see the works before the auction at 7:30pm
Note: Gallery is only open from 11:00am - 4:00pm Tuesday - Sunday
Exhibit on view Saturday, September 6th - Saturday, September 20th
Auction will be held on Saturday, September 20th at 7:30pm.
Pre-auction bidding will be possible. This year's auction will feature 33 items from the estate of art enthusiast H. Marc Moyens. Moyens opened Gallery Marc in 1969 in Washington, D.C., as part of the city's first "gallery row" on P Street Northwest. He later opened Gallery K with his partner, Komei Wachi in 1975, which bucked current trends by focusing on photorealism and surrealism at a time when the Washington Color School was favored. Read more and see pictures of the art here! 
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Metro: Tenleytown and take the free AU shuttle from the bus stop by Panera in the bus lot to AU, it's usually the first bus stop, just tell the driver you want the stop closest to the Katzen. Free parking is also available after hours indoors at the Katzen for those wishing to drive.

Walking Tour "Adams Morgan: Displacement and Resistance from the Time of the Native Americans through to Today"
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Tour takes place on Sunday as well
This free walking tour will be presented and led by local Adams Morgan resident, documentary film maker, researcher, preservationist and community activist Eddie Becker. "Take a step back in time Adams Morgan, starting briefly, with the displacement of the Native American People, who once made tools from quartz along rock creek, through the history of slavery and institutionalized segregation that divided the neighborhood. Learn about bank red-lining, leading up to the riots & police occupation in the 1960's. And early 70's And find out cultural contributions of immigration from Chile and Central America and the displacement caused by the conversion of Apartment buildings into Condominiums in the 1970s and 80s. Then hear about the conversion of residential housing and local retail services into bars and nightclubs in the 1980's and 90's and how that process continues through to today with brief moments of push back and resistance." The walk will be about 15 blocks and is wheelchair accessible
Tour leaves from Sun Trust Bank Plaza
18th & Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Woodley Pk and walk over the bridge or take the Circulator bus one stop to Adams Mill, also accessible by any of the 90 line buses or the 42 bus from Dupont

Heal Humanity & Universal Love Movement gathering on the theme of "Co-Creation & Contingency, from Chaos to Community"
4:30pm - 6:30pm, Free
Featured Event/ Talk 6:30pm, $10
RSVP here
Wellness Lounge 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Free, Conscious Emergency Preparedness 6:30pm $10
Plus Musical Performance by Free Benjamin and Food for purchase by Rakhel's Live Cuisine
The Universal Love Movement ULM is Heal Humanity's global, monthly full moon event that brings people together from all walks of life in the spirit of oneness, wellness & awareness. The event will kick off with a Wellness Lounge, free of charge, starting at 4:30pm. Massage Therapy, Reflexology & Energy Healing available for a fee. At 6:30pm there will be a $10 admission for the featured talk/topic on "Conscious Emergency Preparedness" with Preparedness and Permaculture Design Consultant Michael and his wife Holly Cooley from Thrive Life Foods. Check out their Preparedness and Permaculture blog to learn more about them and what they are up to. About the talk: "We're living in a time of intense planetary transformation. What seems like social unrest & chaos are actually opportunities for personal & community empowerment. As we co-create this more harmonious and heart-centered paradigm rooted in universal love, let's make sure we have a plan in place if and when there are disruptions in the grid. Let's move from fear and anger to co-creation and conscious preparedness." Michael and Holly live in the Shenandoah Valley, where together they are continually adding plants and animals to their growing homestead.
Emergence Community Arts Collective (ECAC)
733 Euclid St, NW (right near Georgia Ave)
Metro: Shaw - Howard University or Georgia Ave - Petworth and take any bus that runs along Georgia Ave to the stop closest to Euclid, or you can walk from Columbia Heights, about 16 minutes, .8 miles, see walking map

Sunday, September 21st

9/11 Unity Walk 2014: "Service for Peace"at Washington Hebrew Congregation
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Free, donations appreciated, RSVP here
The 9/11 Unity Walk, see program, brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and faiths to learn to respect each other through a framework of experiential education, compassionate leadership and intentional service. 9/11 Unity Walk seeks to create a world where we are united, rather than divided, by our many faiths. This year's theme "Service for Peace" in light of International Day of Peace which happens to also fall on Sunday, September 21st, 9/11 Unity Walk is partnering up with The White House President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge and LDS Day to Serve in Service for Peace, bringing young people from all different faiths across the country to experience this the Unity Walk in service to others!
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St NW
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Nuria Rodríguez, Curator and Director of UNIT will discuss the process of creating augmented reality for the exhibition. Afterwards, head up to the Terrace Gallery with graphic designers Pep Carrió and Isidro Ferrer where they will discuss selected works from the exhibition. Read more about the exhibit here.
Dome Theater
1101 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn

Swing by DCAC for a conversation with artist Dana Jeri Maier, moderated by Philippa Hughes of the Pink Line Project. Dana will discuss her work in “You Can’t Put Art on a Pedestal.” Discussion topics will include (but are not limited to): the way art is experienced in museums, why people feel intimated by art galleries, and what’s the deal with all of Dana’s mordant little cat drawings, anyhow?
2438 18th St, NW - Adams Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park and walk across the bridge or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill from Woodley Park or Columbia Heights metro to Adams Mill. From Dupont Circle, take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia.
Curator & Artist Talk: THINK WITH YOUR HANDS
Family-Friendly event at BloomBars - Callaloo in Concert with Winston, IhsAn and Pan Lara
4:30pm - 5:30pm 
BloomBars hosts an free, family-friendly afternoon with award-winning storyteller Marjuan Canady, illustrator and animator Nabeeh Bilal and musicians IhsAn and Pan Lara. Click link above to read more about the artists.
3222 11th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk over to 11th and turn left, right next door to Wonderland.

OnStage Ignite Artist Sarah J. Ewing presents an evening of dance that explores the question “What defines home?” Ewing’s professional troupe, S.J. Ewing and Dancers, will perform an adaptation of Australia Home Land, commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the 2013 Local Dance Commissioning Project, in which Ewing shares cultural experiences from Australia’s history. The evening includes a performance by students from CityDance– connecting the DC youth to the Capitol Hill community through the joy of dance. Whether you are attracted to the cultural context of Australia Home Land, or just the simple joy of dance, Ewing and friends promise a fun, thought-provoking experience.
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE 
Metro: Eastern Market

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Tonight! Weekly: Community Yoga Class at Kali Yoga in Columbia Heights every SUN from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, teachers vary + every FRI from 6:30pm - 7:45pm Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation with Sachin, all welcome, by donation

Kali Yoga Studio is happy to offer two donation-based, community classes to enjoy each week! Friday nights and Sunday afternoons

Next class - Friday, September 19th
Friday Night Community Yoga Class in Columbia Heights at Kali Yoga
Yoga, Asanas and Meditation led by my friend Sachin
every Friday night
Sachin Kandhari
6:45pm - 7:45pm class, 6:30pm doors open for arrival
Note: They recommend that you sign up online
Class begins and doors lock promptly at 6:45pm
All welcome, by donation, please give as you can

My friend Sachin Kandhari will be teaching a new donation-based yoga class on Friday nights! "A holistic yoga session including asana, pranayama, and meditation. All levels are welcome, and a sliding scale means you can pay whatever you want, whether it's $10, $5, or $0. Whatever you can afford, you are welcome & encouraged to attend."

Next class - Sunday, September 21st
Community Yoga Classes with various teachers
most Sundays*
4:00pm - 5:00pm
by donation, please give as you can
suggest you arrive a little early for this one too
Note: They recommend that you sign up online
*You may want to also confirm online to make sure the classes are happening that week - sometimes there may be teacher training sessions.

Kali Yoga
3423 14th St, NW
formerly Quiet Mind Yoga, above Zeba Bar
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about three blocks north on 14th St, on the right, or you can take any of the 50 line buses that run along 14th St there. 

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! Local Psychedelic Rock Band Paperhaus performs on FRI, Sept 19th as part of the Daily Millennium Stage Free Performance series at The Kennedy Center, Performances daily from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Artists vary, Free

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

Free 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.

Local Band Paperhaaus
Friday, September 19th
Listen Local First DC presents Paperhaus

Local band Paperhaus performs. The popular D.C. psychedelic rock band featuring Alex Tebeleff, Eduardo Rivera, Danny Bentley, and Xaq Rothman will perform the September LLF presents series. Read more about them here.

Upcoming Performances: 
Sep 20 Petar Maric
Sep 21 D.C. Legendary Musicians Band
Sep 22 Aparna Nancherla
Sep 23 Tri Minh’s Quartet
Sep 24 Ceibadanza
Sep 25 - Sep 26 Arturo Garcia

The Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! 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 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: Yoga in Spanish every SAT from 11:00am - 12:00pm + Meditation most SUN mornings from 10:00am - 12:00pm + The next Free Four Week MON Night Intro to Meditation begins MON, Oct 13th, RSVP now, All events are Free and at the Science of Spirituality DC Center

Science of Spirituality  has a new home in DC!
All programs are free and open to the public
See the schedule or calendar page for more program information.

The Science of Spirituality Meditation Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and launched its first community outreach program in the 2014. The classes will practice Jyoti meditation, a discipline focusing on the experience of inner light. Although its Meditation Center is new, Science of Spirituality has been continuously active in the DC area since 1953. As part of an international, nonprofit, multi-faith organization consisting of two thousand centers and a million members world-wide, Science of Spirituality welcomes the community to participate in its meetings and activities. The group’s president is spiritual leader and author, H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, world renowned for his books on meditation and spirituality, and for leading conferences and workshops promoting love, unity, and peace, in all lands and among all peoples, through the practice of meditation.

Schedule Update:  Effective July 20th  group meditation will start at 10:00am, followed by a talk/ satsang in English from 11:00am - 12:00pm. There will also be a Hindi group from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. The Spanish language group no longer will meet on Saturdays, but will join the main group on Sundays for meditation at 10:00 and satsang at 11:00. The Spanish language group will, however, continue with its yoga class from 11:00am - 12:00pm on Saturdays, with the same contact info. and requirement to register.
Weekly on Saturdays - 
Yoga class en Espanol  - with Argeny Rodriguez

Saturdays - this month - September  6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
Spanish Language Yoga
11:00am - 12:00pm
Yoga Class limited to 8 students. Please Register beforehand: or (703) 212-8140.

Weekly on Sundays - except the first Sunday of the month
Note: new schedule beginning on July 20th, 2014

Sundays - this month - September 14th, 21st and 28th 
10:00am - 11:00am - Group Meditation
11:00am - 12:00pm - English Satsang
11:00am - 12:00pm - Spanish Satsang
12:00pm - 1:00pm   - Hindi Language Satsang

Free Four-Week Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next four week session!

Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks
Next session begins on Monday, September 15th!

Mondays - October 13th, 20th & 27th and November 3rd 
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP now to ensure your space!
RSVP required, email or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582.
Introductory classes will run in four-week cycles which repeat. For those who wish to go on after the introductory 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 - new home in Washington, DC
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. For those with cars, street parking is available.

UPCOMING: CONFERENCE: Hostelling International-DC presents the 2014 Peace Conference focusing on Immigration and Cultural Diversity in the U.S. on SAT, Sept 20th from 10:30am - 4:30pm, $7, RSVP Required

Peace Conference: Immigration and Cultural Diversity in the U.S.
Saturday, September 20th
10:30am - 4:30pm
$7, RSVP here

Hostelling International-DC 2014 Peace Conference focuses on immigration and cultural diversity in the United States. The goal of this event is to raise awareness about the immigration issue in the United States and to empower our participants to make a difference in their community. The event will feature experts in immigration, cultural diversity, cross-cultural exchange, and will include a a panel discussion on cultural diversity and peace activism. The conference will also feature a complimentary lunch (i.e. Peruvian style chicken, falafel, chicken lettuce wraps), an Afro-Caribbean dance performance, and a raffle. Raffle prizes are: Newseum tickets, t-shirts, and $50 visa gift card.

Speakers include:
  • Alex Nowrasteh, the immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity
  • Amira Maaty, Director of the Intercultural Management Institute (IMI) 
  • Amy Grenier, Policy Research Assistant at the American Immigration Council in Washington, DC 
  • Daniel Alejandro Leon-Davis, a 2011 graduate of Seminole State College of Florida and is an alumnus of the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative University. He currently works as the Chief of Staff to Russell Simmons’ Political Director, Michael Skolnik. 
  • Massoud Adibpour, founder of Make DC Smile, an organization that promotes positivity among the Washington, DC metropolitan area and beyond.
  • Nawal Rajeh, co-founder of Peace Camp, works in the conflict resolution/peace education field, running trainings for teachers, as well as, in-class intervention programs for inner-city youth in Pittsburgh, DC and Baltimore. 
  • Raj Patel, Founder & CEO of Explora, a NY based start-up enabling greater connectivity for travelers. 
  • Sergio Fernández de Córdova, an internationally recognized entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist working at the intersection of media and leveraging public-private partnerships for social impact. 
The Washington Center
1005 3rd St, NE (map)
Metro: NoMa and walk about 10 minutes, turn right on 3rd St NE

UPCOMING: ART TOUR: Public Bus Tour of Art in Arlington, VA on SAT, Sept 20th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Free, Registration is Required

Dark Star Park by Nancy Holt

Presented by the Arlington Cultural Affairs
Saturday, September 20th
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Visit a selection of Arlington’s public art collection along the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. Public Art staff and artists from the collection will narrate. Immediately followed by a talk by Nuria Rodríguez, curator of Artisphere’s Think with Your Hands exhibition at 2:00pm. Tour starts and ends at Artisphere. Meet outside the building.

Saturday, October 18th
Free, registration is required.
Visit a selection of Arlington’s public art collection along the Route 1 corridor, Shirlington, Columbia Pike and Virginia Square. Public Art staff and artists from the collection will narrate. Immediately followed by the opening of AAC’s Fall SOLOS from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

1101 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn

UPCOMING: FESTIVAL: The Annual DC VegFest is is back at The Yards Park on SAT, Sept 20th from 11:00am - 6:00pm, Family-Friendly and Free

The Annual DC VegFest at The Yards Park
Saturday, September 20th
11:00am - 6:00pm
Family-friendly, Free
While there is no cover to attend the event you'll probably want to have some money to spend

This DC VegFest is an annual vegetarian and vegan food celebration organized by Compassion Over Killing. The free, outdoor festival, held at the beautiful Yards Park right by the water, will feature over 100 exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, speakers, free food samples, and more. See the list of exhibitors and the schedule of speakers.  This annual family-friendly event is also dog-friendly.  You can check out the event info page to learn more, and see their website for complete details. You can also connect with DC VegFest on facebook and twitter.

If you go, you might want to also stop by to chat with the folks from Science of Spirituality DC @SOS_WashDC, a great organization that offer lots of free meditation talks and workshops in the DC metro area - which you can often find posted here on Free in DC!

Some local businesses I'm excited to see will be there include Pete's Apizza, with a location in Columbia Heights that I often eat at, and Adams Morgan based Amsterdam Falafelshop and Busboys and Poets, which just added some new vegan and vegetarian items to their menu which I had the chance to sample recently at the media preview party for the festival.

The Yards Park
10 Water St SE
Metro: Navy Yard, take the New Jersey Ave exit, see walking map from metro. You can also take the DC Circulator, Union Station/Navy Yard Route via Capitol Hill or one of the many bus lines including the A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, V7, V8, V9 have stops along M St SE.

UPCOMING: ART: Opening Reception & Artist Talk for "Hothouse Video: Saya Woolfalk" at the Capitol Skyline Hotel this SAT, Sept 20th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

© Saya Woolfalk, Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow
Artworks + Projects, New York
Opening Reception & Artist Talk for Hothouse Video: Saya Woolfalk at the Capitol Skyline Hotel
Saturday, September 20th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
On view Saturday, September 20th - Friday, November 14th

"Saya Woolfalk is a New York-based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. In this exhibition, Woolfalk presents video projects from the last 10 years of her practice, Winter Garden Hybrid Love Objects, Ethnography of No Place, and selections from her most recent video series, The Empathics and ChimaTEK. Combining live action footage with elaborately constructed installations, costumes, and stop-motion animation, Woolfalk’s videos transport viewers to a fantastical, alternative universe."
Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 I Street SW
Metro: Navy Yard and walk about 9 minutes, see walking map from metro

UPCOMING: ART: More Free Art Events this SAT, Sept 20th from the East City Art - Weekend Round Up

East City Art - Weekend Round Up

Note: This Round Up only includes free events that have not already been posted on Free in DC 

Saturday, September 20th

2:00pm - 12:00am
Join local artists for This Place Has a Voice a free public art project. The day will be chalked full of photographs, videos, sculptures, installations, and performances from local artists. Highlight: At 5:30pm local artist Jon Lee presents the first in a series of memory feedings. This collaboration with Bruce McKaig will involve him feeding Jon a cake decorated with edible photos from his life. It will take place within the white cube at the southern end of  Canal Park at M and 2nd SE. A meditation on interdependence and vulnerability, "FEED ME your memories" is an endurance-based micro-drama.
Arthur Capper Senior Center 
900 5th St SE
Metro: Navy Yard

Harmony Hall hosts an artist talk with Alan Binstock on his current exhibition, Retro/Spective. The exhibition features his sculptures of stone, glass, and steel. 
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Rd -  Fort Washington, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for metro and bus access

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Transformer hosts a multimedia exhibit of artist Tamar Ettun’s works, which explores the connection between sculpture and performance. Influenced by turmoil in Israel, My Hands are the Shape of My Height, focuses on PTSD and features the use of human forms. For details on the exhibit, click here.
1404 P St NW
Metro: U St or McPherson Sq and walk down 14th or take the Circulator bus or any metro bus to 14th & P St or 14th & RI, also walking distance from Dupont Circle Metro

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook by following them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

UPCOMING: FESTIVAL: The Annual H Street Festival takes place this SAT, Sept 20th from 1:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

H Street Festival
Saturday, September 20th
1:00pm - 7:00pm
see details and read more highlights here

The H Street Festival is an annual street festival designed to showcase the unique qualities of this vibrant community. The event is a part of the revitalization strategy to bring attention to the developing arts and entertainment district spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE. The 2014 festival will feature more than 500 performers and artists on 14 staging areas spread throughout the event. Performances will range from jazz, pop and gospel music to fitness demonstrations, a “skills on wheels” performance and interactive art displays. Plus, you can enjoy an array of local, regional and international cuisine, shopping, arts exhibits, educational events, seminars and conversations with local entrepreneurs, artists and community organizations.

H Street Main Street will also launch their first mobile app just in time for the H Street Festival. The app will allow visitors to keep abreast of H Street Main Street activities and stay connected to the Corridor. Once downloaded, visitors can tap on the H Street Festival icon and get a birds eye view of the Festival grounds. They will be able to identify stages, performers and major activities. Featured businesses will also be labeled. The app will be available for both iPhones and Android phones next week. Search for H Street Main Street.

H St Corridor in NE
Festival takes place along H St NE
between 4th & 14th St NE
Metro: Union Station and take a taxi or walk, or take the X2 bus from Gallery Pl - Chinatown that runs along H St or any of the 90 line buses that run along U St/ Florida Ave/ 8th St to 8th & H St, NE - see Metro trip planner for best access from where you are.

UPCOMING: BELLY DANCE: Free Intro to Belly Dance Classes at Saffron Dance locations by Clarendon, Takoma and Eastern Market Metro stations SAT, Sept 20th - SUN, Sept 28th, Free

Free Intro to Belly Dance Classes at Saffron Dance
locations by Clarendon, Takoma and Eastern Market Metro stations 
Monday, September 15th - Sunday, September 28th 
Free,  best for teens and older, no RSVP needed

Gather some friends and try belly dance stress-free - absolutely no dance experience necessary! 
Saffron Dance is offering free introductory “teaser” classes from September 15th to September 28th. These teaser classes give students a taste of Saffron’s signature 4-Week Belly Dance Crash Course program starting September 29th.  

Saturday, September 20th & 27th 
Andrea - Clarendon - 10:00am 

Sunday, September 21st & 28th 
Malek - Clarendon - 10:00am 

Monday, September 22nd
Elena Faye - Clarendon - 5:30pm 
Shelley - Clarendon - 7:30pm 

Tuesday, September 23rd
Jenna - Takoma Park - 7:30pm 
Elena Faye - Clarendon - 8:30pm
Khalila - Great Falls, accessible by car only - 8:30pm

Wednesday, September 24th
Elena Faye - Takoma Park - 8:00pm 
Mireya - Clarendon - 8:15pm

Thursday, September 25th
Victoria Teel - Clarendon - 5:30pm

Linda - Capitol Hill - 7:30pm 

Saffron Dance at Clarendon  - Headquarters
3260 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA 22201
Metro: Clarendon, Orange line

Saffron Dance at Capitol Hill
545 7th St SE
Metro: Eastern Market, Orange, Blue, or Silver line

Saffron Dance at Takoma Park
7014 Westmoreland Ave - Takoma Park, MD 
Metro: Takoma, Red line
Saffron Dance at Great Falls
760 Walker Rd - Great Falls, VA
Note: this location is only accessible by car

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Withlove DC Community Yoga Class at 52 O St Studios! SAT, Sept 20th from 12:30pm - 1:30pm + More Classes TUES, Sept 23rd & TUES, Sept 30th, by donation

by donation, $8-$10 suggested, give as you can
Saturday, September 20th
11:00am - 12:15pm 

Saturday, September 20th
12:30pm - 1:30pm 
Kundalini Meditation - sweet, recommend this one

Tuesday, September 23rd
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Tuesday, September 30th

Learn more and connect with 52 O Street Studios on facebook

52 O St Studios
52 O St, NW
Metro: NoMa - Gallaudet (formerly New York Ave metro) 

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

Weekly Saturday highlights

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

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

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

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

When it's Warm... Relax, Dance, Drum, & People Watch in the Park!
Sunday's when it's Warm out  in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
Mid-afternoon until it gets dark
Warmer weather, outdoors in Park
Between 15th & 16th -  Euclid & W St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Euclid and enter at the top of the park or walk from U St metro to the bottom of the park and follow the stairs/ path up to the upper level

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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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

5x5 = 5 curators x 5 artists each
Saturday, September 6th - Saturday, December 6th
See a map listing all 25 of the art installation this year!

Still some spots left for Mia Feuer's "Flooded" event series on Saturday, September 20th, RSVP here!

See a list of related events taking place as part of 5x5!

5x5, a project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, is a three-month long District-wide public art exhibition featuring 25 art installations. Five curators, Lance Fung, Shamim M. Momin, Stephanie Sherman, Justine Topfer and A.M. Weaver, were each commissioned to initiate five art activations, resulting in a total of 25 ground-breaking public art installations. These highly experienced and innovative contemporary arts professionals each selected and worked with five artists or artist teams to develop and present exciting, ephemeral works of art in public spaces throughout all wards this fall. Now in its second iteration, 5x5, the District's largest public art project to date, showcases contemporary public art for all residents, visitors and art enthusiasts. Artists are from the District, New York and places as far away as Argentina and Australia. The 25 selected artists represent many genres, from visual arts of all types to poetry, arts and activism and sound art. The 5x5 artists have shown in Paris, Poland, London and India and other places around the globe.

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

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

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: "Healthy Living for Physical and Spiritual Health" at the Southwest Library by the Waterfront Metro on MON, Sept 22nd from 7:00pm - 8:30pm + More Free Meditation events in VA and MD on TUES, Sept 23rd & SAT, Sept 27th

Free Workshops this month in DC, MD and VA from Science of Spirituality DC
for a complete list of events this fall, see the schedule or calendar online

SOS DC 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 @SOS_WashDC on twitter. Science of Spirituality also has a new home in DC located by the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave NW.

Monday, September 22nd - Washington, DC

"Healthy Living for Physical and Spiritual Health"
led by Karin Silverman
7:00pm - 8:30pm 
Looking for more vitality, better health and an enhanced sense of well-being? Join Karin Silverman as she explores how the vegetarian diet is gentle to the planet and can enhance our spiritual development. Silverman, who has been meditating for over 40 years, will offer participants a chance to practice a simple meditation technique.
Southwest Library
900 Wesley Place SW
Metro: Waterfront

Tuesday, September 23rd - Arlington, VA

"Healthy Living for Physical and Spiritual Health"
with Karin Silverman
7:00pm - 8:30pm
See description above
Licensed massage therapist Karin Silverman discusses the many benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. She will explore how the vegetarian diet is gentle to the planet and how it can enhance our spiritual development.
Karin, who has been meditating for over 40 years, will offer the audience a chance to practice a simple meditation technique. Through meditation each of us can experience more peaceful, enriching and meaningful lives.
Cherrydale Branch Library
2190 N. Military Rd - Arlington VA
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus optionsfrom the metro. If you are coming from downtown you
can catch the 3Y bus from 15th St between I and K Streets at 6:20pm toward Harrison St & Lee Hwy to Rt 29 Lee Hwy & Pollard St, arriving 6:50pm and walk at 0.22 mile NW to 2190 Military Rd, get directions

Saturday, September 27th - Silver Spring, MD

"Meditation for Healthy Living"
with Karin Silverman
10:30am - 12:00pm
Karin Silverman has been practicing meditation for over 40 years. Join her as she discusses the extraordinary benefits of meditation and how it improves the overall physical health of the body as well as the mental and spiritual health. Karin will present effective methods for creating a more satisfying lifestyle and a deep sense of peace. In this presentation, you will learn effective strategies and a simple but profound meditation technique that will help remove stress and worry. The audience will have a chance to practice this simple technique that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth.
White Oak Library
11701 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20904 Metro: No nearby Metro, you can catch the Z2 and C8 bus. Metrobus Z8 is also within walking distance.