Friday, May 29, 2009

PAST: Free Contact Improv Workshop at Artomatic Tomorrow, SAT, May 30th, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

This looks cool! Read more info about the class here.

PAST: Artomatic is back! Open WED - SUN Now - July 5th,

From May 29th: I just got back from the media sneak peek and boy do my feet hurt after walking around on the concrete floors in what I consider comfy heels. I was trying to scope out the space before everyone arrived for the opening party tonight! Great views of the city from the upper floors with the all glass walls, I was pretty impressed.

More info: For a full list of over 1,000 artists exhibiting on 8 floors of a space, click here. For a calendar of events, bands and performances here. Metro: Artomatic is right above the Navy Yard Metro on the Green line, exit at Half St. and turn right it's just around the corner.

"Shout Out!" to my artist friends showing their work!

2nd Floor:
Brian Melrose (my bro) photography
Danny Jean-Jacques, art

3rd Floor: John Grunwell, paintings

4th Floor: John Grunwell's really super mural at the Arc

5th Floor: Ishim - just look for paintings and pics with legs!

7th Floor:Joel Traylor - weaving his way, woven canvas
Eve Hennessa, pics and life size tin foil sculptures
Rosina, aka Teri, DC photography

8th Floor:Nikolas Schiller - Mandalas Made from Maps

9th Floor:
Marielle Mariano - by the elevator, three large pieces
Todd Gardner - a bunch of cool wacky pieces
Matt Sesow - what can we say about Matt except that he rocks!
Dana Ellyn - noticed the religious theme this year, great colors!

Special Note: 3rd Floor

also "British Ink"... I heard this buzzing noise and was like... what? When I poked inside of what looks like a blue phone booth there was a whole tattoo shop set up with someone getting a tattoo along with the three people who work there! If you are feeling inspired from checking out all of the art, you can even set an appointment and get a tattoo on site.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

PAST: ART & DJ: THURS, May 18th "Open Canvas" at Trsyt with live freestyle painting and DJ, 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Live freesytle painting with Aniekan, Jean Pierre and Rachel Crouch tonight at Tryst in Adams Morgan from 8:00pm - 11:00pm. DJ Underdog will be spinning old school on vinyl as well. The event is free but you'll want to order something if you decide to grab a seat. Trsyt has excellent coffee drinks, cocktails, salads and sandwiches. They are located in Adams Morgan close to the corner of 18th & Columbia at 2459 18th ST, NW.
Metro: Woodley Park, take the new Circulator bus one stop to Adams Mill.

PAST: Chocolate Tasting at Biagio Tonight with Madecasse! THURS, May 28th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

Free Chocolate Tasting Tonight! Madecasse will be sampling their chocolates (made in Africa) at Biagio. A percentage of tonights sales will support a cocoa farming cooperative in Madagascar. The chocolate is one of only two fine chocolates made in all of Africa (a paradox considering 85% of the world's cocoa comes from there). The founders of the company were Peace Corps Volunteers in Madagascar and launched the business with a clear mission to help rural farmers access the training and equipment they need to get more value from their crops, knowing that making chocolate in Madagascar produces 4x more income than Fair Trade. Visit Madecasse online to learn more.

Tonight, Thursday, May 28th

Biagio Fine Chocolate
1904 18th St< NW (down stairs) Close to 18th & Florida Ave
Metro: Walk from Dupont up 18th St or take L2 or any 90 line bus

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

PAST: Slam Finals with DC Youth Slam Poets SUN, May 31st, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Free

Auditions for the 2009 DC Youth Slam Team (13-19)
This Sunday, May 31st
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Eatonville at 14th & V St, NW. Metro: U St

The public is invited to attend! Winners will represent the DC Slam Team and head to Chicago to compete in the 12th Annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam, which was held in DC last year (I was there and there was some serious talent!) Donations are welcome to help fund this trip. For more information or to register contact Lisa Pegram at

PAST: POETRY: Mothertongue benefit with DC Youth Slam Poets WED, May 27th, 9:00pm, $8

MOTHERTONGUE: Women's Spoken Word
Wednesday,May 27th
9:00pm at The Black Cat
Note: $8

Lisa Pegram and the DC Youth Slam poets, followed by open mic. Proceeds from the event will go to sending the 2009 DC Youth Slam Team, to Chicago on July 14th-19th to compete in the 12th Annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival which Regie Cabico is also a part of (reference to post on Sparkle). Learn more about this cause at You can read an article about this Mothertongue event here!

The Black Cat, backstage
1811 14th St, NW
(between T & S St)
Metro: U St

PAST: POETRY & Open Mic: Busboys 5th & K hosts Sparkle with Chris August at 8:00pm, WED, May 27th, $3

Poetry & Open Mic: SPARKLE is back!
Tonight, Wednesday, May 27th
8:00pm, Busboys & Poets 5th & K St, NW

Tonight, SPARKLE, an LGBTQ friendly event, will feature the Baltimore Slam Master Chris August (, a feature not to be missed. Admission is $3, and the reading will include an open mic. Hosted by the highly entertaining Regie Cabico. Afterwards, you can head to Mothertongue, which will be raising funds to help support Regie and the DC slam poetry teens who are going out of state to the finals!

Metro: Circulator Bus, Mt Vernon Sq or Gallery Place

PAST: Happy Hour WED, May 27th in Eastern Market, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Support Breathe DC Metro Walk 2009 and The American Lung Association with this special Happy Hour Wednesday night! Drink specials extended for this event from 7:00pm - 10:00pm at the swank Jordan's on 8th St in Eastern Market. Come on out to support a great cause and meet some new folks!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Jordan's On 8th St
523 8th Street S.E.
Metro: Eastern Market

OF NOTE: LINK: Spreading good vibes for people doing good work!

If you want to be uplifted and inspired... thought I'd share this link to Oprah's stories on everyday heroes in hard times. I am feeling a renewed sense of faith in our ability to help one another after watching the three year old girl who wanted to give her socks to a homeless man (five years later, over 100,000 pairs donated to shelters and orphanages)... and that's just one story! So many others doing such incredibly work to help uplift and restore dignity to those in need. It's nice to see people doing things for the love of sharing and helping others. You can read more and donate, if you are able, on Oprah's website here. You can also read an article online on

OF NOTE: Party & Putt-Putt Inside the New H St Country Club, which opens Tonight, WED, May 27th! $7 to Putt

Just saw think link on a friend's facebook page and couldn't resist posting it! Looks like the Putt Putt will put you back about $7 but that's still cheaper than a movie... and a lot more interesting for a date if you ask me. Here's a link to The Prince of Petworth's blog with pics and commentary. I haven't been yet but it looks like the designer worked some cool things into this new space!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

PAST: ARTOMATIC is Back! This Unique DC ART Experience also includes lots of live performances! May 29th - July 5th, Free!

Complete info on the event, hours, location and schedule on the main Artomatic site here.

OPENING NIGHT this Friday, May 29th!

Artomatic regular hours will be:

Wed & Thurs: Noon – 10:00pm
Fri & Sat: Noon – 1:00am
(except for special events, see calendar)
Sundays: Noon – 10:00pm
Mon & Tues Closed

Metro: Navy Yard, directly above the station!

Monday, May 25, 2009

OF NOTE: New Bike Racks at Metro Stations!

Metro is installing new bike racks! You can learn more about the new initiative and general info on bikes on metro and metro buses here! This new one at Dupont Circle south made me smile.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

PAST: Happy Memorial Day! TONIGHT, MON, May 25th, Live BANDS in Adams Morgan at Dahlak, 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Indie Singer/Songwriter Night!
Monday, Memorial Day, May 25th
8:00pm - 11:00pm
(No admission cost mentioned on invite.)

Current line-up of featured artists:

The Ash Lovelies with Lou Black, NoiseHouse (mini show), Flo Anito , Michael Haslett, Kurt Reifler, & Adam Pearlstein.

1771 U St NW
(corner of 18th & U St, NW)

Metro: Bus Options - from Dupont take 42 bus to Florida Ave or L2 bus, from U St any of the 90 number buses or from Woodley Park any 90 bus or L2 on Calvert St at Conn.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

PAST: Free Performances every WED, Noon - 1:00pm

Note: On break for the summer. Check website for Fall Season schedule. I believe they resume in September after Labor Day.

"Happenings at the Harman" offers free performances every Wednesday at noon.

Harman Hall is located across from the Gallery-Place Chinatown Arena metro exit between 6th & 7th on F St, NW. You can check out the upcoming schedule of performances at:

Friday, May 22, 2009

PAST: Special ART event at Affinity Lab in Adams Morgan Tonight! FRI, May 22nd, 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

Preview this unique sculpture by Peter Krsko
Friday, May 22nd
6:00pm - 10:00pm

The piece will be the centerpiece of Red Bull Art of Can exhibit at Union Station in October. At the Affinity Lab preview, there will be sketches of the process of twisting and figuring out the knot. This is a unique chance to view the piece before it’s finished. You will be able to build your own paper model. Free refreshments, Red Bull, their new natural Cola, mixed drinks, a keg of beer and good times… Music by Philippe of Fatback. Flyer and details here.

Affinity Lab
2451 18th St, NW
(next to Tryst, upstairs)
Metro: Woodley Park and Circulator or 42 bus from Dupont

OF NOTE: Free H Street Shuttle from Chinatown!

If you didn't know, there is now an official free shuttle from the Chinatown Metro to the Atlas District along H St, NE. You can read a write up about it here.

H St NE is home to the Rock & Roll Hotel, Sticky Rice, Palace of Wonders and the Red and Black, just some of the hip spots on the strip. The H St Shuttle is free and currently runs from 5:00pm - normal Metro closing hours, going from Gallery Place to Minnesota Avenue. There isn’t a website for shuttle service up yet but I do know that it picks up at The Gallery Place/ Chinatown metro and it has an H St logo on the bus so you can spot it easily. To read more about the shuttle, click here.

OF NOTE: Two new places to eat in DC! Eatonville & H Street Country Club

Eatonville is now open!
14th & V St, NW.
Metro: U St

How does one describe the place? A unique, DC experience. Owner Andy Shallal, of Busboys & Poets, is at it again and I can't wait to check the place out. Large murals on the walls honor Zora Neale Hurston, who is the inspiration behind this new eatery. Chef Russell “Rusty” Holman will run the kitchen after winning a reality tv style contest which you can see clips of online. View the menu, read reviews and learn more about Eatonville on their website here.

H Street Country Club opens May 27th
Atas District, 1335 H St, NE
Note: Free Shuttle from Chinatown

The H Street Country Club will open on Wednesday, May 27th, bringing eclectic Mexican Cuisine to The Atlas District. With celebrated Chef Ann Cashion as the creative mind behind the menu, this 6,800 sq.ft, 300-seat dining destination will serve up fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine with both southern and northern accents. The design of the restaurant and golf course was executed by artist Lee T. Wheeler of Arlington, VA, who has created an extraordinary and innovative space designed to awaken the imagination of guests.

The H Street Country Club
Sun-Thurs 5:00 pm - 2:00am
Fri & Sat 5:00 pm - 3:00am
1335 H St, NE (by Rock n Roll Hotel)

Metro: Free H St Shuttle from Chinatown Metro or X2 bus is most direct or taxi or bus from Union Station

PAST: Free Classical Concerts at NGA every SUN at 6:30pm, June schedule

Below are the remaining shows for this season. The series will begin again in the fall. Please arrive early to ensure seating. Free concerts are offered every Sunday at 6:30pm at the National Gallery of Art in the West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court. Metro: Navy Archives, green or yellow line

June 7th at 6:30PM

Dan Zhu, violinist
with Jie Chen, pianist
Music by Schubert and other composers

June 14th at 6:30PM

Made possible in part by a gift from The Markow-Totevy Foundation
National Gallery Piano Trio
with Vilmos Szabadi, violinist, and Sylvia Kovács, violist
Music by Dohnányi, Shostakovich, and Weiner

June 21st at 6:30PM
Tara Kamangar, pianist
Music by Hossein and Khaleghi

June 28th at 6:30PM
The Washington Saengerbund
with the National Gallery Vocal Arts Ensemble
David Montgomery, conductor
Music by Mendelssohn, Schubert, and other composers

From NGA music calendar

PAST: ART: Closing Reception FRI, May 22nd Pop-Surrealism by Brad Ulreich at Alliance Francaise, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

If you missed the Opening Reception, you can still stop by to check out Brad's pop-surrealism collage art at the Closing Show tomorrow night! It is the kind of art that is best seen in person. The above piece was created for this show as a tribute to DC's relationship with France.

Friday, May 22nd
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Free and open to the public

Brad is a good friend of mine. He was selected to show his art at The Alliance Francaise and will be showing the new work he created for the show along with others of various sized from his "New Beat from Brain" collection. You can visit Brad's website here. More info on the Alliance Francaise website here.

The Alliance Francaise
2142 Wyoming Avenue, NW
Show closes on May 27th
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00am-6:00pm

Metro: Dupont Circle. Take Connecticut Ave. north from the metro up the hill, or you can take the 42 or L2 bus and make a left of Wyoming. The address is 2142 Wyoming Ave, NW on what looks like a residential street. You'll see the flag outside the Alliance.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

PAST: LIVE BANDS at The Black Cat THURS, May 21st, 9:00pm $8

My friends helped to mix this band's new CD and I just found out Casper Bangs (formerly of the Hard Tomorrows) will be performing Thursday, May 21st, at the Black Cat Backstage at 9:00pm. Note, the show costs $8. Also performing are Deleted Scenes and The XYZ Affair. Not sure what time they will go on, I imagine they may be first. The Black Cat is located at 1811 14th St, NW Metro: U St, walk left on 14th toward T St.

PAST: Open Mic for HIV/AIDS Awareness THURS, May 21st at Busboys & Poets, Free Event & Free Testing! 8:00pm

I just found out that my friend Christon "Christylez" Bacon is hosting an HIV/AIDS awareness Open-Mic Thursday, May 21st @ Busboys & Poets 14th & V St, NW! 8:00pm Metro: U St

The National AIDS Fund AmeriCorps Team presents: SEEING RED: Voices of the Affected - A night of Poetry & Spoken Word to support the fight against AIDS. One in 20 people in the District are HIV positive. There will be about 13 performances from various people, including a group from Children's Hospital, Latin American Youth Center, a group of men who were formerly incarcerated and are living with HIV, and various local spoken word artists.

Free HIV testing. Free and open to the public (donations are gladly accepted--suggested $5) All proceeds benefit the Washington AIDS Partnership.

PAST: Book Talks at Politics & Prose

For a complete schedule of book talks Friday, May 22nd - Sat May 30th, please click here. All events are at 7:00pm unless otherwise noted. NOTE: Saturday, May 23rd - Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day Weekend – No Events.

Politics & Prose
Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Walk uphill from Van Ness or L2 bus

PAST: Last Minute Notice for this VOGUE Event at White House Black Market THURS, May 21st in Tyson's Corner, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

I just got this info sent my way and wanted to pass it on for those of you who may be able to get out to Tyson's Corner, VA this Thursday,May 21st between 6:00pm and 8:00pm, this sounds like a fun fashion event!

Vogue will be hosting a special event this even around the them of Michelle Obama's style. Attendees can sip wine, take advantage of 25% off the summer collection. Those who arrive early may get a free copy of Vogue and the new book "Michelle Style" by Mandi Norwood (limited supply) and Vogue will even be on hand shooting photos of the party which will appear in an future issue. Call for more info: 703-288-1200.

White House Black Market
McLean,VA location in the
Tysons Corner Center
8023L Tysons Corner Center,
First Floor
McLean, VA 22102

OF NOTE: If you enjoy Stand Up Comedy, here is a link to DC Stand Up!

DC Stand Up hosts events every night of the week at various locations throughout the Metro Area! Way too many events to post here. If you like Comedy Open Mics or are interested in performing, please check out this website!

PAST: Fundraiser Open Mic for La Trenza's Latina Empowerment Program THURS, May 21st in Mt Pleasant, Donation $10 suggested

Thursday, May 21st!
6:30pm - 9:00pm

La Trenza Leadership Network Fundraiser Celebrating Latina women and their potential at Haydee's Restaurant in Mt Pleasant. There will be an open mic for any Latina/friend who wants to share a poem, a song, a dance… Suggested Donation $10.

La Trenza: Rebraiding my Grandmother's Hair
A Transformative Leadership Initiative

La Trenza is working to build a community of transformative leaders by "re-braiding" the wisdom and power of leadership. La Trenza's rigorous program includes coaching techniques for reframing negative archetypal patterns, leveraging positive cultural values, strengthening competencies and identifying areas for powerful actions. Learn more about La Trenza here.

Haydee's Restaurant
3102 Mount Pleasant St. NW
Metro: Walk from Columbia Heights or take the 42, H2 or H4 bus there

OF NOTE: Half-Price Tickets at Theater J for 35 & under for all shows except Saturday! $15 on SUN 7:30pm

The half-price discount is for those 35 and under for all performances - Sun matinee and Sunday night - also Wed & Thur & Sat nights. This applies to all shows at Theater J. I thought it was worth a mention. Tonight and Sunday are the last two days to see the show "The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall" which leaves on May 24th, at a discount price.

I actually saw the show last weekend and got quite a few laughs! Struggling artists trying to survive in NYC, the show revolves around the post-college life of playwright/composer (his pothead musician friend and actress girlfriend) and his scheme to make it big in the Big Apple by any means (hello google, facebook, wikipedia) necessary.

You can catch the show tonight at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. The best deal is the Sunday night show which is only $15. Other show times are actually $25 (I just double-checked). To read more about the show click here. Theater J is located in the DC JCC at 16th & Q St, NW. Metro: Best reached by S2 or S4 bus along 16th St, nearest metro is Dupont.

PAST: MUSIC: Free Concert with the 257th Army Band THURS, May 21st at SAAM/ NPG, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

In honor of Memorial Day weekend, the 257th Army Band will be playing a free concert in one of the most beautiful spaces in the city...the SAAM/ NPG Kogod Courtyard as part of the Take Five! Series.

Thursday, May 21st
5:00pm - 8:00pm

The museum is between 7th & 9th St on G St, NW
For more details click here.
Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown

PAST: FILM: "Grapes of Wrath" THURS. May 21st at SAAM, 6:00pm, Free

"Grapes of Wrath" plays at the SAAM in Chinatown THURS, May 21st at 6:00pm, Free! (1940, 128 min., b&w, directed by John Ford) Based on John Steinbeck's novel, this movie follows the Joad family, who are driven from their Oklahoma farm during the Great Depression and struggle to survive as they head west toward California. The museum is directly above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro between 7th & 9th on G St, NW. Complete details here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

PAST: Learn to Tango! Special Four Class Series begins Tonight, WED, May 20th, 6:30pm, $20 for series

The Embassy of Uruguay and the Uruguay Cultural Foundation for the Arts cordially invite you to “TANGO LESSONS” for beginners with Trainers - Arnaud & Corinne.

Lessons will take place at the Embassy of Uruguay. Just $20 for four class series. Individual or couple registration. Classes will be held every Wednesday at 6:30pm on the following days:

May 20th, May 27th, June 3th, June 10th

I am not sure if you are able to attend the other classes if you have missed the first one. Please call to ask. Registration: 202-331-1313 ext. #30 or e-mail at

1913 I (EYE) St, NW
Metro: Farragut West or North

PAST: Comedy Open Mic at Solly's most TUES, 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Every Tuesday is open mic night at Solly's. Sign up at 7:30pm, starts at 8:00pm. Happy Hour'til 8:00pm. I haven't been to this before so I'm not sure what kind of Open Mic it is. If you have been, please email me to let me know what kind of mic it is. Solly's is at 11th & U St, 21+ Metro: U St, memorial exit.

Thanks Souz, who's been to the open mic, for your comment! The Open Mic has "usually been music and comedy - heavy on the comedy... Haven't seen any poets yet." I wasn't even thinking comedy, good to know! Other Comedy Open Mics are available throughout the DC Metro Area. For a complete list of venues go you can check out DC Standup's website here.

Actually, now that I have scrolled through their site, it looks like this Open Mic at Solly's is actually a Comedy Open Mic 3 weeks of the month (all except the 2nd Tues)! (I'm not sure why it's not listed as such on Solly's site). I suppose that the 2nd Tues is another kind of open mic, maybe for musicians, you may want to call Solly's to ask. Here is the info from DC Stand Up's site: "Open Mic Mouth" is held at Solly's, on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Sign up for artists starts at 7:00pm and the featured artist/band goes on at 8:00pm. The open mic is 8:30pm -10:00pm, with a DJ afterwards.

PAST: Pecha Kucha at The Embassy of Finland TONIGHT, WED, May 20th, 7:30pm - 10:00pm, $10

Capitol Pecha Kucha Vol.9 at the Embassy of Finland
"Exploring the 7th Sense"
Wednesday, May 20th
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Reception 7:30pm
Presentations begin at 8:20pm

Capitol Pecha Kucha Vol.9 "Exploring the 7th Sense" in collaboration with the Embassy of Finland
The theme this month is soundscapes and will feature presenters exploring the sense of sound. Soundscapes + 20 images x 20 seconds. There will also be live Jazz Music by Nuts and Bolts.

Note: This is not a free event. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance online here. Admission includes complimentary wine and beer.

Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Nearest Metro is Dupont Circle, you have to take a taxi or bus from there.

PAST: HEALTH: Free Talk on "Organic and Toxic-Free Skin Awareness" at Holeco SAT, May 23rd at 3:00pm in VA

My friend Honi is giving a free workshop at Holeco spa on May 23rd at 3pm regarding "Organic & Toxic-Free Skin Awareness". The spa is located in Falls Church, VA. To learn more, click here. RSVP is required to attend as space is limited. Please RSVP by sending an email to

Holeco Medi Spa - A Holistic & Eco-Minded Medical Spa
1st US Medical Spa recognized as Green by Green America
Note: Nearest Metro is West Falls Church, short taxi ride from there or you can check metro to see if there is a bus, I biked from metro in the past and imagine it'd be a 15-20 min walk.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

PAST: Free Lunchtime Concert with NGA String Quartet at Harman Hall WED, May 20th. Noon - 1:00pm

National Gallery of Art String Quartet will perform tomorrow’s program at Happenings at the Harman, with selections from Haydn, Vivaldi and Kivrak, it will be a program to celebrate the arrival of the warmer weather after the rain of last week. At Harman Hall, 610 F St, NW Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown, Arena Exit

Monday, May 18, 2009

PAST: BOOK TALKS at Reiter's this TUES & WED, May 19th & 20th, 6:30pm, Free

Tuesday, May 19th 6:30pmVP of Booz Allen Hamilton, Mark Herman,and company principals, Mark Frost and Robert Kurz, will discuss and sign their new book, “Wargaming for Leaders” which suggests that leaders can benefit from bringing together real experts on the topic at hand and by tapping into the collective wisdom surrounding an issue.

Wednesday, May 20th 6:30pmSciFi Night at Reiter’s - Meet 11 Science Fiction Authors as they discuss, Science Fiction Changes Everything? Featuring Arlan Andrews, Catherine Asaro, Greg Bear, Charles E. Gannon, John G. Hemry, Yoji Kondo, Edward M. Lerner, Tom Ligon, Tom Purdom, Bud Sparhawk, and Michael Swanwick.

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

PAST: MUSIC: This WED, May 20th at Bangkok Blues in Falls Church, VA

This invite was passed on to me by a reader so if any of you are in NoVA...

Wednesday, May 20th
7:30pm - 11:00pm
Note: Event is in Falls Church, VA

9th Floor Music
Funk Reggae Blues Rock Jazz
"Moving Music On Up!"

Funk, blues, and roots globetrotter, Sol, will perform along with special guest DC blues diva Stacy Brooks, with drummer Barry Hart, and bassist Mike Tony Echols. Sol is know for his unique blend of funk, rock, blues, reggae, and roots stylings. Bangkok Blues features regional musical talent, Thai food is available for purchase. Pleas visit the following websites for more information:

More info passed on: "I believe it's free to get in just to listen to the band from the bar area. But to get into the main stage area you have to pay the door charge (5 dollars I think). They serve thai food- but you don't have to order dinner or drinks."

Directions: The closest Metro is West Falls Church, and it's about a mile walking- or 2 minute taxi ride- to the venue- straight down from the Metro at 7040 Haycock Rd (about 1/4 of mile) to Rt 7 (called Broad St in Falls Church). Head south east (turn left) and go about 3/4 mile on Rt 7 to 926 W Broad St - Bangkok Blues is on your left hand side - right after you pass over West St.

Bangkok Bues
926 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 534-0095
Metro: Click here to check for bus access from metro

PAST: Special Event at Bohemian Caverns MON, May 18th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Join Regie Cabico for a Fab Night of Musical, Comedic and Spoken Word Performances at Bohemian Caverns on U St. The event is Free, 21+, Doors open for happy hour at 5:30, show is from 6:30 - 7:30 and there will even be cake afterwards!

For his Bohemian Birthday, instead of birthday gifts or admission fees, donations to SOL & SOUL in the amount of $5 or more are welcome. Proceeds will benefit The DC Youth Slam Team's training, airfare and accommodations to Chicago to participate in the 2009 Brave New Voices Slam as seen on HBO! (The 2008 Slam was actually in DC just down the street at the Lincoln Theater and it was a packed house, they had to turn a bunch of people away! If you get a chance to see it on HBO, you will see some serious talent in those kids.) You can donate online here or mail checks to SOL Y SOUL, 916 G St, NW Washington, DC 20001.

Bohemian Caverns
2001 11th St, NW
Metro: U St

Sunday, May 17, 2009

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Reminder, Free Classical Concerts every SUN eve at NGA, 6:30pm

Note that there is no concert next Sunday, Memorial Day weekend. Please arrive early to ensure seating. Suggested to arrive by 6:00 the latest. Nearest Metro is Navy Archives.

The next concert at National Gallery of Art is:

National Gallery Chamber Orchestra
May 31 at 6:30PM
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court

Vladimir Lande, guest conductor
Stephen Ackert, harpsichord
Music by Bach, Schnittke, and Tchaikovsky

For a full schedule and program details, please click here and scroll down.

PAST: Free Organ Concert SUN, May 16th at The National Cathedral, 5:15

The Masters Transcribed, including the work of Bach and others. See their website for info (I am not able to copy paste or link since I'm using my phone now, will try to get info up later.)

Friday, May 15, 2009

PAST: "Fiesta Asia" Festival this SAT, May 16th Downtown on Penn, Free!

"Fiesta Asia" is the Annual National Asian Heritage Festival presented by the Asia Heritage Foundation. Enjoy live performances by musicians, vocalists and dance artists, sample mouth watering Pan-Asian cuisine, browse through multi cultural marketplace, participate in interactive activities, be wowed by martial arts performances, learn from cooking demonstrations and stroll through exhibits of traditional and contemporary Asian crafts!

The fair will take place this Saturday, May 16th on Pennsylvania Ave, NW between 3rd & 6th Streets from 11:00am - 7:00pm and is free and open to all. You may want to bring some cash for the food and vendors though, I imagine the smells will entice you to spend a little cash. This event is part of a month-long celebration commemorating the rich and diverse heritage of the US Asian community. Check out Asia Heritage Foundation's calendar here for the full schedule of events!

PAST: ART: Mid City Artists Open Studios SAT & SUN, May 16th-17th, Free!

This annual studio hop is quite a bit of fun and recommended to go along with some friends who you don't mind catching a mid-day buzz with. I have been a few times (though I'll be missing it this weekend being the busy bee that I am). The studios are mostly around Logan Circle and 14th St. Complete details and map are available at Mid City Artists website here.

PAST: Love Yoga & Dogs... "Doga in the Park" this SAT, May 16th, 1:00pm, Benefit for Humane Society, $10 suggested

Come out for the 5th Annual Doga in the Park!
Saturday, May 16th
Metro: Dupont Circle

Bring your yoga mat and your canine yogi (bring your own, borrow one, or come alone) for an afternoon of fun and fitness at Rose Park, 23rd and P St, NW in Dupont. Tranquil Space is teaming up with the Washington Humane Society and Doggie Style Bakery to create an enjoyable afternoon focused around your four-legged friends. Kimberly Wilson will lead puppy parents and friends through a complimentary yoga practice for all levels in the park. Treats will be provided to humans and canines! The event is a benefit for the Washington Humane Society. A $10 donation is requested. No pre-registration required. Learn more about WHS here.

PAST: THEATER: Free Performance at NMAI this FRI, 7:30pm & SAT, 2:00pm

Native Theater "The Conversion of Ka'ahumanu" by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl (Native Hawaiian/Samoan)

Friday, May 15th at 7:30pm &
Saturday, May 16th at 2:00pm

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the museum is pleased to present its first self produced theater production, The Conversion of Ka’ahumanu written by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl (Native Hawaiian/Samoan). Set in Hawai'i during the early 19th Century, this poignant piece explores the complex relationships among Christian missionaries and indigenous women forty years after the islands' first contact with the West. Honolulu-based writer Victoria Kneubuhl is a recipient of the prestigious Hawai'i Award for Literature. The Mitsitam Native Foods Café will offer Hawaiian tapas, specialty drinks, and musical entertainment prior to Friday’s evening program. This performance is free and open to the public. Please arrive early to ensure seating.

Please click here for more information on May’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month programs at NMAI.

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

PAST: Calendar Link to view BOOK TALKS at Politics & Prose

For a full calendar of events at Politics and Prose, please click here. Metro: Best reached by L2 bus or walk from Van Ness

NOTE: New Feature! Links for you to find for more great things to do in DC!

New Links: You may have noticed that I've recently added a new list of links on the right side of the page. I've selected other sites which I think are note worthy and the list may continue to grow over time but I think it's a good list to start with. My personal inside advice to you all is to go to the link and find the search box and use the keyword "free" to search all events. You'd be surprised how many more free events that there are, I am simply not able to keep up with posting them all!

Keeping it Local: In addition, you can now find links to other DC local bloggers and links to friend's who are doing creative and eco-friendly work who I am happy to support and local venues that support the arts by hosting lots of great free events. If I miss an event that you know of that you think deserves mention on this site, you can always email me directly.

Seeking Sponsors: I'm also reaching out to find sponsors now. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in becoming a sponsor of this site, I am also looking for sponsors to help support the work that I am doing (which is, at the moment, being done for free and for the love of free). I'd love to speak with any arts organizations, cultural organizations, local businesses and eco-friendly businesses that may be able to help fund the site in exchange for Highly Visible Sponsor Links on the site. I'd also be interested in DC, MD, or VA Transit Agencies or Government Agencies who want permanent links on the site. Any other ideas, I'm happy to speak with anyone interested in supporting the site.

Please email me at if you have any contacts or would like to speak with me about the possibility of sponsoring this site. It's a lot of work to keep this site running and I'm hoping to find a way to avoid google advertisements and to continue supporting local businesses, the arts, and other areas of interest that you can find here on "Free in DC."

Thank you all so much for reading! Please feel free to write anytime if you have stories or comments that you like to share. I hope that the postings I have been putting up are helping you out in this economic down time. Please feel free to pass this site along to your friends. Rest assured that you are in an excellent city which proves that you don't need a lot of money to live a rich, and enriching, life!

Amy Melrose
Blogger, "Free in DC"

PAST: POETRY: This SUN, May 17th is "Sunday Kind of Love" with Feature & Open Mic, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Free!

Sunday, May 17th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm
"Sunday Kind of Love"

This Monthly Poetry Event will featuring readings by Richard McCann and Jane Shore. Open Mic to follow so please bring poems to share if you like. This is a free event hosted by Katy Richey and Melissa Tuckey, and sponsored by Busboys and Poets, Split This Rock, with funding from DCCAH. More info about the features are on the facebook invite which you may be able to view here.

Busboys & Poets, 14th & V St, NW
Metro: U St

OF NOTE: It's FREE to know your status... You can Get Tested at Whitman-Walker's Walk-in Clinic!

Here's my version of a PSA (public service announcement)...

I want to give a shout out to the Whitman-Walker Clinic for their willingness to give FREE and totally Anonymous (not just confidential) testing to anyone who walks into their clinic. You can give your name if you want to, but you don't have to, and they will ask you to fill out a questionnaire for statistical purposes. For those of you who might be afraid or think that you don't need to get tested for HIV, I just want to remind you that DC has one of the highest percentages of HIV+ people (about 20% I have heard recently) and on top of that, even practices that you may consider safe do not ensure that you are in the clear.

Scared to have your blood taken or don't want to wait for results? No problem. The test is a simple finger prick and you get the results in about twenty minutes so you don't have to wait for them or come back. If you don't want to get tested and just want to talk to someone, they have all kinds of services there and the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. They accept donations so if you are able to give, please do, but the service is offered free of charge. Knowing that I live in a city that has a clinic that offers free anonymous testing makes me love this place even more as I imagine that it might be difficult to find such a service in some places.

Please stop by if you want to get tested. The clinic is located on 14th St between R and S St, NW and testing is done on a walk-in basis so you don't need an appointment. Other sites are offered in DC. Hours and Info are available here

PAST: Additional Art Openings this weekend!

Friday, May 15th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Two Openings in Georgetown! Parish Gallery in Canal Square and Jewelerswerk Galerie in Cady's Alley. Metro: Farragut North or Foggy Bottom, transfer to Circulator bus

Saturday, May 16th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Longview Gallery
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq/ Convention Center

PAST: FILM: Brazilian Film Festival this FRI, May 15th - SUN, May 17th, Free!

“II Reel Time Brazil – a Documentary Film Week”
The Embassy of Brazil, along with the Smithsonian Latino Center, will present the film festival – II Reel Time Brazil this weekend, May 15th - 17th. The festival will showcase five documentary films that highlight Brazilian culture through the stories of historical Brazilian icons. Three of the films will make their U.S. debut. The Embassy has once again invited film directors and special guests to speak with audience members about the making of the featured films. All festival events are free and open to the public. Seats are on a first come, first served basis. Complete details can be found here.

Opening Night: Friday, May 15th

7:00pm – 8:30pm "Palavra (En)cantada" The Enchanted Word, The Hirshorn Museum, Ring Auditorium, lower level

Saturday, May 16th

4:00pm – 5:30pm
"Pan-Cinema Permanente" Permanent Pan-Cinema, Greenberg Theater

6:00pm – 7:15pm "Panair do Brasil" Greenberg Theater

Sunday, May 17th

4:00pm – 5:30pm "Só Dez Por Cento é Mentira" Only Ten Percent is a Lie, Greenberg Theater

6:00pm – 7:30pm "Simonal – Ninguém Sabe O Duro que Dei" Simonal – No One Knows How Tough It Was, Greenberg Theater

The Hirshhorn Museum
Independence Avenue at Seventh Street, SW
Metro: L’Enfant Plaza

The Greenberg Theater

4200 Wisconsin Ave, NW
at the corner of Van Ness St
Metro: Tenleytown

PAST: "Sounds of Hope" Benefit Performances this FRI and Every FRI at The Potter's House, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

This Friday, May 15th is a benefit for MOMIES TLC, an afterschool program. The show starts at 7:30 with Mary singing an strumming her guitar. At 8:00 Gillen and Turk will perform and at 9:00 Baba Ras D will be doing his Reggae thing! Donation based, recommended $15 or more, please give as you are able as this is a fund raiser and proceeds benefit the organization. Doors open at 7:00pm. Well priced food and drinks (non-alcoholic) are available for purchase. This is an all ages event. The Potter's House is located at 1658 Columbia Rd in Adams Morgan. Metro: Please see previous Potter's House posts for metro options

PAST: CONCERT: Middle Eastern Music at The Jerusalem Fund, FRI, May 15th $10

The Jerusalem Fund Gallery presents
"Huda Asfour and Friens"
Friday, May 15th
7:30pm - 8:45pm

Tickets: $10
Please call 202.338.1958 to see if seats are still available.

An evening of live music with musicians Huda Asfour, Nadim Khoury and Brian Falkowski. The group will be performing original compositions from Huda's album, Mars, in addition to a number of classical and traditional tunes. Brief Bios of the artists: Huda Asfour is a Palestnian oud and kanoun player born in 1982 in Lebanon. In 2004, she moved to Egypt to continue her education and she is currently a doctoral student at GWU. Nadim Khoury, born in 1981, is a Palestinian who grew up in the cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Nadim studied the buzuk under the guidance of Khaled Jubran and is currently a Ph.D. student in political theory at UVA. Brian Falkowski is a versatile musician performing all styles of music on saxophones, flute and clarinet throughout the D.C. metropolitan area.

You can listen to samples of Huda on myspace here and Brian on myspace here.

The Jerusalem Fund
2425 Virginia Avenue, NW

PAST: ART & MUSIC at Civilian Art Projects FRI, May 15th, 9:00pm - 1:00am, $5

Critical Mass: Art & Music at Civilian Art Projects
Tonight! Friday, May 15th
9:00pm - 1:00am
$5 entry, refreshments available

Critical Mass is a one-night only art show featuring 20+ talented D.C. artists and a dance party with DJ KC from Fatback. The eve also celebrates the birthdays of Heather Goss from Ten Miles Square and Jayme McLellan from Civilian Art Projects. In addition to CAP's current exhibitions with works by Erick Jackson and Ken D. Ashton, Ten Miles Square will host a salon show in the office space gallery, including artists like Michael Janis, Tim Tate, Cory Oberndorfer and Billy Colbert, along with other TMS regulars. Arrive between 9:00pm and 10:00pm for some mingling and art viewing. At 10:00pm DJs KC and Nite Krawler take over for a gallery dance party. Check out CAP online here. You can learn more about Ten Miles Square here.

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

ONGOING: The Farmer's Market at 14th & U St is back! SAT from 9:00am - 1:00pm

The Farmer's Market is back at 14th & U St from 9:00am - 1:00pm every Saturday! For complete info, please click here.

PAST: ART: Another Opening FRI, May 15th at Caramel Boutique on U St

Opening Reception
Friday, May 15th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

"Femininity in Visual Culture"
Come enjoy the works of 3 artists: a painter (Claire Feng), a photographer (Sarah Stefana Smith), and a mixed media artist (Molly Bosley). The exhibit displays a collective of women from three distinct backgrounds who create art influenced by their life experiences. The reception will feature free beverages, light hors d'oeuvres, and the artists themselves. Free and open to the public.

Caramel Boutique
1603 U St, NW
Metro: U St or take metrobus to 16th & U St

PAST: ART: Opening Reception Party FRI, May 15th for Mid City Artists, 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

This year there is going to be a special opening reception to kick off the Open Studio weekend for Mid City Artists. The reception will be held at Coldwell Banker on 17th St, NW on Friday, May 15th from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Refreshments will be served and you can have a chance to mix and mingle with the artists! The exact address is 1606 17th St, NW, between Corcoran and Q St.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

PAST: It's Bike to Work Day! FRI, May 15th

Even if you get this and it's too late to bike to work, hope you might be inspired to get on your bike soon! Sponsored by WABA. Details and more fun bike to events at

PAST: Reminder: Free Poetry Workshop Tonight with John Fox, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Smith Farm is hosting another fabulous free event TONIGHT from 5:30pm-8:00pm with John Fox, CPT. Previous post lists details. 1632 U St, NW Metro: U St or bus to 16th & U St

PAST: Sound Healing Concert TONIGHT in Georgetown, THURS, May 14th, 7:00pm

A friend of mine passed this info along. Sounds interesting. (I'd go but I'm planning to be at the free poetry workshop at Smith Farm this eve). This Sound Healing Event will feature the healing will take place tonight in Georgetown at The Church of Two Worlds and is open to the public. All are welcome to come even if you can't give. Suggested donation is $10. See metro or Circulator for best bus access.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

PAST: TUES, May 12th at National Geographic, Behind the Scenes with the Washington National Opera's Production of Turandot, 7:00pm, Free!

I know it's a bit last minute but I just came across it and it sounds fabulous, and Free!

Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00pm
An Evening of Chinese Culture: Turandot
National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium
1600 M Street, NW
FREE; Seating is first-come, first-serve

In celebration of National Geographic Museum’s exhibition Terra Cotta Warriors:Guardians of China’s First Emperor, Washington National Opera (WNO) presents a cultural look into Puccini’s beloved Turandot. National Geographic Museum director Susan Norton will make a short presentation on the terra cotta warriors and their place in Chinese culture. Joining her, internationally renowned conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson,director Andrei Şerban, and WNO‘s Christina Scheppelmann will discuss Puccini’s music and Şerban’s highly acclaimed production of Turandot, which is set in ancient China. A highlight of the evening’s festivities will be a performance by soprano Jennifer Lynn Waters who will perform music from the opera.

PAST: BOOK TALK at Reiter's on Pirates and their Hidden Economics this WED, May 13th at 6:30pm, Free

On Wednesday, May 13th at 6:30pm at Reiter's Books Peter Leeson will discuss and sign copies of his book, The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates.

The Invisible Hook looks at legendary pirate captains like Blackbeard, Black Bart Roberts, and Calico Jack Rackam, and shows how pirates' search for plunder led them to pioneer remarkable and forward-thinking practices. Pirates understood the advantages of constitutional democracy--a model they adopted more than 50 years before the U.S. did so. Pirates also initiated an early system of workers' compensation, regulated drinking and smoking, and in some cases practiced racial tolerance and equality. Leeson contends that pirates exemplified the virtues of vice--their self-seeking interests generated socially desirable effects and their greedy criminality secured social order. Pirates proved that anarchy could be organized.

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

PAST: Two Events TUES, May 12th... Just got notice on these

HAPPY HOUR with Green Drinks DC
in Adams Morgan at Left Bank, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

My friend Steve Ma with Live Green will be speaking at tonight's Green Drinks. This is a great place to mingle with green-minded folks while enjoying happy hour prices.

Leftbank, 2424 18th St, NW.
Metro: Woodley Park and take the new Circulator to Adams Morgan one stop, or Metr to Dupont and take the 42 bus to 18th & Columbia

STORYTELLING Open Mic with Speakeasy DC
"Coming of Age: Stories about Proms, Weddings, and Other Rites of Passage"
Open Mic - May 12th Doors open 6:30pm
Show 8:00pm, arrive early to ensure seating
Full restaurant and bar available
Note: Cover $10

Every second Tuesday of the month, hear 8-10 different interpretations of the nights theme as people tell original, autobiographical tales drawn from their own life experiences. You can learn more on their website here.

STATION 9, 1438 U St, NW (formerly Cada Vez)
Metro: U St or take bus along 14th, 16th or U St

Monday, May 11, 2009

PAST: Update: In Case of Rain... Re: Poetry in the Park!

Just got a note from GPI about this evening's poetry event. In case of rain, which is now likely, please call (800) 886-6157 at 6:15pm for a recorded update to see if event has moved in doors to Bossa in Adams Morgan, at 18th & Columbia near Madams Organ and Tryst.

PAST: ART: Show and Benefit this FRI, May 15th 6:00 - 8:00pm, Free

Small Piece Art Show & Benefit
Friday, May 15th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Artists include: Lisa Montag Brotman, Mila Kagan, Joan Konkel, Anne Marchand, Laurel Lukaszewski, and Teresa Roberts Logan. Purchases can be made by cash or check, 10% of all sales will go to The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc., a non-profit organization that watches Congress for legislation that impacts women of color, and all women.

Upstairs on 7th

555 12th Street NW (Lobby)
Washington, DC 20004
Metro: Metro Center

PAST: Silent Film & Performance by the National Philharmonic TUES Eve, May 19th, Free, Stand by Tickets Only

A bit late notice on this one but I thought it was still post worthy. Online free tickets have all been given away but free stand by tickets will be offered for those willing to head up there early to get in line.

Silent Movie with Performance by The National Philharmonic
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 8:00 PM

"The Poor Little Rich Girl" starring Mary Pickford
Hugh Munro Neely, Guest Conductor
Philip Carli, Composer
Strathmore Music Center

Metro: Grosvenor-Strathmore

The classic silent movie The Poor Little Rich Girl will be shown with an original score performed live by the National Philharmonic. Philip Carli’s new musical score will accompany the 1917 silent film. This special free presentation celebrates the 100th anniversary of Pickford’s first appearance as an actress on screen in May of 1909. Sponsored by the Mary Pickford Foundation.

Note: Though tickets have "sold out" online, they will only be held until 7:45pm, at the time a Stand-By line will fill any remaining open seats. If you want to try to get in, a Stand-By line will form beginning at 6:45pm.

PAST: Loeb's Deli Celebrates 50 Years this TUES, May 12th from 11:00am

Loeb's Deli is celebrating their 50th anniversary this Tuesday, May 12th and will be hosting a throwback celebration on the sidewalk. The party kicks off at 11:00am with DC’s Phil Harmon, aka DJ The Logic Theorist. The celebration also includes door prizes, hors d’oeuvres. The party is free to attend. A commemorative 50 year lunch special for two will be offered for $19.59.

Loeb's deli, DC's oldest family run NY Jewish Deli, opened in 1959. Walter and Sigrid Loeb's children now run the deli and are proud to celebrate 50 years of operation. This DC legendary restaurant is well known for their overstuffed pastrami and corned beef sandwiches and Matza Ball soup. Their story was also featured last week in The Washington Post, you can read the article here.

Loeb’s Deli
832 15th St, NW
Metro: McPherson Square
Open Mon-Fri 6:00am-4:00pm

Sunday, May 10, 2009

PAST: Poetry in the Park! Guerrilla Poetry is back in Dupont Circle this MON, May 11th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

After being indoors for the winter and rained out last month, GPI is back at the fountain in Dupont! Come spit your own words or just come and listen, come and be a part of conscious-raising entertainment.

Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency
This Monday, May 11th
From 7:00pm - 9:00pm
In Dupont Circle at the Fountain
Free and open to all

GPI's lyrical ambushes will feature live musical, 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! Read more about my friends at GPI here.

The featured poet this month is The Princes of Controversy, who blends words into conscious hip-hop. Here's a preview on YouTube. or check out her home page here.

In case of rain call (800) 886-6157 - for details on late start,location change etc!

PAST: Poetry Talk and Workshop: "The Healing Art of Poetry" with John Fox this THURS, May 14th 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Free!

Smith Farm is hosting another fabulous free event!

Finding the Words to Say It with the Healing Art of Poetry
with John Fox, CPT.
Thursday, May 14th
Free & Open to the Public

Poem-making can express the language of your heart. There is no one else who can express your experience of living life and celebrating what matters to you. This lecture and workshop is designed to evoke your unique and healing soul voice. John Fox will explore how your own words deepen feeling and understanding, provide comfort and bring relief to life's traumas. No prior writing experience necessary. Q&A session to follow the program. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. 2.5 CECs available, for more information, call 202-483-8600 or email Learn more about Smith Farm here.

Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U St NW
Metro: U St or take metro bus to 16 & U

PAST: Happy Mother's Day! 24-hour Women's Peace Vigil by White House, Now until 1:00pm SUN, May 10th

"Mother's Day for Peace"
24-Hour Vigil in LaFayette Park
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Outside of the White House

Sat, May 9th from 1:00pm -
Sunday, May 10th at 1:00pm

I post this for all People, especially Mom's, who believe that Peace is Possible... I don't normally post political things but I believe that this action is worth noting, especially since two of my poems were inspired by Code Pink. On a poetic note, I will say that I believe that having the ability to give life is amazing thing that women realize, and that as creators of life we realize that destruction is not our highest nature.

About the event: From dozens of cities and towns around the world, mothers, veterans, nurses, students, lawyers and businesswomen will convene this for a 24-hour vigil to honor women living under occupation worldwide. On Sunday, CodePink will host a powerful interfaith service, creative actions and more. All events are inspired by abolitionist Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Peace Proclamation. Howe, horrified by the devastation of the Civil War and the death of America's men, wrote the Proclamation to call on America's women to gather together to "promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.”

This vigil is hosted by CodePink and co-sponsored by the National Organization of Women, MADRE, the Feminist Peace Network and nearly 34 other human rights organizations.You can learn more at Mothers Day for Peace and see a full schedule of events on CodePink's site here.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

PAST: ART Closing this SAT, May 9th, in Crsytal City, Art Whino's "Inked Souls" 6:00pm - Midnight

Closing Tonight! Saturday, May 9th
6:00pm - Midnight
Art Whino's "Inked Souls" Closing Party
and B-Boy Battle
2450 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA
Metro: short walk from Crystal City
Learn more at:

Friday, May 8, 2009

OF NOTE: Article: "Broke? 20 Fun Things to Do Without Spending a Dime"

A friend passed this link my way and I just had to share it with you all! From Check it out here.

PAST: ARTIST SALON with Local Artists this SAT, May 9th in Columbia Heights at MAS, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Free

A Creative Exchange Between Artists
Salon Talk with artists Barbara Blanco and Ann Bouie
At the Millennium Arts Salon
Saturday, May 9th
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Free and open to the public!

Barbara Blanco and Ann Bouie are local Washington area artists whose artistic expressions are as different as "east and west" -- one artist's approach is punctuated by beadwork; the other, by photography and canvas. The artists will share insights and influences that inform their work.
Enjoy their talk with the backdrop of the group exhibition Between East and West on view at MAS until May 30th. A reception will immediately follow the talk.

Millennium Arts Salon
1213 Girard St, NW
Metro: close to Columbia Heights

PAST: ART & FILM Opening this SAT, May 9th in Silver Spring at Pyramid Atlantic, 6:00 - 8:00pm

New Exhibition and Film Opening Reception
Saturday, May 9th
6:00 - 8:00pm, Gallery Talk at 7:00pm
May 9 – July 17, 2009

"Kind Favors, Kind Letters" is a collaborative, site-specific installation by artists Tatiana Ginsberg, Lee Emma Running and Kate Carr utilizing handmade paper and an array of printmaking techniques. The group communicated over several months via handwritten letters and worked both independently and collectively to create this exhibition. Also screening will be Kevin Jerome Everson's short films. Everson’s films and artwork are about responding to daily materials, conditions, tasks and gestures of people of African descent.

Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center
8230 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland
Metro: Silver Spring an taxi or bus, see metro trip planner for best access

PAST: ARTIST TALK: FRI, May 8th "Meet The Artist" at The Hirshorn with artist Gary Simmons, 7:00pm

Friday, May 8th at The Hirshorn
7:00pm, Free
Please arrive early to ensure seating

New York-based artist Gary Simmons has been making "erasure" drawings since the early 1990s, when his studio occupied a former school. Simmons discusses his trademark process of using chalk on prepared panels that mimic school-room chalkboards. In the Hirshhorn's Blackboard (Triple-Eyed Maestro), 1993, the artist confronts the racial stereotypes that are still prevalent in today's popular culture.

At The Hirshorn Museum
Independence Avenue at Seventh St, SW
Metro: L'Enfant Plaza

PAST: ART OPENING this SAT, May 9th in Woodley Park, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

International Visions Art Gallery
Opening reception this Saturday,May 9th

"The Rose Harper Collection of South African Art" will be on view, featuring works created during the apartheid era (1987 - 1994), by black artists, who today are recognized as the preeminent artists of South Africa. Within the rich diversity of their creative expressions are references - both direct and metaphorical - to barriers and transcendence.Often referred to as propaganda or protest art, the imagery reflects the consciousness of a people. The art became the weapon of empowerment; the voice for those who were not allowed to speak without fear of prosecution. These brilliant and powerful works of art serve as historic documents on the black experience. Featured artists: C. Kumalo, Ben Macala, David Mbele, Nat Mokgosi, Velphi. More info here.

International Visions
2629 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Across the street from the Woodley Park Metro

OF NOTE: LINK: Check out Cultural Tourism DC for more cool things to do!

If you haven't checked out the site yet, Cultural Tourism DC has an excellent calendar with lots of great events listed. Not all of them are free, but many are. Check out the site here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

PAST: YOGA on The Mall this SAT, May 9th from 2:00pm - 5:00pm, Free

Yoga on The Mall will take place for the second year in a row this Saturday, May 9th from 2:00-5:00pm at the SW corner of 15th St and Constitution Ave, near the Washington Monument. Nearest metro is Smithsonian. Participants are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing and to bring their own yoga mat or blanket if they have one (some mats will be available, for those without) as well as a pot-luck picnic or snack to enjoy afterwards. Whole Foods will also be donating light refreshments. No previous yoga experience is necessary.

This year, teachers from DC Yoga Week studios will lead participants through a series of gentle, but gradually more challenging poses in twenty minute sessions as follows:

- YOTM begins with mini-introduction/welcome

2:00 - 3:20pm - Gentle, introductory yoga, taught by Spiral Flight, Studio Serenity, Tranquil Space & Capitol Hill Yoga (3:20 - 3:30pm Break)

3:30 - 4:50pm -More challenging session, including some backbends (modified for beginners), taught by Flow Yoga Center, VIDA Fitness, Unity Woods Yoga and Bikram Yoga Dupont

4:50 - 5:00pm Closing meditation lead by Circle Yoga

PAST: ART & DJ: Opening at The Embassy of Finland this FRI, May 8th, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

My Helsinki: Art Exhibition Opening - 12 Washingtonians + 12 Stories

Friday, May 8th
7:00pm - 10:00pm
At the Embassy of Finland
Free, RSVP required:

MY HELSINKI:An art exhibition celebrating the cultural exchange of Washington DC artists to Finland for a week of art, music and life experiences! Art work, Video and Music to be presented. Music by DJ Adrian Loving. Hosted by DC Magazine Modern Luxury and Embassy of Finland.

Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Ave,NW
Closest Metro is Dupont you can take a cab from there or you can check metro bus schedule online to see what buses may go there.

PAST: MUSIC: Local artist Flo Anito plays a Free Show at Chief Ikes this WED, May 6th 9:00pm - Midnight!

Wednesday, May 6th
9:00pm - midnight
Free, 21 and over

Local artist Flo Anito will be playing a free show at Chief Ike's Mambo Room this Wednesday night. Laura Zax and Wanda Perkins are both scheduled to play as well. I saw Flo perform recently at BloomBars and was pretty impressed so hope some of you will come on out and support her as she is hoping to make this a more regular event. It's a Wednesday night anyway, what else is going on? If you're driving, Wed eves tend to be more chill and parking should be available on local streets or if not, on 16th St.

Chief Ike's Mambo Room
1725 Columbia Rd, NW
In Adams Morgan across from the CVS,
just past the Safeway.

Metro: Dupont and take the 42 bus or take the new Circulator from Woodley Park to Adams Mill and take a left onto Columbia. Also walking distance from Columbia Heights metro.

Monday, May 4, 2009

PAST: Support local artists and help the homeless this Mother's Day! "Shop for Shelter" SAT, May 9th in Alexendria, VA, 11:00am - 3:00pm

Shop for Shelter
Saturday, May 9th
11:00am - 3:00pm

A Special Mother’s Day Shopping Event and Benefit for the Carpenter’s Shelter, Northern Virginia's largest homeless program located in Old Town. This is a win-win event. Not only is it a benefit for the homeless shelter, it is also a great way to find a unique gift for yourself or your mom and to support some of the area's local artists and designers. My friends from Mishi jewelery will be there. Many items will be sold at reduced prices as well! Complimentary goodies include: refreshments, chocolates, cash bar, door prizes.

This event is FREE if you RSVP by May 7th. At the door: $5
Please Call 703 888 3696 or email

This event is brought to you by polished by tu-anh in partnership with The Westin Alexandria & Carpenter’s Shelter

The Westin Alexandria
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314-5700

By car: there should be plenty of street parking or in the garage for $8 Metro: See Located between Eisenhower Ave and King St metro, may be a bus but may need to take a cab. I'd call the Westin to see if they have a shuttle service as well, many hotels do.

PAST: Learn about Solar Cooking this SUN, May 10th at 12:30pm

Solar Household Energy founder, Louise Meyer, will demonstrate solar cooking at All Souls this Sunay. Her non-profit organization with deep roots in Mt. Pleasant supports solar cooking around the world. Families in rural Mexico and El Salvador use the solar ovens to cook their daily meals. In Chad, they have improved the quality of life for thousands of families. They can even be used in sunny DC from April to October and will keep your kitchen cool and reduce your carbon footprint. This event will take place at All Souls, 16th & Harvard St. Metro: Columbia Heights or take metro bus or new circulator route.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Other QiGong / Tai Chi Offerings at All Souls on WED & SUN eves and SAT mornings, $10

Speaking of QiGong, classes are also offered by long time teacher Peter Mosher and Dr. Nathan Peabody on Sunday evenings, Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings at All Souls, 16th & Harvard St, NW.

Chi Kung (also spelled Qigong) is an ancient Chinese healing art that helps improve breathing, brain function, coordination, balance, and muscle tone. Movements flow from one to the next in a prescribed series, and leave the practitioner with a great sense of health and well-being.

Wednesdays evenings
Led by Nathan Peabody

Saturday mornings
Led by Nathan Peabody

All Souls gymnasium
Suggested donation:$10 per class

Dr. Nathan Peabody (drnatep AT has studied Chi Kung for 12 years from Chinese and Hawaiian masters.

Tai Chi/Chi Gong for Health, Vitality, and Harmony
Sunday Evenings (May 10, 24, 31, June 14, 28)
With Peter Mosher, teaching since 1972
All Souls, Eaton Room
$10 donation is requested for each class
More information here, or call 301-439-4815.

Note: On Sunday evenings there is a really great meditation group that follows if you want to stick around, led by IMCW teachers. No cost but donations are requested to cover room rental.

All Souls Unitarian
Corner of 16th & Harvard St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, S2, S4 or S9 bus along 16th or take the new Circulator Route

PAST: QiGong in the Park! WED Nights from 6:00pm - 7:00pm in Meridian Hill Park, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, $15

Learn Tai Chi-QiGong exercises for Relaxation & Balance with my friend Manifest Ra. For the next four weeks Manifest will be offering a special stress management class in the park on Wednesday nights. I took this class with him last week and slept so great that night. There was something incredibly relaxing about doing such fluid movements in the park looking at the trees blowing in the wind and watching the sun set...relaxing just to think about it even.

What is QiGong? It is a form of exercise that integrates fluid movements and natural twisting, pulling and pushing motions to allow the energy of the body to flow more evenly and is very much like a moving meditation. It also helps with the joints, lymph and overall circulation and is less strenuous than yoga. The exercises are done in a standing position so no mat is needed. Feel free to call or email Manifest at (202)746-4537 or to learn more.

Note this is not a free class, sometimes I make exceptions and posts things I believe in to help get the word out; this is one of those cases.

The next four Wednesday nights
Beginning this Wed, May 6th - May 30th
6:00pm - 7:00pm
(Saturday morning class as well
from 8:00am - 9:00am)

In the beautiful Meridian Hill / Malcolm X Park!
Meet at the bottom of the fountain
16th and W St, NW
Metro: U St or take the 16th St bus

Cost: $15 per Class, Bring a friend and save $5
Or...Save $20 and pay $100 for 8 Classes

PAST: New Shoe Boutique in Columbia Heights hosts trunk show this WED, May 6th, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Bettye Muller Trunk Show
At SimplySoles Boutique in Columbia Heights
This Wednesday, May 6th
4:00pm - 7:00pm

Attendees will enjoy cocktails, hear about new trends and meet the designer at the new eco-friendly boutique in DC's hip Columbia Heights neighborhood. Two small business entrepreneurs come together when New York City shoe designer, Bettye Muller, former competitive ice-skater and soap opera actress turned shoe designer, showcases her Fall 2009 designs at Kassie Rempel’s new DC boutique, SimplySoles. Shoppers who donate clothing to Suited for Change at the event, receive a 15% discount. Attendees may also pre-order from the “trunk” of shoes and shop SimplySoles’ current exclusive inventory from the designer including cork wedges, espadrilles and pumps.

1438 Park Rd NW
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: Health & Wellness Happy Hour this TUES, May 5th, 6:00pm

Tuesday, May 5th, Cinco de Mayo!
DC's Health and Wellness Happy Hour
for health and wellness professionals and enthusiasts

Whether you are into yoga, biking, going to the gym, cooking healthy, acupuncture, natural medicine, tai chi, or living green, this happy hour is for you! This month's invited speakers include Joshua Courage, Monisha Akhoury, Stewart Michie and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. Health and Wellness Happy Hour takes place every month on the first Tuesday at Busboys and Poets 5th and K location.

Busboys and Poets
1025 5th St, NW (5th & K NW)
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq or Gallery Place
Best reached by the Circulator bus to 5th & Mass

PAST: Larry Neal Writer's Awards this FRI, May 8th at the DCJCC, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

You are invited to celebrate the legacy of writer Larry Neal and award outstanding youth, teen, and adult literary artists of the District of Columbia this Friday, May 8th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the DC JCC Theater J (note this is the new location).

George Pelecanos, Crime Novelist, will be the Master of Ceremonies. The awards ceremony is free and open to the public. RSVP requested by May 1st. I imagine that there may still be seats available but please do email: or call 202.724.5613 to see if there is room still. Best to arrive early to ensure seating. Click here for more info on DCCAH.

DC Jewish Community Center
1529 16th St, NW (at Q St)
Metro: Dupont Circle
Best reached by S2, S4 or S9 - 16th St buses

PAST: ART: This FRI, May 8th Opening at Aroma featuring paintings by two very talented friends of mine, Matt Sesow & Dana Ellyn, 7:00pm 'til close

Opening of "Under the Influence" by Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow

Friday, May 8th
7:00pm - close

Description from Dana:

"Under the Influence" is an important show for me for several reasons. First, it's an exhibit with my nearest and dearest, Matt Sesow. Second, Aroma is the place where Matt and I met 8 years ago. And, "Under the Influence" is the perfect moniker on several levels. There's the obvious reference to drinking but, on a deeper level, it refers to the influence Matt and I have had on each other as painters. We'll be exhibiting about 12 paintings each which will hang at Aroma throughout the months of May and June.

Aroma (FYI: Smoking permitted bar/lounge)
Note: You must be 21 or older
3417 Connecticut Ave NW
(between N Ordway St & N Porter St)
Metro: Cleveland Park

PAST: Love Travel Stories? Have some to share? Come out this WED, May 6th for The Travelers Circle, 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Free

The monthly Travelers Circle (TC) meets again this Wednesday!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Free and open to all who love travel stories

TC is a way for locals and travelers to hang out, swap stories, and learn about the bigger world. From 6:30pm-8:00pm, it's informal, then at 8:00pm the storytelling begins. Sometimes there is a theme (like traveling in India, most interesting bus/train ride) but feel free to tell any story or just come to listen. Show up at anytime, leave whenever. Food is available for purchase if you want to grab dinner there as well. To stay connected to the group, email or you can join the group on facebook here.

Mayur Kabab House
1108 K St, NW
Metro: Best to take the Circulator Bus to 11th & K or walkable from Metro Center

PAST: MUSIC: Redman Block Party Tonight, Listening Party with Def Jam Records, 8:30pm - 11:00pm, Free

Def Jam Records presents The Redman Block Party at Listen Vision Studios

Monday, May 4th
8:30pm – 11:00pm
Free and open to the public

The event is a listening party of Redman’s soon to be released album. The acclaimed rapper, producer, and actor will be in attendance as well as 50-60 other VIPs. For more information please call 202.332.8494.

Redman Block Party
Sponsored by Def Jam Records
Listen Vision Studios
2622 Georgia Ave
Metro: See for best access

PAST: It's DC YOGA Week! Free and Discount Classes, Now - May 9th!

Free and discount yoga classes at participating studios this week! Complete info at DC Yoga Week.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

PAST: Creative Genius DC Happy Hour & Dinner THURS, May 7th, 6:30pm

This Thursday, May 7th
Happy Hour 6:30 - 7:30
Dinner starts around 7:30

This low-key happy hour networking event is for all creative types: writers, editors, dancers, jugglers, artists, graphic designers, performance artists, poets, musicians, and dreamers! Come have a drink and meet some new people! Dinner is optional for those who wish to stay. Please RSVP to Willona at

3500 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Cleveland Park

ONGOING: Anyone have kids who like to play soccer? Every SAT morning in Dupont at Stead Park 10:15 - 11:15, Ages 10 and under, Free

Saturday morning children’s soccer in Stead Park in Dupont Circle is back for a second season. Children ages 10 & under are invited to come out and enjoy the outdoors, make new friends and learn the sport of soccer every Saturday from April 18th – September 26th (excluding May 9th & May 16th). Two trained and experienced volunteer coaches will be leading the one-hour soccer program. Soccer equipment will be provided, please make sure all players arrive wearing proper gym shoes (or cleats) and adequate ice water. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To sign up for the season or for any questions, please send emails to

Children’s Soccer Program
April 18th – September 26th
10:15 -11:15am (this is the new time)

Stead Park Field
1625 P St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle or bus accessible

PAST: Party in the Park! Stead Park Day Celebration this SAT, May 9th in Dupont, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Free

Celebrate Stead Park Day at the newly improved grounds in Stead Park. The long awaited renovations established three distinct activity zones, offering outdoor entertainment for all ages. Improvements include a resurfaced basketball court; two age appropriate playgrounds for toddlers and children, a climbing wall and a turf picnic zone.

The celebration will include children’s games, performances by local artists and musicians, and kid-friendly snacks. The celebration will take place in the picnic area located on P Street between 16th and 17th NW. Bring your friends and family to Stead Park for a party with your neighbors. For more info, email

Stead Park Day Celebration
This SAT, May 9th
11:00am - 2:00pm, Free
1625 P St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle take metro bus

Friday, May 1, 2009

PAST: MUSIC: Free Concert with my friend Courtney Dowe at BloomBars! SAT, May 2nd, 8:00pm - 11:00pm, All Ages

"Free for the People Bailout Tour Kickoff"
Courtney Dowe's Free Show and Birthday Party!

Saturday, May 2nd
At BloomBars
8:00pm - 11:00pm

Courtney Dowe is ON THE RISE! Not much else to say. Except that she wants to share her special day and the kick off of her cross-county tour with YOU this Saturday. She’ll be joined by her tour mate and fellow Citizen Cope tour veteran, ghosts n guitars. Kicking off the tour at Bloombars, the series of seven free shows will venture into North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky before culminating at Dream Studios (a BloomBars affiliate) in Kansas City, Missouri. Their mission: Keep music accessible and free for the people! More at:

3222 11th Street, NW
Next to Wonderland on 11th at Kenyon
Metro: Columbia Heights or new 14th St Circulator Route

PAST: See the World in One Day! (well, sort of) "Passport DC" Annual Embassy Open House is tomorrow, SAT, May 2nd from 10:00 am - 4:00pm, Free!

Tomorrow is Passport DC Open House! Embassies open their doors every year for this special one day event! The event will showcase embassies from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and others provide a range of educational and cultural programming designed for people of all ages.

I went last year and have a few suggestions: 1) wear comfortable shoes and dress according to the weather (it was hot last year) 2) don't carry heavy bags with you for security purposes, etc 3) bring some food to snack on and some water if you can 4) bring along some cash so you can sample some of the treats for sale like the gelato at the Italian Embassy, yum! 5) Look at the map and schedule online and try to plan ahead. You won't be able to see all of the embassies with the lines so you may want to check out the map and try to see the ones you really want to see instead of trying to see them all. I'd suggest starting at the ones further out first since last year it was really crowded at the ones closest to Dupont. Be sure to check out the full schedule and map online before making your plans! Available online at

This Saturday, May 2nd
10:00am - 4:00pm
Free! Various embassies throughout the city!
Metro: Dupont Circle, Free Shuttle at 20th & Mass Ave, NW

PAST: CONCERT: The Makepeace Brothers play at BloomBars TONIGHT 9:00pm - 11:00pm, donation based

In from California... The Makepeace Brothers play a special show Tonight at BloomBars at 9:00pm. The show is donation based so swing on by for a real treat!

This band is one of my faves when in the mood for beautiful harmonies and beach sounding music (a bit of Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson (with harmonies) meets Beach Boys. Their ballad "Hero" has the heart of John Lennon and makes me feel connected to something amazingly powerful. In case you are wondering... Yes, they are brothers and their real last name is Makepeace!

They toured last spring with Jason Mraz and their music has been described by others as an "eclectic mix of bluegrass, jazz Brazilian, African world rhythms, and Celtic" but I in my opinion, it is best to just have a listen by clicking on their myspace page here or on facebook here.

Friday, May 1st
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Suggested donation, $5-$10

3222 11th St, NW
next to Wonderland at Kenyon St
Metro: Columbia Heights