Sunday, September 27, 2009

PAST: MUSIC: Young Violinist Performs at The Levine School this SAT, Oct 3rd, 1:00pm, Free

Young Concert Artists’ Clinic
with violinist Hahn-Bin, a protégé of Itzhak Perlman

Saturday, October 3rd
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free! RSVP Required
or 202-686-8000 x1615

Levine School of Music
2801 Upton Street, NW
Metro: Van Ness UDC

PAST: ART: "Windows Into DC" on Display at Convention Center! M St & N St, NW between 7th & 9th

"Windows Into DC" is now on view!
Featuring 13 new Art Installations
at the Convention Center
Between 7th & 9th St on M St, and also on N St, NW
Complete details here.

The Opening Ceremony was on Tuesday, September 29th but the art will be on view through March 2010. You can pick up a Windows Into DC brochure at the information desks located in the Grand Lobby.

With a first-of-its-kind exhibit to fill windows and exterior gallery spaces with art, the Windows Into DC show will feature new art installations and artworks by 13 DC artists: Beth Baldwin, Jason Clark, Tim Conlon, Liani Foster, Amber Robles-Gordon, Eve Hennessa, Michael Dax Iacovone, Anne Marchand, Cory Oberndorfer, Michael Platt & Carol A. Beane, Kelly Towles, Aneikan Udofia, Colin Winterbottom. Be sure to see the fun and colorful mural about Shaw done by young students from the New Community for Children in the windows right at the metro entrance at 7th and M St.

Metro: Mt Vernon Square

PAST: DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities wants your input! Public meeting this TUES, Sept 29th at DCCAH, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

DCCAH wants your input! Public meeting for DC residents who care about the arts. This Tues night. Please come and share your thoughts and concerns. Complete info here.

Tuesday, Sept 29th
6:30pm - 8:30pm

DCCAH Office
1371 Harvard St, NW
Pepco Meeting Room
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: Mt Pleasant Day "Fietsa DC" is Tomorrow, SUN, Sept 27th 11:00am - 7:00pm, Free

Tomorrow is Mt Pleasant Day "Fiesta DC"
Sunday, September 27th
11:00am - 7:00pm
Rain or shine, Free!

PAST: Unveiling of Quilt DCCAH Project Tomorrow, SUN, Sept 27th at Textile Museum, 2:00pm - 5:00pm, Free

The American Quilt | Weaving the District's Future
american quilt

Dear Arts Community & Friends,

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
in partnership with The Textile Museum invite you to attend
Unveiling of the Dynamic Community Quilt
The grand unveiling is the culminating event of
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' American Masterpieces Program
The American Quilt 2009: Weaving the District's Future.

The Textile Museum
2320 S St., NW
Sunday, September 27, 2009 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Saturday, September 26, 2009

PAST: Mt. Pleasant Movie in the Park and Sidewalk Sale SAT, Sept 26th

Another last minute invite (sorry, I was sick all week and fell behind a bit on posting)

Mt. Pleasant Movie in the Park and Sidewalk Sale– September 26th Mount Pleasant Main Street will present a free outdoor screening of the feature documentary ‘King Corn’ on Saturday, September 26th in Lamont Street Park (Lamont St. NW & Mt. Pleasant St. NW). Movie activities start at 6pm, and include urban gardening demonstrations and live music. Local Mount Pleasant Business will hold a Sidewalk Sale all day! The movie is part of the Mt. Pleasant Movie Series, featuring a movie the fourth Saturday in August and September.

For complete information visit

PAST: Earthdance DC Event Tonight! Drumming, Open Mic, DJ... 6:30pm - 2:30am, $5 suggested

Sorry for last minute notice. This event sounds fabulous! Hope you might be able to make it. Lots of cool people are sure to be there. For full info please see the facebook invite here:

Earthdance occurs annually every September in recognition of the United Nations International Day of Peace with the intention to build a Culture of Peace. Please join Earthdance-DC this Saturday (September 26th) as we collectively rhythm for peace.

In line with Earthdance’s grassroots initiative for 2009, we are asking a donation of $5 that will support the Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project (YWDEP), which works to create a safe space for young women to build community and fearlessly express their authentic selves through drumming, spoken word poetry, song, movement, and performance.

We welcome and encourage you to add your voice to our open mic session, which will feature poets from the Guerilla Poets Insurgency, Subcontinental Drift & Meso Creso collectives. The night also features a genre-bending blend of tribal rhythms, dubstep, tech house, and global electronica by v:shal kanwar and Mr. Darko.

6:30pm : Doors open
7:00pm: Earthdance Global Prayer for Peace
7:15pm: Drum Call for Justice (Kristen Arant, Exec. Director of YWDEP)
7:30pm: Open Mic
9:00pm - 2:30am: v:shal kanwar & Mr. Darko

Dhalak is at 1771 U St at the intersection where Florida, U and 18th St meet

PAST: Live MUSIC at AU Tonight! Three Bands Perform, This SAT, Sept 26th, 7:00pm Free!

I know this is short notice, but I just got this info passed along:

Live Bands at AU Tonight!
Saturday, September 26th
7:00pm, Doors at 6:30
Free and open to all!

WVAU, American University's student-run internet radio station, is holding its first Capitol Punishment concert of the semester. Capitol Punishment is WVAU's free concert series, with usually 3 shows put on every semester. The bands playing are Video Hippos, Cheap Dinosaurs and DJ Dog Dick. Any other information necessary can be found at , including links to the music pages of all 3 artists.

American University
The Kay Spiritual Center
in the basement
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Friday, September 25, 2009

PAST: OPEN MIC: FRI, Sept 25th at The Potters House in Adams Morgan, 7:00 - 10:30pm, Free!

Free Open Mic this Friday, September 25th
Music, Poetry, etc
Come watch or perform! All ages7:00-10:30pm

The Potters House
1658 Columbia Rd, NW
Adams Morgan

Thursday, September 24, 2009

PAST: UPDATE: Free Concert with Chuck Brown, Godfather of Go-Go, is at 5:00pm Tomorrow, FRI, Sept 25th (not noon)

The Final Concert in the Summer Series at Woodrow Wilson Plaza features a special concert with Chuck Brown and will be held at 5:00pm (not at noon) at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW by the Reagan Building. Free and open to all! The concert should go 'til around 6:30pm.

PAST: FABBS Foundation Hosts a Free Talk on Stress and Resilience this FRI, Sept 25th 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free, RSVP Required

Talk on Stress & Resilience
Friday, September 25th
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Effectively coping with stress has positive physical and emotional benefits. Ellen Galinsky, a leading authority on work family issues, will discuss stressors in family and work life and how to buffer children and help them become more resilient. Shelley Taylor, a pioneer in the field of health psychology, will describe how social relationships affect biological responses to stress as well skills to anticipate and minimize stress.

Hosted by The FABBS Foundation. To RSVP and for more info, click here!

At The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Please use 6th St Freedom Forum entrance

PAST: Reminder: Last Two Free Concerts at Woodrow Wilson Plaza Today & Tomorrow

UPDATE: My bad, the Final Concert with Chuck Brown will be at 5:00pm tomorrow! I had posted that it was at noon (sorry, getting over a nasty head cold and missed the fine print). Thank you dear reader for your comment correcting the time.

Last two free concerts at the Reagan Building Courtyard (1300 Penn) Noon - 1:30 Washington National Opera young artists Today & Chuck Brown Tomorrow! Yes, I said Chuck Brown!

PAST: Free Ice Cream Today, THURS, Sept 24th from Noon - 2:00pm

Free ice cream party today, Thursday, September 24th from Noon - 2:00 (for the first 400 folks) in the courtyard garden at the Church of the Epiphany 1317 G St, NW

PAST: BOOK TALK: Tonight THURS, Sept 24th at Reiter's Books, 6:30pm, Free

Tonight at Reiter's Books

Thursday, September 24th

Michael A. Jawer will discuss and sign copies of his book, Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion.

Reiter’s Books
1990 K St. NW
entrance on 20th St, downstairs
More info about Reiter's here.
Metro: Farragut West or Nort or take the Circulator bus on K St

PAST: Adams Morgan Residents, Re: Art Sculpture Plans for the corner of 18th & Columbia Neighborhood Meeting Tonight, THURS, Sept 24th at 7:00pm

Adams Morgan folks... Tonight, Thursday Sept 24th, there will be a chance for you to hear more about the art sculpture plans from the DCCAH for the newly expanded corner of 18th & Columbia Rd at the Kalorama Citizen's Association Meeting. This may very well be your last chance to give your input on the plan. The meeting will take place tonight at 7:00pm if you want to chime in or check out the plans from the DCCAH, the meeting is open and your input is welcome. The meeting will be held at Good Will Baptist Church, 1862 Kalorama Rd, NW. For more information, please visit the Kalorama Citizens Association here!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

PAST: Reminder: Free Teleclass with one of my favorite authors, Anodea Judith, on The Chakras Today, THURS, 24th at 8:00pm

Free Teleclass with Anodea Judith, Lynne Michelson and Nini Gridley

"Tour of the Chakras"

If you missed the free teleclass on Tuesday, you still have a chance to check out Thursday's call (if there is still room). Click the link below for info.
Thursday, September 24th at 5:00-6:00 PM pacific (8:00pm - 9:00pm EST)

Click on dates to register or here for more information.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

PAST: This TUES, Sept 22nd, DC Commission Honors Poet Laurete

Commission Celebrates DC Poet Laureate's 10th Anniversary
Free, Please RSVP to

Join The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, for the tenth Anniversary Celebration for DC Poet Laureate, Dolores Kendrick, Tuesday, September 22nd at 7:00pm at the Heritage Center at the Navy Memorial (701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.) Doors open at 5:45pm. Reception at 6:00pm. Metro: Acrchives- Navy Memorial

This free celebration, hosted by Carl Cole, Emerita Commissioner, will highlight the success of Dolores Kendrick’s illustrious career through a Toast from 20 of DC’s Top Literary, Arts and Political Figures, dedications from literary activist, E. Ethelbert Miller and Guggenheim Fellowship Winner and Poet, A. Van Jordan and a performance by Dolores Kendrick and the Capital City Symphony Quartet.

PAST: MUSIC: Live Tonight at BloomBars! SUN, Sept 20th, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Tonight at BloomBars , 3222 11th St, NW (next to Wonderland at Kenyon) Terrance Cunningham and friends live! 8:00pm - 10:00pm, All ages, donations welcome. Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: This TUES, Sept 22nd at Noon, DC Poet Joe Ross and others Read at The Library of Congress, Free!

Local poet Joe Ross will be reading at The Library of Congress this Tuesday, September 22nd at 12:00pm. The reading is part of the Poetry at Noon Series. He'll be reading with poets Barbara Crooker and Sue Ellen Thompson.You can visit for blog posts, poems, readings and other interesting information.

The reading will take place in the historic Jefferson Building, in the Whittal Pavilion. The Jefferson is located at 10 First Street, SE, directly behind the U.S. Capitol. More info and a list of readings and events on the Library of Congress site here: Metro: Capitol South

Thursday, September 17, 2009

PAST: Rooftop Party at the House of Sweden SAT, Sept 19th 9:00pm - Midnight, $10

PAST: FILM: Screenings of Two Documentaries this FRI, Sept 18th at 5:30pm $5 and SAT, Sept 19th at 2:00pm, Free

Two documentary Film Screenings about Hip Hop in Africa this Friday and Saturday Night!

2nd Annual Bootleg Festival:
Mixtapes, Films & Hip-Hop's Underground Economy
Hosted by Words Beats & Life. More about the Festival here!

Screening of HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana
Friday, September 18th
, $5
at the True Reformer Building
1200 U Street, NW
Metro: U St

Screening of Democracy in Dakar
Saturday, September 19th
2:00pm, Free

at The Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street, NW
Metro: U St

Q& A with artists Papa Moussa Lo and Baay Musa, actvist Abdoulaye Aw, and co-directors of the film Benjamin Herson and Magee McIlvaine following the screening.

“We see hip hop as a means by which we can mobilize the fight for fair and free democracy,” says Baay Musa, one of the artists featured in the film. “Hip hop is a powerful non-violent weapon that can externalize what’s in the hearts of frustrated, disillusioned youth. Complacency often comes from ignorance, so we want to get our message out to as many people as possible.”

Democracy in Dakar, an award-winning documentary, exposes audiences to the gritty, raw side of Senegalese music and politics through the eyes of the youth-driven hip hop culture. The film chronicles the lived experiences on the streets of Dakar before and after the controversial 2007 presidential elections. Following rappers, journalists, DJs, professors, and others, Democracy in Dakar intimately captures the fluidity and intensity of emotion surrounding the election.

HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana documents the Ghanaian group V.I.P. (Vision In Progress) and their growth during a ten year time period. In recent years, hip hop has merged with High-Life, the traditional music of West Africa, and this fusion has led to the birth of a new genre called HipLife. From the ghetto in Accra to their first international tour, the viewer sees the members of this internationally-acclaimed HipLife group grow from teenagers with a shared dream to musicians with fans around the world.

PAST: Free Info Session for Small Business Owners on Colon Cancer Prevention & Lunch Today, Sept 17th and next THURS, Sept 24th 11:00am - 2:00pm

Small business owner? Free info session on colon cancer prevention & insurance assistance and lunch today! Thursday, September 17th or next Thursday, September 24th
11:00am - 2:00pm
RSVP and details, call 202-994-2062

PAST: Free Walking and Biking Tours this SAT & SUN, Sept 19-20th with WalkingTownDC!

WalkingTown DC is this weekend! Free tours Saturday and Sunday and some bike tours too! For more information and a complete list of tours please click here!

PAST: FILM: Screening of Fuel Tonight, THURS, Sept 17th

Film Screening of "Fuel" with Director tonight!
Thursday, September 17th
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Suggested donation is $10

Join Live Green at The George Washington University's Funger Hall Room for a short screening of Fuel followed by a Q&A session with the Director, Josh Tickell, and Producer, Rebecca Harrell.
For complete information, please view the facebook invite here.

What’s Fuel? It’s a documentary about how this every day guy, Josh, drives across the US in a biodiesel Winnebago while he looks at the past, present, and future of America’s energy issues. It won lots of awards, like the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary, and Sedona and AFI Best Documentary Awards.

GWU, Funger Hall Room 103
2201 G St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom

PAST: Festivals throughout the DC area this month! Please see link for complete list!

For a complete list of Festivals this month, click here!

Note, not all are free. Please click through for details. Below are some of the festivals!

DC Fashion Week

Going on Now - September 20th

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th - October 15th

Mount Vernon's 18th-Century Craft Fair

September 19th - 20th

H Street Festival
This Saturday, September 19th

Fiesta Musical at the National Zoo
September 20th, 11:00am - 5:00pm, Free

National Book Festival
September 26th

Latino Festival - Fiesta DC
September 27th

PAST: SAT, Sept 19th, "The Circus" hits U St, Free event at Lincoln Theatre 6:00pm - 9:00pm, other events follow

Free show at Lincoln Theatre
Saturday, Sept 19th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Free! All Ages

- Bomani
- Educated Consumers
- Lyriciss
- J.Ferb
- M1 Platoon
- Rosetta Stoned
- The Five One

The Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St NW DC

For a full lineup of the U Street Edition of "The Circus" featuring 6 shows in one night along the U St corridor, please see the facebook invite here! Most of those events cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door. You can also find out more on these events at One vs Many Events.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

PAST: PLAY: Pay-What-You-Can Performances of The Winter's Tale this THURS, FRI & SAT Sept 17th - 19th, 8:00pm

Wandering Souls, a new Arts Outreach Company in DC hosts 3 Public Pay-What-You-Can Performances of their 90 minute version of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale this Thursday, Friday and Saturday September 17th - 19th at 8:00pm at Bethesda Theatre. Seating is first come first served so please arrive early to ensure seating.

This first performance for this new company features 7 actors covering 20+ music...and a story filled with jealousy, love, forgiveness, shepherds, clowns, a pickpocket, numerous disguises and more.
In The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare blends tragedy and comedy: one best friend suspects the other of having an affair with his wife, which leads him down a dangerous and, eventually, catastrophic path. The second half of the play brings the two friends back together by the most unusual and unlikely circumstances.

Wandering Souls mission is to create high quality, low budget, professional performances and tour them in DC to places where there is generally little or no access to the arts. The Winter’s Tale will tour to venues around the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area including homeless shelters, halfway houses and community organizations.

Bethesda Theatre
Wisconsin Ave NW
, MD
Metro: 1.5 blocks from Bethesda Station
Parking: Around the corner on
Cheltenham Drive

OF NOTE: DEAL: Tickets to Synetic Theater not Free but Half-Price, which is a great deal! Regular $45 now $23

I absolutely LOVE this theater troupe and this deal is too good to not post! Synetic Theater’s critically acclaimed, wordless production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, and Groupon has the deal: $23 for adult seats. Half price deal for Synetic Theater here!

  • Buy here for Friday, September 18th at 8:00pm
  • Buy here for Saturday, September 19th at 8:00pm
  • Buy here for Sunday, September 20th at 3:00pm
  • Buy here for Thursday, September 24th at 8:00pm
  • Buy here for Friday, September 25th at 8:00pm

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

PAST: Talk about Forgiveness Tonight at Historic Sixth & Eye Synagogue, 7:00pm

The BIG Sorry

Tuesday, September 15th

Free, please RSVP here!

Need to get rid of your guilt? Been holding a grudge since last September?
Join Dr. Erica Brown to explore the nature of forgiveness and what
happens to us when we fail to forgive. This is the time to begin anew.

This event is hosted by a Jewish organization in preparation for the new
year which begins on Friday evening. Shana Tova everyone!
P.S. You don't need to be Jewish to attend.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
600 I St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown

PAST: This WED, Sept 16th, Free Talk on DC Architecture, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

DC Architecture: Three Views
Wednesday, September 16th
Free event as part of DC Architecture Week
Free, Registration is requried, 1.5 LU available
Details and RSVP at

National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Metro: Judiciary Square

PAST: Today, TUES, Sept 15th "Spotlight on Design" event at National Building Museum, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

NBM Spotlight on Design
Tuesday, September 15th
Free, Reservations Required
Visit for RSVP

DC Architecture Week
Now - Sept 21st
See for more free events

National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Metro: Judiciary Square

PAST: Campus Progress organizes for Health Care Town Hall and hosts Pre-Party with Free Pizza Today! TUES, Sept 15th, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Pre-Town Hall Pizza Party with Campus Progress before Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's Health Care Town Hall on Tuesday, September 15th.

Tuesday, September 15th
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1333 H St, NW on the 10th Floor

"We know that young people in DC care about health care reform and it's time that we communicate this to our elected officials! Come to our office for FREE pizza and sign making. Then we will walk together to the Town Hall to ensure a large presence of young people at the event. Details are below. Click here to RSVP."

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please email

PAST: Reminder: Two Free Concerts to pick from at Noon Today, TUES, Sept 15th as part of ongoing Concert Series

Two free concerts at noon today, Tues Latin Jazz at Reagan Bldg 13 & Penn and music by women such as Hildegarde von Bingen at Church 1317 G St.

Concerts daily at Reagan Bldg from noon - 1:30 Mon - Fri thru Sept 25th. Also free concerts, mostly classical, every Tues at Church of the Epiphany 12:10pm - 1:00pm, donations appreciated.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Free events at The National Theatre this FRI & SAT morning

Noon at The National
Fri, September 18th at noon
An exciting new arts outreach program designed to foster discussion of the arts and current events. The inaugural event is an appearance by Washington author John Fenzel discussing his new espionage thriller, The Lazarus Covenant. Seating is limited. Tickets required and distributed 30 minutes prior to show time, one per person in line, first-come, first-served.

Saturday Morning at The National
Sat, September 19th
9:30am and 11:00am

A nine-event series, begins with Ace of Hearts Magic. Kids get-into-the-act and help perform zany, jaw-dropping illusions with big, colorful props. Admission is Free, seating is limited. Tickets required and distributed 30 minutes prior to show time, one per person in line, first-come, first-served.

National Theatre
Metro: Metro Center

PAST: Free Play Reading Tonight, MON, Sept 14t at Atlas, 8:00pm

African Continuum Theatre Company
Play Reading of The Montfort Point Marine by Samm-Art Williams, who will be in attendance. The play depicts the life of Robert Wilson, a former Montford Point Marine (the first Black American Marines 1942-1949), who fought at Iwo Jima, World War II. The play begins July 10, 1993 on the 50th anniversary of Robert's enlisting in the Marine Corps, when he is paid a surprise visit at his home in Philadelphia by his son and his ex-wife, whom he loves very much. Mon, Sept. 14 at 8pm at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Admission is Free.

PAST: THEATRE: First Annual Theatre Week! Now - SUN, Sept 20th

The League of Washington Theaters
First Annual Theatre Week Promo!
September 12th-20th
For write up about the promo click here!

Discounted tickets to Black Pearl (Ford’s Theatre), Eclipsed (Woolly Mammoth), Moonlight (Studio Theatre), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Round House Theatre), The Quality of Life (Arena Stage) and Zero Hour (Theater J) and free events continue through September 20th.

Visit The League of Washington Theatres for a full listing of offerings, times, and activities.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

PAST: OPEN MIC + more with GPI at Dupont Circle MON, Sept 14th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

GPI Open Mic Poetry & Drumming at the Fountain!
This Monday, September 14th
7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free
Dupont Circle (at the fountain)

Come see old friends, be embraced by melodies, poetic stylings, drumming, chalking and positive vibes -- you get all this and more at GPI open mics! Call (800) 886-6157 on 9/15 in case of rain for late start or cancellation details.

PAST: Any Techie Folks Interested in this Lecture about the Internet? This MON, Sept 14th 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Free

A Discussion on INTERNET 2020 at the US Capital Visitors Center

This Monday, September 14th
6:30pm - 8:00pm

The DC area Chapter of the Internet Society hosts an informal, wide-ranging discussion of where the Internet is headed! For more details, visit the web site of the newly forming ISOC DC Chapter:

Moderator: Michael R. Nelson, Visiting Professor, Internet Studies, CCT Georgetown University

Speakers: Leslie Daigle, Chief Internet Technology Officer, Internet Society, Eric Burger, Chief Technology Officer, Neustar and Steve Crocker, Internet pioneer and CEO, Shinkuro, Inc.

Please bring a picture ID. Food, liquids, bottles, cans, sharp objects, and bags larger than 14"x 13" x 4" are prohibited. For directions and map to the new Visitors Center: To see the new Orientation Theater:

Orientation Theater
U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
East Front, U. S. Capitol Building

Hosted by U.S. Representative Edolphus Towns
Metro: Capitol South or Union Station

PAST: LIVE MUSIC: Tonight at BloomBars! 8:00pm, Sugested Donation $5 - $10, All Ages

Tonight at BloomBars!
Saturday, September 12th
8:00pm, All Ages
Suggested donation $5 - $10

Flo Anito
Jeremiah Abiah
Ayanna Gregory

BloomBars is located next to Wonderland
3222 11th St, NW (at Kenyon)
Metro: Columbia Heights

Thursday, September 10, 2009

PAST: Free Yoga Class in the Park this FRI, Sept 11th, 6:45pm

My friend Ananda is offering a Free Yoga Class Friday 6:45pm Meridian Hill Park 16th & Florida Ave at the bottom of the waterfall. Complete details on meetup invite here!

PAST: ART: Opening Reception FRI, Sept 11th at Civilian Art Projects, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Art Opening Reception this Friday at Civilian Art Projects works of Cara Ober & Nikki Painter 7:00pm -9:00pm. 406 7th St, 2nd Floor Metro: Navy Archives or Gallery Place-Chinatown

PAST: "Arts on Foot" is this SAT, Sept 12th in The Penn Quater, Noon - 5:00pm, Free

Arts on Foot: Annual Arts and Music Festival in The Penn Quater
This Saturday, Sept 12th
Noon - 5:00pm, Free
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown
More info here!

Arts on Foot is a visual and performing arts festival featuring DC theaters, museums, and arts at a variety of venues. More than 90 visual artists, including some of my friends, will be participating this year. Other activities and performances throughout the day. The Outdoor Festival will take place on F St between 6th and 9th Streets and along 8th St between E & F Streets, NW.

In addition an Art Market Preview will take place on the F Street sidewalk in front of the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday and Friday, September 10 and 11, from 11:30am - 7:00pm.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

PAST: If you haven't heard yet... Adams Morgan Day Festival is this SUN, Sept 13th from Noon - 7:00pm, Free!

Adams Morgan Day Festival is this Sunday!
Live Music, Vendors, Arts on Belmont and more!
Noon - 7:00pm, Free!
Complete details online here! Be sure to click on the performance tabs!

Six Performance Stages throughout the Festival!

- Columbia Stage - 18th St. at Columbia Rd, NW
- Florida Stage -18th St. and Vernon St, NW
- Dance Plaza - 18th St. at Wyoming: Marie Reed school basketball court
- Jazz Oasis in the Park- Columbia Rd at Belmont (Kalorama Park)
- Cultural Plaza - Unity Park: Euclid St. at Col Rd. & Champlain (near 18th & Columbia)

New this year!
- DJ Pavilion - located just off 18th St NW at Wyoming: (Marie Reed School mezzanine)

Metro: Woodley Park, take the Circulator one stop to Adams Mill or walk across the bridge to 18th St, you can also take the 42 bus from Dupont, Conn & Q or Mt Pleasant or walk up 18th St from Dupont to the bottom of Adams Morgan.

PAST: Artist Talk Tonight, WED, Sept 9th at Hamiltonian Gallery on U St with Ken Fandell, 7:00pm, Free

Artist Talk Tonight at Hamiltonian Gallery on U St!
Wednesday, September 9th
7:00 pm
, Free

Artist Talk with Ken Fandell, currently exhibiting at Hamiltonian Gallery in the show "Almost Surely, Almost Everywhere" Please RSVP if you plan to attend the lecture to

Ken Fandell: The Infinite to the Proximate: Infinity, Time, Space, Technology, Significance, Subjectivity, Interpersonal Relations, Bodily Functions, and My Work.

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street, NW
(14th and U Streets)
U St

PAST: ART: Reception + Preview of Arts on Belmont Artists Tonight, WED, Sept 9th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Arts on Belmont Preview
Meet the Artists: Wine & Cheese Reception
Tonight! Wednesday, Sept 9th
7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Preview Artist Exhibit of Artists participating in Adams Morgan Day Festival this Sunday!
Featuring: Matt Sesow, Dana Ellyn, Avner Ofer, Michele Banks at Design Within Reach furniture store in Adams Morgan.

This is a great chance to meet and chat with some of DC's finest visual artists! My friends Matt and Dana are super talented painters and Avner is a world traveling photographer. Sorry, I'm not familiar with Michele or her work. Also sorry to say that I don't think I will be able to make it. Sure to be a fabulous evening. Hope some of you might be able to swing by!

Design Within Reach
1838 Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take Circulator bus one stop or take the 42 bus there from Conn & Q St in Dupont north toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

PAST: President Obama's Speech to Congress on WED, Sept 9th, will be aired live at all Busboys & Poets locations, 8:00pm

Busboys & Poets DC & VA will air President Obama's Speech before Congress on Health Care Reform Tomorrow night at 8:00

OF NOTE: LINK: Theatre Deals and Pay What You Can listed on DC Theatre Scene Website

Theatre Link: Deal of the Day and PWYC shows are listed daily on DC Theater Scene

PAST: Pay What You Can Night, WED, Sept 9th at CU 7:30pm

PWYC Previews & Performances, Sept 9 at 7:30pm

Longacre Lea concludes the 08/09 season with two one-acts: Artist Descending a Staircase by Tom Stoppard and The Oogatz Man by Kathleen Akerley. (See show descriptions here.)

The Callan Theatre
Catholic University Drama Complex
3801 Harewood Road, NE
Metro: Brookland, Catholic University

PAST: ART: Opening Reception WED, Sept 9th at Goethe-Institut 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Opening Reception with photographer Janina Wick
Wednesday, September 9th
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Thirteen (Dreizehn)
on view September 9 – October 30, 2009
RSVP to 202-289-1200 ext. 165 or

Third in a series of exhibitions entitled “Talents” from C/O Berlin, the International Forum for Visual Dialogues “Thirteen” (Dreizehn) focuses on young girls on the threshold between childhood and adulthood. Wick’s emphatic presentation of the adolescent phase of these young models shows how conflicted each girl is between the person she already is and the one she would like to be. Positioned against simple, out-of-focus backgrounds, the girls’ faces reveal the fine line between staging and insecurity. The contrast captures the excitement underlying this series of portraits. Gallery hours: Mon-Thur 9-5, Fri 9-3. Free.

Goethe-Institut Washington
The German Cultural Center
812 Seventh St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown

UPCOMING & ONGOING: TUES & WED Nights at the ECAC, Theater, Ecolocity & Hypnotherapy

Theater for Community and Transformation
Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Open to everyone, All levels are welcome
More at
Donation requested to offset the cost of the space

Description: Theater is for everybody. By coming together to play with various theater games and improvisational forms, we can build community, grow as individuals, and begin to imagine new ways of working together to creatively solve some of the most pressing issues of our time. In this playful, safe, and exciting class, participants will learn new skills, make connections with others, and experience the joy of self-expression. Please be prompt. If you arrive later than 15 minutes after the session begins we may not be able to admit you to the workshop. Email with any questions.


Ecolocity Meetings Every Tuesday
7:00pm - 9:00pm at ECAC
Learn more about ecolocity at
This Tuesday (3rd Tuesday)is Planning & Networking. Other weeks topics include Food & Farming, Transition, Films and Special Guests.


Hypnotherapy Introductory Workshop
Wednesday, September 9th
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Suggested donation, $10

Believing that the mind is the true and final frontier, practicing a transformative intervention to release you as the prisoner of old ideas and habits would be our goal. Richard Howard, MCHT, specializes in the area of addictions, eating well, exercising, and getting your proper sleep. For more information call (301) 648-4565.



ECAC is located at
733 Euclid St, NW
between Georgia and Sherman Ave
near Howard Univ, across from Banneker High
Best reached by bus, bike or car
Metro: see for bus access

PAST: GreenDrinks DC Happy Hour Tonight, TUES, Sept 8th 6:30pm - 9:30pm, 21+

GreenDrinks DC Event at Current
Tonight! Tuesday, September 8th
6:30pm - 9:30pm

This month’s GreenDrinksDC event will be held tonight at Current (aka Current Sushi) on their rooftop patio and lounge. No cover, 21+, extended happy hour. The 10-Minute Spotlight will feature Dan Triman and Anca Novacovici, who recently wrote D.C. Metro Area Green Career & Jobs Guide.

1215 Connecticut Ave
between M & N St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle or Farragut North

PAST: Reminder: Two Free Concerts at Noon Downtown Today!

Today, Tues, two free concerts at noon, classical at Church of the Epiphany 1317 G St, NW and folk rock outdoors at the Reagan Building, 13th & Penn.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

PAST: FILM: Free Screenings of Batman Films MON nights in Crystal City thru Sept 21st

Crystal City Batman series continues Monday nights thru Sept 21st at sundown, free 18th & Bell Streets

PAST: Music: "Seed the Sound Sundays" at BloomBars, SUN, Sept 6th 7:30pm - 10:30pm, All ages, Donations welcome

At BloomBars, 11th & Kenyon by Wonderland. "Seed the Sound" w Terrence & Zimm this Sunday, Sept 6th, 7:30 - 10:30, Free/ Donations Columbia Heights Metro

PAST: Classical Concert, Free! NSO Performs on Capitol West Lawn SUN, Sept 6th at 8:00pm

National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert
West Lawn, U.S. Capitol
Sunday, September 6th
Free event, no tickets required

Gates open to the public at 3:20 p.m. The rehearsal for this concert will begin at 3:30pm. In case of inclement weather: The concert will be moved to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Please call the NSO Summer Concert Hotline at (202) 416-8113 after 2:30pm to find out if the performance has been moved.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

PAST: Various Free Yoga Classes at Unity Woods DC, MD, and VA locations Now - Sept 14th

Free yoga classes at Unity Woods in Ballston, VA Woodley Park, DC and Bethesda, MD locations. Dates, times and teachers vary. For complete info, see

OF NOTE: Last Weekend for DC's Free Outdoor Public Pools! Most close Sept 7th

Last Chance to Swim for Free this Weekend! DC Residents Free with ID, other's $3 I believe, bring your own towel, and lock for lockers. For a complete list of locations and hours, including outdoor pools in Georgetown, Dupont Circle and East Potomac Park/Hains Point, click here! Most close Sept 7th. See link for complete details and contact info.

Note: There are free indoor pools open year round at various recreation centers listed on the DPR website here!

OF NOTE: Craving Nature? Bike or Drive to Roosevelt Island, Close-by, easy trails, great views! Open til 10:00pm daily, Free

I lived here for years before I found my way on the back of a motorcycle out to Roosevelt Island, which is super close by. You can bike there from DC easily or you can drive or cab from Rosslyn Metro even. Just north of Roosevelt bridge on GWU Parkway from DC, keep right. You'll see the island on the right with the bridge leading over to it. No bikes on the island. It's an easy trail that loops around the island. Variety of nature and trail paths, nice views of the Potomac River. It'd be a great spot for a walk now that the weather has cooled off a bit. The Island is 88 1/2 acres and is run by the National Park Service, it's open 'til 10:00pm every day and is totally free! If you want to be creative, you can also paddle there in a canoe or kayak from the Thompson Boat Center in Georgetown!

PAST: Two Special Outdoor Concerts in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month at NGA Sculpture Garden! FRI, Sept 18th & FRI, Sept 25th at 5:30pm, Free

National Gallery Brass Quintet
Friday, September 18th
, outdoors

Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Friday, September 25th
5:30pm, outdoors

Hispanic music in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and The Art of Power: Royal Armor and Portraits from Imperial Spain

Metro: Archives -Navy Memorial

PAST: "Opera in the Outfield" Free Simulcast of Washington National Opera at National Stadim SAT, Sept 12th, 5:30pm

Next Sat, Sept 12th "Opera in the Outfield" Free!

Washington National Opera simulcast of The Barber of Seville at Nationals Stadium! Gates open 5:30
pm, Opera begins at 7:00pm. Complete details about the event on WNO's website here!

Register for FREE VIP Seating at the Ballpark on the link above!
Advance reservations will be accepted through Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 11:59 PM. VIP Passes will be emailed to you by September 11. Registration and VIP passes not required; this event is free and open to the public.

Metro: Navy Yard

PAST: JAZZ: Last Perfromance this Season NGA's "Jazz in the Garden" this FRI, Sept 11th, 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

Last Concert of the season! "Jazz in the Garden" at NGA Sculpture Garden
This Friday, September 11th
5:00pm - 8:30pm

Robert Redd (jazz pianist) followed by U.S. Navy Commodores (big-band jazz). Free concert. Food & Sangria available for purchase.
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Note: NGA's Fall Concert Series continues inside of the museum every Sunday evening at 5:30pm beginning Sept 27th with a mostly classical lineup. Free. There are two other special events on Sept 18th & 25th at 5:30pm. Click here for more on all of these events!

Save the date:
Poulenc Trio, Hyunah Yu, soprano
September 27 at 6:30PM
Music by Duparc, Fauré and other French composers

OF NOTE: Every SUN at 2:00pm, Traditional Etheopian Coffee Ceremony at Sidamo on H St NE

Sidamo serves organic, shade grown, roasted daily in house and provides free wireless. On Sundays at 2:00 they also hold a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. I haven't been there yet so I'm not sure how it works. If you go, let me know how the ceremony is.

M-F 7:00am - 7:00pm
Sat 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sun 8:00am - 5:00pm

Sidamo Coffee & Tea
417 H St NE
(202) 548-0081
Metro: walk from Union Station or take the x2 bus along H St from Gallery Pl-Chinatown

OF NOTE: Call for Artists of all Mediums for Experimental Collaborative Project! Auditions SUN, Sept 20th Noon - 4:00pm

Are you a Performance Artist or Sound Artist, Musician, Storyteller, Poet/Spoken Word Artist, Puppeteer, Dancer or conduct an Art Form that’s indescribable, but you’re looking for your community and an experimental outlet for your work?

District Calling is seeking artists for involvement in a collaborative and experimental performance project!
District Calling, a multidisciplinary arts troupe, is forging new collaborations and performance pieces to develop collaboratively, combined, produced, and curated into a 90-minute show highlighting a diversity of perspectives around the theme "Freedom!" If interested please contact for more details or call 202.251.8802

Auditions will be held on
Sunday, September 20th
1765 Euclid St, NW
Adams Morgan

Please prepare to perform or bring a 3-minute representative selection of your performance medium. In lieu of audition demo materials will be accepted. Please send to:

Attn: Melissa Krodman
1851 Columbia Road NW Apt 103
Washington DC 20009
(Provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish to have materials returned)

Friday, September 4, 2009

PAST: 8th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival with Play Readings, Rehearsals SAT - MON, Sept 5th - 7th, 2:00pm - 10:00pm, Free!

8th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival
Saturday, Sept. 5th - Monday, Sept. 7th
2:00pm – 10:00pm
Venues throughout the Kennedy Center
FREE! No tickets required, limited seating available.
For a Complete Schedule of Events, please click here!

The Kennedy Center hosts its eighth annual Page-to-Stage festival, a three-day event offering free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals being developed by dozens of local theater companies.

The Kennedy Center
2700 F St, NW
Metro Foggy Bottom, take free shuttle to Kennedy Center

OF NOTE: Article: "12 Free Things to Do in Washington DC with Kids"

For the 12 suggestions of things to do for free with kids, click here!

OF NOTE: LINK to Calendar from Hill Rag September Issue, lots of things happening this month throughout the city!

The Hill Rag always has great listings featured in their print issue and you can view that calendar online as well. Excellent calendar full of things to do all of September online, please click on the page 22 "Washington's Best Calendar" to view the pdf calendar. I'll highlight some of the free events on this site as well.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

PAST: ART: Closing Reception at Touchstone Gallery on 7th St with wine tasting, this FRI, Sept 4th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Art Closing Party for "My Space on 7th"
Touchstone Gallery
Friday, September 4th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Reception includes wine tasting
Complete details here.

Touchstone Gallery
406 7th St, 2nd Floor
Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown or Navy Archives.

PAST: ART: First Friday in Dupont FRI, Sept 4th, Dupont Area Galleries such as WPA & Hillyer open 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Hillyer Art Space First Friday Reception
Friday, September 4th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
(Note: other galleries close at 8:00pm)

Multiplying the Body: Gender Performance Remembered and Reconstructed
by Susan Serafin

Ambience by DJ Fleg
Food and refreshments will be served
PLUS Sweetgreen Sweetflow (frozen yogurt) Mobile!
$5 suggested donation

9 Hillyer Court NW | Washington, DC | 20008 | MAP

Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit. Hillyer is located in the alley behind Phillips Collection off of 21st St. WPA is on Mass between 20 & 21st. Visit Hillyer or WPA for map of other galleries in the area (there is no website listing for all galleries). Most are around R St and 21st, Printmakers is on Conn Ave around S St. by Thai place, another gallery is on Conn Ave upstairs near Kramerbooks.

PAST: This FRI, Sept 4th Malcolm X Drummers & Dancers perform at Potters House, Fundraiser suggested donation $10 all ages 7:30-10:00

Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers
Friday, September 4th
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Suggested donation $10

Potters House
1658 Columbia Rd
Adams Morgan area
Metro: Columbia Heights or 42 bus from Dupont Circle to Mozart Pl

PAST: Kennedy Center's 8th Annual Page to Stage Festival this weekend, Sept 5th - 7th!

The Kennedy Center's 8th Annual Page to Stage Festival begins September 5th and goes through September 7th. Performances throughout the Kennedy Center all day long! Please see the link for complete details and click through for complete schedule. More than 40 DC area theater companies will be participating.

PAST: OPEN MIC: Tonight at Asylum, Organic Jam Session! THURS, Sept 3rd, "Cakes & Kisses" 21+, 9:00pm - 1:30am, Free

Cake & Kisses is Tonight at Asylum! Cake & Kisses is a FREE monthly party that revolves around an "organic open mic". The jam session is backed by a live band while the mics are opened up to any vocalists, emcees, etc who are in the venue. There is no list, the artists simply vibe off each other. Free cake & Hershey's kisses are available at every party. View Flier here.

Cake & Kisses "Organic Open Mic"
Thursday, September 3rd
9:00pm - 1:30am
Free, 21+

Artists: Kev Brown & J-$crilla
Band: The Five One
DJ: Earth 1ne

Asylum (Adams Morgan)
2471 18th St. NW

Save the date for this event:
Cake & Kisses (Words, Beats, & Life Edition)
Thursday, September 17th
Artists: Lauren Schreiber, Cool Cee Brown, Jason Reynolds
Band: The Five One
DJ: Earth 1ne
Expo, 1928 9th St. NW

One vs Many Events -
Cake & Kisses invite on facebook
The Circus invite on facebook.
1vsM Street Festivals invite on facebook.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

PAST: Free Acro-Yoga! This FRI, Sept 4th at lululemon in Georgetown, 6:00pm - 7:15pm

Just found out about this one... Free AcroYoga Class this Friday at lululemon in Georgetown! 6:00pm - 7:15pm with Vanessa King. It is impressive if you haven't tried it yet, this would be a great chance to. 3265 M St, NW Metro: Farragut West or North and take red Circulator bus along K St (fastest way in my opinion) you can also catch and of the 30's buses along I St or Penn Ave. Please RSVP to Vanessa King on facebook or on her website Make Yoga Not War.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

PAST: Hyattsville MD, ART Opening this THURS, Sept 3rd, for Dana Ellyn's Solo Show, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Anyone able to get to Hyattsville MD on Thurs? Local artist, and friend, Dana Ellyn has a super solo show that will be opening this Thursday night at Design Studio Art Gallery 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Dana Ellyn's solo exhibition, "Horse of a Different Color" is a collection of recent paintings created in response to her reflections on life, childhood, and her pursuit of artistic success. The gallery is located at 5702 Baltimore Ave in Hyattsville, MD. See Metro for public transit options. Not sure if it is metro or bus accessible.