Saturday, February 28, 2009

PAST: ART SHOW on Capitol Hill featuring women artists, March 1st - May 3rd

Making HerStory 4 Art Series
Featuring over 25 local women artists
March 1 - May 3, 2009

Opening Thursday, March 5th
Sewall-Belmont House and Museum
144 Constitution Ave, NE
www.sewallbelmont.org

PAST: MUSIC: This SUN, March 1st at BloomBars! "Seed the Sound Sundays" with Sitali, 7:30pm, donation based

BloomBars is at it again! Last time I was there I was thoroughly impressed, always such a great vibe in that space! Located next to Wonderland on 11th St close to Kenyon, short walk from Columbia Heights metro.

BloomBars’ "Seed the Sound Sunday" will showcase musicians from a diversity of genres and will benefit various organizations. The featured cause for this evening is Kush, kushworld.org. Show is this Sunday, March 1st and will start promptly at 7:30pm. Please arrive early out of respect for the artists. National Sound has come on board as a sponsor, and they are determined to make this one of the premier acoustic performance spaces in the area. This is a fundraiser so please donate as you are able.

Seed the Sound Sundays is the first project for Artist-In-Bloom resident Sitali Siyolwe. The singer, songwriter, and guitarist spent his childhood crisscrossing the globe with stops in Egypt, Russia and England. At the age of 13, Sitali had his first recording session with veteran producer Glynn Johns (of Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones fame). After stints in New York and Seattle, Sitali settled in Washington DC, where he formed the band christened with his name in 2005. Their forthcoming release “Aluta Continua” will arrive in Spring 2009.

PAST: THURS, March 5th, Special Photography Exhibit on Women of the Congo: Opening Reception & Talk, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

This Thursday, March 5th will be the opening for a very special photography exhibit on Women in the Congo. The opening will be held on Capitol Hill at The Rayburn House Office Building in the Rayburn Foyer. The show is Free and Open to the Public. Please RSVP online here or call (202) 326-8700

Congo/Women Portraits of War:
The Democratic Republic of Congo
Opening Thursday, March 5th
12:00-5:00pm, Exhibition on view
5:00pm-7:00pm: Reception & Program
Rayburn House Office Building Foyer

Co-Hosts: Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Betty McCollum, Donald Payne and Jan Schakowsky

Speakers:
John Prendergast, Co-chair of the Enough Project, an Africa policy expert, activist, and author who has participated in numerous peace processes in Africa. Stephen Lewis, Co-Director, AIDS-Free World ,and Former U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Dr. Roger Luhiriri, Physician, Panzi Hospital, DRC. Sylvie Maunga Mbanga, Human Rights Lawyer, and Former Program Coordinator, Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation, DRC. Rep. Jan Schakowsky,(Invited speaker) U.S. Representative, 9th District, Illinois.

For tour schedule and more information please visit these sites:
congowomen.org
artworksprojects.org
colum.edu/institutewomengender
www.raisehopeforcongo.org

PAST: ARTIST TALK this WED, March 4th at Hamiltonian Gallery, 7:00pm, Free

Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00pm
Artist Talk with Mark Cameron Boyd

A Hamiltonian Mentor Artist, Boyd is exhibiting work along with Hamiltonian Fellows Christian Benefiel and Leah Frankel. Boyd will introduce the concepts behind his participatory art practice and use of text on panels that allow visitor interaction with chalk and dry erase marker. Additionally, Boyd will discuss his Theory Notecards installation that initiates a new twist he calls "owner-specific" participation - only the "buyers of the blocks are authorized to decipher the bisected text."

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street, NW
Metro: U St
http://hamiltonianartists.org
http://hamiltoniangallery.com

PAST: Art Opening Reception at the Embassy of Uraguay this THURS, March 5th, 6:30pm, Free

The Embassy of Uruguay and The Uruguay Cultural Foundation for the Arts request the pleasure of your company at the opening reception of the exhibit by Elena Rivero Vidovic

Sala de las Artes
Thursday, March 5th at 6:30pm
1913 I St, NW
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut North

RSVP please to cultural@uruwashi.org or at 202-331-1313 ext 30
(Street parking available)
www.elenarivero.com

PAST: BOOK TALKS this week at Politics & Prose

Saturday, February 28th

6:00pm, Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, will be on hand to present THE SCURLOCK STUDIO AND BLACK WASHINGTON.He will be joined by contributors Paul Gardullo, Michelle Delaney, and Jacquelyn D. Serwer.

Sunday, March 1st

1:00pm, Dean Baker, of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, examines the causes of the current recession and outlines reforms in PLUNDER AND BLUNDER.

5:00pm, Counterterrorism analyst Jonathan Schanzer investigates the conflict between rival Palestinian groups in HAMAS VS. FATAH.

Monday, March 2nd

7:00pm, Adam Gopnik, everyone's favorite New Yorker writer, discusses two great men born on the same day. ANGELS AND AGES is a brilliant double portrait of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln.

Tuesday, March 3rd

7:00pm, From Azadeh Moaveni, author of Lipstick Jihad, HONEYMOON IN TEHRAN is the memoir of reporting assignments for Time magazine that put the author at odds with the conservative Iranian regime.

Wednesday, March 4th

Ian Bremmer and Preston Keat, executives of the Eurasia Group, will discuss THE FAT TAIL, their analysis of what global businesses and investors need to know about world political events to increase their chances of success.

For the full February & March schedule, click here.
Directions and more info at Politics and Prose website

Note: Best reached by car or metro bus from metro, it's a bit of a walk uphill from Van Ness mertro. See www.wmata.com for best access.

PAST: ART: Multi Media Party SAT Feb 28h, at Dissident Display Gallery

Tonight at Dissident Display, 416 H St, NE
Sensory Overload: A Video Art Party & Live Mix Performance with VJ's Ayo and Eric & DJs Adrian Loving and Phoenix
Doors 7:30pm, Double Performances at 8:30 & 9:30 Sharp
$10 Suggested Donation, gets you wine and discounted drink at after party (P&P Lounge 421 H Street NE Until 2am)

Getting there: The X2 bus goes straight there from downtown or from Gallery Place Chinatown on H St. There is also a New FREE H Street Shuttle. Hop on in Chinatown or at the Minnesota Avenue Metro station and be down on H in a matter of minutes. For a complete shuttle schedule click HERE

Friday, February 27, 2009

PAST: Concert this SUN, March 1st, 6:30pm, Free


Music by Barber, Copland, Corea, Dett, George, Gottschalk, Matheny, and Walker

Presented in honor of African American History Month
Ellen Hargis, soprano
Paul O’Dette, lutenist
Sunday, March 1 at 6:30PM
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court

Free Concerts EVERY Sunday at the NGA. For more information: http://www.nga.gov/programs/music/
Metro: Navy Archives on the green or yellow line
Music by Camphuysen, Huygens, Vallet, and van den Hove
Presented in honor of Pride of Place: Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age

PAST: This week at Busboys & Poets

For a complete schedule of all events and book talks at Busboys and Poets 14th & V and 5th & K St locations, see http://www.busboysandpoets.com/

PAST: DJ Dance Party "Wasteland" is back! This FRI, Feb 27th, 10:00pm - 3:00am Free!

My friends JJ & Chris, aka DJ Medusa and DJ Strange, put on this FREE monthly event at Jimmy Valentines so I am happy to spread the word.They will be spinning goth, darkwave and a bit of glam music all night long. Hoping to be there this month. This is a 21+ event. Complete details at: http://www.medusapromotions.com/wasteland.htm

Note: Best reached by car though I think you can metro and take a bus or short taxi there from NY Ave. Please see www.wmata.com trip planner for nearest metro access.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

PAST: Lecture on Israeli Poet at Georgetown this THURS, Feb 26th

PAST: POETRY: Inaugural Poet Elizabeth Alexander reads at Busboys 5th & K this WED, Feb 25th at 6:00pm

Poet Elizabeth Alexander, who read at the Inauguration, will be reading at the new Busboys & Poets at 5th & K St, NW this Wednesday, February 25th from 6:00-7:00pm.

Cave Canem Foundation invites you to celebrate the release of Praise Song for the Day, a commemorative chapbook edition of the inaugural poem, published by Graywolf Press. See the postcard for the event here.

Metro: Best to take the red Circulator bus which stops one block away at 5th & Mass or you can walk from Gallery Place-Chinatown H St exit

PAST: Amazing Benefit THURS, Feb 26th for V-Day with Eve Ensler and Dr. Mukwege! Benefit, $10

Thursday, February 26
Vday 9 PM @ Busboys 14th & V

9:00pm- V-Day Reception featuring EVE ENSLER and a live performance by THREE GENERATIONS. Celebrating the end of the V-Day "Turning Pain to Power" tour and the end of violence against women at Busboys and Poets! V-Day is going on a five-city North American speaking tour featuring V-Day founder, Eve Ensler and Dr. Denis Mukwege, winner of the 2008 UN Human Rights Prize.

This finale reception will include speeches by Ms. Ensler and Dr. Mukwege, as well as a live performance by Three Generations. EVE ENSLER, playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. Her experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. DR. MUKWEGE is the Founder of the ground breaking PANZI Hospital in the Congo which specializes in helping victims of sexual violence.

A powerful acapella group comprised of three women, *THREE GENERATIONS* is a traveling musical theater company dedicated to the preservation of Native American and African song and storytelling. Each member of the company presents what their generation has to offer showing the beauty from blues to hip-hop and everything in between leaving the audience spellbound.

Light hors d'ouevres will be provided. $10 suggested donation.

For more information on V-Day: www.vday.org
Three Generations: www.myspace.com/threegenerationz
Busboys and Poets www.busboysandpoets.com

PAST: Another event at Georgetown to check out on THURS, Feb 26th

PAST: Craig from Craigslist is in town! Tomorrow night, WED Feb 25th at 7:00 at GU, Free


Just found out about this one! Craigslist has been such a great resource for me and the man behind the site is coming to speak tomorrow night at 7:00 at Georgetown University's Gaston Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

PAST: Personal Picks for TUES eves

Who knew that there was so much to do on a Tuesday? Swing Dancing, Meditation, Open Mic... and more! For complete info, see previous posts on all of these events.
Every Tuesday...

Learn to Swing Dance!

Free Beginner Taster Lesson from 9:00 - 9:30
Dance starts at 9:30pm and goes until midnight, just $6

Beginning and Advanced Class Series 8:30 - 9:30, $10 or $14 including the dance
The event is held at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, a perfect space for this event!
2346 15th St, NW, just south of Euclid across from Meridian Hill Park. Closest Metro is Columbia Heights. For more info about The Jam Cellar, see www.thejamcellar.com

Tuesday Night Poetry
Open-Mic & Featured Artist at Busboys and Poets, Starts at
9:00pm, $3. You should arrive between 7:30 and to ensure seating or to get on the open mic list if you want to read. Featured artist vary each week. 14th and V St, NW www.busboysandpoets.com

Meditation Classes: I haven’t been to either one yet, but there are two on Tuesdays that you can choose from...

In
Dupont Circle: Tuesday eves from 7:30 - 9:00 at 1830 Connecticut Avenue, above Florida and S St at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church. No registration required. Donations accepted for use of space. Class is taught by Jessica or Madison. More info: email meditationdc@gmail.com with meditation in the subject or call 202-588-9144. Online at www.mindfulnessdupont.org
Metro: Dupont North or 42 bus line.
Art of Living offers a free meditation seminar on Tuesday eves at 7:00, 2401 15th St, NW, close to Josephine Butler Parks Center across from Meridian Hill Park. Please RSVP online at www.artoflivingmetrodc.org or call 202-332-5433.

Non-Weekly...

In the mood for some laughs? You can check out local Stand-up comedy open mic night every other Tuesday at CAFE NEMA, 1334 U St, NW Easily accessible by Metro: U St/Cardozo, or by bus, any of the 90 buses. Drink specials start at
7:30 and the comedy starts at 8:30. If you are interested in performing, please sign up in advance, es-mail Toni Minor at funnigirlcomedy@gmail.com. For a complete list of venues throughout the DC Area, including MD and VA locations, go to: http://www.dcstandup.com/openmics.shtml

Live Figure Model Drawing Group
Alternating Tuesdays in
Dupont Circle, $5
RSVP: dupontdrawinggroup@gmail.com 202-841-0864
You must RSVP in advance. Arrive before
7:30 please and bring your own paper and drawing tools if you have them. Alternating male and female models from the local figure model guild. Dupont Drawing Group 2201 P St, NW Church of the Pilgrims

PAST: Personal Picks for WED eves

Lots of cool stuff happening on Wednesday nights too... not all are weekly so please refer to earlier posts for complete details. You can search using key word to find the original post.

IMCW Meditation with Tara Broch in Bethesda, MD. Best reached by car or a taxi ride from Friendship Heights Metro.
www.imcw.org
Stand Up Comedy Open Mic in Adams Morgan, DC
http://www.dcstandup.com/openmics.shtml

Iota Open Mic in Clarendon, Virgina
www.iotaclubandcafe.com
Community Sing with Ysaye Barnwell at the Levine School
Monthly event, mid-month usually
www.levineschool.org

PAST: Personal Picks for THURS eves

Not as much going on Thursday night since that tends to be a busy social night I guess... Here are some suggestions:

The Kennedy Center has free daily performances at 6:00pm
http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/schedule.html


Open Mic Comedy Night at Topaz Hotel, 8:00-10:00pm
Metro to Dupont South, 1733 N St, NW Lower Level. Sign-up: e-mail CurtShackelford@verizon.net. For a complete list of venues throughout the DC Area: http://www.dcstandup.com/openmics.shtml

A good night to go Ice Skating at the NGA Sculpture Garden http://www.nga.gov/ginfo/skating.shtm
Winter only, now through March 9th, 2008

If you are over 21, you may want to check out a band or head to a bar or nightclub in town. Thursday eves tend to be less crowded than Fri & Sat, and more enjoyable in my opinion. See the Washington City Paper for ideas: www.washingtoncitypaper.com

"Different Drum" Open Mic in Takoma ParkEvery Thursday from 5:00pm-8:00pm you can bang your drum! Bring your drums, spoken word poetry or other musical instruments to Darhyl Lyons’ “Different Drum” events at 7014 Westmoreland Ave in Takoma Park and experience a revival of your spirit through expressive arts exploration in a community space. FREE + donations welcome. I haven't been yet but my friend Kristen, aka Drum Lady, drums there.

PAST: Personal Picks for FRI eves

My personal pick for Friday Nights: Free Concerts at the Library of Congress!
Library of Congress Friday Night Concerts
Free
but Tickets are Required
Contact Ticketmaster to reserve in advance for a small fee
http://www.loc.gov/loc/events/#eventlist5
101 Independence Ave, SE Metro: Capitol South.

Other ideas:
Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center
Free Daily Performances at 6:00pm, see link for program info:
http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/schedule.html

You can also hear some Jazz at Westminster Church in SW, $5
http://www.westminsterdc.org/jazz.htm

PAST: Personal Picks for SAT eves

Not a whole lot of ongoing events on Saturday nights as you can imagine....

You can always check out The Kennedy Center free shows at 6:00 or perhaps you can get same day discount tickets on site, I know they used to offer half price for students same day. I haven't been a student for a while, it's worth looking into.

If you want a more chill Saturday eve...head to a bookstore and hang out. I must confess that this is one of my favorite things to do. Sat eves tend to be overly crowded and noisy at the spots I tend to frequent, so if I'm not busy doing something else, a bookstore is always a great chic and free place to be if you ask me, also a nice place to chill out with some tea for nights when you just don't feel like partying.

There are two Barnes and Noble locations in the area open 'til 11:00pm on Sat eves. In DC, Georgetown and in Northern VA, Clarendon.

For more active location I'd suggest Kramerbooks (no seating there though they do have a bar and restaurant attached). They're in Dupont Circle, just south of Q on Conn Ave, and open 24 hours on weekends!

Monthly...
There is the once a month "SoulFire" event in Takoma Park. I believe that they still hold this more creative dance and drumming event on the Second Saturday of the month from 8:00pm-11:00pm. I have been there once and it felt more like San Francisco than DC with a bit of a hippie, new age and burning man vibe. Soul Fire Inside Drum & Dance events centered around conscious community building. Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW Takoma DC. $10 suggested donation. Very close to the Takoma Metro.

PAST: Personal Picks for SUN eves

My personal picks: Meditate or head to the National Gallery of Art for a free Concert! You can also consider checking out their outdoor ice skating rink! Rink is open in the winter and closes on March 9th.

Sunday Night Meditation class hosted by IMCW
Meditation is held at All Souls Church located at 16th and Harvard St, accessible by bus or metro. See previous posts for complete details. Meditation is from 6:00 - 7:30, though there is a shorter meditation along with a veggie potluck on the second Sunday of every month. This is a super group. Donations are not required, though appreciated. Suggested is $10. http://www.imcw.org/

Free Concerts at the National Gallery of Art
Fabulous concerts every Sunday eve! Show up early to ensure seating. When I go to free events like this, I am reminded of why DC is such a great city! http://www.nga.gov/programs/music/

In the winter months, there's always Ice Skating on the Mall at the NGA Sculpture Garden. Sun eves tend to be less crowded than other weekend eves so it's a good time to check it out!
http://www.nga.gov/ginfo/skating.shtm

Saturday, February 21, 2009

OF NOTE: Link to Destination Guide DC

I just wanted to let you know about this new site that launched the other week called Destination Guide DC, they have lots of useful information about the city and things to do so if you need a resource for some ideas you can check them out at www.dguides.com/washingtondc.

PAST: ART OPENING: This SAT, Feb 21st at Art Whino, National Harbor, 6:00pm - Midnight, Free

"One Out Of A Hundred" The Art of John Malloy
Art Opening at Art Whino
Saturday, February 21st
6:00pm – Midnight
Music by Rank and File
Show end date: March 12th
The event is free and open to the public

"One Out of a Hundred" centers around John Malloy's personal series of mixed-media works that explore drug side effects as a metaphor for consumer and media-driven culture's long-term effects on the human spirit.

Art Whino
173 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
Note: This location is best reached by car, across from Alexandria, VA via the Wilson Bridge.
For more information, address and directions:
www.ArtWhino.com

PAST: Dance the Tango! MON, Feb 23rd is the 5th Anniversary of Meze Milonga, $10

Meze offers a unique and passionate, super cozy and very classy Tango Venue at the heart of DC, where the rules are not so strict and where we all get chances no matter our level to dance with new dancers. On Monday February 23rd, you are invited also to dressed up and celebrate the 5th Anniversary of this Monday night party.

Tango Classes are offered at Meze on Monday nights
at 7:00pm,8:00pm & 9:00pm

Meze Tango Milonga
Milonga with DJ at 10pm
21+event
Note: Admission is $10
More information:Lounge.SieteTango.com
Meze is in Adams Morgan at 2437 18th Street NW (2nd floor)

Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the bus across Calvert St, or you can take the 42 bus, the L2 or L4 or any of the 90 line buses

PAST: DCist Exposed Photography Show at Flashpoint now thru March 7th

So I realize the opening reception was last night and I heard it was packed. If you still want to check out the show, it's on viw until the 7th of March.

DCist Exposed
February 20 – March 7, 2009
Flashppoint Gallery

Flashpoint is located across from MLK Library on F St at 9th
Gallery Hours: Tues–Sat 12:00-6:00pm or by appointment
Metro: Gallery Place, 9th St exit

Experience new talent - artists reveal the city through the eyes of the people who live and work in the DC area. In a city too often seen purely as a collection of government buildings or a tourist destination, these photographers capture the local music, art, architecture and urban surroundings that give Washington, DC its unique cultural vibrancy.You can check out the winners on DCist here.

Also Note: If you are interested in learning more about collecting art, DCist, Flashpoint and the Pink Line Project will also host

Emerge Exposed for emerging collectors
March 3, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Emerge Exposed will feature a panel of experts sharing tips and ideas on how to begin collecting art.

PAST: BOOK TALKS this week at Politics & Prose

Saturday, February 21st at 6:00pm

Amy Dickinson, the NPR commentator and "Ask Amy” ("I make the mistakes so you don't have to”) advice columnist, will discuss her memoir, The Mighty Queens of Freeville, about growing up in a small rural town.

Sunday, February 22nd at 5:00pm

Lincoln's Birthday continues to be remembered this weekend with Charles Bracelon Flood's 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History.

Monday, February 23rd at 7:00pm

Last Lion: The Rise and Fall of Ted Kennedy, by Peter S. Canellos, Washington Bureau Chief of the Boston Globe, offers a complete biography of one of the most powerful men in American politics, and Kennedy's growth from youngest brother to a sage in the Senate and the patriarch of a broken family.

Tuesday, February 24th at 7:00pm

In this much awaited debut, Daniyal Mueenuddin's In Other Rooms, Other Wonders displays a mature sensibility. As a Pakistani who has studied in the West and returned to Pakistan to live, he uses language with extraordinary precision to illuminate issues of class and East/West dissonance.

Wednesday, February 25th at 7:00pm

Washington journalist and author of Crazy Time, about divorce, and My Time, about adjusting to life after age 50, Abigail Traford now looks at later-life love and relationships in As Time Goes By.

For the full February schedule, click here.

Politics & Prose
Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 364-1919 or
Metro: Van Ness and walk or take the L2 bus. See www.wmata.com for best metro access

PAST: BOOK TALK: This SUN, Feb 22nd at 2:00pm with Palestinian author Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek

Potter's House Books invites you to a book discussion and signing:
"A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation"
With Author Naim Ateek
Sunday, February 22nd at 2:00pm
This event is free and open to the public and will include a short presentation by the author,followed by book signing.

"A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation" is an analysis of the conflict over land between Palestine and Israel by a Palestinian Christian Arab who is also a citizen of Israel. The first part of this sequel to Justice and Only Justice focuses on events since the Intifada of 1987. In the final section, Ateek presents a strategy to achieve peace and justice nonviolently that will promote justice for the Palestinians and security for both Israel and Palestine.

Rev. Dr. Naim Stifan Ateek, an Anglican priest, is a Palestinian Arab and a citizen of Israel. The founder of Sabeel, an ecumenical center in Jerusalem that uses a theological approach to work for liberation for Palestinians.

The Potter's House
1658 Columbia Road, NW
(202) 232-5483
4 blocks from Columbia Heights Metro
Also accessible by 42 bus from Dupont, get off at Mozart Place

Friday, February 20, 2009

PAST: 'X' Party at BeBar Celebrates it's 2nd Anniversary SAT, Feb 21st, 7:00pm - 11:00pm, $8 or $5

This party is happening right next to Longview Gallery (see post below) so you can check out both events tomorrow night!

The 'X' party is one of the few club events that I actually make an effort to go to. It's a really great monthly gathering of artsy folks and is organized by some pretty cool people. There is a cover to get in and it is a 21 + event. It's $8 without theme attire and $5 with. This month's theme is "Wig Night" so come on out in your wig if you've got one! More about 'X' in DC parties here.

BeBar
is located at 1318 9th St, NW
Metro: Mount Vernon Square/ Convention Center

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

PAST: Free Belly Dance at Meze every Sunday night from 10:00 - 11:00pm

Free Belly Dancing Lessons at Meze in Adam's Morgan every Sunday from 10:00pm - 11:00pm. On Sunday nights, instructor Noor-Jihan gives free belly dancing lessons at Meze. Whether you're a novice or have been moving your hips for years, you'll have a great time and learn something new. Meze is located on 18th St in Adams Morgan at 2437 18th St.

Metro: Woodley Park, it's a bit of a walk in the cold or in heels though. You take a bus (L2, 96 or 98) across the bridge or you can take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant from Dupont Circle Metro to 18th & Columbia.

PAST: Special Poetry Events all month hosted by DCCAH

Immerse yourself in celebration and art with this year’s Black History Month.The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is proud to promote the District's literary arts scene in during Black History Month and beyond.

Featured literary arts events include:

Toni Morrison
Former Howard graduate and professor
A Daughter's Return: The fiction of Toni Morrison
Blackburn Center at Howard University
February 13, 2009 from 9 am-5 pm

Dolores Kendrick
Poet Laureate of the District of Columbia
Poetry Reading
International Student House
February 22, 2009 at 2 pm

E. Ethelbert Miller
Director of the African-American Resource Center at Howard University
Poetry Reading
Library of Congress
February 23, 2009 at noon

Amanda Fernandez
Poetry Out Loud, National Champion 2007

Woolly Mammoth Theatre
February 23, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Marita Golden, Author
It's All Love by Marita Golden
Langston Room at Busboys & Poets
February 24, 2009 at 6 pm

Elizabeth Alexander
Inaugural poet for President Barack Obama
Talk on Black studies
Founders Library Browsing Room @ Howard University
February 25, 3 pm

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is located at
641 D St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place, Arena Exit or Archives/Navy Memorial

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the DCCAH Website For the Poetry Out Loud Event, and perhaps for the others, please RSVP by email to shyree.mezick@dc.gov

OF NOTE: Local Eco-Friendly MediSpa offering Free Nail Polish Trade In with Zoya toxic-free nail polish! Learn more about Holeco and this offer...

My friend Honi runs one of the area's best spa's that focuses on environmentally friendly non-toxic beauty and wellness treatments. You can read more about Holeco here.

Now through Feb 21st you can trade in your toxic nail polish for free non-toxic, eco-friendly nail polish from Zoya! Learn more about this exchange here. You are welcome to sign up for this google group if you would like to receive email discounts from Holeco.

My good friend Rachel also works there so if you are interested in Reiki, Reflexology, Foot Detox or Chakra Balancing, please check out Holeco! They are located in VA a short taxi ride or 15 minute walk from the West Falls Church Metro and well worth the trip if you ask me.

PAST: POETRY: Seminar & Reading at Georgetown University Tonight! THURS, Feb 19th at 5:30pm & 8:00pm, Free

Just found out about this one and wanted to post it even though it is happening in just a few hours! Both a Seminar and a Reading this eve. The reading will feature poet, painter and art critic, Marjorie Welish and DC poer Rd Smith. This event is Free and Open to the Public and will take place on Georgetown University's campus in the ICC (Intercultural Center) Buliding.

Metro: Dupont Circle, there is a GU Free shuttle that leaves froom 20th & Mass Ave and runs approximately every 10-15 minutes or you can take metro bus there, see www.wmata.com for best directions based on where you are coming from.

The Seminar starts at 5:30 in ICC 462
The Poetry Reading starts at 8:00 in the Copley Formal Lounge
For more info, visit http://lannan.georgetown.edu

PAST: MUSIC: Free Concert "Sounds of Brazil" at THEARC, RSVP now for show SUN, March 1st at 3:00pm

Levine Presents Sounds of Brazil, a concert by Levine guitarist Matt Dievendorf and his quintet Aqui Oh on Sunday, March 1st at 3:00pm.

Levine at THEARC
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
See www.wmata.com for metro and bus access

This performance is free but reservations are recommended. Tickets can be reserved online at www.levineschool.org or by calling 202-610-2036.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

PAST: DJ Dance Club Event, Pulse at BeBar SAT, Feb 21st, $5

PULSE at BeBar
Saturday, February 21st from 10:00pm-3:00am

At BeBar
1318 9th St, NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Square
info@eighteightdc.com
www.eighteightdc.com

PAST: Reminder for Wed performances at Harman Hall at noon, Free

Every Wed at noon. Performances vary. Please see prior posts for link to full schedule.

Metro to Gallery Place, it's across from the arena exit on F St.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

PAST: MUSIC: Local Band "Mother" CD Release Party & Show at Wonderland next WED, Feb 18h, 9:00pm, Free!

I know that this image is a little suggestive but what can I say, that's my friend Brad's whacky design mind. His band, Mother, plays at Wonderland Ballroom this WED, Feb 18th. The show is free and is 21 + should start around 9:00pm. Wonderland is at the corner of 11th & Kenyon a few blocks from the Columbia Heights Metro.

Mother is a psyhco-delic rock-pop band in DC.Their brand new CD is also being released at the show and will be available. Brad, Casey, Sam, Mike, Rishi and Ivan are super talented local guys. I'll be there for sure and encourage you to come on out! If you want to get a listen before the show, check out www.myspace.com/motherdc

PAST: Special Series of Events at Transformer Gallery's "Summer Camp" all Free, this week's events below

Hearts and Crafts Valentine Laboratory
This Saturday, February 14th
1:00 – 7:00pm
Boasting a large supply of compelling craft materials, Transformer will be open all day for you to stop in and make your sweetheart a custom valentine, while we play the sappiest love songs we could possibly get our hands on. Candy hearts will abound, alongside a startling lack of irony. Free!

Zoo Yoga
Wednesday, February 18th
12:30 – 1:30pm
Addie Johnson, Transformer’s own Development & Special Events Coordinator, is also a certified yoga instructor who wants to bring out the animal in you! Please bring your own mat, and come prepared to twist and stretch in the company of wildlife projections.

Time and Quantum: The Visual Representation of an Invisible World
Wednesday, February 18th
6:30 – 8:00pm
Dr. Robert Oerter, author of The Theory of Almost Everything: The Standard Model, the Unsung Triumph of Modern Physics, will be discussing the LHC particle accelerator, and the way physicists use pictorial representations of mathematical calculations to reveal the underlying unities of the physical world.

Drawing Studio
Thursday, February 19th 1:00 – 5:30pm
April Behnke, Summer Camp artist-in-residence, will be using our project space as her studio for the day, and you can, too. Drop by and work on your own drawings alongside April. Materials provided, feel free to bring your own as well.

In the American Treehouse :Poetry Reading
Thursday, February 19th
7:30 – 9:30pm
Join us for another exciting evening of experimental poetry read by the students of the Corcoran College of Art + Design, guided by Corcoran professors and poets Casey Smith and Doug Lang. Come early – space is very limited, and fills up fast.

Transformer Gallery
is located near the Whole Foods on P St at 1404 P Street, NW. Special "Summer Camp" Series of Free events runs through March 7th. More information about the gallery and the events at:

PAST: Performance by Speakeasy DC "Sucker for Love" SUN, Feb 15h at 6:00pm, $15

Speakeasy DC Presents
"SUCKER FOR LOVE: A Valentine Special"
Show just added for SUN, Feb 15th at 6:00pm
(Friday and Saturday Shows Sold Out)
Note: This event is General Admission and costs $15
(I know it costs money but I've heard good things about this group and since Monday is a holiday for many folks, I figured, why not.)

Speakeasy DC Event. Directed by Stephanie Garibaldi and featuring: Jennifer Howe, Katie Kelly, Andrew Korfhage, Tabbie Mann, Vijai Nathan, Susan Orlins, Darrell Perry, Jonathan Stroud, and Woodrow Landfair. At Chief Ike's,1725 Columbia Rd, in Adams Morgan. Minutes from Columbia Heights Metro.

PAST: Fun for All Ages! Strathmore Celebrates the Circus this SUN, Feb 15th from 11:00am - 4:00pm, Free

Free Festival at the Strathmore!
Sunday, February 15th
11:00am-4:00pm
Free, No Tickets Required
Metro: Grosvenor in Rockville, MD

Discover Strathmore Celebrates the Art of the Circus
Clown Flying through the air with the greatest of ease! Performing death-defying feats! Making them laugh! This year, Strathmore celebrates the performing artists that make trips to the circus magical and memorable – acrobats, clowns, hoopers, jugglers, aerial artists, and musicians. This free festival will include classes, workshops, performances, and demonstrations throughout the Music Center and Mansion. Sorry, no strollers or pets allowed.

PAST: Bella Salon in Bethesda hosts "Cut it for a Cause" for Locks of Love all week long, Feb 7-14

Looking for a good reason for a haircut... look no further!

From February 7-14, 2009 Bella Bethesda will once again host the annual campaign to help the worthy non-profit, Locks of Love. The week-long event will kick-off on Saturday, February 7 with a party that will include free treatments and special deals on products. Throughout the week, individuals who donate 10 or more inches of hair will receive a free hair cut, blow dry and a complimentary beauty makeover. For those interested in donating but who do not have 10 inches yet, Bella will offer a pledge board, so individuals can redeem their free makeover and donate their hair later in the year.

Last February, Bella Bethesda Salon hosted the “Cut It for a Cause” campaign to benefit Locks of Love, a non-profit organization which provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under the age of 18 with medical hair loss due to disease, burns, and cancer. Because of the great response from the community Bella was able to donate a total of 640 inches of hair to Locks of Love which helped over 2,000 children across the country.

More about Bella and details on this event at http://www.bellabethesda.com/mynewsevents.html
Metro: Red Line to Bethesda

PAST: Coffeeshop Conversation: Politico + Starbucks at GWU this WED, Feb 18th from 7:00 - 8:00pm, Free

Starbucks Coffeehouse Culture & Politico host the first in a series of Coffeehouse Conversations. This discussion and Q&A with Chuck Todd of NBC and Dana Bash of CNN will be held on Wednesday, February 18th from 7:00pm - 8:00pm.

Chuck Todd, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and Dana Bash, CNN’s Senior Congressional Correspondent will host a discussion followed by a Q & A session to spark dialogue around the new administration. Mike Allen, the chief political correspondent for POLITICO will serve as the moderator.

The event is complimentary and open to the public. Space is limited. Each discussion will be filmed and featured online at www.politico.com.

The Gelman Library is located at 2130 H St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom
Please arrive early to ensure seating

PAST: Special Event: Talk on "How to Be Happier" THURS, Feb 19th, 5:30 - 8:00pm, Free!

How to Be Happier: Positive Psychology & the Arts
With Gioia Chilton, MS, ATR-BC & Rebecca Wilkinson, MS, ATR-BC

Thursday | Feb 19 | 5:30-8PM | FREE
In the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery | Open to the Public
2.5 CECs* available

What makes people happier? Who is happy? Why be happy? How do creative endeavors contribute to happiness? These questions will be explored through an introduction to Positive Psychology, the science of happiness.

Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U St NW | Washington DC | 20009
202-483-8600 Phone | 202-483-8601 Fax
heal@SmithFarm.com | www.SmithFarm.com

PAST: Ayr Hill Gallery Valentine Art Open House in Vienna, VA this FRI, Feb 13th from 4:00 - 8:00pm

Ayr Hill Gallery’s Valentine Art Open House
February 13th from 4:00-8:00pm
141 Church Street, NW
in Vienna, VA

Mallow Drama will be providing chocolate truffles and cupcakes for guests of the Champagne & Chocolate Open House to enjoy, while they browse the gallery's collection of work from contemporary and emerging artists. The gallery is also offering a 10 percent discount for artwork purchased during the event.

Please RSVP to (703) 938-3880 or info@ayrhillgallery.com
The Valentine Art Open House is a Free event.
www.ayrhillhgallery.com

I believe that this location is best reached by car, though you may be able to get there from the Vienna metro somehow. Please see www.wmata.com to check for bus and metro access.

PAST: ART OPENING: This SAT, Feb 14th at Willow Street Gallery & Artist Open House


Art Opening for Joseph Hale
Saturday, February 14, 2009
4:00pm - 7:00pm

Willow Street Gallery
6925 Willow St
www.asalondc.org

I believe this is closest to Takoma Metro
Visit www.wmata.com for metro and bus access

Please also note that there will be an Open Studio at the same location that day from 1:00-6:00pm and my friend Joren Lindholm will be participating. This is part of the monthly Open Studios Art Walk taking place in the A. Salon building. You can visit Joren's block at www.eyemxmatter.blogspot.com

PAST: POETRY: Special Event this SUN, Feb 15th at Busboys & Poets, 4:00pm


Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, Book Launch Reading at Busboys at 14th & V St this Saturday, Feb 15th at 4:00pm, Free. Sunday Kind of Love, Valentines Week-end. Readers include Karren Alenier, Patricia Gray, Kim Jensen, Sydney March, Yvette Neisser Moreno, and Joseph Ross. The poets will read from the anthology and their current work. Followed by open mic. Hosted by Katy Richey. Sponsored by Busboys and Poets and Split This Rock.

PAST: BOOK TALKS: This THURS & SAT at Politics and Prose

Thursday, February 12th at 4:00pm

Washington Post legend BEN BRADLEE will be appearing to sign copies of THE INAUGURATION OF BARACK OBAMA: A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNAL (Triumph Books, $29.95). The historic swearing-in of Barack Obama lives on in this 160-page commemorative photo book documenting the official ceremony, the parade, the crowds, moments public and private, and the inaugural balls. With images captured by The Washington Post's award-winning photographers, and moments memorialized by The Post writers, the hardcover volume is living history. Bradlee wrote the foreword to the book.

Saturday, February 14th at 1:00pm

NBC News political director CHUCK TODD discusses HOW BARACK OBAMA WON (Vintage, $12.95), the state-by-state guide to how Obama achieved his victory, as well as a toolbox for understanding the political implications of the 2008 presidential election.

You can see the full February calendar of events here.

Politics and Prose is located at 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW

PAST: "Luck of the Draw" Valentine's weekend Art & Music Event this weekend, Feb 13th -15th


See www.artomatic.org for more details about the events.

OF NOTE: You can stream if you want to! Watch Millenium Stage Performances Live or watch from the Archive

In case you didn't know, you can watch the shows you missed or can't make it to, live, online at http://www.kennedy-center.org/ Just scroll down to the video on the lower right. The most recent ones are up there or you can click on the archives to see more!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

PAST: Celebrate Valentines Day this THURS, Feb 12th with a special Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser for a Great Cause, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Wine & Chocolate Tasting event, and a great way to share for Valentine's Day. I normally post free events on this blog but I am also excited to help get the word out for special events that raise funds and awareness for great causes.

This Thursday, February 12th, there will be a FAIR Fund and SID-ES Fundraiser from 6:00 - 8:30pm at The Artists Inn Residence, 1824 R St, NW in Dupont Circle.

Celebrate Love, wine, chocolate and fabulous jewelry with your sweetheart or with your friends! You’ll also have a chance to purchase a Valentine’s gift that truly means more, with gorgeous hand-crafted jewelry made by FAIR Fund’s JewelGirls. Actress Gabrielle Christian of “South of Nowhere” will also be there as a spokeswoman for SIDS-ES & FAIR. Please read more information about the two organizations that this event will support below.

Suggested donation $20.00, includes entry in raffle.
Please RSVP at: rsvp@fairfund.org
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit

JewelGirls is a FAIR Fund program that supports young women survivors of trafficking and street life. By purchasing their hand-crafted pieces you are supporting their chances at lives free from sexual violence and exploitation -- and sharing beauty, creativity and purpose with someone you love. Learn more at www.fairfund.org.

SIDS-ES supports families who are grieving babies lost to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome through informational material, free peer counseling, and referral services. SIDS-ES is also a partner of Cribs for Kids, providing free cribs and crib-sheets to needy families. Learn more at www.SidsSurvivalGuide.org.

PAST: Happy Hour for a Good Cause this WED, Feb 11th at Local 16, 5:30 - 8:00pm

Make Piece is a DC-based nonprofit helping local, low-income women make a living wage by training them to become jewelry entrepreneurs. They will be hosting a special Happy Hour event on Wednesday, February 11th from 5:30-8:00pm at Local 16. There will be food, discounted drinks, the Make Piece artisans, and their beautiful, handcrafted jewelry for sale. Please visit their website to learn more: www.makepiece.org

Metro or bus: Metro U St or any of the 90 buses on U St or S1, S2 or S4 along 16th St

PAST: POETRY: Nine on the Ninth at Busboys & Poets, MON, Feb 9th at 9:00pm

Another poetry event tomorrow!(GPI is at Bossa from 7-9)

Nine on the Ninth at Busboys and Poets on 14th & V St, NW.

This month will feature Tala Abu Rahmeh, a Palestinian poet and writer. Originally from Yaffa, she was born in Amman in 1984. After moving to Ramallah, living through the second intifada, and graduating from Birzeit University, Tala moved to Washington DC to study for a Masters of Fine Arts at American University. She is currently working on her first book poetry. Nine OnThe Ninth, the now legendary monthly poetry series that falls on every 9th day of the month at 9pm. Hosted by Poet in Residence: Derrick Weston Brown. Admission is free. Donations encouraged.

Metro: U ST

PAST: Christylez performs this MON, Feb 9th at the Kennedy Center, 6:00pm, Free!

If you can make it, this is sure to be a great show! Please see previous post for complete info. The concert starts at 6:00pm. If you can't make it to the Kennedy Center, you can stream the show live on the Kennedy Center website.

PAST: BOOK TALK: MON, Jan 9th at Busboys & Poets, 5th & K, 6:30pm

At Busboys & Poets new location, 5th & K St, NW at 6:30. Author Mark Morrison-Reed will discuss and sign "In Between: Memoir of an Integration Baby" In Between: Memoir of an Integration Baby gives voice to the unspoken story of those Afro Americans who were among the first to bring racial diversity to their neighborhood, school, church or workplace, to the increasing number of partners in interracial relationships and to those blessed with and yet struggling to raise multiracial children in a polarized world. It is a frank personal account of growing up black during the era of the civil rights movement. The author wrestles with racism, the death of Martin Luther King, black radicalism, his interracial family, and his experience as one of the first black Unitarian Universalist ministers. Please arrive early to ensure seating.

Friday, February 6, 2009

PAST: CONCERT: Levine School presents a Free Performance at THEARC this THURS, Feb 12th at 7:30pm

Levine Presents Voices of the Great Pianists: Vocalist Joyce Lundy and pianist Jacob Clark
Free Concert, this THURS, February 12th at THEARC, 7:30pm

Levine School of Music will present the Voices of the Great Pianists at the Levine Recital Hall at THEARC on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at 7:30pm. The performance is free, but an RSVP is recommended. Reserve online at www.levineschool.org or by calling 202-610-2036.

Levine at THEARC – Recital Hall
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
For metro or bus access, see www.wmata.com

PAST: Save the Date for this event with Ysaye Barnwell at The Levine School, MON Feb 16th, 2:00pm, Free

For those of you who are able to make it out on a Monday at 2:00pm. Ysaye is really amazing so if you have the chance to go, I recommend it!

Levine Presents Performance Series: Book Signing and Singalong with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell
Monday, February 16, 2009, 2:00pm
This event is free and suitable for children of all ages accompanied by an adult. RSVP recommended. Reserve at: www.levineschool.org or 202-686-8000.

WASHINGTON, DC, January 30, 2009 – Levine School of Music will present a Book Signing and Singalong with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock on Monday, February 16, 2009 at 2:00pm. Come meet the charismatic vocalist and composer Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell who recently released “We Are One”, an uplifting book and CD for all ages about community and diversity and winner of the Bock Book Award for 2008. Dr. Barnwell will read from her book and lead audience members in songs from the CD. Dr. Barnwell is a longtime member of the acclaimed a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, Artists-in-Residence at the Levine School, where she leads monthly Community Sings. The book will be available for signing and purchase after the event.

Jane Lang Recital Hall – Levine School of Music
2801 Upton Street, NW
Metro: Van Ness and about a ten minute walk downhill

PAST: MUSIC: Record Fair at CAP this SUN, Feb 8th from Noon-5:00pm

Click on image to read details.

PAST: "A Night of Verse" and ART Closing at CAP this SAT, Feb 7th, 6:30-8:30pm

Please join Civilian Art Projects, Carole Wagner Greenwood, and a host of writers and poets for a night of verse. This event will mark the close of the exhibition "Ghosts & Circumstance." Dame Darcy's exhibition "Gasoline" will also close that night.

Night of Verse and Closing Party at Civilian Art Projetcs
Saturday, February 7, 2009
6:30pm - 8:30pm
$2 donation, much appreciated

On the bill:
Grace Cavalieri
Casey Smith
Bernard Welt

Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street NW 3rd Floor
Metro: Navy Archives or Gallery Place
202-347-0022
www.civilianartprojects.com

PAST: Healthy Cooking Class: Missed the first one but there is another one next week!

Keep your resolution to eat more healthfully this year. Healthy Cooking at Home: Winter's Comfort Foods. Thursdays, Feb 5th & 12th from 1:00-2:30pm with Daemon Jones, MD. No Registration Required, Free event. Note that the class is tailored for those living with illness and their caregivers.

In the midst of winter, we gather with family and friends to share winter's comfort foods. Keep your resolution to eat better, but don't give up the delicious flavors you love. We will learn healthy alternatives to winter's traditional foods, as well as entirely new recipes that may become family favorites. Class will be held at Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U St, NW.www.SmithFarm.com

PAST: Celebrate Valentines Day (well...almost) with a Sale and some Champagne! WED, Feb 11th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Fresh

Champagne and Shopping up to 70% off! How could I resist posting this one? Fresh is hosting a private shopping event with savings of up to 70% off their unique styles. They'll have champagne and tasty treats to make this Indulgence complete.

SIP::NIBBLE::SHOP
Wednesday, Feb 11th from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Fresh, 1205 Potomac St. NW DC 20007
RSVP REQUIRED: events@elevatedc.net

Thursday, February 5, 2009

PAST: Classical Concert at AU this FRI, Feb 6th at 8:00pm $5-$15

American University announces its spring 2009 season of music performances, including jazz, orchestra and choral offerings. The first event of the season will be this Friday at 8:00pm. Note that this is not a free event, but is discounted for students, AU staff and seniors.

American University musician in residence Teri Lazar and guest artist George Peachey perform works by Antonio Vivaldi, Claude Debussy, Osman Kivrak, Maurice Ravel, and Charlie Barnett.

Faculty Music Recital: Teri Lazar
8 p.m. Friday, February 6
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center

More information about this event and other concerts: www.american.edu/academic.depts/cas/katzen/
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students

PAST: BOOK TALKS & Open Mic this week at Politics & Prose, Free

Friday, Feb 6th, Book Talk and Open Mic Night

Noted Lincoln Scholar Ronald White draws on recently discovered letters and photographs for his book, A. LINCOLN. Here is what James McPherson says about it: "The special strengths that lift this work above other biographies include a brilliant analysis of Lincoln's principal speeches and writings, on which Ronald C. White is the foremost expert."

OF NOTE: The OPEN MIC Fridays have become a very popular event. Musicians and audience are reminded to arrive early (at 7:30) to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis. Please share your tables and enjoy the show!

Saturday, February 7th, two events

1:00pm From the two-time Pushcart fiction prize-winner, Paul Maliszewski, FAKERS is a nonfiction account of the many varieties of con artists.

6:00pm P.W. Singer, a senior fellow at Brookings, explores the sophisticated robotics technology that may fight the conflicts of the future in WIRED FOR WAR

Sunday, February 8th, two events

1:00pm Jabari Asim, formerly with the Washington Post, is now editor of the NAACP's Crisis magazine and has written on WHAT OBAMA MEANS. He contends that Obama has set the old civil rights model of African American leadership on its head.

5:00pm The Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews has written about the Knowledge is Power program designed to help low-income children succeed in school. The book, called WORK HARD BE NICE shows how much inspired educators can affect the progress of youngsters.

Monday, February 9th

7:00pm Dalton Conley offers analysis of how the technological, social, and economic changes that have reshaped our world are reshaping our individual lives. In ELSEWHERE, USA he discusses technology, which blurs formerly distinct spheres of life, women's increasing participation in the labor force, and rising economic inequality generating anxiety among successful professionals.

Tuesday, February 10th, two events

10:30am Children's Event with Susan Roth, Listen to the Wind,ages 7-10.

7:00pm GREAT POWERS looks at the changes that have taken place in the world since Bush came to office. Thomas Barnett believes that the U.S. must seize the initiative again, shaping and redefining globalization.

Wednesday, February 11th

7:00pm Pratap Chatterjee, an investigative reporter, exposes the corruption and cronyism that the Halliburton oil company practiced in Iraq.

For the full February schedule, click here.

Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse is best reached by car or metro bus. Their address is 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW near Chevy Chase Circle. See www.wmata.com for best metro and bus access, closest metro is Van Ness

PAST: ART Galleries in Dupont Circle are open late again tonight for First Friday event, 6:00 - 8:00pm, Free

Most Galleries along Connecticut Ave & on Q St (20th -21st) are open'til 8:00 on the first Friday of every month. It's supposed to be nice weather so a good eve to go on out and check out some art!

PAST: ART Closing Event with Poetry & Music at Touchstone FRI, Feb 6th, 6:30pm, Free

Touchstone Gallery "My Space on 7th"
Closing Event: Friday, February 6th 6:30pm

Please join us at Touchstone Gallery for the closing event of our January exhibition "My Space on 7th". This exhibition includes work by 88 local artists. The entertainment (but no food/drink) at this closing event will consist of an evening of poetry, music and art by "Tres Raices Arts Collective."

"Tres Raices Arts Collective" is a collective of visual artists, poets and musicians who seek to encourage collaboration between artists and art forms. There will be an interaction among poets Sami Miranda,Fred Joiner and Peace Justice Upset the Setup and musicians Pepe Gonzalez(bass) and Taimoor Saeedi (guitar).

TOUCHSTONE GALLERY
406 7th Street NW 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20004
www.touchstonegallery.com

This event is free and open to the public.
Metro: Navy Archives also close to Gallery Place, arena exit on 7th

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

PAST: ART OPENING: Smith Farm Gallery's new exhibit opens this FRI, Feb 6th 6:30 - 8:00pm, Free

FRI, Feb 6th from 6:30-8:00pm
Opening Reception. Come mingle with organizers, artists and supporters over wine and cheese.

Positive Exposure: The South Asian Experience Through the Camera Eye
Presented by Subcontinental Drift
February 4 - 28

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
at Smith Farm Center
1632 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
202.483.8600
www.smithfarm.com/gallery

Experience South Asia and its diaspora in all its colors, shapes and forms. Through the photos on display and diverse events, Subcontinental Drift's Positive Exposure will take you into the streets, minds, and hearts of what they know as the "subcontinent."

PAST: CONCERT: Free Concert with Amir ElSaffar this SAT, Feb 7th at 7:30pm at Georgetown University

Free Concert
Iraqi Jazz Fusions: Amir ElSaffar's Two Rivers
Saturday, February 7th
7:30 pm, Georgetown University, Meyer Auditorium

Pre-concert gallery tour, Arts of the Islamic World, 6:45 pm

Iraqi American jazz artist Amir ElSaffar leads this cross-cultural quintet in a performance of Two Rivers, an original work inspired by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the composer's Iraqi and American heritage, and the common ground between American jazz and Iraqi classical music. ElSaffar sets the modes of Arab music to innovative grooves, free ensemble playing, and multilayered sound textures, resulting in a work that the BBC praised as "harrowing to absorb, full of as much beauty as pain." He performs on trumpet and santur with Rudresh Mahanthappa, saxophone; Nasheet Waits, drums; Carlo DeRosa, bass; and Zaafir Tawil, oud, violin, and dumbek.

Cosponsored with the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. Free tickets available in advance through Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com and at the door beginning at 6:30 the night of the performance.

The Free Georgetown Shuttle only runs Mon-Fri I just found out. The University is best reached by car or metro bus. See www.wmata.com for best bus access.

PAST: OPEN MIC: Guerilla Poetry Insurgency hosts monthly Open Mic Poetry event this MON, Feb 9th at Bossa, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Always a great time! Come if you can. Bossa is in Adams Morgan on 18th St. The event is held upstairs. Arrive on the early end to ensure seating. This month's theme will be around Valentine's Day so love poems and break up poems are welcome.

http://www.guerrillapoets.org/

PAST: Local Talent Christylez performs at the KC Millenium Stage this MON, Feb 9th! 6:00pm, Free

This is sure to be a great event! Local talent Christylez Bacon performs a free show at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage this Monday, February 9th from 6:00 - 7:00pm.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Kennedy Center collaborate to present the progressive sounds of up and coming hip-hop artist and D.C. native Christon “Christylez” Bacon and his band. The performance will showcase Bacon’s mastery of artistic unification and fusion of diverse musical styles.
The concert features diverse such as Human-Beatbox, Upright Bass, Grand Piano, and String Quartet.

The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F St, NW
Best to take the Free Shuttle from Foggy Bottom Metro

PAST: The Traveler's Circle meets again this eve! 6:30 - 10:00pm, Free

The Travelers Circle meets again tonight! Wednesday, February 4th at the Mayur Kabab House. Stop by anytime between 6:30pm - 10:00pm.
The Kabab House is located at 1108 K St, NW. Circulator bus to 11th St or walk from Metro Center. This is a storytelling group based on Travel Stories. Please feel free to come by and leave as you like. Food is available for purchase. The event is free of charge.

PAST: Young Professional's Happy Hour at Andalu

My friend Ricardo and some of his friends are hosting a Young Professionals Happy Hour at Andalu (near 18th St Lounge) this Thursday, February 5th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

Anadalu is located at 1214 18th St, NW (where Conn Ave crosses)
Metro: Farragut North

PAST: Art-o-Matic Happy Hour at The Science Club! WED, Feb 4th

Art-o-Matic's monthly Happy Hour will be held again tonight from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at The Science Club, 1136 19th St, NW. Artomatic Happy Hour happens the 1st Wednesday of every month. Close to Farragut North Metro.