Tuesday, June 30, 2009

PAST: ART: This FRI, July 3rd is "First Fridays in Dupont", Galleries open 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

First Fridays in Dupont, Most Art Galleries in the area stay open until 8:00pm. There is no website however, you can likely grab a map with the galleries noted on it at The Washington Project for the Arts, 2023 Mass Ave or at Hillyer (see other post, in alley behind The Phillips). There are ten galleries, most of which are located along Conn Ave and R St, NW. Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit

PAST: Free Reggae Show with Jonny2Bad this SAT, July 4th at The Palace of Wonders, H St NE, 9:00pm - 2:00am, 21+

Free Reggae Show with Jonny2Bad this Saturday, July 4th!
9:00pm - 2:00am
Free Admission, Drink specials, 21+
Check out Jonny2Bad here.

The Palace of Wonders
1210 H St, NE
Metro: Gallery Place and take the X2 bus or free H St Shuttle (if you can catch it, it runs about every half hour)or you can take a taxi from Union Station.

PAST: Free Travel Storytelling Event: Travelers Circle Meets again this WED, July 1st from 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Travelers Circle Meets again this Wednesday, July 1st from 6:30pm - 10:00pm at the Mayur Kabab House. Share your travel stories if you like or just listen to the travel tales of others at this free monthly event. Food is available for purchase. 11th & K St, NW. Metro: closest to Circulator bus, also walkable from Metro Center. To see more details and RSVP, see the invite on facebook here.

PAST: Free Preview of Fringe Festival Performances this WED, July 1st in Chinatown, 7:15pm - 10:00pm

Fringe Performance Preview!
This Wednesday, July 1st
7:15pm - 10:00pm or so

The Capital Fringe Festival will be take place from July 9th-26th this year and will feature some of the most experimental performance art you have seen. This year they will offer a sneak peak preview featuring some of this year's performances on Wednesday, July 1st. About 20 acts are scheduled to give a preview of their work this Wednesday at RFD in Chinatown beginning at 7:15pm. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more about the Festival and the artists participating here.

At R.F.D. (Regional Food and Drink)
810 7th Street, NW
In the back room
Metro: Gallery Place

Sunday, June 28, 2009

PAST: Chalk4 Peace at Artomatic SUN, June 28th from noon - 3:00pm, Free

This Sunday, June 28th, Artomatic and CHALK4PEACE will welcome you in peace. Be a part of the largest worldwide outdoor chalk art project. Come join us and draw your ideas and images of peace on the front sidewalk outside the Artomatic building from noon - 3:00pm. If you can't make it today, please learn more about the mission of Chalk4Peace at, www.chalk4peace.org.

Sunday, June 28th
@12 meet upstairs in the 8th floor education room and we will head down
around 1pm ish

55 M Street, SE
Metro: Navy Yard - Green Line

Friday, June 26, 2009

PAST: Time to Play with Movement! Free Contact Improv Class again this SAT, June 27th from 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Contact Improvisation Class at Artomatic again this Saturday! I took this class before with Rob Bettmann and it was a lot of fun! Free class at Artomatic, 6th Floor on the Dance Stage.

This Saturday, June 27th
2:00pm - 3:30pm

PAST: Climate Change Symposium at NMAI tomorrow, SAT, June 27th from 2:00-4:30, Free

Mother Earth: Climate Change Symposium at the National Museum of the American Indian this Saturday, June 27th from 2:00-4:30. See their website for complete info. 4th & Independence Ave, SW. Metro: Federal Center, SW

Thursday, June 25, 2009

PAST: Live Freestyle Painting & DJ THURS, June 25th at Tryst in Adams Morgan, 8:00pm on, Free

Live Painting and DJ Tonight at Tryst! Starts at 8:00pm. Tryst is on 18th St, NW close to Columbia Rd in Adams Morgan (and is also one of the best coffeeshops in town that serves counter culture espresso, yummy). To view the flier and learn more specific details about the event please click here!

Metro: Woodley Park and walk across the bridge or take the Circulator bus one stop. Also direct access from Dupont Circle, 42 bus to Columbia & 18th St. L2, L4 and all 90 line buses go there as well. See metro trip planner for best access.

PAST: NBA Dunk Competition this SAT, June 27th on Penn Ave, 4:00pm, $10

This weekend the NBA and Sprite are looking for the best dunkers in Washington D.C. and you can help decide! There will be an outdoor basketball court set up on Pennsylvania NW between 9th and 10th streets on Saturday, and will begin the competition at 4:00pm. The cost for admission is $10 (it’s part of the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle). This is an Official NBA Sponsored Event that is also family-friendly. Fans get to vote using SMS at the event and online in the final rounds. NBA legend Darryl Dawkins will be present. You can watch a video and learn more about the NBA Dunk this weekend, click here.

PAST: This SAT at Civilan Art Projects, 11:00pm, 21+ $10

This Saturday, June 27th, some kind of party going on at Civilian on 7th St, same location but now on the 2nd Floor. It's an event called "New York Night Train Happening" and there is a flier on their website here. Metro: Navy Archives or Gallery Place Chinatown

PAST:Civilian Arts Projects Q&A with Artists from "Paper Jam" THURS, June 25th 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Free

Due to popular demand, Civilian Art Projects will be hosting a Q&A session with several artists from the exhibition "Paper Jam: The Art and Grime of the East Coast Rock Poster" on Thursday, June 25th.The reception starts at 6:30pm, the talking starts at 7:00pm. Posters will be for sale as well, $10 to $200. Event is Free, Refreshments provided.

The event encourages you to ask anything you've ever wanted to know about the seamy underbelly of music promotions, printmaking, and schizoid illustrations. Try us. Those represented live and in person include: John Foster of Bad People Good Things,JP Flexner of Nodivision, Jeffrey Everett of El Jefe Design Dan and Jason of Warm, Gregory Pizzoli, Anthony Dihle of Dirty Pictures, Paper Jam organizers.

PAST: DANCE: African Dance Class with Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers SAT, June 27th, 10:00am - 11:30am, Free for new folks!

The Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers, who are normally in Malcolm X Park on Sundays, are hosting an African Dance Class this Saturday, June 27th from from 10:00am to 11:30am at the Festival Center in Adams Morgan, located at 1640 Columbia Rd, NW, at the corner of Mozart Place. Wakili McNeill will teach the class, which will be held in the conference room on the 1st floor of the building. If you go, the first class is Free! Each class thereafter is $10.

Metro: You can walk from Columbia Heights, yellow or green line, about ten minutes, or metro to Woodley Park or Dupont Circle. From Woodley, you can take the Circulator to Irving St and walk back about four blocks or take the 42 bus from Dupont Circle right to the corner of Mozart and Columbia directly outside of the building.

PAST: POETRY in the Park Every TUES Night! Readings & Open Mic at Miller Cabin Series in Rock Creek, Now - July 28th, 7:30pm, Free

Miller Cabin Poetry Series 2009
Tuesday nights in the park at 7:30pm
June 9th - July 28th

Poetry Readings are held in Rock Creek Park, near Picnic Area 6, where Military Road passes over Beach Drive,just outside the Miller Cabin. Each reading has a featured poet and then a brief open-mic if anyone wishes to share their work. A reception follows every reading at the Sixth Presbyterian Church at 5413 16th Street, NW. The church is also the rain site. You can read more about the history of this series at the Word Works website.

Here are the remaining eves left in the series:

Tues, June 30th
Melanie Henderson and Luke Johnson

Tues, July 7th

April Lindner and Bonnie Naradzay

Tues, July 14th

George Drew and W. Luther Jett

Tues, July 21st
Cynthia Atkins and Dan Vera

Tues, July 28th

January Gill O’Neil, Joseph O. Legaspi, and Joseph Ross

PAST: Carnival in DC! Annual Parade and Festival along Georgia Ave this SAT, June 27th 11:00am, Festival also SUN, June 28th Noon - 7:00pm

Carnival in DC! The annual DC Carnival is this Saturday along Georgia Avenue (by Howard) and Sunday. Free to watch the parade on Saturday, and boy will it be colorful, hot and crowded so come prepared and in comfy shoes. There is a festival that will be held in the park are with vendors from noon-7:00pm on both Sat and Sun, $10 admission for that but the parade is free! For a list of performers and more, click here!

Saturday, June 27th
Parade Kicks Off at 11:00am
at Georgia Ave & Missouri Ave, NW

Followed By Festival in Banneker Park
Noon - 7:00pm
Festival with Food, Arts and Crafts
Featuring Live Performances
Admission: $10

Sunday, June 28th
Noon - 7:00pm
Live Music, Family Day
Admission: $10

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

PAST: Kostume Karaoke WED, June 24th, at Sollys on U St, Free

Please see previous post about event for details. I went last time with a friend and had a blast! Not so much a singer but I love playing dress up and they have a pretty fab selection of costume wear and songs! Free, 8:00 sign ups begin I believe. Til 1:00am or so.

PAST: MUSIC, FASHION and More at "Love Thy Neighbor" Special Event this FRI, June 26th, 6:00pm - 10:00pm

"Love Thy Neighbor" Trunk Show/Happy Hour
This Friday, June 26th
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Music by DJ's Obeyah and Small Axe

Preview D.C. inspired clothing line
by Policy Brand Clothing. Co.
Policy Brand clothing for sale on site.

Chop-Chop Food Bar by Chix
Beer $2, Wine $3, Chix Spritzer $4

Vacant Warehouse
(enter through the rear of the
building on Blagden Alley)
1240 9th Street, NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Square

Invite on facebook here.

PAST: POETRY: "Poet A Tete" Open Mic Night THURS, June 25th at Ebenezer's Coffeehouse by Union Station, 7:30pm

This is a free poetry open mic at a cute coffee shop that I just discovered called Ebenezer's which is a block away from Union Station at 201 F St, NE. The next Poetry Open mic will be heald on July 23rd.

PAST: Learn about Sustainablility and enjoy an Open House this THURS, June 25th at The House of Sweden, 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Have you ever wondered what the House of Sweden is? Here is your chance to experience the House of Sweden's multi-purpose "Green" event center. The Kingdom of Sweden, and its House of Sweden, Cordially Invites SB NOW and Friends to its Sustainability Georgetown Waterfront Open House Reception. Join us to learn about and see the operational sustainable elements used in our building and conference center. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails while you meet with the a leading sustainable caterer and many other local vendors offering sustainable products and services to The House of Sweden. No RSVP required for this event, the more the merrier.

Thursday, June 25th
4:00pm - 8:00pm

House of Sweden
2900 K Street, NW
Georgetown Harbor
Washington, DC 20007

Complimentary Valet parking at the House of Sweden and a complimentary shuttle service from the Foggy Bottom Metro (Blue/Orange lines). Just look for the House of Sweden staff. You can also take the Circulator bus and walk down to K St from M St or any of the 30 line buses.

OF NOTE: ART Show at GALA Theatre in Columbia Heights, Now - June 28th

ART on view Now - SUNDAY, JUNE 28. "Guardians" Sofia Gawer-Fische's photo exhibit of angels and doors taken at Recoleta cemetery and buildings in Buenos Aires. More information: sofiart@verizon.net or call (202) 368-7713. I'm not sure if there is a or what the hours were but the images I received in the email looked really beautiful and it's in a space that I didn't realize showed art so I think it may be worth checking out before it leaves this Sunday.

GALA Hispanic Theatre
Keewer Art Walk
3333 14th St, NW (at Park)
Metro: Columbia Heights

OF NOTE: Eastern Market is Open! Grand Reopening this FRI, June 26th!

Very excited to hear that the original market will reopen on Friday after extensive renovations. It looks like it will be beautiful. You can read more online here and another good article here. I'm looking forward to checking it out myself this weekend! Metro: Eastern Market

PAST: Yoga at Honfluer Gallery in SE every WED night, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, $10

Yoga at the Honfleur Gallery! Love Yoga, Love Art - why not put the two together and hold a yoga class in an art gallery. Sounds like a creative way of thinking to me. Starting tonight...

A one hour multi-level hatha yoga class with emphasis on strength,healing, flexibility and endurance. The class will explore breathing exercises and interactive yoga. It’s an invigorating combination that will challenge your physical and mental strength. Instructor: Amber Robles-Gordon. For questions or any additional information please contact Amber at aroblesgordon@yahoo.com. You can also check out her art and read more on her blog here.

Wednesday nights from 6:00pm-7:00pm
Classes start Wednesday, June 24th
Note: $10 per class

Honfleur Gallery
1241 Good Hope Road S.E.
Washington, DC 20020
For metro or bus access click here.

PAST: Meet Danish Artist Lars H.U.G. at the Danish Embassy Tonight! WED, June 24th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, RSVP

The Danish Embassy hosts a preview of paintings by Danish multi-artist Lars H.U.G. on Wednesday, June 24th. RSVP to wasambinfo@um.dk or jackie@hamiltoniangallery.com, 202.332.1116.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

PAST: Soprano Brooke Evers sings Julie Andrews at Harman Hall, this WED, June 24th, noon - 1:00pm, Free

Soprano Brooke Evers debuts with a tribute to Julie Andrews at Happenings, this Wednesday at noon. She will perform selections from the Julie Andrews songbook. Details and additional events here.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company
The Harman Center for the Arts
610 F Street, NW

PAST: DANCING: "Taste of Square Dancing" Open House, Thursday, June 25th 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Modern Western square dancing has evolved from what you may remember from grade school: It grew up and got cool. Most of the music is contemporary, non-country — ranging from pop to disco to show tunes. The dance is energetic and fun.

DC Lambda Squares, the DC area’s GLBT and inclusive square dance club, is offering a free series of three introductory dances this summer. No partner, experience or special “costumes” needed! Our caller will have non-dancers dancing in no time. Additional dances July 23 and Aug. 27.

Most major U.S. cities have a gay square dance club, including New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore and Philadelphia, offering opportunities for travel to regional dances. The International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs holds an annual convention, most recently in DC.

National City Christian Church
5 Thomas Circle NW
Washington DC 20005
More info: www.dclambdasquares.org

(Sent by Charles Taylor, 202-577-3411)

PAST: Book Talks at Politics & Prose WED, June 24th - SUN June 28th, Free

All events are at 7:00pm unless noted.

Wednesday, June 24th

David Makovsky Myths, Illusions, And Peace

Thursday, June 25th

Paul Starobin After America

Friday, June 26th
Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman Tears In The Darkness

Saturday, June 27th

1:00pm Gordon S. Brown Incidental Architect
6:00pm S.L. Price Heart Of The Game

Sunday, June 28th

1:00pm Jan Elvin The Box From Braunau

Please visit Politics and Prose website for complete info.

Monday, June 22, 2009

PAST: "An Introduction to Green Jobs" with Eco-Coach Anca Novacovici, MON, June 22nd, 6:30pm, RSVP, Free

An Introduction to Green Jobs: To help beginners get answers to their questions about green jobs, CarbonfreeDC is hosting "An Introduction to Green Jobs" on June 22nd at 6:30pm at Ebenezers Coffeehouse on Capitol Hill. RSVP please by June 22, 2009 6:15pm. Complete info about the event here.

The term "Green Jobs" is everywhere these days. During the presidential election, the stimulus debate and the budget discussions, "Green Jobs" kept popping up. Interested in pursuing a green job, but confused about what this term really means and how to find a green job that is matched for you? Presenter, Anca Novacovici, founder of Eco-Coach and a green jobs expert, will give a presentation and answer your questions about green jobs. Anca has literally written the book on green jobs and is working with Washington businesses to develop a green job training program in DC.

Ebenezers Coffehouse
In the meeting rooms
201 F Street NE
intersection of 2nd & F Streets)
Washington, DC 20002

Friday, June 19, 2009

PAST: ART + MUSIC + FOOD at "Not From Concentrate" this SAT, June 20th at Hounshell from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Not From Concentrate: A Juicy Art Exhibit
Hosted by The Pink Line Project

Saturday, June 20th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Hounshell Gallery
1506 14th Street, NW
Just north of P St

Art by Chanan Delivuk and Joshua Yospyn, Vegan creatures and freshly squeezed fruit, Tunes featuring DJ Anish + Sips + Tasty Vegan Eats

PAST: POETRY: "Sunday Kind of Love" is this SUN at Bubsoys, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Free

See www.busboysandpoets.com for more info.

PAST: This SAT, June 21st "Meditation for Change" in front of the White House, 4:00pm, Free

As part of "Take a Breathe, DC" and The Art of Living's weekend of events in DC, the public is invited to take part a "3,000 Person Group Meditation for Change" outside of the White House in Lafayette Park, 1608 H St, NW. www.takeabreathdc.org
Metro: McPherson Square, Vermont Ave exit or take any number of metro buses there such as the S2, S4, 42, or 30 bus lines.

PAST: Highlights for the SACRED Festival this SUN, June 21st!

The SACRED DC Festival is this Sunday! I'm really excited about the Festival as I have been working with some friends to organize this event. It is sure to be an amazing day filled with performances, workshops, and fun for all ages!

Festivities from 10:30am - 7:30pm in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park between 16th and 15th at Euclid and inside of the Josephine Butler Parks Center from 10:30am - 5:00pm. The event is Free and open to all. Donations welcome.

Here is an overview of what we have planned:

The Opening Ceremony will be held inside from 10:30am – 11:00am and we will kick of the day with some Kirtan chant/music featuring the Om Kaboom Orchestra. In the grass outside there will be room for relaxing, hanging out, drumming, dancing and play. Crafts and Activities for kids both inside and out, this festival is for all ages!

Outside in the Park we will have free Yoga classes (please bring your yoga mat) with my friends Jen and Yael, QiGong with my teacher Manifest Ra, Acro-Yoga with Vanessa and Recess (games we played as kids) with my friend Suzanne.

Healing Sessions will be offered inside from Noon-4:00pm. There will be a number of reiki practitioners, massage therapists and healers of various modalities offering mini-sessions. Please be sure to sign up early to get a slot!

Healing Arts Workshops will be held inside from 11:00-5:00 and there will be some outside as well.(I'm really excited about these since many of my friends will be facilitating, as will I.} We'll offer meditation classes of various styles with some excellent teachers and workshops on Shamanism, Reiki, Energy Medicine and The Chakras (with your's truly) and Naturopathic Medicine. We'll also have offer a Contact Improv class at 3:30 and an Acupuncture Demo at 5:45 in the park.

We'll have Two Stages for Performers, one inside and one outside, featuring live music, poetry and dance from some of our most talented local artists such as: singer/songwriter Courtney Dowe, poet Monda Webb, Ally Way, Kalicoh, hip-hop artist Head Roc, the multi-talented "human beat box" and lyricist Christylez, Brazilian Samba, DJ Vishal, The Malcolm X Drummers, and Dancing (with fellow organizers) Graciela Lopez and the Afrika Abney.

Free Workshops on non-violent communication skills for peace building, global justice activism and human rights will also be held.

We'll also have tables set up inside and outside where you can learn more about Local Businesses and Non-Profits and a silent auction inside with some great gifts from our sponsors that you can bid on. We'll have local food vendors on-site so be sure to bring some cash along to sample their local flavors.

Please invite your friends. The more people we gather, the more amazing it will be!
You can forward this link directly by clicking on the little envelope icon below the post.

If you want to learn more and stay connected...

To stay connected to the SACRED DC Community and the people that you meet at the event please join our facebook group here. You can check out our main website sacreddc.com and our new site which has bios, info, videos and more here!

Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about five blocks. You can also take the new Circulator bus route to 16th & Columbia or the S2, S4 or S9 bus along 16th St to Euclid.

Street parking should be available on Sundays along 16th and local side streets, just be sure to leave your car empty inside as a general city rule and be sure to read the signs (most apply only M-F). If you want to park inside of a garage, there is a Harris Teeter just across from the park between 16th & 17th on Kalorama, which is now one way. Not sure what the charge will be but you can check with them.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

PAST: POETRY: HOME at Hillyer Art Space features "The 5th L" this FRI, June 19th 6:00pm, Open Mic follows 7:00pm - 9:00pm, $5, perfromers free

HOME: Hillyer Open Mic Event
This month's feature is The 5th L
Friday, June 19th
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court, NW
Note that the space is in the alley. Enter through the alley between old and new Phillips Collection buildings.

Come join Hillyer for June's HOME event! Hosted by Fred Joiner, curator and host of the American Poetry Museum's Intersections at the Honfleur Gallery and poet-in-residence at Busboys and Poets, Shirlington. This month's feature poet is The 5th L.

HOME is on every THIRD Friday of the month at the Hillyer Art Space.
Sign-up is at 6:00pm
Open mic begins at 7:00pm, ends around 9:00pm
$5 for non-members of International Arts & Artists
Free for members and performing poets
FREE coffee from Starbucks and refreshments.

This month's feature is the electrifying result when poetry becomes music, performed with energy that rivals rock & roll, and yet still hip-hop in its truest form. The 5th L is a Baltimore-based, nationally traveled, spoken-word, poetry-meets-hip-hop soul group made up of David Ross/Native Son and Femi Lawal/The Dri Fish. They deliver an action-packed experience with the skilled theatrics of a Broadway show and the high energy of rap, yet with the poetic integrity of Langston Hughes to entertain and enlighten audiences.

PAST: "Juneteenth" Event s in DC this FRI, June 19th in Honor of the End of Slavery

This Friday is June 19th, often referred to as "Juneteenth" is a day set aside to commemorate the end of slavery. You can read more about the day on wikipedia here and check out special related events here and here. I believe that there are some events taking place at the MLK Library as well, 9th & G St, NW. You may want to call them at (202) 727-0321 for info Metro: Gallery Place

PAST: The SACRED DC Festival is this SUN, June 21st! Free Festival.... Healing, Arts, Dance, and more! Workshops til 6:30, Event 10:30am - 7:30pm

The first SACRED DC Festival will take place on Sunday, June 21st, the Summer Solstice, from 10:30am - 7:30pm. I'm helping to organize this festival with some other amazing people and I'm really excited about it. We'll be in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park and inside of the beautiful Josephine Butler Parks Center and we hope you will join us!

The focus of the festival is to integrate healing, the arts and community to transform ourselves and our planet. The day will also remind us to dance, laugh, learn, play and have fun as we connect in solidarity with others.

The day will include live music, drumming, dancing, poetry, healing work and workshops in addition to crafts, green-minded groups, social justice and activism and more! We'll have free yoga classes, including acro-yoga, qigong, contact improv, meditation, reiki and other healing arts as well as vendors, non-profit tables and lots of chances for you to connect with others in a meaningful and fun way. Please try to bring water and your yoga mat if you plan to participate in classes outside.

I'll try to post a more detailed agenda with a list of some of the performers, workshops and classes in the next day or so, please check back for more details! (I've seen the schedule and it looks amazing!) SACRED stands for Solidarity, Arts, Culture, Roots, Earth and Dance. I hope you will join us for this amazing day.

To learn more, visit www.sacreddc.com or join our group on facebook here. If you join the facbook group "SACRED DC Festival" you will be able to stay informed of future events and to stay connected with others in attendance to create a virtual community online. We also have a new site with lots of pics, videos and bios of those performing which you can view at www.sacreddc.ning.com

Metro: Columbia Heights, walk down Columbia to 15th or 16th and make a left. Park is at 15th & Euclid. Closest access is the S2, S4 or S9 bus along 16th St or you can take the new Circulator Route to 16th St and Columbia Rd and walk a few blocks down.

Driving: Parking is available in the Harris Teeter Parking lot for a fee on Kalorama or you should be able to easily find free street parking on Sundays along 16th or the side streets nearby, be sure to leave your car empty inside so nothing is visible from the windows, just to be on the safe side, it's a good city rule in general.

Regrets for delays in updating the site, been busy planning a Free Festival for this SUN in DC! Details on schedule coming soon!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

PAST: Special Event for South Africa, POETRY & ACTIVISM, this TUES, June 16th at Busboys & Poets, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free, donations appreciated

Two Generations of Poetry & Activism in South Africa
Tuesday, June 16th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

In honor of the DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD, which honors the anniversary of the 1976 Soweto protests, when thousands of schoolchildren took to the streets under the South African apartheid regime. It is also a time to reflect on the progress towards health, education and human rights for all children across the continent.

“To assert one’s creativity is to assert one’s humanity… that is a premise I have acted on all my life and it is the premise I have offered others as an inspiration.” - Dennis Brutus

Featuring Comrade Fatso, Dennis Brutus, Poets Femi "Thedrifish," Marc Marcel and Mary. Hosted by Elen Awalom and Akenji Ndumu with support from Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Haymarket Books, Trans Africa Forum, Africa Action and Foreign Policy In Focus/Institute for Policy Studies.

All are welcome-- no cover charge, though a donation basket will be passed during the evening. All proceeds to support an African poetry delegation at Split This Rock Poetry Festival (March of 2010).

Note: Dennis Brutus is currently recovering from prostate cancer and will not be able to join us in person, but he will join us live via a video link from South Africa. Complete details on facebook invite here. Info also on Busboys and Poets site here.

Dennis Brutus is a South African poet who was banned and imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and 1,000 others. He is the author of 12 books of poetry, including Poetry and Protest: A Dennis Brutus Reader and Still the Sirens. Comrade Fatso is Samm Farai Monro, one of the most explosive and controversial acts in South Africa today. Comrade Fatso calls his poetry Toyi Toyi Poetry, radical street poetry that mixes Shona with English and mbira with hip hop. It’s an art form that is an uprising against oppression.

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

Monday, June 15, 2009

PAST: MUSIC Festival: "Fete de la Musique" this FRI, June 19th at Alliance Francaise, 5:30pm - 11:30pm, Free! RSVP Required

Each June since 1982, amateur and professional musicians all across France invade the streets and courtyards, squares and gardens, stations and museums, for the pleasure of playing music, listening and sharing. In keeping with the tradition and spirit of this celebration, the Alliance Française is offering its space and promotional support to provide emerging artists with a unique opportunity to show off their skills during la Fête de la Musique of our own right here in Washington, DC.

This year the entire event is free but reservations are required. Cash bar. The 6-hour musical program will run from 5:30 to 11:30pm on Friday, June 19th and will be held at the Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave, NW. For complete info and to RSVP, click here. Metro: Dupont Circle and walk or take the 42 bus up the hill. From Conn or Columbia, turn left on Wyoming.

PAST: TUES, June 16th at Noon - Two Free Concerts Downtown!

Local artist Christylez, Free Concert, Noon - 1:30pm
1300 Penn, Ave. (see previous post on that series) Metro: Federal Triangle

or a more traditional concert...

Mezzo-soprano Michelle Rice and Pianist Eliza Chang
at The Church of the Epiphany, 13th & G (see previous on Tues series) Metro: Metro Center

PAST: ART OPENING: "Stimulus" Opens this TUES, June 16th in Columbia Heights! 5:30pm - 8:30pm

"Stimulus" Art Opening Reception:
Tuesday, June 16th
5:30pm - 8:30pm

The Nevin Kelly Gallery presents "Stimulus," a group exhibition of works by local artists to stimulate the mind and the economy. All works in the show will be priced at $500 or less, many at limited-opportunity prices.

Participating artists include John M. Adams, Sondra N. Arkin, Joan Belmar, Tanja Bos, Anne Bouie, Molly Brose, Lenny Campello, Mary Chiaramonte, Anna U. Davis, Jenny Davis, Thomas Drymon, Stirling Elmendorf, Pat Goslee, Emily Greene Liddle, Laurel Hausler, Eve Hennessa, J. Ford Huffman, Rosalind Kennedy, Mark Parascandola, Anneliese Sullivan, Ming Yi Sung Zaleski, Ruth Trevarrow, Claudia Vess, and Ellyn Weiss.

Local restaurants Commonwealth Gastropub, Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza and Rumberos are offering dinner specials for the Stimulus audience on the night of the opening. Radiance Medspa, a neighborhood day spa, is also offering specials.

Nevin Kelly Gallery
1400 Irving St, NW #132
Metro:The gallery is located in the Highland Park complex directly above the Columbia Heights Metro station (Green & Yellow Lines). The door code is 065. The gallery is in unit #132 on the first floor.

Friday, June 12, 2009

PAST: This SAT, June 13th "Dancing for Peace" at the Reflecting Pool 11:00am-2:00pm, Free

Dance for Peace! From 11:00-2:00 this Saturday, June 13th at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, West side of the US Capitol at 3rd St between Maryland Ave SW and Pennsylvania Ave NW Metro: Federal Center, SW For more info see www.dancing4peace.info or call 202-258-1663

PAST: TALK FRI, June 12th at 6:30pm... Pride Week Special Event at Alliance Francais, Free

Friday, June 12th at 6:30pm at the Alliance Francaise: "An LGBT-Friendly Look at Homosexuality in French Literature from the 1850s to 1939" Free event, Language: English

A survey of Homosexuality in French literature from the 1850s to 1939 with a power point presentation: the heterosexual precursors, the clichés and prejudices, and how the homosexual writers survived or exploited these themes.This lecture will be given by Sarah Pickup Diligenti and will be followed by a reception. Alliance is at 2142 Wyoming Ave, NW

Metro: Dupont Circle, walk up Conn to Wyoming, turn left.

PAST: ARTOMATIC Artist Shout Out! Check out the Art Work of my friends... Now - July 5th

Artomatic is up and running! 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.

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

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

2nd Floor:
Brian Melrose (my bro) photography
Danny Jean-Jacques, art
Dale Hunt's wall with The Dale Monsters is a must see! Be sure to have your camera with you. I don't know him but had to give him a shout out.

3rd Floor: John Grunwell, paintings
The British Ink Tattoo shop is also here, find it by walking through a blue phone booth.

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!

PAST: Hawaiian Cultural Festival at NMAI this SAT & SUN! Live Music SAT, June 13th at 5:00pm, Free!

Celebrate Hawai’i: A Hawaiian Cultural Festival
Saturday, June 13 & Sunday, June 14
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
National Museum of the American Indian
4th St & Independence Ave, SW

The Hawaiian Cultural Festival celebrates Hawai'i's arts, music, dance, and history through demonstrations and hands-on activities intended to preserve and showcase these unique island traditions. The program will include daily dance demonstrations by local halau, Halau O’Aulani accompanied by musical group The Aloha Boys. Click here for more info and a complete schedule of events.

Indian Summer Showcase: The Brothers Cazimero
This summer evening concert series kicks off on Saturday outside on the Welcome Plaza!

Saturday, June 13th at 5:00pm

PAST: Art of Business Workshop for Artists and Town Hall Feedback at Artomatic this SAT & SUN, Free

"Art of Doing Business"
Saturday, June 13th
12:00pm-2:00pm, Free

Get your questions answered on how to sell your artwork, become a revenue generating artist, and how to run your business. This is just one of a bunch of workshops geared towards artists. More details here.

"Hear Ye' (or) Here Ye'"
Artomatic Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, June 14th
1:00pm-3:00pm, Free
2nd floor Cabaret Stage
Open to artists and the public

A forum to give and get feedback from artists and patrons and to answer any questions people might have about the event. Submit questions ahead of time to Adrienne and Tara at steering@artomatic.org

PAST: Post Secret Author at Artomatic SAT, June 13th 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Meet the author of Post Secret, Frank Warren, for a book signing event this SAT, June 13th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Artomatic on the 7th Floor. It's also "Meet the Artist Night" so it should be a lot of fun! Metro: Navy Yard More info at www.artomatic.org

PAST: BOOK TALKS at Politics & Prose this FRI, June 12th - MON, June 15th

Friday June 12th
7:00pm Mark Kurlansky The Food Of A Younger Land

Saturday, June 13th
1:00pm David Kessler The End of Overeating
6:00pm Alan Cheuse A Trance After Breakfast

Sunday June 14th
1:00pm Bob Luke The Baltimore Elite Giants
5:00pm Esther Sternberg Healing Spaces

Monday,June 15th

10:30am Melinda Long How I Became a Pirate
7:00pm Richard Wolffe Renegade

Please see their website for complete info and directions.

PAST: Live Music with Mary Shapiro and friends at The Potters House Tonight! FRI, June 12th from 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Donation based

My friend Mary Shapiro is touring for the summer and this is her last show in DC 'til she gets back. The show is a benefit for Little Friends for Peace so please donate as you are able and come support Mary and the organization. I'd describe Mary as a folk style singer/songwriter who strums and sings songs about peace and possibility. The show will also include Russell Warren Downs, and the J&B Blues Project.

Friday, June 12th
Donations encouraged

The Potter's House
1658 Columbia Rd, NW
In Adams Morgan

Metro: Dupont Circle and 42 bus to Mozart Place or Woodley Park or Columbia Heights, walk or take Circulator to Adams Morgan and walk back up Columbia a few blocks.

PAST: ART OPENING Tonight! FRI, June 12th at CAP, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Opening Reception Tonight!
Paper Jam: The Art & Grime of the East Coast Rock Poster
Friday, June 12th
7:00pm - 9:00pm

CIVILIAN ART PROJECTS presents its second exhibition of music-based posters following last summer's highly successful Screams & Screens exhibition of artists from across the country. This show includes the works of 27 artists from the East Coast and runs June 12, 2009 - June 27, 2009

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

PAST: More Movement Fun! "Dance Like No One is Watching" Workshop this SAT, June 13th at Crossings, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Suggested donation $10

Here's another event for all you dance enthusiasts! Crossings Healingworks: a Center for Healing Traditions presents:

"Dance Like No One is Watching"
Saturday, June 13th
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Suggested donation, $10
Reservations are required

This is a great opportunity to dance any way you want in a casual, supportive, non-judgemental atmosphere. Reservations are required because when you register can request a favorite dance tune to be added to the evening's playlist. To register, call 301-565-4924. You can read more on their website here.

Metro: Silver Spring, walk up Wayne Ave to Fenton and make a left, Crossings is in the building above Whole Foods. For drivers, there are two parking garages near-by that are free if you leave in the evening. The address is: 8505 Fenton St, suite 202, Silver spring , MD.

PAST: More Play and Movement! Free "Contact Improv" Workshop with Rob Bettman at Artomatic again this SAT, June 13th, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

More play! Free Contact Improv Workshop this Saturday at Artomatic from 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

I took this class a few weeks ago when it was offered and it was so much fun that Rob is offering it again! I will be out of town this weekend but I definitely recommend it! It's a great way to reconnect with your body, the joy in movement and new people in a playful format. If you like to move and like physical contact with other people, I definitely recommend checking out this free workshop and learning more about contact improv. No dance experience necessary, just come in comfy clothes with an open mind. The class will be held on the 6th floor dance stage at Artomatic.

More about artomatic here. More about Rob Bettman here. Metro: Navy Yard, Half St exit turn right. It's the building right above the metro station.

PAST: ART OPENING Tonight, FRI, June 12th, at the DCAC in Adams Morgan, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

It turns out that my neighbor Kenny is having a show tonight at the DCAC! I know it's last minute but I figured I'd post it anyway. DCAC is on 18th close to Columbia Rd in Adams Morgan.

Opening Reception for "The Twelfth Man"
Patrick McDonough and Kenny George
Curated by Faye Gleisser

Friday, June 12th

"The Twelfth Man" refers to the collectivity of the crowd and the fans’ emotional investment in the action. In the context of this art exhibition, the title "The Twelfth Man" carries connotations of spectatorship and serves as introduction into the artistic reconsideration of fandom, achievement, play, and new-age masculinity presented by Kenny George and Patrick McDonough. This show marks George and McDonough's first public collaboration. More info here.

Show runs June 12 - July 12
Save the date for Gallery Talk: July 12, 5:00pm
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights, take the new Circulator bus loop to Adams Mill

PAST: Time to Play! This MON, June 15th "Get a Recess Work Out" in Rock Creek Park, 6:30pm, Free!

Time to Play... Get a Work Out at Recess!
Monday, June 15th at 6:30pm
Rock Creek Park
Woodley Park, Calvert Street

Come experience Recess Workouts in Rock Creek Park with Certified Personal Trainer, Suzanne Reilley. These revamped playground games from grade school will leave you sun-kissed, blissfully exhausted, and giggling. Our play space is located just southwest of 24th and Calvert Streets, accessible from the Woodley Park Metro stop. Email suzanne.reilley@gmail.com to reserve your spot. This event is a partnership with lululemon athletica in Georgetown.

Suzanne is a personal trainer and the creator of playful and challenging "Recess Workouts." She holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine. Learn more about Suzanne on her website here.

PAST: Live JAZZ this FRI & SAT at Smith Farm, 7:00pm - 9:30pm, $5

This Weekend: Jazz Performances in the Gallery at Smith Farm Center. Duke Ellington Jazz Festival Events: Open to the Public, $5 at the door

Friday, June 12th
7:00pm - 9:30pm
Richard Miller

Saturday,June 13th
7:00pm - 9:30pm
Steve Herberman

Smith Farm
1632 U St, NW
Metro: U St or take bus

PAST: Live Music in Takoma at The Drifting Nomad FRI, June 12th, 7:00pm

At The Driving Nomad, Cafe across from the Takoma Metro, Live Music every Friday around 7:00pm. More here.

PAST: "Meet the Artist Night" at Artomatic this SAT, June 13th 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Meet the Artist Night at Artomatic!
Saturday, June 13th

Want to meet the artists who created your favorite pieces? Hundreds of them will come out to meet the public and talk about their work at Meet the Artist Night, an Artomatic tradition. More info at www.artomatic.org
Metro: Navy Yard, Half St exit

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

PAST: ARTISTS PANEL at Hamiltonian on U St, THURS, June 11th, 7:00pm, Free

Fellows Speak: Panel Discussion
Thursday, June 11th
7:00pm at Hamiltonian Gallery

From weaving threads of associations within the fellowship program and gallery,to examining and interpreting the vibrant dynamic of the burgeoning U Street neighborhood, the Hamiltonian Fellows, along with curator Helen Frederick, converged together to redefine their environment in Hamiltonian Gallery. The Fellows will reflect on their year in the program and share their experiences with the public. Paul So, Greg Kearley, Nevin Kelley, and Helen Frederick will be on the panel. Please join us, as they converge once again to offer their insights about the work they've created for this current exhibition.

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St, NW,
Please RSVP to 202.332.1116 or
Metro: U St

PAST: Live Music this THURS, June 11th with Tom Goss and others at Nellie's 9th & U, 8:00pm

Thursday, June 11th at 8:00pm
Kick off Pride Weekend - Live Music with Tom Goss, MRay, Ben Lerman, Thomasina and the Jam live at Nellie's at 9th & U! More info here. Metro: U St, memorial exit

PAST: Happy Hour for "Words, Beats, Life" this WED, June 10th at Bourbon, 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Words Beats, Life, Inc & Bartending 4 Change present
Hip-Hop Happy Hour, Vol. 2 at Bourbon in Adams Morgan

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Two days before Words Beats & Life, INC. (WBL) biggest event ever (three days of hip-hop, over 50 presentations, film screenings and an art opening at the 2nd annual national teach-in, Remixing the Art of Social Change: a Hip-Hop Approach), Bartending 4 Change will be pitching in to show their love.

There will be an optional $5 donation at the door and all tips earned by the Bartending 4 Change charity bartenders will go directly to WBL. The happy hour will of course involve drink specials, raffle prizes, DJ and fun.

Bourbon (21 and over bar)
2321 18th St. NW
Metro: Woodley Park and Circulator bus one stop

PAST: Dance-Perfromance "The Dinner Party" this THURS, June 11th at Artomatic, 8:00pm - 9:30pm, Free!

"The Dinner Party"
Thursday, June 11th
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Artomatic Dance & Theatre Stage
6th Floor

My friend Sylvana will be dancing in this free performance. In an effort to expand DC's venues for in-progress, experimental, and new work, The Dinner Party is a series of monthly open showings followed by a short facilitated audience discussion. More here. Metro: Navy Yard, Half Street Exit, turn right at the corner

PAST: ART OPENING this THURS, June 11th at Flashpoint, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Art Opening for Ami Martin Wilber's show "gestation" at Flashpoint Gallery.

Thursday, June 11, 2009
6:00pm - 8:00pm

gestation will feature a series of ovoid, alabaster sculptures created over the course of 40 weeks, the average period of time for human gestation. The work, as conceptual as it is performative, serves as an abstract visual diary of the artistic process. gestation is on view from June 11 - July 18, 2009.

916 G St, NW
Details and Gallery hours here
Metro: Gallery Place, Chinatown

PAST: Insight into the Ballet... This WED, June 10th at noon at Harman Hall

As part of the "Happenings at the Harman Series" Mr. Kharatian will be providing insight into his process of creating work for the ballet with the assistance of his Associate Artistic director Jonathan Jordan. Speaking from a vast national and international background, the demonstration ensures a new way of seeing ballet with a rare proximity to one of its most important practitioners. More info about this free series that happens every Wed from noon - 1:00pm at Harman Hall here. 610 F St, NW Metro: Gallery Place, Arena exit

Monday, June 8, 2009

PAST: POETRY & OPEN MIC: "Nine on the Ninth" this TUES, June 9th at Busboys & Poets, 14th & V, 9:00- 11:00pm, Please Arrive Early, $4

Nine On The Ninth, the now legendary monthly poetry series that falls on every 9th day of the month at 9:00pm, will feature Jenny C. Lares on June 9th. Jenny was made in the Philippines, raised in MD, ran away to Ohio, and is now happy to be back in the DC/MD area. Open mic to follow the feature. Hosted by Poet in Residence, Derrick Weston Brown. If you want to go, please arrive early to purchase a wristband, which is required for entry as space is limited. Wristbands will be sold in the bookstore from 10:00am on, until sold out. Limit of 4 per person. Note: Cash only, $4 each.

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

PAST: CreativesDC meets again this TUES, June 9th at NMWA, $10

CreativesDC meets again this Tuesday, June 9th, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. At this CreativesDC event, you will hear some of DC's most dynamic women tell us how they use creativity to grow their businesses in 3 minutes, 20 seconds each, using imagery (similar to Pecha Kucha for those of you who may have been to one of their events). I am also happy to say that the eve will feature two of my creative and business savvy friends, Marielle Mariano and Sarah Massey. Also presenting: Jen Consalvo, Veronica Jackson, Michelle James, Rakiyt Zakari, Nancy Bratton, Lisa Schaefer, Annette Polan, Nyia Hawkins, and Yoko Kamitani.

You must RSVP here to be eligible for raffle prizes. Refreshments will be provided. All this for a mere $10 and includes a free pass to return to the museum during regular hours to see the exhibits.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Metro: McPherson Square

OF NOTE: Heading to Artomatic? Bring your camera! The Dale Monsters await you!

The Dale Monsters exhibit is one of the most clever, interactive and fun art installations I have seen! You have got to take your digital camera along and be prepared for some serious silliness! My friend laughed so hard, she fell to the floor and started to cry. Dale, you rock! Check out Dale's monsters on the second floor of Artomatic. Metro: Navy Yard, Half St exit

OF NOTE: Wilson Bridge Bike Trail is Now Open!

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail opened to the public on Saturday, June 6th and I can't wait to check it out. This 1.1 mile, 12-foot wide multi-use trail will allow bikers and pedestrians to travel between Alexandria, VA and Prince George’s County, MD, where the new National Harbor is! For a pdf with more information about the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail click here.

PAST: Green Drinks DC Happy Hour TUES, June 9th in Georgetown, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

This monthly Green event brings together green minded folks in a causal environment for mixing and mingling. In addition to providing a forum for green networking, GreenDrinksDC also aims to educate our Green Drinks participants on ways to live greener, support green businesses, and spread the word about green offerings in DC. The happy hours change locations each month. This month will be in Georgetown at CycleLife & Agraria.

From 6:30pm - 7:30pm there will be an Eco-tour at CycleLife USA, 3255 K St, NW with special guest Gabe Klein, new Director of DC's Department of Transportation.

From 7:30 - 9:30 pm Networking at Agraria Restaurant
Georgetown Harbor, 3000 K St, NW
Please Note: CASH BAR only

Agraria is expanding its farm-to-table sustainable and local food offerings by integrating green practices into their operations and promoting a culture of green beyond the restaurant's front doors. They will be featuring a green drink option for us and the event will take place in the expanded Sunflower room.

For more details about the venues and RSVP, click here.

METRO: Blue bus to Georgetown from Dupont Circle, any of the 30 line buses or the Circulator.

PAST: Live MUSIC: Tonight, MON, June 8th at Bossa, 8:00pm - 10:00pm, $3

The Fourth Stream will be playing tonight at Bossa in Adams Morgan from 8:00pm - 10:00pm. Singer-songwriter Arvi Gowda will open the evening and special guest, spoken word artist Jonathan B. Tucker, will join the band for this show. As a local in the area, Bossa is one of my favorite spots. There is a $3 cover for the show, 21+. Bossa is located on 18th St close to the corner of Columbia Rd. Metro: from Woodley Park or Columbia Heights, hop on the new Circulator bus to Adams Mill or from Dupont Circle you can take the 42 bus to 18th & Columbia.

PAST: POETRY & MUSIC: Tonight, MON, June 8th, GPI is back at Dupont Circle with singer/songwriter Courtney Dowe, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Hey everyone... hoping the weather keeps up so that GPI can rock the mic at the fountain tonight from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Featured artist this month is local singer/songwriter Courtney Dowe, friend and current artist in residence at BloomBars! See video here. Poetry mic is open so bring your rhymes or just come and listen. Drummers welcome to bring drums to accompany interested poets. Call (800)886-6157 in case of rain. Metro: Dupont Circle

PAST: Capital Pride Fetsival! FRI, June 5th - SUN, June 14th

Capital Pride Festival 2009
Fri, June 5th 2009 - Sun, June 14th

The ten day long Capital Pride Festival celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community pride. Capital Pride gives the LGBT community and its allies an opportunity to be visible, gather as a community, celebrate victories, and look forward to the challenges that the community continues to face. The Capital Pride 2009 schedule features a diverse series of events and gatherings, capped with the annual Parade and Festival, June 13-14. Many of the events are held at night clubs and bars and are for the 21 and over crowd. Approximately 250,000 people attend Capital Pride, making it one of the largest LGBT Pride events in the nation. For complete info, visit Capital Pride 2009.

Friday, June 5, 2009

OF NOTE: Link to Local Businesses at "Think Local First"

I'm a big believer of supporting local small businesses. Check out this link for a list of lots of great local businesses! Think Local First DC

PAST: Artomatic is closed early again tonight, FRI, June 5th

DCRA has asked Artomatic to close at 8pm, tonight - based on building code + permit issues.The evening have been limited to give us extra time to install safety features to meet code required in the unlikely event of an emergency. Those safety features are in the building and will be installed tomorrow morning. After they are installed, regular hours should resume.

PAST: FRI, June 5th: ART OPENINGS: Smith Farm & Caos and First Fridays in Dupont!

Hello readers... apologies for the last minute note on these but I have been working on a project and my head has been wrapped up in that. The events below are Free ART OPENINGS going on NOW!

Smith Farm Gallery, 1632 U St
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Art Opening Reception,
wood engravings of Rosemary Feit Covey
Metro: U St or bus along U or 16th St

First Friday at Caos on F St, an eve of Fine Art, Fine Furniture and Fine Friends.
(artist owned, artist operated collective)
6:30pm - 8:30pm
923 F St, NW

Metro: Gallery Place

First Fridays in Dupont
usually 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Galleries along Conn Ave, R St and 21st, etc...
and Hillyer Art Space, open late. You can start at
WPA on Mass Ave between 20th & 21st and
pick up a map of the area's galleries there.
Metro: Dupont Circle

Thursday, June 4, 2009

OF NOTE: List of Farmers Markets!

Below are just a few that you can get to easily in DC. For a complete list of all of the markets in DC, MD and VA, please click here!

14th & U Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm
May 2nd - Nov 21st
14th & U St, NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus

Adams Morgan Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:00am - 1:00pm
May 16th - Dec 19th
Columbia Rd & 18th St, NW
Metro: Woodley Park and take the Circulator
or 42 bus from Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market
Sundays, year-round
9:00am -1:00pm through Dec 27th
10:00am -1:00pm Jan 3rd - March 28th
20th & Q St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit

Eastern Market Outdoor Farmers Market
Saturdays and Sundays, year-round
7:00am - 4:00pm
225 Seventh St. SE

Foggy Bottom FreshFarm Market
Wednesdays, 2:30pm-7:00pm thru Nov 25th
I St, NW between New Hampshire Ave & 24th St
Metro: Foggy Bottom

Georgetown Farmers Market in Rose Park
26th and O streets NW
Wednesdays, 4:00pm-7:00pm, May 6-Oct. 28
Metro: Foggy Bottom or Circulator bus

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

PAST: NOTE: Artomatic will Close at 8:00pm Today and Tomorrow, Note below

Artomatic Fans, We want to let you know that we have had to slightly change Artomatic's event hours for today and tomorrow based on a routine building inspection by D.C.'s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).

Wednesday June 3 + Thursday June 4
Artomatic will be open until 8:00pm

As you may guess, securing our building permits to hold Artomatic can be quite a juggling act. DCRA has limited this week's evening hours to give Artomatic extra time to install required lighting necessary for safety in the unlikely event of an emergency. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to guests + will work to accommodate artists scheduled for events + shifts during these two days at a later time before the end of Artomatic. As soon as these additional safety measures are in place, we expect Aromatic's event hours to resume as scheduled. For event info, updates, news, and art views, please visit artoamtic.org.

Monday, June 1, 2009

PAST: MUSIC: "Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza" Free Concert Series, Schedule of Performers for June, MON - FRI, Noon - 1:30pm, Free

Below is a list of performances scheduled for June as part of the "Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza" free concert series, with concerts every weekday from noon - 1:30pm, weather permitting, outside of the Reagan Building. 1300 Penn. Ave, NW, Metro: Federal Triangle

W 3 - Chaka Khan
R 4 - David Bach
F 5 - Flamenco Aparicio

M 8 - Elikeh
T 9 - DC Soul f. Skip Mahoney
W 10 - The Grandsons
R 11 - Reverb
F 12 - Cold Hard Cash

M 15 - Memphis Gold
T 16 - Chris Stylez
W 17- Julie Dexter
R 18 - Vince Evans
F 19 - The Paul Green School of Rock Music

M 22 - Sharon Clark
T 23 - Orpheus
W 24 - Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko
R 25 - Alain Nu
F 26 - DC Caribbean Carnival

M 29 - Lesole's Dance Project
T 30 - Bill Kirchen

PAST: MUSIC: Free Lunchtime Concert Series Kicks off this WED, June 3rd with Chaka Khan! Noon - 1:30pm

"Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza" lunchtime concert series kicks off this Wednesday, June 3rd at noon with Chaka Khan! Free Concerts Monday - Friday from noon -1:30pm weather permitting outside of The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW. For more info click here and also here. For a full list of performers scheduled, click here!

From salsa to strings, and blues to swing, Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool café atmosphere throughout the summer. The free performances feature world-renowned entertainers in a variety of flavors, such as African dance, Celtic folk songs, jazz violin, hip hop, Latin swing and pop rock. This series closes on September 25th with Chuck Brown at 5:00pm.

Metro: Federal Triangle or take any of the 30 buses along Penn

PAST: ART SALON: Special Event MON, June 1st at Artomatic! 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

Normally Artomatic is closed on Mondays but there will be a special event there on Monday June 1st. The Art Salon is a monthly convergence of artists, techies, green-collars, art enthusiasts and educators that are creating the momentum for the new era of art. Art Salon is modeled after the Paris salons of the late 19th century to inspire and provoke the minds of the creative community and is sponsored by the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities. This month's salon will be held at Artomatic on the 7th Floor. Event Designed by Beth Baldwin. Soundscapes by DJ Harry Dix.

Monday, June 1st
7:00pm - 10:00pm
RSVP is Required by 5:00pm:

55 M Street SE
Metro: Navy Yard, Half St exit, turn right around corner

PAST: MUSIC: This WED, June 3rd Acoustic Singer Songwriter Mary Shapiro and other Local Musicians, 8:00pm, $6

My friend Mary Shapiro will open the show at The Red and The Black along H St, NE this WED, June 3rd. 21+, $6 Cover. Complete info and lineup here.

PAST: DC Traveler's Circle meets this WED, June 3rd 6:30pm - 10:00pm, Free

TC is a free story sharing group for travel lovers that meets monthly at Mayur Kabab at 11th & K St, NW. It's casual so you can come and go as you like. Food and drinks available for purchase. Learn more about the group on facebook here.

Metro: Closest to Circulator bus along K St to 11th St, walk from Metro Center

PAST: MUSIC: Local Singer/ Songwriter Flo Anito plays this WED, June 3rd, 9:00pm, Free

Local artist Flo Anito at Chief Ike's
This Wednesday, June 3rd
9:00pm - Midnight, Free!
Check out Flo's music here.

Chief Ike's Mambo Room
1725 Columbia Rd, NW
In Admas Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park and Circulator, walk from Columbia Height or 42 bus from Dupont to Ontaria Rd

PAST: ART Opening of 'X' Art in Silver Spring, MD this FRI, June 5th

X' Art Show at Space 88
Friday, June 5, 2009
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Featured artists from the 'X' family (monthly arts party at bebar) include: Jeremy Arn, Tom Block, Scot Bot, Decoy, Thom Flynn, Danny Jean-Jacques, Joe Nicolia, Pat O'Keefe, Lisa-Marie Thallmer and Kelly Towles. Motion graphic pieces created at X by Kamil Nawratil, Jefferson Liu, John Whitlock and Ege Chelengel will be projected and movies highlighting the monthly series will be rotating on several monitors throughout the venue. The essence of the X events is symbolized through the equation: LIVE ( Electronica + Projections + Art + Fashion + Performance ) + YOU = X
For more information about the exhibit please contact David Fogel: David@space-88.com. Learn more about 'X' here.

Space 88

8211 Mayor Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Just off of Georgia Ave,
to view map of this location, click here.
Metro: Silver Spring, walk up Wayne, right on Georgia, left on Silver Spring Ave,

PAST: Health & Wellness Happy Hour this TUES, June 2nd, 6:00pm

Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:00pm
Health & Wellness Happy Hour
With Naturopathic Dr. Marie Rodriguez

This month's guest speaker, Dr. Marie Rodriguez, will explain the core differences between a conventional doctor and a naturopathic doctor and will be happy to answer ny questions you may have about her field. This monthly happy hour is open to all and focuses on health and wellness and topics such as yoga, biking, going to the gym, cooking healthy, acupuncture, natural medicine, tai chi, or living green.

Busboys and Poets
5th & K St, NW
Metro: Best access is Circulator bus to 5th & Mass or walk from Mt Vernon Sq or Gallery Pl Metro