Free in DC is an arts, culture, and consciousness resource dedicated to all the cool, free, low-cost things to do in Washington, DC… proving you don't need to spend a lot to live a rich life in this town! See DC through the eyes of a local who lives in the city and is plugged into the scene. All events are free, donation-based, or $10 or less and accessible by Metro or bus in VA, MD or DC.
"Bedtime Stories – Storytelling Through Art" will be offered as part of The Art League's programming for MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts. This exhibit will feature narrative works that invite the viewer to visually wander through the world the artist has created, whether real or imagined.
Mujeres: sus historias Paintings by Beatriz Luna
On view Monday, April 30th - Friday, May 11th
Open to the public Monday-Friday from 12:00pm - 6:00pm,. I believe that you'll need to show your ID and sign in when you enter this building.
IDB Staff Association
Art Gallery (ISAAG)
Inter-American Development Bank - 13th St. Entrance
1300 New York Ave, NW
Metro: Metro Center or take the S2 or S4 bus that runs along 16th St, there's a stop right in front at 13th and NY Ave.
Filmed over the course of a year, Meerkats 3D follows an extraordinary--not to mention adorable--family that stands just 12 inches tall. Discover how these tiny but strong creatures survive in the harsh desert, led by the family's tenacious matriarch, Klinky. Her daunting task is both to protect her offspring and to produce more pups to ensure the family's survival for generations to come. Together, this family of 20 will battle a rival gang to protect their territory, their pups, and their lives as they also contend with the desolate environment that is their home.
1145 17th Street, NW
Metro: Farragut North or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to M St
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The exhibition, Nine Degrees, showcases works by graduating MFA students Temme Barkin-Leeds, Michèle Colburn, Kate Demong, Joo Yeon Ha, Adam Robert Hager, Tyler Mullan, Camden Place, Samuel Dylan Scharf, and Ben Tolman (Ben is a super talented local artist, if you haven't heard of him before, his work is really amazing up close and one of his drawings has even been displayed at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. His work is pictured in this post as well).
"Lilith" by Ben Tolman
Save the Date - Gallery Talk
Saturday, May 5th
American University Museum
Kreeger Lobby, Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Metro: Tenleytown and take the free AU shuttle to the Katzen Center
"Internationally recognized DC-based art couple Matt Sesow and Dana Ellyn keep it local with this exhibition of recently created paintings featuring some of their most recognizable iconography. “The Birds and The Bees”: an idiomatic expression used to represent the familiar and the obscure... a euphemism." If you can't get there, you can also View the entire Exhibition online!
Gallery Hours: Tuesday 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Friday - Sunday 12:00pm - 6:00pm, and by appointment.
Metro: The gallery is super close to the Kensington MARC train station, which you can catch from Union Station, though I believe many MARC trains only run for commuters Mon - Fri during rush hour. You can call 1-800-325-RAIL to ask or try navigating their website. According to their directions, they say the best way to get there is to take the metro to Medical Center NIH and then catch the Ride-On bus #4 or #34. It looks like it's about 2 miles or so from a few different metro stations, right in the middle of the U shape that the red line makes. Please see metro for best access, or take a taxi from the metro station that's easiest for you.
"NEXT at the Corcoran: Class of 2012' is a dynamic, interactive, and innovative presentation of work by the graduating students of the Corcoran College of Art + Design. NEXT, for the first time, includes both an exhibition of the thesis work of the bachelor of fine arts class of 2012 and a showcase of the masters of arts degree programs at the Corcoran. Come to scope new, emerging art talent. Though there is an admission for the main Corcoran Gallery, admission to NEXT is free!"
Kathy Beynette returns to gallery plan b with more of her intricate, painterly and whimsical works. Her background as a fiction writer manifests itself on the surfaces of her quirky narrative paintings. Her topics range from nursery rhymes to social and political commentary.
Hours: Wed- Sat 12:00pm - 7:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
From the invite: "Michelle’s strong ties to the natural world were born of her childhood spent surrounded by the rain forests of Puerto Rico and the woods of Connecticut. It was in these forests where she became hyper aware of the effects humans and technology have on these delicate ecosystems. After moving to Chicago, Peterson-Albandoz was surrounded by the ever-changing urban landscape, full of both construction and destruction. Her emotional reaction to the accumulating waste became the catalyst for her current artistic direction."
Hamiltonian fellow Timothy Thompson broadens his exploration on the perception of place in Gathering Space, a site-specific installation that intersects Hamiltonian's 1,800 square foot gallery. "Abandoning his usual sculptural materials such as iron and wood for hand-sewn nylon fabric and fiberglass rods, Thompson creates sculptures that act as both conduits through the gallery and formidable monumental barriers. As they move amongst the sculptures, viewers are asked to reconsider how they navigate and perceive a physical space."
1353 U St. NW Suite 101
Metro: U St, or take the Circulator bus Woodely/14th/McPherson route to 14h & U St
The Foundry Gallery is pleased to invite you to visit its new April solo exhibit
Befriending The Triangle, featuring new paintings by member artist Julia Latein-Kimmig. While there, you can also check out the member show on exhibit.
Visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts for Free!
every first Sunday of the month!
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Community Days are held on the first Sunday of every month. Regular admission to the museum is $10, $8 for students and those 65+, 18 and under free.
When you are there, be sure to check out the current exhibit Women Who Rock. Also recommend checking out their gift shop, where you can find wearable art and items made from recycled materials. Aside from the gift shop at the Building Museum, this may be my favorite one in town. I got one of my favorite fabric necklaces there last time I visited.
Metro: Woodley Park or Cleveland Park, it's uphill from Woodley so easier walk I think from Cleveland Park if you are taking metro. You can also take the L2 or L4 bus along Connecticut Ave to the zoo entrance stop.
"The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece big band co-founded by baritone saxophonist Brad Linde, trumpeter Joe Herrera and club owner Omrao Brown. The BCJO now presents a variety of music from big band literature and features some of the District's best musicians on Monday nights at the historic Bohemian Caverns. Music from Ellington, Basie,Strayhorn, Thad Jones, Oliver Nelson, Maria Schneider and originals by band members will embrace and challenge the tradition of big band repertoire."
in Del Ray - Alexandria, VA
every Wednesday - Saturday
8:00pm - 10:00pm
All ages, Free
Enjoy live music at St. Elmo's, a cute coffee shop on the main drag in Del Ray, every Wednesday - Saturday starting around 8:00pm. They have a nice selection of coffee and tea there as well. A complete updated list of events can be found on the St. Elmo's facebook page under 'Venue Profile.'