Monday, August 31, 2009

PAST: Free and Easy Events this TUES, Sept 1st - FRI, Sept 4th from the Going out Gurus

From the Going out Gurus Washington Post article on Free and Easy events:

Tuesday, September 1st (in Rockville)
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy Open House, Free
The Rockville dance studio, which teaches ballet, jazz and modern styles to children and adults, offers free classes and performances during its annual open house. Kids can try on tutus and make tiaras, and everyone learns how ballerinas get their hair in perfect buns. Complete info here.

Wednesday, September 2nd
Atlas District Open Mic at Sova
Poets, musicians, comics and storytellers are invited to perform at Sova's open mike, and the evening's top act gets a $50 prize. There are 15 slots available; sign-up begins on a first-come, first-served basis at 7:30. Sova Espresso and Wine, 1359 H St NE

Thursday, September 3rd
5:00pm - 8:00pm, Free
Fiesta de las Americas at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Spend your happy hour dancing to live salsa music with vocalist Meñique, the Verny Varela Project and DJ Earl International. SAAM is at 8th & F St, NW above the Gallery Place Chinatown metro exit. Complete info here.

Friday, September 4th
My Space on 7th Closing Party and Wine Tasting
The Touchstone Gallery's annual non-juried show for emerging artists finishes its three-week run with a special wine-tasting party offered by the Washington Wine Academy. Metro: Navy Archives More info here.

PAST: Live Music: TUES, September 1st at Bossa with Courtney Dowe & All y Way, 9:00pm - midnight 21+ Free

Free performance by the talented Courtney Dowe and Ally Way.
Tuesday, September 1st
9:00pm - midnight

2463 18th St, NW
Metro: New Circulator route to Adams Morgan from Woodley Park or Columbia Heights or 42 bus from Dupont Circle or any 90 bus from U St to 18th & Columbia.

OF NOTE: Deal: "Sundae Mondays" at Giffords Downtown 11th & E St, only $3 for a Sundae!

Hello! I was just there today expecting a $2 small scoop but decided to add hot fudge to my mint chocolate chip ice cream and they were like "do you want a Sundae Monday? It's just 5 cents more?" and I was like, "seriously!" of course I did! Every Monday all day long, large ice cream plus whip cream, one sauce, nuts and a cherry for just $3. That's a deal, and delicious as well. More about Giffords here! Next to E St Cinema on E St between 10th & 11th St, NW. Metro: Metro Center

OF NOTE: Deal: $5 for $10 worth of Ice Cream or Hot Chocolate at ACKC

I love chocolate and ice cream! For details on this online deal, which runs now - Sept 7th, please click here! ACKC is on 14th St a bit north of P St at 1529 14th St, NW.

PAST: Happy Hour Fundraiser for Sasha Bruce House at Jin WED, Sept 2nd, 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Donations encouraged

Special Happy Hour Fundraiser for Sasha Bruce House
Wednesday, September 2nd
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Donation based, $10 suggested

Featuring the Soulful Sounds of Supa Qool Dj Uncle Q, and the artistic works of Tiya DK and Brandon Hodges. Produced by Friends of the City.

Jin Lounge
2017 14th Street, NW
just north of U St
Metro: U St

First Fundraiser for Free in DC! Please Donate as you are able!

PAST: MON, August 3 Ist , Concert Pianist Karen Walwyn performs, 6:00pm, Free

Well, it's the last Monday in August and there isn't a whole lot going on tonight. If you are looking for something free to do, I suggest the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage concert at 6:00pm and afterwards you can enjoy the views from the roof and relax outside a bit or possibly splurge for a snack or some dinner. I find the salad bar most economical if you stick to the light fare.

Monday, August 31st
Concert pianist
Karen Walwyn
6:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

The concert pianist, an Albany Records recording artist and Howard University faculty member, recently made her compositional debut with her multi-movement work for solo piano entitled Reflections on 9/11.

Did you know? If you can't make the daily performances in person. you can also stream the show live on the Kennedy Center website! You can also watch past performances from the archive online.

The Kennedy Center
2700 F St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom, take the free Kennedy Center Shuttle

Saturday, August 29, 2009

PAST: MUSIC: Live performances this SUN, August 30th at BloomBars, 7:30 - 11:30pm, Donations welcome, All ages

This Sunday, August 30th
7:30pm - 11:00pm

"Seed the Sound Sundays" at BloomBars
with Hope Leigh, Lesley Pike, and Terrence Cunningham
Donation based, $5 Recommended, All ages welcome

BloomBars seeds the sound every Sunday night, so if you can't make it out to this amazing event, be sure to check it out next week!

3222 11th St, NW (at Kenyon)
Next door to Wonderland
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: Last Chance for $10 Admission (half off) to Newseum (month of August only) when you mention WTOP

For the month of August just mention WTOP and get 50% off the $20 admission at the Newseum, making it only $10 (finally affordable for us locals)! Listen to promo mp3 here. More about the Newseum here.

Friday, August 28, 2009

PAST: Free Event with Music, Dance and More! Halstead in Arlington, VA tomorrow "The Zip Code Exhibition" 5:30pm - Midnight, Free!

The ZIP Code exhibition
Saturday, August 29th
Free event!

Halstead Arlington will provide tour announcements of their luxury apartments throughout the program. Catering sponsored by Rincome Thai Cuisine.

5:30pm - 6:00pm Rhythm Worker's Union (Djembe Drumming)

6:00pm - 6:15pm Saffron Dance (Belly Dancing)

6:15pm - 7:00pm Parliament Hill (American Folk)

7:00pm - 7:15pm Saffron Dance (Belly Dancing)

7:15pm - 8:15pm KUKU (Nigerian Singer/Songwriter)

8:15pm - 8:30pm Rhythm Worker's Union (Djembe Drumming)

8:30pm - 8:45pm Saffron Dance (Belly Dancing)

8:30pm - 9:30pm DC Shorts Film Features

8:45pm - 9:45pm Margot MacDonald (American Blues/Rock)

9:45pm - 10:00pm Saffron Dance (Belly Dancing)

10:00pm - midnight DJ CJ Weaver (Drum & Bass/Ambient)

10:00pm - Burning Man

11:00pm - DC Shorts Film Features

Halstead Arlington
1028 South Walter Reed Drive
Arlington, VA 22204
On-site parking garage available, $1 per hour
Please see Metro for public transit access

PAST: DC Dance Festival is this Weekend! Free Classes, Performances and Workshops! FRI - SUN, August 28th - 30th

DC DANCE FESTIVAL is this weekend!
Friday, August 28th - Sunday, August 30th
50 Acts . 14 Venues . 10 Workshops . 3 days
All Events and Workshops are Free!
No RSVP Required, Space may be limited so arrive early
See full press release and schedule by clicking here!

Experience Global Movement With Dance Festival DC

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will be hosting 50 dance performances at 14 venues around the District from August 28-30 for FREE. Through this yearly festival, the Commission exposes District residents to a wide array of folk and
traditional music and dance from around the world alongside workshops. Some genres include hip-hop, salsa, swing, tango and many more. Performances and interactive workshops (first come, first served) will be FREE to the public over three-days.

This year Dance DC Festival opening night theme, Live! A Bollywood Experience, will be held at the Atlas Performing Arts Theater. This night captures the essence of Bollywood fusing Hindu and Western dance expressions. Closing the weekend will be East Meets West at the Heritage Center at The Navy Memorial, in Downtown, DC. An explosive performance blends the massive moves of West Africa with the rich tradition of the Middle East. Ending this show, there will be a special dance tribute to the late, Michael Jackson.

PAST: Columbia Heights Festival! SAT, August 28th 10:00am - 5:00pm

Columbia Heights Festival!
Saturday, August 29th
All day long, starts 10:00am
See website for complete info.

Celebrate the vibrant character of Columbia Heights with live entertainment, vendors, kids activities and community organizations. Free yoga at 10:00am, Pet Show 10:30am, Cupcake eating contest at 3:45pm! Action moves to neighborhood bars such as Wonderland and Red Rocks after 7:00pm.

Harriet Tubman Elementary School
3101 13th St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: Last Chance, Exhibit at Smith Farm "Finding Beauty in a Broken World: In the Spirit of Frida Kahlo" Closes this SAT, August 29th

Last Chance to see the current exhibit at Smith Farm!
Closes this Saturday, August 29th
Click here to see previous post for complete details.

Regular Gallery Hours:
11:00am-3:00pm, and by appointment.

OF NOTE: LINK: Lots of Free Things to Do Here!

418 free things to do listed online here!
The Washington Post's online Going Out Guide.

You can refine the search by category and also by DC, MD and VA. You can also search the free/cheap category.

PAST: DJ Dance Party "Wasteland" is back! This FRI, August 28th, 21+ Free!

My friends JJ & Chris, aka DJ Medusa and DJ Strange, put on this Free monthly event at Jimmy Valentines.They'll spin goth, darkwave and a bit of glam music all night long. 21+ event. The space inside is rather nice, red and black and kind of quirky. It is a bit hard to get out there without a car though. Complete details at:

Note: Best reached by car, the club is discretely located behind an unmarked door in what seems to be a residential neighborhood. I think you can metro to NY Ave and take a short taxi ride from there. Please see trip planner for nearest metro and possible bus access.

PAST: POETRY: DC Poetry Festival features Gil Scott-Heron, DC Poet Laureate and others! Tonight, FRI, August 28th, 7:30pm, Free!

The fifth annual end-of-summer celebration of poetry features special guest Gil Scott-Heron, along with D.C. Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick and Abiodun Oyewole, co-founder of The Last Poets. Scott-Heron, 60, will be a featured guest at the D.C. Poetry Festival, which is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre. Read Washington Post review with interview here!

DC Poetry Festival
Friday, August 28th

7:30pm, Free!

Carter Barron Amphitheatre
16th & Colorado Ave, NW

Metro: Bus only, S2 or S4 bus along 16th St (I think both go past Colorado but you may want to confirm) from Columbia Heights (walk to 16th St) McPherson Square or Silver Spring

Thursday, August 27, 2009

PAST: SAT, August 29th Admission to The Corcoran is Free! 10:00am - 5:00pm

This Saturday is the last chance to take advantage of Free Summer Saturdays at The Corcoran which I just found out about! Definitely recommend checking it out if you haven't been there before. Regular admission is $10- $14.

Saturday, August 29th
10:00am - 5:00pm
Free Admission!

Corcoran Gallery of Art

505 17th St, NW
Metro: Farragut North or West, walk about 5 or 6 blocks

"Free in DC" now has a Tip Jar!

"Free in DC" is seeking Sponsors and Donations!

Interested in seeing your company logo on the top right side of the page? You can now become a sponsor of this site! I just learned the html coding to make the logos clickable and am really excited about this. I'd love to offer a special new sponsor promo to small, local independent businesses, non-profits and green businesses and those working in healing and the arts as well. Please email me directly at to find out more about sponsorship options.

"Tip Jar" coming soon! I love writing this site and I think of it as a public service but it does take up a good amount of time and is basically a part time volunteer job. So, I'm planning to add a Chipin/Paypal "Tip Jar" feature to this site and I am asking readers to tip me similarly to how you might tip a bartender to support this site and the vision behind it. If each of you can put in a couple of bucks (or whatever you can) every so often that would be great. I want to maintain the visual ease of use and the integrity of the site which is all about local and affordable things to do in DC and I really don't want to put ads up, especially the blinking or click through ones.

So, when you see the paypal feature added, I hope that you will think about all of the time and money that this site saves you and donate as you are able. Donations based, "Pay what you can" kind of thing. All of your readership and support is appreciated!

PAST: Reminder: Raw Chocolate Meditation this FRI Night 7:00pm - 8:00pm, $10

With my friend Vincent at The Center in Tenleytown. Raw chocolates provided by Holeco. See previous post for complete details here!

PAST: DJ: At Wonderland Ballroom, DJ Sequoia Spins THURS, August 27th 10:00pm - close, 21+ Free

Dj Sequoia bringing the grooves to Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights tonight!

Thursday, August 27th
10:00pm - close!
Upstairs, 21+ Free to get in
DJ Sequoia spins last Thurs of every month

Wonderland Ballroom
11th & Kenyon St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: MUSIC: Live at Bossa Tonight, "House of Soul" THURS, August 27th, 10:00pm - 1:00am, 21+ $3

House of Soul play live at Bossa!
Tonight, Thursday, August 27th
10:00pm - 1:00am
21+, $3 cover

My friend Matt Grason is in a band called House of Soul and they are playing tonight upstairs at Bossa in Adams Morgan! Special guests to the live band dance party will include NavboX (voted best DJ in the Washington City Paper's "Best of D.C. 2009"), vocalist Niki Lagos, and guitarist Matt Balestino. Basshound will be holding it down downstairs.

Not sure if you're in the mood? Listen to some House of Soul live recordings here! If you want to stay in the loop, join the House of Soul Facebook page here!

in Adams Morgan
2463 18th St, NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take Circulator to Adams Mill, you can also take the 42 bus from Dupont Circle to 18th St.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

PAST: Hillyer Art Space Happy Hour! At The Big Hunt THURS, August 27th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm, 21+

Join Hillyer Art Space for their first local fundraiser hosted by The Big Hunt!

Thursday, August 27th
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Join the Hillyer staff and others for an awesome evening of drink specials, IA&A giveaways and more. Hillyer Art Space is a contemporary exhibition site in Dupont Circle that hosts creative art events and is dedicated to serving the public with quality exhibitions and programming. This happy hour will be the first in a series of fundraisers in conjunction with local businesses to raise funds to support HAS and ensure its future existence! So come out, have a few drinks and support Hillyer Art Space!

Drink specials will include: 4:00pm - 7:00pm, $1 off ALL drinks and $3 rails, $2.50 house pints. House pints $3 from 7:00pm on.

The Big Hunt
1345 Connecticut Avenue, NW
in the Voodoo Lounge upstairs
Metro: Dupont Circle South exit

PAST: WED, August 26th at Chi Cha Lounge, Food and Drink Specials, No Cover, 21+ 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Notoriety is a weekly Wednesday event for friends to come together, listen to soulful music, and soak up some good vibes at the Chi Cha Lounge, 1624 U St, NW. The film this week is: PULSE . No cover. You must be 21 or older. Half price hookahs and appetizers from 7:00 - 8:00, $4 shot and beer from 9:00 - 10:00.

OF NOTE: Want to find Tickets under Ten bucks?

Shows for less than ten bucks? Indeed! Check out the Ticketplace link for half price tickets now on sale for Washington Improv Theater and Keegan Theater for under ten dollars. Other great deals as well if you are able to spend a bit more. Info changes daily. Click here for more about this program from the Cultural Alliance!

OF NOTE: Free advice on how to use Twitter to market your business, and other tips and links from Twitter home page!

Learn more about twitter, get free advice on how to make it work for you and be sure to click the links on the left. There is a tab with great resource there. I just found this info by scrolling all the way down to the bottom of the twitter home page (which I normally don't do) and am happy to share it with you all. Great info for business marketing as well. Hope you enjoy it!

Click here for Twitter 101!

PAST: Jewelry Sale for Make Piece and Trivia Night at Nellie's on U St, Tonight! WED, August 26th 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Nellie's has generously agreed to host Make Piece/Peace, Inc. for another jewelry sale during one of their, ever-lively, Trivia Nights tonight, Wednesday, August 26th from 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Learn more about the work that Make Piece does here!

's Sports Bar
900 U St, NW
Metro: U St

PAST: Special Fundraiser for Split this Rock Poetry Festival, THURS, August 27th at Busboys & Poets on 14th St , Donations $10 -$25

A good deal for a good cause this Thursday night at Busboys & Poets! If you are going to spend money out, you might as well feel good about it. For new readers, I will sometimes make special exceptions to my "free or close to it" rule for posting when it comes to good people doing good things (especially when those folks are people I know, causes I have volunteered with in the past and the event at one of my favorite places in town!) So, with that being said, I wanted to pass along this info for a special event:

Split This Rock Poetry Festival Fund raiser with the festival organizers. Donations are on a sliding scale between $10-$25. Event includes yummy appetizers, auction and a performance.

Thursday, August 27th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

There will be a short program by the DC Slam Team with Regie Cabico, A.B. Spellman, Holly Bass and Split This Rock Co-Directors Melissa Tuckey and Sarah Browning. So please come celebrate, quaff Split This Rock-inspired cocktails, learn about volunteer opportunities, and bid on the auction if you like. For more info: or 202-787-5210. You can view the complete invite on facebook here.

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

PAST: Deal: Need a good excuse to splurge on a Manicure or Pedicure in this economy?

Though I am not normally one to post promotions I am definitely someone who loves a bargain and knows a good deal when I see it! So, if you are looking for an excuse to pamper yourself a bit without the guilt, here is an offer that may appeal to you.

Manicures are just $11 at Salon Roi. Only $22 for pedicure regularly $39. Nearly half off eyebrow waxing and facials as well with this special offer. See how this promo works at What's The Deal - DC by clicking here! Special offer must be purchased online within 5 days. Salon Roi is just steps away from Woodley Park Metro.

Salon Roi
2602 Connecticut Ave, NW
(202) 234-2668

Restrictions: Certificates are for basic services. For example, French manicures, nail art or other trade-ups are additional. Gratuity not included. Deal expires: February 28, 2010

PAST: Free Outdoor Screening of "Meet the Parents" Tonight, WED, August 26th in Stead Park, Dupont, 8:30pm

Free Outdoor Screening of "Meet the Parents"
Bring your own chairs and arrive early for a good spot!
Rain date is next Wed, Sept 2nd.

Tonight, Wednesday, August 26th
8:30pm start time for film

Stead Park
1625 P St, NW

Metro: Dupont and walk or take S2, S4 or S9 bus to 16th & P St from McPherson Square or anywhere along 16th St

PAST: Whacky enough to warrant a post... This FRI, August 28th at Palace of Wonders, H St NE, 10:00pm, $10

Circus, burlesque, and fire at the Palace of Wonders!

Tilted Torch: Big Top, Tiny Hats
Friday, August 28th
Doors 6:00pm - Show 10:00pm
$10 Admission, 21+

Note: Not Free $10 Admission, some events sound so interesting, I can't resist posting them. This particular show sounds like a lot of fun if you are looking for something different to do this Friday night perhaps you will want to check it out. Below is the invite description.

"Step right up, boys and girls, ladies and gents—for the parade of tiny hats under the big top. That’s right Tilted Torch is bringing you “Big Top, Tiny Hats”. In the center ring you will find your heart pounding from the burlesque stylings of Maria Bella, the death defying acts of Mab Just Mab, the world famous Pop Tarts, the fiery artistry of Miss Joule, and the queen of tiny top hats Malibu. The hilarious ringmaster, Shortstaxx, will be running this three ring circus."

Palace of Wonders
1210 H Street NE

Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown and take the H St NE Shuttle on 7th St at H or you can take the X2 metro bus. You can also take a short taxi from there or Union Station.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

PAST: Open Mic: Sparkle is back at Busboys 5th & K, WED, August 26th, 9:00pm, $3

Sparkle, a queer-friendly reading series hosted by Regie Cabico

Wednesday, August 26th
$3 Admission

Busboys and Poets
5th & K St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown or Mt Vernon Square
Closest access is by Circulator bus to 5th & Mass

PAST: Free Cupcakes! Hello Cupcake in Dupont Celebrates their First Anniversary Today, TUES, August 25th!

I just discovered the site We Love DC and saw this post about free cupcakes today at hello cupcake in Dupont! They are open from 10:00am - 7:00pm. Happy 1st Anniversary Hello Cupcake! I am copying the post I saw below. Thanks Katie for the heads up!

Hello Cupcake
1351 Connecticut Ave, NW
just south of the circle
Metro: Dupont

Free Cupcakes!
By Katie, 10:46 am August 24th, 2009

Newsflash: My personal favorite cupcakery, Hello Cupcake is turning 1 tomorrow, (meaning today) and celebrating by giving out free cupcakes. Get yours on Tuesday, August 25th at the Dupont Circle shop. One free cupcake per customer. My favorite ‘cake at Hello is You Tart! – a lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting. NOMZ. Hello Cupcake is located right off of Dupont Circle on Connecticut Ave across from Krispy Kreme.

Monday, August 24, 2009

PAST: MUSIC: CD Release and Live Show with Ugly Purple Sweater MON, Aug 24th at DC9, 21+ $8

My friends Sam and Rachel are in this band and are playing tonight. It's $8 which is a bit higher than I usually post but it should be a great show with great peeps.

CD Release Show for "Ugly Purple Sweater" tonight, Monday, August 24th at DC9. Doors 8:30. I guess they will go on after 9:30 sometime but not certain. Invite on facebook here.

9th and U St. NW
Metro: U St

Sunday, August 23, 2009

PAST: Open Mic: Potter's House hosts their first event in newly renovated space FRI, August 28th! All Ages, Donations, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The Potters House has put an investment in improving their space and I can't wait to see it! The email I received said that they have done some construction on the 2 columns that were in the space, reducing them from 46" to 16" in width to increase visibility for performances.

Open Mic: Music, Poetry, Performance welcome
hosted by Terrence J.
Friday, August 28th
7:00pm - 10:00pm
All ages, donations encouraged

The Potters House
1658 Columbia Rd, NW
Metro: you can walk from Columbia Heights Metro, about ten minutes, or take 42 bus from Dupont Circle to Mozart Place (bus from Q St on Conn toward Mt Pleasant)

PAST: THEATRE: Shakespeare Free for All is back! "Taming of the Shrew" this THURS, August 27th - SAT, Sept 12th, now at Harman Hall, Free!

The Shakespeare Theater's annual free show!
This year it's The Taming of the Shrew.
Thursday, August 27th - Saturday, September 12th
Note: Please arrive as early as you can to get in line, tickets go super fast! The tickets are all handed out by 5:30 usually. Two per person.

Now held indoors at the beautiful Harman Hall, which is directly across from the Gallery Place - Chinatown Metro's Arena exit at 7th & F. Formerly held at outdoors at Carter Barron. It should be an amazing event, rain or shine. Best of all, free! More info here!

Harman Hall
610 F St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown, Arena exit

PAST: Raw Chocolate Meditation & Chakra Opening Excercies this FRI, August 28th, 7:00pm - 8:00pm, Note: $10

Raw Chocolate Meditation
with my friend Vincent Hu

Friday, August 28th
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Class cots $10

Breathe in. Breathe out. Awaken your senses… Quiet your mind…

Come to the Raw Chocolate Meditation and be guided on a personal journey, arousing all five senses. My friend Vincent Hu, Holistic Health Counselor and Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, will be leading this class. The class will explore awarenesses and include chakra opening exercises. All levels. Wear light and comfortable clothings. Raw Chakra Chocolates are provided by Holeco - Guilt-free, sugar-free, and made with pure Love. Please arrive at least five minutes early as the class will start promptly at 7:00pm.

More info about Vincent and the event here. You can register and pay using paypal here.

The Center
4321 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Note: Entrance is on Windom Place
just above the Z burger
Metro: Tenleytown

PAST: FILM : Screening & Panel Discussion of "Democracy in Dakar " this WED, August 26th at Hillyer, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, $5

Special Film Screening at Hillyer Art Space
Wednesday, August 26th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Note: There is a $5 Admission

"Democracy in Dakar: A Nomadic Wax and Sol Productions Film about Youth, Hip Hop and Politics in Africa" w/ Panel Discussion to follow, featuring: Magee Mcilvaine (co-producer/director), Chris Moore (co-producer/director) and Baay Musa (Senegalese MC and star of the film. Please RSVP as seating is limited. RSVP: 202.338.0680 or

Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court, NW
Off of 21st St between Mass & R
in alley behind Phillips Collection
Metro: Dupont, Q St North exit

PAST: SUN, August 23rd - Mt. Pleasant Movie in the Park - Rain Date

Mt. Pleasant Movie in the Park – Moved to Rain Date: Sunday, August 23rd

Mount Pleasant Main Street will present a free outdoor screening of the cycling-themed movie ‘Breaking Away’ (was supposed to be yesterday) in Lamont Street Park at Lamont & Mt Pleasant. Activities start at 7pm, and include Yoga for Cyclists, free bike clinic & repair, and live music. The movie is part of the Mt. Pleasant Movie Series, featuring a movie the fourth Saturday in August and September. Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: Hostelling International's 75th Anniversary Party at HIDC this FRI, August 28th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Hostelling International - USA, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Worldwide Hostelling Movement. To celebrate this special occasion, Hostelling International - Washington, DC will be hosting an open house on Friday, August 28th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Food and refreshments will be served. There will be a live performance by Nigerian musician, Kuku, Free prizes ($50 gift cards), Tour of the hostel, Information about safe and affordable travel and more.Free event, open to all!

Please RSVP to I used to run a monthly poetry event there with another poet, Sue Vijh, and it's a great place with great programming. Fatimata is the coordinator for this event and she is super. If you have any questions, please email her at the email noted above.

Hostelling International DC
1009 11th St, NW (11th & K)
Metro: Metro Center or Circulator bus

For more information on Hostelling International, please click here and also here.

PAST: Live Music Every Weekday at Woodrow Wilson Plaza from Noon - 1:30pm, Now - Sept 25th

Just a reminder that there are Free concerts every weekday, Mon-Fri from 12:00pm - 1:30pm outside of the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW. Series runs through September 25th. More about the series here.
Metro: Federal Triangle

Saturday, August 22, 2009

PAST: This MON, August 24th is the Public Opening for the Edgewood Mural Project with Mayor Fenty, 4:30pm

Public Opening: Edgewood Mural Project
Monday, August 24th at 4:30pm

The Mural Jam got a great write up in The Washington Post the other day. Perhaps you have already read it? If not, you can click here to read more about the project, which a few of my friends (Decoy, Albus Cavus and the fabulous media maven Sarah Massey) were a part of. The Public Opening on Monday will feature Mayor Adrien Fenty. For more info about the Mural Jam, use the search box on this site to read previous post with more details.

Metro: Rhode Island Avenue
Mural is behind the shopping center with the CVS, Subway, and Safeway. You can see the metro tracks from there.

PAST: Fund Raiser For YWDEP at Coppi's Organic on U St this SUN, August 23rd from Noon - 3:00pm, Either $10 or $20 Donation to Enter

This Sunday, August 23rd
Noon - 3:00pm

Fund Raiser for Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project at Coppi's Organic Restaurant. Love the feeling of supporting good causes and eating great organic food?

In times like these when funds are tight, why not feel good about what you spend your money on? I mean, you need to eat, right? You can put your $20 to a great cause this Sunday. If you are one of those Sunday afternoon drinkers, you can even skip the food and get the discounted $10 entrance which includes 2 cocktails. Poets and drummers will be in the house for your entertainment as well. All proceeds go to support YWDEP, whose mission is to give rise to young women's creative self expression through drumming, poetry, movement, song and performance.

RSVP Please to or 202-213-7810.

This is NOT a Free Event. There are two options:

$20 entry fee - All You Can Eat - delicious, organic pizzas!!
$10 entry fee - Two drink specials!

Coppi's Organic Restaurant
1414 U St, NW
Metro: U St

OF NOTE: Run a Small Business? Free Webinar on Marketing this WED, August 26th, Noon - 1:00pm

Free Webinar for Small Businesses
This Wednesday Aug 26th
Noon - 1:00pm

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PAST: Free Dance Classes, Open House SAT, August 22nd Noon - 4:00pm at Dance Institute of Washington in Columbia Heights

Free Dance Classes!
This Saturday, August 22nd

Noon - 4:00pm
The Dance Institute of Washington

Complimentary 30-minute classes will be offered for dancers of all ages in a variety of disciplines including ballet, tap, modern, hip hop, jazz and pre-dance (for ages 4-5) and will be taught by the DIW instructors. Guests will also enjoy performances by the stunning Washington Reflections Dance Company and DIW Pre-Professional performers and a tour of the Studios and Resource Centers. There will also be a Q&A and info available about the Fall schedule.

The first wave of free dance classes will begin at 12:15pm. Other sessions will begin at 1:10pm, 2:05pm 3:00pm. For a full schedule of events, please visit Questions, call 202-371-9656 or email

The Dance Institute of Washington
3400 14th Street, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights

Friday, August 21, 2009

PAST: Mt Pleasant hosts yoga, bike repair, ourdoor film, live music... SAT, August 22nd 7:00pm

Mount Pleasant Main Street will present a free outdoor screening of the cycling-themed movie 'Breaking Away' on Saturday August 22nd in Lamont Street Park (Lamont St. NW & Mt. Pleasant Street NW). Activities start at 7pm and include Yoga for Cyclists by Past Tense Studio, free bike clinic & repair, restaurant specials, and live music.  The movie is part of the Mt. Pleasant Movie Series, featuring a movie the fourth Saturday in August and September.  Please go to mtpmainstreet for more info.  Rain date Sunday, August 23rd.

PAST: Baseball: Nationals offer limited number of $1 tickets to this Friday's game!

Updated Note: Today... Nats Fans, 1,000 $1 tickets available at the gate today at noon! 2:00 Strasburg intro, 7:05 first pitch!

Nats offer $1 tickets to game with Strasburg introduction! The Nationals are offering at least 2,000 tickets for $1 apiece for Friday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Before the game, there will be an on-field news conference with No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg. All game tickets will allow fans to get into Nationals Park as early as 1:30pm (about 5 1/2 hours before the scheduled first pitch). Strasburg is scheduled to be introduced at 2:00pm. To get tickets, click here!

Above info is paraphrased from

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

NOTE: "Free in DC" has made it to Twitter! If you tweet you can now Follow me now under FreeinDCBlog

I'm brand new to twitter but finally decided to give it a shot. I know I can just copy paste url's (and make them tiny as well) if need be but hope you'll be patient as I learn the ropes. If you have any advice for ways to make things easier on twitter (possibly direct feeds?) please let me know. I won't be tweeting every post I put up but will try to tweet some reminders. Hope you might follow me at

PAST: Newseum Admission is Half-off during the month of August! Just mention WTOP when you buy your ticket. $10 special

For the month of August just mention WTOP and get 50% off the $20 admission at the Newseum, making it only $10 (finally affordable for us locals)! Listen to promo mp3 here. More about the Newseum here.

PAST: Video Art Special Event THURS, August 20th at The Phillips Collection, 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Donation Based!

Update!I just called and it turns out the Thurs eves are pay-what-you-can donation based and that includes the After 5 event as well as the permanent exhibitions in the museum. If you want to see the current special exhibit on the third floor, the regular admission rate applies. $12 general, $10 students and seniors, free for members.

Sensory Remix: A Video-Art Collage
A one night only Audio-Video Remix at Phillips After 5

Thursday, August 20th
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Donation based!

More about "Phillips After 5" and details about this event here. There are two more remaining Thursday eve's in the series which you can also learn more about. Special events every Thurs - Sept 3rd. More about the museum here. Note, in the fall the museum stays open late on the first Thursday of the month and is donation based for the museum though you will need to pay full admission to see the special exhibit.

Video Art: Washington video artists John Bowen of Videokiller, Robin Bell, and Dissident Display collaborate to create live projections, mixing and distorting original and found video with music. In collaboration with Dissident Display.

The evening also includes:

*Live Jazz until 8:00pm – John Kocur Quartet plays original music sprinkled with classics by Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and Antonio Carlos Jobim
*Artisanal Gelato and Sorbet Tasting with Moorenko’s boutique ice cream (they have a shop on Georgia Ave. I have been to and their ice cream is delicious!)
* Free Light appetizer buffet (this is a pretty nice spread actually) by Geppetto’s Catering
* Cash Bar offering wine and beer
* Film Screening at 6:00pm and 7:00pm: The South Bank Show, Francis Bacon: The intimate interviews in this landmark documentary reveal the lifestyle and inspirations behind Bacon’s haunting paintings. 1985, directed by David Hinton, 55 minutes

Phillips After 5

The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St North

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

OF NOTE: Bikes+ Metro - Here is the Scoop on Bringing Your Bike on Metro!

Riding Metro with Your Bike (Thanks City Bikes for Posting this write up, which I am paraphrasing)

On Metro Bus: You can bring your bike on metro buses (including the Circulator) any time of day seven days a week. There is a rack you can squeeze the lever on and pull down on the front of the bus and you place your front wheel so that the device that you pull up on the side catches over it. This is great for uphill travel and biking in bad weather. I know I take advantage of this often, especially during rush hours when you are not allowed to bring your bike on the metro. You can always use the metro trip planner to figure out the best buses to take.

On Metro Rail: Bikes are allowed on metro during non-rush hours only. Bikes are prohibited during rush hour Monday - Friday from 7:00am - 10:00am and 4:00pm - 7:00pm. Bicycles are also prohibited on Metro during holidays apparently (though I did not realize that until now) and also when the Metro may be busy because of other special events. I imagine this is due to higher traffic flow and safety issues.

Metro allows only two bicycles per train car and you should always enter the train through the side doors and not the center doors. There are three doors on each Metro train car and people with bikes are asked to stay near the ends of the train.
Please be sure that your bike must be free of excess dirt & grease and always use the elevator when you have your bike with you.

Metro Questionnaire on City Bikes Site

DC Metro is exploring ways to improve access to the Metro system by foot and by bicycle. We know many of you are conscious of your impact on the environment, and often seek out ways to get from A to B without driving, so be sure to fill out the Questionnaire.

PAST: Fire Photo Exhibit Closing & Open Mic this SAT, August 22nd at The Drifting Nomad in Takoma, 8:00pm

Fire Photo Exhibit Closing & Open Mic at The Drifting Nomad in Takoma

Saturday, August 22nd
8:00pm - close

Open mic hosted by local DJ & insrumentalist Gahdiliel. Bring your instruments, glow toys and laptops full of your own fire art and come play with the Takoma and local fire spinners and some of the DC Burner crew. Photos by Elizabeth & Richard Larkin, Andrea Noble, Thibeaux Lincecum, Sandy Ghoz, Pixie Vision and Sherri Sosslau. Hor'Douves (veggie Ceviche and Banana Flambe) by The Nomad's owner and chef Ted May.

The Drifting Nomad
314 Carroll Ave, Takoma
across the street from Takoma Metro
Metro Note: they may be doing track work still which would require a shuttle bus from Brookland or Fort Totten, check with metro's website to see.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

PAST: MUSIC: Last Chance to check out "Rock at the Row" at Pentagon Row THURS, August 20th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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

This Thursday is the last free concert in the series and will feature singer/songwriter Taylor Carson. For more information, click here. Metro: Pentagon City, walk through the mall and parking lot to Pentagon Row Plaza.

REMINDER: For list of Free events at the Smithsonian Museums and on The Mall...

For upcoming events at the Smithsonian museums and on The Mall, most all of which are free, see

PAST: JAZZ in the Garden is in swing! Every FRI 5:00pm - 8:30pm Now - Sept 11th, Free

The summer "Jazz in the Garden" series every Friday night in the modern sculpture garden from 5:00pm - 8:30pm now - mid September

Sangria, Food and Beverages are available for purchase at the Pavillion Cafe. You can also bring your own picnic and be sure to bring a blanket to chill out on the grass with your friends as seating is limited. For complete details and more info please click here! For a map of the Sculpture Garden, please click here.

Metro: Navy Archives or you can take the Circulator bus

PAST: Free Movies! FRI, August 14th - 21st with Strathmore's Comcast Outdoor Film Festival, 8:10pm

Strathmore Comcast Outdoor Film Festival
Friday, August 14th - 21st
The Music Center at Strathmore
Grounds open 6:30pm, Film starts at 8:10pm

To view the calendar listing the films each night, click here!

Comcast Outdoor Film Festival Benefiting NIH Children’s. Movies are FREE (Donations Requested), please, no dogs allowed, bring a blanket or low beach chair. Various food vendors will sell food along the fairway. A portion of the proceeds benefits NIH Children’s Charities, so leave the picnic basket at home and eat for charity! Restaurants and grounds open at 6:30pm.

Parking for the Film Festival is in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage. Enter the garage on Tuckerman Lane. Detailed directions are available here. Parking is $4.75, and a Metro SmarTrip card is required to pay and exit the garage as Metro does not accept cash or any other form of payment.

Metro: Grosvenor-Strathmore, walk across the lot and into the parking garage where you can take the elevator up to the 4th floor to connect to the crosswalk that takes you directly to the Strathmore.

PAST: MUSIC: Final Concert in the Summer Concert Series at NMAI is SAT, August 22nd, 5:00pm, Free

A summer evening concert series outside on the Welcome Plaza!
At The National Museum of the American Indian. Rain location: Potomac Atrium. Free, no tickets needed. Click here for complete info about the performance this Saturday, August 22nd.

National Museum of the American Indian
4th & Independence, SW
Metro: Federal Center, SW

PAST: Ice Cream Happy Hour at Giffords on E St MON - FRI, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, $2 scoops!

Giffords Ice Cream Happy Hour!
Monday - Friday
4:00pm - 6:00pm
(at DC location, not sure about others)
$2 small cup or cone (about half price!)

My faves... vanilla, 72% chocolate chocolate chip, and rasberry sorbet. Learn more about Giffords here.

Giffords Downtown DC location
555 11th Street, N.W.
Metro: Metro Center, next to E St Cinema

PAST: Free Outdoor Film Series in DC Area

More direct links and details about other Outdoor Movie Series in the DC metro area. Some of those are listed below.

Rosslyn, Gateway Park
Every Friday at Dusk
runs through September 4, 2009

National Harbor Movies on the Potomac
Every other Tuesday at Dark
runs through Sept. 22

Crystal City, 18th and South Bell Streets
runs through September 21, 2009

PAST: Free lunchtime Classical Concerts every TUES at Church of the Ephiphany, Metro Center, 12:10pm - 1:00pm

Just wanted to post a reminder about the Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany, located at 1317 G St, NW near Metro Center. This series features vocal and instrumental soloists as well as musical ensembles from all over the Washington area. Starts at 12:10pm and ends around 1:00pm. Though the concert is free, donations are encouraged for the artists. If you work downtown, this is a great way to spend your Tuesday lunch break! For more details, click here.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

PAST: POETRY & Open Mic, HOME at Hillyer, FRI, August 21st, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, $5 or Free for readers

HOME is next Friday night at Hillyer Art Space
Poetry Reading and Open Mic
$5, Free for performers and IA&A members

Friday, August 21st
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Featuring Omekongo Dibinga
Hosted by Fred Joiner
More info at

PAST: Tonight, Rock and Roll Hotel on H St NE Celebrates their Third Anniversary, SAT, August 15th $10

Rock and Roll Hotel Third Anniversary Party! H St NE. $10 includes free PBR 6-7 and 10-11. Please see link for complete info! Two shows tonight, Early Show and Late Show! $2 PBR 16oz from 6pm-12a

Early Show: Doors at 6:00pm
Show 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Live Bands! See link for lineup.
Free PBR from 6pm-7pm

Late Show: 10:00pm doors
21 and over only
Free PBR from 10pm-11pm

Mixtape + Taint: An alternative dance night for Queer guys & gals and their pals w/ DJs Matt Bailer and Shea Van Horn spinning a mix of electro, house, wave, alt-pop, hip hop, disco, and everything in between.

OF NOTE: WELCOME: I Love Coffeeshops! Mid City Caffe is now open on 14th St!

More Coffee Shop Culture has come to town! Mid City Caffe on 14th St (between Q and R, above Miss Pixies) is now open. This new spot is really cute. I'm here now actually writing this post and the place is already packed on it's first day of business. Some pluses to note: My favorite, counter culture espresso, cinnamon raisin brioche by the slice, nutella and peanut butter available for just 50 cents! (most places just serve butter or cream cheese, which I am not a fan of). Double espresso is their small size for $2.48 with tax and it is really good. They also offer French press coffee and single cup made to order drip coffee. They also have outdoor seating outside of Pixies on the street. Inside they have cute cushioned benches and old school furniture, two rooms, and a window bar, feels a bit like Brooklyn to me. Oh, and of course, free wi-fi! I'll definitely be coming back. P.S. I just realize that caffeine has two f's like caffe and latte (which has two t's) and is the Italian for coffee, where cafe which has one f is like cafeteria.

Mid City Caffe
on 14th St, NW at Corcoran
(above miss pixies)

PAST: Tonight! Special 'X' Party Fundraiser for Burning Man at The Fridge (soon to be opened officially) near Eastern Market, $12 - $10

Tonight, Saturday, August 15th!
Special 'X' Party (used to be at BeBar)
Burning Man Fundraiser. Let's raise some dust!
8:00pm - 2:00am

Fundraiser for Burning Man. Facebook invite here.
Theme: Burning Man Attire gets you $2 off
You can also donate canned food to save $2!
Admission: $12 or $10 with theme attire or canned food
More about X parties here

New Spot, Be the first to check it out!
The Fridge
Note: The Fridge official opening party will be in September
516 8th St, SE
Metro: Eastern Market

Walking directions from Metro: Walk a short distance S on 7th St SE, Turn left on Pennsylvania Ave SE. Walk approx. 1 block SE on Pennsylvania Ave SE, Turn right on 8th St SE., Walk approx. 1 block S on 8th St SE. See metro walking map here.

Burning Man is right around the corner, and the creative crew that has brought you 'X' every month for almost 3 years now has something extra juicy planned for you! We've got a New Venue, New Hours (8:00pm - 2:00am) and one of the best lineups we've ever put together....... we truly hope you come and Feel The Burn with us! The Fridge is the perfect space for 'X' - which will now be the focus of the entire night. The Fridge is conveniently located Near the Eastern Market or Navy Yard Metros in South East DC. Come join us for our very first event in our brand new location! Cash only please.

New to X: You can now get your hair cut by Cyrille Turpin,a native of France & Madagascar, who has been bringing Euro-cool to the DC populace since 2007. The edgy Frenchman built his reputation on avant-garde hair care by turning his teasing comb toward the Parisian runways, such as those of Chanel and L’Oreal. (Not sure about the cost for this service. It wasn't noted)

Featuring: City Rain, Aligning Minds, Faze Audio, Simon, Alex Gold, Bonnie Ramon, Devin Byrnes, Steve Calamia, Johanna Rodriguez, David Fogel, Beat Aquatic: VJ Kevork and Brena, Cyrille Turpin

X Contact: 202-664-4151 or

PAST: ART Opening at Art Whino if you are able to get to The National Harbor in MD, 6:00pm - Midnight

Art Whino Gallery presents Innocence & Arrogance: The Art of Brandi Read and Arabella Proffer

Saturday, August 15th
6:00pm - Midnight
Free and open to the public
Note: Note metro accessible

Music by DJ Rick Taylor of We Fought The Big One and DJ Sequential of Screen Vinyl Image

Art Whino presents Innocence & Arrogance: The Art of Arabella Proffer and Brandi Read. These two pop-surrealist and neo-realist women artists have teamed up to create an exciting exhibition of Punks, Goths, Muses, Models and Royalty. Both artists’ exquisitely rendered subjects go beyond the typical portrait, encompassing uniquely distinctive vitality and style, and exposing viewers to both of their whimsical insights and flights of imagination. Show end date: September 14th

Art Whino Gallery

At The National Harbor
173 Waterfront St
Oxon Hill, MD
(across the bridge from old town)
Note: Car Required or you can take Water Taxi there

Friday, August 14, 2009

PAST: MUSIC: This SUN at The Red and The Black on H St, NE, The Fisherman, Adam Sullivan and Flo Anito, $6

Sunday, August 16th
8:30pm - 11:30pm
$6 Admission

Live Performances by local talent:
Flo Anito, The Fisherman and Adam Sullivan

The Red and The Black
1212 H St, NE
Metro: Gallery Place and X2 bus or H St NE Shuttle or taxi from Union Station

PAST: POETRY: Reading & Open Mic this SUN, August 16th at Busboys and Poets 14th St, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Free

Terrance Hayes Poetry Reading
Sunday, August 16, 2009
4:00pm - 6:00pm
free and open to public

Terrance Hayes is reading at Sunday Kind of Love on Sunday August 16th from 4-6 pm at Busboys and Poets on 14th and V. The reading is free and open to the public. An open mic follows the reading.

Terrance Hayes' most recent poetry collection, Wind in a Box (Penguin 2006), was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best 100 books of 2006. His other books of poetry are Hip Logic (2002), which won the National Poetry Series Open Competition, and Muscular Music (1999), which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Poems in Lighthead, his collection forthcoming from Penguin in 2010, have appeared in journals such as the American Poetry Review, Poetry, and The New Yorker. His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Busboys and Poets
14th and V
Metro: U St

PAST: MUSIC: Infinite Soul Music Tonight at BloomBars, 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Tonight at BloomBars!
Infinite Soul Music Friday
More about Infinite Soul here.
All Ages, Donations welcome.
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Complete information about event on facebook here!

BloomBars is located on 11th near Kenyon
3222 11th St, NW (near Wonderland)
Metro: Columbia Heights Metro

PAST: ART: Opening at Civilain FRI, August 14th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Art Opening Tonight at Civilian Art Projects. Two summer solo exhibitions: through the green fuse by Laura Read and Points of View by Tom Green. More info here

Friday, August 14th
7:00pm - 9:00pm

406 7th St, NW 2nd Floor
Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial or Gallery Place -Chinatown

Note: Civilian will be reducing our hours for the dog days of summer. From now until September 5, they will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 1-5pm and by appointment only. To set up an appointment, please email

PAST: Art Opening at Miss Pixies Tonight featuring "Lost and Found" works, FRI, August 14th, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Lost and Found: 15 years of the 2.D.K. LAB
Hosted by Words Beats Life, INC.

A retrospective gallery show of original works by local name writers and DC Urban Arts Academy students. Lost and Found will feature graffiti on found and rescued objects including home furnishings as well as sculpture, original photography, film, model trains and woodwork. Also on display will be new works by legendary graffiti icon Cool “Disco” Dan and early works by the ominous Borf, courtesy of the curator, Cory L. Stowers. On view one week only, August 14th - 21st.

Opening Tonight! Friday, August 14th
7:00pm - 10:00pm

The opening celebration is a free, all-ages event with sounds provided by DJ SMK and a live b-boy demonstration by local dance legend, Toyz Are Us, and his b-boy students from the DC Urban Arts Academy. An after-party will be held at Almaz Café, located at 1212 U Street N.W., and will be hosted by DJ R.B.I. and feature DJs SMK and Cramski. In addition, there will be a live performance by noon:30! Admission to the after-party is $10 dollars and you must be 21 to enter. This is a fund-raising event for the DC Urban Arts Academy.

Show on view during regular store hours:
Wednesday - Sunday from 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Ms. Pixie’s Things and Whatnot
1626 14th Street NW
More info on the facebook invite here.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

PAST: This SAT, August 15th is The Edgewood Mural Jam with Albus Cavus and other Artists! Open to all, 10:00am - 8:00pm

Edgewood Mural Jam: over 1000 ft of mural madness is open to the public this Saturday!

Edgewood Mural Jam
Saturday, August 15th
10:00am - 8:00pm

Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center
680 Rhode Island Ave, NE behind the stores
Metro: Rhode Island Avenue, about 5 min walk

The DC community is invited to participate in the largest interactive public art event of the summer by meeting the artists, watching them work, and picking up a paintbrush to join in. The capital’s largest public art event is happening this Saturday, from 10:00am to 8:00pm with over 100 muralists, artists, and the public painting a wall larger than a football field in the Edgewood neighborhood in Northeast. The event is for all ages and will feature activities for children, good food, a community area for everyone who comes to pick up a brush and paint, and there will be DJs with music for entertainment.

Over the last eight weeks in DC, artists Decoy, Quest Skinner, Pose 2, Chor Boogie and Joshua Mays have been leading a group of young people from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Summer Youth Employment Program to develop, design, and create a mural for the DC community. "From Edgewood to the Edge of the World" is the anchor art piece that reflects the souls of the artists and invites the public to imagine a new world. The Edgewood Mural Jam will nearly double the size of public art piece in one day as 100 artists have been invited to contribute their art. The mural walls are visible from the Rhode Island WMATA metro station on the Red Line and along the new Metropolitan Branch Trail.

Read the Press Release courtesy of Massey Media here. View the Google Map here!

The Edgewood Mural Jam is sponsored by the public art non-profit Albus Cavus and the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program, Liquitex, Beacon House, District Department of Transportation, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

OF NOTE: Want to Swim for Free? I'd recommend these two Outdoor Pools in NW, Free for DC Residents!

These two outdoor pools are free for DC residents and just a few bucks for non residents. Bring your own towels and locks of course.

Francis (between Dupont and Foggy Bottom Metro)
25th & N St, NW
Mon - Fri: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Sat - Sun: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Volta Park (in Georgetown, best reached by bus)
3400 Volta Pl, NW
Mon - Fri: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Sat - Sun: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

For more info on DC public pools click here. For a list of all pools click here!

PAST: Live Music + Networking Event for Artists and Arts Supporters with DCCAH at Helix this FRI, August 14th, 6:00pm, Free

Special Closing Event for "Art Unplugged" Series sponsored by the DCCAH. Please click here for more info about the series.

Friday, August 14th at 6:00 pm
Helix Hotel Lounge
1430 Rhode Island Ave, NW
Live Music: W. Ellington Felton Band
Networking event: Artists, Arts Supporters, DCCAH
Metro: Columbia Heights or McPherson Sq, take Circulator bus to P St

PAST: Artists and Curators Discussion at Hillyer Art Space Tonight, WED, August 12th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, $5

IA&A's Hillyer Art Space Presents
Six in the Mix: Artists and Curators Discussion
Moderated by Fred Joiner

Wednesday, August 12th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Note: $5 Admission

Glimpse into the minds and ideas behind the work of Six in the Mix: Selections by Renee Stout, which features the work of Cianne Fragione, Adam Griffiths, Kenyatta Hinkle, Marc Roman, James Swainbank, and Gilbert Trent. Questions, call 202.338.0680.

Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court NW
in the alley behind the Phillips Collection
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St North exit

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Reminder to use search box upper left for ONGOING, UPCOMING & OF NOTE events

I'll be out of town this weekend through Thursday so I might not have a chance to post anything new in the next few days so feel free to browse the site using the suggestion above. If you know of anything else I may have missed that may be postworthy, feel free to post it as a comment to this note and I'll review it. Thanks!

PAST: MUSIC: In from Boston "Pray for Polanski" plays at Asylum this TUES, August 11th, 9:30pm, 21+ $5

Pray for Polanski will be playing with the Moxy at the Asylum in Adam's Morgan this Tuesday, August 11th. Doors at 9:00pm, show at 9:30pm. 21+ as Asylum is a bar. There is a $5 cover for the show. These guys are friends of friends in town from Boston so thought I'd give them a shout out, plus Asylum is a great local spot to see live shows, especially on a Tuesday!

Pray for Polanski is a Boston indie folk gypsy punk band out on tour in support of their first full length album, "The Death of Dennis Patrick Robbins." A fun, fast, energetic band that is sure to have a song for everyone. Check out their music on myspace here.

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 MorganAsylum is on 18th St at Columbia Rd in Adams Morgan.

PAST: Outdoor LED Sculptures (look a bit like lava lamps) at Strathmore on view through August 13th, Free

Strathmore Fine Art Presents "Rubber Bullet's and Feather Fountain" 7-Foot Outdoor Sculptures and Fountain Mark the Washington Area Debut of New York Sculpture Artist Daniel Wurtzel. This is the last week it will be on view. Exhibition leaves on August 13th. To be honest, they look a bit like phallic lava lamps but I dig them based on the pics I've seen. Click here to view images.

The Rubber Bullets are three sculptures over seven feet tall, plus three sculptures that are four feet 10 inches tall with butterflies suspended inside solid, clear, flexible, platinum based silicone rubber. All six Rubber Bullets on display outside the Mansion at Strathmore near the Gazebo and have LED lights in the base that produce a variety of colors. The Feather Fountain is another work that is on view inside of the Music Center’s Lobby. All sculptures are on view during the Strathmore summer concert series and during business hours. Admission is free. Read complete press release here!

Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 581-5200
Metro: Grosvenor, walk across the foot bridge to get there

PAST: Chakrasonic Kirtan event with HuDost & Wynne Paris TUES, August 11th, 8:00pm - 10:30pm, Donation based

Chakrasonic Kirtan event with HuDost & Wynne Paris: An evening of sufi kirtan. Please Note: This is not a free event, sounds interesting though. $15 is the suggested donation, please donate as you are able to help offset the costs of the event. View invite on facebook here.

Tuesday, August 11th
8:00pm - 10:30pm

Contradiction Dance Studio
7014 Westmoreland Ave Ste A
Takoma Park, MD
Metro: close to Takoma Metro

PAST: POETRY Open Mic! GPI is back at the Fountain in Dupont this MON, August 10th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

GPI's Lyrical Ambush is back this Monday, August 10th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm in Dupont Circle - Near Fountain. Poetry, Music, Spoken Word, Drumming and Open Mic. In case of rain call (800) 886-6157 for late start or cancellation details.To see more details on facebook invite, click here!

PAST: ART: Opening Reception at IDB this TUES, August 11th, 6:00pm

Tuesday, August 11th at 6:00pm. Opening of new show at the IDB featuring the work of Alza Burd. Note: Legal Photo ID is required for entrance to the building. Reception is open to the public.

Local Argentinean artist Alza Burd exhibits collages where she explores the linkages between drawing, painting, graphic arts and fashion. More information about the artist on her site here.

Exhibit hours
Monday - Friday
10:00am - 5:00pm
On View through Friday, August 21st
Note: Legal Photo identification required.

IDB Atrium
1300 New York Ave, NW
Washington, DC
Metro: Metro Center or bus accessible

PAST: MUSIC: "Seed the Sound" this SUN, August 9th features Jeremy James at BloomBars! All Ages, Donations welcome

Jeremy James will be the featured artist at "Seed the Sound" this Sunday at BloomBars.

Sunday, August 9th
7:30pm - 10:00pm
All Ages, Donations welcome

"Jeremy James has an incredible sound forged out of mellow electric grooves, caressed with some acoustic guitar - - in a style that reminds us of classic Isley Brothers and Stevie Wonder..." Watch a video clip and read more here!

BloomBars is on 11th St, NW at Kenyon
next to Wonderland
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: Green Drinks DC Happy Hour at Gazuza in Dupont this TUES, August 11th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

GreenDrinksDC meets again!
Tuesday, August 11th
Gazuza in Dupont Circle.

Extended happy hour pricing 'til 8:00 throughout the indoor/outdoor venue. In addition to providing a forum for green networking, GreenDrinksDC aims to educate participants on ways to live greener, support green businesses, contribute to worldwide sustainability, and spread the word about green living in DC and beyond. GreenDrinksDC meets on the second Tuesday of every month and is part of a network that is active in more than 570 cities around the world.

This month will also feature Dan Morrison, Executive Director of 1Well, an organization that partners socially and environmentally conscious individuals with small but critical projects for a community in need. Live Green will also be selling their last round of raffle tickets and announcing their raffle winners. Prizes include valuable gifts from eco-friendly businesses such as a 1-month unlimited pass to Flow Yoga, a 20-class pass to Tranquil Space, a free home energy audit from Energy Efficiency Experts, and a $50 gift certificate to Java Green.

Gazuza (above Chipotle)
1629 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, North exit

PAST: Reggae Music: Jonny2Bad is back at The Palace of Wonders this WED, August 12th, 21+ Free!

Jonny2Bad is back at The Palace of Wonders on Wednesday, August 12th. Free Show, 9:00pm - 2:00am. 1210 H St, NE. Metro: X2 bus from Gallery Place or wait for the H St NE Shuttle which runs about every 30 min, look for the signs by the chinatown gate on 7th at H St.

PAST: Of Note: is hosting a special fan giveaway contest, enter now - August 15th

Reena is a friend of mine and she runs this great website which offers eco-friendly and recycled gift items. Check out's fan page on facebook, become a fan and click here to enter one of these two items! She also carries reusable Rume bags (now on sale) and other great items. Visit to learn more.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

OF NOTE: Two Great Spots for Free Wi-Fi!

Barnes and Noble is now offering free wireless in their stores! I am online now at the one at 11th and E St (open 'til 10 most nights). They also have one in Georgetown on M St (open til 11 most nights) and one in Clarendon. You can look up all of their locations on their website here.

SAAM/NPG Kogod Courtyard. This place is beautiful! Plus, they have free wi-fi there, also on the 3rd floor of the museum in the Luce Center. Click here for more about the Courtyard and here for more about the Luce Foundation Center.

Other places in the city that have wi-fi usually have music blaring through the speakers or require purchases (which add up if you sit there all day, trust me). Love you Tryst but I can't always afford you. If you have other spots that you'd like to recommend which don't require a lot of spending and are metro/bus accessible, please feel free to email them to me or add a comment.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

PAST: Happy Hour Specials in Georgetown every WED eve now - August 26th

Every Wednesday, from July 1 through August 26, select restaurants, retailers and salons/spas will be joining together for a neighborhood-wide Happy Hours filled with samplings, specials, previews, discounts, prizes, giveaways and other enticing offers. For more info and a complete list of participating businesses click here!

PAST: Edgewood Mural Jam with Albus Cavus and others! SAT, August 15th 9:00am - 8:00pm

Edgewood Mural Jam - over 1000 ft of mural madness
Saturday, August 15, 2009
9:00am - 8:00pm

On August 15, 2009, 45 youths participating in the Edgewood Mural Project, a 6-week course in community art administered by Albus Cavus, will execute a planned mural.Over 40 invited artists (to request to be a part of the jam, see info below with link to form for artists) will also contribute their own works elsewhere along the 1000 plus foot wallspace.

Invited artists include: POSE2, Peter Krsko, Asad ULTRA Walker, Quest Skinner, DECOY, Chanel Compton, SMK, C.D. Edwards, SIMEWON, Kelly Towles, REI21, Leon RAINBOW, DEMON202, DAHONE, FREDONES, KOTER, Dave CRAMSKE, Daniel R5 Barojas, DAJAM ONE, LUV1, REALMTOO, Aniekan, CON, AREK, EON2, QUEEN2 and many more...Full info on facebook here.

Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center
550 Rhode Island Ave, NE
Metro: Rhode Island Ave
View the Google Map here.

Artist Agreement: Invited artists must register and sign an artist's agreement with Albus Cavus. Click here for online form. Contact: Asad ULTRA Walker, Project Coordinator Albus Cavus 202-321-2723

Note: Save the Date for the Public Opening
Saturday, August 29th
9:00am - 8:00pm

This event will allow the public to learn about and appreciate the artwork and feature live music, deejays, giveaways and an artist market, as well as other special events to be announced.

PAST: MUSIC: "Sounds of Hope" Benefit for Street Sense this FRI, August 7th at The Potter's House, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Donation Based

Sounds of Hope
Friday, August 7th
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Benefit for Street Sense Featuring Street Songs, Terrence J, Sarah Gilberg, and Antonio Andrade

This week's show benefits Street Sense DC, a Washington, D.C.-based 16-page biweekly street newspaper whose mission is to raise public awareness on the issues of homelessness and poverty in the city and to create economic opportunities for people experiencing homelessness.

The artists brining this week's sounds include:

Street Songs -- A group of Street Sense vendors who sing with soul and style. Terrence J and Sarah Gilberg - modern folk rock and acoustic folk pop, and Antonio Andrade.

Doors at 7:00pm, dinner and desserts are served throughout the evening. Off-street parking is available and the bookstore is open all-night long. Admission is free, donations are gladly received at the door. For more info, contact The Potter's House at 202.232.5483 or visit our Facebook Page.

The Potter's House
1658 Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk or take 42 bus from Dupont Circle

PAST: MOVIES: Last Chance for "Screen on the Green" this MON, August 10th "Rebel Without a Cause" Free Film Screening on The Mall, 8:30pm

Screen on the Green is a favorite Washington, DC summer tradition. Bring a blanket to the National Mall on a warm night and watch a classic film on a gigantic movie screen. Films are shown on Monday nights beginning at dusk, around 8:30-9:00 p.m. People start to claim their spots on the lawn as early as 5 p.m. Movies play except in extreme weather and there are no rain days.

Washington came dangerously close to losing Screen on the Green after funding for the activity fell through earlier this spring. The Trust for the National Mall has come forward to support Screen on the Green along with HBO and Comcast with the hope that they can use the event to unite Americans in a grassroots effort to help restore the National Mall. Before each movie, the Trust will air public service announcements about how viewers can help preserve and protect the National Mall for future generations. Read more about the Future of the National Mall.

Monday, August 10th is the final screening
"Rebel Without A Cause"

National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets
Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial, Smithsonian or L'Enfant Plaza. Public parking is very limited in this part of the city.

PAST: MUSIC: Galen Kipar Project at Kennedy Center this SAT, August 8th, 6:00pm, Free

Saturday, August 8th at 6:00pm
Music: Galen Kipar Project
At the Millennium Stage

The roots of folk, blues, classical, jazz, and world beat are echoed within the overall chemistry of musicians Galen Kipar, Jon Morrow, and Jeremy Young. Free.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU, take free KC shuttle, departing every 15 minutes from metro.

PAST: Free Lecture this FRI, August 7th "Superheoes and Alter Egos" at The Renwick Musuem, Noon

Lecture: Superheroes and Alter Egos
Friday, August 7th at Noon

Mark Newport explores notions of gender, masculinity, and fatherhood by knitting oversized superhero costumes drawn from pop culture. Join Newport as he discusses his unique approach to portraying masculinity by using nontraditional materials. Come early to see his work in the new exhibition Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009. Free, no reservations needed.

The Renwick Gallery, Grand Salon
17th St & Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut North

PAST: Free Classical Concert with Russian Pianist Elena Ulyanova this SUN, August 9th at SAAM at 3:00pm

Steinway Series: Elena Ulyanova
Sunday, August 9th at 3:00pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Russian pianist Elena Ulyanova received her Master of Music from the Moscow Conservatory and is a laureate of the Second Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition. She will perform Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata, Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 2, as well as the music of Chopin, Soler, and Debussy.

SAAM, McEvoy Auditorium, lower level
Free, Tickets will be distributed one hour prior to show time in the G Street lobby.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown

PAST: ART Opening Reception this SAT, August 8th at Hamiltonian Gallery, 14th & U St, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Hamiltonian Gallery Opening reception
Saturday, August 8th
7:00pm – 9:00pm

“Almost Surely, Almost Everywhere”, a group exhibition featuring works by Echo Eggebrecht, Ken Fandell, Billy Friebele and Hamiltonian Fellow Mike Dax Iacovone. Each of the artists in this exhibition investigates the experiential nature of humankind's existence within a world of immeasurable space, infinite possibilities and continual journeys. For additional information please visit their website here.

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street, NW
14th and U St
Metro: U St

PAST: Art Opening Reception at WVSA's ARTiculate Gallery this THURS, August 6th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Free

WVSA's ARTiculate Gallery, a non-profit art gallery is hosting an opening reception tomorrow night!

Thursday, August 6th
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Gallery at 16th & L St, NW

This Thursday night there will be a multimedia celebration with paintings, photos, handmade jewelry, slam poetry, and dance performances at the gallery. All of the artworks are made by special needs artists of the ARTiculate Employment Training Program and students of the Department of Employment Services currently participating in the summer camp program. Learn more about the organization, gallery and program here!

ARTiculate Gallery
connected to WVSA's SAIL School
1100 16th St, NW
at 16th & L St
Metro: Farragut North

OF NOTE: Your chance to Vote for Top Slam Dunkers, Contest ends August 24th

Following up with the slam dunk contest that took place here in DC a little while ago, I was asked to also post the link where you can vote. The top four dunkers will be sent to the 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend in Dallas. There they will compete for the $10,000 Grand Prize and the opportunity to be involved on the Saturday night NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Click here to see some amazing footage of their skills and then vote for your favorite. No registration is required and voting literally takes just a few seconds. Voting ends August 24th.

Reminder: ART: Show at Civilian Art Projects closes SAT, August 8th

Final week for "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. More info online here. 406 7th ST, NW 2nd Floor Metro: Archives -Navy Memorial or Gallery Place - Chinatown

PAST: ART: "First Friday" in Dupont this FRI, August 5th, Galleries Open Late!

There isn't a website that lists all of the galleries participating unfortunately but you can pick up a map with a list at WPA at 2023 Mass Ave or at Hillyer Art Space so I suggest you start at one of those spots and move from there. Most galleries remain open until 8:00pm, Hillyer stays open until 9:00pm.

Opening Reception at WPA
Friday, August 7th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

New exhibit "Unborn"
Curated by WPA summer interns Goli Abedini and Gabrielle Banzhaf. Featuring WPA member artists: Joseph Barbaccia, Travis Childers, Dawn Gavin, Akemi Maegawa, Adrian Parsons, and Matthew M Smith.

Hillyer Art Space First Friday: Six in the Mix
Friday, August 7th
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Free food and refreshments!
Live performance by Deon "CleanCutt" Clark
Selections by Renee Stout, closes August 26th
$5 donation suggested to support local artists and future events

Hillyer Art Space

9 Hillyer Court, NW
(alley behind the Phillips)

PAST: MUSIC: Free Live Show with Phil Street this FRI, August 7th at the Adidas Store in Georgetown + 30% off sale, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Performance by Phil Street
Friday, August 7th
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Free show at the Adidas store on Wisconsin Ave this Friday night. That night there will also be 30% off the entire store, cash prizes, sneaker give aways, dancers and a fashion show.

Adidas Georgetown
1251 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Metro: Farragut West or North, take Circulator bus along K St
Facebook invite here.

PAST: DJ Night at EFN Lounge, WED, August 5th, 21+ 10:00pm - 2:00am, Free

Dirty House Music with GAVIN HOLLAND [Nouveau Riche] Live, Opening Set by Issamu K & RNS

Wednesday, August 5th
10:00pm - 2:00am
No Cover, No Dress Code, $3 drink specials

EFN Lounge
1318 9th St NW

Free party on the first Wednesday of every month at EFN Lounge... Be comfortable, while listening to the best club /electro-house/ indie -dance/ music.

PAST: FILM: WED, August 5th, Free Screening of "Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade" at Stead Park in Dupont, 8:30pm, Free

Last week was rained out so tonight is the rain date for the Free movie screening at Stead Park in Dupont at 8:30pm. Bring a blanket and enjoy a great movie under the stars. Stead Park is located 1625 P St, NW. You can walk from Dupont Metro or take any S bus along 16th St. Note: Last month they had between 350 & 400 people so please be sure to get there a bit early to scout out a good spot and to enter the free raffle.

Tonight is the Rain Date since last week was rained out.
Wednesday, August 5th, 8:30pm
"Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade"

Save the date for the final movie in the series
"Meet the Parents" on Wednesday, August 26th.

Sponsored by Lindsay Reishman, a Dupont resident and local real estate agent, Summer Movie Mania aims to strengthen our sense of community in the middle of this busy city! Come out to the movie and meet your neighbors! For more information please call 202-491-1275 or email

Monday, August 3, 2009

Reminder to use search box upper left for ONGOING, UPCOMING & OF NOTE events

OF NOTE: LINK: Free and Cheap, from Washington Post Article

To read more, click to the Washington Post page here!

PAST: Happy Hour, Artomatic's Monthly event at the Science Club this WED, August 5th 6:00pm - 8:00pm, 21+

Artomatic Happy Hour
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
6:00pm - 8:00pm

See full invite on facebook : Having Artomatic withdrawal? Then come on out to the monthly (every first Wednesday of the month) happy hour at the Science Club.

Science Club
1136 19th St, NW
Metro: Farragut West or North

PAST: This WED, August 5th is the Launch of Green Meetup at BLT Rooftop! 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

Green Meetup Launch Party!
On the rooftop of BLT
1625 I "Eye" St, NW

Wednesday, August 5, 2009
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Note: Cash bar only

Green Meetup cordially invites you to join us at our launch party and Green mixer on the rooftop of the BLT in Washington DC. Complimentary drinks 6:00pm - 7:00pm a free raffle with some cool eco-friendly products, free food, live band, a representative from Mayor Fenty's office, and the opportunity to socialize with many of Washington's premiere Green Players!

Additional Notes: Mother Nature's Recipe will be playing live music at the event. Miss DC 2009, Jen Corey, will be attending to discuss her eco-friendly platform, "Let's Talk Trash" and Carbon Fund ( is going to offset the carbon footprint for this event!

To RSVP and view the invite on facebook, click here!

BLT Rooftop
1625 I St, NW
Metro: Farragut North or West or McPherson Square

PAST: FILM: "The Darjeeling Limited" WED, August 5th at Asylum, 8:00pm, 21+ Free

Wednesday, August 5th
Free Movie at Asylum, 8:00pm
"The Darjeeling Limited" 2007
Last Film in the Wes Anderson Film Series
For a list of events at Asylum, click here!

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

OF NOTE: Curly Hair? Free Curly Consults and Specials at Bella Bethesda, entire month of August

If you are dealing with curly hair in the humidity, Bella Bethesda will be offering complimentary curly hair consultations with one of their trained curly hair experts. The 30 minute sessions will include a thorough evaluation, wash and styling. Clients will receive styling tips and product recommendations personalized to their hair type and needs. And to make the deal a bit sweeter, clients will receive 10% off all products. Curly hair consultations are available everyday and by appointment only through August 31.

Save the Date for Curly Hair Party
"A Curl's Best Friend"
Wednesday, August 26th
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Mix and mingle while receiving curly hair tips, styling techniques and demonstrations. Guests will receive 20% off purchases and anyone who brings a friend will be entered to win a $100 Bella gift card. Light refreshments will be offered. Those interested in attending the curly hair party can RSVP to or call 301-718-9111.

Bella Bethesda Salon is located on the corner of Elm Street and Woodmont Avenue. For more information about Bella Bethesda Salon visit

PAST: MUSIC: This TUES, August 4th is going to be a super show at Bossa with Courtney Dowe + Christylez performing! 21+ 9:00pm, Free!

Tuesday August 4th
Live concert, 9:00pm, Free
Bossa in Adams Morgan on 18th St

Courtney Dowe is kicking off the show tomorrow night at Bossa in Adams Morgan and Christylez Bacon will be headlining. This is going to be a super show with two of the most talented musicians I know... and on top of that - it's Free! Note: Bossa is a bar so you must be 21 or older to get in.

Bossa, 2463 18th St, NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take Circulator to Adams Mill, you can also take the 42 bus from Dupont Circle

PAST: Monthly Travelers Circle meets this WED, August 5th, 6:30pm - 10:00pm, Free

DC's Monthly Travelers Circle
Wednesday, August 5th
6:30pm - 10:00pm

TC is an informal storytelling group for those who live to travel. Storytelling begins at 8:00pm. Sometimes there is a theme (like traveling in India, most interesting bus/train ride) but feel free to tell any story or just come to listen. Show up at anytime, leave whenever. Food and drinks are available for purchase, the event is free to attend.

To see the invite or join the group on facebook click here.

Mayur Kabab House
1108 K St, NW
Metro: Metro Center or Circulator bus to 11 & K

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Free Community Yoga Class on the 1st SUN of every month at Shakti MindBody Studio

FREE Community Class
1st Sunday of every month
11:30am - 1:00pm
Shakti MindBody Studio

Now you can no longer blame outrageous prices for your lack of yoga attendance. Studios all over town are offering free and discounted community yoga.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

REMINDER: UPCOMING & ONGOING: Free Outdoor Movie Series in DC, MD & VA!

More outdoor Movies! Click here to read the post with schedule of different outdoor summer movie series happening in the metro area on Cristina's blog. She sent me the info and has them all listed in one post for you to look through.

PAST: Free Outdoor Concert with Afro Bop Alliance, Latin Jazz, this WED, August 5th at 7:00pm at Strathmore

Afro Bop Alliance, a Latin Jazz septet know for memorizing polyrhythmic grooves, harmonic colorings and improvisational lines performs a Free Outdoor Concert at The Strathmore. This Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00pm. Metro: Grosvenor

PAST: Poet & Storyteller Regie Cabico Performs at Playbill Cafe this MON, August 3rd at 6:00pm, Free

Monday, August 3rd at 6:00pm
Regie Cabico at
The Playbill Cafe
Part of the DCCAH series Art Unplugged!

Regie Cabico is a talented poet and storyteller and a very funny man! I adore him and think you will too. You're sure to get some chuckles if he starts imitating his Philippino mother.

The Playbill Cafe
1401 14th St, NW (14 & P St)
Metro: Circulator Bus from McPherson Square or Columbia Heights or walk from Dupont

Please click here for more info about the series and click here for the calendar. Runs thru August 14th. Other venues for the upcoming events in the Arts Unplugged Series include:

The Library
3514 12th St, NE
Washington, DC 20017

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Honfluer Galleryry
1241 Good Hope Rd, SE
Washington, DC 20020

Helix Lounge
1430 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20005

PAST: Music: "Art Unplugged" this TUES, August 4th with James Terrell, 6:00pm

Free Music! Art Unplugged: with James Terrell at The Library, 3514 12th St, NE Tuesday, August 4th, 6:00 pm

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents Art Unplugged, a new summer performance series that showcases the talent of local artists at locations throughout the four quadrants of Washington, DC. The series spans from June 15, 2009 through August 14, 2009 and is hosted by 32-year-old Washington native W. Ellington Felton. District of Columbia based performing artists–actors, singers, dancers, visual artists, musicians and poets are provided with a platform to showcase their talents in while audiences have the opportunity to experience quality arts programming in nontraditional spaces. Please click here to learn more about Art Unplugged and to view the calendar.

James Terrell has performed at the Undergrond Lounge in New York, RookWood in New York City, CBGB lounge, Cabin Fever, and various venues. He has played at the Bar-Nun in Washington DC and at Pharoahs Blues in DC. His style is a fusion of Blues, Rock, Folk, and Soul.

The Library
3514 12th St, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Metro: Close to the Brookland Metro
See map here

Saturday, August 1, 2009

ONGOING: Want to Swim? Super Cool Hotel Pool at Capital Syline Hotel hosts events on SAT & SUN, Noon - 8:00pm, $10

Cover is usually $10, bring your own towel or rent one for $3, Cash bar. Brightest Young Things hosts pool parties on Saturdays. Every Sunday, Chef Spike Menelsohn (of Top Chef fame) grills burgers on the pool deck! I believe the admission on Sunday covers a burger and chips as well. Link to the hotel here to find out more.

Every Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 8pm
$10 day pass, Towels available for $3 or bring your own

No outside food or drink allowed. ATM on site. Lockers available poolside. Bring your own padlock, or buy one from the hotel for $10. Plenty of lounge chairs, and cool orange lounge sofas!

Capital Skyline Hotel
10 I St NW
Metro:Navy Yard, half street exit
It's a few block walk through construction sites.
You may want to look at the map before you head over.