Tuesday, March 31, 2009

PAST: Free Chamber Music Concert! This WED, April 1st at Georgetown University, 8:00pm

Georgetown University Chamber Singers
AS VESTA WAS.... Spring Concert!
Wednesday, April 1st at 8:00pm
in Dahlgren Chapel

The GU Chamber Singers is a select 14-voice ensemble dedicated to the performance of exceptional choral repertoire for the Chamber ensemble and directed by Professor Fred Binkholder. The Chamber Choral Concert will feature works by Tallis, Byrd, Weelkes and Handel. This event is FREE and open to the public!

Complete details online here.
For a map showing the location please click here.

PAST: BOOK TALK this WED, April 1st at Georgetown Barnes & Noble. 7:30pm

Author Event with Diana Hollingsworth Gessler, author of "Very Washington, DC: A Celebration of the History and Culture of the Nation's Capital"

Wednesday, April 1st
7:30pm, Free
Georgetown Barnes & Noble
3040 M St, NW
Metro: You can take any of the 30 buses or the Circulator

PAST: Jazz Concert TONIGHT, TUES, March 31st at Georgetown University, 8:00pm, $5

Georgetown Jazz Spring Concert is Tonight
8:00pm in McNeir Hall
Musical Direction by Professor Aaron Broadus

Join the Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble for an exciting evening of music featuring exciting new and classic arrangements with special guests the Georgetown Phantoms. Free for students with proper ID. General admission is $5. Purchase Tickets on-line here or at Davis Center Box Office. Call 202/687-ARTS

Use Metro's Trip Planner to plan your trip. Enter Georgetown University as your Travel To Location.Free weekday shuttle service is available from Rosslyn Metro and Dupont Circle (at 20th & Mass Ave).

PAST: TUES, March 31st, Talk with author Beth Kobliner "Real-life Money Advice" at Georgetown Bookstore, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Free

Get a Financial Life: Real-life Money Advice from Beth Kobliner
Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Georgetown University Bookstore, in the Leavy Center
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
This event is free and open to the public

New York Times best-selling author Beth Kobliner, will discuss practical strategies and answer audience questions on planning your financial future. Beth Kobliner’s entertaining discussion is just in time for the release of her new book, Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties. Refreshments will be served. For a full event posting, click here.

Best to take the free shuttle from 20th & Mass Ave, Dupont Circle, see www.wmata.com for metro bus access. You can also pay to park on campus

Monday, March 30, 2009

PAST: Coffeehouse Conversation Hosted by Politico at GWU Starbucks this WED, April 1st, 6:00pm, Free

Coffeehouse Conversation
With Special Guest Speaker, Chris Van Hollen
Congressman Representing Maryland’s 8th District
Mike Allen, chief political correspondent for POLITICO, moderator

Wednesday, April 1st starting at 7:00pm
Note: There has been a time change. The event is now from 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Starbucks Coffee Company and POLITICO, a Washington D.C.-based political newspaper and website, will host the third coffeehouse conversations. The event will feature political discussions followed by a Q & A session with the special guest speaker. The events are complimentary and open to the public. Space may be limited. Each discussion will be filmed and featured online at www.politico.com.

At The Gelman Library, GWU
2130 H St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom

PAST: Free Performance this WED, April 1st at Harman Hall, Noon - 1:00pm

Washington Balalaika Society returns to Happenings at the Harman for a free performance
This Wednesay, April 1st
Noon - 1:00pm
Harman Hall
610 F Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Place, Arena Exit
Free Performances every Wednesday!
More info here

PAST: BOOK TALK: "You're Hired: Interview Skills to Get the Job" this WED, April 1st at Reiter's at 6:30pm, Free

Career and recruitment specialist, Lorne Epstein, will discuss and sign copies of his book, “You’re Hired- Interview Skills to Get the Job” You're Hired! Corporate recruitment specialist and motivational speaker Lorne Epstein prepares both novice and just-plain-nervous job seekers for the interviewing experience with insider tips and strategic advice.

Wednesday, April 1st at 6:30pm
At Reiter's Scientific Books
1990 K St, NW
(enter on 20th Street)
Metro: Farragut West or Circulator Bus

OF NOTE: Some really nice Photographs!

Some really nice images in here in case any of you are craving some visual stimulation 50 Long Exposure Shots

PAST: The DC Traveler's Circle meets again this WED, April 1st from 6:30pm - 10:00pm, Free

The Travelers Circle meets again this Wednesday!
Share your stories from your travels or just come and listen.

The monthly group meets again on Wednesday, April 1st
6:30pm - 10:00pm, come and go as you like
TC is now on facebook.

At the Mayur Kabab House
1108 K Street, NW
between 11th and 12th
Metro: 3 blocks north of Metro Center
Bus: Circulator Bus goes right there

PAST: FREE TALKS this MON, TUES & WED, March 30th - April 1st

Monday, March 30th and Tuesday, March 31st at 9:00am

1968 AND BEYOND: SYMPOSIUM TO FOCUS ON THE IMPACT OF BLACK POWER MOVEMENT ON AMERICA - The symposium will examine what African-American history scholar and Brandeis University professor Peniel E. Joseph calls “the classical period” of the civil rights movement by placing it in the broader context of American and African American history.

At The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
8th & F Streets, NW.
Metro: Gallery Place/ Chinatown

Tuesday, March 31st at Noon

Featuring John H. Cochrane, Myron S. Scholes Professor of Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research; Bradley Herring, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Karen L. Pollitz, project director at the Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University; moderated by Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

At the Cato Institute,
1000 Massachusetts Ave, NW.
(202) 842-0200.
Metro: Metro Center, closest route is the Circulator Bus

Wednesday, April 1st at 9:00am

At Brookings Institute,
1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW.
(202) 797-6000

Wednesday, April 1st at 6:45pm
Erika Joyce, AGS president, and Dr. Esther Elstun, professor emerita of German at George Mason University, will discuss the works of author Theodor Storm.

At the Goethe-Institut
812 7th St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place/ Chinatown
RSVP at (703) 237-0858

Sunday, March 29, 2009

PAST: CreativesDC Happy Hour this TUES, March 31st, 6:30pm - 9:00pm, $5

CreativesDC Happy Hour!
Tuesday, March 31st
6:30pm - 9:00pm
At the future home of Eatonville
2121 14th Street, NW
Metro: U St

Note change: I just received notice that the alcohol license has not come through yet so no alcohol will be served. They will still be serving munchies and are now requesting a $5 admission for the event.

A unique, creative experience that will be held in the soon to be Eatonville restaurant. Mobfuse style presentations will focus on how to use creativity to help your business thrive in a down economy.

Note please: The Eatonville space is still under construction so bring a lawn chair or yoga mat to sit on if you don't want to stand for the presentations. This event is hosted by The Pink Line Project and CoolTown Studios. Learn more and RSVP to the CreativesDC site See site to have a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Eatonville.

Presentations expected on the following topics:
- The creativity behind Eatonville and Busboys & Poets
- Albus Cavus' public murals
- Crowd-sourcing a triple bottom line live music dancing nightclub
- The co-working experience
- Using social engagement design to grow your business creatively
- Business Powerpoint improv (yes, it's comedy)

PAST: LIVE MUSIC: Two Concerts to pick from! A bit last minute to post, but better late than never!

It's been a beautiful day and I've been out playing in the sun... sorry for the late notice. If you're looking for something to do tonight, hope you will check out one of these acoustic events!

My friend Courtney Dowe at BloomBars!

also performing, Gary Prince
"Seed the Sound" Acoustic Music every Sunday at BloomBars!
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Donations requested
3222 11th Street, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, next to Wonderland close to Kenyon

An Acoustic World Music Evening with KUKU
at Bohemian Caverns on U St along with Mongezi Ntaka, Joe "Sticky Mulligan" Smith and Debuting The Savory Papas.

Tonight, from 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Bohemian Caverns
The corner of 11th & U St, NW
Metro: U St

KUKU infuses his Yoruba/Nigerian Heritage with American Soul music, delivered in acoustic guitar driven singer/songwriter style. Visit www.kukulive.com to learn more about KUKU's music. No mention of admission but when I just looked at the Bohemian Caverns site it mentioned a $10 advance ticket charge. In any case, you can call them to ask if you like.202.299.0800

Saturday, March 28, 2009

PAST: Free Yoga in the Park, SUN, March 29th

Join my friend Ananda tomorrow, Sunday, March 29th, for FREE KIND AND GENTLE C-OM-MUNITY MORNING YOGA at Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park (the park is between 15th & 16th St, W - Euclid) from 11:30am to 12pm. Bring your own yoga mat. I suggest taking metro to Columbia Heights or the S2 or S4 bus to Crescent Place or Euclid St. My guess is that it will be at the top of the park by the Joan of Arc statue but not sure exactly.

PAST: Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day & Opening

Free Festival today, Saturday, March 28th

10:00am -3:30pm - Performances, demonstrations andh and son activities for the whole family at the National Building Museum, 401 F St, NW. Metro: Judiciary Sqaure or short walk from Gallery Place

4:00pm, Opening Ceremony

For more information, visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Friday, March 27, 2009

PAST: ART OPENING: Tonight, FRI, March 27th, at the DCAC in Adams Morgan, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Tonight at the DCAC in Adams Morgan on 18th, across the street from Tryst, upstairs.
Ellington Robinson: Yesterday's Tomorrow
Opening Reception: Friday, March 27th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Show runs March 27 - May 3
Also Note: Artist Talk on May 3rd, 5:00pm
Curated by Billy Colbert
Essay by Jefferson Pinder

Thursday, March 26, 2009

PAST: "Poetry of War & Remembrance" Festival & Symposium MON & TUES, March 30th & 31st, at GU with special evening events, Free!

Lannan Literary Symposium & Festival
Monday, March 30th & Tuesday, March 31st
At Georgetown University
'Cry Havoc!'
Poetry of War and Remembrance, 1968 – 2008

Free, Please RSVP here
For complete details, click here.

Poetry restores to us the horror of conflict and offers paths toward its transcendence. Poets, critics, journalists and visual artists will converge to recall the lessons of war over this violent half century, and to plot new strategies for peaceful futures.

For those of you who work during the day and are unable to attend the events on Tuesday, I've listed the special evening events for you below.

Monday evening, March 30th
Symposium with Seymour Hersh & Amy Goodman
7:00 – 9:30pm, Gaston Hall

Tuesday evening, March 31st
Poetry Reading: War and Remembrance: Poetry of War and Memory, 1968- 2008
Featuring Yusef Komunyakaa, James Fenton, Carolyn Forché
8:00 – 9:30pm, Inter-cultural Center, ICC Auditorium

Reception and book signing
9:30pm, ICC Galleria

Georgetown University
3700 O St, NW
Metro: Dupont, free Shuttle at 20th on Mass Ave or see www.wmata.com for bus access

PAST: Talk at Palestine Center with Helen Cobban, TUES, March 31st, 12:30pm - 2:00pm, Free, RSVP Required,

The Palestine Center hosts "Shifting Dimensions of the Palestinian Question: Conclusions from a Reporting Trip" with Helena Cobban, Writer and Researcher on Tuesday, March 31st from 12:30 - 2:00pm.

Helena Cobban is a writer and researcher who has worked on Palestinian issues since 1974. Back from a month-long reporting trip to the Middle East that took her to Egypt, Jordan, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel. During the trip, Cobban interviewed more than 45 people ranging from Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to several Hamas lawmakers and senior officials with aid agencies working in the Gaza Strip.

This briefing is free and open to the public. A light lunch served to registered guests at 12:30pm. Briefing and Q&A, 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Note: Registration is Required. Unregistered guests will not be admitted. You must register by noon on Monday,March 30th. To register, click here or call (202) 338-1958 ext.11.

The Palestine Center is located at the corner of what looks like an apartment building at 2425 Virginia Avenue, NW. Metro: Foggy Bottom

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

PAST: Play Reading at Hamiltonian SAT, March 29th at 3:00pm, $10

"White Noise" Play Reading
March 29, 2009, 3:00pm
Note: Admission is $10
All proceeds go to benefit the actors
Please RSVP to jackie@hamiltoniangallery.com

In "White Noise", Tim, an African-American painter on spiritual themes, travels to Detroit to expand his ministry of the arts, as well as escape from interior demons. However, far from getting away from himself, his inner psychic turmoil becomes manifested in a series of increasingly strange encounters with his hosts, as well as the appearance of a scantily clad 20th century female mystic, Simone Weil, who emerges from out of his own fevered interior world. The play leaves us with more questions than answers, and explores the divergence between personal experience and the social effect of an action, and which is more important to building a "moral" world.

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street
Metro: U St

PAST: ART OPENING this FRI, March 27th at Longview, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

"Love is a Losing Game"
Art by Billy Colbert
This Friday, March 27th
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Longview Gallery
1302 9th Street, NW
Metro: Mount Vernon Square

The show metaphorically speaks of modern day relationships by using helmets that serve as the strategic offensive and defensive ways that we deal with relationships and the game of love. The After Party will be at "The Space" around the corner from the gallery at 903 N St, NW from 9:00pm - Midnight.

PAST: All Events at Busboys & Poets, WED - MON, March 25th - 30th

Special Congratulations to Andy Shallal on your recognition for your support of the Arts this past Monday at the DC Annual Mayor's Arts Awards! Thank you for creating such an amazing gathering and performing space and for your continuous support of the arts and all things creative and peace loving. You know I adore you!

Wednesday, March 25th

6:00pm @ 14th & V - FILM: "Water Front" Join Food & Water Watch for a screening of The Water Front. The film shows how outrageous water rates and the risk of privatized service affected low-income people of color in Detroit, and how those citizens organized to ensure their right to water. The film will be followed by a discussion with producer Curtis Smith and Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter.

8:00pm @ 5th & K - POETRY OPEN MIC: "Sparkle" A Queer Friendly Reading Series. Hosted by Regie Cabico welcomes our feature, Jona Colson. Open Mic also. $3 Admission

9:00pm @ 14th & V - LIVE MUSIC: Hump Day Groovez. Live music featuring "Three Generationz" (A'Cappella/Folk/New Wave). Maimouna Youssef, Nataska Humminbird & Navasha Collins (of the world renowned Fertile Ground) Three Generationz is a traveling musical company dedicated to preserving Native American and African songs and stories. I saw them recently at Busboys when they performed with Eve Ensler for her benefit event and have to say that I was impressed! NOTE: $10 admission.

Friday, March 27th

10:00pm @ 14th & V - MUSIC: Enjoy a wonderful night of amazing music with our resident band, PS24. Wowing audiences at S.O.B.'s (nyc), World Cafe Live (philly) and The Lincoln Theater (dc), among other places, PS24 delivers a highly entertaining and socially relevant experience that you will not forget.

Saturday, March 28th

4:00pm @ 14th & V - BOOK TALK: Editors Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram will sign and discuss "Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady," a breath taking anthology written by 100 African and African American women from all over the globe.

6:00pm @ 14th & V - OPEN MIC: "City at Peace" DC Open Mic Fundraiser. (This is an excellent organization. Hope you will support them!) The words "change" and "hope" have been tossed around a lot over the past year, but what is their real significance? Step up to the mic and tell us your experiences, opinions, and questions about injustices and the fight against them. Your voice is welcomed and important so put it to good use! Admission - $5 dollars.

11:00pm @ 5th & K - FILM
: Focus In! Cinema for a Conscious Community presents: "10,000 Black Men Named George". When the Great Depression struck America in the 1920s, finding work was hard, but if you were poor and black it was virtually impossible. Working for the Pullman Rail Company was an option, but it meant taking home a third as much as white employees and working some days for free. This is a true story of how a courageous leader came to be known as "the most dangerous man in America."

Sunday, March 29th

5:00pm @ 14th & V - PERFORMANCE: "The Domestic Crusaders" A Two Act Play About Muslim Pakistani Americans. The Domestic Crusaders focuses on a day in the life of a modern Muslim Pakistani-American family of six eclectic, unique members, who convene at the family house to celebrate the twenty-first birthday of the youngest child. With a background of 9-11 and the scapegoating of Muslim Americans, the tensions and sparks fly among the three generations.

8:00pm @ 14th & V - FILM:
Focus In! Cinema for a Conscious Community /Howard University Student Film Festival. This screening is a part of the 2009 Paul Robeson Awards hosted by Howard University's department of Radio/TV/and Film. Films that will be screened tonight are the top finalists chosen from all the works submitted by Howard students. The winner from this group of finalists (to be announced on award night) will recieve an all expense paid trip to the Cannes Film Festival in France. The Awards Ceremony will be hosted on April 9th at the AFI Silver Theater.

Monday, March 30

6:30pm @14th & V - BOOK TALK:
Doloris Coulter Cogan discusses and signs her book: We Fought the Navy and Won: Guam's Quest for Democracy, a carefully documented yet impassioned recollection of Guam's struggle to liberate itself from the absolutist rule of the U.S. Navy. Doloris Cogan concentrates on five crucial years, 1945-1950, when, fresh out of journalism school, she had the good fortune to join the distinguished team of idealists at the newly formed Institute of Ethnic Affairs in Washington, D.C.

9:00pm @ 14th & V - MUSIC: Vlado Kreslin. The Embassy of Slovenia invites you to Slovenian folk rock musician, Vlado Kreslin's live performance. His genre is a type of blues mixed with Slovene folk music.

NOTE: Save the Date:
Poet/Author Nikki Giovanni will sign and discuss Bicycles: Love Poems and other works. April 30 @ 6:30 PM, 5th & K. Be sure to arrive very early for this one as the room is fairly small and is sure to fill up early.


Metro: 14th & V - U St,. 5th & K, best to take the Circulator Bus or walk from Gallery Place

PAST: Briefing and Talk on Palestine-Israel "Apartheid and Occupation under International Law" with John Dugard, RSVP Required by noon today!

On Thursday, March 26th from 12:30pm - 2:00pm, The Palestine Center will host a Hisham B. Sharabi Memorial Lecture on "Apartheid and Occupation under International Law" with Professor John Dugard. Former U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Visiting Distinguished Professor of Law, Duke University.

While the international community continues to posture and push for a settlement to the decades-long Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory, international legal institutions are positioned to offer insights based on developed international treaties and customs. They are underutilized to the detriment of peace. Drawing on his experience as the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Professor John Dugard, who returned from a fact-finding mission to Gaza early this month, will discuss how international law and the institutions charged with upholding it can enable a break in the Israel-Palestinian impasse.

This briefing is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served to registered guests at 12:30 p.m. The briefing and question/answer period will be from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Registration is required. Unregistered guests will not be admitted. To register, click here or call (202) 338-1958 ext.11 by noon Wednesday, March 25th.

OF NOTE: I *heart* free podcasts! Listen to Politics & Prose Book Talks on NPR!

Prefer a podcast of author events? P&P is on npr.org’s weekly podcast, Book Tour. You can also become a fan of P&P on Facebook. Browse events, look at or post pictures, share your thoughts on discussion boards, connect with other fans of the store and stay up to date on all upcoming events by clicking here.

PAST: Tonight at Georgetown University - Financial Planning Tips, WED, March 25th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

PAST: FILM: Portugese and Brazilian Films at Georgetown University

PAST: TALK: At Georgetown, "Outrage to Courage" this WED, March 25th, 4:00pm, Free

Today, Wednesday, March 25th at 4:00pm at the Medical Center Research Building Auditorium on Georgetown's campus, Anne Firth Murray talks about women's issues in poorer countries and what they are doing about them. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 202-687-3117 or email womensstudies@georgetown.edu.

PAST: "Best of DC" City Paper Winners Announced this WED, March 25th at Lotus Lounge, 9:00pm

Join The Washington City Paper and celebrate the best of what DC has to offer!

This Wednesday, March 25th
9:00pm at The Lotus Lounge
1420 K St, downstairs
Metro: McPherson Square
This event is free
21+ with valid ID

Be the first to know the 2009 winners! The City Paper will be announcing Best of DC 2009 Readers’ Choice Winners throughout the night. Beats provided by DJ Thomas Blondet, DJ Mikel Panda,DJ Cale, and Velodrome with a special live performance featuring Aphrodizia by Yoko K. Desserts provided by Hello Cupcake (yummy!) Live Art Presentation by Cat Chicken and Art Whino.

OF NOTE: It's World Water Week! Tap DC events March 22nd - 28th

Normally I don't write much on my blog but since it is officially World Water Week, I wanted to pass on a personal connection that I have to this effort. More about Tap DC's participation in World Water Week below.

I recently got an email from my friend Max who is in The Peace Corps. He doesn't email often as he is living in a remote village in Panama called el peñon and has to travel for hours to a place that has internet access. Apparently, the village that he is living in is so remote that clean water is not even available. They make due drinking from local rivers, streams, and underground springs. The natural consequence of parasites and amoebas are a constant threat and there are severe water shortages in the dry season when children and the elderly have to carry their water in buckets and pots from local sources, sometimes miles away.

Max is currently trying to get a water recycling program there. It is a sustainable and affordable solution that involves using water catchment systems to draw pure rainwater from the zinc roofs of the houses which could than be stored in 55 gallon containers. There are about 80 homes which are in the town now that have the potential to provide clean, renewable, free water for up to a family of 10 for the majority of the year. If you are interested in donating, each cache costs about $40 and whatever you are able to give helps. If everyone donates a little, I am sure he can get it done! To read more and to donate directly to this project, click here

About Tap DC...

During World Water Week, March 22-28, pay $1 or more for a glass of tap water at participating DC area restaurants and you’ll give a child clean drinking water for 40 days. Help raise funds and awareness to fight the second largest killer of children under five worldwide – the lack of clean drinking water.

To see information about Tap DC's events and the more than 100 participating restaurants, please visit www.tapdc.org. I love the logo of the cute blue cup with the DC flag on it! Nice design on the site. I missed the reception party tonight at Pepco but it looks like there is another event this Sunday, March 28th at Piola Restaurant in Arlington. Drink specials and hors d'ourves will be served and Piola will donate a part of the night's proceed to Tap Project. Piola is located at 1550 Wilson Blvd, in Arlington, VA and should be metro accessible along the orange line. My guess is Clarendon, you may want to confirm at www.wmata.com

PAST: Happy Hour with a Heart, Support Make Piece this THURS, March 26th at The Science Club, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

This Thursday, March 26th
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Make Piece is holding a special Happy Hour this Thursday at The Science Club. If you haven't been there yet, they are on 19th St between L & M, set in a bit and up some stairs. They have really incredible french fries there which I highly recommend, along the lines of Five Guys fresh sliced yumminess. The happy hour rail drink specials are also rather good...still thinking about the fries.

So, now that I've told you all about the bar, you should also know about the organization hosting the event. Make Piece is a jewelry entrepreneurship program. Please learn more about the work they do here.

The Science Club
1136 19th St NW, between M & L
Metro: Dupont Circle South or Farragut North

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

PAST: Launch Party for "Not for Tourists" New DC Edition this FRI, March 27th at Local 16, 6:00pm, Free!

This Friday night, March 27th at 6:00pm Not For Tourists is throwing a book release party at Local 16, at 16th & U St, NW. Not only will you get free booze, you will also get a free NFT DC Guidebook! All of this is a while supplies last of course sort of thing so try to get there on the early side.

There will also be a bunch of NFT celebrities (writers, mapmakers, marketers) on hand from all around The District and from NFT world headquarters in New York and a raffle for a chance to see the musical Chicago! I am so there! Maybe I'll even be a part of their next edition, how sweet would that be! Now go tell your friends and be sure to tell them that you saw the post on my blog when you get there and if you see me, be sure to say hello! More about the event and NFT here.

Metro: U St or you can take any of the number 90 buses along U St or the 16th St, S2 or S4, bus to 16th & U St.

PAST: Jewelry Show and Reception this FRI, March 27th in Georgetown, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Anya Pinchuk, who designs creative, organic looking jewelry, is having a reception for her show at Jewelerswerk Galerie in Cady's alley in Georgetown this Friday night, March 27th, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. The address is 3319 Cady's Alley, NW in Georgetown. For more information and directions, see www.cadysalley.com

Friday, March 20, 2009

PAST: ART: Opening Tonight, FRI, March 20th, at Parish in Georgetown, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Parish Gallery in Georgetown's Canal Square
Opening Reception tonight!
Friday, March 20th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Parish Gallery
1054 31st St, NW

The last show was so amazing with the pencil drawings of Kenneth Pasley. Tonight's opening features the work of Hamid Kachmar. For images and info, see parishgallery.com
Metro Bus: The red Circulator Bus, any of the 30 line metro buses or the Georgetown Blue Bus

PAST: ART: Closing Reception for Solo Show of works by Anna U. Davis SAT, March 21st at Longview, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

If you missed the opening party, here is your chance to check out the closing party!

Closing Reception
Bull's Eye by Anna U. Davis
Saturday, March 21st
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Longview Gallery
1302 9th St, NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Square/ Convention Center

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Clarification for Art Whino Fans

For those of you who may be confused or concerned, Art Whino and Artery 717 are two separate galleries now. The space featured in the pic I posted is of the actual Artery space at 717 N St Asaph St, I think the funky red furniture might have moved when Art Whino created their own space at the new National Harbor. Unfortunately, that space is a bit trickier to get to without a car so I haven't been yet but I still post Art Whino events on this site and am always happy when they find spaces for special events in DC.

I am trying to include more pictures on my blog now to add some color and visual interest. Hope you are all enjoying it. Here is a link to learn more about Art Whino and a link to their blog as well.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

PAST: Author Jonah Lehrer talks about his book "How We Decide" THURS, March 19th at 7:00pm at NAS, Free, RSVP Required

I recently heard an interview with this author on NPR and was so intrigued, I even started reading the book, which explores how logic, biochemistry, instinct and emotion work in the decision making process. Author Jonah Lehrer will be giving a free talk on his new book, "How We Decide," at the National Academy of Sciences, 2100 C St, NW tomorrow night, Thursday, March 19th at 7:00pm. This event is Free but Reservations are Required. Please call 202-334-1517 to RSVP. Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU. Read the express write up here.

Special Link: To Listen to the NPR Interview, click here

PAST: POETRY EVENT: Reading and Open Mic at Sumner School this THURS, March 19th from 6:30p- 9:00pm, Free

Poetry Event: Intersections Downtown
"Where Art and Life Intersect"
Thursday, March 19, 2009
6:30pm - 9:00pm

Intersections Downtown is a monthly poetry reading series that explores the artistic influences of poetry through presentation and intensive discussion. The series concludes with an open mic session. The series is held every 3rd Thursday of the month. The event is free, donations appreciated. This month's feature will be Mitchell L.H. Douglas.

The Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives
1201 17th St NW (Corner of 17th and M St.)

PAST: ART OPENING: This SAT, March 21st on U St at the Hamiltionian, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Art Opening this Saturday, March 21st from 7:00pm -9:00pm on U St at the Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U St, NW, close to the corner of 14th St. Metro: U St.

PAST: Events at Busboys & Poets, SAT, March 21st - MON, March 23rd

Saturday, March 21st

4:00pm @ 5th & K - OPEN MIC: With a theme... GLU: Generations Leading Us Open Mic. Youth and elders can learn so much from each other. GLU is a monthly, youth focused open mic that is open to everyone. Each reading has a theme and a "youth" & "senior" feature poet/performer. Hosted by the ever cool Regie Cabico. Note: $3 admission.

5:00pm @ 14th & V
- Veterans For Peace Book Reading Searing raw-whisky poetry by military veterans from World War II to Iraq. Through poetry, prose and song, Post Traumatic Press 2007 tells the stories of veterans with direct experience of the military. Book proceeds to Veterans for Peace. Hosted by Melissa Tuckey. Sponsored by Split This Rock Poetry Festival, DC Poets Against The War, and Busboys and Poets.

11:00pm @ 5th & K - FILM: Focus In! Cinema for a Conscious Community and Shine a Light present film shorts from disadvantaged youth in Latin America.

Sunday, March 22nd

5:00pm @ 14th & V - FILM: Community Cinema screening of Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai.Taking Root, a film by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater, tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy-a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. Reservations Required: takingroot@communitycinema-dc.org or call 202-939-0794.

6:30pm @ 5th & K
- Ruins Authors, Achy Obejas and Robert Arellano will discuss and sign their respective novels relating to Cuba.

8:00pm @ 14th & V - FILM: Focus In! Cinema for a Conscious Community screening and discussion of Children of the Amazon. Children of the Amazon follows Brazilian filmmaker Denise Zmekhol as she travels a modern highway deep into the Amazon in search of the Indigenous Surui and Negarote children she photographed fifteen years ago. Part road movie, part time travel, her journey tells the story of what happened to life in the largest forest on Earth when a road was built straight through its heart. A discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Denise Zmekhol will follow the screening.

Monday, March 23rd

6:00pm @ 14th & V
- POETRY, PROSE & SONG from DC and Wales. Welsh writers Catrin Dafydd, Owen Sheers, Fflur Dafydd, Tom Anderson and Eurig Salisbury will be joined by some of the best of DC poets, Ethelbert Miller, Kyle Dargan and Fred Joiner.

6:00pm @ 5th & K - REPORT-BACK FROM GAZA: Join CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin, Col. Ann Wright, Gael Murphy and Pam Rasmussen, and Noura Erakat of the National Lawyer's Guild to hear the findings of their recent trips to Gaza. They will report back on their observations and experiences in Gaza, the messages of the women of Gaza to the American people, and what you, here in the United States, can do.

For a calendar of events, click here

U St for 14th & V location, Circulator Bus or Gallery Place or Mt Vernon Square Metro for 5th & K

PAST: ART OPENING: This FRI, March 20th at CAP 7:00 - 9:00pm, Free

Civilian Art Projects presents "Women's Work: Lynn Cazabon, Hadieh Shafie, Tory Wright" and "sometime yesterday, or maybe the day before" New Work by Noelle K. Tan. On view 'til April 24th. Opening reception: Friday, March 20th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street NW, Third Floor
Metro: Navy Archives or Gallery Place

PAST: ART OPENING: New Show this SAT, March 21st at Artery 7171 in Alexandria, VA! Free, 7:30pm - 11:00pm

The new show features over 150 new pieces from over 40 new artists, and a new sculpture. Click on the image below for complete view of the postcard with details or click here to be linked to the Artery 717 website.

PAST: Franklin Covey Planning Systems Giveaway this SAT, March 21st for those who are unemployed!

This info was just sent my way and I am excited to hear about this promo that Franklin Covey is offering this Saturday. I really like the Franklin Covey planning system and I actually use it myself so for those of you without work (which I was for much of last year) I encourage you to take advantage of this offer! If you have a job but know someone who doesn't, let them know. It really helps prioritize with the A,B,C 1,2,3... thing, and is very easy to use. Details are below:

This Saturday, March 21st, Franklin Covey stores are giving away free Franklin Covey planning systems to anyone who recently lost their jobs. They are invited to visit any Franklin Covey Store, provide some verifying information, and pick out their free planning system. There will also be Productivity Consultants on hand to help learn the planning system and offer any advice. The hope is to help people get organized for a job search. Having one place to track all information, contacts, appointments, job leads, and interview notes can make a job search less stressful.

Locally I know there is a store at Tyson's Corner Mall, which you can take a bus to I believe from West Falls Church Metro. Unfortunately, there aren't any locations in DC anymore. Please visit their website or Franklin Covey's main site for more information about their products. If you have questions about what counts as verifying information that you are unemployed, please call the Tyson's store at 703-442-7878.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

PAST: FILM FESTIVAL: DC Environmental Film Fest runs thru March 22nd

Complete details at: www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org

PAST: Annual Mayor's Arts Awards this MON, March 23rd at the KC, 6:00pm, Free

Finalists for the 24th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards demonstrate the wide range of talent the arts community offers in the District of Columbia. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the Mayor's Arts Awards on Monday, March 23, 2009 at 6:00pm in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The ceremony is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required. For a full list of the finalists this year and additional information on the Mayor’s Arts Awards or other DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities programs call (202) 724-5613 or visit http://newsroom.dc.gov/show.aspx/agency/dcarts/section/2/release/16305

PAST: Free Yoga all of March at Primal Fitness

Free Yoga Classes at Primal Fitness for the entire month of March! Primal Fitness, a new spot near the Convention Center now offers Yoga classes Monday through Thursdays, and on Saturday mornings, too! I haven't been there yet but the info was passed on by one of the instructors so I'm happy to get the word out.

Primal Fitness has just started a new yoga program, and they want you to try it out for the entire month of March for Free. Their instructors are certified yoga instructors who teach a wide variety of styles in one of the biggest yoga studio spaces in DC. The gym is metro-accessible (at 219 M St, NW - 5 blocks from the Mt Vernon Square/ Convention Center metro stop and also close to the new Busboys & Safeway at 5th & K).

To learn more, stop by or visit www.primal-fitness.com. After March, Yoga Classes are available by monthly membership ($120), a 10-class punch card ($120), or for a drop-in rate of $15/class.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

PAST: Last Chance: Arabesque Festival at the Kennedy Center, Now thru March 15th

While most of the shows require tickets, there are free performances every night at 6:00pm as part of the Millenium Stage program. There are also free installations and exhibitions throughout the Kennedy Center featuring art and fashion from the Arab World. The Festival is one that has been years in the making and encompasses many countries and explores the breath of culture that spans centuries and continents. The festival runs through March 15th. For complete information, visit: kennedy-center.org/arabesque

PAST: "Murals to Zora" at 14th & W St, NW Tonight, SAT, March 14th 9:00pm - Midnight and SUN 10:00am - 4:00pm

Mural Artists to Commemorate Zora Neale Hurston with Unique Installation tonight, Saturday, March 14th from 9:00pm - midnight at the future home of the restaurant, Eatonville 2121 14th St NW, at 14th & W St. Also open to the public Sunday, March 15, 2009 10:00am-4:00pm.

The artists will be creating individual murals in a vacant space which will soon be home to a new restaurant called Eatonville, which is inspired by Zora Neale Hurston, the most dynamic female writer of the Harlem Renaissance, and her home town of Eatonville.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

PAST: Happy Hour & Networking Event at Lotus Lounge Tomorrow, THURS, March 12th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Network for Your Job Search & Toast To Better Times on Thursday, March 12th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at "The Pink Slip Party" Networking Happy Hour Event hosted by Miss A at the Lotus Lounge, 1420 K St, NW. Metro: McPherson Square

PAST: "Art Under Fire" Muslim Film Festival ends tomorrow, March 12th, Free!

The festival will feature a chance to learn more about Muslim Artists and is being held at various Universities in the Metro Area. All events are Free and Open to the Public
RSVP to Bashir@aicongress.org or call 202-595-3160. For a full schedule of events, please visit: www.muslimfilm.org

PAST: Performance & Educational Event this SAT, March 14th 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Fundraiser $10 suggested

Global Justice Action Fundraiser this Saturday at 7:00pm at The Potters House in Adams Morgan featuring my friends Jessica Phille, who will be doing a blend of hip-hop and voice art about love and politics, and the hysterical Elizabeth Croydon whose antics will be sure to make you laugh out loud. Also have a chance to learn more about the IMF and The World Bank, how they work and concerns that the GJA has. There is a $10 suggested donation

Saturday, March 14th
7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Potter House
17th St NW & Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Best by 42 or S2, S4 bus
or metro to Woodley or Columbia Heights

PAST: All Events at Busboys DC locations THURS, March 12th - MON, March 16th

Thursday, March 12th

6:00pm at 14th & V, BOOK TALK: Ha-Joon Chang will sign and discuss his book, "Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism," a debate on globalization and economic justice. Sponsored by the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

7:00pm at 5th & K, BOOK TALK: Ziad Abbas speaking about Gaza and the Right of Return. A Palestinian refugee and journalist from Dheisheh Refugee Camp in the West Bank, he is the cofounder of the Ibdaa Cultural Center in Dheisheh where he has served as Executive Director since 1994.

Friday, March 13th

4:30pm at 5th & K, FILM: Screening of "All of Us" This timely feature documentary investigates the social factors that put African American women at the greatest risk for HIV/AIDS and exposes the common power struggle that women across boundaries of race, class and country, face every night in the bedroom. Presented by Metro TeenAIDS.

6:30pm at 14th & V, BOOK TALK:
David Lozell Martin will discuss and sign his most recent work, "Losing Everything: A Memoir". In his pursuit of stability, Martin uncovered lessons that might help others who have encountered loss. Deeply personal yet surprisingly universal, Martin's story is for anyone who has wandered astray.

11:00pm at 14th & V, POETRY SLAM: The 11th Hour Poetry Slam is held on the second Friday of each month at 11:00pm. There will be 2 rounds with the audience choosing a winner. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Admission is $5.

Saturday, March 14th

11:00pm at 5th & K, FILM: Focus In! Cinema for a conscious community presents a screening of Queen Latifah's "Life Support." Inspired by a true story, LIFE SUPPORT uses a mix of actors and real people from the HIV/AIDS community to tell the story of an HIV-positive Brooklyn woman named Ana (Queen Latifah), who channels her energy and regret over past drug addiction into working for Life Support, an AIDS outreach group.

Sunday, March 15th

4:00pm at 14th & V, OPEN MIC Poetry:
Sunday Kind of Love, featuring finalist for a Lambda Literary Award for 10 Tongues, Reginald Harris and Carolyn Joyner. Bring your own poems for the open mic! Hosted by Katy Richey and Melissa Tuckey.

8:00pm at 14th & V, FILM: Focus In! Cinema for a conscious community presents a screening of 'Darwins Nightmare'. Forty years ago the Nile Perch, a voracious predator, was introduced into the waters of Tanzania's Lake Victoria where it quickly extinguished the entire stock of native fish. Its ecological impact aside, the Nile Perch became highly prized for its tender, plump fillets, and now cargo planes land to export the lake's gourmet bounty. In their wake, they leave starving villagers to scrounge a meal out of the discarded fish heads and rotting carcasses.

Monday, March 16th

7:00pm at 14th & V, BOOK TALK: Local poet and author E. Ethelbert Miller will discuss and sign The Fifth Inning, the first publication of Busboys and Poets Press! It is one man's examination of personal relationships, depression, love and loss, a combination of baseball and the blues.

More at www.busboysandpoets.com

PAST: Tonight, WED, March 11th at Busboys & Poets: OPEN MIC at 5th & K, 8:00pm & CONCERT at 14th & V, 9:00pm

8:00pm at 5th & K - Open Mic! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week. Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear. List opens at 7:45 PM. Note: $3 admission.

9:00pm at 14th & V - Hump Day Groovez! Live musical performance featuring Danni Rosner(Pop/Alternative/Soul. Note: $10 Admission

Monday, March 9, 2009

PAST: POETRY: Lecture & Reading TUES, March 17th at GU, 5:30pm & 8:00pm, Free

Eileen Myles and Nalo Hopkinson
March 17th at Georgetown University
Free and Open to the Public

Seminar at 5:30pm, ICC Room 462
Reading at 8:00pm,Copley Formal Lounge

Eileen Myles is an award-winning poet, playwright and performing artist. Nalo Hopkinson is an award-winning science fiction and fantasty writer. Learn more info about the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at lannan.georgetown.edu

Metro: Dupont Circle take the free GU shuttle from Mass Ave at 20th or see www.wmata.com for best bus access from wherever you are coming from.

PAST: TALK: Dan Walsh on the Israel-Palestine Conflict THURS, March 19th, 6:30pm, Free

The Jerusalem Fund Gallery presents: "Answering Obama’s Call: An Open Conversation About The Palestinian-Zionist Conflict" with Dan Walsh. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. To register, click here.

Thursday, March 19th
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Dan Walsh is a graduate student at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. He was first introduced to the Palestine poster genre as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco in the mid-1970s, and has since acquired what many specialists believe to be the largest such archives in the world, containing approximately three thousand original posters. The "New Curriculum for the Palestinian-Zionist Conflict" is his masters' thesis project.

The Jerusalem Fund is located at 2425 Virginia Avenue, NW, on the bottom floor on the corner of what looks like an apt building. Directions and Parking Information here.

PAST: Storytelling Open Mic, Speakeasy DC, happens again this TUES, March 10th, 8:00pm, $10

Speakeasy DC's monthly Storyteller's Open Mic is back this Tuesday night! The theme this month is "Black Cats & Four-leaf Clovers: Stories about good and bad luck." Speakeasy DC happens every second Tuesday of the month and features 8-10 different interpretations of the theme as people tell original tales drawn from their own life experiences.

Tuesday, March 10th
Doors open 6:30pm
Show starts at 8:00pm
NOTE: Cover is $10

STATION 9 (formerly Cada Vez)
1438 U Street, NW
Full restaurant and bar
Metro: U St or you can take metro bus there: S2, S4 on 16th St, 52, 54 on 14th, or any of the 90's along U St

Sunday, March 8, 2009

PAST: ARTIST TALK: At CAP on SAT, March 14th at 4:00pm, Free

Civilian Art Projects presents solo exhibitions of new work by emerging American artists Seth Adelsberger (Baltimore, MD) and Christopher Sims (Durham, NC).

An Artist Talk is scheduled for the closing day, Saturday, March 14th. Seth Adelsberger at 4:00 pm and Christopher Sims at 4:45 pm. Amanda Maddox, co-curator of the Guantanamo Bay exhibition, will join the Q&A with Christopher Sims.This event is Free and refreshments will be provided.Seating limited so please RSVP to info@civilianartprojects.com

Civilian Art Projects
406 7th St, NW - Third Floor
Metro: Gallery Place or Navy Archives

PAST: "Sounds of Hope" Concerts for the month of March, every FRI eve at The Potter's House

"Sounds of Hope" happens every Friday night at The Potters House and is organized by my friend Mary Shapiro. Step back in time and experience and intimate, relaxed Friday eve in their wood paneled cafe that always makes me feel a bit more of my hippie vibe. If you haven't been yet, the next few weeks have some great shows featuring talent that I know first hand. All events are fund raising events and are donation based. Suggested donation is $15 and everyone is encouraged to give as you are able, even if that is just $5 or $10. The money goes to the organizations who are benefiting that evening. Doors at 7:00. The show usually starts at 8:00 and ends around 10:00 or so. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are available there at very affordable prices as well.

March has some great performances scheduled, see below:

March 13th - Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project, an organization founded by the lovely and talented Kristen Arant, aka Drumlady. This will be a Benefit and performance, sure to be energizing and inspiring. www.youngwomendrum.org

March 20th - Dance & Play with Binah Kaye & friends. Binah is an incredibly expressive and talented dancer and is really fun to play with! This should be a great night. Read more at www.osadance.blogspot.com

March 27th - Monthly Open Mic, every last Friday of the month. Poets & Musicians welcome. They even have a piano there and this is a FREE event. All donations and tips will benefit the soup program that Potter's House runs (free soup every M-F at 2:00 to those who are hungry).

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. Potter's House is located next to the new Shwarmaking at 1658 Columbia Rd.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

PAST: FILM: At the Embassy of Argentina FRI, March 13th & 27th at 6:30pm, Free

Below are the remaining films for the month of March. The films will be aired at the "INCAA/Héroes de Islas Malvinas" Auditorium at the Embassy of Argentina. The events are free of charge. Registration is required. Registration for each movie opens approximately 4 days before the day of screening by email the Cultural Section sends to those registered to receive announcements and news. If you haven't registered yet, we invite you to do so at www.embassyofargentina.us/registracion.

Friday, March 13th - 6:30pm
"Cartoneros" at the DC Environmental Film Festival.
Discussion with filmmaker Ernesto Livon-Grosman follows screening.
Registration will be online only and will open tuesday, march 10. Printed proof of registration is required to enter the Embassy. Seating is limited.

Friday, March 27th- 6:30pm
"The Disappeared" Producer/Director Peter Sanders, will be sharing his experience in the making of the film and will be answering attendees' questions after the screening. 96 min.

Embassy of Argentina
1600 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20009-2512
Ph (202) 238-6401

PAST: FILM: Hirshorn Films Events March 8th - May 14th, Free!

click on picture to view large image with details

PAST: Green Drinks DC Happy Hour at Urbana this TUES, March 10th 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Green Drinks DC Happy Hour!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Extended Happy Hour pricing until 9:00pm

Urbana - Hotel Palomar, A Kimpton Hotel
2121 P St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit

*Urbana offers organic food as well as organic wines by the glass (happy hour wines are organic).

*Other green operations practices include: recycling, use of soy based inks, use of recycled paper supplies, office pencils made from recycled newspaper. They are also beginning a filtered water program with reusable bottles for less waste & shipping.

*Kimpton has an Earth Care program that promotes green hotel practices and products. For details go to www.kimptonhotels.com/programs/earthcare.aspx

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

DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency Open Mic Night at Bossa!
This Monday, March 9th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
In Adams Morgan (next to Madame's Organ) - Upstairs

GPI is back at Bossa for their monthly open mic. Bossa is in the heart of Adams Morgan, 2463 18th St, NW close to Columbia Rd. More about GPI at: http://www.guerrillapoets.org/ More about Bossa at: www.bossaproject.com
Metro: Woodley Park or Dupont Circle, take the 42 Bus

PAST: BloomBars "Seed the Sound" Sunday Performance Series is back this SUN, March 8th, 7:30 pm - 9:00pm

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.

This Sunday, March 8th will feature legendary Delta bluesman Robert Lighthouse. Amadou Kouyate (kora) and Jabari (djembe) will also be back in the line-up – a performance you don’t want to miss. The show will start promptly at 7:30pm at end at 9:00pm. Please arrive early out of respect for the artists. This event is a fundraiser so please donate as you are able. www.robertlighthouse.com

Thursday, March 5, 2009

PAST: My boys from "Mother" rock out this SAT at The Velvet Lounge, 9:00pm, 21+ $8

Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 9:00pm - midnight
"Mother" plays at Velvet Lounge
915 U Street NW
Metro: U St

My good friends in the band Mother will be playing again this Saturday night, which is great news for those of you who missed their CD release party at Wonderland a few Wednesdays ago. They will be playing at the Velvet Lounge, opening for Five Four and Caverns. I hear that both of those bands are cool rock bands, so the show should be excellent. Doors open at 9:00pm and Mother is expected to hit the stage at 10:00pm. Note that there is an $8 cover and this is a 21+ event. There will likely be free CD's for those who come early to check out the show so hope you'll come out.

Check out their stuff at mother.bandcamp.com, on facebook and on myspace at http://www.myspace.com/motherdc

PAST: Dupont Galleries "First Friday" is happening this FRI, March 6th! Hillyer special event 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Galleries in Dupont Circle are open late on the first Friday of the month, I believe until 8:00. I can't seem to locate a working website for the event but if you walk along Conn Ave on both sides north of the circle between the Circle and Florida St and along R St between 20 and 21st you should be able to find most of them.

Also be sure to check out Hillyer Art Space if you can! This cool space is tucked away in the alley between the old and new buildings of the Phillips Collection on 21st. This unique gallery will be having a special event there on Friday featuring Music by DJ GOLD (my friend Alex) whose usual spots include The Fridge DC, Nublu NYC and Botanica Brooklyn. Check him out at: www.TheFridgeDC.com. Free refreshments to be provided. Donation of $5 is suggested.

Hillyer Art Space First Friday
Featuring "Squaring the Circle; Stretching the Clay", "La Vida Intensa" and DJ GOLD
Friday, March 6, 2009
6:00pm - 9:00pm
9 Hillyer Court, NW

PAST: Unique Jewelry Show this FRI and SAT featuring the work of my friend Todd of Coda Designs

My friend Todd, and his lovely muse Jennifer, of CODA Design Fine Jewelry will be displaying their newest works this Friday and Saturday. The necklaces featured in the show will feature precious and semi precious stones - including Rubies, Emeralds, Sapphires, Amethyst, Turquoise, Pearls, Jade, Corals, Amber, Citrine, Rose Quartz, Moonstones, Onyx and much more! I've seen Todd's work before and I must say that they are unique, bold, one of a kind pieces that I think of as wearable art. I hope you will stop by to check out their new 2009 Collection.

Coda Design Jewelry::2009 Spring Trunk Show

Friday, March 6th
12:00pm - 7:00pm

Saturday, March 7th
12:00pm - 5:00pm

At the Boutique Upstairs on 7th
555 12th street, NW (lobby)
On F St between F and E St, NW
Metro: Metro Center
On Etsy CODADesign.Etsy.com

PAST: Special event at Epiphany Church as part of Abraham Lincoln Bicentenial Celebration, SUN, March 8th, Free

The Church of the Epiphany presents "A Place of Healing" in conjunction with the celebration of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial. Free performances:

Sunday, March 8th at 4:00pm.

This dramatic presentation, written and performed by members of the congregation, traces Civil War Washington and the healing role this church played in the lives of many who surrounded President Lincoln as well as the community at large. The Church of the Epiphany is located at 1317 G Street, NW. Free parking with validation at PMI Garage next door, 1325 G St. Easily Metro accessible as well via Metro Center.

PAST: "Summer Camp" Events Continue at Transformer Gallery thru March 7th, Free

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: www.transformergallery.org

PAST: Special Theater Performace Tonight at BloomBars with Nia Orms, 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Bloom Theater presents a special evening with Nia Orms as she presents her one woman show, “Please Take a Number”

Thursday, March 5th
from 8:00pm - 9:00pm
3222 11th Street, NW
(next to Wonderland, close to Kenyon St)
Metro: Columbia Heights

Economic struggles meet comedy, the comedic self-help guru puts her audience on welfare and into “the system” as they wait for services. Ms. Orms seamlessly transforms into desperate and hilarious characters, captive in a New York City welfare office waiting for their number to be called. She hypnotizes the audience as each character reveals what they really hope to prove, which is that they are not just another number in the system.

Please visit www.NiaOrms.com to read more about the show, which is currently playing at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H St, NE. There was no mention of an admission in the invite I got. I believe this is a donation based event, as most BloomBars events are. Please contact info@blooombars.com if you have any questions.

PAST: ART OPENING at Smith Farm FRI, March 6th, 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Free

Opening Reception & Artist Dialogue
This Friday, March 6th
5:30pm - 8:00pm

"Observing Nature" features the paintings and sculptures of Charlottesville, VA artists Cynthia Burke, John Hughes, Cliff Satterthwaite, and Tom Tartaglino.

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
Smith Farm Center
1632 U Street NW

PAST: BOOK TALKS at Politics & Prose

Thursday, March 5th

7:00pm, Rashid Khalidi, in SOWING CRISIS, suggests that, to end the current tensions in the Middle East, we must better understand the Cold War-era U.S.-Soviet rivalries in which they originated.

Friday, March 6th

7:00pm, Jedediah Berry’s remarkable debut, THE MANUAL OF DETECTION, features a quiet, methodical detective’s clerk who is unexpectedly promoted.

Saturday, March 7th

1:00pm, Al Kilborne researched WOODLEY AND ITS RESIDENTS, the latest addition to the popular Arcadia series. Woodley House, built in 1809, now serves as part of Maret’s school campus.

6:00pm, David Plotz, editor-in-chief of Slate, shares in the GOOD BOOK "what happens when an ignorant person actually reads the book on which his religion is based."

Sunday, March 8th

5:00pm, Ivo Daalder and I.M. Destler look IN THE SHADOW OF THE OVAL OFFICE to examine relationships between presidents, from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush, and their fifteen national security advisors.

Monday, March 9th

7:00pm, In THE UNFORGIVING MINUTE, West Point grad, Rhodes Scholar, and Army Ranger Craig Mullaney details the realities and psychological effects of combat that he experienced as an infantry officer in Afghanistan.

Tuesday, March 10th

7:00pm, Bruce Jones, Carlos Pascual, and Stephen John Steadman recommend a conceptual foundation for global security of POWER AND RESPONSIBILITY that the U.S. can implement in collaboration with other world powers.

Wednesday, March 11th

10:30am, James Swanson’s thrilling adaption of Manhunt for young readers, CHASING LINCOLN’S KILLER, follows the conspirators and investigators though the aftermath of Lincoln’s assassination. Chock full of photographs, quotes, and other primary sources. Ages 10-14.

7:00pm, Philosopher and ethicist PETER SINGER offers THE LIFE YOU CAN SAVE, a seven-point plan for ending world poverty through personal philanthropy, local activism, and political awareness.

For the full March schedule, click

Politics & Prose
Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
(202) 364-1919
Best reached by car
Metro: Walk uphill from Van Ness or L2 bus
see www.wmata.com for best bus access

PAST: Free Chocolate Tasting Tonight at Biagio! THURS, March 5th

Free Chocolate Tasting tonight at Biagio
Thursday, March 5th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Downstairs at 1904 18th St, NW (near Florida Ave)


PAST: ART OPENING this FRI, March 6th at Moca in Georgetown, 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

Art Opening in Georgetown this Friday
March 6th from 6:00pm - 10:00pm
"Erotica 2009"
MOCA's annual erotic art show

6:00pm - Doors Open
Art on display throughout the gallery
Special appearance by Playboy Model Angelina Leigh

6:15pm - Make-up artist Bebe S. Bellamont as she prepares Playboy’s Angelina Leigh for a Playboy-style exhibition photoshoot. (pictures with her are available for purchase at 8:00pm)

7:00pm - Parade of Models (dressed for the occasion)

7:15pm - Exhibition Photoshoot with Playboy's Angelina Leigh! Enjoy this half hour Playboy-style photoshoot conducted by Jerry Harke with one of Playboy's top models.

8:00 pm - Body Painting Sessions! Watch Emanuela Marino get body painted. You won't believe your eyes!Watch Yuliya Pak, an expectant mother, get painted from head to toe!

Exhibit open until 10:00pm, possibly later. Artwork will be on display throughout the month of March.

MOCA DC Gallery
1054 31st St, NW (Canal Square)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

PAST: Literary & Film Events as part of the Arabesque Festival, Most are Free, March 5th - 15th

The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts has a wonderful lineup of extraordinary artists for the literary and film programs of the Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World Festival. Events will be held March 5-15 and include readings, panel discussions, and the Arab Arts and Culture Forum on March 12th. Most events are free but require tickets. For more information visit

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

PAST: Jazz and Poetry event at The Phillips Collection, THURS, March 5th, Free with Admission, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

"Poetic Voices: Jazz Harmonies"
Hosted by The Phillips Collection & The American Poetry Museum
Event is free with admission to the museum's permanent collection, which is by donation on Tuesday - Friday. The special exhibition admission is $12.

Thursday, March 5th
5:00pm - 8:30pm
The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street NW
Metro: Dupont Cirlce, Q St exit

Poets Brian Gilmore and Brandon Johnson will respond in verse to the sounds of a jazz trio lead by Marshall Keys, marrying poetry and music to create a dynamic new work of art. Hosted by Intersections own, Fred Joiner, the evening will also feature music from the Marshall Keys Trio as well as a gallery talk, " All By Myself-Morandi's Singular Style", which will explore how Georgio Morandi developed and adhered to his own style, though he lived during the advent of several important artistic movements in Italy.

More info: 202-249-0253


PAST: The Traveler's Circle meets again WED, March 4th from 6:30pm - 10:00pm

The Travelers Circle's next monthly meeting is tomorrow night! Come and go as you like, this is a casual group where you can hear or share stories from travels around the world. There is no admission to attend, food is available for purchase.

Wednesday, March 4th
6:30pm - 10:00pm
Mayur Kabab House
1108 K St., NW
Circulator Bus along K St to 11th
Metro to Metro Center

PAST: Live Green Happy Hour at the Warehouse WED, March 4th from 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Green Confessions
What's your eco-sin?
Hosted by Live Green
Wednesday, March 4th
6:00pm - 8:30pm
At The Warehouse
1021 7th St. NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Square/ Convention Center

Live Green, Zipcar and the Coalition for Smarter Growth are teaming up to bring you Eco-Confessions. Not only is there no cover charge, you actually will get a FREE $5 drink ticket if you are a Live Green member (bring your card). If you bring friends who join Live Green (still only $13), your friends also get FREE drink tickets, and YOU ALL GET $5 gift certificates to Java Green or Sticky Fingers! There will be snacks from Java Green and Sticky Fingers, DJ Jeffrey Platts spinning the tunes in the back, and a free raffle!

PAST: Artomatic Happy Hour WED, March 4th at the Science Club, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Artomatic Happy Hour, a change to mix and mingle with other artsy folks!
This Wednesday, March 4th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
At the Science Club
1136 19th St. NW
Metro: Farragut North

Artomatic Happy Hour happens the 1st Wednesday of every month. Artomatic 2009 will run from May 29 to July 6 + registration opens online Friday, March 27. More info about Science Club can be found at www.scienceclubdc.com.