Sunday, February 28, 2010

PAST: DC ARTS Advocacy Day is this WED, March 3rd! Please call, e-mail or Show up to Support the Funding for the Arts! 9:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday, March 3rd
DC Arts Advocacy Day!
9:00am - 5:00pm

Please let your voice be heard in support of the arts! Call, email or show up in person to tell the Mayor & DC City Council know that the ARTS are important to you and worth funding! There is a sample email letter and all of the council member's contact information along with other info on the facebook invite here! Read more about the 23rd Annual Arts Advocacy Day here. Please also be sure to read more on the DC Advocates for the Arts website here!

This Wednesday, March 3rd, teams of arts leaders will visit policy-makers' offices to raise awareness of the importance of government support for the arts. You are invited to join them at the DC Council office building or you can call or email the city council and mayor’s office with a message this Wednesday to let them know that they will have your vote if they support the arts!

If you want to stop by in person, please go to:
1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Metro: Federal Triangle

Saturday, February 27, 2010

PAST: Hip-Hop & Poetry: Shahid Buttar PerformsTonight at G40 Arts Summit in Crystal City, 8:00pm - 9:00pm, Free!

Revolutionary Rhymes with Hip Hop Lawyer Shahid Buttar, at G40: The Summit this Friday night. Free Show!

This Friday, March 5th
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Shahid Buttar organizes grassroots action by day and kicks rhymes by night. Complete info here!

223 23rd St Arlington, VA
Metro: Crystal City

PAST: No Kings Collective show "Activation 2719" is open this FRI, March 5th and SAT, March 6th, Free

Last chance to check out "Activation 2719"
No Kings Collective's show in Columbia Heights

Friday, March 5th
Noon – 7:00pm

Saturday, March 6th
10:00am – 5:00pm

Participating Artists: Tim “Con” Conlon, Decoy, James Walker, Emily Green Liddle, Bryan Rojsuontikul, Drew Gram, Diana Cruz, Aniekan Udofia as well as No Kings Collective themselves Brandon Hill, Francisco Esteban, and Peter Chang. More info on facebook here or on ReadysetDC here!

Activation 2719 Special Art Exhibit
2719 13th St, NW (map, between Fairmont & Girard)
Metro: Columbia Heights, short walk

PAST: ART: "First Fridays in Dupont" Galleries Open Late FRI, March 5th 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Hillyer til 9:00pm, Free

First Fridays, Galleries in Dupont Open Late
Friday, March 5th
6:00pm -8:00pm
Hillyer open 'til 9:00pm

Unfortunately, there is no formal website to link to that lists all of the participating galleries, best to stroll R St & Conn Ave. Hillyer is tucked back to the right in the alley between the two Phillips Collection buildings in 9 Hillyer Court. You an also swing by WPA to see if they have a print map of the area galleries. They are on Mass Ave between 20th & 21st.

Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north exit

PAST: ART + More: "Phillips After Five" is this THURS, March 4th 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Donation based or $12

Phillips After Five happens every 1st Thursday of the month

Thursday, March 4th
5:00pm - 8:30pm
Donation based - $12
For more info, see their calendar online

This month, there will be a performance by acclaimed choreographer Lonnie J. Hightower III, more about that here.

Please Note: You will need to ask for a "Permanent Collection" if you want a donation based entry (they give you a ticket and you can donate money by the door). If you don't specifically request this, they will most likely ask you to pay the full $12 admission, which will includes entry to the special exhibit on the third floor. Certain special events related to the special exhibit may require a full price ticket and you can ask about that if you go as those things vary each month.

Other things to know about the Phillips:

The Phillips is open until 8:30pm every Thursday night! On the first Thursday of the month they host the After Five events. Admission is donation based on Thursday eves and during the day Tuesday - Friday! Just remember to tell them you want to see the "Permanent Collection" as they will likely request you to pay the full admission which includes the special exhibit on the third floor.

Visitors under 18 are always free and students and visitors 62 and over pay discounted fees. On Sundays at 4:00pm there is live musical performance, usually classical, included in the admission price of $12. You can view the music schedule here!

The Phillips Collection
1600 21st St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit

PAST: MUSIC: Cello Performance near Georgetown Univ, Free for Students with ID, TUES, March 2nd 7:30pm at La Maison Francaise

Cello recital by Alexis Descharmes
at La Maison Française
Tuesday, March 2nd
Regularily $20
FREE for those w/valid Student ID

Cello music by Dutilleux, Hurel, Kodaly, Reynolds, Saariaho

La Maison Française/Embassy of France
4101 Resevoir Rd, NW (map)
in Georgetown, near the University

Metro: Bus access from metro, see Metro trip planner for best bus from Dupont or Foggy Bottom (it looks like 8 blocks or so if you want to walk from Wisconsin Ave bus stop at Resevoir Rd - Circulator or any 30 bus) you can also take the G2 bus to GU main entrance at 37th & P or hop on the GU free shuttle to campus, but I'm not sure of their hours if it will get you back to the metro, it picks up at 20th & Mass Ave in Dupont.

PAST: POETRY: Reading at the Arts Club of Washington with Tom Healy and Gabrielle Calvocoressi WED, March 3rd 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Poetry event at the Arts Club of Washington
Wednesday, March 3rd
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Featuring Tom Healy and Gabrielle Calvocoressi, two rising stars of the poetry world, in celebration of their bold, inventive, and compassionate collections. Readings will be followed by a light reception and booksigning. This free event, which is open to the public, is part of an ongoing series at the Arts Club. Complete info on facebook invite here!

Arts Club of Washington
2017 I St, NW
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut North

PAST: MUSIC: This FRI, March 5th at The Black Cat, The Vita Ruins and Ra Ra Rasputin, All ages. Note: $10 in advance

The Vita Ruins CD Release Party with Ra Ra Rasputin
at The Black Cat, Mainstage
Friday, March 5th
9:00pm - Midnight
All ages, $10 online in advance (or $12 at door)

Come celebrate the release of The Vita Ruins debut full length album "A Day Without A Name" with my friends in Ra Ra Rasputin and the Cobra Collective at The Black Cat + DJ sets by Ed Dudes. Complete info on facebook here.

Black Cat
1811 14th St, NW
Metro: U St

Thursday, February 25, 2010

ON AIR: The Kojo Namdi Show discusses Columbia Heights Development WED, March 3rd at Noon - Recorded at All Souls TUES, Feb 23rd

You can listen to this show on Wednesday, March 3rd at noon on WAMU 88.5
Topic: Columbia Heights Development
You can email comments in online

Kojo Namdi Show
at All Souls Unitarian
Tuesday, February 23rd

Join the Kojo Namdi Show for 2010's first "Kojo in Your Community" next Tuesday at All Souls. Share the view from your neighborhood:

All Souls Unitarian Church

16th & Harvard
Metro: Columbia Heights or take S2, S4, S1 or S9 along 16th St to Harvard St

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

PAST: MUSIC: Jake Laufer & Rene Moffatt at Iota MON, March 1st, 8:30pm, $10 cover

Monday, March 1st
Show starts 8:30pm
Note: $10 cover

Not too much happening on a Monday so I thought I'd give a shout out for this show with fellow 42 bus rider Rene Moffatt. He'll be opening for Jake Laufer and Sherpa Underground at Iota in Arlington.

Iota Club and Cafe
2832 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA
Metro: Clarendon, two block walk

PAST: ART: "Words in Space" at Hamiltonian SAT, Feb 20th - March 20th, Free

Opening Reception at Hamiltonian
"Words in Space"
Artworks by Bryan Rojsuontikul
Saturday, February 20th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Show runs Feb 20 - March 20

Also showing are Alex Kondner, Linda Hesh and Ian MacLean Davis. More info on the facebook invite here.

Read ReadysetDC's interview with Bryan Rojsuontikul to learn more about him and his work here.

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St, NW
Metro: U St

PAST: ART: "Under the Influence" at Aroma lounge, works by Matt Sesow & Dana Elllyn 21+

"Under the Influence (3)"
Dana Ellyn & Matt Sesow
On View now, 21+

"Under the Influence (3)" will be at Aroma* in Cleveland Park, the place where the newly married local couple first met close to 9 years ago! Complete details on facebook invite here. There's the obvious reference to drinking but, on a deeper level, it refers to the influence Matt and Dana have had on each other as painters. They will fill Aroma with a bevy of thought provoking and affordable paintings for your perusal and possible purchase directly from the artists.

* Aroma is one of the few smoking allowed bars in DC, though the back room is completely smoke free, the front room and main bar allows smoking so you may leave smelling like smoke.

3417 Connecticut Ave, NW
just south of the Metro - between Ordway St & Porter St
Metro: Cleveland Park

PAST: FILM and Q & A: The Emerging Filmmaker Series at AFI this SUN, Feb 28th 3:00pm - 4:30pm

The Emerging Filmmaker Series at AFI
Sunday, February 28th
Screening at 3:00pm
Q&A with director and actors
4:00pm – 4:30pm

The Emerging Filmmaker Series, a film presentation designed to celebrate the works of young, independent filmmakers in Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas, will host its inaugural screening featuring the premiere of DC-based film, Three Blind Mice. Roused by the area’s growing population of young film talent, the Series’ opening will showcase short films from a variety of genres, including drama, comedy, and suspense. Three Blind Mice was directed by DC – Native and rising filmmaker, Jade Holmes. The short-drama interweaves the troubled lives of three African-American men as they search for opportunity in the Nation’s capital.

AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Rd
Silver Spring, MD
Metro: just a block from Silver Spring

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"Cheap Eats: Best Bang for your Buck" meals for under $8 - What are your favorites?

So, I was hungry today and decided to head over to Baja Fresh and was so thrilled when my veggie burrito was just $5.49 with tax! Where do you go for deals on food? I'm thinking of compiling this one post where I include reader's choices. Preferably healthy pics (no fast food chains) that you can find in DC. Any specials for lunch? Happy hour? Dinner deals? Let me know your thoughts! I don't eat out a lot but when I do, here are some of my favorite places for fast, filling and tasty food under $8 (incl tax).

Casual Places, no waiter service:

* Baja Fresh
* Chipotle
* Five Guys
* Pete's a Pizza (Columbia Heights)
* Pret a Manger (Farragut West)
* Old City Cafe of Jerusalem (falafel shop in Adams Morgan)

Readers favorites:

* Good Stuff Eatery
* California Tortilla
* Nirvana Express (Farragut West food court)

Sit Down, waiter service:

* Tryst, great salads and sandwiches
* Busboys and Poets, sandwiches

Readers favorites:

* Daily Grille, for happy hour, $2.95 menu & cocktails
* Wok and Roll on H St in Chinatown, cheap appetizers

What are your favorite places to get the best bang for your buck? Please reply by leaving a comment and I'll add them to the list.

Food Carts: (Thanks Christian for these suggestions)
Pedro & Vinny's
Fojol Bros

PAST: Select Highlights this week from CultureCapital Insider!

Please note that you will need to click on the links to find details. Some events may have an admission fee. Some may also be outside of DC. Please see metro triplanner for transit access.

Subscribe to CultureCapital INSIDER!

CultureCapital Insider

For half-price tickets to performances throughout the region visit
TICKETPLACE. Productions and performances at National Geographic Society, Folger Theatre, Keegan Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Teatro de la Luna, Washington Shakespeare Company, Washington Stage Guild, Joe's Movement Emporium, Round House Theatre Silver Spring, Clarice Smith Center and the Goethe Institut are available for the week ahead. Inventory is updated daily!

Fri Feb 26Free for All Fridays
Round House Theatre Education Center

Free Staged Reading of Wenceslas Square
The Writer's Center

Friday Morning Music Club: Chamber Program
Sumner School Museum
Sat Feb 27Polar Exploration Family Day
National Archives Experience
Sun Feb 28Glo28
The Fridge DC

Open Door Reading Series: Poetry and Prose Open Mic
The Writer's Center
Through Feb 28Arlington Artists Alliance: Tropical Escape
Cosi at Courthouse
Mon Mar 1Creative Dialogue: Internet Identity: Women in a Virtual World
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Through Mar 6Terry Schupbach-Gordon: Artist's Books, Prints and Drawings from Catbird (on the Yadkin) Press
McLean Project for the Arts
Through Mar 7Paintings by Ted Milligan with a Mini Group Photo Show
Gallery plan b
Through Mar 10Polar Obsession: Photographs by Paul Nicklen
National Geographic
Through Mar 14In the Darkroom: Photographic Processes before the Digital Age
National Gallery of Art
Through Mar 26Marcella Morgese, Library Gallery
Montpelier Arts Center
Through Mar 31Windows into DC
Washington Convention Center

Sat Feb 2719th Annual Strathmore Artist Members Exhibition

Fri Feb 26Arlington Artists Alliance: By Day and By Night
Arlington County Board Offices
Sat Feb 27The Workhouse Celebrates Black History Month Featuring an Exhibition
Workhouse Arts Center
Sun Feb 28Culture of the Mind & Spirit
Montpelier Arts Center

Faculty Show
The Art League

Monday, February 22, 2010

PAST: It's Glo's Birthday Celebration at The Fridge and You're Invited! Next SUN, Feb 28th 9:00pm - 1:00am, Free

Sunday, February 28th
9:00pm - 1:00am
Free all night, open to all!

Join The Fridge as they celebrate Associate Director, Glo's birthday and lavish her with a few of her favorites: great vibes, sick tunes, lots of dancing, booze... and sweets. They'll be ringing in her 28th year officially at midnight with complimentary champagne and cupcakes! Featuring: DJ Gold and NavboX Stranger Than Paradise/DC. Check out NavboX's latest podcast for Adventures of Soul Clap here.

The Fridge
Rear Alley
516 8th St, SE (map)
Metro: Eastern Market, short walk on 8th St

PAST: Free Things to do this Week! Highlights Post MON, Feb 22nd - SUN, Feb 28th

Highlights for FREE Things to do this Week!
New weekly feature also on ReadysetDC

Monday, February 22nd

Film: Screening & Discussion of "Sold: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade"
6:30pm - 8:30pm in Georgetown at Letelier Theater

Dance: Afro Cuban Orisha Work Out!
6:30pm - 8:00pm at Mamasita on U St

"Food Safety & Security" Discussion and clips from the Film "Food Inc"
6:00pm - 7:00pm at GMU Arlington Campus

Young Playwrights' Theater presents New Writers Now!
7:00pm at Gala Hispanic Theatre in Columbia Heights

Tuesday, February 23rd

"Investing in your Future" Talk about Finances at CAAB
12:00pm - 1:00pm at 18th & K St

Kojo Namdi Show Live "Kojo in Your Community"
6:30pm at All Souls Unitarian 16th & Harvard

Film: Screening of The Eclipse at AMC Georgetown
6:30pm, RSVP Required

Wednesday, February 24th

Music: Songs by African American Composers at National Gallery of Art
12:10pm at NGA West Building

Author and Playwright Eve Ensler at Busboys & Poets
6:30pm at Busboys 14th & V St

Kostume Karaoke at Solly's (21+)
8:00pm - 1:30am at Solly's on U St

Thursday, February 25th

Meet the Artist Phoebe Greenberg
7:00pm - 8:00pm at the Hirshorn

Friday, February 26th

Music: Irish- American Soul Singer Sticky Mulligan, Intersections Festival
6:30pm & 10:30pm at Atlas on H St, NE

Saturday, February 27th

Music: Og Ceol with Oran Sandel, Intersections Festival
4:00pm & 6:00pm at Atlas on H St, NE

Sunday, February 28th

Music: Levine School of Music Guitar Performance, Intersections Festival
3:30pm at Atlas on H St, NE

Film: Screening of "The Eyes of Me" at Busboys & Poets
5:00pm at Busboys 14th & V St

Music: Blues Professor Performance, Intersections Festival
6:00pm at Atlas on H St, NE

Party at The Fridge for Glo's Birthday - You're Invited!
9:00pm - 1:00am at The Fridge in Eastern Market

PAST: MUSIC: Levine School of Music Guitar perfromance at Atlas, SUN, Feb 28th 3:30pm, Free

Levine School of Music Guitar Performance
Sunday, February 28th
Free, all ages

Enjoy a Café Concert intersection of classical to contemporary sounds from outstanding students of guitar. Levine School of Music, based in Washington, DC, is one of the nation's leading nonprofit community music schools.

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St, NE
Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown and take the x2 bus from H St or the free H St Shuttle on 7th St at H, see right side of the blog for a link to post about shuttle information. You can also metro to Union Station and take a taxi about 14 blocks.

PAST: MUSIC: Blues Professor Wale Liniger Live at Atlas, SUN, Feb 28th, 6:00pm, Free

Blues Professor Wale Liniger performs
as part of the Intersections Festival
Sunday, February 28th
Free, all ages

Take a unique journey into the blues with a Swiss-born artist who has made this distinctly American sound his own. Spinning tunes and tales inspired by his own transcultural world, Wale weaves harmonica, guitar and voice into a rich musical tapestry.

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St, NE

Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown and take the x2 bus from H St or the free H St Shuttle on 7th St at H, see right side of the blog for a link to post about shuttle information. You can also metro to Union Station and take a taxi about 14 blocks.

PAST: FILM: Free Screening of "The Eyes of Me" at Busboys, SUN, Feb 28th at 5:00pm

Film Screening of "The Eyes of Me"
Sunday, February 28th
Free, RSVP

Community Cinema screening of "The Eyes of Me" which follows four high school students grappling with these usual teenage concerns -- all while being blind. Director Keith Maitland takes an extraordinary peek into their world where learning to cross an intersection, cook a meal or navigate an unfamiliar place can be much more difficult than any calculus lesson. Sponsored by WHUT/ITVS.

Please RSVP here or call 202-939-0794 and include the date Sunday, Feb 28th in your request.

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

Saturday, February 20, 2010

PAST: WED, Feb 24th Free Concert at Freer Sackler Museum with Japanese Ensemble, 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Sukeyasu Shiba's Gagaku Universe
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Meyer Auditorium
Free, tickets required

For those interested, there will be a Pre-concert gallery tour, Arts of Japan at 6:45pm

Composer Sukeyasu Shiba, a long-time member of Japan’s Imperial Household Agency gagaku orchestra, leads his eleven-member Reigakusha ensemble of musicians and dancers in a performance of original music and choreography. Shiba’s works revitalize an ancient combination of ritual dance accompanied by sho (mouth-organ), biwa (lute), ryuteki (flute), hichiriki (double-reed), percussion, and other instruments rarely heard in the West. This performance is part of the thirty-fifth anniversary celebrations of Music From Japan, based in New York City, and it marks the organization’s twelfth annual program at the Freer Gallery.

Freer & Sackler, Smithsonian Museum
facebook page
1050 Independence Ave, SW
Metro: Smithsonian

PAST: ART: Closing Reception this SAT, Feb 27th 6:30pm - 8:30pm Matt Sesow & Dana Ellyn's Wedding Show "Till Death Do Us Part" at Longview, Free

Matt & Dana

Matt Sesow & Dana Ellyn's Joint Art Show

Snow didn't stop the wedding on Feb 5th and their Art is still on view Feb 5th - March 1st! If you weren't able to make it out due to the snow, you can still check out the show !

Closing Reception

Saturday, February 27th


There's also a great new write up about Matt and Dana and their wedding in The Washington Post by Dan Zak which I definitely recommend reading here!

Two of DC's most talented full time artists, Matt Sesow and Dana Ellyn were married the opening night of their show "Til Death Do Us Part" at Longview Gallery on Friday, February 5th.

You can read the full press release from the fabulous Sarah Massey of Massey-Media and learn more about Matt and Dana's story of how they met and fell in love here!

Long View Gallery

1234 9th St, NW

Metro: Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center

PAST: Meet the Artist Phoebe Greenberg at the Hirshorn THURS, Feb 25th, 7:00pm - 8:00pm Free

Meet the Artist Phoebe Greenberg
Thursday, February 25th
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Complete info here!

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

PAST: Free Staged Reading of Wenceslas Square at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, FRI, Feb 26th 7:30pm

Free Staged Reading of Wenceslas Square
Friday, February 26th

The American Ensemble Theatre presents a staged reading of Larry Shue's Wenceslas Square, directed by Krista Cowan. This admission-free series is co-sponsored by The Writer's Center.

The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
Metro: Bethesda

PAST: FILM: Free Screening of the "March of the Penguins" SAT, Feb 27th at 2:00pm

Film Screening of "March of the Penguins"
Saturday, February 27th

This beautiful nature documentary follows the annual journey of emperor penguins to their breeding ground in Antarctica. The film focuses on one steadfast pair as they face birth and death, dating and mating, and predators in their fight for survival. Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. (2005, 84 minutes)

National Archives Experience
Constitution Avenue, NW
between 7th and 9th Streets
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Friday, February 19, 2010

PAST: Special Event "Call 2 Presence" Interactive Live Cinema Event with VJ Um Amel at The Fridge this THURS, Feb 25th 7:30pm - 11:00pm, $10 cover

One of DC's original Word of Mouth Poets, Laila (who now live in Cali) is back in DC this week to launch her career as digital artist, under the name: VJ Um Amel. She will be performing a wild, one time only interactive event at The Fridge this Thursday night! Description of the event is below. It's easier to just read it that to have me try to explain it.

Call 2 Presence, an Interactive Live Cinema Performance
Thursday, February 25th (doors 7:30pm)
7:30pm - 11:00pm

Live Cinema event with VJ Um Amel
8:00pm - 8:30pm or so

Live music by my friend, dj v:shal kanwar
along with more visuals to follow
9:00pm – 11:00pm

Note: $10 admission, includes performance and DJ party after
Limited number of tickets available online, please purchase here!

Be a part of this historic art event as we bring in the audience to participate in the live VJ storytelling, tracking the crowd's emotions via real-time imagery. The audience gets to decide how the story is told in this interactive live cinema performance on Thursday, February 25th at The Fridge in Washington, DC's historic Eastern Market neighborhood. In this 30- minute performance, VJ Um Amel (Arabic for ‘Mother of Hope’), an animated cyborg who is also a mother, invites the audience to get present with our post- 911 world.

The Fridge DC
Rear Alley,
516 8th Street, SE
Metro: Eastern Market, short walk to the right on 8th St

PAST: MUSIC: Arlington Folks, Sol & Funk Root Live FRI, Feb 26th at LA Bar, 9:30pm - 1:00am, Free, 21+

9th Floor Music event in Arlington
Funk Reggae Blues Rock Jazz
with Sol & Funk Root
Friday, February 26th
9:30pm - 1:00am
Free, 21+

Sol tears out funk, blues, and reggae this Friday at LA Bar in Arlington, VA. Sol has performed around the world with roots and r&b legends, and performs a unique mix of funk, blues, rock, and reggae original songs, as well as a few covers. Learn more about him and his music here.

2530 Columbia Pike
Arlington VA 22204
Note: Easiest reached by car
Metro: Pentagon - it's a little over a mile walk or about a 4 minute taxi ride

PAST: MUSIC: Omega Band Performs at Chief Ike's THURS, Feb 25th, 9:00pm

Thursday, February 25th
9:00pm, 21+
Note: $5 cover

Chief Ike's Mambo Room
1725 Columbia Rd, NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus

PAST: MUSIC: Og Ceol with Oran Sandel, Intersections Festival, SAT, Feb 27th 4:00pm & 6:00pm, Free

Music: Og Ceol with Oran Sandel, Intersections
Saturday, February 27th
4:00pm & 6:00pm
Free, all ages

Traditional Irish tunes by Og Ceol, a duo of teen musicians – fiddler Jamie Sandel and Irish flute and whistle player Malinda Reese. Intersecting with folk guitarist Oran Sandel, Og Ceol will share the tunes they’ve learned at the knee of players in both Ireland and the US, but with a distinctive, contemporary twist. Other festival musicians, including percussionist Tom Teasley, will sit in on this lively session, too. Enjoy a unique festival collaboration of musicians of diverse ages, traditions and styles.

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St, NE
Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown and take the x2 bus from H St or the free H St Shuttle on 7th St at H, see right side of the blog for a link to post about shuttle information. You can also metro to Union Station and take a taxi about 14 blocks.

PAST: MUSIC: Irish-American soul-singer Sticky Mulligan FRI, Feb 26th at Intersections Festival at Atlas, 6:30pm & 10:30pm, Free

Intersections Festival continues!
Free Performance by Sticky Mulligan
Friday, February 26th
6:30pm & 10:30pm
Free, all ages

Sticky Mulligan is an Irish-American soul singer and multi-instrumentalist who just released his debut album, Showtime, filled with soulful grooves and beautiful melodies that draw from Celtic, jazz and funk influences. Relax in the festival cafe with this intriguing intersection of musical styles.

Intersections Festival (more events listed here)
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St, NE

Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown and take the x2 bus from H St or the free H St Shuttle on 7th St at H, see right side of the blog for a link to post about shuttle information. You can also metro to Union Station and take a taxi about 14 blocks.

PAST: Author Event: Playwright Eve Ensler at Busboys & Poets WED, Feb 24th 6:30pm, Free

Wednesday, February 24th
6:30 pm
Free, open to all

Eve Ensler signs and discusses her latest book, "I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World" at Busboys and Poets 14th & V St location. This event will be held in the main area of the restaurant but please arrive early to ensure seating. The event will open with a performance by drummers from The Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project. Co-sponsored by V-DAY.

Eve Ensler is an American playwright, performer, feminist and activist, best known for her play The Vagina Monologues. Her experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-DAY, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. "I am an Emotional Creature" is a celebration of the authentic voice inside every girl and an inspiring call to action for girls everywhere to speak up, follow their dreams, and become the women they were always meant to be. The Book available for purchase at Busboys and Poets Books.

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

OF NOTE: Here's a Link to a Happy Hour Finder!

Check out this link to for Happy Hour deals!

OF NOTE: Another Post I thought I'd Pass along "Ten Under $10" Ideas for things to do this week

Ten Under $10 Perfect your curling game, burn calories while hooping, and mix Chuck E. Cheese with a cocktail bar. Posted by Eliot Stein on Wednesday, February 17th. Another link I thought I'd pass along to you all from Washingtonian online.

PAST: ART: Closing Reception at Hillyer in Dupont this FRI, Feb 26th 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Art Closing Reception at Hillyer
Friday, February 26th
5:00pm - 8:00pm

This Friday night, Hillyer will be hosting a Closing Reception for "Structured Turbulence" by Dana Frostick and IA&A's membership exhibition: "Constructing Differences, Uncovering Connections" curated by Maria Barbosa. Complete details on facebook invite here.

Hillyer, International Arts & Artists
9 Hillyer Court, NW
in alley between the Phillips buildings, turn right
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St North exit

OF NOTE: Here's a post I thought you might like "Penny Pinchers: Dates on a Budget"

Just found this article on Washingtonian Magazine online site and I thought it might be a good resource for you all!

"Penny Pinchers: Dates on a Budget
" Need a cheap-date idea? Here are good options from happy hours to discount theater nights. Posted by Kyle Jameson

I just added a comment as well reminding folks about TICKETPLACE which is also a great resource for half-price advance tickets to all kinds of great performances at arts and cultural venues in the DC area. Inventory changes daily. It looks like there are still tickets for shows this weekend!

PAST: "Art of the Blog_" this FRI, Feb 26th 6:00 - 8:00pm & GALLERY Event/ Party After 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Two great events - one great eve! Click on the image to view larger. Thanks ReadysetDC and No Kings Collective for organizing!

"Art of the Blog_"
6:00pm - 8:00pm
excited for this one!

The GALLERY at District
No Kings Collective Launch!
8:00pm - 10:00pm

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

PAST: MUSIC: This SUN, Feb 21st at The Black Squirrel 8:00pm - 11:00pm, 21+ $5 donation

Live Music by Mr. Marcos & the Banana Monopoly
Sunday, February 21st
8:00pm - 11:00pm

$5 suggested donation will go to Appalachian Voices to support their efforts to end mountaintop removal coal mining.

A Sunday evening of tastefully curated acoustic Americana, bluegrass and eclectic tunes, featuring my friend Marc Harkness along with Shannon Murray, Sarah Foard, Jessie P., Mark Finkelpearl and other guest performers. This should be an evening of good thoughtful tunes, and maybe some foot-stomping fun. My friend Jessica Philie will also be performing a few songs. Should be a fun time!

Black Squirrel
2427 18th St, NW
in Adams Morgan
Metro: Dupont and take the 42 bus to 18th St or Circulator bus from Woodley or Columbia Heights to Adams Mill

PAST: ARTIST TALK with Adam de Boer at DCAC this SUN, Feb 21st at 5:00pm, Free

Conversation with the Artist, Adam de Boer
Sunday, 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, Memory Meets Imagination Halfway. Evoking Vladimir Nabokov as psychological literary muse,De Boer also engages the art historical influences of Francisco Goya, Balthus and Eric Fischl.

Gallery in Adams Morgan
2438 18th St, NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/ 18th St

PAST: FILM: Free Screening of "Sold: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade " & Coversation with the Filmaker MON, Feb 22nd 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

Free Film Screening and Discussion
SOLD: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade
Monday, February 22nd
6:30pm - 8:30pm
in Georgetown at Letelier Theater

The Trinity Forum invites you to join us for a film screening and conversation with Jody Hassett Sanchez, Trinity Forum Senior Fellow and director and producer of SOLD.

About the Film: Can one person make a difference when it comes to to ending slavery today? In SOLD: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade, look inside the lives of three modern-day abolitionists daring to take on the problem of slavery in their own countries as they draw on their Muslim, Hindu, and Christian faiths to fight one of the world’s most horrendous injustices: human bondage.

Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Details about the event and more info about the film can be found here. If you enjoy going out to Film events, you can check out the Washington Film MeetUp Group here.

Letelier Theater

3251 Prospect Street, NW (map)
Washington, DC 20007
Metro: Farragut North or Foggy Bottom and take the Circulator bus on K St or Penn Ave to Georgetown stop near the Barnes and Noble

PAST: FILM: Free Screening of The Eclipse TUES, Feb 23rd at Georgetown AMC, 6:30pm, RSVP Required

Tuesday, February 23rd
at Georgetown AMC

Film starts at 6:30pm
Free, RSVP is required

The Embassy of Ireland and Magnolia Pictures invite you and a guest to a preview of THE ECLIPSE, a film by Conor McPherson. A Q&A with director Conor McPherson and actor Ciaran Hinds follows the screening. RSVP to (202) 339-9598 or Note also that seating is first come, first served and an RSVP does not guarantee a seat so please arrive early.

About the Film: THE ECLIPSE tells the story of Michael Farr (Ciarán Hinds), a teacher raising his two kids alone since his wife died two years earlier. Lately he has been seeing and hearing strange things late at night in his house. He isn't sure if he is simply having terrifying nightmares or if his house is haunted. Embellished by the supernatural, THE ECLIPSE is a film about the challenges of love, fear of the unknown and release from the burden of grief. (Rated R, 88 min)
THE ECLIPSE opens in DC on April 9th at Landmark’s E Street Cinema.

Free Screening will be held at
AMC Georgetown

3111 K St, NW

Metro: Farragut North or Foggy Bottom, take the Circulator bus to Georgetown from K St or Penn Ava to the stop just before Wisconsin Ave

PAST: Free Talk at CAAB this TUES, Feb 23rd "Investing In Your Future for the Young Professional" 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Investing In Your Future for the Young Professional
Tuesday, February 23rd
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join Greater DC Cares, Capital Area Asset Builders, and Certified Financial Planner Rebecca Schreiber for the 3rd part of our popular, 4-part financial management training series for the young professional. Are you confused by your 403(b)? Don't know the difference between an index fund and an index card? To learn about these subjects - and how to create a comfortable retirement for yourself in the future - attend the Investing In Your Future seminar. This seminar will show you how to identify the right investments for busy professionals while making the most of your 403(b) or IRA. Click Here to register.

Capital Area Asset Builders
1801 K Street NW
Suite M100
Metro: Farragut North

PAST: PLAYWRIGHTS Event: New Writer's Now! Performance at Gala Hispanic Theatre MON, Feb 22nd, 7:00pm, Free

New Writers Now! The Heights of Change Presented by Young Playwrights' Theater
Monday, February 22nd

New Writers Now! features professional actors in a staged reading of student plays fresh from the classroom, followed by a community discussion about the plays with the playwrights. Young writers discover the value of sharing their work and recognize that the community is invested in the stories they tell.

GALA Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th St, NW (at Park Rd)
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: MUSIC: Acoustic Sessions, Live Music at Mid City Caffe Tonight! TUES, Feb 23rd, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

Acoustic Sessions with Sally Howard at Mid City Caffe
Tuesday, February 23rd
7:00pm - 10:00pm

For the Acoustic Sessions evening, Mid City Caffe will be open late and will offer Coffee specials along with free live music by Sally Howard.

Mid City is one of my favorite coffee shops in DC, with a great laid back vibe, excellent barista's and delicious counter culture espresso! Read more about Mid City on their facebook page here or their website here.

Mid City Caffe
Above Miss Pixies
Metro: U St or Dupont and walk or you can take the 52 or 54 bus from anywhere along 14th St.

PAST: FILM: Discussion & Free Screening of portions of "Food Inc" at GMU Arlington Campus, MON, Feb 22nd 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Film, Discussion & Free Pizza
"Food Safety and Security"
Monday, February 22nd
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Explore various angles of the topic and focus on food development and marketing; the role of corporate America in food production; farmer’s markets, and the legal and ethical issues associated with the food industry. Portions of “Food Inc.,” a documentary on food safety, will be screened. There will be Q&A and Free pizza. (I wonder if they will be bringing in Amy's Organic Pizza's made at home, that would be great!) Thanks to Jay at DCFUD for this tip!

George Mason University, Arlington Campus
Original Building, Room 244 (campus map)
3301/3401 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA

Metro: Virginia Sq - GMU Station. Take the escalator to the street level, and turn to face Fairfax Drive. Across the street and to the right, you will see the FDIC building. The Arlington Campus is next door.

PAST: DANCE: Youth Dance Ensemble Open House SUN, Feb 21st at Joy of Motion, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Free

Youth Dance Ensemble Open House
Presented by Joy of Motion Dance Center
Sunday, February 21st
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Free and open to all!

All five levels of the Youth Dance Ensemble will be presenting demonstrations that illustrate their classwork and you'll have a chance to see them perform! Faculty will also be on hand to answer questions and to talk about the work that they do with each level.

Joy of Motion, Friendship Heights

5207 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Metro: Friendship Heights, Jennifer St exit, walk right 1 block

PAST: Enjoy working in Restaurants? Try out for a new Food Network Show this MON, Feb 22nd from 10:00am - 3:00pm

24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Food Network’s new restaurant competition series from the producers of The Next Food Network Star is currently casting the very first season and they are holding an open casting call in Washington, DC this Monday!

Washington, DC Open Call
Monday, February 22, 2010
10:00am – 3:00pm

They are looking for:

* Two to five person teams with pre-existing relationships (brother/sister, mother/son, etc) who would love the chance to prove that they can run a restaurant.
* A dynamic front of house and back of house duo. One person on the team will run the front of the house and the other person on the team will be the chef and run the kitchen. All levels of experience considered.
* Lots of energy and charisma and personalities that pop!

Complete info can be found on DCFUD post here!

Zentan Restaurant
in the Donovan House Hotel
1155 14th St, NW
Thomas Circle
Metro: McPherson Square and walk or take any bus along 14th St north and get off at the stop right after you go through Thomas Circle

PAST: Free Afro Cuban Orisha Work Out this MON, Feb 22nd at Mamista on U St, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

"Live the Dance"
Afro Cuban Orisha Work Out!
Monday, February 22, 2010
6:30pm - 8:00pm

This first class being offered by Dane Figueroa Edidi is being offered for free so you can see what Orisha dance is all about. It claims to be a meditative journey and a fierce workout and from the look of the pic, it looks like fun! Along with this class, you will have a chance to see the space, network with others, and learn about classes at both Mamasita (in Takoma Park) and Mamasita U. Details on facebook here.

Mamasita U
11th and U St, NW
Metro: U St

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

PAST: ART: WVSA Articulate Gallery "Winter Wonderland" Exhibit

WVSA ARTs "Winter Wonderland"
On view Monday - Friday
10:00am - 6:00pm

"Winter Wonderland" is an exhibition of original winter-inspired, watercolor pieces done by the ARTiculate ARTists at WVSA. Artwork is available for post viewing and purchase during gallery hours.

WVSA's ARTiculate Gallery
1100 16th St, NW (16th & L)
Metro: Farragut North

Monday, February 15, 2010

PAST: ART: "Inside/Outside" at Smith Farm FRI, Feb 3rd - Feb 27th, Free

"Inside/Outside" Art on View at Smith Farm
On view February 3rd - February 27th

Over the past thirty years Mia Choumenkovitch has revealed art’s liberating and rehabilitative power in her work with residents of the DC Department of Corrections facilities, and was duly honored with the Mayor’s Art Award in 2007. This rare collection of her students’ works exhibits the unique perspective of an artist living behind bars- looking to the outside world, not only from their physical confines but also from the interior of their soul.
Please see website for gallery hours.

Smith Farm's Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
1632 U St, NW
Metro: U St or take any S2, S4, S1 or S9 bus along 16th St to U St

PAST: ART: "Go for Gold!" at Civilian FRI, Feb 19th - March 20th, Free

Go for Gold!:The Transformation of the Lower Lea Valley
Show runs February 19th - March 20th

Civilian Art Projects is pleased to present photographic selections from Gesche Würfel's multi-year project Go for Gold! The solo exhibition Go for Gold! The Transformations of the Lower Lea Valley, a first for the artist in Washington, DC. Go for Gold! depicts the transformation of London's landscape in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games. A trained urban planner, Würfel began the project in 2006 as an investigation into globalization and how it disrupts relationships between residents and their natural and built environment.

Civilian Art Projects

1019 7th St, NW (now located at the Warehouse space)
Metro: Mt Vernon Square - Convention Center

PAST: ART: Show at Washington Studio School Feb 5th - March 5th, Free

Opening Reception, Snow Date, this Friday!
Washington Studio School Annual Student Show
Friday, February 19th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
On view Feb 5th - March 5th

The artists will all be in attendance. The work will be on display at Washington Studio School. Thanks to Anne Marchand @artravelin for tweeting this out.

Washington Studio School
2129 S St, NW (map)
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north exit

PAST: Intersections Festival Family Day this SAT, Feb 20th

Family Day at Atlas - Intersections
Saturday, February 20th
Workshops 12:30pm - 4:30pm

INTERSECTIONS will present performances throughout the festival designed for audiences of all ages. But Saturday, Feb 20 is especially family-friendly! Scroll down to get complete info here!

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Drum Circle with Capital Hill Arts Workshop
Lab 1 - Free, for all ages


Concert with Christylez Bacon
Featuring songs from “Banjo to Beatbox,” his Grammy Nominated Children’s CD collaboration.
Kogod Lobby - Free, for all ages

1:30pm – 4:30pm
Celebrating Our Global Neighborhood
An interactive art activity sponsored by
the National Children’s Museum

Kogod Lobby - Free, for all ages

1333 H St, NE
Please see other Intersections post for metro directions

Sunday, February 14, 2010

PAST: Highlights for Free Events for the Rest of the Week, THURS, Feb 18th - SUN, Feb 21st

If you are looking for fun, free things to do this week, here are some highlights from the new weekly Free in DC post I'm doing on ReadysetDC. I'm late in getting around to posting this so I'm just including the events that are still upcoming. There are also lots of other events that have been added since this list was created so be sure to scroll through the site!

Thursday, February 18th

Millennium Stage Performance at the Kennedy Center
Free Performances every day
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Fair Fund Jewelery Sale at Artist Inn in Dupont
6:30pm – 9:30pm, donations appreciated

Friday, February 19th

Art Opening for Inside/Outside at Smith Farm Gallery
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Intersections Arts Festival at Atlas on H St NE begins
6:30pm Free Cafe Concert with Reverb

Sounds of Hope Live Music at The Potter’s House
7:00pm – 10:30pm, donations appreciated

Saturday, February 20th

Intersections Festival at Atlas on H St NE Family Day
12:30pm – 4:30pm

Words in Space Art Opening at Hamiltonian on U St
7:00pm – 9:00pm

No Kings Collective present “Activation 2719″
Hosted by ReadysetDC
6:00pm – 11:00pm, RSVP Required

Sunday, February 21st

Music by Debussy
Performances every Sunday at the National Gallery of Art

Insight Meditation with IMCW at All Souls
6:00pm – 7:30pm

For more free events see other posts on Free in DC and follow FreeinDCBlog on Twitter

PAST: Special Exhibit at NOAA "Mission: Earth" Extended - SAT, Feb 20th, 11:00am - 4:00pm, Free

'Mission: Earth' - A free exhibition at NOAA
Extended through Saturday, February 20t
11:00am - 4:00pm
Free and open to the public
Please bring photo ID as this is a federal building

'Mission: Earth'
Enter the high-tech world of Earth observation science and technology at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Silver Spring, MD. 'Mission: Earth' features a vast array of tools NOAA uses to study land, sea and sky, along with hands-on exhibits, guest speakers, video presentations, and more!

'Mission: Earth'
NOAA Science Center
1301 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Silver Spring

PAST: MUSIC: Kiernan McMullan this SAT, Feb 20th at BloomBars

Saturday, February 20th
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Kiernan McMullan at BloomBars

CD Release party for "The Best Part E.P" will feature 6 new acoustic tracks. For anyone who has seen Kiernan on tour in the last year or more this will reflect his acoustic live show.

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

PAST: Winter Olympics inspiring you? Learn more about Curling at a Free Expo this weekend! FRI, Feb 19th - SUN, Feb 21st

Capital Curling Expo this weekend
The Washington Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
Friday, February 19th - Sunday, February 21st

Learn more about the sport of Curling
Hours of the Expo:
6:00pm - 9:00pm Friday
12:00pm - 6:00pm Saturday and Sunday

Four curling sheets will be set-up for attendees to practice “hitting the house” using regulation 42-pound curling stones, with one of the four sheets set aside exclusively for kids. Olympic curling events will be televised live the ballrooms and the lobby lounge while curling demonstration videos and lessons are offered in the Cleveland Park Ballroom. Volunteers from clubs as far away as Utica, New York will be on-hand to teach expo patrons the history of curling, to inform guests where they can curl near their hometowns, and to demonstrate curling technique. Food and beverage concessions, featuring Coca-Cola and Powerade will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting USA Curling. More information can be found on twitter here.

Hilton Garden Inn
815 14th St, NW
Metro: McPherson Square

PAST: DC Fashion Week! MON, Feb 15th - SUN, Feb 21st

DC Fashion Week
February 15th - 21st

D.C. Fashion Week kicks off this Monday night with a meet-and-greet and Eco-Fashion Show and a contemporary Japanese designer exhibition. See link for the complete schedule of events this week, some of which may be free. Locations vary throughout the city.

PAST: It's Time to Play! Recess will be held SAT, Feb 20th in Arlington, VA! $10

Saturday, February 2oth
9:00pm - 1:00am
$10 cover

It's Time to Play! "Recess" is now being held in Arlington, VA at the Sheraton National Hotel, Yay! Formerly at The National Harbor, I am pleased to announce that Recess is now metro and hotel shuttle accessible so all of us DC folks who use public transit can get there easily!

Come out and play games of all kinds, from Nintendo and Wii to old school Twister, Uno and Taboo. There is even a foosball table and an air hockey table and lots of other fun things. In addition, there will be a live DJ, cash bar, and excellent views of DC. You can purchase tickets in advance here. You can watch a video from the first Recess here and check out the facebook group here. Learn more about Host-DC on their website here.

Sheraton National
Galaxy Ballroom
900 South Orme St
Arlington, VA 22204

Metro: Pentagon City, then take the free hotel shuttle, which runs every half an hour on every 15 and 45 of the hour. Pick up is right outside the Pentagon City metro station and the shuttle is labeled for the Sheraton National hotel. There is also a metro bus stop right at the intersection of S. Orme St and Columbia pike for those who wish to travel by bus, any 16 bus will take you there, see metro trip planner here.

Driving: The hotel is just 3 miles outside of DC, discounted garage parking available on site.

PAST: POETRY: Sarah Browning features at "The Garden" Open Mic this MON, Feb 14th at BloomBars, 8:30pm - 11:00pm, All ages, by donation

"The Garden" Open mic night and feature
Every Monday Night at Bloombars!
Poetry, spoken word, music and more!
Hosted by Gowri K. and Jonathan B.
8:30pm sign up
9:00pm - 11:00pm show
All ages
Free, $5 - $10 suggested donation

Monday, February 14th
view and share facebook invite

Sarah Browning is Director of Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness and DC Poets
Against the War. She is the author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007) and co-editor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology (Argonne House Press, 2004). The recipient of an artist fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, she has also received a Creative Communities Initiative grant and the People Before Profits Poetry Prize. She co-hosts the Sunday Kind of Love reading series at Busboys and Poets, 14th & V, on the third Sunday of every month.

If you haven't been before, BloomBars it's a great space, almost feels like you are hanging out in someone's living room, very cozy vibes and good peeps! Monday night's Poetry Open Mic, The Garden, is usually hosted by Jonathan B. Tucker and is often hosted by local poet Gowri K. Bring your friends, your songs, your poems, your stories, and your new ideas that you wanna try out. They may even do a group jam with some instruments at the end if you're lucky.

Best to follow them on facebook and twitter
3222 11th St, NW
next to Wonderland at Kenyon
Metro: Columbia Heights

Friday, February 12, 2010

PAST: FAIR Fund Jewelry Sale and Fundraiser THURS, Feb 18th, 6:30pm -9:30pm, Donations appreciated

Update: This event has been rescheduled from this Thursday, February 11th to next Thursday, February 18th

FAIR Fund Valentine's Day Jewelry Sale and Fundraiser
New Date: Thursday, February 18th
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Donations encouraged
For more info: (202) 265-1505
Please RSVP:

A Jewelry Sales party featuring our DC JewelGirls and jewelry by our teen participants in D.C., Serbia, Russia, and Uganda. Join FAIR Fund staff, volunteers, and DC teen participants of our JewelGirls program for an evening of jewelry sales, sweets, and drinks. This is a perfect time to pick out a special piece of jewelry for your sweetheart, mom, sister, or anyone who might enjoy some lovely handcrafted jewelry created by teen girls empowering themselves against human trafficking.

Artist Inn
1824 R St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit

PAST: NEW DATE: Art + Innovation SAT, Feb 20th ReadySetDC is at it again! Activation 2719, 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

NOTE: This event was Postponed Due to the Snow, originally to the 13th, and it has been postponed again one more week to the 20th.

NEW DATE: Saturday, February 20th

For complete details about this event, please see the full post on ReadySetDC here! RSVP Required, RSVP here!

PAST: ART: Georgetown Gallery Gaze, FRI, Feb 19th & EveryThird Friday, Galleries Open 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Georgetown Gallery Gaze
(every Third Friday)
Friday, February 19th
5:00pm - 8:00pm

I suggest you start with the galleries in Canal Square. For details about tonight's "date night raffle" theme, see the facebook event. For more info about the gallery gaze, see the facebook group page.

Georgetown Galleries
in Canal Square
1054 31st St, NW
Metro: Farragut West or North and take the Circulator bus along K St to Georgetown

PAST: FILM: Special Screening of "Marching Band" with Q & A and Community Event SAT, Feb 20th 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

Free Film screening at the Lincoln Theatre
Saturday, February 20th
RSVP in advance here as seating is limited
or donate $5 at the door

You are invited to join the historic Lincoln Theatre
and your neighbors in D.C. to:

A one-time screening of Marching Band,

a documentary film capturing the spirit of the 2008 election

Post-screening reception featuring service opportunities
for you to make change in your own neighborhood.

About the film: Fresh from a world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival, MARCHING BAND, by French filmmaker Claude Miller, captures the spirit of the 2008 Presidential election through the young and talented students of two college marching bands at the University of Virginia and Virginia State.

About the host venue:
The Lincoln Theatre has been the "Jewel on U" since 1922 and has hosted performers ranging from Duke Ellington to Jamie Foxx to Alicia Keys.

Event features:
~ A wide variety of service opportunities with local organizations
~ Photos from the 2008 Presidential election
~ Q&A with co-directors and producers Annie Miller and Helena Cotinier
~ Post-screening reception

Co-sponsored by:
Class of Change, Les Films du Losange and DC's Young & Powerful

Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St, NW
Metro: U St

PAST: Art Workshop for Teaching Artists and Parents, SUN, Feb 21st 10:00am - 1:00pm $10

All Our Neighbors: A Workshop for Teaching Artists
With Rachel Grossman and Mitch Mattson.

Sunday, February 21st

10:00am - 1:00pm
For ages 17+ at Atlas, Lab I
Note: $10 Register here

Two highly experienced teaching artists offer sensitivity training for the 21st century in a unique workshop for artists and others who work in the schools. Rachel Grossman, the former Education Director at Round House Theatre, and Mitch Mattson, Education Senior Fellow at Arena Stage, present a workshop designed to lead arts educators to push through unconscious prejudices that can exist when working with diverse student populations. This hands-on active workshop encourages teachers to ask: “How do I see my students before ever interacting with them?" Grossman and Mattson have extensive experience as artists both in the classroom and out. Come spend a morning raising your awareness and building communication skills that will serve both your teaching and your students. Artists, teachers and parents are all welcome.

Part of the Intersections Festival at Atlas Performing Arts Center, More info here.

1333 H St, NE
Metro: Chinatown and take the X2 bus or the free H St Shuttle, or you can take a short taxi from Union Station (should be around $6)

PAST: Eco-Friendly Class at Greater Goods THURS, Feb 18th - Learn about Solar Panels, 8:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Free class at Greater Goods
Solar Panels
Thursday, February 18th
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Everything you ever wanted to know about installing solar panels in your home! To learn more about Classes for Greener Living at Greater Goods click here!

Greater Goods
1626 U St, NW (next to Smith Farm Gallery)
Metro: U St or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to U St

PAST: Art Buzz Trunk Show Jewelery Sale, Happy Hour & Benefit for DC youth, THURS, Feb 18th 6:00pm - 9:00pm, $10 donation

(Click image to view larger) ART BUZZ Trunk Show
Thursday, February 18th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Note: $10 donation requested

Benefiting for the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative, featuring the work of 10 talented DC jewelry designers. Enjoy door prizes and light appetizers from Teatro Goldini. Cash bar with martini and wine drink specials. Music soundscapes by DJ Trevor Martin This event is a benefit for the DCAH Education Collaborative, which helps under-served DC public school students. Every dollar donated at this event, the Seventh ART BUZZ, ensures access to the arts for thousands of students each year.

Designers include: * Heidi Hess of Poppy Metals * Laura Willis of WheelerWillisJewelry * Mary Clark Gaston, site * Lindsey Bucklew of Klewism * Nico Alexander Jewelry Design * Sonda Tamarr of Turtle's Webb * Dana Ayanna of Artistic Aya * Catalina Lemaitre of Calamarie * Island Designs by Rachel Walker * and Pamela Nieto

Teatro Goldini
1909 K St, NW
Metro: Farragut North
valet parking available

PAST: Story/Stereo: A Night of Literature and Music at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, FRI, Feb 19th 8:00pm, Free

Story/Stereo: A Night of Literature and Music
at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD
Friday, February 19th

The next Emerging Writer Fellowship event, Story/Stereo, takes place on February 19. Please join Fellows Marianne Villanueva (Mayor of the Roses) and Steve Fellner (All Screwed Up). They will be joined by very special musical guest J. Robbins of Jawbox. Both of these Emerging Writers are leading one-day workshops at The Writer's Center, Fellner on Feb 18th and Villanueva on the 20th. More info about those workshops here.

The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St (map)
Bethesda, MD 20815
Metro: Bethesda, walking distance

PAST: POETRY: Split this Rock hosts a discussion at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD on WED, Feb 17th, 7:30pm, Free

Split This Rock and The Writer's Center present
A Poetry Discussion: With Eyes and Soul: Images of Cuba by Nancy Morejón
Wednesday, February 17th
Free and open to the public

Discussion led by poet and translator Yvette Neisser Moreno and introduced by Patricia Pego Guerra, First Secretary of the Cuban Interests Section. Please note, the author will not be at this event. To hear Nancy read from her book With Eyes and Soul (available online here please be sure to be part of Split This Rock Poetry Festival in March!

The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St.
Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda

PAST: POETRY: Hillyer hosts HOME, Poetry & Open Mic this FRI, Feb 19th 7:00pm - 9:00pm $5 or free for performing poets

Poetry & Open Mic: HOME at Hillyer
Friday, February 19th
6:00pm sign up, Performance 7:00pm
Free for IA&A members and performers
$5 for non-members

Featuring: January Gill O'Neil
Hosted by local poet Fred Joiner

January Gill O'Neil's poems and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in The MOM Egg, Crab Creek Review, Ouroboros Review, Drunken Boat, Crab Orchard Review, Callaloo, Babel Fruit, Edible Phoenix, Literary Mama, Field, Seattle Review, Stuff Magazine, Can We Have Our Ball Back, Read Write Poem, and Cave Canem Anthologies II and IV. A Cave Canem fellow, her first poetry collection, titled Underlife, will be published by CavanKerry Press in November 2009. She is a senior writer/editor at Babson College, runs a popular blog called Poet Mom, and is the new Poetry Editor of the online culture magazine Bread and Circus.

Hillyer, International Arts & Artists
9 Hillyer Court, NW
in alley between the Phillips buildings, turn right
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St North exit

PAST: Just Cause... Happy Hour for a Cause this THURS, Feb 18th at the Hudson, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, $10 donation requested

Just Cause Event: Change the world one drink at a time
Thursday, February 18th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
$10 donation, benefit for local non-profit Sunday Suppers

With your small $10 donations, Just cause is making a big impact. Sunday Suppers will be collecting clothes donations at the happy hour. I just found out about this organization and wanted to give them a shout out cause it sounds like a great idea so here is a bit more about them:

Just 'Cause was founded in Feb 2009 to serve the local community by (1) bringing together different groups of friends and colleagues once a month for fun & networking (2) at different venues, thereby helping to fuel the local economy & introduce people to new bars and restaurants around town, (3) for the main goal of raising money for & awareness about non-profit organizations that benefit our local community… (4) Just ‘Cause! With your help, we have raised $15,000 in the past year for local organizations by collecting modest $10 donations at our monthly happy hours. Each month benefits a different organization, and 100% of all donations ~ plus a portion of the bar sales ~ go directly to the month’s cause!

2030 M St, NW
Metro: Farragut North