Monday, November 24, 2014

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

Belly Dance/ Interpretive & Folkloric Dance Fusion Class at BloomBars
Drop in class, bi-lingual, all levels welcome
every Monday Night
6:30pm - 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: Tonight! Weekly: "The Garden" All Styles, All Ages Open Mic every MON night at Bloombars in Columbia Heights, 9:00pm - 11:00pm, 8:30pm sign up, All ages, by donation, $5 requested

"The Garden" All Ages, All Styles Open Mic and feature at BloomBars
hosted by Gowri K., guest hosts on occasion
every Monday night
9:00pm - 11:00pm
sign up 8:30pm
All ages, by donation, $5 requested, please give as you can

Next Open Mic - Monday, November 24

Host Gowri K. is a Tamil American poet, performing artist, and lawyer whose parents immigrated from Sri Lanka. She has co-authored two peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and her poetry has been published in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Bourgeon, and Lantern Review. Read more here.

3222 11th St, NW
at Kenyon, next to Wonderland
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk one block north on 14th, turn right on Kenyon, left on 11th

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

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

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

6:30pm - 8:00pm
If you have questions or wish to confirm that the class is still going on, best to message Marta directly -
All ages, bilingual class
by donation, $10 suggested

Weekly Wu Style Tai Chi Class - First Class Free - at Urban Tao Acupuncture and Herbology in Dupont Circle
7:00pm - 8:00pm
All ages, All levels
Best to call 202-253-0670 if you have questions or want to confirm if the class is still happening 

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 Series at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont
curated showcase, featured guest artists vary each week
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

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: CABARET: Tonight! Weekly: La-Ti-Do Musical Theater Cabaret & Spoken Word series at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont every MON night from 8:00pm - 10:00pm Performers vary every week $10 with online RSVP, 21+

La-Ti-Do Musical Theater Cabaret and Spoken Word Series at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont
every Monday night - artists vary each week
8:00pm - 10:00pm, doors 7:55pm
$10 cash only at the door with RSVP, $15 without RSVP, non-performing LTD Alumni just $5, New! Student Rate, with ID $7
Arrive early to get a seat as the space is on the small side, 21+
see the facebook page for details each week

Next La-Ti-Do - Monday, November 24
November's spoken word feature is Drew Law
Hosts: Don Mike Mendoza & Regie Cabico
Accompanist: Jonathan Tuzman

La-Ti-Do is DC's first curated spoken word/musical theater cabaret series! This weekly event takes place every Monday night in the cozy lower level piano lounge at the Black Fox in Dupont, performers vary. A really great, intimate evening of high quality musical entertainment and spoken word every week!

"Every Monday evening at La-Ti-Do, you can count on a couple of things: the warm welcome, and fabulous talents, of hosts DonMike Mendoza and Regie Cabico, and resident pianist Jonathan Tuzman, spoken word and musical theater performances (in addition to the month’s feature), and, most importantly, the feeling of community that comes from taking in DC’s performing arts community."

1723 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, take the Q St exit and walk a few blocks north on Conn, it's on the right side of the street.

UPCOMING: KIDS: Tomorrow ~ The Final "Tudor Tots: Fall Frolic" at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden will be on TUES, Nov 25 from 10:00am - 10:45am, for ages 2 - 4, $5 per child, Free for adults

Tudor Tots: Fall Frolic at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
every Tuesday from September 23 - November 25
Final event of the series - Tuesday, November 25
10:00am - 10:45am
for ages 2 - 4
Parent/caregiver must remain with child.
$5 per child, Free for adults buy tickets

"Tudor Place has enchanted young children for almost two centuries. Experience it yourself on Tuesday mornings as we meet to read, sing, and play in the picturesque gardens. This family-friendly program offers a new theme each week, from "adventurous animals" to "growing gardens" and more. Children will participate each week in an interactive read-aloud, songs and themed movements, all related to the week's topic, and will enjoy sharing this tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them."

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
1644 31st St, NW
Upper Georgetown, between Q & R St
Metro: Accessible by Circulator bus or metro bus from Dupont Circle, Farragut North, Farragut West and Foggy Bottom. See metro trip-planner for best bus access. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany, near Metro Center, every TUES from 12:10pm - 1:00pm, Artists Vary each Week, Free, donations appreciated

Displaying photo.JPG Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany 
lunchtime concerts every Tuesday
12:10pm - 1:00pm
Free, donations appreciated, $10 suggested,
donations support music program and artists

View the schedule of performances

Love this series! If you are able to get there on
Tuesdays at noon, recommend checking it out!

Next Concert - Tuesday, November 25
Music by Vierne, Poulenc, Debussy and Jeremy Filsell with Jeremy Filsell on the Piano, along with two sopranos, more info here

Save the date for the Washington Bach Consort - Noontime Cantata series!
Continuing on the first Tuesdays of the month
Tuesdays December 2nd, March 3rd, April 7th and May 5th

Additional Concerts in December: 
Tuesday, December 9 - Music of Edvard Greig on piano and violin
Tuesday, December 16 Annual Christmas Concert with The Choir of the Church of the Epiphany

Note: no concerts on December 23 and December 30 due to the holidays

1317 G St, NW
Metro: Metro Center

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Monthly: Walk the Labyrinth and Special Program at The National Cathedral on TUES, Nov 25th - and every last TUES of the month - Special Program varies each month, from 6:00pm - 8:45pm, Free

Walk the Laybrinth at the National Cathedral
as part of the Cathedral Crossroads series 
every last Tuesday of the month
6:00pm - 8:45pm, Labyrinth opens 6:30pm

This monthly event at the National Cathedral is one of the best kept secrets in DC if you ask me, especially if you are looking for something a bit more contemplative. You can walk the Labyrinth and listen to live music, usually the harp and/ or flute, every last Tuesday of the month at The National Cathedral. The evening includes a Special Program from 7:30pm - 8:30pm, with program themes varying each month. 

Next event will be on Tuesday, November 25th

November Special Program:
Sacred Circle Dancing: Offering Gratitude
led by Evelyn Torton Beck and Judith Walton

Join leaders Evi Beck and Judith Walton as we dance with gratitude and joy for the many things in our lives that sustain us: food that nourishes us, our bodies that serve us, friends, families, and communities. Sacred Circle Dances are moving meditations that embody and integrate mind, body, and spirit. These simple, gentle dances have special meditative qualities and ancient roots in music and dance from around the world. All dances are simple and each will be taught. Our philosophy of dance is, “There are no mistakes, only variations.” Meet in St. Joseph’s Chapel.

Monthly - General Program Schedule:6:00pm - 7:00pm Centering Prayer in the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage

6:30pm - 9:00pm Labyrinth Walk accompanied by harpist in the nave
7:30pm - 8:30pm Special Program, varies each month, see description above 

3101 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Wisconsin & Mass Ave basically
Metro: Dupont Circle and bus along Mass Ave or take the metro to Tenleytown and then take any of the 30 line buses, which run often, south along Wisconsin Ave.  You can also wait for the 96 line to McLean Gardens (which doesn't run often) from the Woodley Park metro to the intersection of Woodley Rd and Connecticut.

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Free Four Week Intro to Meditation begins at the Science of Spirituality DC Center on MON, Dec 8 continuing Weekly on MON nights on Nov 8, 15 & 22 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free, RSVP now to ensure your space!

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, December 8

Note: Shorter, 3-week session due to folks being away for the holidays at the end of December

Mondays - December 8, 15 and 22
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP now to ensure your space!
RSVP required, email or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582.

Next session begins on Monday, January 5th

"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.

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Three Free events at the National Gallery of Art West Building SUN, Nov 23 - Highlights from - a fabulous resource for Arts & Culture events in the DC Metro Area

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.

Sunday, November 23  - all events today will be at the NGA

Afternoon - Art Lecture  at the NGA West Building - Archives
Daphne Barbour, senior conservator, department of object conservation, National Gallery of Art; Alison Luchs, curator of early European sculpture, National Gallery of Art; and Shelley Sturman, senior conservator and head, department of object conservation, National Gallery of Art. In the West Building Lecture Hall.

Afternoon - Ballet Performance at the NGA West Building - Archives
The Little Dancer: Kirov Academy of Ballet
Free Ballet performance as part of the new Afternoon Encounters series in the West Building, West Garden Court.

Evening - Classical Concert at the NGA West Building - Archives
6:30pm - 8:30pm
please arrive earlier, no late admittance for this series
Music by Dvorak, Glass, Griffes, and other composers. Part of the Sunday Concert series, now twice a month instead of weekly, in the West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court.

National Gallery of Art West Building
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: TEENS: Weekly: DC Youth Slam Writing Workshop for Teens at MLK Library every TUES from 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Free

Weekly Workshops at MLK Library Teen Space - Tuesdays All Year
every Tuesday beginning June 4th, 2013 
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Did you know that DC is now the Capital of Poetry!
In August 2014 BeltwaySlamDC won first place in the National Poetry Slam competition with Elizabeth Acevedo taking home the title of Grand Slam Champion and the DCyouthSlam placed first and took home the win at the Brave New Voices competition.... and every Tuesday teens can take a free workshop hosted by the DC Youth Slam Team at the MLK Library! Head to Teen Space, room 208.

901 G St NW
Teen Space - Room 208
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

UPCOMING & ONGOING: FILM: Weekly: BloomScreen Tuesday Night Independent Film Series will be on TUES, Nov 25 at BloomBars continues on TUES, Nov 11th, Screenings every TUES from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Films vary each week and are followed by discussion and Q&A, All ages, by donation, $10 suggested

BloomScreen Independent Film Night at BloomBars
Films vary each week
Discussion with Q&A after, often with the director
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested, no one turned away
Free organic popcorn and refreshments served

Next BloomScreen - Tuesday, November 25
BloomScreen presents: Native American Veterans: Storytelling for Healing
click link to read more about the film

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.

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

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

DC Youth Slam hosts a Free Writing Workshop for Teens at MLK Library every Tuesday
4:30pm - 6:30pm
MLK Library
Metro: Gallery Pl - also close to Metro Center

Free Yoga Class every Tuesday night in Cleveland Park
Classes courtesy of Yoga Activist, geared toward beginners, all welcome.
Metro: Cleveland Park

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
Free organic popcorn and refreshments served
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 Sattva Meditation in Cleveland Park
8:00pm - 9:30pm
All ages, Free
Metro: Cleveland Park

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

Friday, November 14, 2014

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

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

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. Everyone is welcome. The classes are suitable for beginners and those with experience as well."
Vajrayogini Buddhist Center
1787 Columbia Rd NW - right in the heard of Adams Morgan near the corner of 18th 
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill or take the 42 bus from Dupont north toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia. 

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

Wednesday Night 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: Tonight! Weekly: Highlights post for THURS night events!

Weekly Thursday night events organized by start time

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for 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 Nice Outside... 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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: Meditation SUN, Nov 30 and most SUN mornings 10:00am - 12:00pm + Yoga in Spanish every SAT from 11:00am - 12:00pm, Free, at the Science of Spirituality DC Center

Science of Spirituality  now has a 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.

Weekly on Sundays - except the first Sunday of the month
Sundays - November 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
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

Weekly on Saturdays 
Yoga class en Espanol  - with Argeny Rodriguez
Saturdays - November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th
Spanish Language Yoga
11:00am - 12:00pm
Yoga Class limited to 8 students. Please Register beforehand: or (703) 212-8140.

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 & ONGOING: DRUM & DANCE: Weekly: Wednesday Night Drum Jams continue at the Electric Maid in Takoma on WED, Dec 3 - on break for Thanksgiving on WED, Nov 26 - continuing every WED through Dec 17, right by the Takoma Metro, now from 7:30pm - 9:30pm, All ages, by donation, $7 - $10 suggested

Wednesday nights at the Electric Maid in Takoma
Wednesdays - November 5 - December 17
7:30pm - 9:30pm
All ages, by donation, $7 - $10 suggested

Note: No Jam Wednesday, November 26

Next Drum Jam - Wednesday, December 3

My friends Mark Nickens and  Katy Gaughan host a weekly drum jam on Wednesday nights, now at a slightly later time, at the Electric Maid in Takoma.

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.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: PERFORMANCES: Weekly: The National Gallery of Art now hosts a new "Afternoon Encounters with Music" series from 3:30pm - 4:30pm on select SAT & SUN Next performance will be on SUN, Nov 30 with Pianist Carolyn Enger, Free

The Seventy-Third Season of Concerts 2014–2015
at the National Gallery of Art now includes a new series!
"Afternoon Encounters with Music"
3:30pm - 4:30pm, or earlier

Note: Admittance is on a first-come, first admitted basis ten minutes before the concert begins. Limited seating is provided for those who cannot stand. Encounters are shorter, under one hour, and late entry is permitted, unlike the Sunday evening concerts.

Sunday, November 30
Carolyn Enger, pianist

Save the dates for these upcoming performances, all at 3:30pm

Empire Brass
Saturday, December 6
Spanish Brass
Saturday, December 13
Thomas Circle Singers
Saturday, December 20
West Building, West Garden Court
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

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
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

Sunday, November 2, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Community Kirtan, Yoga and Meditation select days and times every week at Yoga District locations in DC, Free, donations welcome

Community Meditation, Kirtan & Yoga Classes at Yoga District locations in DC
Free, donations welcome 
please note that this schedule is subject to change

Meditation - Evenings
Monday        6:45pm - 7:15pm  Dupont 
Tuesday        7:00pm - 7:30pm  Dupont
Wednesday   7:00pm - 7:30pm  Dupont - Pranayama: Breathing 
                    8:15pm - 9:00pm  14th St - Relax, Breathe, Meditate 
Thursday      6:45pm - 7:30pm  Dupont
Saturday       7:45pm - 8:30pm   Dupont
Sunday         6:30pm - 7:05pm  14th St
                    7:00pm - 8:30pm   H St

Meditation - Mornings
Wednesday   7:30am - 8:30am  I St 

Kirtan: Chanting
Saturday        8:00pm - 9:00pm  Bloomingdale
Sunday          12:00pm - 1:00pm  H St

Sunday Night  6:30pm - 7:15pm 14th St - Yogic Sleep: Resting Meditation for Stress Relief 
                      6:30pm - 7:15pm  Glover Park - Yogic Sleep: Yoga Nidra
Sunday Night  7:15pm - 8:15pm 14th St - Sunday Night with the Sutras: The Yogic Principles

Nonprofit Community Run Yoga Studios
  • Glover Park: 2201 Wisconsin Ave, NW - newest studio
  • Dupont Circle: 1635 Connecticut Ave, NW, 5th Flr
  • U St. Corridor: 1910 14th St, NW, Units 1 & 3
  • Bloomingdale: 1830 1st St, NW
  • Downtown: 1922 I St, NW, 2nd & 3rd Flrs
  • Food and Tea Bar, District Tea, located on the 1st Flr
  • H St. Corridor: 526 H St, NE, 2nd Flr 
Metro: Please see metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access

Saturday, November 1, 2014

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 here or on Free in DC's facebook page or email me to let me know. Note: list was last confirmed on December 20th, 2012.

Yoga Classes - Organized alphabetically by Studio/ Venue Name:

Saturday Morning & Monday Night
BicycleSPACE  - Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center 
Monday nights 7:30pm + Saturday morning 8:15am by donation 1019 7th St NW 

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
Community class on Fridays at 4:00pm that are $10 for a drop in and $6 for students. I beleive that all of their classes are hot yoga. Call if you have questions. Details here. Note: no community classes the last two weeks in December, classes resume in January

Saturday afternoon
Flow Yoga Center - Logan Circle/ P St
Donation-based (pay-what-you-can) classes used to be offered every Saturday at 1:30pm. Proceeds benefit charities dedicated to making yoga and wellness services accessible to individuals in need. Details here. Update: I can't locate the info online. Please call first to confirm 202-462-FLOW (3569)

Every day - select classes $10
Studio Serenity / Studio DC Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle
Select $10 yoga classes every day! Weekdays during lunchtime, usually 12:00pm or 12:30pm start times, at either Dupont Circle or Adams Morgan. On Saturdays they offer a 4:00pm - 5:15pm class in Adams Morgan and a 4:30pm - 6:00pm class in Dupont and on Sundays from 4:30pm - 6:00pm in Dupnt and 5:30pm - 6:45pm in Adams Morgan.  and Saturday and and Sundays with start times between 4:00pm and 5:30pm. They also offer a free class for members who bring friends to class, the free class goes to the member. They also give students a free class during their birthday week. Details here. They also offer a $10 for 10 consecutive days for newcomers, (valid for location where purchased) details 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) 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Friday Morning Music Club plays their next Free Chamber Music Recital every FRI in Chinatown from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Free

Friday Noon Chamber Recitals in Chinatown
with the Friday Morning Music Club
every Friday at noon
12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Friday Morning Music Club presents free noontime chamber concerts every Friday from October through May at the Calvary Baptist Church, located in downtown DC, right by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery and Pepco Edison Place Gallery, on 8th St NW, in the heart of Chinatown. Programs vary each week, see the FMMC website and calendar for program details.

Calvary Baptist Church
755 8th St. NW
Metro: Gallery Pl or walk from Metro Center

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: The Friday Noon Concert Series at the Arts Club of Washington every 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
no details noted, recommend calling to confirm

"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." Note: If no details are noted, you may want to call to confirm there is a concert before heading over there (202) 331-7282.

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY WORKSHOP: Twice Monthly: Split This Rock & Beltway Poetry Slam's new Poetry Writing Workshop series continues on WED, Dec 3 - and every first and third WED of the month - from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, $5

every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
6:30pm - 8:30pm
two-hour workshop only $5
All ages, no need to RSVP, just come ready to write!

Next Workshop - Wednesday, December 3

Starting September 3rd, 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: JAZZ: Weekly: Live Jazz with The James Benson Quartet at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan every SAT night, often with guest vocalist Abby Nightengale, from 9:30pm - 1:30am, Free

Live Jazz with The James Benson Quartet at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan, often with guest vocalist Abby Nightingale
every Saturday night
9:30pm - 1:30am

Come out and enjoy some of the best live jazz DC has to offer. The James Benson Quartet, plays jazz standards, blues, and bossa nova at Columbia Station every Saturday night, often with the lovely Abby Nightingale (listen here) on vocals. Columbia Station has earned the title of one of DownBeat Magazine's Best Jazz Venues in DC, and the world and is located in the heart of Adams Morgan along 18th St.

Columbia Station
2325 18th St NW
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill Rd stop, near 18th & Columbia and walk about two blocks, or Dupont Circle and take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to Belmont and walk downhill one block to 18th St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: IMPROV: Weekly: Washington Improv Theater puts on "Harold Night" every TUES night at Source Theatre on 14th St from 9:00pm - 10:00pm, Followed by a Jam, Free

WIT's Free Improv Jam! "Harold Night" at Source Theatre
every Tuesday night, now at an earlier time!
New time this Fall as of September 17th
9:00pm - 10:00pm, followed by a Jam
Seating 8:45pm, show starts at 9:00pm

Now every Harold Night ends with a free jam where audience members can give improv a try side by side with experienced players.

Washington Improv Theater (WIT) puts on Harold Night every Tuesday night at Source. Each week is a demonstration, celebration, and experiment in the world-famous improv longform, Harold. It starts with an audience suggestion and explores whatever themes emerge through a series of scenes. Stories are made up on the spot and characters intended to delight, and always a good time.

Harold Night has been running in DC every Tuesday since March 18, 2010. Come down to Source and check them out, every Tuesday night.

Source Theatre
1835 14th St, NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus to 14th & U or any bus along 14th St to T St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Twice-Monthly: Sunday Concert Series at the National Gallery of Art features Spanish Renaissance Music on SUN, Dec 14 - Note: now every second and fourth SUN of the month from Oct - May instead of Weekly - from 6:30pm - 8:15pm, Free

The Sunday Night Concert Series at the National Gallery of Art
now every second  & fourth Sunday of the month
6:30pm - 8:15pm, arrive earlier
NOTE: Used to be every Sunday night but starting with The Seventy-Third Season of Concerts 2014–2015 Sunday Evening concerts will take place on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from October through May in the West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court unless otherwise noted.. Late entry or reentry of the West Building after 6:30pm is not allowed.

Next Concert - Sunday, December 14
Baltimore Consort plays Spanish Renaissance Music
Presented in honor of El Greco in the National Gallery of Art and Washington-Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration

New this Season!  Afternoon Encounters take place at 3:30 pm in the West Building, West Garden Court, unless otherwise indicated. Admittance is on a first-come, first admitted basis ten minutes before the concert begins. Limited seating is provided for those who cannot stand. Encounters are planned to last no more than sixty minutes, and late entry is permitted.

Note: The West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court, where the concerts are usually held, is a beautiful space, however almost all of the seats have an obstructed, or minimal view. If you want a seat with a view, best to arrive early to get in line.

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: IMCW meets every SUN -now at the Church of the Holy City on 16th St near Corcoran starting on SUN, March 2nd - formerly at All Souls, every SUN from 6:00pm - 7:30pm, by donation

Insight Meditation Community of Washington hosts a Meditation & Talk 
every Sunday night
6:00pm - 7:30pm
dhana, donation, based, $10 suggested, no one turned away
Hosted by IMCW

Note: All Souls will be undergoing renovations this year so the sangha will be relocating to the Church of the Holy City, on 16th St near Corcoran, starting on March 2nd, 2014. The last session at All Souls will be February 23rd.

"Insight meditation cultivates our natural wisdom and compassion. Meditation practice develops concentration, which allows us to calm and steady the mind. This class includes a 30-minute guided meditation, 45-minute dharma talk, and then discussion. Newcomers to meditation and long time practitioners are welcome to attend our classes in metro D.C. No registration is necessary. Chairs are always provided or you may bring your sitting gear."

This evening meditation is usually led by Hugh Byrne, sometimes by others. You can check out all of the teachers bios here.

New location as of March 2nd, 2014

Church of the Holy City
in the upstairs room
1611 16th Street, NW
Metro: Dupont is closest but best reached by the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to the stop closest to Corcoran, also just a few block walk from 14th & RI Ave/ P St stop if you take the Circulator bus

Friday, October 31, 2014

PAST: FILM: Final Screening in the "Viewing China" Series will be on FRI, Oct 31st at 3:00pm at the National Gallery of Art West Building, Free

The National Gallery of Art and American University School of Communication present a free film series "Viewing China" during October
Friday, October 17th - Friday, October 31st
click through each link for event details

In collaboration with the American University School of Communication, a sequence of recent non-fiction films from mainland China contrasts traditional and modern ways of life, while informing the discourse between works from the stateowned Central Newsreel and Documentary Studio Group (China Central Television or CCTV) and independently-made productions. Examples of early actualit├ęs by Sun Mingjing, a pioneer of cinematography who established China’s strong educational film tradition, are also featured. Films are in Mandarin and local dialects with subtitles. With thanks to Icarus Film, Day Zero Film, China Film Archive, and China Central Newsreel and Documentary Studio Group. Remaining screenings listed below.

Friday, October 31st
National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall

West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PAST: ONLINE: Final Day of Special Virtual Genealogy Fair, a Live three-day virtual event, will be on THURS, Oct 30th from 10:00am - 4:00pm, Free

The National Archives hosts a Virtual Genealogy Fair
Live three-day, virtual Genealogy Fair
Tuesday, October 28th - Thursday, October 30th
Free, watch online!
October 28, 10am-2pm  Watch live on YouTube.
October 29, 10am-5pm  Watch live on YouTube.
October 30, 10am-4pm  Watch live on YouTube.

The National Archives is hosting a live, three-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. The free program offers family history research tools for all skill levels on Federal records including census, American Indian, military, naturalization, and immigration. Other topics include overviews of online genealogy resources and guidance on preserving personal records. Lectures will feature tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research. Lectures are designed for experienced genealogists and novices.

National Archives
online from your computer!