Tuesday, April 28, 2009

PAST: ART & DANCE: This FRI, May 1st, Wood Engravings and Dance Preview at Smith Farm, 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Free

Art Opening will include Artist Dialogue and Dance Preview!

Wood Engravings by Rosemary Feit Covey
The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery:
Opening Reception Friday, May 1st
5:30pm - 8:00pm

In late 2008, five of Smith Farm Center's regular program participants took part in a series of creative workshops in company with artist Rosemary Feit Covey and choreographer Meisha Bosma. The goal was to explore issues of grief, loss and healing. The resulting stories, images and movements were the jumping off point for the artists to develop a full length dance performance and woodblock prints for this show. Please join us to see the results of this unique collaboration. The dance, Eternal Return, will be performed in it's entirety May 8th - 10th at The Source Theater. Learn more about the show here.

Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U St, NW
On view April 29 - June 27
Metro: U St or bus to 16 & U St
See metro's website for best access

For more information, visit www.smithfarm.com/gallery. To download the exhibition brochure, click here.

PAST: ART: Open Studio this WED, April 29th at Heineman Myers Gallery, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Alexandra Silverthorne Open Studio
Heineman Myers Gallery in Bethesda, MD
Wednesday, April 29th
6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Heineman Myers Gallery has offered space between shows for Alexandra Silverthorne to install two of the projects she has been working on as part of her first year in the Maine College of Art's MFA program. Both projects examine Space & Place in very different ways. Free and open to the public, refreshments provided.

Heineman Myers Gallery
4728 Hampden Lane
Metro: Bethesda, see link for map

PAST: BOOKS & POETRY this week at Busboys!

Tuesday, April 28th

6:00pm at 14th & V - BOOK TALK:
Chesa Boudin will discuss and sign "Gringo: Coming of Age in Latin America."

9:00pm at 14th & V - POETRY:
Busboys and Poetry Event! Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry *Wristbands for Tuesday night open mic are sold all day in the Bookstore beginning at 10AM until sold out. $4/person, Limit of 4 wristbands per person. Sorry, No Refunds

Thursday, April 30th

6:30pm at 5th & K - BOOK TALK:
Author, Nikki Giovanni will discuss and sign Bicycles: Love Poems and other works

View the full calendar at www.BusboysandPoets.com

PAST: ART: "First Friday" Galleries in Dupont Open Late this FRI, May 1st, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Art Galleries Open Late in Dupont Circle
First Fridays in Dupont this Friday, May 1st
6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

My suggestion is to start at WPA on Mass Ave between 20th & 21st to pick up a map of the area's galleries. They are a part of the First Fridays as well and will be having an artist talk tonight. They also happen to have this great recycled cardboard furniture which is functional, eco-friendly and great for small spaces (though not on sale, I do think it is super cool to check out). Most of the galleries in Dupont are clustered around 21st & R and along Connecticut Ave. There is a brief description here.

PAST: ART: Opening at Art Whino National Harbor Location this FRI, May 1st, 6:00pm - Midnight, Free

Art Whino Gallery Opening
"MAYDAY: Gloabl Politics"
Friday, May 1st
6:00pm - Midnight
National Harbor Location
173 Waterfront St
Oxon Hill, MD
More details on facebook invite

Monday, April 27, 2009

ONGOING: MEDITATION: New SUN Morning Class in Adams Morgan with my friend Vincent, 9:00am-10:00am, $8

Stretch and Meditate with my friend Vincent Hu
Every Sunday Morning
9:00am - 10:00am
Class costs $8

"Get Out of Your Mind: Yoga and Mantra Meditation"
In this 1-hour interactive, experiential, and fun class, we will guide students through various ancient breathing techniques, guided meditations, and mantras to reduce stress, de-clutter the mind, and calm the body. Class includes short yoga and stretching exercises to warm up for meditation. All levels welcome. No experience in meditation required.

Studio Serenity

2469 18th St, NW
18th & Columbia Rd in Adams Morgan
Metro: Circulator Bus from Woodley or Columbia Heights, or 42 bus from Dupont toward Mt Pleasant

PAST: ART OPENING: This FRI, May 1st seems to be a busy art night! This one is at Civilian, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Opening Reception at Civilian Art Projects

Friday, May 1st from 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Photo: The "Exorcist Stairs" on M St by the Key Bridge

This show features the work of two artists:

For this solo exhibition entitled "The M Street Project" photographer Ken D. Ashton traveled M Street, a central artery in the nation's capital, which starts at the Key Bridge and ends near the National Arboretum.

For All Night Flight, Erick Jackson has created over 60 color pencil drawings plus a large-scale drawing installation of imagery plucked from adolescence and psychic memory.

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

PAST: MUSIC: "Art for Humanity" Concert with Local Talent at Clarendon Grill WED, April 29th, 6:30pm - 11:00pm

ART FOR HUMANITY: Spring Fundraiser Concert & Art Exhibit featuring the music of Juliana Finch, KUKU, Flo Anito and Spoken Word Performer, Will Richey. I just saw Flo Anito this past weekend at BloomBars and picked up her cd. If you haven't seen her yet, hope you might come out on Wednesday. (KUKU, I hear you rock, will have to see you play sometime as well.)

To learn more about the organization Art for Humanity click here. I'm assuming this is a donation based event. If you want to contact the organization directly, call 703-684-4635 or e-mail info@artforhumanity.org.

Wednesday, April 29th
6:30pm - 11:00pm
Clarendon Grill
1101 N. Highland St.
Arlington, VA
Metro: Clarendon

PAST: POETRY: Special Reading with Two Local Poets! This WED, April 29th, Noon - 1:00pm, Free

Poets in the Think/Tank: A poetry reading featuring local poets E. Ethelbert Miller and Melissa Tuckey! This event is free and open to the public. Bring a brown bag lunch, if you like.

Wednesday, April 29th
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Institute for Policy Studies
1112 16th St, NW
Suite 600
Metro: Farragut North

PAST: BOOK TALK: THURS, April 30th at Barnes & Noble "The End of Overeating" 6:30pm, Free

Author event with David Kessler
Thursday April 30th at 6:30pm
"The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite"

Barnes and Noble, Downtown
555 12th St, NW (corner of E St)
Metro: Metro Center

PAST: CONCERT: Swedish Artist Salem Live this THURS, April 30th! 8:30pm, Donation based, RSVP Required

House of Sweden
2900 K Street NW
Georgetown Harbor
Washington DC, 20007
Suggested Donation $10
RSVP to rsvp-hos@foreign.ministry.se

ONGOING: ART: Special Exhibit "Hiroshima Children's Drawings" from 1948 on display for the first time at All Souls!

Hiroshima Children's Drawings: Gifts of Peace and Hope on view now at All Souls.
In 1948, inspired by the sermons of Rev. A. Powell Davies, children at All Souls collected school supplies to send to children in Hiroshima, Japan. In appreciation, the children in Hiroshima created original works of art in crayon, water color, pen, and calligraphic brush, which they sent back as gifts. Sixty years later, the church has had these precious creations restored. You are invited to view these drawings (high-quality reproductions) in Pierce Hall, where they will be exhibited through the middle of June.

All Souls Unitarian Church
16th & Harvard St
Metro: Columbia Heights
Bus, 16th St S2, S4 or new Circulator

PAST: BOOK TALK: At Reiters this THURS, April 30th, 6:30pm, Free

Thursday, April 30th at 6:30pm

Professors Benjamin I Page & Lawrence R. Jacobs, will discuss and sign copies of their new book, “Class War?: What Americans Really Think About Economic Inequality” Read more info here.

Reiter's Books
1990 K St, NW
(entrance on 20th St)
Metro: Farragut West

PAST: Now - May 3rd Lots of FREE DANCE Classes and Performances!

Too many to copy and paste here... please see the complete calendar here. Dance is the Answer 2009 Festival! Here's just one example:

Free Drop-In Classes!
April 27 - May 1, 2009
At The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
7117 Maple Avenue in Takoma Park, MD

Sunday, April 26, 2009

PAST: VDAY FILM at Busboys and Poets, SUN, 9:00pm, Free!

This Sunday at 9:00pm Film Screening of "VDAY: Until the Violence Stops" at Busboys 14th & V locatiojavascript:void(0)
Publish Postn. Free and open to all! More about the film: www.vday.org
Metro: U St or take the new McPherson Sq/Columbia Heights/Woodley Park Circulator Bus loop to 14th & U

PAST: MUSIC: "Seed the Sound Sunday" at BloomBars Tonight! 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Free

Tonight at BloomBars! Come enjoy the beautiful sounds of Courtney Dowe, Nila Kay, and Tom Breach. Free, donations appreciated. 7:30pm - 9:30pm, approximately. On 11th & Kenyon next door to Wonderland in Columbia Heights.

PAST: Shakespeare's Birthday Open House at The Folger TODAY from Noon-4:00, Free

See folger.edu for details! Noon-4:00 Sunday!
Folger Library, 201 E. Capitol SE
Metro: Capitol South

Friday, April 24, 2009

PAST: Mixology for Mom's to Be Book Signing and Party at Firefly this SAT, April 25th from Noon - 2:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

Learn more about how to make fancy drinks without the liquor! Kimpton’s Hotel Madera and Firefly will host a book-signing party with mixologist Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, author of “Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be.” There'll be hors d'oeuvres and liquor-less drinks, as well as tips on how to throw an alcohol free, kid friendly and pregnant mom-to-be parties! Bovis-Nelsen's new book offers 75 original drink recipes that are alcohol free for soon to be mom's or anyone!

Saturday, April 25th
Noon - 2:00pm
Free Book Signing Party
RSVP is Required as space is limited
To RSVP, Call 202.466.1306
or email: rsvp_dc@kimptonhotels.com

1310 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Between N and O Streets and 20th and 21st
Metro: Dupont Circle, South exit

PAST: Dance Festival! "Dance is the Answer" Lots of Free Workshops and Performances, April 23rd - May 3rd

"Dance is the Answer" offers many free dance workshops and performances!
April 23 - May 3rd
A complete schedule is available online here: Dance in the Answer

This Monday at noon you can check out the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange for a free performance at Harman Hall, 610 F Street, NW. Metro: Gallery Place, Arena exit

PAST: SAT, April 25th, Drums and Dancing at CAP, YWDEP Fundraiser, $10, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Civilian Art Projects proudly presents a benefit for the YOUNG WOMEN'S DRUMMING EMPOWERMENT PROJECT - a DC-based non-profit organization that strives to give rise to young women's voices through drumming, poetry, movement, song and performance.

This Saturday, April 25th
Civilian Art Projects Gallery
406 7th St, NW 3rd Floor
Metro: Gallery Place or Navy Archives

Drumming showcase by the young women of YWDEP...
DJ, Drinks, Appetizers and a Community Drum Circle!
Tickets: $10 (minimum donation $10) Purchase online

YWDEP enrolls young women ages 13-18 from DC and surrounding areas into its 8 week Summer Enrichment Program, where they work and in small groups with talented, professional DC artists to develop their drumming, writing, speaking, singing and performance skills. Learn more about YWDEP and my friend Kristen here.

PAST: Celebrate JAZZ Appreciation Month at the NMAH on April 26th

Danilo Perez and his Trio: Conversation and Performance
Sun, April 26th at 3:00pm
Connect with Panamanian pianist and composer in an on-stage interview, followed by a jazz performance together with Ben Street, bassist, and Adam Cruz, drummer.

Event will be held at the National Museum of American History. For complete details, click here.

PAST: Book Talks at Politics & Prose

For the full schedule of events at Politics & Prose, click here.

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

Thursday, April 23, 2009

PAST: New Organization Working to End Violence Against Women, "Man Up" Meet and Greet Tonight! THURS, April 23rd 6:00pm - 9:00pm

You are invited to learn more about Man Up at this Meet & Greet! Campaign to End Violence Against Women. This new organization will focus on men and boys working to stop violence against women around the world through international outreach. Learn more about Man Up at this event!

Tonight, Thursday, April 24th
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Your donations are welcome. Hosted by John Chambers of BloomBars. Click here to see the facebook invite with complete info and location details.

PAST: Lost your job? Franklin Covey is giving away free planners this FRI & SAT in Tyson's Corner, VA

Lost Your Job? Get a Free Franklin Planner this weekend! FranklinCovey feels your pain in these tough economic times. that’s why, for two days only,they are giving anyone who recently lost their job a leg up with one free January 2009 Franklin Planner*.

Friday, April 24th & Saturday, April 25th
At the Franklin Covey store nearest you, which would be in Tyson's Corner, VA

Why: Planning and being organized are integral to getting back on your feet, and a planner gives you a central place to track job leads, contacts, appointments, and interview notes. A planner also decreases stress and helps you be more productive by giving you focus, direction, and a sense of purpose in your daily decisions.

Limited to select January 2009 planners while supplies last. Free product may not be returned for credit or refund. You will also receive a Free ring-bound binder or wire-bound cover (select models only) or a 20% discount on any binder or cover. *simply provide the name of your last employer and the layoff date. one planner and binder/cover per person.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

PAST:: Fashion Photography Exhibit from the 1960's On View Now thru April 30th at Betsey Johnson in Georgetown

Photography show featuring late DC photographer Fred Maroon is now on view at Betsey Johnson in Georgetown (the boutique is actually in the building still owned by the Maroon family and where Mr. Maroon used to live).

Maroon's exhibition features photographs taken in the late 1960's of western fashion in eastern locals such as Mongolia, Japan, Russia and Afghanistan - all unexplored territories at the time. The show leaves April 30th.

Betsey Johnson, Georgetown
1319 Wisconsin Ave, NW, just north of M St.
Metro: You can take any of the 30 buses or The Circulator or the blue Georgetown Shuttle from Rosslyn or Dupont. See www.wmata.com for the best options.

I just got this note today, April 22nd:

Betsey Johnson Georgetown MOVED from Wisconsin Ave to:

3029 M Street
Washington DC 20007

Come see our beautiful new store, we have a secret garden behind the store!
Betsey Johnson Georgetown

PAST: TALK on Holistic Beauty on a Budget with my friend Honi Borden of Holeco at at LuluLemon this SAT, April 25th at 4:00pm, Free

"Mindful Holistic Beauty on a Budget"
with my friend Honi Borden of Holeco
Saturday, April 25th
4:00pm-5:00pm, Free

LuluLemon Athletica Georgetown
3265 M Street NW
To see more details and RSVP click here.

PAST: BOOK TALKS at Reiter's this WED & THURS, April 22nd & 23rd, Free

Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30pm
Scott Mitic “Stopping Identity Theft: 10 Easy Steps to Security”

Respected identity theft expert and founder and CEO of TrustedID, Scott Mitic lays out simple, action-oriented
 protection plans for limiting the vulnerability of your personal 
information in any risky situation in his book. Mitic explains how to spot scammers, the latest techniques thieves are using to scam you, why old-fashioned checks are risky, and

 how to protect your identity while you travel. Recently partnered with Suze Orman to produce an 
Identity Theft Kit, Mitic is a Georgetown University graduate and former VP of Sales & Business Development at Fair Isaac's
 consumer division, myFICO. Do not miss the opportunity to learn first-hand how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the expert himself.

Thursday, April 23rd at 6:30pm
David P. Calleo “Follies of Power”

“Follies of Power,” a provocative new approach to American foreign policy that draws on Calleo's deep knowledge of American, European and global history. Currently a professor at The Johns Hopkins University, Calleo previously taught at Brown and Yale and was also a visiting professor at Columbia. In addition, he has also held the position of Consultant to the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs.

Reiter's is at the corner of 20th and K St, NW

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

PAST: Highlighted Free Events from CraftWeek DC!

CraftWeek DC runs from Wed - Sunday, April 22nd - 26th. Below are highlighted events which I have selected, all are Free or donation based which will be noted and are listed in chronological order.

From The Washington Post Article "A Window on Fine Craft"

WEDNESDAY, April 22nd
A New and Native Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene
Open 10:00am - 5:30pm

One hundred years ago, the architecture and design team of brothers Charles and Henry Greene was known for some of the most beautiful homes and wood-rich furniture and home furnishings in the American Arts and Crafts movement. What better way to kick off CraftWeek, according to Tate, than with a little historical context at this Renwick Gallery show, on view through June 7?

Renwick Gallery
17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Metro: Farragut West

WEDNESDAY eve, April 22nd
Art vs. Craft Tug of War and Panel Discussion
5:30pm - 7:30pm

What's craft? What's art? And what,if anything, is the difference? As they say, it's complicated. Panelists including artist Steve Frost, whose fine art features embroidery, and ceramic gallery owner Rebecca Cross face off in this exploration of the raging debate. Afterward, audience members and panelists will take the fight outside, for a tongue-in-cheek tug of war in Dupont Circle between teams representing the two disciplines.

Washington Project for the Arts
2023 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

THURSDAY, April 23rd
Korean Contemporary Metal and Art Jewelry
9:00am - 5:30pm

It's only on view through April 24, so don't miss what Tate calls an "amazing" collection of contemporary metal necklaces, rings, brooches, tea sets, decorative containers, office instruments and desk sculptures by 78 Korean and 14 Korean American artists.

Embassy of Republic of Korea
2370 Massachusetts Ave, NW

THURSDAY eve, April 23rd
Georgetown Gallery Crawl
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Catch what local glass artist Tim Tate calls "world class" examples of world class glass, jewelery and clay art here in DC a trifecta of Georgetown gallery openings.

Maureen Littleton Gallery (glass)
1667 Wisconsin Ave, NW

Jewelers' Werk Galerie (jewelry)
3319 Cady's Alley, NW

Cross MacKenzie Ceramic Arts (clay)
1054 31st St, NW

FRIDAY, April 24th
Love Calls Us to the Things of This World
11:00am - 6:00pm

Irvine Contemporary Gallery owner Martin Irvine calls Shawne Major's exhibition of found-object tapestries, featuring fabric scraps, beads and other detritus (on view through May 16) "over-the-top." Looking at pictures of the New Orleans-based artist's work, Tate says it looks as if Larry Fuente's "Game Fish" -- a favorite Renwick Gallery sculpture in the shape of a sailfish made of old toys -- had "mated with a quilt."

Irvine Contemporary Gallery
1412 14th St NW, close to P St
Metro: Walk from Dupont or
New Circulator Route will take you there

FRIDAY, April 24th
Open Studios and Demonstrations
10:00am - noon

This event takes place at what Tate calls the "ground zero" of the regional craft scene: a dense cluster of workshops in and around Mount Rainier and Hyattsville. In addition to Tate's own Washington Glass School, you'll find Blue Fire Studio, DC Glassworks and Sculpture Studios, Flux Studios and Red Dirt Studio, where artists will be offering behind-the-scenes looks at their creative processes.

Artists of Studio 4903 will also have some of their work on view at Flux Studios in Mount Rainier at 3708 Wells Ave as part of the open studio event.

Gateway Arts Community
Mount Rainier and Hyattsville
Individual addresses on the CraftWeek DC website.

FRIDAY,April 24th
Artists of Studio 4903
4:00pm - 9:00pm

4903 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Second floor
Metro: Friendship Heights

FRIDAY, April 24th
Torpedo Factory Gallery Crawl
Open daily from 10:00am - 6:00pm
Individual gallery hours vary

Visit three craft shows under one roof at the Torpedo Factory Art Center: "Reclaimed" (Target Gallery) features art made from everyday objects; "Flowers and Showers" (Enamellists Gallery) celebrates cloisonne and other metal-enameling techniques; and "Going Green" (Scope Gallery) spotlights green-glazed ceramics. You'll walk in knowing nothing, Tate says, "and come out with knowledge." Not to mention, maybe, a full shopping bag.

Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St, Alexandria, VA
Metro: King St, free shuttle
or walk left on King toward the water

SATURDAY, April 25th
My Life in Craft
10:30am - 12:30pm

Every two years, the James Renwick Alliance honors five American "Masters of the Medium" in each of the traditional craft disciplines. At this panel discussion, the 2009 honorees will talk about their art. Even novices, says Tate, "might as well hear about the top-of-the-line."

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture
Eighth and F streets, NW
Metro: Gallery Place

SATURDAY, April 25th
Artists of Studio 4903
11:00am - 5:00pm

4903 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Second floor
Metro: Friendship Heights

SATURDAY, April 25th
Constructed Color: Amish Quilts
At The Textile Museum
Open 10:00am - 5:00pm
Suggested donation of $5

"If you like Gee's Bend, you like this," says Tate, referring to the rural Alabama community known for its hugely popular quilts, whose designs have been often compared to abstract painting. This Textile Museum showcase, on view through Sept. 6, features works from Pennsylvania's Lancaster County, with a similarly modernist look.

Textile Museum
2320 S St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

No free events listed for SUN, April 26th

PAST: Free Concert with Vocalist Karin Paludan-Sorey this WED, April 22nd at Noon

Tomorrow’s Happenings at the Harman features singing sensation Karin Paludan-Sorey. Free performances every Wednesday from Noon-12:50!

Harman Hall, 610 F Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Place Arena exit, across the street to the left

PAST: POETRY & JAZZ! Po' Jazz Performance at Potter's House this FRI, April 24th, 8:00pm, Donation based

I hope that you might stop by to see Golda perform. She is in from NYC and is a friend of mine. I met her when taking her workshop last year at The Potter's House (this Sat from 11-2 as well if you are interested, email me) and she has invited me to also be a guest performer so I will have a chance to share my art with you if you come out! This is sure to be a great show. Don't let the donation cost scare you off. Suggested donation is $15+ please give what you are able. It'd be great to have a good turn out for the show. It is also a benefit for the Beacon House.

Complete details for the workshop on Saturday can also be found on the facebook invite here.

PAST: MUSIC: Levine School's Marlin-Engel Solo Competition, SUN, April 26th at Noon, Free

Levine Presents Performance Series
Marlin-Engel Solo Competition
Sunday, April 26th at noon
Free performance open to the public

Exceptional students from Levine’s student body will compete in separate piano and instrumental competitions, with each divided into junior, intermediate and senior divisions. Audrey Andrist, Ivo Kalchev Glenn Quader, Kevin Vigil and Carolyn Anderson will judge the competition. All first place winners will perform on June 7 at 4 pm as part of the Waterford Concert Series at Lucketts Community Center in Leesburg, Virginia.

Levine School of Music NW DC Campus
Jane Lang & Kunen Recital Halls
2801 Upton Street, NW
Metro: Van Ness UDC, walkable from there

For more information, visit www.levineschool.org

PAST: FILM : Women's Film Festival & Fund Raiser this THURS, April 23rd for TSF & The Breat Cancer Fund, Note: $20

I usually don't post events that cost more than ten bucks but sometimes I post things that support causes I believe in so I make exceptions for fund raising events. This is one of those cases. If you are able to spend some money, enjoy short films and enjoy support women's art, women's voices and women's causes, here is a great reason to spend twenty bucks!

LunaFest features short films by, for and about women. A list of this year’s films and more information is at lunafest.org. LUNAFEST was established in 2000 by Luna, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, to simultaneously promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women’s issues, and support worthy women’s nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. 100% of proceeds from the DC LunaFest will benefit TSF and the Breast Cancer Fund.

Tranquil Space Foundation is proud to host the 2009 LUNAFEST in Washington, DC April 23rd from 7:00-9:00 pm at Steptoe & Johnson’s Dupont Circle location (1330 Connecticut Ave, NW). Tickets are $20, available online. See link for info. http://www.tranquilspacefoundation.org/lunafest/

PAST: Two Free Chocolate Tastings this week at Biagio! WED & THURS eve!

Divine Chocolate Tasting
Wednesday, April 22 | 6:30pm-8:30pm
Celebrate Earth Day with Divine Chocolate! Samples of Divine will be available. Meet Farmer Comfort Kumeah from Ghana,a member of Kuapa Kokoo cocoa growers' cooperative.

Taza Chocolate Tasting
Thursday, April 23 | 6:30pm-8:30pm
Complimentary chocolate tasting hosted by Nathan Garber,
local rep for Taza Chocolate of Sommerville, MA

Taza chocolate Taza Chocolate crafts small batch, bean-to-bar chocolate and is proud to be the only producers of 100% stone ground, organic chocolate in the US. They make chocolate that is good to eat, clean for the planet, and fair to farmers. They will have sample bars for tasting with 60%, 70%, 80% cacao, as well as flavors from the Chocolate Mexicano line including: cinnamon, vanilla, almond and guajillo chile. (yummy! I am so there!) A secret item will also make its premier at the sample table.

Biagio is 1904 18th St, NW, down some stairs
Across from Lauriol Plaza south of Florida & 18th
To learn more and to sign up for Biagio's e-mail list visit: www.biagiochocolate.com

Metro: Dupont Circle and walk or take a metro bus

PAST: Celebrate Mother Earth and Free Ice Cream from Ben & Jerry's! TODAY is free cone day, Yay!

Free cone day TODAY, Tuesday, April 21st at Ben & Jerry’s! Around the world, Scoop Shops are opening their doors from noon to 8:00 pm, to serve up a free scoop of your favorite flavor. Please check with your local Scoop Shop for more info! Here's the link!

Those smart planet loving ice cream making men always give ice cream away right around Earth Day! As if their ice cream was not reason enough alone to love them! I usually go to the one at Dupont Circle South just past the cosi on 19th St. Expect a bit of a line when you get there. It moves pretty quickly. Metro: Dupont Circle, South exit

Monday, April 20, 2009

PAST: ART: Special Offsite CAP Show THURS, April 23rd, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Civilian Art Projects hosts an offsite exhibition with works by Noelle K.Tan and Laurel Lukaszewski

Opening Reception and Artist Talk:
Thursday, April 23rd
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Boston Properties
505 9TH St, NW Lobby
Metro: Gallery Place or Navy Archives

More about Civilian Art Projects here.

PAST: STORE LAUNCH Party at new Guess Store on F St next THURS, April 30th, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Free, RSVP Required

Guess Store Launch for new store at F St, NW + Teen Vogue Event! Join DJ Adrian Loving and SINPR in welcoming Guess to Downtown DC.

Next Thursday, April 30th
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Guess Store F Street
1155 F Street, NW
Metro: Metro Center
RSVP by 4/28 rsvp@teenvogue.com

Help welcome Guess to the Downtown Scene. Teen Vogue / SINPR and DJ Adrian Loving create the vibe for the night. In support of Fashion Fights Poverty... After party for 21+ at Marvin, 2007 14th St, NW from 10pm-Close. DJ Adrian Loving on the mix. Free. Metro: U St or take the new Circulator bus to 14th & U St (See previous transit post for route info and links)

PAST: CraftWeek DC this WED, April 22nd - SUN, April 26th

Here is the link to CraftWeek DC for more info!

CraftWeek DC will be running Wednesday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 26th. "CraftWeek DC will attempt to place the jewel that is the Smithsonian Craft Show in a setting that includes a host of satellite craft exhibitions at area galleries, open studios, artist demonstrations, parties and educational programming. Events take place in Maryland, Virginia and the District, and most are open to the public. The offerings run the gamut, from the silly to the scholarly, with stuff to listen to, to look at and, of course, to buy." Excerpted from article in The Washington Post. For more information, you can read the full article here!

PAST: Unique Art Show at Loft Space this THURS, April 23rd, 6:30pm - 10:00pm

The Art Registry at The Providence 11th Street Lofts
Thursday, April 23rd
1515 11th St, NW

There will be a unique art show that will be a collaboration with Willco Residential, Urbanpace and The Pink Line Project and will be held in two gorgeous tri-plex lofts and a one bedroom. Various mediums will be on display. Artists will include: Eve Hennessa, Decoy, Susan Noyes, Mary Ott, Cory Oberndorfer, Andres Tremols, and Colin Winterbottom.

PAST: ART: DCCAH seeks Community Input on New Art Installation in Adams Morgan at 18th & Columbia, Meeting this TUES, April 21st, 6:00pm - 8:0

DC Creates Public Art invites the Adams Morgan Community to an Open House to view three different renderings of public art installations for the plaza at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road, NW. We would like the community to participate and share their thoughts on the three public art designs. One will be selected for permanent installation in the plaza. For more information contact Deirdre Ehlen at deirdre.ehlen@dc.gov or 202.724.5613

Tuesday, April 21st
6:00pm to 8:00pm
First Church of Christ Scientist
1782 Columbia Rd, NW
(at intersection of Columbia, Euclid and Champlain).
In the basement, entrance on Champlain.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

PAST: Artists Happy Hour this TUES, April 21st with WPA & WSG at The Warehouse, 6:00pm- 8:30pm

The Washington Project for the Arts and The Washington Sculptors Group are having a joint Happy Hour social mixer on Tuesday, April 21st at the Warehouse Cafe. All artsy types interested in schmoozing with other artsy types are welcome. If you are an artist or sculptor, even better!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
6:00pm - 8:30pm

Warehouse Cafe
1021 7th Street NW

Metro: Mt Vernon Sq Convention Ctr

Washington Project for the Arts

Washington Sculptors Group

PAST: FILMFEST DC April 16th - April 26th, $10

The 23rd Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival begins this Thursday, April 16th and runs through April 26th. Tickets are $10 per film. Festival locations are throughout the city. See www.filmfestdc.org for a complete schedule of films and event details or call 202-234-FILM.

Friday, April 17, 2009

PAST: POETRY: "In Your Ear: Avant Garde Poetry" monthly event at DCAC 3:00pm, $3

A monthly poetry event held on the third Sunday of the month at the DCAC. For info on the readers, visit www.dcpoetry.com. More about the DCAC here. $3, Free for DCAC members.

DCAC is located in Adams Morgan at 2438 18th St, NW
Metro: Woodley Park or new Circulator bus to Adams Mill Rd.

OF NOTE: Educator Appreciation Week at Barnes and Noble April 18th - 26th

Discounts for all educators and school librarians grades Pre-K - 12. See bn.com for more info.

PAST: Exhibit on View at National Geographic Museum , Free

National Geographic is another great museum in this city offering free exhibits.

"Lions & Leopards, The Work of Dereck and Beverly Joubert"
On view now through October 4, 2009

National Geographic Explorers Dereck and Beverly Joubert have spent over two decades documenting the lives of lions and leopards. Living in a tent or out of a survey vehicle, they spend months at a time in the field following and observing these top predators. Stunning footage and intimate fine art prints offer a compelling and poetic case for stewardship of these threatened species. Complete details here.

National Geographic
1145 17th Street NW
Metro: Farragut North or West

PAST: ARTIST TALK this SAT, April 18th with "Women's Work" Artists at CAP, 4:00pm, Free

This Saturday, April 18th at 4:00pm
Civilian Art Projects presents
Artist Talk with Women's Work Artists
Lynn Cazabon, Hadieh Shafie and Tory Wright
Free, Refreshments Provided
Exhibit on view through April 24th

Save the Date for these CAP events:

Thursday, April 23rd - Offsite opening for work by Noelle K. Tan at Boston Properties (details tbd)

Saturday, April 25th, 7-10pm - Drumming with Young Women Drummers (YWDEP) at Civilian

Civilian Art Projects
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat, Noon-6:00pm
406 7th Street NW, Third Floor

Metro: Navy Archives or Gallery Place

PAST: BOOK TALK this SAT, April 18th at NMAI, 2:00pm, Free

This Saturday, April 18th at 2:00pm at the National Museum of the American Indian, Book Talk with Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche)as part of the Vine Deloria, Jr. Native Writers Series. This is a free event. A book signing will follow.

Leading cultural critic Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche) will discuss and read from his new book, "Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong" (University of Minnesota Press, April 2009), a highly entertaining and, at times, searing critique of the deeply disputed role of American Indians in the United States. He is an associate curator at NMAI and the co-author with Robert Warrior of Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee.

National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater
4th St & Independence Ave, SW
Metro: L’Enfant Plaza

PAST: BOOK TALKS: April 17th - 22nd at Politics and Prose

Events at Politics and Prose Bookstore
Friday, April 17th - Wednesday, April 22nd
For complete info, click here.

Friday, April 17th
7:00pm Jim Lehrer, Oh, Johnny

Saturday, April 18th
1:00pm Tom Diemer, Fighting The Unbeatable Foe
3:00pm Norman Scribner, Mahler: Symphony No. 8
6:00pm Alison Buckholtz, Standing By

Sunday, April 19th
1:00pm Barbara Graham, Eye Of My Heart with Marita Golden, Kate Lehrer, Susan Shreve, and Linda Pastan
5:00pm Thomas Buergenthal, A Lucky Child

Monday, April 20th
7:00pm Adina Hoffman, My Happiness Bears No Relation To Happiness

Tuesday, April 21st
7:00pm Michelle Goldberg, The Means Of Reproduction

Wednesday, April 22nd
7:00pm Donna Leon, About Face

Politics and Prose is located at 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW and is best reached by car or the L2 bus, closest metro is Van Ness.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

PAST: MUSIC: Spring Recital Fundraiser with Soprano and Pianist this SUN, April 19th in Betheda, 5:00pm, Donation based

"Spring Recital" Amico Artists first musical event
Sunday, April 19th at 5:00pm
Featuring soprano Beth Rubens and pianist Gillian Cookson

The Ratner Museum, at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd & Lone Oak Dr in Bethesda, MD. For metro access, see www.wmata.com

Donation based. This is a fund raiser. Proceeds go to the Avon Breast Cancer Walk for the musiKids Team in memory of Lisa Flaxman. Suggested donation is $25 but feel free to give as you are able. Learn more about Amico Artists here.

PAST: POETRY: This SUN at Busboys "Sunday Kind of Love" featuring Naomi Ayala, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Free

"Sunday Kind of Love" features local poet Naomi Ayala at Busboys and Poets 14th & V St location from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. This is a monthly free event.

Celebrate Naomi Ayala's new book of poems "This Side of Early" (March 2009 by Curbstone Press). A Native of Puerto Rico, Ayala now resides in DC, where she works as a full-time writer and editor for a communications company that specializes in the field of public health. She also teaches at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD. Recipient of numerous awards for her work, Ayala's poetry regularly appears in noteworthy anthologies and journals. Her third book of poems is scheduled for release by Bilingual Review Press.

Metro: U St
See Busboys full calendar here.

PAST: ART OPENING: This SAT, April 18th, Art Whino presents "Inked Souls" in Crystal City, VA 6:00pm - Midnight, Free

Art Whino Opening
"Inked Souls 2009"

Saturday, April 18th
6:00pm – Midnight
In Crystal City
Free and open to the public

Art Whino is teaming up with the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) and Tagür sneaker company to bring you an incredible exhibition of one-of-a-kind, customized sneakers, paintings, and photography. Each artist will feature one pair of customized AKA Blank Tagür sneakers along with a painting. Four photographers will be featured whose subject matter rangers from 80's Breakers to customized semi trucks. Music by Black Cats Resident DJ Lil'e and special live performances by Big Benz from TTM Entertainment, Break dancers from The Document and LA DJ Heavy Grinder. The exhibit runs through May 9th. Gallery Hours: Fri 4pm-8pm, Sat Noon-6pm

Location: 2450 Crystal Drive in Arlington, VA
12,000sq ft Space in Crystal City!
Metro: 2 minute walk from Crystal City

PAST: ART Event THURS, April 16th at WPAS in Dupont Circle, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

I just found out about Coup D'Esapce tonight!
Featuring Tom Block and his Secret Garden Installation

Thursday, April 16th
5:30pm - 7:30pm

At the Headquarters of the
Washington Project for the Arts
2023 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

PAST: ART Opening this FRI, April 17th in Georgetown, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Opening for Australian artist Hiromi Ashlin, featuring her oragami style artwork

This Friday, April 17th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
L'Eclat de Verre
Cady's Alley in Georgetown
3336 M St, NW

Metro: From Metro, take any 30 line bus or the Circulator to Wisconsin and M St. See www.wmata.com for trip planner

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

PAST: Green Drinks DC Happy Hour at Current TUES, April 14th 6:30pm - 9:30pm

The Next Green Drinks DC Happy Hour
Tuesday, April 14th
6:30 - 9:30pm
At Current, 1215 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle south or Farragut North
To stay up to date on future happy hours, search "GreenDrinksDC" on facebook

PAST: Launch party at West Elm TUES, April 14th with my friend Adrian DJing 6:30pm - 8:30pm

I just found out through facebook that my friend Adrian Loving, of Dissident Display, is DJ'ing at this event tonight at the West Elm store downtown!

"Lets Talk Live Launch Party @ West Elm"
Hosted by DC Modern Luxury
Tonight, Tuesday, April 14th
6:30pm - 8:30pm

DC magazine, News Channel 8 and West Elm invite you to celebrate the launch of Let's Talk Live. Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeurves and more. Meet and mingle with Let's Talk Live hosts Natasha Barrett and Doug McKelway and DC magazine Edotor-in-Chief Karen Sommer Shalett while checking out the urban coolness at west elm.

The original invite says that you are supposed to RSVP by April 10th but you can say that you found out about it today and I imagine it should be fine. You can email them to check if you like as well: rsvpdc@modernluxury.com

West Elm's DC Store
1020 G Street, NW
Metro: Metro Center

Monday, April 13, 2009

PAST: PLAY: Last Chance to see Taffety Punk's "Faithkiller" this weekend, $10

Last chance to see the Premiere of Taffety Punk's "The Faithkiller" featuring local talent, Kimberly Gilbert. The final evening performances are Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 7:30pm. There is a also a 2:00pm show on Saturday. Show ends on Saturday. $10 ticket charge, available online at www.taffetypunk.com

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street SE
Metro: Eastern Market, short walk

Synopsis: When an ambitious young network tv producer resurrects a 1940s-era radio program and recasts its central character as an atheist superhero, conflicts over the nature of faith and the power of belief erupt across lines of family, politics, and culture. The Faithkiller is a parable for an age in which old-time religion collides head-on with the New Atheism… and neither side comes away unscathed.

PAST: MUSIC: Local Bands Mother & Justin Jones play this FRI, April 17th at Rock N Roll Hotel, 9:30pm, $10

This Friday, April 17th at the Rock N Roll Hotel is sure to be a fun eve of local rock and roll with Justin Jones headlining and my friends in Mother opening along with The Jackfields. Doors open at 8:30pm, Show starts at 9:30pm and costs $10. More info online here. You can check out the bands on myspace: Justin Jones, Mother, The Jackfields

Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown and take the X2 Bus or the free H St Shuttle. For details on the shuttle bus, please click here. The Rock N Roll Hotel is located at 1353 H Street, NE.

PAST: Free Cinnabon Bites on Tax Day, WED, April 15th, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Though I personally am not a big fan of the sticky bun, I know some of you may be so I wanted to let you know that Cinnabon is also offering a give away on tax day. Free Cinnabon bites will be given away on April 15th from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. While supplies last. Not available at airports or travel plazas. Valid at participating US mall-based bakeries. Visit Cinnabon online to find a location near you.

PAST: Free Ice Cream on Tax Day! Stop by MaggieMoo's on WED, April 15th

MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream is giving away one single-scoop of ice cream on April 15, 2009 in honor of Tax Day. The “ice cream social” will take place throughout the day nationwide at participating locations (when they say this, I am always inclined to call first to see if the store near me is one of those "participating locations.") More about MaggieMoo's here. There are some in VA I believe, below are the ones in DC:

U St, The Ellington, 1301 U St, NW - 202-234-7700

Adams Morgan, at Belmont, 2324 18th St, NW - 202-232-0676

Downtown, 11th & E St, NW - 202-347-8085

PAST: THURS, April 16th at Strathmore join the "Community Sing" with Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, 7:00pm, $5

This "campfire sing along" style of singing is hosted by one of the most talented female vocalists I've had the privilege to hear... with a four octave range and a passion for her art, Ysaye is sure to inspire you. The songs range in style and even language and often have rounds involved and you don't need to read music or even have to sing that well to enjoy this one! This months the workshop will be held at the Strathmore in Rockville, MD. Well worth the $5 in my opinion just to see Ysaye in action, not to mention having the chance to sing without feeling silly. Complete details online here. Metro: Grosvenor

Saturday, April 11, 2009

PAST: YOGA: Evolve Opening, Schedule Change

Note please: The Evolve opening event schedule has been reorganized. If you are interested in doing Acro Yoga it will be at 6:30, before the kirtan. The studio is between 21st and 22nd on P St in the old tranquil space location. www.evolveyogadupont.com

Tomorrow there will also be an Acro Yoga gathering in Malcolm X Park (between 15th & 16th W St and Euclid) from 6:00-8:00. The original schedule is listed for you below:

3:30-5pm Free Jivamukti Class taught by Agi Glowacki
5:00-5:30pm Hoola Dancing Demonstration
5:30-6:00pm Acro-Yoga featuring Vanessa and the Acro Yogis
6:00-6:30pm Belly Dancing Demo
6:30-7:00pm Food and Beverage
7:00-9:00pm Kirtan with Hari Kirtana Das and the Om Kaboom Orchestra

PAST: "Live Green" edition of Capitol Pecha Kucha this FRI, April 17th at 7:30pm at The House of Sweden $10

Capitol Pecha Kucha Vol.8 at House of Sweden
This Friday, April 17th
7:30pm - 11:00pm
At the House of Sweden
Georgetown Harbor
2900 K St, NW

Reception 7:30pm
Please arrive early to ensure entry.
Presentations begin promptly at 8:20pm

Capitol Pecha Kucha Vol. 8 "LIVING GREEN"

Sponsored by the The Embassy of Sweden & The Swedish Institute. You are invited to an evening featuring inspiring presenters on the cutting edge of GREEN.

Presenters this month include two of my friends, Reena and Steve, along with others listed below!

Reena Kazmann - Director of Eco-Artware

Steve Ma - President and GEO Live Green

Jeff Lee - Environmental Landscape Architect

Claudia Arbelaez - Eco Jewelry/Fashion Designer

Visiting Presenters from Sweden:

Sara Backlund
- Design Research Unit Manager/Marketing Manager
Interactive Institute, Sweden www.tii.se

Christina Öhman - Director, Strategic Development
Interactive Institute, Sweden www.tii.se

Magnus Gyllenswärd - Interaction Designer MA

RSVP: rsvp-hos@foreign.ministry.se
Note please: Space is limited,first come first serve basis
RSVP is required
Tickets: $10 admission at the door

Learn more about Capitol Pecha Kucha here or join them on Facebook here.

Metro: Best reached by Circulator Bus from Farragut North or West to Georgetown, get off stop closest to 29th St walk left down to K. Also accessible by any of metro's 30 number buses or the Blue Georgetown express shuttle from Dupont Circle 19th St across from Ben & Jerry's.

PAST: Special Performance and Fundraiser SAT, April 18th of Eve Ensler's work with women in prison "Any One of Us" 7:00pm - 10:00pm, $15 - $25

There will be a special presentation of the show "Any One of Us" Women's Words from Prison - by Eve Ensler on Saturday, April 18th at Western Presbyterian Church in Foggy Bottom, 2401 Virginia Ave, NW at 7:00pm. I watched the documentary about the creation of this piece a few years ago and found the stories very moving and powerful. I imagine that this performance will be the same.

About the show: Ensler’s play is based on the stories of women who have been incarcerated. Ensler interviewed these women and created a play based on their stories with the hope of giving voice to their experiences. This play is one way to give these women a space to tell their story and to be recognized as visible and vital members of our community who deserve support. Furthermore, the play raises the complicated, and often painful, issues that lead women to incarceration and honors their humanity. There will be a full performance & post-show discussion.

About the organization: This performance will benefit Our Place, DC, the only support and resource center for DC women who are currently and formally incarcerated. To learn more about the work that they do, click here.

To Purchase Tickets:

Student/Limited Income - $15
General Admission - $25

Tina Edmundson
(202) 548-2400

Or purchase online at www.ourplacedc.org and:

1) Click on "Donate Now through Network for Good" Icon
2) Under Privacy Preferences - Please choose: Full Contact Information (or) Name and Email Address so that we may send you a confirmation
3) Under Designation - Please type in the code: “VDAY Tickets” and indicate number of tickets at General or Student Price

PAST: POETRY: Open Mic this MON, April 13th - GPI is back at the Circle in Dupont! 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Spring is in the air and DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency Open Mic Night is back at the fountain in Dupont Circle for a free eve of poetry and drumming.

This Monday, April 13th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

GPI's lyrical ambushes will feature everything you remember -- live musical features, bangin poets, sidewalk chalk and cool folks to chat with. As with past outdoor open mics -- drummers are welcome to bring their drums and collaborate with poets! The feature this month is community hip-hop powerhouse Bomani "D-Mite" Armah. You can check him out on youtube here. More about GPI at: http://www.guerrillapoets.org/

In case of rain on on Monday call (800) 886-6157. Details of cancellation or movement will be available by 6:05pm (If moved, they'll indoors at Bossa in Adams Morgan, 2463 18th St, NW).

Metro: Dupont Circle

PAST: Tune in SUN, April 12th at 7:00pm for Go Green Interview online with my friend Ananda who'll be interviewing Ken Yamaguchi-Clark

My friend Ananda of Go Green Sangha, will be interviewing and paying tribute to Ken Yamaguchi-Clark, who is someone I also know and admire, this Sunday night on her radio show. Through his DC-based company, Dharma Farma Productions, Ken shares his gifts as a writer, meditation/mindfulness and movement teacher, bodyworker, green living entrepreneur, and social permaculture consultant. Ken is also a talented performance artist and dancer, a QiGong teacher and a leader in the DC IMCW sangha that meets on Sunday nights at All Souls.

To listen to the Go Green Sangha Radio interview with Ken this Sunday, April 12th at 7:00pm click here. You can learn more about Ken and his green living journey here.

Friday, April 10, 2009

PAST: YOGA... SAT, April 11th, Grand Opening Celebration for Evolve Yoga in Dupont, 3:30pm - 9:00pm

Grand Opening Celebration tomorrow, April 11th, from 3:30pm - 9:00pm at Evolve Yoga in Dupont Circle, on P St. at the old Tranquil Space location, with a full day of yoga and fun featuring Kirtan and demonstrations! Click here for a full schedule of opening events.

Metro: Dupont Circle, the studio is located at 2024 P St, NW.

TRANSIT NOTE: New Circulator Bus Route connects Woodley Park, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, and McPherson Square and runs along 14th St!

That's right! The magical Red Bus has come to save us all form the hassle of waiting to transfer buses, long walks to the metro and lots of hassle and to help with our morning commutes. The new line will run 7 days a week, from 7:00am until Midnight and on Friday and Saturday nights until 3:30am. Yes... on weekends until 3:30am!

Route between Columbia Heights Metro and Woodley Park Metro: The bus goes along Columbia Rd from 14th St (metro) to 18th St, Adams Morgan, and turns right to head over the bridge to Woodley Park Metro, only two stops in between Columbia Heights metro and Woodley Park, one at 16th & Columbia or Irving (depends on which way you are going) and one at Adams Mill Rd (for Adams Morgan, close to the Starbucks on 18th & Columbia). Look for the Circulator bus stop signs at the stop.

Route from Columbia Heights Metro to McPherson Square Metro: Route: From the Columbia Heights Metro it also goes south along 14th St all the way to McPherson Square metro and turns around and heads back up 14th St. This bus is an express route and stops are limited to Metro stations and K St, P St and U St along 14th.

The bus will run every 10 minutes all day long! Smartrip cards are accepted as well as cash, and it's just $1 to ride. Note also that this line replaces the 98 bus. The bus also honors metro transfers from your card and the weekly metro bus pass, which I use and highly recommend (it's just $11 a week from Sun-Sat for unlimited bus rides throughout the city and you can buy it at Safeway and some other stores in advance. Definitely a value if you ride to and from work each day, you save money and get the rest of your trips free basically!). See www.wmata.com for more on that.

Please click here to see the entire route map including additional routes that have been added (there is a new Union Station to Navy Yard route as well).

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

PAST: ART: "New Beat from Brain" by Brad Ulreich on view at Alliance Francaise now - May 27th!

If you missed the Opening Reception, you can still stop by to check out the art, which will be on view now through May 27th.

The Alliance Francaise
2142 Wyoming Avenue, NW
Monday-Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm

My good friend Brad has been selected to show his art at The Alliance Francaise and will be unveiling a new work he created for this show with a French theme along with others from his "New Beat from Brain" collection. The show runs from April 10th through May 27th. You can visit Brad's website here.
More info on the show here.

Metro: Dupont Circle. Take Connecticut Ave. north from, left on Wyoming or you can take the 42 or L2 bus.

PAST: JAZZ CONCERT: Free this SAT, April 11th at NMAI, 2:00pm & 4:00pm

This Saturday, April 11th
At the National Museum of the American Indian
Free Jazz Concert with Julia Keefe
2:00pm show and 4:00pm show!
In the Rasmuson Theater

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, Julia Keefe (Nez Perce) from Spokane, Wash., will perform swing-era classics of legendary jazz singer Mildred Bailey (Coeur d'Alene). Keefe, 19, won an outstanding vocal soloist award at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in 2007. She will be accompanied by the Jerrol Pennerman Octet, an ensemble from Howard University.

National Museum of the American Indian
4th St & Independence Ave, SW
Metro: Federal Center, any 30 line bus or The Circulator

PAST: Events at Busboys & Poets DC venues WED - MON April 8th - 13th

Wednesday, April 8th

8:00pm @ 5th & K - POETRY: A Busboys and Poetry Event- Wednesday Night 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. $3 Admission

9:00pm @ 14th & V - MUSIC: Hump Day Groovez presents Star FK Radium (Visual, Indie, Rock). With Bill on acoustic guitar, Matt on drums and Alissa on violin, Star FK Radium's music exhibits characteristics of both chamber music and acoustic rock, using revolving melody lines, classical themes and expressive tempo changes. Note: $10 Admission

Thursday, April 9th

6:30 PM @ 14th & V - FILM: Community Cinema Screening of CRIPS AND BLOODS: MADE IN AMERICA. It's a civil war that's lasted 40 years. Welcome to South Central Los Angeles. But what's at the root of this long-standing battle? Filmmaker Stacy Peralta hits the streets of LA to find out, and speaks with former and current members of the Bloods and the Crips. More about the film here.

6:30 PM @ 5th & K - TALK:
"What is Capitalism Anyway, and Where did it Come From?" D.C. resident Mike Zmolek will discuss the findings of his recently completed doctoral dissertation-15 years in the making-titled "Rethinking the Industrial Revolution." The conclusions may surprise you, and capitalism's early crises might seem only too familiar.

9:00pm @ 14th & V - POETRY: Nine on the Ninth - Open Mic Poetry that falls on every 9th day of the month at 9pm. Featuring poets DeLana R. Dameron and Raina J. Leon. Hosted by Poet in Residence: Derrick Weston Brown. Admission is free. Donations encouraged.

Friday, April 10th

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

Saturday, April 11th

11:00pm @ 5th & K - FILM:
Focus In! Cinema for a Conscious Community presents: Arna's Children. Activist Arna Mer-Khamis, a Palestinian Jewish woman, established a children's theatre group in Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank. After her death in 1994, the project was abandoned. Her son Juliano, a well-known actor in Israeli television and the director for the group, filmed Arna working with the children over a 6-year period. He returns to the camp to find out what became of the young refugees.

Sunday, April 12th

4:00pm @ 14th & V - PERFORMANCE:
Emancipation Day Poetry, Jazz, and More. Emancipation Day Poetry, jazz, reenactment, and a lecture on music and the struggle for justice, equality and freedom. For a free down-loadable booklet on the history of enslavement in DC (for many years the sale of people was one of this city's largest sources of revenue), including resistance and the Emancipation Proclamation, click here.

8:00pm @ 14th & V - FILM: Focus-In Film Screening of Killer At Large: Why Obesity is America's Greatest Threat. Local documentary filmmaker Steven Greenstreet paints a picture of the national epidemic of obesity. Steve Greenstreet will be in attendance for Q & A.

Monday, April 13th

6:00pm @ 14th & V - BOOK TALK:
Thomas Glave will discuss and sign his book The Torturer's Wife. A brave, experimental look at the atrocities we know occur but would rather not think about, Thomas Glave's newest collection of short fiction settles into this dark territory and emerges with unexpected and moving results.

PAST: ART & MUSIC: Another Cool Warehouse Party this FRI, April 10th hosted by The Pink Line Project, 9:00pm - 2:00am, $10

Cherry Blast!
An art + music warehouse experience
This Friday, April 10th
from 9:00pm - 2:00am
Warehouse at 2020 Shannon Place SE
Note: $10 admission

Getting there and back:
FREE shuttle from Dupont Circle to the front door of the event: Pickup on the corner of 20th Street and Massachusetts Ave (on the island between CVS and PNC Bank) First pick up at 8:30pm. The yellow school bus shuttle runs every half hour after that until 1:30am. Metro: Dupont Circle or Anacostia stop on the Green Line. FREE shuttle will run from both of these metro stations to the event. Parking: Lots of FREE street parking nearby and FREE parking at the Big Chair parking lot on the corner of MLK Ave, SE and V Street, SE.

Music and Video: Yoko K + Aphrodizia, Optical Groove with A DC DJ, 302acid, John Bowen - Video Killers DC & JMC

Art: Words Beats Life, Inc., Asad ULTRA Walker, Hiromi Ashlin, courtesy of Gallery Sydney-East, & Cory Oberndorfer

and more...

Dance: CityDance Ensemble
Spoken Word Performance: Life Pieces To Masterpieces
Film: DC Anime Club
Light Design: David London - Divergency
Food: On the Fly

Visit The Pink Line Project for updates to the event program!

PAST: POETRY Reading and Reception at GWU this THURS, April 9th with local poet, Kwame Alexander and live music, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Poetry Reading with Kwame Alexander
GWU's Gelman Library
April 9th
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Kwame Alexander’s And Then You Know
New and Selected Poems at Gelman Library’s Special Collections Research Center
Poetry Reading and Reception

The Special Collections Research Center of the Gelman Library invites the community to a poetry reading and reception celebrating the publication of Washington poet Kwame Alexander's And Then You Know: New and Selected Poems with special guest Deanna Nikaido, author of A Voice Like Water: Love Poems. Live music and book signing will follow the reading in room 207 of the Gelman Library. Complete info here.

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

PAST: ART at Nationals Ballpark will be unveiled WED, April 8th at 11:00am, Free

The DC Creates Public Art program of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) invites you to witness the dedication of two installations at Nationals Park, a suspended installation of Walter Kravitz and sculptures of Josh Gibson, Walter Johnson and Frank Howard by Omri Amrany. is thrilled to announce the dedication of two new public art works at the Nationals Ballpark.

Wednesday, April 8th
11:00am, Doors open 10:30am
Free and open to the public
Metro: Navy Yard

PAST: MUSIC: Free Performace at Harman Hall this WED, April 8th, Noon - 1:00pm

Tomorrow's performance features The Russian Chamber Art Society featuring the vocal arts of baritone, Oleksandr Pushniak, and Vera Danchenko-Stern on the piano playing a moving program featuring interpreters of the Russian opera.

Check out their full schedule of free programs every Wednesday at noon here.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company
The Harman Center for the Arts
610 F Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown, Arena exit 7th & F

PAST: BOOK TALK this THURS, April 9th at Reiter's, 6:30pm, Free

Book Talk with Dr. George Ruiz
Thursday, April 9th at 6:30pm
At Reiter's Scientific Books

"Superstar" - Dr. George Ruiz Book Discussion & Signing (Reiter's Books) Attention all Medical school students, do not miss your chance to gain the insight and wisdom needed to succeed in medical school from a doctor who has mentored thousands of medical students and speaks nationally on success strategies for medical school and residency. Dr. Ruiz is a graduate of Brown University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and also hosts a weekly radio show that features health information targeted to the Latino community.

Reiter's Scientific Books
1990 K St, NW (enter on 20th St.)
Metro: Farragut West or Circulator Bus

Thursday, April 2, 2009

PAST: Special Benefit Show for Clowns without Borders this FRI, April 3rd with Fire Spinners, Performers and More! 10:00pm - 2:30am $15

Reinvent the circus to benefit Clowns Without Borders!

Fire Spinners, Circus Performers, Sideshow Attractions, Clowns and DJ's and special performances by Archedream for Humankind and Dance Afire. This Friday, April 3rd from 10:00pm - 2:30am at Station 9.

NOTE: Tickets are $15. All of the proceeds of the ticket sales will go towards the expenses of the mission for Clowns Without Borders Sudan 09. www.clownswithoutborders.org To purchase tickets, click here.

Though most all of the events I post are usually free, or pretty darn close, I also post events that are fund raisers for worthy causes that may cost more than ten bucks. I like knowing that if I do choose to spend my money, I also help others and am treated to a fun eve. This particular event sounds really cool and wacky, like something I'd see in San Francisco. I am also excited because I know that the building Station 9 is in has really amazingly high ceilings which will allow for quite a spectacle and there are a bunch of cool people I know who are going. Don't be surprised if you see me there, I am a fan of fire spinning!

See: ArcheDream for HUMANKIND, a multi-disciplinary mask theatre, on youtube. Dance Afire, a collective of professional artists and dancers who work with fire, on youtube. View or join "CWB Sudan 09" onFacebook.

Station 9
1438 U street (between 14th and 15th)
Metro: U St
Metrobus: Any 90 bus which goes along U St
S2, S4 on 16th St or 52, 54 on 14th St

PAST: Free Walking Tour of Adams Morgan SUN, April 5th, 10:30am

Check out a free tour of my neighborhood on Sunday, April 5th! Click on image for details.

PAST: Art Opening & Live Music this SAT, April 4th at DFA, 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Nancy Ostertag - Personal Geography
MH Ramona Swift - Don't Fence Me In
This two woman show features photographs by MH Ramona Swift and her daughter Nancy Ostertag.

Opening Reception, Saturday, April 4th
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Artist Talk, 5:30pm

Also Featuring an acoustic set by Brad Pugh of Practically Einstein at 7:00pm!

District Fine Arts
1639 Wisconsin Wisocnisn Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
More at www.dfaonline.com
See wwww.wmata.com for bus access

PAST: Launch Celebration this SAT, April 4th for Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Free

Unveiling and Community Day this Saturday, April 4th
"A Self-Reliant People: Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail"
Riverside Center, Division Avenue and Foote Street, NE

Unveiling Ceremony 1:00pm
Walk the Trail 2:00pm-4:00pm

Some of the Trail highlights include:

* A park honoring DC's legendary R&B artist Marvin Gaye
* The spot where the Rev Dr Martin Luther King rallied for DC home rule
* Suburban Gardens Apartments, where former DC Mayor Sharon Pratt lived as a young child

Explore on your own or join a group tour led by a Deanwood resident expert and member of the Heritage Trail Working Group. Look for the Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail welcome station at the Minnesota Avenue Metro (Orange line). Shuttles will be available for transportation to the Riverside Center. Follow this self-guided walking tour to discover the Deanwood signstory of Deanwood's rise from a former slave plantation to one of Washington's earliest independent African American communities. "A Self-Reliant People: Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail" is a project of Cultural Tourism DC, in collaboration with the Deanwood Heritage Trail Working Group.

PAST: ART: Opening this SAT, April 4th at The Curator's Office, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

Opening Reception for "Calm Complexities"
The art of Eduardo Santiere
Saturday, April 4th
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Show runs April 4 - May 2, 2009

The Curator's Office is pleased to present works on paper by noted Argentine artist Eduardo Santiere. Mind-blowingly delicate and intricate yet intimate in scale, these works appeal to true drawing connoisseurs and artists alike. The viewer is transported through the mysterious macrocosms and microcosms by way of their intricate circuitry of graphite markings. Santiere, who works exclusively in graphite, color pencil and incising, also has an ability to transfix the observer with dream-like colors and patterns.

Curator's Office
1515 14th Street, NW
Suite 201
Just north of P St and Rhode Island Ave
next to Studio Theater

PAST: POETRY: Reading at Smith Farm FRI, April 3rd, 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Free

Reception & Poetry Reading
Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave
Friday, April 3rd
5:30pm-8:00pm, Free

At The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
at Smith Farm Center
1632 U Street NW
Metro: U St or buses along U or 16th

ONGOING: Special Exhibit on Anti-Apartheid Politician, Helen Suzman on view now - April 20th

"Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights"
U.S. Debut of South African Exhibition
at the Inter-Cultural Center, Georgetown University
On view March 21st – April 20th

This new graphic panel exhibition that celebrates the life of the iconic South African anti-apartheid politician, Helen Suzman. The exhibit is being held in the Inter-Cultural Center on Georgetown's Main Campus and is open to the public. The is the exhibition's first appearance in the U.S. The show is hosted by Georgetown’s African Studies Program & the School of Foreign Service.

Metro: Dupont Circle, free GU shuttle from the corner of 20th & Mass Ave or you can see www.wmata.com for best bus access from other locations.

PAST: ART: New Show Opens at The Jerusalem Fund this FRI, April 3rd, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

Art Opening at The Jerusalem Fund
Drawings by John Halaka
Friday, April 3rd
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Registration is not required

John Halaka is an activist artist whose creative work serves as a vehicle for meditation on personal, cultural and political concerns. His drawings "Landscapes of Desire" are inspired by the ruins of Palestinian villages and homes that have been destroyed.

Pleas see this link for Directions and Parking Information. The Jerusalem Fund Gallery is located in what looks like an apt building at 2425 Virginia Avenue, NW. Metro: Foggy Bottom

PAST: ART SHOW: "Love, Hope & Art" Now - April 30th, Free

Luis Peralta and The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
present LOVE, HOPE & ART: Faith & Culture

Opening Reception:
Saturday March 14, 2009
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Free Admission and Free Ample Parking.

The Show will be on Display from:
February 28, 2009 - April 30, 3009

This info was passed on by a local artist friend of mine, Stevens Jay Carter, who is one of the featured artists. For a full list of participating artists and more information, please click here

Metro: Not sure is this is metro or bus accessible.
Please see www.wmata.com for best access

Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
3900 Harewood Road, NE

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

PAST: OPEN MIC this FRI at Potter's House "Sounds of Hope" 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The Potter's House
1658 Columbia Road, NW

Friday, April 3rd, Doors at 7:00pm
All ages and stages welcome. Poets and Musicians Welcome to perform! Free for appreciative ears.
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.

Note NEW CIRCULATOR Route now connects Woodley Park and Columbia Heights Metro or you can take the 42 bus to Mozart Place from Dupont. Circulator Route map here!

PAST: Special Event for Civilian Art Projects this THURS, April 2nd at Local 16, 6:30pm - 11:00pm $10

Civilian Art Projects presents its first Annual Spring Fling - a night of fun and art to benefit the Civilian Production Fund - a new fund to support artist made projects in and outside of DC. Come and hear the musical stylings of DJs Kalani, KC, Damu, Secret Chimp, Neville C. and Nitekrawler. We'll have visuals by Robin Bell, Luke Wyatt, Kate MacDonnell, happy hour all night long, food, and raffle give aways by local artists. $10 6:30 to 11pm at Local 16. Click on image to view details. Read more about CAP here. Click on image to view details. Metro: U St or S2 or S4 bus along 16th or any of the 90 buses along U St

PAST: ART: Closing Party for "Erotica 2009" this FRI, April 3rd at MOCA in Georgetown, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The closing of the annual 2009 Erotic Art Show at MOCA DC Gallery will begin at 6:00pm on Friday, April 3rd with very special contests for models and body painting enthusiasts and prizes totaling over $1,000 in value! Models will be on hand wearing the erotic costume of their choice. An esteemed panel of judges will select the top three costumes judged on both originality and erotic flare. MOCA DC is located at 1054 31st St. NW in Canal Square in Georgetown. For details, email Dave Quammen at mocadc01@comcast.net or call 202.342.6230.

PAST: DANCE this THURS, April 2nd Ballet Folklorico & Ritmo y Sabor at GU at 8:00pm, $4

¡Baila Conmigo!
Presented by Ballet Folklorico & Ritmo y Sabor
Directed by Ann Hiat: BFMG and Vanessa Caicedo: Ritmo
Thursday, April 2nd
8:00pm, $4.00
Georgetown University
in the Devine Studio Theatre

This year’s spring showcase, an annual event for BFMG, will be the first collaboration between BFMG and Ritmo y Sabor. The show will feature classic pieces from BFMG’s classic repertoire and pieces from Ritmo’s repertoire; in addition, the groups will join forces to perform several pieces in the traditions of cumbia, banda. For tickets and more indormation, click here.