Sunday, August 30, 2015

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! Free events from! SUN, August 30 - TUES, Sept 1

Here are some great free arts and culture events sent to us by! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events presented by nearly 300 Metro DC Arts Presenters. For quick way to find even more free arts and culture events check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out feature, curated by the staff of is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at

Sunday, August 30

Afternoon - Italian Film Screening at the NGA East Building - Archives
Courtesy Titanus
Film Series: Titanus Presents: A Family Chronicle of Italian Cinema The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
(L’uccello dalle piume di cristallo, Dario Argento, 1970, 96 minutes)
Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante), an American writer in Rome, witnesses an attack inside an art gallery while he’s trapped in a glass foyer. Based on The Screaming Mimi by American pulp fiction writer Fredric Brown, The Bird with the Crystal Plumagerecounts the lurid incident playing over and over inside Sam’s head until, after other events ensue, his recollection of the original crime is called into question. Dario Argento’s directorial debut (shown here in original Italian release version) is an archetypal gothic giallo, so named for the yellow covers of paperback crime thrillers popular in postwar Italy.
National Gallery of Art
East Building, Large Auditorium
4th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

See the special "Free in DC" Inside Out feature on for more free events!

Tuesday, September 1

Evening - Special event at the Goethe-Institut - Gallery Pl - Chinatown
Hear Now: An Evening with Flawn Williams and Katie Davis
"A listening opportunity and deconstruction of several short radio/audio pieces that Flawn Williams and Katie Davis produced with correspondent Alex Chadwick for in the summer of 2014 in the Big Bend National Park area of southwest Texas. The evening will consist of listening to some of the six pieces in this mini-series, listening to excerpts from the many hours of unedited source tapes, and talking about recording natural sounds and interviewing people outdoors and the often-conflicting needs of those two activities"
812 Seventh Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl  - Chinatown

Last Chance to see these Exhibits:

On view through Friday, August 28
Anna Schlak - Hidden in Plain Sight
Lobby Project: Tang
One More Thing is an installation about the journey from the rural to urban.
  Washington Project for the Arts (WPA)
Gallery Underground August Members Show & Hidden in Plain Sight Show
Exhibit of members’ work in the Main Gallery, including sculpture, glass, ceramics, watercolor, oil, acrylic, jewelry and mixed media. The special exhibit has a theme, asking each artist to conceal a particular icon somewhere in their completed work. This "Where's Waldo”-esque theme engages the viewer to discover the hidden symbol. The range of media is wide: oil, acrylic, watercolor, patinated copper, quilted textile and other mixed media.   Arlington Artists Alliance

On view through Sunday, August 30
Journey to Joy - Oil Paintings by Stanley Agbontaen
Nigerian born artist who uses a pallet knife to create vibrant, action packed scenes with thickly applied oil paint.
  Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall
1460 Wallmountables
Each summer over 100 artists from across the city participate in 1460 Wallmountables, presenting over 300 artworks on practically every inch of the DCAC gallery in Adams Morgan.
  DCAC (DC Arts Center)
Leigh Merrill: Cloud Seeding
Dallas-based artist Leigh Merrill assembles photos and videos to create fictional images that are familiar, yet unfamiliar, recognizable, but not place-able, to examine the relationship between construction and control in urban, suburban, and rural spaces.  Torpedo Factory Art Center

Click through links above for more information about the exhibit including the venue address. You can see Metro trip-planner for best bus or metro access  based on where you are coming from. You can also try uber or lyft and enjoy the Free in DC promo codes for new users, just download the uber and lyft apps and get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 at and  $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 - be sure to select uberx for best price!

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for more free events and exhibits on view and visit TICKETPLACE for half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area! You can also Follow on facebook and @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Today! Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every SUN

Weekly events every Sunday, organized by start time

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

When it's Nice Out... 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: Dupont Circle, best reached by the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St

Friday, August 28, 2015

ON VIEW: PHOTOGRAPHY: Last Chance! "Wilderness Forever" on view at the Natural History Museum Now - TUES, Sept 1, Free

Wilderness Forever on view at the Natural History Museum
Now -Tuesday, September 1

This juried photography exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a cornerstone of American environmental conservation. The exhibit explores the majesty, diversity, and value of the nation's wilderness areas. Approximately 50 award-winning large-format images by professional, amateur, and student photographers reveal America as you've never seen it -- wild, untouched, and free.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian 

OF NOTE: New Local Car Service Split offers Shared Rides in DC! Service expands to Mt Pleasant and Petworth on TUES, August 4

New local car service Split is now in DC! Share your ride, Save money and know 
the price before you book
All rides are just $2 - $8 starting with a $2 base fare + $1 per mile + No surge pricing ever! 

Split is a new way to get around town. The service offers ‘smarter shared rides.’ You just tell them where you're going, and their technology instantly connects you with people traveling in the same direction. Everyone saves money, every time and #nosurgenotever

When they launched in May, Split covered much of NW, stretching from Georgetown University to Union Station west to east and from Constitution Avenue on the south to Columbia Heights to the north. In early July, they added areas of Capitol Hill, the H Street Corridor and south to Nationals Ballpark and the Navy Yard. Starting on Tuesday, August 4 they will begin service in Petworth and Mt Pleasant. See updated service area map below! 

Dowload the Split app and sign up with the promo code FREEINDC 4 free rides. 

Reduce your cost and your carbon footprint with smarter shared rides in DC.  Split uses a special algorithm that is optimized so that everyone gets to their destination quickly and efficiently.

How Split shared rides work:

1. Request a Ride -  Split technology instantly finds the best ride for you and shows you the price before you book.
2. Walk to Your Pickup - Just a block or so away.
3. Grab a Seat - We'll pickup and dropoff other people along the way.
4. Share & Save - Save money every time, no matter how many people ride.

Split is improving the city and communities by providing smart, sustainable, and affordable shared rides. With Split, everybody wins - the passengers, drivers and the local community.

Dowload the Split app and sign up with the promo code FREEINDC 4 free rides!

Further expansion is expected for Split. The northwest neighborhoods of Glover Park, Cleveland Park and the area around The American University should be a part of the Split service area as fall approaches. Split plans to provide coverage across the entire District soon!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: PILATES + YOGA: "Pilates in the Park" continues on TUES, Sept 1, Free Yogalates every TUES & Pilates every THURS in Farragut Square from 5:30pm - 6:30pm, TUES, May 5 - TUES, Sept 29, Thanks to Golden Triangle BID

"Pilates in the Park" in Farragut Square! Series sponsored by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District
Tuesdays Yogalates and Thursdays Pilates
Tuesday, May 5 - Tuesday, September 29
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Free, please bring your own yoga mat
Arrive and check-in by 5:20 p.m. and be entered to win special prizes.

Tuesday,  September 1 - Yogalates Class

Join the Golden Triangle BID every Tuesday and Thursday evening this spring for free Pilates and Yogalates class in Farragut Square Park. Instruction will be provided by certified Pilates and Yogalates instructors. Bring your own mat and enjoy these fun and relaxing after work exercise sessions with the Golden Triangle BID.

Note: Weather Permitting in the Park. In case of weather-related location or scheduling changes, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

Farragut Square Park
Connecticut and K Streets, NW (map)
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West or take the Circulator or a bus along K or I St

Friday, August 21, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every MON night

Weekly Monday night events organized by start time

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

Meditation Mondays with Richael Faithful at Freed Bodyworks
Best to confirm with Freed that this event is happening each week
every Monday night
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Richael, Freed's new shamanic and energy healer, hosts a free one hour meditation at Freed Bodyworks every Monday night.
Freed Bodyworks
1337 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Metro: Potomac Ave, short walk from the metro

6:45pm - 8:00pm, doors 6:45pm
If you have questions, message Marta directly -
All ages, bilingual class
by donation, $10 suggested

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra live at Bohemian Caverns on U St
Two sets, 8:00pm and 10:00pm
8:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages

"La-Ti-Do" Musical Theater Cabaret & Spoken Word Night at James Hoban's in Dupont Circle
8:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 when you RSVP in advance online, pay at the door, 21+

featured guest artists vary each week as does the guest co-host
9:00pm - 11:00pm
8:30pm sign up 
All ages, by donation

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every TUES night

Weekly Tuesday night events organized by start time

BloomScreen Independent Film Night at BloomBars
Films vary each week, followed by discussion with Q&A
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested
Metro: Columbia Heights

8:00pm - 12:00am, Sign-up 7:30pm
Free, 21+
Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge in Georgetown 
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle or Rossyln and take the Circulator bus or metro bus closer

Tuesday Night Poetry Open Mic at Busboys and Poets
14th & V St NW
9:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, $5
Hosts vary each week
Metro: U St

Last Resort Comedy Show - now at The Bier Baron in Dupont Circle
earlier time as of January 2014, new location as of February 25th, 2014
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Free,  21+
The Last Resort weekly Comedy Show features comedians from the DC Improv, Arlington Cinema Drafthouse, Baltimore Comedy Factory, Laugh Factory and more.
The Bier Baron
1523 22nd St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

"Harold Night" Improv Night with WIT at Source Theatre
9:00pm - 10:00pm, followed by a Jam
Now every Harold Night ends with a free jam where audience members can give improv a try side by side with experienced players.
Metro: U St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every WED night

Weekly Wednesday night events organized by start time

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

"Wonderland Wednesdays" at Wonderland Ballroom!
different theme shows every Wednesday, hosts and performers vary each week!
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Note: Some of these events may no longer be happening, please confirm on the Wonderland website 
Free, except for on the 2nd Wed of the month when there is a $5 cover, all donations go to artists, $5 suggested
Metro: Columbia Heights

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every THURS night

Weekly Thursday night events organized by start time

DC Supersonic Weekly Chant Circle at Studio DC in Dupont Circle
**Note: On Summer Break, No Chant Circles  Thursday, August 13 & Thursday, August 20**
most Thursday nights - you may want to check first to confirm
6:30pm - 7:30pm
by donation, $10 suggested, no one turned away
All welcome. Join DC Supersonic Kirtan to sing, dance, and make music. Connect with your fellow Bhakti yogis. Have fun. Learn mantras. Maybe even learn an instrument if you’re so inclined. No experience necessary, just come with an open mind and a yearning to engage the heart. Chant sheets will be provided.
Studio DC
1710 Connecticut Ave NW, right by the Starbucks on R St
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north

Weekly Guided Meditation at The Shambhala Center, Cleveland Pk
7:00pm -8:30pm
Metro: Cleveland Park

"Yoga Share DC" Yoga Class at BloomBars in Columbia Heights
7:30pm - 9:00pm
by donation, doors close at 7:45pm
RSVP please to ensure your space and join the facebook group to stay connected Note: used to be on Tuesdays, now on Thursdays
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Free, 21+
Brought to you by the folks from Last Resort Comedy
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit

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

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

Live Jazz at Dukem Jazz Thursday, on U St
every Thursday night
9:00pm - 12:00am
Part of the Dukem Jazz Thursday series, artists vary each week
1114 U St NW
Metro: U St

Thursday, August 20, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY WORKSHOP: Twice-Monthly: Split This Rock & Beltway Poetry Slam's Poetry Writing Workshop series continues on WED, Sept 2 - and every first and third WED of the month - from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, used to be $5, now Free!

Split This Rock & Beltway Poetry Slam Writing Workshops
every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
6:30pm - 8:30pm
two-hour workshop, used to be $5, now Free!
All ages, no need to RSVP, just come ready to write

Next Workshop - Wednesday, September 2
see the facebook invite for this one 

Starting in September 2014, Split This Rock and The Beltway Poetry Slam (the new reigning champions of the National Poetry Slam!) began hosting bi-monthly writing workshops, continuing on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month, downtown at the Split this Rock main headquarters on 16th St between L & M St NW.

1112 16th St NW, Suite 600 - between M and L St 
Metro: McPherson Sq, Farragut North or S2 or S4 bus along 16th to M St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: DC Supersonic Chant Circle is back at Studio DC in Dupont Circle on THURS, Sept 3, Chant Circles most THURS nights - from 6:30pm - 7:30pm, All welcome, by donation

DC Supersonic Weekly Chant Circle at Studio DC in Dupont Circle
most Thursday nights
6:30pm - 7:30pm
All welcome, by donation, $10 suggested, no one turned away

Thursday, September 3
Weekly Chant Circle

The folks from DC Supersonic Kirtan are back at Studio DC and they invite you to come out to sing, dance, make music and connect with fellow Bhakti yogis. Learn mantras and maybe even learn an instrument if you’re so inclined. No experience necessary, just come with an open mind and a yearning to engage the heart. Chant sheets will be provided.

See the DC Supersonic Kirtan facebook page for event info or call the Studio DC directly to confirm if there is a chant circle first

Studio DC - Dupont location
1710 Connecticut Ave NW, right by the Starbucks on R St
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north, walk less than two blocks from the metro, stay to the left side, which connects back to Connecticut Ave, when you exit the metro

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: Yoga Share at BloomBars,Community Classes in Columbia Heights every THURS from 7:30pm -9:00pm,Teachers and yoga styles vary each week, $10 donation requested

Yoga Share DC donation-based Weekly Yoga Class in Columbia Heights
at BloomBars!
primarily Kundalini Yoga, other styles as well, teachers vary each week
every Thursday night
7:30pm - 9:00pm
by donation, $10 or more suggested, give as you can, BYO yoga mat
see the facebook group events page for details each week
Bring a mat, mug for tea and something warm to wrap yourself in!
Gather at 7:30. Class starts at 7:45. Tea at 9:00.

Thursday, September 3
See invites each week on the Yoga Share DC page

Best to join the Yoga Share DC group on facebook to see the invite. Note: You'll need to join the Yoga Share DC group on facebook to RSVP to the facebook invite. You can also sign up for their emails here.

Each week there are different teachers who practice all kinds of yoga so best to check the invite to read more about the teacher who will be teaching that week and the style of yoga they will be offering. See the facebook group events page for details each week.

3222 11th St NW - just north of Kenyon
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th St one block, turn right on Kenyon, walk to 11th and turn left

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Free Gamelan Classes at the Embassy of Indonesia in Dupont Circle every MON & THURS night from 6:30pm-8:30pm, Free, Please RSVP

Free Gamelan Classes at the Embassy of Indonesia in Dupont Circle
every Monday & Thursday night
from January 5 - December 22
6:30pm - 8:30pm 
Free, RSVP here

"Gamelan is traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali in Indonesia, made up predominantly of percussive instruments. The most common instruments are metallophones played by mallets as well as a set of hand played drums called kendhang which register the beat." - Wikipedia

Embassy of Indonesia
2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Metro: Dupont Circle 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: DANCE: Weekly: Contact Improvisation Dance Class at the Dance Loft every THURS night, Dance from 7:00pm - 8:00pm, $10, Jam from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, $8 or both for $15

Weekly Contact Improvisation Dance Series on Thursdays at brand new space - The Dance Loft
every Thursday night -  since Feb 26
for beginners and experienced folks, all welcome
drop-in class, RSVP requested here

Next Class and Jam - Thursday, September 3

Contact Improvisation Dance
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Contact Improvisation Jam
8:00pm - 10:00pm 
$8, or attend both for $15

What is Contact Improv? Learn more on this video from Germany. Come out to move, lift, roll & play while cultivating awareness of the connection with others. The Thursday series at the Dance Loft will be led by Darrell Duane or Ilana Silverstein.

The offerings at Dance Loft continue to expand! They now offer Gaga on Tuesdays and Contact improvisation Dance Jam on Thursdays, plus Ecstatic Dance every Saturday, Poi/Hoop/Acro Jam every Sunday at 5pm, Ballet on Sunday! Learn more and sign up for classes on the Dance Loft on 14 site here! Note: Please go to to check on weather related cancellations.

Dance Loft on 14
4618 14th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and take any of the 50 line buses north on 14th to Buchanan, about ten min.

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

Kostume Karaoke at Solly's
every Thursday night
8:00pm - 1:30am
Free, 21+

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

Thursday, September 3

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

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Weekly: "Spit Dat" Open Mic Night every THURS at the ECAC near Howard University, from 8:45pm -11:30pm, All ages, Just $1

"Spit Dat" Open Mic Event at the ECAC
every Thursday Night
8:45pm - 11:30pm, sign up 8:30pm
All ages, just $1

Droopy the Broke Baller (pictured) and Mister Mysterious Dwayne B present "Spit Dat" weekly open mic event every Thursday night at the ECAC!

Note: From the description: "There is no age restriction for our "Spit Dat" open mic event. We welcome all open-minded and respectful audiences. However, if you plan to bring youths through the event, please realize that we do not censor our artists and therefore your children [and, for that matter, you] may be exposed to content of an "explicit" nature."

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: COMEDY: Weekly: After Class at the Science Club brought to you by Last Resort Comedy every THURS from 8:30pm - 10:30pm, Free, 21+

After Class Free Weekly Comedy Show at The Science Club
every Thursday night
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Free, 21+

Enjoy comedy and drink specials every Thursday night at The Science Club. After Class is brought to you by Last Resort Comedy and features DC area comedians who have appeared at the  DC Improv, Arlington Drafthouse, Laugh Factory and more. Eve is hosted by David Coulter and Max Rosenblum.

The Science Club, second floor
1136 19th St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, south

UPCOMING & ONGOING: COMEDY: Weekly: Last Resort Comedy Show now in Adams Morgan every WED night at Town Tavern at 8:00pm, Free, 21+

Last Resort Comedy Show - now in Adams Morgan
every Wednesday night at Town Tavern!
Free, RSVP requested here, 21+

Last Resort Comedy hosts a free show now every Wednesday in Adams Morgan featuring some of DC's best stand-up comics who have performed at the DC Improv, Arlington Drafthouse, Laugh Factory and more. 

Last Resort also hosts free comedy shows on Tuesday nights at Bier Baron in Dupont Circle and Thursday nights at Science Club. 

2323 18th St NW - Adams Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park and take the Circulator bus one stop to Adams Mill, by the FedEx, and walk across Columbia Rd to 18th St, about a block down on the left side, or take the 42 bus from Dupont Circle to 18th & Columbia  

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

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more events taking place @FreeinDCBlog on twitter! Additional events may be listed there that are not featured on this site

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 (especially when I am traveling a lot during the summer) I might share events on  @FreeinDCBlog on twittter and/or FreeinDC on facebook that aren't on the main site.

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: KARAOKE: Twice-Monthly: Kostume Karaoke -every first and third WED of the month - at Little Miss Whiskey's on HSt NE from 9:00pm - 1:30am, Free, 21+

every first and third Wednesday of the month
9:00pm - 1:30am, or so
Free, 21+
plus, weekly event every Thursday at Solly's!

Next Kostume Karaoke - Wednesday, September 2

Some people come for the karaoke, some come for the costumes, some come for both... and a lot of silliness! Costumes provided, and you must be in costume to take the mic.
Kostume Karaoke now takes place every 1st & 3rd Wednesday at Little Miss Whiskey's on H St, NE. Connect Kostume Karaoke on facebook here.

Little Miss Whiskey's
1104 H St, NE
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown and take the X2 bus there, runs along H St

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: The next Free Intro to Meditation series begins on MON, Sept 14 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm and continues the following three Mondays, through MON, Oct 5 at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, Free, RSVP to ensure your space

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

Next series begins on Monday, September 14
7:00pm - 8:30pm
and continues the next three Mondays:
September 21 & 28 and October 5
Free, RSVP required, email or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582

Note: If you miss the first session on Monday, September 14 you are welcome to join in the second session on September 21, If you miss the first two session you'll need to wait til the next series begins on October 12.

"Jyoti meditation provides the experience of inner light, the joy of self discovery, and the lasting value of spirituality as a complement to physical, intellectual, and cultural attainments." Introductory classes will run in four-week cycles which repeat. For those who wish to go on after the intro sessions, there will be intermediate and advanced classes continuing throughout the year.

SOS DC will also continue to offer free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and with SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC.

Science of Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces 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.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Monthly: GPI - Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency - Monthly Open Mic Night at Bossa in Adams Morgan is back on TUES, Sept 8 -and every second TUES of the month- from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, All ages, Free

DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency Open Mic Night
at Bossa in Adams Morgan
usually on the second Tuesday of the month 
7:00pm - 9:00pm 
All ages, Free, drinks available for purchase for those 21+

Next Open Mic - Tuesday, September 8

The guerrilla poetry insurgency's second Tuesday open mic is coming up at Bossa! Come on out for a night of conscious poetry and funky people followed by the unforgettable sounds of Cheick Hamala Diabate afterwards.

"We've got information, inspiration, and will talk about issues from FBI infiltration to the deplorable state of education in our nation. Hope to see you there! Don't forget to bring any poems you might care to share." - Shahid Buttar, pictured

Love poetry and open mics? Check out DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency at their monthly open mic night at Bossa in Adams Morgan. This is one of the most intimate and longest running poetry and spoken word events in DC and one of my personal faves, run by some fabulous folks I've known for many years. 

Feel free to come out to listen or to read. The open mic will be upstairs from 7:00pm - 9:00pm with the DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency, often followed by life music from Cheik Hamala's Griot Street Band or from the Akoma Drummers from 9:30pm - 11:45pm downstairs for those who wish to stick around.

2463 18th St, NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/ 18th St or take the 42 or 43 bus from Connecticut Ave or Dupont Circle toward Mt Pleasant and get off at 18th & Columbia Rd.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA & MEDITATION: More Free & Low-Cost Yoga & Meditation Classes at Yoga Studios in DC and Metro VA & MD!

Free & Low Cost Community Yoga Classes in DC!
Below is a list of some of the more popular studios that offer free, donation-based, and reduced price yoga classes as part of their weekly schedules.

If you know of any other studios or places where you can find yoga classes that are free, by donation or $10 or less, feel free to post a comment on Free in DC's facebook page or send me a tweet @FreeinDCBlog on email me to let me know. 

Yoga Classes - Organized alphabetically by Studio/ Venue Name:
Please message me to let me know if there are any changes to note in this list.

Saturday lunchtime
Circle Yoga - Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase
Free Community Class on Saturdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm (except during session breaks). More here. All donations benefit the teacher’s charity of choice. No advance registration. View the full schedule of free community classes. Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Friday late afternoon
Down Dog Yoga - Georgetown
One hour Community Class on Fridays at 4:30pm I believe they ask fro $10 for drop in folks and $6 for students and I am pretty sure this is a heated yoga studio so you may want to call them to check. Description online simply says:  "These fun classes are taught by our teachers-in-training. Following our all-levels format, these classes offer an opportunity for you to support the development of our teachers in training, and at the same time offer a reduced rate as an opportunity to give back to the broader yoga community." View schedule here.

Every day - select classes $10
Studio Serenity / Studio DC Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle
$10 community classes at both locations every day of the week These two yoga studios are run by the same people and have a strong commitment to making yoga accessible to everyone in the community, regardless of income, with $10 community yoga classes, usually offered between 12:00pm and 1:30pm Monday - Friday and Saturdays & Sundays between 4:00pm and 6:45pm. See the complete schedule of low-cost classes here.

Thursday late night in Arlington + 
Wednesday late afternoon and the Second Sunday afternoon in Dupont 
Tranquil Space - Arlington, VA near Virginia Sq Metro and Dupont Circle 17th St locations
In Arlington, VA only, $10 Yoga On the Go every Thursday from 8:30pm - 9:30pm. In Dupont Circle $5 Class every Wednesday at 4:30pm and on the Second Sunday on the month 3:30pm - 4:30pm, all-levels class, donations benefit different charities each month and feature different teachers each month as well. $5 suggested.

Friday night in Bethesda
Unity Woods - Bethesda, MD - additional locations in Woodley Park, and Arlington, VA in Ballston
$5 Community class on Fridays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm at the Bethesda, MD location only. Details here.

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC

Yoga District offers lots of donation based Meditation & Yoga Classes (most on Sundays) 

Meditation Classes 

Monday night 
Circle Yoga - Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase
Monday Night Mindfulness every Monday from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, and an early Intro for newcomers on the first Monday of the month at 6:15pm. The eve includes a sitting and walking meditation and a facilitated discussion. Learn more. Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Saturday afternoon
Stroga - Adams Morgan
Donation based Loving Kindness Meditation class on Saturdays from 1:15pm - 1:45pm taught by Andres Meneses.

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC
Yoga District offers lots of donation based Meditation & Yoga Classes (most on Sundays) 

Monday, July 27, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY: Monthly: Poetry Open Mic Night at IOTA in Clarendon, VA on SUN, August 9 - and every 2nd SUN of the month - from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Poetry Open Mic at IOTA Club & Cafe in Clarendon
and every second Sunday of the month
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Next Open Mic - Sunday, August 9

"The IOTA Poetry Series is held each second Sunday of the month from 6pm to 8pm and is hosted by poet Miles David Moore. Unless otherwise noted, open readings follow readings by featured artists. Free admission. Poets are encouraged to attend the IOTA Poetry Series and sign up for the open reading."

IOTA Club & Cafe
2832 Wilson Blvd
Metro: Clarendon, just a few blocks

Thursday, July 2, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: "Blue Monday Blues" every MON night at Westminster Church by the Waterfront Metro, Performers vary each week, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, $5

every Monday night
6:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, $5, free for those 16 and under
view schedule hereview pics on flickr here

"Blue Monday Blues" brings together great local blues players for an evening of down-home blues. Food and beverages available for purchase from SW Catering Company, featuring Southern and Mediterranean cuisine, from 5:30pm - 8:30pm.

400 I St, SW (map and directions here)
Metro: Waterfront, seems to be a short walk from the metro
For those with cars, parking is available in the church lot or on the street.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Weekly: Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra performs every MON night, choose from 8:00pm & 10:00pm start times, All ages, $10

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra
every Monday night
8:00pm or 10:00pm start times
All ages, $10
buy tickets here

"The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece big band co-founded by baritone saxophonist Brad Linde, trumpeter Joe Herrera and club owner Omrao Brown. The BCJO now presents a variety of music from big band literature and features some of the District's best musicians on Monday nights at the historic Bohemian Caverns. Music from Ellington, Basie,Strayhorn, Thad Jones, Oliver Nelson, Maria Schneider and originals by band members will embrace and challenge the tradition of big band repertoire."
11th & U St, NW
Metro: U St

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: DANCE: Weekly: All levels Belly Dance/ Interpretive & Folkloric Dance Fusion Class at BloomBars every MON night from 6:45pm - 8:00pm, doors 6:30pm, by donation, $10 suggested

Belly Dance/ Interpretive & Folkloric Dance Fusion Class at BloomBars
Drop in class, bi-lingual, all levels welcome
every Monday Night
6:45pm - 8:00pm, doors 6:30pm
by donation, suggested $10

Learn to dance with Marta Vizueta Bohorquez. No experience necessary. Please wear comfortable, yoga type pant and top, not too baggy as she'll want to see your body to determine correct posture, etc. Bring a water bottle, yoga mat, and finger cymbals, if you own a pair.

"Explore the mechanics of dance posture; soft & hard isolations; how movements initiate, flow & culminate; timing & sinking into the movement; listening & improvisation; deep, internal undulations with careful attention to weight shifts; beautiful hands & arms; shimmy drills & combinations." Oriental & tribal styles, all levels. Bilingual community classes. More info at

"A nurturing and demanding instructor, Marta approaches teaching from a holistic perspective, emphasizing technique, stylization, and musical interpretation. With a clear historical and cultural foundation, she invites more advanced students to fuse their own styles, where appropriate, allowing for the exploration of each one's unique voice."

3222 11th St, NW
near Kenyon next to Wonderland
Metro: Columbia Heights

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Weekly: Unplugged Open Mic at Politics & Prose Coffeehouse every FRI night from 7:30pm - 10:00pm, Free

every Friday night
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Note: On Feb 28, 2015 the cafe changed ownership and is now being run by Politics and Prose directly as P&P Coffeehouse instead of Modern Times. You might want to call (202) 362-2408 or email to confirm that they are still doing the open mic nights. The website said that services will continue uninterrupted but that was it.

In the coffeehouse on the lower level of the bookstore. This one is a more intimate, unplugged open mic night since there are no mics. Sign up starts at 7:30pm at the cofee counter.

Politics & Prose Coffehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave, NW, lower level
Metro: Van Ness and take the L2 bus or walk uphill for a bit

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: DRUM & DANCE: Monthly: Summer Drum Jams at the Takoma Park Gazebo on WED, August 12 - and every 2nd WED of the month - from May - Sept, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, All ages, Free, donations appreciated

Summer Drum Jams at the Takoma Gazebo outside from May - September and indoor Wednesday Night Monthly Drum Jams at the Electric Maid October - April
every second Wednesday of the month 
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, Free, donations of $7 - $10 appreciated

Next Monthly Jam - Wednesday, August 12

Mark Nickens and  Katy Gaughan host a drum jam, now monthly, at the Takoma Gazebo in the warmer months and at the Electric Maid when it is cooler out. More info on the invite here.

Drummers and dancers welcome so if you don't want to drum you can still come out to dance! Drums provided or bring your own. No experience necessary. Kids welcome with adult. Please bring your own water. See more pics on the invite.

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

Monday, June 15, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: The Friday Noon Concert Series at the Arts Club of Washington features Mini-Concerts most FRI from 12:00pm - 12:30pm, Free

Friday Noon Concerts at The Arts Club of Washington
most Fridays afternoons
12:00pm - 12:30pm
see calendar for weekly program details

Note: Program began on Friday, February 20 and concerts are usually held every Friday with some breaks here and there. If no details are noted online, you may want to call to confirm detail before heading over there (202) 331-7282.

"Join us on Friday for what is sure to be a wonderful performance by the immensely talented flutist, Young Clark. For the past six years Mr. Clark has been the principal flutist of the Baltimore Sinfonietta and as acting principal flutist of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. He is a strong advocate for new music, and he has performed with four major contemporary music ensembles: Great Noise Ensemble, All Points West, Ensemble Next Parallel, and TEMPO. Mr. Clark recieved the Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University and the Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Music Degree at the University of Maryland, where he studies with Aaron Goldman (principal flutist with the National Symphony Orchestra). "

"A longstanding Arts Club tradition, this popular concert series celebrated its 600th Friday performance last year. The concerts are held Fridays at noon, at the Arts Club, 2017 I Street NW. The concerts are free and open to the public, and typically last for about a half hour, featuring vocal and/or instrumental performances."

Arts Club of Washington
2017 I St, NW
Metro: Farragut West or Foggy Bottom

Monday, May 25, 2015

OF NOTE: FITNESS: Fitiverse is a new local, social network site that helps you find Free Fitness & Wellness activities in DC! Started by locals, Fitiverse shares a similar mission to Free in DC, with a Fitness Spin!

Fitiverse is a new 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!  

Friday, May 22, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: The Phillips Collection permanent collection is by donation during the Week and on THURS nights 'til 8:30pm

Did you know? The Phillips Collection is open 'til 8:30pm every Thursday night and that
Admission to the permanent collection is by donation Tuesdays - Fridays and Thursday eves!
Free for members and those 18 and under all of the time!

Note: "Philips After 5" takes place on the first Thursday and regular full price admission applies after 5:00pm
$10 for students and those 62+ and $12 general
Free for members and those 18 and under! 

Did you know that during the week, Tuesday - Friday, and on Thursday evenings (except for the first Thursday of the month, see note below) admission to the permanent collection is officially by donation! Just be sure to tell them that you are there for the permanent collection. If you come on the weekend, on Saturday or Sunday, and there is not a special exhibit on view, admission is $10, $8 for students and seniors. When there is a special exhibit, admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and for visitors 62 and over. Free for members and those 18 and under all of the time!

Special event on the first Thursday of the month: "Philips After 5" takes place every first Thursday of every month and combines live music, gallery talks, superb modern art, food, and a cash bar from 5:00pm -8:30pm. Other elements, such as films and demonstrations, are often included as well. Reservations are strongly advised for this popular event. Reserve. $12; $10 for visitors 62 and over and students. Members always admitted free, no reservation needed. For schedule information on our Phillips after 5 programs, check the Phillips online calendar.

P.S. Tryst now runs the coffeeshop there, and when the weather is nice, they also have a cute outdoor cafe!

Tuesday - Saturday
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 8:30pm
11:00am - 6:00pm

The Phillips Collection
1600 21st St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit

ON VIEW: ART: Three Exhibits at the National Gallery of Art Open on SUN, May 3, On view through SUN, July 26 and SUN, Sept 13

Three New Exhibits opening at the National Gallery of Art, West Building
please click links below for details

Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns
On view Sunday, May 3 - Sunday, July 26
This first comprehensive exhibition to examine the history of metalpoint—the art of drawing with a metal stylus on a specially prepared ground—presents some 90 drawings from the late Middle Ages to the present, from the collections of the British Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and other major museums in the United States and Europe.

On view Sunday, May 3 - Sunday, July 26
Some 150 masterpieces will be featured from the National Gallery's photography collection, all acquired within the last quarter century.

The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art
On view Sunday, May 3 - Sunday, September 13
In the decades since 1990, the concepts of time and memory have been frequently explored by photographers who seek not simply to reflect the world but to illuminate how photography constructs our understanding of it. This exhibition explores the work of 26 contemporary artists—such as Sophie Calle (b. 1953), Adam Fuss (b. 1961 ), Vera Lutter (b. 1960), Sally Mann (b. 1951), Chris McCaw (b. 1971), Christian Marclay (b. 1955), and Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953)—who investigate the complex and resonant relationship of photography to time, memory, and history.

National Gallery of Art
West Building, Ground Floor
6th & Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial, closest entrance is the side one on 7th St just past Constitution