Friday, November 30, 2007

PAST: This could be interesting! Art Opening along with Crystal Bowl & Vocal Perfromance, SAT DEC 8th, 2:00 - 4:00pm

"Spirituality as Art" At the Potter's House in Adams Morgan, 1658 Columbia Rd. "A Unique Experience of Paintings, Drawings and Music" Art Opening of "Milagros" along with Crystal Bowls and Vocal performance, Saturday Dec 8th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Free.

Where to Wi-Fi? Looking for your input!

Where do you go for your free wiresless? I'm looking for your input on this one!

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

PAST: Friday NOV 30, Events and a new post "Shake your Chakras!" at Flow Yoga

Two events going on this eve, and a new event posted below happening at Flow Yoga!

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.

Shake Your Chakras Holiday Extravaganza

with Debra Perlson

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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Please take advantage of the search feature at the top left to best use this blog. There are categories in front of almost every post which you can use to search:

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Hope you are enjoying FREEinDC! We're pretty new on the scene so please spread the word to your friends, especially those who are artists, students and thinkers or without full time jobs, anyone new to town or tourists visiting the area.

Thanks for checking out our blog!

Amy and Michele

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

Mon, Dec 3rd, 7:00 - 8:00, From Page to Stage
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:

PAST: OF NOTE: EXHIBIT Annie Leibovitz and Ansel Adams both showing at the Corcoran! Open ‘til 9:00pm on Thursdays. Admission $14, Students $10

So, the Corcoran is one of the “not free” museums in town but it is oh, so worth visiting! I saw the Andy Warhol show there not too long ago and will certainly head over to check out the latest exhibits which feature two of my favorite photographers, Annie Leibovotz and Ansel Adams. You could even consider this a buy-one-get-one since either of these artists would be worth the price of admission! Admission to the special exhibits at the museum is regularly $14.00. Students with ID, $10.00.

Annie Leibovitz’s exhibit featuring works from 1990-2005 runs through January 13th, 2008 and Ansel Adams’ exhibit features over 125 of his photographs and runs through January 27th. The Gallery is only open late on Thursday nights, ‘til 9:00pm. Regular hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm every day except Tuesday, when they are closed.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art is located on 17th Street a few blocks south of Pennsylvania Avenue at 500 17th St, NW. The closest metro is Farragut West but it’s still a bit of a walk from there.

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

For those of you who don't know that you can go Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden, you can check out DC’s equivalent to New York’s Rockefeller Center, most nights 'til 9:00pm and ‘til 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays! Open through March 9, 2008.

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 10:00am – 9:00pm, Fri & Sat 10:00am – 11:00pm and Sun 11:00am – 9:00pm. Call 202-737-4215 for more info or click the link below.

ONGOING: MON Night Trivia! Wonderland Ballroom, Neighborhood Bar in Columbia Heights, 7:00–10:00pm, Free

I just found out that this Columbia Heights neighborhood bar hosts a Trivia Night on Mondays from 7:00-10:00.

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 7:00 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 Kenyon St, NW.

By the way, I just read on their myspace that they have Free Wireless internet access as well!

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

If you haven’t been to the Torpedo Factory yet, here’s a good reason to stop by! The Torpedo Factory is and Art Center where artists work from and show their art. This Thursday’s Open House will also feature live music, and art raffle, hours d’oeuvres and artist open studios. The event starts at 6:00 and is free. I think it’s a family friendly place for those of you with kids who may want to bring them along.

The Torpedo factory is located at 105 N. Union St which is on the waterfront at the very bottom of King St in Alexandria, VA. Best to get there by car but you can also metro to King Street you can walk about a mile south on King or hop on any of the buses or shuttles that take you down to the water.

PAST: Free lunch break CONCERT this FRI, 30th at Noon, Violinists Marc Ramirez & Olivia Hajioff at the Arts Club, 2017 I St

Conveniently located downtown close to GWU campus at the intersection of 2017 I St, where Penn Ave intersects, you can easily skip out of the office, or class or whatever, and check out this free noon concert featuring Marc Ramirez and Olivia Hajioff on violin at the Arts Club of Washington, Monroe House.

PAST: LECTURE on Climate Change this THURS, NOV 29th at 6:30pm, Free

Climate Project participant Eli Pollack holds a lecture on Climate Change on “The Facts and What you Can Do Now” at the Cleveland Park Public Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue, this Thursday the 30th at 6:30pm. The event is free and is accessible by Metro, Cleveland Park station.

PAST: Special Event : VIOLIN CONCERT this WED NOV 28th, Violinist Amy Beth Horman performs at the Mansion at Strathmore, 7:30, Tickets $15

As you know, most all of the posts here are free but sometimes I find an event that I think is worth the cost of admission so this is one of those exceptions.

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

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

PAST: Musicians OPEN MIC at Iota every WED eve in Clarendon, VA, 8:00, Free

For those of you in Virginia, I thought I’d mention this new Open Mic Night held every Wednesday at 8:00pm at Iota. The event is for musicians and is hosted by Mike Maloney. Free admission. Sign up after 7:00, bring your own instruments, PA system is provided, acoustic is most common, no drum kits. A featured artist will perform from 9:30- 10:30pm.

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"

If you have read my prior posts boasting about this museum, the hours, the art and the new atrium, you already know that I love this place and I am so glad that they are in the heart of Chinatown and super easy to get to!

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:

PAST: Discussion this WED NOV 28th on “Peter Jennings: A Reporter’s Life” at the Borders on 18th & L St, 7:00, Free

Wow, Border’s is having a super line up this week with two events I’ve chosen to note!

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

I just read that it was the first time this two year old exhibit has been shown in the U.S.! I was there for the poetry reading and saw the art. It is a bit intense considering the topic, but the art is really great and worth checking out. The current exhibits at the Katzen are really fabulous and I encourage you to also check out "Dark Metropolis" featuring the art work of Irving Norman, on the 2nd floor. There is also a feminist art exhibit showing on the first floor. See prior post from the November archive for complete details or click the link below.

PAST: Gallery Talk this SAT at 4:00 for Irving Norman’s “Dark Metropolis” exhibit at AU's Katzen Center, Free

This is some of the most amazing art I’ve ever seen! The scale and detail of Irving Norman's work just blow me away and I’m planning to go to this talk for sure. If you are free this Saturday at 4:00, I encourage you to check it out. See prior post with pic for complete details about the exhibit, hours and directions to the Katzen.

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

I haven't read the book, but I like the title! It may be worth checking out this discussion and book signing this Thursday the 29th at the Borders on 18th and L St, NW. "Listening Is an Act of Love" author Dave Isay is a Peabody Award- winning radio producer and founder of StoryCorps - the largest oral history project in the country built on the belief that everyone has an important story to tell. He shares stories from the project's archives in this collection. The book talk starts at 7:30pm and is free.

ONGOING & UPCOMING: Live Figure Model Drawing Group, alternating TUES eves in Dupont Circle, $5

For those of you who want to draw but can't enroll for a class at the Corcoran, good news! The Figure Model Drawing Group has moved to a new home and now has room for some more folks to join! The group meets on alternating TUES eves.

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.

Dupont Drawing Group
2201 P Street NW [ Church of the Pilgrims ]
Washington, DC 20037

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!

The highly anticipated and long awaited Courtyard inside the museum is finally open!

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

Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts is open late again in December. This gives you a chance to check out the Curious Stories Exhibit in the eve if you weren't able to make it to the opening on November 2nd. You can read more about this exhibit in the earlier post about the opening. The gallery is normally only open 9-5 M-F when most people are at work so I encourage you to stop by and take in some jazz as well!

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.

PAST: FRI NOV 30th, Open Mic for Poets and Musicians at the Potters House in Adams Morgan, 7:00pm, Free

This old school cafe has wooden tables and chairs and wood paneling, like a step into a time machine to the 70's. I go there for the warm open vibe and for their for their fabulous fund raisers and open mic nights. The place is rather cozy for this town, and cheap eats are pretty good as well.

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

Free Gallery Talk for Irving Norman Exhibit showing now at American University! See prior post from earlier this month for more details and directions.

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

Did you know that you can often purchase half price tickets to many of the best shows in town at the TicketPlace box office?! Usually the tickets are for same day performances. The box office is open Tuesday- Friday from 11:00am - 6:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am - 5:00pm. Tickets for Sunday and Monday are sold on Saturday when available. Tickets available for area Concerts, Theater, Dance, Lectures and More.

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

To PURCHASE tickets online, go to

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, (202) 462-2285. or

Friday, November 16, 2007

PAST: CONCERT Piano performance by Christine Carpena Brunner this MON 19th at 7:30, Free

This Monday the 19th, you can see Christine Carpena Brunner on Piano at the Brazilian American Cultural Institute, 4719 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Concert starts at 7:30pm, Free. Call 202-362-8334 for more info. Check Metro website for best way to get there.

PAST: BOOK TALK: Tom Brokaw discusses and signs his new book at Sixth & I Histroric Synagogue, MON 19th at 7:00, $6

Tom Brokaw discusses and signs his new book, Boom! Voices of the Sixties, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Monday the 19th at 7:00pm, $6. Sponsored by Politics and Prose bookstore. Metro to Gallery Place, Chinatown. 600 I St, NW. Call 202-364-1919 for more info. This event is not free. Tickets are $6.

PAST: CONCERT this SUNDAY 18th. Join the National Men’s Chorus at The Church of the Annunciation, 5:00pm, Free

I've been to a few performances here and they are just spectacular! This Sunday, you can check out the National Men’s Chorus with Thomas Beveridge, Artistic Director, and Thomas Pandolfi, Pianist. The performance will feature a Gershwin Medley for Solo Piano, European Folk Songs and Scenes from Classical American Musical Theatre, all in a church setting with glorious acoustics.

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.

PAST: TALK Panel Discussion, "Freud at 150" at the Embassy of Austria, 7:30

Join the ambassador of Austria, H. E. Eva Nowotny, and others at the Embassy of Austria tonight, Friday the 16th, at 7:30 for a panel discussion on Freud. The event is free but reservations are requested. Please call 202-895-6776 to check about seating. The Austrian Embassy is located at 3524 International Court, NW. Check Metro for directions, I believe the closest metro is Van Ness.

PAST: MUSIC in MD, Chamber Music at Univ of MD, just spotted this one! 5:30, Free

I realize this is last minute, but you never know who may be looking for last minute plans. In MD on University of Maryland Campus. Performance is Free and starts at 5:30. I imagine it should go on for about two hours.

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: BOOK TALK: Lou Dobbs at Politics and Prose this SAT 17th at 1:00

This SAT the 17th at 1:00pm, Lou Dobbs discusses and signs copies of his new book, Independents Day, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Conn Ave, NW. Free. Note that this location is a distance from the metro but you can take a few buses there.

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!

The incredibly talented local wonder, Laura Burhenn, is on tour with her new band Georgie James. I’m a huge fan of Laura’s solo work and she’s back home this weekend! Hope you will have a chance to check her out!

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 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

Tonight, Friday November 16th, you can come hear the vibrant and talented Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers at Sounds of Hope at 7:00pm. In Adams Morgan, two blocks north of 18th & Columbia at Potters House, 1658 Columbia RD, NW. This event is not free, $10.00 cover.

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!

Check out the neighborhoods in DC on self-guided Heritage Trail Tours. Info available on Cultural Tourism DC website. Click on Tours and Trails to see a list of all of the neighborhood tours, maps and more!

ONGOING & UPCOMING: Free Tour everyday at 11:00am except SUN, Folger Shakespeare Library

Free Daily tours of the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St, SE
Docents offer daily tours of the building, everyday except Sun
Mon - Fri at 11:00am and Sat at 11:00 and 1:00pm

ONGOING & UPCOMING: SAT, 11:00am, Cemetery Tours at Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St, SE, Something a little different to do!

Looking for something different to do on a Saturday Morning? Congressional Cemetery offers free Cemetery Tours on Saturdays at 11:00am. I went on one years ago and I have to say that it was pretty cool. I went with a group and we all got gothed out and even had a picnic there. Though Halloween has passed, I still think that Fall is the perfect time for this tour. Cemetery is not metro accessible, though it may be by bus. You can check metro's website. Address is 1801 E St, SE. Call 202-543-0539 for more info.

YEAR ROUND: Farm Fresh Food! Eastern Market and Dupont Circle Farmer's Markets are open all year long! Weekend hours.

There are two farmer's markets that will stay open throughout the year even though most of the farmer's markets will be ending this weekend or sometime in November. Here is the info so you can get yummy organic food, usually directly from the farmers who grow the food year round!

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

Every Thursday from 12:15 - 12:45, you can check out a free performance at the National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, NW. For a complete schedule:

ONGOING & UPCOMING: COMEDY: Stand Up Open Mics throughout the DC Metro Area most nights!

Go ahead... LAUGH! It's good for you, I swear!

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

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

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

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

NMAI Cultural Arts presents NATIVE THEATER "Roots Before Branches" with Thirza Defoe

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

Ah, Good Art and Good Wine! Not to mention comfy sofas in the large lounge area, and a full menu of Argentinian food for those of you who can indulge. With half price bottles of Argentinian Wines including Malbecs, which are some of the worlds best wines in my opinion, from 5:30 - 10:00 on Mondays, you can get by for ten bucks or less when you you bring friends.

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

Monday Nights from 7:00 - 9:00. The Emergence Community Arts Collective Hosts an open circle for young people to express themselves through music, poetry, rap or whatever else they have to offer. The open mic is hosted by the DC's own mad-talented poet/musician Christylez! Seriously, this kid is talented and a great inspiration I am sure to the youth who attend these open mics. All are welcome. Donations appreciated. The ECAC is located at 733 Euclid St, NW. 202-462-2285

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!

ART BUZZ!!! will be held on Thursday DEC 6TH in the heart of Adams Morgan at 1801 Belmont Ave from 6:30 -9:30pm.

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:

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!

Last chance to check out "Unsung Designers" before they move to NYC! Event is free to attend, though it will be hard to resist wanting to buy some of the cute stuff that they have there, which will all be on sale! The GOODBYE DC party and sale takes place tomorrow night, Thursday, from 6-9 in Adams Morgan in the Alley close to Belmont just off of 18th St. The official address is 2412 18th St, NW. Official invite is below:

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

PAST: CONCERT: This FRIDAY, the 16th at 7:00. Celebrate with the music of "Oklahoma" at the National Archives!

Oklahoma Centennial - American Melody: An Oklahoma Centennial Celebration with the Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Free. This Friday, November 16, at 7:00 at the William G. McGowan Theater inside of the National Archives Main Building, located between 7th and 9th on Constitution Ave, NW. Metro: Yellow or Green Line to Archives/Navy Memorial Station.

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

Presidential Film Favorite — See Disney's Original Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! Saturday, November 17, at noon, Free at the William G. McGowan Theater, inside of the National Archives Main Building, Between 7th and 9th on Constitution Ave, NW Metro: Take the yellow or green line to Archives/Navy Memorial Station. Arrive early to ensure seating.

"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

PAST: ART EXHIBIT: Must See! Who knew that AU had such an AMAZING Art Museum!

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

Just a few weeks left to take advantage of these free bike tours!

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 & UPCOMING: Every SUNDAY at 10:00am, The Sunday Forum at the National Cathedral, Free

The Sunday Forum: Critical Issues in the Light of Faith is a discussion of the issues of the day in the context of Christian faith: environmental stewardship, faith in politics, religious pluralism, personal ethics, and the impact of new media. The Sunday Forum begins at 10 am and is free and open to the public and is webcast live.

ONGOING DAILY: Open 'til 7:00pm! How great is that for locals and tourists! Smithsonian American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery, 7th & G, 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.

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

See the new courtyrad!

ONGOING 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.

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.

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 on Wednesday nights. In DC, classes are held on Sunday eves at All Souls Unitarian Church from 6:00-7:30.

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

For a complete list of all locations see:

ONGOING: FRI NIGHT concerts at the Library of Congress, Free! Tickets are required, additional events offered as well.

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

See 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 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

ONGOING: SUN EVES: Free Classical Concerts at the National Gallery of Art!

The National Gallery of Art hosts fabulous FREE Concerts every Sunday at 6:30. 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. Plan to arrive between 5:30 and 6:00 to get in. Fabulous talent that varies each week. Soloists and small ensembles. Mostly classical though some other periods are covered. National Gallery of Art, 4th & Constitution Ave, NW. Closest Metro is Navy Archives. See schedule for program details:

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

REMINDER: ONGOING: Pay-What-You-Can shows are available at most area Theatres! Check calendars in advance to mark yours!

I know Woolly Mammoth offers pay what you can tickets the first 2 days of all their performances, and I believe many other area theatres do as well. Love the off-beat works that Woolly puts on and I always leave feeling highly entertained! Check the lineup to mark your calendars now:

PAST: MON Nights, Performances at the National Theater, 6:00 and 7:30, Free

Free Performances at 6:00 and 7:30, Monday Nights at the National Theater

Not enough people know about this and it's just plain awesome... learn more here!

NEW GALLERY: ART WHINO, The Areas Hippest New Art Gallery

NEW GALLERY: Check out ART WHINO, The Areas Hippest 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 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

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 Note that a new Busboys recently opened in Shirlington, VA!

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.

OF NOTE: ONGOING: 1st SUN of the month, 11:15 am, Free Yoga Class at Shakti Mind Body Studio

First Sunday of the month, FREE Community Yoga Class, 11:15am, at one of the newest studios in town, Shakti Mind Body Studio, near the Convention Center at 1015 1/2 7th St, NW 2nd Floor.

PAST: This Thursday NOV 15th, Pecha Kucha - Launch Event, 6:30 - 8:30 Downtown

So, I've never heard of Pecha Kucha before but my friend Ricardo is putting it on so I am sure that it will be interesting! If you're looking for something new to try, check it out.

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: 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

PAST: i heart asian films, free films on Fridays at the Freer!

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

Freer Films

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 for schedule information.

PAST: This WED, NOV 14 is the next "Community Sing" with Ysaye Barnwell at the Levine School, $5

The next Community Sing is Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00-9:00pm

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:

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

ONGOING & UPCOMING: TUES Eves: Swing Dancing! Dance and Intro Class in DC!

Wow, this sounds like fun! I've always wanted to learn how to SWING DANCE! I didn't realize that there were classes offered in DC. Just saw a flyer for this one: THE JAM CELLAR offers Swing Dance Classes every TUESDAY night at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2347 15th St, NW.

"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

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

Free Bike Lights will be handed out to the first 200 people who show up with their bikes beginning at 5:00 at 16th and Newton I believe outside of the church there. They did this last week at 18th and Columbia and I was a lucky recipeint! Value at close to $20 this is worth the trip. They will have a kit including one white light for the front and one red light for the back of your bike. Funded partly by DC DOT and Washington Area Bicyclist Association, WABA. I found out about this one through City Bikes! If you have questions, visit WABA or City Bikes.

PAST: Thursday Eves: "City Bikes" offers free Bike Maintenance Classes this month, Thursdays, 6:30pm

So, I've already missed the first one which was last Thursday but may check out the next three FREE classes offered at City Bikes in Adams Morgan, located at Champlain St just off of Columbia Rd. Arrive early as space is limited.

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


ONGOING & UPCOMING: More Meditation! Class every TUES eve in Dupont Circle, 7:30 - 9:00pm

More Meditation Classes in DC, this one is on Tuesday eves in Dupont Circle.

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 with meditation in the subject or call 202-588-9144. Online at

ONGOING & UPCOMING: "Just Breathe" Meditation & Yoga Classes at the new "Art of Living" Center! TUES eves, Meditation, SUN am & WED eves, Yoga

Check out the classes at "Art of Living" in their new DC location!

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 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

Last Chance to see some of the Last Photos ever taken of John Lennon.

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: Ani DiFranco Book Signing/ Discussion on FRI NOV 16, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Join Singer/Songrwrirer and social activist Ani DiFranco as she discusses her new book, Verses, at All Souls Church on Friday, November 16th from 1:00-2:30pm. This event is co-sponsored by ASC Social Justice Ministries, Busboys and Poets and Seven Stories Press. All Souls is located at 1500 Harvard St, at the intersection of 16th and Harvard St, NW close to 16th and Columbia. Accessible by Metro green and yellow line to Columbia Heights, walk down Columbia Rd to 16th St. Also accessible by 16th St S2 or S4 bus. Short term street parking is also available free of charge.

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

Get your Chi Moving!

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

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:

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

PAST: WED NOV 14: Environmental Workshop

Wed Nov 14th is my Environmental Workshop

Friday, November 2, 2007

REMINDER: Be sure to check CULTURAL TOURISM DC link for more great events!

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!

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

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."

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To register, email