Wednesday, July 17, 2013

PAST: More Free and low-cost events this THURS, July 17th

Thursday, July 17th

Smart Growth: Reconsidering Ian McHarg: The Future of Urban Ecology
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Free, advance RSVP required
Landscape architect Ian McHarg advanced the integration of ecology into land planning and design. A principal in the firm that McHarg founded, Ignacio Bunster-Ossa discusses the precepts of a new urban ecology involving the integration of green infrastructure and public art as a way to make compact development the most appealing and sensible choice. Bunster-Ossa signs copies of his book, Reconsidering Ian McHarg: The Future of Urban Ecology, after the talk.
National Building Museum
401 F St NW
Metro: Judiciary Square

Monday, July 15, 2013

PAST: CONVERSATION: Karma Kafe Conversations - It's All in the Bean! with Sister Jenna, director of the Meditation Museum this TUES, July 15th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington, VA, Free, please RSVP

Karma Kafe Conversations - It's All in the Bean! with Sister Jenna, director of the Meditation Museum at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington, VA 
Tuesday, July 15th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Free, donations welcome, please RSVP here

Have you ever wanted to have a meaningful conversation with a stranger or even a friend? Join Sister Jenna, director of the Meditation Museum and host of the America Meditating Radio show, for Karma Kafe Conversations! This event, aims to develop greater awareness and inner peace, creating in turn a more peaceful world. The concept of meeting in cafes and coffee shops across the country is to gather as community members, neighbors, and friends in casual atmospheres, where everyone's voice matters. Through facilitated dialogues, attendees will have an opportunity to share what matters most. Questions such as, "what is at the root of your power?' will only begin our amazing journey to understand how deeply connected we are, when we gather to find meaning.

Busboys and Poets - Shirlington
4251 Campbell Ave - Arlington, VA
Metro: Bus options from metro include: ART bus 42 or Metro Bus 22A 23A or 23C  from Ballston (orange line) or ART bus 75 from Pentagon City (blue line). Driving? Limited metered parking is available, there is a public parking garage at 2780 Campbell Avenue (formerly 28th St), enter garage from Arlington Mill Road.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free events this Week from SUN, July 13th

Here are some more great free arts and culture events from! 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!

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of exhibits on view! Plus, is now on facebook.

Sunday, July 13th

Afternoon - Art Talk at the NGA West Building - Archives
Lecture given by Eric Denker 
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Afternoon - Poetry and Prose Reading -  Bethesda, MD
Workshop Leader Reading
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Poetry and Prose reading by Writer's Center workshop leaders. Readers TBA. The reading will be followed by a reception.
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest

See "Free in DC" Inside Out page for more events + connect with on facebook

Friday, July 12, 2013

PAST: ART: East City Round Up of Free Art events on SAT, July 12th

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Local Art Rules Edition
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Off-Rhode Gallery hosts an exhibit celebrating the creativity and art of Ward 5. For more information and a list of participating  artists, click here.
Off-Rhode Gallery 
2204 Rhode Island Ave NE

4:00pm - 7:00pm
Join the 39th Street gallery in saying good-bye to Melissa Ezelle, current artist-in-residence (A.I.R.), and welcoming new A.I.R., Jack Warner. Melissa will talk about her work and time at the Gateway CDC.
39th Street Gallery 
3901 Rhode Island Ave -  Brentwood, MD.
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Interested in comic art? Visit CHAW for the opening of DC Conspiracy: A Retrospective. This exhibit explores the collaborative side of comic book art by local illustrators. 
545 7th St SE
Metro: Eastern Market

6:00pm - 9:00pm
CONNERSMITH presents the opening of Academy 2014. Dr. Jamie Smith, exhibition founder and curator, invited 17 artists from local MFA and BFA programs to the 14th annual exhibition. For an in-depth look at about the work of two of the invited artists, read profiles by Wade Carey and Eric Hope.
1358 Florida Ave., NE.
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access

Final Open Studio DC in Trinidad, NE
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Don’t miss the final event at Open Studio DC’s Trinidad NE location. See the works of Carolyn Hartmann, Pepa Leon, Fawna Xiao, JD Deardourff, and David Bellard.Don’t miss the final event at Open Studio DC’s Trinidad NE location.
1348 Florida Ave NE
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access

This is a Guest post from East City Art. Jess Oros is the Production Manager 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.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

PAST: Amma is in town at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott! Free Evening Ceremony for World Peace on WED, July 2nd starting at 7:00pm, Tokens and Seating start at 5:30pm + Free Hugs if you are able to stick around!

Get a Free Hug from the one and only Amma at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott
Tuesday, July 1st  & Wednesday, July 2nd
click link for more details

Wednesday, July 2nd 
Evening - Free Devi Bhava Program - a Ceremony for World Peace
Volunteers begin to welcome guests for the program at 4:30pm, Tokens are handed out and guests are escorted to seats starting at 5:30pm. At 7:00pm: Amma enters the hall and conducts the Atma Puja, a ritual Ceremony for World Peace. Around
8:30pm Amma will begin to embrace everyone who received a token. NOTE: If you are taking Metro there the last Metro leaves back toward DC at 11:45pm so get there early to get your token if you don't have a ride back home or plan to stay all night, which apparently you can do. Dinner service begins and continues until approx. midnight.

1700 Jefferson Davis Highway -Arlington, VA
Metro: Crystal City, 0.2 miles from metro (see map)

PAST: YOGA: Monthly: Community Yoga Class for beginners with Exquisite Asana at the Family Life Center by the Rhode Island Ave Metro every second SAT of the month from 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Free, Please RSVP to ensure your space, 18+

Free Community Yoga Class for beginners with Exquisite Asana 
at the Family Life Center by the Rhode Island Ave Metro
every second Saturday of the month
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Free, RSVP here to ensure your space, 18+

Class will be led by Crystal Moore at the Family Life Community Center right next to the Rhode Island Ave Metro. If you want to lead a healthier life, give yoga a try at this free community class! Learn more about how yoga can help to connect you with your true, exquisite essence – mind, body, and soul. Every second Saturday of each month all are welcome to attend a free afternoon asana class designed to help you unwind from the stress of the week and to provide you with an abundance of energy to move forward in life. Designed for beginners, the asana will stretch your muscles while strengthening your entire body.

Family Life Community Center
605 Rhode Island Ave NE (map)
Metro: Rhode Island Avenue, right by the metro

PAST: POETRY: Monthly: *Sparkle* Queer-friendly Open Mic at Busboys and Poets 5th & K every fourth WED from 9:00pm - 10:40pm, 8:40pm sign-up, All ages, $5

*SPARKLE* Monthly Queer Open Mic for all! at Busboys and Poets 5th & K St, NW
every fourth Wednesday
9:00pm - 10:40pm, sign-up 8:40pm
All ages, $5, you can buy tickets online
if tickets are available, you can also get them at the door

*Sparkle*Open Mic Poetry is a queer-friendly and focused reading series that has featured an array of LGBT-dedicated poets. All are welcome! Maximum of 15 slots for spoken word and acoustic or acapella musicians (no CD playback please) during the open mic.  4+ minutes, which is basically 2 short poems or 1 long one, not to exceed 5 minutes.

5th & K St, NW
Metro: Take the Circulator bus to 5th & Mass or walk from Gallery Place or Mt Vernon Sq Metro.