Monday, November 30, 2009

PAST: Jackson Art Center in Georgetown Open Studio SUN, Dec 6th, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Open Studios & Show in Georgetown

Jackson Art Center

Sunday, December 6th
12:00pm – 5:00pm

Come and see what these Georgetown artists have been painting / sculpting and photographing this year! Peruse, parlay and purchase amazing local art from DC artists direct for yourself or your loved ones this holiday season or just come to appreciate the art. Be sure to say hello to my friend Emma O'Rourke who has a studio there! Jackson Art Center 3018½ R St, NW

Metro: Farragut West or North and take the Circulator bus along K St to R St & Wisconsin Ave

PAST: Poetry, Perfromance and Film Events this week at the DCAC in Adams Morgan

Poetry: Corcoran Poetry Insurgency

Friday, December 4th

$3 general/ $1 DCAC Members
Corcoran Students Free!

A poetry reading featuring students from Corcoran College of Art and Design

Performance: District Calling: Freedom

Saturday, December 5th

7:30pm and 10:00pm
$10/ $8 DCAC Members

Ten DC artists take 6 weeks to collaborate across mediums and genres to bring you creative ruminations on the theme of freedom. District Calling: Freedom dissolves traditional artistic categorizations by encouraging a mingling of diverse styles of expression. Gratefully Sponsored by the District of Columbia Commission of the Arts and Humanities and Massey Media.

Slingshot Hip-Hop Film Screening
Sunday, December 6th at 3:00
$5/ $3 DCAC Members

A screening of Slingshot Hip-Hop, a documentary about Palestinian Rap Groups in Israel, the West Bank and Gaze, sponsored by Left Turn magazine.

For reservations for any of these events call 202-462-7833

More about the DCAC here!


2438 18th St, NW

Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and walk about 15 minutes or take the Circulator bus to 18th & Columbia

PAST: MUSIC: Lots of FREE Classical Music this week! WED, Dec 2nd - SUN, Dec 6th!

Here is a list of Free Classical Music events this week!

Wednesday, December 2nd at 12:10pm

The National Gallery of Art closes its 64th American Music Festival with a free recital by pianist Joel Fan on Wednesday at lunchtime. The program includes music by Carter, Bolcom, Gandolfi, and Kirchner.

Wednesday, December 2nd at 12:10pm

If you would rather have vocal music with your lunch that day, try the free concert at St. John's, Lafayette Square by the Madrigal Singers from St. Alban's and National Cathedral School.

Thursday, December 3rd at 8:00pm

For a different kind of premiere, attend a performance of Nicolò Ceva's Trionfo per l'Assunzione della Santissima Vergine, a work first performed in Naples in 1705, as it is revived at Georgetown University's Wolfington Hall

Friday, December 4th at 8:00pm

The St. Lawrence String Quartet will give a free concert on Friday night at the Library of Congress, featuring the Washington premiere of John Adams's string quartet and the world premiere of a new string quartet by Ezequiel Viñao. Oh, and there is another quartet by somebody named Haydn.

Sunday, December 6th at 3:00pm

Audrey Andrist will be the guest artist at this Sunday's concert presented by thePiano Society of Greater Washington at Silver Spring's Calvary Lutheran Church. There will be a reception afterward.

Sunday, December 6th at 4:00pm

With the price of admission to the Phillips Collection on Sunday is a concert by the Bates and Friends Ensemble, musicians from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

Sunday, December 6th at 6:30pm

Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer will give a recital this Sunday on the free concert series hosted by the National Gallery of Art. His Washington recital debut makes one think that this concert will be worth hearing.

Thanks to Charles at DCist for capturing the info above and including a "Make it Free" section in his post! See complete article here!

NOTE: Two additional Free Classical Concerts this week!

Tuesday, December 1st at 12:10pm

Washington Bach Consort performs at the Church of the Epiphany 1317 G St, NW

Saturday, December 5th at 6:00pm

NSO Prelude performs at the Kennedy Center as part of the Millennium Stage (free performances every day at 6:00pm, see the complete schedule here!)

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Darkwave, Alternative and Industrial DJ's Every SAT Night, 21+ Note: $7

Spellbound - An Alternative, Darkwave and Industrial Event

Every Saturday Night

9:00pm – 2:30am

Note: 21+ cover is $7

More info here!

Dark Wave, Goth, Synthpop, EBM and Industrial music for your enjoyment!

1823 L St, NW

Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West

PAST: Reminder: African Music and Poetry + Panel and Ethiopian Food at AU next MON, Nov 30th, 7:00pm, Free!

"Redefining Perceptions of Africa through Art"
Monday, November 30th
Free and open to the public

This event will feature performances from internationally respected African musicians and poets, a panel discussion featuring the artists, and free Ethiopian food from Zed's Ethiopian Cuisine in Georgetown.

7:00pm - 8:45pm - Performances from Mahala, Galileo, Bassey, Ikpi, Femi the Dri Fish
8:45pm - 9:30pm - Panel featuring artists
9:30pm - Reception with Free Ethiopian Food

Kay Spiritual Life Center at American University
Metro: Tenleytown, take free AU Shuttle to the location

More Specific Directions: The event is in Kay Spiritual Life Center, which is directly across the main quad from the Library. It's a large circular building with a giant fake flame on top--very easy to spot. We'll start the event upstairs.

Metro: Take the Red line to Tenleytown/AU and at the third escalator, the first space where you have a choice of two, take the escalator to your left. This will put you out with Whole Foods on your left. Keep walking straight to the curb and the AU Shuttle Bus picks up right there. Tell students or the driver that you'd like to get off at the North side stop. Walk straight onto the quad and Kay is to your right.

Campus map: (Kay is the small circle to the lower left of the main entrance. The bus will drop you off to the left of Ward building.)

By car: you'd drive to Massachusetts and Nebraska (Ward Circle), and park in the lot on the north side of the circle, on Massachusetts, under Katzen (the giant arts center building). Parking is free after 5.30 on campus. From there you'd walk across the street onto AU's campus, and to your left you'll see Kay's flaming top.

PAST: FILM Series & Discussion on Africa presented by RWUL in Georgetown TUES, Dec 1st - FRI, Dec 4th, Free

RWUL Presents: “I Luv Africa” Film Series and Community Discussion Part Two
Film Screenings and Discussions
Tuesday, December 1st - Friday, December 4th

Come Celebrate a Week of Independent African Film, Food, and Discussion. The film screenings will be for community viewing only and the film series is a promotional event to promote RWUL, local non-profit organizations, and future community film ventures. Donations will be accepted at the event and proceeds will go to our sponsoring charities United Families for Sudan and Trees for the Future. Learn more about RWUL here!

Tuesday, December 1st
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Health in Africa Discussion, Film: “Sleepwalking Land”-Mozambique

Wednesday, December 2nd
7:00pm - 9:00pm
African Youth Film and Discussion, Film: “Democracy in Dakar”-Senegal/US

Thursday, December 3rd
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Special Presentation La Maison Française Film: “Tabataba”- Madagascar/France

Firday, December 4th
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Peace, Religion, & African Kingdoms w/ Reception, & Two Films: The Africa Channel’s “The Soul of Ashanti”-Ghana
& Screening of “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love”-Senegal

Screenings and Discussion Held at:
The Letelier Theater
3251 Prospect St, NW
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West, take Circulator bus along K St or Foggy Bottom and take any of the 30 buses or the Circulator bus from Penn Ave and 22nd

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Reminder: Can't afford a Gym Membership? YWCA offers Drop -in Classes for just $6!

I just found out that the YWCA in Chinatown offers a range of exercise classes during the week, Monday - Thursday, that are only $6 and don’t require a membership! Learn more about this Health & Wellness program on the YWCA website here! A great compliment for those of you who may have a gym in your building or simply prefer to run, bike, walk, dance or do yoga and can't afford a monthly gym membership.

For a list of group exercise classes offered as a part of this program, please click here!

9th & G St
Metro: Gallery-Place/ Chinatown

PAST: Live Green Happy Hour at Local 16 this WED, Dec 2nd, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Live Green Happy Hour at Local 16
Wednesday, December 2nd
6:00pm - 8:30pm

Live Green partners with members of the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network (YNPN), DC Public Private Partnership, and Net Impact for this event. More details on the facebook invite here! Become a fan of Live Green on facebook here!

Local 16
Corner of 16th & U St
Metro: U St or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St

PAST: BOOK TALK with Barbara Ehrenreich this WED, Dec 2nd at Busboys and Poets, 6:30pm Free

Barbara Ehrenreich will speak about her new book Bright-Sided
This Wednesday, December 2nd
6:30pm, Free

14th & V St, NW
Metro: U St

PAST: Album Art + DJs + Free Vodka! WED, Dec 2nd at Lounge of Three 7:00pm - 9:00pm, 21+ Free

Album Art + DJs + Free Vodka!
"The Classics -- Series 2: Soul"

Wednesday, December 2nd
5:00pm - 9:00pm
21+ Free vodka 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Artistic covers of soul albums + Music curtesy of Nick Da 1da, DJ 2-Tone Jones and DJ YZO and Free Smirnoff vodka cocktails from 7:00pm - 9:00pm You can read more about the show online here.

Lounge of Three
1013 U St, NW
Metro: U St

PAST: Tonight at Chief Ikes, Benefit Event with Music & VJ's, MON, Nov 30th, 7:00pm on, 21+ $5 donation

"Party Like it's 1999"
10th anniversary of the Battle of Seattle
A fundraiser for the Washington Peace Center and Funk the War
Celebrate and support peace and justice tonight!
See invite details on facebook here!
Monday, November 30th

Music and VJ Set by ADCDJ
$5 suggested donation at the door

Cheif Ike's Mambo Room
1725 Columbia Rd NW
Adam's Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights, take Circulator bus to the Safeway stop at Ontario Rd

PAST: "Mind Power'" Open Mic at BloomBars TUES, Dec 1st, 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Mindpower at BloomBars: A freestyle obstacle course
Open to MCs, producers, poets and singers
Tuesday, December 1st
8:00pm - 10:30pm

The first Tuesday of every month is Mind Power: A freestyle obstacle course is open to MCs, producers, poets and singers who wish to sharpen their ability to spontaneously create while helping to unify a gifted music and freestyle community looking for space to be embraced. BloomBars is the place. Open and appropriate for all ages. During this workshop different exercises are given as challenges to the group. As the exercises are introduced every participant takes his/her turn at freestyling about the given topic or exercise. Hosted By Jabari Exum and Night Train

11th & Kenyon
next to Wonderland
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: Obama Speech Watch Party at Busboys this TUES. Dec 1st 8:00pm

Obama Speech Watch Party this Tuesday at Busboys and Poets! Details on facebook here!

PAST: New Open Mic at BloomBars! MON, Nov 30th 8:00pm - 10:30pm, donation based

The Garden: Open Mic Night at BloomBars

Monday, November 30th

8:00pm – 10:30pm

All ages, Suggested donation, $5-10

To all the artistic seeds needing a little TLC, BloomBars has finally tilled "The Garden." Come share your creation with the community. Material must be appropriate for all ages.

BloomBars (visit their page on faecbook and check out the Washington Post Magazine's recent commentary)

11th St at Kenyon St next to Wonderland

Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: DC Travelers Circle meets this WED, Dec 2nd 6:30pm - 10:00pm

DC Traveler's Circle (tc) Storytelling Group
Wednesday, December 2nd
6:30pm - 10:00pm

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

Mayur Kabab
1108 K Street, NW
between 11th & 12th St
Metro: Metro Center, walk 3 blocks north or take Circulator bus along K St there

Saturday, November 28, 2009

PAST: Washington Bach Consort this TUES, Dec 1st at Church of the Epiphany, 12:10 - 1:00pm, Free

Free Classical Music every Tuesday! This week, Washington Bach Consort performs.

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

PAST: BOOK TALK: Amy Goodman at Busboys and Poets this MON, Nov 30th, 7:00pm!

Monday, November 30th

Amy Goodman, of Democracy Now, at Busboys and Poets this Monday night! WPFW Fundraiser at 6:00pm, Book Talk open to the public and free at 7:00pm. Complete details here!

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

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

PAST: MUSIC: This SUN, Nov 29th Free Classical Music at the NGA, 6:30pm

Sunday, November 29th
6:30pm, Free

National Gallery of Art Orchestra
Vladimir Lande, guest conductor
Charles Wetherbee, violinist
Complete info here.

Music by Aikman, Corigliano, and Lerdahl
Third concert in 64th American Music Festival
Presented in honor of The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works

OF NOTE: Sculpture Garden Ice-Skating Rink Remains Closed Due to Technical Difficulties

Sculpture Garden Ice-Skating Rink Remains Closed

Quoted from the DCist post: "Outdoor ice-skating at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden rink may be a uniquely Washington activity for working off extra holiday calories, but it won't be an option this Thanksgiving weekend. According to the ice rink's guest services office and a note on their web site, the Sculpture Garden rink remains closed due to "technical difficulties with the ice-making equipment." A representative explained that while they hope repairs will be completed within 10-14 days, there is a chance that the rink may not open at all this season – typically mid-November to March – if the problem turns out to be more extensive. While the Pavilion Cafe remains open, we're hoping ice-skating will be back soon".

PAST: DJ Adrian Loving Spins Tonight, WED, Nov 25th, at the W Hotel, 9:00pm - 1:30am

Local DJ Adrian Loving spins tonight at the W Hotel Living Room, a beautiful space! If you're in DC for the holidays this might be a great "pretend vacation" way to spend the night in a glamorous setting. Beats sitting in traffic if you ask me.

Wednesday, November 25th
9:00pm - 1:30am
More info about the space here!

W Hotel, Washington, DC
515 15th St, NW, close to E St
Metro: McPherson Sq or Metro Center

OF NOTE: TUES, Dec 1st VA will be Smoke-Free!

As of Tuesday, December 1st, VA will be Smoke-Free! Read more here.

PAST: "Kostume Karaoke" at Solly's Tonight! WED, Nov 25th Free, 21+

This Wednesday night is Kostume Karaoke at Solly's. They have a bunch of silly costumes and wigs there. You don't need to sing well but you do need to wear some kind of costume to get on stage. The next one is this Wednesday. Alternating Wednesdays are Trivia Night. Happy Hour 'til 8:00pm. The event is free, 21+ I think it picks up around 10:00pm and goes 'til 2:00am

Solly's is at 11th & U St, NW.
Metro: U St, Memorial exit

PAST: Tonight at Bossa, House of Soul, WED, Nov 25th 10:00pm - 1:00am

Wednesday, November 25th
10:00pm - 1:00am

House of Soul dance party and live band performance at Bossa! Upstairs Tonight! Special guest Jay Rags, and word on the street is Frank Mitchell will join the band on sax.

Bossa 2463 18th St, close to Columbia Rd
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulatorbus to Adams Morgan, or you can take the 42 bus, toward Mt Pleasant, on Conn Ave from Dupont Circle

PAST: CD Release Party for Courtney Dowe this TUES, Dec 1st at Bossa, 9:00pm - Midnight

Courtney Dowe CD Release!
Tuesday, December 1st
9:00pm - Midnight, Free

I hope that you will come out next Tuesday night to support my friend Courtney on her album release party! The album took over ten years to write and two years to record and release and it is sure to be filled with soulful songs that come from a deep place that a true artist is able to tap into. Courtney is a beautifully talented women and she is making her official transition from street musician to recording artist with this album!

The eve will be started off by Jimbo A. Rainbow, who will share his music and peace rendering presence. Afterward, Courtney will play two full sets of original music with a break or two in between so everyone has an opportunity to ....fold oragamy peace cranes...or pick up the new CD... but hey, why not do both?!

If you can't make it to Bossa, you can check out Courtney's other CD release events:

Sunday Dec 6th
Bloombars weekly showcase "Seed The Sound" on 11th at Kenyon

Monday Dec 7th
Common Folk Awards at Busboys and Poets 14 and V

Bossa Lounge
2463 18th St, close to Columbia Rd
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Morgan, or you can take the 42 bus, toward Mt Pleasant, on Conn Ave from Dupont Circle

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

PAST: ART: XVIII Ibero-American Art Exhibit: Video Art TUES, Nov 24th - MON, Dec 7th in Georgetown 6:30pm

Art Exhibit:Tuesday, November 24th - Monday, December 7th
XVIII Ibero-American Art Exhibit: Video Art
3307 M St NW
Complete info here!

PAST: DJ Night at Red Lounge, Audiology, FRI, Nov 27th, 21+ $5

Audiology at Red Lounge

Friday, November 27th
9:00pm - 4:00am

21+, $5 (only to cover soundsystem)

Upstairs: Jubilee, Solomon Sanchez, Patrick Fonseca, Shireen (girl who rocked the Audiology party at Ibiza rooftop over the summer!)

Downstairs: Electric Sufi, Mateyo, Ian Brundage

Upgraded sound sytem by Ian Brundage (Speaker stacks with lots-o-BASS!), Victoria Sarah Tonin's going away party (she's moving to NYC) and Visuals by Kevork

Red Lounge
2013 14th St
14th and U next to Marvin
Metro: U St

PAST: 80's Dance Party at Saki in Adams Morgan WED, Nov 25th 9:00pm - 2:00am 21+ $5

80's Dance Party
New Wave, New Music, Video Dance Party
Wednesday, November 25th
9:00pm - 2:00am
21+ Cover: $5

Bring 2 or more friends with you and get in Free!

SAKI in Adams Morgan
2477 18th Street, NW
Metro: Woodley Park, walk or take Circulator bus to 18th & Columbia or take the 42 bus from Dupont Circle

PAST: DJ Night, Wasteland, Goth & Darkwave Music, this FRI, Nov 27th 10:00pm - Close, 21+, Free

WASTELAND, DJ's and Dance Party at Jimmy Valentines
Friday November 27th
10:00pm - close
21+ - No cover charge

Spinning Gothic Rock / Darkwave / Gothic Ambient / plus a spot or two of unremorseful Glam

Wasteland is hosted by my friends DJ Medusa & DJ Strange. This Friday DJ Witch (Agata) will be a guest DJ, along with DJ Strange. DJ Medusa will not be appearing at this Wasteland due to travel. For more info, visit their website here.

Note: Jimmy Valentines is a cool spot, albeit in an odd location. Car is required or you can take a cab
Note also that the Door is unmarked, a bit like a speakeasy.
1103 Bladensburg Road, NE See map here!

PAST: Exploring Healing Spaces at the National Cathedral this SUN, Nov 29th 10:10am


Exploring Healing Spaces:
The Science of Place and Wellbeing

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Sunday, November 29, 10:10 am
Esther Sternberg
    Samuel T. Lloyd III, host

Live webcast from the Cathedral homepage »

How does stress influence physical health? Can the places where we live and work affect our wellbeing? Are some places physically, emotionally, and spiritually better for us than others—and how do we find them? Join Dean Sam Lloyd and scientist Esther Sternberg as they talk about the relationship between physical spaces and spiritual wellbeing. Washington National Cathedral is one of the locations discussed in Dr. Sternberg’s new book Healing Spaces. A book-signing follows the Sunday Forum discussion.

Sternberg’s film, The Science of Healing, airs on PBS stations nationwide in November and December, including on Maryland Public Television on Sunday, November 29, at 1:30 am, and Sunday, December 6, at 11 am. A segment of the film was shot at the Cathedral; View the clip »

About Esther Sternberg: Based at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Esther Sternberg is internationally recognized for her work in brain-immune interactions and the effects of the brain’s stress response on health: the science of mind-body interaction. In addition to numerous scientific publications, she has authored two popular books, The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health Emotions and the recently published Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-being. Dr. Sternberg lectures nationally and internationally to both lay and scientific audiences on the mind-body connection, stress and illness, place and well-being, and other subjects.

At the National Cathedral on Wisconsin Ave near Mass Ave:

PAST: ART: Last Chance to see "I RAN Home" at The Fridge, Show ends this SAT, Nov 28th

Art: I RAN Home (In America)
On View through Saturday, November 28th

The Fridge DC is pleased to present I RAN Home (In America). Iranian artists have become players in the national and international contemporary art scene, but too often, this genre is tied to politics. In reality, Iranian-American artists are multi-faceted with different and conflicting identities and influences. Their work may be affected by political realities, but not decided by them. In I RAN Home (In America), these diverse influences unite in profoundly personal artworks which strive to achieve acceptance and understanding from all viewers.

The Fridge DC
Rear Alley, 516 8th Street SE
Metro: Eastern Market

PAST: This weekend in Vienna, Special Sales on FRI, Nov 27th & Art Demo at Ayr Hill Gallery SAT, 28th 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Shopping specials in Vienna this weekend – and an announcement of new artists at Ayr Hill Gallery.

Vienna Retailers Offer Specials for Holiday Giving & Giving Back

Friday, November 27th "Black Friday"

The merchants of historic Vienna, Virginia have the cure for your turkey “hangover”: some fresh air, a pinch of exercise, a dose of community spirit, and a hearty spoonful of the spice of life -- variety. Special discounts, giveaways, events, and refreshments at participating merchants. View complete details and get updates on new offers at Most shops are on the 100 block of Church St.

Ayr Hill Gallery, Demonstration and Reception
Saturday, November 28th

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Ayr Hill Gallery in Vienna, Virginia announces the opening of an exhibit of paintings by Northern Virginia artist Ken Frye. The gallery will host a reception and painting demonstration by Mr. Frye. The reception and demonstration are free and BYOC (bring your own chair if you want to stay for the demonstration). Space is limited, so guests are encouraged to register in advance for the demonstration by contacting the gallery at (703) 938-3880 or

Ayr Hill Gallery

141 Church Street, NW

Vienna, Virginia

Metro Note: From Vienna Metro I am not sure if you can walk or take a bus. You may need a car. Please visit Metro Trip Planner to check for access.

PAST: Annual Holiday Artists Ornaments at Zawadi African Art Gallery on U St, SAT, Nov 28th Noon - 7:00pm

Annual Holiday Artists Ornament Celebration
at Zawadi African Art Gallery on U St
Saturday November 28th
Noon - 7:00pm
Custom ornaments and various African art, textiles, clothing and more on display. View invite here!
Zawadi 1524 U St, NW
Metro: U St

PAST: Boutique Sale at Suited for Change! TUES, Nov 24th 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Boutique Sale at Suited for Change Today!

Tuesday, November 24th

3:00pm - 6:00pm
More info here

1010 Vermont Avenue NW, Ste 900
Metro: McPherson Square