Friday, July 31, 2009

Please VOTE! Contest ends tonight...

Please click here to vote for my idea "Let's create an Urban Green Space" (You will be asked for your email so you can confirm that you are not a robot) My main goal is to be considered for staging so I don't need to have the most amount of votes but I do need to be one of the top rated. Thanks for your support.

PAST: Studio Theatre's Annual Garage Sale! This SAT, August 1st from 10:00am - 4:00pm

Looking for something unusual to add to your collection of costumes, clothes and things? This is a super fun garage sale put on every year by The Studio Theatre. All kinds of stuff will be up for sale and thrift store prices. I believe that the later in the day it gets, the lower prices (and the stock) get. For best selection, swing by early. Great for early Halloween shopping, Burning Man events and other silliness. The Garage Sale also features exciting items from home furnishings to antiques and even one-of-a-kind items created by our theatre artisans. Sale is held in conjunction with the Dog Days of August Sidewalk Sale along 14th St. See other post I put up if you want more details about the Sidewalk Sale.

Click here for full press release. Click here to view the segment on the Garage Sale from Fox 5!

Saturday, August 1st
10:00am - 4:00pm
Studio Theatre
14th & P St, NW

Metro: Take the Circulator bus from McPherson Square, U St or Columbia Heights to 14th & P or walk from Dupont Circle Metro about 5 blocks

PAST: MUSIC: Omegaband Plays at Asylum this FRI, July 31st at 9:30pm, 21+ Free!

Friday, July 31st
Omegaband Live at Asylum!
No Cover, 21+,
Doors 9:00pm, Show 9:30pm

Ayslum
2471 18th St, NW
in Adams Morgan

Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator or walk, you can also metro to Dupont and take the 42 bus to Adams Morgan

Thursday, July 30, 2009

PAST: Free Yoga in the Park! SUN, August 2nd 9:00am - 9:30am

Join my friend Ananda for a free community yoga class on August 2nd in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park (16th Street and W St, NW) in front of the waterfall. The restorative yoga class will begin at 9:00am and end at 9:30am. If it rains, the group will not meet. Please remember to bring your own mat as mats are not provided. To learn more about Ananda and the yoga class, please click through to her blog here.

PAST: This SUN, August 2nd at 10:00am Free Injury Prevention Workshop for Runners

FREE Injury Prevention Workshop for Runners
with Robert Gillanders, PT, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Running Curious runners, come out this Sunday and learn more about one of the simplest forms of exercise out there. This comprehensive analysis of form and technique will give you the tools you need to improve your efficiency and reduce your risk of injury. You'll likely experience easier, more effortless runs and keep yourself going without being sidetracked by injuries.

As an experienced physical therapist and local marathoner, Robert is an invaluable resource for acute injuries, injury prevention, and individual running consultations.

DATE/TIME: This Sunday, August 2 at 10:00am
LOCATION: Water Street Gym, 3401 Water Street, NW

Email robertgillanders@yahoo.com to reserve your spot.

Please take a minute to Vote for my Idea for an "Urban Green Space" in an Open Loft - Voting ends FRI, July 31st

Dear Readers, I could use your help so thought I'd ask for you to please take a minute to vote for my idea online before 8:59pm on Friday. You'll get an email to confirm your vote that you will need to click on as well. I could use all of the support I can get!

I have submitted a super creative idea for an open loft space at 1405 Florida Ave, NW to create an "Urban Green Space"(an eco-friendly Zen in the city garden cafe where you can go to escape from the city energy and also shared workspace and workshop/event space downstairs). The picture to the left is from one of my favorite places to escape in DC in all weather, the indoor Kogod Courtyard the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Chinatown which is open from 11:00 - 7:00 every day.

The top rated ideas will be considered to win the actual staging of the idea which will be done by a professional designer which is what I would love. I'd really love to see it come to life and think it'd be a great way to try to find funding for the project to actually make it happen.

The idea with the most number of votes wins $500. I'm unemployed at the moment and busy looking for work and other creative sources of income and I have been writing this blog for the love of it... and all great things this city has to offer that are free of course, which I am a huge fan off! Please help me out by taking a minute to vote for my idea!

Click here to vote now! Thank you!

PAST: Open Mic for Music and Poetry this FRI, July 31st, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Free!

Open Mic Night (music and poetry) this Friday at The Potter's House. Open Mics at Sounds of Hope take place on the last Friday of every month and are always free! The tip jar goes to "Sopa a las Dos" -- which is the fund that allows Potter's House to serve "Soup at 2:00" Monday through Friday to whomever is in need of a warm, free meal.
At this Friday's Open Mic, which starts at 7pm, the MC is a cool cat named Terrence J. Delectable dinner is available, the bookstore is open, and off-street parking is yours for the taking.

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: Lecture "Close Encounters of an Artistic Kind" at NGA this SUN, August 2nd at 2:00pm, Free

Sunday, August 2nd, 2:00pm Free, Summer Lecture Series at the NGA "Close Encounters of an Artistic Kind: Genius in Tandem: Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns" Pictured above: Robert Rauschenberg, Wall-Eyed Carp/Roci Japan, 1987

A series exploring intertwined works of art and their creators presented by the staff of the department of adult programs. Lecture given by Diane Arkin, lecturer and adult program docent coordinator.

National Gallery of Art
East Building Concourse, Auditorium
Metro: Navy Archives

PAST: Music: Local Musician Flo Anito Perfroms a Free Concert this SAT, August 1st at 6:00pm as part of DCCAH's "Art Unplugged!" Series

Flo Anito performs a free show this Saturday, August 1st at 6:00pm as part of the DCCAH Art Unplugged! Series. I always enjoy hearing her play. You can check out her website here.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St, SE (close to G St)
Metro: Eastern Market

PAST: Silent Film with Live Musical Performance at NGA this SAT, August 1st 3:30pm, Free

Art Film: Man with a Movie Camera - Silent Film with Live Music!

Film: Dziga Vertov, 1929, 35 mm, silent with live music, 70 minutes. Alloy Orchestra performs live. Free, please arrive early to ensure seating

Saturday, August 1st
3:30pm - 4:40pm
National Gallery of Art
East Building Concourse, Auditorium

The Alloy Orchestra returns to the National Gallery to perform its stirring original score for Vertov's legendary silent masterpiece, an avant-garde portrayal of urban life, work, and leisure in Soviet cities that ultimately advanced the arc of experimental filmmaking.

National Gallery of Art
4th St & Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Navy Archives

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

PAST: ART WALK on 1st St on SAT, August 1st, Noon - 4:00pm, Free

First on 1st: An Art + Music Walk
A Pink Line Project with North Capitol Main Street

This Saturday, August 1st
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Along 1st St NW, Between Florida Ave and Rhode Island Ave.

First on 1st: Neighborhood Art + Music Walk
Pick up programs at Big Bear and Windows.
To see full invite on facebook, click here.
Drink specials for everyone! Free beverage to those who complete the walking tour game!

Artists: Lisa Marie Thalhammer, BK Adams, Margaret Boozer,Peter Wood, Chris Tousimis, DECOY, Patty Firestone, Amber Robles-Gordon, Ten Miles Square, Serinity Knight, and Megan Blafas

Music program: Michael Trotter, Senetra Bridgette,Tek X Millennium and Friends, 3rd Generation Band, Joy Dion,Tameka, and Kool K and the KL Movement

Exhibition Opening: "A New Currency: Shared Resources" A group exhibition organized by Civilian Art Projects for 87FLORIDA. Including: Seth Adelsberger, Nick Carr, Anthony Dihle, Carole Wagner Greenwood, Ryan Hill, Erick Jackson, Amanda Kleinman, Kate MacDonnell and Cara Ober

PAST: Mid-City "Dog Days of Summer Sale" this weekend! 14th St Area, SAT & SUN, August 1st - 2nd

For information about the Mid-City Dog Days Sale click here. For listing of participants and discounts click here.

From Biagio Fine Chocolate: Join us on August 1st and 2nd as we celebrate a Mid-City Washington tradition by offering discounts up to 50% on many items at Biagio. They are located at 1904 18th St, NW (just south of Florida Ave).

ONGOING: EXHIBIT: "The New Age of Chocolate" at US Botanic Garden, Now - Nov 15th, Free

Wow, I just found out about this exhibit at the US Botanic Gardens and thought it may be of interest to other chocolate lovers out there!

"The New Age of Chocolate"
On view now - November 15th
Open daily 10:00am - 5:00pm
Admission is Free

Scientific research is revealing new information about chocolate, including health benefits, genetic variation, disease susceptibility, determinants of flavor, and factors that promote sustainable harvest of this rainforest crop. If you feel like you need a "consumers guide" to chocolate, be sure not to miss the ongoing exhibit at the US Botanical Garden. This exhibit is meant to inform the public about sustainable, humane ways of producing the food of the gods and how to make responsible consumer decisions when it comes to selecting chocolate.

U.S. Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Ave, SW
Metro: Federal Triangle SW. Upon exiting the station, walk north (left) along Third Street for two blocks, cross Independence Avenue and continue one more block to Maryland Avenue. Look toward the Capitol and you will see the glass dome of the Conservatory. Enter on Maryland Avenue.

PAST: POETRY: Reading by three poets this THURS, July 30th in Capitol Hill, 8:00pm


Poets Ruth Lepson, Cathy Eisenhower and Tina Darragh read at Capitol Hill’s The Corner Store

This Thursday, July 30th at 8:00pm
$5 donation suggested

From Ron Moore's article in The Examiner:

"Since 2002 The Corner Store has featured the work of actors, playwrights, musicians, filmmakers, artists, poets and chefs. Three poets will read at this interesting space this week. Ruth Lepson’s recent books are I Went Looking for You, and (with Rusty Crump) Morphology, from BlazeVox Books. Lepson is the editor of Poetry from Sojourner: A Feminist Anthology. She is the poet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Cathy Eisenhower lives and works as a librarian in D.C. and has published two books--clearing without reversal (Edge 2008) and the forthcoming would with and (Roof 2009).Tina Darragh is a librarian who has been writing poetry in the D.C. area for over 40 years. Her most recent work is a collaboration with Jane Sprague and Diane Ward published as the Belladonna Elders Series #8 (2009)."

To learn more about The Corner Store please click here.

PAST: Like 80's Music? You can dance if you want to at Tattoo Bar this WED, July 29th, 21+ Free with RSVP

In the mood for some 80's music? You can find some this Wednesday night at the Tattoo Bar. The theme is "Hot for Teacher" Live 80's Videos will be playing along with 80's music! Open Bar 10-11pm

Free Admission with online RSVP Only
RSVP here. Join the Totally 80s facebook group here.

Tattoo Bar
1413 K St, NW
Metro: McPherson Square or Circulator bus

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

PAST: Washington Film Institute Presents Iranian Film Night & Vigil FRI, July 31st, 7:30pm - Midnight $10 - $12

Iranian Film Night & Vigil
Friday, July 31st
RSVP and find more info here

Please Note, this is not a free event.
Film + Music Tickets $12 @ Theater Door
Film Tickets $10 @ Theater Door

7:30 FILM Ethereal ("Asiri")
9:00 MUSIC by Roya Bahrami
10:00 FILM The Crime ("Jenayat")

VIGIL 9:30, Please Bring a Candle

Carnegie Institution
16th & P St, NW

PAST: Panel Discussion at Busboys & Poets 5th & K St, NW TUES, July 28th 6:00pm

At Busboys and Poets, 5th & K St, NW at 6:00pm. A panel discussion titled, "What does the Honduran Coup mean for Latin America?" Panelists will include representatives from the Honduran Embassy, Sergio Moncada from Hondurans for Democracy, Mark Weisbrod from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, who just returned from Honduras. Free and open to all.

PAST: DJ Dance Party Benefit for Washington Peace Center this WED, July 29th 8:00pm - 1:00am, 21+ $5

"Dance Out of Iraq and Afghanistan!"
ADCDJ Dance Party Benefit for the Washington Peace Center.
Featuring sounds of Electro funk, Dub Step, Techno, Deep House, Drum and Bass all night long - rarely heard in DC!

Wednesday, July 29th
8:00pm - 1:00am

$5 at the door, all of which will be donated to the Washington Peace Center
Cash bar, 21+

Chief Ike's Mambo Room
1725 Columbia Road, NW
Metro: Between Columbia Heights and Woodley Park

Monday, July 27, 2009

PAST: Come out and VOTE this TUES, July 28th! Check out my idea for a Live Work Space and enjoy Free Beer, DJ and Cool People! 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Some of DC's most creative thinkers - including myself and my dear friend Sarah Massey - have submitted some great ideas to the Define Live-Work contest over the past three weeks. Please come out and Vote! You can also vote online of course if you can't make it out, and I definitely encourage you to!

Special Election! The voting has begun.. Add your vote on site this Tuesday night. The event will take place in the empty loft space that the contest is revolving around at 1405 Florida Ave, NW and there will be music by DJ Gold (The Fridge DC) Free Keg Beer and Break dancers. Hosted by Mobfuse (Pink Line Project, Cooltown Studios, Corrigan)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

6:00pm - 8:00pm
You can also vote online now - July 31st!

I hope you will read more about my idea to create an Urban Green Space that is an eco-friendly designed, nature inspired (bringing Zen to the city) cafe and gathering space filled with trees and plants and natural elements. On the lower level there will be a shared workspace that can also be used for arts, crafts, health, healing and green workshops and events (the stuff I like to blog about). The space can also be rented for private parties and events on eves and weekends. This new model embraces a healthier and more holistic view of life in the city by creating a place of calm (off the yoga mat or cushion) for our busy lives and also and provides a community resource and education space. It also encourages reflection, creativity, connection, and innovation and supports an eco-friendly and conscious urban lifestyle.

Sarah's idea for TBL Designs is also inspired by eco-consciouos with a more artisan spin. Please have a look at all of the ideas and come out if you can to see the space and vote for the one you like best. Of course, you know who I voted for! Voting will go from July 24th through July 31st and the highest rated idea will win $500! (which I could use for sure, but I'd really like to have my design staged and turn it into a reality). One idea will be selected from the highest rated ideas and will actually be staged in the Solea live-work space at 1405 Florida Avenue by a professional designer. Come back on August 20 to for an awards ceremony and to see the space transformed into a real live-work environment.

Solea Live-Work Space

1405 Florida Avenue, NW
Just north of 14th and V St
Metro: U St

PAST: Cocktail Party with Macchu Pisco in Celebration of Peru's Pisco Day this TUES, July 28th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm at Hotel Monaco'sd Poste Bar, 21+

Annual Macchu Pisco Party, Celebrating National Peru's National Pisco Day
Macchu Pisco
Cocktail Party at Hotel Monaco's Poste Brasserie

Tuesday, July 28th
6:00pm - 9:00pm

I believe this is a free event since no cover was mentioned on the invite but you may want to call 240-277-9888 or the hotel or email melanie@macchupisco.com to be sure. You must be 21 or older to attend.

Poste Brasserie
They have a fabulous, large outdoor lounge area!
In the Hotel Monaco (Kimpton baby!)
555 8th St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown, Arena Exit

PAST: POETRY Reading & Open Mic this TUES, July 28th in Rock Creek Park at Miller Cabin, 7:30pm Free

Miller Cabin Poetry Series 2009
This week is the last in the series!

Tues, July 28th at 7:30pm
January Gill O’Neil, Joseph O. Legaspi, and Joseph Ross

Poetry Reading in Rock Creek Park, near Picnic Area 6, where Military Road passes over Beach Drive,just outside the Miller Cabin. The reading will have a brief open-mic after the featuresif 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.

See wmata trip planner for metro and bus access

Saturday, July 25, 2009

PAST: BOOK TALK with Ryan Grim, Author of "This is Your Country on Drugs" at P&P this SAT, July 25th 6:00pm, Free

Book Talk at Politics and Prose with Ryan Grim, Author of "This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America" Saturday, July 25th at 6:00pm

In the tradition of Schlosser’s Reefer Madness, Grim explores the history of illicit drug use in America. A journalist and senior correspondent with Huffingtonpost.com, Grim looks back to what the Founding Fathers may have imbibed and goes on to cover later trends, such as acid and crystal meth. More here. Metro: Best by car or L2 bus, nearest metro is Van Ness

PAST: SAT, July 25th POOL PARTY + DJ's with BYT's "Rave Camp" Event! Noon - 8:00pm, $10

BYT's Summer "Rave Camp" Theme (Pool Party with DJ's) this Sat at Cap Skyline Rooftop. Sounds like FUN! Noon - 8:00, Note: $10 for day pass. More info here! Metro: Navy Yard

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

PAST: LIVE MUSIC: Great Benefit Show this FRI, July 24th with Flo Anito and others at The Potter's House, Donations Encouraged

Guitars Not Guns is the beneficiary for this week's show at the Sounds Of Hope. Flo Anito, Alexis George and The Fishermen all perform this Friday night! This is an all ages show, donation based. Please give as you are able.

Friday, July 24th
7:00pm - 10:30pm

Lineup: Welcome, Alexis George, Flo Anito, break, The Fisherman

FLO ANITO: Think pop with a twist of jazz and originality. Flo Anito's sound is as unique and catchy as her name. Classically trained in voice, piano, and cello, songwriting comes naturally to this pop singer who sites DC as her homebase. She's performed at Artomatic, throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic, and recently recorded a new album with Chris Keup (Jason Mraz, etc.). Learn more about her here.

ALEXIS GEORGE: Her influences range from Janis Joplin to The Dollyrots to Veruca Salt, and with songs like "Remedy" and "Think That Way," Alexis brings an edgy honesty to her music. Click here to hear her songs and learn more about her.

THE FISHERMEN: The Fishermen, originally from Washington DC, started in 1992. They first received recognition for their unique musical style in California, touring the Los Angeles music scene with bands such as Maroon 5, AllRise and Pseudopod. The music of the Fishermen is a seamless mixture of alternative and folk rock, and their harmonies are painfully beautiful. Click here to check out their website.

THE ORGANIZATION:

Guitars Not Guns(GnG) was founded in 1996, and aims to provide opportunities to play, learn about, and experience music to underprivileged youth. By partnering with committed volunteers and workers, Guitars Not Guns creates structured music programs where the atmosphere supports creativity, freedom, and exploration. Guitars Not Guns provides free guitars and lessons to youth who need them, and the students are mentored and encouraged to live boldly into their full potential. Learn more about the organization here.

As usual, dinner and finger-lickin' good desserts are available throughout the evening, and off-street parking is available for only $5. Admission is free, but donations are accepted at the door -- and be sure to arrive early, but seating promises to be limited.

The Potter's House
1658 Columbia Rd NW
PARKING AVAILABLE
Metro: Columbia Heights or Woodley Park, take Circulator Bus or walk, you can also take the 42 bus from Dupont Circle directly there, get off at Mozart Place

OF NOTE: This Sounds Neat! Gargoyle Tours at The National Cathedral, next one is SUN, August 23rd at 2:00pm Note: $10

Gargoyle Tours at the National Cathedral! Available April through October, this tour explores the whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate Washington National Cathedral, and includes a slide show followed by an outdoor tour. Admission is $10 per adult; $5 per child (12 and under); or $30 per family. Meet at the 7th floor auditorium, using elevators just inside the Wisconsin Avenue doors. No reservations required. Binoculars recommended. Cameras welcome. Learn more here.

* Sunday, August 23rd, 2:00pm
* Sunday, September 27th, 2:00pm
* Sunday, October 25th, 2:00pm

Metro: Tenleytown and take any 30 line bus down Wisconsin or Dupont and take a bus across Mass Ave to Wisconsin. See metro trip planner for best access.

PAST: THEATRE: Same Day Discount Tickets at Gala Hispanic Theatre this FRI & SAT, July 24th & 25th, $10, arrive early

"El Canuto del Rock" with Quique Avilés, Cherie Latson and Machetres @ GALA Theatre is offering a special promo for the remaining shows this Friday and Saturday Night, July 24th and 25th. The show starts at 8:00pm and if you arrive at least one hour early, you can get a discount ticket for just $10. My friend Cherie (aka Kalicoh) is in this show and wanted to give her a shout out as well. I have heard Quique before as well and he is pretty fab. Should be a good show! More info here. The theatre is in the old Tivoli building at 3333 14th St, NW Metro: Columbia Heights

OF NOTE: 99¢ Milkshake Happy Hour on MON 2:00pm - 5:00pm at Z Burger

Beginning on Monday, July 27th, Z-Burger is launching their "FroZen Happy Hour" where they will be offering 99¢ milkshakes (they have 75 flavors!) every Monday from 2:00pm - 5:00pm. Learn more at Z-Burger.com or email zburgerdc@gmail.com. I know they have one in Tenleytown, not sure where the others are.

OF NOTE: Call for Artists from DCCAH... Deadlines in August for Two Projects

Takoma Metro Public Art Project
Deadline: Friday, August 14th at 5:30pm
Budget: $250,000

The DC Creates! Public Art Program at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), in collaboration with the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority, Art in Transit Program (WMATA) and the Takoma community, seek an artist or art team to design, create, and install artwork that will be located within the Takoma Metro underpass. The goal of this project is to create a vibrant and inviting gateway to the Takoma DC community. The colorful artwork will provide an “avenue” for residents, commuters and visitors to enjoy, admire and revitalize the community as well as express the unique story of historic Takoma. Download the application from DCCAH here!

Call to Ward 7 and Ward 8 at Benning and Anacostia Libraries Artists and Writers
Deadline: Friday, August 21st at 5:30 pm
Artist Honorarium: $2,500

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with District of Columbia Public Library is seeking East-of-the-River artists, including writers, to submit proposals for four prominent areas inside the new Benning and Anacostia Libraries which are expected to open in the spring of 2010. The proposed artwork sites provide artists and writers the opportunity to display their work in a large-scale format in a public building. For more information about the libraries go to DCPL Construction Projects site here. Download the application from DCCAH here.

For more information about either of these projects, please contact Rachel.Dickerson@dc.gov or call DCCAH at(202) 724-5613. See
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
to learn more.

PAST: ARTIST TALK with Ryan Hill at Civilian Art Projects this THURS, July 23rd, 6:30-pm - 8:30pm, Free

Please join Civilian Art Projects for a lively, informative, and participatory artist talk with Ryan Hill, creator of the "Everything Must Go" exhibition.

Thursday, July 23rd
6:30-8:30pm

FREE, Music and treats provided.

Civilian Art Projects
406 7th St, NW, Now on the Second Floor
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown or Navy Archives

PAST: LIVE MUSIC: "House of Soul" this THURS , July 23rd at Bossa, 10:00pm - 1:00am, 21+ Cover $3

Live jazzy house with House of Soul at Bossa! This should be a great show. My friend Matt is in this band and Niki Lagos is singing, I hear she is great.

Thursday, July 23rd
10:00pm - 1:00am
21+ Cover is $3

Dedicated to nourishing the District's deep house scene, House of Soul fuses the seamless and entrancing sets of an underground club DJ with the stirring sounds of live master performers. Check out houseofsouldc.com for photos and audio from the last show.

Bossa
2463 18th St, NW in Adams Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park and take Circulator to Adams Mill

NOTE: "Happenings at the Harman" WED at noon Performance Series is also on Summer Break

The Wed at noon series will continue again in the fall. The schedule is not yet available but you can still learn more about the series and keep tabs here.

PAST: ART OPENING of "M3: MCs, Mics and Metaphors" at Flashpoint THURS, July 23rd 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free,

M3: MCs, Mics and Metaphors - Opening Reception
exploring the creative power of hip-hop music

Opening at Flashpoint Gallery
Thursday, July 23rd
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join host Asheru at the opening for M3: MCs, Mics & Metaphors, curated by Tewodross Melchishua. Deejay Munch will provide music. Admission is free.

M3 explores the creative power of the lyricism and poetry of hip-hop music through visual imagery. The exhibition gathers a group of emerging artists from around the country, each responding to the theme of the MC (Emcee, or Master of Ceremonies) or simply a favorite hip-hop verse or song. These visual artists are working in a variety of media, including photography, mixed media, painting, fashion, design, installation, video and animation. View artwork inspired by The Godfather Afrika Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, Fela Kuti, KRS-ONE, Mos Def, Jay-Z and many other influential MCs. The exhibition runs July 23 - August 29, 2009.

The opening reception is organized in collaboration Guerilla Arts Ink, Hip-Hop Educational Literacy Program (HELP) and Visual Jazz Media Group.

NOTE: Save the date for Saturday, August 8 from 5:00-8:00pm
Live performances and an artist talk

Gallery at Flashpoint
916 G St, NW (across from MLK Library)
Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown 9th St Exit

PAST: "Poet-a-Tete" Open Mic at Ebenezer's Coffehouse this THURS, July 23rd, 7:30pm - -9:30pm, Free

This is a free poetry open mic at a cute coffee shop that I recently discovered called Ebenezer's which is a block or so away from Union Station at 201 F St, NE. The next monthly Poetry Open Mic will be held on Thursday, July 23rd. For complete details please click here. Metro: Union Station

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

NOTE: NGA Sunday Night Concert Series on break for the Summer, Concerts resume in September

NGA's Sunday Night Concerts for this season have ended. The 68th Season of Concerts 2009-2010 will begin in September.

PAST: Free Reggae Music at Palace of Wonders H St NE this WED night July 22nd, 9:00pm - 2:00am

Jonny2Bad and his selection of roots with brethren DJ More Fyah. Free Admission and drink specials.
Next show is Wednesday, July 22nd. More info here. Metro: Gallery Place and take the X2 bus or look for the H St NE Shuttle.

PAST: Fringe Festival runs through SUN, July 26th NOTE: Shows are $15 each or you can buy a discount pass

Last week for the Fringe Festival. Ends this Sunday, July 26th. Please see their website for complete list of Fringe Festival performances, pass discounts and special events. Please note that each person will need a button to attend a show. You get one button with each pack-pass or you can buy them individually for $5 per button. Be sure to ask for a list of places where you get discounts with the button. Some DC area businesses and restaurants are offering promotions for button holders.

PAST: Free Intro to MEDITATION Classes every TUES at 7:00pm at the Art of Living Center on 15th St


Free Introduction to Art of Living Yoga and Meditation Course every Tuesday night!

The next one will be:
Tonight, Tuesday, July 21st (offered every Tues)
7:00pm -8:00pm
Complete details here.

At the Art of Living DC Location
Sri Sri Institute of Peace and Meditation
across from Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
2401 15th St, NW (between Euclid and Crescent Place)
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk to the right down to Columbia, make a right, turn left on 15th walk a few blocks. Park will be on the right, the center is on the left about a half block past the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

PAST: Free Events in Rockville Town Square! Movies, Music and More... Movie Screenings on WED nights at 8:45pm, Live Music THURS 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Reminder for these events in Rockville...

Summer Entertainment at Rockville Town Square
Outdoor Concerts, Outdoor Movies and Kids Nights
June 2nd - August 13th, 2009
Rockville Town Square in MD

Events in Rockville at the Rockville Town Square, close to Rockville Metro Station. More info here. Listing the remaining movies and concerts in the series. For a complete schedule, please click here.

Every TUESDAY is KIDS NIGHTS!
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Every WEDNESDAY, Outdoor MOVIES
8:45pm (dusk)

* July 22 - Mamma Mia

* July 29 - He's Just Not That Into You

* August 5 - Quantum of Solace

* August 12 - Monsters vs. Aliens


Every THURSDAY - CONCERTS ON THE SQUARE
6:00pm - 8:00pm

* July 23 - Maryland Summer Jazz All Stars Quintet, Jazz

* July 30 - Seamus Kennedy, Irish

* August 6 - Martinez and Guthrie, Acoustic Folk

* August 13 - The U.S. Navy Band Brass Quintet, Chamber

Metro: Rockville Station, ask station manager for best walking directions.

PAST: Live MUSIC Outdoors Every THURS Night "Silver Spring Swings" 7:00pm - 9:00pm, June 18th - August 6th, Free

Silver Spring Swings Summer Concert Series 2009
Every Thursday Night from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, outside the shops by the fountain. For complete information about this series, please click here! Metro: Silver Spring, a short walk up the hill to the outdoor shopping area. Also bus accessible.

PAST: ART: Last Week for "Metropolis Now!" Contemporary Chinese ART, Now - July 26th, WED-SUN, 2:00pm-5:00pm, Free!

Meridian International Center is currently having an exhibit of contemporary Chinese art, called "Metropolis Now!" The exhibit looks at how the Chinese are adapting to urbanization, modernization, and globalization, and modern life and how that is reflected through art. The Meridian International Center is located on 16th St across from Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park. Admission is Free! Read more here.

On View now - July 26th
Wednesday - Sunday
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Note: Closed on Federal Holidays,
I believe that July 3rd counts this year.

Meridian International Center,
White-Meyer House (Cafritz Galleries)
1624 Crescent Place, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Metro: Best to take S2, S4 or S9 buses along 16th St.

REMINDER: UPCOMING & ONGOING: Free MEDITATION Classes at the Shambhala Center in Cleveland Park every TUES & THURS at 7:00pm and SUN mornrings

The DC Shambhala Meditation Center is now located in Cleveland Park and offer free meditation classes as well as a other paid series of courses which you can read about online. If you would like to learn more about Meditation you can attend a learn to Meditate workshop, which has a fee attached to it. You can read more about that here. Complete info on meditation classes online here or you can call 202.787.1526.

The meditation classes listed below are free:

Free Public Meditation Instruction
Every Tuesday & Thursday
7:00pm

Free Public Talk following the meditation practice
Thursday evenings at 8:00pm

Every Sunday
9:00am-noon, or by appointment.

Metro: Cleveland Park at 3520 Connecticut Ave NW. The Shambhala Center is located above the Subway sandwich shop right when you get out of the metro.

PAST: "The Free Store" Bring what you don't want or need and take what you like... at The Fringe Festival!

Feeling the credit crunch? This year at the Fringe Festival, we're happy to present The Free Store. It's a store where—you guessed it—everything is free! This community project is funded 100% by the people, for the people—that means that you bring clothes books and music you no longer use down to The Free Store, and you can take any clothes, books and music that you can use. It's part of our commitment to promoting recycling and reuse. We can only accept clothing, books and music. All clothing must be washed and in fair condition. No Kenny G or Danielle Steele. Got something to give? Contact: Sam Goldblatt, Environmental Officer at goldblattsam@gmail.com

Open Wednesday – Sunday when Festival shows are running-check venue Schedule here.

THE FREE STORE
1013 7th St, NW
Metro: Mount Vernon Square

REMINDER: UPCOMING & ONGOING: More QiGong Classes on SUN & WED eves and SAT morning at All Souls

Reminder...

QiGong Classes are also on WED and SUN eves and SAT mornings at All Souls, 16th & Harvard St, NW. $10 suggested donation for all classes, please give as you are able.
Metro: Columbia Heights

Wednesdays evenings
7:30-8:30pm

Saturday mornings
10:00-11:00am

Tai Chi/Chi Gong for Health, Vitality, and Harmony
Sunday Evenings
5:00-6:00pm

Wed & Sat led by Nathan Peabody
All Souls, Gymnasium

Sun led by Peter Mosher, teaching since 1972
All Souls, Eaton Room

Click here for more info from earlier post.

PAST: Free Summer Concert Series Every THURS Night at Pentagon Row, Now - August 20th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

"Rock at the Row" at Pentagon Row
Free Summer Concert Series
June 4th - August 20th

Every Thursday eve
7:00pm - 9:00pm
For full schedule click here.

Metro: Pentagon City, walk through mall and parking lot to Pentagon Row Plaza

PAST: QiGong at Meridian Hill Park every SAT, 8:00am - 9:00am, and WED eve's 6:00pm - 7:00pm, $10 or Free with two paying friends

QiGong in Merdian Hill/ Malcolm X Park!
16th St & W St, NW
At the foot of the beautiful waterfalls!
Teacher: Manifest Ra
Facebook invite here.

Qi Gong (pronounced Chee Gong. similar to Tai Chi) is an ancient 5,000 year-old healing art consisting of gentle yet powerful exercises that relieve stress, balance energy and improve overall well being.

Every Saturday Morning
8:00am - 9:00am

Every Wednesday Evening
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Note: Cost is now $15 per or two people for $25. If you have questions or concerns about cost, please contact Manifest directly at manifest@manifestinnertainment.com or (202)746-4537.

If you haven't tried QiGong (like Tai Chi) before, this is a great place to try it. The fountain is running, the trees are in full bloom and swaying in the breeze and the movements are great mimics of the fluidity in nature.

If yoga is not your thing or you want a more relaxed, flowing standing movement to compliment your practice, I definitely recommend it! Super good for you for many reasons... in my opinion, it helps to calms the nervous system and allow energy to flow more freely and fluidly throughout your body, improves sleep and makes you feel good.

PAST: Play-Work- Live Event TUES, July 21st, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Carnival Games and Sno-cones! Play-Live-Work
Hosted by Mobfuse (Pink Line Project + Cooltown Studios + Corrigan)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Solea Live-Work Space
1405 Florida Avenue, NW

From the invite:

"Play frees us from worry and stress, relaxing the brain and making it easier to be more creative. Solutions that seemed so evasive earlier now appear effortlessly in the midst of play."

Play games at our happy hour that will help you think of new ideas on how a cool live-work space can be used as both a home and workplace. If your idea wins, you get $500! How do you win? By getting all your friends to vote for your idea. More at www.definelive-work.com Submit ideas by July 24. Vote between July 24 and July 31.

Friday, July 17, 2009

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

Friday, July 17th
7:00pm Stephen L. Carter Jericho’s Fall

Saturday, July 18th
1:00pm Katie McCabe Justice Older Than The Law
6:00pm Edmund L. Andrews Busted: Life Inside the Great Mortgage Meltdown

Sunday, July 19th
5:00pm Richard Peabody and Contributors Gravity Dancers

Politics & Prose

Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Best by L2 bus or walk from Van Ness

PAST: ART + DJ's + MORE... 'X' in DC is Back this SAT, July 18th at the old BeBar, now EFM Cover is $8

7.18 | 'X' @ EFN Lounge | Live Art Happening
Creative.Culture.Evolution

X in DC event
Saturday, July 18th
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Note: Admission: $8

This Saturday 'X' in DC is back at EFN Lounge (formerly BeBar) with a lineup of talent that includes live music, art, design, projections, painting, photography & more! The Theme for this month's 'X' event is FUNKY GLASSES - wear a pair of funky glasses and get a FREE DRINK from 7pm - 9pm! 18+, you must be 21+ to drink of course. These are usually really fun parties, I've been to quite a few and usually think it is worth the admission cost.

Music: Mexicans With Guns and Aligning Minds
Design: Sonia Ourmanova, Ryan Dumas, Marquis Truesdale
Performance: Belladonna
VJ: Chad Butler
Photography: Graham Meyer
Painting: Eve Hennessa
Curator: Graham Jackson

EFN Lounge (formerly BeBar)
1318 9th St, NW
Metro: Mount Vernon Square

PAST: Not Free but of Note: Special ART + DJ Event "DC Freshly Squeezed" SAT, July 18th, 8:00pm - 2:00am NOTE: $20 free drinks all night, 21+

DC Freshly Squeezed: Exhibition Opening Party
Saturday, July 18th
8:00pm - 2:00am
Read more at dcfreshlysqueezed.com

NOTE: Sometimes I do in fact post events that cost money, especially when friends are involved :) This event will have a $20 donation which they plan to uphold and is 21+. In exchange for the donation cost they will be providing free drinks all night so if you think about it, it's a pretty good deal for a Saturday night if you can swing the 20-spot.

Artists include my friends Peter Krsko and DECOY along with Imani Brown, Adriane Connerton, Jeremy Flattau, TAXI GANG, Shaun Gregoire, Joseph Orzal, OWEL, Juan Pineda, Jeremiah Tittle, Stefan Ways and Aniekan Udofia

DJs include: Itchy Mitch, Big Nick and Underdog

Hosted by my UrbanTurf.com, milkmade.eu, escape-africa.com, The Fridge, *JF*

FCDC, 1248 Bladgen Alley, NW, off 9th St., NW, between M and N. The entrance is located in the corner of the alley closest to 9th and N. Look for the Blue Light.
Metro: Mt Vernon Square

PAST: Support the YWCA Makeover and Hear some Jazz this FRI, July 17th in Silver Spring, MD, Donation $15

"Jazz at the Gallery" featuring Kim Mills Tonight! An evening of jazz featuring the Kim Mills Ensemble, art and a silent auction. Donation $15. Proceeds to benefit the Central Maryland Chapter`s WWSW - Phyllis Wheatley YWCA.

Friday, July 17th from 7:00pm - 10:00pm

This year The Central Maryland Chapter of Home Staging Professionals is donating Free Staging and Interior Decorating Services to the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA. This branch of the YWCA is located at 901 Rhode Island Ave, NW in downtown DC and you can visit their website here. The group will be offering the center a remodel/remake of their Parlor, the main room where members and visitors of the community gather.

Please support this project by coming out to the CMC fundraiser for a night of Jazz featuring Jazz Soloist Kim Mills, light food and wine, a variety of vendors, and a silent auction. Donation of $15 is suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Gateway's Heliport Gallery
8001 Kennett Street (at 13th St)
(right where East West Hwy & Georgia Ave meet)
Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Silver Spring, short taxi or maybe a bus. For bus access along E-W Hwy or Georgia Ave click here.

PAST: OPERA: Crittenden Opera Workshop Participants Perform this FRI, July 17th, 7:30pm - 10:30pm & SAT, July 18th at 1:30pm, Free

Free Performances this weekend with the Crittenden Opera Studio Workshop Participants. Friday night will feature selected scenes and Saturday afternoon will feature mostly one-act operas. This is the culmination of two weeks of intensive work on stagecraft. My friend Emily Crockett is a participant this year and I know she has been working really hard the past few weeks. Lots of talent in this crew I hear. It should be very good! Learn more about Crittenden Opera here.

Friday, July 17th from 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Saturday, July 18th from 1:30pm - 3:30pm

On Friday, the performance starts at 7:30. Some highlights: At the beginning there will be a spirited "Don Giovanni" quartet and around 9:00 "Rosenkavalier" trio will be performed, which I am told is really gorgeous. On Saturday the program will start at 1:30pm. The program that day includes two other short one-acts and a few scenes.

Performances will be held in Phillips Hall,
Chevy Chase United Methodist Church
7001 Connecticut Ave
Metro: Friendship Heights and take a short bus trip. See trip planner here.

PAST: Bubbly at Best Cellars Tonight! FRI, July 17th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Like Bubbly? Best Cellars is welcoming their newest neighbor, Lou Lou, to the block with a free bubbly tasting! They’ll be in the store Friday night giving out coupons as BC pours samples of sparkling wines.

Friday, July 17th
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Best Cellars in Dupont
Coon Ave between Q & R St, NW

Thursday, July 16, 2009

PAST: TONIGHT: Art + Music at Redeem on 14th St. 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Tonight at Redeem on 14th St...

"We're happy to welcome back DC artist J.Coleman (responsible for our in-store murals) along with his friends, Object from Brooklyn, in the third installment of their art/music combo tour. J., who recently finished up the huge murals in 14th Street's Eatonville, presents 13 new original works, while Object tone it down some in an acoustic set. Come out, support the arts, and shop some fantastic summer fashion."

WHEN: Third Thursday, July 16
TIME: 6PM to 8:30PM
WHERE: Redeem, 1734 14th St NW

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

PAST: ART OPENING: "Finding Beauty in a Broken World: In the Spirit of Frida Kahlo" Reception at Smith Farm this FRI, July 17th 5:30pm - 8:00pm


Opening Reception & Awards for current exhibit at Smith Farm
"Finding Beauty in a Broken World: In the Spirit of Frida Kahlo"
A mixed media exhibition juried by F. Lennox Campello
Exhibition Dates: July 1 – August 29


This Friday, July 17th
5:30 – 8:00PM

Frida Kahlo remains one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, but her spectacular life experiences, writing and views on life and art have also influenced many artists. Frida always painted herself: her pain, her anguish, her sorrow, her passion, as well as her triumph over disability. Her paintings and retablos celebrate a life constantly reinventing itself, in spite of the physical disability that strove to confine it. This exhibition will showcase the work of artists influenced not only by Frida’s art, but also by her biography, her thoughts, and her writings.

Featured Artists:Priscilla Pompa Alvarez, Sally Brucker, Mark Caicedo, Kathryn H. Cook, Veronica Ebert, Elissa Farrow-Savos, Amy Freeman, Tanya Gramatikova, Manuela Holban, Diane Kahlo, Lily Lash, Maria Lupo, Marla McLean, Laura Pallone, Judith Peck, Reginald Pointer, Nancy Pollack, Chrys Roboras, Katya Romero, Janna Stern, Henrik Sundquist, Yayo Tavolara, Helen Zughaib

Photo above: Tribute to Frida Kahlo II by Tanya Gramatikova

Smith Farm
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
1632 U St, NW
Complete info online here.

PAST: ART TALK on Frida Kahlo Show at Smith Farm THURS, July 16th with F. Lennox Campello 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

Frida Kahlo: Her Art & Her Pain with F. Lennox Campello
Thursday | July 16 | 6:30-8:30PM | Free & open to the public
2.5 CECs Available*

There will be an opening reception for the current exhibition on Friday as well.
Finding Beauty in a Broken World: In the Spirit of Frida Kahlo
A mixed media exhibition juried by F. Lennox Campello.

Talk will be in the Gallery
1632 U St, NW
Please see Smith Farm site for complete details.

PAST: Job Fair for DC Residents! THURS, July 16th from 11:00am - 3:00pm

"Job Fair on Thursday, July 16, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Ave., N.W., Hall "C". More than 80 employers, with jobs currently available, have been confirmed. Participants must bring proof of D.C. residency (driver's license, non-driver's license, a utility bill, etc.). At 9:30 a.m. there will be a Jobs Workshop featuring a "Dress for Success" Fashion Show, tips for job hunting in a down-turn economy, and information on apprenticeship training and stimulus jobs will be offered until 11 a.m." Full details online here. Metro: Mt Vernon Square

PAST: DJ's and Dancing and more at "Gaia" in Gallery in Silver Spring FRI, July 17th 9:00pm - 3:00am, $10 in advance 21+

"Gaia" at Gallery (lounge) in Silver Spring
This Friday, July 17th
9:00pm - 3:00am
DJ & More, Learn about GAIA on the site here.
This is a 21+ event
$10 pre order at gaiadc.com $12 at the door

Special edition of Loda: The Gaia Takeover! We are combining forces with Lil Soso Productions, The Pink Line Project & the Gaia crew for this unique event. More info on facebook invite here.

Gallery in Silverspring
1115 East West Highway
Metro: Silver Spring is closest, a bit of a walk (or short taxi) from metro. I think buses may get you there closer (its next to mayorga just off Georgia Ave). See wmata for best access by transit.

PAST: POETRY & OPEN MIC + ART: This FRI, July 17th is the monthly HOME event at Hillyer in Dupont, 6:00pm - 8:00pm or so, $5, Free for performers

HOME Poetry Event is this Friday, July 17th!
Featuring Drew Anderson, Special guest host Simone Jacobson, the founder and original host of HOME.

HOME is on every THIRD Friday of the month at Hillyer Art Space.

Sign-up for poets is at 6:00pm
The open mic begins at 7:00pm
$5 for non-members of International Arts & Artists
Free for members of IA&A & FREE for performing poets
Learn more details on the facebook invite here.

9 Hillyer Court NW
(in the alley behind Phillips Collection)
202.338.0680
Metro: Dupont, Q St exit

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

PAST: If any of you have a car to get out to Jammin' Java in VA this THURS, July 16th, 7:00pm - 10:45pm, $10

Jammin' Jave is hosting their first Mid-Atlantic Band Battle and my friend Micheal Geddes band "The Idiomatics" has been selected to participate in the competition. They will be playing this Thursday, July 16th from 9:30pm - 9:45pm and I'm excited for them and just wanted to give a shout out in case any of you are able to get out there. For a full lineup of bands competing, please click here. The show is from 7:00pm - 10:45pm. Note: Tickets are $10

Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA
(703) 255-1566

PAST: CONCERT: NSO, Chaka Kahn and others "Salute to Apollo" this SAT, July 18th at The Kennedy Center, 8:00pm - 9:00pm, Free! Tickets Required

On Saturday, July 18th the NSO will be presenting a FREE Concert Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Landing on the Moon "Salute to Apollo: The Kennedy Legacy" From 8:00pm - 9:00pm at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The show will feature the NSO with Denyce Graves, Chaka Kahn, Jamia Nash, narrators Buzz Aldrin and Scott Altman. Free tickets on site day of starting at 6:00pm. Complete details online here.

PAST: MUSIC: Tori Sparks and Ally Way at "Sounds of Hope" this FRI, July 17th, 7:00pm - 10:30pm, Donation based

Benefit for Hungry For Music with Tori Sparks and Ally Way!

"Sounds of Hope"
Friday, July 17, 2009
7:00pm - 10:30pm

Tori Sparks shares her folksy, unique voice this Friday night at The Potter's House along with Ally Way. Tori is known for being a part of and/ or organizing benefit concerts on behalf of a variety of organizations, and she encourages musicians of any stripe to give back whenever and wherever they can. Check her out on myspace here.

Ally Way is an educator, dancer, guitarist, pianist and lover. She is a classically trained vocalist, and is the composer and writer for all she sings. She's shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Tina Marie, Doug E. Fresh & Destiny's Child. Visit her on myspace here.

Hungry For Music is a grassroots volunteer-driven 501 (c)(3) charity organization whose mission is to inspire underprivileged children (and others) by bringing positive musical and creative experiences into their lives. Since becoming a non-profit in 1994, Hungry for Music has brought the healing quality of music to thousands of people through its musical instrument donations, concerts, and workshops. The agency's goal for 2009 is to distribute 365 musical instruments to individual children in need, school programs, and after-school community centers. In 2008 384 instruments were donated.

The show starts at 7pm at The Potter's House. Dinner and delectable, homemade desserts are available -- and so is off-street parking. Sounds of Hope is an intimate concert space -- come enjoy the sounds and the hope! View the full invite on facebook here.

The Potter's House
1658 Columbia Road, NW
Metro: Green or Yellow line - Columbia Heights and walk right on Columbia, about 10 minutes. Red line - Dupont and take the 42 to Mozart Place or Woodley Park and take the Circulator to Adams Morgan and turn left up Columbia Rd.

PAST: Special event with FAIR Fund this WED, July 15th at Betsey Johnson in Georgetown 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Join FAIR Fund and Miss Teen DC 2008 Jasmine Alexis this Wednesday at Betsey Johnson in Georgetown this Wednesday, July 15th from 5:00pm - 8:00pm for A Stylish Summertime Soiree in honor of FAIR Fund and the international work they do with young women, in civil society in the areas of anti-human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. Fair FUND and in the empowering ways that they work with these women to creatively provide for themselves. Please visit their website to learn more about the organization. Enjoy cupcakes and punch while you shop for unique one-of-a-kind JewelGirls jewelry and specially marked down Betsey Johnson styles. Also be sure to check out the Secret Garden behind the store, it is really charming!

Betsey Johnson, Georgetown
3029 M St, NW
Please RSVP: rsvp@fairfund.org
Metro: Easiest stop is Farragut North or West, take the red Circulator bus along K St to Georgetown

PAST: Synchronized Swimming with WPA this SUN, July 19th at 6:00pm, Free

Synchronized Swimming Hits Washington!
This Sunday, July 19th
6:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Washington Projects for the Arts, in collaboration with the Rubell Family Collection + Conner Contemporary Art, announces the first-ever synchronized swimming performance competition featuring Washington area artists at the Capitol Skyline Hotel pool. Selected artist teams will perform a 2-4 minute synchronized performance accompanied by music in the pool. In the spirit of WPA’s past inventive performances and artist actions, we are proud to present this opportunity for Washington area artists to express their creativity in the city’s hottest new setting for contemporary art and events.

Typically, synchronized swimming demands advanced water skills and requires great strength, endurance, flexibility, grace, artistry, and precise timing, as well as exceptional breath control when upside down underwater. However, at the WPA SynchroSwim, creativity and effort are the main criteria for evaluation. Questions, contact Lisa at WPA at 202-234-7103 x3.

Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 "I" St, SW
202.488.7500
Metro: Navy Yard

PAST: SpeakeasyDC presents "The Sin Show" at The Fringe Festival, $15

"The Sin Show" put on by storytelling group SpeakeasyDC, is another one of the shows I recommend for the Fringe Festival. 7 sins, 7 performers (of course I know the guy doing the Lust piece). There are shows on Fri, July 17th, Wed, July 22nd, Fri, July 24th and Sun, July 26th. Individual tickets are $15, read about other discount options here. For more info about the show please see their post on the Capital Fringe website here. You can learn more about SpeakeasyDC here.

PAST: Burning Man Scene DJ's Spin this FRI, July 17th at The Looking Glass 10:00pm on, 21+ Free

Join DJ's Sequoia and Sess this Friday at The Looking Glass for drinks, music, and dancing as they transform a local bar into a "burner" scene. This is the first of a monthly residency that will take place every third Friday of the month. No cover, great music, and only 1 block from the Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro. If you haven't been to this bar before, it is a neat spot and this should be a fun event.

Friday, July 17th
10:00pm- close
Free, 21+ event

The Looking Glass
3634 Georgia Ave, NW
Metro: Georgia Ave/ Petworth

PAST: Support a Friend's Marathon Fundraiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma THURS, July 16th at Chi-Cha Lounge, 7:00pm - 11:00pm, 21+

My friend Denise is running her first marathon this year to raise funds and awareness for LLS, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. On a personal note, I want to highlight this as I recently reconnected with my first love from high school and learned that he has been diagnosed with Lymphoma and has undergone chemo for it. If you are free, please stop by this Fundraiser at Chi-Cha Lounge on Thursday night and help Denise and her friend Michelle raise funds for this cause.

Fundraiser for LLS at Chi-Cha Lounge
Thursday, July 16th
7:00pm - 11:00pm

To see more details and RSVP see the invite on facebook here. From the invite "Come join us out at the awesome Chi-Cha Lounge for a great party! Help us raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and support Denise and my efforts to train for the Nike Women's Marathon in October 2009 while enjoying drink specials, a cool dj and fun raffles! :) All proceeds go directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and their team in training program!"

Chi-Cha Lounge
1624 U St
Metro: Columbia Heights and take the Circulator on Irving at 14th one stop to U St or McPherson Square and take any of the S buses, S2, S4, S9 to 16th & U St. You can also walk from Dupont.

Monday, July 13, 2009

PAST: THEATER J Special Discount with "Neighborhood Nights" WED & THURS 7:30pm Shows thru July 16th, Tickets just $15

The DCJCC has announced a new special for the rest of the run of "The Seagull on 16th Street" with "Neighborhood Nights" Wednesday and Thursday nights for the 7:30pm shows. Tickets are just $15 with code “Dupont” in advance or at the door. Regular price is $42! Call (800) 494-TIXS or click here.

Special Note to those 35 and under! You can get half-price tickets any night of the week as part of the "35 and under" outreach program. Join the Theater J page on facebook here!

Performances are Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30, Saturdays at 8:00 (except for the 4th of July), and Sundays at 3:00 and 7:30. Discussions follow all Sunday matinee and Thursday performances! Closing Sun, July 19th. Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes with 1 intermission. See www.theaterj.org for more.

THE SEAGULL ON 16TH STREET: Youth is envied, challenged and mortally wounded this classic by the great Russian master. Inspired by Louis Malle's Vanya on 42nd Street, our own 16th Street provides the stage for a journey back to the Russian countryside in this tale of love and loss, with laughs and heartbreak. Featuring Alexander Strain, Naomi Jacobson, Jerry Whiddon and J. Fred Shiffman.

At the Washington DCJCC
Theater J
16th & Q St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle or S2 or S4 bus along 16th St

PAST: Fringe Festival Dance Theater Performance of "All Good Men" this THURS & SAT Night, Note: $15

You all know that normally I don't post events that cost more than ten bucks (in fact they are usually free or donation based) but I do make exceptions for certain causes and in support of my friends talents.

Two of my friends, Rob (who is also the creator of this piece) and Sylvana are performing in this show and I definitely plan to check them out! I know they have been working really hard getting ready for the show and they are both excellent dancers.

Check out this article recently published in the Examiner here.

Bettmann Dances presents the premiere of "All Good Men" a Dance Theater Performance as part of the Capital Fringe Festival, Two shows only! Individual tickets for the show cost $15. I recommend checking out the 4 tickets for $50 and bringing some friends along. You can read more about the options for purchasing passes for the festival here.

Thursday, July 16th at 7:45pm


Saturday, July 18th at 9:00pm


Please click here to buy your tickets in advance.

On facebook: See clips of past work and become a Fan of Bettmann Dances here. View the official invite here.

Capital Fringe Festival
The Apothecary
1013 7th St. NW
(near Warehouse between K & L St)
Metro: Mt Vernon Square is the closest, you can also walk from Gallery Place Chinatown

Please note: this show is listed incorrectly in the print version of the Festival Guide (it is correct online). The print version of the listing is under 'The Doctor' by day eight dances.

PAST: POETRY & OPEN MIC: GPI Meets in Dupont Circle Tonight! MON, July 13th 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Poetry, Drumming and Open Mic at the Fountain tonight from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free! Tonight's special feature is one of DC's great conscious-raising MC's Bomani "D-Mite" Armah! In case of RAIN - Call (800) 886-6157

Saturday, July 11, 2009

PAST: GreenDrinks DC Happy Hour at Public Bar TUES, July 14th 6:30pm - 9:00pm

GreenDrinks DC Happy Hour for eco-conscious folks!
Tuesday, July 14th
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Public Bar
1214 18th St, NW
Metro: Between Dupont Circle and Farragut North
where 18th and Conn meet close to M St

Learn more about GreenDrinks DC or join their group on facebook here.

PAST: Celebrate Bastille Day this TUES, July 14th in Adams Morgan with Alliance Francaise

Want to Celebrate Bastille Day for Free? Come on out to the Adams Morgan Mainstreet Bastille Day Event, organized in partnership with the Alliance Française!

Bastille Day in Adams Morgan, Free!
Tuesday, July 14th
4:00pm - 10:00pm

Outside of the Marie Reed School
2200 18th St, NW

Celebrate BASTILLE DAY by dining and shopping in Adams Morgan on a Tuesday. You can eat and act "French" at La Fourchette, Bardia's New Orleans Cafe, Left Bank, or Soussi.

From 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, "The National Capital Club de Pétanque” will be there to do a French Pétanque demonstration (similar to Bocce Ball). All are welcome to join teams and play.

From 6:00 to 8:00 pm all ages will enjoy live the French and world music of “Kamel Zennia Band” .

At 8:00pm, don't miss L'Enfant Cafe's (2000 18th St. NW) famous French Maid Relay Race w/ hosts King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, and free cake, music, food & drink specials, and door prizes. Napoleon Bistro (1847 Columbia Rd NW) offers free champagne to anyone dressed in red, white, and blue.

PAST: Kirtan & Yoga Workshop at Yoga Chai this THURS, July 16th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, donations welcome

Kirtan Workshop: Sacred Sound and the Yoga of Devotion
with Hari-kirtan Das and Neva Ingalls

Thursday, July 16th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Donation based

You are invited to be a part of this afternoon of transcendental sound and to explore the yoga of kirtan. The emphasis of this class will be on the inner meaning and experience of chanting; exploring a variety of kirtan mantras, moods, and relationships. The class will also take a look at how Sanskrit is properly pronounced and chanted, using the Bhagavad-gita and the names of different asanas as examples.This class is a portion of Neva's Inner Domain Teacher Training (she is a yoga instructor at yoga chai) that is open to the public: your voluntary donation will be gratefully accepted.

Yoga Chai in Adams Morgan
($10 for 10 days of yoga special going on there now!)
1744 Columbia Rd, NW, 2nd Floor
Across the street from the Safeway

Metro: Dupont and take the 42 bus to Ontario Rd or Woodley Park, take the new Circulator (red bus) one stop to Adams Mill and walk left on Columbia or metro to Columbia Heights and walk right or Columbia or take the Circulator to Adams Mill Rd and walk back a block or two.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

PAST: OPERA: Washington National Opera's Opera Institute Youth 15-18 Performances FRI, July 11th at 7:00pm and SAT, July 11th at 6:00pm, Free!

Two free opera events this weekend. Washington National Opera’s Opera Institute will present staged, popular opera scenes as part of the Opera Institute, a one-of-a-kind pre-professional training program for young singers ages 15 to 18. This is a great chance to hear operatic favorites and to see some of tomorrow’s stars today, all for free!

Friday, July 10th at 7:00pm
at American University’s Katzen Center

Saturday, July 11th at 6:00pm
at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage

More info at www.dc-opera.org

NOTE: Canceled: "Breaking Waves" Live Street Art Installation this SAT, July 11th 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Free

BREAKING WAVES: A Live Street Art Installation
Mural Jam/ Grand Opening Party: Live art, Music, and More!
Hosted by: Artomatic, Albus Cavus, Capitol River Front BID, DRI, Jamestown

NOTE: I have just been informed that this event had to be rescheduled for a later date. THE EVENT IS CANCELED.

This Saturday, July 11th
5:00pm - 11:00pm
At First & K St, SE

Breaking Wave features artists who are invited to transform a vacant lot into a large art installation as a part of Artomatic’s 2009 activities in the Capitol Riverfront BID. There will be a 6 month rotating art installation; each month will feature a new wave of murals! Our grand opening of Breaking Wave will feature a Mural Jam, where over 20 artists will paint live on site.

PAST: ART OPENING at Civilian this FRI July 10th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Civilian Art Projects is pleased to present two exhibitions: "Ryan Hill: Everything Must Go" and "Upgrade," a group exhibition featuring Andrew Brown, Lindsay Buhman, Nicholas Carr, Benjamin Chetta, Cheraya Esters, Cory May, and Anna Wonson. The exhibitions will be on view until Saturday, August 8, 2009.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, July 10th
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Civilian Art Projects
406 7th St, NW
Now on the Second Floor
Metro: Navy Archives or Gallery Place

PAST: ART OPENING: This SAT, July 11th at Transformer 5:00pm - 7:00pm

"E6: in situ" (featuring 4 artists) opens
Saturday, July 11th
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Transformer

1404 P St, NW
Metro: Dupont and walk or take the new Circulator to 14 & P from McPherson Sq, Columbia Heights or Woodley Park

PAST: This SAT, July 11th Capoeira Event with Organic Juice, Food, Music and More, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, $5 Donation

This was passed on to me by a friend. To learn more, check out their website or give them a call.

Taster this Saturday, July 11th
4:00pm - 5:00pm
includes organic juice tasting, food, music.
Donation: $5

Universal Capoeira Center
1351 "U" St, NW
(entrance is in the rear of bldg.)
202.628.0095
Metro: Green Line to "U" St
or any 90 bus to Ellington Bridge.

PAST: MUSIC: Makepeace Brothers are back at BloomBars this SAT, July 11th, all Ages, 9:00pm, Donation based

The Makepeace Brothers are back at BloomBars this Saturday night! 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 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.

Saturday, July 11th
9:00pm - 12:00am
Donations appreciated

BloomBars (next to Wonderland)
3222 11th ST NW (at Kenyon)
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: TONIGHT: THURS, July 9th, Free Events for Opening Night at the Fringe Festival! 8:00pm - 1:00am

From the Fringe website: "Be our guest on OPENING NIGHT JULY 9th @ 8pm at the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar. Located in the big parking lot at FORT FRINGE, 607 New York Ave., NW. FREE & OPEN TO ALL - free performances by Fringe Artists." Metro: Mt Vernon Sq or Gallery Place Chinatown

PAST: "Hip-Hop Theater Festival" happening now - July 11th, all events are Free!

All events are free and open to the public! Annual Festival runs July 6th - 11th and takes place at various venues including the Kennedy Center in NW, Dance Place in NE and THEARC in SE. For complete info please visit dcarts.dc.gov and www.hhtf.org.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

PAST: Free Absinthe Tasting and other Liquers from Leopold Bros at Best Cellars in Dupont this FRI, July 10th 5:30pm - 8:00pm, 21+

Leopold Bros. will be doing an absinthe (and other liquers) tasting this Friday, July 10th at Best Cellars in Dupont. Their assistant distiller will be there to handle questions. Along with Absinthe, they also have a line of Apple whiskey, Blackberry Whiskey, Peach Whiskey, vodka, gin, dark rum, our liqueurs: blackberry, tart cherry, sour apple, cranberry, peach. Not sure which exact ones will be offered but it should be a really neat tasting to check out, especially for those curious about absinthe!

This Friday, July 10th
5:30pm - 8:00pm

Best Cellars Dupont
1643 Connecticut Ave., NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit

PAST: ART: Closing Reception FRI, July 10th for "Stimulus" exhibiit at Nevin Kelly Gallery in Columbia Heights

"Stimulus" Art Closing Reception:
Friday, July 10th
5:00pm - 8:00pm

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. You can view the full invite on facebook here.

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.

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.

Please Note: New Posts Coming Soon (Injured my finger this weekend and it's still hard to type) Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

Lots of free Fourth of July festivities on The Mall as you know... and the performances by the Capital as well. Dupont Galleries are open this Fri eve and Artomatic is having their closing weekend so be sure to check it out if you haven't already. I'm heading out of town as many people are so there won't be any new posts until Monday or Tuesday. Hope you all have a super weekend and get to enjoy sometime BBQ-ing, Picnic-ing, Swimming and Having lots of fun outside!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

PAST: MUSIC + More! "It's Time to BLOOM!" BloomBars hosts a fundraiser party this THURS, July 2nd, 9:30pm - Midnight, All Ages, Donation based

Come out and show your love for BloomBars! I LOVE this place... the people, the passion and the paradigm (community, connection, music, empowerment, art and nurturing...) that BloomBars represents! If you haven't been there yet, this is a great time to stop by, check out some live music and learn more about the BloomBars vision.

Special Fundraiser Event
This Thursday, July 2nd
9:30pm - Midnight
Please donate as you are able

For almost a year, you have watched or heard about the seed that was planted at 3222 11th St, NW. Many of you have and continue to help fertilize that seed in many ways. Now, that seed is finally about emerge and reveal it’s first full Bloom as an artist and non-profit incubator, performance space, art gallery, theater, dance studio, screening room, and center for health, wellness, and community engagement. From yoga and children’s story telling to capoeira and independent film screenings, BloomBars will have something for everyone—all ages in an alcohol-free environment.

BloomBars is at a critical juncture as it seeks non-profit status (application is in), and works to become a sustainable organization. We need your help NOW to ensure this exciting concept can realize its potential, and the potential in all it seeks to serve and nurture. Your thoughtful and generous contributions will help open the doors to an array of arts and community-based programming. Checks can be made payable to: BloomBars, LLC. Give what you can.

BloomBars
3222 11th St, NW
next to Wonderland, at Kenyon
Learn more at bloombars.com
Metro: Columbia Heights, green or yellow line

PAST: Last Free Performance of the Season at Harman Hall Today! WED, July 1st, Noon - 1:00pm

Choreographer & Media Artist Jonah Bokaer debuts at the close of this season's Happenings at the Harman this Wednesday,July 1st at noon in the Forum in Harman Hall, 610 F St, NW. Metro: Gallery Place, Arena exit

PAST: Last Call for ARTOMATIC! Closing this weekend

Last chance to check out Artomatic before it closes this Sunday, July 5th! 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.

I'm not sure what closing party plans are but you can check out the list of performances and events on their website.

NOTE:
Due to 4th of July holiday, Artomatic will be closing early actually at 10:30pm on Saturday night.

For a list of closing events please visit the Artomatic Blog here.

Artomatic Hours:
Wed & Thurs: Noon – 10:00pm
This Fri: Noon – 1:00am
This Sat: Noon - 10:30pm
Sunday: Noon – 10:00pm

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
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: Practice QiGong in the Park Tonight, WED, from 6:00pm - 7:00pm

For complete details, see previous post here.

PAST: Art Opening this FRI, July 3rd at Hillyer Art Space in Dupont (part of first Fridays) 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

International Arts & Artists’ Hillyer Art Space presents "Six in the Mix: Selections by Renee Stout"

Friday, July 3rd
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Music by DJ Deep Sang
$5 suggested donation

Six in the Mix: Selections by Renee Stout brings together a divergent company of mid-Atlantic emerging and mid-career artists for Hillyer Art Space’s summer program. This show will feature the work of Cianne Fragione, Kenyatta Hinkle, Adam Griffiths, Marc Roman, James Swainbank, and Gilbert Trent and runs 'til Friday, August 28, 2009.

Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Ct, NW
alley behind The Phillips Collection
Visit their event page on Facebook here.

PAST: Folklife Festival continues this WED - SUN, July 1st - 5th, Free

The Folklife Festival on The Mall continues. There are three sections this year which include Giving Voice: The Power of Words in African American Culture, Wales/ Cymru, and Las Americas: Music in Latino Culture. Festival hours will be 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with special evening events. All events are free, you may want to bring some cash along for food and drinks. For complete details and schedule of performances, please click here. Metro: Smithsonian