Thursday, June 14, 2012

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free events this Weekend, FRI, June 14th - SUN, June 16th, Thanks to Gravy, a Fab, Free App and Website for local events!

Here are some Highlights for Free events this Week from the new local events calendar and App Gravy - now online too!
organized by date and time
Free, and in DC, unless otherwise noted

Gravy is new events app for iPhone and Android that helps you find events nearby!

You can also save events and select to have them saved directly to your own personal calendar on your iPhone (personally love that option) and if you want to search by what you are in the mood for you can search by five Categories - Whatever, Lively, Classy, Brainy and Playtime - and currently trending events. Best of all, the App is free and you can download it here!

They've also introduced new "channels" - such as Live Music, Free & Discounted, Happy Hours, Family Friendly, Around the Corner and more - which can help you to tap into specific types of things going on around you. You can find them in your MyStuff section. Select free events this week, organized by start time, below!

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Assist a ranger in feeding the Nature Center's live animals and learn about park wildlife. All ages.
Carter Barron Amphitheatre
4850 Colorado Ave. NW
Metro: Silver Spring or Columbia Heights and catch the S2 or S4 bus that runs along 16th St

Shane Gamble performs this week
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Free outdoor concerts on the plaza every Friday in May and June. A variety of popular local bands will entertain with live jazz, blues, pop, rock, folk and acoustic music. Remaining acts include: June 21 – Stephen Heller June 28 – Lloyd Dobler Effect
The Shops at Wisconsin Place
Wisconsin Ave NW & Western Ave
Metro: Friendship Heights

Film Screening at the Freer "Vulgaria"
(Dir.: Pang Ho-Cheung, Hong Kong, 2012, 92 min., Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles, D-Cinema) Director Pang Ho-Cheung (Love in the Buff; Dreamhome) is behind this spectacularly raunchy send-up of the Hong Kong film industry. It stars funnyman Chapman To as a movie producer desperate to score a hit. Along the way, he secures backing from a crazed mainland gangster—but only after enduring a dinner of local "delicacies," including a family of fried mice, and agreeing to commit an unspeakable act with a mule. He then finds out firsthand why his starlet is named Popping Candy. Cantonese speakers will especially enjoy the rapid-fire obscene wordplay and playful jokes on the cultural differences between mainlanders and Hong Kongers, but the film's atmosphere of good-humored dirty fun has universal appeal. Intended for mature audiences.
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave SW
Metro: Smithsonian is closest, also walking distance from L'Enfant Plaza

9:30pm - 12:30am
21+ Lower Level
Freedom Fridays. CaShandra J. Vocals, Ensemble. Jazz, Blues, Originals.
1723 Connecticut Ave. NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north exit

Saturday, June 15th

"The HotSpot - Ward 8 Book Festival"
Family Friendly Event in Anacostia 
10:00am - 4:00pm
The HotSpot - Ward 8 Book Festival is the first of its kind east of the Anacostia River. This will be a family friendly and free event with new and established authors selling and signing their books, relevant panel discussions, Open Mic and Karaoke. More info here
DC Lottery Board Parking Lot
Chicago and Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., S.E.
Metro: Anacostia, just a short seven minute walk or so

On view now - September 29th 
About: Political prisoners at South Africa's Robben Island in the 1970s signed their names next to Shakespeare passages that spoke to them. Hahn's 2008 interviews with many of them are juxtaposed with Shakespeare's words in a play that explores how life imitates art. Nelson Mandela signed his name next to a section from Julius Caesar in a copy of Shakespeare's Complete Works on December 16, 1977.
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Metro: Capitol South

Exhibit on view at the National Gallery of Art: "Edvard Munch: A 150th Anniversary Tribute"
On view May 19th - July 28th
The National Gallery of Art marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch, Norway's most famed painter and printmaker, with an exhibition of more than 20 renowned works on paper from the Gallery's collection. This exhibit includes Geschrei (The Scream) (1895), The Madonna (1895), and a unique series of six variant impressions, Two Women on the Shore (1898).
National Gallery of Art
Ground Floor of the West Building
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

12:00pm - 4:00pm
The Summer Solstice Festival and Silent Auction is an upscale event and silent auction benefiting the Almas Transportation Fund to transport patients and their guardians to Shriners Hospitals. Support a great cause and have a fun time over  appetizers and drinks. 
Almas Shriners Temple, Ballroom 
1315 K St NW
Metro: McPherson Sq
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Join a docent on a tour of his or her favorite highlights of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The Sackler's permanent collection includes Chinese bronzes and jades, Chinese paintings and lacquerware, and sculpture from South and Southeast Asia. In addition, the Gallery features the Perspectives series of contemporary art as well as a range of world-class special exhibitions. While there, be sure to also check out the Freer Gallery, which is connected to the Sackler.
1050 Independence Ave SW
Metro: Smithsonian 

Learn about the history of the Freer Gallery - Freer Highlights
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Learn about the history of the Freer Gallery, the first Smithsonian museum devoted to the fine arts. Discover how museum founder Charles Lang Freer shaped the collection in the late nineteenth century and how he developed his vision for the museum. Explore its outstanding holdings of Asian and American works of art.
While there, be sure to also check out the Sackler Gallery, which is connected to the Freer.
Freer Gallery of Art
1050 Independence Ave SW
Metro: Smithsonian 

Recommended for ages seven to adult
4:00pm - 4:45pm
From Persian astronomy to Greek mythology and from Galileo to Hubble, discover the discoverers and their discoveries with Ranger Tony Linforth during this unique planetarium show.
5200 Glover Road, NW
Metro: Silver Spring or Columbia Heights and catch the S2 or S4 bus that runs along 16th St to Military Rd and transfer to the E2 bus that runs along Military Rd to Oregon Ave stop (see map

Sunday, June 16th
1942 11th St. NW
Metro: U St

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