Friday, November 30, 2007
PAST: This could be interesting! Art Opening along with Crystal Bowl & Vocal Perfromance, SAT DEC 8th, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Please use the COMMENT feature to send me info so I can add it to the list. I am looking to compile a good list of coffee shops, bars, and other spots where you can get online for Free. Please send info about the spot as well as a link if possible. So far, I've got Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights and Chinatown pretty much covered but please let me know if I've left anything out. Thanks! I'll post complete details, but the list so far will include:
Columbia Heights: Mayorga Coffee, Sticky Fingers Bakery and Columbia Heights Coffee, Wonderland Ballroom
Adams Morgan: Tryst, Crumbs and Coffee, Potter's House and Chief Ike's
Chinatown: MLK Library and the new public space at the National American Art Museum
Fri, Nov 30th, 7:30 - 9:00, Reading of 26 Miles, Free at the Signature Theatre in Shirlington.
Staged Reading: This Thursday Nov, 29th and Friday 30th from 7:30 - 9:00pm, Shen Rehearsal Hall, Free. You can check out a free staged reading of the new play, 26 Miles, directed by Michael Baron and commissioned by Quiara Algeria Hudes. The play is about a Cuban-American teenager, Olivia, who has been raised by her father and calls out to her mother for help in a time of crisis. Together they take an unplanned road trip across America to re-establish their relationship. 90 minutes, no intermission. Reservations are not required for this event but please arrive a bit early to ensure seating.
Music and Poetry Open Mic Night at the Potter's House in Adams Morgan, see previous post about event. Starts at 8:00.
NEW EVENT: "Shake your Chakras" party at Flow Yoga on P St next to Whole Foods between 15th and 14th St, NW.
|Dates: Friday 11/30|
|Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM|
Party For A Cause!
Join Flow Yoga Center and Java Green as we come together in celebration of the holiday season, living green in the city, and Flow's expansion!
Festivities include DJ Zachoor, Delicious Java Green Treats and Henna Tattoos, Tarot Card Readings by Mistress Rhiannon, Massage and Reiki.
In the spirit of the season, we are asking you to contribute to help us raise money for two great causes: Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary and Live Green.
Suggested Donation: $20 - please make your donation online or just drop by Shake Your Chakras. Donations are requested, not required!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
PAST: THEATRE, Free Events this MON DEC 3rd, 7:00pm and this THURS DEC 6th, 1:00pm at the Signature Theatre in VA
Talk about The Art of Cabaret, Free
Thurs, Dec 6th, 1:00 - 2:00, Brown Bag Lunch
with singing Diva Jane Pesci-Townsend, Free
More details are listed below or you can click the link.
The Signature Theatre is located in the Shirlington Center near the new library and Busboys and Poets new VA location! I'd encourage you to stop by Busboys for dinner or just to check it out if you head over to Signature for any of these events.
From Page to Stage: Monday, December 3rd from 7:00 - 8:00pm, The Art of Caberet with Eleasha Gamble and Stephen Gregory Smith, Free. This event will be held at the new Shirlington library which is just below Signature Theatre at 4200 Campbell Avenue. Discussion on Cabaret with two regular performers on the Signature Stage. They will discuss the creative process behind their popular cabaret, Ebony & Ivory, and also take questions from the audience.
Brown Bag Thursday: A Diva for All Seasons: Jane Pesci-Townsend, Lunch with Jane from 1:00-2:00 on December 6th in the Mead Lobby, Free. Join Jane for lunch in the lobby on December 6th as she discusses her longtime career as one of DC's theater divas! She'll be performing is December Divas Cabaret this season.
Read more about all of these shows and more on their website: http://www.signature-theatre.org/
PAST: OF NOTE: EXHIBIT Annie Leibovitz and Ansel Adams both showing at the Corcoran! Open ‘til 9:00pm on Thursdays. Admission $14, Students $10
Annie Leibovitz’s exhibit featuring works from 1990-2005 runs through
The Corcoran Gallery of Art is located on
Please consult their website to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member, which may be worth it if you plan to go more than a few times a year. For some people, like my brother, who happens to be a photographer and visits often, a membership may be the best way to go.
PAST: Ice Skating on The Mall at the NGA Sculpture Garden, DC’s best outdoor rink! Open 'til 11:00pm on Weekends! $7
In the summer, it’s a beautiful fountain and in the winter it is DC’s best outdoor ice skating rink! Located inside of the National Gallery of Art’s modern Sculpture Garden, this makes a great family trip or date spot especially. There is also a café on site open 'til 7:00 most nights and 'til 9:00 on Friday and Saturday.
Admission is $7.00. The rink is open Mon-Thurs from , Fri & Sat and Sun . Call 202-737-4215 for more info or click the link below.http://www.nga.gov/ginfo/skating.shtm
ONGOING: MON Night Trivia! Wonderland Ballroom, Neighborhood Bar in Columbia Heights, 7:00–10:00pm, Free
Wonderland is one of those bars that cater to laid back locals and since it’s in the middle of a neighborhood surrounded by houses, it really feels like you aren’t even in the city in some ways. In the summers, their large outdoor patio with picnic tables is filled with folks drinking beers and eating burgers, and I am sure you can still head out there to smoke or hang out if the weather is nice. The Trivia Competition begins at and there are also drink specials and prizes available. I know they also host a karaoke night there, but I’m not sure what night. I found a my space link you can click the link below to read more.
Wonderland is just a few blocks from the Columbia Heights Metro at the corner of 11th and
PAST: ART in Alexandria "Holiday Open House" at The Torpedo Factory this THURS, NOV 29th with Open Studios & Live Music, starts at 6:00, Free
The Torpedo factory is located at
PAST: Free lunch break CONCERT this FRI, 30th at Noon, Violinists Marc Ramirez & Olivia Hajioff at the Arts Club, 2017 I St
PAST: Special Event : VIOLIN CONCERT this WED NOV 28th, Violinist Amy Beth Horman performs at the Mansion at Strathmore, 7:30, Tickets $15
Amy Beth Horman is a talented local violinist who currently the Artist in Residence at the Strathmore Mansion. She also happens to be an acquaintance of mine. I saw her perform years ago at The Church of the Annunciation and we chatted after the show and bonded over the fact that we both share the same first and middle name and love music. We stayed in touch for a while but with her touring schedule, it was hard to stay in touch. She performs this Wednesday eve at one of the most exquisite and intimate spaces in the metro area!
The Mansion at Strathmore is located across from Strathmore in an old mansion that has been converted. The performances are held in what I imagine must have been the dining room, a really beautiful space. If you haven’t been there yet, you should check it out!
Here is the blip from their website about the show: "A talented violinist and Artist in Residence mentor offers a virtuoso performance, including the world premiere of a new work commissioned by Strathmore, a vocalise for violin currently being composed. Amy Beth Horman will be joined by pianist Corey McVicar and together they will be performing an all romantic violin and piano recital that includes the Brahms A Major and the Franck sonata. The entire program features music that highlights the vocal qualities in their repertoire and is called "Vocal Violin".
Note also that the Artist in Residence series also holds their concerts at the The Mansion and features some of the area’s most talented musicians! I’m a big fan of this series and I highly recommend that you check it out on their website to see the latest list of artists selected.
The Strathmore Mansion is in Rockville and accessible by car or metro. Parking for this event is complimentary in the Mansion lot, enter at 10701 Rockville Pike. If you are taking metro, exit at the to Grosvenor station, walk across the lot and into the parking structure to take the elevator up to the bridge that connects to Strathmore. The Mansion is past the main hall on the hill on the left.
ONGOING: POETRY Series in Clarendon, VA on the 2nd SUN of each month at Iota , Open Mic & Featured Artist, 6:00-8:00, Free
You can easily get there by metro, orange line. They are just a few blocks from the Clarendon station. Walk along the park past the elevator and keep going straight but keep to the left side. Iota is a few blocks down just before you get to the Whole Foods.
PAST: ARTIST TALK: This WED NOV 28th at NMAA, Pop-artist James Rosenquist, Free talk at 7:00, “Fine Art is Not a Career"
They are open until 7:00 every night but this Wednesday, they will be hosting a special event with a lecture by pop-artist James Rosenquist at the McEvoy Auditorium. So, come after work to check out the art, grab some dinner, wine or coffee at the new café in the atrium and stick around for the talk, “Fine Art is Not a Career.” Take Metro to Gallery Place Chinatown and the museum is directly above the 9th St exit.
As someone with lots of artist friends, all of whom do modern and abstract art, I’m excited to see this lecture being offered. Curious what he’ll have to say. So, the question now is, what will I do this Wednesday, so many events and just one of me!
For more info about the event: http://americanart.si.edu/collections/clarice_smith/james_rosenquist.cfm
PAST: Discussion this WED NOV 28th on “Peter Jennings: A Reporter’s Life” at the Borders on 18th & L St, 7:00, Free
This Wednesday you will have the opportunity to hear from Peter Jennings widow, Kaycee Freed Jennings along with Same Donaldson, Cokie Roberts and Lynn Sherr. They will be at a panel discussion held at the Border’s at 18th and L St, NW. It starts at 7:00 but I suggest getting there early if you can as the seating is limited in this space. This event is free.
REMINDER: EXHIBIT: Fernando Botero's Paintings on Abu Ghraib on display til 12/30 at American University Katzen Center, Free
PAST: Gallery Talk this SAT at 4:00 for Irving Norman’s “Dark Metropolis” exhibit at AU's Katzen Center, Free
I was impressed to see that the City Paper featured this exhibit as the critic’s pick this week with a fairly lengthy write up and a picture, but somehow they failed to mention the Gallery talk this Saturday. I am glad that they mentioned the show and that I’ve got this blog to let you all know about it!
Also note that the “Fernando Botero: Abu Ghraib” exhibit is on display at the Katzen on the floor above this exhibit and worth looking at as well.
Monday, November 26, 2007
PAST: BOOK TALK this THURS NOV 29th, Dave Isay, "Listening is an Act of Love" at the Borders on 18th & L St, 7:30pm, Free
This Drawing group used to meet in my friend's apartment and recently was able to secure a larger space at the Church of the Pilgrims in Dupont Circle at 2201 P St, just a few blocks from the Dupont Circle metro. Alternating male and female models from the local figure model guild.
Cost is only $5 which is a great! You should bring your own paper and drawing tools.
Note: All NEW FOLKS must CALL or EMAIL in advance to let them know you are coming since walk-in's are not accepted for this class. Please arrive promptly at 7:30.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
NEW SPOT! The Amazing New Atrium at the American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery is Open! Indoor Zen Space & Cafe, open 'til 7:00 every day!
I just went today and you have got to see this spectacular new space with the undulating glass ceiling and the water skrim on the floor, it is just beautiful.... a perfect meeting spot after work or whenever, open year round until 7:00pm inside of the Museum. Protected from the elements now, this former courtyard has been transformed into something glorious that is really exciting if you ask me! As if the space weren't enough of a reason to go, this is a quiet space (on weekdays at least so far) with plenty of tables and seating, and cafe on site where you can grab food and wine 'til 6:30. The biggest surprise though, which I think is still a bit of a secret still since the Post didn't mention it, is the free public wi-fi! I thought I'd try just for fun and there it was! As if I didn't already love the Smithsonians, now I love them even more! This is a glorious space and I'm sure I'll be spending a bunch of free time down there myself!
Conveniently located in the heart of Chinatown between MLK Library and the Verizon Center, above the Gallery Place Metro Station between 7th and 9th, F and G St. To read more about the museum, see the post from November 12th. The Smithsonian American Art Museum ad Portrait Gallery is open 11:30 am - 7 pm daily. Admission, of course, is Free!
PAST: FRI DEC 7th, MUSIC & ART! Smith Farm Gallery is open late again! Performance by Jazz guitarist Dan Leonard, 1632 U St , 5:30 - 8:00pm
If you do stop by, you'll also have a chance to check out Greater Goods, the brand new eco-friendly shop that just opened! They're at 1626 U and open 'til 8:00pm. http://www.greatergoods.com/
PAST: FRI NOV 30th, Open Mic for Poets and Musicians at the Potters House in Adams Morgan, 7:00pm, Free
The Potters House also has a pretty impressive and inspirational bookstore and gift shop and also carries Equal Exchange fair trade coffee, which happens to be one of the best surprises in my book! A really good cup of joe, with a free refill, for just $1.10, and an extra large is just $1.65. They also carry lunch and dinner every weekday with a salad bar, sandwiches, and super affordable food. If you're looking for somewhere to eat for five bucks or less, you can do that here. Each weekday faround 1:00 or so they also serve soup to the homeless.
This old school cafe has wooden tables and chairs and wood paneling, like a step into a time machine to the 70's. I don't go for the decor, when I do go, I'm there for the fabulous fund raisers and open mic nights. The down home vibe is rather cozy in this town, and cheap eats are pretty good as well. The Potters House also has a pretty impressive and inspirational bookstore and carries fair trade coffee. The open mic starts at 7:00 on Friday and offers an opportunity for poets and musicians to perform in an intimate venue. Always a warm vibe! Free wi-fi there as well, I just remembered!
Located at 1658 Columbia Rd, just a few blocks north of the heart of Adams Morgan on Columbia Rd about a block past the Safeway on the right. About a ten minute walk from Columbia Heights Metro.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
PAST: SAT DEC 1st, Gallery Talk for visionary artist, Irving Norman! 4:00pm at American University Katzen Museum
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
OF NOTE: TicketPlace sells 1/2 Price Tickets! Box Office is at 7th & D St, NW and is Open Tues -Friday, 11:00 - 6:00 & Sat, 10:00 - 5:00
TicketPlace is conveniently located right on 7th St, just a block north of the Navy Archives Metro station and a few blocks south of Chinatown Metro at 407 D St, NW.
Please NOTE the following TicketPlace Policies: TicketPlace ONLY ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Visa and Debit Cards accepted. No cash, travelers or personal checks. You also MUST have a PHOTO I.D. with you when you come for pick up. A service charge of 12% of the full ticket price is added to all half price tickets.
TicketPlace is a service of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. For information, call 202-TIC-KETS (202-842-5387) or visit www.cultural-alliance.org/tickets.
To PURCHASE tickets online, go to www.ticketplace.org
ONGOING & UPCOMING: 1st TUES of the month! MONTHLY: Drumming Workshop & Jam Session with Rhythm Workers Union at ECAC, by Howard Univ, 7:00- 9:00
Drumming Workshop and Jam Session every month on the first Tuesday from 7:00 - 9:00pm at the Emergence Community Arts Collective (ECAC), 733 Euclid St NW - 2nd floor, across from Howard University.
Join local drum lady, Kristen Arant, and the Rhythm Workers Union Monthly Drum Circle. The first hour will be a drumming workshop (newbies and beginners encouraged to attend) and during the second hour a jam session will ensue. Other instruments and dancers more than welcome.
The goal of the Rhythm Workers Union is to use rhythm, music and song to promote peace and unity. If possible, please bring a donation for the workshop to help RWU pay for the space. For more info:email@example.com, (202) 462-2285.
www.drumlady.com or www.ecacollective.org
Friday, November 16, 2007
PAST: BOOK TALK: Tom Brokaw discusses and signs his new book at Sixth & I Histroric Synagogue, MON 19th at 7:00, $6
PAST: CONCERT this SUNDAY 18th. Join the National Men’s Chorus at The Church of the Annunciation, 5:00pm, Free
The Church of the Annunciation located at 3810 Mass Ave, NW. This event is free but offerings will be received. Best reached by car, though you can take any of the 30 line buses that run up and down Wisconsin Ave. If you metro to Tenleytown, you can take the bus southbound. The church is located two blocks or so off of Wisconsin and Mass Ave.
The University of Maryland School of Music String, Woodwind, Brass and Piano Ensemble performs Chamber Music at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Concert Hall, University Blvd & Stadium Drive, College Park, MD.
PAST: MUSIC! Laura is one of my faves in town! Georgie James plays at Black Cat FRI, $10 or SAT 17th at Crooked Beat Records, 7:00pm for FREE!
You have not one, but two, chances to see Georgie James this weekend!
Tonight, Friday, at the Black Cat with Aqueduct and Roofwalkers for just ten bucks. See www.blackcatdc.com for more info.
If you can’t make it tonight, or simply can’t afford to splurge, you can also check Georgie James out for FREE at Crooked Beat Records on Saturday the 17th at 7:00pm. Crooked Beat Records is in the heart of Adams Morgan at 2318 18th St, NW.
PAST: MUSIC! Want to feel the beat? Get your Drum on with the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers at the Potters House, 7:00, cover $10
The Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers are a group of tremendously talented artists that grew out of the cultural experience demonstrated at Malcolm X Park and is founded by Doc Powell. Drummers from all walks of life, and from every level of drumming abilities, other musicians of all varieties, and spectators of all nationalities and ages, come together and create a wonderful expression of creative energies. From this setting, arose a group of performing artists called the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
OF NOTE: ONGOING: Neighborhood Walking Tours, Heritage Trail info and maps available for self guided tours!
Docents offer daily tours of the building, everyday except Sun
Mon - Fri at 11:00am and Sat at 11:00 and 1:00pm www.folger.edu
ONGOING & UPCOMING: SAT, 11:00am, Cemetery Tours at Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St, SE, Something a little different to do!
YEAR ROUND: Farm Fresh Food! Eastern Market and Dupont Circle Farmer's Markets are open all year long! Weekend hours.
Dupont Circle North, on 20th between Q St and Mass Ave, NW
Every Sunday from 9:00-1:00pm
Metro Red line to Dupont Circle North
Eastern Market, on 7th St, SE between Penn and North Carolina Ave.
Eastern Market is a fabulous Farmer's Market, Flea Market and Artist Venue
Every Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm
Metro Blue or Orange Line to Eastern Market
If you go to Eastern Market, be sure to check out Murky Coffee for the some of the best espresso in town, carrying counter culture coffee! Also of note, Marvelous Market's Bionic Museli with fruit, yogurt and granola for a yummy breakfast under five bucks.
ONGOING & UPCOMING: Every THURS: Music for your Lunch Break! Free Concerts at National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, 12:15 - 12:45
Aspiring Comedians and those just looking for a few laughs, DC STAND UP hosts lots of comedy nights including one in the hip U St area every other Tuesday. The next one will be on Tuesday, Nov 20th. Here's the scoop on spots in DC:
Every other TUES at CAFE NEMA, 1334 U St, NW Easily accessible by Metro: U St/Cardozo, or by bus, any of the 90 buses. Drink specials start at 7:30 and the comedy starts at 8:30. If you are interested in performing, please sign up in advance, es-mail Toni Minor at firstname.lastname@example.org
WED, 8-10 at RENDEZVOUS in Adams Morgan, 2226 18th St. NW. This open mic started in July 2006. Featuring D.C.'s rising stars in the heart of Adams Morgan. Organized by John McBride and Jeffrey Adrian. Newbies welcome. $3 drink and beer specials. Sign-up by e-mailing email@example.com.
THURS, 8-10 at TOPAZ HOTEL, 1733 N St, NW close to Dupont Circle South Metro. Lower Level Enlightenment Room. 3 to 10 minutes stage time. Newbies welcome! Free beer for comics. $25 cash prize joke contest for non-coms after the show! Sign-up: e-mail CurtShackelford@verizon.net.
For a complete list of venues throughout the DC Area, including MD and VA locations, go to:
PAST: Performance this Weekend, SAT 17th and SUN 18th at Noon and 3:30pm, "Roots Before Branches" with Thirza Defoe at NMAI
Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian
4th and Independence Ave, SW, on the National Mall, close to the US Capital
Saturday, November 17th and Sunday November 18th at 12 noon and 3:30pm
Note: All performances are free and open to the public; however seats are limited and on a first come-first served basis so be sure to arrive early.
Performance artist, Thirza Defoe (Ojibwe/Oneida Nations of Wisconsin) explores the roots of identity: the struggles, celebrations and the ways of living in two worlds as a Native American woman. This interactive multimedia performance told through video, live music by Niswé (Thirza Defoe, Michele Korb, and Tracy Apps) and dramatic poetry artfully bridges the divide between deeply rooted traditions and contemporary Native culture. Appropriate for all ages.
PAST: MON Nights: Art & Argentinian Wines, Two of my Favorite Things! Art and Half-Price Bottles of Malbec at Divino Lounge, Bethesda, MD
Located just across the street from the Bethesda Metro station Elevator exit, this place is a great find I just discovered. Not too crowded like some DC spots either and just a hop up on the red line. Take the elevator, it's directly across the street at 7345 Wisconsin Avenue. Note: If you see the any postcards left by the front door, grab one. If you flip it over you'll see a 10% coupon, not sure if you can use this toward the wine though.
ONGOING & UPCOMING: MON Eves 7:00 - 9:00pm, Youth Open Mic hosted by Christylez, at the Emergence Community Arts Collective, near Howard University
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
PAST: Meet us at ART BUZZ!!! THURS, DEC 6th from 6:30 - 9:30pm, 1801 Belmont in the heart of Adams Morgan!
Two Super Reasons to attend: Michele is one of the featured artists AND it's my Birthday so we'll both be there along with some of our friends and you'll also have a chance to check out Michele's art in person! More info at: http://www.dccollaborative.org/
PAST: THURS, NOV 15th 6:00 - 9:00, Moving Sale and Party in Adams Morgan Alley Store. DC says goodbye to "Unsung Designers" as they head to NYC!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
PAST: CONCERT: This FRIDAY, the 16th at 7:00. Celebrate with the music of "Oklahoma" at the National Archives!
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Oklahoma’s statehood, join us for an evening of bracing Americana from the pens of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The program will feature songs from the musical Oklahoma! and other works that convey themes of nationalism and regionalism. Smithsonian curator Dwight Blocker Bowers will offer historical insight into the cultural influences that guided the creation of Oklahoma! and other key works in the Rodgers and Hammerstein canon. Performers include singers Judy Simmons and Doug Bowles, with piano accompaniment by Alex Tang.
PAST: FILM: Sat, 17th at noon, Walt Disney's original animated 35mm 1937 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at the National Archives, Free
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" Walt Disney's original 35mm 1937 version, 83 minutes. A favorite film of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, this timeless classic has enchanted audiences for decades. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs tells the story of a beautiful princess who flees from her wicked stepmother and finds friendship with seven dwarfs and love with a prince. The film, which won an honorary Academy Award®, was Walt Disney’s first full-length animated feature in color.
Monday, November 12, 2007
I for sure, had no idea that American University was home to one of the most impressive and cutting edge art museums in the city! I was recently there for the opening of the Abu Ghraib exhibt/ poetry reading and discovered this amazing show displaying the works of Irving Norman, Dark Metropolis. It was too much to take in the gallery in one visit so I will be sure to come back. I still have yet to check out the show on the first floor, Claiming Space: Some American Feminist Originators.
The second floor really blew me away. It features the crazy, creepy, cool and intricately detailed work of visionary artists Irving Norman (reminds me of the works at the Amercian Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore which is one of my favorite museums in the world). For more on Irving Norman: Dark Metropolis, second floor exhibit:
For info on the Fernando Botero: Abu Ghraib, third floor exhibit:
American University Katzen Museum hours are from 11:00am - 4:00pm, Tues – Sun. Admission is free. Best to drive there but you can also take the Red Line Metro to Tenleytown and wait for the free AU shuttle which runs every 15 minutes. Let the driver know that you want to get out at the Katzen Center, which is at the intersection of Nebraska and Mass. See website for special talks and events around these exhibits as well. Parking is free for evening events. Phone: 202-885-1300
PAST: Through Nov 25: Free Bike Tours of the National Mall led by National Park Service, Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00-4:00
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.
ONGOING DAILY: Open 'til 7:00pm! How great is that for locals and tourists! Smithsonian American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery, 7th & G, Chinatown
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.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Hours: 11:30 am - 7 pm daily, closed December 25
Address: 8th and F Streets, NW
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red, Yellow, and Green lines)
See the new courtyrad! http://americanart.si.edu/reynolds_center/index.cfm
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.
ONGOING: SUN eves and WED eves.... 'OM' my goodness! Learn to Meditate. IMCW offers classes throughout DC, MD and VA.
If you live in DC, you can easily get to the Sunday evening practice led by Hugh, Klia, Vicki and Ken. It's at All Souls Unitarian Church, second floor. If you have a car, street parking in easily available at that hour. By public transit, 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.
For a complete list of all locations see: www.imcw.org/getall.php?cid=16&scid=123
ONGOING: FRI NIGHT concerts at the Library of Congress, Free! Tickets are required, additional events offered as well.
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.
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
REMINDER: ONGOING: Pay-What-You-Can shows are available at most area Theatres! Check calendars in advance to mark yours!
Not enough people know about this and it's just plain awesome... learn more here!
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 are: Sat Noon-6pm| Sun, Noon-6pm
The latest show features the work of Rick Reese.
Art Whino is the now largest commercial Fine Arts Gallery in the greater DC region, featuring work from innovators worldwide of the current new art movement otherwise labeled Pop-Surrealism, Lowbrow, and Urban Contemporary. 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. See website for a list of artists on view.
ONGOING & UPCOMING: POETRY Events: every TUES 9pm and 3rd SUN at 4pm, Open Mic and Poetry Readings at Bubsoys and Poets, U St area
EVERY TUESDAY, 9:00 on, arrive early to get in, $3.00
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. Featured artist vary each week.
3rd SUNDAY of the month, 4:00 - 6:00, Free
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.
Pecha Kucha, sponsored by The Smith Group and Nuvo Music
The topic for this event will be Architecture
Thursday, November 15, 2007 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Smith Group, 1850 K Street, NW, Ste. 250
FREE but RSVP Required: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202.255.8727
What is Pecha Kucha Night?
Pecha Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a demand that seems to be global - as Pecha Kucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally to over 80 cities across the world. Pecha Kucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham architecture), was conceived in 2003 as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. The key to Pecha Kucha Night is its patented system for avoiding this fate. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each - giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Films at Meyer Auditorium
Pigs and Battleships, Friday, November 9, 2007, 7 pm
My Second Brother, Friday, November 16, 2007, 7 pm
A Man Vanishes, Sunday, November 18, 2007, 2 pm
Lights of Night, Friday, November 30, 2007, 7 pm
The retrospective continues through December. Screenings also take place at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. Please visit www.afi.com/silver/new/ for schedule information.
This is one of the best kept secrets in the event realm in this town if you ask me. You can take an amazing vocal workshop with Ysaye Barnwell of the vocal group "Sweet Honey in the Rock" for just five bucks! No prior singing experience is required and no need to even have a super voice, just a desire to sing! She covers a great musical range of styles and forms that I couldn't possibly capture in this post, and I encourage you, and that includes men, to check it out if you can.
The event happens once a month, usually mid month on a Wed eve from 7:00-9:00 at the Levine School, which is about 5 or so blocks form the Van Ness metro station on the red line. If you may like to sing, but not solos, this is a great group for you. It really is something to experience, the harmonies and rounds always amaze me. Just watching Ysaye lead this group is worth the price of admission! See the Levine School website for location details and a complete calendar of events: www.levineschool.org
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
"Learn to Swing Dance!" Every Tuesday Night in DC!
Beginning and Advanced Class Series 8:30 - 9:30
Free Beginner Taster Lesson 9:00 - 9:30
Dance 9:30 - 12:00 midnight!
Small Fees for the series classes and for the dance itself.
Dance $6, Intro Lesson is Free. Dance plus Series Lesson, $14
More about The Jam Cellar at www.thejamcellar.com
I have to add that I think the Josephine Butler Parks Center is a perfect spot for this kind of event since it is a beautiful Mansion that has been converted into a Community Center. The interior is really gorgeous!
Located across from Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park at 2347 15th St, just south of Euclid. You can take S2 or S4 bus up 16th to Euclid, or the 52, 54 up 14th, and walk over. You can also walk, about 10 minutes, from Columbia Heights Metro. Turn off 14th right onto Columbia Rd and make a left onto 15th, walk down past Euclid about half a block. Free street parking nearby should also be available at that hour.
PAST: FREE Bike Lights! You need to be on your BIKE to get the lights. Head to 16th and Newton St, NW, this Fri, NOV 9th at
PAST: Thursday Eves: "City Bikes" offers free Bike Maintenance Classes this month, Thursdays, 6:30pm
Class begins Thursday eves at 6:30pm
Nov 1: Basic Maintenance (missed this one)
Nov 8: Derailleur Adjustment
Nov 15: Wheel Truing
Nov 29: Brake Adjustment
Dupont Buddhist Meditation "Mindfulness Meditation Class" is offered every Tuesday eve from 7:30 - 9:00 at 1830 Connecticut Avenue, above Florida and S St at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church. No registration required. Donations accepted for use of space. Metro: Dupont North or 42 bus line. Class is taught by Jessica or Madison. More info: email email@example.com with meditation in the subject or call 202-588-9144. Online at www.mindfulnessdupont.org
ONGOING & UPCOMING: "Just Breathe" Meditation & Yoga Classes at the new "Art of Living" Center! TUES eves, Meditation, SUN am & WED eves, Yoga
Experience the "Secrets of the Breath" with a FREE MEDITATION Seminar held on Tuesday eves at 7:00pm at the new "Art of Living" Center, located in a beautiful converted mansion next to Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park at 2401 15th St, NW.
Please RSVP online at www.artoflivingmetrodc.org or call 202-332-5433.
Wow, YOGA classes too! Art of Living also offers FREE YOGA Classes! Every Sunday morning at 9:00am and Every Wednesday eve at 6:00pm.
I haven't been to any of these classes yet but I have been to the center for an event. This location is about a 10-12 minute walk from Columbia Heights Metro, just past the Josephine Butler Parks Center. You can walk down 14th to Columbia, turn right, left onto 15th and walk about three blocks down about one block past Euclid St on 15th at 2401 15th. Closest by 16th St bus S2 or S4, to 16th and Euclid St.
PAST: EXHIBIT: Extended one week - NOV 17th! "John & Yoko: A New York Love Story" Photo Show at Govinda Gallery
This show has been extended through the 17th! I was there last week and was really blown away by these photos. Come see some of the most intimate and exquisite photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, taken by famed photojournalist Allan Tannenbaum in November 1980, around the time of Lennon's death. Chris Murray, who has owned the Govinda Gallery for 32 years, comes full circle with this exhibit and the accompanying book, also called "John and Yoko: A New York Love Story" which is also available for purchase at the gallery. The photo exhibit is free to view of course, but hurry! The exhibit is is on display through November 17th.
The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm and is located on 34th St in Georgetown at 1227 34th St, NW. You can take the Circulator (red bus) to the intersection of M and Wisconsin and walk over to 34th or any of the number 30 buses if you don't want to deal with looking for, or paying for, parking in Georgetown. Street parking may also be available in the neighborhood.
PAST: "Get your Chi moving!" Learn "Chi Kung/Tai Chi" every SAT from 10:00-11:00am and Sun from 5:00-6:00pm, Donations
You can learn the ancient relaxing and invigorating practice of Chi Kung/ QiGong/ Tai Chi from 10:00am - 11:00am every Saturday morning. Taught by Nate and held at All Souls Church, located in NW DC close to Adams Morgan/ Mt Pleasant and Columbia Heights at 16th and Harvard, walking distance from Columbia Heights Metro and accessible by S2 or S4 bus as well. Exact address is 1500 Harvard St, NW. Class is Donation Based: $10 suggested donation for non-members, $5 for members of All Souls, Free for Seniors and Children. Questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also another great QiGong class held EVERY SUNDAY night from 5:00 - 6:00 at the same location, All Souls Church, in the Eaton Room upstairs. This class is taught by Ken and precedes the FREE IMCW Meditation Class that is held from 6:00 - 7:30 every Sunday night which you can read more about in the October post. Though there is no charge for these events, donations are certainly welcome and appreciated.
Monday, November 5, 2007
PAST: POETRY events throughout NOV, including DCPAW special event Saturday, Nov 10th, 6:00pm at American University
Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 at Honfleur Gallery, SE, DC. $2 suggested donation. Intersections series: featured poets Kim Roberts and Hiram Larew, plus discussion, live music, and open mic. Hosted by Fred Joiner. Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE, DC. (202) 889-5000 x141.
Thursday, November 8, 7:30 at Nora School in Silver Spring, MD, Free but donations are welcome. Nora Series: Celebration of The Word Works, Inc., featuring Miles David Moore, Rosemary Winslow, Brandon D. Johnson and Christopher Conlon. Nora School, 955 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, MD. Not Metro accessible (301) 495-6672.
Saturday, November 10, 6:00 at American University, DC Poets Against the War Special Event, Free. DCPAW reading in conjuction with the opening of the Abu Ghraib art opening reception. DC Poets Against the War present a poetry reading by Sinan Antoon, D. Nurske, Myra Sklarew, E. Ethelbert Miller, Consuelo Hernandez, and Kyle Dargan, reading from the new anthology Cut Loose the Body, in conjunction with an opening reception for an exhibition of the Abu Ghraib paintings of Fernando Botero. American University, Katzen Arts Center, Ward Circle (Massachusetts and Nebraska Avenues NW), DC. (202) 885-1300.
Sunday, November 11, 11:30 - 5:30 on the Mall in honor of Veterans Day, Free. The Memorial Day Writers Project: open mic in tribute to veterans. Participants are asked to bring 3 to 5 poems, a short prose piece, or one song to share. Hosted by Dick Epstein. Tent on the Mall off Constitution Avenue (near 21st Street), near the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, DC. Information: email@example.com.
Sunday, November 11, 2:00 at the Writers Center in Bethesda, Free. Poet Lore birthday publication reading, with Robin Becker and Michael Lally. Reception and book signing to follow. The Writers Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, MD (301) 654-8664.
Monday, November 12, 8:00 pm at Busboys and Poets new Shirlington, VA Location, Free. Beltway Poetry Quarterly presents a reading from the "Evolving City" issue, with co-editors Kim Roberts and Teri Ellen Cross, featuring Mark Fitzgerald, Jessica Haney, Jose Padua, Katy Richey, and Katherine Young. Note: This new location is not metro accessible. In the Shirlington Center across from the new library. Busboys and Poets, 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Shirlington, VA.
Sunday, November 18, 2:00, at The Writers Center in Bethesda, Free. Dryad Press 40th birthday celebration, with a reading from Reed Whittemore's new memoir, Against the Grain: The Literary Life of a Poet. The Writers Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, MD (301) 654-8664.
Sunday, November 18, 4:00 - 6:00, Busboys and Poets, 14th and V St NW, Free. Sunday Kind of Love, anthology reading from The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, followed by open mic. Close to the U St Metro (202) 387-POET.
Tuesday, November 27 at 7:30 pm, Grace Church in Georgetown, Free. Reading from the anthology Family Pictures, featuring Katy Richey, Jacqueline Jules, Deanna Nikaido, and Mary-Sherman Willis. Guest hosted by Kim Roberts. Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, between K and M St. (202) 333-7100.
POETRY NEWS: November 2007
from BELTWAY POETRY QUARTERLY
Friday, November 2, 2007
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!
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org