Monday, March 31, 2008

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PAST: Film Screeing of "Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion" MON, April 7th at 7:00pm, Free, Donations appreciated

MOVIE SHOWING : Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion

WHEN: Monday April 7th 7:00pm

WHERE: DC Shambhala Center

Steps away from the Cleveland Park Metro

COST: by Donation. Pay what you can.


Shambhala Meditation Center

As the crisis in Tibet is in the news more than it has been in decades, learn more about what has been going on for over 50 years. We will view the movie and follow up with a brief meditation. If you have any questions, please contact Krista from BE yoga at

"Cry of the Snow Lion"

~Ten years in the making, this award-winning documentary is a definitive exploration of a legendary subject. An epic story of courage and compassion, CRY OF THE SNOW LION features unprecedented imagery from Tibet, combined with riveting interviews and a collection of underground and archival footage never before assembled in one film.


Impeccably made... A more concise and affecting summation of the Tibetan crisis would be hard to imagine" - David Kehr, New York Times

PAST: BOOK Talks THURS, April 3rd, Free, 7:00pm

Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania) discusses and signs copies of Never Give In: Battling Cancer in the Senate at 7:00pm at Olsson's Books & Records, 418 7th St, NW. (202) 638-7610

David Samuels reads from and signs copies of The Runner: A True Account of the Amazing Lies and Fantastical Adventures of the Ivy League Impostor James Hogue at 7:00pm at Olsson's Books & Records,1307 19th St, NW. (202) 785-1133

PAST: BOOK TALK: WED, April 2nd with Senator Chuck Hagel at Politics and Prose, 7:00pm, Free

Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) discusses and signs copies of America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers at 7:00pm at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW. (202) 364-1919

PAST: BOOK Talks TUES, April 1st, Free, 7:00pm

Michael Meyerson discusses and signs copies of Liberty's Blueprint: How Madison and Jefferson Wrote the Federalist Papers, Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World, at 7:00pm at Olsson's Books & Records, 418 7th St, NW. (202) 638-7610

David Rothkopf discusses and signs copies of Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making at 7:00pm at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW. (202) 364-1919

PAST: BOOK Talks MON, March 31st, Free, 7:00pm

David Boren discusses and signs copies of A Letter to America at 7:00pm at
Politics and Prose,
5015 Connecticut Ave, NW. (202) 364-1919

Paul Fattaruso & Elizabeth Crane discuss and sign copies of their work at 7:00pm at Olsson's Books & Records, 1307 19th St, NW. (202) 785-1133

PAST:: "Emerge" Unveiling of ARTWALK's New Artists on FRI, April 11th at noon, Open to the public anytime!

My friend Michele's artwork was chosen for EMERGE, ArtWalk 2008, an exciting public art project sponsored by the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities. The unveiling will take place at 12pm on Friday April 11th. The ArtWalk is located between New York Avenue and H Streets, NW at a large pedestrian friendly parking facility that was once the site of the DC Convention Center. ArtWalk is outdoors and open to the public 24 hours a day!

The piece above is by Michele de la Menardiere and is entitled "Nascent Flight." It was created using screen-printing and digital media. The artist's description:This piece is a musing on the opening of human spirit to universal consciousness. The birds symbolize merging into a larger reality while the Indian symbols refer to Gayatri, the goddess of awakening. The piece is a deep exploration and meditation on the sublime.

EMERGE, ARTWALK 2008 is a thought provoking large-scale outdoor exhibit. Through artist interpretation of Emerge, the premise and goal of the exhibition is to present 12 diverse artworks with a common theme that will draw the attention of both Washington, DC
residents and visitors. ArtWalk is a project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' downtown public art initiative, in cooperation with the Washington Convention Center. The ArtWalk features 12 display units each stretching 6 feet tall by 24 feet wide.

PAST: "Going GREEN Edition" Capitol Pecha Kucha Night Vol 4, THURS, April 4th 7:00pm-9:00pm

Lofts 11, an eco-friendly condominium project from Taurus Development, hosts Capitol Pecha Kucha Night, Vol. 4, “GOING GREEN.” Featured presenters include green architects Norman Smith and Samson Cheng, environmental artists Shinji Turner-Yamamoto and Greg McLellan, eco spa owner Honi Borden, videographer/composer Thomas Nassif and Paul Contino of Xtreme4, a group of cyclists ring across the US for environmental cause.

Organized and launched in March 2007 by architects Rouzita Vahhabaghai and Yiselle M. Santos Rivera, and artist and graphic designer Bita Vahhabaghai, Capitol Pecha Kucha promotes local DC creatives working in all media including the visual arts, architecture, fashion, design, music, film, and literature. The Pecha Kucha Night patented presentation system allows presenters 20 images each shown for 20 seconds each - giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. Talks are concise, the interest level is constant, and more presenters receive the opportunity to share their work.

Location: Lofts 11 is located at 1125 11th St., NW

Due to limited space, please be sure to RSVP in advance:

PAST: The Traveler's Circle meets this WED, April 2nd at 1108 K St, 6:30-10:00pm, Free open monthly event

This should be a great one to attend if you want to check it out! My brother just got back from trekking through SE Asia and it's the 12th year Anniversary of TC this month! It's a casual free event but food is available for purchase there since they meet at the Kabob House.

The DC Traveler's Circle (tc)
This Wednesday night, April 2nd
6:30-10pm (show up/leave whenever),
at the Kabob House at 1108 K Street, NW
between 11th and 12th, 3 blocks north of Metro Center.

This month's tc will be run by Mark and by Stan (just back from Martinique?) and by Brian (just back back from SE Asia),and by Ellie who will be calling us during the tc from Antarctica! Ellie will
be sharing stories with us via Eric's cellphone--don't miss it!

PAST: Free YOGA classes with Krista TUES, April 1st - SUN the 6th!

April 1-7
Full details and schedule @

Saturday, March 29, 2008

PAST: Chamber Music at AU! SAT, April 5th at 8:00pm & SUN, April 6th at 3:00pm NOTE: Concert is not free, $15 general, $5 Students

American University Chambers Singers to Perform Early Music Program

WHAT: Chamber Singers: Early Music Program
WHO: American University Chamber Singers with Daniel Abraham, conductor and director of choral services
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6

PROGRAM: Will feature works by Baroque composers and includes Dietrich Buxtehude's Ad pedes: Ecce super montes, William Byrd's Mass for Four Voices and Johann Sebastian Bach's motet Jesu, meine Freude.

WHERE: Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW

TICKETS: $15 general public, $10 AU community, $5 students.
Tickets available online at or call 202-885-ARTS (2787)

Metro: Tenleytown-AU stop (Red Line); take the AU shuttle from the station to main campus
Garage parking is available in the Katzen at the Glover Gate entrance on Massachusetts Ave.

PAST: All Day Book Fest at Busboys and Poets, SAT, MAR 29th, 10:00am - 6:00pm, Free!

UDC BookFest "Literature Live" Saturday, March 29th at Busboys and Poets

The festival will be celebrating the diverse and vibrant literary life of DC. There will be book sales and signings following each presentation. Busboys and Poets is at the corner of 14th and V.

10:00am: "Poetic Possibilities"
A reading and roundtable discussion on the present vibrancy and popularity of poetry and it's future. Moderated by Paulette Beete; panelists include Kenny Carroll, poet and the Executive Director of DC Writers Corp; Jane Alberdeston, author and Cave Canem fellow; and Andy Shallal, owner and founder of Busboys and Poets.

11:45am: "The Young Lions: The New Black Male Writers"
A reading and discussion by Christopher John Farley, author of "Before The Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley" and William Henry Lewis, author of "In the Arms of Our Elders" and "I Got Somebody In Staunton."

2:00pm: "Poetry Reading: Patricia Smith"
Patricia Smith is the author of many books of poetry including "Teahouse of the Almighty."

4:00pm - Film Screening and Coffeehouse Discussion
A pioneering program initiated by Will Auston to address the legacy of Slavery. There will also be a film screening of "Wit, Will and Walls: The Betty Kilby Fisher Story" by Paulette Moore. Participating in the discussion will be Dr. Howard Zehr. Sponsored by the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University.

Busboys and Poets is located at the corner of 14th and V, close to the U St Metro on the yellow and green line. For more info, visit:

PAST: ARTIST TALK this SUN, MAR 30th at the National Gallery of Art with Wood Sculptor Martin Puryear, 2:00pm, Free

Perceptions and Experiences: Martin Puryear in Conversation with Ruth Fine

Sunday, March 30th at 2:00pm at the National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave, NW. The event is free and open to the public. Nearest Metro is Navy-Archives on the yellow or green line.

The artist discusses his wood sculptures, which include objects from around the world and aim to portray the modern, chaotic era in which we live.

More at:

PAST: Cherry Blossoms are in Bloom! Look around!

There is more going on than just around the tidal basin... though it is a spectacular sight if you haven't been yet!

It's Cherry Blossom time, a time to witness natures beauty, compliments of the Japanese people who gave the trees as a gift to us as a sign of peace. So in the spirit of Spring and in the Spirit of Peace, I hope you will have a chance to enjoy these beautiful blossoms before they blow away! Perhaps you may even pray in some way for peace when you are there, it can't hurt after all!

On a poetic note: When the flowers bloom we realize that it is our nature to blossom too!

See the official National Cherry Blossom website at:

More on the festivities on the Washington Post's website at:

PAST: Hirshorn After Hours Parties Are Back! The first one is this FRI, April 4th from 8:00 - Midnight, tickets $10 in advance

After Hours Parties are Back! This Friday, April 4th! 8:00pm - Midnight at the Hirshorn Museum Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Best to buy your tickets in advance and they almost always sell out! Click the link below for more details and to purchase your passes!

The Hirshhorn is located at Independence Avenue and Seventh Street, SW. Nearest Metro stops are: L'Enfant Plaza (Orange, Blue, Yellow & Green) and Smithsonian (Orange & Blue)

ONGOING & OF NOTE: Art Whino Opens at the new National Harbor!


Art Whino opens the doors of its new location
at 173 Waterfront Street, at the brand new National Harbor in Prince George's County, MD on Saturday, April 5th from 6:00pm to Midnight with FOOX: The art of David and Jessica Foox. The evening will also feature music from DJ Lil'e. The event is FREE and open to the public.

The new location is at:
173 Waterfront Street,
National Harbor, MD 20745

For directions to the new National Harbor:

You can read more about the new National Harbor at:

Metro access is available by metro and the NH-1 Bus which goes directly to the National Harbor from the Southern Avenue Metro Station on the Green Line toward Branch Avenue, though it is about a half hour bus ride. Other buses go close by and have shorter trips. See and use the Trip Planner.

Please visit Art Whino's website to learn more!

Friday, March 28, 2008

PAST: Art Show at Rumberos WED, APRIL 2nd, 6:00-11:00pm, Free

MIX – ART (e)

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
6-11 pm Rumberos

sophie bethune
rodolphe blavy
carla carpio
claudia carpio
meggan eckert
ksenia grishkova
marcela villanueva

3345 14th Street, NW,
Washington DC, 20010
tel.: (202) 232 6006
Metro: Columbia Heights,
Green & Yellow Line

Thursday, March 27, 2008

PAST: 9:00 at Bourbon, Conversation with Eric from Thievery Corporation

See previous post for details. The event is free and is on 18th St in Adams Morgan.

PAST: THURS, MAR 27th Free Concerts at National Georgraphic, 6:00 and 7:15

Music - The Rhythm Road: The Maya Azucena Band and Alvin Atkinson and the Sound Merchants Music - The Rhythm Road: The Maya Azucena Band and Alvin Atkinson and the Sound Merchants
Thursday, March 27, 2008
6:00 PM

Location: National Geographic Live!

For a third year, National Geographic Live! presents five evenings of free concerts featuring musicians from The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad. This program, co-developed by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, gives talented jazz and urban musicians from around the country the chance to perform for international audiences.

Today's lineup:

  • The Maya Azucena Band
    6 pm
    With musical influences ranging from Earth, Wind and Fire to Ella Fitzgerald, The Maya Azucena Band bridges the genres of soul, hip-hop, world and funk music. Through their "raw soul" sound and progressive lyrics, the band seeks to uplift communities worldwide.

  • Alvin Atkinson and the Sound Merchants
    7:15 pm
    Alvin Atkinson and the Sound Merchants integrate jazz and blues influences with inflections of rhythms and melodies from around the world. The group's mission is to exchange their spirit and music with audiences worldwide as literal merchants of sound.
Event Information

Admission: Free
Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Reservations: Not required

General Information

National Geographic Live!
Address: Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M Street, NW
Metro: Farragut North (Red line) and Farragut West (Blue and Orange lines)
Phone: 202-857-7700

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

PAST: Poetry Reading TUES, MAR 25th, in Georgetown, 7:30pm, Free!

Poetry Reading with Rosemary Winslow at Grace Church, Tonight at 7:30pm!

A last minute notice for a reading tonight! Rosemary Winslow reads from her book of poems, Green Bodies, this evening at Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Avenue (a half block south of M Street) in Georgetown at 7:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. Reception follows.

Also reading at Grace tonight are the wonderful poets M. Lee Alexander and E. Katherine Young.

You can get to Georgetown via the Circulator bus or any of the 30 buses, exit at Wisconsin and M.

PAST: Poetry with Peter Cole TUES, MAR 25th at the DC JCC, 7:30pm, $8

Author Lecture - Peter Cole: The Dream of the Poem Author Lecture - Peter Cole: The Dream of the Poem
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
7:30 PM

Location: Washington District of Columbia Jewish Community Center

Nextbook and the Washington DCJCC proudly present Peter Cole, who will discuss Hebrew poetry written in Muslim and Christian Spain.

In his monumental new book, The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain 950-1492, poet and translator Peter Cole opens a window into one of the great periods in world literature. This collection of 400 poems shows how Jewish poets mixed their own traditions with those of their Arabic-speaking neighbors to create something entirely new: a body of literature that is spiritual and sensual, humorous, and tragic.

The author of two collections of poetry, Rift and Hymns and Qualms, Cole has translated poems from both Hebrew and Arabic, including the work of Taha Muhammad Ali, and Aharon Shabatai. Peter Cole was the recipient of a 2007 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the 2008 National Jewish Book Award for Poetry.

Event Information
Admission: $8
Members, students with ID, seniors, persons under 25, and groups of eight or more $6
Tickets: Online
Washington District of Columbia Jewish Community Center
Address: 1529 Sixteenth Street, NW corner of 16th and Q St
Metro: Dupont Circle (Red line)

PAST: ART Show on Craigslist! MAR 26th thru April 26th at the Civilian Arts Project on 7th St

Civilian Art Projects
406 7th St. NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC
Metro to Navy Archives or Gallery Place - Chinatowown

Hours: Wed-Sat 12 pm-6 pm

Works involving the popular Web site, by John and Joseph Dumbacher, Jason Horowitz and others, are on display now thru April 26th.

PAST: THURS, MAR 27th, Conversation with Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton at Bourbon, Free, 9:00pm

The Modernist Society presents a rare conversation with Eric Hilton of Theivery Corporation and ESL Music, followed by soul, funk, dub & international future classics from DJ's D-Mac & Neville C. Thursday, March 27th at Bourbon in Adams Morgan, 2321 18th St, NW. Event from 9:00pm - 1:00am. 21 and over and is free of charge. Sounds like fun!!

More on Chocolate! Other spots in the city...

Did you know that there is a Neuhuas store in Union Station? They sell delicious Belgium truffles. My friend used to bring them to me from Belgium so I was thrilled when they opened in DC. I know most people probably think of Godiva. If you haven't tried Neuhaus yet though, you may want to. They have a store in Union Station on the first floor, just a small to go store there.

For dark chocolate lovers... a thin and delicious bar that you can buy in stores, Scharffen Berger - my fave is the bittersweet extra dark chocolate bar in the blue wrapper. The full size bar is thinner and I like that one! You can usually find it at WholeFoods or Marvelous Market. Scharffen Berger

Downtown, near Farragut North, there is a shop called Chocolate Choclate I believe just off of 18th at M St I believe that also carries lots of chocolate for when you feel like indulging, prices there are not so cheap but the selection is good.

Across the street is also Chocolate Moose, which sells more than just chocolate and is certainly worth a visit:

In Georgetown, I just learned that there is a place called Leonidas tucked away in Cady's Alley and have pastries and chocolates and a cafe area.

I haven't been here yet, but I read about Biago's recently:

Coming Soon, a new Belgium chocolate spot at the corner of 18th and Florida at the bottom of Adams Morgan in the same building where Mint is.

See these articles for more ideas on chocolate in DC:

If you LOVE Chocolate... check out this new spot on 14th St!

If you LOVE Chocolate, you will want to stop by this spot on 14th St between Dupont and U St!

Just north of P St about a block and a half are 1529 14th St, ACKC is more NYC than DC, with bright red walls, colorful paintings and make your own hot chocolate and coffee drinks, along with lots of chocolates to choose from! Great spot for catching up with friends or a date or just for a nice pick me up! I just discovered this placed last week after checking out a play and made my own semi-sweet hot chocolate with Chile. My friend made a mint, vanilla mix with milk chocolate. They also have espresso and lots of other things you can add.

Be sure your drink in a real mug for the full effect, its the 12 oz small size! For some reason they don't have large mugs for in house. They also have chocolate tasting and chocolate making classes! Prices on chocolates and drinks are a bit on the higher end but it is a treat to go there, worth the indulgence.

New Chocolate Cafe on 14th St, ACKC

Just came across these articles with other chocolate shops in the area!

PAST: Free Class! Intro to Capoeira, WED, MAR 26th & SAT, MAR 29th

Free Intro to Capoeira Classes!
Wednesday, March 26th from 6:30-7:45pm
Saturday, March 29th from 2:00 - 3:30pm

Capoeira Classes
636 Florida Ave, NW
at the corner of 7th St

Monday, March 24, 2008

PAST: Meet the Artist Event THURS, MAR 27th at the Hirshorn, 7:00pm, Free

PAST: Event at Pangea TUES, MAR 25th at the IFC, Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking, 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

In honor of International Women's Day, there will be a special event at Pangea, located in the IFC building at 2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, from 5:30 - 8:30pm. The panel will discuss Human Trafficking. A reception will follow. RSVP to

PAST: Poetry Reading THURS, MAR 27th at LoC, 6:45pm, Free

Free Poetry Reading at the Library of Congress, Thursday, March 27th

Charles Wright & Mark Strand read from their work, 6:45pm at the Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave, SE. Metro to Capitol South, Blue or Orange Line. (202) 707-5394

PAST: Free Staged Reading WED, MAR 26th at 7:00pm at Woolly Mammoth

Free Staged Reading of "Three" at Woolly Mammoth, WED, March 26th at 7:00pm

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company presents a staged reading of three short plays by Michael Merino; in conjunction with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's "Playground Playwrights Group" series.

PAST: All Book Talks THURS eve, MAR 27th, Free

THURSDAY, March 26th, Book Talks, Free, 6:30pm and 7:00pm

Eric Haskell discusses and signs copies of The Gardens of Brecy, 6:30pm at the Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave, NW. For reservations call (202) 686-5807

Tricia R. Thomas discusses and signs copies of Nappily Faithful, A Novel, 7:00pm at Olsson's Books & Records, 418 7th St, NW (202) 638-7610

Jonathan Rosen discusses and signs copies of The Life of the Skies, 7:00pm at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW (202) 364-1919

PAST: All Book Talks WED eve, MAR 26th, Free

Author Events WEDNESDAY, March 26th at 6:30pm and 7:00pm, Free

E. Benjamin Skinner & Kevin Bales discuss their work, 6:30pm at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW (202) 387-7638

Michael Farquhar discusses and signs copies of A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans, 7:00pm at Olsson's Books & Records, 418 7th St, NW (202) 638-7610

Laura Lippman discusses and signs copies of Another Thing to Fall, 7:00pm at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW (202) 364-1919

PAST: All Book Talks, TUES, MAR 25th, Free, 6:00pm and 7:00pm

TUESDAY, March 25th, Free Book Talks, 6:00pm and 7:00pm

Micheal Connery discusses and signs copies of Youth to Power, 6:00pm
Busboys and Poets,
2021 14th St, NW (202) 387-7638

Mel Goodman discusses and signs copies of Failure of Intelligence, 7:00pm
Busboys and Poets in Shirlington,
4251 S. Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA

Fred Krupp discusses and signs copies of Earth: The Sequel, 7:00pm
Politics and Prose,
5015 Connecticut Ave, NW (202) 364-1919

PAST: Book Talks Tonight, MON, MAR 24th, at Busboys and Politics and Prose, Free

MONDAY, March 24th, Free, Book Talks

Mary Doria Russell discusses and signs copies of Dreamers of the Day, 7:00pm.

Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW. No near metro, accessible by metrobus from Van Ness or Friendship Heights or by car.

Maria Ochoa discusses and signs copies of Shout Out, 6:30pm.
Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW. Metro U St, yellow or green line.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

PAST: Support PEACE today! Head to McPherson Square for all day events!

It's MAR 19th so get out there to support PEACE! All day at McPherson Square. In the evening after work at 6:00 there will also be candlelight vigils at Lafayette Park and at The Key Bridge.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

PAST: Split this Rock Poetry Festival, Featured Readings this THURS , MAR 20th - SUN, MAR 23rd! $8 per event

Split this Rock! Poetry Festival
is happening this Thursday through Sunday!

Below are the featured readings that are open to the public "a la carte" that you can attend. $8 admission, $5 students. Readings on Thursday at 8 pm, Friday at 5 and 8, Saturday at 5 and 8, and Sunday at noon. All readings, unless noted, are at Bell Multicultural High School, located at 16th and Irving St, NW, Close to the Columbia Heights Metro Yellow or Green line or accessible by metro bus S2 or S4 along 16th St.

Thursday, March 20th at 8:00pm
Featured Readings by:

Martín Espada
Sam Hamill
E. Ethelbert Miller
Naomi Shihab Nye
Alix Olson

Friday, March 21st at 5:00
Readings by:

Grace Cavalieri
Stephen Kuusisto
Joel Dias Porter (DJ Renegade)
Ishle Yi Park
Winners of “The World & Me” Youth Poetry Contest

Friday, March 21st at 8:00
Readings by:

Jimmy Santiago Baca
Brian Gilmore
Semezhdin Mehmedinovic
Patricia Smith
Jeffrey Thomson (Winner, STR Poetry Contest)
Susan Tichy

Saturday, March 22nd at 5:00
Featured Readings by:

Coleman Barks
Pamela Uschuk
Belle Waring

Saturday, March 22nd at 8:00
Readings by:

Dennis Brutus
Kenneth Carroll
Mark Doty
Carolyn Forche
Alicia Ostiker

Sunday, March 23rd at Noon
At George Washington University
Cafritz Conference Center
800 21st Street, NW
Metro to Foggy Bottom, blue or orange line

Readings by:
Sharon Olds

For complete Bio's of readers and for more info:

Monday, March 17, 2008

PAST: Another ART opening at Art Whino! This FRI, MAR 21st, 6:00-Midnight, Free

Alexandria, V.A. Art Whino ( launches Texas MADE: Spotlight on 10 Texas Based Emerging Artists, March 21st, 2008 from 6 to 12p.m. at 717 N. Saint Asaph St. Alexandria, VA 22314. Show runs until - April 4th, 2008. Free Admission. Cash Bar available all evening.

Texas MADE:Spotlight on 10 Texas Based Emerging Artists
Continuing it's mission to bring the best works of art from various cultures and subcultures from around the world to the DC area, Art Whino now brings us Texas Made. Texas Made is a sampling of the prominent, graffiti-based contemporary Texan art culture. For the most part, the artists featured in Texas Made all have graffiti and street art backgrounds and have now broadened their scope to include works on canvas. Keeping in the vein of graffiti, these artists employ much of the same media and techniques one might expect to find outdoors, such as spray paint with stencils.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Saturday, March 15, 2008

PAST: POETRY at Noon at the Library of Congress, TUES, MAR 18th, 12:00pm, Free

POETRY: Jody Bolz, Dan Logan, & Preston Pullman read from their works on Tuesday, March 18th at Noon at the Library of Congress, Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave, SE. (202) 707-5394, Free. Metro: Capitol South

PAST: THEATRE: Staged Reading of “About Some Baby” at Woolly Mammoth, WED, MAR 19th, 7:00pm, Free

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company presents a staged reading of Kristen DeWulf's play about three couples and a baby who spend an evening in a Chinese restaurant.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Melton Rehearsal Hall, 641 D St, NW. (202) 393-3939

Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown Metro, a few blocks south just off the corner of 7th and D St

PAST: Concerts at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, 6:00pm Daily, Free

Here is a sample of some of the free concerts at the
Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage Shows are at 6:00pm daily every day of the week. See website for complete listings.

2700 F St. NW., (202) 467-4600 Free Shuttle from Foggy Bottom Metro.

SAT 15th: Kindler Cello Society

SUN 16th: Blues Alley Youth Orchestra

TUES 18th: McDowell Intermediate High School Orchestra

WED 19th: Christopher Dean Band, Blues

THURS 20th: Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Alumni Quartet

PAST: Book Talk about Raising Teens SUN , MAR 16th at 2:00pm, Bethesda, MD, Free

SUN, MAR 16th at 2:00pm in Bethesda at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St, Ann Cochran, Susan Kellan & Susan Land discuss Like Whatever: An Insider's Guide to Raising Teens.

PAST: BOOK TALKS at Olsson's on 7th, this WED MAR 19th and THURS 20th

Book Talks at Olsson's Books & Records in Chinatown, Free

WED 19th at 7:00, Keli Goff discusses and signs copies of Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence.

THURS 20th at 7:00,Alison Larkin reads from and signs copies of The English American, A Novel.

Olsson's Books & Records, in Chinatown between Navy Archives and Gallery Place Metro Stations, 418 7th St, NW. (202) 638-7610

PAST: This SUN, MAR 16th, POETRY Reading at Busboys and Poets, 4:00pm, Free

POETRY: SUN 16th at 4:00pm at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V St, NW

This Poetry Reading will be held in conjunction with “Split this Rock” Poetry Festival, Free Reading with Winona Addison, Naomi Ayala, Teri Ellen Cross and others

Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW two blocks from the U St Metro at the corner of 14th & V

Split This Rock Poetry Festival Info:

PAST: All BOOK TALKS this week at Politics and Prose, MAR 15th -- 20th, Free

Book events at Politics and Prose, Free

Saturday, March 15th – Thursday, March 20th.

SAT 15th: Morely Winograd & Michael D. Hais discuss and sign copies of Millennial Makeover, 1:00

Susan Deborah King discusses and signs copies of One-Breasted Woman, 6:00

SUN 16th: Irvin Yalom discusses and signs copies of Staring at the Sun, 5:00

MON 17th: Steven Goldman & Contributors discuss and sign copies of Baseball Prospectus 2008, 7:00

TUES 18th: Parag Khanna reads from and signs copies of The Second World, 7:00

WED 19th: Eric Alterman discusses and signs copies of Why We're Liberals, 7:00

THURS 20th: Jeffrey D. Sachs reads from and signs copies of Common Wealth, 7:00

Politics and Prose is located at 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW. (202) 364-1919.

PAST: Free passes to Drillbit Taylor screening available at The Dog Shop in Georgetown

So, I saw this in the City Paper but the date says Thursday March 18th, but that would be Tuesday March 18th actually so I am not sure what day the screening is going to be. It could be Thursday the 20th but my guess is that its Tuesday. Drillbit Taylor advance screening.

The passes are available at The Dog Shop, 1625 Wisconsin Ave. You may want to call in advance. 202-337-DOGS (3647) The pass is good for two, seating is on a first come first seated basis.

PAST: Now through MAR 22nd, Environmental Film Festival, lots of Free Screenings!

March 11th - March 22nd
16th Annual Environmental Film Festival

115 Documentary, Feature, Animated, Archival, Experimental and Children's Films selected to provide fresh perspectives on environmental issues facing our planet. Presented at venues throughout the city. Most screenings include discussions with filmakers and scientists and are FREE. For complete details and schedule visit

Free Dance Class at Joy of Motion, First Class only with coupon from CP

Grab a City Paper and clip out the ad for your first class free at Joy of Motion. Coupon expires on April 15th. Over 400 Classes to choose from. Locations in DC: Atlas, Dupont and Friendship Heights, and in Bethesda MD as well. See for more.

PAST: Speakeasy DC Open Mic Storytelling every Second TUES at 8:00pm, U St

Storytelling Open Mic every 2nd Tuesday of the month
"SpeakeasyDC" at Station 9, 1438 U St, 8:00pm
Metro: U St, yellow or green line

PAST: Free Intro Yoga Classes at Unity Woods MAR 14th - 30th!

Free Introductory YOGA Classes March 14th - March 30th

Unity Woods Yoga Center - Bethesda, Woodley Park, Arlington and Tenleytown locations

PAST: Reminder: Last few days of DC Independent Film & Music Festival, til MAR 16th

At GWU... bands, movies, and more!

See for complete schedule

ONGOING: Third THURS party at Cue Bar, "Laced" on U St, Free Party, 21+

Haven't been to this one yet but I heard it was pretty cool. Mostly Art and Sk8 crowd.

LACED - A free monthly party at the Cue Bar on U St
Third Thursday of each month
Metro to U St, address is 1115 U St

A unique blend of sights, sounds, games and the realest people.
VIDEOKILLERS ON THE VJ, Nintendo Wii, 80s/90s/classics,
pool tables, ping pong... insanity... Vitalize.

Every THIRD THURSDAY of the Month:
MAR: 3/20
APR: 4/17
MAY: 5/15

Friday, March 14, 2008

PAST: DJ Medusa & DJ Strange host "Wasteland" FRI, MAR 28th from 10:00pm - 3:00am, 21+, Free

My friends DJ Medusa and DJ Strange host this Friday night event!

The March edition of WASTELAND
will be held on Friday, March 28th
This event is FREE and runs from 10 p.m. - 3 a.m.

Friday, March 28 2008
@ Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club
1103 Bladensburg Road, N.E.
Washington, D.C.

You can see what Medusa and Strange have spun in the past by going here:

PAST: Morning Sadhana Intensive this SAT, MAR 15th in Adams Morgan, 5:00am - 9:00am, Donation as you like

Sadhana Intensive this Saturday at Studio Serenity in Adams Morgan 5:00am- 9:00am

Yes, you may come for only one or two of the events if that interests you. Please arrive promptly on time and wait until the previous session is over before coming in.

The full moon sadhana intensive in the tradition of the rishis is happening this Saturday, March 15th. Schedule is listed below. All profits will be donated towards charitable causes.

Studio Serenity, 2469 18th St NW Adams Morgan near 18th and Columbia

5oo-615am Meditation and Pranayama
630-745am Asana Practice
800-830a Sri Puja (devotional offering, you may bring offerings of flowers/fruit/whatever your heart feels it wants to offer for the ceremony, nothing is required)
830-900am Discourse and Questions/Answers

There is no fee for the session *Only give what you feel and please feel what you give*

Thursday, March 13, 2008

PAST: Arlington Arts Center "Wreckfest @ Tiffany's" FRI, MAR 28th, 3:00-8:00pm

It's your last chance to see the graffiti installation in the Tiffany Gallery at the Arlington Arts Center!

Wreckfest @ Tiffany’s
“Graffiti like you’ve never seen it!”
Hosted by The Pink Line Project
Friday, March 28th from 3:00 - 8:00 pm
Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Blvd in Arlington, VA

Live painting by Tim Conlon's crew:


4:30 pm Meet the artists

6:30 pm Panel Discussion: Graffiti Art and Hip Hop's Influence on Art and Culture

Jobyl A. Boone, Guest Curator, National Portrait Gallery
Tim, Conlon, Artist
Susan Smith-Pinelo, Artist
Philippa Hughes, Moderator

Light refreshments.

8:00 pm Party!
DJ, Fashion, Video, and Swag!

PAST: "Split this Rock" Poetry Festival! Next week, THURS, MAR 20th - SUN, MAR 23rd, Note, there is a fee to attend events

Split this Rock Poetry Festival
Thurs, March 20th - Sun, March 23rd
Read, Write, Resist!

Split This Rock Poetry Festival will bring poets and writers to Washington, D.C. on the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, in the midst of the presidential election, for four days of collaboration, learning, and performance. The festival will feature opportunities to build community and celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change. Join us as we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination.
Lots of great events and featured guest readers.

The Poetry Festival will be held mostly at Busboys and Poets and Bell Multicultural High School. Advance registration is recommended. Full four day event is $75 before March 15th, $85 after, daily passes are also available for $25. The student rate is $40, $50 after March 15th. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for each featured reading at $8 or $5 for students.

Home Page:
Full schedule of events:

PAST: SAT night, it's the Monthly "X" Party at BeBar! SAT, MAR 15th, 6:00 - 10:00pm

"XinDC" is a monthly event that attracts a lot of artistic and interesting folks!

The next one is this Sat, March 15th @ BeBar from 6:00-10:00pm, usually $8 or $5 with theme
1318 9th St, NW Metro: Mount Vernon Square – Convention Center, Yellow or Green Line

This month's theme is "Black and White" so come wearing all black and white and cover is only $5.

X = LIVE(Performance + Art + Projections + Electronica + Fashion) + YOU

To read more about X or to see video from prior events, visit:

PAST: This sounds fabulous! Six new plays by the Young Playwrights' Theatre, FRI, MAR 14th at the DCJCC, 7:30pm, Free!

I just got this info from a friend for this event tomorrow night at the DCJCC!

Young Playwrights' Theatre presents their new works series...
Admission is FREE
Six short plays will be featured during the evening
Friday, March 14th at 7:30pm
District of Columbia Jewish Community Center
1529 16th St. NW
Closest Metro: Dupont Circle
Arrive early for best seating.

Go on an adventure to the chocolate factory... and lots of other great things...This is going to be very fun... New plays by young playwrights in DC. This Friday prepare to be surprised, challenged and delighted by the latest plays from our Young Playwrights. The 2008 Festival is funny, imaginative, thoughtful and brimming with the power of bright young voices.The six playsto be performed in the festival reflect the variety and depth ofvoices found at all levels of learning in our diverse community. Join us as we honor and celebrate the incredible work of these young people.

"Keepin' Outta' Trouble" by Pete Hall
"A Chocolate Coated Adventure" by Sophie ReVeal
"The Black Sheep" by Gerson Blanco
"Puzzle" by Engedasew Menkir
"Destiny" by Qi Ling Li
"Terminated" by Nicole Cacozza

PAST: "Eating Green in DC" Special Event on WED, MAR 19th at Design Within Reach in Georgetown, 6:00-8:00pm, Free

Special Green Living Event next Wednesday!

"Eating Green in DC" on Wed, March 19th, 6:00-8:00pm, Free
Design Within Reach Georgetown Studio, 3307 Cady's Alley, NW

Professionals from Sweet Green, Hook and Le Pain Quotienne will join us for a panel discussion on what it means to eat green – from ingredients, to restaurant practices and the interior design. They'll provide an organic and sustainable menu sampling, as well as a lively discussion on eaterie-related environmental issues: local vs. organic, compost-able vs. recyclable. Gourmet and eco-friendly delicacies will be served.

Please RSVP to Annie at 202-339-9480 or

POSTPONED: "Kirtan Chanting and Veggie Potluck" in Cleveland Park, SAT, MAR 29th, 3:00 - 5:00pm, pay what you can

UPDATE: This Event has been Postponed and will not occur on the 29th.

Kirtan and Potluck
community event!
Saturday, March 29th 3:00-5:00pm - Canceled!
Cleveland Park Club
3433 33rd Pl, NW
Washington, DC 20008

(202) 363-0756

Come join us in raising our voices and singing! A call and response format where we sing in sanskrit. No experience necessary. Join the high energy and positive vibes as we gather as a community. After we sing, join together for food and friends. Bring a vegetarian dish to share if you can. Family and friends welcome (including children). Suggested Contribution $10. Pay what you can.

Email to RSVP.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

PAST: Reiki Talk and Book Signing at Oneness Place in Silver Spring, THURS, MAR 18th, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Free

Thursday March 13, 2008

Oneness Place, Silver Spring, MD
Time: 11am - 2pm
Venue: 962 Wayne Ave Silver Spring, MD
Topic: "The Japanese Art of Reiki".
Speaker: Frans and Bronwen Stiene

Metro: Silver Spring, just a few blocks north on Wayne Ave

Reiki Sourcebook authors Bronwen and Frans Stiene of The International House of Reiki, Sydney, Australia, bring their Shinpiden "mystery teachings" course to the DC Metro area for the first time as part of their World Tour. Reiki, from the traditional Japanese perspective, is for those ready for the next step beyond attunements, the Spirit of Reiki.

Frans is the co-author of The Reiki Sourcebook, The Japanese Art of Reiki, the A-Z of Reiki, and Your Reiki Treatment and is co-founder of the International House of Reiki, and he is recognized as a leading global Reiki researcher.

ONGOING: Traveler's Circle Meets Monthly on the first Wed, next one is APR 2nd, 6:30 - 10:00pm, Free

The Traveler's Circle (TC) is a 12-year-old, free, monthly wildlife and travel storytelling gathering. All are welcome! Come and share your love and travel and your stories!

TC meets on the first Wed of each month from 6:30-10pm (show up/leave whenever). Next meeting is April 2nd at the Kabab House at 1108 K Street, NW, between 11th and 12th, 3 blocks north of Metro Center. TC is sponsored by Chimp-n-Sea Wildlife Conservation Fund, For more info, email Mark at

Monday, March 10, 2008

PAST: Book Talk: TV show creator/ writer/ producer Gary David Goldberg talks at 6th and I, THURS, MAR 13th, 7:00pm, $6

Gary David Goldberg talks about his new Memoir
Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $6, or get two free tickets with the purchase of the book on the night of the program
Sixth and Eye Synagogue, 6th & I St, NW, Chinatown metro

Gary David Goldberg, writer/creator/producer of Family Ties, Spin City and Brooklyn Bridge among many other television and film credits, including the hit film, Must Love Dogs, has written a new memoir called "Sit, Ubu, Sit: How I Went from Brooklyn to Hollywood with the Same Woman, the Same Dog, and a Lot Less Hair." The memoir is a reflection on Goldberg’s experiences with fame and fortune and the importance of being true to one’s own creative vision. Themes of love, family, friendship and roots pervade each page with Gary’s Jewish psyche lovingly appearing throughout the book.

PAST: Performance Artist Laurie Anderson will speak about Andy Warhol's piece on SAT, MAR 15th at 4:30, Smithsonian, Free!

This looks like a must attend in my book. I've been a fan of Laurie Anderson for years and this is a rare opportunity to hear her speak in the area as she usually performs.

Laurie Anderson will present a talk on Andy Warhol's piece Little Electric Chair as part of the American Pictures Distinguished Lecture Series this Sat, March 15th, at 4:30pm. The event is free. Tickets are available beginning at 3:30 at the G St lobby information desk. Doors open for the lecture at 4:00.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery is located just across from Chinatown metro between F and G, 7th and 9th.

PAST: DC Independent Music Festival and Film Festival... Events through MAR 16th, see links for info!

Just heard about this festival that started a few days ago!

Now - March 16th
DC independent Music Festival and DC Independent Film Festival.
At GWU Campus, easily accessible by metro or bus.
Metro: you can walk from Farragut or Foggy Bottom.

DC Independent Film Festival
Home Page for DCIFF:

DC Independent Music Festival
Music Events at 6:00pm and 10:00pm most days!
Some of the events are event free or don't cost a lot.

PAST Reminder: Art Opening at Busboys and Poets THURS, MAR 13th, 5:00-8:00, Free

Check out Michele's art opening at Busboys and Poets this Thursday eve from 5:00 - 8:00! We'll both be there, of course! Hope you might join us. See previous post from March 2nd for complete info or see links below:

Busboys and Poets is located at14th & V St
just 1 block from the U St metro

Michele de la Menardiere

Sold Out: WED, MAR 26th Local artist "Christlylez" Bacon, Hip-Hop Artist, Guitarist Performs at Strathmore Manison, 7:30pm, $10

Chris Bacon, hip-hop artist, guitarist
Presented by Strathmore

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 7:30 PM

This guy rocks! I highly encourage you to check him out if you can. You won't be disappointed.
The concert earlier this month sold out so I suggest buying your tickets in advance as this is a rather small and intimate space. To purchase tickets, see link below. Tickets are $10

Christylez Bacon (pronounced chris-styles) is a native Southeast Washingtonian and a living testament of groundbreaking hip-hop, self-expression, and pure artistry. As a musician, Christylez incorporates the elements of jazz guitar, the cultural sounds of the djembe drum, the organic percussion of the human beat-box, and spoons (yes ...spoons).

Currently, he is working on a full-length project called, Advanced Artistry and has finished a small body of work entitled, The Acoustic Project EP, consisting only of lyrics, human beatbox, and acoustic guitar. In addition to working on other projects simultaneously, Christylez makes a living as a creative writing teacher at several middle schools in D.C. Quoting Bomani Armah (producer/artist,) from a Washington Post article, "Chris is the future."

PAST: Reminder for "Emerge Exposed" Photography Panel and Mixer this WED, MAR 12th

“Emerge Exposed” Panel discussion on collecting photography: RSVP Requested

Hosted by The Pink Line Project and Civilian Art Projects in collaboration with DCist. For the emerging and experienced art collector. Learn about editions, printing processes, archiving, and more! The panel begins promptly at 7 PM - $10. Mix and mingle at 8 PM - free.

Wednesday, March 12
th from 7:00-9:00pm, $10
Civilian Arts Projects, 406 7th St, NW 3rd Floor

Sarah Kennel, Photography Curator at the National Gallery of Art
Henry Thaggert, Collector
Jason Falchook, Photographer
Alyssa Rosenberg, Emerging Collector
Philippa Hughes, Moderator

The winners of the DCist photography contest will be on display in the gallery!
See photos on flickr at
There are some really fabulous photos on there, I spent quite some time looking at them myself!


The Pink Line Project is run by an acquaintance of mine, Phillipa P.B. Hughes. It supports outstanding artists and fosters intellectual and artistic innovation through programs and events that are fueled by the transformative power of art.
The Pink Line Project:

Saturday, March 8, 2008

PAST: Free Concerts in MD this week! SUN, MAR 9th, MON, MAR 10th and TUES, MAR 11th

It looks like all of the free concerts are in MD this week except for the ongoing Sun eve concerts at the National Gallery of Art in DC, which you also link to through this blog.

SUN, March 9th at 2:00pm

CLASSICAL: Montgomery College Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Czarkowski, Conductor, Sun, March 9th at 2:00pm, Free, at Montgomery College, Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St, Rockville, MD (240) 567-5301

MON, March 10th at 10:00am and 7:30pm

JAZZ: Gary Burton plays the Vibraphone, Mon, March 10th at 10:00am, Free, at the University of Maryland, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall,
University Blvd. & Stadium Drive, College Park, MD (301) 405-2787

CLASSICAL: Guareni String Quartet performs on Mon, March 10th at 7:30pm at the University of Maryland, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Free. University Blvd. & Stadium Drive, College Park, MD (301) 405-2787

TUES, March 11th at 5:30pm

WORLD: Alif Laila plays the Sitar on Tues, March 11th at 5:30pm at the University of Maryland, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Free,
University Blvd. & Stadium Drive, College Park., (301) 405-2787

PAST: Poetry at IOTA in Arlington, VA, SUN, MAR 9th, 6:00pm, Free

in Arlington, VA close to Clarendon Metro, in conjunction with the "Iota Poetry Series" Sun, March 9th at 6:00pm, Free. Heather Davis, Brian Gilmore, Steven B. Rogers, and Melissa Tuckey discuss their work. IOTA Club & Cafe is a short walk from the Clarendon Metro at 2832 Wilson Blvd (703) 522-8340

PAST: All BOOK TALKS this week, SAT, MAR 8th - THURS, MAR 13th, Free

Listed in order of event date and time, Please note that links to locations listed are at the bottom of this post

SAT, MARCH 8th at 6:00pm

Robin Wright discusses and signs copies of Dreams and Shadows. Sat, March 8th at 6:00pm, Free, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW (202) 364-1919

SUN, MARCH 9th at 1:00pm and 6:00pm

Lee White discusses and signs copies of Government for the People. Sun, March 9th at 1:00pm, Free, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW

MON, March 10th at 7:00pm

Chris Hedges discusses and signs copies of I Don't Believe in Atheists. Mon, March 10th at 7:00pm, Free, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW

TUES, March 11th at 10:30am and 7:00pm

James Gurney discusses and signs copies of Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara. Tues, March 11th at 10:30am, Free, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW

Jan England discusses and signs copies of A Billion Lives.Tues, March 11th at 7:00pm, Free, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW

WED, March 12th at 3:00pm and 7:00pm

Norma Tilden discusses Creative Nonfiction: The Wreck and Not the Story. Wed, March 12th at 3:00pm, Free, at Georgetown University, New South Film Screening Room, 3700 O St, NW (202) 687-7435

Joseph Horowitz discusses and signs copies of Artists In Exile. Wed, March 13th at 7:00pm, Free, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW

THURS, March 13th at 7:00pm

Scott Simon discusses and signs copies of Windy City. Thurs, March 13th at 7:00pm, Free, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW

Brian Winter discusses and signs copies of Long After Midnight at the Nino Bien: A Yanqui's Missteps in Argentina. Thurs, March 13th at 7:00pm, Free, at Olsson's Books & Records, 1307 19th St, NW, half block from Dupont Circle Metro, South exit, (202) 785-1133 Best reached by car or metro bus, bit of a walk from metro A short walk from Clarendon metro, close to WholeFoods Georgetown University's full online calendar of events