Sunday, March 31, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Art Opening at IDB on MON, Marc 31st at 6:00pm, Free - Thanks to CultureCapital.com - a Fabulous online events site


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, March 31st 
 Kate T. Williamson: A Year in Japan image found here
Evening - Art Opening at IDB - near Metro Center
Opening: Kate T. Williamson: A Year in Japan
6:00pm
A solo exhibition by New York-based artist Kate T. Williamson celebrating the details of life in Japan.  By depicting specific moments, Williamson aims to convey a large sense of Japan and the beauty -both ornate and everyday- that can be found everywhere. The perfect complement to the National Cherry Blossom Festival, these works on paper, oil, paintings, and matchbox dioramas present a multi-faceted look at Japan.
IDB Staff Association Art Gallery (ISAAG)
1300 New York Ave, NW
Metro: Metro Center or take the S2 or S4 bus that runs along 16th St, there's a stop right in front at 13th and NY Ave.

PAST: AUTHOR TALK: Learn more about "The Eternal Nazi: From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim" with Nicholas Kulish and Souad Mekhennet, and TED Radio Hour for NPR's Guy Raz at SAIS, JHU, Dupont Circle on MON, March 31st from 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Free

Author event with Souad Mekhennet and Nicholas Kulish at SAIS, JHU, Dupont Circle
"The Eternal Nazi: From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim"
Monday, March 31st
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Free

Souad Mekhennet, journalist, author, and fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute; Nicholas Kulish, author and journalist for The New York Times; and Guy Raz, host of TED Radio Hour for NPR, will discuss the new book: The Eternal Nazi: From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim

Dr. Aribert Heim worked at the Mauthausen concentration camp for only a few months in 1941 but left a devastating mark."The hunt for Heim became a powerful symbol of Germany's evolving attitude toward the sins of its past, which finally crested in a desire to see justice done at almost any cost. ... It is a brilliant feat of historical detection that illuminates a nation’s dramatic reckoning with the crimes of the Holocaust." (excerpted from goodreads.com)

JHU School of Advanced International Studies
Nitze Building - Kennedy Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Metro: Dupont Circle or walk from the 42 bus along Connecticut Ave and walk over on Mass Ave

PAST: POETRY: "The Bodies Visible" Reading featuring Bay-Area Poet Denise Jolly and DC Area Poets with Disabilities at The Fridge MON, March 31st at 7:30pm, $10 at the door or $8 + small fee online at The Fridge

"The Bodies Visible" Reading featuring Bay-Area Poet Denise Jolly and DC Area Poets with Disabilities at The Fridge
Monday, March 31st
7:30pm
All ages, $9.19 in advance on eventbrite or $10 cash at the door
This event is fully ADA accessible.
If you would like to read, please contact Natalie at capturingfire@gmail.com.

The Bodies Visible reading will feature Denise Jolly, international spoken word and performance artist, and founder of the Be Beautiful project, as well as local artist whose bodies are alternative and outside of mainstream culture. The reading will explore our experiences through real talk, humor, poetry and storytelling. Hosted by Natalie E. Illum. Opening performers include Heather Kerstetter, Tyler Vile, Julia Takes Flight and more. 

Denise Jolly, pictured, is the creator of the Be Beautiful Project. She is a Writer, Performer and Artist Educator. She is the former Executive Director of Seattle Youth Speaks, and Vice President of Stronghold Productions. Denise’s work stands at the intersection of gender, class, sexuality, and body. She has taught and performed at colleges, universities, community centers, and public and private schools all over the United States, Canada and parts of Europe, working with student populations in elementary through college and beyond. She likes doing great things with amazing people and being moved by art, community and how the two work together.

The Fridge
516 8th St SE
Metro: Eastern Market, keep right on 8th St near Starbucks, cross the street, turn left into the alley right after Belga Cafe across from matchbox

PAST: PLAY READING: Reading of new play "Don't Die in the Dark" by Joe Brack at the Heurich House Museum MON, March 31st from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Play Reading "Don't Die in the Dark" by Joe Brack at the Heurich House Museum
Monday, March 31st
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Free, space limited so best to arrive a little early

Note from the director, Matty Griffiths: "Don't Die in the Dark" is a new two person play by Joe Brack, in development with City Artistic Partnerships. The story is drawn from historical accounts, and the personal writings of John Wilkes Booth. We relive his undoing, from successful stage actor to, perhaps, the most hated man in America. The reading features; Joe Brack, Matthew Schleigh, Tonya Beckman.

Heurich House Museum
1307 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit, walk one block over to the right to New Hampshire Ave or take the 42 bus to the stop just south of the Circle from along Conn Ave.

PAST: "Mugs and Minis 5" x "7" at the Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA from THURS, March 6th - MON, March 31st, Free

Mug and Saucer by Debra Vardon
Mugs and Minis 5'' x 7''
Free
Thursday, March 6th - Monday, March 31st

Exhibition dedicated to ceramic mugs and mini-prints, no larger than 5x7 inches. Read more about the Lee Arts Center here.

Lee Arts Center
5722 Lee Highway - Arlington, VA
Metro: See metro trip-planner to find the best bus access from the metro

PAST: "One Cubic Foot" at National Geographic FRI, August 16th - MON, March 31st, Free

One Cubic Foot on view at National Geographic
Free
Friday, August 16th - Monday, March 31st

This exhibit features the amazing diversity of creatures found by photographer David Liittschwager when he placed a 12-inch cube in different environments and coaxed the inhabitants in front of his lens.

Thanks to CultureCapital.com for listing this one.

National Geographic
1145 17th Street, NW
building entrance is on M St between 16th & 17th 
Metro: Farragut North or take the S1, S2, S4 or S9 bus along 16th St to M St

Saturday, March 30, 2013

PAST: POETRY FESTIVAL: Final Free Readings with select featured poets as part of the "Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2014" this SUN, March 30th from 11:30am - 1:00pm

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2014  Featured Poetry Readings at National Geographic
Thursday, March 27th - Sunday, March 30th
Remaining Free readings below

11:30am - 1:00pm

Grosvenor Auditorium
1600 M St, NW - entrance is between 16th & 17th St 
Metro: Farragut North or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to M St or the 42 bus along Connecticut Ave to M St 

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free Family Concert at the Embassy of France on SUN, March 30th from 3:00pm - 5:00pm, RSVP Required, Thanks to Gravy local events app and website for this one!


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. 
The Gravy app is totally Free, which of course we all love, and you can download it here now!

Select Free events found on Gravy listed below! Click "Learn More" on each post for more details!

Sunday, March 30th

Family Concert: Chansons pour les enfants et leurs parents avec Andre Borbé
Performance in French at the Embassy of France
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Free, donations accepted, RSVP Required A musician who composes his songs with children in mind, Andre Borbé is best described not as a “child singer”, but as a “singer accessible to children”. See a video of him on YouTube here.
Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Rd, NW 
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro 
Driving? Advance paid parking available available when you RSVP, $8 plus small service fee

The Gravy app is totally Free, which of course we all love! Download it here now.

PAST: FILM FESTIVAL: The Annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital comes to a close with on SUN, March 30th, Most films are Free, some $10 or less, may require RSVP

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Tuesday, March 18th - Sunday, March 30th
Lots of Free events at various venues throughout DC!
Note: Some spaces have limited seating and require advance RSVP
See a complete list of films here!

Founded in 1993, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital has become one of the world's largest and most influential showcases of environmental film and a major collaborative cultural event in Washington, D.C. Each March the Festival presents a diverse selection of high quality environmental films, including many Washington, D.C., U.S. and World premieres. Documentaries, narratives, animations and shorts are shown, as well as archival, experimental and children's films at venues throughout the city. Details for films here!

See a complete list of remaining films here! Most are free but please click through the links for details. Some may also require advance RSVP. For best metro or bus access to the locations, see metro trip-planner.

PAST: Open House at the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum on Capitol Hill in honor of Women's History Month this weekend! Final day, SUN, March 30th from 10:00am - 5:00pm, Free

Women's History Month Open House at the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum
Saturday, March 29th & Sunday, March 30th
10:00am - 5:00pm
Free

The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum - the oldest seat of women's power on Capitol Hill - hosts an open house this weekend in honor of Women's History Month. This will be a great opportunity to enjoy gallery talks, view special displays and perhaps even pick up some great gifts to support the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum. You can also plan for your visit by viewing Sewall-Belmont’s online Virtual Tour here or download the Sewall-Belmont’s Mobile Museum App to enhance your visit.

The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum
144 Constitution Ave, NE, at the corner of 2nd
Metro: Union Station or Capitol South and walk just over 10 minutes, next to the Hart Senate Office Building, enter on 2nd St.

PAST: MUSIC: The Riversdale Chamber Music Society performs at the Riversdale House Museum in MD this SUN, March 30th from 2:30pm - 4:00pm, Free

Riversdale Chamber Music Concert
Sunday, March 30th
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Free

The Riversdale Chamber Music Society presents an afternoon of woodwind trios at the Riversdale House Museum with Emily Tsai, oboe and Terri Fenlon, bassoon joining Artistic Director and clarinetist, Robert DiLutis in the first concert of the spring series. Featured on this concert is the Mozart Divertimento No. 1.as well as works by Ibert, Joplin and others.

Riversdale House Museum
4811 Riverdale Rd - Riverdale Park, MD
Metro: Prince George's Plaza can take The Bus #14 to Riverdale Rd & 48th Ave.


PAST: MUSIC: Harness Flux and Nice Breeze play live at the Galaxy Hut in Clarendon, VA this SUN, March 30th at 9:00pm, $5, 21+

Harness Flux and Nice Breeze at the Galaxy Hut in Clarendon
Sunday, March 30th
9:00pm
$5, 21+

Harness Flux and Nice Breeze live at Galaxy Hut. Harness Flux "equal parts influenced by 90's indie-rock and twentieth century minimalist classical composition" --Ahmad Zaghal. Nice Breeze write up, Washington City Paper.

Galaxy Hut
2711 Wilson Blvd - Arlington VA
Metro: Clarendon

PAST: EXHIBIT: Handspring Puppet Company: South Africa" in conjunction with the World Stages: International Theater Festival at The Kennedy Center, in the Hall of Nations MON, March 10th - SUN, March 30th, Free

World Stages: Exhibit: Handspring Puppet Company (South Africa)
in the Hall of Nations at The Kennedy Center
Free
Monday, March 10th - Sunday, March 30th

Exhibit on view in conjunction with the World Stages: International Theater Festival, March 10-30th at The Kennedy Center. Read more about the exhibit here.

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Hall of Nations
2700 F St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center Shuttle bus

Friday, March 29, 2013

PAST: DJ + DANCING: Monthly: 80's Dance Party at Black Whiskey with The Angel features guest DJ's Medusa and Strange this SAT, March 29th from 9:00pm - 3:00am, $5, 21+


80's Dance Party at Black Whiskey on 14th St
with special guests DJ Medusa & DJ Strange!
Saturday, March 29th
9:00pm - 3:00am
$5, 21+

The 80's Dance Party at Black Whiskey is back! Once again, The Angel teams up with Steve Donahoe to you DC's original 80's Night - the one that was held for years at Club Heaven and Hell - now in it's 21st year! This month, my friends, DJ Medusa & DJ Strange, will be the guest DJ's! Large dance floor, lots of videos, right on 14th St.


1410 14th St NW - just south of P St
Metro: McPherson Sq or U St and take the Circulator bus right to 14th & P or 14th & Rhode Island or walk, you can also walk over on P St from Dupont, about 6 blocks or so.

PAST: WORKSHOP + TALK: "Money, Gift & Culture: Creating A New Story of Value and Purpose" featuring Charles Eisenstein, author of "Sacred Economics" on SAT, March 29th from 10:00am - 4:00pm, by donation!

"Money, Gift & Culture: Creating A New Story of Value and Purpose"featuring Charles Eisentstein, author of Sacred Economics, at Friends Meeting of Washington in Dupont
Saturday, March 29th
10:00am - 4:00pm
RSVP requested, totally by donation!
Attend some or all of the sessions as you are able

From the invite: Are you tired of struggling with money and ready to feel more empowered?  Join us if you are ready for a new relationship with money and how to increase your value to the world! Release old limiting beliefs, ground yourself deeply in your own gifts and find more joy in community living!

The event features a talk and a guided session by Charles Eisenstein, visionary speaker and author of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible and Sacred Economics, among other works. Charles will address a new story of “self" which transforms the view we have of world and life -- from a divided and isolated self, to an interconnected self, living in inseparable relation to others and to the world.

Charles provides an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what’s true: we are all connected, and our small, personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power.

Friends Meeting of Washington - Dupont Circle
2111 Florida Ave, NW - close to Connecticut intersection
Metro: Dupont Circle or take the 42, L2 or L4 bus


PAST: BOOK FAIR: Split This Rock Poetry Festival Social Change Book Fair this SAT, March 29th from 10:30am - 4:00pm, Free and open to the public

Split This Rock Poetry Festival Social Change Book Fair
Saturday, March 29th
10:30am - 4:00pm
Free and open to the public!

In addition to Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2014 readings, panels, workshops, and opportunities to build community across barriers, this year we will also showcase the significant role of publishers and those who bring us the kinds of writing Split This Rock celebrates: impassioned, visionary, and truth-telling. And we will bring the critically important work of social change groups to poets, activists, and the public.

Browse the Book Fair on Saturday at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum to check out small presses, reviews, and organizations with a social justice focus! Exhibitors include:
  • Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here-DC 2016
  • The Center for Book Arts
  • Chapters Literary Bookstore
  • Do the Write Thing Foundation of DC
  • The MFA Program in Poetry at Drew University 
  • Flying Guillotine Press
  • Kim Jensen, US Campaign for the Academic and
  • Cultural Boycott of Israel
  • Life Success Center for Children, Youth, and Families
  • Plan B Press
  • The Poetry Game: Benefits Split This Rock's Youth Programs
  • Quiddity Literary Journal 
  • Quill Sedge Press
  • RedBone Press
  • Settlement House
  • Split This Rock
  • SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review)
  • Turning the Page & Carpe Librum
  • The Writer’s Center / Poet Lore
  • Zozobra Publishing
Learn more about the festival, how to volunteer to attend for free, and the free readings open to the public Thursday, March 27th - Sunday, March 30th on the post on Free in DC here!

Human Right Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave NW
Metro: Farragut North or take a bus close by and walk over, see metro trip-planner for bus options

PAST: FILM: Screening of "Raising Shrimp" at the Shaw Library as part of the Environmental Film Festival this SAT, March 29th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Free

Screening of Raising Shrimp at the Shaw Library
Saturday, March 29th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Free

The Environmental Film Festival in partnership with the DC Public Library presents: Raising Shrimp (USA, 2013, 52 min, read more) America's most popular and iconic seafood is really a cheap foreign import. Raising Shrimp reveals the economic and medical perils of an outsourced food supply, as it follows Ted, an engineer, and Andy, an ecologist, on a quest for a better shrimp. Discussion with Dr. Dave Love, Project Director for Public Health and Sustainable Aquaculture Project, Center for a Livable Future (CLF) follows the screening.


Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library
1630 7th St, NW
Metro: Shaw


PAST: ART: "Stitched DC" and "DC Lo-Fi" at Anacostia Arts Center SAT, Feb 15th - SAT, March 29th, Free

"Stitched DC" and "DC Lo-Fi" at Anacostia Arts Center
Free
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On view Saturday, February 15th - Saturday, March 29th

Anacostia Arts Center presents a curated exhibition of DC-area quilters. Working primarily with local powerhouse quilt organizations, DC Modern Quilt Guild and Daughters of Dorcas "Stitched DC" will showcase two dozen quilts in a variety of styles and sizes around the Center's Lounge and common areas. Read more here.

DC Modern Design+Build presents a new show from photographer Michael K. Wilkinson. "DC Lo-Fi" seeks to capitalize on two points of familiarity for many DC residents: urban vignettes focused on the disappearing signs of an ever-aging yet ever-changing city, and the ubiquitous square format of Instagram with its recognizable filters. Presented on high-gloss metal panels, the show gorgeously bridges the gap between the ephemeral "social-digital" format and the permanence of a piece of art on the wall.

Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Rd SE
Metro: Anacostia (and take the Circulator bus if during winter hours, which run thru -March 31: Weekdays 6am - 7pm) toward Skyland (note: select hours until the enf of March) from Howard Rd or from 8th St SE by the Starbucks from Eastern Market right to the Anacostia Arts Center. The bus stops after it turns right on Good Hope Rd. You can also take the  90 or 92 buses Shaw or U St metro.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Three more Free and low-cost events this FRI, March 28th starting at 7:00pm

DC-based Acoustic Pop Soul vocalist & songwriter, Cecily Alexa performs at Den of Thieves on 14th St, former Hanoi House
7:00pm 
Free
Den of Theives
2005 14th St NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus to 14th & U or any bus along 14th or U St 


Conscious Film Night at Samsara House 2023, "Yogawoman"
7:00pm - 11:00pm
film starts at 7:00pm so please arrive a bit earlier
donation, $6 or more to benefit the filmmakers. $1 to Samsara House 2023
"Yogawoman" (84 min docu-film, view trailer) screening sponsored by The Peace Circle, DC Wellness Tree, On Purpose Network and Samsara House 2023. The film will be followed by a group dialogue.
"Yogawoman" is a groundbreaking feature film about the powerful impact of yoga on women's health, fitness, emotional well-being, and personal growth. In record numbers, women are finding strength, vitality, peace and power through yoga. Reclaiming this ancient spiritual path from its traditionally male form, the result is a radical transformation of modern yoga as we know it.
Samsara House 2023
36 R Street NW
close to the intersection of Florida Ave & North Capitol
Metro: between Shaw and NoMa, 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.


Critical Mass March Ride starting at Dupont Circle 
Bring your Bike and join in the ride!
7:30pm - whenever it ends or you decide to leave 
Free
Critical Mass - DC hosts another bike ride. Please bring your lights, helmet and your smiling face. There will be a bit of a soiree at the end of the ride, so if you want to join in bring your ID and some $ if you want to hang out after. Questions, see the event page or contact the organizer. 

PAST: COMEDY: Don't Block the Box Comedy Show 29 with Headliner Adrian Rodney at Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights FRI, March 28th from 7:30pm - 10:00pm, $3, 21+

Don't Block the Box Comedy Show 29 with Headliner Adrian Rodney at Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights
Friday, March 28th
7:30pm - 10:00pm
$3, 21+

Don't Block The Box Comedy Show at Wonderland Ballroom. Come out for some comedy and cheap drinks and stick around for a dance party afterwards if you like. Headliner: Adrian Rodney (NBC's Stand Up for Diversity finalist, DC Improv, Baltimore Comedy Factory, Atlas Theater, Gotham in NYC, opener for Jim Florentine, Ari Shaffir, and Joe Torry) Featuring: Nate Johnson (Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse) Jheisson Nuñez (Under the Counter at the Dunes) Chelsea Shorte (Little Spoons) Hosted by Reggie Melbrough (Rhodeside Grill).

Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

PAST: THEATER: Final PWYC Night for Molotov Theatre Group's production of "Normal" at the DCAC will be on THURS, March 27th from 7:30pm - 10:00pm, by donation

Molotov Theatre Group presents "Normal" at the DCAC in Adams Morgan
Pay-What-You-Can Nights every Thursday night
Thursdays March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
7:30pm - 10:00pm
by donation, PWYC, regular tickets are $25
It looks like you can purchase tickets online for the PWYC nights too!

“Normal” by Anthony Neilson. Pay-What-You-Can every Thursday during the run, Thursday, March 6th - Sunday, March 30th. About the performance: The story of “The Dusseldorf Ripper” of the 1920s and 1930s, “Normal” is directed by Jay D. Brock of Catholic University, with original musical composition and sound design by Gregg Martin. The show features Brian McDermott, Elizabeth Darby and Alex Zavistovich.

DCAC (DC Arts Center)
2438 18th St, NW - in Adams Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park and walk across the bridge or take the Circulator bus from the metro one stop to Adams Mill, cross Columbia Rd and stay on the right side of the street, or from Dupont Circle and Conn Ave you can take the 42 bus north toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Three more Free and low cost events to choose from in DC on THURS, March 27th, Free - $10


Short Film Screening, Meet & Mixer: "The End Again"
at Marvin on 14th St
Thursday, March 27th
6:30pm - 9:30pm
$10,  21+
Celebrate and support the release of the short film "The End Again" starring Columbus Short and Tanee McCall-Short. Join the filmmakers and the #loveopenended community for a first look preview of The End Again! Directed by Crystle C. Roberson Produced by Latisha Fortune Written & Produced by Felicia Pride Music by DJ Jahsonic. Note, Seating is limited; cocktail format.
Marvin
2007 14th St, NW
Metro: U St or take the Woodley-McPherson Circulator bus to 14th & U

Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.) with the Georgetown Neighborhood Library Thursday, March 27th
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Free
This one will be meeting in the Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge "Are you a local D.C. reader between the ages of 21 and 35? Looking for a more casual book club experience? Then join the Georgetown Neighborhood Library for Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.), a new book group for younger adults. In our first selection, "The Love Song of Jonny Valentine," author Teddy Wayne (McSweeney’s, The New Yorker) tackles fame and the music industry with the story of Jonny Valentine, a preteen pop superstar already in the midst of his first professional transition. A few copies of the book are available at the Georgetown Library. P.S. If you haven't been there yet, Gypsy Sally's is a relatively new venue located above Malmaison on K St on the Waterfront, close to the Key Bridge. You can read more about them in this article in the Georgetowner! The Vinyl Lounge is a separate “no cover” eating and drinking lounge with its own entrance behind the building on 34th St. 
Gypsy Sally's
3401 K St NW
Note: Vinyl Lounge has it's own entrance behind the building on 34th St
Close to the Key Bridge, on K St, right across from the Waterfront Park
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Farragut North or Rosslyn and take the Circulator bus or the 38B bus closer

Headmaster No. 6 Magazine Launch Party at L'Enfant Cafe-Bar
Thursday, March 27th
8:00pm - 12:00am
Free, 18+
Music will be provided by DJ Soul Call Paul and free signature cocktails will be available for the first hour. "Headmaster No. 6 features contemporary art and writing projects by nine man-loving artists from the U.S. and Europe. Headmaster, billed as the biannual art magazine for man-lovers, is a print-only publication showcasing art produced in response to assignments written specifically for each artist." Assignments written by the magazine's two editors, Matthew Lawrence & Jason Tranchida.
L'Enfant Cafe-Bar
2000 18th St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk north on 18th St just past the corner of Florida Ave

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

PAST: MUSIC: Singer/Songwriter Night this WED, March 26th features performances by Eli Perry, David Bavas, Andres Gallego at Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge, Show at 8:00pm, doors 6:00pm, Free, 21+

Eli Perry, David Bavas, Andres Gallego at Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge
Wednesday, March 26th
8:00pm, doors 6:00pm
Free, 21+

Read more about the three acts performing and find links to their music here!

If you haven't been there yet, Gypsy Sally's is a relatively new venue located above Malmaison on K St on the Waterfront, close to the Key Bridge. You can read more about them in this article in the Georgetowner! The Vinyl Lounge is a separate “no cover” eating and drinking lounge open Tuesday through Saturday, and on Sunday and Monday when there is music in the main room, which has its own entrance behind the building on 34th St.

Coming Soon! Monday Night Music Showcase. They will soon be starting a singer songwriter showcase in the Vinyl Lounge on Monday nights and working into featured singer songwriter spots on Wednesday nights. The best way to sign up for those nights is to come to the Open Mic or email james@gypsysallys.com

Gypsy Sally's
3401 K St NW
Note: Vinyl Lounge has it's own entrance behind the building on 34th St
Close to the Key Bridge, on K St, right across from the Waterfront Park
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Farragut North or Rosslyn and take the Circulatorbus or the 38B bus closer

Monday, March 25, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free Film Screening at the Goethe in Chinatown at 6:00pm on TUES, MArch 25th - from CultureCapital.com


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, March 25th

Evening - Film Screening at the Goethe - Chinatown
Tokyo's Belly & The Venice Syndrome
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Tokyo's Belly (Der Bauch von Tokyo) Germany, 2013, 70 min, Director: Reinhild Dettmer-Finke and The Venice Syndrome Germany/Austria/Italy, 2012, 80 min, Andreas Pichler. Read details about the films here.
Goethe-Institut
812 Seventh St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or take the Circulator bus to 7th & Mass and walk south on 7th

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Four More Free or low-cost events to choose from on TUES, March 25th - Free Belly Dancing Lesson and Show with Mavi at the Anacostia Arts Center + Free Lantern Making Workshop followed by Live Music, by donation, at The Lab all ages in Alexandria, VA + "The 9 Songwriter Series" with Flo Anito, Justin Trawick and others at IOTA, $10, 21+

DIY Workshop at The Lab - Alexandria, VA
4:00pm - 7:00pm (stick around for music after)
Free
Bring your own (or use ones they will have if you don't have your own) Mason Jars, Electric Tealights, and other materials to make these DIY Lanterns to decorate the space of Fest Too 2014! Note: Lanterns will stay there, not yours to take home. "re-purpose / recycle literally anything you've got lying around and give it some reason for being. I'm talking busted up crash symbols, vases, giant novels, boots, old instruments, tin cans, wire frames, video game consoles, tick-tock clocks, anything weird and eclectic."
The Lab - Alexandria, VA
1819 N. Quaker Lane
Metro: Braddock Rd or Pentagon and take a Dash bus there. See metro trip plannerfor best bus access from the metro.

Live Music at The Lab, All ages  Alexandria, VA
Somos (MA) / Centerfield (MD) / The Obsessives / Beds
7:00pm - 10:00pm, doors 6:30pm
All ages, $5 - $8 sliding scale
Read more about the bands and find links to their music on the invite here.
The Lab - Alexandria, VA
1819 N. Quaker Lane
Metro: Braddock Rd or Pentagon and take a Dash bus there. See metro trip plannerfor best bus access from the metro.

7:30pm - 9:00pm
Advance RSVP Recommended to ensure your space. This week Mavi will be performing! (If you can't make it tonight to this free event she'll also be performing this Sunday evening at DC Tribal Cafe at Mad Momos  on 14th St just north of Columbia Heights from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, $10 cover for that one).  Eclectic Tuesdays every Tuesday night, now - June 3rd,  at the Anacostia Arts Center See full schedule for upcoming free events on Tuesday nights,  made possible by the support The Kresge Foundation.
1231 Good Hope Rd. SE
Metro: Anacostia and walk, bus, bike or cab closer (Note: Starting on April 1st the Potomac Ave - Barracks Row- Skyland Circulator bus will be running past 7pm again! You can catch that Circulator bus from Howard Rd and get off at the stop right after it turns right onto Good Hope Rd, or pick it up from Eastern Market Metro on 8th St SE by the Starbucks) 


"The 9 Songwriter Series" at IOTA Club & Cafe - Arlington VA
8:00pm - 10:00pm, doors 7:30pm
$10, 21+ 
Tonight's Lineup includes the following 9 singer/songwriters all performing short sets: Justin Trawick, Paul Pfau, Cynthia Marie, Stephen Coffee, Annie Sidley, Amanda Lee, Jason Masi, Aaron Tinjum, and my friend, the fabulous Flo Anito Music (who you can also see perform tomorrow at noon, Free performance at Harman Hall in Chinatown! - see post on main site)
IOTA Club & Cafe
2832 Wilson Blvd
Metro: Clarendon

PAST: Happy Hour for the Planet at Thomas Foolery on P St in Dupont to support Climate Ride TUES, March 25th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Free, 21+

Charity Happy Hour to Fight Climate Change - Drink for the Planet - at Thomas Foolery on P St in Dupont
Tuesday, March 25th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Free, drinks cost of course, 21+

Sustainability happy hour at Thomas Foolery will feature fun deals and discounts, and two guest bartenders who are working with Climate Ride. All tips will go toward organizations involved in fighting climate change. Come out and drink with Hallie, Kristin & Mary... and a bunch of other people and drink to help keep this beautiful planet we live on alive and well.

Thomas Foolery
2029 P St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

PAST: SCREENING: playbackthetape VHS roadshow: in like a lion, out like... (Fluppy Dogs...) at Petworth Citizen TUES, March 25th from 8:00pm - 10:00pm Free

playbackthetape VHS roadshow: in like a lion, out like...
at Petworth Citizen
Tuesday, March 25th
8:00pm - 10:00pm
All ages, Free

From playbackthetape VHS roadshow "It's time to rewind: 100% VHS, 100% good-natured fun, you're invited to come and [PLAY] at our eponymous monthly VHS screening series! Tonight's show is filled with an array of animated floppy-eared creatures, from Easter bunnies to Fluppy Dogs."

Petworth Citizen & Reading Room
829 Upshur Street NW
Metro: Georgia Ave - Petworth

Sunday, March 24, 2013

PAST: TRAVEL STORIES: The Traveler's Circle Storytelling Gathering is back after a long Hiatus! Share your own or enjoy others' Travel Stories at Mayur Kabab House near on K St on MON, March 24th from 6:00pm - 9:30pm, All ages, Free

Traveler's Circle Storytelling Gathering!
Monday, March 24th
6:00pm - 9:30pm
All ages, Free
Food and drinks available for purchase

The Traveler's Circle, or tc, is a way for people to share stories, hang out, and learn about the bigger world. tc encourages those who might not ordinarily speak up in a crowd to share their stories and, thus, develop their own voice. It's a loosely knit community of travelers and dreamers.

All are welcome. Show up/leave whenever between 6pm-9:30pm. The informal conversation begins 6pm, and the group storytelling should begin around 7pm/7:30pm. Feel free to purchase some Indian/Pakistani food from the large buffet and wash it down with a mango lassi.
(super close to Hostelling International DC for those of you who may be visiting DC now)
1108 K St, NW
Metro: Metro Center or McPherson Sq, or you can take the Circulator bus or the S2, S4, 42, 52, 54 bus closer. See metro trip-planner for best bus accesss

PAST: YOGA: Strike a (Yoga) Pose Community Yoga Class at Georgetown Library - now on MON, March 24th from 5:30pm - 6:30pm, Free

Strike a (Yoga) Pose at Georgetown Library - new date!
Monday, March 24th
originally scheduled for Monday, March 17th when we had snow
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Free
RSVP Requested to Erika.Rydberg@dc.gov

Join instructor Jackie Powell, at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library for a mixed-level community yoga class. Ms.Powell, who trained at the Kali Yoga Studio in Columbia Heights, joins us for this free one-time class for all skill levels - no commitment is required. Just bring a mat and prepare to get your stretch on! Yoga Instructors found in partnership with Yoga Activist.

Georgetown Neighborhood Library
3260 R St, NW - near Wisconsin
Metro: Dupont Circle and take a bus across town to Georgetown or take the Circulator or a metro bus from Farragut North, Foggy Bottom or Tenleytown.

PAST: THEATER: Final Pay-What-You-Can Performance of Doorway Arts Ensemble's "Morning, Miranda" at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD will be on MON, March 24th, 8:00pm - 10:00pm, by donation

Two Pay-What-You-Can Performances of Doorway Arts Ensemble's Morning, Miranda at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD
Thursday, March 20th & Monday, March 24th
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Pay-What-You-Can, by donation, regularly $20
Note: For Mature Audiences

Winner of the 2009 Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting, "Morning, Miranda" is a trippy, twisted take on the American road story. This world premiere, presented by Doorway Arts Ensemble and directed by Producing Artistic Director Matt Ripa, tells the story of a deceased woman’s baffling last request that puts her daughter Miranda on a wild cross-country ride -- with mom’s ghost in tow. An array of colorful characters populate the real and surreal stops along the way, as Miranda experiences the sadness of loss and the joy of remembrance through the lens of letting go.

The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest, walk south on Wisconsin Avenue and left on Walsh, building is on the right side. For those driving, there is a metered parking lot on Walsh Street, and another metered lot a block north on Leland Street.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

PAST: MUSIC: The Church of the Holy City presents "Music with the Angels" Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Music composed by Javier Ledesma featuring Mezzo-Soprano Melissa Kornacki and others this SUN, March 23rd from 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Free, donations appreciated

“Music with the Angels” Concert Series presents a program of "Tender Dissonance" Vocal and Instrumental Music Composed by Javier Ledesma (1988-)
Sunday, March 23rd
3:00pm - 4:30pm or so
Free, donations to the Organ Fund are appreciated
Reception will follow the program 

Ledesma: Luke 23-32. Two melancholias for cello and piano. Pablo Neruda “Sonnet no. 11” Anonymous
Sonata for Three Instruments Mischievous Devil
Five Covenants Excerpts Playful Nostalgia

Performances by: Melissa Kornacki, mezzo-Soprano, Kenneth Hopper, piano, Stephanie Ray, flute, Santana Moreno, clarinet, Jose Zambrana, organ, Katarzyna Bryla, violin, Seth Singleton, cello and Washington Symphonic Brass Ensemble.
1611 16th Street, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle is the closest, best reached by bus. Take the S2 or S4 bus along from McPherson Sq or anywhere along 16th St right there, to the stop closest to Corcoran.

Friday, March 22, 2013

PAST: MEDITATION: Spanish Meditation Talk at Science of Spirituality DC's new center near Cathedral & Arizona Ave NW on SAT, March 22nd from 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Free

Science of Spirituality presents a Meditation Talk in Spanish
Know the True Purpose of Life
Saturday, March 22nd
5:00pm-6:00pm
Free

From the invite: "Have you ever asked yourself what is the purpose of life, and not gotten a response? Do you feel that your life makes no sense, and you're just surviving? We invite you to attend this very interesting talk in which we will, together, discover what is the true purpose of our life."

Science of Spirituality is a multi-faith, non profit organization, which teaches, under the direction of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, the art of meditation. SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. Learn more about them and Jyoti Meditation online. You can also connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and with SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC. For more information about this Spanish Talk, call (703) 408 6944.

Science of Spirituality - new home in Washington, DC
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. For those with cars, street parking is available.






PAST: THEATER: Final Pay-What-You-Can SAT Matinee will be this SAT, March 22nd at 2:00pm for WSC Avant Bard's production of Virginia Woolf's "Orlando" Adapted for the Stage by Sarah Ruhl, by donation


WSC Avant Bard's "Orlando" - Buy your PWYC tickets online to ensure your space!
Final PWYC Matinee - Sunday, March 22nd

All Saturday Matinees are also PWYC Saturday, March 1st - Saturday, March 22nd
2:00pm 
by donation


From the invite: "Orlando: A Biography, Virginia Woolf's gender-bending classic novel, was way ahead of its time when it first came out in 1928. But now that we all live in the age of gender-queer, 2014 is definitely Orlando's time especially if WSC Avant Bard's edgy next production is any indication. Adapted for the stage by MacArthur "genius" playwright Sarah Ruhl, Orlando takes audiences on a time-traveling erotic journey with a winsome young man who awakens one morning to find himself in the throes of a surprising transformation. "Which is the greater ecstasy," Orlando asks innocently, "the man's or the woman's?" You'll have to come to find out."

Theatre on the Run
3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr - Arlington, VA
Metro: Pentago and take a bus, see metro trip-planner for best bus access from the metro. The 25-C and Art 75 run regularly to the stop just outside Theatre on the Run at S. Four Mile Run Drive and S. Nelson Street from the Shirlington Bus Depot. From the bus stop, walk along S. Four Mile Run toward S. Oakland Street, and take that left. The Theatre entrance will be on the left-hand side.

PAST: ART: Opening at 39th Street Gallery in Brentwood, MD on SAT, March 22nd from 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Free, Thanks to East City Arts


Weekend East City Event Round Up: The Spring will Come Edition


Saturday, March 22nd

Art Opening at 39th Street Gallery
See details here
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Free
In Natural World, artist Eric Rhein catalogs the world he has come to understand as a man living with HIV-AIDS. Transcending his vulnerability, Rhein creates works in all mediums including photography, mixed-media and sculpture. The exhibition includes a memorial to people the artist has lost to the disease.
The 39th Street Gallery
3901 Rhode Island Ave - Brentwood, MD (second floor)
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro

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: FILM & DISCUSSION: Womanifesting (WOMA) presents Images via Art and Activism: A Film Viewing and Discussion on SAT, March 22nd from 12:30pm - 3:00pm at The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House in Logan CIrcle Free, Please RSVP

Womanifesting Images via Art and Activism: 
A Film Viewing & Discussion
Saturday, March 22nd
12:30pm - 3:00pm
Free, Please RSVP here

From the invite: "In honor of Women's History Month & WOMA's 4th Anniversary, please join us for a film viewing of the documentary "The Souls of Black Girls," a provocative news documentary that takes a critical look at media images--how they are instituted, established and controlled. Discussion on challenging pervasive media images of beauty, race and gender with intention, creativity, & collaborative action immediately following. Panelists include you and all in the circle."

Womanifesting (WOMA) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in Washington, D.C. WOMA's mission is to develop and support programs that foster self-empowerment, sisterhood, and service and to positively impact the lives of women and girls, particularly those under-resourced and marginalized.

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site 1318 Vermont Avenue NW
Metro: McPherson  and walk north on 14th St to Thomas Circle and continue on to Vermont Ave, between N & O St, about a 10 minute walk. You can also catch the Woodley-McPherson Circulator bus to 14th & RI Ave/ or P St from Woodley Park, Columbia Heights, U St or McPherson Sq. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

PAST: FILM: Charles A. Sessoms "Samsara Noire" and "Mask" at Artisphere Bijou Theatre THURS, Feb 27th - FRI, March 21st, Free

Film: Charles A. Sessoms: Samsara Noire + Mask 
Free
Thursday, February 27th - Friday, March 21st

Samsara Noire and Mask are part of Charles A. Sessoms' ongoing exploration of the personal and collective questions that arise from the often times schizophrenic racial and cultural choices that face people of color in the United States.


Artisphere
in the Bijou Theatre
1101 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn, turn right when you exit, left on Wilson

PAST: ART: Gary Kachadourian "Progress Report" and "Backgrounds" in the Works In Progress Gallery at Artisphere, Two Phases, WED, Jan 15th - FRI, March 21st, Free

Gary Kachadourian: Progress Report + Backgrounds in the Works In Progress Gallery at Artisphere
Free
Wednesday, January 15th - Friday, March 21st

Gary Kachadourian is a Baltimore artist whose current project involves making scale drawings of objects, surfaces, and locations that exist in the public or personal spaces he regularly visits.

Phase One: Wed Jan 15 – Sun Feb 16; Phase Two: Wed Feb 19 – Fri Mar 21. Phase Two is part of SELECT 2014: WPA Art Auction Exhibition.

1101 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn, turn right from the metro exit, left on to Wilson, on the left side of the street

PAST: ART: Recommend this one if you haven't seen it yet, "Select 2014" presented by Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) on view at Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA from THURS, Feb 27th - FRI, March 21st, Free

Select 2014 on view at Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA
in the Terrace and Works In Progress Galleries
presented by Washington Project for the Arts (WPA)
Free
Thursday, February 27th - Friday, March 21st

SELECT 2014 features works available for purchase chosen by 8 of the region’s top and emerging curators as well as selections by WPA’s Board of Directors. Featuring works by established and emerging artists from DC, Baltimore, Richmond and beyond, WPA’s selection of exciting art works offer something for collectors both seasoned and aspiring. The works are presented as an exhibition for three weeks prior to auction and a full-color, perfect bound catalog with curator essays accompanies the show.

The Terrace Gallery is a 4000 square foot gallery that showcases international, national and regional artists in five annual exhibits. Curated exhibits often investigate trends in contemporary art. The Works-in-Progress (WIP) Gallery is situated at the entrance to the Terrace Gallery. WIP exhibits feature multiple disciplines, provide the public a window into the creative process and offer critique opportunities for artists as their work evolves

Artisphere
1101 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn, turn right at exit, left at the corner on Wilson, Artisphere is on the left side of the street 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

PAST: MEDITATION: Meditation in Arlington, VA on THURS, March 20th at 7:00pm with Science of Spirituality, Free

Live in VA and curious about Meditation? Come out to these Free Meditation Workshops in Arlington, VA in March

Events are organized in partnership with Science of Spirituality, which offers free meditation workshops at their new center in DC and at various libraries and locations throughout the DC area. You can learn more about Science of Sprituality and Jyoti Meditation and feel free to connect with them on twitter @SOS_WashDC as well.

Thursday, March 20th
"Meditation A Path to Mental and Physical Well Being" with Sangeeta Prasad
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Arlington Central Library
1015 N. Quincy St - Arlington, VA
Metro: Virginia Sq or Ballston, the library is in between the two stations

PAST: MUSIC: Walter Egan plays a Free Show in at Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge this THURS, March 20th at 6:00pm, doors 5:00pm, 21+ Check out Artwork by Egan and William Adair while there as well!

Walter Egan Live at Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge in Georgetown
and see art work by Egan and William Adair on view while there as well!
Thursday, March 20th
6:00pm show, 5:00pm doors
Free, 21+

Walter Egan, musician and artist, performs an early show in the Vinyl Lounge! Plus, check out his exhibit "Martyrs of Rock" featuring paintings by Egan  Walter Egan and the exhibit "The Golden Doors to Infinity" featuring works by William Adair while there. The show has been extended now through Saturday, April 7th and is on view from 6:00pm - 11:00pm nightly.

If you haven't been there yet, Gypsy Sally's is a relatively new venue located above Malmaison on K St on the Waterfront, close to the Key Bridge. You can read more about them in this article in the Georgetowner!

Gypsy Sally's
in the Vinyl Lounge
3401 K St NW
By the Key Bridge, on K St, across from the Waterfront Park
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Farragut North or Rosslyn and take the Circulator bus or the 38B bus closer