Monday, January 31, 2011

PAST: The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival winners perform their works inspired by JFK Tonight! MON, Jan 31st 6:00pm, Free

in the Terrace Theater - part of the Millennium Stage
Monday, January 31st

Winning pieces -short plays, monologues, soliloquies, songs, and spoken word- inspired by the life, presidency, and legacy of John F. Kennedy, will be performed.

Terrace Theater
2700 F St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center Shuttle

Friday, January 28, 2011

PAST: Dancers, Writers and Artists present works inspired by Playwright Naomi Wallace's Poetry Forum (Re)Acts MON, Feb 28th 7:30pm, PWYC

Forum (Re)Acts as part of the Naomi Wallace Festival
presented by Forum Theatre
Monday, February 28th

Tonight is the final event in Forum Theatre's Naomi Wallace Festival and they have organized a very special evening of performances.Post Options

Did you know that Naomi Wallace began her career as a poet? To honor her poetic background, Forum has invited local writers, dancers, and artists to create short, potent theatrical responses to one of the poems in Wallace's book "To Dance a Stony Field" (1995). Tonight they will perform those works - by Kathleen Akerley, Patrick Bussink, Anne McCaw, Augie Praley, Jesse Terrill.

Round House Theatre Silver Spring
8641 Colesville Road
Metro: Silver Spring, just a short walk up Colesville

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

PAST: MUSIC: Dimitar Naumoff performs at the Church of the Holy City, 16th near Q St, SUN, Feb 27th at 3:30pm, Free, donations appreciated

Live concert with Dimitar Naumoff
Sunday, February 27th
3:30pm Free, donations appreciated

Renowned Bulgarian composer and profressor Dimitar Naumoff presents a free concert featuring a variety of compositions - Past and Present - as part of the "Music with the Angels" concert series. Reception follows. See flyer here.

Church of the Holy City.
1611 16th Street, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Q St.

PAST: MUSIC: Free Concert with Dimitar Naumoff SUN, Feb 27th at 3:00pm

Live concert with Dimitar Naumoff
Sunday, February 27th
3:30pm Free, donations appreciated

Renowned Bulgarian composer and profressor Dimitar Naumoff presents a free concert featuring a variety of compositions - Past and Present - as part of the "Music with the Angels" concert series. Reception follows. See flyer here.

Church of the Holy City.
1611 16th Street, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Q St.

PAST: Highlights for things to do from Freestylin' D.C. post!

Highlights for Saturday, February 26th
From my Freestylin' D.C. weekend post

Enjoy a free coffee tasting and learn more about what goes in to making a great cup of coffee at 11am, followed by a talk and yogurt tasting with Trickling Springs Creamery's yogurt maker at 1pm at the official Grand Opening Celebration at Yola, DC’s only non-frozen yogurt parfait bar and coffeeshop located just south of Dupont Circle at 1323 Connecticut Ave, NW.

Later in the day you can swing by Biagio Fine Chocolate- located between Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan at 1904 18th St, NW - from 3 to 6 p.m. for their February Sample Day, featuring complimentary samples of more than 15 chocolates, including a 68% dark chocolate from Peru, dark mint chocolate and milk rosemary-orange chocolate.

It’s the opening reception for Juan Tejedor's "Standing Atop the Ladder" at Flashpoint Gallery, located across from the Gallery Place metro at 916 G St, NW from 6-8pm. In this show- his first solo exhibition in DC -Tejador presents a variety of media including sculpture and works on paper, and examines various natural and man-made systems- including public transit routes, star systems, and bird migratory patterns- to investigate the very nature of structure and organization. The show will be on view through March 26.

It’s the opening day of the new high-tech meets ancient-relics exhibit “Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan” on view through July 31 at the Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Avenue, SW. This unique exhibit combines modern technology - including touch screens and a 3-D video recreation of a Buddhist devotional cave temple - to explore majestic 6th-century Chinese Buddhist sculpture from the Northern Qi dynasty (550-77 CE).

PAST: Highlights for things to do this SUN, Feb 27th!

From my Freestylin' D.C. feature on the City Paper Arts Desk


It’s the opening day of the National Gallery of Art's new show "Gauguin: Maker of Myth," and to celebrate, Mary Morton, curator and head of the department of French paintings at the NGA, and Belinda Thomson, guest curator, will give an introductory lecture, followed by a book signing ofGauguin: Maker of Myth at 2 p.m. at the Concourse level Auditorium, East Building, located at 401 Constitution Ave. NW.

Join Split this Rock founder and poet at 4 p.m. Sarah Browning for the “Split this Rock” Poetry Showcase featuring poets Jonathan B. Tucker, Samuel Miranda, and Sonya Renee Taylor. The reading–which has a $5 cover–speaks to the power of poetry in our public life and as a way to give voice to the voiceless. It's part of the Intersections Festival, which begins Friday at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

PAST: ART: "inMotion" Paintings by Arlington Artists Alliance Member Sandi Parker Cassatt's Cafe Jan 17th - Feb 20th, Free

"inMotion" celebrating Arlington high school athletics
Paintings by Sandi Parker, Arlington Artists Alliance member
On view January 17th - February 20th

Note: this location is best reached by car but it is close enough to the metro that a taxi or bus should get you there without spending much if you want to check it out

4536 Lee Highway, Arlington
Metro: Nearest Metro, Ballston, 1.5 mile walk (map) so you may want to see if there is a bus or take a short taxi from the metro

PAST: ART: Guest Post from East City Art: Weekend Round Up for events on the East side of DC! SAT, Feb 26th & SUN, Feb 27th, Free

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Post-ArtVentures on H Glow Edition

Though many of us are all still reeling from the excitement of the second ArtVentures on H, the fun continues this weekend. This Saturday, CHAW gives you the opportunity to make your own artwork while Art Enables celebrates their ninth birthday at their new Brookland location. On Sunday, end the weekend with a photography exhibit at Park Café by local photographer Ann Thomson.

Saturday, February 26

CHAW, The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St, SE) is hosting a few events:

CHAW teams up with SCRAP for an eco-art jewelry workshop with two sittings at 10:00am and 11:00am. Learn to recycle plastic containers into beautiful colorful earrings! Use plastic containers, credit and gift cards and other plastic "trash" to make fabulous jewelry. Call CHAW at 202.547.6839 to reserve your seat.

From 4pm - 6pm CHAW will host free happy hour event to benefit the SOME (So Others Might Eat) Empty Bowls Project. Come prepared to get a little messy (aprons are available) and learn how to make handmade bowls using coils, press molds, and slabs. For those more experienced throwing wheels will be available.

Art Enables will be celebrating their ninth birthday with a raffle, food and music from 3pm to 5pm. The proceeds will help benefit their continued work to help developmentally challenged individuals thrive as working artists. New work by the artist, the highlight of the evening, will also be on display. For a list of raffled items, click here.

Sunday, February 27

Park Café (106 13th St, SE) will host a small reception from 5:30pm to 6:30pm for Ann Thomson, a local photographer and member of the Capitol Hill Art League. Artist will be in attendance and as always, delicious Chilean wine will be served.

For best metro and bus access, see Metro's trip-planner.

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: Find ideas for free and low-cost things to do this weekend on my Freestylin' D.C. post! THURS, Feb 24th - SUN, Feb 27th

Weekend post is up on the City Paper Arts Desk! Check it out for a list of free and low-cost things to do this weekend!

Monday, January 24, 2011

PAST: Live Band Karaoke! "DC Idol" this THURS, Feb 24th at Solly's on U St, 8:00pm doors $5 cover, 21+

Thursday, February 24th
8:00pm - 11:30pm
$5 cover, 21+

I'm excited to announce that I will be a guest judge at this event. Should be a fun night!

To get an idea of what to expect - a live band backing you up while you sing your choose from a selection of over 100 songs - see the City Paper's coverage of their event a while back.

You can also see their facebook invite here.

Solly's U St Tavern
Corner of 11th and U St
Metro: U St

PAST: Discussion about Chimurenga Music and Dancer Nora Chipaumire with Ethnomusicologist at UMD this THURS, Feb 24th at 7:00pm, Free

Nora Chipaumire: Pre-Performance Discussion with Ethnomusicology professor Fernando Rios
Thursday, February 24th

Ethnomusicology professor Fernando Rios will provide historical context on the early development of chimurenga music in the years of the Zimbabwean liberation struggle.

Note: This event is a pre-performance discussion for the Chipaumire's new multi-media performance, lions will roar, which will be performed at 8:00pm. Tickets to that show are $30 for those interested.

Learn more about Zimbabwe-born dancer and choreographer Nora Chipaumire in this interview.

Stadium Drive
College Park, MD 20742
Metro: College Park and taxi or take the UM Shuttle bus 104

PAST: FILM: The Final Film in the North African Film Festival is this THURS, Feb 24th at 7:00pm, Free

North African Film Festival

focusing on films from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

Thursday evenings

February 3rd - February 24th


Free, seating is first come first served

Final Film Screening Thursday, February 24th

"Outside the Law"

a French/Algerian Film

This month, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art hosts 4 films over the course of 4 weeks.

"Bound by geography, these disparate films capture the complexity of recent movies from and about North Africa. From contemporary Cairo and Marrakech, to the shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran, to Algiers and Paris, these films are intimately tied with place, and show different sides of these often stunning and sometimes gritty backdrops."

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

950 Independence Ave

Lecture Hall, Sublevel 2

Metro: Smithsonian

Sunday, January 23, 2011

PAST: Free Margarita and a beer at Bobby Lew's Tomorrow Night, THURS, Feb 24th, Thanks to WTD! 6:00pm - 8:00pm, RSVP Required, 21+

WTD Free Happy Hour at Bobby Lew's
Thursday, February 24td
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free, with RSVP, 21+

Join WTD for Happy Hour this Thursday at Bobby Lew's at the bottom of Adams Morgan on 18th St near Florida Ave. Get one free Ambhar tequila premium margarita and a domestic beer free when you RSVP.

2006 18th St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk or take any of the 90 line buses from U St metro or Woodley Park - bus runs across the bridge so wait on Calvert St at Conn Ave.

Why Free in DC recommends WTD (What's The Deal):
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1071 Wisconsin Avenue (near M St)

Metro: take the Circulator bus from Rosslyn, Dupont Circle or Foggy Botttom.

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PAST: ART: "In Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists" at the Kreeger Museum, Now - SAT, Feb 26th, $10

In Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists
at The Kreeger Museum
On view through Saturday, February 26th

This exhibit is the culmination of a project initiated by renowned artist Sam Gilliam, consisting of 20 established artists from the DC community, working in different styles and mediums. Read more here.

Image above from Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Spirit Bones II, 2010, 30” x 22”, monoprint and chine collé

Kreeger Museum
2401 Foxhall Rd, NW
Metro: See metro trip planner for best bus access

Saturday, January 22, 2011

PAST: The African Heritage Dancers and Drummers perform at the next "Happenings at the Harman" this WED, Feb 23rd from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Free

Just announced! The African Heritage Dancers and Drummers
perform at the next "Happenings at the Harman" Series
Wednesday, February 23rd
Noon - 1:00pm

These kids are really energizing. I saw them perform at the Humanities Council of DC event this fall! The group is led by Melvin Deal (see video) - learn more about them here!

"Happenings at the Harman" offers free performances every Wednesday. View the schedule and learn more here.

Sidney Harman Hall
610 F St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown, Arena exit

PAST: Free Events this weekend from! FRI, Feb 25th - SUN, Feb 27th

CultureCapital Insider

Below is a list of additional FREE events this week from
Culture Capital is a program of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, a nonprofit organization serving Metro DC’s arts & culture community and the public for over 30 years.

Please c
lick through for complete details about the event and location details!

Friday, February 25th

Music: On tour with the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble
Works by Aaron Copland, Gustav Holst, and Steven Bryant

at NOVA Community College, Alexandria Campus
Metro: Pentagon and take a bus

Saturday, February 26th

Learn to use plastic containers, credit and gift cards and other plastic "trash" to make fabulous jewelry. Limited space available. Please call (202) 547-6839 to reserve your spot.

Metro: Eastern Market

The U.S. Army Concert Band and Army Blues perform with guest percussionist, Steve Houghton.

at NOVA Community College, Alexandria Campus
Metro: Pentagon and take a bus

Through Saturday, February 26th

From Bellini to Canaletto to Whistler: Venice Depicted
Lecture with Eric Denker, lecturer at the NGA.

East Building, Concourse Auditorium
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial
or Judiciary Sq

Sunday, February 27th

Lecture: Introduction to the Exhibition —Gauguin: Maker of Myth
- 2:00pm
Lecture with Mary Morton, curator and head of the department of French paintings, NGA, and Belinda Thomson, guest curator.

East Building, Concourse Auditorium
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial or Judiciary Sq

- 2:00pm
Poets Shirley Brewer, Kathleen Hellen, and Laura Shovan read.

Metro: Bethesda

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PAST: Creative Dialogue: Paul Browde and Murray Nossel at UMD Clarice Smith Center MON, Feb 28th at 7:00pm, Free

Monday, February 28th

Sharing stories about our lives fulfills the basic human need to be known and acknowledged. Paul Browde and Murray Nossel, real-life boyhood adversaries, have witnessed first-hand the healing power of this kind of heartfelt exchange and they bring that knowledge to the stage in performances of Two Men Talking. In this Creative Dialogue, they'll engage the audience in conversation about the healing power of narrative, the process of reciprocal listening and the value of bearing witness.

at UMD on Stadium Drive
Metro: College Park and taxi or take the UM Shuttle bus 104

PAST: MUSIC: The Washington Bach Consort's Noontime Cantata Concert at the Church of the Epiphany TUES, March 1st 12:10pm - 1:00pm, Free

Tuesday, March 1st
12:10pm - 1:00pm
Donations requested

The Washington Bach Consort performs their monthly, donation based cantata concert at the Church of the Epiphany, located near Metro Center. Read more here!

1317 G St, NW
Metro: Metro Center

PAST: Family Friendly: College Park Aviation Museum hosts "Wilbur's Workshop" SAT, Feb 26th at 1:00pm, $4, $2 for kids

Wilbur's Workshop - Demonstration
Saturday, February 26th
Free with museum admission
$4, seniors $3, kids $2

Get a taste of the work that went into making early aircraft with a rib-making demonstration in Wilbur's Hangar. Come watch as a 1909 Wright wing rib is constructed and one lucky person will win the rib to take home with them.

Museum is open 10:00am - 5:00pm

1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
College Park, MD 20740 (map)
Metro: College Park

PAST: THEATER: Taffety Punk presents "Owl Moon" a new play by DC playwright Liz Maestri FRI, Feb 4th - SAT, Feb 26th, All Shows $10

Taffety Punk presents Owl Moon - a play about love and body bags
Shows Wednesday - Saturday
+ some Saturday matinees at 3:00pm
Show runs Friday, February 4th - Saturday, February 26th

"DC playwright Liz Maestri's new work, the everyday world veers into extremities – hot blood spurts and passions seep into a wintry landscape of cold and desolation."

Shout out! This play also features Kimberly Gilbert, who I first met years ago when she was my favorite barrista at Tryst while studying acting. She is a company member at Taffety Punk and Woolly Mammoth.

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

PAST: Author Event: U.S. History Buffs may like this one! Learn more about Felix Grundy, at the Dumbarton House WED, Feb 23rd, 6:00pm, Free, RSVP

"Felix Grundy, Democracy's Lawyer of the Old South"
Wednesday, February 23rd
6:00pm reception followed by author talk
Advance RSVP Requested

Felix Grundy (1775-1840) was a central political figure in the early years of the United States. A Jeffersonian through and through, Grundy's life was characterized by his eternal fight for small government and states' rights. Read more here. Wine and cheese reception at 6:00pm followed by a talk and booksigning by the author.

2715 Q St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk or bus

PAST: ART: "Excellence in Printmaking" Exhibition at the Washington Printmakers Gallery, TUES, Feb 1st - SUN, Feb 27th, Free

Tuesday, February 1st - Sunday, February 27th

The Washington Printmakers Gallery has joined with the Washington Print Club and the Washington Print Foundation to award the Excellence in Printmaking prize for the past 5 years to area college students. This years winner is Shahla Abdi, whose works will be on view. The aim of this award is to encourage printmaking and the use of traditional, non-digital techniques.

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Ave, 2nd Floor
Metro: Silver Spring