Sunday, January 31, 2010

PAST: Spit Dat Fundraiser for Haiti at Hillyer this WED, Feb 3rd 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Spit Dat fundraiser for Haiti
at Hillyer Art Space
Wednesday, February 3rd
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Free, Donations encouraged

Performances by: Drew Law, Mama D, Brandon Douglas, Leonard, Daniel Jose Cutodio, Mary Boweman, Kriss Mincey

This benefit is to assist earthquake victims in Haiti. Donations of clothing, canned goods, toiletries, or other items are welcomed. There is no charge at the door but monetary donations will be accepted. Every little step helps so dig through your closet and your pantry and find that sweater that doesn't fit or the canned peas you'll never eat. All donations will be made to Yele Haiti.

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

PAST: Art Event at Hillyer, TUES, Feb 3rd 7:00pm - 9:00pm, $5 donation suggested

Tuesday, February 2nd
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Live Art event at Hillyer Art Space
Complete info on facebook here
Free if you register in advance, suggested $5 donation at the door

Come see Eve Hennessa do a Live Painting tonight during Hillyer Art Space's "Dollars for Degas: An AIGA DC Party to Benefit New Community Artspace." The event will be a Reception and Silent Auction for Dollars For Degas, an AIGA DC post-holiday holiday party and benefit New Community Artspace, a community organization based in DC’s Shaw neighborhood, dedicated to engage youths and adults in volunteer-led workshops and community-based projects.

Please register online for free as space is limited! They’ll be accepting a suggested donation of $5 at the door, which gets you a raffle ticket for a prize. Light refreshments (provided by Scion Restaurant) and drinks for donations will be provided. In addition, a number of goods and services will be auctioned. After party will be held at Scion (2100 P Street NW) with after hours specials on drinks.

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

Thursday, January 28, 2010

PAST: FILM: "Cloud 9" at the Goethe-Institut Tonight, MON, Feb 1st 6:30pm, $6, $4

Film at the Goethe - Institut
Monday, February 1st
Details here Cost $6 / $4

FILM: Cloud 9 (Wolke 9) German with English subtitles
Now in her mid-60s, Inge has been happily married for 30 years. But she finds herself drawn to an older man, and rediscovers passion and sex all over again. An honest, sensitive handling of intimacy and sexuality among older people, this film clears the way for more open discussion of a topic almost considered taboo. Appearing in US theaters in 2010. Andreas Dresen’s Cloud 9 won several prizes, among them theCoup de Coeur Award Cannes 2008. Dresen’s most recent movie,Whisky with Vodka (Whisky mit Wodka, 2009), was part of the Film|Neu festival. Germany, 2008, 35mm, 98 min. Director:Andreas Dresen, Cast: Ursula Werner, Horst Rehberg, Horst Westphal, Steffi Kühner
812 7th St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

PAST: POETRY: Benefit this SUN, Jan 31st for Capturing Fire, 8:00pm Suggested $10 donation

Benefit for Capturing Fire: National Queer Slam and Summit
featuring Tristan Silverman & Tara Hardy
with "Brothertongue" Gay Male Poets of DC

Sunday, January 31st
Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:00pm
Suggested donation, $10

At The Rabbit Room, Studio of Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Thom Flynn, DJ Natty Boom, and Danielle Evennou located at 52 O St, NW #100
For more info, e-mail Capturingfire[at]
Directions: See
Metro: See metro trip planner for best bus access

PAST: Highlights from CultureCapital Insider,'s new weekly email!

Please click through to get complete details, note also that there may be admission or cover charge for some of these events. These are select highlights for the week. You can sign up to receive more information in the free weekly email here!

CultureCapital Insider

Wed Jan 27DanceAntonini at Happenings at the Harman
Harman Center for the Arts
Fri Jan 29Friday Morning Music Club: Chamber Program
Sumner School Museum
RFK: Journey to Justice Pre-Performance Discussion
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Through Jan 30New Works - Workhouse Faculty and Student Exhibition
Workhouse Arts Center
Sat Jan 30Musical Extravaganza Celebrating Alexandria's Sister City, Helsingborg, Sweden
The Gallery at Convergence
Sun Jan 31Combo Fun with Cards and ATCs
Del Ray Artisans
Mon Feb 1Silk Road Dance Company: An Evening on the Silk Road
National Theatre
Through Feb 4Paintings by Anne Manley and Heidi Fowler with Ceramics by Sabri Ben Achour
Gallery plan b
Fourth Annual Photography Exhibition
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
Through Feb 12Designing the Lincoln Memorial: Daniel Chester French and Henry Bacon
National Gallery of Art
Through Feb 15Polar Obsession, Photography by Paul Nicklen
National Geographic
Through Feb 19Stories
The Honfleur Gallery
Through Feb 20The Timkov Collection
Through Feb 26Arlington Artists Alliance: Serene Scenes
Arlington County Treasurer's Office
Through Mar 31Windows into DC
Washington Convention Center
Wed Jan 27Encounters in the Amazon: From Pink Dolphins to Hanging Gardens
Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center
Evenings with Extraordinary Artists
Arts Club of Washington
Fri Jan 29
The Embassy Series: Matthias Soucek, piano, plays Schubert's Birthday
Embassy of Austria
Sat Jan 30

DCypher Dance presents DCypher 10.2: Co-Ed

The Jack Guidone Theater
33rd Birthday Celebration with Pagan Kennedy and Carolyn Forche
The Writer's Center
Winter Heat with Coyaba, Step Afrika! and Gesel Mason
Dance Place
Mon Feb 1A Birthday Tribute to Langston Hughes
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Fri Jan 29Graphic Masters III: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Wed Jan 27
Lena Seikaly, jazz singer
Thu Jan 28 Marcia Finnerty: Pandora's Jars and Boxes
Lee Arts Center
Sat Jan 30 Wake Up, Brother Bear!
Imagination Stage-Reeve Theatre
Sun Jan 31 Arlington Artists Alliance: Color Swings
Cosi at Courthouse
Northern Virginia Bead Society Designer Challenge Exhibition
Workhouse Arts Center
Mon Feb 1 Timbuktu, Kathleen Stafford's Solo Artist Exhibit
The Art League
Tue Feb 2 Uncle Cory's Art Show
The Fridge DC

For half-price advance tickets for performances throughout the region visit TICKETPLACE. Productions and performances at Theater J, Folger Theatre, Round House Theatre Bethesda, American Century Theater, The Lyceum, Ford's Theatre, Clarice Smith Center, Arena Stage, GMU Center for the Arts, Kennedy Center and the Goethe Institute are available for the week ahead. Inventory is updated daily!

Monday, January 25, 2010

PAST: List of Fundraising Events for Haiti this month! If you're going to spend money, why not help others and feel good about it!

Support relief efforts in Haiti and feel good about the money you are spending. Most suggest $10 donations, see links for specific details. Note that these are fundraisers, not free events. For ongoing food and drink related fundraiser promotions, see other post here.

If you know of additional events, donations around $10 or so, please email me at and I'll add them to the list!

Wednesday nights
Every Wednesday for a month LIV is hosting their To Haiti with Love benefit parties presented in conjunction with Young Haitian Professionals Organization. DJs, bands, poets, art. $20 suggested donation, please give as you are able.

Saturday, February 6th
The Black Cat will be holding a benefit concert.

Friday, February 12th

LiberatedMuse will hold a benefit concert.

Sunday, February 14th

“Have a Heart for
Haiti” World Dance Benefit
at Joe's Movement Emporium

Additional Notes:

Thanks! Gregslist,
We Love DC and BYT for their posts and those who have emailed me directly

For a list of organizations:

(Aside from the Red Cross) that do excellent work in Haiti please visit the Rogue Wave Project.

  • If you’re looking to throw a benefit but may need equipment ScorpioDJs are offering free music and sound equipment for anyone who needs it.
  • If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities, the Embassy of Haiti and ServeDC are asking for volunteers to man telephone banks at the Haitian Embassy, 2311 Massachusetts Ave, NW.
  • If you are able to offer mental health services and grief counseling, please contact the DC Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency at 202-272-6161.
  • Additional information on support and volunteerism can obtained by contacting the Haitian Embassy – Greater Washington Haitian Relief Committee is 202-241-3593.

PAST: ART: Dana Ellyn's Solo Show "Divinely Irreverent" Dec 5h - Jan 30th

Dana Ellyn's Controversial Show "Divinely Irreverent"

On view December 5th - January 30th

Dana's exhibition, Divinely Irreverent, immediately follows on the heels her nationally-recognized participation in the first International Blasphemy Day (September 30th) and continues her provocative pictorial questioning of America's religious and social traditions. Dana's paintings included in this exhibition will shed a unique, harsh light on the point of intersection where our faith tradition and frenzied consumerism meet. Read a review of the show on the thrillist here!

Visit Dana's website to view more of her work and to read more.

Evolve Urban Arts Project

1375 Maryland Ave NE / Pierce School Lofts

Just off of the H St NE corridor, view map here

Metro: Union Station and take a short taxi or see trip planner for bus access from metro

Sunday, January 24, 2010

PAST: POETRY: Mothertongue's Annual Anti-Valentine's Slam & Open Mic WED, Jan 27th 9:00pm at Black Cat

Mothertongue's Annual Anti-Valentine's Slam + Open Mic
Wednesday, January 27th
Free, donations appreciated to
benefit Capturing Fire

Your chance to break out your bitter break up poems! No love poems allowed this month! Cash prizes: Winner $50, Runner-Up $25 To participate in the Slam, please email dmevennou[at] You can visit Mothertongue on myspace here! See event invite on facebook here.

Save the Dates:
Capturing Fire: The first ever NATIONAL queer poetry slam
March 7th - 9th, 2010
Featuring Andrea Gibson, Baruch Porras-Hernadez, Chris August, Tara Hardy, Sonya Renyee , and more! To be held in DC! For info: capturingfire[at]

The Black Cat
1811 14th St, NW near T St
Metro: U St

Saturday, January 23, 2010

PAST: MUSIC: Benefit Show Tonight at Ebenezer's Coffee, Union Station, 8:00pm $5

Live Music with Once Okay Twice

Friday, January 29th at 8:00pm

Benefit Concert for Bolivian Boys

$5 suggested donation

Ebenezer’s Coffee House 201 F Street, NE

Metro: very close to Union Station, turn left walk down F ST to 2nd St NE

PAST: South African Hip-Hop Icon, Jabba, comes to BloomBars for a two week residency to raise awareness and to collaborate

South African hip-hop icon, Jabba, visits the US for the first time to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and support for arts education initiatives. Jabba, one of South Africa’s leading Hip Hop artists, arrives in DC for a two-week “Artist-In-Bloom” residency at BloomBars on Friday, January 15th and he'll be here through the end of January.

BloomBars is a DC-based non-profit organization that works to inspire and unite communities through the arts while nurturing artists committed to serving the community. The goal of the residency is to build a bridge between Hip-Hop communities in South Africa and the US and promote cross-cultural awareness about critical issues affecting those communities, namely HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, diabetes, and arts education.

Jabba will also be speaking at high schools, juvenile detention facilities, and lecturing at colleges and universities on his trip. All Artist-in-Bloom Resident Fellows will also perform and participate in activities with Jabba and Asheru, including Terrence Cunningham, Jabari Exum, Carolyn Malachi, and Gary Prince. The DCCAH has also lent it support to residency program. A film crew will be following the duo as a part of a documentary film project. In addition, BET International will produce a special segment on Jabba’s visit.

For more information and to read the complete press release please visit BloomBars site. All events will be donation based and are open to all ages.

Friday, January 22, 2010

PAST: MUSIC: Dave Matthews Tribute Band Crowded Streets performs this FRI, Jan 29th at Whitlows on Wilson, Meetup 8:00pm, Band 10:00pm, 21+ Free

Crowded Streets, a Dave Matthews Tribute Band
Friday, January 29th
10:00pm band starts
21+, No cover

Crowded Streets performs a Free Live Show at Whitlows on Friday night. If you are interested in getting there early to hang out with other folks who love Bands, DJs, and Dive Bars, you can join this new Meeetup group around 8:00pm.

Whitlows-on-Wilson Bar & Grill
2854 Wilson Blvd Clarendon
Arlington, VA 22201
Metro: Clarendon

PAST: Holistic Gathering and Potluck with Heal Humanity at ECAC this SAT, Jan 30th 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Universal Love Movement (ULM) Gathering
Saturday January 30th
$5 suggested donation + potluck
Arrive early as meditation starts at 7:00pm

Come Experience Heal Humanity's Universal Love Movement (ULM) Gathering Featuring: a Healing Circle, Chi Gong for Optimal Health, Group Meditation, Full Moon Celebration, Vegetarian Potluck and Networking with Humanitarian-Minded People. ULM is a monthly gathering to promote oneness, wellness and awareness. Please bring a healthy, vegan dish or snack and an open heart.

733 Euclid St, NW
Metro: See Trip Planner for best bus access

PAST: This SUN at Strathmore, Levine School Competition, 1:00pm, Free

Cogen Concerto Competition
Levine School at Strathmore
Sunday, January 31st
Free and open to the public
Complete details here

This competition, honoring founder Ruth Cogen, features students ages 6-18 years performing piano and instrumental concertos in three age divisions.

Levine at Strathmore
Room 309 & 114
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Metro: Grosvenor, walk across the parking lot into the parking structure. Take elevator to bridge level and go across the bridge, takes you right to the building

PAST: Of Note: Portion of Sales at Pangea, near GWU, to go to Haiti Relief Jan 25th - Jan 30th

January 25th - January 30th

20% of all merchandise purchased at Pangea Artisan Market and Cafe during this week will be donated to the Doctors Without Borders' Emergency Relief Fund for Haiti.
Pangea Artisan Market and Cafe
Pangea features hand made products from over 50 developing countries, including Haiti...



Thursday, January 21, 2010

PAST: Free Walking Tour of U St area "The Harlem Renaissance in DC" SAT, Jan 30th, 10:15am - 11:30am, RSVP Required

"The Harlem Renaissance in DC"
A Free Walking Tour of U St area led by Kim Roberts

Saturday, January 30th
10:15am - 11:30am
Free, but advance RSVP required

This tour covers the Jazz Age in Washington, DC, when the movement known today as the Harlem Renaissance got its start. And it started--despite its name--right here! DC was home to Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Alain Locke, and Jessie Fauset--some of the most significant writers of the Renaissance. Learn about the "Black Broadway" of U Street, with its clubs, houses, and thriving small businesses.

Presented by Holly Bass Performance Project, in honor of the 108th birthday of former DC resident Langston Hughes (on February 1). Limited to 25 participants. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and carry water. NOTE: If it is raining, snowing, or the temperatures are below freezing, this tour will be rescheduled for the following Saturday, February 6. (We want to honor Langston Hughes, but not suffer for him!)

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

PAST: ART: Call + Response (Writers + Artists) at Hamiltonian SAT, Jan 23rd - Feb 13th, Free

Call + Response (16 Writers + 16 Visual Artists)
Art at Hamiltonian
On view January 23rd - February 13th

Sixteen writers and sixteen visual artists from DC and beyond have paired to create artworks that resonate with each other for a new exhibition, Call + Response. Local Brewery, Flying Dog, based in Frederick, Maryland, will provide complimentary beer at the opening! For a complete list of pairings, participant bios, and more information, please click here. Please also see website for gallery hours.

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street, NW
Metro: U St

PAST: ART: Dave Richardson at Zenith Gallery Dec 10th - Feb 28th

Works by Artist Dave Richardson
The Soul of Seoul
Dec 10th - Feb 28th
Zenith Gallery Chevy Chase Pavilion
Full press release here

Monday, January 18, 2010

PAST: Hip Hop Trivia Night at Lounge of Three, THURS, Jan 28th 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Hip Hop Trivia Night
Thursday, January 28th
7:00pm - 11:00pm
More info on facebook invite

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

PAST: LoveSexDubstep at Bohemian Caverns TUES, Jan 26th 8:30pm - 1:30am 18+ Free- $10

LoveSexDubstep featuring Myka 9
Tuesday, January 26th
8:00pm - 1:30am
18+ Ladies Free before 10:00pm
Note: General admission is $10

At Bohemian Caverns on U St
Hosted by Enoch7th Prophet
See event info on facebook here

Comments from a friend in the scene: "Myka 9 is 1/4'th of the west coast legends Freestyle Fellowship. Their direct influence is heard everywhere from the Pharcyde, Jurassic 5 and the Black Eyed Peas to commercial darlings Bone Thugs and Twista. When the whole idea of 'glitch' first came about, Myka 9 was featured on one of the early tracks featuring vocals.... I'm quite excited to see what he does with Dubstep...which I hear he has a set of."

8:30 - 9:15 Jkanizzle (dubstep cypher)
9:20 - 9:30 Ardamus
9:35 - 9:45 Watusi
9:50 - 10:00 The Package
10:05 - 10:20 Boombap Bullies
10:25 - 10:35 Rosetta Stoned
10:40 - 10:55 Prop Non
11:00 - 11:15 Educated Consumers
11:20 - 11:40 C-Chan w/ Tame One
11:45 - 12:30 Myka 9
12:30 - 1:30 - Jkanizzle (dubstep cypher)

Bohemian Caverns
2001 11th St, NW at U St
Metro: U St

PAST: MUSIC: Free Classical Concerts this month with the Friday Morning Music Club, Now - Jan 29th

Friday Morning Music Club: Chamber Program
view all performances here

Thursday, January 21st
Noon - 1:00pm, Free
Beethoven, Piston, Tosti, and Brahms

Friday, January 22nd
Noon - 1:00pm, Free
Roussel, De Falla, Shostakovich

Sunday, January 24th
Friday Morning Music Club Chorale
4:00pm, Free
Handel: Messiah. Webster Rogers, conductor

Friday, January 29th
Noon - 1:00pm, Free
Reger, Wagner, Shostakovich

Friday Morning Music Club Chamber Program at the Sumner School Museum on 17th & M St, NW

PAST: MUSIC: Benefit for BloomBars & Haiti at Policy on 14th St, TUES, Jan 26th 7:00pm - 10:00pm, 21+ donation based

BloomBars Benefit Party at Policy
Tuesday, January 26th
7:00pm - 10:00pm
21+, donation based
Complete details on facebook here

Performances by South African Hip Hop Icon Jabba/HHP + BloomBars Allstars and Complimentary Specialty Cocktails from 7:00pm - 8:00pm.

In honor of celebrated African hip-hop artist and cultural icon Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP/Jabba), one of the biggest hip hop artists in Africa, a social activist, spokesperson on HIV/AIDS and music pioneer. Proceeds will support BloomBars’ Artist-in-Bloom Visiting Residency Initiative and cultural exchange programs. In addition to benefiting BloomBars, a portion of proceeds will benefit Haiti.

To learn more or make an online donation, visit BloomBars. You can also read their featured article in the current On Tap magazine here and read this article about BloomBars and volunteerism on Black Planet Rising's blog here.

1904 14th St
Metro: U St or take Circulator bus from Woodley Park or McPherson Square to 14th & U St and walk

PAST: Free Wine & Chocolate Tasting TUES, Jan 26th at ACKC 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Free Wine and Chocolate Tasting at ACKC
Tuesday, January 26th
6:30pm - 8:30pm

1529 14th St, NW (near Q St)
Metro: U St or McPherson Sq Metro, walk or take Circulator bus along 14th St to RI Ave/ P St

PAST: Open Mic, MON, Jan 25th "The Garden" at BloomBars 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Open Mic Night at BloomBars
Monday, January 25th
8:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, donations appreciated
Details on facebook here!

11th St at Kenyon, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: THURS, Jan 28th Black Book Coalition Mixer, 6:00pm, Free

Black Book Coalition New Year Mixer at Ulah
Thursday, January 28th
6:00pm, Free

Black Book Coalition New Year Mixer. For authors, publicists, publishers, graphic artists, and others. Sponsored by the Hurston/Wright Foundation.

Ulah Bistro
1214 U St, NW
Metro: U St

PAST: Talk about "Music and the Brain" at the Library of Congress this THURS, Jan 28th, 6:15pm, Free

Music and the Brain Series
at the Library of Congress
Thursday, January 28th
6:15pm, Free

"The Icelandic Edda: Myth and the Mind--Wagner, Tolkien and Beyond"

H.E. Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Ambassador of Iceland, Dr. Alexander Stein, psychoanalyst, The Boswell Group, Taru Spiegel, European Division, Library of Congress and Donald Crosby

The Sequentia Ensemble unveils its dramatic recreation of the Edda, the powerful Norse saga that fired Wagner’s transformation of ancient myth into a new art form. The panel looks at the origins and influence of the Edda, a few of the Edda-related treasures in the Library’s collections, including a manuscript fragment, and the potent combination of myth and music and its effect on the mind.

All events are presented at 6:15 p.m. in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C., unless otherwise noted. Tickets are not required, but seating is limited.

Metro: Capitol South

Sunday, January 17, 2010

PAST: YOGA: Free Vinyasa Flow Class at Spiral Flight Yoga SAT, Jan 23rd 4:30pm - 5:45pm

Free Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class as Part of Yoga Day USA!
Saturday, January 23rd
4:30pm - 5:45pm
Spiral Flight Yoga

Note: All classes that day are just $10 and all proceeds go to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund!

Upper Georgetown (view map)
1826 Wisconsin Ave, NW (close to S St)

Metro: Bus accessible from Metro: See Metro's Trip planner for best bus access. - Tenleytown, take any of the 30's buses south on Wisconsin - Foggy Bottom, take any of the 30's buses from Penn Ave into Georgetown. You can also take the Circulator (red bus) from K St, Farragut North or West Metro, to 34th & Wisconsin, which is very close.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

PAST: Town Tavern's 1st Anniversary Party, Open Bar this SAT, Jan 23rd 8:00pm - 10:00pm with RSVP, 21+

The Town Tavern's One Year Anniversary Party!
Saturday, January 23rd
8:00pm - 10:00pm
21+ event of course
Complimentary Open Bar for those who RSVP

The Town Tavern DC
in Adams Morgan
2323 18th St, NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights, walk or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/18th St

PAST: Fun Benefit for Woodhull Freedom Foundation & Haiti, SAT, Jan 23rd, 7:30pm Donation based

Woodhull Freedom Foundation Fundraiser
Saturday, January 23rd
Doors 7:30pm, Performance begins 8:00pm
Suggested Donation: $20, but give as you're able

Public Performance with Carol Queen, currently in rehearsals for The Vagina Monologues, sharing a private performance from the show, Nina Hartley, performing from her solo show Peep Show, and classical-jazz guitarist Dennis Sobin! A portion of the proceeds will go to Partners in Health to support relief work in Haiti.

Space is Limited so please get your tickets online in advance here and be sure to email to confirm and receive venue address and information.

PAST: ART: This show leaves Jan 23rd! Amazing! "Art in the Eye of a Needle" at Parish Gallery. See it to believe it! Note: $5

Definitely recommend that you see this in person before it goes! It is really incredible.

Parish Gallery Presents

Microscopic Sculptor, Willard Wigan, MBE

“Art in the Eye of a Needle”

November 14, 2009 – January 23, 2010

Note: $5 Admission

covers extra insurance and benefits dyslexia organization

See video on Ted here

and on Conan O'Brien here

Following the success of his three-year European tour and appearance on America’s ‘The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,’ the celebrated micro-sculptor, Willard Wigan, MBE, who makes the smallest works of art on the planet, comes to DC's Parish Gallery. His work, which has only recently been released for sale in America, has been described as ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World.’

Parish Gallery-Georgetown

Canal Square

1054 31st Street, NW

Washington, DC 20007

Metro: Farragut North or West and take Circulator bus along K St to Georgetown

PAST: Just found out about special Benefit for Haiti at the Kennedy Center Tonight! FRI, Jan 22nd, Donations collected 5:30- 7:00pm + NSO 8:00pm

AN EVENING FOR HAITI at The Kennedy Center Tonight!
In coordination with the Embassy of Haiti

Millennium Stage Special Event
Friday, January 22nd
Free, Donations will be collected

Featuring: Haitian Dance Band Tabou Combo, Members of the National Symphony Orchestra, Haitian Singers Felina Backer & John Pierremont, Georgetown University’s Let Freedom Ring Celebration Choir

All proceeds from the NSO performance will go to Red Cross!

National Symphony Orchestra
Principal Conductor Iván Fischer
Complete concert information here
Note: Tickets range from $20 - $85
or purchase for just $39 at TICKETPLACE now!

Program for tonight's performance:
Bach’s Suite No. 3 in D major
Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 (“Prague”)
Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”) with mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and tenor Stig Andersen

Complete details on facebook as well.

PAST: Book Talk with Comedian Kathy Griffin Tonight! THURS, Jan 21st at 6:30pm at Borders 18th & L

Book Talk with Comedian Kathy Griffin
Thursday, January 21st
6:30pm, Free

Comedian Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show.

1801 K St, NW
Metro: Farragut North

PAST:"Snow Globe" at Transformer Jan 16th - Feb 20th - Artist Talk: SAT, Jan 30th at 2:00pm

"Snow Globe" at Transformer Gallery January 16th - February 20th

Incorporating painting, drawing and collage to create a whimsical, winrter-themes environment, this unique collaboration between DC based artists Jessica Cebra and Zach Storm also featured a live ballet performance choreographed by Washington Ballet Director Septime Webre at the opening.

Save the date for Artist and Choreographer Talk on Saturday, January 30th at 2:00pm


1404 P St, NW
(near Whole Foods)
Metro: McPherson Square or U St and take the Circulator bus to RI Ave or walk from Dupont

PAST: MUSIC: Findlay Brown, from the UK, with other bands FRI, Jan 22nd at The Red & The Black on H St NE 21+ $8

Findlay Brown
in from London
Friday, January 22nd
Doors 9:00pm, Show 9:30pm
21+, $8 only at the door

Performing with Little Bigheart & The Wilderbeast(DC) & East Hundred (Philly, PA). Watch Findlay Brown's performance on The Late Show with David Letterman from January 12th here!

The Red & The Black
1212 H St NE
Metro: Gallery Place and X2 bus or H St Shuttle

Friday, January 15, 2010

LINK of Note: Hill Rag Calendar, January Issue

The Hill Rag has a great calendar in their print issue, and you can view it as a pdf here! Lots of events throughout the city all month long, many of which are free.

"Free in DC" now has a Logo! Hope you all like it as much as I do!

PAST: ART: Traces at Smith Farm Jan 6th - Jan 30th , Free

Traces, Celebrating the Life of Jutta Philippi Eigen
On view January 6th - January 30th

DC Artists Reunite to Celebrate a Lost Friend. Jutta Eigen was a longtime DC resident, a prominent composer, pianist and physician who died from cancer in 2002. The show’s artists all admired Eigen and have reunited to celebrate her life through art and music. Artists include Daniel Brush, Renee Butler, Yvonne Pickering Carter, Craig Cahoon, Joan Danziger, Sam Gilliam, Kitty Klaidman, Dale Loy, Jean Meisel and Elise Wiarda. The curator, Elise Wiarda, is also a member of Smith Farm Center's Cancer Help Program retreat staff.

Gallery hours:
Wednesday - Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 11:00am - 3:00pm and by appointment.

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
1632 U Street, NW
Metro: U St or take any bus along 16th St or U St

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

PAST: Last Chance: Exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Free on First Sun of the month! $10 general $8 students

Hard Copy: Book as Sculpture
Through Sunday, January 17, 2010

Free on 1st Sun every month, this Sunday, January 3rd! Free for those under 18
$8 Students with ID and 65+ $10 Adult general admission

This exhibition presents fifteen examples of artists' books that blur the lines between book and sculpture. The themes of these innovative and intimate works are as varied as the artists' personal experiences and feelings.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave, NW
Metro: Two blocks north of Metro Center

PAST: ART "Uncle Cory's Art Show" at The Fridge, Jan 9th - Feb 2nd, Free

"Uncle Cory's Art Show"
January 9th - Febraruy 2nd

The works curated into this show illustrate what happens when an adult's innocence is lost but the sense of childhood play remains. Curated by Cory Oberndorfer

Artists: Megan Blafas, Davis Connelly, DIABETIK, Amy Misurelli-Sorensen and Cory Oberndorfer

The Fridge
Rear Alley, 516 8th St, SE
Metro: Eastern Market, just a short walk from metro, turn right down 8th St, SE, turn left to get in alley

PAST: ART: Adam de Boer at the DCAC from FRI, Jan 15th - SUN, Feb 21st,

Art at the DCAC in Adams Morgan
Adam de Boer: Memory Meets Imagination Halfway
January 15th - February 21st

Themes of social ritual and emerging sexuality are set against the luminous landscapes of Southern California and Mallorca, Spain in Adam de Boer’s new series of narrative paintings. Curated by Laura Roulet

Save the Date:
Closing Event: Conversation with the Artist
Sunday, February 21st at 5:00pm

DCAC, in Adams Morgan
2438 18th St. NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator to Adams Mill, near 18th, or take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant from Dupont Circle to 18th St.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

PAST: ART: Siona Benjamin's "Blue Like Me'" at the DC JCC Now - Jan 29th, Free



OCTOBER 15, 2009 – JANUARY 29, 2010

Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from the Bombay Jewish (Bene Israel) community; she now lives in the US. Her rich, colorful paintings reflect the experience of being Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. By combining the imagery of her past with her present in America, she makes a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and Sephardic icons. This exhibition celebrates and reflects upon the intersections between cultural boundaries and personal identity, displaying vibrant canvases filled with numerous layers, characters and stories.

The Anne Loeb Bronfman Gallery
Gallery Hours:
Sun - Thurs 10:00am - 10:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Washington DC JCC
16th & Q St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle or S2 or S4 bus along 16th St

PAST: Poetry Discussion with Bruce Weigl at GWU this THURS, Jan 21st at 7:15pm

Split This Rock Poetry Discussion
Thursday, January 21st
Free and Open to the public

Join Split This Rock and The Writer's Center for a discussion of Bruce Weigl's Declension in the Village of Chung Luong at Complete details here!

George Washington University
Rome Hall, Room 351
801 22nd St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom

PAST: Discussion on Rumi at The Library of Congress, THURS, Jan 21st at 4:00pm, Free

Abdolkarim Soroush to Discuss "Persian Rumi Versus American Rumi"
Thursday, January 21st
4:00pm, Free, no RSVP needed
at The Library of Congress
Complete details here!
Metro: Capitol South

PAST: Free Yoga Class Tonight at lululemon in Clarendon, THURS, Jan 21st 7:00pm - 8:00pm

My friend Vincent is offering a Free Yoga Class Tonight!

Thursday Janurary 21st
at lululemon in Arlington, VA
7:00pm - 8:00pm

2847 Clarendon Blvd
Metro: Clarendon

PAST: Another Free Event I just found out about Tonight with SBNOW at Affinity Lab's new U St space! FRI, Jan 22nd 5:00pm

Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition Symposium
Friday January 22nd
5:00pm start time
Free! RSVP requested
Complete details here!

SB NOW and its partner the William James Foundation invite you to join us for the William James Foundation’s annual socially responsible business plan competition symposium at the newest Affinity Lab location at 920 U St, NW. Please join DC-area entrants, judges (two of which are SB NOW members), donors (one of which is an SB NOW member), and friends of the Foundation.

Affinity Lab
New location on U St!
920 U St, NW
Metro: U St

PAST: SULU DC this SAT, Jan 16th at Almaz on U St, 7:00pm, Cover is $10

3rd Saturday of every month
Saturday, January 16th
Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:00pm
Dance party starts at 10:00pm
Note: Cover $10 general, $8 students

Sulu DC is an underground, grassroots network for Asian American and/or Pacific Islander American (AAPI) artists, which provides a home for AAPI focused spoken word and multidisciplinary artists in Washington, D.C. On the third Saturday of every month, we host a performance showcase of emerging and established AAPI artists in music, spoken word, video, and multidisciplinary performances.

Almaz Restaurant & Lounge
1212 U St, NW
Metro: U St

PAST: Arena Stage Hosts a Free Play Reading by Leading Black American Playwrights this SUN, Jan 17th at Georgetown University, 7:30pm

Arena Stage hosts Readings of Works in Progress
by Leading Black American Playwrights
Sunday, January 17th
7:30pm, Free!
at Georgetown University

Join the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage and Georgetown University for a free public reading of works in progress by leading black American playwrights Lydia Diamond, Marcus Gardley, Rha Goddess, and more. The readings will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. This event is free and open to the public and is a program of the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage. If you wish to attend, please RSVP by email or you may call the Arena Stage Box Office at (202) 488-3300. To read more about the event, click here.

Can't make it to the show? You can watch a LIVE Broadcast of the show! Click here on January 17th at 7:30pm. to check out a Black Voices: Stories We’re Planning to Tell Live! Tweet your questions and comments to the panelists by using the hashtag #newplay and watch them answered live!

Gonda Theater at Georgetown University
Davis Performing Arts Center
Metro: Dupont Circle, take the Georgetown Shuttle at 20th & Mass

PAST: MON, Jan 18th at 2:00pm, Musical Celebration Honoring MLK with Chuck Brown and others at The National Cathedral, Online or In Person! Free

King in Our City: A Celebration of MLK
Live Music, Including Chuck Brown
Monday, January 18th, MLK Day
Free, in person or live online!

Metro: Tenleytown, take any 30 bus down Wisconsin

PAST: ART Soiree at the Hudson featuring Political Cartoons this SUN, Jan 17th 7:00pm, 21+ $10 cover

One Night Only Art Soiree
Sunday, January 17th
7:00pm, 21+
$10 cover includes a glass of champagne

With a touch of art, style and humor Art Soiree celebrates one year of Obama's presidency by presenting a one of a kind exhibition. The show on view will be Obama's Portfolio: Humorous highlights of the first year in office and will feature political cartoons published in 2009. If you want to check out the show, I suggest you arrive on the early end as it was super crowded last time I was there and I couldn't even see the art.

More about the show: For ages graphic satire has been a significant journalistic medium and a catalyst for political debate. This exclusive One Nigh Only exhibition will feature the most renowned editorial and political cartoonists from world's top newspapers and magazines. Their works have been published in the Economist, NY Times, Huffington Post and many other well known publications. Come and judge for yourself whether their graphic satire represents your perspective.

2030 M St, NW
Metro: Farragut North

PAST: DANCE: Capital Boogie SAT, Jan 16th at Liz Lerman Dance in Takoma, 9:00pm - 11:00pm, donation based

Capital Boogie: a shoe free community dance event

Saturday, January 16th
9:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, suggested donation $10

The DJ will be playing a combination of international dance beats (afro-beats, samba, middle eastern, etc.) and there will be three guided movement exercises - one at the beginning, one in the middle, and one at the end of the evening.

Suggested donation is $10 at the door, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. All proceeds benefit Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light - a local interfaith environmental organization

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
7117 Maple Ave (map)
Takoma Park, MD
Metro: Takoma

PAST: ART: Mid City Artists Open House SAT, Jan 23rd 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Free

Mid City Artists friend request Open House
Saturday, January 23rd
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join the artists from friend request for an open house with refreshments. Includes art by Sondra N. Arkin, Chuck Baxter, Jim Cassell, Robert Dodge, Thomas Drymon, Bill Harris, Harriet Lesser, Charlie Jones, Doris Kennedy, Bridget Sue Lambert, Lucinda Murphy, Juan Palomo, Mark Parascandola, Zade Ramsey, Ron Riley, Fabian H. Rios Rubino, Deborah Saks, Nikolas Schiller, Nicolas Shi, George Smith-Shomari, Clara de Soto, Isabelle Spicer, Trish Tillman, Ellyn Weiss.

Art 17 at Coldwell Banker
1606 17th St, NW, near Q St
Metro: Dupont Circle

PAST: MUSIC & POETRY: All Day MLK Festival at Howard University this MON, Jan 18th, 12:30pm - 10:00pm, All ages, Free

24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Gospel, Blues, Jazz and Spoken Word Festival
with Music and Poetry Jam at Howard University

Monday, January 18th
12:30pm -10:00pm
Free, all ages

This annual day-long celebration is is sponsored by the Office of the Director of the Blackburn University Center, in collaboration with Earl Banks Lettum Play. Drop by on Monday, and bring the family.

Howard University
Blackburn Center
Ballroom and Hilltop Lounge
2397 Sixth St
Metro: Shaw

Thanks to NotionsCapital for the event info

PAST: Reminder: MUSIC: Special Benefit Concert for Haiti at BloomBars THURS, JAN 21st, 8:00pm - 11:00pm, All Ages

Special Bloom For Haiti Benefit Concert
Thursday, Janurary 21st
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Please donate as you are able
All ages show

Featuring BloomBars Artist-in-Bloom residents and special guests. Jabba will perform along with several special guests. In the spirit of supporting artists committed to social justice, we've identified Wyclef's organization, Yele, and their fund for Haiti, to receive the proceeds. You can also go on their site and donate directly here. Last time there was a natural disaster in Haiti, BloomBars rallied to raise $5,000 and they are hoping to top that this time!

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

PAST: Highlights this Week from CultureCapital Insider, Now - MON, Jan 18th

Below are some Highlights from this week's CultureCapital Insider! Note: Not all events are free. For complete information, please visit their website and use the advanced search, top left. If you would like to sign up to receive this new, free weekly email directly, you can do so here!


Lena Seikaly, DC-based Jazz singer
Wednesday, January 13th
7:30pm at Strathmore
Note: $12 Metro: Grosvenor

Children's Theater Festival
Saturday, January 16th
11:00am at Rosslyn Spectrum
Presented by Teatro de la Luna
All activities are bilingual, in Arlington, VA

KanKouran West African Dance Company
Annual Perfromance in honor of MLK, Jr
Saturday, January 16th
8:00pm at Dance Place
Sunday, January 17th
4:00pm at Dance Place


Wednesday, January 13th
- Open Life Drawing Sessions: Short/Long Pose
Del Ray Artisans
Thursday, January 14th
- Art: Kazaan Viveiros at Athenaeum, Free
Monday, January 18th
- Going to School on Great Fiction
The Writer's Center


Saturday, January 16th
- Encore Stage & Studio: The Princess and the Magic Pea
Thomas Jefferson Community Center
Sunday, January 17th
- Art: Hard Copy: Book as Sculpture
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Monday, January 18th
- Art: The Darker Side of Light: Arts of Privacy, 1850-1900
National Gallery of Art
- Art: The Honor of Your Company Is Requested: President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball
Smithsonian American Art Museum


Thursday, Janurary 15th
- Stealth Reconstruction:
The Untold Story of Southern Politics and History
National Archives Experience
Sunday, January 17th
- Messing Around with Creativity Workshop
Del Ray Artisans
- Open Door Reading Series:
David Gewanter and Wayne Karlin
The Writer's Center


Thursday, January 14th
- Poetry Out Loud, Free at The Writer's Center
Saturday, January 16th
- Children's Talk and Tour at Strathmore
- To Kill a Mockingbird
Free, National Archives Experience
Monday, January 18th
- Mondays in the Mansion: Calligraphy
Free, at Strathmore Mansion


Half-price tickets available online, in advance at TICKETPLACE. Productions and performances at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, Olney Theatre, American Century Theater and Woolly Mammoth Theatre are available in the week ahead. Inventory is updated daily!

PAST: Experimental Arts event Tomorrow Night! TUES, January 19th, The Dinner Party at The Fridge 8:00pm - 10:00pm, $5

The Dinner Party: an evening of experimental dance, music and performance art
Tuesday, January 19th
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Cover: $5

The Dinner Party will be in residence at The Fridge for three months! To perform and/or join the mailing list: Save the date for Tuesday, February 16th as well!

Rear Alley
516 8th St. SE

PAST: POETRY Events SUN, Jan 17th - THURS, Jan 21st

Sunday, January 17th
David Gewanter and Wayne Karlin
2:00pm, Free

The Writers Center
4508 Walsh St
Bethesda. MD
Metro: Bethesda

Sunday, January 17th
Sunday Kind of Love
4:00pm, Free, Donations collected

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

Wednesday, January 20th
A Space Inside, Fifth Anniversary
7:00pm, Free

A Space Inside: Fifth Anniversary Party, hosted by Monica Jacobe

Riverby Books
417 E. Capitol St., SE
Capitol Hill
Metro: Eastern Market

Wednesday, January 20th
Poesis Seris
7:00pm, Free

Poesis Seris: Adam Trice, with Shep Williams on keyboards and Curly Robinson on drums. Open mic follows. Hosted by Simki Ghebremichael.

Pentagon City Borders

1201 South Hayes St
Arlington, VA
Metro: Pentagon City, exit to the right

Thursday, January 21st
Takoma Park Reading Series
7:30pm, Free

Takoma Park Reading Series: Judith McCombs, Sally Rosen Kindred, and David Gewanter

Takoma Park Community Center
Gallery 3
7500 Maple Ave., Third floor
Takoma Park, MD
Metro: Takoma.

Thursday, January 21st
Cheryl's Gone Series
8:00pm, Free

Big Bear Cafe
1st & R St, NW

Bloomingdale Neighborhood
Metro: see metro site for best bus access