Monday, February 28, 2011

PAST: Free Meditation Workshop with William Smith, MS at Capitol View Library in SE this SAT, April 2nd from 1:00pm - 3:30pm

More info here
Capitol View Library
5001 Central Ave, SE
Metro: Benning Rd Metro Station - about 10 minute walk, see map

PAST: ART: Weekend Round Up: Guest Post from East City Art - Openings & Events this SAT, April 2nd - SUN, April 3rd Free

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Out Like a Lion Edition

As the winter weather begins to retreat, two major exhibitions, one at the Brentwood Arts Exchange and one at G Fine art, close this weekend. While the camellias, daffodils and cherry blossoms announce the spring, Studio H opens its first show of the year and Art Whino will begin a monthly festival at the Yards Park.

Saturday, April 2

At the Brentwood Arts Exchange, artist Alonzo Davis will read from his new book of art and poetry from 2pm to 4pm. This will also be your last chance to view the exhibition Resonant Forms. The Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center is located just over Eastern Avenue at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue in Brentwood, MD

Today is the last day to view Local artist Linn Meyers’ The Adjacent Possible at G Fine Art. Gallery Hours are 12pm to 6pm on Saturdays. G Fine Art is located at 1350 Florida Ave, NE

From 6pm to 9pm Studio H opens their first exhibition of 2011 entitled Mannequin by world renown Ecuadorian artist Pablo Caviedes. Caviedes’ paintings and sculptures refer to what Caviedes calls “fakeness”— often humorous commentary on societal fascination and obsession with virtual, artificial life that mimics natural human forms. On view through May 29th. Studio H is located at 408 H Street NE, second floor.

Sunday, April 3

Art Whino will be organizing a monthly fair called Marcatus at the Yards Park in SE every First Sunday of the Month (except in July when it will be the second Sunday) featuring artists, craftspeople, food and music. The Yards waterfront Park is located at 10 Water St SE, one block south of M Street SE between New Jersey Avenue and 3rd Street, SE.


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: Free Events this Week from! WED, March 30th - MON, April 4th, Free

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Wednesday, March 30th



Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Metro: College Park and taxi or take the UM Shuttle bus 104

Thursday, March 31st

Art - Closing Day

10:00am - 4:00pm

Final day of this week long ArtFest featuring 40+ artists

Hendry House (in park, in Arlington - map)
Note: about a mile from Rossyln Metro
best to bike or taxi the rest of the way

Saturday, April 2nd

Artist Talk


Meet the artist, whose book features artwork paired with the poetry and prose of twelve writers inspired by his work.

3901 Rhode Island Ave - Brentwood, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best access

Performance & Storytelling

Stranger Blues (this should be great!)

The DC-based women's performance group The Saartije Project explores early 20th-century African American Great Migration through collaborative storytelling and performance.

Metro: Farragut North or bus along 16th St

Sunday, April 3rd

Film Screening

11:00am and 1:00pm

The true story of two men who crossed racial boundaries during segregation in the 1940s and formed a life-long friendship that takes extraordinary turns. 2008, 76 min.

Metro: Farragut North or bus along 16th St

Poetry Reading

with poets Ellen Doré Watson and Carol Moldaw

Metro: Bethesda, take elevator exit


UMD School of Music: UMD Wind Ensemble
view program details here

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Metro: College Park and taxi or take the UM Shuttle bus 104

Monday, April 4th

Discussion with Musician


Composers discuss the challenge of re-imagining a master's work and reveal insights gained through the composition process.

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Metro: College Park and taxi or take the UM Shuttle bus 104


UMD School of Music: Tempo

Works by significant 2oth & 21st Century composers Witold Lutoslawki, George Crumb, and Toru Takemitsu.

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Metro: College Park and taxi or take the UM Shuttle bus 104

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PAST: Curious about programs to help you buy a home in DC? Come to this Free Seminar with DCHFA & HPAP Reps SAT, April 2nd 10:00am - 1:00pm, RSVP

DC Special Buyer Programs Workshop & Spring Property Preview

Saturday, April 2nd

10:00am - 1:00pm


RSVP required as seating is limited

Please RSVP and share invite on facebook

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Curious about what it takes to buy a place in DC? Did you know that the DC government has special homebuyer assistance programs? These programs have a limited amount of funding available each year and programs are available on a first come first serve basis.

This seminar on Saturday will be a fast and fun way for you to learn about programs that make it even easier to buy in DC. Guest speakers will include representatives from the D.C. Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) & the D.C. Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP).

There will be a question & answer session directly with agents, lenders & DCHFA officials following the presentation. Mortgage lenders will also be available in person to discuss qualifications as well as special No Money Down/100% Financing.

If you are thinking of buying a place in downtown DC this year or next, you'll want to attend this workshop - especially now while interest rates are still rather low and there are attractive subsidized financing packages available.

You'll also have a chance to chat with folks from UrbanLand Company. After the event, those interested can tour current available projects from UrbanLand and attend hard hat tours of projects currently being prepared to list on the market.

Topics include:

  • The DC Bond Program, with fixed rate, 30 year mortgages at 4.5% as well as up to $10,000 in downpayment or closing costs assistance (when available).

  • The Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP), with 0% interest the first 5 years, up to $40,000 in downpayment assistance & an extra $4,000 in closing costs help.

  • Special D.C. government employee programs (EAHP) with up to $1,500 in downpayment grants & up to $10,000 in deferred downpayment loans.

  • Other mortgage programs & financing issues relevant to first time homebuyers.

  • Examples of current D.C. condo projects that are within reach financially for first time buyers.

  • Find out more about D.C. condos ready in the near future, not currently on the market.

913 Florida Ave, NW

Metro: U St, walk up Vermont Avenue to Florida

PAST: FILM: All Roads Film Project "Women Hold Up Half The Sky Film Series" at National Geographic THURS, March 31st - SAT, April 2nd, $10

All Roads Film Project presents the 2011
Women Hold Up Half The Sky Film Series
Thursday, March 31st - Saturday, April 2nd
$10 per film (see note)

View notable films by women from and about international, indigenous cultures. A discussion with the director will follow each screening.

Click title for film description.

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
Thursday, March 31st

Professor Norman Cornett
Friday, April 1st
Saturday, April 2nd

Schooling the World
Saturday, April 2nd

Note: a processing fee is added when you buy online, I believe you can bypass fees by calling the box office to prepay by phone or visiting the box office in person

1145 17th St, NW
(enter on M St between 16th & 17th)
Metro: Farragut North or take any of the "S" buses along 16th St to M St

PAST: Women in Jazz Tribute at the Artisphere WED, March 30th Swing Dancing with Live Band, Discussion and Film Clip, 7:00pm, Free

A Women in Jazz Tribute to the International Sweethearts of Rhythm
Wednesday, March 30th
7:00pm - 11:00pm

Discussion and short film clip followed by free Swing Dancing with live music!

This event is being held as part of Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Month and will include special guests: members of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the Jen Krupa - Leigh Pilzer Quintet, and filmmaker Judy Chaikin, Girls in the Band.

Discussion: Jazz and Civil Rights
7 :00pm - 8:00pm

Girls in the Band film clip
8:20pm - 8:30pm

Free swing dancing with live music highlighting women in jazz
featuring the all-female Leigh Pilzer/Jen Krupa Quintet.
8:30pm - 11:00pm

Image above: The International Sweethearts of Rhythm

Artisphere - Ballroom
1101 Wilson Blvd - Arlington
Metro: Rosslyn

PAST: Free Beer + Baseball Season Launch Party with WTD at Old Glory this THURS, March 31st 6:00pm - 8:00pm, 21+ Free with RSVP

Like free drinks? Swing by Old Glory in Georgetown this Thursday and
Celebrate the kick-off of the Major League Baseball season
Thursday, March 31st
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free with RSVP, 21+

You'll get 2 free Bud Lights, enjoy $1 hot dogs, $1 pretzels and chance to win Nats tickets wen you RSVP in advance! Whats the Deal has reserved the upstairs floor and the patio for this event and there will be plenty of TVs to watch the game. Check in between 6-8pm for your free drinks.

Old Glory
3139 M Street NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle or Farragut North and take the Circulator bus to Georgetown

Why Free in DC recommends WTD (What's The Deal):
  • What's the Deal DC is a locally owned and operated site that offers "deals" specifically in the DC metro area.
  • Unlike other sites which only run 1 deal per day, WTD also has multiple deals running all of the time.
  • They also give you more time to purchase your deal - usually about a week or so (which is great if you are waiting for your check for instance)... AND
  • In alignment with Free in DC's event listings - they always are sure to havegreat deals for $10 or less on their site!
You can view all of their current offers here!

Free in DC Pick for Best Deal of the Week ($10 or less of course)

$5 Tickets to the NoVa International Jewish Film Festival Screenings
before 6:00pm (regularly $8) at the Artisphere in Rosslyn - Festival runs now through April 3rd.

PAST: ART: Barry Lindley's "Water Marks" Exhibition at The Art League, Now - MON, April 4th, Artist Talk SUN, March 26th 1:00pm, Free

Barry D. Lindley's "Water Marks" Exhibition
On view at The Art League in Old Town Alexandria
Thursday, March 10th - Monday, April 4th

Works from Watercolorist Barry D. Lindley on view. Read more here.

Save the date for the Artist Talk
Sunday, March 26th

in Old Town Alexandria
105 North Union Street
Metro: King St and take a bus or free trolley down to the waterfront

PAST: ART: Two Shows in SE - One at Honfleur and One at Vivid, Final day is FRI, April 8th, Free

Two art shows on view in Anacostia - at Honfleur and Vivid
Friday, March 4th - Friday, April 8th
Read more on East City Art

On view at Honfleur Gallery
"Try a Little Tenderness as Painful as it Seems"
by Ben Skinner
read more here

1241 Good Hope Rd, SE
Metro: Anacostia, walk or take a bus (about 15 min walk, see walking map)

On view at Vivid Solutions
"Cartograph" by Gerard Lange

2208 MLK Jr, Ave SE (closer to metro)
Metro: Anacostia, walk (about 8 min, see walking map) or take a bus

PAST: Check out the drinks of ARTINI 2011 at The Gibson Tonight & W Hotel P.O.V. Bar Tomorrow

Tonight and tomorrow are the final ARTINI Feature Nights. Tonight's event will be at The Gibson and tomorrow's at P.O.V. at the W Hotel (great view as well at this rooftop bar!) Swing by between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

In the month leading up to ARTINI, each participating venue hosts one feature night, during which each mixologist serves up their creative cocktail. 20% of the proceeds will go to future exhibitions at the Corcoran.

Stop by for a creative happy hour with the 1869 Society and taste two of the 12 artinis featured in this year’s competition. Check out the inspiration behind each drink and some awesome photos of each of the artinis here! Registration is not required and the event is free to attend, of course you'll need to pay for your drinks. 21+

Go to to vote for your favorite.

PAST: ART: "RESTORE: Japan" Benefit event for Japan Tonight! 7:00pm - 10:00pm, $10 suggested donation

Tonight! Thursday, March 31st
7:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 Suggested donation
Benefit for Japan
View and share facebook invite

Lamont Bishop Gallery
1314 9th St, NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center

PAST: MUSIC: This week's "Friday Night Eclectic" features two unique bands - ilyAIMY and Primitivity - FRI, April 1st at 9:00pm, $10, $12 at door

"Friday Night Eclectic" at Strathmore Mansion
Two bands perform! ilyAIMY and Primitivity
Tonight! Friday, April 1st
8:00pm doors, 9:00pm show
$10 in advance, $12 at the door

"Percussive, finger-style acoustic guitar, tribal percussion and lush male-female harmonies are the signature sound of ilyAIMY. The songs, a modern take on folk and roots music that includes elements of alternative rock, metal, country and R&B, have been recognized by the nation's most prestigious festivals and contests."

This one sounds really interesting.... hmm... Never thought of cellists playing Megadeth

"Primitivity is a cello and percussion ensemble that blends elements of classical and heavy metal music into a new genre called cello rock. Cellist Loren Westbrook-Fritts, 2009 Strathmore Artist in Residence, composes the music and provides the leads, while cellists David Teie of the National Symphony, Kristin Ostling of the Baltimore Symphony, and Mauricio Betanzo of the Maryland Symphony all shred out intense riffs and harmonies. Specializing in the music of Megadeth, Apocalyptica and Metallica, Primitivity also performs its own original compositions."

Happy Hour
8:00pm - 9:00pm
$2 for 16oz PBRs and rotating drink specials

5301 Tuckerman Lane
Metro: Grosvenor, walk through parking structure, take elevator up and walk across the bridge.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

PAST: "Spring into Meditation" with Jim Rose M.Ed. at Chevy Chase Library this MON, March 28th at 7:00pm, Free

"Spring into Meditation"
A Talk with Jim Rose M.Ed.
Monday, March 28th

A Public Talk at the Chevy Chase Library with Jim Rose, M.Ed. Rutgers University. Jim Rose is a retired senior executive of Johnson & Johnson, a multi-national corporation. He has 35 years of experience in Human Resources management and leadership development. He currently provides workshops and training to groups throughout the world where he connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of our lives.

Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library
5625 Connecticut Ave, NW (map)

Metro: Accessible by bus from Friendship Heights or other stations, see Metro TriPlanner for best access based on where you are coming from.

PAST: The Environmental Film Festival has lots of Free Events and Screenings throughout the City TUES, March 15th - SUN, March 27th

Lots of Free Films taking place as part of the Environmental Film Festival
Click here for a full listing of events!
Note: many films are Free, not all

Mark your calendars for the ones you want to attend and be sure to arrive early for good seating. Most of the screenings and events are Free!

Note: Films take place at various locations throughout the city

PAST: Free Events this Week from! THURS, March 17th - TUES, March 22nd, Free

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!

Note: There are also lots of free Films taking place as part of the Environmental Film Festival - which runs through Sunday, March 27th!

Thursday, March 24th


12:00pm - 1:00pm
vocalists and musicians perform, see program
Metro: Rosslyn

Friday, March 25th

Art Opening

ArtFest 2011: Opening Reception
6:00pm - 8:00pm
week long ArtFest features 40+ artists
Hendry House (in park, in Arlington - map)
Note: about a mile from Rossyln Metro
best to bike or taxi the rest of the way


12:00pm - 1:00pm
Music by Schubert, Prokofiev and Brahms
Metro: Farragut North or take any S bus to 16th & M

Saturday, March 26th

Panels and Presentations

Culture Wars: Then and Now
starts 9:30am - all day long
Discussions about the freedom of expression and public support for the arts, in light of the recent Smithsonian censorship and the debate around that
Metro: Farragut West


Join Januwa Moja and learn more about adorning with textiles, masks, feathers, and jewelry.
Metro: Farragut North or bus along 16th St

Storytelling - Family Program

a one-women show "Sugarfootn' with Sugarfoots –
A Black History Storytelling Celebration"
10:00am - 11:00am
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
Metro: Eastern Market

Family Program

Metro: Smithsonian

Sunday, March 27th


United States Marine Band: Celebrating a Century
see program here
at NoVA Community College, Alexandria Campus
Metro: Pentagon and take a bus

Literary Reading

with Terese Svoboda and Jane Satterfield
Metro: Bethesda, take elevator exit

Youth Program

The Story of Marian Anderson
3:00pm & 5:00pm
Chamber opera designed for middle and high school students
Metro: Southern Avenue


Metro: Stadium Armory


WPAS's adult and children's gospel choirs perform
Metro: Judiciary Square or Archives - Navy Memorial

Monday, March 28th

Music - Youth Program

Symphonic Poetry Encore
Metro: Grosvenor

Tuesday, March 29th

Talk & Performance

Traditional folklore and music of Argentina, with world-renowned classical guitarist José Luis Merlín and his protégé, Brian Baumbusch
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Metro: College Park and taxi or take the UM Shuttle bus 104

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