Monday, May 31, 2010

PAST: ART: Closing Party for Anna U. Davis' Drawings at Long View Gallery FRI, July 2nd, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Closing Party at Long View Gallery
"The Dance Before the Kill"
Pen & Ink Drawings by Anna U. Davis
Friday, July 2nd
5:00pm - 7:00pm
On view June 3rd - July 2nd
Complete details on facebook invite here

Long View Gallery

1234 9th St, NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq

Sunday, May 30, 2010

PAST: The National Archives Celebrates July 4th with extended hours this weekend, til 9:00pm and a Celebration on SUN, July 4th at 8:30am, Free

Independence Day Celebration at The National Archives
Sunday, July 4th

Celebrate July 4th on the steps of the National Archives Building on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets. Commemorate July 4th with Mistress of Ceremonies, Maureen Bunyan, ABC7/WJLA-TV news anchor, and an annual dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence led by very special guests.

Note also that The National Archives Experience will offer extended viewing hours for the Charters of Freedom until 9:00pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend in celebration of July 4th!

National Archives

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

PAST: ART + DJ's + More: Closing Party for "Exquisite Corpse" at Civilian Art Projects SAT, July 3rd 10:00pm, $5 cover

Closing Party at Civilian
Saturday, July 3rd
$5 cover includes drinks

Civilian Art Projects hosts a party with DJs Jim Q, Kalani, and Pink Manes LouLou and celebrates the last day of the Exquisite Corpse exhibition and 3.7 years of Civilian Art Projects. This will be their last event in the downstairs space as they prepare to move upstairs. You are invited to join them for fun, music, projected visuals, and summer refreshments. Note that there is a cover of $5 that will go to support expenses for the party.

About the show.... Civilian Art Projects is pleased to present Exquisite Corpse - a collaborative photo project curated by Corcoran Photography alums Jessica Cebra, Dave Gustine, and Marissa Long. Invented by Surrealists in 1925, the Exquisite Corpse method involves a group of collaborators assembling a collection of words or images - each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person has contributed. The show will remain on view from June 24th - July 3rd.

Page Carr, Untitled

While the Exquisite Corpse being exhibited at Civilian Art Projects utilizes the method most commonly seen in the writing exercise, words have been substituted here with images. Participating photographers are based in DC, New York, California, and as far away as China and South Africa.

Civilian Art Projects

1019 7th Street NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Square

PAST: Free in DC: Week of 6.29.10 feature on ReadysetDC

Weekly Highlights Post on ReadysetDC

6.29.10 – 7.4.10

Event list organized by Day of the Week!

All events are in DC, all ages and Free unless otherwise noted.

PAST: Free Performances at the Studio Theatre as part of the Annual Hip-Hop Theater Festival WED, July 7th & THURS, July 8th 7:00pm & 9:00pm

Free Events at The Studio Theatre
Wednesday & Thursday July 7th - 8th
as part of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival

Wednesday, July 7th

Paige in Full
Written and performed by Paige Hernandez, directed by Danielle A. Drakes

Ameriville: The "Sneak Peak"
Roundhouse Theatre Company Performs
Written and performed by Universes, directed by Chay Yew

Thursday, July 8th

Where My Girlz At? A Comedia Look at Black Lesbian Communities
Written and Performed by Mica Mosely, directed by Tamilla Woodard

For a complete schedule of events taking place as part of the DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival, please see the DCCAH page about the festival here!

The Studio Theatre

1501 14th St, NW
Metro: U St or Dupont Circle and walk to 14th & P St or take the Circulator bus to RI Ave/ P St from McPherson Square Metro or U St at 14th & U

Saturday, May 29, 2010

PAST: Free Film Screening & Discussion of 'American Outrage' at BloomBars this WED, June 30th at 8:30pm, Free

Free Film Screening & Discussion of 'American Outrage'
Wednesday, June 30th
More info here
Free, donations welcome

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

PAST: MUSIC: Family Friendly Event: "Songs for Kids Like Us" at Wolf Trap TUES, July 6th - SAT, July 10th 11:15am, $8

Family Friendly event at Wolf Trap
Robbie Schaefer: Songs for Kids Like Us
Tuesday, July 6th - Saturday, July 10th
11:15am daily

"Eddie from Ohio's Robbie Schaefer sings for his favorite earthlings. With his guitar and goofy grin, this beloved music teacher inspires kids to belt out tunes about everything from stinky diapers to salamander thighs. Bring your own singing voice--belly laughs are on the house!"

Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

1551 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182
Metro: West Falls church and bus there, see metro trip planner

PAST: Learn more about Nutrition Hands on with Daemon Jones, ND at the U St Farmers Market, SAT, June 5th, 9:30am - 12:00pm, Free

Learn more about Nutrition Hands On!
"Local, Seasonal, Organic: 14th & U St. Farmers’ Market"
With Daemon Jones, ND
Saturday, June 5th

Come and learn about local, seasonal and organic offerings and food preparation. Begin the morning with a cooking demonstration and of prepared, seasonal produce available at area farmers’ markets. Then take a field trip to the nearby 14th and U Street farmers’ market where we will to learn about seasonal delights offered by local vendors and shop confidently using what we learned from Dr. Dae. Each class will feature different recipe. Details on Smith Farm's website here.

PAST: DANCE: Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company Perform this FRI, July 2nd at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, 6:00pm, Free

Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company perform
"Charlie Chan and the Mystery of Love"
at The Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Friday, July 2nd

DC based contemporary dance company Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company will be performing a free dance performance this Friday evening at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival's Asian Fusions Tent. The performance will include Charlie Chan and the Mystery of Love, a new work-in-progress that evokes 1930s Hollywood to explore Tinseltown stereotypes and fantasies. The acclaimed work Island which premiered last year will also be performed.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Asian Fusions Tent
on the National Mall
Metro: Smithsonian

Thursday, May 27, 2010

OF NOTE: Highlights Post on Prince of Petworth "Free in DC: Things to do Tonight – Sunday!"

Photo from post on PoP by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

Free in DC: Things to do Tonight – Sunday!

Thursday, May 27th - Sunday, May 30th

Weekend highlights post is up on Prince of Petworth!

Call for Artists for Fete de la Musique on June 18th, Thought some of you might be interested

The Alliance Francaise is seeking local musicians who are interested in performing at this year's annual Fete de la Musique on June 18th.

Inspired by the tradition that takes place every year in Paris and all over France where musicians play in the streets to celebrate the beginning of summer, The Alliance Française brings this celebration of music to Washington again this June to showcase local musical talent. Though bands will not be paid for their performances, the Alliance Française will provide performance space and promotional support and is a great opportunity for local emerging musicians to reach out to the community and expand their audience.

If you are interested in performing, email your name, bio, and some music samples to Sonia Lahcerne at by June 10th.

P.S. You can also pass this post along to friends who may be interested using the envelope icon below.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

PAST: DanceAfrica DC 2010 Hosts a Free Festival with Dance & African Style Marketplace SAT & SUN, June 5th & 6th, 1:00pm - 6:30pm

DanceAfrica DC 2010
The 23rd annual festival of dance and music of the African Diaspora begins on Monday, May 31st and runs Sunday, June 6th. Indoor performances and master classes are offered for a fee, and there will be a free African Style Marketplace and Outdoor Performances all day June 5th & 6th! Complete info here.

Free Outdoor Performances & African Style Market Place
Food, Crafts, Art, Clothing, Children's Tent, Dance & More

Saturday June 5th
1:00pm - 6:30pm

Sunday, June 6th
1:00pm - 6:30pm

Dance Place
3225 8th St, NE
Metro: Brookland/CUA, about two blocks from metro

PAST: Free Events this Week from THURS, May 27th - TUES, June 1st

CultureCapital Insider

All events are FREE. Please click through the link for complete details about the event, click on the location for address and directions.

Thursday, May 27th

The Jewish Experience During the Civil War

National Archives Experience
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Saturday, May 29th

Film Series: Moving Compositions:
Aspects of Chopin: Iconic Sound: Chopin in Recent Film and Video

1:00pm (Charles Vidor 1945, 35mm, 113 min)
National Gallery of Art

Metro: Archives- Navy Memorial

Tuesday, June 1st

Gallery Talk: The Sculptures of the Chester Dale Collection

National Gallery of Art
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

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PAST: Free in DC: In Borderstan Free Events Tonight & Tomorrow night

Highlights from Free in DC for Tonight & Tomorrow on the newly redesigned Borderstan site, looks great! View post here!

PAST: Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall! Now - July 5th, Free

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Thursday, June 24th – Monday, June 28th
Thursday, July 1st – Monday, July 5th
Free two week Festival on the Mall

View Complete Schedule of Events here!
View Visitor Informationhere

The National Mall (see map)
Metro: Smithsonian or Archives - Navy Memorial

PAST: ART: "The Art of Last Minuteness" Activation 440 Pop-Up Party this SAT, June 26th 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

"The Art of Last Minuteness"
Activation 440 with ReadysetDC
Saturday, June 26th
6:00pm -10:00pm

440 Rhode Island Ave, NW
Close to Florida and Rhode Island Ave
Metro: Shaw, also accessible by any of the 90 line buses from Adams Morgan on 18th St or U St

OF NOTE: Free in DC Highlights on ReadysetDC! Events Now - SUN, May 30th

Have you seen this weeks Free Events List from Free in DC on ReadysetDC yet? Check out the post FREE IN DC: Week of 5.24.10 Highlights posts from Free in DC in a list, organized by the day of the week, now through Sunday, May 30th.

Monday, May 24, 2010

PAST: ART: Memorial Day Art Show with Vintage Posters, Opening at The Corner Store THURS, May 27th, Free

An exhibition of vintage posters from the Cold War to Vietnam will be on view at this Art Show at The Corner Store.

Memorial Day Art Show
Opens Thursday, May 27th

The Corner Store

South Carolina Ave, SE
Metro: Eastern Market

PAST: DC Caribbean Carnival this Weekend! Parade SAT, June 26th 11:00am, Free! + Festival SAT & SUN, June 27th 12:00pm - 7:00pm, $10

DC Caribbean Carnival & Festival
Saturday, June 26th
11:00am parade

Caribbean Festival is two days
Saturday, June 26th
Sunday, June 27th
12:00pm - 7:00pm
$10 per person

Caribbean style parade and festival designed to encourage cross-cultural programs within the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area community in the expansion of Caribbean culture, and to educate youths and adults in Caribbean arts, crafts and culture. The colorful parade leads to an international marketplace called "DE SAVANNAH," featuring food, crafts and entertainment. Complete details here!

DC Caribbean Carnival Parade Route:
Along Georgia Avenue from Missouri Avenue to Barry Place.

DC Caribbean Carnival Festival Location: Banneker Recreation Park, Georgia Avenue at Barry Place, directly across from Howard University in NW Washington, DC. (202) 726-2204.

See a map of the parade route and festival location here!

Image above grabbed from

Metro: Georgia Ave is near the Parade Route Shaw is closes to the festival I believe at the bottom of Georgia Ave I believe

PAST: Worn Magazine "Scotch Hop" this SUN, June 27th 4:00pm - 8:00pm, $10

Worn Magazine "Scotch Hop"
Sunday, June 27th
4:00pm - 8:00pm
Fundraiser for next issue
$10, all Included
Get your tickets here

Marvin's Lukas Smith will tend bar, pleny of PBR, Music by DJ Keenan Orr and a Free copy of Worn Magazine's Spring/Summer 2010 Issue.

Rooftop - Kalorama Lofts
1700 Kalorama Rd. NW
Adams Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator closer. You can also take the 42 bus from Dupont Circle.

PAST: Politics anyone? Guess who's coming to Borders a 18th & L this FRI? June 26th at 12:00pm

Book event at Borders
with Newt Gingrich
Friday, June 25th

I normally do post Author Events but I normally don't post Political Events, however, I thought that some of you might be interested in knowing that Newt Gingrich is coming to town on Friday and will be at the Borders on 18th & L St to talk about his book. I imagine that it won't come as a surprise to any of you who follow my site that I am not a Newt fan but thought perhaps some of you might want to be there to learn more about what he is up to now.

18th & L St, NW
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West

Sunday, May 23, 2010

OF NOTE: Facts about DC Healthy Schools Act & the Soda Tax, Please educate & share!

FACT: This is an EXCISE TAX on the SODA COMPANIES and NOT A TAX that YOU will pay. It is not like the bag tax or sales tax that you pay at the register. You can read this for yourself in "10 Myths about the Soda Tax" Mary Cheh's doc

Know the Facts about the Soda Tax!

Yes, this is an events blog but raising consciousness and healthy living are also very important to me. The DC Budget will be finalized next Wednesday, May 26th and this issue speaks to me on many levels which is why I have compiled this information into a post so you can read more for yourself about the Healthy Schools Act and The Soda Tax.

FACT: The Healthy Schools Act has already been passed, what has yet to be determined is the budget, or the "how to pay for it" part, which is why the Soda Tax was proposed.

If we don't have help from Soda Companies through The Soda Tax than that money will still have to come from somewhere, our own pockets and our own budget, likely through cutting other programs.

If you would rather the soda companies pay the tax than the residents of DC and our DC budget, which is already strapped, then please


The Budget is Finalized this Wednesday, I encourage you to CALL Today!

At-Large Council Members:

Kwame Brown 202-724-8174
Vincent Gray 202-724-8032

FACT: MD and VA already levy taxed on soda, you probably just don't realize it. In fact, 33 of the States already levy taxes on soda. From Myth 9 in Cheh's doc, MD at 6% and VA at 1.5%.

Learn the Facts about Mary Cheh's Healthy Schools Act which was already approved by the DC Council on May 4th here!


NY Times Article "The Battle Over Taxing Soda"

DCist "Hospital Mistakenly Listed Among Anti-Soda Tax Groups"

The Northwest Current print edition, great article on cover page "Feds visit Deal to fete Healthy Schools" Wed, May 19th Vol. XLIII No. 18 (now available online)

The proposal is asking that the 1 cent per ounce is placed "an excise tax levied ON LARGE DISTRIBUTORS (i.e. Coca-Cola Enterprises), not corner stores" or customers. The soda tax would be collected and paid by importers and distributors and would apply only to "sugar-sweetened beverages" which are canned or bottled and not on the syrups that go into fountain drinks. This also means that soda prices would not automatically go up and if they did, it would be soda companies passing their new tax back on to us. Quotes from Cheh's doc.

WHY I CARE: Please know that I am not posting this to be political, I am posting this because I believe in being conscious of what we put into our bodies and how we educate our children about the importance of eating well and being mindful of what is in the foods we eat and where it comes from. I want to support healthier diets in schools, minimize the use of corn syrup products and encourage connections with local farmers so that schools have local produce and food with life energy in it.

I am also writing this to highlight the fact that in DC we are taxed on basic necessities such as Toilet Paper and Feminine Products while Soda is considered a "food staple" in DC and is not taxed at all. If I had a chance to ask Tampax or Charmin pay that tax instead as an excise tax, I certainly would! I can't believe each time I go to buy these basics I get taxed. If I personally had to pay an extra tax on all bottled and canned beverages, which are bad for the environment, to support a better recycling program and/or healthier food for kids I would be happy to. It's about supporting a greater vision of mindfulness. Our kids deserve to have food that nourishes them and soda, which is basically a carbonated corn-syrup water, is not what I consider a basic food staple.

Share the FACTS and Stay Connected:

Support Healthy Schools homepage and petition

Support Healthy Schools on Facebook

10 Myths-vs-Facts from Mary Cheh's document

Twitter & Facebook: login to your twitter or facebook and then go to Support Healthy Schools and click on the icons on the bottom left to instantly share this message with your tweeps and friends "Keep the Supersized Soda Lobby out of DC schools! Sign petition & urge DC City Council to fund Healthy Schools Act:"

PAST: Spoken Word Poetry Special Event "Protest through Poetry" THURS, June 24th 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free, RSVP Required

"Protest Through Poetry"
Spoken Word Event
Thursday, June 24th
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Free, RSVP is required
as space is limited

Tomorrow night, Campus Progress, the youth outreach arm of the Center for American Progress, will host a special event highlighting some of America’s most dynamic and fearless voices on the spoken word scene. The event will be MC’d by Washington, DC’s own Dwayne B, with performances by lots of super local poets including:
  • Gowri K. - Poet, singer, lawyer, and activist whose parents emigrated to the U.S. from Sri Lanka
  • Jenny Lares - Co-founder of a monthly Asian Pacific Islander Spoken Word event Sulu DC
  • Song Rise - Local all female acapella group that raises awareness about social justice through song
  • Danielle Evennou - President of Mothertongue, a women’s spoken word organization, and co-host of Sparkle, a queer-driven reading series
  • Omekongo Dibinga - Spoken word activist focused on human rights issues in the Congo
Food and refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP please click here!

Campus Progress
1333 H St NW, 10th Floor
Metro: McPherson Square

PAST: Book Launch Party for "Consuming Choices" TUES, June 29th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Book Launch Party for "Consuming Choices"
by David Schwartz
Tuesday June 29th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

"The book raises questions about consumers and whether we share culpability for unethical and immoral practices associated with the products we purchase. To answer, author David Schwartz provides the most detailed philosophical exploration to date on consumer ethics." Read more here.

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

Saturday, May 22, 2010

PAST: POETRY: Open Mic at Presse Bookstore in Georgetown this SUN, June 27th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

New Poetry Open Mic at Presse Bookstore in Georgetown
Sunday, June 27th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Free, donations accepted

Poems and fiction by, for, and about women (and men, too) are the theme of this evening's first emerging poets open mic at Presse Bookstore. Come to read your poems or just to listen!

Presse Bookstore

1614 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Metro: Farragut North or Foggy Bottom and take the Circulator bus along K St or Penn Ave

PAST: Free Events this Week from CultureCapital! WED, June 23rd - MON, June 28th

CultureCapital Insider

All events are FREE. Please click through the link for complete details about the event, click on the location for address and directions.

Wednesday, June 23rd

Summer Concert with Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra
Metro: Grosvenor

Lecture 'Receding Tide:
Vicksburg and Gettysburg' by Edwin Cole Bears
National Archives Experience
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Thursday, June 24th

National Orchestral Institute and Festival:
New Lights Concert
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Metro: College Park and take UM Shuttle bus 104 to campus or taxi there

Friday, June 25th

Jazz in the Garden featuring
Nattybeaux (jump swing band)
(see previous post)
5:00pm - 8:30pm
National Gallery of Art
Metro: Archives Navy Memorial

National Orchestral Institute and Festival:
NOI Philharmonic Open Rehearsal
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Metro: College Park and take UM Shuttle bus 104 to campus or taxi there

Through June 28th

Gallery Talk: Connecting Links: Leo Villareal's "Multiverse"
and the National Gallery Collection

this Thursday, Sunday and Monday
National Gallery of Art
Metro: Archives Navy Memorial

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PAST: Sleeper Cell Arts & Crafts Multi-Media Showcase at The Fridge SUN, June 27th 5:00pm, $10

Sleeper Cell Arts & Crafts 2010
Sunday, June 27th
Cover $10

Sleeper Cell Productions presents Arts and Craft 2010, a multimedia showcase. This event will feature art by five of the DMV's most unique artists, ranging from comic book and poster artwork to wire paper and found robot sculptures. This event will also feature a hip hop producer showcase by the Sleeper Cell production team, food and drink, an outdoor ping pong tournament, and guest DJ Natty Boom spin. This event is sponsored by The Greek Spot and Xocai Healthy Chocolate.

The Fridge DC

Rear Alley
516 8th St SE
Metro: Eastern Market, turn right onto 8th St SE and walk about two blocks, turn left into the alley across from matchbox

PAST: Choral Music: Choralis performs Medelssohn's Elijah SAT, June 26th 7:00pm, Just $5 for students 22 and under, Free for kids 12 and under

Choralis Sings Mendelssohn's Elijah
Presented by Choralis
Special Student Offer!
Saturday, June 26th

$5 for students 22 and younger with ID
Free for Kids 12 and under (regular price $25)
General admission seating. Available at the door.

Acclaimed choral group Choralis presents Mendelssohn's dramatic oratorio, Elijah, with orchestra and soloists: Danielle Talamantes, Soprano; Grace Gori, Mezzo Soprano; Dennys Moura, Tenor; and Kerry Wilkerson, Baritone.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
2900 Connecticut Ave., NW (map)
Metro: Woodley Park, short walk up Conn Ave

PAST: One Woman Show about Frida Kahlo at Round House in Silver Spring this SAT, June 26th and SUN only! Note: $15

Frida Vice Versa by Marian Licha
This Saturday and Sunday only!

NOTE: This performance sounds really good and I am posting it even though it costs $15 because I thought some of you might still be interested and because I'm a big fan of one woman show's and a fan of Kahlo. Every now and then I make exceptions to my $10 rule.

Saturday, June 26th

Sunday, June 27th

Marian Licha's one-woman show flourishes on the conceit that the audience might be among Frida Kahlo's students at La Esmeralda School for Painting in Mexico City in a master class exploring love, loss and redemption. Frida inspires her students to live life with passion. Her teaching unfolds as a personal story-packaged as ten "lessons." It reveals itself with the black humor of tragedy, accidents, opposites, and irony that ruled her memorable life. The first lesson becomes the final lesson; death can be life and vice-versa. Recommended for ages 14+

Round House Theatre Silver Spring
8641 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Metro: Silver Spring, about two blocks north on Colesville, the S2 and S4 bus also go there from anywhere along 16th St

PAST: MUSIC: Mozart & More, Free Performance in MD this SUN, June 27th with FMMC Orchestra, 5:00pm

Avanti - The Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club
Sunday, June 27th

Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Pablo Saelzer, conductor

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Performing
Arts Center at Montgomery College
7995 Georgia Avenue (view map)
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Metro: Takoma or Silver Spring and take a bus

PAST: ART: "Undecided" Now at Del Ray Artisans June 4th - June 27th, Free

Now on view at Del Ray Artisans
Undecided: A Dialog between Artist and Viewer
June 4th - June 27th

This all-member, all-media show gives Del Ray Artisans a chance to observe how viewers respond to their art by asking them to submit titles for the artworks. All art for this exhibit will be displayed with the artists' titles hidden, inviting viewers to name the works. Artists will discuss their creative process with gallery visitors as the original titles are revealed, either at time of purchase or at the closing reception and art dialog.

Del Ray Artisans Gallery
2704 Mount Vernon Ave (map)
Alexandria, Virginia 22301
Metro: Braddock Rd and take a bus or taxi

PAST: ART: Local Artist Stevens Jay Carter at Caos on F, show closes SAT, June 26th, Free

Art On View at Caos on F
"Collecting Colors and Textures"
Works by Stevens Jay Carter
Friday, May 7th - Saturday, June 26th

Caos on F
923 F St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place

PAST: Happy Hour with Henson Arts in Learning at Social on 14th St, THURS, June 24th 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Henson Arts in Learning Happy Hour
Thursday June 24th
5:30 - 7:30pm
RSVP on eventbrite here

Meet & Greet the director Joanne Henson, learn about HAIL's programs, mix and mingle with local business owners, city officials and other local individuals and organizations.

The Henson Arts in Learning (HAIL) is a 501(c)(3) program that supports the belief that the teaching of the arts is necessary and they should be intertwined with the teaching and learning of reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and computer technology.


14th St & Meridian Pl, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on Columbia about 4 blocks

PAST: ART: Works by Kathryn Cornelius at The Curator's Office, May 14th - June 26th

On View at the Curator's Office
The Feeling of What Happens
On View May 14th - June 26th

Videos and photographs from performance artist Kathryn Cornelius. Read more about the exhibit here.

Curator's Office
1515 14th St, NW
Suite 201
Metro: McPherson Square or U St and take the Circulator bus to RI Ave/ P St or walk from Dupont Circle

Friday, May 21, 2010

PAST: Performances by 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars at the Kennedy Center, MON, June 21st at 7:30pm, Free

Tonight at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Salute to the 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars
Performances by the 20 Scholars in the Arts
Monday, June 21st

Note: Advance RSVP was requested but the deadline has passed. Extra or unclaimed tickets will be available at the will call table outside of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on the evening of the performance beginning at 7:15pm.

Tonight, The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Live Performance at the Kennedy Center will feature 20 of the the 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, chosen through the YoungArts™ competition conducted by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

"Each year, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars appointed by the President selected the scholars based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. And after talking with a select group of Scholars, you can see why they’re amazing: they are incredibly well-rounded, serve as captains of a few high school sports teams, and give back to the community either by teaching English abroad, rebuilding homes affected by Hurricane Katrina, helping cleanup in the Gulf Coast because of the oil spill, or volunteer at rehabilitation centers for former Los Angeles gang members." Read more here!

The Kennedy Center Concert Hall

2700 F St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free shuttle bus

PAST: MUSIC: Benefit Concert for We Are Family at St Stephens Church this SAT, June 26th 7:30pm - 11:00pm, All Ages, $7

We Are Family Benefit Show!
Saturday, June 26th
7:30pm - 11:00pm
All ages, $7 ($6 if you bring a can of food)

A Music Benefit for We Are Family Senior Outreach Network with:
- Stripmall Ballads
- Möbius Strip
- The Andalusians
- The Wax Standard

More info on facebook invite.

St. Stephen's Church
1525 Newton St. NW
Mero: Columbia Heights or take any of the 16th St S line buses to Newton St

PAST: One Night Only Art Show "DCITY: The Here And Now" SAT, June 26th 7:00pm - 11:00pm

One Night Only Art Show
"DCITY: The Here And Now"
Saturday, June 26th
7:00pm - 11:00pm
No cover noted

Preview here
see facebook invite

Special guest Performance with
The Cornel West Theory

"To capture Washington DC, over the past year we've taken portraits of DC-based artists, musicians, writers, friends and acquaintances, the people who were born, choose to live, stay, return, work and create in DC. Here is DC NOW. A restless spirit, rocking and talented, challenging and inspiring." The project is alive and will continue to evolve with its participants.

DC PhotoCoOp
1327 Naylor Court, NW (map)

PAST: POETRY: Sparkle! Open Mic features youth from SMYAL this WED, June 23rd at Busboys 5th & K St 9:00pm - 11:00pm $3

*Sparkle* Monthly Poetry Event
features youth from the SMYAL
Wednesday, June 23rd
9:00pm - 11:00pm
$3 cover*

*Sparkle* Open Mic Poetry, a queer-friendly reading series hosted by Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou. This month features youth from the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), the only organization in the DC Metro area geared specifically towards serving LGBTQ youth. You can share and view this event on facebook here.

*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: Gallery Place - Chinatown or take the Circulator bus to the stop closest to 5th & Mass

PAST: Art Salon hosted by DCCAH "32 Under 32" SAT, June 26th from 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Free, Please RSVP

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities hosts another Art Salon
Theme this month is "32 Under 32"
Saturday, June 26th
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Please RSVP to

"Art Salon is a monthly convergence of the creative community in the District, and June gives rise to the 32 recipients of the 2010 Young Artist Grant Program. Hosted near the growing H Street Corridor, this event is a collaborative evening between Conner Contemporary Art and Industry Gallery. This month celebrates DC's thriving artistic community with young emerging artists including Alex Clarke, Christylez Bacon, Tommy Bobo. Liz DeRoche, Mark Perkins, Jes Therkelson, Graciela Lopez, Sia Tiambi Barnes, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Mary Coble and many others."

Learn more about these artists and many more in the online version of ART(202) Journal and new video at the DCCAH's new, and much more user friendly and interactive, website here! More details about this event on the DC Arts official blog here! You can also find more info and become a Fan of "The DC Arts" on facebook here!

Multiple Event Locations: Conner Contemporary Art, Industry Gallery & G Fine Art. The DCCAH is organizing a Free Shuttle bus. For shuttle location info, and to RSVP, contact: Metro: Best reached by bus or car if you don't want to take the shuttle

PAST: Salon Contra, Staged Reading of Local Film Script MON, June 21st 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

Free Staged Reading Tonight at Salon Contra!
Reading of new Short Film by local, Stephen Mack
Monday, June 21st
7:00pm - 9:00pm
RSVP Required
Details here!

Salon Contra: Creative Conversations with Creative Contrarians. The soon to be filmed "The Anniversary" from Logan Circle Films Production has been described as "a sordid, sexy, twisted dark comedy."

Pinkline Project HQ
location will be emailed once you RSVP

PAST: Capital Cause hosts a Free Power Session on Investment Groups, MON, June 21st 6:00pm - 8:00pm, RSVP Required

Capital Cause hosts a free Power Session
"Start Your Own Investment Group"
Tonight! Monday, June 21st
6:00pm - 8:00pm
RSVP on eventbrite here!
or email

"Are you and your friends interested in learning how to build wealth through investing? If so, this is the program for you! During this hands-on, working session, you and your friends will learn how to establish your own investment group and how to wisely select stock options for your portfolio. Don't have like-minded, wealth conscious friends? Attend anyway, and get paired with an investment group at the start of the session. Not only will all groups receive valuable information about investing and managing their stock options, but they will also learn how to effectively manage their group. Also, Two lucky groups will win $200 to use towards making their group competitive and successful!" From Corey at Capital Cause.

Old Council Chamber
441 4th St, NW
Metro: Judiciary Square

PAST: Free Frozen Yogurt at Tangy Sweet in Dupont & Chinatown TUES, June 22nd 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Free Fro-Yo at Tangy Sweet
Tuesday, June 22nd
4:00pm - 6:00pm

At Dupont & Penn Quarter locations.
Promo info was on twitter

Metro: Dupont for P St location
between 21st and 20th on P St
Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown, arena exit
for Penn Quarter location on 7th, corner of E St

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

OF NOTE: Free in DC Highlights on ReadysetDC! Free Events Now - SUN, May 23rd

Have you seen this weeks Free Events List from Free in DC on ReadysetDC yet? Check it out! List format, organized by day of the week, Highlights some of the Free Events Happening Now - Sunday, May 23rd!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

PAST: Highlights this Week from, Free Events! THURS, May 20th - MON, May 24th

CultureCapital Insider

All events are FREE. Please click through the link for complete details about the event, click on the location for address and directions. Events in DC, MD and VA.

Thursday, May 20th

National Archives Experience
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Friday, May 21st

Friday Morning Music Club: Chamber Program
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ingleside at Rock Creek
(usually at Sumner School, waiting for clarification)

Saturday, May 22nd

Film Series: Moving Compositions: Aspects of Chopin: The Youth of Chopin
(Alexander Ford, 1951, 35 mm, Polish with subtitles, 121 minutes)
National Gallery of Art
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

WalkingTown DC: East Village of Georgetown
9:30am - 10:30am
Dumbarton House
Metro: Dupont

Sunday, May 23rd

Lecture and Book Signing: Seeing with the Eyes of Angels:
The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
National Gallery of Art
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Monday, May 24th

Public Reading by Author Linda Gordon
Arts Club of Washington
Metro: Farragut West

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PAST: Weekend Highlights Post from Free in DC on Prince of Petworth!

You can check out my write up on Prince of Petworth "Free in DC: Things to do Tonight – Sunday! 6.17.10 – 6.20.10" and read about what's going on in DC this weekend organized by "during the day" and "at night" to make it easier. Hope you enjoy!

Monday, May 17, 2010

PAST: Free in DC in Borderstan - Free Events Tonight - SAT, June 19th along 14th St, U St, Logan and Dupont

Free in DC in Borderstan Free Events this Thurs - Saturday, June 19th

PAST: Films, Workshops, Meditation and More! BuddhaFest Starts Tonight and runs til SUN, June 20th! Some Free events, many under $10

DC's First Buddhist Film Festival
Thursday, June 17th - Sunday, June 20th
Opening Night is Tonight
Most Films cost $9.95

See full schedule of films and additional events here!

Some free events include:

Free Screening of "Fire Under the Snow"
Friday, June 18th

Picnic for Peace
Saturday, June 19th
11:30am - 1:00pm

Take part in a meditation on peace and enjoy a meal with others. Vegetarian lunch of sandwiches, salads and dessert, plus water, will be available for $7 or you can bring your own lunch.

Free Workshop: Want to Be a Peacemaker? Start at Home
Sunday, June 20th

Colman McCarthy leads this one-hour workshop on the basic steps of nonviolent conflict resolution.

American University
Metro: Tenleytown and take the free AU Shuttle

PAST: Free Family & Community Cookout! FRI, June 18th 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Free Community Cookout Event
Friday, June 18th
12:00pm - 6:00pm
click image to view larger

1100 Allison St, NW at Georgia Ave
Metro: See metro trip plannerUPCO for best access, I believe you'll need to take a bus from Georgia Ave Petworth Metro to get there

PAST: Check out the H St Pop-Up Lab! Free, Open to all, Now - SAT, June 19th

H St Pop-Up Lab Project
Kiosk at 13th & H St, NE
Remaining Days Open:

Open House & Discussion!

Thursday, June 17th
4:00pm - 8:00pm

Friday, June 18th
10:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday, June 19th
10:00am – 4:00pm

The Pop-Up Lab is a project that is part of Digital Capital Week, organized with the help of the Affinity Lab at the DC Office of Planning. They have transformed a vacant, though structurally sound, Library Kiosk into a temporary innovation lab for creatives, technologists and citizens to experiment with new things. Open for just ten days!

H St Kiosk Pop-Up Lab
1300 H St, NE
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown and take the X2 bus from H St at 7th, NW to 13th & H St, NE. You can also wait for the free H St Shuttle from 7th St at H or take any of the 90 line buses to 8th and H and walk 5 blocks. More bus options, see Metro trip planner online.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

PAST: Art + Performances: Sulu DC June Show this SAT June 19th 6:30pm - 10:30pm at Alamaz, $10 / $8 students

Sulu DC: June Show
Saturday, June 19th
Every 3rd Saturday of the month
6:30pm - 10:30pm
$10 general, $8 students
see facebook invite here

Hosted by my friends Elli Nagai-Rothe and Steve Ma. Sounds by Nick tha 1da.

This month features: Ira Sukrungruang, Yalinidream, Jason Bayani, and Ali Wong and theHegira presents an excerpt from “Paige in Full

Almaz Restaurant
1212 U St, NW
Metro: U St

PAST: ART: "Delicacies" at Biagio Chocolate May 22nd - July 11th

Art On View Delicacies at Biagio
May 22nd - July 11th
Free and open to the public

Delicacies features artwork by 18 local artists in Studio B behind the chocolate shop

Biagio Fine Chocolate
(on facebook)
Studio B - Tasting Room
1904 18th St, NW (near T St)
Metro: Walk from Dupont Circle or take the L2 bus

Saturday, May 15, 2010

PAST: MUSIC: Hear the Organ Play every FRI in Thomas Circle, 12:15pm - 1:00pm, Free

National City Christian Church in Thomas Circle
"Magical, Mystical, Musical Machine"
Listen to the Pipe Organ every Friday!
12:15pm - 1:00pm

Note: The noon recital series will be on vacation from June - September. The Fall Series begins again after labor day. More information can be found online here.

Hear the 7,000 pipes play each Friday for free in Thomas Circle. Guest artists come from all over the country to perform.

National City Christian Church
5 Thomas Circle, NW
Metro: McPherson Sq and walk or take the Circulator to RI Ave or any bus on 14th St to the first stop after the circle.

PAST: POETRY & Open Mic this FRI, June 18th HOME at Hillyer 6:00pm - 8:00pm, $5 or Free

Next HOME: Friday, June 18th
Featuring: R Street Speaks, special "Soapbox" performance in the alley at 6:00pm
Sign up at 6:00pm, Performances at 7:00pm
Free for IA&A members and performers
$5 for non-members, includes snacks and beverages

Hosted by Fred Joiner, curator and host of the American Poetry Museum's Intersections at the Honfleur Gallery and poet-in-residence at Busboys and Poets, Shirlington. This month's features poets are the R Street Collective and PhenmenaDaPoet and is sponsored by Soho Tea & Coffee.

R Street Speaks is a performance ensemble of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. These Literary Media and Communications students write their own words and speak for young people in a way never heard before: from the heart. Thought-provoking and system challenging, R Street Speaks continues to break boundaries of age, and redefines the caliber of spoke word and poetry.

9 Hillyer Ct
in alley between Phillips buildings
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit

PAST: Free Jazz Concert at Hamiltonian Gallery - Little Red Suitcase from Denmark! WED, June 16th 6:00pm - 8:00pm, RSVP Required

Free Jazz Concert with Little Red Suitcase (DK)
Wednesday, June 16th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free, RSVP Required

NOTE: RSVP Required by Tuesday, at 5:00pm, to Hamiltonian Gallery Director, Jacqueline Ionita - jackie [at] Just found out about the event sorry for last minute notice...

In celebration of Nordic Jazz Week in Washington, DC, the Embassy of Denmark and Hamiltonian Gallery are hosting a night of jazz featuring Little Red Suitcase, a quirky, alternative female jazz duo from Copenhagen.

This event kicks off the Nordic Jazz Festival in Washington, DC, which will take place June 16-18, 2010. The Danish concert will be followed by events at the House of Sweden and the Finnish Embassy. If you are interested in the other performances, ranging from $25 - $50, learn more and purchase here.

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street NW
Metro: U St

PAST: Call for Performers! Auditions this SAT, June 20th 10:00am - 4:00pm

Calling all performing artists!
Auditions this Saturday, June 19th
10:00am - 4:00pm
See details on facebook invite here
and on DCCAH's new website here!

If you are a: singer, dancer, musician, poet, acting troupe or any other performing artist, DCCAH wants you to perform this summer at select Metro stations in DC! You must be a DC resident and have ID upon entering. Audition slots are first come, first served as available. For more information, please call (202) 724-5613 or email

Metro Headquarters
600 Fifth Street, NW
Metro: Judiciary Square

PAST: Step Inside the Wireless Freedom Dome at Union Station this MON, June 14th - FRI, June 18th, Free

Wireless Freedom Dome at Union Station this week!
Monday, June 14th - Friday, June 18th
Check out the 50 foot dome!
See video here!

The exhibit is inside Union Station. Step inside an immersive, 50 foot wide, 360 degree canvas and share your own freedom-themed photos and texts.

Metro: Union Station

PAST: Talk with the Director of National Geographic's Genographic Project WED, June 16th 7:00pm, $8 - $10

Tomorrow night at National Geographic!
Pandora's Seed with David Evans, Director of National Geographic's Genographic Project!
Wednesday, June 16th
Tickets $8 - $10
call 202-857-7700 to order

"As director of National Geographic's Genographic Project, renowned geneticist and anthropologist Spencer Wells has traced human evolution back to our earliest ancestors, creating a remarkable and readable map of our distant past. Now, in his thrilling new book, Pandora's Seed, he offers a powerful and provocative globe-trotting tour of human history, back to a seminal event roughly ten thousand years ago, when our species became farmers rather than hunter-gatherers, setting in motion a momentous chain of events that could not have been foreseen at the time." Read more here!

National Geographic
1145 17th Street, NW
Metro: Farragut North

PAST: Multidisciplinary event highlights Women in the Arts! Music, Poetry & Art Event in VA this SUN, June 20th $10

Minds Wide Open celebrates Women in the Arts in VA
The event below looks noteworthy!

Breathing Naturally: Music, Poetry, and Art of Women Inspired by Nature

A multidisciplinary concert and arts event
Sunday, June 20th
$10, call 703-683-0322 to order

The EcoVoce Ensemble presents a multidisciplinary concert and arts event as part of Virginia's statewide celebration of women in the arts. The event features compelling songs about the earth woven together with insightful poetry and illustrated by environmentally-focused artwork, all created by female artists. Please read more about this event here.

Immanuel Church on the Hill
3606 Seminary Road
Alexandria,VA 22304
Metro: Bus accessible from metro, see metro trip planner for best access

PAST: ART Auction at The Embassy of Uruguay TUES, June 15th 6:30pm, Free

Art Auction Tonight at The Embassy of Uruguay!
Tuesday, June 15th
6:30 pm
Free to attend

Well -known and talented Uruguayan artists will exhibit a wide array of their art work ranging from figurative to abstract paintings. Benefit for the “Uruguay Cultural Foundation for the Arts” at the Sala de las Artes at 16th & Eye St, NW. For more info call 202-331-1313 ext. 30 or email

Embassy of Uruguay
1913 “I” Street, NW
Metro: Farragut West

PAST: This Week from CultureCapital Free Events THURS, June 17th - SUN, June 20th

CultureCapital Insider

All events are FREE. Please click through the link for complete details about the event, click on the location for address and directions. Events in DC, MD and VA.

Thursday, June 17th

Gallery Talk: Artful Plantings:
The National Gallery's Sculpture Garden
12:00pm - 12:50pm
National Gallery of Art
Metro: Archives Navy Memorial

Story/Stereo: A Night of Literature & Music
view earlier post
The Writer's Center
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit

Friday, June 18th

National Orchestral Institute and Festival:
NOI Philharmonic Open Rehearsal
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Metro: College Park and take UM Shuttle bus 104 to campus or taxi there

Jazz in the Garden: Ron and Ryan Diehl
A Father's Day tribute

5:00pm - 8:30pm
view earlier post
National Gallery of Art
Metro: Archives Navy Memorial

National Orchestral Institute and Festival:
NOI Chamber Music Finale
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Metro: College Park and take UM Shuttle bus 104 to campus or taxi there

Saturday, June 19th

''Paint'' Alexandria 2010
free art classes and events
9:00am - 8:30pm
The Art League
Metro: King St, free trolley, bus or walk

Family Fun Entertainment Series
Percussion Discussion
11:00am - 11:45am
Reston Town Center
Metro: West Falls Church and take a bus

Film Event: Manhattan in 16 mm

3:30pm (80 min film)
National Gallery of Art
Metro: Archives Navy Memorial

Sunday, June 20th

Film Series: Beat Memories
Pull My Daisy followed by Conversations in Vermont
2:00pm - 3:00pm
view earlier post

National Gallery of Art
Metro: Archives Navy Memorial

Seasonal Selections - In a Jam
Riversdale House Museum
Metro: Prince George's Plaza and bus

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PAST: Interactive MUSIC + ART event with Bluebrain this SAT, June 19th at The Fridge, 8:00pm sharp, $5 - $10

This event sounds really neat!
Bluebrain - An Interactive Concert
Saturday, June 19th
Starts at 8:00pm sharp
$5 - $10 see note*

This Saturday, The Fridge hosts DC-based duo Bluebrain, who will be performing a set of largely instrumental/electronic/ambient music. The audience will actually be able to control elements of the music wirelessly via their iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices. In addition to the music, artist Arijit Das of Protein Media will be drawing large-scale illustrations, improvised, based on the music that's created between Bluebrain and the audience. The Fridge will become a sort of echo chamber, where everyone has a chance to add their input and influence the work of everyone else in the room. Electronic artist Yoko K (recently seen performing at the TED Conference) will open the evening.

Note: As this is an interactive event, please be sure to arrive before 8:00pm if you want to participate. Specific instructions on how to participate will be provided at the event, but for now, here's is what you need to know:

You will need to download the App called TOUCHOSC is you want to participate. It's not a large app, but it's preferable that you download it before arriving. Also, make sure you're running OS 3.1.3 to make sure your phone is up to date.

It is NOT required that you have an iPhone/iPod Touch to attend this event. The artists tried very hard to extend this technology across different smartphones, but the technology just isn't there on all phones yet. That said, they will have other ways for people to participate.

Note * The cost of the event is $10. However, if you have downloaded the app onto your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, just show it to us when you arrive and we'll subsidize the will only be charged $5 for admission with the app.

The Fridge
516 8th St, SE
Rear Alley
Metro: Eastern Market, exit escalators turn right on 8th St walk about two blocks and turn into the alley on the left side of the street across from matchbox

PAST: ART: Last Chance: VSA Exhibit at the Kennedy Center thru SUN, June 20th, Free

2010 International VSA Festival
Exhibitions at the Kennedy Center
Through Sunday, June 20th
10:00am - 10:00pm daily
Note: Closing dates vary

Visual and media arts exhibitions from leading artists with disabilities will be presented throughout the Kennedy Center. The center reflecting pool will feature a dramatic installation from Dale Chihuly's Reeds + Spears series. Read more about the artists who will have works on view and the exhibit themes here.

The Kennedy Center

2700 F St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free shuttle to the Kennedy Center, runs about every 5 - 10 minutes

Friday, May 14, 2010

PAST: H St Kiosk Pop-Up Lab Open House & Discussion + ARTventues on H explores Art in the Neighborhood! THURS, June 17th, 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

"Temporary Urbanism" a Discussion at the
H St NE Digital Arts Pop-Up Kiosk
Thursday, June 17th
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Digital Arts Pop-Up Lab
Open House
Thursday, June 17th
5:00pm - 8:00pm

This pop-up incubator is an experiment and a first of it's kind in DC. Read more about it on Digital Capital Week's site here!

The Open House coincides with the H St NE Arts Walk!
ARTventures on H St, Art Walk
5:00pm - 7:30pm

Galleries and art spaces along the H Street Corridor will open their doors to the Capitol Hill community for a special neighborhood art walk. Participants will each be given an ARTventures “passport,” to be stamped at each stop on the art walk. For every stamp received, attendees receive an increased discount at more than ten participating restaurants that evening from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

At the Open House, you can learn about the converted R.L. Christian Kiosk and the Digital Arts Lab, view presentations on the H Street retail mapping & storytelling projects, see a streetcar model display and find out about Digital Capital Week activities!

Digital Capital Week is the District’s first-ever festival focused on technology, innovation and all things digital in the nation’s capital. Taking place June 11-20, the H Street NE kiosk will act as a temporary hub for festival attendees and the community to incubate ideas and launch projects. The Pop-Up lab is powered by Affinity Lab, and DC partners include the Office of Planning, the Department of Real Estate Services, and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. The Pop-Up Lab is a Temporary Urbanism project to activate vacant spaces in DC.

H St Kiosk Pop-Up Lab
1300 H St, NE
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown and take the X2 bus from H St at 7th, NW to 13th & H St, NE. You can also wait for the free H St Shuttle from 7th St at H or take any of the 90 line buses to 8th and H and walk 5 blocks. More bus options, see Metro trip planner online.

PAST: POETRY: Book Release Party on the Rooftop of Kenyon Sq this SUN, June 20th 4:00pm - 6:00pm, $3

A Rooftop Book Release Party!
Poetry Book by Sonya Renee Taylor
Sunday, June 20th
4:00pm - 6:00pm
$3 suggested for those not purchasing a book

"Overlooking the gorgeous skyline of Washington, DC please join Sonya Renee Taylor and GirlChild Press as they welcome Ms. Taylor's first collection of poems, A Little Truth on Your Shirt, to bookstores across the country. This is an evening guaranteed to be filled with food, wine, live music and of course POETRY. Join us in this celebration of the power of words!" from the facebook invite.

Pay $20 and you'll receive a personally autographed copy of "A Little Truth on Your Shirt" a free ALTOYS key chain and free wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Kenyon Square Rooftop
1390 Kenyon Square, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: POETRY: Mothertongue at the Black Cat Tonight! Event with SMYAL, Post-Pride Weekend MON, June 14th 8:00pm - 10:30pm, Free / Donation based

Mothertongue Poetry Open Mic & SYMAL event
A Celebration of Spokenword
& the LGBTQ Community
Monday, June 14th
8:00pm - 10:30pm
Show starts 8:30pm
Free* + Open Mic
hosted by Danielle Evennou & Sarah D. Lawson

Join mothertongue at the Black Cat for a post pride-weekend spokenword performance plus open mic, featuring Arden Eli Hill and youth from the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL). This youth-friendly, all ages event is free and open to the public.

*A suggested donation of $10 will be collected to benefit SMYAL—the Washington, DC metro area service organization solely dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

The Black Cat
1811 14th Street, NW
Metro: U St, turn left on 14th

PAST: Dance Box Theater + Heliotrope Theater at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage this WED, June 16th 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

The Heliotrope Theater, created by local DC resident Lorne Covington, will be used in a this dance production at the Millennium Stage! I've actually danced in front of this heliotrope screen before at a festival and it's pretty trippy - colors swirl to your body movements, really neat!

Dance Box Theater at The Kennedy Center
Wednesday, June 16th
6:00pm - 7:00pm

"Led by Artistic Directors Laura Schandelmeier and Stephen Clapp, the ensemble is committed to the intersection of art and social justice fused with an edgy exploration of dance and theater. In conjunction with Ballet Across America II and Dance/USA."

If you can't make it, they archive all of the events and you can stream them later or you can live stream the show from your computer!

The Kennedy Center
2700 F St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle which runs every 5-10 minutes

PAST: "Art of the Blog" at H St Kiosk Pop-Up Lab TUES, June 15th 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free + Learn More about the Pop-Up Lab at 13th & H St, NE

Art of the Blog with David Alpert of, hosted by ReadysetDC
Tuesday, June 15th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free, Please RSVP here

The Art of the Blog is a Blogger/reader talk/discussion/meet-up. This event will be held tomorrow night at the DCWeek Pop-up Lab, located at 1300 H Street NE. This session will feature David Alpert, founder of, which focuses on things happening in the DC metro area related to urban planning, development, transit and more. Development along H St NE will be discussed and the session will also include Q & A with David Alpert.

Learn more about the H St Pop-Up Lab Project
located at 13th & H St, NE!
The Pop-Up Lab is organized with the help of the Affinity Lab, which has transformed a vacant, though structurally sound, Library Kiosk into a temporary innovation lab for creatives, technologists and citizens to experiment with new things. Open for just ten days!

Remaining Days Open:

Tuesday, June 15th 10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday, June 18th 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday,June 19th 10:00am – 4:00pm

H St Kiosk Pop-Up Lab
1300 H St, NE
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown and take the X2 bus from H St at 7th, NW to 13th & H St, NE. You can also wait for the free H St Shuttle from 7th St at H or take any of the 90 line buses to 8th and H and walk 5 blocks. More bus options, see Metro trip planner online.

PAST: ART: It's WVSA's 3rd Thursday event at ARTiculate Gallery this THURS, June 17th from 5:30 - 7:30pm, Free

3rd Thursday Art Opening at WVSA ARTiculate Gallery
"Lend a Hand to Handreach"
Thursday, June 17th
5:30pm - 7:30pm

This event is a fundraiser for HandReach at VSA DC's ARTiculate gallery. HandReach
is a nonprofit made up of an international network of professionals and volunteers dedicated to ensuring that children are not held back from education or a full, productive life because of complex trauma injuries like burns or amputations. All donations and funds raised at this event will go directly to the HandReach organization in order to improve the care available to children with complex trauma injuries.

WVSA ARTiculate Gallery at SAIL
1100 16th St, NW (16th & L St)
Metro: Farragut North or McPherson Sq

PAST: Italian Festival this SUN, June 20th "La Festa Italiana" 11:30am - 5:30pm, near Judiciary Sq, Free!

12th Annual Italian Street Festival!
La Festa Italiana
Sunday, June 20th
11:30am - 5:30pm

Join Fieri DC, the Italian Cultural Society and the Holy Rosary Church as downtown Washington comes alive for the city's lively 12th annual Italian street festival. La Festa Italiana brings Italian cuisine, music and gusto to D.C.’s original "Little Italy" neighborhood. Enjoy some of Washington's most authentic, best-ever mix of Italian food, entertainment and lively atmosphere. This year's festival will include live traditional Italian music, informative displays about one of Italy's regions, Molise, chef demonstrations, raffles, and more. Italy’s hottest cars will also be on display including Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Maseratis and there will also be performances from the colorful, spectacularly choreographed medieval troupe directly from Italy, Mastrogiurato.

Holy Rosary Church
595 3rd St, NW
Metro: Judiciary Square

PAST: Fete de la Musique Festival at the French Embassy this SAT, June 19th 4:00pm - Midnight, $8 general, Free for kids 10 and under

Fete de la Musique - a French tradition!
Saturday, June 19th
- midnight!
$8 general admission
free for kids 10 and under

Each year on the summer solstice, the French gather in the streets to celebrate the change of seasons. For the eighth consecutive year, La Maison Française at the Embassy of France will recapture this lively atmosphere in its gardens, with more than 50 bands and street performers. Some of the artists participating in this year’s event include: Lady Pcoq and the Plumes, Hot Society Orchestra, Ambassadors of Jazz, Samuel Hallkvisk and DJ Little Shalimar. Throughout the afternoon and into the night, take to the dance floor or relax at our terrace café while you listen to the eclectic musical program. You can also savor barbecued specialties, French "assiettes," pastries, cotton candy, coffee, beer, wine and bubbly. Food and beverages sold separately.

Kids events are in the early part of the day it looks like. Learn more about the performers and the schedule of events for the day on facebook here!

La Maison Française / Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road NW
Metro: Bus accessible only, see Metro trip planner

PAST: Flash Picnic this SUN, June 20th! 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Free

DC Week Flash Picnic on the Mall
with ReadysetDC & Digital Capital Week
Sunday, June 20th
1:00pm - 2:00pm
RSVP on facebook invite here!

Take advantage of the potentially beautiful weather in a family friendly environment at this closing event for Digital Capital Week and ReadysetDC. Be there at 1:00pm with Food, Blankets, Games, Music, etc.... everyone is invited to attend this "Flash Picnic."

The National Mall
700 Independence Avenue SW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

PAST: SBNOW Hosts Sustainability Hour Tonight, MON, June 14th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

SBNOW Sustainability Hour
Monday, June 14th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Details online here

Join the Sustainable Business Network of Washington (SB NOW) for their Sustainability Hour tonight. Meet and network with individuals representing businesses, non-profits, government agencies, and entrepreneurs who are not only committed to promoting sustainable practices, but also to developing business opportunities and expanding their networks.

Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Metro: Capitol South