Friday, October 30, 2009

PAST: "Sure Plays a Mean Pinball" going through my head looking at this event! "Tilt" at SAAM this SAT, Oct 31st, 3:00pm - 6:00pm, Free

Saturday, Oct 31st
3:00pm - 6:00pm

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about pinball machines with collector and historian David Silverman. Then join us in the courtyard to test your skills on his one-of-a-kind pinball machines. Lecture at 3 p.m., game playing follows.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
McEvoy Auditorium and Kogod Courtyard
Between 7th & 9th, F & G
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown

Thursday, October 29, 2009

PAST: PINK JAMS Benefit for Breast Cancer Awareness at Lima Tonight! THURS, Oct 29th 9:00pm - Midnight, 21+ Donation $10+

PINK JAMS Benefit for Breast Cancer Awareness at Lima!

Thursday, October 29th
9:00pm - 12:00 midnight!
Fundraiser, 21+ Donations all go to support the cause!Suggested $10- $20 at door

Learn more about Pink Jams and view invite with complete details on facebook here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

PAST: Free FILM Festival TUES, Oct 20th - SAT, Nov 7th "DC Latin American Film Showcase"

DC Latin American Film Showcase with Portugal & Spain
Tuesday, October 20th - Saturday, November 7th
All films are FREE! Venues vary
Tickets given away 30 min prior to screening, at the door.
1 ticket per person.
Film schedule and details here!

PAST: Happy Hour Fundraiser for Hillyer Art Space at Napolean in Adams Morgan next THURS, Oct 29th 6:00 - 8:00

Hillyer Art Space fundraiser hosted by Napoleon
Thursday, October 29th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Come join Hillyer staff and fellow supporters for an evening of drinks and IA&A giveaways. A portion of all drinks sold will go to Hillyer Art Space (one of my favorite galleries in Dupont - they are hosting an poetry reading and open mic this Saturday, Oct 24th in cooperation with the DCJCC Literary Festival, see previous post for those details). Learn more about Hillyer here!

Napoleon Bistro & Lounge
1847 Columbia Rd, NW

Metro: Woodley Park and take Circulator bus to Adams Mill and walk about two blocks, right on Columbia, or Dupont Circle and take 42 or 43 bus toward Mt Pleasant to the Belmont stop.

PAST: FILM: Whistleblower Film Festival, every THURS in Oct, 6:30pm on the Hill, Free

Whistleblower Film Festival
every Thursday in October
6:30pm at the Capitol Visitor Center on the Hill
The films are free and open to the public
The last Film is this Thursday! You can visit their website for up to date info here.

Thursday, October 29th
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

Each film is paired with the real life whistleblower or an author/expert in that area for a discussion after the film. This first-ever series is part of a landmark, nine-year legislative effort to restore credible whistleblower rights for government employees and contractors. Complete info here!

PAST: FILM & Live MUSIC on THURS, Oct 29th at BloomBars

Kevin Sandbloom will be at BloomBars this week for three days of community service and two nights of performances.

Thursday, October 29th
7:00pm Free Film Screening of "Explicit Ills"
More about the film online here
Discussion to follow with reps from the Poor Peoples Economic Human Righs Campaign (PPEHRC)

Live Musical Performance
8:30pm - 10:30pm
For complete information, view facebook invite here!

Kevin Sandbloom performs two shows this week, on Thursday and Friday! On Thursday he will be joined by Ireland based Kiernan McMullan. You can learn more about him and his music here. More about Kiernan here.

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

PAST: Free Talk "Healing 360 Degrees" Caring for Ourselves While We Care for Others THURS, Oct 29th 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Healing 360 Degrees -
Caring for Ourselves While We Care
Siddarth Shah, MD, MPH for Others
with Siddarth Shah, MD, MPH

Thursday, October 29th
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Free and open to the public

2 CECs Available, see website

Caring for someone with an illness can present on-going stressors that result in compassion fatigue. Dr. Shah will provide a glimpse into the neurobiology of empathy and how we ourselves can get hurt in the process of caring for others. He will review different approaches to self-care and put stress into a 360-degree perspective that promotes optimal health.

Smith Farm Center
1632 U Street NW

Metro: U St or take the S2, S4, S1 or S9 bus from anywhere along 16th St

PAST: Unique Dance Perfromance at Hamiltonian Gallery with Bettmann Dances THURS, Oct 29th, 7:00pm, $5

My friend Rob Bettmann is performing at Hamiltonian Gallery on Thursday, October 29th from 7:00pm - 7:30pm. I hope that some of you may be able to make it! It is sure to be a creative and innovative contemporary dance piece in a unique venue.

The Fun House at Hamiltonian Gallery
A Dance Performance by Bettmann Dances
Thursday, October 29th
7:00pm, $5 admission at the door

The Fun House is a contemporary dance piece set in the unique confines of the gallery space. The performance is made up of six dancer "stations" dotted throughout the gallery and lit by floor lamps. Set to classical scores, contemporary music and recorded speeches, the "stations" act as nonlinear vignettes to express the complex themes of discrimination, empowerment and Faustian dilemmas. Rachel Merga will be reprising her role from All Good Men in this production of The Fun House, and will be joined by Emily Horton, Marisha Bourgeois, Vernon Gooden, and Robert Bettmann.

Read more about Rob and Bettmann Dances at

Hamiltonian Artists
Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street, NW
Suite 101
Metro: U St

PAST: DCCAH hosts October Art Salon at Corcoran Gallery of Art, THURS, Oct 29th 6:30pm - 9:00pm, RSVP Required

Art Salon! Join DCCAH + DC Artists Chanel Compton, Brandon Hill, Aniekan Udofia & Tim Conlon at Corcoran Gallery of Art! RSVP Required.

hursday, October 29th
6:30pm - 9:00pm

The salon will include live music, sketches, and riveting artists. Current exhibits at The Corcoran include: Sargent and the Sea Edward Burtynsky: Oil

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 Seventeenth Street, NW
Metro: Farragut West, walk about five blocks down 17th St

PAST: ART Opening of "Sculpture:301" in Hyattsville, MD this FRI, Oct 30th 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Free

"Sculpture:301" hosted by ArtDCGallery in Hyattsville, MD.

Friday, October 30th
6:30pm - 9:30pm, Free

The works for the Sculpture:301 show are all recent work by artists who live, work, or go to school in the Hyattsville, MD neighborhood. This show will introduce these young and mid-career artist to the artdc Gallery. The work runs a gamut of styles and materials but are tied together by a level of craft and a certain wit. Artists include: Jack Henry, Sarah Laing, Jim Vose, Felicia Glidden, Zac Jackson and
Stewart Watson Read more about the show online here!

ArtDC Gallery
5710 Baltimore Ave
Hyattsville, MD
Metro: Prince George's Plaza Metrorail Station about 1.5 miles so it's a short taxi or you can look into the local bus options on metro's site.

PAST: Pay-What-You-Can Previews of Forum Theatre's "Angels in America: Part II" this THURS & FRI, Oct 29th and 30th, 8:00pm

Forum Theatre has moved into Angels in America part II: Perestroika and I'm excited to learn that they are offering a Pay-What-You-Can Preview on both Thursday and Friday this week! Please arrive early to get your tickets as there is no pre-sale. Cash only and Maximum of 2 tickets per person. Also note, Students tickets are always just $15 for any show at Forum Theatre.

Forum Theatre presents
Angels in America, Part II:
by Tony Kushner
Directed by Michael Dove

Thursday, October 29th at 8:00pm

Friday, October 30th at 8:00pm

Roundhouse Theatre

8641 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Metro: Silver Spring

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

PAST: Tranquil Space Celebrates Ten Years! FRI, Oct 30th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Tranquil Space Celebrates Ten Years!
Friday, October 30th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Free event, open to all

Tranquil Space celebrates ten years! You are invited to come out and mingle off the mat this Friday night. This is sure to be a fun soiree so be sure to get there early to enjoy all of the fabulous offers (seated chair massage anyone?) along with local veggie food and live music by by ps24. Get inspired by yoga demos and watch a mini documentary on Tranquil Space's evolution. The first 50 yogis will also receive a complimentary copy of Kimberly's latest yoga cd, tranquility to go.

Tranquil Space
1632 17th St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle or take S2 or S4 metro bus along 16th St to R St and walk one block

PAST: ART Show & Launch Party for Project Dispatch this FRI, Oct 30th 7:00pm - Midnight

Project Dispatch Launch Party and Art Exhibition!

Learn more about this new concept art site on their website here!
Featuring artwork by my friend Brad Ulreich and other talented artists!

Friday, October 30th
7:00pm - Midnight

The Mini
More about the mini gallery here
29 Kings Court SE
Metro: Stadium Armory Metro, walk right on C St, right on 15th St about six blocks from the metro

PAST: Chocolate Tasting at Biagio! WED, Oct 28th 6:30-pm - 8:30pm with J Chocolatier, Free

Free Chocolate Tasting at Biagio!
Wednesday, October 28th
Tasting with J Chocolatier

Biagio is at 1904 18th St, close to T St
Metro: Walk from Dupont or take any 90 bus from Woodley Park or U St to 18th & Florida

PAST: The 4th Annual Arts Day at THEARC, a Free Community Arts Festival & Jazz Trio SAT, Oct 31st 10:00am - 2:00pm

The Levine School of Music will be participating in the 4th Annual THEARC Day, a Free Community Arts Festival. Fun for all ages! Complete details about the day here!

Saturday October 31st

10:00am - 2:00pm

THEARC Arts Day featuring the Matt Dievendorf Jazz Trio

Matt Dievendorf

There is fun for the whole family when Levine School of Music, Washington Ballet and Corcoran Gallery come together for the fourth annual THEARC Arts Day. This celebration of the arts features performances and activates for all ages. The festivities will include performances by The Matt Dievendorf Jazz Trio. Music starts at 10:00am.

Sponsored by The Arts Fund at THEARC and the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation

1901 Missippippi Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20020
Metro: Southern Avenue - about a half mile walk from metro. See for walking directions or google for map.

PAST: FILM Screening of Climate Refugees WED, Oct 26th at 6:30pm, Free, RSVP Required

Monday, October 26, 2009

PAST: Soprano Harlier Sponaugle Sings WED, Oct 28th Noon - 1:00pm, Harman Hall, Free

Soprano Harlie Sponaugle returns to Happenings at the Harman
Wednesday, October 28th
Noon - 1:00pm, Free!

Shakespeare Theatre, Harman Hall
610 F Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown, Arena exit

PAST: Free night of comedy tonight at Source, 14th near T St, 8:00pm! Staged reading of new comedy play "All in the Timing" by David Ives

PAST: Remaining Two Art Huddles from Cultural Alliance - Tonight, Monday, Oct 26th + WED, Oct 28th in the a.m.

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington is convening ninety minute Art Huddles in the month of October for arts leaders, artists, arts funders, and arts patrons to establish priorities and identify critical issues facing the arts community in the DC Metro area. These gatherings are designed to provide a forum where leaders of the cultural community can freely discuss concrete ways to build collaborations and create a strong, unified regional arts voice. Each Huddle will be convened by a Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington Board member and hosted by an arts organization. Please register in advance online here!

Remaining Art Huddles in October

Monday, October 26, 2009
6:30-8:00 PM
Joe's Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainer, MD 20712
See for best metro bus access

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
10-11:30 AM
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182
Board Convener and Host: Beth Brummel, Vice President of External Affairs
See for best metro bus access, I believe there is a bus that goes from West Falls Church but it may only be on certain nights when there are events so please check metro's website

Friday, October 23, 2009

PAST: POETRY: SLAM: An Evening of Spoken Word Poetry at Hillyer with DC JCC's Lit Fest this SAT, Oct 24th 9:00pm - 10:30pm, $8 -$10

SLAM: An Evening of Spoken Word Poetry
Saturday, October 24th at 9:00pm

Featured performer and artist Jake Marmer
Open Mic to follow, all welcome to perform/ attend
Under 25 $8, general admission $10
If you want to read at the open mic, please sign up in advance. Info is online. Click here to read more and to purchase tickets!

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

PAST: Two Free Dance Events in the MD Tomorrow, SAT, Oct 24th

Dancing from the Heart
Saturday, October 24th
1:00pm and 2:30pm, Free!

A dance performance of historic Isadora Duncan repertory, discussion session and demonstration class.

The Wellness Community
5430 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 100
Bethesda, MD
Metro: Grosvenor Metro and take a very short Ride on bus trip or taxi, see Metro trip planner for info.Thrill the World Event

A world wide effort to stage the choreography from the Thriller video.

Saturday, October 24th

8:30pm, Free!

All official Thrill the World events will be included in the numbers for setting and breaking World Records.

Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mount Rainier, MD
Metro: May be accessible by bus, see Metro trip planner for info.

Above event info was found on this site!

PAST: ART Closing Reception FRI, Oct 23rd 6:00pm - 8:00pm at PASS Gallery

Pass Gallery Art Closing Reception Tonight (just saw the tweet)
Friday, October 23rd
6:00pm - 8:00pm
1617 S St, NW in the Alley
(between 16th St & 17th St on S St - the gallery is literally a converted garage, two floors)
I couldn't find a website for them, here is the yelp listing with a map.

LINK OF NOTE: ART Great List of DC Galleries and Art Related Sites with WPA's ArtList DC!

Washington Project for the Arts has a great list of links on ArtList DC! You can find a list of links to galleries in DC, blogs and more. Click here to visit the page!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

PAST: "Music and Grief" Panel Discussion & Booksigning with Kay Redfield Jamison at LoC TUES, Oct 27th, 7:00pm, Free

“Music and Grief”- Panel Discussion and Booksigning
Tuseday, October 27th
7:00pm, Free
Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium

Guzelimian, Jamison and De Paulo
Series advisor Kay Redfield Jamison returns with a new presentation based on her forthcoming book, Nothing Was the Same, a haunting meditation on mortality, grief and loss. She is joined by two other distinguished speakers: Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean of the Juilliard School, and J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., MD, Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The panelists will delve into the distinctions between grief and depression, the consolations of music and literature, and crosscurrents related to arts and the brain. Info from LOC site listing for Music and the Brain II series.

The Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave, SE

Metro: Capitol South

PAST: Concert at The House of Sweden with Sofia Talvik , MON, Oct 26th 8:00pm, Free, RSVP

PAST: Longview Gallery reveals their New Space! Grand Re-opening P'Arty Tonight! THURS, Oct 22nd 6:30pm - 10:00pm, RSVP

Longview Gallery Grand Re-Opening Celebration!

Thursday, October 22nd
6:30pm - 10:00pm
More about the gallery here!

Cocktail attire is requested as this is a party for the gallery's new home! Their new location is just down the street from their old one at 1234 9th St, NW

Featured artists include my friends Anna Davis, Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow along with Steve Pyke, Scott Brooks, Drew Ernst, Mike Weber, Stacy Albano, Tony Savoie, Billy Colbert, John Whipple, Victor Ekpuk, and Chris Stephens.

Please NOTE: Officially you were supposed to RSVP by Monday, October 19th to so I suggest calling them or emailing them to see if they have space. Sorry for the last minute notice, I actually thought I had posted it earlier for some reason. This is more of a formal party than an art opening so I am not sure how strict they will be about people showing up who aren't on the list.

Longview Gallery, new location
1234 9th St, NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Square - Convention Center

OF NOTE: More Free Wi-fi Spots to Add to the List! Two Eastern Market Locations

I don't spend too much time around Eastern Market, unless the weather is nice and it's a weekend or if there is something special going on up there, so these two coffee shops totally slipped my mind when I was creating the list of free wi-fi places on this site. Both Peregrine Espressoand Port City Java on 7th St, SE offer free wireless. I'll add the complete info to the list, just wanted to put a note up here as well!

OF NOTE: Please Vote for Bread for the City's "Glean for the City" Program! Contest ends Oct 31st

Please take a minute to vote for DC’s own Bread for the City! My friend Vince is part of this new program and they are close to winning this Tom’s of Maine contest, which ends on October 31st. The “Glean for the City” program, which collects crops from regional farms to give to the poor, was nominated for this nationwide contest for a $20,000 grant.

Please Vote Here!

Be sure to scroll down through the page to look for the following listing on the page (the list order changes every time you log on, I suggest looking for Washington, DC). You can also try find the listing to vote by hitting Ctrl-F and then typing 'bread' to search for their entry (this didn't seem to work from my computer it may for yours).

You can read more on the Bread for the City website here or on their Beyond Bread Blog!

"Glean for the City" coordinates trips to local area farms and use volunteers to collect left over produce. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact my friend Vince or his colleague Jeff at Bread for the City. They are always looking for volunteers. The free and fresh food is brought back to the pantry where it can replace the unhealthy canned options for the people that they serve. This year they have already have collected close to 35,000 lbs of produce that otherwise would have gone to waste. Please support them with your vote! You can also read more about the program and watch a video if you want on their website here!

Free fresh produce: gleaning for DC's poor
Bread for the City
Washington, DC

The Idea
Organize weekly trips that send volunteers into the fields of regional farms, where they'll collect literally tons of fresh produce (cherries, corn, apples, etc) that would otherwise go to waste. A couple hours of labor from a couple dozen volunteers can yield free produce that will feed a couple thousand families for a week.

PAST: TALKS: The National Postal Museum Hosts Two Talks this Weekend! Artsy one on SAT, Oct 24th, 1:00pm + History one on SUN, Oct 25th , 1:00pm

Haven’t been to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum yet? Now you have a good reason to swing on by! The museum will be hosting two free talks this weekend at the museum, one for the artsy folks and one for the history buffs! More about the museum here!

Modern Art + Stamps - Talk: "Sculptures, Mobiles & Stamps"

Exploring the work of artist Alexander Calder + Art workshop

Saturday, October 24th

1:00pm, Free

Art enthusiast and stamp collector Mark Haimann explores Calder’s life, art, and impact as “America’s Modern Art Ambassador.” After the talk, continue the conversation while creating your own “art gallery” of beautiful stamps! Complete your visit to the museum with a spin through Alphabetilately: The Alphabet of Philately to spot designerly details and stylish stamps. For more info, check out the museum's blog post about the show here!

Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Alphabetilately gallery

2 Massachusetts Ave, NE

Metro: Union Station or Circulator bus route along K St.

History + Stamps – Talk: "Politics & Postage of the Great Depression"

Sunday, October 25th

1:00pm, Free

Assistant curator of philately Daniel Piazza discusses how President Franklin D. Roosevelt used stamps to communicate with the public during the Great Depression. As a stamp collector, Roosevelt understood the power of postage. Mr. Piazza highlights the president’s use of stamps to respond to critics, focusing on stamps that delivered pointed political messages. After the talk, tour Delivering Hope: FDR & Stamps of the Great Depression.

Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Discovery Center

2 Massachusetts Ave, NE

Metro: Union Station or Circulator bus route along K St.

OF NOTE: If you haven't heard yet... Cell Phone Reception now available at 20 Metro Platforms!

So, I don't read the regular news much so I was shocked and delighted on Saturday night when I got a text message from a friend while waiting for the train at Columbia Heights! When I looked down at my iPhone and saw all five bars lit up I was even more surprised. Yes, we can now check out email from the platform, send and receive text messages and even make phone calls (though I'd use that as a last resort simply cause I find it kind of rude) while waiting for our trains. I know some of you have had Verizon all of this time so this is no big deal to you, but for the rest of us, it is really sweet!

From Metro's website: "As of October 16, Metrorail riders are able to use three major cell phone providers in addition to the existing Verizon Wireless service to make calls from 20 station platforms. Eventually, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile services will be available from anywhere inside the stations... AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless (customers will now be able to access service) from inside the following 20 stations: Ballston, Bethesda, Columbia Heights, Crystal City, Dupont Circle, Farragut North, Farragut West, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom-GWU, Friendship Heights, Gallery Pl-Chinatown, Judiciary Square, L’Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, Metro Center, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Rosslyn, Smithsonian and Union Station. ... During the next few weeks, the team of cell phone providers will continue to enhance the wireless network at these stations to provide callers with continuous coverage from the street into each station. Customers also will have broadband data network access."

Read the complete article on Metro's website here!

PAST: Art Soiree with Photographs of Julius Gwyet at the Hudson on M St this SUN, Oct 25th from 7:00pm - 2:00am, 21+, Free!

Art Soiree this Sunday! Featuring photos by Julius Gwyer

Sunday, October 25th
7:00pm - 2:00am

This Art Soiree is all about exhibiting exceptional art in a unique setting for one night only! This Soiree will be held at the Hudson Restaurant and Lounge at 20th and M St, NW. You’ll be able to meet and interact with the artist, view his work, enjoy a live Jazz performance and later groove with our new DJ Art.

About the artist: Julius comes from a nomadic family of economists and artists. Born and educated in England, he spent his childhood in Africa and Asia, and spent his adolescence visiting his father in the Pacific, Caribbean and Europe. Julius now lives in DC and works at the World Bank. This show will feature photos from his five week trip to Southeast Asia this summer, and recent visits to Paris, Nice, Cinqueterra, and Mexico, as well as DC and other places.

2030 M St, NW
Metro: Farragut North

PAST: Free Self Defense Class at YWCA Tonight! THURS, Oct 22nd, 6:00pm & Expo on Domestic Violence at MLK Library FRI, Oct 23rd, 11:00am - 2:00pm

As part of domestic violence awareness month, YWCAs all over the country are hosting a range of “Week without Violence” anti-violence events. National Capital Area YWCA Week Without Violence will host a free
self-defense class for women and men tonight! On Friday there will also be a Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Expo at MLK Library.

I also
just found out that YWCA also offers a range of exercise classes during the week that are only $6 and don’t require a membership! Learn more about this Health & Wellness program on the YWCA website here!

Free Self Defense Class for Men and Women
Thursday, October 22nd

YWCA headquarters exercise facilities
624 9th St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown, 9th & G St exit

Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Expo

Friday, October 23rd
11:00am - 2:00pm

MLK Library, across the street from the YWCA
9th & G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown, 9th & G St exit

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

OF NOTE: Circulator bus route has added a new stop in Adams Morgan on Columbia Rd

I was excited to learn from my recent trip on the Circulator bus (the red one that costs just $1.00) that a new stop has in fact been officially added to the route. This stop is on Columbia Rd just past the Safeway at Ontario Rd, where the 42 stops. They haven't added a circulator sign yet. On the other side of the street, it stops just past Chief Ike's at the corner before the Safeway.

The Circulator route I am referring to is the one that goes from Woodley Park Metro - McPherson Square Metro, also stopping at 16th St, Columbia Heights Metro, U St, P St and K St (it travels over Columbia and across and then down 14th St and loops back around. Note Columbia Rd or Irving St depending on which way it is going as both are one way streets). More about the Circulator routes here.

PAST: NoMa BID Storefront Art Installations open THURS, Oct 22nd 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Cultural Development Corporation and NoMa BID Enliven Store Fronts with Construct: Space Transformed, a Series of Temporary Art Installations


Billy Friebele & Michael Dax Iacovone

Thursday, October 22nd

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Reception in the Lobby of 1100 First Street, NE


NoMa Business Improvement District (NoMa BID) and Cultural Development Corporation (CuDC) will work in partnership on Construct: Space Transformed, a series of temporary public art installations in retail spaces in NoMa. CuDC is thrilled to extend its visual arts program beyond the Flashpoint Gallery this season to mount an exhibition in NoMa, the area north of Union Station and Massachusetts Avenue.

Metro: New York Ave is closest to the lobby of 1100 First St, NE (First St btwn L and M) From station, exit using M St exit, walk a short distance to 2nd St NE and turn left, walk 1 block to L St and make a right and walk about one block on L St NE.

The project opens on October 22, 2009 from 6-8 pm with a reception in the lobby of 1100 First Street, NE, and runs through January 5, 2010.

Artists participating in the project are Jessica Van Brakle, Anthony Cervino, Billy Friebele, Michael Dax Iacovone and Juan Tejedor. Each artist will respond to themes of systems and building in their site-specific installation.

Save the Date for these Walking Tours:

Thursday, November 5th
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Thursday, November 19th
12:00pm - 1:00pm


More info at

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

PAST: POETRY: Poet Laureate Kay Ryan reads at The Library of Congress Tonight! WED, Oct 21st 7:00pm, Free!

This is an exciting event, hope some of you can make it even with the last minute notice! Poet Laureate Kay Ryan launches her poetry project and opens the fall Literary Season at the Library of Congress tonight!

Wednesday, October 21st
Free, no tickets required

Coolidge Auditorium
Jefferson Building
10 First Street, SE
Metro: Capitol South

PAST: Green Meetup DC Happy Hour and Networking WED, Oct 21st 6:00 - 9:00pm, 21+ Free

Green Meetup DC Happy Hour & Green Product Intro
Wednesday, October 21st
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Tabaq Bistro Rooftop
Free organic drinks from 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Networking & DJ after!
RSVP please on facebook here!

Tabaq Bistro
1336 U St, NW
Metro: U St

PAST: POETRY: Takoma Park Poetry Series begins this THURS, Oct 22nd 7:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

The Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission presents the 2009 - 2010 Thursday poetry reading series. This Thursday, October 22nd is the first reading of the season.

Thursday Poetry Reading in Takoma
Thursday, October 22nd
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Free and open to the public
Reception to follow

Featured poets are: John Hayes, Garrett Phelan, Joseph Ross and Elizabeth Wallace

Gallery 3
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, Maryland
Metro: Takoma, walk left on Cedar til you get to Philadelphia, turn right walk one block turn left on Maple.

PAST: OF NOTE: Special Food Drive and Fundraiser Event at Whole Foods Tomorrow, WED, Oct 21st

This Wednesday, show up and shop at local area Whole Foods Market to support the fight against hunger. On that day, 5% of all sales will be donated to the various local hunger-fighting charities and each store will host an in-store food drive.

Whole Foods Market will also play host to an in-store Food Drive to collect donated groceries based on a shopping list of desired and needed items specific to each charity. DC Whole Foods locations will support Operation Frontline. Stores in Tenleytown at 4530 40th St, NW on P St at 1440 P St, NW and in Georgetown at 2323 Wisconsin Ave, NW. If you can donate any of the following items, please feel free too!

Canned Protein (tuna, chicken, salmon, peanut butter)
Canned Fruit (applesauce, peaches, pears, pineapple)
100% Fruit Juice (all sizes, including juice boxes)
Low Sodium/No Salt Added Canned Vegetables (mixed, green beans, corn)
Soups (beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, turkey rice)
Multigrain Cereal (cheerios, cornflakes, grape nuts, raisin bran)

PAST: Free FILM from Brazil "Veronica" at 6:30 Tonight! TUES, Oct 20th at IDB

Free Film Screening of Veronica
Free, ID Requried
Please click here to view the invitation
IDB 1330 New york ave, NW
Metro: Metro Center

PAST: DC JCC's Literary Festival is back with Author Events and more! SUN Oct 18th - WED, Oct 28th, Admission cost varies

DC JCC's 11th Annual Jewish Literary Festival
This Sunday, October 18th - Wed, October 28th

Please click here for a full schedule of events! Please note, most of these events have a small cover and admission cost varies for each event. This year’s Festival features a selection of authors who have received national recognition for their works, including rave reviews from publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. During the 10-day event, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy thoughtful talks and readings by featured authors, participate in engaging discussions with them, and enjoy stimulating conversations with other avid readers.

Additional events include:

Film Screening of "Adam Resurrected"
Monday, October 19th at 7:30pm

At the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater. Based on the novel by Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk, the film stars Jeff Goldblum and William Dafoe, and tells the story of Adam Stein, a charismatic patient at a mental institution for Holocaust survivors in 1961. Following the film, American University professor Pamela Nadell will lead a discussion with the audience.

SLAM: An Evening of Spoken Word Poetry
Saturday, October 24th at 9:00pm

Featured performer and artist Jake Marmer
Open Mic to follow, all welcome to perform/ attend
Please see link to find out what the cover is.

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

To purchase Festival passes or tickets for individual events and locations, please visit or call (202) 777-3251. Note prices vary for each event.

The Washington DCJCC
1529 16th St, NW (at Q St)
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk about ten minutes or McPherson Sq (or Columbia Heights) and walk to 16th St and take S2 or S4 bus to 16th St & Q St.

Monday, October 19, 2009

PAST: Solas Nua Free Play Reading Tonight

Solas Nua Free Play Reading Tonight!
View complete invite online here!

Tonight, Monday, October 19th
reading starts at 7:00pm
doors open at 6:30pm
no reservations needed

"Red roses and petrol"
by joseph o'connor
directed by kathleen akerley
More about Solas Nua here!

Featuring: michael john casey, nicola daval, heather haney, jason lott, eric messner and stephanie roswell.

916 G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown

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PAST: Free Screening of ART21 at Hamiltonian Gallery on U St TUES, Oct 20th 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Art21 Screening at Hamiltonian Gallery
Tuesday, October 20th
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Learn more about the PBS Series Art21 at

Compassion - This episode features artists whose works explore the possibility of understanding and reconciling past and present, while exposing injustice and expressing tolerance for others. William Kentridge, Carrie Mae Weems and Doris Salcedo are featured. This screening is Free and open to all. Please RSVP to

Hamiltonian Artists
1353 U Street, NW
Suite 101
Metro: U St

PAST: Free Gallery Talk with Senior Curator Joann Moser at SAAM, TUES, Oct 20th at 6:00pm

Free Gallery Talk with Joann Moser at SAAM
Tuesday, October 20th

Senior Curator Joann Moser leads a fascinating tour of the exhibition What’s It All Mean, revealing Wiley’s personal symbols and allusions.

Meet in the G St Lobby
Smithsonian American Art Museum
located between 7th and 9th, F and G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown

PAST: The Cultural Alliance hosts three Art Huddles in October. TUES Morn Oct 20th, MON Eve Oct 26th & WED Morn Oct 28th, Free

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington is convening three ninety minute Art Huddles in the month of October for arts leaders, artists, arts funders, and arts patrons to establish priorities and identify critical issues facing the arts community in the Washington DC Metropolitan region. These gatherings, facilitated by Business Volunteers, are designed to provide a forum where leaders of the cultural community can freely discuss concrete ways to build collaborations and create a strong, unified regional arts voice. Each Huddle will be convened by a Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington Board member and hosted by an arts organization. Following is the list of the steering and host committees. We encourage you to participate and let your voice be heard. Please register in advance online here!

October Arts Huddles

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
9:30-11:00 AM

The Harman Center for the Arts
610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Board Convener: Septime Webre, Artistic Director, The Washington Ballet
Host: Chris Jennings, Managing Director, Shakespeare Theatre Company

Monday, October 26, 2009
6:30-8:00 PM

Joe's Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainer, MD 20712

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
10-11:30 AM

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182
Board Convener and Host: Beth Brummel, Vice President of External Affairs

PAST: FILM: Screening of "One Day in Africa" at BloomBars WED, Oct 21st, 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Film Night at BloomBars!
Wednesday, October 21st
8:00pm – 10:30pm
Free, Donations welcome

BloomFest Film Series Presents, "One Day in Africa" – This film is the first of a series that BloomBars will screen on a consistent schedule, for now, on most Wednesdays at 8:00pm. Thank Emmett Williams (, curator extraordinaire, for planting the seed. On a single day at the messy juncture of tradition and modernity, six people from different geographic and cultural backgrounds describe six versions of the African story. In Kenyan offices and Malian farms, in Moroccan tea houses and Nigerien huts normal people of various backgrounds go about their day. For them, life in the developing world isn't about desperate squalor or improbable triumph; it's a complex, imperfect existence at odds with the stunning pictures beamed out from African safaris or the sad stories written to spur donations to Western aid groups.

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

PAST: THEATER: Factory 449's 4:48 Psychosis Pay-What-You-Can Night Tonight! MON, Oct 18th 8:00pm

Pay What You Can Night!
4:48 Psychosis
Monday, October 19th

Factory 449's 4:48 Psychosis is having a pay-what you can performance tonight! Normally tickets are $20, so this could be a great deal for you! Check out the latest review in the City Paper:

The Warehouse Theatre
1021 7th St NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Square

PAST: Free Performance at Harman Hall this WED Noon - 1:00pm

Free Performance every Wednesday from Noon - 1:00pm
"Happenings at Harman"
For more information, click here!

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

Sunday, October 18, 2009

PAST: Live online Town Hall Meeting with Bill Cosby this MON, Oct 19th 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Bill Cosby Hosts a Live Town Hall Meeting on Facebook
Monday, October 19th
7:00pm - 9:30pm

Okay, so it's not a real "event" in DC but I thought this sounded interesting and I am a bit of a Cosby fan.

Join Bill Cosby for his first ever live facebook webcast. You can even tweet your questions in early at To watch the show, become a fan and RSVP for the event on facebook:

Tackling such social issues as self-respect, peer pressure, abuse and education, this innovative, online town hall will invite concerned, conscious citizens to voice their opinions and share their proposed solutions to the crisis we need to confront now, collectively and individually. To ask your question now via Twitter which may be addressed by Mr. Cosby and the band during the town hall, click here

Cosby and the Cosnarati Band will kick off the project with a virtual town hall meeting in New York City. Presented in association with Ustream, the town hall starts at 7:00pm on urban radio station web sites across the country as well as and

OF NOTE: Holeco Wellness Medi Spa is now in DC! Celebrate their Grand Re-Opening this TUES, Oct 20th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Holeco Wellness Medi-Spa Grand Re-Opening!
Now in DC across from Friendship Heights Metro

Tuesday, October 20th
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Please RSVP to
Learn more about Holeco here!

I'm really excited that Holeco® Wellness Medi Spa is now in DC, just across from Friendship Heights Metro! Now you can see my dear friends Rachel and Honi without needing a car (they just moved from Falls Church). My friend Vincent, who offers raw chocolate meditation, will also be working there part time as a health-coach.

If you want to come out to see the new space and learn more Holeco is having their Grand Re-opening this Tuesday night! Live Green will be there and there will also be snacks, a raffle and other giveaways. It should be a great event. Please RSVP if you plan to come as space is limited.

Holeco also carries great green products such as soaps and lotions and non-toxic nail polish in addition to great holistic and medi-spa services like aqua detox, reiki, laser treatment, spray tans and more... all Green and certified by Green America! Oh, and did I mention their custom created chakra based raw chocolates... they are delicious!

Metro: Friendship Heights, Jennifer St exit, elevator

Friday, October 16, 2009

PAST: DJ Night at The Looking Glass, Petworth Tonight, FRI, Oct 16th, 21+ Free

Tonight is the DC Burners monthly DJ Night at The Looking Glass, sure to be a fun time and a good excuse to pull out your fun and furry clothes! Next to Georgia Ave - Petworth Metro. 21+ Free!

Tonight, Friday, October 16th
10:00pm - close

10:00-11:30 Dustin
11:30- 1:00 Sequoia
1:00- 2:30 V:shal Kanwar

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

PAST: Opening Night for Comedy Show "The Riot Act" featuring DC's Elizabeth Croydon and The Fridge Tonight! FRI, Oct 16th 8:00pm - Midnight, $10

Friday, October 16, 2009
Opening Night: The Riot Act
featuring my friend, the Comedienne Elizabeth Croydon
Show Runs Oct 16 - Oct 31

Doors 8:00pm, Show at 9:00pm
Reception to follow 'til Midnight
Note: Tickets $10 for show + reception, includes drinks

The Fridge DC is pleased to present, Elizabeth Croydon, home grown product of Washington DC, and her comic work, "The Riot Act" a show designed to stimulate the inner rebel, blow the "Inner Rock Star", and titillate your "inner Congressional". Al - Gorical in nature, Elizardbreath uses Anecdotal tales, word craftery, and electric emanations to weild High-larious results. She invites you to be part of her journey. All performances are recommended for ages 18 and above.

To see more details and RSVP, see facebook invite here!

The Fridge DC
Rear alley 516 8th St, SE
Metro: Eastern Market

PAST: MUSIC: Violin & Loop Machine at Italian Embassy TUES, Oct 20th 6:30pm, RSVP Required

"Fiddler in the Loop"
Luca Ciarla violin & loop machine and Keziat visual arts

Tuesday, October 20th
Read more and RSVP (requried) here!

Auditorium of the Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St, NW

see Metro trip planner for best transit access, bus likely

OF NOTE: More Free Wi-fi Spots to Add to the List!

Just opened today! (Friday, Oct 16th)

Tynan Coffee and Tea

- Columbia Heights by the metro
next door to Five Guys on Irving at 14th St
Visit their website here!

I'm sitting here now, it's really nice! The same folks who run U St Cafe (where Mocha Hut used to be) run this new local spot. So exciting to have a local coffeeshop in Columbia Heights now aside from Sticky Fingers and Starbucks. Officially you get one hour free wi-fi (you should ask for a slip with the login when you order) but they are pretty laid back here and will likely renew your hour if you need more time. I'm really impressed by the espresso blend (from local coffee roaster Orinoco) Yummy scones too! So happy this place is finally open. I'll be coming back here often. Nice fireplace as well and soothing jazz playing over the loudspeaker.

Bourbon Coffee

- Foggy Bottom/ K St Area
2101 L St
Nice decor, great espresso!
Read more about their story and see store hours here!

If I lived nearby, you can be sure I'd be there often. Rawandan coffee. I had the espresso ristretto (pulled short), yum! The space is beautiful inside. Free wifi. Whenever I am in that area around Foggy Bottom, K St, this is the spot I go to.

Bruegger's Bagel Bakery
- Foggy Bottom/ K St Area
2101 L St, next door to Bourbon Coffee
Free wi-fi there, feels like an ABP but less yellow. Seems like a good spot to get some work done over a kettle-boiled bagel sandwich.
See their website for hours and more info.

Organic To Go
Apparently they have free wi-fi in their store around Metro Center and they are open from 7:00am-3:00pm since they are a downtown breakfast and lunch spot. I couldn't find a website link with a complete list of locations anywhere, but I did find an article online. I'm not sure if all of them have free wi-fi so you may want to check first. Apparently there are five in the DC area based on the article. One is at 1200 19th St, one at 1700 K St, one at Georgetown and the one in metro center at 1311 F St. I think the other one is at 15th and K.

PAST: Music Open Mic Night at Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse by Union Station this FRI, Oct 16th 7:30pm – 10:00pm, Free

Sign up begins at 7:15pm. Bring your own instruments, PA system is provided (mics, etc), no drum kits, all performances welcome, all ages. For more info

Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse
201 F St, NE
(to the left of Union Station, just two or three blocks away)
Metro: Union Station, walk to the left past the station and cut across F St, about two or three blocks from metro.

PAST: Free Festival this SAT in Downtown Silver Spring, iifest Oct 17th, 11:00am - 6:00pm

Free Festival this Saturday, October 17th
in Downtown Silver Spring!

Intergenerational International Festival
11:00am - 6:00pm, Free

For complete details, visit festival site here!
908 Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Silver Spring

PAST: Women's Monthly Yoga Class this SUN, Oct 18th 5:30pm - 7:00pm at Yoga Chai, Donation Based

Women's Dark Moon Yoga
Monthly Dana, Donation, Class
with Megan Davis at Yoga Chai in Adams Morgan

Sunday, October 18th

Description: This class, which meets monthly on the Sunday night closest to the dark moon, will honor the tradition of resting that coincides for women with menstruation through gentle asanas and pranayama techniques that support hormonal balance. We will also address how asanas and pranayama techniques can provide relief for body aches, low back pain, lower energy levels, heavy bleeding and cramping during menstruation, as well as symptoms associated with menopause. This class will provide you with tools and support to tailor your practice so that it is more supportive of your own internal rhythms. *No need to pre-register. Donations accepted at the door. More Info here!

Yoga Chai
Adams Morgan
1744 Columbia Rd, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk or Dupont Circle and take the 42 bus to Ontario Rd

PAST: Garden Tour of Elizabethan Garden at Folger SAT, Oct 17th at 10:00am and 11:00am, Free

Folger docents lead a free tour of the Elizabethan garden, which is inspired by herbal references in Shakespeare’s plays and incorporates plants popular in his time, including lavender, creeping thyme and English ivy; a knot garden; and Shakespearean statues by American sculptor Greg Wyatt.

201 East Capitol St, SE
Metro: Capitol South

PAST: New Chocolate Shop Open in Georgetown! J. Chocolatier hosts Free Tasting this FRI, Oct 16t 6:30pm - 9:00pm

J. Chocolatier is open in Georgetown! Free Tasting Friday.

Friday, October 16th
6:30pm - 9:00pm

Free tasting featuring samples of the warm clove truffles, fresh pumpkin truffles, fleur de sel caramel and drinking chocolate. More info here!

J. Chocolatier
1039 33rd St, NW
Just south of M St at 33rd
in Georgetown
Metro: Take the Circulator bus from K St or Penn Ave from Farragut West, North or Foggy Bottom

PAST: FILM: Screening of Langley Bowers Video About Eastern Market SAT Oct 17th, 6:00pm

Screening of Langley Bowers video about Eastern Market will take place in Eastern Market North Hall this Saturday night at 6:00pm. I believe it is free.

North Carolina, Av & 7th St, SE
Metro: Eastern Market

PAST: Free Performance by Navy Band at DAR this SAT, Oct 17th, 8:00pm

The Navy Band celebrates the Navy’s 234th Birthday this Saturday, October 17th at 8:00pm. Performance will be held at DAR Constitution Hall, Free! More info at or call 202-433-2525.

DAR, Constitution Hall
18th St, between C & D St NW
Metro: Farragut West, walk about 10-15 minutes south toward The Mall on 17th or 18th St.

PAST: MUSIC: Live Classical Guitar Duo performs every FRI in October outside of Marvelous Market Eastern Market, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Free

Redwood Classical Guitar Duo performs outside on the patio of Marvelous Market in Eastern Market, weather permitting, every Friday night in October from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Free. There will be a wine tasting on October 30th but not sure if that is free. More info call 202-544-7127.

Marvelous Market
303 7th St, SE
Metro: Eastern Market

PAST: ART: Opening Reception for Capitol Hill Art League at CHAW this SAT, Oct 17th 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Free

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk
This Saturday, October 17th
5:00pm – 7:00pm, Free

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St, SE
Metro: Eastern Market

PAST: Washington National Opera's Costume Sale this SAT & SUN, Oct 17th & 18th 10:00am - 5:00pm, Free

Washington National Opera's Costume Sale!
Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th
10:00am - 5:00pm

Just in time for Halloween, climb into WNO's costume closet to browse and purchase one of more than 1,000 costumes. Costumes will be sold from shows such as Ming Cho Lee's sublime Madama Butterfly, and M. Trelinski's audacious La Bohème (2007). More info here!

WNO Studio, Takoma Park
6925 Willow St, NW
Metro: Takoma

PAST: Poetry Reading & Open Mic this FRI, Oct 16th HOME is back at Hillyer, 6:00pm - 9:00pm $5 or Free

HOME Poetry Reading and Open Mic is this Friday at Hillyer

Friday, October 16th
Featuring Christopher K.P. Brown
Sign-up for poets 6:00pm, open mic starts at 7:00pm

Hosted by Fred Joiner, curator and host of the American Poetry Museum's Intersections at the Honfleur Gallery and poet-in-residence at Busboys and Poets, Shirlington. HOME is on every THIRD Friday of the month at Hillyer Art Space.

$5 for non-members of International Arts & Artists
Free for performing poets and members of IA&A

Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court
(in alley between Phillips Collection buildings)
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north exit

PAST: MUSIC: Carducci Quartet performs at The Library of Congress this FRI, Oct 16th 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Free, Tickets Required

The Carducci Quartet performs works of Haydn, Moerans and Beethoven. See for more or call 202-707-2329.

The Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium
First St and Independence Ave, SE
Metro: Capitol South

PAST: Music and the Brain Lecture Series start this FRI, Oct 16th at The Library of Congress

Music and the Brain lectures resume this month! The Library of Congress' free lecture series continues this month with Music and the Brain II. Click here for more info, complete schedule and up-to-date venue details.

Friday, October 16th
Beethoven's Deafness: A Medical Mystery
Dr. Charles J. Limb, Peabody Institute and School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University with Patrick J. Donnelly

Friday, October 30th
Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia
Dr. Richard E. Cytowic, MD, George Washington Medical Center
(Booksigning will follow the presentation)

Tuesday, November 3rd
Trance Formation: Music, Trance, Religious Experience, and the Brain
Dr. Robin Sylvan, Director of the Sacred Center, El Cerrito, California

Friday, November 6th
Dangerous Music III: Suckers, Firestarters, & Cultural Anarchists, Oh My!
Jessica Krash, George Washington University and Norman Middleton, Music Division, Library of Congress

Music across cultures, the relationship of music to spirituality, music’s affect on our health and well-being, and music as a new tool in fighting the deterioration of the aging brain and promoting mental fitness—these are all themes explored in the Library’s popular Music and the Brain series. Programming continues this season with an expanded roster of thought-provoking events, including 12 lectures, a special panel on music and grief, four onstage interviews with artists, a stress reduction workshop using music therapy techniques and a mini-series offering composer documentaries by the Dutch filmmaker Frank Scheffer.

Metro: Capitol South

PAST: ART: Opening at Aaron Gallery in Dupont for “The Sacred and the Sensuous” FRI, Oct 16th 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Free

Opening reception this Friday, October 16th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Featuring watercolors by Afsaneh Mirfendereski

1717 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit

Thursday, October 15, 2009

PAST: Art Exhibit on view at Union Station Oct 8th - 19th "Art of Can" with Red Bull

PAST: Oktoberfest German Film "The Edukators" + Beer from 6:00 - 10:00 for just $15 with WFI Event this FRI, Oct 16th

German Film Night/Oktoberfest
Friday, October 16th
at the Goethe-Insitut
7th & Eye, NW

OPEN BAR 6:00 -10:00pm
BEER BY Gordon Biersch Brewery / Wine
FILM 7:45pm Screening

Note: Not Free, tickets are $15, which is a great bargain when you consider the movie and beer (or wine) are included! If you don't want to see the film, you can hang out at the reception and drink. The Goethe-Insitut is a cool spot of you haven't been there before, this would be a great alternative to a happy hour at a bar on a Friday night!

TICKETS $15 includes drinks
Limited tickets still available here!

"THE EDUKATORS" Film starts at 7:45pm
Film Synopsis: Three young German radicals enjoy breaking into the homes of the wealthy as an act of political rebellion. When they are forced to deal with a businessman who has caught them in the act, the trio makes a rash decision and their futures are called into question. Ideals are tested as generations collide, passions rage, and loyalties shatter. Directed by: Hans Weingartner

PAST: So much to choose from Tonight, what will it be?

Today is one of those ridiculous days where there is so much going on, it is really hard to choose! I wish I could be in more than one place at a time. Below are the highlights. My pics for myself, WVSA Screening and then heading over to see Dracula!

Click here for list of things tonight!(searched: Upcoming Thurs)

Take Five! Live Jazz at SAAM in Chinatown

Synetic Theater's Pay What You Can Preview of Dracula in Rosslyn!

WVSA Screening of Art21 on Art & Altered States

Book Talk at Politics and Prose with Antony Beevor - D-Day

Free Chocolate Tasting at Biagio

Cornel West at Busboys and Poets 14 & V (arrive early for this one!)

Intersections Poetry and Open Mic at Sumner School

Science Talk "From Neural Circuits to Nanocrystals"

Hurricane Season Poetry & Multi Media Performance, last night in DC from NYC $12

Whistelblower Film Screening of Silkwood

PAST: Poetry "Intersections" and Open Mic Tonight, THURS, Oct 15th at Sumner School on 17th St, all ages, 6:30pm- 8:30pm, Free

"INTERSECTIONS" Poetry Reading and Open Mic
hosted by Fred Joiner
Tonight! Thursday, October 15th
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Free, Donations welcome

INTERSECTIONS DOWNTOWN is a monthly poetry reading series that explores the artistic influences of poetry through presentation and intensive discussion. The series concludes with an open mic session. The event usually occurs on the Third Thursday in the month, though it may change at times. I just called to confirm that the reading is in fact tonight. Sponsored with the American Poetry Museum.

The Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives
1201 17th St, NW
between L and M St
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link to the facebook invite here!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

OF NOTE: New Exhibit at The Textile Museum on Japanese Fashion: The Mary Baskett Collection, Opens October 17th, on view thru April 11th

This exhibition includes garments from the collection of Mary Baskett, an art dealer and former curator of prints at the Cincinnati Art Museum who has been collecting and wearing Japanese high fashion since the 1960’s.

The Textile Museum
2320 S St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

OF NOTE: New Exhibit at The Library of Congress “Herblock!” Opened Oct 13th. 8:30am – 4:30pm

“Herblock!” celebrataes the birth of political cartoonist Herbert Block with an exhibition featuring 82 original drawings selected from the library’s Herb Block collection. Free. Open 8:30am – 4:30pm. Moe at

The Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall South Gallery
First St and Independence Ave, SE
Metro: Capitol South

PAST: MUSIC: “Take Five!” Live Jazz at SAAM Kogod Courtyard this THURS, Oct 15th 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Free

Relax and “Take Five!” with live jazz, cool drinks, and art, every Thursday of the month. Free, refreshments are available for purchase. This event is held in one of my favorite places in the city, inside of the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Chinatown. More at

SAAM is at 8th and F St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown

PAST: TALK: A Science Post for a Change! Neural Circuits to Nanocrystals, this THURS, Oct 15th at 6:45pm, Free

This talk sounds interesting...

"From Neural Circuits to Nanocrystals"
Thursday, October 15th at 6:45pm

A dialogue that explores fundamental questions about life and matter all the way down to molecules and atoms, where nanoscience and neuroscience meet. Free!

Carnegie Institute
1530 P St, NW (at 16th St)
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk about ten min or less or you can take any S (S2, S4, S9, S1) along 16th St from McPherson Sq or Columbia Heights, walk over to 16th St for bus.

PAST: BOOK TALK: Authors discuss "Herblock: The Life and Works of the Great Political Cartoonist" at LoC THURS, Oct 15th at Noon, Free

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 15th at Noon. Haynes Johnson and Harry L. Katz discuss and sign copies of Herblock: The Life and Works of the Great Political Cartoonist. Free.

Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave, SE
(202) 707-563
Metro: Capitol South

PAST: Another Free Chocolate Tasting at Biagio this THURS, Oct 15th 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Free Chocolate Tasting at Biagio!
Thursday, October 15th
Tasting with Fleurir Chocolates

Biagio is at 1904 18th St, close to T St
Metro: Walk from Dupont or take any 90 bus from Woodley Park or U St to 18th & Florida

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

PAST: Dr. Cornel West at Busboys and Poets 14th & V St, THURS, Oct 15th 6:00pm

This Thursday, October 15th at Busboys and Poets

At 5:00pm there will be a free live musical introduction from The Cornel West Theory, a DC based hip-hop band. Free, open to all.

6:00pm An Evening Lecture with Dr. Cornel West!
Dr. Cornel West will discuss his works including his newest title Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir. One of America's most provocative public intellectuals, Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz. Free and open to all.

Note: You will definitely want to ARRIVE EARLY to ensure seating for this event! Last time Cornel West was there the line was out the door and down the block. The earlier you can get there to land a seat, the better!

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

PAST: Rock Hall of Fame Guitarist Chris Hillman Speaks at Library of Congress, FRI, Oct 16th at Noon, Free

Rock Hall of Fame Guitarist Chris Hillman Speaks at Library
Friday, October 16th at Noon
Complete info here!

Through his four-decade career, rock pioneer Chris Hillman has carved a permanent niche in the history of contemporary American music through his work with such notable bands as The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band.

He will talk about the craft of the songwriter and about his prolific career on Friday, Oct. 16, at noon in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E. Washington, D.C. The event is free to the public; no tickets are required.

PAST: Free Webinar on Library of Congress Research Orientation WED, Oct 14th, 11:00am - Noon, Free, RSVP online

Library of Congress Research Orientation
Free, one-hour webinar orientation

Wednesday, October 14th
11:00am - Noon
To Register, click here!

The Digital Reference Section is conducting a free, one-hour orientation webinar on conducting research at the Library of Congress on October 14 at 11:00am. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmation, log on instructions, and the handout will be sent via email.

PAST: BOOK TALKS: This week at Politics & Prose, WED - SUN Oct 14th - 18th, Free

Wednesday, October 14th
4:30pm Kristin Cashore - Fire
7:00pm Max Cleland - Heart Of A Patriot

Thursday, October 15th
7:00pm Antony Beevor - D-Day

Friday, October 16th
4:00pm Denis MacShane - Globalizing Hatred
7:00pm Barbara Ehrenreich - Bright-Sided

Saturday, October 17th
1:00pm Rich Benjamin - Searching For Whitopia
6:00pm Tim Flannery - Now Or Never

Sunday, October 18th
1:00pm Allison Silberberg - Visionaries In Our Midst
5:00pm Paul Karasik, Ed. - You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation

For our full events calendar, click here.

PAST: Multi-Media Performance/ Poetry "Hurricane Season" returns to DC this WED & THURS Oct 14th & 15th Note: Not Free, $12 - $25 Sliding Scale

Dear Reader, Every now and again I'll post something that is not free and costs more than ten bucks and this is indeed one of those post worthy events! I saw this performance last time the show was in town and I loved it! "Hurricane Season" is a unique performance piece - a mix of poetry, movement, education, video projection, shadow, storytelling and of course, deeper symbolism. I found the experience as an audience member deeply human, inspiring, informative, magical and multi-layered. Though it is not free - it's a performance you won't forget and I have a feeling that you'll feel good about spending your money on this one. In DC for Two Nights Only!

Hurricane Season: The Hidden Message of the Waters

Wednesday, October 14th
and Thursday, October 15th!
Doors 6:45pm, Show starts at 7:00pm

Note: Sliding scale admission $12-$25, please give as you are able.
Buy tickets at the door or reserve your seat online here!

Mixing shadow, projection, poetry, to tell a story of the people of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina... and so much more! Learn more here:

Note: You'll definitely want to eat dinner first, the show lasts about 2.5 - 3.0 hours and there aren't any snacks or food on site, you may want to bring some of your own H2O along as well. Nearby places to eat that are quick and affordable: Shwarmaking on Columbia Rd at Mozart Pl, one block away, or Five Guys, Potbelly or Petes aPizza at Columbia Heights Metro.

Unification Church
Rev. Martin Luther King Center
1610 Columbia Rd, NW, at 16th St.
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk 3 blocks, or McPherson Square or Woodley Park and take the new Circulator bus route to 16th St.

"Alixa and Naima, the Brooklyn-based, internationally- acclaimed performance duo Climbing PoeTree, are on tour with a transformative two-woman show that seeks not to captivate audiences, but to liberate them. Through a tapestry of spoken-word poetry, film, dance, shadow art, and a sound collage of personal testimonies, Hurricane Season connects the issues that surfaced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the "unnatural disasters" unfolding nationwide and worldwide on a daily basis. Unflinching and uplifting, raw and deeply moving Hurricane Season takes audiences on voyages of unthinkable tragedy and undeniable promise from the eye of a systemic storm."

Monday, October 12, 2009

PAST: POETRY: Open Mic Tonight at Bossa, GPI is back! 7:00-9:00pm, MON, Oct 12th Free

Poetry open mic tonight! GPI is back at Bossa for monthly reading 7-9 Free, Adams Morgan 2463 18th St at Columbia Rd

Friday, October 9, 2009

Note to Readers: I'm heading out of town for the long weekend, no new posts 'til next Mon or Tues, search ongoing and upcoming for ideas

PAST: Film Screening & Panel on Art21 at WVSA's new Third THURS Program, Oct 15th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Free

WVSA is hosting a screening of an episode from the PBS series “Art:21- Art in the Twenty-First Century.” The Gallery's doors will open to the public at 5:30pm with the screening to begin at 6:00pm and discussion about the film and art to follow.

The evening's screening of the episode “Fantasy” presents four artists (Jeff Koons, Mary Heilmann, Florian Maier-Aichen and Cao Fei) whose works or personal stories transport viewers to imaginary worlds and altered states of consciousness. With works that seem at times hallucinatory, irreverent, a nd sublime, each of these artists pursues a vision first held in the mind's eye.

For more information and to view a highlight clip of the film and brief videos of each of the artists, go here:

WVSA ARTs connection launched 3rd Thursdays this fall by opening its doors the third Thursday evening of every month to host free gallery openings, performances, film screenings, author readings, and more. WVSA is striving to create an opportunity for established and aspiring artists to educate local youth and share their art with the local community.

This event is held at WVSA's ARTiculate Gallery located at 1100 16th Street, NW at the corner of 16th and L Street.

PAST: YOGA: Live around Cleveland Park? Free Yoga Classes TUES, Oct 13th 6:15 & 7:30

Free yoga classes next Tues eve with Krista of BE yoga in Cleveland Park!

Tuesday, October 13th

6:15pm - 7:15pm Open Level
7:30pm - 8:30pm Intro to Yoga

Cleveland Park Club
3433 33rd Place
(off Highland Place)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

PAST: THEATER + DANCE: The mesmerizing Synetic Theater offers a Pay-What-You-Can Preview for Dracula THURS, Oct 15th, 8:00pm

Preview Pay What You Can Night!
Synetic Theater
Thursday, October 15th
8:00pm, Arrive early for PWYC tickets

If you have yet to experience the magical performances of Synetic Theater, here is your chance! If you have seen them you will know why I am so excited about this special offer for their preview pay what you can night next Thursday! The show is a restaging of the acclaimed 2005 production – a tale of horror and the undying strength of the human spirit. Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili. Show runs October 16th - November 15th.

This troupe is unlike any other. Their work is mesmerizing, dreamlike and exquisite to watch. Unlike anything I have seen. The story is told mostly through movement and music, amazing costuming and props, though there will be some words for this particular show. I just adore what they do so and am so excited every time I have a chance to see them. I saw a sneak peek of this show at a Kennedy Center event a few weeks ago and it was a real behind the scenes treat.

Normally their tickets are normally $40-$45 regular, $15-$20 students and under 25, $35-$40 seniors and military. Please pay as you can, I suggest at least $10-$15 if you can afford it but give as you are able. They are super and well worth the money.

Rosslyn Spectrum
Metro: Rossyln, see above link for walking directions from metro

PAST: Green Drinks DC Happy Hour Event this TUES, Oct 13th at Current 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Free, 21+

Green Drinks DC October Happy Hour Event
Tuesday, October 13th

Features this month from Casey Trees and Dagoba Organic Chocolate! No cover, 21+

1215 Connecticut Ave
Metro: Farragut North

PAST: POETRY & LITERARY: Tonight! Another Event to Choose from! Reading and Talk with J. C. Hallman, 7:00pm, Free

Flirting with the Masters Series
featuring J. C. Hallman

Tonight! Thursday, October 8th
Free and open to the public
Reception to follow

Sandra Beasley aDC poet and nonfiction writer, serves as the Literary Chair for The Arts Club of Washington . She is also behind the Flirting with the Masters series. Tonight, the Arts Club of Washington will host J. C. Hallman for an event that bridges the gap between “creative” writing and “theoretical” criticism—advocating, instead, for philosophy in fiction and creative criticism. Hallman will read from his short story collection, The Hospital for Bad Poets, as well as the just-released The Story About the Story: Great Writers Explore Great Literature, which he edited. To read more about the and the event please click here for the article by my friend Ron Moore, DC Poetry Examiner.

The Arts Club of Washington
2017 I Street NW
Metro: Farragut West

PAST: Tonight! Designer Bestey Johnson will be at her store in Georgetown

I know it's a bit last minute but if you don't have plans tonight and you are a fan of Betsey Johnson, she will be making an appearance the Georgetown store from 6:00pm - 7:00pm. The famous designer will meet and greet her fans and share her story of survival in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

PAST: Green Festival is back in DC this weekend, Oct 10th & 11th. Not Free but Highly Recommended!

I have been going to this event every year and always have an amazing time, I usually end up getting the two day pass since there is so much to see and do! It is a value considering all of the free samples you get, the amazing talks and classes and just being in the space seeing what people are offering. I'll be out of town this weekend but I definitely recommend it if you are in town. They usually have a buy one get one at a discount deal or some kind of special promo so you can look into that. Please click through to the Green Festival DC link to read more info!

PAST: Christian Siriano from Project Runway will be in DC signing his new book at Borders this SAT, Oct. 10th, 2:00pm, Free

This Saturday, October 10th!


Book signing co-sponsored by Bubbles Salon

1801 K Street NW

Washington, DC 20006

Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West

PAST: Note: This WED's "Happenings at the Harman" is canceled tomorrow due to Dali Lama visit

Wondering what "Happenings at the Harman" is? This free series offers amazing weekly performances of all kinds every Wednesday from noon-1:00pm at Harman Hall, 610 F St, NW. The program is through the Shakespeare Theatre. For a list of all of the performances this season, click here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

PAST: Special Talk with Anne Truitt, Moderated by Tim Gunn, at The Hirshorn Museum this THURS, Oct 8th, 7:00pm Free

Remembering Things Past: A Conversation Celebrating Anne Truitt

Thursday, October 8th
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Opening night of “Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection.” This special event will include a discussion moderated by Tim Gunn, chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne and former student of Truitt’s. Artist Martin Puryear, filmmaker Jem Cohen, photographer John Gossage, and associate curator Kristen Hileman share their unique perspectives on Truitt’s career as artist, professor, and author. These friends and colleagues of the artist reflect upon her important contributions to 20th-century abstraction and the Washington, DC arts community. The exhibition will remain open until the panel discussion begins. Complete details here.

Free and open to the public. Please arrive early to ensure seating. Tickets will be distributed on a first come basis starting at 5:45pm in the lobby. For this event, additional seating and a live broadcast of the program will be available in the Lerner Room.

Hirshorn Museum, Ring Auditorium
7th St & Independence Ave, SW
Metro: L'Enfant Plaza

PAST: Art Opening + Spanish Chocolate & Wine Tasting! At Biagio THURS, Oct 8th, 6:00pm - 8:30pm Free

Art Opening Reception and Spanish Chocolate and Wine Tasting!
Thursday, October 8th
6:00pm - 8:30pm

Enjoy some Spanish chocolate along with some complimentary Spanish wine provided by Tradewinds Specialty Imports of Washington DC.

"Spanish Ghosts" Photography by Mark Parascandola
In Studio B at Biagio from October 2 - 31, 2009

This event is held as part of SpainDC. Learn more about other events on their website here!

Biagio Fine Chocolate
1904 18th St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk up 18th or Woodley Park or U St and take any of the 90 buses to 18th & Florida/ U St intersection, walk about a block or so on 18th St, Biagio is just past Regent sunken below street level, look for stairs.

PAST: MUSIC: Hear the works of Bach on the Organ at The Church of the Epiphany, TUES, Oct 6th 12:10 - 1:00pm, Free

Tuesday, October 6th
Free Noontime Concert
12:10pm - 1:00pm

Noontime Cantata Series, organ
J.S. Bach: Cantata “Gleichwie der Regen und
Schnee”, BWV 18; Prelude & Fugue in E
Minor, BWV 548: J. Reilly Lewis, organ
Free, $5 donation suggested, goes to artist

The Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St, NW
Metro: Metro Center

PAST: Seriously - Free Theatre Tickets! A few shows still have seats so act now

Get Your "Free Night of Theater" Tickets! Some tickets left still, some are sold out. I literally just found this link on a twitter feed and was so excited to snag the last two tickets to Synetic Theater's performance of Dracula on Friday, Oct 15th (which also happens to be their pay what you can night so you should totally go see them that night anyway!). Please look through the List and select the available show that you want! Each person can sign up for one show only, up to two tickets. Sweet! Thank you to Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and whoever else is supporting this great idea!

PAST: October Festivals and Charity Walks in DC, MD & VA

These festivals in the DC Metro area are still taking place, click the links to learn more. Please Note, not all are free so please check the links for complete details.

Maryland Renaissance Festival Aug. 29 - Oct. 25, 2009. Crownsville, MD. A 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances, games and lots more.

National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15. Various events celebrate the culture and traditions of Spanish speaking residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Charity Walks in the Washington, DC Area The MS Challenge Walk and the Walk for Kids are great charities to support while improving your own health. See these and more walks coming up this fall.

Oktoberfests Near Washington, DC Find German folk festivals with great beer, food, and live entertainment.

Monday, October 5, 2009

PAST: Classical Piano Concert next TUES, Oct 13th at Noon Downtown, Free

Lunch with Levine - Pianist Irina Kats

12:10pm - 1:00pm

The Church of the Epiphany

Pianist Irina Katz performs movements from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Take an hour-long midday break from bustling downtown to hear Levine faculty-artists at these free concerts. No fee to attend but there is a suggested donation of $5, all proceeds go to the artist.

1317 G Street, NW

Metro: Metro Center

PAST: Live MUSIC by The Sweater Set + ART + Wine at The Fridge this TUES, Oct 6th 7:00pm - 9:00pm, All ages, $5 includes wine

The Sweater Set performs a NEW SET @ THE FRIDGE Special Performance - NEW SONGs - one night only! New music - featuring darker material - at a brand new space - mixed media art gallery and learning center THE FRIDGE. Work by street artist DECOY will be on display. Her show "Memento Mori" explores religious imagery that has been a lifelong obsession.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Show starts 7:30pm
Note: $5 admission includes free wine
All ages, IDs will be checked

The Fridge DC
Rear alley, 516 8th St SE .
Metro: Eastern Market

PAST: DC Health and Wellness Happy Hour this TUES, Oct 6th at Busboys & Poets 5th & K, 6:00pm

Invitation from DC's Health and Wellness Happy Hour! This Tuesday, October 6th at 6:00pm at Busboys and Poets 5th & K St, NW location for the next Healthy Happy Hour! We're having three new and very exciting guest speakers and great topics for discussion!

Rochelle Howard will be speaking with us on behalf of the American Kidney about their activities and how YOU can get involved. Visit their website at

Natalie Kaharick from the Art of Living Foundation USA will talk about some easy, quick and useful techniques for Stress-Free Living. We could all use a little of that! Visit their website at

Dana Kegler will be speaking about her skincare conscious company, The Soap Pot, LLC that creates natural handmade soaps. She'll be featuring her Cranberry Craze signature product line. Come and find out what's good for YOU!

Don't forget to BRING A FRIEND to this healthy happy hour- and get entered into our FREE RAFFLE! Prizes include FREE CONCERT TICKETS (to the 9:30 Club) and GIFT CERTIFICATES to spots all around the DMV!