Monday, August 26, 2013

PAST: MUSIC: The Final "Music on the Mall" Outdoor Performance will feature guitarist and vocalist Cecily Bumbray on TUES, August 26th, Performances every Tuesday from June 3rd - August 26th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Free

"Music on the Mall" every Tuesday on The Mall 
Tuesday, June 3rd - Tuesday, August 26th
Cecily Bumbray closes out the series!
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Next performance - Tuesday, August  26th
Cecily Bumbray - Vocals/Guitar 
(see a video of her performing here)

Music on the Mall features lunchtime performances by District of Columbia acoustic musicians and spoken word artists on the National Mall each Tuesday during the summer. Presented by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, in conjunction with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Art in Transit Program and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).

Music on the Mall is located at the Smithsonian Metro Station entrance, Jefferson Avenue and 12th Street, SW, and is absolutely free. Benches available so bring your lunch and enjoy some fun in the sun!

Final Concert - Tuesday, August 26th 
Herbert Johnson Acapella Vocals

National Mall
12th & Jefferson Dr, NW
Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian and walk a few blocks

Saturday, August 24, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free Lecture on Van Gogh's Late Works at the NGA West Building SUN, August 24th at 2:00pm, Highlight from - a Fabulous Arts and Culture events site for DC, MD & VA!

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!

Check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of more free events and exhibits on view and connect with on facebook too.

Sunday, August 24th

Afternoon - Art Talk at the NGA West Building - Archives

Lecture: Van Gogh's Late Works
Lecture on Van Gogh will be given by Diane Arkin
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of exhibits on view. You can also connect with on facebook now too!

PAST: MEDITATION: QMeditation beginner class at the Northwest One Library with Raymond Q. Holmes, Founder of the Quintessence Institute, on SUN, August 24th from 1:30pm - 3:30pm, $10

QMeditation for beginners at the Northwest One Library
with Raymond QHolmes, Founder/Director of Quintessence Institute
Sunday, August 24th
1:30pm to 3:30pm
$10, please pay online to secure your seat

Join Raymond Q. Holmes, Founder of the Quintessence Institute  for a beginner class in Qmeditation, a practice which can help to navigate change, and develop resilience at the Northwest One Library. Questions:

Northwest One Library - second floor
at R.H. Terrell Recreation Center 
155 L. St, NW 
Metro: Best reached by bus, you can take the Circulator bus, Union Station - K St - Georgetown route to NJ Ave stop and walk over. The Library is a half a block north of the intersection of K & New Jersey Ave NW, just 2 blocks from the K at City Vista Condominiums.  Closest Metro is Union Station

Friday, August 23, 2013

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Science of Spirituality presents a Spanish Talk and Meditation at Arlington Central Library this SAT, August 23rd from 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Free

Ciencia de la Espirutualidad presenta “Conozca el Verdadero Proposito de la Vida” una charla donde podremos juntos descubrir el verdadero propósito de nuestra vida.
Sabado, Agosto 23
3:30pm a 4:30pm
Programa gratis y abierto a todos.
Biblioteca Central de Arlington
1015 N Quincy Street – 2do Piso -Arlington, VA
Science of Spirituality presents a Spanish language talk and meditation
“Know the True Purpose of Life” 
Saturday, August 23rd
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Free and open to all, click image to view larger
Arlington Central Library
1015 N. Quincy St - Arlington, VA
Metro: Virginia Sq or Ballston, the library is in between the two stations

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

PAST: COMEDY: "The Drunk Show" A New Experimental Comedy Night from the folks at LYGO DC at Mad Momo's just north of Columbia Heights THURS, August 21st from 8:00pm - 10:30pm, Free, 21+ RSVP online to ensure your seat and drink specials and for a free gift bag

 "The Drunk Show" Comedy Night at Mad Momo's
A New Experimental Comedy Night from the folks at LYGO DC
Thursday, August 21st
8:00pm - 10:30pm
Free, 21+
RSVP here for a seat, a gift bag and drink specials 

Enjoy hosts David Tveite and Matty Litwack as they present a lineup of comedians not afraid to perform sober and then get back up on stage after some drinks, hence the name "The Drunk Show.' Plus, tap takeover and drink specials from Mother Earth Brewery, Legends, and Speak Easy Spirits DC.

Mad Momos
3605 14th St, NW - just south of Spring Rd
Metro: Columbia Heights and/or Petworth, it's about 9 blocks from either. You can also take any of the 50 lines buses north along 14th St closer.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

PAST: DANCE: Dark Night Showcase at Synetic Theater inCrystal City MON, August 18th at 8:00pm, Free!

Dark Night Showcase at Synetic Theater!
Monday, August 18th
Free, arrive early to grab your seat

Synetic Theater is turning over their 400 seat theater to its company members to perform new works in a "Dark Night Showcase" Synetic performances are always uniquely spectacular. Personally love them. Read more about this special evening of dance, held in memory of Freeman Carden Fletcher and presented by K.G. Dace, on the invite here. Be sure to check out the Photography exhibition by Elena Lozina in the Lobby if you go.

Synetic Theater
1800 S Bell St - Arlington, VA
Metro: Crystal City

Friday, August 16, 2013

PAST: DJ NIGHT: Monthly: Gothic, Industrial, Synthpop, EBM night "Midnight" at The Meeting Place features guest DJ Medusa, DJ Javier and others on SAT, August 16th from 9:00pm - 3:00am, $5, Free for the first 12 people, 18+

Midnight - August Edition at The Meeting Place
Saturday, August 16th
9:00pm - 3:00am
18+ to get in, 21+ of course to drink
$5, first 12 guests admitted free

The August Edition of Midnight will feature my friend DJ Medusa, who I've known since college, along with DJ JavieR, Wyntre Mysteria, and a surprise guest making her debut behind the decks at Midnight. "By the freaks, for the freaks since 2002" Midnight offers the latest in goth, industrial, ebm, and synthpop dance music - as well as all your old favorites - spun by resident DJs DuJour, Cheetahdave, Gleek, and JavieR and some of the top guest DJs in the DC scene. This month, look for Dimensional Chainz in the vendor corner, some marvelous drink and food specials from The Meeting Place, a drawing for $25 gift certificates and other prizes, free cake, and more!

The Meeting Place
1707 L Street NW
Metro: Farragut North

Thursday, August 15, 2013

PAST: FILM: Dutch Filmmaker Chris Teerinks documentary about American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt screens at the National Gallery of Art West Building on FRI, August 15th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Free

Film Event at the National Gallery of Art, West Building: Sol LeWitt
Friday, August 15th
1:00pm - 2:30pm

"Dutch filmmaker Chris Teerinks portrait of Sol LeWitt is the first ever documentary on the American conceptual artist who famously refused awards, interviews, and media coverage. A leader of the minimalist movement, LeWitt (1928-2007) was renowned for his immense wall drawings executed by teams of workers using just a basic set of written instructions. "When I learned about the reinstallment of wall drawing #801 in Maastricht, I saw an opportunity to create a film on someone who influenced me deeply." (Chris Teerink, 2013, 80 minutes)."

National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

PAST: COMEDY: Special Discount code for fans of Free in DC to this one! #PotShotComics at the Bier Baron on FRI, August 15th, Two shows! 7:00pm and 9:30pm late show, regularly $20, now $10 plus small fee

#PotShotComics at the Bier Baron
Friday, August 15th
Two shows! 7:00pm, buy here + 
late show at 9:30pm, buy here
Special promo code has been created so fans of Free in DC can attend for $10, enter the word Bong for $10 tickets, regularly $20

Disclaimer: with the small service fee tickets come to $11.34 Every now and again a make an exception to my formal $10 or less price point, when it seems like a great deal for the lineup and especially when an old friend is one of the performers who is also organizing this event, which I hope will be a huge success for her
Come out for an evening of  comedy at The Bier Baron with my friend, the wild and wonderful Elizabeth Croydon, who is back in the DC area after a being in LA for a while. She'll be performing along with Haywood Turnipseed JrEric P. Rubin, Kasha Patel, Lars Loving, and Terrance Hawkins. Expect pop-ins from the likes of local talents Mr. Tony Woods, the Improv's Jared Stern, Eddie Bryant and more. #PotShotComics are also making John Pylka an honorary pot shot comic. The Bier Baron, formerly the Brickskellar, has a selection of five hundred beers from around the world and a full dinner menu, and a hotel upstairs in case you can't find your way home.

Featured comics: Elizabeth Croydon, an old friend of mine who you can see pictured above in the groovy glasses, has performed at the Improv, The Kennedy Center, Riot Act Comedy Club, World Famous Comedy Store on Sunset Strip, la Jolla Comedy Store, and more.  Haywood Turnipseed Jr. has performed at the Lincoln Theatre, the Howard Theatre, Riot Act Comedy Club and Takoma Station. You may be familiar with him from his local comedy shows at Wonderland Ballroom and Solly's. He's even been on TV, on the "Tommy Taylor Show" on PBS, "The Chris Rock Show" on HBO, and promo ads for the CW. Podcasts include "Angry Black Man" and "You, Me, Them, Everybody." Lars Loving is a regularly featured artist on Sirius-XM radio and The Bill O'Reilly Show and is currently based in LA. Read more about these three featured comics on the invite here

If you haven't already heard... the petition to get enough signatures to put Initiative 71, a measure that would fully legalize possession of marijuana in the District, has been successful and you'll see the vote on the November ballot. Read more on the recent article in the DCist here. Also, in case you didn't know, the D.C. Council even voted in March to decriminalize possession, making it a fine of $25, instead of a year-long jail term. As circulated, the measure would allow people 21 and older to possess as much as two ounces of marijuana for personal use and to grow up to three marijuana plants at home. To steer clear of a direct contradiction of federal law, the measure does not allow for the sale of marijuana. Read more here.

The Bier Baron Tavern
1523 22nd St NW - just north of P St
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk along P St to 22nd, or take any bus that runs along P St

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

PAST: MUSIC: Strathmore's Annual UkeFest! WED, August 13th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

Free Summer Outdoor Concert: UkeFest 2014
Wednesday, August 13th
7:00pm - 8:30pm
All ages, Free
Arrive earlier if you want to enjoy the strum-along, starting at 6:00pm, Click here to learn more about UkeFest (PDF)
Bring blankets or low beach chairs. No pets, please.

Strathmore’s annual UkeFest is back this Wednesday. Come on out and get in touch with your inner ukulele lover. Hear a remarkable collection of professional musicians, including Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, James Hill, Casey MacGill, Mark Nelson, Victoria Vox and Maureen Andary, as they bring the joy of uke to an enthusiastic audience.
Weather: Don’t get caught in the rain! Check the main website or follow Strathmore on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute information on weather-related delays/cancellations. Strathmore will endeavor to announce any changes by 4:00pm the day of the performance, but please follow for any up-to-the-minute changes.
5301 Tuckerman Lane - North Bethesda, MD
Metro: Grosvenor - exit metro to the left, turn left and follow the path through the grass that goes across the street. Wanting to drive? Park in the Metro garage for $5.10 with Metro SmarTrip card or major credit card; enter off Tuckerman Lane.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

PAST: WALKING TOUR: Learn more about the History of Dupont Circle at this Free Walking Tour on SUN, August 10th from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Dupont Circle Walking Tour!
Sunday, August 10th
10:30am - 12:30pm

Learn more about history of Dupont Circle on this free walking tour! The tour will start with a look at the “Brewmaster’s Castle,” then it’s on to Dupont Circle itself. "The National Trust for Historic Preservation is headquartered nearby in a former luxury apartment building. A church that rose from the ashes to become a beacon of social activism is next, followed by a block of stunning row houses designed by one of D.C’s. most prolific architects. Two blocks away he developed the apartment tower that gave rise to the District’s building height limit. The walk concludes at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market. During peak season, over 40 farmers offer fruits, vegetables, breads, cut flowers—and more." This tour will be led by Ty.

Meet by the Dupont Circle Metro Station, 19th St exit
19th St & Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free events on SUN, August 10th from

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!

Check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of more free events and exhibits on view and connect with on facebook too.

Sunday, August 10th

Lunchtime - Kids Art Film at the NGA West Building - Archives
Children's Film: Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt
12:00pm - 12:50pm
for ages 4 and up, repeats also next Saturday & Sunday
Two animated films (Mary Cassatt, Mike Venezia, US, 2008, 24 min; Edgar Degas, Mike Venezia, 24 min)
about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezias Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of these two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris.  A free Family Guide to the exhibition Degas/Cassatt will be available at each screening.
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Afternoon - Art Lecture at the NGA West Building - Archives
Digital Dutch: The Evolution of NGA Online Editions' "Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century"
Lecture will be given by Jennifer Henel.
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Find more free events and exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on!

Friday, August 9, 2013

PAST: FILM: Free Screening of the Film "Song of the New Earth" followed by a Skype discussion with Director Ward Serrill at The Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, MD on SAT, August 9th from 1:30pm - 3:30pm Free, RSVP here

song of the new earth
Free screening of the film "Song of the New Earth" followed by a Skype discussion with Director Ward Serrill at The Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, MD
Saturday, August 9th
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Free, RSVP here

Join Director Ward Serrill  us for a special screening of a lyrical documentary "Song of the New Earth", following one man’s quest to integrate modern science and ancient mysticism through the transformative power of music and sound. Award-winning director, Ward Serrill whose last feature, "The Heart of the Game," was released by Disney/Miramax to wide critical acclaim, will join us via Skype for Q&As following the film screening. Song of the New Earth, tells the life journey of renowned sound healer, psychotherapist and modern day mystic, Tom Kenyon, from a young aspiring Nashville musician to an internationally revered sound alchemist.

The Meditation Museum
8236 Georgia Avenue
Metro: Silver Spring (see walking map) walk north on Colesville and keep right on Wayne, walk up to Georgia, turn right on Georgia and the Meditation Museum is just a block and a half down on the right side of the street. You can also the S2 or S4 bus runs along 16th St in DC and you can take it toward Silver Spring to the last stop, on Wayne near Georgia, or see metro trip-planner for other buses that run close by.

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Here's a list of all kinds of Free and low-cost events taking place this SAT, August 9th

Saturday, August 9th

7:00am - 8:15am 
by donation, $8-$10 suggested.
Bring your mat, water bottle, and a smile.
Wake up with the sun at With Love DC's Sunrise Yoga class at the Jefferson Memorial. With Love DC tanks and post cards will also be available for purchase after class. Can't make it to this gathering? Check out a list of their other donation based classes here.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Metro: The nearest Metro station to this site is Smithsonian at 12th & Independence Ave SW, and it's about a 10-15 minute walk from there. If you have a bike or Capital Bikeshare access, there is a bikeshare station right by the Jefferson Memorial. Planning to drive, click here for more info about parking options.

11:00am - 5:00pm
Free, family-friendly, donations welcome
Donations benefit Positive Force DC.
Join zine-makers/lovers from around the country for the 4th annual DC ZINEFEST, an annual celebration of independent publishing held in our nation's capital. There will also be a "pop-up distro table" for people with just one or two issues of zines to sell or give away. BYO sharpies.
St Stephen's Church
1525 Newton St NW - at the corner of 16th
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about ten minutes or so, or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St right there, drops at Newton.

Words Beats & Life Park Jam
at Marvin Gaye Park in NE near Deanwood and Benning Rd
12:00pm - 7:00pm
Free, family-friendly
Come on out for the inaugural Park Jam in DC! The event will feature7 different DJ’s playing tunes in the park, a live broadcast with WPFW 89.3FM and live mural painting with street artists and graffiti writers, plus free BBQ. Inspired by the history of hip-hop, which started in the parks of New York City, this event also hopes to allow DJ’s a chance to promote love, peace, unity, and fun for the whole family and community.
Marvin Gaye Park
5200 Foote Street, NE
Metro: Benning Road or Deanwood and take the W4 or US bus toward Marvin Gaye Park. See metro trip-planner for best access based on where you are coming from.

Celebrate this month's Second Saturday at The GallAerie with Baltimore's The Honest Mistakes and Arlington singer-songwriter Ian Kraft. While there, you can also check out new paintings by Brad Ulreich in his new "nude selfie" series.
The GallAerie
1644 Newton St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St right to Newton.

Grateful Dead Band Better off Dead at Branded '72
8:30pm - Midnight
Better off Dead plays live at BBQ joint Branded '72 
387 E Gude Dr
Metro: Rockville and take a bus to E Gude Dr

8:30pm - 10:30pm
All ages, by donation, $12 suggested, please give as you can, all are always welcome at Bloombars, no matter what you donate. 
Traveling all the way from Bolivia, Bloombars is excited to welcome Amado Espinosa. Founder of Tribu Artística KONÁ, which convened national and international artists to interpret music and dance from different regions: Andean, African, Aztec, Hawaiian, Indian, and Arabic. Check out his video to get a sense of his work.
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.

Meso Creso presents: 1001 Beats - Synesthesia: Colors of Summer edition
10:00pm - 3:00am
$5, 21+
Come on out for a global beats inspired dance party with sounds from near and far at Zeba Bar this Saturday. This month features a special guest whose spicy sounds have been delighting dance halls up and down the east coast, Lina Luv (Global Bass / Philly), who will be playing Balkan, Middle Eastern, Latin & South American, Indian and African music. Plus, globally inspired beats by Meso Creso resident DJs b.b. tschack and v:shal kanwar! Plus, video installations by Hisham, card readings by Daljit, lighting, décor & art installations, and a hookah lounge.
Zeba Bar
3423 14th St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th, past Park Rd, just past Meridian Pl

Thursday, August 8, 2013

PAST: More Free and low-cost events for FRI, August 8th

Highlights post for more free and low-cost events, please click on links for complete details

Friday, August 8th

Washington Post Reggae Night at Carter Barron
7:00pm doors, 7:30pm show
Free, early arrival strongly encouraged. Once the venue meets capacity all others will be turned away. Junior Marvin, Ruth Ann Brown, Ras Lidj & Deep Band perform live at Carter Barron Amphitheatre at this free show!
16th and Colorado, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk over to 16th St and catch the S2, S4 or S9 bus north on 16th to Colorado Ave stop for Carter Barron

8x8 - 8 performers, 8 minutes each - at the Black Cat
9:00pm - 11:00pm
$10, no service fee - by tickets in advance here
Their first show at Black Cat, formerly at Wonderland and The Dunes. Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee. Enjoy performances by
Rachel DryDerek HillsSean JoyceHoward LesterNatalie McGillPerth O'DuibhdiormaScott Michael Shrake and Typefighter (full band set). Plus, Michael Saretsky (TNT) DJs before and after.
The Black Cat
1811 14th St. NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator or any bus along 14th to T or U St

... and also at the Black Cat DC and keeping with the number theme

The 9 Songwriter Series - first show at the Black Cat!
9 artists, one night, on the main stage
The 9 Songwriter Series will feature: Justin Trawick, Louisa Hall Music, Kevin de Souza of Uptown Boys Choir, Lauren Calve, Dave Farah, The Sweater Set, Ballad've, Nathan Robinson of Roof Beams and Margot MacDonald!
The Black Cat
1811 14th St. NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator or any bus along 14th to T or U St

10:00pm - 1:00am
by donation, $10 suggested
Enjoy live performances from local DC bands Simply Subtle, J Lima Foxtrot, and The Bachelor and The Bad Actress at a joint fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project and the UC Merced Alumni Association this Friday night at Acre 121.
Acre 121
1400 Irving St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights

Monday, August 5, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free events for TUES, August 5th

Tuesday, August 5th

NoMa Family Film Night: Despicable Me 2
7:00pm, kids activities and free food (first come. first served)
Film screens at sunset
(PG), Gru is recruited by a anti-villain league to help with a powerful new criminal.
Save the date - Tuesday, August 19th
Final Family Film Night: Frozen 
(PG), Elsa tries and fails to hide her icy powers from her kingdom.
Family Film Night at Sursum Corda
In the outdoor plaza (with nice stairs you can sit on)  
L St & First St NW
Metro: best reached by bus or Circulator bus, see metro trip-planner for access

The DMV Roast of LivingSocial at The Brixton
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Doors and Happy Hour starting at 7:00pm
Free, donations will be collected for the artists
The Capital City Showcase, one the best variety shows in the DC area, returns with their latest installment of the monthly DMV Roast, held every first Tuesday at The Brixton. The show will feature a "comic stand-in" to play the part of the idea being roasted. The part of LivingSocial will be played by comedian Greg Roth! Roasters will include: David Carter, Danny Charnley, Jamel Johnson, Dylan Meyer, Jheisson Nunez, Chelsea Shorte and Jon Yeager. This show is part of Tuesdays with Funnie at The Brixton, a free show every Tuesday night! Happy Hour drink specials from 7:00pm - 10:00pm.
The Brixton
901 U St NW
Metro: U St, African-American War Memorial exit

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Open Mic for Singer/ Songwriters at Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge in Georgetown every TUES night from 8:00pm - 12:00am, Sign-up 7:30pm, Free, 21+

every Tuesday night! 
8:00pm - 12:00am, sign-up 7:30pm 
Free, 21+

Singer/songwriter open mic every Tuesday night, while originals are preferred, covers are appreciated as well. All genres are welcome, but no pre-recorded tracks allowed; all music should be played  live. Gypsy Sally's has a PA system in house and all mics, cables, stands are provided. If you need a keyboard, acoustic guitar, percussion or amp, they are available upon request. The stage is not large enough for full drum kits, but there is room for 3-4 people with a percussionist. Questions, email Drink specials until 10:00pm, all night for participating musicians. Food specials available as well.  

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

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

Sunday, August 4, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free Screening of "The Invisible War" at 6:00pm at GWU and District Karaoke City-Wide Finals at Penn Social at 7:00pm, Free, 18+

Monday, August 4th

Screening of "The Invisible War" followed by a Panel Discussion
6:00pm - 8:45pm
Free, RSVP Requested:
A screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary The Invisible War will be held at the Milken Institute School of Public Health on August 4th. A panel discussion will follow the screening.
The George Washington University
Milken Institute School of Public Health, Lecture Hall A
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom

District Karaoke City-Wide Finals at Penn Social
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Free,  18+
After nearly three months of performances, District Karaoke, a team-based karaoke league, will hosts their City-Wide Finals at Penn Social. Enjoy fun performances, creative costumes and wild dance routines.
Penn Social
801 E St NW
Metro: Archives or Gallery Pl-Chinatown

PAST: ART: "Non Serviam: New Directions in Graphic Design" at the DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan FRI, Sept 13th - SUN, Oct 13th, Free

Non Serviam: New Directions in Graphic Design at the DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan
On view Friday, September 13th - Sunday, October 13th

"Graphic design communicates ideas en masse, a universally legible medium in service to commerce and clients alike.  Yet some of the most compelling designers today are producing singular, idiosyncratic work of a highly personal nature. What they create is an end unto itself, an unalloyed expression of the artist." Curated by: Jessica K. Pavone. Mentor Curator: Helen Frederick. "The designers in this show—Martin Venezky, Benjamin Critton, Keetra Dean Dixon and JK Keller, Carolyn V. Marsden, Anther Kiley—are heterogeneous, yet all are expanding and radicalizing the field. They are transforming and transmuting their medium into something new—expressive and singular, challenging and unexpected, idiosyncratic and impractical. Non Serviam presents works seeding the form’s improbable bloom."

DC Arts Center
2438 18th St NW
Metro: Woodly Park and walk or take the Circulator bus, you can also walk from Columbia Heights or Dupont Circle or take the 42 bus to 18th & Columbia from Dupont, toward Mt Pleasant

Saturday, August 3, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free events this SUN, August 3rd from!

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 more free events and exhibits on view! Plus, you can now find on facebook too.

Sunday, August 3rd 

Afternoon - Poetry Reading -  Bethesda, MD
Brian Gilmore, Heather Davis and Jose Padua
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Brian Gilmore reads from his recent collection of poems, We Didn’t Know Any Gangsters. He is joined by poets Heather Lynne Davis and Jose Padua. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest

Afternoon - Art Talk at the NGA West Building - Archives
Lecture with Dennis Weller, National Gallery of Art.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

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

PAST: FESTIVAL: Final Day of the Kaypi Peru Festival at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Learn more about the Richness and Diversity of Peru and have a chance to purchase Handmade Crafts from Indigenous Artisans! SUN, August 3rd from 10:00am - 5:30pm, Free

Celebrate the Art and Culture of Peru at the Kaypi Peru Festival this week at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
Tuesday, July 29th - Sunday, August 3rd
10:00am - 5:30pm

Join the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian this week for the Kaypi Perú Festival, celebrating the indigenous cultures of Peru. Kaypi Perú, which means "This is Peru" in the Quechua language, is a week-long festival devoted to sharing and celebrating the richness and diversity of Peru through traditional dances and live music, photo exhibitions, films, lectures, Peruvian food and drinks, and hands-on activities for kids and families. The festival will also include exhibition and sale of handmade crafts by indigenous Peruvian artisans.

The festival is presented with the Embassy of Peru and a partnership with the Amazon Conservation Association, National Geographic Society and the Mountain Institute.

Smithsonian's National Museum of American Indian
4th & Independence Ave SW
Metro: L’Enfant Plaza L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Green/Yellow lines), exit Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums. On the National Mall between the Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. For Bus,Lines 30, 32, 34–36—Friendship Heights/Southern Avenue

PAST: ART: East City Art Weekend Round Up! More Free Art Events SUN, August 3rd

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Last Chance ‘til Fall Edition

Saturday, August 2nd -  Sunday, August 3rd 
1:00pm - 6:00pm
The first Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival (HATFestDC) at Gateway DC – invites visitors to hear, see, create, learn, and interact with artists and the community. There will be a main performance area and five tents, which will focus on different interactive themes. 
Gateway DC
2700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE.
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook by following them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

Note: This is the Last Round-Up until the Fall 2014 Preview which comes out Thursday, August 28th.

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free and low-cost events this SUN, August 3rd

Highlights post for more free and low-cost events on Sunday, August 3rd

Silly Time Outdoor Yoga in Meridian Park
9:30am - 10:30am
Free, bring a yoga mat or towel
All ages welcome, donation-based, $8- $10 suggested
With Love DC tanks and post cards will be for sale after class.
Can't make it to this gathering? Check out their others here.
Metro: Columbia Heights or S2 or S4 bus to 16th & Euclid

Free, 21+
All Good Funk Alliance * djmeegs * DJ Lisa Frank * Synz * DJ Vanniety Kills
Dirty Bar
1223 Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Farragut North or take the 42 bus there

Adele Hampton's DC Farewell Feature + Open Mic as part of monthly *Sparkle* Queer Open Mic 
8:00pm - 10:00pm
All ages, $5
Busboys and Poets 
14th & V St NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus or any metro bus that goes to 14th & U St 

PAST: WALKING TOUR: Learn more about American Scandals with DC Walkabout's Audio Tour, now available any time for just $10 - this one is a longer tour + Additional Audio Tours Available for $5

DC Walkabout is a local, indie, theme-based, tour group in DC is now offering audio tours so you can Tour on Your own Time!
$5 - $10 per tour on mp3, includes map

Whether you live here or are visiting town, DC Walkabout tours will show you a side of DC you don't often get to see! DC Walkabout has switched over to Audio Tours. These new tours offer lots of great info along with music and sound effects to set the mood. They are currently offering tours on the Lincoln Assassination and Haunted History for just $5 each. The American Scandal tour is a bit longer and costs $10. Audio Tours of Capitol Hill, The National Mall and the Tidal Basin are currently in the works but not yet available.

American Scandal - Audio Tour $10
Audio Length: 81 minutes
Estimated Tour Length: 2 hours
Walking Distance: 2 miles
Rated: R for Ridiculous
Good for 1 person. Tour MP3 and Map, via both direct download and email link.

About the American Scandal Tour: "Which congressman held a press conference from an exotic dancing club? Who shot his wife's lover and got away with it? Who challenged the press to dig up dirt on him and lost? Lurid "tails" and excesses of human nature abound unapologetically at every turn. Washington DC is as famous for its dastardly deeds as for its architectural beauty or even the work done on Capitol Hill. Travel through time on our American Scandal Audio Tour, which serves as a humorous stroll through the indiscretions of our Founding Fathers all the way up to present day political high jinks."

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