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.
A day-long festival reflecting DC's literary past, present, and future and showcases the work of DC's resident poets, writers, and literary organizations, including Marie Arana, Edward P. Jones, George Pelecanos, and Richard McCann.
Judy Shepard, Matthew's mother, discusses her work to keep Matthew's legacy alive through activism and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. With Cokie Roberts. Tickets are available in person at the Ford's Theatre box office for free or online, in which case Ticketmaster fees will apply. This event is being held in conjunction with the production of The Larimie Project, at Ford's Theatre from Friday, September 27th - Sunday, October 27th.
As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, the organization's four performing components, the Concert Band, the Soldiers' Chorus, the Jazz Ambassadors, and the Volunteers, each travel over 100 days annually. Learn more about the U.S. Army Field Band on their website here.
Through these concerts, the internationally acclaimed organization fosters the support of the American people for members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world.
More than 40 embassies representing six continents open their doors to DC visitors and residents. Participants can travel the world as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, and music of different countries. Last year visitors were treated to karate demonstrations, dance performances, sari wrapping lessons, and henna demonstrations.
Participating embassies for 2013: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyz, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts & Nevis, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, and Zambia. Admission is free, reservations are not required, and complimentary shuttle service is provided.
Over 40 embassy locations, see list above
Metro: Dupont Circle, complimentary shuttle service is provided from corner of 20th & Mass Ave.
Come on out for a silent disco dance party on the rooftop of Rock n Roll Hotel this Friday! The music will be electronic with pop, funk and drum n bass elements. Please bring IDs, as they required for entrance and will be kept as collateral for the headsets.
What is a silent dance party? The basic gist is that each person gets their own headphones and can adjust the channel and volume, which is great. It's also a great way to throw an outdoor party without disturbing the neighbors. It's a really cool concept, worth checking out. The silent dance parties that Blue throws also tend to attract some folks from the DC Burner crew (folks who have been to Burning Man or are connected to the regional burns and burn culture). It should be a fun, colorful, and possibly bright and fuzzy crowd.
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown and take the X2 bus along H St to the stop closest to 14th & H St, NE or take a short taxi from Union Station or take a 90's line bus from U St to 8th & H St, NE and walk over a few blocks. See metro trip-planner for best bus access.
Open House at The Washington Ballet
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Get an inside glimpse of The Washington Ballet, The Washington School of Ballet, Company dancers and students from NW and SE during Open House. Join them for an afternoon of performances, classes, make-up demonstrations, food, games and crafts. Have your photo taken with a dancer, take part in "Make a Ballet" and more. Fun for the entire family.
FIGMENT DC is a participatory festival that is volunteer run, non-profit and non-commercial, now in it's second year. FIGMENT started in New York City and now takes place in a bunch of others cities. Learn more about the history of FIGMENT here and read more about the FIGMENT principles, which are very similar to the Burning Man Principles, here.
FIGMENT is a free, interactive, non-commercial, participatory arts festival created for, and by, the community! It is a chance to create, to engage, to play, to dive in and enjoy! Come out and help to transform this beautiful urban park into a magical, family-friendly, artists’ playground!
UPDATE: New! Stage and Workshop Schedule. This year’s FIGMENT has a fantastic line-up of workshops and music that will last all weekend! There will also be more events popping up I imagine! Each participating camp is responsible for posting their own schedule. There will also be performances, which will be listed by stage.
FIGMENT is a festival designed to bring imagination to life. There will be all kinds of art forms and activities, and you are encouraged to bring your own as well! FIGMENT is the perfect time to play make-believe (for both kids & adults!) so feel free to dress up in whatever creative costume or outfit you want! You can also bring along toys: Hula hoops, poi, croquet sets, knitting, water guns, games – anything that you want to play with or invite others to join you in!
There is also a roller rink at this park! Bring out your skates!
Dogs are welcome if they are friendly, but must be kept on a leash. Please clean up after your pooch! Have Roller skates? Bring them if you like, there is a covered roller rink on site! Feel free to also come on your bike and consider decorating it with streamers, lights, fake fur, or other art, Burning Man style!
Note also that this is a “Leave No Trace” event, inspired by the Ten Burning Man Principles. While trash and recycling receptacles will be on-site, they ask you all that if you bring it in with you, please carry it out. This includes cigarette butts, which fit quite well in a small metal box in your pocket.
Another principle they are asking attendees to be aware of is Decommodification, which means that the festival is run without any commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. As this is a non-commercial event, there will not be any concessions of any kind on site. Please come prepared with your own water, snacks and refreshments! The event will have porta-potties/restrooms. Please refrain from bringing any grills, alcohol, illegal drugs or weapons.
Come out and enjoy with an open mind and your unique creative spirit!
Anacostia Park is a beautiful urban park along the east side of the Potomac River in DC. Conveniently located near the Potomac Ave and Anacostia Metro stations, the North Field is accessible from bike paths and I-395. There is some parking on site. If you are driving there, please review the directions to get to the park, as we know that GPS systems can frequently be wrong.
If you want to attend and don't own a bike, there is Capital BikeShare station right at the Potomac Ave Metro station but there is not one at the park so you can either keep the bike with you and pay for time or drop it at the closest station, at Pennsylvania & Minnesota Ave SE, which is still about a 15 minute walk from the park. If you don't want to walk from the metro, it should be a short, and affordable taxi ride, especially if you share it with others.
Metro: Anacostia or Potomac Ave. It's 1.2 miles from the Potomac Ave Metro, and a lovely walk over the Pennsylvania Ave bridge, see walking map. If you're biking, google recommends a slightly different bike route from the metro - yes, you can take your bike on the metro at no extra cost. There’s a bike trail to follow, but please keep an eye out for traffic! After you cross the bridge, turn left onto the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail before you get to 295, then turn right onto the path along the river. Look for a large covered pavilion – it’s the roller rink, and it’s hard to miss!... We encourage you to decorate your bike and make it part of the festivities! There are a number of bike paths that lead directly to Anacostia Park, and we encourage you all to take advantage of them.
Happy to hear this news! The Union Market shuttle, "The Roadie," will run from New York Ave Metro Station (NOMA) to Union Market every 10 minutes starting at 11:00am until 3:00pm! Though it is walking distance from the metro, about 12 minutes (see map) it's nice that they will have a shuttle.
If you missed the CapitalBop Jazz Series kickoff with the Young Lions and Joe Herrera you can check out the series this Sunday, when the NYC-based, Grammy-nominated band Kneebody comes to town! Check out the G40 Art Summit too! All taking place at the brand new venue, Blind Whino, housed in a street art-covered Gothic church. Save the date! Next Sunday, October 6th will be the final CapitalBop Jazz event at the G40 Art Summit.
Come on out for the 11th annual Turkish Festival, a free, family friendly festival along Pennsylvania Avenue. Activities range from folk dancing and traditional Turkish musical performances to arts and crafts for kids and adults. Explore the wonders of Turkey in DC, sample Turkish cuisine, and wander through a bustling Bazaar featuring a wide range of artists. There will also be arts and crafts and kids games and activities and a chance to learn more about Turkey and Turkish culture. This year the Festival will also feature a coffee house with traditional Turkish coffee. Fortune tellers will be on hand to read your fortune from the shapes the coffee grinds have formed in your demitasse cup.
this event is designed for youth ages 13-18, media educators and engaged parents
Note: There is an Educator Track and a Youth Track! Workshops for youth will focus on digital storytelling, social media, theater and creative movement. Workshops for media educators and parents will focus on media literacy and innovative technologies. The day will include performances, studio spaces, a visual art showcase, and interactive lounges to enhance the curiosity and creative expression of young people in meaningful ways.
Josephine Butler Parks Center
2437 15th St NW - across from Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St or the 52 or 54 on 14th St to Euclid
Film screenings, including an awards ceremony, presented by Stone Soup Films and sponsored by Pivot.tv, to acknowledge the winning filmmakers. “Doc in a Day” 48-Hour Video Challenge Launch, a weekend competition that invites filmmakers to create high-impact, high-quality videos for local nonprofits in just two days.
Josephine Butler Parks Center
2437 15th St NW - across from Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St or the 52 or 54 on 14th St to Euclid
Nuit Blanche is an all-night exploration and celebration of art, which began in Paris. Nuit Blanche DC – now in its third edition – is an innovative project that has the ability to bring an artistic and culturally vibrant nightlife to an area looking to expand its creative economy.
Nuit Blanche galvanizes museums, galleries, and other cultural organizations to remain open overnight free of charge, essentially uniting the neighborhood into a free-flowing art space.
This year's celebration in Shaw will include over one dozen venues ranging from the Wonder Bread Factory to the 500 square foot storefront at 1033 7th St, NW. Public buildings like the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library and private art galleries and the Warehouse Theatre will all be filled with visual art installations and art, music and dance performances for one night only.
One of the more unusual venues participating this year will be Pekoe Acupuncture and Wellness Center, at 1410 9th St NW. Swing by to dance to some house music and check out their beautiful new home in Shaw. One of my best friends works there so wanted to give a special shout out! Voted by City Paper readers as the Best Med Spa in the Best of DC 2013, you can learn more about the wide array of holistic healing services offered at Pekoe their website.
Guests can explore different installations on each themed floor of this improbable art space: four floors plus a basement dedicated to performing and visual arts, fashion, and short films, plus DJs who will contribute to an unprecedented mash-up of cultural experiences in the nation's capital. Sponsored by Douglas Development Corporation, the DC Dept. of Small and Local Business Development and DC Main Streets.
In January 2014, the District of Columbia Arts Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary. To mark milestone, DCAC and No Kings Collective are collaborating for fundraising exhibit and online campaign inspired by and supporting DCAC’s long history of fostering artists and the emerging arts community—artists helping artists. "The project boasts a roster of 25 emerging to established artists, including several DCAC alumni. Interviews are posted daily to countdown to the fundraising exhibition, in which each participating artist was asked to donate a single piece of work. By asking non-standard questions, we opened a dialogue similar to what artists have in the studio — extended small talk — in order to reveal what makes these artists tick." How can you help? Come to the Show or donate.
No Kings Collective is a DC-based arts and culture group, composed of by working artist and designers. Specializing in both client-based and independent creative projects, with particular experience in the arts and entertainment, NKC provides consulting, curation, and production serves from conception to completion.
The DCAC, located on 18th St in the heart Adams Morgan, serves the DC area by presenting high-caliber, challenging works, encouraging professionalism among artists, and by providing a forum for education and cultural exchange. DCAC was founded in 1989 as an alternative arts center for local artists in response to eroding support for local artists.
Family Scratch Club at MLK Library in Chinatown
Saturday, September 28th
10:30am - 1:30pm
Free, please RSVP here
Class for Parent and Child to work together
Family Scratch Club is an opportunity for kids and caregivers to create interactive digital content as a team. Scratch is programming language created at the MIT Media Lab that involves the snapping together of digital Lego-like bricks to create animations, games, and stories. In this inter-generational workshop, you'll learn more about Scratch, explain how it works, then turn it over to you and your kids to design.
The class is for children and their parents/caregivers. Kids between the ages of 8 and 14 tend to be most comfortable with Scratch, although children as young as 5 can grasp the concepts.
Each student must bring his/her own laptop. Parents, please register online and also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know the number of children you’ll be bringing. No more than two kids per parent, please.
Martin Luther King Jr. Library
901 G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place- Chinatown
Save the date for the final class!
Saturday, September 28th
Join Sky House Yoga teachers, Ashley Litecky and Nata Comins for two free one hour yoga classes each month from May - September at the Fenton Street Market right alongside the Silver Spring Farmer's Market! Two classes, at 10:30am for kids, and at 11:30am for adults. Please bring your own yoga mat and towel.
Fenton Street Market
corner of Fenton St & Ellsworth Dr
Metro: Silver Spring (see walking map) or take the S2 or S4 bus to the last stop on Wayne. Walk up hill on Colesville to Georgia and turn right, look for the stores and cross the street to Ellsworth and walk through the shopping area across Fenton to get to Veterans Plaza (if coming up Wayne by bus, left on Georgia). Driving? Free parking in parking garage across Ellsworth Dr.
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with DC Department of Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in a six week program of free interactive workshops stimulating fiber arts, dance, and theater at various DC Parks and Recreation facilities. Note: Please call first to see if you can attend, not sure if you needed to be there for the entire series.
Contact Natasha Herring (202) 673-7647
Final Class - Saturday, September 28th
No Age Range, Dance/Activity Room
Ft. Stanton Recreation Center
1812 Erie Street SE
This annual vegetarian celebration is a free outdoor festival featuring over 100 exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, speakers, free food samples, and more. The event is also kid-friendly and dog-friendly and there will be a kid’s activity area as well. Check out the FAQs page to learn more about the event, how to get there, where to park if you drive, etc... You can aslo stay connected on facebook and twitter. The DC VegFest is organized by Compassion Over Killing.
If you go, please say hi to folks I know who will be exhibiting there! My dear friend Reena who runs eco-artware.com@ecoartware a DC-based online store that sells eco-friendly gifts made natural and recycled materials, and my friends at Science of Spirituality DC@SOS_WashDC and the Meditation Museum@meditmuseum in Silver Spring, MD, both great organizations which offer lots of free meditation talks and workshops in the DC metro area, which you can often find posted on Free in DC!
Some local businesses I'm excited to see will be there include Pete's Apizza, with a location in Columbia Heights that I often eat at, and Adams Morgan based Amsterdam Falafelshop. In addition, it looks like the folks from Theo Chocolate, who I met at the Green Festival years ago and still adore, will be there.
The Yards Park
10 Water St SE
Metro: Navy Yard, take the New Jersey Ave exit, see walking map from metro. You can also take the DC Circulator, Union Station/Navy Yard Route via Capitol Hill or one of the many bus lines including the A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, V7, V8, V9 have stops along M St SE.
This Saturday is the 3rd Annual SW ArtsFest. Founded in 2011, SW ArtsFest brought together 10 different organizations and included hand dancing at Arena Stage, the (e)merge art fair, a jazz festival, a film festival, a church musical showcase, walking tours, folk concerts, flea markets, food, and, on the Southwest Waterfront, an art market and a sock-monkey art studio.
Each year this free festival brings new artists, more child-friendly activities, and a broader array of interactive events for all ages. Events will include the return of the popular sock puppet studio, hand dancing instruction and performances and neighborhood walking tours. There will also be Virginia wine tasting, artist performances, and art exhibits as well as performances by poets and hip hop artists, including POEM-CEES, R&B artist EVG and singer/musician Kendall Isadore. Special activities for kids include Blues and Blowfish, painting at the SW Duck Pond, and the Annual End of Summer Fair. For the latest schedule of events, visit SW ArtsFest website. You can also find them on twitter @swdcartsfest.
The 9th Annual Jazz Preservation Festival will take place at Westminster Church from 12:00pm - 8:00pm and is also free. D.C.'s so-called "Jazz Church" is teaming up with WPFW to host the 9th Annual DC Jazz Preservation Festival. Expect great food, an assortment of vendors and righteous jazz all afternoon long. See the schedule of performers here. The event will close with an open jam session, all authentic jazz musicians welcome.
While there you can also check out the 2013 G40 Art Summit at the brand new space, pictured left, Blind Whino, which opened on September 6th. Read more about Blind Whino in the express article. See more than 300 works by 250-plus artists at the G40 exhibit, on view through Sunday, October 6th. 700 Delaware Ave SW. They are open from 12pm - 11pm on Saturdays.
DC muralists show how past and present collide in the depiction of historic figures and places. Helena Metaferia’s restoration of iconic figures on a northwest Washington recreation center (Parkview Stories) evoked mixed responses when it went up in 2011; Juan Pineda’s Greetings from Deanwood (2010) places antique images in a pop art frame. Joel Bergner’s The Afro-Colombian Mural (2009) finds hope within the continuing tragedy of racism and human rights violations, while Seasons in the City (Albus CavusCollective, 2009) views Washington’s proud black educational tradition through a jaundiced eye.
Barracks Row Main Street in partnership with Arts on the Hill will present Art in All Forms
during Barracks Row Fall Festival. Events will take place at Tabula Rasa, 731 8th St SE, and Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Hall, 507 8th St SE. Both venues are located within the Barracks Row Fall Festival footprint. Some performances will also be repeated on the festival’s center stage at 8th and G Streets, SE.
This year Barracks Row Fall Festival features over 100 booths and lots more. The festival midway includes the oldest post in the Marine Corps, dozens of historic buildings plus forty international restaurants -- most with sidewalk cafés for perfect festival viewing. Matchbox Food Group (Ted’s Bulletin, DC 3 and Matchbox) will be partnering with Belga Cafe and Cava for the first ever outdoor beer garden. For kids, lamas, goats and hedgehogs will be at the petting zoo; acrobats from nearby Trapeze School New York will be sailing through the air at treetop height. At 2:30pm the world renowned Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performs.
Bringing the kids? The freshly renovated Meader Theater, circa 1910, now the National Community Church will play free cartoons so little ones can catch their breaths. Along with the petting zoo there are loads of kid’s activities. Playseum, partnering with the National Community Church, is devising a spectacular Kids Zone. Older kids can compete in corn hole, shuffleboard and bocce or take in the Labyrinth tent where board game drama unfolds throughout the day.
During the festival the Home of the Commandants and Marine Barracks Washington are both open for docent led tours! Meet celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme and hum along with the nostalgic harmonies from the Georgetown Chimes… it’s all about DC, Capitol Hill and a gem of a neighborhood revival named Barracks Row. There will also be demonstrations throughout the day at midway booths including: Capitol Hill Yoga, Roller Girls and at the Marine Corps Pull-Up booth.
The DC State Fair joins Barracks Row Fall Festival again this year showcasing unique categories: Funkiest-Looking Vegetable Grown in DC, Best Home Brew, Best Bike Accessory, Best Pie, etc. Plus, dozens of DC State Fair contests all day long. There, under the elms, urban adventure hooks up with an All-American small town fair. At 8th and I Streets, SE, a black-box cook-off starts at 7:00 a.m. Chefs from all branches of the United States armed forces compete to be named Top Chef in the US Military.
This two-day event will be a workshop and performance collaboration with local artists. Dancers and musicians are encouraged to attend. The performances will be a structured improvisation utilizing words, (spoken or sung), movements and tonal structures.
The essential theme of this workshop and performance is that through art and a reverence for life and all that is creative, we can create a world where Peace becomes possible. "Vision Music & Dance/on tour is a special project of Transparent Productions - "presenting the best in creative improvised music since 1997. Where 100% of the proceeds go to the artists" - The Atlas, and Union & Arts Manufacturing, which presents the heart of the NY-based Vision Festival's manifestation of ideology and aesthetics. This 2-day project shares their transformative art and ideas with our area communities."
Thursday, September 26th
Patricia Parker & William Parker - Duet & Discussion
Patricia Nicholson - dance, voice, words & William Parker - bass, donsonghoni, shakuhachi, words
Note: This duet performance will be followed by a moderated conversation about the role of vision in our lives, our art and our community. At the Atlas Performing Arts Center/1333 H Street NE, WDC
Friday, September 27th
Patricia Parker & William Parker - Workshop & Workshop Performance
6:00pm & 9:00pm
A workshop/performance collaboration with local artists. Dancers and musicians are encouraged to attend. NOTE: The 6pm open dancers and musician's workshop is followed by a 9pm performance of the workshop participants. The performances will be a structured improvisation utilizing words, (spoken or sung), movements and tonal structures. The essential theme of this workshop and performance is that through art and a reverence for life and all that is creative, we can create a world where Peace becomes possible. At Union Arts and Manufacturing / 411 NY Ave. NE, Wash, DC
About the performers/ presenters:
Patricia Nicholson Parker is a dancer, choreographer, and improviser. She is founder and director of Arts for Arts and the Vision Festival, which for close to 20 years, has gathered some of the greatest music, dance, poetry, and visual art under one roof for a six-day celebration of spontaneous creativity. As a dancer-choreographer, she creates unique dance and theater pieces. Also possessing a strong background in social justice, Patricia is a catalyst and fighter for artists' rights; always on call to raise her voice to protest and organize actions against corruption in the arts.
William Parker is one of the most important composers and bassists in the creative music world, occupying an influential role as a integrator of contemporary stateside and international free-based jazz. Downbeat magazine describes his energy and spirit as "both Herculean and Gargantuan.
Atlas Theater and also at Union Arts and Manufacturing
1333 H Street NE / 411 New York Ave NE
Metro: Union Station or NoMa and take a bus - see metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access
NOTE: Please arrive by 7:45pm, at which time all empty seats will be given to those in the stand-by line
Nick Spitzer, host of public radio’s American Routes, will emcee this evening of conversations, demonstrations, and performances with the 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellows. See list below!
Can't make it in person? The event will also be available to you wherever you are via live webcast! Share your comments and photos on Twitter using the hashtag #NEAHeritage.
You can request copies of the concert program by emailing email@example.com. Free tickets also available at the Lisner box office and House of Musical Traditions 7010 Westmoreland Ave in Takoma Park, MD walking distance from the Takoma metro.
Sheila Kay Adams
A seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller, and musician Ralph Burns
Pyramid Lake Paiute elder Ralph Burns is a revered storyteller and native-language specialist Verónica Castillo
Third-generation clay artist born in Izucar de Matamoros in the Mexican state of Puebla Séamus Connolly
Musician, teacher, and scholar recognized worldwide as a master traditional Irish musician Nicolae Feraru
Since immigrating to the US, Feraru has perpetuated the Gypsy traditional music learned from his father
Fran's distinct voice and piano-playing style mark her celebrated career, spanning more than 6 decades Pauline Hillaire
Artist, teacher, native-arts conservator, author and storyteller of Washington's Lummi Nation heritage David Ivey
A master of Sacred Harp singing hwo is reinvigorating this unique vocal tradition for the 21st Century Ramón "Chunky" Sánchez
Musician, songwriter, educator, and activist; a cultural icon and leader of the Chicano community
Friday, September 27th
The final picnic of the series!
Get out of the office and enjoy some sunshine every Friday in September in Murrow Park at 18th & H St NW. The folks at Golden Triangle BID will be setting up picnic tables for you to enjoy your lunch in the park! They'll also have lawn games out for you to enjoy, and you can enter to win a free lunch for you and four of your friends or co-workers by signing up at the Golden Triangle table under the tent.
Metro: Rockville, just about a 7 minute walk or so, take the elevator up to the bridge and follow the path, down the stairs, past the shops and movie theater and construction on the right, turn right once you pass the construction, cross the street, the Sq is a little further down, past more shops, on the left side
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) presents an exhibition exploring contemporary data collection and imaging surveillance practices, highlighting artists whose work makes visible experiences of tracking and being tracked in a digital age. The exhibition is part of WPA's Experimental Media 2013, the eighth installment of WPA's Experimental Media program. Twleve artists and art teams from across the US, Canada, and Europe will present a wide range of interactive media, unique technologies, and "take-aways" of works that simultaneously present themselves physically and as on-line data.
Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Musica multi-media show at the National Gallery of Art, East BuildingFreeOn view Sunday, May 12th - Sunday, October 6th Update: Gallery is closed as of October 1st due to the Government Shutdown. Hopefully they will re-open soon! Recommend seeing this one if you haven't already! I also recommend that you watch the film on the second floor before touring through the exhibit, it gives a lot of history and context which I found really interesting! I had no idea that there was so much innovation and collaboration between dancers, musicians, choreographers and fashion and set designers back in the day. "The Ballets Russes--the most innovative dance company of the 20th century--propelled the performing arts to new heights through groundbreaking collaboration between artists, composers, choreographers, dancers, and fashion designers, with such familiar names as Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, George Balanchine, Vaslaw Nijinsky, and Coco Chanel. Washington is the sole US venue for 150 original costumes, set designs, paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, posters, and film clips in a theatrical multimedia installation." National Gallery of Art
East Building Concourse, Auditorium
4th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Judiciary Sq, closest to the East Building
Did you know? You can find lots more local events online on the new local events site, Gravy + if you have an iPhone or Android, I recommend downloading the free Gravy app!
Some cool things that make Gravy unique:
You can save events + select to save them saved directly on to your calendar on your iPhone!
You can search by what you are in the mood for! Whatever, Lively, Classy, Brainy; Playtime
You can also search by Currently Trending Events
Channels: My favorite channel of course is the Free & Discounted one! Others include Live Music, Happy Hours, Family Friendly, Around the Corner and more - connecting you with specific types of things going on around you. You can find the Channels in your MyStuff section.
This free, fun-filled event for both youth and parents will feature health education information sessions on nutrition, fitness, skincare/personal care and reproductive health, along with breaks for healthy snacks. The fitness portion will be interactive with a chance to move to the music. Free giveaways for the first 25 people to register!
This exhibit features three sculptors who explore objects as symbols and storytellers. Each uses the vernacular language of everyday things to reflect on the lives we live or the lives lived by others in history. Exhibit will be at the King Street Gallery at The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center in Silver Spring at the Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
930 King St - Gallery
Metro: Silver Spring and walk (see walking map from metro) about .6 miles, 14 minutes
Enjoy music, food, drinks, and a chance to mix and mingle with others in the Arts District in Hyattsville at the Grand Opening Celebration for the Palette Apartment Building. You'll have a chance to tour the new space and even head up the rooftop, weather permitting, where there will be a DJ spinning some tunes. Plus, party favors for those who attend!
The Palette at Arts District Apartments features a variety of unique homes and live/work units and is in close proximity to the Lustine Center, a restored 1950's automobile showroom with a billiards area, fitness center, art gallery, juice bar, and more. Maryland's first Yes! Organic Market and two eco-friendly Certified B Corporations, Big Bad Woof and Busboys and Poets, are also nearby, along with Elevation Burger, Tara Thai, Chipotle, Franklin's and several other regionally-acclaimed boutique retailers.
Metro: Prince Georges Plaza Metro is about 1 mile, which is walking and biking distance, or you can take metro to West Hyattsville and take the F8 bus from Bus Bay E to Jefferson St & Baltimore Ave, a 9 min ride, and walk about two blocks. See metro trip-planner for additional bus options.
$10, $8 for students with valid ID and those 62+ Free for members, military active duty and those 12 and under
This landmark exhibition revolutionizes our understanding of this momentous subject, immersing viewers in the experience of soldiers and civilians during wartime. WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY brings together images by more than 200 photographers from 28 nations and covers conflicts from the past 165 years--from the Mexican-American War through present-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"A Splendid Wake" brings together current DC poets to honor past DC poets who have built and sustained a complex and multifaceted literary community in the capital city. Speakers include: Karren L. Alenier, Luis Alberto Ambroggio, Sarah Browning, Grace Cavalieri, Teri Cross Davis, Brian Gilmore, D.C.'s Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick, Jennifer King, Merrill Leffler, E. Ethelbert Miller, Richard Peabody, Kim Roberts, Christopher Sten, and Terence Winch.
This program also inaugurates a new Wiki to collect information about poets, movements, publications, events, institutions, and broadcasts in DC from 1900 to the present to "provide a picture of the diverse and unique life of poetry that evolved over more than a century." The event will be inaugurated by the Hon. Jim Graham, reading a poem by Walt Whitman.
This week, join BloomBars and TransAfrica as they celebrate African Heritage Month. Filmmaker, Howard alum and noted African scholar Dr. Steffan A. Spencer will join the post-film discussion. The moderator will be Mwiza Munthali, Public Outreach Director of TransAfrica.
Films this week include: The Manuscripts of Timbuktu (2009, 52 min), by Zola Maseko – examines the life of one of Africa’s greatest scholars – Ahmed Baba – and the ancient manuscripts from Timbuktu, one the ancient worlds’ preeminent centers of learning. Kissed by the Sun (2013, 15 min), by Steffan A. Spencer – celebrates the vibrant cultural continuity connecting the great Nile Valley Civilizations of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan – once known to the world as Khemet, Axum/Punt and Nubia. Till this day, these lands feature monuments and traditions viscerally know by the world, which still retain their power to invoke wonder.
This film presentation was made possible thanks to our collaboration with TransAfrica – the oldest and largest African American human rights and social justice advocacy organization.
3222 11th St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block, turn right on Kenyon, left on 11th
Here are some more events for Tuesday, September 24th
organized by start time
"Dream On, Dreamer" Tour Benefit Concert at Pure Lounge on U St
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Note: $10 minimum donation fee for entry, 21+
Presented by DC based arts collective Creative Introverts, the “Dream On, Dreamer” Tour, beginning November 2013, kicks off with a benefit concert at Pure Lounge on U St. The team has utilized the crowd funding website Indiegogo to raise the funds, and have provided perks to donors, including official “Dream On, Dreamer” gear, digital music copies, and to sponsors, having a portion of their donation benefit a local arts & music program.
1326 U St, NW
Metro: U St
Tech in Motion: Going Green with Tech
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP required by 4:00pm day of event
Tech in Motion is proud to present "Going Green with Tech" where we will discuss what companies are doing to expand and innovate alternative resources and green initiatives. We've all heard of the Environmental Movement pushing us towards a more environmentally friendly future. With technology's involvement, inventions that utilize solar energy, wind power, and electric cars have become the norm. This event will focus on sustainable technology and green initiatives that local companies are taking. The night will start off with light food and free beer followed by our panel discussion with 3 innovative speakers and a short Q&A session.
1515 N Courthouse Rd, 8th floor
Metro: Courthouse, take exit toward Strayer University
LYGO DC Presents: Blorp!
6:30pm - 8:30pm
$10 at the door, RSVP Requested
Hosts Matty Litwack and David Tveite team up with LYGO DC to present "Blorp!" a pro-am comedy show at Desperados Burgers and Bar, Tuesday September 24 from 06:30p - 08:30p. This week's show features some of DC's finest comics, including Jessica Brodkin, Kyle Martin and Kasaun Wilson. Desperados Burgers and Bar
1342 U S, NW
Metro: U St