Thursday, December 31, 2009

PAST: If you need a last minute plan for tonight, Check out this NYE Party at The Fridge! 21+ only $5, seriously!

One of the things that I LOVE about the artsy folks in this town is that they get that people don't want to have to spend a lot of money to have a good time and if I didn't have plans already, this is likely where I'd be tonight! Alex's new multi-purpose Art Space on 8th St NE is a really cool new spot and he is cool enough to have thrown together a super affordable NYE Party tonight! Here's some more info from the facebook invite:

Tonight! New Year's Eve Party at The Fridge
10:00pm - 3:00am
21+ Just $5
$3 drinks all night long

Nothing like waiting until the last minute to pull something awesome together! And The Fridge has done it again. Again! It's the Second Annual PARTY LIKE IT'S 1929 New Year's Eve party. Plus this year we have included a decorate-and-inflate-your-own-balloon midnight balloon drop.

Music provided by Fridge residents El Barbudo and DJ GOLD

Just added => DJ Dan Cooper (Brownrice Collective)

Scoposcope, Interactive Visualizations
By David London and Jeramie Bellmay

Your Hostesses - Annabel, Jessica & Johanna

The Fridge
Rear Alley, 516 8th Street SE
Metro: Eastern Market, turn right on 8th St and walk a few blocks, left into alley

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

PAST: Kostume Karaoke is on Tonight WED, Dec 30th for an extra week of fun at Sollys! 21+ Free, 8:00pm - 2:00am

Special 5th Wednesday Kostume Karaoke at Solly's Tonight!

Wednesday, December 30th
8:00pm - 2:00am
Free to get in, 21+
Costumes provided on site :)

Some people come for the karaoke, some come for the costumes, some come for both... and a whole lot of silliness as well! From the invite on the facebook group "It's happening! 5th Wednesday at Solly's means a double plus good extra helping of Kostume Karaoke for the holiday season. Come celebrate the approach of a new year and a new decade by rocking out with us."

Kostume Karaoke happens every Wednesday Night! Second & Fourth Wednesday at Solly's U Street Tavern and now every First & Third Wednesday at Little Miss Whiskey's on H St, NE

Solly's Tavern
11th & U St
Metro: U St, African American Civil War Memorial exit

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

PAST: Art and Performance Closings and Art On View Highlights

Highlights from CultureCapital.com new weekly email, please click through links for complete information!

CLOSINGS:

Thursday, December 31st
Arlington Artists Alliance: Look Around
Arlington County Board Offices, One Courthouse Plaza
2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 300 in Arlington, VA
Free, Art Show

Friday, January 1st at 9:30pm and
Saturday, January 2nd at 2:00pm
Washington Improv Theater: iMusical Winter Run
$10
Play at Source on 14th St

Saturday, January 2nd

10:30am
Children's Historic Home Tour
Free
at the Strathmore Mansion

Sunday, January 3rd

Recent Acquisitions
The Textile Museum
On view, Free

1934: A New Deal for Artists
Smithsonian American Art Museum
On view, Free

In the Tower: Philip Guston
National Gallery of Art
On view, Free

Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
On view, Free

New Mythology / Tracey Clarke
Athenaeum in Alexandria, VA
On view, Free

Monday, January 4th
The One Less Traveled by Pamela Viola
The Art League in Alexandria, VA


ON VIEW, FREE


The Honor of Your Company Is Requested: President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Through Jan 18, 2010

Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings, 1500-1800
National Gallery of Art
Through Jan 31, 2010

Polar Obsession, Photography by Paul Nicklen
National Geographic
Through Feb 15, 2010

PAST: Poetry Open Mic Tonight at Busboys & Poets 14th & V St, NW 9:00pm - 11:00pm, $4

Tonight, Tuesday Night Open Mic at Busboys
9:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, $4

A diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week. Wristbands required for admission cost $3 and are available for purchase from 10:00am until sold out in the bookstore, cash only, no refunds.

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

PAST: Poetry & Open Mic Kick-Off Party for Capturing Fire Tonight! TUES, Dec 29th, 7:30pm, All ages, donation based

Capturing Fire Kick Off and Open Mic Night is Tonight!
Tuesday, December 29th
7:30pm
Free, donations of $10 encouraged

Enjoy the stylings of some great DC poets, new and old, get up on the mic and spit some poems or just sit back and enjoy a wonderful night of poetry! The night will be MCed by the ever funny and talented Regie Cabico and will feature Brothertongue: Gay Male Poets of DC. All donations will support Capturing Fire, the first ever national queer poetry slam, to be held in DC this Spring! All are welcome to spin, share style on the open micEmail capturingfire@gmail.com to sign up for the open mic or if you have any questions.

Adams Morgan, Moishe House DC
1753 Euclid St, NW (see map)
(close to City Bikes)
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to the stop by the Safeway at Ontario Rd.

Monday, December 28, 2009

PAST: "Acoustic Sessions" TUES, Dec 29th new Music and Poetry event at Mid-City Caffe on 14th St, 7:00pm, Free

Acoustic Sessions with Joe Dickerson & Stacy Williams
Tuesday, December 29th
7:00pm.
Free, All ages

This place is one of my favorite coffee shops in town and I'm excited to learn about this new event. Normally this event is on the First and Third Tuesdays of the month, but this month there are Five Tuesdays so we get an extra show! To stay posted and learn more, you can join the mid city caffe group on facebook here.

The espresso drinks there are made with counter culture beans and are really fabulous. They also have really good desserts.

Mid City Caffe
1626 14th St
(above Miss Pixies, look for the pink building, about two blocks north of P St)
Metro: U St or McPherson Square, walk over to 14th St and take the Circulator bus to P St or RI Ave and walk two or three blocks or 52 or 54 bus there from anywhere along 14th St.

PAST: Free Kwanzaa Workshops this MON, Dec 28th and WED, Dec 30th at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 10:30am

Kwanzaa Workshop Series this Mon & Wed! Free, RSVP Required, call 202-633-4844

Monday, December 28th, 10:30am
Participate in an arts and crafts workshop while learning about the collective work and responsibility principle of Kwanzaa. The focus will be on crocheting and using marbles, acrylics, jewelry-making, and 3-D art to explain the Kwanzaa principle of Ujima.

Wednesday, December 30th, 10:30am
The focus on this workshop will be Nia - Purpose. Three storytellers - Baba-C, Jose Grevis, and Ayo Handy-Kendi - use the spoken word to restore the African American community and its people to their traditional greatness. This interactive literary experience will embrace the young and the young at heart.

1901 Fort Place, SE
Metro: Anacostia Station (Green line). Take a Fort Stanton W-1 or W-2 Metro Bus.

PAST: The Ice Skating Rink at the NGA Sculpture Garden is Open!


The National Gallery of Art Skating Rink is DC's own version of Rockefeller Center in NYC. It's a great outdoor space where you can ice skate in the middle of the city! There is a $7 admission for adults plus a $3 skate rental. Complete details here! Lockers are available for rental for $5 as well. Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Ice Rink Hours:
Monday - Thursday 10:00am – 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday 10:00am – 11:00pm
Sunday 11:00am– 9:00pm

Sunday, December 27, 2009

PAST: Jazz in Southwest every FRI from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, $5

Local musicians perform Jazz every Friday night
5:30pm – 8:30pm
$5 general admission, Free for those under 16.
Complete info here! For a full schedule of performances, some of which have been adjusted due to the holidays, please click here!

Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 I St, SW
202-484-7700
Metro: Waterfront-SEU, Take the free Shuttlebug that leaves from 4th and M St if you like, runs about every 20 minutes and stops right in front of Westminster

PAST: Highlights this Week from CultureCapital.com

Below are highlight's from this week's email from CultureCapital.com. To sign up for this email you can go to their site and click where it says Sign Up For Weekly Updates from CultureCapital. Some of these events are in VA and MD so please see Metro Trip Planner to check for transit access and be sure to click through the link to find out complete location details, hours and more.

CultureCapital Insider

The One Less Traveled

Photographer Pamela Viola's solo artist exhibit features dreamlike, mysterious landscapes that challenge the viewer to see the world in a new way. Inspired by the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, Pamela Viola realizes that her path has taken her back to what she's always wanted to do. Free!

Through Monday, January 4th, 2010
The Art League
Alexandria, VA


The Calverts by Candlelight

Free! Pay an evening call on the Calverts and enjoy refreshments, live music, and children's activities. No reservations necessary.

Sunday, December 27th
6:00pm

Riversdale House Museum
Riverdale Park, MD


Kentridge and Kudryashov: Against the Grain

Last Chance to see this exhibition curated by Eric Denker and Christopher B. With of the National Gallery of Art presents works by South African artist William Kentridge and Russian artist Oleg Kudryashov. Although the artists have never met, there is an undeniable affinity between the two including similarities in technique, composition and content.

Through Wednesday, December 30th

The Kreeger Museum
2401 Foxhall Road, NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Adults: $10, Seniors 65+ and Students (with ID) : $7

Saturday no reservation needed:
Open 10 am - 4 pm

Tuesday-Friday: Reservations Required. 10:30 am or 1:30 pm tours available. Call 202-338-3552 or email mailto:visitorservices@kreegermuseum.org?subject=Reservations

Last Dance Dupont

Presented by Joy of Motion Dance Center

It's a party! Come celebrate 30 years of dance at JOMDC's Dupont Circle studio. Enjoy an evening of dancing and fun along with an opportunity to share memories and recollections with each other. Everyone is welcome--bring your dancing shoes!

Wednesday, December 23rd
9:30pm

$20 Suggested Donation, Please give as you are able! This show is a benefit for the Dance Is For Everyone Youth Scholarship Program

Joy of Motion Dance Center - Dupont Circle Location

Wed Dec 23Gallery Talk: The Christmas Story in Art
National Gallery of Art
Thu Dec 24Year-End Group Show
Gallery plan b
Sat Dec 26Montpelier 30th Anniversary Festival: Traudis Kennedy
Montpelier Arts Center
Sun Dec 27The Washington Ballet: The Nutcracker
Warner Theatre

Sat Dec 26Virginia Ballet Company: Nutcracker Working Stage Rehearsal
Ernst Community Cultural Center
Just $10
Sun Dec 27Sharon Isbin, guitarist
National Gallery of Art
Free!

Through Dec 31Arlington Artists Alliance: Look Around
Arlington County Board Offices
Through Jan 3, 2010Recent Acquisitions
The Textile Museum

Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

New Mythology / Tracey Clarke
Athenaeum
Through Jan 18, 2010The Honor of Your Company Is Requested: President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Through Jan 31, 2010Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800
National Gallery of Art

For half-price tickets to performances throughout the region visit TICKETPLACE.

PAST: MUSIC: "Seed the Sound Sunday" SUN, Dec 27th at BloomBars 8:00pm - 10:30pm, All ages

Tonight's show features Courtney Dowe and Terrence Cunningham
Free, donations appreciated. All ages!
8:00pm - 10:30pm, Courtney goes on at 9:00pm

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

Thursday, December 24, 2009

OF NOTE: Holiday SoberRide Program offers Free Taxi rides home 10:00pm - 6:00am Now - Jan 1st

I've been meaning to mention this note I saw in the paper about the Holiday SoberRide program, which will be offering free taxi rides home from 10:00pm - 6:00am Now - January 1st. If you are over 21 you can call 1-800-200-8294 for a ride home. Calls must originate in DC, Arlington, Fairfax , Prince William or eastern Loudon, Montgomery or Prince George's counties and if the amount is over $50 you are required to pay the additional amount over $50. This program is a part of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program's annual effort to keep inebriated people from driving. Have a safe holiday!

Main info to remember: Now - January 1st
The number to call is 800-200-8294
Taxi rides home from 10:00pm - 6:00am

PAST: Clothing & Coat Drive + Day of Service for those who are able to Volunteer on Christmas!

December 25th Day of Service 2009

Registration closes at Noon Today,Thursday the 24th!

Over 1,000 volunteers participate in a variety projects
Serve over
50 social service agencies throughout the DC metro area
The project serves over
10,000 people

Projects last from 1-3 hours and include serving meals to seniors, preparing food for the homeless and throwing holiday parties. Volunteers also have the opportunity to donate blood, paint walls at a local elementary school and spend time with children and seniors—filling in so their caregivers can celebrate Christmas with their families.

The December 25th Day of Service is a great way to spend the day with friends and family making a difference in someone else's life. Click here for complete details!

Gently Used Clothing - Donations of gently used clothing will be accepted on December 24th and 25th. Clean out your closets but please make sure that what you bring us is clean. Thank you!

Toiletries - Collect shampoo, lotions and hand sanitizer for us to give to the homeless community as gifts.

Warm Winter Wear - Bring new socks, gloves, hats, scarves and new or gently used coats to the Washington DCJCC now through December 25. All coats will be donated to Serve DC's One Warm Coat collection!

Snacks - Bring any sized packages of raisins, chocolate chips or M&M candies and peanuts to make trail mix. We'll distribute them on December 25th.

All items will be collected in a bin in the corner near the front desk of the Washington DCJCC's Q Street entrance, just off of 16th St. Thank you for your support!



OF NOTE: Looking for Last Minute Gift Idea? Biagio Chocolate is open 'til 5:00

Biagio Fine Chocolate will be open today, Thursday, December 24th from 11:00am - 5:00pm for last minute gift shopping! Who doesn't love chocolate after all? 20% off all pre-made gift boxes. Biagio is located at 1904 18th St, NW down some stairs, between T St and Florida Ave. Metro: Dupont and walk up 18th St or take a metrobus to 18th & Florida Ave.

OF NOTE: Check out this Time-Lapse Video of the Kogod Courtyard, One of my Favorite Places to go in DC, Open 11:30am - 7:00pm, Free

Check out this neat time-lapse video of Kogod Courtyard, located inside of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Chinatown, just above the metro. Note, the video may take a few minutes to load but it's worth watching 'til the end, it gets really pretty when it gets darker out.

This is one of my favorite places to go in DC! It's a great place to chat, a great place to go alone, a great place to meet for a date, just a great place! Whenever I am looking for a beautiful quite space to go, I often head here! They are open everyday from 11:30-7:00pm except this Friday, Dec 25th for the holiday. It's in a Smithsonian museum so it's Free to get in. The architecture, real trees and natural light are really beautiful, and they even offer free wireless internet access! There is a cafe where you can purchase food, coffee and wine even, though be mindful that this is a museum priced cafe.

In addition, the courtyard is attached to two great art museums and the Lunder Conservation Center and Luce Foundation Center on the third floor, which host Art + Coffee, free coffee and tea, Wed - Sun from 1:30pm - 3:30pm, are also in the building and you can find free wi-fi and a beautiful quite spot to work from there as well!


SAAM and NPG info can be found on the Smithsonian site here. Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown, museum is above 9th & G St exit

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

PAST: MUSIC: Kat Parsons is coming to the area this SUN, Dec 27th at Iota in VA, 8:00pm, Note: $10

Kat Parsons is coming back to the DC area, she'll be playing at Iota this Sunday night with Molly Hagen

Sunday, December 27th

8:00pm, 21+ $10

IOTA Club & Cafe
2832 Wilson Blvd

Metro: Clarendon

PAST: Kostume Karaoke at Solly's Tonight, WED, Dec 23rd, 21+ Free

Kostume Karaoke at Solly's Tonight
Lots of singing and silliness and costumes for you to dress up in

Wednesday, December 23rd
Starts at 8:00 pm, goes late
Free, 21+

Solly's Tavern
11th & U St NW
Metro: U St, African American Civil War Memorial exit

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

PAST: MUSIC: DC Roots-Rock band Last Train Home, TUES, Dec 22nd at Kennedy Center, 6:00pm

Free Performance at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Tuesday, December 22nd at 6:00pm

Last Train Home

A favorite of the D.C. roots-rock scene, Last Train Home delivers original holiday tunes and interpretations of yuletide classics.

Kennedy Center

Metro: Foggy Bottom, take free shuttle

Monday, December 21, 2009

PAST: Final Few Days for Downtown Holiday Market in Chinatown

Last few days for the 5th Annual Downtown Holiday Market
Now - Wednesday, December 23rd
12:00 noon - 8:00pm
Chinatown, on F St between 7th & 9th

This annual outdoor Holiday Market is one of my favorite places to shop for unique gifts for others as well as great things for yourself. Last year I got one of my favorite hats here, and I really enjoy this European Market vibe. There are hundreds of diverse gift items, such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles and you usually get to talk to the artists directly, which creates a sense of connection and adds to the good vibes feeling you get when you buy something as well.. I enjoy the live music and walking through the market with a nice hot beverage and some sweet candied nuts. I definitely suggest that you stop by this market before hitting the malls and chain stores for you last minute holiday shopping. These guys are out there selling their wares in the cold and many of them are local artists. Even if you don't have a lot to spend, you can usually find a really great gift item here and it's just across the street from the Gallery Place- Chinatown Metro 7th & F St Arena exit. More info online here.

5th Annual Downtown Holiday Market
F Street sidewalk between 7th & 9th St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown, Arena exit

PAST: Free Live Music this MON - WED, Dec 21st -23rd, at the Willard InterContinental Hotel Lobby 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Music: Holiday LobbyingMusic: Holiday Lobbying at the Willard InterContinental Hotel
Now - Wednesday, December 23rd
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Free, reservations are not required

Holiday Lobbying, the Willard InterContinental's Ninth Annual Free Live Music Program, has evolved into one of Washington’s most comprehensive, with a wide array of highly accomplished choral and vocal ensembles from around the DC Metropolitan area.

Performances remaining include:

Monday, December 21nd
Musica Oriana
This small vocal ensemble performs in Renaissance period costume.

Tuesday, December 22nd
Cantate Chamber Singers
This critically acclaimed vocal ensemble is devoted to distinctive choral music.

Wednesday, December 23rd
The City Singers
Outreach arm of The City Choir of Washington, rendering a variety of vocal music offerings from choral classics to popular

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Metro: Metro Center


PAST: Get Discounts on Unique Gifts at Freer Gallery of Art Attic Sale, Now - WED, Dec 23rd

Attic Sale 2009 at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Now - Wednesday, December 23rd
10:00am - 5:30pm daily
Free to look, though you may be tempted to buy things

Year after year the popular Attic Sale offers unique gifts from Asia that are just right for the whole family, from colorful scarves and handmade textiles to unusual books, CDs, toys, and much more all at deep discounts.

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Freer Conference Room
Jefferson Drive at 12th St, SW
Metro: Smithsonian

PAST: Free Concert with Virginia Virtisio at the Millennium Stage MON, Dec 21st, 6:00pm


Music: Virginia VirtuosiVirginia Virtuosi plays at Millennium Stage
Monday, December 21st
6:00pm
Free

The string trio specializes in elegant arrangements of music from Bach to the Beatles.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Metro: Foggy Bottom, take free shuttle bus

Sunday, December 20, 2009

PAST: ART Closing Party at Tabaq MON, Dec 21st, 7:00pm


Art at Tabaq on U St
Friday, December 11th - Monday, December 21st

Holiday Closing Party!
Monday, December 21st
7pm until …

Over a dozen artists contribute works for a 10-day auction. Find a fun, unexpected gift for a loved one this holiday season (or just treat yourself) and meet DC’s newest crop of exciting, contemporary artists in the process. Bring a new toy and make a child in our area a little happier, too.

Featuring: Aniekan, Chanel Compton, Tim CON,Asad ULTRA Walker, Daniel R5 Barojas, Peter Krsko, Maxx Moses (aka POSE 2), Juan CRI Pineda, Alicia DECOY Cosnahan, DIABETIK, OWEL, JAZI,RVLTN, MONK, REI 21 and many more…

Tabaq
1336 U St, NW
Metro: U St

Saturday, December 19, 2009

PAST: Events this weekend at BloomBars

UPDATE: Tonight's FILM event has been CANCELED Due to the Severe Weather. It we be rescheduled for a later date. Sunday Night's Event, Seed the Sound, is still scheduled to occur.

All events are donation based, please donate to BloomBars if you are able! They provide a super space and do great work for the community. They also serve hot cocoa and hot tea to keep you warm, not to mention all of the good vibes! They are an all ages, alcohol free space (Wonderland is next door though if you want to drink). If you live in the area Columbia Heights area, this would be a great space to check out if it does snow!
If you haven't joined BloomBars new facebook fan page, you can stay posted on their events by becoming a fan here!

POSTPONED: FILM: BloomFest Film Series Presents, "Harlem's Mart 125"
Saturday, December 19th
8:00pm

"Harlem's Mart 125: the American Dream" is a documentary film about the history of Mart 125 and how it correlates to the "revitalization" of 125th street, Harlem's main commercial sector. Director Rachelle Salnave-Gardner is planning to come all the way from Atlanta to help lead a discussion relevant to our community. Special guest, singer/songwriter, Jeremy James is planning to come down from NYC for a pre-screening set. Mart 125 is used as a metaphor which examines the plague of perplexities that surround this unique black community and its relationship with the plans of urban renewal from a commercial stand point.There will also be a healthy dialog about the changes happening in Columbia Heights.

MUSIC: "Seed the Sound Sundays"
Sunday, December 20th
8:00pm

Seed the Sound Sundays presents Terrence Cunningham, Jeremy James, and late addition to the bill Fly Gypsy. Come check out the most talked about showcase at BloomBars. In addition, they will be hosting a BloomBars Holiday Party and Volunteer Appreciation Day.

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

PAST: Snow Related Closures: Smithsonian Museums and the Holocaust Museum are Closed Tomorrow

Before heading anywhere tomorrow, Sunday, best to go online or call first. Many places are closed and events have been canceled due to the snow storm.

Enjoy the Snow Everyone!


Looks like many events have been canceled or postponed due to the winter storm so I suggest that you call to check with any venue if you plan to head out to an event. Hope you stay warm and get to enjoy the snow a bit! Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park should be a great place for sledding and playing in the snow if you decide to come out. Between 15th & 16th St, NW bordered by Euclid and V Streets.

PAST: Some highlights this weekend from CultureCapital.com's new email

Below are highlights from CultureCapital.com's new weekly email. You can sign up for new "Culture Capital Insider" email here! You can also scroll down the left side of the homepage to search the Free category or used the advanced search feature to find other performances and events.

Please Note: Price varies depending on the event. Some events may be free, or reasonably price, but not all events are. Please be sure to click through the links to find out pricing details.

Due to Severe Weather, I suggest you call before heading out to any event this weekend.

'Tis the season to celebrate the holidays. Find holiday events happening throughout the Washington DC region on this page: from historic house tours to performances of Handel's Messiah and The Nutcracker--and everything in between.

Imagination Stage
Bethesda, MD
Note: Not free, admission is $10-$21

I suggest you call first, due to severe snow storm

Saturday, December 19th
11:00am, 1:30pm and 4:00pm

Sunday, December 20th
1:30pm and 4:00pm

Born into traditional ancient China, Mulan struggles to do as she's told. But when her war-wounded father is called to fight the Huns, Mulan knows her duty is to join the army in his place. The Gods send her a dragon named Mushu, but Mulan's wits consistently win out over brawn.

Saturday, Dec 19th
8:00pm
Note: $10


Need a last minute holiday gift?
Get half-price tickets online and in advance! Tickets can even be held at will call if you like so no one knows you paid half price! Visit TICKETPLACE to see available shows.

PAST: Postponed Due to Snow: MUSIC: Free Holiday Concert with the St. Charles Quartet SUN, Dec 20th from 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Note: This event has been canceled due to the snow, the same program will be presented in January. Stay tuned for the new date.

2009 Annual Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 20th
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Free, Donations Welcome

Program: Mozart k.575, Dvorak American, Christmas tunes
Reception, Meet-and-Greet and CD signing following the show

Josephine Butler Park Center Mansion
(across the street from Meridian Hill Park)
2437 15th St, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Free parking behind the mansion
Metro: Columbia Heights, about a ten minute walk

Friday, December 18, 2009

PAST: MUSIC: FRI, Dec 18th "7th Anniversary for Sounds of Hope" 7:30pm - 10:00pm, Donation based

7th Anniversary of Sounds of Hope
with Mary Shapiro and Tom Goss

Friday, December 18th
7:00pm - 10:30pm
Drop in for some or all of the show!
Donation based, please give what you can to support these guys!

Mary Shapiro and Tom Goss perform live at the super cozy Potter's House and it's a special celebration because it is the 7th anniversary of "Sounds of Hope" which Mary has been organizing! Props to Mary! The Potter's House is a bit old school, cheap food, alcohol free, community space. A great place to kick back, relax and be inspired while you wait for the snow!

The Potter´s House
in Adams Morgan
1658 Columbia Rd, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus from Columbia Rd two stops to Ontario Rd and walk back one block on Columbia or Woodley Park and take the Circulator to Ontario Rd where the Safeway is and walk up a block and a half.

NOTE: Just Canceled: Re: Spoken Word, Dance, DJ's and more with Sulu DC this SAT, Dec 19th at The Fridge, 7:00pm - Midnight, $10/ $8 Cover

I just got this note, it's Friday, December 18th at 2:55pm:

"Dear Friends & Fam of Sulu DC, We regret to inform you that due to severe weather conditions, Sulu DC for tomorrow, December 19, 2009, is CANCELED. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail us at suludc@gmail.com."

December Sulu DC Show!
Saturday, December 19th
7:00pm - Midnight
Dance party starts at 10:00pm
Note: $10 cover, $8 students

Hosted by Regie Cabico. Sounds by DJ Dan Cooper of Brownrice Collective. This should be an amazing and diverse night of performances by: JR RUSS, electronic musician and vocalist YOKO K, hip-hop dancer SIMONE JACOBSON of Words Beats & Life, KILUSAN, an independent performance artist/ director, a youth empowerment worker and community organizer, and YELLOW RAGE, an Asian American spoken word group from Philly. Please note: Alcohol will be served at this event so please have ID with you if you want to drink. More info about the artists and the event on the facebook invite.

The Fridge, one of DC's coolest new spaces!
Current Art on view by Scot Lefavor (see on view post)
Rear Alley, 516 8th Street SE
Metro: Eastern Market, turn right on 8th St

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

OF NOTE: Congratulations! I'm so happy to hear that funding has been provided to the following local arts organizations!

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Announces Stim10 Grant Recipients, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The DCCAH partnered with the NEA to award $240,000 in federal grant money to 18 local arts organizations to help support staff positions that are critical to arts groups and were in jeopardy of being eliminated or had been eliminated as a result of the current economic climate.

Congratulations to the following organizations, Please click through to learn more about the work that they do!

American Poetry Museum
Building Bridges Across the River(THEARC)
Capital City Symphony
City Arts, Inc.
City Dance Ensemble
Dakshina/ Daniel Phoenix Singh Company
DC Youth Orchestra Program
Joy of Motion Dance Center, Inc.
Life Pieces to Masterpieces
Opera Lafayette
Prison Foundation
The Choral Arts Society
The Double Nickels Theatre Company, Inc.
The Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts
Theater Alliance of Washington
Washington DC Jewish Community Center, Inc.
Washington Men’s Camerata
Woolly Mammoth Theater Company

I am so happy to hear this news and I'm grateful to hear that you are going to be able to continue the wonderful work that you all do! Thank you for your efforts and contributions that you make to make this city so wonderful!

With Appreciation for all that you offer to the Residents DC!

PAST: I just found out that there is a Pay-What-You-Can Preview tonight at 7:30 for Mommy Queerest at Theater J


Pay-what-you-can Preview Tonight only! "Mommy Queerest" at Theater J!
Wednesday, December 16th Show at 7:30pm

Mommy Queerest (It's Jewdy's Show!)
December 16, 2009 – January 3, 2010
Starring Judy Gold

"Judy Gold, star of the critically acclaimed 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, is back in this hysterical coming-of-age memoir with music about Judy's life-long love affair with sitcoms and her professional quest to finally land a TV show of her own. But is America ready for a gay, kosher, 6'3" feminist Seinfeld with two kids, one bathroom, and weekly trips to the nursing home? And why can’t Judy get legally married in the state of New York anyway? Funny, biting, revealing, and very timely."
Above write-up and more info onlinehere!

DCJCC, Theater J
16th & Q St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk to 16th or take S2 or S4 bus anywhere along 16th St to Q

PAST: FILM: New Documentary: "Lens & Pens" on Art at St. Elizabeth's Hospital willl air on PBS this SUN, Dec 20th at 8:00pm


If you missed the screening this Wednesday, please tune in to PBS station WHUT, Channel 32 in the DC metro area, this Sunday, December 20th at 8:00pm. I know I'm planning to watch it and have also set my dvr to record it. Sounds great!

Special Screening of New Documentary
LENS & PENS: ART IN AN UNEXPECTED PLACE
PAST: Wednesday, December 16th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

The story of a transformative poetry, painting, and photography workshop for persons in the maximum-security program at DC’s historic St. Elizabeths Hospital and the Latest Documentary in WHUT’s Series of Washington Stories. Produced and Written by Deborah J. Schull. Please click here to read more!