Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Can you believe it's New Year's Eve already! I've been busy and traveling with the holidays as you can imagine. I'll try to put up some more posts soon. I just wanted to wish all of you a very happy, abundant and joy-filled year ahead!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

PAST: This TUES, Dec 23rd, Free Concert 12:00 - 1:00pm

Free concert this Tuesday from 12:10pm - 1:00pm at at the Church of the Epiphany, Metro Center,
1317 G St, NW. Below are the remaining concerts this season.

December 23
Sophia Vastek, piano

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

It's Holiday Time so not much going on, Wishing you all a Wonderful Holiday!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

PAST: Last minute Holiday Shopping? Check out the Downtown DC Holiday Market, Now - TUES, Dec 23rd! Noon - 8:00pm

The 4th Annual Downtown Holiday Market is going on now through Tues, December 23rd from 12:00 noon – 8:00 daily. On F Street, NW between 7th & 9th St, right across from the Gallery Place Metro, Arena Exit.

The 4th Annual Downtown Holiday Market returns on the F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery between 7th & 9th Streets, NW. Bringing a unique and festive shopping “village” to the heart of Downtown DC, the Noon to 8pm market features more than 150 local artisans and crafters.

For a full list of exhibitors, and performers, see:

PAST: 'X' Party at BeBar, SAT, Dec 20th, 7:00 - 11:00pm

Please see previous posts on x party for details or google search it. I believe it's $8 to get in.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

PAST: Free Concerrt with Piano & Soprano this WED, Dec 17th at Harman Hall, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Happenings at the Harman is a great series offering free performances every Wednesday at 12:00 noon at Harman Hall, 610 F St, NW. Seating is based on availability and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Box lunches are available if desired. Show ends at 1:00pm.

This Wednesday at Happenings at the Harman: Harlie Sponaugle, soprano, and Warren Zwicky, piano

Note that this is the last show this season. The series will resume on January 7th. A full calendar is available online at

Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown, Arena exit, 7th & F St

Sunday, December 14, 2008

To view all upcoming events, type in the keyword "upcoming" in the search box, upper left

PAST: Reminder: WED, Dec 17th Community Sing with Ysaye Barnwell at the Levine School, 7:00 - 9:00pm $5

The next monthly Community Sing with Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock will be this WED, Dec 17th at 7:00pm at the Levine School Campus at 2801 Upton St, NW. This is a wonderful opportunity to see, hear and sing along with Ysaye and the others in attendance. All are welcome, no musical training required. Admission is $5. Metro: Van Ness, it's about a ten minute or less walk from the metro down hill, just be sure to look the map for walking directions since some of those streets don't cut through.

PAST: MUSIC: Sixth Anniversary Celebration for "Sounds of Hope" this FRI, Dec 19th, 7:00pm - 10:30pm

"Sounds of Hope" is a musical series that my dear friend, musician and peace loving soul, Mary Shapiro, puts on every Friday night at The Potter's House in Adams Morgan. They are located at 1658 Columbia Rd, NW about a block past the CVS and Safeway.

Friday, December 19th from 7:00pm -10:30pm
Sixth Year Anniversry Party for Sounds of Hope!
Featuring musicians: Mary Shapiro, Alicia Deeny, Tom Goss, Jake Melnyk, Terrence J, and Sam Hensley!

This is the Sounds of Hope annual benefit for Sounds of Hope! our annual FUN! raiser to celebrate the holidays--Solstice, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years, etc...!

Hope you might be able to stop by to check it out. All events are donation based. Suggested donation is $15, please give as you are able even if it is less than the suggested donation.

Metro: Nearest metro station is Columbia Heights, also close to Woodley Park. Most direct way to get there is to take the 42 bus to Mozart Place or the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Harvard and walk about two blocks to 1658 Columbia Rd.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

PAST: More Free Events this month! December listings from

More Free DECEMBER Events! Most of them are at SAAM or NGA. The events are organized by date. All events are posted on www.culturecapital.comFor complete details, visit their website and use their search box top left. If you type in the keywords or date along with the word free you can find the links. Complete calendars for NGA and SAAM at:


* Smithsonian Encore Chorale
Saturday, December 13 @ Smithsonian American Art Museum

* Great Falls Studios Holiday Show and Sale
Saturday, December 13 through Sunday, December 14 @ Colvin Run Historic Schoolhouse

* Steinway Series--Trelumina Trio
Sunday, December 14 @ Smithsonian American Art Museum

* Lecture: Time, Space, and the Progress of History in the Medieval Map
Sunday, December 14 @ National Gallery of Art

* Gallery Talk: The Realm of the Irrational: Dada and Surrealism
Through Thursday, December 18 @ National Gallery of Art

* Film Series: David Lean Restored: Blithe Spirit
Friday, December 19 through Saturday, December 20 @ National Gallery of Art

* Film Series: David Lean Restored: Great Expectations
Sunday, December 21 @ National Gallery of Art

* Film Series: David Lean Restored: This Happy Breed
Sunday, December 21 @ National Gallery of Art

* Gallery Talk: The Christmas Story in Art
Through Tuesday, December 23 @ National Gallery of Art

* Art Film: The Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece: The Annunciation
Through Friday, December 26 @ National Gallery of Art

* Film Series: David Lean Restored: Oliver Twist
Friday, December 26 through Saturday, December 27 @ National Gallery of Art

* Film Series: David Lean Restored: Brief Encounter
Sunday, December 28 @ National Gallery of Art

* Concert: National Gallery Orchestra
Sunday, December 28 @ National Gallery of Art

* Color! Paintings by Bryan Jernigan
Ongoing Event: Through Sunday, December 28 @ Lesner Hearing Center

For metro or bus access, see

PAST: ART Opening SAT, Dec 13th at Hamiltonian Gallery on U St

Hamiltonian Gallery Opening Reception
Saturday, December 13th
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street, NW
Metro: U St

PAST: Vigil and Community Forum in Response to Mumbai Attacks, SUN, Dec 14th, 2:30 - 4:00pm

MUMBAI! Interfaith Community Forum & Vigil
Sunday, December 14, 2008
2:30pm - 4:00pm

MUMBAI! INTERFAITH UNITY AGAINST HATE is a response to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai from US-based Hindu, Muslim, Sikh & Jewish communities, along with members of all faiths and secular supporters. Together, we will honor the victims of these attacks and reaffirm the underlying unity of all faiths in the face of hatred in an effort to promote interreligious collaboration and hope.

This event is FREE and open to the general public. RSVP to

• INTERACTIVE CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL: Vigil to mourn the victims in Mumbai and stand together against interreligious hatred. Opening prayers to be lead by faith leaders.

• TALK BACK TO HATE FORUM: Attendees will share personal accounts of their response to hateful speech and actions, giving practical and powerful guidance on how to counter extremism in our daily lives and in our communities.

All Souls Unitarian Church
Corner of 16th & Harvard St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights Metro -Turn Right from 14th onto Columbia Rd, left on 16th St

Friday, December 12, 2008

PAST: Art & Music: DC 51 Party FRI, Dec 19th at Rock n Roll Hotel, $10

DC 51 Party at the Rock n Roll Hotel
Friday,December 19th
Doors | 830pm
Show | 930pm

Cool people, rocking music and live art by the DC51 Artist Collective. Featuring Drop Electric, Christylez Bacon, The Cornel West Theory and Godisheus, featuring Head-Roc. Tickets for this event are $10

Rock n Roll Hotel
1353 H St, NE
Metro: Union Station and taxi or
X2 bus along H St from Gallery Place
see for best route

PAST: Performance by duo, Climbing PoeTree, SUN, Dec 14th, 6:30pm, Donation

Climbing PoeTree, two-woman show, comes to DC
This Sunday, December 14th at 6:30pm
Donation based, $10-20 sliding scale

Hurricane Season: The Hidden Messages in Water
Come see One Common Unity's Award Winners, Alixa and Naima, the Brooklyn-based, internationally-acclaimed performance duo Climbing PoeTree. They will be performing their widely-celebrated two-woman show this Sunday at 6:30pm at the Unification Church Dr. King Peace Center at the corner of 16th & Columbia Rd at 1610 Columbia Road. This is their final stop on a national tour that fuses performance and activism. More at

PAST: Events this week at Busboys & Poets, SAT, Dec 13th - WED, Dec 17th

Events this week at both of Busboys DC Locations. For more info, and Shirlington, VA events, visit

SATURDAY, December 13th
9:00am @ 5th & K
CHANGE is Coming Meeting

Since the election, the challenges we face -- and our responsibility to take action -- have only gotten more urgent. Connect with fellow supporters, make progress on the issues you care about, and help shape the future of your community and our country. All are welcome.

SATURDAY, December 13th
11:00pm @ 5th & K
FILM: Focus In! Cinema for a conscious community
Screening of Interrogate This: Psychologists Take on Terror

Should psychologists help the military interrogate national security detainees? Interrogate This presents a troubling and deeply human story illustrating the complexities encountered when national security, psychology, politics, ethics and morality collide.

SUNDAY, December 14th
9:00am @14th & V
CHANGE is Coming Meeting
Description listed above

SUNDAY, Decmeber 14th
FILM: 8:00pm @ 14th & V
Focus In! Cinema for a conscious community
Screening of Come Walk in My Shoes

This award-winning documentary about Congressman John Lewis provides a fresh, first-person perspective on the non-violent protests that challenged segregation laws in the South and led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Sponsored by Video Action.

TUESDAY, December 16th
OPEN MIC: 9:00pm @ 14th & V

Open Mic Poetry A Busboys and Poetry Event - Tuesday Night Open Mic! Open mic wristbands will be sold all day starting at 10AM 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

WEDNESDAY, December 17
BOOK TALK: 7:00pm @ 5th & K

Tom Gjelten will sign and discuss Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba, a unique history of Cuba, captured in the life and times of the famous rum dynasty. Now National Public Radio correspondent Tom Gjelten tells the dramatic story of one family, its business, and its nation, a 150-year tale with the sweep and power of an epic.

WEDNESDAY, December 17
OPEN MIC: 8:00pm @ 5th & K
A Busboys and Poetry Event Open Mic Poetry!

Hosted by Charlotte Fox/Genesis Poets. Free and open to all. List opens at 7:45 PM.

WEDNESDAY, December 17
MUSIC: 9:00pm @ 14th & V
Live Music: Pop/Jazz/Indie
There is a $10 Admission for this event

Hump Day Groovez featuring Danni Rosner. With a voice fueled by observation and fused to the feelings of the heart comes the music of Danni Rosner - singer, songwriter and composer.

PAST: Holiday Party Tonight, FRI, Dec 12th at Dissident Display Gallery from 7:30pm- 2:00am

Dissident Display Holiday Party
Friday, December 12th from 7:30pm - 2:00am
The Nightmare Before Christmas Holiday Party
+ Closing of Chris Dubia Exibition "Welcome Home"
$5.00 door donation suggested

Art Viewing, holiday h'douvres + wine/beer
9:00pm-Until 2:00am
Cocktails, dance + beats
Wear all black & red and recieve a free black martini
Music Provided by: Chris Burns + Adrian Loving

Dissident Display Gallery
416 H St, NE
Metro: Union Station and taxi
or X2 bus along H St from Gallery Place

PAST: Mural Dedication in LeDroit Park SAT, Dec 13th, 11:00am- 2:00pm

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanitiesa and The LeDroit Park Community Present the LeDroit Park Community Mural Dedication
This Saturday, December 13th
from 11:00am – 2:00pm (Rain or Shine)

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in collaboration with residents from the LeDroit Park community selected muralist Garin Baker to design, create and install this mural in the center of LeDroit Park, a small neighborhood filled with unique architectural characteristics and historical significance to the city. The mural is aptly entitled “This is How We Live.” This celebratory mural marks the beginning of a renaissance that is taking place at the site of the former Gage-Eckington School, which will soon have a green-civic plaza, a community garden and new play garden for the children and a senior community center.

The dedication will be held at 239 Elm Street, NW
next to the Gage-Eckington Elementary School
See for metro and bus access

PAST: Special Event this SAT, Dec 13th - Fundraiser for One Common Unity at The Peace Mural, 7:30-11:00pm, Donations

One Common Unity: Common Folk Awards Celebration
Saturday, December 13th
At The Peace Mural in Georgetown
7:30pm to 11:00pm
Please Note: This is a Fundraiser

I normally don't post events that aren't free but sometimes an event sounds so good that I can't resist... especially when folks I know are involved, and it's a fundraiser for a great cause!

7:30pm Reception
8:30-11:00pm Program

One Common Unity is a local organization run by Hawah and some other folks I know will also be performing so I wanted to put the word out. It will be held at The Peace Mural in Georgetown and is also co-hosted by two of my favorite eateries in town, Java Green and Busboys & Poets.

The evening will feature performances by the fabulous Kristen Arant and The Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project and local songstress Courtney Dowe, along with the talents of Omekongo Dibinga, Mikuak Rai, Olu Butterfly, The Cornell West Theory, Ayanna Gregory, Princess of Controversy, Bomani Armah, Jali-D, Kuku, Monica McIntyre, and Brother Ah. Dress Festive; Appetizers provided by Java Green Eco Café & Busboys & Poets;

Suggested Donation is listed as $25. If that is more than you can afford, you may want to call or email to check. Contact Info: 202-529-2125 or email:
Advanced Reservations are strongly recommended, via the Contact information above.

The Common Folk Awards Celebration recognizes those nurturing the world through peace education, arts, and media. This will be a dynamic evening of musical & dance performances, speakers, silent auction, and award presentations. One Common Unity is a Washington DC grassroots organization which nurtures sustainable, caring communities through a variety of local and global community arts projects, omni-media programming, and innovative peace education services.

The Peace Mural Exhibition
3336 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

PAST: Art Installation in Georgetown, The Peace Mural, on view now - Jan 30th!

The Peace Mural has come to DC is and is now on view in Georgetown! The mural is actually a huge and impressive compilation of works by artist, Huong, which has taken years to complete and includes the words of many others and even some poetry by local DC Poets Against the War. There are two floors filled with art that is meant to invoke, evoke and inspire. I was there for the opening this weekend and I recommend checking it out when you have some time to spend. It is pretty impressive!

There will also be a lot of events going on at the site. For a full calendar of events, many of which are free or suggested donation based, see:

The Peace Mural is at 3336 M St, NW
On view now through January 30th

Monday-Thursday 10:00-9:00pm
Friday-Saturday 10:00-Midnight
Sunday Noon-8:00pm

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

PAST: Free Holiday Concert at the Kogod Courtyard, SAAM, this SAT, Dec 13th at 1:00pm

The Smithsonian Encore Chorale, Free Performance
Saturday, December 13th at 1:00pm
At the Kogod Courtyard
Inside of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Come in from the cold and join us for a concert of seasonal and holiday music featuring the Smithsonian Encore Chorale. Conducted by Jeanne Kelly, this wonderful group of singers will be sure to inspire some holiday cheer and glad tidings. Admission: Free, No Reservations needed.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown

PAST: FILM: "Miracle on 34th Street" Screening this SAT, Dec 13th at 1:00pm, Free

The Classic Film: Miracle on 34th Street will be screened at The Historical Society of Washington
Saturday, December 13th at 1:00pm

Miracle on 34th Street (1947, 107 min., Director: George Seaton) Holiday fun for all ages!

Admission: Free, Reservations are Required
Phone: 202-383-1828

The Historical Society of Washington, DC
The Carnegie Library Building 801 K St, NW
Between 7th & 9th, in front of the Convention Center
Metro: Mount Vernon Square or Gallery Place/Chinatown

PAST: Free Chamber Music Concert FRI, Dec 12th at Noon, Sumner School

Chamber Concert: Friday Morning Music Club
At the Charles Sumner School
Friday, December 12th at 12:00 noon

This is a really great series. If you have a chance to check it out, I highly encourage you to! The Friday Morning Music Club performance will feature Ann Sears, Doris Mattingly, and Enoch Gordis, piano; Judith Basch Shapiro and Ramona Matthews, violin; and Jan Timbers, cello.

Program will include:

Debussy - Images, second set; L’Isle joyeuse
Walton - Sonata for violin and piano - Allegro tranquillo
Saint-Saëns - Trio No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18

Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
1700 M Street, NW
Metro: Farragut North or West
Admisssion: Free
Reservations: Not required
More info at

PAST: East Asian Art History Award Ceremony this THURS, Dec 11th at the Freer, 7:00pm, Free

Award Ceremony and Book Signing: 2008 Shimada Prize
At the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Thursday, December 11th at 7:00pm

The winner of the eighth biennial competition of the Shimada Prize for an outstanding publication on the history of East Asian art will be presented to Dr. Patricia Berger, who will receive this distinguished prize for her publication Empire of Emptiness: Buddhist Art and Political Authority in Qing China. During the presentation Berger will briefly discuss her research. She will sign copies of her book immediately following the event.

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Meyer Auditorium
Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW
Admission: Free
Reservations: Not required
Metro: Smithsonian (Blue and Orange lines)

PAST: FILM on Multimedia Artists with Discussion & Reception this THURS, Dec 11th

Reception, Film and Discussion:
"When Absence Becomes Presence"
Thursday, December 11th

At 5:00pm, there will be an exhibition preview and reception at the WPA Headquarters, 2023 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

At 6:00pm, at the Phillips Collection, there will be a screening and discussion of the film on multimedia artists, When Absence Becomes Presence, with the curators of the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) exhibition. Reservations, Not required. Cost: Free, donations appreciated.

The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q Street exit
Thursday extended hours until 8:30 pm
Phone: 202-387-2151
Admission: Varies

PAST: Free Concert at LoC this THURS, Dec 11th, Verge Ensemble, 8:00pm

Free concert this Thursday eve at the Library of Congress!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
8:00 - 10:00pm

The Verge Ensemble performs works commissioned by the Library in celebration of Elliot Carter's centennial-Shatin's Tower of the Eight Winds and Antosca's Kairos. Program is below:

Antosca - Kairos - time outside of time for violin, harpsichord, and computer (world premiere - McKim commission)
Carter - Scrivo en Vento for solo flute
Carter - Eight Pieces for Four Timpani
Carter - Enchanted Preludes for flute and cello
Shatin - Tower of the Eight Winds for violin and piano (world premiere - McKim commission)
Carter - A Mirror on Which to Dwell

At 6:15pm there will be a pre-concert presentation, in which composers Steve Antosca and Judith Shatin discuss their Library commissions inspired by Elliot Carter. This event will take place in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required.

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, SE
Admission: Free, but tickets are required
Metro: Capitol South

Tickets available through Ticketmaster, convenience fee $2.75 per ticket (limit two tickets per order)

PAST: Live Holiday Music Performed in Public Places, now - Dec 12th, Free!

I just stumbled upon this free holiday music series sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities while shopping this eve at the Target DC USA complex in Columbia Heights. I noticed the music playing was Chanukah music so I went up to check it out. It turns out that there are free concerts being performed every day this week at various places throughout the city. Below are the remaining concerts for Thursday and Friday, Dec 11th and 12th.

Visions of Jazz
Thursday, Dec 11th
4:00 - 6:00pm
Metro: Navy Yard, 200 M St, SE

Donal Leace
Friday, Dec 12th
6:00 - 8:00pm
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown Metro
At the Downtown Holiday Market, F St NW

Learn more about DCCAH at

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

PAST: ART Opening this FRI, Dec 12th at Civilian Art Projects, 7:00 - 9:00pm

"Media.Mix: 21st Century Collage"
Opening Reception
Friday, December 12th
Exhibition Runs- Dec 27th

CIVILIAN ART PROJECTS is pleased to announce its final exhibition of the year: Media.Mix: 21st Century Collage. The exhibition includes sculpture, painting, drawing, fabric and textiles, video, music, and photography by Kristina Bilonick, Cheraya Esters, Steven Frost, Laura Hensley, Anamario Hernández, Steve Ioli, Jennifer Mattingly, Patrick McDonough, Chinaedu Nwadibia, Betsy Packard, Nicholas Popovici, Teresa Sites, David William and a musical remix of sounds by Damu.

Most works are affordable, priced at $500 or less. Please join CAP and consider gifting the gift of art for the holidays.
Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street NW, Third Floor
Metro: Gallery Place or Navy Archives

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

PAST: Artist Sidney Lawrence will be in Georgetown this SAT, Dec 13th from 4:00 - 6:00pm, Free

Sidney Lawrence "Ink Cities" Book Signing
Saturday, December 13th from 4:00pm-6:00pm

Artist Sidney Lawrence will provide personalized inscriptions and sketches for his 200-edition artist's book, Ink Cities, from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, Dec. 13, at District Fine Arts, 1639 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Georgetown. Ink Cities appears as part of Lawrence's current show at DFA of paintings, reliefs and works on paper, on view now - January 17, 2009.

Inspired by pocket-sized sketchbooks artists often carry while traveling, the 32-page, spiral-bound publication ($26) presents Lawrence's highly detailed, often fantasy-laden drawings of 24 cities from around the world. "At the end, readers may use their own words and images to portray their favorite cities on five blank pages," Lawrence says.

PAST: Artist Open House for Matt Sesow this SAT, Dec 13th, Noon - 6:00pm

Talented Local Artist Matt Sesow will hold an OPEN STUDIO this SAT,December 13th at his studio in Adams Morgan. He'll have hundreds of newm never before exhibited works for sale and perusal. Matt's work is really amazing. I hope you will come out to meet him and see his stuff up close and personal. The Open studio will go from 12:00pm until 6:00pm. For complete details, see:

PAST: The Next Community Sing with Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock will be WED, Dec 17th, 7:00pm, $5

Mark your calendar now for next sing, which will take place at the Levine School Campus at 2801 Upton St, NW (close to Van Ness Metro) in Washington, DC on Wednesday, December 17th at 7:00pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to see, hear and sing along with Ysaye and the others in attendance. All are welcome, no musical training required. I have been to a few of the sings with Ysaye and have thoroughly enjoyed them each time. A real treat to be able to sing with others in such a warm and welcoming space. Great for this time of year as well! The event begins at 7:00pm, admission is just $5.

PAST: FILM: Free Screening of "A Labyrinth of Time" TUES, Dec 9th, 7:00pm

Free Film Screening of: A Labyrinth of Time (2006, Director: Frank Scheffer) this Tuesday, December 9th from 7:00-9:00pm at The Library of Congress

A Labyrinth of Time, Frank Scheffer's brilliant documentary, illuminates Elliott Carter's musical development and projects his compositions in time, in a journey led by the composer himself. Beautiful pictures of the city of New York, of which Carter is a lifetime citizen, are used as metaphors, building a juxtaposition of Carter's music and its reflection on our democratic society. Held in celebration of the Elliot Carter Centennial

Reservations: Not required but may be made in advance by calling 202-707-5677 between 9 am and 5 pm. Reserved seats must be claimed at least 10 minutes before show time, after which standbys will be admitted.

Location: Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE
Metro: Capitol South, blue or orange line Admission: Free, but seating is limited

PAST: Free Concert at the Freer this WED, Dec 10th, 7:30pm

Free Concert: Musicians from Marlboro I
This Wednesday, December 10th at 7:30 PM
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Meyer Auditorium

Young participants in Vermont’s annual Marlboro Music Festival bring the excitement of this prestigious gathering to the Freer with performances of Mozart’s String Quintet, K. 614; Mendelssohn’s Octet, op. 20; and Janácìk’s String Quartet no. 1. Also note that a pre-concert gallery tour, Surface Beauty: American Art and Freer’s Aesthetic Vision, will take place at 6:45 pm for those who may be interested,

Reservations: Not required but may be obtained (for a service fee of $2.75 per ticket and $1.25 per order) online via Ticketmaster or by phone at 202-397-7328. Two tickets per person are also distributed (for no service fee) at the Meyer Auditorium beginning one hour before showtime, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Address: Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines)
Phone: 202-357-2700

PAST: POETRY for Young People! Poetry Marathon in Spanish at MLK Library this WED & THURS, Dec 10th - 11th, 10:00am - noon

9th Annual Young People's Poetry Marathon: A Festival of the Spanish Language
Wednesday & Thursday, December 10th & 11th
from 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon
at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
Auditorium A-5 - 901 G Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown, Museum exit
Admission: Free

Teatro de la Luna and the DC Public Library System announce the 9th Annual Young People's Poetry Marathon in Spanish, dedicated to maintaining and teaching young people good use and interpretation of the Spanish language. Acclaimed area Hispanic poets Luis Alberto Ambroggio and Rei Berroa will join Teatro de la Luna Artistic Director Mario Marcel and Producer Nucky Walder in hosting the marathon. To learn more about Teatro de la Luna, call 202-882-6227 or email:

* Wednesday, December 10
Elementary students

* Thursday, December 11
Middle and high school students

PAST: NMWA's Annual Holiday Gift Market this TUES & WED, Dec 9th-10th

National Museum of Women in the Arts Annual Holiday Gift Market

Tuesday, December 9th
10:00am - 8:00pm

Wednesday, December 10th
10:00am - 5:00pm

Cost: Free with admission to the museum

The seventh annual sale offers unique jewelry, home accents, personal accessories, and gifts made by women artisans and designers. Members receive double discounts! A special book signing with NMWA Founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, author of A Museum of Their Own, will take place from 11:30 am - 1 pm both days.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Phone: 202-783-5000
Metro: Metro Center (Orange, Blue and Red lines) 13th Street exit

Admission: Adults $5, Visitors 60 and over and students $3
NMWA members and youth 18 and under Free

NOTE ALSO: Free Community Days the first Sunday and Wednesday of the month

PAST: Want to get your Goth on? My friend DJ Medusa will be guest DJing at Midnight this SAT, Dec 13th

My friend, DJ Medusa, will be the guest DJ this Saturday, December 13th at MIDNIGHT, one of the few remaining Goth Nights in town. I used to go there pretty frequently back in my goth days. You will likely find me there this Saturday eve reliving some memories and making some new ones! Perhaps you will be in the mood to get your goth on and I will see you there.

Medusa usually spins at Wasteland at Jimmy Valentine's so here is your chance to see her at a more metro accessible location! Learn more about her musical style and upcoming events at

MIDNIGHT, Saturday, December 13th
Doors open at 9:00pm. 21 + event
Note: There is a $5 cover,first 12 guests admitted free!

The Meeting Place, 1707 L St, NW
Metro: Farragut North or West

PAST: ART Opening in DC this SAT, Dec 13th from 7:00 - 9:00pm

Art Opening for "Quasi-Painting"
at Randall Scott Gallery
Saturday, December 13th

Works by Young, Mid-Atlantic Artists: Sarah Gamble · Isabel Manalo - Patrick McDonough · Nikki Painter - Alex Roulette · Amy Sherald - Julie Simon · Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann -Sarah Wilmer. Curated by Cara Ober. On view thru January 10th

Randall Scott Gallery is located at 1326 14th St, NW
Close to 14th & P St, 1/2 block south of Rhode Island on 14th St, 2nd floor above Thai Tanic Restaurant.

PAST: ART Opening Reception for Skin Deep this SAT, Dec 13th at Art Whino

Art Opening at Art Whino of "Skin Deep"
The solo show of Jason Snyder
Saturday, December 13th
6:00pm – Midnight
Music by DJ Mikel Panda
Free and open to the public

Jason examines the struggle between the internal and external personae and the motivation for the great lengths we go to cover what we perceive as unattractive about ourselves. On view Jan 17th.

Art Whino, National Harbor
173 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
Just across from the Wilson Bridge
Best reached by car
Water taxi is also available from Old Town

PAST: ART Opening Reception & Tee Party! FRI, Dec 12th at the Arlington Arts Center, VA

Opening Reception for "A Spatial Difference"
Resident Studio Artists Exhibition
Friday, December 12, 2008
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Wyatt Gallery, upstairs at the Arlington Arts Center

Resident Studio Artists Exhibition featuring new work by:
Monica Stroik, Sabyna Sterrett, and Jill Romanoke
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00am-5:00pm
Show will be up through January 17, 2009

Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Blvd in Arlington, VA
See for metro access


Tee Party @ Tiffany's At The Arlington Arts Center!
Hosted by The Pink Line Project
Friday, December 12, 2008
6:00pm - 11:00pm
Artist Market and More!

6:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Tea Party Fashion Show
Featuring designs by:
Kristina Bilonick
Billy Colbert
Cory Oberndorfer
Lisa Marie Thalhammer

7:00 pm
Panel Discussion: The intersection between art and fashion
Moderator: Kristina Bilonick
Billy Colbert - Artist
Rachel Cothran - Project Beltway
Tom Pipkin - DC Source

6:00 - 10:00pm
Live t-shirt stenciling by DC51

PAST: FotoWeek/DC continues in Georgetown on weekends through Dec 28th!

Across from the Peace Mural, I saw that the Foto Week DC Show was still on view! It looks like they are only open on weekends, Saturday and Sunday, from Noon - 6:00pm until December 28th. More at

PAST: Lunchtime Performance at the Harman, WED, Dec 10th

This Wednesday,December 10th from Noon-1:00pm

EDGEWORKS Dance Theatre
Free performance at Harman Hall
610 F St, NW

Metro:Gallery Place, Arena Exit

PAST: Reminder: Lunchtime Concert TUES, Dec 9th

Free concerts on Tuesdays from 12:10pm - 1:00pm at at the Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St, NW.
This Tuesday, December 9th, The Levine School of Music Faculty
Visnja Kosanovich, flute and Dasha Gabay, piano

Saturday, December 6, 2008

PAST: Reminder: ART & MORE... SUN, Dec 7th

In Georgetown...

Jackson Art Center Open Studios, 3048 1/2 R St, NW from Noon - 5:00

Poetry Readings at the Peace Mural, 3336 M St, NW

5:00pm Joseph Ross, Rose Marie Berger, Alan King
8:15pm Amy Melrose (yes,that's me), Dan Vera, Carolyn Joyner

PAST: Reminder: ART & MORE... Peace Mural Unveiling and lots of Artists' Studio's Open this SAT Dec 6th, lots of eve events as well

Just wanted to remind everyone about all of the great things happening tomorrow! For complete details, see previous posts please.

On The Mall:
10:00 - 5:00 The National Museum of the American Indian Art Market, Art Market Saturday & Sunday!

In Chinatown/ Metro Center:
Noon - 5:00 Open Studios at 923 F Street, NW
Noon - 6:00 Dana Ellyn Studio Open Studio 916 G St #304
Noon - 6:00 Last Day for the Darfur Photography Exhibit
at Civilian Art Projects,406 7th St

In Georgetown:
2:00 - 3:00 Peace Mural Unveiling at 3336 M St, Poetry Reading Follows the Opening
3:00 - 4:00 Poetry Reading
with Melissa Tuckey, Reuben Jackson, Katy Richey
Note that there will be readings and special events will take place at the mural all weekend!

In the eve, other great events:
4:00 - 11:40 Busboys & Poets has five events on Saturday
7:00 - 9:00 Tranquil Space Yoga Holiday Party & Trunk Show
7:00 - 10:00 Holeco & Live Green Holiday Gathering in VA
8:00 - 10:00 Lea & friends perform at The Potters House
8:15 - 9:00 Poetry Reading at the Peace Mural
with Fred Joiner, Yael Flusberg, Eleanor Graves

Thursday, December 4, 2008

PAST: Concert with Pharaoh's Daughter at Adas Israel this MON, Dec 8th, 8:00pm, Free!

Pharaoh’s Daughter Live in Concert at Adas Israel
Monday, December 8th at 8:00pm
Free Show for Young Professionals
Reception with free drinks and snacks will follow

I've seen this band perform and a few years back at the DCJCC Jewish Music Festival and was really impressed by the diverse sounds and the blending of past and present, east and west. For those who love middle eastern sounds, spiritual music and bands like Rusted Root, this show is a must see. I am excited to learn that they are giving a free concert and certainly plan to be there!

This free concert is sponsored by YP@AI, Young Professionals at Adas Israel, which was created to reach out to people ages 21– 35 in the DC metro area to bring them together. To learn more about YP@AI, or to join our listserv,contact Elie Greenberg,

Pharaoh's Daughter: Blending a psychedelic sensibility and a pan-Mediterranean sensuality, Basya Schechter leads her band, Pharaoh's Daughter, through Doors-like improvisations, liturgical chants with Middle Eastern, and spiritual styling filtered through percussion, flute, strings, oud, saz, bass, rhodes and electronica. Their sound has been cultivated by Basya's Hasidic musical background and by trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and Greece. Pharaohs Daughter has traveled both nationally and internationally, has performed recently at Central Parks Summerstage and at Carnegie Hall.

Learn more about Pharoah's Daughter at:

PAST: Benefit Concert for Just Peace Circles at the Potters House this FRI, Dec 5th at 7:00pm, $5

Benefit for Just Peace Circles
Friday, December 5th at 7:00pm
Donation $5.00, pay at the door

A family friendly evening that offers delicious home-style food and amazing music, all for a good cause. Musicians: Bronson Hoover is a multi-instrumentalist working as a graphic designer. See For this event he will perform originals on both guitar and piano, with a few jazz and blues standards thrown in. Also performing are Perry King and Wendy Bond, both well known in the DC activist community for their folk/rock music and ballads for justice. The ballad of Rachel Cory’s life will have its public debut.

The Cause:

Just Peace Circles is sending an Eco Peace Delegation to Israel/Palestine in Spring 09. Funds collected go towards green building supplies for a permaculture project on which the delegation will be working, travel assistance and support of BUSTAN’s on-going work in building sustainable Bedouin and Jewish communities in the Negev of Israel. See

For info: Bette Rainbow Hoover 202-329-4667

PAST: MUSIC: Reminder: Lea performs at The Potters House this SAT, Dec 6th

This Saturday night, Dec 6th at 8:00pm Lea wraps up her Second Saturday series with all the
Prodigal Daughters of Eve coming for encore performances!

The Potter's House
1658 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, DC 20009

The Potter's House presents
Sounds of Hope Benefits every FRIDAY at 7 PM
Final Friday of every month is a FREE Open Mic

PAST: ART Opening THURS, Dec 4th at Longview Gallery, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

ART OPENING: Holiday Show at the Long View Gallery
Thursday, December 4th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
1302 9th Street, NW (at 9th & N)
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq/ Convention Center

Dana Ellyn will be exhibiting a few of her newest paintings inspired by the recent election.

PAST: Reminder: Another Artist Open House this SAT, Dec 6th at 916 G St, Noon - 6:00pm, Free

OPEN STUDIO: Dana Ellyn will be hosting an open studio on Saturday, December 6th from noon until 6pm. You're invited to stop by and check out her newest paintings along with a bevy of other recent (and not so recent) paintings which adorn the walls of her studio. No need to RSVP - drop by any time from noon until 6pm!

Mather Studios
916 G Street, NW #304
Washington DC 20001

When you arrive at the building, use the phone outside to look Dana up by her last name, Ellyn, and dial the access code (0304) to be buzzed in.

Metro: Gallery Place 9th & G exit is best from blur or orange line, walk form Metro Center 11th & G exit

PAST: Artists' Open House this SAT, Dec 6th, Downtown, Noon - 5:00pm, Free

Downtown Artists Coalition
Artists Studios & Galleries Open House
Saturday, December 6, noon - 5:00pm

Artwork by Contemporary Artists:

Gediyon Kifle, Studio 201

Stuart Gosswein & Caroline Armijo, Studio 202

Caos on F, Gallery 203
Paintings, Ceramics, Furniture

Reyes + Davis,Gallery 302
Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture

Downtown Artists Coalition
923 F Street, NW

Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown, exit 9th & G streets
or Metro Center, exit 11th & G or 12th & F streets

PAST: Artist Reception + Chocolate Tasting WED, Dec 10th at Biagio, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
6:30pm - 8:30pm
1904 18th St, NW, just south of Florida Ave
Open to all - no reservations required

PAST: ART & CHOCOLATE! Art Opening this FRI, Dec 5th at Biagio's new tasting room, 6:30 - 9:00pm, Free

Friday, December 5th, 2008 - 6:30pm to 9pm

Open to all - no reservations required
Studio B at Biagio Fine Chocolate
1904 18th St, just south of Florida Ave

Biagio Fine Chocolate presents a sampling of delicious small works by local artists: Sondra N. Arkin, Joan Belmar, Scott G. Brooks, Anna U. Davis, Tom Dymon, Mary Beth Ramsey, Kelly Towles and Ellyn Weiss.

Complimentary chocolate tasting from Amedei of Italy +
Wine selections from First Vine of Washington, DC +
Complimentary olive oil tasting by our neighbours at American Educational Trust

The show runs December 5th, 2008 - January 4th, 2009
More about Biagio:

PAST: Reminder: Annual Holiday Concert FRI, Dec 5th at 1:15pm at Georgetown University

December 5th: Annual Holiday Concert
Friday Music's Annual Holiday Concert featuring GU student groups.
Curated by Professor C. Paul Heins.

This is the last in the Music Program's Friday Music Series at McNeir Hall on the Georgetown University campus this Fall. The Friday Music is a free concert series on Fridays at 1:15, McNeir Hall at Georgetown University.

PAST: Art Opening in Reston, VA this THURS, Dec 4th

Art Opening at the Greater Reston Arts Center, GRACE
Lee Gainer's: "The Thought that Counts"
Huguette Roe's Recycle Series
Thursday, December 4th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Show runs November 26th - Dec 23rd
More about the artist at

More info and Directions on the site.

Metro: West Falls Church is closest, you may be able to take a bus to Reston from there. See

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

PAST: Reminder: "Darfur/Darfur" A Traveling Photography Exhibit at CAP, Show runs until DEC 6th, Free

DARFUR/DARFUR and Pastime will be on view until December 6, 2008.

DARFUR/DARFUR, a traveling exhibit of images by world renowned photojournalists on the crisis and culture in Darfur, Sudan. Curated by Leslie Thomas. Photographers include Lynsey Addario, Mark Brecke, Helene Caux, Ron Haviv (VII), Paolo Pellegrin (MAGNUM), James Nachtwey (VII), Ryan Spencer Reed, Michal Safdie, and Brian Steidle (Corbis), edited by Matthew Jacob and accompanied by Sudanese inspired music. DARFUR/DARFUR will be presented in support of its sponsor, the international NGO Global Grassroots that provides social change opportunities for women survivors of genocide in Africa.

And in the project space: Pastime, a contemporary photography exhibition including works by Ken Ashton, Jason Falchook, Kate MacDonnell, Carlos Charlie Perez, Christopher Sims and Noelle K. Tan. Curated by Jayme McLellan.

Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street, NW
Third Floor
(202) 347-0022

For more information and Gallery hours:
Metro: On 7th St, between Navy Archives and Gallery Place - Chinatown

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

PAST: Free Performances every WED "Happenings at the Harman"

This is a great series offering free performances every Wednesday at noon at Harman Hall. Located at 610 F St, NW, just across the street from the Gallery Place Chinatown, Arena Exit at 7th and F St, NW. Seating is based on availability and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Box lunches are available if desired. Show ends at 1:00pm.

Below are the remaining performances this year:

December 3rd
Bowen McCauley Dance

December 10th
EDGEWORKS Dance Theatre

Decemeber 17th
The Friday Morning Music Club presents Harlie Sponaugle

PAST: Dec Concerts at The Church of the Ephiphany, every TUES at noon, Free

Free concerts every Tuesday from 12:10pm - 1:00pm at at the Church of the Epiphany, Metro Center,
1317 G St, NW. Below are the remaining concerts this season.

December 2
The Washington Bach Consort Noontime Cantata Series

December 9
The Levine School of Music Faculty
Visnja Kosanovich, flute;
Dasha Gabay, piano

December 16
Christmas Benefit Concert
in support of the Tuesday Concert Series
The Epiphany Choir - Christian M. Clough, conductor

December 23
Sophia Vastek, piano

Location: Church of the Epiphany
Address: 1317 G Street, NW
Metro: Metro Center (Blue, Orange, and Red lines)
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!

Note: To see all Upcoming events for December you can scroll down the page or use the keyword Dec in the searchbox

PAST: POETRY: GPI is back at Bossa this MON, Dec 8th, Monthly Open Mic

"GPI's Open Mic @ Bossa" is this Monday, December 8th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm! This is an amazing group of people and poets, hope you might check it out! Bossa is a super cool spot on 18th St in Adams Morgan a few doors away from Tryst. The event is free and will be on the second floor so be sure to come up the stairs. Come to share your voice or to kick back and chill. Always a great time with these guys.

PAST: All Events at Busboys & Poets, SUN Dec 2nd - MON, Dec 8th

Below is a listing of events at Busboys DC locations at 5th & K St, NW (Circulator Bus, Mt Vernon or Gallery Place Metro) and 14th & V St, NW (U St Metro)

TUESDAY, Dec 2nd

BOOK TALK: 6:00pm, 14th & V. Hubert HarrisonAuthor Event, Jeffrey Perry and a panel of guests will discuss Perry's new book - Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918.

POETRY: 9:00pm, 14th & V. Tuesday Night Open Mic! Open mic wristbands will be sold all day starting at 10am in the bookstore until sold out. You may purchase up to 4 wristbands per person. Doors and Open Mic List open at 8:15 PM $4.00 admission.


POETRY: 8:00pm @ 5th & K. A Busboys and Poetry Event Open Mic Poetry! Hosted by Poet in Residence Holly Bass. Free and open to all. List opens at 7:45 PM

MUSIC: 9:00pm @ 14th & V. Live Musical Performance. Hump Day Groovez featuring C.Love Hip Hop / Reggae / R&B Note: $10 admission.

THURSDAY, December 4th

FILM: 6:00pm @14th & V. Screening of HELVETICA. You can't escape if you try - it's on your computer, the subway, U.S. mailboxes, IRS tax forms, and spells out countless corporate logos from Target to Crate & Barrel to Fendi No doubt, Helvetica is the king of fonts. But why?

FRIDAY, December 5th

SPECIAL EVENT: 6:30 PM @ 14th & V. Join us for an unveiling of the Edward W. Said portrait on the Peace and Struggle Wall in the Langston Room.(also see previous post for more info)

SATURDAY, December 6th

PERFORMANCE: 4:00pm @ 14th & V. Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping presents a Capitol City Revival. Directed by Savitrid D.

BOOK TALK: 6:00pm @ 5th & K. Let Freedom RingAuthor Event, Muji Shahid will read and sign Let Freedom Ring: A Collection of Documents from the Movements to Free U.S. Political Prisoners.

SPECIAL EVENT: 6:30pm@ 14th & V. Fantasy at the Hands of Puerto Rican Writers-with Beatriz Santiago-Ibarra and Rafi Torres. Santiago-Ibarra is the best-selling author of the fantasy novel El ultimo centauro (The Last Centaur), published in 2006. Mixing performance and lecture, she will be accompanied by musician and actor Rafi Torres.

MUSIC: 9:00pm @ 14th & V. Live Musical Performance by our resident house band PS24. We've got the perfect way to de-stress during this holiday season: Come join PS24 at Busboys and Poets. They'll play your stress away with a seasonal blend of hip hop, jazz, reggae and folk music.

FILM: 11:00pm @ 5th & K. Focus In! Cinema for a conscious community screening of Beyond Good & Evil: Children, Media & Violent Times. Duration: 37 minutes.

SUNDAY, December 7th

DISCUSSION: 4:00pm @ 14th & V. A.C.T.O.R. A Continuing Talk on Race - Open discussion featuring Author David Roediger. How Race Survived US History explores how the idea of race was created and recreated in American history. David Roediger reveals how race did far more than persist as an exception in a progressive national history.

FILM: 8:00pm @14th & V. Focus In! Cinema for a conscious community. Screening of Interrogate This: Psychologists Take on Terror. Should psychologists help the military interrogate national security detainees? Interrogate This presents a troubling and deeply human story illustrating the complexities encountered when national security, psychology, politics, ethics and morality collide.

MONDAY, Demeber 8th

BOOK TALK: 6:00pm @ 14th & V. Jonathan Curiel discusses and signs his new book, Al' America: Travels Through America's Arab and Islamic Roots. From music, food (more specifically ice cream), and a tourist's bonanza of famous American landmarks, Curiel uses his sharp journalistic eye to unearth the subtle and surprisingly obvious cultural connections that have sustained even the most "American" staples of American culture. Sponsored by The Network of Arab-American Professionals.

Note: Shirlington, VA location is not accessible by public transit so it has not been included in this post. If you have a car and wish to see the Shirlington events, or to read more about Busboys, see

Monday, December 1, 2008

PAST: TranquiliT Showroom Special Holiday Hours THURS - SAT, Dec 18th-20th

TranquiliT Holiday Showroom Hours
December 18, 2008 (Thursday) 4:00-8:00pm
December 19, 20, 2008 (Friday, Saturday) noon-4:00pm

Note also that there is an Open House every first Thursday of the month from 5:00-8:00pm. Join other eco-conscious and stylish ladies in the DC area for this free monthly event at TranquiliT’s new showroom. Shop the line, enjoy complimentary snacks, sip tea, mingle with other DC fashionistas, or just come to chat with Kimberly and the TranquiliT team.

TranquiliT Showroom
1724 20th Street, Suite 01
Washington DC 20009
Ring: (202) 657-LUXE (5893)

PAST: Annual Holiday Party & Trunk Show at Tranquil Space Yoga this SAT, Dec 6th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Tranquil Space Yoga
Holiday Party & Trunk Show
1632 17th St, NW between Q & R
This Saturday, December 6th
from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The trunk show will feature hand made items from women artists. I actually found one of my favorite necklaces there one year, lots of unique interesting gift ideas. Enjoy tea and sweets, 10 minute complimentary massage sessions and have a chance to mingle other yogis. Festive attire suggested. more at:

Celebrate World AIDS Day! You can get Free testing throughout the city

As part of my public "free things" service, I have to give a shout out for World AIDS Day. If you want to find a place to get free testing near where you live, click on the right side of this site and type in your zipcode: