Tuesday, January 27, 2009

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Link to local Storytelling group, Speakeasy DC

They meet monthly I believe. You can read more about Speakeasy DC at http://www.speakeasydc.org/

PAST: BOOK TALK: This WED, Jan 28th at Poltics & Prose, 7:00pm, Free

Book Talk this Wednesday, January 28th
At Politics & Prose at 7:00pm, Free

Azar Nafisi, The extraordinary Iranian American, will present "Things I've Been Silent About," a memoir which lies at the intersection between personal and political. Nafisi’s father was a mayor of Tehran; after he was jailed, her mother served in Parliament, but their marriage was an unhappy one. This is an effort by Nafisi to reflect on how she became who she is. (For the New York Times review, click here.

For the full January schedule, click here.

Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave, NW

Best reached by car or L2 Bus from Van Ness Metro
See www.wmata.com for the best metro and bus access

PAST: DJ Night at Muse this THURS, Jan 29th featuring Frankfurt based DJ, Sasha Dive, 9:00pm- 2:00am, Free before midnight!

1.29 | The Electric Cabaret | Sascha Dive & Measax+Docindo
Sascha's US Debut!
The Electric Cabaret
Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 9:00pm
Friday, January 30, 2009 at 2:00am
At MUSE, 717 6th St, NW

Come Check out Sascha Dive & Measax+Docindo at the Grand Opening of The Electric Cabaret @ The Muse! SASCHA DIVE (Kompakt / Drumpoet Community / Deep Vibes - Frankfurt) - US DEBUT plus MEASAX+DOCINDO (88 / Stirsound - DC)

Some notes about the artist: Sascha Dive is one of the hottest newcomers in on the house music circuit. The Frankfurt based producer is following up his hyped EPs on Raum Musik and his own Deep Vibes imprint with a superb debut EP for Drumpoet. His music has a slightly minimal approach but never forgets the Funk.

The Electric Cabaret is Every Thursday @ MUSE
717 6th St NW DC | 202.842.9800
18+ to Enter
$10 General Admission

FREE ADMISSION Before Midnight for 21+ w/ Facebook RSVP

PAST: CONCERT: Brass of the Potomac performs at Harman Hall this WED, Jan 28th, Noon - 1:00pm, Free

Just a reminder to let you know that there are wonderful free performances every Wed from noon - 1:00pm at The Shakespeare Theatre Company Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F Street, NW. Across the street from Gallery Place Chinatown Metro, Arena Exit.

This week's feature at "Happenings at the Harman" is Brass of the Potomac, is a “British Style” brass band, comprised of 30 professional musicians from around the DC metro area. The group’s personnel include many of the region’s top free-lance musicians, as well as military musicians from the bands of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. BOTP is an all-volunteer, non-profit group. For more info, visit: www.brassofthepotomac.com

For more information about "Happenings at the Harman" you can visit: http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/education/enrichment/index.aspx

PAST: ART OPENING: This SAT, Jan 31st at the Hamiltonian Gallery, 7:00 - 9:00pm, Free

Art Opening at one of the areas newest and largest galleries along the U St corridor, the Hamiltonian Gallery. This Saturday, January 31st from 7:00 - 9:00pm.

This will be their fourth exhibition and will feature the work of Mark Cameron Boyd, Christian Benefiel and Leah Frankel. Using archetypal objects, commonly used in their own practices, each artist manipulates, strips, cleaves, shrouds and sheathes their source material into new forms yet diametrically preserves its essence.

This event is free and open to the public.
Hamiltonian Gallery is located at 1353 U St, NW
Metro: U St, the gallery is close to 14th & U

PAST: ART OPENING: Featuring Palestinian Artists, this FRI, Jan 30th, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Free

The Jerusalem Fund Gallery invites you to an opening reception
This Friday, January 30th from 6:30-8:30pm.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required to attend.

"First Person: Recent Palestinian Art" by guest curator Mary Evangelista

This exhibition will offer a first-person account of one curator's venture into Palestinian contemporary art through a selection of painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and video works. Artists include Hani Zurob, Taysir Batniji, Said Abu Shakra, Farid Abu Shakra, Samir Salameh (featured in picture), Nabil Ananni, Samia Halaby, Ahmad Canann, and Shadi al Habib. The exhibit will be on display at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery from 30 January - 27 March 2009. Gallery hours: M - F, 9:00am-5:00pm or by appointment.

Located at 2425 Virginia Avenue, NW (tucked on the ground floor of a building that looks like an apartment building) Directions and Parking Information Metro: Foggy Bottom

Sunday, January 25, 2009

PAST: ART: Last week to see "Stars and Stripes" at Smith Farm

This is the last week to see this Gallery Exhibition at Smith Farm. I haven't been yet but it looks like it is worth the visit. "Stars and Stripes: Pride and Hope Reinterpreted" Americans of multi-cultural backgrounds present their interpretations on the concept of America and its icons.

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center is located at 1632 U St, NW
Show runs through Sat,Jan 31st. Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat, 11am-3pm; and by appointment. www.smithfarm.com/gallery

PAST: MUSIC: Jazz Vespers fundraiser for New Orleans this THURS, Jan 29th, 7:30pm

This event will be held this Thursday evening at All Souls. Please see previous post for link and more details. Apologies for the poor formatting, I just wanted to put the info out there.

PAST: Panel Discussion, this WED, Jan 28th "How to Heal a Broken Nation" Free, 7:00 - 8:45pm

On Wednesday, January 28th, All Souls will hold a special event that is free and open to the public. I'm excited to see this intelligent and inspiring list of guests panelists.

"How to Heal a Broken Nation" 7:00-8:45pm

Unitarian Universalist Association President Rev. Bill Sinkford moderates a special panel discussion with Rev. Marilynn Sewell, Rev. Dr. Thandeka, and Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd.

All Souls is located at the corner of 16th & Harvard St, NW
Read more at http://www.all-souls.org/
S2 or S4 bus along 16th St, 42 bus to Harvard St or Metro to Columbia Heights

PAST: Reminder: This is the Last Week for the Peace Mural!

The Peace Mural is on exhibit through January 30th and is a must see in my opionion! Close to the foot of the Key Bridge in Georgetown on M St. http://www.peacemural.org/

Saturday, January 24, 2009

PAST: Book Signing of "Yes We Can" at Biagio Chocolate TONIGHT from 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

YES WE CAN: Barack Obama's History-Making Presidential Campaign
Documented by Scout Tufankjian
Saturday, January 24th
visit www.powerhousebooks.com for more info on the book.

Biagio is located at
1904 18th St NW between Dupont & Adams Morgan

PAST: This eve on 14th St "Lifegaurd" Art Event 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The Pink Line Project presents Lifeguard tonight, Sat, Jan 24th, from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at Hounshell Real Estate Office located at 1506 14th St, NW (corner of 14th & P St).

Opening reception for an art exhibit of work by Lisa Marie Thalhammer and DECOY. Music by: DJ Natty Boom and Yoko K. A live painting created by Lisa Marie and DECOY will be raffled to benefit Sitar Arts Center.Irvine Contemporary and Randall Scott Gallery will also have exhibition opening receptions the same night so make an evening of it!Wine generously brought to you by the Stewart Title Group.

PAST: At SAAM - SAT, Jan 24th 1:00 - 4:00pm, Free Gallery Place Metro

SAAM I Am - Happy Chinese New Year!
Performances Events for Kids & Family Happy Chinese New Year!
Today from 1:00pm-4:00pm
Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown

SAAM invites the whole neighborhood to join us in celebrating the Chinese New Year in the heart of Chinatown. Festivities to bring in the Year of the Ox include the famous Lion Dance parade, performances by the Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe, and traditional martial arts experts. Learn the art of calligraphy and make red paper lanterns to bring yourself good luck in the New Year!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

It's cold out side and we're experiencing some post Inauguration hibernation....

Not too much happening after all of the Inaugural festivities. Mostly people just trying to recover and keep warm! See Busboys & Poets, Politics & Prose and The Kennedy Center for ongoing free activities... or take a break from all of the activity like I've been doing and catch up with friends, cook, read a book, watch tv or a movie, clean your room. Hope you're all staying warm!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Can you feel the CHANGE in the air?! Counting down the hours now!

Bye Bye Bush... Hello OBAMA!!!!

As you all know, the Inauguration is tomorrow and it is going to be a bit crazy getting around so please scroll down to see links to sites listing road closures and also to the official Presidential Inauguration Blog! Stay Warm!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

PAST: The latest details on TODAY's Concert "We Are One" at the Lincoln Memorial

From the official Inaugural website: http://pic2009.org/blog/
It looks like it will be aired live. Starts at 2:30.

Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 06:59pm BY Amy Hamblin
Getting Ready for the Opening Inaugural Ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial

Today several big names and recognizable faces from the entertainment world endured the cold for a rehearsal of tomorrow’s Opening Ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial. President-elect Barack Obama, with the help of an all-star line-up, will kick off the inaugural celebration there at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The event—called We Are One—is free and open to the public. If you plan on attending the event tomorrow, we’ve put together some helpful information that you should check out: http://www.pic2009.org/page/content/jan18logistics

After the event, submit your photos to our online photo gallery here: http://www.obamaphotobook.com/ - they could even make it into in the Official Inaugural Book. For the first time ever, the Official Inaugural Book will be peppered with photos from ordinary Americans, in addition to the work of award-winning professional photographers.

If you can’t make it to Washington D.C. tomorrow, you can watch the show live on HBO at 2:30 p.m. (non-subscribers can watch for free) or on HBO.com. HBO will also be presenting an encore performance from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Friday, January 16, 2009

PAST: Celebrate Freedom and learn more about the History of Slavery on MLK Day, MON, Jan 19th at 10:30am, Free Walking Tour

"Slavery & Freedom in Adams Morgan"

Join us for a walking tour on Monday to celebrate the spirit of freedom and the history of slavery on Martin Luther King, Jr Day.

Mark this historic inauguration week by joining us for a free, hour-long walking tour, "From Slavery to Freedom in Adams Morgan," on Monday, January 19 at 10:30am at the Sun Trust Bank Plaza at 18th St & Columbia Rd.

We’ll walk from there to Kalorama Park, where, in 1861, an enslaved young woman named Hortense Prout made a daring bid for freedom from a lifetime of bondage on the cattle farm of John Little. We'll then walk to Walter C. Pierce Community Park, the site of Washington's first Quaker cemetery and the city’s largest African American burial ground following the Civil War. Neighborhood historians Mary Belcher and Eddie Becker will lead the walk, rain or shine.

This event is free. No RSVP required. This walk is co-sponsored by Washington Parks & People and the Kalorama Citizens Association.

Metro: About an 8 minute walk from the Woodley Park, Red Line.
Buses that go right to 18th & Columbia: 42, L2, H1 90, 92, 96, 98

PAST: Winter Clearance Sale at Great Local Bookstore! Now - Jan 25th

Books for America, which is one of my favorite used bookstores that also carries many new books at really affordable prices, is holding their Winter Clearance sale now!

From Wed, Jan 14th - Mon, Jan 19th - 25% off
From Wed, Jan 21st - Sun, Jan 25th - 50% off

NOTE: The store will be closed on Tuesday January 20th, Inauguration Day

Books for America bookstore
1417 22nd Street, NW (22nd & P)
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More about Inaguaration related road closures...

For information about road closures for the Inauguration please visit: http://www.inauguration.dc.gov/closures.asp

Check out the Official Blog for the Inauguration! DC is at the heart of it all... Welcome Obama!!

This is a must see site for the next few days with all of the festivities in town!

PAST: Free Inaugural Concert on the Mall, Springsteen, Bono, Beyone and more! SUN, Jan 18th 2:00pm-3:30pm

For those of you who want to celebrate and can bear the cold weather for this Musical Inaugural Celebration at The Lincoln Memorial this Sunday, it is sure to be an amazing event! The concert is supposed to only be 90 minutes starting at 2:00pm so arrive early to get your spot. The concert will be aired that same eve on HBO. See Washington Post article with more info below:

PAST: Celebrate MLK Day at The Kennedy Center, Amazing Free Concert MON, Jan 19th at 6:00pm, Tickets Required

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 6:00pm
The Kennedy Center Concert Hall

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University present Let Freedom Ring! featuring Aretha Franklin, Nuttin' But Stringz, and the Let Freedom Ring Choir. A musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. Free tickets are required.

Please Note: Many roads will be closed for the Inauguration so please take metro to Foggy Bottom and the free shuttle from there

Complete Details at:

OF NOTE: Half-Price Tickets for Upcoming Shows at Ticketplace! You can buy same day in person or online in advance!

You can buy Half-Price tickets in advance online, or in person, through Ticketplace! Check online for a list of participating shows, options change often. Tickets held at will call if you buy them online!

In person, hours: Mon & Tues, closed
Wed, Thurs & Fri 11:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday noon - 4:00pm

407 7th St, NW between D & E St
Metro: Navy Archives or Gallery Place, Chinatown

Saturday, January 10, 2009

PAST: BOOK TALKS this week at Politics & Prose, JAN 11th - 15th, Free

Sunday, January 11 at 5:00pm
TAMMY GREENWOOD will present her new novel called TWO RIVERS, that takes place in Vermont.

Monday, January 12th, three events!



7:00pm KIM PHILLIPS-FEIN, a professor of American History at NYU, has written a compelling history of the conservative resurgence in the United States, INVISIBLE HANDS, starting back in the New Deal.

Tuesday, January 13 at 7:00pm
Forty years ago, news of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination provoked a wave of violence. Journalist CLAY RISEN explores what happened and why in A NATION ON FIRE.

Wednesday, January 14 at 7:00pm

In an unusual treat, Lorin Stein, Roberto Bolaño’s editor, will discuss his work with P&P customers.

Thursday, January, 15 at 7:00pm

New York Times correspondent ADAM COHEN will present his timely book on the beginnings of the New Deal, NOTHING TO FEAR.

Best reached by car or L2 bus from metro, see www.wmata.com for metro and bus access

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

PAST: Obama ART Opening & Party at Gallery in Bethesda, Tonight, SAT, Jan 10th from 5:00-10:00pm, Benefit $10

44: Obama Art
Obama-Inspired Art, Music and Dance Celebration
Tonight! Saturday, January 10th
5:00pm - 10:00pm

Tickets $10 at the door per person with ticket proceeds going to benefit research for juvenile diabetes. Refreshments will be provided at no additional cost by Cakes for Cause.

Heineman Myers Contemporary Art
4728 Hampden Lane
Bethesda, MD
1 block south of the Bethesda metro, red line

PAST: ART events this month at Studio Gallery featuring Artomatic artists, Free

Studio Gallery Presents Artomatic Artists
Curated by Ellyn Weiss

January 7 - January 31, 2009
2108 R Street, NW Washington, DC

Meet the Artists Reception
Friday, January 16th

Closing Reception
Thursday, January 29th

Participating Artists:
Erin Antognoli, Kanchan Balse, Joan Belmar, BRASH, Gregory Ferrand, Pat Goslee, Genna Gurvich, Brian Hamill, Kate Hardy, Peter Harper, Brie Husted, Joanna Knox, Tracy Lee, Laurel Lukaszewski, Laura Peery, Fabian Rios Rubino, Luba Sterlikova, Veronica Szalus, Novie Trump

PAST: POETRY Open Mic! GPI's monthly event will be at Bossa this MON, Jan 12th, 7:00-9:00pm, Free

GPI's Indoor Lyrical Ambush, Open Mic Poetry, Free!
Last month was awesome. I will be there for sure again this time, hope you may be as well.

Open Mic this Monday, January 12th
from 7:00-9:00pm
At Bossa – Upstairs
18th St in Adams Morgan near Tryst

PAST: Album Release Party at Asylum for the Very Small, FRI, Jan 23rd at 9:00pm, Free

the Very Small's Record Release Party - Free Admission
(sounds like RHCP, Foo Fighters, Incubus)
the Very Small's Record Release Party!
At Asylum in Adam's Morgan D.C.
Jan. 23rd @ 9:00pm
All Ages, Free

After 2 years of hard work, the Very Small releases their new album. Have a listen at http://www.theverysmall.com

Note to all

sorry to be slow on posting the past weeks... things have been super busy with the holidays and a bunch of other things. hope the new year has been going well so far!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

PAST: TUES Concert Series at The Church of the Epiphany Downtown DC, Link to Full Calendar

View full Calendar for Church of the Epiphany's Free Tuesday Concert Series here! Free concerts from 12:10pm - 1:00pm every Tuesday at 1317 G St, NW

UPCOMING & ONGOING: It's time to play! Have fun and workout with Recess! Free Class every SAT from 1:00pm - 2:00pm at lululemon Georgetown

It's time for Recess! Come on out and play!
Every Saturday at the Georgetown lululemon
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Free class!

Recess is a great way to get exercise and have fun with others while reliving some of the fun games you played as a kid! It's organized by my friend Suzanne Reilly, who was recently nominated by Daily Candy as one of DC's sweetest things! You can see that write up here and more info on lululemon's site here. To learn more about Suzanne and her unique approach to working please visit herwebsite.

3265 M St, NW
Metro: Farragut West or North, take the Circulator, red bus, along K St to Georgetown

PAST: LINK to Calendar of Free Music Events at the National Gallery of Art, every SUN at 6:30pm and other days

Free Concerts every Sunday night at 6:30pm at the NGA, in addition to other events. For a full calendar of upcoming performances, please click here!

National Gallery of Art
4th & Constitution, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

PAST: Reminder: Blogging 101 - Free Intro to Blogging Workshop! SAT, Jan 9th at 2:30pm

Blogging 101 - Introduction to Blogging Workshop
Organized by District Bloggers Meetup Group
Saturday, January 9th

District Bloggers Meetup is kicking off the new year with Blogging 101 - Introduction to Blogging workshop. Learn more about: What a blog is, intro on how to blog, and more. The presenter will be Chris Conroy, a member of the DC Bloggers Group. You can visit the District Bloggers Meetup Group, learn more about this event and RSVP here!

Cleveland Park Library
3310 Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Cleveland Park

Monday, January 5, 2009

PAST: Free Improv Classes this week! MON, Jan 5th - SUN Jan 11th, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Free Intro to Improv Workshops from Washington Improv Theater!Workshops are from 7:00pm - 9:00pm each night listed below.These free,low-stress workshops focus on creativity, communications and teamwork and are taught by our enthusiastic and professional instructors who establish a fun and trusting atmosphere.

Mon,Jan 5th
Tues, Jan 6th
Wed, Jan 7th
Thurs,Jan 8th
Sun, Jan 11th

Location: The Children's Studio School at 1301 V St NW is located at the corner of 13th and V St, NW - one block north of U Street-Cardozo Metro Station (13th Street exit). Info/registration: topher@washingtonimprovtheater.com or 202-204-7772

PAST: Events at Busboys & Poets, TUES, Jan 6th - THURS 8th

Tuesday, January 6th at 6:30 PM @ 14th & V

Author Event. Michael Soussan will sign and discuss Backstabbing for Beginners. On March 8, 2004, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed editorial, Soussan becomes the first insider to call for "an independent investigation" of the U.N.'s dealings with Saddam Hussein. Backstabbing for Beginners is at once a witty tale of one man's political coming of age, and a stinging indictment of the hypocrisy that prevailed at the heart of one of the world's most idealistic institutions.

9:00 PM @ 14th & V

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, January 7th at 8:00 PM @ 5th & K

A Busboys and Poetry Event Open Mic Poetry. Hosted by poet in residence in Holly Bass. Free and open to all. List opens at 7:45 PM.

9:00 PM @ 14th & V
Hump Day Groovez featuring Mikuakrai . Soul / Rock / Electronica $10 Admission

Thursday, January 8th at 6:30 PM @ 5 & K

Author Event, Reese Erlich will discuss and sign Dateline Havana: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Future of Cuba. Expertly researched and deftly reported, Dateline Havana is a probing exposé of U.S. policy and the future of Cuba on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Covering art, music, and Cuban politics, Reese Erlich creates a tableau that is at once moving and informative.

More info at www.busboysandpoets.com

Friday, January 2, 2009

PAST: Art Opening tonight, FRI, Jan 2nd at Dissident Display, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday, January 2, 2009
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Dissident Display Gallery
416 H ST NE

Politics By Design: The Art Of Inspiration, January 2nd - 25 2009
This poster exhibition reflects on America's 2008 Presidential Election in anticipation of a historic inauguration.

Short taxi from Union Station Metro or you can take the X2 bus straight there.

PAST: "Junk in the Trunk" Sale begins on U St, Free Refreshments SAT, Jan 3rd, 11:00 - 7:00pm

Moojoo Ken and Caramel Boutique (both on U Street) are partnering for the "Junk in the Trunk" sale. For complete details see link below. Free refreshments will be served on Saturdays.

PAST: Hip Hop for Hope Concert tonight at The Peace Mural, $10 suggested donation

Peace Mural Concert Series TONIGHT, January 2nd with Christylez Bacon and other! Please see website for details. 3336 M St, NW close to the Key Bridge. Starts 7:30. Suggested donation is $10.


PAST: DrumRaiser tonight at Potter's House with YWDEP

DrumRaiser tonight!Come - bring people - bring your drum - we're gonna turn on the heat - and raise some funds for YWDEP's summer 2009 enrichment program.

YWDEP and the Princess of Controversy will perform - many of our pieces will be collaborative - very powerful stuff.

our mission is to use drumming, poetry, movement and song to empower DC young women: give rise to their voices, raise their self esteem, enhance their artistry, build their leadership skills, and give them an opportunity to create unity with one another in a safe space.

At The Potter's House in Adams Morgan
one block north of the Safeway at 1658 Columbia Rd