Tuesday, June 29, 2010

PAST: ART: Exhibits in DC and VA from CultureCapital.com Now - July 10th

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Art Exhibitions On View now, Free. Please Note that list list may include exhibitions on view in MD and VA as well as DC. Please be sure to click through for address and details and see Metro for transit access.

On view through:

Wednesday, June 30th

Arlington Artists Alliance: Engaging the Muse
Arlington YMCA (map)
Metro: Clarendon, VA

Thursday, July 1st

From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection
National Gallery of Art

Metro: Archives Navy Memorial

Monday, July 5th

Hendrick Avercamp: The Little Ice Age

National Gallery of Art
Metro: Archives Navy Memorial

Ellen Delaney's Color Fields
The Art League
Metro: King St, free trolley, bus or walk

Saturday, July 10th

Plaques and Tangles

Reyes + Davis Independent Exhibitions
Metro: Gallery Place, exit 9th and G St

PAST: Poetry, Food, & Live Music! "Broken Gulf" Benefit for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade SAT, July 31st at Eatonville, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, $10

Broken Gulf: A Poetry & Music Benefit for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade

Saturday, July 31st

4:00pm - 6:00pm

$10, buy online or at the door, view and share invite on facebook

Split This Rock and Eatonville Restaurant host a benefit for The Louisiana Gulf featuring Poetry, Food, Live Music, and a more this Saturday!

Featuring: the
DC Youth Slam Team, DC Poets Sonya Renee, Chris August, and Kyle Dargan, and Mississippi Poet Angela Ball.

Raffle items from Fiddleheads, ACKC, and a Mississippi eco-friendly clothing artisan. Cosponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies.

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is a 501(c)3, grassroots environmental health and justice organization that has been helping residents living near refineries fight air pollution and is now helping those residents track and respond to the BP Oil Spill Disaster.

"As a place of great artistic history, cultural diversity, and environmental importance, the Gulf region has an important place in our world. The urgency of this situation, as millions of gallons of oil flood the waters, suffocate the ocean, and threaten the livelihood of the people, gets greater with each day. Join us as we raise our voices against the greed and corruption that caused this catastrophe." from the invite.

Eatonville Restaurant

2121 14th St, NW (14th & V St, NW)

Metro: U St

PAST: Free Events this Week from CultureCapital WED, June 30th - MON, July 5th

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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 30th
Summer Concert with Pistolera
Metro: Grosvenor

Through Monday, July 5th

Gallery Talk: Hendrick Avercamp: The Little Ice Age
This Thursday, Friday and Monday
It's also the last week to view the exhibit "The Little Ice Age"
National Gallery of Art
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Friday, July 2nd
Jazz in the Garden
Bio Ritmo - hot salsa
5:00pm - 8:30pm
National Gallery of Art
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

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Monday, June 28, 2010

PAST: KIDS: Special Kids Day at Legg-Mason Tennis Classic, Kids under 12 can Attend for Free with Paying Adult this SAT, July 31st

Legg-Mason Tennis Kids Day
Kids under 12 free with paying adult
Saturday, July 31st

On Saturday, free kids tickets can be obtained on site at the tournament box office. Regular tickets are $70 and price includes food and drink during the competitio and can be purchased through the tournament website here.

William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center
16th & Kennedy Streets, NW
Metro: Accessible by bus only along 16th St, see metro for best access

PAST: New H St Shuttle Stop to Jimmy Valentine's! Easier to get to "Wasteland" Darkwave & Goth DJ Night FRI, July 30th, 10:00pm - close 21+ Free

Now it is even easier to attend Wasteland!
with the new H Street Shuttle Stop!
Friday, July 30th
10:00pm - close
21+ Free!

Excited to announce that the free H Street shuttle has added a stop at Jimmy Valentine's! This means that if you've relied on taxis in the past or simply avoided super cool events at this groovy red and black themed bar, you can now get there a lot easier without a car! Wasteland is a Gothic Rock, Gothic Ambient & Darkwave DJ night run by two of my friends from college and my post college clubbing days, DJ Medusa and DJ Strange.

Click here to read more about the new route!

And here is a shuttle schedule, courtesy of The Capital City Diner, which is across the street from Jimmy Valentine's.

Jimmy Valentine's (unmarked door)
1103 Bladensburg Road, NE
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown and take the free H St Shuttle (see links above)

PAST: Frederick Douglass Family Fun Festival at Historic Site in DC this SUN, August 1st 11:00am - 3:00pm, Free!

Frederick Douglass Family Fun Festival
Sunday, August 1st
11:00am - 3:00pm

Celebrate the life of the abolitionist and author with a family-friendly day of music, crafts, games and educational activities.

Frederick Doughlass National Historic Site
click link above to read review about this site
in Historic part of Anacostia
1411 W St, SE (map)
Metro: Anacostia

PAST: FILM: Shark Week Kicks-off with Free Outdoor Screening of "Ultimate Air Jaws" this FRI, July 30th at 8:30pm near Metro in Silver Spring, MD

The Discovery Channel's Annual Shark Week kicks-off with a
Free Outdoor Screening of
Ultimate Air Jaws
Friday, July 30th

Shark Week officially begins on Sunday, but you can get a preview with an open screening of "Ultimate Air Jaws" at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, MD. If you can't make it to the screening, you can also catch the show during Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, view air times here.

About the film: World-renowned shark photographer Chris Fallows uses high-tech cameras to track the incredible agility and velocity of Air Jaws, a flying great white shark. The expedition reveals these sharks spend a lot of time near tourists in South Africa.

Veterans Plaza
850 Ellsworth Drive
Metro: Silver Spring, just a short walk, or take any S2 or S4 bus there along 16th St

OF NOTE: Citizen Effect's 30-Day Yoga Challenge Kicks off this WED, June 30th with Free Yoga in Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Free Yoga in the Park!
Kick-off the 30-Day Yoga Challenge
In Meridian Hill /Malcolm X Park
Wednesday, June 30th
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Free yoga in Meridian Hill Park with yogi Michael Hall. This Wednesday is the official kick-off event for Citizen Effect's 30-Day Yoga Challenge, a movement combining yoga and philanthropy to build a foster home in South Africa. All are welcome to join! Enjoy free products from co-host glaceau smartwater and learn about how you can get FREE or deeply discounted yoga classes for the whole month of July, all for a fantastic cause! Just bring yourself, your mat and an open mind. Learn more about the 30 day program on the facebook invite as well.

Meridian Hill /Malcolm X Park
Euclid and 16th St, NW
(between 15th & 16th, Euclid and W St)
Metro: Easiest reached by bus along 16th St, any of the S buses will take you there. By metro, you can walk from Columbia Heights or U St to get there in about 15 minutes, note it is uphill from U St.

PAST: "Half in Ten" hosts Free Happy Hour for Interns at Grand Central in Adams Morgan THURS, July 29th 6:00pm - 8:00pm, 21+ RSVP Required

"Half in Ten" End-of-Summer Happy Hour
Thursday, July 29th
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Free with RSVP!
RSVP to csullivan@americanprogress.org

For all D.C. staff and interns who are interested in reducing poverty, you're invited to attend a free end-of-summer happy hour hosted Half in Ten. You'll have a chance to hear Erica Williams from the Center for American Progress speak on the issues and you'll also get to enjoy an open Bar with domestic drafts, rail drinks, and all house wine!

Grand Central
in Adams Morgan
2447 18th St, NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/18th St

Sunday, June 27, 2010

PAST: Free in DC: Things to Do in Borderstan!

Highlights from Free in DC on Borderstan!
Tuesday, July 27th - Saturday, July 31st
View post here!

PAST: KIDS: Christylez Banjo to Beatbox with Backyard Theater at Strathmore THURS, July 29th, 11:30am, $7

Backyard Theater: Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and Christylez Bacon's Banjo to Beatbox
Thursday, July 29th

Family folk meets hip hop when long-time children's music favorites Fink & Marxer join forces with beat box original and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon in this concert featuring songs from their 2009 Grammy-nominated CD. Kids 2 and Under are free.

5301 Tuckerman Lane
Metro: Grosvernor

PAST: MUSIC: Enjoy Live Folk/ Bluegrass Music with The Banana Monopoly tomorrow night at Asylum! THURS, July 29th, 9:00pm - $5 cover 21+

The Banana Monopoly Plays live at Asylum
Thursday, July 29th
9:00pm -
21+ $5 cover

The Banana Monopoly is comprised of my friend Marcos Harkness, singer/guitarist/mandolinist for the Stick Mob, plus selected musical friends. You're invited to join them for an evening of tastefully curated folk/bluegrass/country tunes, including a good whopping serving of originals. They'll be playing the early slot, around 9:30, followed by a couple of other bands.

Asylum (on twitter)
2471 18th St
in Adams Morgan, near Columbia Rd
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill Rd/ 18th St

PAST: Free Events this Week from CultureCapital WED, July 28th - SUN, August 1st

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

Wednesday, July 28th

Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Final dance of the season!
Western Swing dancing lesson 5:30pm
6:00pm - 8:00pm Dance
Metro: Rossyln

Summer Outdoor Concert: The Crawdaddies
5:30 festivities begin, 7:00pm concert
Metro: Grosvenor

Gallery Talk: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1796-1875
Final two days - last talk is on Thursday
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Friday, July 30th

Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Market Square, Alexandria
Metro: King St

Sunday, August 1st

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PAST: Something different for this Friday Night... Dai Andrews: Modern Fakir & Music by The Sweater Set at The Fridge, FRI, July 30th, 8:00pm, $10

Looking for something unusual to do this Friday night?
Hop over to the Fridge for Dai Andrews - Modern Fakir
Special Opening Band: The Sweater Set
This Friday, July 30th
$10 cover

Dai Andrews is proud to announce the launch of his latest full length show: "Modern Fakir" (Fakir:: An ascetic or mendicant, especially one who performs feats of magic or endurance.)

This extreme performance features unique demonstrations you will never find anywhere else. Dai Andrews enthralls audiences with the mind bending feats of Hindu Fakirs and Shaolin Monks, providing an amazing look into the potential of the human body. Show is may include: Sword Swallowing, Iron Body Chi Gung, Fire Eating, Escape Artistry...
All performed to an original musical score.

The Sweater Set features Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin. Intricate Soprano harmonies soar over multi-instrumental arrangements of ukulele, guitar, flute, accordion, hand percussion, and the occasional kazoo/glockenspiel solo.

516 8th St, SE
Rear Alley
Metro: Eastern Market, walk down 8th St NE (Barracks Row) about two blocks, turn left into the alley across the street from matchbox.

PAST: ART: Exhibits from CultureCapital.com listings, Now - August 2nd

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Art exhibitions on view now, Free. Please Note that list list may include exhibitions in MD and VA as well as DC. Please be sure to click through for address and details and see
Metro for best transit access.

On view through:

Wednesday, July 28th

Metro: Ballston or Pentagon, then take a bus

Sunday, August 1st

Of Itself: Medium as Message
Athenaeum (map)
Metro: King St, take free trolly to King & Lee Sts

Monday, August 2nd

The Art League
Metro: King St, free trolley, bus or walk

PAST: ART: "Sensory Overload" Exhibit at the Corcoran leaves August 1st, Free

Sensory Overload
Exhibition On View at the Corcoran
Now - Sunday, August 1st

Sensory Overload features artwork that integrates two or more of the five senses--touch, taste, sight, smell, and sound--into a single work or group of artworks. This all-media exhibition aims to arouse the spectator through works that address all characteristics of our physical awareness, and create an environment that explores the physiological methods of perception.
Image above: David Jung, Off by 25, Sumi ink on paper.

500 17th St, NW
Metro: Farragut West and walk about ten minutes down 17th St

Saturday, June 26, 2010

PAST: Campus Progress: Engaging Young People on Nuclear Weapons Issues at Busboys & Poets TUES, July 27th 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free with RSVP

Campus Progress invites you to...

New START: Engaging Young People on Nuclear Weapons Issues

Tomorrow night! Tuesday, July 27th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
You must RSVP to attend.

White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Mona Sutphen will discuss New START, the nuclear weapons treaty recently signed by the United States and Russia. Sutphen will be joined by Ploughshares Fund Project Manager Alexandra Bell and moderator Max Bergmann, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress, to talk about the U.S. Senate debate over ratification of the treaty, as well as general issues of nuclear weapons and security.

Refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by Campus Progress.
This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please email speakers@campusprogress.org.

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

PAST: THEATER: Free Performances of "Love's Labour's Lost" this TUES & WED, July 27th & 28th at NVCC in Manassas, VA 7:30pm

Traveling Players Ensemble performs Shakespeare's comedy
Love's Labour's Lost In Manassas, VA at
The Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater
Free and Open to the Public!

Tuesday, July 27th
7:30 pm

Wednesday, July 28th

Note: it may be tricky to get here without a car but I do believe it may be possible, please see metro for bus access from metro

Love's Labour's Lost is one of Shakespeare's most dazzling comedies: King Ferdinand and his three friends have sworn not to speak to women, so that they may devote all their attention to their studies. But when the Princess of France and her three beautiful companions arrive in the kingdom for an extended visit, the friends begin to regret their oath.

The Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater at

Northern Virginia Community College Manassas Campus

6901 Sudley Road Map and Directions

PAST: ART & Special Celebration with WVSA's ARTiculate Gallery "A Common Thread" THURS, August 5th 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Free!

WVSA hosts "A Common Thread"
Thursday, August 5th
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
All events are Free and open to the public!

RSVP Note: If you want to attend the dinner and dancing portion, please be sure to RSVP no later than 7/30. The exhibition will remain open that eve and no RSVP is needed. Please RSVP to Jackie Lucas (202) 296-9100 ex.244 jlucas@wvsarts.org.

A Common Thread - we are all connected. VSA, DC invites families, friends and supporters to an evening of artwork, food, and fun! This summer's celebratory event is called A Common Thread and is based on the idea that similar to the threads of a woven piece of cloth, we are all not the same, but together we create a beautiful tapestry that becomes stronger when we work together.

The gallery opening art show will consist of portraits, pictures, graphics, and a live performance by the ARTticulate students, followed by a dinner, award ceremony and live music from local band X-Factor in the evening. Below is a timeline of events:

Gallery Opening for the public and invitees - appetizers and beverages to be served
5:30pm - 9:00pm

Live performance by the ARTiculate students

Student Award Ceremony

Dinner, dancing and fun!
7:15pm - 9:00pm (RSVP Required for this portion)

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

PAST: Ward 1 Councilmember Candidate Forum! THURS, July 29th 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

Ward 1 Councilmember Candidate Forum
Thursday, July 29th
6:00pm - 8:30pm

Free Forum in Ward 1! Your questions, their answers.
Jim Graham (incumbent)
Jeff Smith
Bryan Weaver

The forum is free and open to the public. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. Childcare and accommodations, including sign language interpretation, provided upon request by Friday, July 23rd. Please contact Ben at ben@empowerdc.org, 202-234-9119, ext. 4. Program starts promptly at 6:30pm.

Sponsored by DC Jobs Council, DC Jobs with Justice, Defeat Poverty DC, Empower DC, Fair Budget Coalition, Jews United for Justice, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and Wider Opportunities for Women.

True Reformer Building, Lankford Auditorium,
1200 U Street NW
Metro: U St

PAST: FILM: Indoor Monthly Film Series Kicks-off at Hillyer with "My Tehran for Sale" this THURS, July 29th 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Students Free, $5

Monthly Movie Series Kicks-off at Hillyer Art Space
Thursday, July 29th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Free with Student ID from High school or College/University
$5 Suggested Donation for Adults

Screening of My Tehran for Sale by Granaz Moussavi from the Global Lens 2010 film series to kick off the Global Lens 2010 DC Educational Tour- Sharing Culture through Film!

The movie centers around a young, aspiring actress named Marzieh living in Tehran who must conceal her true artistic identity under an Iranian regime that is oppressive towards women. She falls in love with an Iranian native (Saman) who recently received citizenship in Australia. As their love grows, she must decide either to combat the mounting threat of living a life of repression and silence or to flee her home and begin life anew with her beloved. This wavering and rather dangerous divide is not the only one haunting her.

Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court, NW (map)
Alley between Phillips Collection buildings off of 21st
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north exit

PAST: MUSIC: EP Release Party for Local Jazz, Hip-hop, R&B, and Spoken Word Artist Carolyn Malachi at U St Music Hall FRI, July 30th 7:00pm, $10

EP Release Party at U Street Music Hall for DC based Singer, Songwriter Carolyn Malachi
Friday, July 30th

Come out and hear Carolyn Malachi's unique genre-bending blend of jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, and spoken word at her EP Release Party this Friday night. Also performing that night... World grooves by The Pinstriped Rebel and Appearances by DC's Taratibu Youth Association and DJ Heat. A portion of the proceeds will support the Taratibu Youth Association and BloomBars, two arts non-profits based in Washington, DC. There will be a Post-Party Fete at Social on 14th & Meridian in NW.

Her new EP, “Lions, Fires, and Squares,” features new songs about relationships, love, and the strength of being a powerful woman. The EP includes six new tracks: an intro, three new singles, and two remixes and is influenced by Carolyn's recent tour in South Africa with artist and activist Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP).

More about the artist: The Washington Post describes Malachi’s infectious musical gumbo as "Hard to Put in Words," and the Washington Post Magazine hinted at her possible Grammy nomination in its "Our Town" feature. In 2010, Malachi was selected as an Artist in Bloom Resident Fellow at BloomBars, an arts organization based in Columbia Heights working to support and nurture artists across the globe. She has performed at the Blues Room in Johannesburg, South Africa, and at Blues Alley and Love Nightclub in DC. Malachi is the great-granddaughter of legendary jazz pianist, John Malachi, and she holds a Degree in Business Administration from Shepherd University.

Info above from Massey Media Press Release.

U Street Music Hall
1115 A U St, NW
Metro: U St

PAST: 3-Day Family Event: Congressional Stamp Exhibit and Activities at the Rayburn Building! This WED - FRI, July 28th - 30th, Free!

3-Day Family Event: Congressional Stamp Exhibit and Activities
Wednesday, July 28th - Friday, July 30th

The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum is thrilled to announce, a display of philatelic items, from the personal collections of Members of Congress. This exhibit is designed for collectors and non-collectors alike by displaying unique philatelic material that has never before been seen by the public.

"Stamp Collecting 101" which will introduce the hobby of philately to non-collectors. There will be activities and items for children such as a scavenger hunt, "eye-spy" game and a table where children can create their own mini-album page.

In addition, StampCamp USA will be holding a three-day workshop for youth that introduces the hobby of stamp collecting, from the basics up to beginning exhibiting, using both creative three-dimensional and traditional formats filled with hands-on activities. The workshop uses stamps to motivate children to learn about the world around them. Visitors will also be able to create and mail a special cacheted and Capitol Hill cancelled envelope from the exhibition.
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Metro: Union Station

Please Note: Events will take place at the Rayburn Building

Wednesday, July 28th
10:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday, July 29th -Friday, July 30th
9:00am - 5:00pm

Rayburn House Office Building
Independence Ave. and South Capitol St, SW
Metro: Capitol South

PAST: Street Soccer USA Cup comes to DC this FRI, July 30th - August 1st, Free!

Street Soccer USA Cup
July 30th - August 1st
Tickets are free but quantity is limited. Tickets can be reserved here Click on image to view larger

This weekend DC will host the Street Soccer USA Cup, a unique sport for social change event featuring 18 street soccer teams from across the country. The Cup, a free community event which will be played during the day and under the lights at Washington Kastles Stadium, at 11th and H St, NW in the large parking lot.

The Street Soccer USA Cup kick-off!
Friday, July 30th

Parade of States, Celebrity First Kick, and a live performance by the fabulous Batala samba band. Local DC team plays 5:30pm game. After-party on Friday night will be held at Fado.

Live Performance by Khoa Cates
Saturday, July 31st

Khoa Cates, Grammy nominated Multi-Platinum Producer of music icons like T.I., Ludacris, Pharell Williams and Snoop Dogg will perform live at the stadium. After-party on Saturday night will be held at Iron House Tap Room.

The Cup will culminate on Sunday with the championship matches and the selection of the US National Street Soccer team which will represent the US at the Homeless World Cup in Brazil this September.

The street soccer players are currently or formerly homeless individuals who are working with their coaches and teammates to set and achieve goals on and off the field -- to overcome homelessness and better their lives. This first class three-day tournament is a significant moment for each of these players and serves as a catalyst for life changing personal and grassroots development among the homeless. It is an opportunity to strengthen their supportive network and to honor and affirm their efforts.

Washington Kastles Stadium
11th and H St, NW
Metro: Metro Center

PAST: Prom Theme Party! Dance to 80's & 90's Music this SAT, July 31st at Axum on U St, 9:00pm - 3:00am, 21+ Free!

Prom Party on U St!
Saturday, July 31st
9:00pm - 3:00am
Free, 21+

This Saturday night at Axum on U Street, enjoy drink specials and dancing to 80s & 90s music. Great excuse to get out your old dresses, or bridesmaid dresses, and tuxes and give them another spin. Sponsored by CouchSurfing!

1935 9th St, NW
Metro: U St, African American War Memorial exit

PAST: Mayor Fenty and Vincent Gray meet with Washington Interfaith Network at Church at 11th & K St, NW 7:00pm, Free

Social Justice Action with WIN and DCMayor Fenty and Council Chair Vincent Gray
Monday, July 26th
7:00 pm

Event Tonight! Join Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) Accountability Action as they meet with Mayor Adrian Fenty and Council Chair Vincent Gray, both mayoral candidates. The DC election is sooner than you think! Early voting opens Aug. 30; the primary is Sept. 12; the general election on Nov. 2 This 800-person assembly of WIN member congregations will ask each candidate to support the WIN agenda on youth issues, green jobs, the Neighborhood Investment Fund, and more.

This information is from All Souls Unitarian, if you'd like to attend as part of the UU group you can connect with Angela Heverling (anghev@yahoo.com). If you have general questions, you can contact Yvette Barnes at WIN directly at 202-518-0815 or officemanager@windc-iaf.org.

Asbury United Methodist Church
11th and K Streets, NW
Metro: Metro Center

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

PAST: Festivals! Festivals! Festivals! TUES, June 1st - SUN, July 11th

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has a great online Events Calendar that lists lots of Festivals happening in DC. Click here to learn more about the events listed below!

2010 Public Art Student Exhibition
June 4th - July 5th

Source Festival 2010
June 12th - July 3rd

Capital Fringe Festival
July 8th - July 25th

Salvadoran Dance Festival
July 9th - July 11th

PAST: Free Interfaith Conference focusing on Love, Unity & Peace followed by Free Vegetarian Dinner SAT, July 24th, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Free Interfaith Conference
An Annual Celebration of Love, Unity and Peace
Saturday, July 24th
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Vegetarian Dinner to follow!
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Speakers from all major religions will focus on the themes of love, unity and peace. This annual free celebration is hosted by Science of Spirituality and will be held in Vienna, VA at the Vienna Community Center, which is accessible by bus from the metro. If you have any questions about the event, call 301-320-3815.

You can view the flyer here.

Note that SOS DC hosts many other events in the DC Metro area, including a Free Meditation Gathering every Sunday, except the first Sunday of the month, right across from the Takoma Metro station at the Seekers Church, enter through back door, from 3:00pm - 5:00pm. View previous post with details here.

All SOS events are Free. Learn more about the local SOS DC and view a complete list of events in the MidAtlantic region here. You can also visit the main SOS International Organization site to learn more. Follow the local events on twitter @SOS_WashDC and @SOS_MidAtlantic. If you have any questions or would like more information about SOS in the DC area please call 240-271-8963.

Science of Spirituality is an international, nonprofit, multi-faith organization dedicated to love, unity, and peace, under the direction of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj.

The Interfaith Gathering will be held at the
Vienna Community Center
120 Cherry St, SE (map)
Fairfax County, VA

Metro: Dunn Loring or Vienna and take the 2T bus toward Tyson's Corner to RT 123 Maple Ave and Park St, a 15 minute bus ride. When you get off the bus you'll need to walk on Maple to Park, turn right and walk three blocks on Park to Cherry St and turn right. View walking map here. You can also catch a bus from the Vienna Metro station. For the best bus access, please see the Metro Trip Planner here.

Please note this is a Featured post.

PAST: "Walk, Roll & Movies on the Met Branch Trail" WED, July 28th 7:30pm, Free

Walk, Roll & Movies on the Met Branch Trail
Wednesday, July 28th

Join your neighbors for a walk & roll down the Met Branch Trail to see Groundhog Day, the Bill Murray movie where a weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again. Rated: PG. The free outdoor film screening begins at dusk at L Street NE between 2nd and 3rd.
Read more about the NoMa film series in previous post here.

Bring your bike, your push-scooter, a stroller, your dog or just your own feet and meet at the entrance to the trail from the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center, near CVS, at 7:30pm on Wednesday, July 28. The group will also be heading back together after the movie.

NoMa Summer Screen is a free, weekly, outdoor film series, featuring local BBQ by Smokin’ Somethin’, popcorn and Italian ice, and music by Fatback. This year’s theme is The Future is Now, films that grapple with the future or the element of time. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, Frisbee and cooler, and enjoy great films under the stars. Subtitles provided.

Metro: RI Ave

PAST: Special Events on the Mall this Weekend for Kids, Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts and more! SAT & SUN, July 24th - 25th, Free

Calling all Kids, Boys Scouts, Eagle Scouts...
and of course, all kids at heart!
Saturday, July 24th & Sunday, July 25th
Three special events to note below!

ScoutQuest - High-tech Scavenger Hunt - With some of the country’s finest museums located in D.C., it wouldn’t be much of a celebration without seeing some of our greatest national treasures! Open to Scouts and non-Scouts alike, ScoutQuest is a high-tech scavenger hunt where participants will visit various museums around the city to find specially placed QR (Quick Response) codes they can scan with smart phones. Once scanned, each QR code will reveal a piece of Scouting history! For a list of participating museums and institutions, please visit www.adventurebase100.org/scoutquest. Saturday, July 24 & Sunday, July 25

Boy Scouts of America Parade - The BSA Grand Centennial Parade will take place on Sunday July 25. Starting at 1 p.m., more than 10,000 scouts and volunteers will march down Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th streets. The parade will also feature American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini; six major floats; 12 balloons including two of the beavers from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver; Screech, the Washington Nationals Mascot; and the Geico Racing Presidents.

Adventure Base 100 - The Centennial events continue on the National Mall (between 15th Street and Constitution Ave) with Adventure Base 100, a unique, interactive 10,000+ square-foot traveling campus featuring hands-on views and exhibits of the Boy Scouts of America 100-year history. Adventure Base 100 will be in Washington, D.C. July 23 to August 8, as just one of its 40 stops across the country.

PAST: 3rd Annual Armistice Day Commemoration & Peace Vigil at the Lincoln Memorial near the Korean War Memorial, SUN, July 25th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

3rd Annual Armistice Day Commemoration & Peace Vigil at the Lincoln Memorial, near Korean War Memorial
Sunday, July 25th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Details on facebook invite here

The 3nd Annual Armistice Day Commemoration & Peace Vigil will take place on the evening of Sunday, July 25, 2010, (6:25pm – Candle lighting at 7:27PM - 8:00pm), at the Lincoln Memorial in front of the Reflecting Pool, next to the National Korean War Memorial. This historical event is taking place in order to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the ceasefire treaty signed on July 27, 1953, and in hopes to promote remembrance, recognition, and reconciliation of the Korean War. There will be special performances and speakers (including a keynote by KWVA President Bill MacSwain, and following remarks by Korean American Virginia delegate Mark Keam). Candles and light refreshments will be provided.

The group is still looking for volunteers to come out and help collect stories from the Korean War Veterans (who will be flying in from nationwide)! Learn more at

Lincoln Memorial
Metro: Foggy Bottom and walk about fifteen minutes or so down to the Memorial on the Mall

PAST: Like Poi and Hooping? Show your Support for Contradiction Dance SAT, July 24th Happy Hour Fundraiser at Social, 5:30pm - whenever, 21+ $10

Happy Hour Benefit for Contradiction Dance
at Social in Columbia Heights
Saturday, July 24th
5:30pm - whenever
21+, $10 cover gets you drink specials

Contradiction Dance, the maverick dance studio that hosts poi and hoop classes and is home to Dance Afire and Revolutionary Motion is hosting a benefit this Saturday starting at 5:30 and going to whenever. For a $10 cover you'll be privy to drink specials and VIP treatment at Social on 14th and Meridian Place in Columbia Heights. Why the benefit? When Contradiction Dance moved from Takoma Park to Silver Spring last fall hoping for a fresh start in a less expensive space, the blizzard also hit DC and took the wind from their momentum for the winter and spring and they are in need of help still. If you are a fan or hooping, poi and object manipulation arts - please come and show your support and meet other cool, like-minded folks this Saturday at Social in Columbia Heights!

1400 Meridian Place, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th about four blocks or so

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

OF NOTE: Weekly Highlights Post on ReadysetDC: FREE IN DC: Week of 6.21.10

Weekly Highlights Post on ReadysetDC

6.21.10 – 6.27.10

Event list organized by Day of the Week!

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

PAST: What is Net Neutrality? Learn more Tonight at "Booze & Bits" hosted by Qorvis Communications THURS, July 22nd, 5:30pm, Free

Booze & Bits: Net Neutrality
hosted by Qorvis Communications
Thursday, July 22nd
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Learn more about net neutrality with this special event tonight! Enjoy a cocktail and an animated discussion on the future of the open Internet, how it affects you and your life, and what we can do to save it. Attendees will hear from a panel of experts representing the businesses, public interest groups and consumers affected by this important issue. Speakers include Skype’s Sr. Director of Government Affairs, Chris Libertelli; President and Co-Founder of Public Knowledge, Gigi Sohn, and Qorvis Partner and industry insider, Maura Corbett.

Qorvis Communications
1201 Connecticut Ave, NW
Suite 600
Metro: Farragut North or Dupont Circle, South exit

PAST: FILM: Free Screening of Flow: For Love of Water at The Reef in Adams Morgan, THURS, July 29th 6:00pm

Free Screening of Flow: For Love of Water
Thursday, July 29th

Screening is hosted by Food & Water Watch, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization based in DC that works to ensure clean water and safe food.

The Reef, in Adams Morgan
2446 18th St, NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus from the metro (or Columbia Rd at 14th) to Adams Milll/ 18th St

Monday, June 21, 2010

OF NOTE: New Group to Support Young Adults, 18-30, who have a Parent or Guardian with Multiple Sclorosis, First Meeting TUES, June 22nd 6:00pm, Free

First Meeting for Multiple Sclerosis Involvement Group for Young Adults
Tuesday, June 22nd

If you have a Parent or Guardian with MS and are 18-30 and live in the DC area, you definitely will want to connect with this new FREE involvement group starting up in DC. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 22nd at 6:00pm the National Chapter of the MS Society. Light refreshments will be served.

Future meetings will include happy hours, volunteer work, and guest speakers. For information about the first meeting and our group in general, individuals can call the National MS Society at 202-296-5363 and select option 2. They can also visit their website here.

"Through the group, we hope to share our common experience, knowledge, and strength with other young adults who have a parent with Multiple Sclerosis; that we might feel greater support and more empowered when dealing with the effects of the disease in our lives. Broader goals include: Providing information and discussions regarding having a parent with MS, Providing support for our peers who share the experience of having a parent with MS and Providing opportunities for involvement in the MS community." Info from Megan, who is one of the creators of the group, and also a friend of mine.

PAST: BLUES: Open Blues Jam every THURS Night at The Zoo Bar, 8:30pm, Free, 21+

Free Blues at Zoo Bar Cafe
Every Thursday at 8:30pm
Free, 21+
Open blues jam hosted by Big Boy Little Band

See complete July schedule here!

Big Boy Little Band performs
Every 1st Saturday of the month

Hot Rods & Old Gas
Every 1st Friday of the month

The Zoo Baracross from the Zoo entrance on Connecticut Ave
Metro: Woodley Park

PAST: Free Music in Adams Morgan every SAT! June 5th - July 10th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Free Music in Adams Morgan Every Saturday
June 5th - July 10th
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Corner of 18th & Columbia, near the BB&T
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill, or Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus, you can also take the 42 bus from Dupont Circle toward Mt Pleasant to 18th St from Dupont Circle

Sunday, June 20, 2010

PAST: KIDS: Imagination Stage Hosts a Free Open House for Kids 1-5 this SAT, July 24th 9:00am - 11:00am in Bethesda, MD

Free Open House for Kids 1-5 at Imagination Stage
Saturday, July 24th
9:00am - 11:00am

Families with children ages 1-5 are invited to enjoy free activities this Saturday at Imagination Stage's Open House. Come enjoy sample classes, see a 15-minute live preview of the show Egg and Spoon, help build a city in the "build and boogie room" and groove in the dance studio. Learn more here.

Imagination Stage
4908 Auburn Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Metro: Bethesda, just a block or so walk

PAST: FILM: The African Diaspora Film Festival at National Geographic this THURS, July 22nd - SUN,July 25th, $8 - $10

The African Diaspora Film Festival
at National Geographic this week!
Thursday, July 22nd - Sunday, July 25th
$8 - $10 admission

The African Diaspora Film Festival, TransAfrica Forum, and The All Roads Film Project present The Fifth Annual Washington D.C. African Diaspora Film Festival (ADFF- D.C.), which will be held at National Geographic from July 22–25, 2010. For the fifth consecutive year, this outstanding event features a selection of independent films from around the world that explore the richness and diversity of the human experience of people of color. This four-day program exhibits ten films, including eight Washington D.C. premieres.

View complete schedule and description of films here!

1145 17th Street, NW
Metro: Farragut North or take any bus along 16th St to M St and walk about a block

PAST: FILM: Chuck Close at the Corcoran this WED, July 21st 7:00pm, $10

Film: Chuck Close at the Corcoran
Wednesday, July 21st
$10, buy tickets

Chuck Close is an illuminating depiction of one of the world's leading contemporary painters. Directed by the late Marion Cajori, the film masterfully captures the process and technique used by Close to create his iconic portraits. Through a series of intimate interviews featuring not only Close, but also his friends, colleagues, and subjects, Cajori creates an in-depth portrait of the artist and his methodology. The screening complements the exhibition, Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration, on view at the Corcoran beginning July 3rd.

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th St, NW
Metro: Farragut West, walk about twelve minutes down 17th St