Monday, August 25, 2008

PLEASE NOTE: No new posts or updates this week... It's a holiday weekend coming up and I'll be offline through Labor Day

Just a reminder that I won't have access to the interent until after Labor Day, Sigh... I'll update when I'm back online! Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

PAST: Author Event at Riverby Books WED, August 27th, 7:00pm, Free

Louise Farmer Smith reads from her work this WED, August 27th at 7:00pm at Riverby Books, 417 E. Capitol St, SE. Free.

UPCOMING: For more ideas, see Cultural Tourism DC!

Cultural Tourism DC is a super resource! Lots of great events and info on here, many of which are free. Check out the neighborhood guides and walking tours as well. Cultural Tourism DC:

PAST: Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project 4th Annual Showcase SAT, Sept 6th, Pay what you can! SUN, Sept 7th at 3:00 Free performance also!

This should be a super event! My friend Kristen is the Drum Lady behind this group and she does awesome work. I hope you will come out to support her and the girls she works with. I am sure you will be inspired by their rhythmn and their words!

Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project
4th Annual SHOWCASE: Rhythmic Lyfe Explosion!
SAT Sept 6th, SAT & SUN, Sept 13th & 14th, 7:00pm

The Flii Beat Ladiez present: Rhythmic Lyfe Explosion
Featuring: 12 young women ages 12-18 and their mentors performing:
original, riveting, brilliant poetry tight, funky, groovy rhythms
mesmorizing movement and scrumptuous songs

SAT, Sept 6th, 7:00pm OPENING NIGHT - pay what u can (min. $5 please)

Also, SAT Sept 13th at 7:00pm and SUN, Sept 14th at 7:00pm, $10 students with valid ID, $15 others

In Adams Morgan just a few blocks behind Columbia Rd & 18th St
at the Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts, 1700 Kalorama Rd NW

FREE performance on SUN, Sept 7th at 3:00pm:
A special interactive performance featuring only the rhythmic pieces of our show…
at the Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Rd NW

YWDEP strives to create a safe space for young women to build unity with one another, and to fearlessly express their authentic selves through drumming, spoken word poetry, song, movement and performance. YWDEP is a One Common Unity program. This performance is made possible in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Read more at:

PAST: Free Performances Every Day at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Just a reminder...

The Kennedy Center has Free Performances Every Day, No Tickets Required
Performance Time: 6:00pm. If you can't get there for the show, you can also watch it live online or stream it later!

For a complete schedule of performances, please see:

Metro: Foggy Bottom, Free KC Shuttle runs every 10 minutes or so.

Please NOTE that if you can't make it in person for the concert, you can still STREAM the shows LIVE or watch them for free anytime on your computer! This is a great alternative, also great to watch a whole archive of performances anytime when you are looking for some entertainment! See the link on the Kennedy-Center site to stream the performances!

REMINDER: UPCOMING: There are many Poetry, Film and Book Events at Busboys & Poets! Please see their website

For all Book Talks, Films, Poetry Open Mics and Events at Busboys and Poets, please see:

Busboys and Poets in DC is located at 14th & V St, NW
Metro: U St, yellow or green line
Car is needed to access the Shirlington, VA location

PAST: ART OPENING at Civilian Art Projects, FRI, Sept 5th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Free

"Way Down in New Orleans"
Opens September 5 - Up until October 11, 2008

Showing just days after the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Way Down in New Orleans unites an array of New Orleans-based artists with other artists nationwide. The opening will be at CAP, located at 406 7th Street NW, Third Floor, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm on Friday, Sept 5th.

Metro: Navy Archives is closest or you can walk from Gallery Place Chinatown a few blocks south on 7th.

PAST: BOOK TALKS this week at Politics & Prose, 7:00pm, Free

Monday, August 25: Moustafa Bayoumi recounts the stories of seven young Arab Americans whose lives have been profoundly affected by 9/11 and “The War on Radical Islam.” Bayoumi, a professor of English at Brooklyn College, calls his book HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A PROBLEM?

Tuesday, August 26: Abbe Smith, co-director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at Georgetown Law, reveals the underside of the American criminal justice system. In CASE OF A LIFETIME, Smith tells the story of Kelly Jarrett, jailed for almost three decades for a crime that she did not commit.

Wednesday, August 27: Popular history writer Eleanor Herman tells a true story that reads like fiction, MISTRESS OF THE VATICAN: The true Story of Olimpia Maidalchini: the Secret Female Pope.

August 28 – September 1: Labor Day weekend. No author talks.

Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Metro: L2 bus along Conn Ave or a bit of a walk from Van Ness Metro Station

PAST: FILM The 80's classic, Goonies, this THURS, August 28th at 8:30pm, Free

Summer Movie Mania continues with its FREE MOVIES outside on the Stead Park soccer field, enter from P Street between 16th & 17th Streets. The final free offering in this series will be the '80s classic, Goonies on August 28th at 8:30pm.

Friday, August 22, 2008

NOTE: I'll be traveling this week through Labor Day and won't be online...

I'll be traveling starting today and without internet all of this coming week, this Monday through Monday, Sept 1st.  Note that I will not be able to post new events or update the blog.

PAST: Rock and Roll Hotel, my friends perform! MOTHER and Greenland, this SAT Aug 23rd, Doors at 9:00pm, $10

SAT night at the Rock and Roll Hotel, 13th and H St, NE - My friend Brad's fabulous Band - MOTHER - plays! The show starts at 9, I think they will go on at 10. Also, Greenland is headlining and they are great fun. Admission is $10

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

PAST: Free Yoga & Meditation Session TUES, August 19th at Art of Living in DC, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Tonight at the Art of Living, 2401 15th St across from Meridian Hill Park. Between U St Metro and Columbia Heights, though I would suggest Columbia Heights as it is a bit uphill from U St. You can also take the 16th St bus from downtown to Euclid St and walk back on 15th. From 7:00pm - 8:00pm tonight. Register at more at

Friday, August 15, 2008

PAST: POETRY: SAT, August 16th "Poets in the Park" in Virginia

"Poets in the Park"
August 16, 8 pm
On Saturday, August 16, Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Virginia, is hosting its first annual "Poets in the Park" event, an evening of poetry connected to nature, people, and local history.
The park invites writers from throughout the DC area to participate in this event, which will be treated like an open mic. The deadline for submission is this Friday, August 14.

Submissions to Contact Janelle Esposito at 703-221-7181 for more information.

To see if this location is accessible by metro rail and bus, try the trip planner at

PAST: POETRY: This SUN, August 17th 4:00pm-6:00pm at Busboys and Poets

Sunday Kind of Love
August 17, 4-6 pm
Featuring poets Kim Roberts and Thomas Sayers Ellis
Busboys and Poets (14th & V Streets), Langston Room

The series is hosted by Katy Richey and Melissa Tuckey. Sponsors include Busboys and Poets and Split This Rock Poetry Festival.

As always, bring your poems for the open mic!

PAST: BOOK TALKS this TUES - THURS, August 19-21 at Politics and Prose

Book talks this week at Politics and Prose. Events are free and start at 7:00pm

Tuesday, August 19: Breena Clarke burst on the Washington scene a few years ago with her lovely novel about growing up black in Georgetown during the ‘20s, River Cross My Heart. She continues to write about her native Washington in her new book, STAND THE STORM, which takes place before and during the Civil War.

Wednesday, August 20: Scientist, musician, and author Daniel Levitin continues to explore how the brain works on music in his new book THE WORLD IN SIX SONGS, organized around six essential themes: friendship, joy, comfort, knowledge, religion, and love. Parthenon Huxley, the former frontman for ELO, will be joining Levitin at this event.

Thursday, August 21: The notable fiction writer Paul Auster will read from MAN IN THE DARK. The novel toggles between two tales—one ruminative, the other fantastic. Both relate to retired book critic August Brill, who is recuperating from a car wreck at his daughter's home in Vermont.

For the August calendar, click here.

Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 364-1919 or (800) 722-0790

L2 Bus is the best way to get there, or by car.

PAST: POETRY: GPI Rocks the Mic in Dupont Circle this MON, August 18th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Come on out!

GPI is back this Monday in Dupont Circle! Come out to listen or to Rock the Mic outside by the fountain! My friend Mo hosts this month, you are sure to be in for a treat!

Monday, August 18th from 7:00 - 9:00pm 
GPI's Lyrical Ambush Open Mic
Dupont Circle at the Fountain

As always, drummers are welcome to bring drums to accompany interested poets. Poets can bring MP3 players with tracks. The GPI creates the vehicle -- but YOU create the show! In case of rain call: (800) 886-6157 to check status of event.

PAST: Reminder: Free Jazz Concerts every FRI outdoors by the fountain at the National Sculpture Garden, 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Now until October 3rd, the National Gallery of Art hosts free Jazz Concerts every Friday night in the Sculpture Garden! 

Below are the remaining concerts for August:


Perry Conticchio Jazz (Saxophone)
August 15 from 5:00 to 8:30
The Young Lions (Jazz Rock)
August 22 from 5:00 to 8:30

Daysahead (Rhythm and Blues Jazz)
August 29 from 5:00 to 8:30
The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, located on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, is bounded by Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive and by 7th and 9th Streets NW.
Also note that the fabulous indoor Classical Concerts Series at the National Gallery of Art, Sunday nights at 6:30pm will continue in October!

PAST: Reminder: James Bond Film Festival every THURS eve thru August 28th, 8:00pm, Free

As part of the NoMa Film Festival, James Bond Films will be shown every Thursday night at 8:00pm for free one block from the New York Avenue Metro Station, at New York & Florida Ave, NE. Rain or Shine. The James Bond Summer Film Festival runs from May 8th - Auguest 28th. Bond films will be screened in chronological order, beginning with the 1962 Dr. No on May 8th. See website for complete info. and

PAST: The next 'X' Party at BeBar is this SAT, August 16th, 7:00 - 11:00pm,

Just a reminder for the monthly 'X' Party at BeBar! This month's theme is Obama, and all proceeds go to the Obama campaign! My friend Ricardo who has been a bit part of organizing 'X' parties is off working for the campaign now. Reduced admission for those wearing Obama inspired outfits, which is $5 still. I'm pretty sure regular admission is $8. This is always a really fun, diverse crowd, and you can stick around after if you like, the place turns into a club. I'll be out of town this weekend so have fun if you go! Below is the info from facebook. Metro: Mt Vernon Square - Convention Center. The club is on 9th between N and Q Streets, NW.
Event Info
88DC/Flavored Layers
Time and Place
Saturday, August 16, 2008
7:00pm - 11:00pm
1318 9th St. NW
Washington, DC

Contact Info


'X' Party + Design Competion Creative.Culture.Evolution.



Guest Curator: Howard Park - Obama's Communications Director, DC
Music: Nalepa, Aligning Minds feat.
Robert Manos
Designers: Marc Everett, Alex Gold, Graham Jackson
Performer: Yilla
Vendor: Moira McCauley
Projections: John Bowen
Videographer: Jason Cox
Photography: Graham Meyer
Live Painting: Cheryl D. Edwards


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

PAST: POETRY & Open Mic event, HOME, at Hillyer Art Space this FRI, August 15th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, $5

Hillyer Open Mic Events (HOME)

This Friday night, August 15th, from 7:00-9:00, International Arts & Artists hosts another event in its "Hillyer Open Mic Events" (HOME) spoken word poetry series. This month will be hosted by Simone Jacobson and will be featuring the poetry of Chirstopher K.P. Brown. After the feauture, there will also be an open mic. Poets interested in performing should arrive between 6:00 and 7:00 to sign up on the list.

In keeping with IA&A's mission of promoting cross cultural understanding through the arts, the HOME series provides a forum for expression, exchange of ideas and artistic collaborations. This event is free for IA&A members and $5 for non-members. All proceeds go towards supporting Hillyer's local artist series and public programs in the gallery.

This is a really cool space, very intimate with super acoustics. I was there last month for the first time and was rather impressed. You can read more about the featured post, Christopher K.P. Brown at

Directions: Note that the gallery is a bit hard to find as it is in the alley that is behind the Phillips Collection museum, you actually need to cut through the alley where the old and new buildings meet and walk back to the right. The alley entrance is on 21st St on the Phillips Museum side between Q & R Streets, NW

Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St Exit

9 Hillyer Court NW | Washington, DC | 20008 | More about Hillyer at:

PAST: ART OPENING for Matt Sesow and Dana Ellyn, just back from China!

Opening Reception for Dana and Matt's new work from their trip to China is this SAT, August 16th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at the Long View Gallery in Mt Vernon Square/ Chinatown area. The gallery is located at 1302 9th St, NW.

Long View Gallery

Washington, DC
August 16 - September 20, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 16 6-9pm

For more about Matt Sesow & Dana Ellyn:

PAST: Reminder: This THURS is the last concert in the Fort Reno Park Series

See previous post for details. Concert is outdoors and free, very close to the Tenleytown Metro. Last I heard, the band was still TBA (to be announed).

Monday, August 11, 2008

PAST: Reminder: Outdoor Activities, "Screen on the Green" Superman & Live Bands at Fort Reno Park!

See previous posts for complete details on these two events. Screen on the Green is on the National Mall and Fort Reno Park is close to Tenleytown Metro.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

PAST: BOOK TALKS this week at Politics and Prose, MON-THURS August 11th-14th, 7:00pm, Free

Monday, August 11, Dick Meyer, a journalist for CBS and now NPR, will discuss WHY WE HATE US, a look at the facets of our market-driven culture we’re less proud of.

Tuesday, August 12, George Pelecanos will read from and talk about his latest DC-based thriller, THE TURNAROUND, already getting rave reviews (click here for the New York Times review).

Wednesday, August 13, Ted Widmer, a Clinton administration foreign policy advisor and speechwriter, presents his ARK OF THE LIBERTIES, a look at how the concept of liberty has shaped American foreign policy.

Thursday, August 14, find out about THE SECRET LAWS OF ATTRACTION, and how they work in public and private situations, with Talane Miedaner, a life coach.


For Metro bus access see trip planner at  

Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 364-1919

Please see our Website for all upcoming events. For the August calendar, click here.

Monday, August 4, 2008

PAST: THEATRE: This is the last week to check out "The Neverending Story" at Imagination Stage! Ticket charge applies

This is the last week to check out Imagination Stage’s production of The Neverending Story!  

This summer, Imagination Stage brings the soaring adventure, The Neverending Story, to the stage for the first time. This thrilling drama in the epic spirit of The Lord of the Rings is the story of young Bastian, who gets swept up in the quest to save the land of Fantastica and all its fanciful inhabitants. The show, for ages 6 and up, runs June 24 to August 10, Tuesdays-Fridays at 10:30am; and Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 and 3:30; plus Saturday evenings at 7:00pm. Show ends August 10th

Imagination Stage is located at 4908 Auburn Avenue, in Bethesda. Tickets are $10-$20 and may be purchased online at, or by calling 301-280-1660. for metro accessibility.

Mention that you are a Politics and Prose customer and save $2.00 per ticket.  Also look for Anu Yadav in the show, she's a great local artist and performer who is part of the ensemble! 

PAST: LECTURE: "Do All Indians Live in Tipis?..." TUES, August 5th at noon, Free

"Do all Indians Live in Tipis?" and Other Compelling Questions, Lecture by Edwin Schupman, citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and education materials developer at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Tues, August 5th at noon, Free. 

James Madison Memorial Building

Independence Avenue SE, between 1st & 2nd Streets.

see for metro trip planner access

PAST: LECTURE on Fuel Cells, TUES, August 5th in Arlington, VA, 6:00pm, Free

CafĂ© Scientifique Arlington: Lecture on Fuel Cells by Robert Rose, of the U.S. Fuel Cell Council/Fuel Cells 2000, and Christy Cooper, of the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Program. Tuesday, August 5th at 6:00pm, Free. 

This event will be held at The Front Page, 4201 Wilson Blvd in Arlington, VA. I think that this is close to the Metro station along the orange line, please see for metro access. 

PAST: POETRY DC Youth Poetry event at the Lincoln Theatre this WED, August 6th, 6:30pm, Free!

Poetry Event this Wed, August 6th at 6:30pm, at the Lincoln Theatre, Free! 

Self-Portrait: Poems from the Soul of the City: Poetry written by Washington D.C. Youth Participants in the Humanities Council’s 2008 Soul of the City Summer Leadership Program. The Lincoln Theatre is located across from the U St Metro exit at 1215 U St, NW.

PAST: BOOK TALKS this TUES, August 5th, Free

Book Talks this Tuesday, August 5th

6:30pm, Eric Roston, discusses and signs Carbon Age: How Life’s Core Element Became Civilizations Greatest Threat.

Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books is located at 1990 K St, NW 

Metro: Farragut  North or Farragut West


6:00pm, Local Author, Steven Shafarman, discusses and signs Peaceful, Positive Revolution: Economic Security for Every American. Steve is also the creator of Flex-Aware and an old acquaintance of mine so I hope you’ll check him out!

Busboys and Poets is located at the corner of 14th & V St, NW

Metro: U St

ONGOING & UPCOMING: Free Concerts at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Every Day, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Free!

Free Performances Every Day, No Tickets Required

Performance Time: 6 p.m. Eastern, unless otherwise noted

For a complete schedule of performances, please see:

Metro: Foggy Bottom, Free KC Shuttle runs every 10 minutes or so.

Please NOTE that if you can't make it in person for the concert, you can still STREAM the shows LIVE or watch them for free anytime on your computer! This is a great alternative, also great to watch a whole archive of performances anytime when you are looking for some entertainment! See the link on the Kennedy-Center site to stream the performances!

OF NOTE: Check out "Cultural Tourism DC" for links to lots of great events!

Cultural Tourism DC is a super resource! Lots of great events and info on here, many of which are free. Check out the neighborhood guides and walking tours as well. Cultural Tourism DC:

OF NOTE: ONGOING: "Swimming, Swimming in the Swimming Pool..." Where to Swim in the City for Free!

For a list of pools, see the Dept of Parks and Recreation link below:,a,1239,q,550518.asp

Free for DC Residents, close to free for others!

PAST: Free Live Concerts in Fort Reno Park every MON & THURS now thru August 14th, 7:15pm - 9:00pm

Below are the remaining concerts in the Summer series:
Monday, August 4th
Thursday, August 7th
Monday, August 11th
Thursday, August 14th
All Shows Begin Promptly at 7:15pm and are over by 9:30pm

Metro: Just a short walk from Tenleytown Metro!

Directions are available here from Google Maps.

PAST: Baseball themed FILM Series every WED night thru Aug 20th! 6:30pm, Free

You are invited to “REEL in the RIVERFRONT!” every WEDNESDAY night this Summer!

Free Baseball themed movies and more just steps from the new Ballpark at the Department of Transportation’s Headquarters, at the corner of Tingey St. and New Jersey Avenue, SE. Easily accessibly by Metro to Navy-Yard.

The exciting Free Summer Movie Series is for all ages and features Interactive Baseball Games, Food, Music, Drinks, Contests, Vendor booths and MORE! Sports fans, movie buffs, residents of the Riverfront area and tourists alike are invited to participate in numerous FREE activities in addition to the movies.

WEDNESDAY eves all Summer long!

The fun starts at 6:30pm and goes until 10pm

Below are the remaining eves planned for the summer!

Aug 6 - The Sandlot

Aug 13 (Nats v. NYM) - The Natural

Aug 20 - The Pride of the Yankees (just added!)

“Riverfront Reel” Baseball Themed Movies in the Capitol Riverfront

Where: At the Department of Transportation’s Headquarters, DOT PLAZA, located just a few steps from the Nationals Ballpark at 1 Tingey St, SE at the corner of Tingey and New Jersey Ave, SE.

Metro: Navy Yard, Ballpark exit. For metro directions, use the trip planner

PAST: Live Swing Music every THURS night, outside in Silver Spring! Now - August 14th, 7:00pm, Free

"Silver Spring Swings" every Thursday night, June 12th - August 14th at 7:00pm, Free!

Every week, a different outdoor concert in the heart of downtown Silver Spring, MD at the outdoor shopping area Silver Plaza locateda abetween Georgia Ave & Fenton.

Metro to Silver Spring or take S2 or S4 bus from 16th St straight to Silver Spring Metro Station.

PAST: MUSIC: This THURS Evening, August 7th, Concert at the Zoo! Last in the series, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Free

Music - Sunset Serenades Summer Concert Series

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 

Location: Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Join Friends of the National Zoo for their annual summer concert series, Sunset Serenades! 
Held Thursday evenings, the concerts feature local artists performing a wide variety of music. The concerts also include up-close encounters with a Zoo animal, and visitors are welcome to bring their own food and picnic on the hillside or purchase refreshments from the Zoo’s Mane Restaurant.

The last concert of this summer is: 
  • August 7: GHz [Gigahertz] (psychedelic blues)
Event Information
Location Lion/Tiger Hill
Admission: Free
Reservations: Not required
Phone: 202-633-4480
For more info: 

General Information
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Address: 3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan (Red line) 
or take the L2 or L4 bus
Phone: 202-633-4800

PAST: MUSIC: FRI Live Jazz in the Sculpture Garden at NGA! 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

Now until October 3rd, the National Gallery of Art hosts free Jazz Concerts every Friday night in the Sculpture Garden!

Below are the concerts listed for August:


The Greg Hatza ORGANization (Hammond Organ)
August 1 from 5:00 to 8:30
QuinTango (Tango)
August 8 from 5:00 to 8:30
Perry Conticchio Jazz (Saxophone)
August 15 from 5:00 to 8:30
The Young Lions (Jazz Rock)
August 22 from 5:00 to 8:30
Daysahead (Rhythm and Blues Jazz)
August 29 from 5:00 to 8:30
The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, located on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, is bounded by Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive and by 7th and 9th Streets NW.

Also note that the fabulous indoor Classical Concerts Series at the National Gallery of Art, Sunday nights at 6:30pm will continue in October!

PAST: FILM: "Random Acts of Kindness, A Documentary of Giving" SAT, August 9th at the Historical Society of DC, 2:00pm, Free

Saturday, August 9, 2:00pm at the Historical Society of DC Free Film Series: 

Random Acts of Kindness, A Documentary of Giving
55 minutes, 2008.

This social-conscious documentary, Random Acts, A Documentary of Giving chronicles the travel experiences of Washington’s entrepreneur, Juanita Britton after she had a life transforming dream. This powerful experience compelled her to travel with a crew of filmmakers, writers, photographers and a few friends to South Africa, Swaziland and Senegal
for two weeks on a mission of random acts of kindness to women and children in rural areas. The mission became so inspiring that the entire crew began to share and experience the power of giving. This film is not to be missed! (Ages 12 to Adults) or 202-383-1828.

Located just across from the Convention Center at 801 K St, NW 
Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown or Mt Vernon Square and walk a few blocks Circulator Bus also drops right there 

Friday, August 1, 2008

PAST: Reminder: Last few days to check out Books for America Sale, 50 % off thru SUN, August 3rd

50% Off Sale ends this Sunday, August 3rd!  

Books for America is located in Dupont Circle on 22nd St at the corner of P St. When you get to Soho Coffee, make a left on 22nd, 1417 22nd Street, NW. This is one of the BEST secrets in this city I think... a super cool bookstores that benefits others...  all books are always super cheap, usually in perfect condition or slightly used, now an additional 50% off!  Most books are under $5. Open 10:00am - 6:00pm on SAT and 11:00am - 5:00pm on SUN!

Metro: Dupont Circle, you can also walk up 22nd from Foggy Bottom

PAST: FILM: Save the Date! August 28th at 8:30pm, Film Screening of Goonies, Free

Save the Date! Summer Movie Mania continues with its FREE MOVIES outside on the Stead Park soccer field, enter from P Street between 16th & 17th Streets. The final free offering in this series will be the '80s classic, Goonies on August 28th at 8:30pm

PAST: OF NOTE: Tax Free DC Week starts this SAT August 2nd, runs through SUN August 10th!

Shop Tax Free in DC from August 2nd - 10th!

(Washington, DC) Just in time for back-to-school shopping, the District of Columbia will offer buyers an exemption from the 5.75 percent sales tax for school supplies, clothing, shoes, and accessory items costing $100 or less. The Sales Tax holiday will begin 12:01 am Saturday, August 2, through midnight Sunday, August 10.

“No matter how much you spend on clothing, accessories, footwear and school supplies, as long as each item costs $100 or less, there will be no sales tax to pay.”

The sales tax exemption will apply to each eligible item regardless of how many items are sold on the same bill to a customer. It will also apply to layaway sales if the retailer and customer enter into a layaway agreement or the customer makes the final payment on the layaway order during the exemption period.

PAST: New Art Space + Music! This SAT, August 2nd at BloomBars in Columbia Heights, 9:00pm, suggested donation $5

Just wanted to pass along this invite that I got for a new space in Columbia Heights, close to Wonderland Ballroom. 

This Saturday, August 2nd starting at 9:00pm, you can check out the Third Bloom of BloomBars!  This week, they welcome Makepeace Brothers fresh off a world tour, House of Blues and the Fillmore. With an unclassifiable eclectic mix of bluegrass, jazz, Brazilian, African world rhythms and Celtic, their sounds are as worldly as their messages. Just ask the thousands of Jason Mraz fans they played for during the Music Magic and Make Peace tour. Listen at: or 

The Washington Posts Going Out Gurus once again picked BloomBars as the place to be on Saturday: 

The show is free, but there is a suggested $5 donation. Also, check the website, A few updates and videos from the Blooms you caught or missed. Also, adding more programming soon that will begin to hint at the CauseChange connection. 

BloomBars is located at 3222 11th St, NW, just a few blocks from the metro!
Metro: Columbia Heights, green or yellow line

REMINDER: To see all UPCOMING & ONGOING events, please use the search box, click on the July Archive or simply scroll through the blog!

PAST: BOOK TALKS this week at Politics and Prose, THURS, July 31st - August 7th, 7:00pm, Free

In the week to come, as we enter August, we are going into a weekday-only mode for author talks. All events start at 7:00pm.

On Thursday, July 31, we are pleased to host Marwan Muasher, a Jordanian diplomat who will discuss 

Next Monday, August 4, Georgetown Law Professor Sheryll Cashin presents her memoir, THE AGITATOR’S DAUGHTERin which she expresses her pride about the extent of her family’s involvement in social justice movements.

Tuesday, August 5, in THE WRECKING CREW,Thomas Frank (What’s the Matter with Kansas) returns with his savage indictment of how the Bush administration used the government to aggrandize their friends.

On Wednesday, August 6, New York Times columnist Rob Walker discusses his book, BUYING INconcerning how changes in the way the market is structured have affected consumer choice. Now more than ever, who we are affects what we buy.

Thursday, August 7, Kenneth Pollack, who was so influential in the American decision to go to war in Iraq, talks about the way out with A PATH OUT OF THE DESERT.

Please see our Website for all upcoming events. For the August calendar, click here

Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW (202) 364-1919