Wednesday, March 29, 2017

UPCOMING: COMEDY FESTIVAL: Tonight! Underground Comedy Festival opening night WED, March 29 with $10 shows at 8:00pm & 10:00pm + More low-cost shows nightly THURS, March 30 & FRI, March 31


Comedy shows throughout DC! 
All of the $10 shows listed below! 
other shows $15 - $25 
Venues include The Big Hunt, the Bier Baron and Wonderland Ballroom
All events below are $10 plus small fee online and 21+

Wednesday, March 29

Rob Cantrell features at the Bier Baron 
near P St in Dupont Circle 
8:00pm, doors 7:30pm
$10 plus small fee online
Hosted by ​Church Night​​

DC native, Rob Cantrell, is a comedian living in Brooklyn, NY. He has been appeared on HBO, NBC, CBS, FX, AXS TV, and Comedy Central. Rob first gained national attention as a top ten finalist on the first season of Last Comic Standing. Since then he has performed at SXSW, Bonnarroo, New York Comedy Festival, and clubs all over the world. He has a comedy/Hip-Hop music album called Dreams Never Die and a webseries called Universally Speaking. He can also be heard as a frequent guest on the popular comedy podcast Doug Loves Movies.

Hosted by Church Night. A parody of a Middle-America church service, Church Night's comedy act is best suited for a late night in a cheap motel. Featured at festivals around the country, their webseries recently won Outstanding Comedy Series at LA Webfest, Best Web Series at Indie Capitol Awards, and Audience Choice awards at Miami Webfest. The series was nominated for several other awards and has screened internationally in Berlin and Dublin.
  • Rob Cantrell (HBO, NBC, CBS, FX, Comedy Central)
  • ​Justin Smith (MTV, PBS)
  • ​Tanael Joachim (AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live)
  • ​Carolyn Busa (Boston Comedy Festival)
  • ​Chris Alan (Cape Fear Comedy Festival)
  • Ross Benoit (Smiley Frown Podcast)
just south of Dupont Circle
10:00pm, doors 9:30pm
$10 plus small fee online
  • Nimesh Patel (TruTV's Comedy Knockout)
  • Samantha Ruddy (Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People)
  • Casey James Salengo (Brooklyn Comedy Festival)
  • Dan Perlman (Fox, TruTV, MTV2)
  • Rahmein Mostafavi (PBS, SiriusXM)
  • Josh Kuderna (Digression Sessions)
  • Umar Khan (Gin and Jokes)
  • Haywood Turnipseed Jr. (Attack of the Comics)
  • Wendy Wroblewski (Betches of Comedy)
  • Michael Summers (The Comedy Show-queso)
Thursday, March 30

Rob Haze features at Bier Baron 
8:00pm, doors 7:30pm
$10 plus small fee online
read more and buy tickets here

Rob Haze is a comedian from Atlanta, Georgia. He's been seen on Adam Devine's House Party on Comedy Central and the new Viceland show Flophouse. Rob is cohost of the Kanye West Podcast The Book of Ye. Rob was a New Face in the 2015 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. He was on the 9th season of Last Comic Standing. Rob is the 2015 winner of the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. He has made appearances on HLN News Now, and can be heard as a personality on the Ryan Cameron morning show. Rob was named by Creative Loafing one of the 25 people to watch in 2015. In 2012 Rob was a finalist in NBC Stand Up for Diversity and was a part of their 2013 college tour.
  • Rob Haze (Comedy Central, Viceland)​Nimesh Patel (TruTV)
  • ​Jor​dan Temple (Writer for MTV's Decoded)
  • Abby Rosenquist (Montreal Comedy Festival)
  • ​Casey James Salengo (Brooklyn Comedy Festival)
  • Martin Amini (Silver City) 
Comedy Showcase at the Big Hunt 
just south of Dupont Circle
10:00pm, doors 9:30pm
$10 plus small fee online
read more and buy tickets here
  • Dan Perlman (Fox, TruTV, MTV2)
  • Carolyn Busa (Boston Comedy Festival)
  • Eli Yudin (Hell Yes Fest)
  • Tanael Joachim (AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live)
  • Randolph Terrance (PBS, SiriusXM)
  • Elahe Izadi (Real Time with Bill Maher)
  • Andy Kline (PBS, SiriusXM)
  • Donnie Sengstack (Magooby's Comedian of the Year)
  • Shelley Kim (Nerdist)
Friday, March 31

Romane & Lettuce feature at Wonderland 
on 11th St NW in Columbia Heights
8:00pm, doors 7:30pm
$10 plus small fee online
  • ​Ryan Donahue (Jimmy Kimmel Live)
  • Rob Cantrell (HBO, NBC, CBS, FX, Comedy Central)
  • Clark Jones (Brooklyn Comedy Festival, TruTV)
  • Matty Litwack (Laughing Devil Winner)
  • Paris Sashay ("Effortlessly comfortable" - Borderstan)
  • Ahmed Vajellos (Don't Block the Box)
  • Natalie McGill ​(The Summer Camp Show)
just south of Dupont Circle
11:30pm
$10 plus small fee onlineread more and buy tickets here
  • Kenny DeForest (Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch")
  • Will Miles (Brooklyn Magazine's 50 Funniest Comedians)
  • Carolyn Busa (Boston Comedy Festival)
  • Dina Hashem (Comedy Central's Roast Battle)
  • Eli Yudin (Bridgetown Comedy Festival)
  • Justin Smith (MTV, PBS)
  • Tanael Joachim (AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live)
  • Jose Sanchez (State Theater)
  • Naomi Karavani (Women in Comedy Festival)
  • Andrew Cook (Parental Guidance)
  • Johnny Black (202 Comedy Festival)
Venue info below:

The Bier Baron Tavern
1523 22nd St NW
just north of P St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

The Big Hunt 
1345 Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Farragut North or Dupont Circle south exit, walk toward the circle and cross Connecticut Ave

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

UPCOMING: OPEN MIC: Weekly: Tonight! "Fun Fun at 121" Open Mic for Comedians, Musicians and others this WED, March 29 - and every WED night from 8:00pm - 10:00pm at Acre 121 right by the Columbia Heights Metro, All Ages, Free

Fun Fun at 121: Weekly Open Mic Comedy, Music & More!
every Wednesday night
8:00pm - 10:00pm
All ages, Free

Next Open Mic - Wednesday, March 29

The producers of The Capital City Showcase, the variety show that brings you some of DC’s finest performing artists, bring you Fun Fun at 121, a new variety open mic for all styles! Highlighting comedy, music and other performing arts every Wednesday night in Columbia Heights, right by the metro.

Comedians, musicians and artists wanting to perform can sign up in advance by emailing acre121openmic@gmail.com. There will also be a limited amount of sign-ups on the night of each performance. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so come early if you want to catch happy hour and a great seat.

Acre 121
1400 Irving St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, right by the metro, a few doors down from the Five Guys, across the street from Panera

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! Here are some more Free and low-cost events WED, March 28


Wednesday, March 29

with Convergence Theatre
6:30pm - 9:00pm
by donation, $10 suggested, RSVP here
From the event page: "How does our culture promote the silencing of women? What does challenging the patriarchy actually look like? How can we radically imagine and create a more equal society through creative practice and play?
Raising Our Voices in a Culture of Silence is a joint performance event that addresses such questions, a collaboration between the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) and Convergence Theatre. Actors from Convergence Theater will support audience members to play out scenes of oppression, and then improvise ways to challenge and change these scenarios. In doing so, the audience will brainstorm resolution to conflict situations that can be used to inspire real action in our world. Facilitators from DVRP will help guide these artistically-inspired conversations that dive deeper into the causes of gender-based violence, and explore solutions to transform our communities. Join us for this “rehearsal for the revolution”, and be inspired to reflect, act, and create change for our world. Donations are welcomed to help support the continuing efforts of Domestic Violence Resource Project and Convergence Theatre, a theatre for social justice collective. Our suggested donation is $10. The Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) provides culturally appropriate, linguistic services to Asian/Pacific Islander (A/PI) survivors of gender-based violence. DVRP's mission is to address, prevent, and end domestic violence and sexual assault in the A/PI community, while empowering survivors to rebuild their lives after abuse. This event is co-sponsored by Mary's Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides health care, family literacy and social services to underserved populations in the DC area."
Source Theater
1835 14th St NW
Metro: U St, left on U, right on 14th

Safia Elhillo features Weds Night Open Mic Busboys 5th & K
hosted by Jonathan B. Tucker
9:00pm - 11:00pm
$5
read more on the Busboys events page here 
"Safia Elhillo’s first full-length collection, The January Children, was released by University of Nebraska Press in March 2017. Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, she received a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA in poetry at the New School. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize, and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation, and Crescendo Literary and The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator. In addition to appearing in several journals and anthologies including “The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop,” her work has been translated into Arabic, Japanese, and Greek. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology “Halal If You Hear Me.” Safia has performed at venues such as TEDxNewYork, the South African State Theatre, the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway, and TV1’s Verses & Flow. She was a founding member of Slam NYU, the 2012 and 2013 national collegiate championship team, and was a three-time member and former coach of the DC Youth Slam Poetry team. She is currently a teaching artist with Split This Rock."
5th & K St NW
Cullen Room, to the back right, behind the staircase, doors to room are not visible when you enter
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or Mt Vernon Sq and walk or take the Circulator bus to the stop closest to 5th & Mass or take an uber or lyft there, see new user promotions at the bottom of this post.

Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers: Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 - be sure to select uberx for best price instead of uber. You can also select uber pool or lyft line if you aren't in a hurry and don't mind the possibility of sharing the ride. Note: they may not let you select uberpool or lyftline if it's your first time using the app and you want to apply the discount.

Monday, March 27, 2017

UPCOMING: VARIETY OPEN MIC: Glover Park Social, a new Variety Open Mic at Mason Inn THURS, March 30 and every Thursday from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

New! Glover Park Social: Variety Open Mic
Thursday, March 30
and every Thursday night at Mason Inn 
(No Glover Park Social March 16 for March Madness)
8:00pm - 10:00pm 
Free
view and share facebook event page here

The producers of the monthly variety show The Capital City Showcase have just launched a new weekly variety show open mic every Thursday night at Mason Inn in Glover Park.

Come out to see some of the DC area's finest comedians, musicians, and performing artists at this free show! Interested in performing? Artists can sign up by emailing gloverparksocial@gmail.com.  Mason Inn opens at 6:00pm and seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so come early to make sure you get a great seat.

Mason Inn
2408 Wisconsin Ave NW
north of W Pl NW and south of Calvert, just past the Whole Foods  (see map)
Metro: See metro trip-planner for all bus options. You can get there by taking any of the 30 line buses (except for the 38B) that run along Wisconsin Avenue NW or by the Circulator bus, yellow line (see route map), which gets you a short distance south of the venue. You can catch the 30 lines buses north on Wisconsin from the Tenleytown Metro or from Foggy Bottom area along Pennsylvania Ave or you can take uber or lyft there, see promotions for new users below.

Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers: Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 - be sure to select uberx for best price instead of uber. You can also select uber pool or lyft line if you aren't in a hurry and don't mind the possibility of sharing the ride. Note: they may not let you select uberpool or lyftline if it's your first time using the app and you want to apply the discount.

UPCOMING: COOKING CLASSES: Free Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking Classes on Saturday afternoons from 1:00pm - 2:30pm at the Science of Spirituality DC Meditation Center SAT, April 1 will focus on Indian Cuisine, RSVP to ensure your space

Usher in the Spring with Free Classes in Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking
Saturdays at the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center in NW DC, near American University
Saturday afternoons from March 25 - April 15
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Free
Attend any of the classes, as you like
Please RSVP so that they can plan accordingly. Questions: DCInfo@sos.org

Preparation of particular dishes representing each cuisine will be demonstrated, including sampling of finished dishes. Printed recipes, including the location of stores where ingredients can be found, will be given to each attendee, and there will be time for Q&A.

Saturday, April 1 - Class 2
Indian Cuisine
Please RSVP in advance

Saturday, April 8 - Class 3
Indian Cusine
Please RSVP in advance

Saturday, April 15 - Class 4
American Cuisine
Please RSVP in advance

SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and connect with them on twitter @SOS_WashDC.

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 but they don't run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. For those of you with smart phones who don't own cars you may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are or from the Tenleytown Metro, which is closest. See promo below.

New User Promotions: $10 off your first Lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at lyft.com. $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at uber.com and use the promo code FREEINDC14. I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request future rides.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

OF NOTE: FITNESS: Fitiverse is Free to Join and helps you to Connect with new Workout buddies and Find Free Fitness Activities in your area

Want to get fit? Connect on Fitiverse!
No gym, no problem! Free to join
Find new fitness buddies and activities and 50+ Free weekly classes in DC

Fitiverse is local, social network that will help you to find new, fun and social ways to workout! Fitiverse focuses on fitness and connects you with compatible workout buddies who have access to the same fitness zones, which are like neighborhoods.

Find Free Workouts, Yoga Classes, Meet-ups and more, on Fitiverse. The local place to go for Free Fitness activities! Create your free account here!

If you're wondering why am I sharing Fitiverse on Free in DC when technically it's not an arts, culture or consciousness event, it is because Fitiverse shares a similar mission, to help people connect to fabulous, local, free things to do. In their case, they just focus on fitness. It's also free to join! The site was founded by two brothers who live in the DC area who share a passion for fitness and well-being. They wanted to help others in the greater community find people who live nearby, share similar schedules and are interested in similar ways of working out and having fun.

So go ahead, check it out, what do you have to lose? Create your free account, find some new free activities, have some fun burning calories and maybe even make some new friends!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more Free and low-cost events every day @FreeinDCBlog on twitter - and if you don't use twitter, no worries, you don't need an account to view the page!

For more events please check out @FreeinDCBlog on twitter and the Free in DC page on facebook, search for "Free in DC" or click here! Much of the event content I cover comes from facebook and I don't always have time to craft individual posts on this site for every event I come across and I often post links to events on  @FreeinDCBlog on twittter and/or FreeinDC on facebook that aren't on the main site.

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

UPCOMING: Free events at The Hirshhorn related to the "Infinity Mirrors" exhibition, SUN, April 9 - SAT, April 30

Free events related to the Yayoi Kasuma: Infinity Mirrors exhibit!

Sunday, April 9
3:00pm
Taking a unique look into the experimental Black Gate Theater, where Kusama performed and staged happenings in New York City in the 1960s, this program will include screenings of Aldo Tambellini’s Black Zero and Otto Piene’s The Proliferation of the Sun, as well as never before shown documentary footage.

Friday, April 14
Gallery Talk: Mika Yoshitake on Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin
12:30pm
Curator of the exhibition Mika Yoshitake discusses Kusama’s obsession with polka dots and pumpkins for a special gallery talk on the Hirshhorn Plaza. Meet at the Information Desk. Note: This particular event may require tickets, I'm not sure. Will post an update once I find out.

Saturday, April 30
The Hirshhorn and Smithsonian Gardens team up for a day of family friendly activities inspired by “Orchids: A Moment” and “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.” Note: This particular event may require tickets, I'm not sure. Will post an update once I find out.

Hirshhorn
7th & Independence Ave SW
Metro: L’Enfant Plaza

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ON VIEW: ART: "What to do? Resistance Art for 2017 + Beyond" a group exhibit at ReCreative Spaces in Mt Rainier. MD from FRI, March 3 - FRI, March 31, Free

'Liberate Theology' by Andrea Noel
Art Opening for What to do? Resistance Art for 2017 + Beyond a group exhibit at ReCreative Spaces in Mt Rainier. MD
On view Friday, March 3- Friday, March 31
Free
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 2:00pm, by appointment and during programming, see calendar,

What to do? Resistance Art for 2017 + Beyond features the works of The Monument Quilt Project, Andrea Noel Camilla Schaeffer, Victoria Sgarro, Juliana Vallejo, and Amelia Vercauteren.
Read more about the show on East City Art.

About ReCreative Spaces: ReCreative Spaces designs places for communities to gather and share their passion for art of all kinds. We work with property owners, developers, city agencies, small businesses and organizations to drive creativity, awareness and traffic into otherwise underutilized spaces. By offering site-specific programming and events we aim to cultivate artistic expression, build community, encourage social collaboration, and increase civic participation. ReCreative Spaces aims to provide low-cost, high-awesome creative programming to all, and to make affordable space available for artists to create and share their work.

3501 Perry St - Mt Rainier, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access or take an uber or lyft there, see new user promotions below

Monday, March 20, 2017

ON VIEW: ART: Exhibit featuring the Hill Rag's Art and the City "REvisit" artists throughout three floors of the Hill Center near Eastern Market from THURS, March 2 - SUN, April 30, Free

New exhibition featuring the Hill Rag’s Art and the City “REvisit” artists Opening Reception at the Hill Center - featuring works by local artists Matt Sesow, Dana Ellyn and others!
Free
Exhibit features multiple works from each of the artists in the hallways and rooms of the Hill Center, on three floors!
On view from Thursday, March 2 - Sunday, April 30
This show is generously sponsored by the Hill Rag.
Works are for sale and 30% will go to support the Hill Center.

The Hill Rag’s Art and the City
A column by Jim Magner

"For the 14th year of my column, Art and the City, I elected to look back at some of the artists I had profiled in years past. I was looking for contrasts—for the creative journeys that bring new directions and new perceptions. What I found was dedication – a fervid reaching for excellence and evolving insights that let them soar higher, while ever-testing and questioning the meaning of it all. For all of these artists, the intervening years have been full of art – full of seeing, searching, and living visually. By being creative, they have given true value to time. This is a terrific show in the variety of subjects and styles.
  • The quality of work is exceptional and intellectually exciting, from: 
  • The ever-exploring idea art of Alan Braley,
  • The mystical watercolor landscapes of Tom Bucci,
  • The abstracted visual rhythms of Tati Kaupp,
  • The internal questioning force of Matt Sesow,
  • The passage through time and dancing colors of Jan Kern,
  • The exquisite oil landscapes of Andrei Kushnir,
  • The powerful abstract images of Anne Marchand,
  • The wonderfully whimsical drawings and pastels of Ellen Cornett,
  • The roaring social statements of Dana Ellyn,
  • The portraits and passions of Patrick Campbell,
  • The vision and award-winning landscapes of Barbara Nuss,
  • To the reaching and lifting river photography of Bruce McNeil.
About Jim Magner: I’ve been writing the Hill Rag column, Art and the City, since March 2002—14 years. I am an artist and writer. My book, A Haunting Beauty: Vietnam Through the Eyes of an Artist, has received awards and great reviews. I have had a presence on Capitol Hill for 40 years in one capacity or another and have a fair number of paintings in personal collections scattered about the area. I have also been a legislative assistant to a US senator and a teacher of kids with emotional disabilities. The former prepared me for the latter."

Hill Center
at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Metro: Eastern Market, just a block or so from the metro along Pennsylvania Ave 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

UPCOMING: COMEDY: "Attack of the Comics" Comedy Open Mic hosted by Haywood Turnipseed returns to Solly's on U St on TUES, April 4 - and every 1st & 3rd TUES of the month - at 8:30pm, doors 8:00pm, Free, 21+

Attack of the Comics at Solly's on U St
every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month
8:30pm, doors 8:00pm
Free, 21+

Next Show - Tuesday, April 4

Free Comedy Open Mic hosted by Haywood Turnipseed Jr. and Mike "Ol Mike B" Brown at Solly's on U St on the first and third Tuesday of the month. If you want to sign up in advance for the open mic you can e-mail AttackOfTheComics at gmail.com.

1942 11th St NW
at the corner of 11th & U St NW
Metro: U St 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

OF NOTE: WIFI: Here's a list of Where to get Free Wi-Fi! Go online at Coffeeshops, Cafes, Museums, Libraries, Parks, Bars and Restaurants, Places to get Free Wireless Internet in DC, MD and VA


Updated December 29, 2015. Here is a list of coffee shops and other spots with free wireless internet in DC, and parts of VA and MD. I am sure there are more I haven't listed yet... Please add any additional locations in DC or next to a metro in MD or VA along with the address, area, and link if you have it in the comment section and I will add it to the list! If you know of any changes, please let me know of those as well. You can comment tweet me @FreeinDCBlog or message me on Free in DC's facebook page or send an email to freeindcblog@gmail.com if you have any updates to this list (new places or places listed here that may be closed, etc...) Thanks!

My personal favorite independent coffee shops to work from, listed alphabetically: Blind Dog Cafe, Bourbon, Chinatown Coffee, Coffy Cafe, Filter, Flying Fish, Pleasant Pops, Tryst, Tynan and Vigalante. All are self serve except for Tryst which has waiter service. 

INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOPS & CAFES (without waiter service)
For ease of use, this list is organized alphabetically by neighborhood, and rest is alphabetical too. 

ADAMS MORGAN

The Potter's House
Now Renovated! "Cafe, Bookstore, and Community Space - Rooted in Adams Morgan Since 1960"
1658 Columbia Rd NW
between 16th & 17th St NW 
beautiful space, light food available, variety of coffee drinks  
Monday - Friday | 7am - 9pm Saturday | 8am - 10pm Sunday | 8am-6pm

Pleasant Pops
delicious veggie sandwiches, soups, salads, a great section of local foods and really good espresso drinks from Ceremony Coffee
1781 Florida Ave NW
near the intersection of 18th & Florida Ave, by Mint Gym
at the bottom of Adams Morgan, north of Dupont

Sugar Daddy's
2006 18th St NW
bakery near Florida Ave 
at the bottom of Adams Morgan, north of Dupont

BLOOMINGDALE
Big Bear Cafe
Note - they have a cute outdoor area 
really delicious coffee drinks, cute spot
1st & R St NW
nearest metro is NoMa, closest by bus

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

CHINATOWN
Chinatown Coffee Company
standard benches and chairs, delicious espresso
if you're looking for cushy sofas, not your spot
now serving beer, wine and absinthe!
475 H St NW

Compass Coffee 
650 F Street NW
New location opened in May 2016

Bakers & Baristas
501 Seventh St NW
click link to read more about the venue

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS & MT PLEASANT
Coffy Cafe
At Park Rd, across from the Tivoli large community space, retro vibe.
Large space with a small upper level, yummy coffee and espresso from Ceremony coffee, and crepes
3310 14th St NW


Flying Fish Coffee
smaller venue, community table and some smaller tables
Counter Culture espresso, hand poured coffee
3604 Mt Pleasant St, NW

Tynan Coffee and Tea 
You get a 2 hour free wifi ticket with purchase
open 'til 8:00pm daily, next to metro and Five Guys
1400 Irving St NW

Sticky Fingers Bakery
*vegan food only* good for gluten free too
Note: they do not offer cream for your coffee
pink glittery furniture with old school diner vibe
Note: I heard that they turn off their wifi on Saturdays
so check first if you go on a weekend
1370 Park Rd, NW

DUPONT CIRCLE
Dolcezza
gelato and coffee bar, ritual coffee
some seating and community table
1704 Connecticut Ave, NW -near R St
Note: locations also in Bethesda and Georgetown 
but not sure if they have wireless there

Filter 
note - they also have a small outdoor area
nice place, good coffee, but super small
inside can be hard to find seating sometimes
1726 20th NW (between R & S)

note - they also have an outdoor area 
one of DC's very first coffeeshops!
(didn't see website, reviews online) please
call for info 202- 463-7646
2150 P St NW

EASTERN MARKET
Peregrine Espresso
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Note: They have a small shop also on 14th St, near U, that does not offer wireless internet

Port City Java
701 North Carolina Ave. SE


FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END
Bourbon Coffee 
"crop to cup" beans from Rwanda!
Super comfy, nice decor! Great story/mission.
try the ice kaffe in summer - ice cream + espresso!
2101 L St NW

GEORGETOWN
Baked and Wired
Cupcakes and coffee, the only indie coffee shop in the area.
Just past canal from M St between 30th & 31st St, K & M St
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW

H ST CORRIDOR, NE
417 H St NE

LOGAN CIRCLE
Dolcezza - New location with late night hours!
at the corner of
14th & P St NW
Monday - Thursday: 7am-11pm Friday 7am-12am
Saturday 8am-12am Sunday 8am - 11pm
They also have a location in Dupont Circle
Metro: best reached by the Circulator bus, Woodley-McPherson route that also goes up 14th St and by the Columbia Heights Metro, right to 14th & RI Ave or P St, you can also take any bus along 14th St.

PETWORTH
Qualia Coffee
"fresh off the roast" coffee beans roasted on site
note - they also have a small outdoor area in the back!
3917 Georgia Ave NW
just a few blocks north of the Georgia Ave - Petworth metro

SHAW
Kafe Bohem
Viennese-style coffeehouse, open until 5pm daily, attached to Bistro Bohem
600 Florida Ave NW

Compass Coffee 
One of the newest places in DC, beans roast in house!
Interesting story behind this place too, learn more here
Daily form 7:00am - 8:00pm
1535 7th St NW - near Q St 
Note: They have two additional locations now! One in Chinatown and another in Shaw

Compass Coffee at The Shay
located inside The Shay building
1921 8th St NW

U ST 
The Wydown 
Now on 14th St right next to the Trader Joe's
Mon - Fri 6am-10pm Sat & Sun 8am-10pm
1924 14th St NW

The Coffee Bar - TCB
1201 S St NW
they also have a large area for outside seating

UNION STATION
Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St NE

OTHER PLACES (without waiter service)
Steam Cafe & Lounge
note - they also have an outdoor area
1700 17th St NW around R St
Dupont Circle/ 17th St

Bruegger's Bagel Bakery
2101 L St NW
(next door to Bourbon Coffee)
See their 
website for hours and more info.

Foggy Bottom/ K St Area

INDEPENDENT CAFES & RESTAURANTS (with coffee, food, and waiter service) 
Busboys & Poets - two locations in DC
(waiter service only)
1025 5th St NW  - 5th & K 
Chinatown/ Mt Vernon Sq
2021 14th St NW - 14 & V 
U St Area

Open City
large outdoor seating area and semi-outdoor space
Sister restaurant to Tryst, good coffee drinks
2331 Calvert St NW, close to Connecticut
Woodley Park

The Coupe
upscale diner, coffee shop and bar  open late
owned by the same folks that own Tryst, Open City and The Diner
Sun - Thurs 6:00am - 12:00am
Fri - Sat 6:00am - 1:00am
3415 11th St NW
Columbia Heights

(waiter service only)
Note: Wi-Fi turned off on weekends
great espresso drinks, good food
2459 28th St NW
Adams Morgan

OUTDOOR PARKS with Free WiFi!
Farragut Square
17th St & I St
Yes, there is Free Wifi in the Park!
Select Golden Triangle Wireless
it will direct you to 
Golden Triangle BID site

which is also a great resource for local spots
Farragut West or North

free wireless in courtyards and park areas, see map
Crystal City

CHAIN STORES & CAFES in DC
Au Bon Pain
Free wifi, locations all over the city
Metro Center, L St, Chinatown, etc...

Peet's Coffee
13th & G  - 601 13th St
Metro Center
15th & M - 1156 15th St
McPherson Sq
17th & L - 1101 17th St NW
Farragut North 
1800 M St NW
Farragut North

Corner Bakery
locations throughout the city!

Pret A Manger
11th and F 1155 F St NW
Metro Center
14th and H 1399 New York Ave NW
McPherson Sq
15th and K 1432 K St NW
McPherson Sq
17th and K  1701 K St NW
Note: No WiFi at this one
Farragut North
18th and I  1825 Eye St NW
Farragut West
19th and L 1828 L St NW
Farragut North
Union Station 50 Mass Ave NW
Union Station

Saxby's Coffee
Hours vary at each location 
Georgetown, near University
3500 O St NW
Downtown, near K St

1000 Vermont Ave NW
Dupont Circle, South exit
1309 19th St NW

CHAINS in DC with locations also in MD & VA
Barnes and Noble
All Barnes and Noble's now offers free wifi!
Locations in MD and VA, all DC stores have closed unfortunately. Clarendon, Bethesda, Springfield and Rockville are close to metro I believe. Tysons Corner, Seven Corners and Potomac, car required.

Cosi
locations throughout the city and in MD and VA!
Dupont, Downtown, Capitol Hill, and Ballston in VA

Harris Teeter - Citadelnow has a fancy coffee machine and wifi in their cafe
1631 Kalorama Rd - between 16h & 17th St
Adams Morgan/ 16th St

IHOP - Open 24 hours!
**This is the only free wireless spot I know of open 24 hours**
Irving &14th St, NW
Columbia Heights (not sure if the one in Ballston has internet)
New: Apparently, most all of the McDonalds in the area now have offer free wireless internet! To see which ones in the area have wi-fi and to learn more, please click here. You'll want to type in your zipcode and look for the ones with a green box on the far right.

1350 Connecticut Avenue
Dupont Circle 
Irving at 14th St, NW
Columbia Heights
Wisconsin Ave, above the metro
Tenleytown
H St NW between 6th and 7th
Chinatown
Panera also has locations by metro in MD & VA:
just north on Colesville at Georgia
Silver Spring, MD
in the Ballston Commons Mall
Ballston, VA

many Safeway stores now have free wireless in their cafes so you should call first
some are run by Starbucks. I know for sure that these two have:
1100 4th St, SW
Waterfront Metro
5th & K St, NW
Gallery Place, Mt Vernon Sq, Circulator bus

lots of locations all over the city

BARS & RESTAURANTS IN DC
pizza and sandwich place, casual
multiple locations, see list online
Tenley has wifi, not sure if the others do, please call
4529 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Tenleytown

Breadsoda *Late Night Spot*
beer, billiards, sandwiches, open late!
2233 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Glover Park (bus access from Tenleytown metro)

Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St NW
Dupont Circle

Commisary
1443 P St NW
Logan Circle
821 Upsher St, NW
Georgia Ave - Petworth

Red Derby
3718 14th St NW (at Quincy)

Georgia Ave/Petworth

Z Burger
4321 Wisconsin Ave, NW

Tenlyetown


MUSEUMS
Smithsonian American Art Museum & NPG
Kogod Courtyard + The Luce Foundation Center - 3rd Floor
Open 11:00am - 7:00pm
Two great spots to work from, Luce has a community table and places to plug in
8th & F St NW

Chinatown
Open 8:30am - 5:30pm
they have free wireless in cafe area
coffee and food is pricey if you are hungry
you may want to pack snacks or food
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
Smithsonian

DC PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Great quiet places to work throughout DC!
View the list of Library locations! 
MLK Library at 9th & G St, NW is open latest
Chinatown
I know that these are right near metro:
Tenleytown (new library! right by metro)
Shaw (new library! right by metro)
Cleveland Park (about a block or so from metro)

NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St
Virginia Sq or Ballston 

Artisphere *Late Night Spot*
open late! free wi-fi art space
Wed - Fri: 4:00pm - 11:00pm*
Sat: Noon - 11:00pm
Sun: Noon - 5:00pm
Mon - Tues: Closed
Open later pending programmed events
Rosslyn

Busboys and Poets
Shirlington, VA (not near metro, take bus or car)
Buzz 
really great coffee shop with cupcakes and other baked goods
I was thrilled to discover this one in Arlington! Try their 9:30 cupcake, it is so good!
818 N. Quincy - entrance is on Wilson Blvd, near sweetgreen 
Ballston (walk to Wilson, turn left and go a few blocks)
Note: They also have a second location in Alexandria, VA but I haven't been there so not sure if it's accessible by metro or if they have wireless there

1000 N. Randolph St
Ballston

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

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

in the Ballston Commons Mall
Ballston

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

Monday, December 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

Museums and other places "Off The Mall" 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

314 Carroll Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life

907 Barry Pl NW
Artist: Albus Cavus

1320B Good Hope Road, SE

Artist: Helping Inner City Kids Succeed (HICKS)

615 Division Ave, NE
Artist: Ward 7 Arts Collaborative

See Metro for best bus or metro access



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)