Wednesday, October 31, 2007

PAST: Thru Nov 25: Free Bike Tours of the National Mall led by National Park Service, Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00-4:00

Can you believe that I just recently discovered a great free treasure in DC!

You can join National Park Service Rangers every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm for FREE guided bike tours of the Nation’s Capital. Topics vary so check the website for complete details. You must bring your own bike and helmet to take part in the tour. I had a blast on the one I went on. The rangers offer a hands on interactive history of the places you visit and lots of knowledge as well.


http://www.nps.gov/mall/planyourvisit/national-mall-bike-tour-page.htm

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

PAST: Free Dance Party this Friday Night, Oct 26th! Check out "Wasteland" featuring the music of Joy Divison and passes to a new film!

So, I'm not normally one to promote club events but this one happens to be: 1) totally free on a Friday night and 2) hosted and DJ'ed by two friends I've known since college. And for those of you looking for new things to do, this is held at a new space that I have yet to check out at 1103 Bladensburg Rd, NE.

This time, the set will be focused on the music of Joy Division, in celebration of the new film, "CONTROL," directed by Anton Corbijn about the life of Ian Curtis. Doors open at 10:00 and there is no cover all night long. In addition to the free event, there will also be a bunch of FREE passes handed out to see the new film. Preference definitely goes to anyone wearing Joy Division clothing or in Goth Attire. Passes to the film are good for 2 to any Landmark theater, Monday through Thursday.

If you love 80's music and The Cure, be sure to save the date for the next Lovecats party on Friday Dec 14th, also hosted by DJ Medusa and DJ Strange. More info at: http://www.medusapromotions.com

PAST: Mon, Nov 5th at 7:30, Local Poet Sarah Browning reads from her new book, Whiskey in the Garden of Eden, at Cafe Muse in Chevy Chase, MD

Join local poet, Sarah Browning, on Mon, Nov 5th as she reads from her new book, Whiskey in the Garden of Eden, at Cafe Muse in Chevy Chase. Cafe Muse is located at the Friendship Heights Village Center at 4433 South Park Avenue in Chevy Chase, MD. The event also features Richard McCann and begins at 7:30. For more info, email Womenarts2@aol.com or call. 301-656-2797. More at: www.wordworksdc.com/cafe_muse.html

Whiskey in the Garden made Grace Cavalieri's list of Best Reading for fall 2007. See the list at: www.themontserratreview.com/BestofFall2007.html. The book is available for purchase at both branches of Busboys and Poets and online at www.wordworksdc.com.

PAST: Art Opening! Check out Smith Farm Center for Healing & the Arts for the latest show on Fri, Nov 2nd, 5:30 - 8:00 at 1632 U St

Smith Farm Center is not only an inspirational Healing Resource Center for adults living with cancer, it is also a great art gallery that seems to have slipped past the radar of many Washingtonians. This is most likely due to the gallery hours, which coincide with the most regular work hour 9-5, Mon-Fri. Stop by after work on Friday, Nov 2 between 5:30 and 8:00 to finally get the chance to see what Smith Farm is all about and to check out their new exhibit featuring the work of three women artists: Robyn Einhorn, Jennifer Beinhacker and Patricia Hartnett. Two of the artists happen to work with mixed media. The Opening/ Artists' Dialogue will be held at 1632 U St, NW, two blocks from the bottom of Adams Morgan at 18th and Florida (which becomes U) and 3 blocks from the U St Metro. The opening, of course, is free of charge, though the center is always happy to accept donations I imagine. You can read more about this event and the work that Smith Farm Center does at www.smithfarm.com. Regular Gallery hours M-F, 9-5, or by appointment. "Curious Stories" runs Nov 2 - Dec 28.

Monday, October 22, 2007

PAST: OCT 27th:Finding a Happy and Meaningful Life: Living as a Kadampa

As Kadampa Buddhists, we are encouraged to take all Buddha's teachings as personal advice and to put these teachings into practice in our daily lives so that we can solve our problems and experience real freedom and peace. This advice is medicine for our suffering and the source of all happiness for ourselves and others.

This special day course will be taught by Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, the U.S. National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition. We are very happy and most fortunate to welcome Gen-la Dekyong to Washington, DC for the first time in over 5 years. She is an inspiring Teacher whose profound commitment to helping others is a powerful example for modern practitioners.

http://www.meditation-dc.org/event_genla.shtml

Sunday, October 21, 2007

PAST: "Rumi at 800: A Sufi Celebration" next Sat! Events all day long at the Freer Gallery, Saturday, Oct 27th from 11:00 - 9:00, Free

RUMI AT 800: A SUFI CELEBRATION
An all day celebration! See website for complete programs details.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 11:00am - 9:00pm
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Smithsonian Institution
1050 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560
www.asia.si.edu


The Freer presents "Rumi at 800: A Sufi Celebration," a celebration of the birth of poet and mystic Mevlana Jalal-ad-Din Rumi born in 1207. Rumi inspired the founding of the Whirling Dervishes and remains one of the world's best-selling authors in any language. The event concludes with a reading of Rumi and other poems by Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye. The event is made possible with support from Koç Holding.

Note that all events are Free but *tickets are required for performances. Two tickets per person are distributed at the Meyer Auditorium one hour before the event on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure seating, you can reserve up to 4 tickets in advance through Ticketmaster, though you will need to pay them a service fee to do so.

"Rumi at 800: A Sufi Celebration" October 27, 2007 11:00am-9:00pm, Freer Gallery

Here is the schedule. Complete details are available online at www.asia.si.edu

A Gallery Tour with Poet Naomi Shihab Nye
11:15 a.m., Meet at Freer info desk

Rumi's Mystical Journey: Poetry in Song *
12 p.m., Meyer Auditorium

Poetry Reading: Young Voices/New Poems
1:30-3:30 p.m., Freer

Concert: Persian National Music Ensemble*
3:30 p.m., Meyer Auditorium

ImaginAsia: Reciting Rumi in the Galleries
3:30-5 p.m., Freer Courtyard
(Rain location: Freer galleries 3 and 4)

Poetry Reading * Naomi Shihab Nye
7:30 p.m., Meyer Auditorium

Friday, October 19, 2007

PAST: "Tai Chi Competition" this Sunday, October 21st in Chinatown. Begins at 1:00, Free

Wong People Tai Chi Competition, this Sunday, October 21 at 1:00pm, Free at The Chinatown Community Cultural Center, 616 H St, NW Suite 201, Metro to Gallery Place - Chinatown.Join the Chinatown Community Cultural Center to view the many styles and schools of Tai Chi. For questions, email: info@ccccdc.org

PAST: Great Free Concerts at the Kenndey Center Millenium Stage, this Fri, Sat and Sun!

Shows start at 6:00 but arrive earlier for seating. See links below for details:

Friday: http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/calendar2532/calendar_show.htm?doc_id=548929

Saturday: http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/calendar2532/calendar_show.htm?doc_id=548927

Sunday: http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/calendar2532/calendar_show.htm?doc_id=548930

PAST: Another Cool Bike Tour: "Famous Names, Extraordinary Stories" This Sunday, Oct 21, from 1:00- 4:00, Free

Bike Tour "Famous Names, Extraordinary Stories" this Sunday, October 21, from 1:00 - 4:00, Free, no reservations needed. Meet at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Plaza at the base of the memorial steps. All riders must have their own bikes, helmets, and water.

Get to know the people behind the city! Grab your bike and join National Park Service Rangers to see and hear how the influential personalities of Washington, DC have affected the city, the landscape, the architecture, and the culture of the nation’s capital over time.

Presidents, First Ladies, Governors and Mayors, authors, poets, famous and infamous characters alike have helped shape the history of DC. These people have helped influence, not only the city, but the entire nation. These are their stories.

Questions? Phone: 202-438-4391 or Email: jason_martz@nps.gov

PAST: This "Off the Beaten Path" Bike Tour through DC sounds like a must-do-event! This Saturday, Oct 20, 1:00-4:00, Free

Free Bike Tour "Off the Beaten Path: Discover Lonely and Overlooked Landmarks" This Saturday, October 20, from 1:00 - 4:00 Meet at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Plaza, at the base of the memorial steps. Tour is sponsored by the National Park Service. Note that all riders must have their own bikes, helmets, and water.

You may have seen them on a map, driven past them hundreds of times, or even walked up to one of them out of curiosity. What are they, who do they memorialize, and, more importantly, why are they here?

In a city full of colossal and iconic memorials to great men and even greater deeds, these statues, urns, and symbolic gestures of friendship and remembrance can be found all over DC, yet, their stories have gone largely untold, until now. Grab your bike and join National Park Service Rangers to find out the stories of these lonely landmarks. Questions? Event contact: 202-438-4391 Email: jason_martz@nps.gov

ONGOING & UPCOMING: WEEKLY: SUN MORNING events at the National Cathedral

Each Sunday, Dean Lloyd and his guest wrestle pressing topics such as environmental stewardship, the role of faith in politics, religious pluralism, personal ethics, global justice, and faith in a changing culture. The conversations include questions taken from local and national audiences. People may submit questions online at www.nationalcathedral.org/forum.

PAST: Book Signing and Reading with Amy Cohen, The Late Blooomer's Revolution, this Thurs, Oct 25th at 6th & Eye Synagogue, 7:00

Note that this is not a free event. Tickets are $6 OR you can get 2 FREE tickets in advance with the purchase of a book from Politics & Prose Bookstore.

Meet Author Amy Cohen, The Late Bloomer's Revolution, at 6th and Eye Historic Synagogue this Thursday, October 25th at 7:00

Come for a reading and book signing with Amy Cohen, author of The Late Bloomer's Revolution, and hear her insights on coming into bloom: long after you ever thought you would. Cohen imagined that by age 30 she would be juggling a career, a husband, and two adorable kids. But at thirty-five, as she struggled to come to terms with the loss of her mother, she found herself fired from her job, dumped by her boyfriend, and between apartments. The only thing that made her feel better was the idea that she might be a Late bloomer. Celebrity, Sarah Jessica Parker recently acquired the film rights for this book, which is for those who believe their best moments are yet to come.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

PAST: Guerilla Film Fest Oct 19, this Friday Night! Reception, Free, Film Shorts Screening, $10

It's the 8th Guerilla Film Festival TOMORROW NIGHT, Friday Oct 19th!

6:00PM - 12 midnite in Chinatown at the GOETHE INSTITUT, 812 7th St, NW (7th & I St)

RECEPTION: 6pm to midnight (no cover) Music by Matt Spangler

SCREENINGS: All shorts (listed on the link below) screen at 7:00PM and again at 8:30PM and 10:00PM. Admission for the film screening is $10 @ the door to theater

For film descriptions and to RSVP click here:

http://www.dcfi.lminstitute.org/INVITE/main.php?uid=zqoq2f79e9fdss73tvkj


Take the Red, Yellow or Green line Metro to Gallery Place/Chinatown (7th and H Street Exit). The Goethe Institut is located about one block from the Chinatown gate.

PAST: Natural Living Expo, this Sunday, Oct 21, from 10-7, Hosted by Pathways Magazine

So, this is one of those rare postings that actually cost money to attend but it's an annual event that I really look forward to that includes so much "Bang for your Buck" that I find it worthy of posting! Be sure to print the e-coupon for $5 off.

The NATURAL LIVING EXPO is an all day event that will be held at the University of Maryland College Inn & Conference Center this SUNDAY, October 21, from 10:00am-7:00pm. The regular admission is $15 but if you print out the E-Coupon (see link at the bottom) admission is just $10 for the day (which is our max on this blog). See a complete schedule and more details at www.naturallivingexpo.com

This location, unfortunately, is not metro accessible though you could take a cab from U MD Metro I imagine. The Conference Center is located at the corner of University & Adelphi at 3501 University Blvd East, Adlephi MD, north of DC.

If you are familiar with Pathways Magazine, you can get a sense of the kind of event this is, basically a Holistic, Alternative Health Expo. Lots of Workshops and Exhibits all included in admission, though if you want to buy anything you will want to bring some money along. I have attended pretty much every single year and I always have a great time even when I don't have cash to spend. The workshops or usually really interesting and worth the cost of admission.

Don't forget to CLICK here to print the COUPON:

http://web.mac.com/pathways.magazine/iWeb/Pathways%20Magazine/Expo%20Home_files/expocoupon2-up.pdf

GREAT LINK! Cultural Toursim DC is a great link for all kinds of events!!!

Cultural Tourism DC has a great website and there is LOTS of stuff posted here! Not sorted by Free but you can scroll through! It is worth checking out!

http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/calendar2532/calendar.htm

OF NOTE: ONGOING DAILY: Open 'til 7:00pm! How great is that! Smithsonian American Art Museum and Potrait Gallery, 7th & G St, Chinatown

Note to all, if you haven't been here, this museum is just beautiful! The art of the building itself amazes me each time. The museum was closed for 7 years as the building was being renovated and it just reopened last year! I suggest that you start at the top floor and work your way down. Both the American Portrait and American Art museum are located in this unique building. I find it a nice place to just wander through and to relax in, modern sofas on the third floor and a relaxing outdoor cafe facing E St is open when the weather is nice.

This MUSEUM IS OPEN UNTIL 7:00 every day! It is also in the heart of the Chinatown (which now has shopping, a movie theater, bars, restaurants, hotels, the verizon center, and my gym even) and is easily accessible as it is directly above the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro. More details below.

General Information

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Hours: 11:30 am - 7 pm daily, closed December 25
Admission: Free
Address: 8th and F Streets, NW
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red, Yellow, and Green lines)
Phone: 202-275-1500
Email: info@saam.si.edu
Web: www.saam.si.edu

Check out the new courtyard! http://americanart.si.edu/reynolds_center/index.cfm

PAST: Poet Laureate Charles Simic Reads, 10/18, at Library of Congress, 6:45 - 8:00, Free!

Poetry Reading: Poet Laureate Charles Simic
Thursday, October 18, 2007
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Library of Congress

Poet Laureate Charles Simic opens the Library's fall literary season in a program sponsored by the Poetry and Literature Center.

Event Information

Location: Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE
Admission: Free
Reservations: Not required

http://www.loc.gov/index.html for more details and more events!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

ONGOING & UPCOMING: DAILY: 6:00 - 7:00, Free Concerts Everyday at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage

Free concerts at the Kennedy Center EVERYDAY from 6:00-7:00pm. Various styles and Performances. Click link below for complete schedule.

www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/schedule.html

Best ways to get to the Kennedy Center:

By Bus: Take the 80 bus that runs through downtown along K St. directly there!

By Metro:Take the blue or orange line to Foggy Bottom and then take the free Kennedy Center Shuttle Bus that runs every 10-15 minutes each eve before shows. About a five minute bus ride.

Driving: Parking is available but it is not cheap! I'd recommend using public transit or parking a bit further down on the street, just be sure to read the signs and check the meter.

PAST: "The Dalai Lama is in the House!" Come in person or watch online. See schedule here:

http://www.dalailamadc.org/cfi/event/2c.htm

ONGOING & UPCOMING: SUNDAY and WED eve.... 'OM' my goodness! Learn to Meditate. IMCW offers classes throughout DC, MD and VA.

The Insight Meditation Community of Washington hosts meditation classes throughout the Metro Area. The most popular is probably the one at the River Road Unitarian Church is Bethesda that is led by Tara Broch. Other locations tend to have smaller groups. For a complete list of all locations see: http://www.imcw.org/getall.php?cid=16&scid=123

For those of you who live in DC or don't own a car, I'd recommend the Sunday evening practice led by Hugh, Klia, Vicki and Ken. It's at All Souls Unitarian Church, second floor. To get there, you can take the S2 or S4 bus line that runs along 16th to Harvard St or take the green or yellow line to Columbia Heights Metro and walk three blocks. Evey Sunday eve. QiGong is offered from 5:00-6:00 and Meditation 6:00 - 7:30, come for one or both. Donations are appreciated but not required.

"The Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) is a spiritual community that teaches and practices Vipassana meditation." from www.imcw.org

PAST: FRI NIGHT concerts at the Library of Congress, Free! Other eves as well...

Another great "secret" in this town that I must share with you all, concerts at the Library of Congress on Friday nights. Makes a great eve out or a nice date for students or those without deep pockets. October concerts are posted below.

See http://www.loc.gov/loc/events/#eventlist5 for complete list of all events at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave, SE. Closest Metro, Capitol South.

"The Library of Congress offers these events to the public at its Washington, D.C. location free of charge, excjavascript:void(0)
Publish Postept where otherwise noted. Schedules are subject to change. Check back to this site for the latest information."

Note: Tickets are required for all of these events; they are distributed by Ticketmaster at (301) 808-6900 or (410) 752-1200 and are limited to two per call. Each ticket carries a service charge of $2.75, with additional charges for phone orders and handling. Tickets are also available through www.ticketmaster.com. Although the supply of tickets may be exhausted, there are often empty seats at concert time. Interested patrons are encouraged to try for standby seats at the will-call desk in the Jefferson Building by 6:30 p.m. on concert evenings. Contact: (202) 707-5502

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

PAST: SUN EVE: Free Classical Concerts Every Sunday Night at the National Gallery of Art!

This concert series is so good, it is hard to believe that it is free! One of the very best kept secrets in DC for sure. Fabulous talent that varies each week. Soloists and small ensembles. Mostly classical though some other periods are covered. See schedule for program details: www.nga.gov/programs/music.shtm. Seating is limited so you should arrive early, which is also a great excuse to view the art as well. The next three concerts are posted below.

FREE CONCERTS EVERY SUNDAY AT 6:30, Plan to arrive between 5:30 and 6:00 to get in.

National Gallery of Art, 4th & Constitution Ave, NW. Closest Metro is Navy Archives.

Note, as of June 30th, 2008 Concerts for this season have ended. The 67th Season of Concerts 2008-2009 will begin in October.

PAST: Big Bear Cafe, a new Coffeeshop, hosts Ballades Mechaniques!!

Ballades Mechaniques
Come experience up to 7 short interpretive plays at this dada-penny-arcade-esque installation
@ Big Bear Cafe a fabulous place that serves up the fantastic coffee by Counter Culture

Ballades Mechanique at The Big Bear Cafe
1700 1st St NW - that's 1st & R, near Florida Ave if that helps
extended until OCTOBER 21, 2007.
Café hours: M-F, 7a-9p; Sa, 7:30a-6p; Su 9a-5p.
Donations are graciously accepted.
Made entirely of found and salvaged materials, BALLADES MECHANIQUE (ver 1.0) is a Rube Goldberg-inspired machine that fashions an individual sensory experience of the play for the audience member/user. The user selects a story, thus activating the machine and the experience. The plays are primarily performed with the assistance of digital video, which re-imagines the stories with animations and puppets, creating an aural/visual accompanist to Suzan-Lori Parks' rhythmically distinct and intensely succinct writing. Video is also used to instruct the user on how to discover the stories that require the assistance of the viewer, who manipulates hand cranks, buttons, switches and such to dispense the stories.

banished? concept is hugely playful and borrows liberally from the Dadaist movement in its interpretation of its seven plays. The aim was to create a way of telling stories – an age-old practice and intrinsic human need – using a method that expressed a complex, multi-layered vision of the human being persevering in an irrevocably technological world.

Absolutely free, fun and you can grab a latte at one of the coolest coffee joints in DC when you're there.

Monday, October 15, 2007

ONGOING & UPCOMING: SAT AFTERNOONS: Washington Shakespeare Company. Sat Matinees at 2:00pm are always pay-what -you-can! Caligula playing now!

what is the meaning of this madness? The play Caligula by Albert Camus is going on right now and all Saturday matinees are pay what you can! Woohoo!

Washington Shakespeare Company offers pay-what-you-can matinees every Saturday at 2:00!
Arrive early to ensure seating. Box office opens one hour before the show at 1:00.

http://www.washingtonshakespeare.org/caligula.html

PAST: FRI NIGHT, Jazz Music at Westminster Church, SW DC

Here's a link for the Friday jazz at the church in SW... It's a very cool scene for the fall and winter. the jazz is very good, including some excellent vocalists, and the audience was very attentive. They sell food downstairs. $5 cover.

http://www.westminsterdc.org/jazz.htm

ONGOING & UPCOMING: Woolly Mammoth pay-what-you-can shows!

Like all theaters in town, Woolly Mammoth offers pay what you can tickets the first 2 days of all their performances. It's my fave theater in town. Check out their link to see upcoming shows!

http://www.woollymammoth.net

ONGOING & UPCOMING: Free Performances, Monday Nights at the National Theater

Not enough people know about this and it's just plain awesome... check it out
http://www.nationaltheatre.org/monday/monday.htm

PAST: Events at ART WHINO, a very cool new Art Gallery!

Though the Opening Reception already past, you can still check out the gallery! It is a fantastic space and I highly encourage you to check it out. In Aleaxndria, VA and closest to the Braddock Road Metro, about five blocks, but best reached by car.

Location: Art Whino, 717 N. Saint Asaph St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Gallery Hours at the moment: Sat, Noon-6pm | Sun, Noon-6pm
www.artwhino.com

The largest commercial Fine Arts Gallery in the greater DC region opens October 19, 2007, in Old Town, VA. Located at 717 N. Saint Asaph St. Art Whino opens its doors with two exhibits: A solo show by artist Derrick Wolbaum and the opening of the Art Whino Permanent Gallery featuring the work of its artists’ collaboration from around the world. The event, running from 6-11pm, will include music by DJ Stylo.

Art Whino’s mission is to bring to the DC area a large body of work from innovators worldwide of the current new art movement otherwise labeled Pop-Surrealism, Lowbrow, and Urban Contemporary. By bringing works from around the world to one place it allows the gallery patrons to experience the many movements of art as presented by these innovative artists. Work on display includes the often hard to acquire work of established artists and new work from emerging talents. The displayed work comes from the major metropolitan centers around the world including New York, Los Angeles, New Zealand, Denmark, Paris, London, Canada, and Rio.

Participating Artists Include:
Amose, Angie Mason, Anna Thackray, Brad Strain, Brian Tait, Bruce Anderson, Celia Calle, Chris Bishop, Derrick Wolbaum, Dzaet, Erik Abel, Esho, Garry Booth, Hong Kong, J. Coleman, JimBot, JoKa, Justin Lovato, Keith Rosson, Kelly Towles, Ken Garduno, Lelo, Luz Del Mar Rosado, Margaret Dowell, Mary Spring, Marko Davidovic, Mephisto Jones, Morten Andersen, Olivier Defaye, Kelly Vivanco, Peter Harper, Pixielife, Rick Reese, Robert Pokorny, Scotch, Scott G. Brooks, Scott Musgrove, Stephane Tartelin, Steven Thomas, The Love Movement, Sebastian Andia, Tamira Imondi

Saturday, October 13, 2007

PAST: This WED, Nov 5th, "Living from Passion and Purpose" Workshop, 7:00-9:00pm, Free

If you haven't already registered for this free workshop, please email Natalie ASAP. It was posted on the blog a while ago so I just wanted to Repost it. The event will be held this Wed, Nov 7th from 7:00-9:00pm at All Souls Unitarian Church, located at 16th and Harvard St, NW. The description is below.

"Living from Passion and Purpose: Are you craving a life full of passion, joy and meaning? This energizing and highly interactive workshop will help you uncover your passions and life purpose and bring more heart and soul into your life. You will leave inspired, motivated and clear as to the steps you need to take to turn your dreams into reality. Natalie Matushenko, founder of the Passion and Purpose Institute, is a multi-cultural leadership and empowerment coach with over 15 years of experience in the field of human potential and transformation."

To read more, visit www.passionandpurposeinstitute.com
To register, email natalie@passionandpurposeinstitute.com

PAST: Native "Prayer Vigil for the Earth" Sat-Sun, Oct 20 - 21, at the Washington Monument

"Prayer Vigil for the Earth" at the Washington Monument, Sat-Sun, October 20-21, at corner of 17th and Constitution.

"A Circle of Compassion for All Beings: Coming together for All Our Relations with One heart, One voice, One mind, One prayer" In honor of the Dalai Lama's visit to DC.

Quote from Arvol Lookinghorse, of the Lakota Nation: "We live in a time that has moved far from peace and compassion. All over the world, peoples, animals and ecosystems are suffering and dying. We are asked, as brothers and sisters of many traditions, to come together with one heart, one mind, one voice, and bring forth from our rich traditions the song of compassionate healing. In this circle, the participants of different faiths and traditions will be asked to give a short prayer, song, or chant for all beings, all our relations. Together we will put the imprint of those prayers by the Washington Monument so that the highest ideals of the country and of its amazing abundance may be used for all our relations and for all the generations to come."

For more info: oneprayer4@aol.com http://www.oneprayer.org

Friday, October 12, 2007

ONGOING & UPCOMING: Open Mic and Poetry Readings at "Busboys and Poets" every TUES night at 9, and the third Sunday from 4-6

If you haven't been to Busboys before, this is a "must see" in DC on my list! It's a unique space that is a lounge, wi-fi spot, restaurant, bar, performance space and bookstore rolled into one! Thanks to Andy Shallal, who has created this amazing place with a great vibe. Artists, intellects and progressive minded folks definitely welcome here. Complete schedule of events and more info at www.busboysandpoets.com. Note that a new Busboys recently opened in Shirlington, VA!

Busboys hosts a weekly poetry event every Tuesday night that usually packs the room. $3 cover. Arrive 7:30-8:00 for seating or to get on the open mic list. Event starts at 9:00 and goes 'til 10:30 or so usually.You can check out "Sunday Kind of Love," a free poetry reading and open mic from 4:00 - 6:00 at Busboys & Poets. Open mic following the features. Busboys is close to the U ST metro (green or yellow line) at the corner of 14th and V.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

PAST: March Fourth Marching Band

well ofcourse you already know this is free right? http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/

But I just had to point it out again because tomorrow something really special is happening there! it includes fireeaters, acrobatics, and stilt walkers. woo hoo!

March Fourth Marching Band

Oct 6 - Nov30, various eves : i heart asian cinema

and there are so many great films playing at the Freer right now. Check 'em out....

Freer Films

PAST: this wednesday... come see the dalai lama

need i say more?
he will be on the mall weds oct 17th and it is FREE

For those of you who like more details... I've added more info:

The Dalai Lama will be giving a FREE public address after receiving his Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday October 17th at 2:30. The event is from 11:00am to 3:00pm on the West Lawn of Capitol. The Dalai Lama will be receiving the Congressional Gold Medal from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congressional leadership and, the sitting U.S. President (which I have to say seems to be kind of strange since the Dalai Lama is a non-violent, compassionate symbol of peace and Mr. Bush is... well, let's leave it at that.) This is sure to be an interesting event!

The ceremony, which is taking place in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, will be simulcast on a Jumbotron onto the West Lawn of the Capitol beginning at 1:00pm. Event begins at 11:00am with monks coming from around the world, Tibetan dancing and other festivities! At 2:20, Richard Gere will make a few remarks, and at 2:30, Speaker Pelosi will escort the Dalai Lama from Capitol to the West Lawn, where he will give an address. Tibetan dance, opera and song troupes from all over America, will be performing. This may be reason enough for some of you to skip out of work early (or take a rather long lunch break). A once in a lifetime event if you ask me and I will certainly be there.

http://www.dalailamadc.org/WestLawn

PAST: Free Community Yoga Classes every 1st Sunday of the month 11:30am - 1:00pm at Shakti Mindbody

FREE Community Class
1st Sunday of every month
11:30am - 1:00pm

Now you can no longer blame outrageous prices for your lack of yoga attendance. Studios all over town are offering free and discounted community yoga.

SHAKTI MINDBODY http://www.shaktimindbodystudio.com

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