Wednesday, September 29, 2010

PAST: ART: Guest Post: Weekend East City Event Round Up: Halloween Edition! SAT, Oct 30th & SUN, Oct 31st, Free

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Halloween Edition

Saturday, October 30th

9:00am - 6:00pm

Albus Cavus presents Monster Mash at 680 Rhode Island Avenue, NE. Activities begin at 9am and include a magic show, face painting, mask making, pumpkin decorating and prizes. Young and old are encouraged to dress up in their most frightening outfits!

2:00pm - 6:00pm

CITY Gallery will close M.M. Panas’s “Action Painting” from 2-6pm at 804 H St, NE second floor; artist will be in attendance. If you want to know more about Panas’s work read an interview with her here.

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Conner Contemporary Art opens Federico Solmi’s “Douche Bag City”. The New York based Italian animator and sculptor has had one of his recent works “Evil Empire” (2008) censored in France and Spain due to its controversial content. The opening reception is from 6pm to 8pm with artist in attendance. Conner is located at 358 Florida Avenue, NE.

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Right next door to Conner Contemporary Art - at 1350 Florida Ave, NE - G Fine Art will open “Mixed Bag” by Dan Steinhilber. During the next six-weeks Steinhilber will create the exhibit in the gallery itself.

Sunday, October 31st

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Jill Finsen of CITY Gallery will have a solo show at an Art House Open House at 911 G St,
SE from 1pm to 3pm. Finsen’s oil on panel works quote New England coastal landscapes in bright Fauvist colors.

5:30pm - 6:30pm

CITY Gallery associate members will be showing their work at Park Café in a group exhibit. The opening will be from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. At Park Café openings, the owner serves wines from his native Chile and finger food to die for. Park Cafe is located at 106 13th St, SE at Lincoln Park.

5:00pm - 10:00pm

Halloween and art meet at Design Studio Art Gallery’s “Night of the Living Art”. A group show will feature horror movie inspired work from 5pm to 10pm. Gallery goers are encouraged to come in costume. Design Studio Art Gallery is located at 702 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD.

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

PAST: Halloween Weekend Edition of Freestylin D.C. is up!

Freestylin’ D.C.: Halloween Weekend!

Free events Now - Sunday, October 31st!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

PAST: "Heart of Haiti" Product Launch at Macy's Downtown THURS, Oct 28th at 5:30pm, Free

Tonight! "Heart of Haiti" Launch Celebration at Macy's Metro Center
Thursday,October 28th
More info here!

To celebrate the "Heart of Haiti" product line launch, Macy’s is hosting a special kick-off event in DC featuring peace quilter Sister Angela Belizaire and will also showcase Haitian music by famed singer Emeline Michel as well as Haitian dancing and food.

A portion of the sales from the line are helping build back the economy in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The line is being sold exclusively in 25 Macy's stores around the country and online at The products are all so reasonably priced and would make perfect accessories for one's home or office.

12th & G St, NW
Metro: Metro Center

PAST: Free Opera Performance with Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage this SUN, Oct 31st 6:00pm, Free

Free Opera Performance with Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday, October 31st

This free concert is designed to introduce audiences to operatic favorites, and features members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, WNO’s professional training program for singers on the verge of international careers. Repertoire will include popular opera arias such as “Largo al factotum” from The Barber of Seville, “Nessun dorma” from Turandot, “Votre toast, je peux vous le render” (the Toreador aria) from Carmen, and “Ballad of the Pirate King” from The Pirates of Penzance.

I know it's also Halloween so if you can't make it in person, remember that you can always watch/stream the show by LIVE from the Kennedy Center's website or you can watch it later in the Archives!

Metro: Foggy Bottom, take free Kennedy Center Shuttle

PAST: FILM: Screening of "Lake of the Dead" from Norway at the NGA this FRI, Oct 29th 2:30pm & SAT, Oct 30th 2:00pm, Free

Friday, October 29th

Saturday, October 30th

A 1950s ghost story with literary and folkloristic roots, Lake of the Dead became a model for subsequent mystery films. Six friends on a weekend outing far from Oslo discover that one member of their party, an early arrival, has disappeared. According to local legend, a phantom with one leg stalks the nearby lakeshore. (Kre Bergstrm, 1958, 35 mm, Norwegian with subtitles, 76 minutes)

401 Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

PAST: KIDS of all ages! Albus Cavus Invites you to a Monster Mash near RI Ave Metro SAT, Oct 30th 9:00am - 6:00pm, Free

Free! See Albus Cavus for more info!

PAST: Special Post-Rally with Amy Goodman and Van Jones at Busboys 5th & K, St NW this SAT, Oct 30th at 7:00pm, Free

Busboys and Poets 5th & K St, NW hosts a
Saturday, October 30th

Note: The event will be in the full restaurant but best to get there early to grab a seat

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 800 TV and radio stations in North America. Van Jones is an American environmental advocate, author, civil rights activist and attorney. -- Books by both Goodman and Jones will be available for purchase at Global Exchange, located within Busboys and Poets.

Busboys and Poets will be participating with in an effort to raise funds for, an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. The featured beer will be Peroni and with every sale, $1 will be donated to!

5th & K St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown or Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center or you can take the Circulator bus to 5th & Mass Ave, which is just a block away.

PAST: MUSIC: BMI's "Hungry for Music" Showcase at Hard Rock Cafe THURS, Oct 28th 8:00pm - 11:00pm All Ages, Free

BMI "Hungry for Music" Showcase!
Tonight! Thursday, October 28th
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Free, All ages
View details on facebook

Special acoustic set by No Second Troy. Hosted by local musician, Margot MacDonald, who will also be playing a few tunes.

Featured Songwriters: Shane Hines, Holly Montgomery and Brian Huber.

All Donations ($$ and/or instruments) to support Hungry For Music. 6 Artist Raffle Bags including a special BMI Showcase Bag!

10th & E St, NW
Metro: Chinatown/Gallery Place -or- Metro Center

PAST: TALK: African American Entrepreneurs and Activism "Beauty Shop Politics" THURS, Oct 28th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free with RSVP

A bit last minute but figured I'd pass it along...

Tonight! Thursday, October 28th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free with RSVP

Part of the German Historical Institute's Fall Lecture Series 2010
The Profitable Body: The Business of Beauty

Tonight's Speaker is Tiffany M. Gill (University of Texas, Austin).
Reception 6:00pm, Lecture 6:30pm.
In cooperation with The Humanities Council of DC (connect on facebook, twitter)

This series will explore the interplay of commerce and culture in the shaping of standards of beauty over the past century. Focusing on the tension between individual choice and the market's offerings, this series will offer a new perspective on the cultural, economic, and political dimensions of the concept of beauty.

Please RSVP (acceptances only) by phone: (202)387.3355 or e-mail:

German Historical Institute

1607 New Hampshire Ave, NW (Directions)
near New Hampshire & Corcoran
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north exit and turn right on Q St and left on New Hampshire

PAST: Weekday Edition of Freestylin' D.C. is up on the City Paper Arts Desk blog! Events MON - WED, Sept 29th

Free and low cost things to do in DC Mon, Sept 27th - Wed, Sept 29th!
Freestylin’ D.C.: Indie Rock, Slam Poetry, Physical Theater, and More!

Monday, September 27, 2010

PAST: Free Drink at Aria with WTD this THURS, Oct 28th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, RSVP Required, 21+

Happy Hour with WTD at Aria Pizzeria & Bar
Thursday, October 28th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free with RSVP, 21+

RSVP in advance to get one free signature cocktail, beer or wine. Additional Happy Hour specials also from 4pm to close.

Aria - Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NE
Metro: Federal Triangle

Did you know that WTD focuses only on the DC metro area and is a local owned business. Unlike other sites which only run 1 deal per day, WTD has multiple deals running all of the time and they also give you more time to purchase your deal - and to let your friends know about it. See all of the current offers here!

FREE in DC Pick of the Week!

Commonwealth GastroPub in Columbia Heights (my regular weekend brunch spot!)
$10 for $20 of food and drinks during lunch!
Monday - Friday only
11:30am - 5:00pm

PAST: Looking for a Goth/ Darkwave Night in DC? Look no further! Wasteland is this FRI, Oct 29th, 10:00pm - 2:30am, Free, 21+

WASTELAND is a Free Goth/Darkwave DJ night
hosted by my friends DJ Medusa and DJ Strange

October edition - with Halloween around the corner, it's a great time to get your goth on! There will be only one more WASTELAND this year after this one, so don't miss out.

Jimmy Valentine's
1103 Bladensburg Rd, NE
Near the Capital City Diner
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown and take the free H St Shuttle on 7th at H St to the new Cap City Diner/ Jimmy Valentine's stop or you can take a taxi from RI Ave or Union Station metro

PAST: FILM: Final Screening of Pepperminta at the Hirshorn this THURS, Oct 28th at 8:00pm, Free

Last Chance to see Pepperminta at the Hirshorn
Thursday, October 28th

7th & Independence Ave, SW
Metro: L'Enfant Plaza

Sunday, September 26, 2010

PAST: AUTHOR TALKS: Remaining events this month at Borders 18th & L St, NW, Free

Wednesday, October 27th
Willie Geist: Discussion and Signing of American Freak Show

Description: In his hilarious first book, American Freak Show, Geist takes the smart, biting observation loved by his television audience to new satirical extremes. The real-life characters who now haunt our daily lives are cast as stars in completely made-up scenes that, frankly, are not all that far from reality.
18th & L Streets, NW
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West

PAST: Conversation with Choreographer Liz Lerman at Univ of MD this MON, Nov 1st at 7:00pm, Free

Creative Dialogue: Liz Lerman
Monday, November 1st

Choreographer Liz Lerman joins Dr. Lawrence Krauss, director of the Origins Project at ASU, Dr. William Dorland from the UMD Department of Physics and Dr. David DeVorkin from the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum to explore "the poetry of the mind" and discuss how scientific thought and performing arts experience intertwine in Lerman's new work, The Matter of Origins.

Note: You may want to also check out the free performance by the
UM School of Music: UM Repertoire Orchestra performing the Martinu Oboe Concerto and Dances of Galanta by Kodlyat 8:00pm

At the University of Maryland
Metro: College Park and take taxi or bus 104 UM shuttle

PAST: FILM + MUSIC: American Premiere of Original Musical Score & Silent Film (1922 Christensen) Screening at NGA this SUN, Oct 31st, 4:00pm, Free

Silent film from 1922 with live musical accompaniment!
Sunday, October 31st
4:00pm - 5:50pm

Film accompanied by a live performance of the - and American premiere of - the original 1922 musical score under the direction of Gillian B. Anderson.

About the film: One of the most fascinating works in the history of cinema is Christensen's visually stunning study of witchcraft, a blend of fictionalized vignettes and nonfiction texts exploring medieval sorcery practice. Frequently evoking paintings by Bosch, Häxan conveys a sense of dark emotion let loose on a naive world. (Benjamin Christensen, 1922, 35 mm, Danish and Swedish with soft-titles, 110 minutes)

401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

PAST: MUSIC: Annie Stela Performs a Benefit for Citizen Effect at Busboys and Poets 5th & K, THURS, Oct 28th, $5

Annie Stela performs at Busboys and Poets
Thursday, October 28th
$5 cover
Presented by SMC-DC, see eventbrite

Benefit for Citizen Effect, all proceeds benefit projects to support education in Rwanda. Come out for a night of music when Annie Stela comes to DC for an exclusive one-night performance. You’ll have the opportunity to hear some of Annie’s work and get a chance to win a signed copy of her CDs AND win free Citizen Effect T-shirts!

Annie recorded her debut full-length record, Fool, with producer Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, Shelby Lynne) and released it independently on iTunes in early 2008. Influenced by artists like Billy Joel, Ben Folds Five, and Tori Amos, Fool chronicles Annie's journey from Michigan to LA and, as such, from childhood to adulthood. After touring with artists like Joseph Arthur, Ron Sexsmith, and Bright Eyes, she later releasedLittle House and Hard City.

Busboys and Poets

1025 5th St, NW

Metro: Located between Mount Vernon Sq-Convention Center & Gallery Place-Chinatown, closest access is by the Circulator bus (Union Station - Georgetown line) to 5th & Mass.

PAST: Special VSA Event at the Kennedy Center with Aimee Mullins "Redefining Disability: Body as Art" this THURS, Oct 28th, 7:30pm, Free with RSVP

Redefining Disability: Body as Art
Discussion with Aimee Mullins
at the Kennedy Center
Thursday, October 28th
Free, RSVP recommended

VSA - The International Organization on Arts and Disability - presents a conversation with Aimee Mullins on innovative thinking, art, and disability. The discussion will be moderated by Kristen Hileman, curator of contemporary art at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Aimee Mullins is a record-setting track star, a fashion muse, a magnetic film presence, and activist. She is also the owner of more than a dozen pairs of prosthetic legs, many of which have been exhibited in museums. By challenging the conventional ideas of disability and beauty, Mullins boldly re-imagines the body's physical and artistic potential.

Several of Mullins' prosthetic legs--including an intricately carved wooden set designed by the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen--will be on display the evening of the talk.

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

PAST: Theater & Poetry: Two Edgar Allen Poe Events at the Writer's Center! Performance THURS eve, Oct 28th & Poe-Palooza SUN, Oct 31st, Free

An Evening with Eliza Poe
Thursday, October 28th
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Spend the evening with "the ghost of" Eliza Poe, Edgar Allen Poe's mother, as she hosts a hosts a reading of his stories and poems—and she has some very definite ideas about her “role” in Poe’s life! Includes poems The Spirits of the Dead, The Raven, To My Mother and the story The Cask of Amontillado, as well as scenes from Matthew Lewis’ play, The Castle Spectre.

Poe-Palooza Celebration
Sunday, October 31st
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Area writers - including Deanna Nikaido, Reginald Harris, Rose Solari, Stephen Reichert, Clare Banks, Holly Bass, and Alan King - read from the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

Image featured above is artwork found on fanpop here!

4508 Walsh St - Bethesda
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit

PAST: High Heel Drag Race on 17th St is Tonight, TUES, Oct 26th, at 9:00pm! Free

The High Heel Drag Race is Tonight on 17th St! Somehow this slipped my radar 'til today... been many times. If you have not yet seen this annual DC tradition - it's worth checking out. Be prepared for crowds. Best to arrive early if you want to get a spot you can see from. Race starts at 9:00pm. More pics and details here! Picture above is from DC

PAST: Gallery Talk: At the National Gallery of Art "The Fortress of Konigstein" MON, Nov 1st - TUES, Nov 9th at Noon, Free

Monday, November 1st - Tuesday, November 9th
Noon, on certain days only
Click here for dates and details

Permanent collection gallery talk given by Katrine Solli, education assistant for family programs, National Gallery of Art (20 minutes).

Meet in the West Building, Main Floor, Rotunda

401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

PAST: MUSIC: The Friday Morning Music Club performs Lunchtime Chamber Music Concert at the Sumner School FRI, Oct 29th, Noon - 1:00pm, Free

Friday Morning Music Club: Chamber Music Concert
Philip Lasser: Twelve Variations on a Chorale by J.S. Bach
Friday, October 29th
Noon - 1:00pm

The Friday Morning Music Club
performs, see program details here.

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

PAST: Highlights this week from members! WED, Oct 27th - MON, Nov 1st, Free!

CultureCapital Insider

Below is a list of additional free events this coming week - that don't have individual posts - from members. See a full list of Members - in DC, MD and VA - Organized by Category on the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington's website here.

Wednesday, October 27th

Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Thursday, October 28th

Metro: College Park and take taxi or bus 104 UM shuttle

Friday, October 29th

The Shein Collection: "Composition around White" by Charles Sheeler
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

by Pauline Maier Lecture and Book Signing
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Saturday, October 30th

Nature and Narrative in Norway: Is-slottet (The Ice Palace)
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Sunday, October 31st

Lecture & Booksigning: Michelangelo: In the Beginning
Young Michelangelo: The Path to the Sistine, John T. Spike
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Perform works by Haydn, Schumann and Bartok
Metro: College Park and take taxi or bus 104 UM shuttle

Monday, November 1st

UM School of Music: UM Repertoire Orchestra
Martinu Oboe Concerto and Dances of Galanta by Kodly
Metro: College Park and take taxi or bus 104 UM shuttle

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