Friday, April 30, 2010

PAST: Photo Exhibit & Spoken Word Event "STICC with Us" TUES, May 25th at the Sumner School 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

"STICC with Us" with DC Youth & STICC
Photo Exhibit & Spoken Word Event
Tuesday, May 25th
5:30pm – 8:30pm

Over the past 7 months, 40 DC youth have been working on a project in collaboration with the Sexually Transmitted Infection Community Coalition, STICC. The project was a designed to use art as a way to raise awareness about the social and health issues in DC. In addition to spoken word and photography, you'll also enjoy food and music and have a chance to take part in a raffle. Share and view the invite on facebook here!

Charles Sumner School
1201 17th St, NW
Metro: Farragut North

PAST: Energy Efficiency Workshop at Greater Goods THURS, May 13th 8:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Energy Efficiency Workshop
Thursday, May 13th
8:00pm - 9:00pm

You’ve taken the basic steps to conserve energy – now what? If you’d like to learn more but don’t have the time to do the research on your own, this workshop is for you. The workshop will include:

‘Advanced’ steps you can take to conserve energy
Suggested products and services to help you implement these
Review of renewable energy alternatives and offsets
Additional resources and experts to call upon if need more information

Greater Goods
1626 U St, NW
Metro: U St or take any bus along 16th St to U St

PAST: Dumbarton at Dusk: After Hours Tour of the Dumbarton House and Art THURS, May 20th, 6:00pm Free - $5

Dumbarton at Dusk: After Hours Tour
Dumbarton House collection pieces
Thursday, May 20th
Free for members and students with ID, $5 general
RSVP requested 202-337-2288 or

I was just there today for the first time ever, believe it or not, for the Friday Morning Music Club's performance and it is quite a nice place with a beautiful courtyard. If you have not been there before, here's a great chance to check it out. Join a curatorial expert for this special 60-minute after-hours close-up tour of the current Dining Exhibition. More info on their website here.

Dumbarton House
2715 Q Street, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit and walk about 7 blocks or take the G2 or D2 buses closer

PAST: Rally to Support the Healthy Schools Act funded by Proposed New Soda Tax, TUES, May 18th 9:30am at the Wilson Building

The DC Budget is almost Finalized!
Support Healthy Schools
Special Rally
Tuesday, May 18th
9:30am Rally
10:00am Budget Hearing

"Join Earth Day Network in a demonstration at DC City Council to show that the community's support for the DC Healthy Schools Act speaks louder than the soda lobby! This is a historic opportunity for our community to be the launching point in creating a national model for healthy schools and communities across the United States. After brief remarks on the steps of City Council, we will enter the building and establish a strong presence in Council Chambers during the 10am budget hearing." Wear Green if you can to show your support!

You can sign the petition online here.

Did you know?

In DC, Soda there is currently no tax on soda when you buy it at the store (there is tax on it in MD and VA already) as soda is considered a "food staple" however, basic essentials such as toilet paper and feminine products are taxed! The proposed "soda tax would be an excise tax imposed on and paid by importers and distributors (not consumers and that), small business would not have to do anything" and currently "The District does not tax soda in any form or in any way, unless it is purchased from a vending machine" from the Myth-vs-Fact doc from Mary Cheh.

View Myths-vs-Facts about the Proposal here.

Steps of the DC Council's Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Metro: Federal Triangle or Metro Center

PAST: Lecture: Chopin in the Eyes of the Painters and Poets at the Kreeger Museum WED, May 19th at 6:30pm, $7 - $12

Lecture: Chopin in the Eyes of the Painters and Poets
Wednesday, May 19th
Tickets $7-$12
Call 202-338-3552 to order

Professor Marek Dyzewski, a distinguished essayist, musical commentator, author and lecturer, will awaken audiences to the ways in which Chopin influenced other artistic disciplines in this lecture featuring examples of music and paintings. Learn more about the Kreeger Museum and this event on their website here.

Kreeger Museum

2401 Foxhall Road, NW (driving directions)
Note: Easiest reached by car, you can also take a taxi from Tenleytown
Metro: Dupont Circle and take the D6 bus from 22nd & P St to Reservoir Rd & Foxhall Rd, and walk up the hill on Foxhall approximately half a mile. The museum is located on the right-hand side just after The Field School.

PAST: ART: Arlington Artists Alliance first Annual Art Sale in Arlington, VA this FRI, May 21st & SAT, May 22nd

It's a Steal All Art $75 or less
Presented by Arlington Artists Alliance

Friday, May 21st
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday, May 22nd
10:00am - 5:00pm

The Arlington Artists Alliance will hold its first art sale this weekend at the Arlington United Methodist Church. All artwork is available for purchase for $75.00 or less. Prints, cards, and other small gift items will also be on sale.

Arlington United Methodist Church
716 S Glebe Road (map)
Arlington, VA 22204
Metro: Ballston and take a bus or a short taxi, less than 2 miles from Ballston metro or Clarendon

PAST: KIDS Play: Last Weekend for Wake Up, Brother Bear at Imagination Stage, Now - SAT, May 22nd

Wake Up, Brother Bear!
from Imagination Stage
Show runs through this Saturday, May 22nd
tickets cost $10

This play is an intimate introduction to live theatre for children ages 2-5 years and their teachers or caregivers. The audience is invited into the world of Brother and Sister Bear as they discover the seasons of the year. Performances run 40 minutes.

Imagination Stage-Reeve Theatre
4908 Auburn Avenue (map)
Bethesda, MD 20814
Metro: Bethesda and walk or take a bus

PAST: ART: Baltimore Watercolor Society on view at Strathmore On View SAT, April 17th - SAT May 22nd

The 125th Annual Exhibition by the Baltimore Watercolor Society works by artists from throughout the region, on view April 17th - May 22nd at Strathmore

Exhibition Hours:
Mon, Tues, Thurs,Fri 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wed 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm
Closed Sunday

5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD
Metro: Grosvenor, Just across the street, best to walk from metro exit into the parking structure, take the elevator up to bridge which goes directly there.

PAST: Free Art Therapy Symposium this FRI, June 4th in Takoma Park, MD 1:00pm - 5:00pm + Art Opening 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Free Art Therapy Symposium
Friday, June 4th
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Complete info on facebook invite here

Opening Reception for Art Exhibit-“ Look IN/Look OUT”
5:00pm -8:00 pm

CREATE Arts Center // Studio Downstairs, a therapeutically informed art studio program for adults living with post-trauma and mental illness, invites you to a Free Symposium this Friday. You can also learn more about them on their blog.

The Symposium is suitable for mental health consumers, family members, mental health practitioners, artists, and the general public. (4.0 CEUs available for social workers, art therapists, counselors. Registration will be open at 12:30pm.

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Keynote Address “Matt Sesow: One Man’s Journey Through Art and Healing”
Speaker: Matt Sesow, self-taught artist

2:30pm - 4:00pm
Panel Presentation and Discussion: “Unique Perspectives”
The Healing Power of Making Art in the Context of Therapy and Community
Moderator: Katherine Williams, PhD ATR-BC. Panelists: Jenny Sawle, member, Studio Downstairs, Sally Brucker LCSW-C, ATR-BC, Founder/Director, Studio Downstairs and additional panelist TBA

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Q & A

For more information contact: Sally Brucker 301 588-2787(ARTS)

Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave (map)
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Metro: Takoma, about an 8 minute walk, left on Carroll, left on Maple, just past Philadelphia

PAST: Jazz & Poetry: Po' Jazz returns to The Potters House FRI, June 4th with Golda Solomon in from NYC! 7:00pm - 10:30pm, All ages, by Donation

Po' Jazz returns to DC!
Friday, June 4th
7:00pm - 10:30pm
All ages, Free, Donation suggested $10
All donations benefit the Beacon House

This Friday night, The Potter's House welcomes back the fabulous Golda Solomon from NYC as she performs her words to amazing improv jazz with Dan Lipsitz on sax. Also featuring poet Elizabeth Lara, local rapper Ernesto Lara and a variety of musical friends. Golda is a poet who fuses Jazz into her words and works with live musicians, she is quiet a treat to see live and she only comes to DC once a year for this special event. I highly recommend checking it out! Learn more about her here. See and share invite on facebook here.

The Potter´s House

1658 Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or Woodley Park and take the Circulator bus to Ontario Rd, near the Safeway, or walk about 15 - 20 minutes. You can also take the 42 bus from Dupont Circle north toward Mt Pleasant and get off at Mozart Place.

PAST: Green Living Workshop on Water Conservation at Greater Goods THURS, June 3rd from 8:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Free Workshop on Water Conservation
Thursday, June 3rd
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Fresh water is key to our survival, yet many times we waste it without realizing it. This impacts the environment as well as our wallets! Come find out ways you can stop wasting fresh water.

This workshop will provide you with:
- Information on the main water consuming appliances and activities in the home
- Actions you can take to decrease your water consumption and your water bill
- Products and services that can help you conserve water
- Resources that will provide you with more information

Greater Goods
1626 U St, NW
Metro: U St and walk or take any of the S buses along 16th St to U St

PAST: MUSIC: Five Local Bands Play at The Fridge this FRI, June 4th, Benefit for Whitman Walker, Mother headlines! 8:00pm - Midnight, All ages, $8

Benefit for WWC - Five Bands at The Fridge
Friday, June 4, 2010
Bands 9:00pm - midnight
8:00pm doors
All ages, $8
cash bar available

Five local bands perform this Friday Night at the Fridge. This is going to be a great event for a great cause at a super cool space! Proceeds from this concert go to support the work of the Whitman Walker Clinic and the headlining band, Mother, is a local psychedelic Brit-rock style band I really enjoy, that also happens to include one of my closest friends.

From the facebook invite, where you can also learn more about Whitman Walker Clinic and the bands performing: "D.C. bands are coming together Friday, June 4th at The Fridge to raise funds in support of The Whitman Walker Clinic. This will be the seventh in a series of benefit concerts that Jeremy Joseph, the event’s organizer, has been holding in DC for local charities since June of last year."

The show kicks off at 9:00pm and features (listen on myspace) Mother, Daddy Lion, Foul Swoops, Stout Cortez, and a solo performance by Nate Frey of Last Tide.

The Fridge DC

Rear Alley, 516 8th St SE
Just off 8th St, SE Barracks Row
Metro: Eastern Market, walk to the right on 8th St SE, turn left into the alley across from matchbox

PAST: "Story / Stereo" Poetry, Reading & Music THURS, May 20th at The Writer's Center 8:00pm - 10:00pm Free

This event is the kick-off event for the first LitArtlantic which runs through Saturday, May 22nd

Story/Stereo: A Night of Literature & Music
Thursday, May 20th
8:00pm - 10:00pm

This hybrid literature/music event will feature poet William Archila of LA, author of The Art of Exile and NY based fiction writer Alison Amend, author of Things That Pass for Love. Musical guest Don Zientara, founder of Inner Ear Studios in Arlington and a musician in his own right, will also perform. More information about the event and other programs at the Writer's Center here and you can also watch a video with Don in his studio on their blog, First Person Plural.

Learn more about LitArtlantic on their facebook invite, view complete schedule here and see The Writer's Center LitArtlantic blog post here!

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

PAST: Complimentary Chocolate Tasting at Biagio with Fleurir Choclates THURS, May 20th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Fleurir Chocolates Complimentary Tasting
Thursday, May 20th
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Free, No RSVP needed

Biagio welcomes back Robert Ludlow and Ashley Hubbard of Fleurir Chocolates and invites you to join them in their tasting room to sample the newest flavors from their stellar collection: Wattleseed Toffee, Peanut Butter Banana, Spumoni, Lemon Honey, Brandy Alexander and Pink Peppercorn.

1904 18th St, NW (at T St)
Metro: Walk from Dupont or take the L2 bus or any 90 line close by

PAST: Art + Performances: Sulu DC May Show this SAT. May 15th 6:30pm - 10:00pm at U St Music Hall, $10

Sulu DC May Show at a New Venue!
Saturday, May 15th
and 3rd Saturday of every month
$10 general, $8 students
Doors 6:00pm, Show 6:30pm
Dance party starts at 10:00pm

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month! Learn more about the details of this month's event and about SULU DC on their facebook page here!

Sulu DC is an underground, grassroots network for Asian American and/or Pacific Islander American (AAPI) artists focusing on spoken word and multidisciplinary artists in DC. They host a monthly showcase of emerging and established AAPI artists in music, spoken word, video, and multidisciplinary performances.

U Street Music Hall
1115 U St, NW
Metro: U Street, exit 10th & U

PAST: FILM: Film Screening of the classic film "12 Angry Men" MON, May 10th 6:30pm, $6

Film Screening of the classic film
"12 Angry Men" by Sidney Lumet
Monday, May 10th
More info here

812 7th St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place or Mt Vernon Sq

PAST: ART: Mid City Artists Open Studios this SAT, May 22nd & SUN, May 23rd

27 Participants - 5 New Members - Lots of New Art
Saturday, May 22nd & Sunday, May 23rd
Noon - 5:00pm

Twice yearly, the artists in the neighborhood between Dupont and Logan Circles invite visitors into their studios. Plan your visits in advance by flipping through the artists' pages online here, and view the map online so you can plan your route. You can also see and share the invite on facebook here and become a fan on facebook here.

Metro: U St and walk down or walk from Dupont, you can also take the Circulator or any bus along 14th St from McPherson Square.
Artists' work pictured above(left to right): Sondra N. Arkin, Chuck Baxter, Jane Cave, Groover Cleveland, Robert Dodge, Thomas Drymon, Gary Fisher, Glenn Fry, Charlie Gaynor, Betsy Karasik, Hannah Naomi Kim, Joren Lindholm, Regina M. Miele, Lucinda F. Murphy, Mark Parascandola, Rebecca Perez, Dave Peterson, Brian Petro, Peter Alexander Romero, Nicolas F. Shi, Richard Siegman, George H. Smith-Shomari, Isabelle Spicer, Bill Warrell, Mike Weber, Robert Wiener, Colin Winterbottom

PAST: Solas Nua Hosts a Free Play Reading at Flashpoint, MON, May 17th at 7:00pm

Solas Nua Free reading tonight at flashpoint!
The Nun's Wood
Monday, May 17th
7:00pm, doors 6:30pm
Free admission & popcorn!

The Nun's Wood
by Pat Kinevane, directed by Gabrielle Randle

"The nun's wood is a haunting story of dangerous beauty, savage lovers and ancient sacrifice. it is a viciously funny account of life on the remote island of tinaglasha. in the hot summer of 1974 the lives of four young people are changed forever by a deadly secret which has been kept hidden in the nun's wood."

916 G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown 9th & G exit

PAST: Bob Hoover Lecture at the Air and Space Museum TUES, May 18th 8:00pm, Free but in overflow, Stream Live Online

The Air and Space Museum Charles A. Lindbergh Memorial Lecture
Bob Hoover: A Legendary Stick and Rudder Man
Tuesday, May 18th
This event is now in overflow seating but if you can't get a ticket you can Stream it Live online! See event link above.

Robert A. “Bob” Hoover is a fighter, military, and civilian test and air show pilot of legendary proportions. Bob Hoover will discuss his career in aviation and some of the pilots he has known including Orville Wright, Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh, Jacqueline Cochran, Neil Armstrong, and Yuri Gagarin.

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW
Metro: L'Enfant Plaza

PAST: MUSIC: NSO Youth Orchestra Perform with NSO Musicians at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall TUES, May 25th, 6:00pm, Free!

The NSO Youth Orchestra Perform with NSO musicians
Tuesday, May 26th

This is a great annual event held in the concert hall rather than the Millennium Stage. Some of the DC area's most promising young musicians from The NSO Youth Orchestra perform with members of the National Symphony.

The Kennedy Center
Concert Hall
2700 F St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center Shuttle

PAST: Multi-Media Open Mic "SOVA Show and Tell" WED, June 2nd, 7:30pm - Midnight, Free

"SOVA Show and Tell"
Multi-Media Open Mic
Wednesday, June 2nd
7:30pm - midnight

Musicians, filmmakers, poets, performers, etc...

SOVA Espresso & Wine

1359 H St, NE
Metro: Gallery Place and take the X2 bus or H St Shuttle or Union Station and take a taxi from there

PAST: AUTHOR EVENT: Non-Fiction Reading with Barbara Joe at "A Space Inside" at Riverby Books WED, May 26th 7:00pm, Free

Non-Fiction Reading with Barbara Joe
"A Space Inside"
Wednesday, May 26th

"A Space Inside" is a place where developing writers, lesser known voices and the work writers create between books can be heard. It alternates monthly between poetry and prose. This month features a non-fiction reading with Barbara Joe, author most recently of "Triumph and Hope: Golden Years with the Peace Corps in Honduras"

Riverby Books

417 East Capitol St, SE (map)
Between D St & E St SE
Metro: Capitol South

PAST: Columbia Heights Spring Art Salon! SAT, May 22nd from 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Donation based

The Columbia Heights Salon Series: Spring 2010
Saturday, May 22nd
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Free, donations appreciated
Description on facebook here!

The dynamic Columbia Heights neighborhood hosts their second Salon! Powered by CHARTS (the Columbia Heights Arts Foundation), here are the four Salons, all within the same one-block radius. "Back in the Victorian era, salons were the gathering places for people of high society to mix, mingle, and mull over topics of discussion like politics, as well as come together for the arts. CHARTS is bringing /concept to Columbia Heights once a season, by having four "salons" to visit, where people can peruse the neighborhood and experience different thematic elements of art in a relaxed social setting -- and allow them the opportunity to meet their very creative neighbors." If you want to be a featured artist at one of the salons, e-mail Donations are encouraged to support the artists.

Feel free to join each one at your leisure:

"Performing Arts Place"
1316 Kenyon St,NW

"Casa de Canvas"
3209 13th St, NW

"Digital Media Den"
3016 13th St, NW

"Installation Station"
3209 13th St, NW basement

Additional events at BloomBars!
3222 11th St, NW
With springtime "in bloom", we're collaborating with our friends at BloomBars to host the "Creative Collaborations Courtyard" featuring artistic collaborations by local artists!

Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: MUSIC: Elikeh Afropop CD Release Party at Rock and Roll Hotel THURS, May 27th, 8:00pm - 1:00am, $10

Elikeh Afropop CD Release Party
Thursday, May 27th
8:00pm - 1:00am
$10 cover, buy online

Album Release Show for Local Afropop band, Elikeh, African Roots music that is a combination of traditional rhythms from Togo and 70’s Afrofunk. The 8 Ohms and Tosin Open the Show, Tosin goes on at 8:30pm. The new CD will be available for the discount price of $10 at the show.

Rock and Roll Hotel
1353 H St NE
Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown take the X2 bus from H St at 7th or take the free H St Shuttle (runs about every 30 min) from 7th St at H. You can also take a short cab there from Union Station Metro

PAST: SpeakeasyDC Storytelling 101 Student Showcase at BloomBars Tomorrow Night TUES, May 18th 8:00pm - 10:30pm, Free

Storytelling from SpeakeasyDC
Tuesday, May 18th
8:00pm - 10:30pm
Free, donations welcome
All ages welcome

3222 11th Street, NW
between Kenyon & Lamont
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: GreenDrinksDC Happy Hour at Local 16 Rooftop this TUES, May 18th from 6:30pm - 9:30pm, 21+ Free

GreenDrinksDC's May Happy Hour
Tuesday, May 18th
6:30pm - 9:30pm
21+ Free to get in, drink specials

This month at Local 16's Rooftop Patio and upper level. 10-minute spotlight is still TBD according to the invite. Happy hour specials extended for the event and includes $4 beers & house wines and $5 mixed-drinks including a Mint-straight-from-their-garden Mojito. See invite here. I'm also happy to mention that Local 16 is 100% Wind Powered and much of its cuisine is supplied by Whipple Farms, a 160-acre farm in Virginia offering heirloom vegetables using biodynamic principles.

Local 16
1602 U St, NW
Metro: U St and walk or take the S2, S4, S1 or S9 bus from McPherson Sq or along 16th St to U St

PAST: Mixology + More! Special Event with ROC-DC this THURS, May 27th 6:00pm - 9:00pm, 21+ Donation, suggested $10 - $15

ROC-DC Mixology & Summer Rolls Class & Party
Thursday, May 27th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Donation $10-$15 suggested

Includes class, food and drinks!
RSVP on the facebook invite here
or call Bonnie at 202-559-7496

Learn to make innovative cucumber mixed drinks, Vietnamese summer rolls, and a
variety of tasty dipping sauces at the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC (ROC-DC) as they host their Spring Mixology & Fresh Summer Roll Workshop. Food and drinks included. Donation $10 min, $15 suggested.

ROC-DC Office
1850 M St, NW
Lobby, 11th Floor
Metro: Farragut North

PAST: EcoWomen's May EcoHour with Mary from Herban Lifestyle, TUES, May 18th 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

EcoWomen May EcoHour at Teaism
Tuesday, May 18th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Please RSVP on facebook invite here
or email

Balancing an Urban Lifestyle with Healthful Habits: Mind, Body & Spirit
with Mary Kearns of Herban Lifestyle, LLC

If you are looking for some tips for how to balance your life in a healthful way, you will certainly not want to miss this EcoHour! Mary Kearns not only owns an eco-friendly line of personal care products, but also inspires others to live life in a healthful, balanced way. The mission of her company, Herban Lifestyle, LLC, is to promote beauty and self-care while supporting the health and well-being of people and the planet through the creation of high-quality bath and body products handcrafted with only the purest natural, organic and Fair Trade ingredients, in attractive earth-friendly packaging. Mary's company is also a Live Green Spot so if you are a Live Green member you can save on your purchase.

400 8th Street NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown or Archives - Navy Memorial

PAST: Free Donuts at Krispy Kreme, National Donut Day, FRI, June 4th

Friday, June 4th is Free Donut Day at Krispy Kreme!
Details about the promo here.

I know there is one in Dupont, by the south exit of the Metro. Map of other locations here.

PAST: Mother's Day Brunch for just $8.95 at Murphy's in Old Town Alexandria , VA this SUN, May 9th, 11:00am - 3:00pm

Brunch at Murphy's on Mother's Day
Just $8.95
Sunday, May 9th
11:00am - 3:00pm

Comments on my facebook page said Murphy's had one of the best deals for brunch for "just $9 for a plate full of food, and champagne refills are 50 cents" according to Free in DC facebook fan William. and it looks like this Sunday isn't any different even though it's Mother's Day! I'm not sure if they accept reservations, you can call them at 703-548-1717.

Murphy's Grand Irish Pub
713 King St
Alexandria, Va
Metro: King St, walk or take the free trolley or any bus down King St

PAST: TALK: Holistic Nutrition: "Optimizing Nutrition for Longevity" TUES, May 25th 6:30pm - 8:00pm at Smith Farm, Free

Free Talk with Local Holistic Doctors Dr. Daemon Jones & Dr. Marie Rodriguez
"Optimizing Nutrition for Longevity"
Tuesday, May 25th
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Dr. Daemon Jones and Dr. Marie Rodriguez, who is a friend of mine, will be co-presenting this free talk about nutrition at Smith Farm. You'll have a chance to learn more about nutritional basics that can boost your energy, strengthen your immune system and balance your stress response. They will discuss how whole foods nutrition and appropriate supplementation can offer key anti-aging benefits: improved anti-oxidant status, lowered cardiovascular risk, and DNA protection.

Smith Farm Center Gallery
1632 U Street, NW
Metro: U St and walk or take any bus along 16th St to U St

PAST: "Fiesta Asia" Cultural Festival this SAT, May 22nd 10:00am - 7:00pm, Free

Fiesta Asia Cultural Festival downtown
hosted by the Asia Heritage Foundation
Saturday, May 22nd
10:00am - 7:00pm

5th Annual National Asian Heritage Festival –Fiesta Asia Street Fair!

This year’s festival will feature Gina Hiraizumi, recording artist and actress from LA, a huge Bollywood Flash Mob Dance, Belly Dancing artists, The Calmes Triplets and more! You'll also have a chance to sample some typical street food from Asia including Nepalese, Thai, Filipino and Vietnamese favorites, for $3 - $10. Complete details about the festival here!

Pennsylvania Ave, NW
between 3rd & 6th Streets
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

PAST: MUSIC: Olivia Mancini at Asylum this TUES, May 25th at 9:30p-m, $5, 21+

Local artist Olivia Mancini plays this Tuesday, May 25th at Asylum, $5


2471 18th St, NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and walk about 15 minutes or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/18th St

PAST: ART: Mike Weber Show Solo Show at Longview THURS, April 22nd - THURS, May 20th

Art Opening at Longview
Solo Show by Michael Weber
On view April 22nd - May 20th
Read more here

Longview Gallery
1234 9th St, NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq

PAST: Farewell Happy Hour for Artist Jani Leinonen from Finland this TUES, May 25th at Marvin, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Farewell Happy Hour for Jani Leinonen, who has been a visiting Artist in DC from Finland as part of FINUS.
Tuesday, May 25th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Open to the public, 21+

Learn more about Jani Leinonen and FINUS!

2007 14th St, NW (near U St)
Metro: U St

PAST: THEATER: Three Short Plays at The Fridge! MON, May 24th 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Donation, suggested $10

Theatre Blue Plate Special Tonight at The Fridge!
Monday, May 24th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
$10 suggested donation

Three short plays! Presented by The Barristers Group. Blue Plate Menu includes:

By Michael A. Stang
A short one-act comedy

“Veteran Australian investigator B.R. is aided in a murder investigation by rookie, Cranston, havoc and chaos ensues”.

By Libby Heily

“Explores the motivations behind three very violent acts. The reasons, as expressed by the bombers themselves, are not political or religious based. Each bombing is done for deeply personal reasons”.

By Brian Doyle

"Andy is a down-on-his-luck abstract artist who tells his agent that he needs to sell Andy's next work or he will find a new agent. His agent's clever ploy, involving a very sexy Frenchman and a case of mistaken identity, generates more publicity than Andy ever expected!"

More details about the shows and The Barristers Group on the facebook invite!

The Fridge DC

(Fan The Fridge on facebook)
Rear Alley, 516 8th Street SE
Metro: Eastern Market, turn right on 8th and left into the alley across from matchbox

PAST: Happy Hour to Support Hillyer Art Space at The Passenger! MON, May 24th, 5:00pm - 8:00pm, 21+

Hillyer Happy Hour Fundraiser at The Passenger
Tonight, Monday, May 24th
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Join Hillyer Art Space for their happy hour fundraiser tonight hosted by The Passenger. No cover, 10% of the proceeds from the bar will go to Hillyer Art Space!

The Passenger
1021 7th Street, NW
In the former Warehouse space
Metro: Mt Vernon Square

PAST: I Hate My 9 to 5 hosts Power Point Karaoke at Wonderland THURS, May 13th 6:30pm - 8:30pm, 21+

I Hate My 9 to 5 Live" presents PowerPoint Karaoke
Thursday, May 13, 2010
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Free, 21+

PowerPoint slides improvised -- the presenter has to ad-lib thru each slide as the presenter will have no idea what will appear on the PowerPoint! Check out a presentation example on vimeo here. There will also be happy hour specials and fun prizes. Drinks specials include $2 off all draft beer and $1 off rail drinks. Plus, $3 hot dogs.

Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: MUSIC: Little Joe McLerran Quartet THURS, June 3rd at National Geographic 7:15pm, Free

The Rhythm Road: Little Joe McLerran Quartet
Frank Stewart for JALC
Thursday, June 3rd

Little Joe McLerran Quartet drawn from the ranks of Tulsa's finest, who came together specifically for The Rhythm Road, this ensemble brings blues to life through the study and performance of this unique American roots genre. In its unique approach, this ensemble presents blues and American roots as a soup recipe which has been stirred, mixed, handed down, and revised by generations of people who brought their music from all over the world to America.

National Geographic

1145 17th St, NW
Metro: Farragut North

PAST: Learn More about The Dupont Underground at Bang & Olufsen in Bethesda this FRI, May 14th 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Please RSVP, donations encouraged

Night to Support Dupont Underground
Friday, May 14th
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Note: This is a Fundraiser, Donations encouraged
Questions & RSVP:
At Bang & Olufsen in Bethesda, MD

Learn more about The Dupont Underground and see how art integrates with the new B&O innovations have an opportunity to support this worthwhile effort. Refreshments will be served in the showroom.

Bang & Olufsen
7243 Woodmont Ave
Metro: Bethesda

PAST: MUSIC: Socialize Better Kick-off Benefit Concert for Dance4Peace with The Dreamscape Project, THURS, June 3rd 9:30pm, Donations encouraged

Socialize Better’s Summer Kick-off Benefit Concert with The Dreamscapes Project
Thursday, June 3rd
Free, $5 donations encouraged
Details here!

This concert will help raise money for Dance4Peace, a local charity inspiring social change through the art of movement. The Dreamscapes Project has a sound that has been likened to Dave Matthew's Band and the Decemberists.

Light Horse Tavern
715 King St
Alexandria, VA,
Metro: King Street

PAST: New Cupcake Place Opening! Celebrate at Frosting in Friendship Heights SAT, June 5th 9:00am - 6:00pm

Frosting Grand Opening
in Friendship Heights
Saturday, June 5th
9:00am - 6:00pm

New cupcake shop opens. Promotions, giveaways and fun for the family!

1 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD
Metro: just above Friendship Heights Metro
escalator exit where the buses are

PAST: MUSIC: Live Jazz: "You Heard it First at the Apollo" Free Concert this SUN, May 16th at NMNH 3:00pm

You Heard it First at the Apollo
A Mid-Century Jazz Sampler Concert
Sunday, May 16th

Renowned composer, performer and author David N. Baker, Jr. leads the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in a concert of mid-century favorites by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong. The 2010 Helen Hayes Award winner and jazz vocalist, Delores King Williams, joins the orchestra to demonstrate the melodic styling of Apollo legends Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

This event is held in conjunction with the Apollo exhibit now on view at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

National Museum of Natural History
Baird Auditorium
10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW
Metro: Federal Triangle

PAST: Outdoor Open Mic in Dupont Circle by the Fountain, Join GPI this SAT, May 15th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

GPI Open Mic at the Fountain in Dupont Circle
Saturday, May 15th
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Come out to listen or to share your voice! Sidewalk chalk will also be on hand for those who wish to draw. Learn more about GPI and join them on facebook here.
Metro: Dupont Circle

PAST: Open Mic: GPI is back at Bossa TUES, May 11th! Now every 2nd TUES of the month, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free!

GPI Poetry Open Mic Night
Every 2nd Tuesday at Bossa
7:00pm - 9:00pm

If you haven't been yet, GPI hosts an awesome Open Mic night every month. Learn more about GPI and join them on facebook here! This month's feature will be Margaux Delotte-Bennett. GPI will be followed by some beat poetry featuring The Fourth Stream!

Bossa Bistro
2463 18th St, NW
in Adams Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator to Adams Mill, also you can take the 42 bus from Dupont Circle to 18th St or you can walk or take the Circulator from Columbia Heights

PAST: CONTEST: I have a pair of tickets to give away for Concert with The Fab Faux, Beatles Cover Band this SAT, May 22nd at 8:00pm at Lisner!

Ticket Giveaway! Answer the Trivia Question posted on Free in DC's Facebook Fan Page correctly and you win a pair of tickets to see The Fab Faux, a Beatles tribute band at Lisner Auditorium this Saturday Night! The Trivia Question I picked is a bit obscure but I hope that some of you may know the answer! Enter by commenting on the post on the Free in DC facebook page. The first person to get answer correctly wins! Contest ends officially at midnight tomorrow, May 20th.

The Fab Faux Perform Live
Saturday, May 22nd
Tickets range from $49 - $109

Lisner Auditorium, GWU
730 21st Street, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom

PAST: Just heard about "Survive DC" if you want to participate, the event will be this SAT, May 15th from 7:00pm - 3:00am, Free

After GPI Open Mic in Dupont Circle this Saturday, you can stick around for Survive DC!
Saturday, May 15th
7:00pm – 3:00am

Thanks to ReadysetDC for posting this event, info below is from their post. Read more about the event in their latest post "Who will Survive..."

"Survive DC is a race/chase through the streets of Washington, DC that begins at dusk. Last year 650 participants showed up in Dupont Circle to find seven checkpoints scattered throughout the city. Players need to reach the checkpoints, in order, while avoiding being caught by designated chasers. Once a player becomes captured by a chaser they will become a chaser themselves! Survive DC 2010 is free to attend, organized by volunteers, and funded entirely by participant donations." Pre-registration and more information is available on at and through their facebook event.

PAST: FILM: Fiesta Asia Film Festival Screens Two Films THURS, May 20th 6:30pm -10:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

Thursday, May 20th
6:30pm - 10:00pm
Free, RSVP Required
Film details on facebook invite

include Name, Phone number and email

Films Screening:

6:30pm "Flowers of the Sky" (Sri Lanka, 90 min)

8:00pm "Only The Brave" (Japan, 99 min)

Gina Hiraizumi, a star from one of the films and an Asian celebrity from LA will be in the audience and will be signing posters/autographs after the film.

Historical Society of Washington, DC
801 K St, NW
near Mass Ave across from Convention Center
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq or Gallery Place, or you can take the Circulator bus

PAST: ART: Free Ongoing Art Exhibitions listed on CultureCapital, Now - June

CultureCapital Insider

Please Note that list list may include events in MD and VA as well as DC. Please be sure to click through for address and details and see Metro for transit access.

Through May 23rd
Ding Ren, Observations & Interventions
Montpelier Arts Center
Through May 31stThe Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture, 1600-1700
National Gallery of Art
Through Jun 5thMcLean Project for the Arts Exhibition
McLean Project for the Arts
Through Jun 30thArlington Artists Alliance: Engaging the Muse
Arlington YMCA

PAST: ART: Light and Allusion at City Gallery, May 1st - May 29th

Art On View at City Gallery
Light and Allusion
May 1st - May 29th

City Gallery

804 H St, NE
Second Floor
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown and take the X2 bus or short taxi from Union Station

PAST: ART: Open House with Local Artist Dana Ellyn SAT, May 15th, Noon - 6:00pm, Free

Open Studio with Dana Ellyn
Saturday, May 15th
Noon - 6:00pm

The Open Studio will feature the full range of Dana's artistic output from the past 10 years. Included will be some classics from her 2009 "Blasphemy Show" and the recent 2010 "Wedding Show." You'll also have a chance to get a sneak peak (with the opportunity to reserve) paintings from her upcoming "Banned Books" solo exhibition. A bevy of never before seen paintings, drawings, and "secret paintings" will also be out for you to pick through. This is a great chance to chat with Dana about her work. Art will be available for purchase.

Dana Ellyn's Studio
916 G Street, NW (map)
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown, 9 & G exit

PAST: Live Music with House of Soul at Bossa! THURS, May 13th 10:00pm - 1:00am, 21+ $3

House of Soul
Thursday, May 13th
10:00pm - 1:00am
21+, $3 cover

Bossa, upstairs
2463 18th St, NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/ 18th St

PAST: Art + Music: "A Thousand Blooms II" Special Event at BloomBars SUN, May 16th, 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Free, donations appreciated

After the success of "A Thousand Blooms" a few weeks ago, Richard Chu and BloomBars team up again for "A Thousand Blooms II"

"A Thousand Blooms II"
Art Exhibition & Performances Showcase
Sunday, May 16th
5:00pm - 8:30pm
All ages event
Free, donations appreciated

Special Art Exhibit "Unveiled Courage" will explore "identity, plight, and courage of Muslim-American women under duress of wars, cultural strictures, and media disenfranchisement" from two Muslim-American artists, Saadia Khattak and Sheila Mahoutchian, who will be present for a Q&A session at 6:00pm. The evening will also include a performance by Tahir Ahmad Khan, one of South Asia's greatest masters of the Rabab, a 2000-year old Afghani tribal instrument that has been likened to "a cross between banjo, fiddle, lute and mandolin with 10 sympathetic strings for built-in reverb." See invite on facebook here.


3222 11th St, NW
(between Kenyon & Lamont St)
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: Tired of paying $12.50 movie tickets? AMC is offering $4 tickets with advance purchase Today only!

So, I normally don't post things like this on my site but I have to admit that $4 for a movie is a great deal! With the summer heat and thunderstorms heading our way, a movie is always a great place to escape. Today only, Thursday, May 27th, you can get a movie ticket, up to $12.50 value, for just $4. The tickets are good any day of the week at any AMC®, Loews®, Cineplex Odeon, Magic Johnson, and Star theatres and are subject to surcharge for 3D, IMAX®, alternative content, and premium services and locations. Click here to purchase!

PAST: ART: "Perception Altar" at The Fridge, May 15th - May 30th 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

Art On View at The Fridge DC
Jeramie Bellmay: Perception Altar
May 15th - May 30th

Perception Altar Drawings, sculpture and wood burnings by Jeramie Bellmay

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

PAST: POETRY: Sparkle, Monthly Queer Open Mic, is this WED, May 26th at Busboys 5th & K, 9:00pm - 11:00pm, $3

*SPARKLE* Open mic is a Queer driven Reading Series for all
hosted by Lyrics & Lace, featuring SolSis
Wednesday, May 26th
$3 (see note below)

Every month this series features an open mic and featured performer and is hosted by the funny and fabulous Regie Cabico & the lovely Danielle Evennou, who recently was awarded the 27th Larry Neal Writer's Award in Adult Poetry.Learn more about this month's feature, SolSis, on the facebook invite here!

$3 Admission (Wristbands/tickets are sold all day in the Global Exchange store beginning at 10 AM until sold out. Limit of 4 wristbands per person. Cash only. Sorry, No Refunds.)

Busboys & Poets
5th & K St, NW
Metro: Circulator bus to 5th & Mass or walk from Chinatown or Mt Vernon Sq Metro

PAST: ART: Last Week! Two Shows at The Mexican Cultural Institute, Now - May 29th

Two Arts Exhibitions at the Mexican Cultural Institute, On view Now - May 29th, Free

Elizabeth Catlett in Mexico
and Shouts from the Archive: The Political Prints from the Taller de Grafica Popular.

There is a great article in this month's In Towner on page 11 of the print edition, you can view the article online here. Below is the description from the main website.

"Elizabeth Catlett in Mexico features 57 powerful prints that the artist created in Mexico as a member of the artist collective known as the Taller de Gráfica Popular. A native Washingtonian, Elizabeth Catlett graduated from Howard University in 1935. Inspired by the cultural excitement and political transformations of post-Revolutionary Mexico, Catlett moved to Mexico City in 1947, where she joined the artist's collective known as the Taller de Gráfica Popular (Workshop of Popular Graphics, or TGP), which was dedicated to the direct use of visual art in the service of social change.... " click here to continue reading about this show at the other show on view.

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk to 16th St, turn left or take any bus along 16th St to Harvard

PAST: Discovery Theater Show for Kids runs - FRI, May 14th, $4 - $6

Tigers, Dragons & Other Wise ‘Tails’
Now - Friday, May 14th
$4 - $6

An original play. Stories from Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and China. Part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Discovery Theater at the Smithsonian call 202-633-3030 to order

View schedule and learn more here.

Smithsonian Resident Associate Program
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Metro: Smithsonian

PAST: ART: "INside/OUTside" at Gallery Plan b April 14th - May 16th, Free

Art at Gallery Plan b
On view April 14th - May 16th

INside/OUTside is an exhibition of works in various media depicting interiors and exteriors from diverse points of views. Artists: Ron Donoughe, Shoshanna Ahart, Kevin H. Adams, Michelle Montalbano, Susan Hostetler, Gordon Binder, Aster da Fonseca and Marci Erspamer.

Gallery Plan b
1530 14th St, NW (near Q St)
Metro: McPherson Sq or U St and take any bus along 14th St or walk from the P St/ RI Ave Circulator stop

PAST: MUSIC: The Uri Caine Trio, The Library of Congress "On LOCation" at Atlas SAT, May 22nd, 8:00pm, Free but Tickets are Required

Part of On LOCation: Concerts at the Atlas
Sponsored by the Library of Congress
Complete details here

Concert with The Uri Caine Trio
Saturday, May 22nd
Pre-Concert Presentation

Free Concert, Tickets Required
Limited number of tickets are available
Call (202)707-8432 before noon on Thursday

"Admired for original compositions and reinventions, jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine brings an eclectic array of disciplines and influences to his music. His classical and jazz training and his poetic sense combine in ambitious hybrids that are often challenging but always inventive." Prior to the concert, Uri Caine talks with Larry Appelbaum before appearing with his Trio.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street, NE
Metro: Taxi from Union Station or take the free H St Shuttle on 7th St or X2 bus on H St from Gallery Place Chinatown, 7th & H St exit

PAST: "Creativity Crossing Borders" Discussion 7:00pm & Works in Progress Film Screening at 9:00pm at The Writer's Center, Free!

This Friday night The Writer's Center hosts two free events as part of LitArtlantic!

Multidisciplinary Artists Discussion
Creativity Crossing Borders
Friday, May 21st

Artists from various disciplines discuss their approaches to creating work. Featuring film producer, painter and 9:30 club founder Bill Warrell, poet, radio producer, commentator and photojournalist Askia Muhammad, freelance writer, editor and media producer Amy Souza and local progressive hip-hop artist and 2010 Grammy Nominee, pictured, Christylez Bacon. Moderated by Suzan Jenkins.

Film Screening to follow:

Works in Progress Film Screening
of Romantic Warriors
Sponsored by Docs in Progress
Friday, May 21st

Romantic Warriors looks at how young bands of today have transformed Progressive music into something new. Featuring filmmakers Erica Ginsberg, Jose Zegarra Holder and Adele Schmidt.

Share these events and learn more:
- LitArtlantic facebook page
- invite on facebook
- Schedule here
- blog post here!

The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St
Metro: Bethesda

PAST: MUSIC: Mateo Monk Performs at Anthenaeum in Old Town Alexandria this THURS, May 13th 7:00pm, $10

Live Music with Mateo Monk
Thursday, May 13th

"The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association and the Songwriters' Association of Washington present Mateo Monk. Playing eclectic reggae-infused original music, Monk is a multi-instrumentalist. He performs on acoustic guitar and flute, as well as vocals. A one-man band of unrivaled talent, his shows are not to be missed!" Quote from CultureCapital event post.


201 Prince St (map)
Alexandria, VA
Metro: King St, take free trolly to King & Lee Sts and walk one block

PAST: The Arts Club Presents The National Award for Arts Writing to Author Linda Gordon Tonight, MON, May 24th 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

The National Award for Arts Writing, Tonight!
Monday, May 24th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Free and open to the public

Tonight at the Arts Club of Washington, The National Award for Arts Writing goes to Linda Gordon for her book Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, which describes Lange's rise as one of the preeminent photographers of America during the Great Depression and the New Deal, and provides insightful descriptions of how such iconic images as "Migrant Mother" came to be made. The New York Times called this book "an absorbing, exhaustively researched and highly political biography of a transformative figure in the rise of modern photojournalism." The award is given each year in recognition of excellence in writing about the arts for a broad audience for a book published in the previous year about any artistic discipline be it visual, performing, media, or literary. Gordon will read, followed by a book signing and light reception.

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

PAST: "Managing Stress and Enhancing Wellness with Music Therapy" SAT, May 15th from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Library of Congress, RSVP Required

"Managing Stress and Enhancing Wellness with Music Therapy"
Saturday, May 15th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
RSVP Required, call 202-707-8432
Complete info here

Image: Parker and DuRousseau
Anne B. Parker, music therapist
Donald DuRousseau, Human Bionics, Purcellville, Virginia
Co-sponsored by American Music Therapy Association

Library of Congress
Mumford Room
101 Independence Ave, SE
Metro: Capital South

PAST: LECTURE: Music Therapy and Wellness at the Library of Congress FRI, May 14th 6:15pm - 8:00pm, Free!

The Library of Congress "Music & The Brain" Final Pre-Concert Lecture of the Series
"Wellness and Growth: Acoustic Medicine and Music Therapy" with Dr. Vera Brandes

Friday, May 14th
6:15pm - 8:00pm
More info here

Concert with Woodley Ensemble to follow!
Works by Robert Schumann and Samuel Barber
Free, tickets required
More info here
I hear that if you arrive early, you may be able to get last minute tickets at the door

Lecture with Dr. Vera Brandes on Wellness and Growth: Acoustic Medicine and Music Therapy. Dr. Vera Brandes will give a lecture on Acoustic Medicine and Music Therapy at the Library of Congress, together with Dr. Jayne Standley, Director of the Music Therapy Program at Florida State University. Vera Brandes is a researcher of music and media effect, a music producer and communications expert. Since 2004, she has been director of the Research Program Music-Medicine at the Paracelsus Medical Private University Salzburg.

Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave, SE
Thomas Jefferson Building
Whittall Pavilion
Metro: Capital South

PAST: MUSIC: Free Classical Concert TUES, May 18th at Noon with Friday Morning Music Club at the Dumbarton House

Chamber Music Concert Series
Free Concert by the Friday Morning Music club
Tuesday, May 18th
12:00pm - 1:00pm

This month's performance:
Mozart: Charles Mokotoff, guitar
Beethoven: Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1.
Marion Richter, violin; Jeanne Rosenthal, viola; Jim Lieberman, violoncello

The Washington area's premier producer of free classical music performs again this Tuesday. All concerts are held in the Belle Vue Room, on the lower level. Dumbarton House is fully handicapped accessible. Groups are welcome! Reservations for groups of five or more are requested. Details here.

Save the Date for the next Free FMMC Concert:
Tuesday, June 15th in the evening at 7:30pm
featuring works by Bach and Schumann

Dumbarton House
2715 Q St, NW (map)
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk or take the DC bus from metro, more info about buses that might get you closer on Metro

PAST: Artists & Arts Organizations Convene at The Hive @ LitArtlantic this SAT, May 22nd Noon - 4:00pm, Free

Saturday, May 22nd
Noon - 4:00pm

Artists and Arts Organizations Convene! This is a great opportunity to connect with 25+ literary, songwriting, film, and theater artists organizations. You can view a list of participating organizations and read more about the event here.

The Hive is part of the first LitArtlantic and will be held at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD.

The Writer's Center

4508 Walsh Ave
Metro: Bethesda

PAST: LitArtlantic Three Day Arts Extravaganza at The Writer's Center! THURS, May 20th - SAT, May 22nd, Free!

LitArtlantic - A Free, Three day Arts Extravaganza!
Literature + Music + Theatre + Film
Thursday, May 20th - Saturday May 22nd

Today is the last day for the LitArtlantic, which started on Thursday night. Today you can enjoy The Hive from noon - 4:00pm as well as a panel at noon, songwriter's showcase at 1:00pm and a theater workshop for kids at 2:00pm. All events and performances are Free and open to the public and will take place at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, close to the metro!

Learn more...

Visit the LitArtlantic facebook page for pics, links, video and more!
Share the official LitArtlantic invite on facebook

View the complete schedule on The Writer's Center site here
and on their blog, First Person Plural, here!

Past events as part of the festival: Thursday Night's event is the Story/Stereo event which you can read about in the previous post I put up which will feature poetry, fiction and music. LitArtlantic Headliners include: Local Musicians Christylez Bacon, Rene Moffatt & Margot MacDonald, Documentary Filmakers David A. Taylor, Adele Schmidt and Jose Zegarra Holder as well as Producer Askia Muhammad and 9:30 Club founder Bill Warrell.

The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St
Metro: Bethesda

PAST: Music + Literature + Kids Theater: Free Events at The Writer's Center as Part of LitArtlantic this SAT, May 22nd, Noon - 3:00pm

Saturday, May 22nd
Noon - 3:00pm
Events are all Free as part of the first LitArtlantic

The Writer’s Life: A Report from the Field
Noon - 1:00pm
Sponsored by American Independent Writers

Literature: David A. Taylor, C.M. Mayo, Alan Elsner and Kevin Quirk discuss their lives as professional working writers.

Young Songwriters’ Showcase
1:00pm - 2:15pm

Musical Performances by: New Artist of the Year and Modern Rock Vocalist Wammie winner, Margot MacDonald, Alex Culbreth, a young singer/songwriter from Columbia, SC currently living in Fredericksburg, VA and DC based singer/songwriter Rene Moffatt.

Workshops for Children
Kids Theater: Workshop sponsored and led by folks from Round House Theatre
2:00pm - 3:00pm

- LitArtlantic facebook page
- invite on facebook
- Schedule here
- blog post here!

The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh Ave
Metro: Bethesda

PAST: TALK: "Learning From History: The Holocaust's Lessons for a Violent World" this SUN, May 23rd at 3:00pm, Free

Dr. Hubert Locke Talks about "Learning from History: The Holocaust's Lessons for a Violent World"
Sunday, May 23rd

A leading scholar on the legacy of Christian responses during the Holocaust, Dr. Hubert Locke has devoted his career to issues of social justic and civil rights. In this program, he will discuss the lasting significance of the Holocaust for people of all faiths as they address the challenges of hatred and genocide today. Dr. Locke is Vice Provost and Professor Emeritus at Evans School of Public Affairs at The University of Washington, Seattle.

There will be a reception after the talk. Co-sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Committee on Church Relations and the National City Christian Church. Questions, please contact Beverly Goines at

National City Christian Church
5 Thomas Circle, NW
Metro: McPherson Square and walk or take any bus along 14th St

PAST: Visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts for Free every SAT & SUN in May!

Sweet! I just found out that entry to the National Museum of Women in the Arts is free on weekends during May! Regular admission is $10, $8 for students. They also have a great gift shop there with lots of cool wearable art and items made from recylced materials. Aside from the gift shop at the Building Museum, this may be my favorite one in town. I got one of my favorite fabric necklaces there last time I visited.

Free Admission to NMWA Saturday & Sundays in May!
Saturday Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday Hours: Noon - 5:00pm

Be sure to check out the Sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle along NY Ave, pictured above, while you are there!

National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave, NW
Metro: Metro Center and walk up to NY Ave

PAST: CRAFTS: Silver Spring's "Handmade Mart" Indie Crafts, SUN, May 23rd 10:00am - 5:00pm, Free

Handmade Mart in Silver Spring
Sunday, May 23rd
10:00am - 5:00pm

Downtown Silver Spring Indie Craft Fair will feature over 60 vendors, hands-on workshops and live rock and rockabilly music! Rain or shine.

Downtown Silver Spring
In the main shopping area (map)
Ellsworth Drive between Fenton & Georgia
Metro: Silver Spring or take the S2 or S4 bus there from 16th St

PAST: DANCE: Learn to Square Dance and Contra-Dance at Eastern Market this SAT, May 22nd from 3:00pm - 5:00pm, $8

Adult Square Dancing & Contra-Dancing
with Capitol Hill Dance Society

Saturday, May 22nd
3:00pm - 5:00pm
$8 per person

No dance experience necessary
Refreshments will be served

Eastern Market's North Hall
Metro: Eastern Market

PAST: POETRY: DC Southern Fried Poetry Slam Team Performs at The Fridge Tonight! SAT, May 22nd 8:00pm - 10:00pm, $10 or $5 for students

DC Southern Fried Poetry Slam Team Performance
Saturday, 22 May 2010,
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Cover is $10 at the door, $5 for students

Hear the DC Team Perform before heading off to compete in The Southern Fried Poetry Slam, the second largest poetry convention in the country, which will take place from June 2nd-5th in Knoxville, TN.

The DC Team performing this Saturday includes the talented: Chris August, Chris Wilson, Natalie E. Illum, and Gowri K. Yay! It's a great team and it's Gowri's first slam competition so I am extra happy for her! They will each perform individual pieces and also group pieces they'll be using in competition. Additional Team Member Sonya Renee will not be performing at this event, but she will be at the team's May 28th feature.

Cash bar available. More details on the facebook invite here!

The Fridge
Rear Alley, 516 8th St SE
Metro: Eastern Market, turn right onto 8th St and walk about two blocks, when you get see matchbox on the right, turn into the alley on the left side of the street.

PAST: This SUN, May 23rd is Bike DC! "Pedalpalooza on Penn" from 7:00am - 10:30am, Free

Bike down to Pennsylvania Avenue for "Pedalpalooza on Pennsylvania"
Saturday, May 23rd
7:00am - 10:30am

Very cool to hear about this event! It looks like the Entire Street will be closed to car traffice between 7th & 14th St on Pennsylvania Ave, NW. This is a great chance to Bike - Walk- Skate - Jog or just hang out and stroll in the street. More info on

More serious about your biking? Perhaps you will want to take part in the Washington & Arlington Community Bike Ride on Sunday, though it's Not Free and Registration is Required. I am a huge fan of biking and I thought that a day with 20 miles of car-free biking was worth mentioning, perhaps some of you may be interested, or perhaps may want to just watch the bikers go by. Register online here. Pricing: Kids 12 and under are free. Teens ages 13-19 $20 in advance $30 at the event. Adults 20 and older are $35. Start at Pennsylvania Ave, NW in DC (opens at 7:00am) Start times 7:30am - 8:30am. Finish in Crystal City, VA.
P.S. For those coming in from out of the area who don't want to bike into DC, you can also put your bike on the metro with you for no extra charge on the weekends (and weekdays, in fact, any time except rush hours) just be sure to use the doors at the front or back of the train.
Pennyslvania Ave between 7th & 14th St, NW
Metro: Federal Triangle or Archives Navy Memorial

PAST: This Weekend is the Annual WalkingTown DC Spring Edition, Free Guided Walking Tours throughout DC! SAT, May 22nd & SUN, May 23rd

Enjoy DC by foot with these free tours!
WalkingTown DC Spring Edition
Saturday, May 22nd - Sunday, May 23rd
Free Tours throughout DC!
See link for list of tours!

PAST: "Taste of Connecticut Avenue" Fundraiser Tonight, TUES, May 18th in Dupont 6:00pm - 9:00pm, $5 each taste

Taste of Connecticut Avenue
Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Fundraiser
Tuesday, May 18th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
$5 for each tasting, 5 for $20

Tickets will be available at the Dupont Resource Center at 9 Dupont Circle (west side, between P Street and Mass Ave) tonight starting at 5:00pm. Credit Cards accepted. For a list of Participating Restaurants, click here.

Metro: Dupont Circle

PAST: POETRY: "Bring and Be Your Own Poetry" Open Mic every MON Night 7:30pm, $3

I just learned about this event, haven't been there yet though.

BYOP Open Mic: "Bring and Be Your Own Poetry"
Every Monday Night
$3 cover
Call 202-309-9586 for more info

WVSA ARTiculate Gallery Space
1100 16th ST, NW (at L St)
Metro: Farragut North or take any bus along 16th St to L St

PAST: YOGA: It's "DC Yoga Week" SAT, May 15th - SAT, May 22nd

DC Yoga Week
Saturday, May 15th - Saturday, May 22nd
See link for a list of Free and discounted yoga classes this week at various Locations throughout DC

PAST: If you like Trees, you'll like this Tour! SAT & SUN, May 22nd & 23rd, 10am & 1:00pm Tour with Casey Trees, Part of WalkingTown DC, Free

Tree Tour with Casey Trees along Mass Ave
Walk from Union Station - Dupont Circle
Part of WalkingTown DC this weekend!

Saturday, May 22nd & Sunday, May 23rd
10:00am - Noon Tour or 1:00pm - 3:00pm Tour

Explore the tree plan of Massachusetts Avenue from Union Station to Embassy Row and stop at significant public parks along the way, including Dupont Circle, The walk will begin at Union Statoon at the fountain and walk to Dupont so please come wearing comfy shoes, it's about 20 blocks. The tours will be about two hours long, first one leave at 10:00am and the second one leaves at 1:00pm on Saturday & Sunday.

Meet at Union Station Fountain
50 Mass Ave, NE
Metro: Union Station

PAST: Kid Friendly: Pinata Workshop SAT, May 22nd 11:00am - 3:00pm, Free

Free Pinata Workshop
Saturday, May 22nd
11:00am - 3:00pm
Recommended for 6 and older

Learn to make colorful pinatas, a favorite for kids parties in Mexico. Workshop participants will make a star pinata to take home with them.

The Anacostia Community Museum1901 Fort Place SE (map)
Right next to Fort Stanton Park
Metro: Not so close to metro, you can take a taxi from Naylor Road or Anacostia or you can look into buses that go near there on metro's trip planner

PAST: Like Vinyl? DC Record Fair this SUN, May 23rd at the Black Cat! Noon - 6:00pm $2

Cool, I just found out that 30 dealers from the East Coast will be selling vinyl at the Black Cat this Sunday!

DC Record FairSunday, May 22nd
Noon - 6:00pm

Black Cat

1811 14th St, NW (near T St)
Metro: U St

PAST: 3rd Annual Shred-A-Thon in Alexandria, VA - Shred Your Documents for Free! SAT, May 22nd 10:00am - 2:00pm

3rd Annual Shred-A-Thon & Spring Cleaning in Alexandria, VA
Saturday, May 22nd
10:00am - 2:00pm
Free, Register here!

Get Rid of Old Financials and Business Documents in a Safe and Eco-friendly Way. Shred-a-thon helps you learn the Do's and Don'ts of Document Disposal. It is estimated that 9 million Americans have their identity stolen each year. Be sure this year to dispose of documents properly by shredding them. Recommended documents are utility bills, old taxes returns, ATM receipts and more. All documents are 100 percent recycled, shredded on site and mixed with other material to secure identity protection. Davidoff and Associates, CPAs is a partner in this year’s Shred-A-Thon and will be available to answer questions about the importance of timely disposal of sensitive documents. Free event, donations given will benefit the Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Boys & Girls Club.

George Washington Middle School
1005 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Metro: See metro for best bus access from metro

PAST: Groundbreaking Ceremony with Mayor Fenty, Metro GM for new Mixed-Use Project at Rhode Island Ave Metro, TUES, May 18th at 10:30am

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Rhode Island Station
Tuesday, May 18th

Join Urban Atlantic and A&R Development Corp. with Mayor Adrian Fenty for the groundbreaking of Rhode Island Station, a $107 million public-private mixed-use transit-oriented development that will bring a 24-7 town center development to the Rhode Island Avenue corridor in NE. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will speak at the ceremony along with Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. and Metro General Manager Richard Sarles. Rhode Island Station will be the first mixed-use residential and retail development in the nation to combine HUD multifamily financing with US Dept of the Treasury New Markets Tax Credit equity. Ground will be broken for 274 Class A apartments, 70,000 square feet of main street retail, and a new Metro commuter garage.

Event held in Metro Station Parking Lot
Metro: Rhode Island Avenue

PAST: High School Youth Rally this WED, May 19th at 5:00pm with STEP Up DC

Youth members of the S.T.E.P. Up DC Campaign (Success Through Educational Progress) will march through the streets to call attention to declining graduation rates within DC public high schools.

High School Student March
Wednesday, May 19th
5:00pm gather, March stats 5:30pm
Marchers will gather at Cardozo Senior High School
Public is invited to attend to show their support!

Five-Nineteen: The March for Graduation and Better Education will originate at Cardozo Senior High School and end at Howard University, symbolizing the transition from high school to college and the successful careers that the students desire. The march will emphasize the need for more student resources and support services and will mark the launch of S.T.E.P. Up DC’s youth-led campaign for student resource centers in DC high schools.

S.T.E.P. Up DC is a youth-led education organizing campaign convened by Critical Exposure and the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates. Learn more at and at

Cardozo Senior High School
1200 Clifton Street NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk over
March will end at the Howard University Quad

PAST: YOGA: Free Class at The Studio DC in Dupont Circle! Thru FRI, May 14th

Free Classes at The Studio DC!
Saturday, May 8th -Friday May 14th!

Studio Serenity opens it's sister location, The Studio DC, in Dupont Circle! If you missed the Grand Opening Party on Saturday you can still enjoy free classes this week! Check out their website for more info.

The Studio DC
1710 Connecticut Ave, NW
(formerly Troyer Art Gallery Space)
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit

PAST: Kid Friendly: "Communites: Best of DC Family Day" at the National Portratit Gallery SAT, May 22nd 11:30 - 3:00pm, Free

The National Portrait Gallery hosts
Communities: Best of DC Family Day

Saturday, May 22nd
11:30am - 3:00pm
Music, Art and More

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
in Chinatown with SAAM
8th & F St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place, Chinatown

PAST: Happy Hour Benefit for Bike and Build Tonight at Town Tavern, 21+ $5 donation gets deals on drinks 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Happy Hour Benefit for Bike and Build
Wednesday, May 19th
Special prices with $5 donation
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Bike and Build is a non-profit organization where youth 18-24 bike through MD, VA, DC and PA and help Habitat Humanity create affordable housing. Donate $5 and get $2 domestic beers and mixed rails 6:00pm - 9:00pm, price goes up to $3 from 9:00pm - 11:00pm.

Town Tavern
2323 18th St, NW (at Belmont)
in Adams Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator to Adams Mill, walk a few blocks on 18th or Dupont Circle and take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to Belmont St and walk down Belmont one block to 18th

PAST: If you can get to National Harbor, MD... Free Burger Today 11:00am - Noon

Free Burger at Elevation Burger National Harbor, MD location
Today! Thursday, May 27th
11:00am - 12:00pm

Just got this info from a friend who is a big fan of Elevation Burger, a local eco-conscious business based in VA that cooks their french fries in olive oil and uses only USDA-certified organic, grass-fed, free-range beef.

It looks like you'll need to click through their facebook page and print out the online coupon and find your way to the National Harbor in MD, just across the bridge from Alexandria, VA, between 11:00am and Noon today.

Though all of their locations are in car required areas (I hear they are looking to open one in DC) I am a big fan of supporting local and eco-conscious companies (these guys donate waste olive oil for conversion into bio-diesel, recycle store waste and use high-post-consumer content paper products) and those that use organic products so I figured I'd give them a shout out for their free burger day!

Elevation Burger
108 Waterfront St (map)
National Harbor, MD
Note: Not Metro Accessible but not too far from DC, just across the river from Alexandria, VA

PAST: Words, Beats & Life and Busboys & Poets Team up for Fundraiser WED, May 12th 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free, donations appreciated

Busboys & Poets and Words Beats & Life Partnership Kick-Off Party!
Wednesday, May 12th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free and open to the public
RSVP requested on facebook here as space is very limited.

Busboys & Poets
in collaboration with Words Beats & Life will host a partnership kick-off fundraiser this Wednesday. WBL is a local Hip-Hop Non-Profit in DC. Though the event is free to attend, guests will be encouraged to participate in a silent auction of a number of pieces of artwork, and to make donations as they are able. There will also be hands on DJ’ing, B-Boying, MC’ing and Graffiti workshops for guests to participate in the kind of learning experience created every day by WBL's educators. The goal is to recruit new champions, friends and supporters of the work that the organization does at this event.

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

PAST: Pay-What-You-Can Play Reading from Factory 449 this MON, May 24th at HRC at 7:30pm

I was at the reading on Monday the 10th and really enjoyed it. You can check out the last two readings this coming Monday or next. Learn more about Factory 449 on their website here.

The last reading in the series is this Monday:

Monday, May 24th
Wig Out!

HRC's Equality Center
1640 Rhode Island Ave, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

PAST: MUSIC: Three Bands Perfom this THURS, May 13th at Ebenezers 7:30pm - 10:00pm, $8

Local musician Rene Moffatt opens for two NYC artists
Thursday, May 13th
7:30pm - 10:00pm
$8 cover, details here

Other artists, from NYC, include: Mighty Kate & Jody Shelton

Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St, NE
Metro: Union Station, just two blocks, turn left on 1st and right on F St

PAST: Free Vegan Ice Cream! This Friday, May 21st near Farragut Square Noon - 1:00pm

Free Vegan Ice Cream!
Friday, May 21st
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Free Vegan Ice Cream will be handed out, compliments of Compassion Over Killing, this Friday near Farragut Square. More info here.

Connecticut & K St, NW (northeast corner)
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut North