Friday, October 31, 2008

PAST: Fun for the all ages, Halloween Party, Concert & Reception SAT, NOv 1st, 7:00pm, $10

"Autumn Inspirations"
Saturday, November 1st at 7:00pm
Universalist National Memorial Church

An evening of music, fun, and fellowship for the benefit of the Church Building Fund. Festivities begin at 7 pm with snacks in the parlor, along with a costume parade and contest. At 7:30 there will be a concert of Broadway musical and comedy selections performed by Music Director Darryl Winston and several other noted Washington-area soloists. The concert will be followed by dessert and coffee in Perkins Hall. Children are welcome, particularly in costume, and childcare will be provided. Tickets to this event will be $10 at the door.

1810 Sixteenth St, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Metro: Dupont Circle or S2/ S4 bus along 16th
http://www.universalist.org/

PAST: Open Mic Music & Poetry at The Potters House tonight, FRI, Oct 31st 7:00-10:30

Open Mic Night this Friday!
The Potter's House
1658 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, 20009

Complete details at:
www.PottersHouseDC.org/SoundsofHope

Metro: Best reached by bus S2, S4 or 42

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

PAST: Classical Concerts at the National Gallery of Art every SUN night at 6:30pm, Free!

Upcoming Sunday Night Concerts at NGA:

November 2nd at 6:30
National Gallery Vocal Arts Ensemble
Music by seventeenth-century composers
Presented in honor of Jan Lievens: A Dutch Master Rediscovered
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court

November 9th at 6:30
The Coast Orchestra
Silent film, In the Land of the Head Hunters, with live music
Presented in honor of George de Forest Brush: The Indian Paintings
East Building Concourse, Auditorium

November 16th at 6:30
Euclid String Quartet
Quartets by Ades, Beethoven, and Chernin
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court

November 23rd at 6:30
The Singers' Companye
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court
Music by Native American and other American composers
Presented in honor of George de Forest Brush: The Indian Paintings

November 30th at 6:30
Verge Ensemble
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court
New work by Jeffrey Mumford and American composers of the 1950s

http://www.nga.gov/programs/music/
Metro: Navy Archives, yellow or green line

PAST: Live Music & Film "The Golem" FRI, Oct 31st at Georgetown University 1:15pm, Free

Free concert and film this Friday, October 31st at Georgetown University, as part of the Fall 2008 Friday Music Series. Free concerts take place every Friday at 1:15 in McNeir Hall at Georgetown University. For a complete schedule, see the link at the bottom of this post.

The Silent Classic Film Der Golem with a Live Musical Score this Friday! Halloween Movie Event! Hesperus performs live musical accompaniment to the classic 1920 silent film Der Golem.

In the Jewish ghetto of 16th century Prague, Rabbi Löw gazes at the stars and sees portents of a great disaster to befall his community. Soon after this, the Holy Roman emperor, Luhois orders the jews to be expelled from the city. The Rabbi creates a clay golem as a protector for his people. He summons the demon Astaroth to learn the key to bringing the clay creature to life. The Golem saves the Jews from expulsion, but the lumbering creature is not easily controlled and when he runs loose, the whole of Prague is in danger of destruction. For more info about the film: http://www.thefilmjournal.com/issue4/golem.html

Hesperus is an eclectic early-music group whose repertoire spans the European medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, often fused with Appalachian, gospel, blues and more. On a personal note, I just saw them perform a Halloween themed concert today at "Happenings at the Harman" and was really impressed; I found out about this series at that event!www.classactsontour.com

For a complete schedule of Friday concerts at Georgetown, see: http://performingarts.georgetown.edu/MUSIC/2008-2009/Fall2008FridayMusicSeries.html

PAST: Music, Art & More at "Fifth Bloom of BloomBars" event for Obama this SAT, Nov 1st 8:00pm-1:00am

Saturday, November 1, 2008 from 8:00pm - 1:00am
At BloomBars
3222 11th Street, NW (Between Kenyon and Lamont)
Metro: Columbia Heights

This Saturday, November 1st, the “Fifth Bloom of Bloom,” BloomBars has joined forces with African Diaspora for Obama for a night of Music, Art & Inspiration to GET OUT THE VOTE. Mario Van Peebles will be our featured speaker along with musical performances by Yvette Benjamin, Kuku, Vicky Leyva, Mbuutu, Anna Mwalagho, Sitali, Ssuuna and many more. Donations are welcome. And don’t forget all this week we are screening some of the best political films. Visit www.bloombars.com
for the schedule.

PAST: WED, Oct 29th, at SAAM - Curator Talk on O'Keefe/ Adams Exhibit & Film Screening Event! Free

I realize that this is a bit last minute but I just found out about these two great events tonight!

Wednesday October 29, 2008 at 5:30pm
"O'Keeffe and Adams Gallery Talk"

Join Chief Curator Eleanor Harvey for a tour of the Georgia OKeeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities exhibition and discover the beauty of Americas southwestern landscape as seen through her discerning eye.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Meet in the G Street Lobby
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown, just above the metro

Wednesday October 29, 2008 at 6:00pm
Film Screening "Breakfast At Tiffanys"
American Classics: Page to Screen
A selection of classic films adapted from the printed page.
Based on the 1958 novella by Truman Capote.
Starring Audrey Hepburn. Directed by Blake Edwards.
1961. 114 minutes.
At the Smithsonian American Art Museum
McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown, just above the metro

http://americanart.si.edu/visit/calendar.cfm

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

PAST: "New Beat from Brain" Closing Party SAT, NOV 1st 7:30pm-Midnight, Free

Brad Ulreich's Show "New Beat from Brain" at Dissident Display closes this Saturday! Hope you'll check it out if you haven't had a chance to. I'll be there! Complete details in previous posts or visit:
http://www.dissidentdisplay.com/gallery/

PAST: NMAI presents a two day "Day of the Dead" Celebration this SAT & SUN, Nov 1st-2nd, 10:30am - 4:00pm, Free


The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of American History are co-sponsoring a celebration of the Latin American holiday Los Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead), with a two-day family-friendly event at the National Museum of the American Indian Mall Museum.



Los Días de los Muertos/
Day of the Dead Two-Day Celebration
Saturday, Nov 1st 10:30am–4:00pm
Sunday, Nov 2nd 10:30am–4:00pm

For a complete list of events, see: http://www.nmai.si.edu/calendar/index.asp

The Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe will feature a special menu for the weekend, including roasted chicken with a vanilla-cinnamon mole sauce, two sides, and pan de muertos (a special sweet bread made in honor of the occasion).

PAST: POETRY: Local Poets Read this SUN, Nov 2nd in Bethesda, MD 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Free

An Afternoon of Political Poetry
Sunday, November 2nd from 2:00-3:00pm
Poets Naomi Ayala, Kenneth Carroll, Melissa Tuckey and Dan Vera

Join us during the final countdown of the election.
The reading is free and open to the public.

Bethesda Writer's Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD
www.writer.org

See www.wmata.com trip planner for metro access

PAST: Special FILM Series at BloomBars! TUES Oct 28th - MON Nov 3rd

FILM SCREENINGS AT BLOOMBARS
Tuesday, Oct 28th - Monday Nov 3rd
BloomBars (in Columbia Heights next to Wonderland)
3222 11th Street, NW (Between Kenyon and Lamont)
Free, Donations Welcome
Metro: Columbia Heights

Get motivated, get inspired, and get out the vote! Come join the BloomBars family and your neighbors for free screenings of some of the best in political documentary and narrative feature film. Visit http://www.BloomBars.com/films for film descriptions.

Remaining Film Times:

Wednesday, Oct 29th
7:30 So Goes The Nation
9:30 Primary Colors

Thursday, Oct 30th
7:30 Senator Obama Goes to Africa
9:30 Bulworth

Friday, Oct 31st
7:30 American Blackout
9:30 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Sunday, Nov 2nd
4:00 The Distinguished Gentleman
6:00 Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, 2004 Edition
8:00 Senator Obama Goes to Africa

Monday, Nov 3rd
7:30 Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
9:30 The Candidate

PAST: PANGEA Special Exhibit Oct 28th -30th at the World Bank, 9:45am - 3:00pm

PAST: Art + Music + Fire Dancing! FRI, Oct 31st Halloween Party at Artery 717 in Alexandria, VA from 8:00pm - Midnight, Free!

Halloween Party "Earth Beings on Exhibit"
Friday, October 31, 2008
8:00pm - 11:55pm

Costumes Welcome
Live bands: Girl Loves Distortion & Divine Nation!!
Bodypainting by Kim Reyes! 2 female models
Fire Dancers from 8:30-9:00!
Donation Bar. FREE Admission.

ARTERY 717 is located at 717 N. St. Asaph St.
Alexandria, VA Note: Best reached by car
Closest Metro is Braddock Rd, taxi from there

PAST: A different way to spend your lunch break... Try walking the Labyrinth! Open every WED, 10:00-3:00, Free

Every Wednesday you can stop by to check out the labyrinth walk, a walking meditation practice, 10:00am - 3:00pm!

Location: Church of the Epiphany, Main Sanctuary
Address: 1317 G Street, NW
Admission: Free, donations welcome
Metro: Metro Center (Blue, Orange, and Red lines)

PAST: TUES, Oct 28th The Labyrinth Walk at the National Cathedral, 6:30-8:30pm, Free

I did this once and found it incredibly relaxing with the spacious ceiling, stained glass and live harpist. It may not be for everyone, but if you are in the mood for a contemplative and slow walk, I highly recommend it.

Cathedral Crossroads, an evening of contemplative practice, is free and open to the public on the last Tuesday of each month.
Participants come to walk the labyrinth, attend the Centering Prayer gathering, receive laying on of hands for healing or simply sit in the twilight quiet of the nave listening to the strains of harp and Native American flute music that accompanies the labyrinth walks. Participants meet in the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage on the crypt level of the Cathedral.

6:00–7:00 pm Centering Prayer in the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage
6:30–8:45 pm Labyrinth Walk accompanied by harpist in the nave
6:30–8:45 pm Laying on of Hands for Healing in Holy Spirit Chapel
7:30–8:30 pm Special Program in Bethlehem Chapel
8:45 pm Compline in the Great Choir

OCTOBER 28, 2008 7:30 PM
Celebrating the Hindu Harvest Festival of Diwali

This month join with Hindu communities as they celebrate the Festival of Lights (Diwali) heralding the renewal of life, the beginnings of the new year and the triumph of light over darkness. This is a Sacred Circles program. General offerings 6:00pm to 8:45pm; “Celebrating” the Hindu Harvest Festival of Diwali 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Free and open to the public.


http://www.nationalcathedral.org/worship/crossroads.shtml

PAST: Rumi & The Whirling Dervishes at the National Cathedral this WED, Oct 29th, 7:30pm, Tickets for Purchase

Sometimes I find an event I can't resist posting even though it costs a bit more than ten dollars and this is one of those I just stumbled on! I love the National Cathedral space and can't imagine a better place to see this event!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 7:30 PM
Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes from Turkey
Tickets: $18 Regular; $13 Student/Senior/Limited Income.
https://tickets.cathedral.org/public/show.asp

Delight in an evening of mystical love poetry, sacred music, and prayerful whirling movement in this interfaith program, featuring whirling dervishes and musicians from Rumi’s own Turkish Mevlevi Sufi Order, headed by his direct descendant.

Recognized as one of the greatest mystics and poets of Islam, Rumi attracts spiritual seekers from almost every religion in the world, inviting them into the mystical realm of Sufism. Experience this inspired spiritual leader and great lover of humanity in the poetry and whirling dance of the Mevlevi Sufi Order of Turkey, founded by Rumi’s son. Faruk Celebi Efendi, a direct descendant of Rumi, leads the Order and offers opening remarks. Rumi’s poetry and a troupe of whirling dervishes are joined by singers and musicians for this extraordinary interfaith experience. In Rumi’s words, “Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, idolator, worshipper of fire…”

Faruk Celebi Efendi is the head of the 800-year-old Mevlevi Sufi Order of Turkey based in Rumi’s adopted home town of Konya. Peter Rogen, the reader-in-English, is a Shakespearean trained actor who gives acclaimed readings of Rumi’s poetry in New York and Miami. Nuri Simsekler, the reader-in-Farsi, is head of the Rumi Society and an assistant professor at Konya Selcuk University in Turkey. This program is made possible in part with the support of the mayor and the city of Konya, Turkey and the International Mevlana Foundation.

PAST: This THURS, Oct 30th at the Goethe-Institut, $10 includes both FILM Screening & Open Bar, 6:00-9:00pm

This THURS, Oct 30th @ Goethe-Institut (7th & Eye, NW) OPEN BAR Upstairs 6:00 - 9:00pm & FILM SCREENING: "Till Eulenspiegel"
Film starts 6:30pm. Renowned German Director Rainer Simon will be present!

Buy tickets upstairs, $10 cash: This covers both the reception and the film screening. You can hang out at the reception with film afficianados all evening or hang out early and then see the film. FIlm Running Time: 100 min. Year: 1974 Format: DVD Language: German with English subtitles

Film Synopsis: mIn medieval Germany, the rebellious trickster Till Eulenspiegel fools and cheats citizens, churchmen, and landlords. Although he is mostly concerned with his own interests, he also often helps the poor and weak. He becomes the royal fool at the emperor's court – an influential but dangerous position.

Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown or you can take the Circulator Bus to 7th St

PAST: BOOK TALKS this TUES - THURS at Politics & Prose, 7:00pm, Free

Tuesday, October 28th at 7:00pm
Eugene Jarecki, THE AMERICAN WAY OF WAR
In a sequel to his film, Why We Fight, Jarecki sees the seeds of the military industrial complex even in George Washington’s Presidency.

Wednesday, October 29th at 7:00pm
Philip Dray CAPITOL MEN
History has often overlooked those first post-Civil War African- American members of Congress. There were sixteen (Robert Smalls among them), and they worked on issues of public education as well as equal rights.

Thursday, October 30th at 7:00pm
Robert Remini A SHORT HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
Remini, Professor emeritus from the University of Illinois, is well equipped to produce the book that many P&P customers have been requesting: a short and balanced history of the United States.

Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
www.politics-prose.com
Best metro access: Van Ness Metro & L2 Bus

PAST: FILM: Screenings this WED, Oct 29th & THURS, Oct 30th as part of the 2008 Human Rights Film Series at American University, Free!

American University Hosts 2008 Human Rights Film Series:
The series will explore ways in which film and media are used to promote human rights.

WHAT: Ninth Annual Human Rights Film Series
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 15–Thursday, Nov. 13
DETAILS: Free and open to the public
METRO: Tenleytown AU, you can take the free AU shuttle bus

"At the Death House Door"
6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at WCL
5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at AU's Wechsler Theater
Speaker: Peter Gilbert, director (Oct. 30).

The film follows the 15 years Pastor Carroll Pickett served as death house chaplain at the Huntsville, Texas, prison. It is based on audiotapes that Pickett recorded after every execution he presided over, 95 in all. The documentary focuses on the execution that bothered Pickett the most: the death of Carlos de Luna. Pickett believed de Luna was innocent. The film features the team of Chicago Tribune reporters who turned up evidence which strongly points to de Luna's innocence.

The film series is sponsored by AU's Office of the University Chaplain; the School of Communication's Center for Social Media; the Washington College of Law's Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; and the School of International Service's Center for Global Peace, and International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program.

Oct. 29 Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016

Oct. 30 film screening: Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016

PAST: Hirshorn After Hours FRI, Nov 7th, 8:00pm - Midnight, $10

The Next Hirshorn After Hours is November 7th
Tickets now on sale! hosted by Brightest Young Things
The event will be from 8:00pm to midnight
$10 in advance, $12 at the door
Location: Hirshhorn Museum and Plaza

Be among the first to see the new exhibition The Panza Collection, a collection of thirty-nine Conceptual works by important artists from the 1960s and 70s recently acquired by the Hirshhorn. And don’t miss the new project on the third floor, Directions: Terence Gower, Public Spirit, a research-based, multimedia art installation that explores a little-known chapter in the history of the Hirshhorn.

Opening of The Panza Collection with performances by: Dan Deacon and DJ Gavin Holland of the local dance party Nouveau Riche.
For more info and to buy tickets, visit hirshhorn.si.edu/afterhours

PAST: CONCERT: Vocalist & Pianist SAT, Nov 1st at the Library of Congress, 8:00pm, Free

This SAT, November 1st, 8:00pm, Free Concert at the LoC
Tony Arnold, Soprano and Jacob Greenberg, Piano

Tony is a young soprano renowned for her uncompromising performances and a pure, seductive vocal timbre. Her program offers Messiaen’s rarely-heard song cycle based on a Peruvian love song, “Harawi,” the first work in the composer’s Tristan trilogy.

To reserve tickets for this event: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/150040FFDE7172B9

To see complete program details and a list of all events at the Library of Congress, please visit http://www.loc.gov/loc/events/ and http://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/concert/0809-schedule.html

The Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium is located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress (1st and Independence Sts., SE -- across from the U.S. Capitol). Metro: Capitol South, blue or orange line

PAST: CONCERT: This THURS, Oct 30th at the Library of Congress, 8:00pm, Free

This THURS, October 30th at 8:00pm at the Library of Congress - Fireworks Ensemble

Fireworks frolics, waltzes, swings, bounces, and rocks through 700 years of party music. Dance tunes from an anonymous 14th-century work through Haydn, Johann Strauss, Jr., Duke Ellington, Copland, and Sapo Perapaskero, to the Bee Gees, AFX, David Byrne, R.D. Burman, and New Order.

To reserve tickets for this event: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/150040FFDD80729B

To see complete program details and a list of other events at the Library of Congress, please visit http://www.loc.gov/loc/events/ and http://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/concert/0809-schedule.html

The Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium is located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress (1st and Independence Sts., SE -- across from the U.S. Capitol). Metro: Capitol South, blue or orange line

PAST: Haunted House on U St! 6:00pm - 2:00am, WED, Oct 29th - FRI, Oct 31st, $10

Nightmare on U Street Haunted House!
3 Nights of Full-Scale Haunted House Frights!
6:00pm - 2:00am Open to Kids Before 9pm!
$5 for guests under the age of 18
NOTE: All others, $10 Admission

Terrifying "Live Actor" Vignettes Galore!
Goblins, Ghouls, Gore and Halloween Treats!

WED, Oct 29th-FRI, Oct 31st
At The Red Lounge, 2013 14th St, NW
between Marvin and Busboys & Poets
Metro: U St

http://www.edunevents.com/NightMareOnUstreet.html

PAST: CONCERT: This TUES, Oct 28th at the IDB, Ladino for Two Guitars, 6:30pm, Free

Israeli guitarist Liat Cohenand Brazilian guitarist Luiz de Aquino perform Ladino program for two guitars. In collaboration with the Embassy of Israel. Free admission. Photo ID required. Business casual. 6:30pm, seating is limited so arrive early if possible.

The event will be at the IDB in the EVI Conference Center, at 1330 New York Avenue, NW. For more info: 202 623 3558.
www.iadb.org

PAST: Special Global Meditation Event this SUN, Nov 2nd at All Souls, 4:30- 6:00pm, Free

Wise USA Global Meditation at All Souls on November 2nd
Doors open at 4:00, Meditation is from 4:30-6:00
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As part of "a global non-partisan program to bring the world together in meditation and prayer during the US 2008 election season", there will be a special meditation program at All Souls Church on November 2 beginning at 4.30 pm.

On Sunday, November 2, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm (doors open at 4:00; please be seated by 4:30), in the All Souls Sanctuary, we are invited to link with people around the world in meditation, prayer, and celebration to call forth wisdom and compassion from America for the benefit of the entire Earth community. Several US gatherings will be linked by videoconference for a ceremony broadcast via live audio to a global online audience. See www.gaiafield.net for more information. Co-sponsored with All Souls Social Justice Ministries and The Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation www.silentpeacemeditation.com. Following the simulcast, at 6:15 pm, Hugh Byrne of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington www.imcw.org will lead a program for those who wish to continue in discussion and meditation. The regular Qigong class led by Ken Yamaguchi-Clark from 5-6 pm will not be taking place on November 2.

All Souls Unitarian is located at the corner of 16th & Harvard St, NW
www.all-souls.org
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the 42, S2 or S4 buses to Harvard St

Monday, October 27, 2008

PAST: POETRY READING by Fady Joudah, THURS, Oct 30th 6:30- 8:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

Poetry Reading this Thursday, October 30th from 6:30 - 8:00pm.
Fady Joudah reads from his new collection of poetry and from his translation of Mahmoud Darwish’s recent poetry

The Jerusalem Fund Gallery and The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice, Georgetown University present Fady Joudah reading from his new collection of poetry, The Earth in the Attic, and from his translation of Mahmoud Darwish’s recent poetry, The Butterfly’s Burden. Fady Joudah is a Palestinian-American doctor and has been a member of Doctors Without Borders since 2001. His translation of Mahmoud Darwish’s recent poetry, The Butterfly’s Burden, received the 2008 Saif Ghobash – Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. He currently resides in Houston, Texas.

RSVP Required to attend: To register, send the name of the event, your name, affiliation and contact information to rsvp@thejerusalemfund.org or call (202) 338-1958 ext.11 by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 29 October 2008.

http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/gallery/index.php

PAST: Book Talks & Events this week at Busboys & Poets in DC, both locations!

The events below are listed in date order:

TUESDAY:

Politics: Tuesday, October 28 @ 5th & K, NW 7:00 PM
Amnesty International Local Volunteer Group 536 (Adams Morgan) presents The State of Human Rights in the United States.

Do Americans enjoy the full spectrum of human rights? Does our foreign policy promote or degrade human rights around the world? Join local members of Amnesty International and a panel of experts for a thought-provoking discussion on human rights in the U.S. Pose your own questions, enjoy complementary desserts, and meet folks passionate about human rights, both here and abroad! Featuring: Jumana Musa, Policy Director, Rights Working Group Folabi Olagbaju, Director, AI-USA Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. For more information, contact Jackie @ aiusa536@gmail.com.

Poetry: Tuesday, October 28 @ 14th & V, NW 9:00 PM
A Busboys and Poetry Event- Tuesday Night Open Mic!

Open mic wristbands will be sold all day starting at 10 AM in the bookstore until sold out. You may purchase up to 4 wristbands per person. Doors and Open Mic List opens at 8:15 PM. $4 admission. To ensure seating, please arrive early.

WEDNESDAY:

Politics: Wednesday, October 29 @ 14th & V, NW 6:00 PM
Obama Enviornmental Information Event.

In the early months of Barack Obama's presidential campaign, enviros were skeptical of his (now heavily qualified) support for coal-to-liquids technology and unvarnished enthusiasm for ethanol, but he earned their respect with his aggressive climate and energy plan. Learn more about his plan and view 3 short films. For more information contact Julie Dunn, 703 864-7770. This event is free and open to the public.

Poetry: Wednesday, October 29 @ 5th & K, NW 8:00 PM
A Busboys and Poetry Event - Open Mic Poetry!
Free and open to all. List opens at 7:45 PM.

Music: Wednesday, October 29 @14th & V, NW 9:00 PM
Hump Day Groovez.
Live musical performance featuring Sarah Fridrich (Busboys' Artist of the Month).
Note: This event has a $10 admission

THURSDAY:

Poetry: Thursday, October 30 @ 14th & V, NW 7:00 PM
OPEN MIC, HIP HOP AND POETRY CONCERT sponsored by Africa Action.

Africa Action is the oldest organization in the U.S. working on African affairs. Our mission is to change U.S. Africa relations to promote political, economic and social justice in Africa. We provide accessible information and analysis and we mobilize popular support for campaigns to achieve this mission.

SATURDAY:

Book Talk: Saturday, November 1 @14th & V, NW 4:00 PM

Editor Michelle Sewell (and contributors Lisa Joyner, JScale, Deesha Thomas, Tanisha Christie and Julieann Shargel) will read, discuss, and sign the new collection, Just Like A Girl: A Manifesto. Just Like A Girl is a rough and tumble, sassy, kick-ass travelogue through the bumpy, powerful, action-packed world of GIRL. A world where girls and women know how to pick themselves up and brush themselves off. These are the clever girls. The funny girls. The girls who know there is no sin in being born one. www.girlchildpress.com

Music: Saturday, November 1 @14th & V, NW 9:00 PM
Come chill out with PS24 for a little Halloween fun!

Costume Party! Dress up in your Halloween best for the show and you could be named PS24's next SUPERFAN and be featured in a future e-blast. So get that costume ready! Ease your financial worries--this show is FREE!

Film: Saturday, November 1 @ 5th & K, NW 11:00 PM
Focus In! Cinema for a conscious community. Screening of Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas.

From Venezuela's Communal Councils, to Brazil's Participatory Budgeting, from Constitutional Assemblies to grassroots movements, recuperated factories to cooperatives across the hemisphere. Beyond Elections is a journey, which takes us across the Americas, to attempt to answer one of the most important questions of our time: What is Democracy?

More info, including Shirlington, VA Busboys events (this location is not Metro accessible) at: www.busboysandpoets.com

PAST: Lunchtime Concert this TUES, Oct 28th at 1317 G St, NW

The Tuesday Concert Series takes place every Tuesday and is a wonderful treat in the heart of Metro Center!

Tuesday, October 28th, Christopher Keller, organ
12:10pm - 1:00pm
Location: Church of the Epiphany
Address: 1317 G Street, NW
Metro: Metro Center (Blue, Orange, and Red lines)
Location: Main Sanctuary
Admission: Free, but donations requested for the artists

Also, every Wednesday you can stop by to check out the labyrinth walk, a walking meditation practice, 10:00am - 3:00pm!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

PAST: CONCERT: This WED, Oct 29th Hesperus, Halloween Happenings at the Harman, 12:00 - 1:00pm, Free

Happenings at the Harman presents a Halloween Event with Hesperus
this WED, Oct 29th at noon. This is a free lunchtime concert.

Happenings at the Harman brings the community up close and personal with the performers and performances at the Harman Center for the Arts as well as throughout the metro-D.C. community. Held on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., these free performances feature some of the leading artists and thinkers of the day as they explore the synergy between the performances on our city’s stages and the events that shape our community and world.

All events are held in the Forum of Sidney Harman Hall
at 610 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Reservations not required.
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown, across from the arena exit at 7th & F
http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/education/enrichment/index.aspx

Thursday, October 23, 2008

PAST: Crossings HealingWorks Report to the Community & Wellness Clinic Experience this SAT, Oct 25th from 3:00pm - 6:00pm, Silver Spirng, MD, Free

Please join Crossings HealingWorks on Saturday October 25th for "Healing the Wounds of War: A Report To The Community."
Crossings HealingWorks offers programs that transcend politics as they attend to the bodies and souls of returning Soldiers, their Families and their Caregivers. Come, learn more about what we are doing, the impact we are having, and how you can help.

Where: Church of the Ascension
633 Sligo Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
http://www.ascensionsilverspring.org/map.htm
Ample parking available at East Silver Spring Elementary School,
631 Silver Spring Ave. See www.wmata.com for metro/bus access.

Saturday October 25th, 2008

2:45pm - 3:00pm - Refreshments and Check-in

3:00pm - 5:00 pm - Report to the Community
Executive Director, Alaine Duncan, will share our mission to bring peace to the very personal experience of war that soldiers, their families and their caregivers experience every day and other speakers will share their experiences.

5:00pm - 6:00 pm - Experience our Restore & Renew Wellness Clinic Model

Experience the Restore & Renew Wellness Clinic yourself! Sit in the ear acupuncture circle . . . lie on a therapeutic bodywork table . . . feel your stress melt away . . . experience the healing field that is created. We are thrilled with the opportunity to share with you what caregivers at Walter Reed experience every Wednesday.

About HealingWorks: We are a group of acupuncturists and therapeutic body workers whose mission is: "To bring ancient healing traditions that restore and renew the body-mind-spirit of people touched by trauma -- creating peace for one family, one community, one world -- one person at a time." We have offered reduced fee, sliding-scale services to military members, their families and their caregivers since 2003. We have brought our healing hands to the caregivers who care for our nation's wounded at Walter Reed Army Medical Center since Nurse's Week 2005. See the data that has been collected during their first 9-months at: www.crossingshealingworks.org, "Reports"

Crossings HealingWorks
8505 Fenton St. Suite 202
Silver Spring MD 20910
(301) 565-4924 x335

PAST: Jewish 20's and 30's Halloween Party at Andalu, THURS, Oct 30th, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

I normally don't post events that cost money, but I have a feeling some people out there may be interested in this one!

Jewish Twenties and Thirties Halloween Party at Andalu
Thursday, October 30th from 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Andalu, 1214 18th St, NW between M St & Conn Ave
$10.00 if purchased by 5:00 pm Friday, October 17th (I just clicked online it was still listed as $10)
To order tickets: https://www.jewishsocials.com/index.cfm?cityid=1&action=orderform&eventid=6073

PAST: Art Discussion at Harman Hall this SAT, Oct 25th, 5:00pm, Free

CLASSICS IN CONTEXT: THE WAY OF THE WORLD
This Saturday, October 25th at 5:00pm at Harman Hall

Join Shakespeare Theatre Company Director of Education Gregory Smith with Amanda Maddox from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, John Aravosis from AmericaBlog and Peter DiMuro from Dance/MetroDC for this discussion which will be held after the matinee performance in the Patron’s Lounge in Sidney Harman Hall. The event is general admission; please arrive early for best seating.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company
at Sidney Harman Hall
610 F Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown, Arena exit

Please RSVP by clicking the reserve button at the link below or by calling 202.547.1122 and pressing 4 to reserve a space by phone. For complete details and more information: http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/events/details.aspx?id=210

OF NOTE: Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams on display together! Now - Jan 4th at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Free


Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities is on view now at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

With photographs by Adams and paintings by O'Keeffe, Natural Affinities features the artists's depictions of the same, or similar scenes and locations, and examines two very different ways of thinking about nature. Both artists captured the Southwest (and Adams the West), and its accompanying empty desert landscapes, wide, cavernous skies, and buildings, like the same small church in Taos, New Mexico. The 42 paintings by O'Keeffe and 54 photographs by Adams on display make for a large show, but one that is easily accessible, given the pairings that occur throughout the gallery. By pairing O'Keeffe and Adams, who also happened to be friends, curators have given us insight into how two artists saw the same landscapes, and how paint and photograph can capture the same image differently.

Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities runs through January 4. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is located at 8th and F Streets, NW in the same building that holds the National Portrait Gallery and the beautiful Kogod Courtyard.

The Museum is open every day from 11:30am - 7:00pm. Admission is FREE.

Metro: Gallery-Place, Chinatown, Red, Yellow or Green Line

PAST: Last weekend to check out the exhibit "Recognize!" at the National Portrait Gallery!



"RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture" was created in conjunction with a temporary gallery exhibition installed at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition opened on February 8, 2008 and will close on October 26, 2008.

The six artists and one poet whose work is included in "RECOGNIZE!" have approached hip hop culture through the lens of portraiture, and, in combination, their contributions highlight its vitality and beauty. Hip hop has inspired people throughout its history to use their minds and their talent to create something larger than simply themselves. Whether they have found expression DJ-ing, MC-ing, break-dancing, or art-making, hip hop has given voice and visibility to a new generation.

The National Portrait Gallery is conveniently located at Eighth and F Streets, NW, in Washington DC
Metro: Gallery Place–Chinatown Metrorail station (red, yellow, and green lines).

The Museum is open every day from 1:30am – 7:00pm. Admission is FREE


http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/recognize/

PAST: Got Lights? All Bikers - WABA is giving away Free Bike Lights! THURS, Oct 23rd & on TUES, OCT 28th, 4:30pm on

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association and the District Department of Transportation will be handing out free bike lights to cyclists again tonight, just like they did last year! I got my lights last year and was very appreciative!

The giveaway is part of the "Got Lights?" bicycle safety and education campaign that coincides with the time of year when it begins to get darker out much earlier. DDOT and WABA will give out 300 free front and rear bike light sets tonight, along with copies of the Safe Bicycling in the Washington Area guide and other safety literature. D.C. law requires cyclists to have a front white light and rear red reflector (or even better, a rear red light) when riding in the dark.

There are two locations where you can pick up a free set of bike lights this evening: Beginning at 4:30 p.m., stop by Suntrust Plaza at the corner of 18th St. and Columbia Rd. NW, or the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church near 16th St. and Park Rd. NW (3211 Pine St NW). If you miss out tonight, WABA and DDOT will host a second round of giveaways on October 28 at the same locations.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: At Atlas on H St, NE every 2nd & 4th THURS, 8:30pm-10:30pm, Free!

Open Mic at Atlas!

I just learned about this Open Mic event at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on the H St Corridor, NE right next to the Rock and Roll Hotel at 1333 H St, NE. The Open Mic night is held every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 8:30pm - 10:30pm or so. The sign up begins at 7:30pm.

All acts welcome, Musicians, Poets, Magicians, Comedians. etc... Not just a poetry event. Singers can bring instruments. There is a PA on site as well as a baby grand piano and a CD playback. The event will be held in the Indigo Room.

The flyer says No Cover at the door but also notes that there is a full bar and light menu inside and that there is a $10 minimum food or drink per person, performers included. I'm not sure how strict they are about this. Also not sure if this is a 21 and up event. I just found the flyer today.

You can call or visit their website for more info: www.atlasarts.org

OF NOTE: New Yoga Studio! Yoga Chai, in Adams Morgan, $10 for 10 days!

Wow, now that is a deal!

This new yoga studio opened across the street from the Safeway in Adams Morgan at 1744 Columbia Road and they are offering a special promotion for all new students - $10 for 10 consecutive days!

I haven't been yet but I definitely plan to check it out. I also like the design of their new flyer and they are only 2 blocks from where I live. Thought I'd pass the info along.

More at: www.yogachai.com

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

PAST: Special Meditation this WED, Oct 22nd with Tsoknyi Rinpoche at River Road location, IMCW, 7:30pm, Donations welcome

Tsoknyi Rinpoche at River Road Unitarian Church Oct 22nd
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IMCW is extremely fortunate to have the renowned Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, teaching Tara Brach's class at River Road Unitarian Church on Wednesday, October 22, at 7.30 pm.

Tsoknyi is a well-loved meditation master; a teacher of Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and others; and author of Fearless Simplicity and Carefree Dignity.

Complete details and more about IMCW's programs can be found at:

www.imcw.org

PAST: Reminder: Chocolate Lovers... This WED, Oct 22nd at Biagio from 6:30 - 8:30pm

Christopher's Confections Complimentary Tasting
Tonight, WED, Oct 22nd at Biagio, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Biagio, 1904 18th St, NW. tel - 202.328.1506

PAST: Arts Forum at AU's Katzen Center this SAT, Oct 25th, 2:00- 4:00pm, Free

Arts Forum: "Torture and Representation"
October 25th from 2:00-4:00pm
The Katzen Center, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (Ward Circle)

USA Artist Daniel Heyman, Professor Julie Mertus, and attorney Katherine Gallagher will explore the issues of artistic and legal representations of victims of torture in a panel discussion moderated by Sarah Anderson. This event is sponsored by Foreign Policy In Focus and Provisions Library and is connected to an exhibit called "Close Encounters: Facing the Future,"" also at the Katzen Center, which runs through October 26. The "Close Encounters" exhibit is part of BrushFire, a national arts initiative organized by Provisions Library and focusing on social activist art in the run-up to the November elections.

http://www.american.edu/academic.depts/cas/katzen/


Metro: Tenleytown, you can take a bus or the free AU shuttle to The Katzen Cneter

PAST: Fun for All Ages, Scavenger Hunt at the Smithsonian American Art Museum! SAT, Oct 25th 12:00pm-5:00pm, Free

Saturday, October 25, 2008
Ghosts of a Chance
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Luce Foundation Center, Third Floor
Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Chinatown

Ghosts of a Chance, a new kind of scavenger hunt taking place at the Luce Foundation Center, will ask players to use their wits, curiosity, and creativity to save the museum from mischievous spirits. As part of a series of quests, players will hunt for clues, test their luck, break codes, and confront spirits while exploring the museum. The game will start with easy quests designed for players of all ages and progress to more difficult challenges. The first 50 people to complete all the quests will win a special Ghosts of a Chance t-shirt. The hunt begins at noon and ends at 5, but players can start at any time. The game is free and open to all.

Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown

PAST: Art Lecture at SAAM, WED, Oct 22nd, 7:00pm, Free

Scholar John Wilmerding
"Tom Wesselmann: Pop Artist, or Not"
Wednesday, October 22nd, 7:00pm

As part of the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures
McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level
Smithsonian American Art Museum (in Chinatown)

Lectures begin at 7 p.m.
Free tickets, G Street lobby, one hour prior.
Reception follows each lecture.

Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown

ONGOING: ART: Jimbot Show Open Oct 25th - Nov 16th at Art Whino National Harbor, MD location

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Saturday, October 25th, from 6pm - Midnight
Opening Reception: Machine, Man, Monster
Show end date: Nov 16th
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At Art Whino Gallery
173 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745

Note that this location is best reached by car. For directions, visit their website.
http://www.artwhino.com/

PAST: Art, Wine & Panel Discussion, Art Whino Event in Georgetown, FRI, Oct 24th 7:00pm - 11:00pm, Free

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Art Whino Event
Friday October 24th 7-11pm
Preview Event, Wine Tasting and Panel Discussion in Georgetown
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New space in Georgetown, above the Adidas store
1251 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

Machine, Man, Monster
The solo show of JIMBOT

Art Whino presents JIMBOT: Machine, Man, Monster. The exhibition will feature the illustrative and playful works of JIMBOT, Milwaukee based painter and freelance illustrator. His exhibition will feature several paintings and prints of the imaginative creatures and stories that inhabit his mind. Be sure to join us for the preview event and the opening reception!
A sampling of Jimbot’s exhibition will be on exhibit as well as select pieces from the Art Whino’s extensive artist collaboration.

PANEL DISCUSSION
As a part of Americans for the Arts Creative Conversations initiative, Art Whino will be hosting a panel discussion on the validity of current art trends within the larger realm of fine art. Panelists will debate whether or not Lowbrow and Pop Surrealist art carry the same amount of cultural significance and demand the same respect as more traditional forms of contemporary art.

WINE TASTING
An informational wine tasting will be provided by WineShop at Home
for guests prior to the panel discussion. Join us to sample and learn about some excellent selections from the Napa Valley area.

This event is FREE and open to the public.


http://www.artwhino.com/

PAST: Artist Talk with Brad Ulreich this THURS, Oct 23rd at Dissident Display



New Beat from Brain: Digital Pop Surrealism by Brad Ulreich
at Dissident Display Gallery 416 H St. NE | 202-332-3346
www.dissidentdisplay.com/gallery

Artist Talk: Thursday, October 23, 7:30pm > 9:00pm

Brad is a dear friend of mine so I hope you'll stop by to check out his art and hear his story.

PAST: "Music and the Brain" Lecture at The Library of Congress, FRI, Oct 24th, 6:15pm, Free

Friday, October 24, 2008 at 6:15pm
MUSIC and the BRAIN Lecture/Presentation

“The Brain on Jazz – Neural Substrates of Spontaneous Improvisation” - Charles J. Limb, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Peabody Conservatory (Part of “Music and the Brain”)
No tickets required
Whittall Pavilion in the Thomas Jefferson Building, Ground Floor

The Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium is located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress (1st and Independence Sts., SE -- across from the U.S. Capitol).

Metro: Capitol South, blue/ orange line

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

PAST: Free Piano Concert at the Library of Congress SAT, Oct 25th, 8:00pm, Tickets Required

Christopher Taylor, Piano
Saturday, Oct 25th at 8:00pm
MESSIAEN: Vingt regards sur l’Enfant Jésus

This admired mathematician-turned-pianist has gained a following for his blazing accounts of one of the great Herculean challenges of the piano repertory, performing from memory the composer’s contemplations on mystical love, “as if on assignment from the Divine.”

Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Free, but tickets are required
There is a 2 ticket limit per person.

To reserve tickets for this event: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/150040FFDD057280

To see complete program details and a list of all events
at the Library of Congress, please visit http://www.loc.gov/loc/events/ and
http://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/concert/0809-schedule.html

The Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium is located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress (1st and Independence Sts., SE -- across from the U.S. Capitol).
Metro: Capitol South, blue or orange line

PAST: Evil Empire plays at Asylum this WED, Oct 22nd, 10:00pm, Benefit Party

Wednesday Night Rock @ Asylum
A Night of Hip Hop and Rock Against Torture
Featuring the live music of Evil Empire

Wednesday, October 22nd from 9:00pm - midnight
At Asylum, 2471 18th St, NW
in Adams Morgan, close to 18th & Columbia

Evil Empire goes on at 10:00. Opening musical act TBA.
Benefit (and launch party) for TortureAccountability.org
This is a 21+ event
http://www.myspace.com/evilempiredc

The Center for Torture Accountability is a project of the Washington Peace Center. As an act of full disclosure: Evil Empire's lead vocalist, my friend Ted, is the founder and current director of the Center for Torture Accountability. The website will be a research tool, an online database of perpetrators of crimes against a humanity.

Metro: Woodley Park and take the bus or walk across bridge to 18th St
or Dupont Circle and take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to Columbia & 18th

PAST: Live Band, Art, and Talk at Franklin Shelter THURS, Oct 23rd, in an Effort to Reopen the Shelter 5:00pm, Free

No Shelter for Fenty Concert
In front of Franklin Shelter
Thursday, October 23rd at 5:00pm
Franklin Park in front of Franklin Shelter
13th and K St, NW (Downtown near McPherson Square)

Friends of Friends is a DC-based Jazz/Hip Hop group will be putting on a show in front of Franklin Shelter this Thursday at 5pm. The only emergency homeless shelter downtown was recently shut down just before hypothermia season sets in. Come out, be heard, seen and let your voice be counted. Join the Committee to Save Franklin Shelter, Empower DC, DC51, the Washington Peace Center and Until We're Home to demand that the city restore the 300 beds until there is an alternative shelter.

* Free Show / All Ages
* Live Music by Friends of Friends
* Live Art by the DC51 Artist Collective
* Speakers from the Shelter

Monday, October 20, 2008

PAST: Anu Yadav in "Classlines" Workshop Reading at Busboys & Poets this SUN, Oct 26th, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Anu Yadav in Classlines workshop reading at Busboys & Poets, Langston Room
Sunday, October 26, 2008 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Classlines is a new multimedia performance piece exploring issues of class in DC through sound, video and performance. We are early in the artistic process, so come share your thoughts in an ongoing dialogue on class issues. Your feedback will be instrumental in shaping the final piece which debuts next year.

RSVP by emailing info@classlines.net
http://www.classlines.net/about.html

Busboys & Poets, Langston Room
14th & V Streets NW
Metro: U St

PAST: Live Concert this WED, Oct 22nd with Congressional Chorus at Harman Hall, Noon - 1:00pm, Free

Happenings at the Harman presents the Congressional Chorus
this WED, Oct 22nd at noon. This is a free lunchtime concert.

David Simmons, artistic directorDouglas Lawler, accompanist
Rediscovered Treasures: American Choral Works from the Library of Congress, 1870-1923

All events are held in the Forum of Sidney Harman Hall
at 610 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Reservations not required.
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown, across from the arena exit at 7th & F

Happenings at the Harman brings the community up close and personal with the performers and performances at the Harman Center for the Arts as well as throughout the metro-D.C. community. Held on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., these free performances feature some of the leading artists and thinkers of the day as they explore the synergy between the performances on our city’s stages and the events that shape our community and world.

Save the date for the next Happenings at the Harman:
Hesperus, Happenings and Halloween - October 29, 2008

http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/education/enrichment/index.aspx

PAST: Grand Opening Party for Busboy's and Poet's new Global Exchange Store at 5th & K St, NW, TUES, Oct 21st at 5:30pm

If you haven't been to the new Busboys & Poets, here is a great reason to go (aside from the cool, 2 story open space and their outdoor seating area).

It's the Global Exchange Fair Trade Store Grand Opening Celebration!
Tuesday, October 21 @ Busboys & Poets new location, 5th & K at 5:30pm

Join us as we celebrate and welcome the Global Exchange Fair Trade Store to our newest location at 5th & K. Featuring an Introduction by Busboys' owner Andy Shallal and a screening of the short film "Global Exchange: 20 Years of Social Change". Free appetizers and special store discounts for attendees. All are welcome. Best to take the circulator bus, also walking distance from Gallery-Place Chinatown Metro and Mt Vernon Square.

UPDATE: Concert with the NSO this THURS, Oct 23rd performing Haydn, 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: This was posted in error. I got the information from another website which had said that this was free concert. I usually catch such errors and fact check everything but I have been getting over a really bad infection so I was just copy pasting this one . My apologies for any confusion. Thanks for bringing this to my attention Jen.

FYI: The Kennedy Center does offer same day half price tickets to students with ID so you could get a seat for as low as $10 potentially. Just go to the box office before the show and if they have extra seats still available. I recommend arriving one hour or more before the show. If they offer you a chance to sit in the chorister seats, which are on the cheaper end of the spectrum, I recommend trying that as well. I prefer those seats over the nosebleed ones in the top tier. It's quite the view, though the sound isn't as good, it's a great way to see the show if you ask me.

THURSDAY:Classical Concert:
NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with STEVEN ISSERLIS
performs Haydn.
Thursday, 10/23, 7 p.m. (This is NOT Free - tickets are actually $20 -$80)
Kennedy Center 2700 F St, NW
(202) 467-4600
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Free KC Shuttle runs every 15 minutes

PAST: Live CONCERT this TUES, Oct 21st at the Embassy of Sweden, 9:00pm, Free

THERESA ANDERSSON with Tobias Froberg and Ane Brun.
Tuesday, 10/21, 9 p.m., Free.
Embassy of Sweden, in Georgetown on the harbor
2900 K St, NW (202) 467 2600

PAST: TALK "US Presidential Elections" THURS, Oct 23rd at 2:00pm, Free

Talk: THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: OBSERVATIONS FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
Thursday, 10/23, 2 p.m., Free.
Brookings Institute, Falk Auditorium,
1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Call (202) 797-6105 for more information

A panel discussion with Justin Vaisse, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe, Kevin Casas-Zamora, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Latin America Initiative, Michael Fullilove, Lowy Visiting Fellow, Foreign Policy, Keiko Iizuka, Visiting Fellow, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies.

PAST: BOOK TALKS this THURS, Oct 23rd

At Politics and Prose:

ADAM REX
discusses and signs copies of Frankenstein Takes the Cake.
Thu., 10/23, 10:30 a.m., Free.

PADMA VENKATRAMAN
discusses and signs copies of Climbing the Stairs.
Thu., 10/16, 10:30 a.m., Free.

JOHN HODGMAN
discusses and signs copies of More Information Than You Require.
Thu., 10/23, 7 p.m., Free.

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

At Busboys & Poets:

ANNA BALTZER
lectures on her book, Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories.
Thu., 10/23, at 12:30 p.m., Free.

BILL WASIK, BARBARA EHRENREICH, ANGELA VALDEZ, AND KEN SILVERSTEIN
discuss and sign copies of Submersion Journalism: Reporting in the Radical First Person from Harper's Magazine.
Thu., 10/16, 6:30 p.m., Free.

Busboys and Poets,
2021 14th St. NW., (202) 387-7638.

PAST: Various Free TALKS this WED, Oct 22nd

Talks

INTRODUCTION TO FENG SHUI,
advice on how to organize your personal environment from Katherine Grace Morris.
Wed., 10/22, at 2 p.m., Free.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 313,
901 G St. NW., Call (202) 583-3663 for more information.

JAPANESE POLITICAL TURMOIL AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE U.S.-JAPANESE ALLIANCE,
panel discussion with Mark Manyin, Congressional Research Service, Masaki Taniguchi, University of Tokyo, Hideki Wakabayashi, Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Wed., 10/22, 2 p.m., Free.
American Enterprise Institute,
1150 17th St. NW., Call (202) 862-5820 for more information.

THE MISPLACED MATH STUDENT: LOST IN EIGHTH-GRADE ALGEBRA,
lecture by Franco Frattini, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy.
Wed., 10/22, 10 a.m., Free.
Brookings Institute,
1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW., Call (202) 797-6105 for more information.

PAST: BOOK TALKS this week at Politics and Prose, Free

DAVID MACAULAY
discusses and signs copies of The Way We Work.
Tue., 10/21, 10:30 a.m., Free.
Politics and Prose,
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW., (202) 364-1919.

ROBERT BAER
discuss and sign copies of The Devil We Know.
Wed., 10/22, 7 p.m., Free.
Politics and Prose,
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW., (202) 364-1919.

PAST: BOOK TALKS, MON, Oct 20th, 6:30pm & 7:00pm, Free

JOSH BARKAN
reads from and discusses Blind Speed.
Mon., 10/20, 6:30 p.m., Free.
Busboys and Poets,
2021 14th St. NW., (202) 387-7638.

JAMES M. MCPHERSON
discusses and signs copies of Tried by War.
Mon., 10/20, 7 p.m., Free.
Politics and Prose,
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW., (202) 364-1919.

JAY WHITNEY
discusses and signs copies of Historic Photos of Ronald Reagan.
Mon., 10/13, 7 p.m., Free.
Barnes & Noble,
2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington., (703) 248-8244.

Friday, October 17, 2008

PAST: Just announced, Open Mic TONIGHT, FRI Oct 17th at The Potter's House

See previous post on "Sounds of Hope" for complete details. The performer who was scheduled for this eve had to cancel so there is now an Open Mic tonight! Music, Poetry, any for of performance welcome. All ages!! Donation based. They are looking for performers so come on out if you can.

PAST: Complimentary Chocolate Tasting WED, Oct 22nd at Biagio, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Christopher's Confections Complimentary Tasting
Wednesday, October 22nd from 6:30 - 8:30pm

All tastings will occur at Biagio, 1904 18th St, NW.
tel - 202.328.1506

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

PAST: POETRY Open Mic this MON, Oct 20th, GPI Celebrates it's 5th Anniversary at the Dupont Circle Fountain, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

GPI Celebrates it's 5th Year! That's right folks -- the autumn leaves are falling and we'll be hosting our final outdoor open mic on Monday, October 20th. The amazing Kirsten Arant and the Young Women Drumming Empowerment Program will be this month's musical feature -- inspiration will abound! Our beloved Mo will be hosting! Melodies, poetic stylings, drumming, chalking and positive vibes can be found at the GPI open mic. Come BE the show! The mic is open for all to express their freedom of speech. Outside, at the Dupont Circle Fountain. You can In case of rain call (800) 886-6157 for updated info.

On a personal note, these guys are fabulous people, friends of mine. I'm planning to be there this month, it should be a fabulous time. Next month, the party moves indoors back to the old Word-of-Mouth readings spot - Bossa, one of my favorite bars located in the heart of Adams Morgan. Mark your calendars for Monday, November 10th (and every 2nd Monday of the month thereafter). Bossa is located at 2363 18th St, NW, close to the corner of Columbia Rd.

More about GPI at: http://www.guerrillapoets.org/
More about YWDEP at: http://www.youngwomendrum.org/

PAST: ART & FOOD: Vegetate Restaurant & Lounge celebrates its 3 Year Anniversary this MON, Oct 20th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Next Monday, October 20th from 6:00-8:00pm Vegetate will celebrate their 3-year anniversary with an art opening and tastes from their new Fall menu. Vegetate is located at 1414 9th St, NW. I believe that this event is open to the public and free of charge but you may want to call first to check. 202-232-4585. Read more at www.vegetatedc.com

PAST: CONCERTS: Live classical music every TUES at the Church of the Epiphany, Metro Center, 12:10pm - 1:00pm, Donations welcome

The Tuesday Concert Series takes place every Tuesday and is a wonderful treat in the heart of Metro Center!

I just went to the concert today for the first time and was really impressed! What a GREAT city we live in! Thanks to funding by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and other generous supporters, we are able to enjoy fabulous world class performances throughout the city, even on a weekday lunch break downtown! Now that is something worth noting.

You can mark your calendars, every Tuesday 12:10pm - 1:00pm!

Also, every Wednesday you can stop by to check out the labyrinth walk, a walking meditation practice, 10:00am - 3:00pm!

If you work downtown during the week, come in, support the local music community, and be recharged with the gift of music.
The Tuesday Concert Series features vocal and instrumental soloists as well as musical ensembles from all over the Washington area. The music is mostly classical, but regular attendees have learned to expect the occasional surprise!

Below are the some of the upcoming shows:

Tuesday, October 21st, Covington String Quartet
Tuesday, October 28th, Christopher Keller, organ
Tuesday, November 4th, Washington Back Consort, Cantata Series with vocalists and organ
Tuesday, Novermber 11th, Note, No Concert - Church Closed
Tuesday, November 18th, Marie-Caludae Montplaisir, piano
Tuesday, November 25th, The Friendas of Fasch, harpsicord, viola, violin, oboe, horn and recorder
Tuesday, December 2nd, Washington Bach Consort, Cantata, "Nun komm, daer Heidaen Heilanda"

Location: Church of the Epiphany
Address: 1317 G Street, NW
Metro: Metro Center (Blue, Orange, and Red lines)
Location: Main Sanctuary
Admission: Free, but donations requested for the artists

Monday, October 13, 2008

PAST: Another event this WED, Oct 15th... Live Figure Model Drawing Group Meets in Dupont, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Dupont Drawing Group is now meeting on alternate Wednesdays from 7:00pm~9:00pm at the Church of the Pilgrims in Dupont Circle, 2201 P St, NW. I believe that there is a requested $5 donation.

This Wednesday, Oct 15, 7:00pm~9:00pm is the next meeting and the first one in a long while. Samira is the model. Please arrive early and be sure to bring your own paper and sketching tools.

Please use new contact info for email:dupontdrawinggroup@googlegroups.com
groups.google.com/group/dupontdrawinggroup?hl=en

PAST: Community Health Fair and Walk this SAT, Oct 18th, 7:30am - Noon, Free

Saturday, October 18, 2008 (Rain or Shine)

Washington Hospital Center invites you to join us in a Community Walk and Health Fair from Turkey Thicket Community Center to Washington Hospital Center Campus.

There will also be a health fair from 9:30am - Noon!

7:30 A.M. - 8:30 A.M. --> Registration
8:30 A.M. --> Opening Ceremony
8:40 A.M. --> Pre-Walk Warm Up
9:00 A.M. --> Walk Starts
9:30 A.M. - Noon --> Health Screenings and Information Booths
10:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. --> Walk Awards Ceremony

For additional information call 202-877-6213 or email whccommunityrelations@medstar.net.

For complete information, go to www.whcenter.org/communityevents

PAST: CONCERT: Selections from Les Miserables and more! This SUN, Oct 19th , 5:00pm, Free, Donations welcome

The Church of the Annunciation 60th Anniversary presents The Georgetown Chorales with two sopranos, a tenor and special guest, baritone, Christopher Walker. They will sing Henry Mollocone - Beautitude Mass for the homeless and selections from the Opera, Les Miserables. Sunday, October 19th at 5:00pm. Donations will benefit the Washington Middle School for Girls.

The Church of the Annunciation is located one block West of the intersection of Mass & Wisconsin Ave at 3810 Mass Ave, NW. For more information please call 202-332-3133.

For metro access, best to get there by taking any of the 30 buses south on Wisconsin from Tenleytown Metro or north from Georgetown. There is also a bus that goes along Mass from Dupont Circle. Please see bus schedules at www.wmata.com

PAST: Jewelry Show at the Ecuadorian Embassy, now thru FRI, Oct 17th, Noon - 6:00pm, Free

I went to the opening reception last night and met the artist, her father and sister, who all work together to create these exquisite, one of a kind pieces of wearable art from the Ecuadorian tagua seed. The necklaces and bracelets will be on view just for a few more days, until Friday, October 17th. The embassy is open for you to visit the exhibit from 12:00 noon until 6:00pm. The embassy is at the corner of Euclid and 15th St, NW.

The Embassy of Ecuador in Washington D.C. proudly presents an exhibit of new jewelry pieces by Studio Loor, a family of
Ecuadorian artisans inspired by the unique natural beauty and people of Ecuador.

Ecuador: Images Through Jewelry
October 15 through 17, 2008
Exhibition hours: 12 PM - 6 PM (12:00h -18:00h)
2535 15th St, NW - Washington D.C. 20009

Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Euclid, walk one short block
See www.wmata.com trip planner for the best route

Sunday, October 12, 2008

PAST: POETRY & More at the Honfleur Gallery this WED, Oct 15th, Intersections, 8:00pm

INTERSECTIONS: Poetry, Art, Discussion
This Wednesday, Oct 15th at 8:00pm
Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd, SE
Hosted by Fred Joiner.
For more information, visit www.honfleurgallery.com

Buses go there from both Eastern Market & Anacostia Metro Stations. It looks like a short ride from the metro. For schedules, see www.wmata.com trip planner.

PAST: FILM SERIES: 2008 Human Rights Film Series at American University, WED, Oct 15th - THURS, Nov 13th, Free!

This looks great! Beginning this Wednesday, October 15th!

American University Hosts 2008 Human Rights Film Series

WHAT: Ninth Annual Human Rights Film Series
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 15–Thursday, Nov. 13
DETAILS: Free and open to the public
METRO: Tenleytown AU, you can take the free AU shuttle bus

WHERE: Oct. 15, 22, 29, and Nov. 12 film screenings:
Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016

Oct. 16, 23, 30, and Nov. 13 film screenings:
Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016

MEDIA: Maggie Barrett, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5951

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 17, 2008)—American University will host its Ninth Annual Human Rights Film Series from Wednesday, Oct. 15 through Thursday, Nov. 13. All films except Cut Off and When the Levees Broke will be screened twice: first on Wednesdays at the Washington College of Law (WCL) and again on Thursdays at Wechsler Theater, located on the third floor of AU's Mary Graydon Center.

The series is free and open to the public and will explore ways in which film and media are used to promote human rights. Each film will be followed by a discussion with a guest speaker.

The schedule is as follows:

Banished
6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 at WCL; 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 at AU's Wechsler Theater
Speaker: Marco Williams, director (Oct. 16)
At the turn of the 20th century, three towns in the United States forced their African-American populations to leave. The film documents this chapter in American history and explores the questions of reconciliation that arise from it.

Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at WCL; 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at AU's Wechsler Theater
Speaker: Brenden Fitzgerald, producer (Oct.23)
The film follows the story of Esequiel Hernandez, an 18 year-old American citizen living along the Mexican border in Redford, Texas. While Hernandez was tending the family goats one evening, a hidden group of U.S. Marines mistakenly identified him as a Mexican drug smuggler and shot him. The film uses the story to springboard into a discussion about the militarizing the border between the United States and Mexico. Screening cosponsored by PBS's P.O.V.

At the Death House Door
6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at WCL; 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at AU's Wechsler Theater
Speaker: Peter Gilbert, director (Oct. 30).
The film follows the 15 years Pastor Carroll Pickett served as death house chaplain at the Huntsville, Texas, prison. It is based on audiotapes that Pickett recorded after every execution he presided over, 95 in all. The documentary focuses on the execution that bothered Pickett the most: the death of Carlos de Luna. Pickett believed de Luna was innocent. The film features the team of Chicago Tribune reporters who turned up evidence which strongly points to de Luna's innocence.

Cut Off
6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at WCL
Speaker: Broderick Webb, director
Public hospitals, schools, and housing in New Orleans are radically redefined. The film examines how this could affect the "New City" and its residents. Speaker: filmmaker Broderick Webb.

When the Levees Broke
5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 at AU's Wechsler Theater
Speaker: Sam Pollard, Oscar-nominated producer
An examination of the U.S. government's role in the response to Hurricane Katrina, and the series of events that devastated New Orleans and its people.

The film series is sponsored by AU's Office of the University Chaplain; the School of Communication's Center for Social Media; the Washington College of Law's Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; and the School of International Service's Center for Global Peace, and International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program.

PAST: Classical Concerts at the National Gallery of Art every SUN night at 6:30pm, Free!

Below are the remaining concerts this month:

Sunday, October 19th at 6:30pm
Festival Strings Lucerne
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court
Music by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Sarasate
Presented in connection with Spotlight Switzerland

Sunday, October 26th at 6:30pm
Vienna Piano Trio
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court
Music by Haydn, Schubert, and Smetana
Musica ad Rhenum

Metro: Navy Archives (Green/Yellow LIne)
http://www.nga.gov/programs/music/

PAST: POETRY & PROSE, Annual Reading by AU Faculty, WED, Oct 15th, 8:00pm, Fundraiser, $5 Suggested Donation

Poetry and Prose Reading: Faculty Benefit Reading

Wednesday, October 15th, 8:00pm
Location: The Katzen Arts Center at American University
Butler Pavilion - Board Room, sixth floor
Address: 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Metro: Tenleytown/AU (Red line), shuttle bus
Phone: 202-885-1300

Admission: $5 suggested donation
Reservations: Not required

The annual reading of poetry and prose by American University’s creative writing faculty features Kyle Dargan, author of Bouquet of Hungers; Andrew Holleran, author of Grief; David Keplinger, author of The Prayers of Others; Richard McCann, author of Mother of Sorrows; Glenn Moomau, author of Ted Nugent Condominium; and Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of The Bowl Is Already Broken. Join Alexander Dumbadze, who will speak on the topic of violence, and Chris Burden for this Fall Arts Colloquia Lecture. Alexander Dumbadze is an assistant professor of art history at George Washington University and cofounder of the Contemporary Art Think Tank.

Proceeds from this reading will be donated to Food and Friends, a local nonprofit organization providing meals to people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.

PAST: CONCERT: Classical Piano at the National Gallery of Art this WED, Oct 15th, 12:10pm, Free

Michele Campanella, pianist will perform a free concert at the National Gallery of Art
Wed, October 15th at 12:10
East Building Concourse, Auditorium
Music by Domenico Scarlatti
Presented in honor of Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples
Metro: Navy Archives (Green Line)
www.nga.gov/programs/music

PAST: Lunchtime Jazz Concert at the Corcoran, WED, Oct 15th, 12:30pm, Free with museum admission

Music - Wednesday Jazz: Joe Natale Trio

Jazz up your lunch time as the Corcoran Gallery of Art presents its free jazz concert series. Today enjoy performance by the Joe Natale Trio. Admission to the museum is required.

Wednesday, October 15th, 12:30pm
Location: Corcoran Gallery of Art
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium
Address: 500 17th Street, NW
Cost: Free with gallery admission
Reservations: Not required
Metro: Farragut West (Orange and Blue lines) or Farragut North (Red line)
Phone: 202-639-1700

Admission: $6.75, Senior citizens $4.75, Students (with current ID) $3
Family groups of one or two parents and children under 18 $12
Members and children under 12 free

NOTE: Every Thursday evening is Pay-as-you-wish at the Corcoran!
Visitors are invited to make a donation in an amount of their choosing
Thursdays after 5:00pm. The Gallery is open until 9:00pm every Thursday!
http://www.corcoran.org/

PAST: CONCERT: Classical Guitarist Lunchtime Concert at the LOC this WED, Oct 15th, Noon - 1:00pm, Free

Classical Guitarist Francesc de Paula Soler performs a free lunchtime concert at the Library of Congress this Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 15th, 12:00 noon - 1:00pm
Location: The Library of Congress, Whittall Pavilion, ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE
Admission: Free, reservations not required
Metro: Capitol South (Blue and Orange lines)

Guitarist Francesc de Paula Soler performs classical guitar works in a program sponsored by the Hispanic Division. Soler is the scion of a well-known Spanish artistic family. He began studying guitar at the age of 11 and later trained at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica in Barcelona, Spain. He continued postgraduate studies with Andres Segovia and Narciso Yepes. He performs and lectures around the world and has been featured on television and radio programs in Europe and in the United States.

PAST: CONCERT: Jazz Guitarist, Martin Taylor performs at the IDB, 6:30pm, Free!

Free Concert at the IDB with Jazz Guitarist, Martin Taylor
Wednesday, October 15th at 6:30pm
Location: IDB Cultural Center
Address: 1300 New York Avenue, NW
Metro: Metro Center (Red, Orange, and Blue lines)

Admission: Free, but seating is limited so arrive early. Photo ID required.
Reservations: Not required

Award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world's foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing. Although completely self taught, he has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning four decades, and during that time has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, and humor with a strong stage presence. He spends much of the year travelling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia.

His autobiography, Martin Taylor - Autobiography of a Travelling Musician, and his latest CD Double Standards will be for sale and signing at the concert.

PAST: Trivia Night at Solly's U St Tavern, WED, Oct 15. 8:00pm

Social Event: Trivia Night at Solly's
Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 8:00pm
Location: Solly's U Street Tavern, 1942 11th Street, NW
Reservations: Not required
Note: You must be 21 or older to attend
All proceeds will benefit the Young Playwrights' Theater

PAST: POET Ofelia Zepeda at the National Museum of the American Indian, WED, Oct 15th, 6:30pm, Free

Author Lecture, Discussion, and Book Signing - Vine Deloria, Jr. Native Writers Series: Ofelia Zepeda

Wednesday, October 15th at 6:30pm
Location: National Museum of the American Indian
Location: Rasmuson Theater
Admission: Free, no reservations needed

Ofelia Zepeda is a poet and linguist from the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. She has written numerous books including, A Papago Grammar, Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert, and Jewed 'I-Hoi/Earth Movements. She is a professor at the University of Arizona and co-founder of AILDI (American Indian Language Development Institute). Zepeda writes poetry in English and Tohono O'odham. Her new book, Where Clouds Are Formed, is collection of poetry. A book signing follows the program.

National Museum of the American Indian
Address: 4th Street and Independence Avenue, SW
Metro: L'Enfant Plaza (all lines except Red) exit Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums
Bus: Lines 30, 32, 34, 36 Friendship Heights/Southern Avenue

PAST: Washington Ballet Special Lunchtime Event at the Harman, WED, Oct 15th, Noon-1:00pm, Free!

Dance - Happenings at the Harman: The Washington Ballet

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
12:00 noon - 1:00pm
Location: Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown, F St Exit

Admission: Free
Reservations: Recommended
Phone: 202-547-1122 option 3
Box lunches are available for purchase for $10.

See the Washington Ballet in a special free performance at Happenings!

Happenings at the Harman brings the community up close and personal with the performers and performances at the Harman Center for the Arts as well as throughout the metro-DC community. Held on Wednesdays, these conversations and performances feature some of the leading artists and thinkers of the day as they explore the synergy between the performances on the city’s stages and the events that shape the community and world.

PAST: BOOK TALK: Dudley Clendinen, TUES, Oct 14th at NAS Keck Center, 6:00pm - 8;00pm, Free

Author Event: A Place Called Canterbury: A Book Reading by Dudley Clendinen

Tuesday, October 14th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: National Academy of Science, Keck Center
500 Fifth Street, NW, Room 100
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Green, Red, and Yellow lines)
Admission: Free, photo ID required
Doors open at 5 pm.
Reservations: Not required
www.nas.edaau

Thanks to advances in diet, medication, and health care, Americans who grew up during the Depression and fought in World War II - known as the Greatest Generation - are outliving all of their predecessors. They have become part of an unprecedented demographic phenomenon that former New York Times writer Dudley Clendinen chronicles in his deeply moving and often hilarious new book, A Place Called Canterbury: Tales of the New Old Age in America. Clendinen spent over 400 days and nights living at Canterbury Tower in Tampa Bay, observing the lives of over 200 residents in order to bring us this book. A Place Called Canterbury is a poignant chronicle of the last years of the Greatest Generation and their children, the Boomers, as they are drawn into old age with their parents.

PAST: CONCERT: Lunchtime Concert with Levine School Faculty, TUES, Oct 14th 12:10pm - 1:00pm

Music - Tuesday Concert Series: Levine School of Music Faculty
Vasily Popov, cello; and Ralitza Patcheva, piano.

Tuesday, October 14th, Lunchtime Concert
12:10pm- 1:00pm
Location: Church of the Epiphany
Address: 1317 G Street, NW
Metro: Metro Center (Blue, Orange, and Red lines)
Location: Main Sanctuary
Admission: Free, but donations requested for the artists

If you work downtown during the week, come in, support the local music community, and be recharged with the gift of music.
The Tuesday Concert Series features vocal and instrumental soloists as well as musical ensembles from all over the Washington area. The music is mostly classical, but regular attendees have learned to expect the occasional surprise!

PAST: Artist Talk with Barbara Bosworth at SAAM, TUES, Oct 14th, 7:00pm, Free

Lecture: An Evening with Barbara Bosworth

Tuesday, October 14th at 7:00pm
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Address: 8th and F Streets, NW
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red, Yellow, and Green lines)

Renowned contemporary artist and photographer Barbara Bosworth addresses the inspirations for her photographs, which convey the feeling of being surrounded by natural landscapes.

Location: McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level
Admission: Free
Reservations: Not required
www.saam.si.edu

PAST: Artist Lecture at AU's Katzen Center, this TUES, OCT 14th at Noon, Free

Fall Arts Colloquia Lecture - Critical Inquiry: Masculinity(s)
Join Spoon Popkin for this Fall Arts Colloquia Lecture.

Tuesday, October 14th at 12:00 noon
The Katzen Arts Center at American University

Spoon Popkin is a Baltimore-based artist who has received awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and her work has taken her to three continents.

Location: Abramson Family Recital Hall
Admission: Free
Reservations: Not required

The Katzen Arts Center at American University
Address: 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Metro: Tenleytown/AU (Red line), Free shuttle

PAST: BOOK TALK: This TUES, Oct 14th at Politics & Prose, 7:00pm, Free

This Tuesday, October 14th at 7:00pm, In THE SEARCH FOR AL QAEDA, Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow at Brookings and a former CIA officer, offers a detailed analysis of Al Qaeda’s objectives and its strategies for reaching these goals.

PAST: MON, OCT 13th, Nutritionist Talk & Vegetarian Dinner at the Greenbelt, MD Library, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Free!

Free Dinner and presentation by Dr. Michael Greger, this Monday!

Join Compassion Over Killing for a free vegetarian meal and learn the latest in human nutrition from Michael Greger, M.D, a graduate of the Tufts University School of Medicine. This educational event will include practical advice on how best to feed ourselves and our families to prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic disease in an entertaining and interactive multimedia presentation. Dr. Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues, and he currently is the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States.

At the Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd. in Greenbelt Md.
Monday, Oct. 13th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Compassion Over Killing
www.cok.net | www.tryveg.com

For metro access, see trip planner at www.wmata.com

PAST: ARTIST TALK: If you missed the Show Opening, Come out to see the show and hear Brad interviewed on THURS, OCT 23rd from 7:30 - 9:00pm, Free



NEW BEAT FROM BRAIN

Digital Pop Surrealism by Brad Ulreich







at Dissident Display Gallery
416 H St. NE | 202-332-3346
www.dissidentdisplay.com/gallery

Exhibition: Oct. 10 - Nov. 1, 2008

Artist Talk: Thursday, October 23, 7:30pm > 9:00pm
Closing Party: November 1, TBD

It is defined as the "hypnagogic" state – that uncertain place between awake and sleep that breeds the most vivid of dreams. It is a place where rainbow colors burst into terrifying, violent play things, where at the blink of an eye you are led down an unfamiliar path. This sudden transformation, this twist of fate, is the story of the artist Brad Ulreich.

A victim of a violent attack that left a deep psychological scar, Ulreich looked inwards to questions about the horror and inhumanity of the event. What he found was a world of stories bursting with color, sexuality and violence. By juxtaposing his internal text with appropriated Western pop culture imagery from the early half of the 20th century, Ulreich has created a strong collection of large format digital prints. Dissident Display is proud to present "New Beat From Brain: Digital Pop Surrealism" by Brad Ulreich. Please join us October 10th, 2008 to view this special selection of work.

Posters, Shoes and Skateboards with artist prints will also be available for sale - make sure you buy something from this awesome artist.

Brad is a dear friend of mine so I hope you'll stop by to check out his art and hear his story.

If you can't make it to the talk, the Regular Gallery Hours are:
Tue & Wed: 12:00pm-3:00pm
Thur: 2:00pm-6:00pm
Fri: 11:00am-3:00pm

Saturday, October 11, 2008

PAST: This THURS, Oct 16th & WED, Oct 22nd, Complimentary Chocolate Tastings at Biagio, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Chocolate Lovers, there are still two more complimentary tastings this month at Biagio!

Robert's Chocolates (Biagio Debut) Complimentary Tasting
Thursday, October 16th from 6:30pm - 8-30pm

Christopher's Confections Complimentary Tasting
Wednesday, October 22nd from 6:30 - 8:30pm

All tastings will occur at Biagio, 1904 18th St, NW.
tel - 202.328.1506

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

PAST: Complimentary Chocolate Tasting for J Chocolatier at Biagio on THURS, Oct 9th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Chocolate Lovers, you are in for a treat this month with three tastings at Biagio!

J. Chocolatier Fall Collection Complimentary Tasting
This Thursday, October 9th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
At Biagio, 1904 18th St, NW (close to Florida)

Save the date for these additional tastings this month:

Robert's Chocolates (Biagio Debut)Complimentary Tasting
Thursday, October 16th from 6:30pm - 8-30pm

Christopher's Confections Complimentary Tasting
Wednesday, October 22nd from 6:30 - 8:30pm

All tastings will occur at Biagio, 1904 18th St, NW.
tel - 202.328.1506

PAST: ART Event: A Celebration of Latino Artists at Artery 717 SAT, Oct 11th, 7:00pm - 11:00pm, Free



~VOCES de la TIERRA~ Art Event

Join us Saturday October 11th for a Celebration of Latino Artists.
Art sales benefit the Hispanic Heritage Foundation!

Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 7-11 PM at ARTERY 717
Located at 717 N. St. Asaph St. Alexandria, VA 22314

Featuring never-before-shown works by:
Claudia & Sergio Olivos

Music! Food! Drinks!
Admission is FREE

I always enjoy events at this location, though it is best reached by car. Closest metro is Braddock Rd but it's about 1/3 mile walk or a short taxi ride. I'm not sure bus access from the metro,you can check online at www.wmata.com

http://www.myspace.com/artery717

PAST: MUSIC: Free Classical Concerts TUES, Oct 7th at Noon & SUN, Oct 12th , 4:00pm, 6:30pm

The first Tuesday of the month means it is time for the Noontime Cantata presented by members of the Washington Bach Consort! The next concert is Tuesday, October 7th at 12:10pm at Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St, NW.

Sunday, October 12th at 4:00pm, pianist Minju Choi will play a recital at the Phillips Collection located in Dupont Circle at 1600 21st St, NW. The concert is free, but entrance to the museum is not.

Sunday, October 12th at 6:30pm, Swiss pianist Gilles Vonsattel will play a free recital later that evening at the National Gallery of Art West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court. Music by J. S. Bach, Liszt, Muhly, Rorem, and Schubert. This concert series is fabulous and free every Sunday night at 6:30pm. For a complete schedule, see http://www.nga.gov/programs/music/

PAST: Other free events and things to do...

Some other Free and Easy Events that were sent my way...

Wednesday, October 8th,'Way Down in New Orleans' at Civilian Art Projects

Time is running out for this exhibition, which features artists from New Orleans and beyond depicting life in Louisiana.

Thursday, October 9th, Virginia Archaeology Month at the Torpedo Factory

As part of Alexandria's "Second Thursday" night of arts events, the Torpedo Factory offers an open house with an archeology theme, including a lecture about reconstructions at Mount Vernon.

Friday, October 10th, Oktoberfest Reston at Reston Town Center

The annual German celebration comes to Loudoun County, with polka music and traditional German dancing at the town pavilion until 11p.m. Note: It is possible to get to Reston Town Center by Metro and bus.

Saturday, October 11th, Navy Day at the Washington Navy Yard and U.S. Navy Memorial

Celebrate the Navy's 233rd birthday at the Washington Navy Yard and the U.S. Navy Memorial. Tour the USS Barry, the Cold War Museum and the Naval Art Museum, taste birthday cake and watch the Naval drill team at the Navy Yard, or listen to naval bands, including the Commodores jazz ensemble, and see exhibits and displays at the Navy Memorial.

Sunday, October 12th,'Perspectives: Y.Z. Kami' at the Freer Gallery of Art

Large-scale works by the Tehran-born painter are meditations on meditation.

Also, just a reminder that you can check out free shows every day at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage at 6:00pm. Metro: Foggy Bottom & take the free KC Shuttle
http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/schedule.html


Also note that Y.Z. Kami's large canvases are on display at the Freer Gallery now through October 13th.

Monday, October 6, 2008

PAST: Poetry, Music, Book Talks, Film... at Busboys & Poets this week!

Busboys & Poets now has 2 locations in DC!
The original @ 14th & V, NW and the newest @ 5 & K St, NW

This post will only note events happening in DC as the location in Shirlington, VA is not metro accessible. To see events in VA please visit: www.BusboysandPoets.com

All events free and open to the public unless noted otherwise

POLITICS:

Tuesday, October 7th, 9:00pm in VA and DC

Presidential Debate (Round 2) Watch Party. Join us at any one of our 3 locations for a Presidential Debate Watch Party! We will have all of the debate action on our big screens and televisions throughout the spaces. Drink specials, good food and as always good people!

BOOK TALKS:

Thursday, October 9th at 6:30pm, 14th & V

Antonia Juhasz will sign and discuss The Tyranny of Oil The Tyranny of Oil and Author Mike Brune will discuss Coming Clean . THE TYRANNY OF OIL is a chilling expose of the modern American oil industry, its dire abuse of power, and how an industry-wide dissolution of powerful monopolies is the only answer to our ongoing oil crisis. In Coming Clean, Michael Brune, executive director of Rainforest Action and Network (RAN), shows how we, as motivated citizens, can promote solutions and collectively pressure policymakers and corporations to change their energy priorities.

Friday, October 10th at 6:00pm, 14 & V

Robin Broad and John Cavanagh will sign and discuss Development Redefined: How the Market Met its Match. Fittingly scheduled during the World Bank annual meetings, American University professor Robin Broad and IPS Director John Cavanagh present their newest book, a chronicle of the rise and fall of the market-worshipping Washington Consensus and people-based alternatives to corporate-led globalization.

Saturday, October 11th at 6:00pm, 14th & V

BANG, BANG, BABY Please join mystery writers Gary Phillips and Ken Bruen as they rock the house reading from their latest works, talking all things down and gritty in the world of mystery and crime novels, and just shootin' the shit about the general nature of the noir times we live in.

POETRY:

NOTICE: Tuesday night Open Mic @ 14th & V has been canceled this week for airing of the Presidential Debate. Join us for a Debate Watch Party instead, and don’t forget to check out Open Mic at our other 2 locations:

Wednesday, October 8th at 9:00pm, 5th & K

A Busboys & Poetry Open Mic. Hosted by Poet Holly Bass. List opens at 8 PM.

Thursday, October 9th at 9:00pm, 14th & V

Nine on the Ninth - celebrating 3 years! The Nine On The Ninth is a now legendary monthly poetry series that debuted back in October 2005. It's a feature driven format, which means, the feature opens the show and an open mic follows. Tonights feature: Katy Richey. Donations encouraged. Doors open at 8 PM

Friday, October 10th at 11:00pm, 14th & V

Busboys and Poetry Presents "The 11th Hour Poetry Slam"! Busboys and Poets is proud be recognized as Poetry Slam, Inc's (PSI) DC Slam Venue. The 11th Hour Poetry Slam is held on the second Friday of each month at 11PM. There will be 2 rounds with the audience choosing a winner. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Admission is $5.

FILMS:

Saturday, October 11th at 11:00pm, 5th & K

Focus In! Cinema for a Conscious Community screens important films by local, national, and international filmmakers. Each segment offers a focus dedicated to social justice, peace, and community value. Free and open to the public. Screenings every Saturday at 11 PM.

Sunday, October 12th at 5:00pm, 14th & V

WHUT/ITVS presents COMMUNITY CINEMA [DC]. FREE preview screening of "LIONESS"- American Women soldiers in Combat in the Iraq War. LIONESS, a new film by Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers, tells the untold story of a group of female Army support soldiers who became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. Discussion to follow. RSVP required - lioness@communitycinema-dc.org

Sunday, October 12th at 8:00pm, 14 & V

NomadsLand presents Zhao and Yang: The Unbreakables. Zhao and Yang are long-time friends and housemates. Both sons of so-called "counter-revolutionaries", their freedoms were seriously curtailed under the communist regime. With no access to further education or proper jobs, they found their release in art, which provided them with hope in the face of oppression.

MUSIC:

Wednesday, October 8th, 9:00pm, 14 & V

Hump Day Groovez. Live musical performance featuring Chris Jamison and Alexinder Gunn. Chris Jamison is a 25-year-old original Singer/Songwriter that delivers soulful lyrics and harmonic melodies through a gentle voice and subtle Americana, acoustic style. Alexinder Gunn is a 21 year old true Folk Singer/songwriter. He plays topical and story songs along with songs of love, heartbreak, and bitter realizations. $10 admission.

www.busboysandpoets.com

PAST: ART Opening: My dear friend Brad Ulreich is having his first solo show! FRI, Oct 10th, 7:00 - 11:00pm


This Friday night, October 10th at Dissident Display, my dear friend Brad is having his first solo show art opening featuring the work from his "New Beat From Brain"

The opening is from 7:00 - 11:00pm at 416 H St, NE (the new H St Corridor). It should be a great night! Hope I might see you there!

You can check out Brad's art at: newbeatfrombrain.com

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Please Note:

Two events have just been canceled... the Drum Circle scheduled for tomorrow at the Takoma Park Festival and the book event at Olsson's that was scheduled for Wed. I just got back in town and learned that Olsson's has closed its doors for good. Sad news.

Tomorrow, Sunday, there are still cool events to check out! The Takoma Park Festival is still happening all day long, Busboys and Poets has events and there is a movie during the day at NMAI. As always, you can check out IMCW's Sunday evening meditation at All Souls, located at 16th & Harvard, from 6:00-8:00pm.

Hope you have fun, whatever you do!

NOTE: You can search UPCOMING and ONGOING events as well as "OF NOTE" items using the search box at the top left of this blog

Thursday, October 2, 2008

PAST: JAZZ in the Gallery at Smith Farm this SAT, Oct 4th, 7:30pm - 9:00pm, Free

SAT OCTOBER 4 | 7:30-9PM | Jazz Performance by Steve Herberman

The DEJF jazz in the Gallery continues the next night, Saturday,
October 4, 2008, with a live performance by guitarist Steve Herberman,
also from 7:30 to 9:00pm. Please join us each night to enjoy the
music and the exhibition!

More information:
www.SmithFarm.com/gallery
phone 202.483.8600
1632 U Street NW | Washington DC | 20009

PAST: ART & JAZZ this FRI, Oct 3rd at Smith Farm Gallery on U St, 7:30pm - 9:00pm, Free

"Shelters and Shadows"
September 5 - October 30, 2008
Sheep Jones, Lynden Cline, Angela Hennessy, and Allegra Marquart

FRI OCTOBER 3 | 7:30-9PM | Jazz by Richard Padron & Gallery Reception

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery invites you to attend the second
gallery reception celebrating Shelters and Shadows on Friday, October
3, 2008 from 7:30 to 9:00pm. In addition to the usual festive
atmosphere, the reception will include live music by guitarist Richard
Padron as a part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival's Jazz in the
'Hoods programing.

More information:
www.SmithFarm.com/gallery
phone 202.483.8600
1632 U Street NW | Washington DC | 20009

Regular Gallery Hours:
Wednesday-Friday 11AM-5PM
Saturday 11AM-3PM and by appointment.

PAST: FILM Festival: Closing Party, SAT, Oct 4th 10:00pm - 11:30pm, Free with ticket to closing night film

What: Ticket Give Away! And closing party for the 9th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival

Saturday, OCTOBER 4, 2008, 10-11:30pm at Civilian Art Projects

The 9th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival runs Sept. 25 through Oct. 4, 2008 at locations throughout the Washington, D.C., area. The festival will showcase 14 features and over 45 short films, including narrative, documentaries, experimental, animation, and more. The Closing Night Reception of the festival will be held at Civilian Art Projects on October 4th at 10pm. Admission to the reception is free with a ticket purchase to the Closing Night Film "The Killing of Chinese Fortune Cookie". In this offbeat documentary, filmmaker Derek Shimoda travels throughout the country in an attempt to document the truth behind the history of the fortune cookie. Featuring an eclectic mix of interviews with people like master chef Martin Yan and Giant Robot founder Eric Nakamura, this film reveals how this edible invention has evolved from an after dinner treat to an American cultural phenomenon, influencing areas of art, film, fashion, and beyond.

Tickets to the film and reception can be purchased online in advance at a discounted price. A complete listing of all films with descriptions, time, and ticket information is available at http://www.apafilm.org.

info@civilianartprojects.com
Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street NW, Third Floor
Washington DC
(202) 347-0022

Metro: Navy Archives or Gallery Place Chinatown