Thursday, February 28, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free events from Gravy local events app and website for this FRI, Feb 28th




You can find lots more events online on the local events site, Gravy + download the Gravy app for free for iPhone or Android. Some 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.
The Gravy app is totally Free, which of course we all love, and you can download it here now! Click "Learn More" on each post for complete details! Free events below. See metro trip-planner for best bus and metro options. Click through the links for more details about these free events and for the venue address!

Friday, February 28th

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton Book Signing with Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes in Dupont Circle
6:30pm - 8:00pm
RSVP and details here
"Will Hillary Clinton run for the presidency in 2016?  To illuminate the question, if not predict the decision, Allen, White House Reporter for Bloomberg News, and Parnes, White House correspondent for The Hill, examine Clinton’s political strategy from her failed 2008 bid for the Democratic nomination to her role in the first Obama administration."
Copies of HRC will be available for purchase on site or may be  reserved in advance when you RSVP through eventbrite.
Pure Barre DC
2130 P St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

Loft Late Night Music with Steve and Annie Sidley at the Hamilton
10:30pm - 1:30am
Read more here
The Sidleys, are DC-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist duo, perform.
The Hamilton
corner of 14th & F St NW
Metro: Metro Center

The Gravy app is Free, you can download it here now!

PAST: DANCE: Connect the Dots Dance Company Spring Gala at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop this FRI, Feb 28th at 7:30pm, $10


Connect the Dots Dance Company Spring Gala at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
Friday, February 28th
7:30pm
$10 at the door

Connect the Dots Dance Company hosts its Spring Gala this Friday night at CHAW by the Eastern Market Metro. Connect the Dots Dance Company is a ballet company dedicated to bringing hope to children in the hospital and to spreading arts education through performances and workshops in local preschools and hospitals.

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

PAST: PERFORMANCE: "Fah-bah-rous!" a La-Ti-Do exclusive event with DonMike Mendoza and others at the Black Fox Lounge this FRI, Feb 28th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, $10 cash at the door if you RSVP in advance, 21+

La-Ti-Do exclusive event with DonMike Mendoza and Special Guests "Fah-bah-rous!" at the Black Fox Lounge
Friday, February 28th
7:00pm - 9:00pm 
$10 cash at the door if you RSVP in advance, $15 at the door, $5 for non-performing LTD Alumni Note: It's a small/ cozy venue so get there early, 21+ Stick around for Cupid ain't... with Regie Cabico and others, Free for those who attend this one!

"In this first LTD Exclusive performance for 2014, Don Michael Mendoza, Co-Founder and Co-Host of La-Ti-Do, presents fabulous, or rather "Fah-ba-rous," songs and duets where he and some of his closest friends will shatter casting stereotypes. Directed by Jenny Lynn Towns, Music Director: Brandon Heishman, Band: Brian Farrow, Guest Performers: Chris Harris & Kelsea Edgerly. La-Ti-Do, Winner of the 2012 DC Metro Theatre Arts Special Award and 2 time Nominee in 2012 and 2013 for Washington Blade's Best Theatrical Production. 

Bio: Don Michael Mendoza - Born in Washington, DC, but raised in Pittsburgh, PA, he returned to DC in 2006 to study musical theatre and broadcast journalism at American University. Today, he is extremely proud to be the Co-Founder and Executive Artistic Director of the award-winning cabaret series: La-Ti-Do (DCMTA's Best of 2012 & 2013, DC BroadwayWorld.com Best Cabaret). He is also a local actor and can be found performing throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. Since La-Ti-Do's beginning, many local media outlets such The Washington Blade, DC Metro Theatre Arts, We Love DC and Manila Mail featured Mendoza for his work, and in 2012 and 2013 he earned nominations for The Washington Blade's Best Local Actor (Male) award.

‎1723 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, take the Q St exit and walk a few blocks north on Conn, it's on the right side of the street.

PAST: KIDS: Weekly: Friday Afternoon Aviators at the College Park Aviation Museum in MD every FRI from Jan 3rd - Feb 28th at 2:00pm, Free with museum admission, $4 - $2

Friday Afternoon Aviators at the Aviation Museum in MD
Weekly every Friday from January 3rd - February 28th
2:00pm
Museum is open from 10:00am - 5:00pm daily
$4 general, $3 seniors, $2 for those 2-18, Free for under 2

Kids five and up will enjoy fun, hands-on aviation-themed activities at the College Park Aviation Museum on Friday afternoons at 2:00pm for no additional fee. For groups larger than 10, please call the museum to make a private group reservation, 301-864-6029.

College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
College Park, MD
Metro: College Park 



PAST: FILM: Special Friday Night BloomScreen at BloomBars in Celebration of Black History Month "Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle" FRI, Feb 28th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, All ages, by donation, $10 suggested, Popcorn and refreshments included

BloomScreen and TransAfrica present: Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle
Friday, February 28th 
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation, no one turned away, $10 suggested, proceeds will support TransAfrica and BloomBars
Free organic popcorn and refreshments served

Join BloomBars and TransAfrica to celebrate February as African American History Month with a screening of "Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle" (see trailer, 1982, 58 min), by Paul Wagner – tells the untold story of the Pullman porters who organized America’s first Black trade union – the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. This film presentation is made possible thanks to Bloombars' collaboration with TransAfrica – the oldest and largest African American human rights and social justice advocacy organization. The film will be followed by audience discussion moderated by Mwiza Munthali, the Public Outreach Director of TransAfrica.

The film "describes the harsh discrimination which lay behind the porters' smiling service. Narrator Rosina Tucker, a 100 year old union organizer and porter's widow, describes how after a 12 year struggle led by A. Philip Randolph, the porters won the first contract ever negotiated with black workers. This inspiring story of the Pullman porters addresses larger issues of work, race and dignity and provides one of the few accounts of African American life between the Civil War and the modern Civil Rights movement."

3222 11th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk over to 11th and turn left, right next door to Wonderland.

PAST: POETRY: Cupid Ain't @#$%!: DC featuring Regie Cabico and others at the Black Fox Lounge this FRI, Feb 28th from 9:00pm - 11:00pm, $10 or Free for those who attend the earlier event! 21+

Friday, February 28th
9:00pm - 11:00pm
$10, Free for those who attend the La-Ti-Do show beforehand starting at 7:00pm. 21+

Coming up on it's 6th season, Cupid Ain't @#$%! has been entertaining fans in Philly, NYC, DC, Oakland and even London! "Featuring the bitterest of queer and ally poets talking about failed relationships, love, sex, politics and Cupid that devil himself, this is a night you won't forget whether you are single, coupled up or on the hunt!"  This year's East Coast cast is featuring:
J Mase III, Mouth, Saida Agostini, Regie Cabico and more! The event will be held downstairs at Black Fox Lounge in Dupont Circle.

‎1723 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, take the Q St exit and walk a few blocks north on Conn, it's on the right side of the street.

PAST: Mardi Gras Party at Capitale on K St on FRI, Feb 28th from 9:00pm - 2:00am, $10 in advance, 21+

Mardi Gras Party at Capitale
Friday, February 28th
9:00pm - 2:00am
$10,  21+ RSVP Required
Arrive before 10:00pm to be ensured admission

From invite: "It's time again for the biggest and best Mardi Gras party in town! Professionals in the City invites you to our all-out, no holds barred, Mardi Gras Party and Celebration. Music: retro, top 40, and modern music. Yes, there will be beads!

Capitale
1301 K St, NW
Metro: McPherson Square or take the Woodley-McPherson Circulator bus right to 13th & K St from U St, Columbia Heights or Woodley Park metro.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

PAST: Media Rise hosts "Early Rise DC" their first Morning Talk, Meditation and Networking event at Hamiltonian Gallery on U St on THURS, Feb 27th from 8:30am - 10:00am, breakfast and coffee included, by donation, Please RSVP

Early Rise DC - Morning Networking event at Hamiltonian Gallery on U St organized by Media Rise
Thursday, February 27th
8:30am - 10:00am
by donation, $2.02 min, $10 suggested
Please RVSP here

Media Rise is excited to launch “Early Rise 2014,” a worldwide series of morning mixers for people committed to inspiring media for social good. Their first event will be held at the Hamilitonian Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Start your morning off with an inspiring talk, meditation and networking over healthy breakfast & coffee. Mix & mingle with storytellers, designers, activists, business leaders & educators who share your passion & energy for meaningful media. Get inspired by changemakers who use media effectively to accelerate social transformation at the individual & community level. Yogurt, granola and fresh fruit generously provided by KIND. Plus, hot coffee by Cafe Los Suenos, specialty coffee roasters in DC, committed to creating shared value for coffee-growing communities.

The featured speaker for this event will be Seema Reza, a poet and essayist based outside of Washington, DC, where she coordinates and facilitates a unique multi-hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. She serves on the council for the Transformative Language Arts Network, and also offers select on-line and group writing workshops.

1353 U St NW 
Metro: U St or take the Woodley-McPherson Circulator bus that runs along 14th St right to U St

PAST: EXHIBITION TALK: Talk in Honor of Black History Month at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center THURS, Feb 27th at 1:00pm - 1:15pm, Free

Exhibition Hall Talks in Honor of Black History Month at the U.S. Capitol
Final Talk - Thursday, February 27th
1:00pm - 1:15pm
Free

Thursday, February 27th
Matthew Wasniewski, Historian for the United States House of Representatives, discusses the failed 1875 Civil Rights Bill as a prelude to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Meet at the entrance to Exhibition Hall on the lower level of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center for 15-minute programs in honor of Black History Month. Learn about more special activities at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

United States Capitol
Beneath the East Front plaza of the U.S. Capitol at First Street and East Capitol Street
Metro: Capitol South

PAST: ART: Two Free Art events from the East City Weekend Round Up for on SAT, March 1st Free Workshop at 2:00pm in Brentwood, MD and Art Opening from 6:00pm - 8:00pm on H St NE


Weekend East City Event Round Up


Saturday, March 1st

Free Workshop at 39th Street Gallery in Brentwood, MD
2:00pm
Who’s Packing? In this free workshop attendees will learn the best practices for packing, storing, transporting and shipping your artwork. Expert speakers include John Paridiso (curator), Mark Wamaling (fine art services) and Martin Kotler (Smithsonian conservator). Details here.
39th Street Gallery
3901 Rhode Island Ave, second floor  - Brentwood, MD
Metro: Rhode Island - Brentwood and take the 81 or 83 bus going in the direction of Cherry Hill to Rhode Island Avenue & 39th Street or see metro trip-planner for other bus options

Art Opening at RandallScottProjects on H St NE
6:00pm - 8:00pm
In Pages from the Neon Bible, Mason Saltarrelli draws inspiration from religious iconography and focuses on the concept of martyrdom. His reflections result in the creation of sculptures constructed by chance and derived by rapid drawn images which will also be on display. This is the artist’s second exhibition with RSP. For more information on Saltarrelli, click here.
RandallScottProjects
1326 H St NE, second floor
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown and take the X2 bus or take any of the 90 line buses that go 8th & H St NE or take a taxi from Union Station (soon the DC Streetcar will be running, should make it much easier to get there)

The East City Art Spring Guide to the Visual Arts is out now! Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook by follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

PAST: KIDS: Pre-School Kids can be part of the "Peter Pan Club" at the Aviation Museum in College Park, MD on THURS, Feb 27th at 10:30am, Free with museum admission, $4 - $2, free for under 2

Pre-School Kids can be part of the "Peter Pan Club" at the Aviation Museum
select Thursdays from January 9th - February 27th
10:30am
Free with admission to the museum
Final event - Thursday, February 27th
Museum is open from 10:00am - 5:00pm daily
$4 general, $3 seniors, $2 for those 2-18, Free for under 2

Come to the Peter Pan Club for pre-school fun. Ideal for little learners up to five years old, the club includes story-time and hands-on craft activities. To schedule a group larger than 10, please call the museum to make a private group reservation.

College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
College Park, MD
Metro: College Park 

PAST: KARAOKE: Karaoke Cup VI - The 6th Annual H St Karaoke Competition Final Championship Battle at the Rock and Roll Hotel THURS, Feb 27th at 9:00pm, doors 8:00pm, Free, 21+


Karaoke Cup VI - The 6th Annual H St Karaoke Competition Final Championship Battle at the Rock and Roll Hotel 
Thursday, February 27th
9:00pm, doors 8:00pm
Free, 21+
Those who sung at any qualifying night in Feb at Sticky Rice or Little Miss Whiskey’s and were deemed worthy were invited to participate in the finals at the Rock and Roll Hotel this Thursday. Hosted by Kostume Karaoke, a free weekly event every Wednesday night.

Rock And Roll Hotel
1353 H Street, NE
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown and take the X2 bus along H St from 7th St NW to stop closest to 14th St NE or take a short taxi from Union Station. The 90 bus lines also run from U St and Adams Morgan along 8th St NE and you can walk from 8th & H over. See metro for best access.

PAST: COMEDY + MUSIC: "Bucket & Bands" with Comedian/ Storyteller Andrew Bucket, Comedians and Bands at The Dunes on THURS, Feb 27th at 8:00pm, doors 7:00pm, $10

"Bucket & Bands" featuring music from AG/LG & Ryan Hunter Mitchell and comedy from host Andrew Bucket and others
Thursday, February 27th
8:00pm, doors 7:00pm
$10, bar available for those 21+

"Hosted by Andrew Bucket, Bucket & Bands features some of DC's best in stand up comedy and music. Party will go late with a DJ set by DJ Yello after the bands!"Comedians: Jenn Tisdale, Andrew Bucket, Marcus Brown and Detroit Boat. Music from: AG/LG (DC Power Rock Duo) featuring members of The North Country & Brenda, Ryan Hunter Mitchell (DC Country-Blues Solo), member of Shark Week

The Dunes
1402 Meridian Place, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th St just past Park, turn left on Meridian, look for the glass door with the stairs and go up one level

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

PAST: ART: February Show at Hillyer in Dupont Circle features works by Radio Sebastian, Nancy Agati and Rosa Spina from FRI, Feb 7th - FRI, Feb 28th, Free

Works by Radio Sebastian, Nancy Agati and Rosa Spina on view at Hillyer
Free
Friday, February 7th - Friday, February 28th

This show will feature the latest from creative duo Radio Sebastian -  a series of mixed media pieces depicting their personal interpretation of the “void”- as part of the Hillyer Gallery's First Friday series. Radio Sebastian makes mixed-media visual art. Using a mixed media technique of layered ink, paint, and pencil, Radio Sebastian is able to produce “mind-mapping-like” descriptions of a void where no space is empty, but is instead filled with possibilities and occurrences. In addition, two contemporary fiber artists, Nancy Agati and Rosa Spina, will each present a new body of work that use sewing as an alternative approach to drawing. Read more about the exhibits here.

Hillyer
9 Hillyer Ct, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Hillyer is in the alley between the two Phillips Collection buildings, turn right

PAST: OPEN MIC: "Dream Big Like Me" Open Mic Night in Celebration of Black History Month at MLK Library on WED, Feb 26th at 5:00pm, Free

Celebrate Black History Month with the
Wednesday, February 26th
5:00pm
Free

"Are you ready to audition for American Idol? Are you talented enough for the X-Factor or The Voice? Do you have a message that the world needs to hear? Well, here is your chance to display your talents. Teens, come out and showcase your talent at the “Dream Big Like Me” Open Mic Night co-sponsored by DC Public Library and Promising Futures. The “Dream Big Like Me” video contest winners will receive Kindle Fire HD tablets for their winning videos."

MLK Library
9th & G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, 9th & G exit

PAST: ART: Afrofuturism: Artists on Three Continents Explore ''Black to the Future'' MON, Feb 3rd - FRI, Feb 28th at the Goethe in Chinatown, Free

(c) Bernard Akoi-Jackson
Free
Monday, Febuary 3rd - Friday, February 28th

Three artists - Daniel Kojo Schrade (Germany), Bernard Akoi-Jackson (Ghana) and Adejoke Tugbiyele (United States) - use the lens of fiction to address issues of alienation and otherness. They travel through space and time to explore identity and reexamine the past. Afrofuturism, a term coined in the early 1990s, addresses themes and concerns of the African diaspora using elements of science fiction and magic realism to critique the loss and disinheritance of the past while exploring aspirations for the future.

Goethe-Institut
812 Seventh St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or take the Circulator bus to 7th & Mass 

PAST: CONSCIOUSNESS TALK: "From Democracy to Holacracy®: A Better Way Forward" at Samsara House 2023 in Bloomingdale on WED, Feb 26th from 7:00pm - 9:30pm, $10 plus small fee online

From Democracy to Holacracy®: A Better Way Forward 
at Samsara House 2023 in Bloomingdale
Wednesday, February 26th
7:00pm - 9:30pm
$10 plus small fee online, RSVP Required
view and share the facebook invite
Questions about the event, connect with Samsara House on facebook. Perhaps you can RSVP online and pay $10 cash at the door.

I've not personally been to one of these but it sounded interesting enough to pass along. From the invite: "Come experience a r(e)volutionary way for humanity to work together without hiearchy, managers, or titles which has the potential to create a more responsive, conscious and coherent world, every-body-all-at-once. This event is offered bi-monthly and on demand as a way to help spread a better way for humanity to get along, get things done, and work together for once and for all."

Samsara House 2023
36 R Street NW
close to the intersection of Florida Ave & North Capitol
Metro: Located right by Bog Bear Cafe, between Shaw and NoMa metro stations, about a 12 -15 minute walk from either. You can also take a number or buses, see metro trip-planner, house is just a half-block from Big Bear Café. You can also take the 80 or P6 bus from Chinatown to North Cap & R Street NW.

Monday, February 25, 2013

PAST: MUSIC: Jazz Concert with UDC Small Jazz Ensembles on TUES, Feb 25th from 12:30pm - 1:30pm in Celebration of Black History Month, near the Van Ness Metro, Free

UDC Small Jazz Ensembles Concert
Tuesday, February 25th
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Free

Join the jazz ensembles under the direction of Allyn Johnson for a free concert in celebration of Black History Month.

UDC - Recital Hall (Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West).
4200 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Van Ness-UDC, exit to your left, continue on Connecticut Avenue (in direction of Potbelly's) make left at the corner, enter UDC Theater of the Arts - to the top - enter "Performing Arts" building - Recital Hall is at the end of the hallway on your right.

PAST: FILM: Celebrate Black History Month with a Free Screening of "Lee Daniels' The Butler" on TUES, Feb 25th from 12:00pm - 3:00pm at THEARC in SE, Free, Please RSVP




Tuesday, February 25th
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Free, please RSVP aarp.cvent.com/TheButler_DC , 1-877-926-8300

Join AARP DC in celebrating Black History Month at a free AARP Movies for Grownups screening of the inspiring film “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” The film features dynamic performances from an award-winning cast led by Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is the story of a White House butler who served seven American presidents over three decades. This award-winning film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.

THEARC Theater
1901 Mississippi Ave, SE
Metro:  Southern Avenue

PAST: PANEL: Panel Discussion on "Fashion Tech: Evolution of the Online Fashion Landscape" as part of Fashion Law Week 2014 on TUES, Feb 25th from 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

Panel Discussion as part of Fashion Law Week 2014
Fashion Tech: Evolution of the Online Fashion Landscape
Tuesday, February 25th
7:00pm - 10:00pm 
Free
It's Fashion Law Week (FLW), an annual educational legal symposium dedicated to engaging students and the community in the discussion surrounding legal issues within the fashion industry.

"From Rent the Runway to Amazon.com, online retailers are the present and future of shopping. E-commerce has rapidly replaced traditional retail. No longer is the local mall the primary source for retail therapy. With buying power resting at the tips of your finger tips, tech savvy and not so tech savvy fashion addicts are able peruse the internet for all of their fashion fixes. Panelists will discuss the evolution of the online fashion landscape and the legal implications related to online sales, online advertising, counterfeiting, free riders, consumer protection rights, trademark rights, social media, licensing, and privacy."

Moderated by Professor Olivia Farrar, Howard University School of Law. Panelists include:

  • Chelsea Ferrette, Esq. - The Ferrette Law Firm
  • Stephany Greene – Stephany & Company, LLC
  • Howard Hogan, Esq. – Gibson Dunn
  • Eva Pulliam - Arent Fox, LLP
  • Robert L. Pilaud - Nixon Peabody
  • Holly Thomas- Refinery 29
  • Stanley Sherwood, Esq. - Manhattan consulting firm of Sherwood Associates

Howard University School of Law
2900 Van Ness St NW (yes, at UDC not Shaw)
Metro: Van Ness - UDC 

PAST: FILM + PANEL: Doctors Without Borders Film Screening of the Documentary "Fire in the Blood" at Georgetown University Law School campus by Union Station on TUES, Feb 25th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

Doctors Without Borders Film Screening of the Documentary "Fire in the Blood" at Georgetown University Law School campus
Tuesday, February 25th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Free, please RSVP

Note: Currently "sold out" but they encourage you to check back. Spaces may become available as others cancel their seats. If you see a "sold out" message and you are still interested in attending, you may also contact Jennifer Reid at jennifer.reid@newyork.msf.org.
Doctors Without Borders and the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law present a screening of the award-winning documentary film “Fire In the Blood,” which explores the historic battle for access to affordable HIV medicines in the developing world. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by NPR’s Jason Beaubien, with global health experts and policy makers in the field of access to medicines. The director of the film, Dylan Mohan Gray, will also be in attendance to provide commentary on the film. Panelists include:

  • Congressman Jim McDermott (Democrat- WA-07)
  • Rohit Malpani, Policy Director, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
  • James Love, Director, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
  • With moderator Jason Beaubien, NPR Global Health and Development Correspondent
Georgetown University Law Center
McDonough Hall - Hart Auditorium
600 New Jersey Avenue NW
Note: The entrance to McDonough Hall is located on 2nd Street NW
Metro: Union Station and walk or take the Circulator bus to NJ Ave, Union Station-K St-Georgetown route

Sunday, February 24, 2013

PAST: Free Play Reading at Source on MON, Feb 24th at 7:30pm Thanks to CultureCapital.com, a Wonderful online resource for Arts and Culture events in the DC Metro Area


Here are some more great free arts and culture events from CultureCapital.com! This site is a fantastic resource for events provided by CultureCapital (formerly known as the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington) a wonderful organization that supports and highlights the DC metro area's vibrant and diverse arts community! 

Stay connected to CultureCapital.com on facebook and be sure sign up for their weekly Insider email that goes out every Tuesday and/or for their new Weekend edition! You can also find more free things to do on the "Free in DC" Inside-Out page, which covers DC and metro VA & MD. Select Free events are organized below by date and time. Please click through for more details.

Monday, February 24th

Evening - Play Reading at Source on 14th St - U St
Presented by Rainbow Theatre Project. "Late one rainy night in Baltimore, Andrew meets a handsome stranger named Jack. The two immediately hit it off and start dating, despite the fact that Andrew already has a super-duper boyfriend, and that Jack has the Mark of the Beast -- you know, 666 -- burned into his forehead."
Source Theatre
1835 14th St, NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus to 14th & U or any bus along 14th St to T St

More free events on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page and connect with CultureCapital.com on facebook

PAST: WSC Avant Bard's first ever Dark-Day Play Readers' Club meets at the Arlington Central Library on MON, Feb 24th from 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Free

first ever meeting - at the Arlington Central Library 
Monday, February 24th
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Free

Join WSC Avant Bard for their first ever meeting of the Dark-Day Play Readers' Club, a book club for theatre lovers!  The DDPRC is a brand-new reading group that meets monthly to read and discuss plays being produced in the Washington, DC area. Then, for the full theatrical experience, we attend the production (as a group or on your own time), and put everything together. Their first play is Virginia Woolf's gender-bending literary classic "Orlando" (Note: The final Pay-What-You-Can night will be on Tuesday, February 25th at 7:30pm + all Saturday matinees at 2:00pm are also PWYC during the entire run) adapted for the stage by Sara Ruhl, and produced by WSC Avant Bard. Since this is the first ever meeting, there is no required reading - just show up, and you will learn all there is to know about this modernist masterpiece. 

Arlington Central Library
2nd Floor Conference Room
1015 N. Quincy St - Arlington VA
Metro: Virginia Sq or Ballston, just about a five minute walk from either metro station, see map

PAST: ART: "The Powerful Strokes of Robert Freeman" at Zenith Gallery from FRI Jan 10th - SAT, March 1st, Free

Art by Robert Freeman
"The Powerful Strokes of Robert Freeman" at Zenith Gallery
Free
On view Friday, January 10th - Saturday, March 1st
Robert Freeman is an established artist and has been showing nationally for over 40 years. He is known for his vivid and powerful figurative paintings using large brush strokes. His skillful use of color and gesture are the trademark of Freeman's work and give his art movement and significant personality. Robert Freeman has traditionally focused on the interactions between people and creating characters that tell the story of who they are, throughout the process of the painting.
Gallery Hours: Fridays, & Saturdays, 12:00pm-6:00pm, All other times by appointment
Zenith Gallery
1429 Iris Street, NW
Metro: Silver Spring or Columbia Heights and take a bus along 16th St or 14th St, see metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro

PAST: ART: Outdoor Sculpture by Chakaia Booker! Now on New York Avenue at 13th St, outside of National Museum of Women in the Arts, Installed on THURS, March 8th!

The Second Installation of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project outside of the NMWA on NY Avenue
Free
Thursday, March 8th - Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Internationally renowned sculptor Chakaia Booker has been selected as the second artist for the New York Avenue Sculpture Project, the only public art space featuring changing installations of contemporary works by women artists. Based in New York, Booker works almost exclusively with recycled tires that are cut, folded, and woven into dynamic, highly textured sculptures. Her large-scale expressive works fuse ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization, and gender. The installation comprises four sculptures, including a new work that Booker is creating specifically for the project.

Outside on NY Ave, across from the
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW - at 13th St, NWMetro: Metro Center

PAST: THEATER: Pay-What-You-Can performance of "White Rabbit Red Rabbit" with Maboud Ebrahimzadeh at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, MD on MON, Feb 24th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, by donation

"White Rabbit Red Rabbit" with Maboud Ebrahimzadeh
Monday, February 24th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Pay-What-You-Can, by donation
Note: Best to arrive a bit early for PWYC shows

Playwright Nassim Soleimanpour was born on December 10, 1981 in Tehran, Iran. Six hundred miles south and three months prior, actor Maboud Ebrahimzadeh was born in Būshehr, Iran on September 8, 1981. Two Persian men of the same generation. One is kept out, the other kept in. Read more about the play on the invite here.

Note, this show is not suggested for young children.  Produced by Theater Alliance. Performed at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, MD.

Round House Theatre
4545 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, right across from the metro, diagonally across the street from the main exit

PAST: ART: Neptune Fine Art and Robert Brown Gallery in Upper Georgetown host a special Valentine's Day Art Exhibit and Silent Auction, FRI, Feb 14th - SAT, March 1st, Open WED - SAT from 12:00pm - 6:00pm, Free

Free
On view Friday, February 14th - Saturday, March 1st
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Neptune Fine Art and Robert Brown Gallery are hosting a special exhibition and silent auction this month. This special event will feature over 40 prints, drawings and sculptures with opening bids starting at $250. Artists include Jennifer Bartlett, Mel Bochner, Chuck Close, William Kentridge, Robert Longo, Donald Sultan, and many more. If you have questions, call 202.338.0353

Robert Brown Gallery
1662 33rd St, NW
near Reservoir Rd, south of R St 
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro, or take the Circulator, Union-Station, Georgetown route, to the stop closest to Reservoir Rd, near the end of the line




Friday, February 22, 2013

PAST: FILM FESTIVAL: The DC Independent Film Festival continues on SAT, Feb 22nd, select events $7

Here's a list of low-cost events as part of the DC Independent Film Festival
Wednesday, February 19th - Saturday, February 22nd
Remaining events listed below

Saturday, February 22nd

7:00pm - 9:00pm
$7, buy in advance here or at the door

Film Screenings and Musical Performance at the Naval Memorial Heritage Center Presidents Room
  • Ace of Diamonds - directed by Anna Overgaard, USA/ 2013/ 34 mins
  • A Synaptic Adventure - directed by Stephen Dijoseph  USA/ 2013/ 12 mins. 
  • Followed by a Memory Competition/Demonstration and Music by Stephen Dijoseph
Ace of Diamonds - Nelson Dellis climbs mountains to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s research and defends his extraordinary title of two-time U.S. National World Memory Champion. Followed by a remarkable memory demonstration by Nelson Dellis, two-time US memory champion. Nelson Dellis is currently preparing for the Extreme Memory Tournament and working on memorizing one event for every day of 2014.  

A Synaptic Adventure - A humorous and insightful journey through the mind of a composer/performing artist who grew up, lives and thrives with Tourette’s Syndrome. Followed by music by Stephen Dijoseph. In the US Navy Heritage Center Presidents Room.

Live Music, US Naval Heritage Center
8:45pm - 9:30pm 
Free

US Navy Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial, the venue is just to the right of the metro exit, on the plaza there, in the Navy Memorial Building

PAST: WORKSHOP: Inner-Artist Workshops "Art or Document? Photographic Art Studio" at the Sackler Gallery on amp; SAT, Feb 22nd at 1:00pm, $10, RSVP Required

Inner-Artist Workshops at the Sackler Gallery: Art or Document? Photographic Art Studio
Saturday, February 22nd
1:00pm, please arrive a little earlier to prevent your space from being given away to someone on the waiting list.
$10, RSVP Required, no experience necessary

"Ponder the controversial definitions of art and document in photography while exploring Turkish photojournalist Ara Guler’s compelling black and white images of medieval Seljuk and Armenian monuments. Capture history or create art by taking and editing your own photos on an iPad. Share your images with friends and family through e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. Enjoy refreshments inspired by the exhibition."

Sackler Gallery, Sublevel 2
1050 Independence Ave SW
Metro: Smithsonian

PAST: ART: Free Art events on SAT, Feb 22nd from the East City Art Weekend Round Up


Weekend East City Event Round Up: Winter Workshops Edition




Saturday, February 22nd

Work by David Carlson (detail) at artDC gallery.
Artists Talk with Bill Harris at Brentwood Arts Exchange
2:00pm
The BAE is hosting an artist talk with Bill Harris whose current exhibition combines seemingly disparate objects to create works that juxtapose freedom with struggle within a historical context of community. For more information, click here.
Brentwood Arts Exchange
3901 Rhode Island Ave, 2nd Flr -  Brentwood, MD 
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro

Art Opening at ArtDC Figure and Form Meet Abstraction
7:00pm - 10:00pm
artDC Gallery hosts a group show of local talent in a multimedia exhibition titled Figure and Form Meet Abstraction. Viewers can expect to see a wide-range of styles and mediums from the 14 exhibiting artists.
ArtDC Gallery
5710 Baltimore Avenue 
Hyattsville, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro

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PAST: PERFORMANCE: "The Rope in Your Hands" by Siobhan O'Loughlin at the Black Fox Lounge SAT, Feb 22nd from 7:30pm - 8:30pm, $5 - $10

"The Rope in Your Hands" - Performance by Siobhan O'Louglin at the Black Fox Lounge
Saturday, February 22nd - Final Show
7:30pm - 8:30pm
$10 at the door, or with a small fee in advance online
$5 rush tickets, if available, at the door - 5 minutes before show starts

Doorway Arts Ensemble presents The Rope in Your Hands a solo docu-drama written and performed by Siobhan O'Louglin based on interviews with 13 different survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA. Ranging in age from 6 to 65 years old, and with a diverse background of race and ethnicity, O'Loughlin performs as each character she interviewed, telling their stories of struggle, survival, and triumph.

Black Fox Lounge
‎1723 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, take the Q St exit and walk a few blocks north on Conn, it's on the right side of the street.

PAST: DANCE: "The Great American Square Dance Revival" at St. Stephens Church SAT, Feb 22nd from 8:30pm - 11:30pm, All ages, $5

The Great American Square Dance Revival
Saturday, February 22nd
8:30pm - 11:30pm
All ages, $5
Snacks and drinks to share are welcomed

From the invite: "Got those winter blues? Never want to hear the words polar vortex again? Come dance away the chill on Saturday, February 22nd with Put Your Hoe Down, a smoking hot band from Boston. Michelle Yu and Emily Horne will thrill us with twin fiddles while Rafe Wolman pounds the guitar and Alex Scala holds it down on bass. Joanne Pontrello is coming all the way from the other Washington to call some old-time dances for us. It's going to be a heel-kickin', partner-swingin', sashayin' good time! Oh and hey it's our third birthday! To celebrate three delightful years of square dance reviving in the District, we will have a third batch of letterpress posters for sale. They're designed, type-set, and printed by by DC Square Dance Collective member Cynthia Connolly. Bring an extra $5 to take one home with you.  As always, all are welcome – young and old, brand new and experienced dancers. No partner, lessons, overalls, or fancy dress needed." This dance is sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.

St. Stephens Church
1525 Newton St, NW - at 16th St
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk or take any of the buses, S2 or S4, that run along 16th St right to Newton, drops you right in front of St Stephens. For those who plan to drive, there is a garage below the mall on Park Rd. between 14th and 15th St, or you may be able to find street parking.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

PAST: MUSIC: Indian Classical & Modern Jazz Fusion Concert at BloomBars in Columbia Heights FRI, Feb 21st from 8:30pm - 10:30pm, All ages, by donation

Indian Classical & Modern Jazz Fusion Concert at BloomBars in Columbia Heights
Friday, February 21st
8:30pm - 10:30pm 
All ages, by donation
Note: while $20 is suggested, no one will be turned away so please give as you can, $10 or less is fine

This two-part concert program will feature a presentation in Indian classical instrumental music by three talented and accomplished musicians; Soumya Chakraverty on the Sarod,Debu Nayak on the tabla, and the second part will present an Indian classical and modern jazz fusion with the addition of guitarist Siddhartha Lahiri. Soumya and Debu are not new faces to BloomBars. They have been performing together for many years and have mesmerized audiences in the DC area and other major cities.

BloomBars
3222 11th St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block, turn right on Kenyon, left on 11th

UPCOMING: ART + MUSIC: Art Soiree Exclusive Exhibit for Andrey Bogoslowsky at The Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown FRI, Feb 21st from 7:00pm - 1:00am, Free, RSVP Required


Art Soiree Exclusive Exhibit for Andrey Bogoslowsky at The Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown
Friday, February 21st
7:00pm - 1:00am
Free, RSVP Required

Exclusive One Night Solo Exhibit for Andrew Bogoslowsky. Music by DJ Agent Max and Live Intuitive Portrait Session by Maria Briskman and Live Saxaphone by Brian Falkowski. 100% of proceeds from the sale of the art benefits artists directly. Attire: Cocktail or Fashionable

The Ritz Carlton, Georgetown
3100 South St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom or Farragut North and take the Circulator or a metro bus

PAST: BURLESQUE: The DC Gurly Show celebrates their 9th Anniversary! FRI, Feb 21st at Phase 1 from 9:30pm - 11:00pm, doors 7:30pm, $10, 21+


9:30pm -11:00pm, doors 7:30pm
$10, 21+
cash only bar

It is the 9th Anniversary of the DC Gurly Show! Come celebrate at Phase 1 with performances by: Latte Love, Ruby Lipshtick, Sugar Cane, Aurora Wells, Vixen Dior, Mindi Mimosa, Private Tails, Sindalicious, Lyndi Luxe, Jessabelle and Blanche LaCoquette. Kittens: Sadie Nova, Eva LeStrange and Fanny Tittington. Hosted by: Private Tails and DcKinggurly Myster E

Phase 1
525 8th St SE
Metro: Eastern Market, turn right on 8th St

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

PAST: FILM SUMMIT: The DC Independent Film Festival presents a Free "Summit on the Hill" on THURS, Feb 20th from 10:00am - 1:00pm


The Annual DC Independent Film Festival is this Week!
Wednesday, February 19th - Sunday, February 23rd
Free events listed below, along with a few $8 films
See full schedule of events here

Thursday, February 20th
10:00am - 1:00pm
Free
Please arrive earlier to allow time to pass through security

Learn more about "Legislating Crowd-Funding and the Impacts on Independent Film and the Arts" at this event. Presented by The Honorable Congressman Brad Sherman and the Congressional Entertainment Caucus, the Independent Film “Summit On the Hill” is a free public event held annually to provide leading industry, legal and government experts the opportunity to discuss key issues that impact the independent film and media industries. In the past, topics have included: Independent film as small business; tax incentives for independent film production; indie film as part of the US export industry; and film distribution.

The 2014 “Summit On the Hill” event will examine a number of U.S. regulations for crowd-funded enterprises that don’t seem to have been designed for film production. The panel will consider various options including a specific category within the legislation that matches the needs of both projects in the arts and independent film production.

Independence Ave. between First St SW & S Capitol St SE
Metro: Capitol South

PAST: FUNDRAISER: Join LEDC and local Tenant Association Members at Haydee's in Mt Pleasant for a Fundraiser featuring Live Music, Food & Drink Specials, Speakers and more! THURS, Feb 20th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, by donation, 21+

LEDC fundraiser for local Tenant Associations at Haydee's in Mt Pleasant
Thursday, February 20th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
by donation, $10 suggested, 21+
Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to create a revolving fund to support new tenant associations with expenses they have to cover during the process of trying to buy their building.

Enjoy live music, food and drink specials and show your support for affordable housing and tenant rights at this fundraiser at Haydee's in Mt Pleasant at this happy hour organized by the Latino Economic Development Center, a great organization based in Adams Morgan, that is one of two local organizations (the other is Housing Counseling Services) funded by grants and able to offer free services to tenants who wish to create Tenant Associations and learn more about their TOPA rights if their building is put up for sale. While the staff is bi-lingual, they work with all people, not just the Latino population.

You'll also have a chance to hear from residents from the Hope Cooperative, who just bought their building through DC’s Tenant Purchase program with support from the Housing Production Trust Fund, and from tenants in Mt Pleasant and Columbia Heights whose buildings are for sale and who are trying to buy them and keep their homes affordable. Help to raise awareness and raise funds to support new tenant associations that are trying to buy their buildings. 

Haydee's Restaurant
3102 Mount Pleasant St NW - at Irving St
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk over on Irving, you can also take the Circulator bus to Mt Pleasant and Irving from Woodley Park, U St or McPherson Sq 

PAST: Celebrate Black History Month at MLK Library with the Michael Brookins Jazz Band on THURS, Feb 20th at 6:30pm, Free

Image found here
Celebrate Black History Month at MLK Library 
Thursday, February 20th
6:30pm 
Free

Brookins has played piano for the last 30 years in the Washington, D.C. and Chicago metropolitan areas. He has been involved in the formation of several gospel/jazz fusion bands in the D.C. area.

MLK Library - Great Hall
9th & G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Monday, February 18, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: "Through Lincoln's Words" Oratory Festival featuring DC area students at Ford's Theatre TUES, Feb 18th at 10:30am, Thanks to CultureCapital.com, Free


Here are some more great free arts and culture events from CultureCapital.com! This site is a fantastic resource for events provided by CultureCapital (formerly known as the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington) a wonderful organization that supports and highlights the DC metro area's vibrant and diverse arts community! 

Stay connected to CultureCapital.com on facebook and be sure sign up for their weekly Insider email that goes out every Tuesday and/or for their new Weekend edition! You can also find more free things to do on the "Free in DC" Inside-Out page, which covers DC and metro VA & MD. Select Free events are organized below by date and time. Please click through for more details.

Tuesday, February 18th
Photo Credit: AP - found here
Morning - Oratory - Metro Center
Through Lincoln's Words: Target Oratory Festival
10:30am
See Washington-area school students deliver a selection of President Lincoln’s greatest speeches from the stage of Ford’s Theatre. As the country was torn in two by the Civil War, President Lincoln used the power of his words to encourage, inspire and heal the nation. Join us to hear those words again in honor of his 205th birthday
Ford's Theatre
511 10th Street, NW
Metro: Metro Center or Gallery Pl, or take a bus closer, see metro trip-planner for best accesss

Find CultureCapital.com on facebook + Free exhibits and events on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page!

PAST: MUSIC: Traditional Polyphonic Musical Group The "Starry Mountain Singers" bring their unique sound back to DC for one night only, Singing at St Stephen's Church at 16th & Newton this TUES, Feb18th from 7:30pm - 9:30pm, All ages, by donation

The Starry Mountain Singers visit DC for a one night only bringing their unique blend of Traditional Polyphonic Music to St Stephen's Church
Tuesday, February 18th
7:30pm - 9:30pm 
by donation, $10- $15 suggested, no one turned away due to lack of funds, please give as you are able 

The Starry Mountain Singers are coming back to DC, this time to St Stephen's Church at 16th & Newton for just one night. I saw them perform the past few times they were in town at the Church of the Holy City and really enjoyed the concert. Read more about the band of their website.

"Shapenote songs, powerful gospel numbers, cowboy songs, haunting folk tunes, folk songs and sacred chants from the Republic of Georgia and Corsica, Early Music!"

The Starry Mountain Singers are: Stefan Amidon, Zara Bode, Avery Book, Gideon Crevoshay, Jeff Fellinger, Emily Miller, Nathan Morrison, & Suzannah Park.

The musical program features traditional songs from the United States, Europe and Caucasus Georgia. The American repertoire includes shape-note songs (a traditional New England song style), powerful gospel numbers, cowboy songs, and haunting folk tunes from the Appalachians. Songs from Corsica and Georgia provide a mixture of sacred and secular pieces that demonstrate the incredible range of unique singing traditions from those countries. This year's program also includes a diverse set of early music. Each member has contributed songs from his or her particular area of musical knowledge and expertise. The result is a dynamic and eclectic program that will delight all who enjoy performances of unique and energetic flavor.

St. Stephen's Church
1525 Newton St NW - close to 16th St
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S1, S2, S4 or S9 bus along 16th St right to Newton 

PAST: TALK: "Nerds in NoMa: NPR Spotlight" at The Lobby Project on TUES, Feb 18th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free, RSVP

Nerds in NoMa: NPR Spotlight 
Tuesday, February 18th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free
Read more and RSVP here


Nerds in NoMa is a free speaker series that will let you explore your favorite nerdy topics, from transportation to beekeeping to local brewing. On Tuesday, February 18, bring your happy hour crowd for a few drinks and learn about a day in the life of NPR White House Correspondent Scott Horsley, moderated by local authour Louis Bayard. Wine, beer and grilled cheese sandwiches will be available for purchase. This is the final Nerds in NoMa this winter, and should not be missed!

The Lobby Project 
1200 First Street, NE
Metro: NoMa

Saturday, February 16, 2013

PAST: FESTIVAL: The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival is back atthe Hilton in Rockville, MD - right near the Twinbrook Metro - withFree Performances in the Atrium along with other Free events, continuesSUN, Feb 16th - MON, Feb 17th

The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival
Friday, February 14th - Monday, February 17th
Select events are Free

Free events: All shows in the Atrium, Student performances + Master classes! See the schedule here.  
Hilton Hotel 
1750 Rockville Pike - Rockville, MD
Metro: Twinbrook, super close to the metro, about a three minute walk 

Friday, February 15, 2013

PAST: ART: "Figures & Vistas" features works by GordonBinder and Joyce McCarten at Gallery plan b FRI, Jan 10th - SUN, Feb16th, Free

"Figures & Vistas" Works by Gordon Binder and Joyce McCarten on view at Gallery plan b
Free
Friday, January 10th - Sunday, February 16th

Gordon Binder and Joyce McCarten both paint and draw figures and landscapes. In “Figures and Vistas”, Binder offers us neighbors from Dupont Circle and foggy cityscapes from Sao Paulo. McCarten presents dancers in sketchy charcoal and the south of France in brilliant colors.
Hours: Wed- Sat 12:00pm-7:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm

Gallery plan b
1530 14th St NW
Metro: McPherson Sq or U St and take the Circulator bus along 14th St to RI Ave/ P St or walk from U St or Dupont