Monday, August 30, 2010

PAST: Free Yoga Classes this month in Anacostia MON, Oct 4th 7:30pm - 8:30pm and WED, Oct 6th 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Free Yoga Classes in Anacostia!
In honor of National Yoga Month
Taught by Takeyah Young
Details online

Monday, October 4th
7:30pm - 8:30pm

HEAT Haven
1420 Good Hope Rd, SE

Wednesday, October 6th
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Anacostia Library
1800 Good Hope Rd, SE

The classes will be taught by my friend Takeyah Young, CHHC, RYT in honor of National Yoga Month. View location details on Takeyah's site,
Core Connection! You can also find Core Connection on facebook and twitter.

Metro: Anacostia

PAST: Weekend Edition is up on City Paper Arts Desk - Freestylin' D.C.: Millennium Stage Edition THURS, Sept 30th - SUN, Oct 3rd

The weekend edition is up! Freestylin’ D.C.: Millennium Stage Edition Events - Sunday, October 3rd

PAST: My new feature, Freestylin' D.C. on the City Paper Arts Desk blog! Weekday Edition is up!

Weekday edition is up! Tonight - Wednesday, September 1st
Freestylin’ D.C.: Whiskey, Shakespeare, and German Photographers

PAST: MUSIC: They Might Be Giants performs a free concert at the Millennium Stage this SAT, Oct 2nd at 6:00pm

They Might Be Giants performs at the
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Saturday, October 2nd
6:00pm - 7:00pm

With impossibly catchy songs, breakthrough videos, critically acclaimed albums, and delightful podcasts, TMBG has blazed a vivid and original career path. TMBG has sold millions of records worldwide and has won two Grammys. The band has also expanded their scope into the world of children's music as well as film and television. More here.

Note: If you can't make it in person, you can stream the show live online or watch it later from the archives!

2700 F St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle which runs approximately every ten minutes

PAST: DANCE: Metro Dance DC Showcase at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage SUN, Oct 3rd 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Metro Dance DC Showcase at the
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Sunday, October 3rd
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Performances by Laura Schandelemier in Pola Nirenska’s Exuberance; CityDance Ensemble in Erik Hampton’s Girlfriends; Flamenco Aparicio; Dahlia Butler Nayar and Vincent E. Thomas’s One or Ten or One Hundred, a site-specific tribute to Nirenksa; as well as the presentation of the Pola Nirenska Award.

Note: If you can't make it in person, you can stream the show live online or watch it later from the archives!

2700 F St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle which runs approximately every ten minutes

PAST: FILM: Free Screening of "David Hockney: A Bigger Picture" this SAT, Oct 2nd at the National Gallery of Art at 2:00pm

Free Film Screening at the National Gallery of Art
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
Saturday, October 2nd

Washington premiere. Director Bruno Wollheim will be there in person. About the film: A new profile of David Hockney—culled from footage recorded during three years of trailing the 73-year-old artist after his return to native Yorkshire—finds Hockney reinventing himself as a landscape painter, setting up easel in the countryside, and all but abandoning the camera that for so long has influenced his work. (Bruno Wollheim, 2009, DigiBeta, 60 minutes)

East Building Concourse, Auditorium
between 3rd and 7th Streets
at Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

PAST: MUSIC: Live Bluegrass Music Tonight at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town, Alexandria VA THURS, Sept 30th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Thursday Nite Local Spotlight
Live Music at the Torpedo Factory

Port Tobacco Pickers
Thursday, September 30th
7:00pm - 9:00pm

This seven-piece bluegrass band from southern Maryland will perform a musical medley of traditional bluegrass, Southern rock, train songs, and even an Irish whiskey tune.

Click here for full Thursday Nite Local Spotlight schedule.

by the waterfront in Old Town
105 N. Union St
Alexandria, VA
Metro: King St and take the free trolley down to the waterfront

PAST: ART LECTURE: "Fiona Tan and Venice" Tonight at the Sackler Gallery THURS, Sept 30th 7:00pm, Free

Lecture Tonight at the Sackler!
"Fiona Tan and Venice"
Thursday, September 30th

In conjunction with the new Fiona Tan exhibit now on view. Saskia Bos, dean of the Cooper Union School of Art and a key figure in European contemporary art,discusses Fiona Tan's work and her own experiences as curator of the Dutch Pavilion-a presentation of three projects by Tan-at the 2009 Venice Biennale.

Note: The lecture will be in the Freer Gallery, which is connected to the Sackler - info

Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium
12th St & Jefferson Drive, SW
After hours, you may need to enter at Independence Ave
Metro: Smithsonian

PAST: Happy Hour to Raise Awareness for Colon Cancer at Tabaq Lounge on U St - THURS, Sept 30th 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Free 21+

DC Goes Blue - For Colon Cancer Awareness Happy Hour with live trumpet music by Kieron
Thursday, September 30th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Free entry, 21+

Tonight, 10% of all drink proceeds will be donated to the Colon Cancer Alliance as part of the DC Goes Blue campaign. This event is part of a week long awareness campaign in Washington, D.C. that celebrates survivors, while stressing the importance of getting screened for colon cancer, which is preventable when caught early through screening. Happy Hour Specials include $4 beers, $5 call drinks, and $6 wine/cosmo/tinis with reduced priced appetizers. Come out and wear blue to show your support!

Tabaq Bistro Lounge
1336 U St., NW
Metro: U St

PAST: POETRY: Ron Slate and Sandra Beasley read from their work at The Writer's Center this SUN, Oct 3rd at 2:00pm, Free

Open Door Reading Series
Ron Slate & Sandra Beasley
Sunday, October 3rd

Visiting poet Ron Slate reads from The Great Wave. He is joined by Sandra Beasley, who reads from I Was the Jukebox: Poems.

4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest

PAST: ART: "Artisan Series Semi-Finalists" on view through SAT, Oct 2nd at International Visions Art Gallery in Woodley Park, Free

Artisan Series Semi-Finalists
at International Visions Art Gallery
September 11th - Saturday, October 2nd

The national judging committee has selected Michael Platt and Stan Squirewell to advance to the Art for Life exhibition at Art Basel Miami in December 2010. The Artisan Series, presented in conjunction with Bombay Sapphire and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, is a nationwide search for innovative urban artists. Read more about the show
here! I didn't see the gallery hours listed on their site, please call 202-234-5112 for hours.

2629 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Woodley Park, right across the street from exit

PAST: ART: Works by exiled Iraqi Painter Ahmad Alkarkhi "Memories Revisited" at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery, Sept 17th - Oct 8th, Free

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On view at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery

Memories Revisited
Works by exiled Iraqi Painter Ahmad Alkarkhi
September 17th - October 8th

Memories Revisited, Ahmad Alkarkhi’s new exhibition at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery, showcases his intensely worked abstract expressionist paintings. These new paintings invoke strong feelings of beauty and loss, while providing a passage to the new reality of his life as a painter in the United States.

Highly successful in his native Iraq, Alkarkhi and his family were forced to flee to Syria. His successful exhibitions at the Free Hand Gallery in Damascus sustained him until he was able to acquire refugee status in the U.S. in 2009.

Images pictured: Above, left: Memories Above, right: Chance Encounter

The Jerusalem Fund Gallery

2425 Virginia Ave, NW

(Corner spot, a bit tricky to find. Looks like it's in an apt building, on the ground floor)

Metro: Foggy Bottom

PAST: ART: Artists from the Former East Germany Exhibit their Works in Honor of the 20th Anniversary of Reunification, Sept 20th - Oct 8th, Free

Works by Dissident Artists from the former East Germany on view at Pepco's Edison Place Gallery

September 20th - October 8th


Breakthrough! – Twenty Years After German Unification - Critical Perspectives of Berlin Artists

Open Tuesday - Friday

12:00pm - 4:00pm

The works on view are from artists from the former East Germany who endured repression, exile and even prison for the sake of free expression. The exhibit will feature the works and highlight the experiences of 10 painters, photographers and sculptors, many of whom will be in Washington for various education programs and celebrations the 20th Anniversary of German Reunification, which took place on October 3rd.

Breakthrough also serves as an educational exhibit that is great for creating discussion. The show's curator encourages teachers and students at every level throughout the greater DC area to attend the exhibition and engage directly with the art. Teaching modules are available online at These tools can help teachers and students benefit more fully from their interactions with the art and the artists’ stories.

Participating artists are: photographers Gerald Hahn and Harald Hauswald; painters Peter Herrmann,Thomas Klingenstein, Wolfgang Petrick, Frank Rödel, Inge Schmidt, Reinhard Stangl (work pictured), and Robert Weber; and sculptor Hans Scheib.

Pepco Edison Place Gallery

702 8th St, NW

(right near SAAM/NPG)

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

PAST: ART: Opening Tonight at Fathom Creative on 14th St for Carolyn Sewell's "Postcards to My Parents" THURS, Sept 30th 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Free

Art Opening Tonight for "Postcards to My Parents"
Thursday, September 30th
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Award-winning designer and blogger,
Carolyn Sewell, will be exhibiting her yearlong project, Postcards To My Parents. Every day from July 23, 2009 to July 23, 2010 Sewell sent hand-drawn postcards (4.25”x 6”) to her parents with messages of love and adoration, snarky quotes from friends, family and television, and the occasional drawing of a gnome. This exhibit truly portrays a daughter’s ongoing and thought-provoking affection for her parents, and showcases her witty perspective on life.

Note that donations received at the event will benefit
Family Matters of Greater Washington, an organization that provides assistance to more than 12,000 children, youth, families and seniors each year.

Fathom Creative

1333 14th St, NW

Metro: Take the Circulator bus along 14th St to RI Ave/ P St from McPherson Sq or U St metro.

PAST: FILM: Free Screening of the 1974 Classic "American Graffiti" at the SAAM Tonight! THURS, Sept 30th at 6:30pm

Tonight at the Smithsonian American Art Musuem
Thursday, September 30th

Free screening of the classic coming-of-age take from 1974.

McEvoy Auditorium
Between 7th & 9th, F & G Streets, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown, exit 9th & G St

PAST: DANCE: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet performs on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Tonight! THURS, Sept 30th from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Thursday, September 30th
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Members of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet perform Pas d ‘Action from
Divertimento No. 15, Meditation, pas de deux from Agon, and Tzigane. If you can't make it in person, you can also stream it live or watch it later from the archives.

2700 F St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center Shuttle which runs about every ten minutes

PAST: MUSIC: Kyle Rictor performs in the cafe area of at Ebenezer's Coffeehouse this evening THURS, Sept 30th from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Live Music at Ebenezer's Coffeehouse
Kyle Rictor performs in the cafe area
Thursday, September 30th
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cute spot for coffee near Union Station. If you haven't been before, here's an extra reason to swing by after work today.

Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St. NE
Metro: Union Station, short walk

PAST: MUSIC: Free Show with Rebecca Gates SAT, Oct 2nd at Comet Ping Pong, 10:30pm

Free show this at Comet Ping Pong
with Rebecca Gates (formerly with The Spinanes)
Saturday, October 2nd

Rebecca Gates is a US based musician, curator, artist and audio editor. After 5 years of recording and touring internationally as the critically acclaimed group The Spinanes (Sub Pop), Gates released a solo album, Ruby Series, which Spin called “a warm, thoughtful, and
melodically gorgeous record." View and share facebook invite

Comet Ping Pong
5037 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Van Nessa and walk a bit uphill or take the L2 bus

Sunday, August 29, 2010

PAST: Free Grey Goose Happy Hour this FRI Night at Midtown Loft with WTD! FRI, Oct 1st 9:00pm - 10:00pm, Free with RSVP, 21+

WTD & Metromix partner with Midtown LOFT for
9:00pm - 10:00pm
Free with RSVP, 21+

WTD's friends at Midtown are opening their doors early Loft so you can come party with us in style with a FREE Grey Goose open bar from 9-10 p.m., great raffle prizes, and fun with the Metromix Street Team girls! RSVP here - on the Metromix website, and you're in! Please RSVP before 5:00pm on Thursday.

What makes WTD a great match for Free in DC below!

Unlike some of the other online deal sites, What's the Deal is a local, DC-based business that focuses solely on local businesses in Washington, DC and the metro area! WTD also runs deals for more than 24 hours, usually for about a week, so if you are waiting for pay day to have some extra cash you may still be able to take advantage of the deal! WTD also throws Free Happy Hours once a week, usually on Thursday, for those who RSVP online in advance! So, in summary, happy to have WTD as a sponsor of Free in DC because - We like to support Local businesses and We like Free and super Cheap Deals! So, we are happy to support WTD and to have them as a sponsor of this site.

What's the Deal DC's current offers are all $15 and up so no $10 or less pick this week but I still encourage you to check out the offers.

1219 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Farragut North or Dupont Circle, south exit

PAST: FILM: Tickets for "All Roads Film Festival" at National Geographic reduced to Half-off on TICKETPLACE Now - SUN, Oct 3rd, Now $5

All Roads Film Festival
Tuesday, September 28th - Sunday, October 3rd
Tickets regularly $8 - $10
Just $5 for remaining films, see below

The National Geographic All Roads Film Project supports and showcases breakthrough film and photography from indigenous and underrepresented minority cultures around the globe. Join us for six days of inspiring stories connecting cultures, through film, photography and music by attending the festival! See complete schedule here.

NOTE: You must Purchase through TICKETPLACE to get Half-Price Tickets for $5!

List of remaining films:

Thursday, September 30th


Friday, October 1st


Saturday, October 2nd




Samson & Delilah

Sunday, October 3rd




1145 17th Street, NW
Metro: Farragut North

PAST: FILM: "For the Next 7 Generations" DC Premiere at National Geographic WED, Sept 29th at 7:00pm, Tickets available now for just $5

Half -price tickets available for Tonight's Film!
DC Premier of
"For the Next 7 Generations"
Wednesday, September 29th

Purchase now half-price!
$5 online at TICKETPLACE here!

Screening is part of the All Roads Film Festival, which runs through Sunday, October 3rd.

About the film: For the Next 7 Generations is an inspiring documentary that follows 13 indigenous grandmothers who did not know each other but each had heard a prophecy that called them forth from around the world–the Amazon, Asia, Africa, Mexico, the Arctic Circle, and the U.S. The prophecy told them that they must come together at this critical time in history and speak out to the world in one united voice to share their sacred wisdom. From this common vision, the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers was formed to share their ways of peacemaking and healing with the world. The film follows the Grandmothers' early travels to the Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico to the Brazilian Amazon.

Produced and directed by Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Carole Hart, and narrated by Ashley Judd. Film 2009, 85 min, various languages with English subtitles.

Image above from "For the Next 7 Generations" courtesy of the filmmaker, taken from listing.

1600 M St, NW
Metro: Farragut North or take any bus along 16th St to M St

Saturday, August 28, 2010

PAST: KIDS: FILM: "Rosso Come il Cielo" at the National Gallery of Art this SAT, OCt 2nd at 10:30am & SUN, Oct 3rd at 11:30am, Fre

Children's Film, ages 9 and up
Rosso Come il Cielo (Red Like the Sky)
for film description, click link above

Saturday, October 2nd

Sunday, October 3rd

401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

PAST: ART: Window Exhibit "lotus:descending" by Matt Hollis at Smith Farm Now - FRI, Oct 8th, Free

Foam & fabric custom installation
Now - Friday, October 8th
24 hours a day!

Inspiration for lotus:descending – come see Hollis’ fabric & foam whimsical interpretation. With the gallery temporarily closed until their next show (which opens October 15th) and Smith Farm Center in a state of physical transformation, they have invited DC's best artists to explore the concepts of transition and take over the gallery window display in their own mini exhibitions.

Hollis transforms ordinary into extraordinary, reality into surreality, common into exotic. In "lotus: descending" commonplace fabric and foam are molded into fantastical, wild forms that provocatively dance, consume, sway and grow before our eyes. And, in an instant, Hollis has removed us from our mundane routine and pulled us into his Technicolor world!

Also on display:

In FLUX window peek-show: Peter Gordon's ''File>Print'
Now - Tuesday, October 12th

"File>Print" (Pachira Aquatica plant & paper installation) serves as a visual metaphor for change, transition, transformation and the life cycle. Healthy leaves sprout from their wooden base, which then descends into twisted paper and ultimately falls onto the wooden floor below. In combining natural and man-made materials into new forms
Gordon addresses the impact our society has on the natural environment. And, in doing so, he challenges us to be more conscious of how we use and discard natural resources.

at Smith Farm Center
1632 U St, NW
Metro: U St or take any of the S line buses along 16th Stto U St

PAST: MUSIC: Lunchtime Cello & Piano Concert Tomorrow at the National Gallery of Art, WED, Sept 29th 12:10pm - 1:00pm, Free

Concert: Duo Miller Schmid
Wednesday, September 29th
12:10pm - 1:00pm

Music for cello and piano by Chopin, Schnittke, and Schumann. Presented in honor of Edvard Munch: Master Prints Exhibition now on view.

West Building
Ground Floor, Lecture Hall
401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

PAST: ART: "Walk on the Wild Side" at CHAW closes WED, Sept 29th

"Walk on the Wild Side" All Media Exhibit
Last two days on view on CHAW!
Show leaves Wednesday, September 29th
Open tonight and tomorrow
9:30am - 9:00pm

The Capitol Hill Art League
(CHAL), a program of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), shares works from the first juried exhibit of the season, The show's juror is Kris Swanson, a bronze sculptor, and the founder/director of the Corner Store in Washington, DC, a gallery/theater space.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street, SE
Metro: Eastern Market

PAST: Last Few Days! Phillips Collection offers Free Admission all of September, post fire

Just a reminder... below is the info from an
email I got.

"The Phillips Collection reopens Saturday, September 4 after closing due to a renovation-related fire on the roof of the Phillips House. The Phillips House will remain closed for repairs until further notice. All other galleries will remain open."

Regular museum admission is waived for the month of September; visitor contributions by donation are gladly accepted. Interruptions to programming schedule may occur. Visitors should check for updates at"

PAST: ART: "Perspectives" and "Vantage Point" + More Shows in DC, MD and VA from members, Free

Below is a list of arts venues who are members of, a project of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, with shows on view that don't have individual posts already.

On view through:

Thursday, September 30th

Name that Painting!
Arlington Art Gallery in VA
Metro: See Metro for access

Monday, October 4th

Exhibit: Watercolorist Michele Rea's
Vantage Point (pictured above)
at The Art League
Metro: King Street

Saturday, October 16th

Metro: Gallery Place -Chinatown