Thursday, August 29, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Labor Day Weekend! Free events this FRI, August 29th - SUN, August 31st 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! Check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for a list of more free events and exhibits on view and connect with CultureCapital.com on facebook too.

Friday, August 29th

Afternoon - ETC Kids Performance in Arlington, VA - Pentagon and a bus
Acting Out: Stories! Performance
2:15pm
Students from the Educational Theatre Company (ETC) ages 8-12 perform using skills they have developed at this one-week camp focusing on the power of storytelling!
Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St - Arlington, VA
Metro: Pentagon and catch the 22A bus from Bus Bay U4 to S Stafford & 34th St




Evening - Outdoor Jazz and Hoop Jam - Brookland
Art on 8th: Freddie Dunn Jr., POP and Hoop Jam
6:30pm
Join Freddie Dunn Jr., POP (People, Objects Play) and Carla Perlo for live jazz, interactive dance and hoop jam! Presented by Dance Place
716 Monroe St NE
Metro: Brookland - CUA, or take a bus, see metro trip-planner for bus access

Find more free events + exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com!

Saturday, August 30th

All Day - Free Admission at The Corcoran - Farragut West/ 17th St
Free Summer Saturdays: Guided Tours
Free Admission + Guided Tours - Last Weekend!
every Saturday between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day
10:00am - 5:00pm
Guided tours are available from 11:00am - 3:00pm. The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design's Free Summer Saturdays series of programming includes gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances.
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
500 17th St NW
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut North, walk down 17th St toward E St

Afternoon - Family-Friendly Open House at Glen Echo in MD - Friendship Heights and bus
Adventure Theatre MTC & Glen Echo Open House
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Join Adventure Theatre MTC and Glen Echo Park for an Open House and explore the many classes and programs they offer! They’ll have pictures with Garfield, free popcorn, free stylings by Pigtails and Crewcuts, readings of Petite Rouge, showings of Pinkalicious and more!
Adventure Theatre MTC
7300 MacArthur Boulevard - Glen Echo, MD
Metro: Friendship Heights and catch the Ride-On bus 29 towards Glen Echo to Goldsboro Rd & MacArthur Blvd and walk 0.12 miles west   

Find more free events + exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com!

Sunday, August 31st

Evening - NSO Annual Concert - Capitol Hill 
NSO Free Labor Day Capitol Concert 2014
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Free, no tickets required
Gates open at 3:00pm, open rehearsal at 3:30pm
read more on the official website
The National Symphony Orchestra celebrates the beginning of its 2014–2015 season with its annual Labor Day Capitol Concert, a tradition since 1979. This year's program explores American music from television shows, movies, and beloved Broadway musicals, with a veritable Who's Who of notable composers represented.
West Lawn US Capital
E. Capitol & First St NW
Metro: Union Station or Capitol South or take a bus closer

Find more free events + exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com!

PAST: WALKING TOURS: Last Chance! Washington Walks offers six Free Walking Tours this Month! Tours every THURS, FRI, SAT & SUN Nights! Choose from Memorials by Moonlight and Haunted themed Tours + Learn more about Dupont Circle on SUN Mornings! Tours run through SUN, August 31st

Free Walking Tours this month with Washington Walks 
Tours offered Thursdays - Sundays
Free during the month of August!
Regularly $15, $10 with US military of federal government ID, kids 3 and younger free
Rain or shine! While tours are free, tips for guides welcome
Remaining Tours Thursday, August 7 - Sunday, August 31st

Choose from three different Memorials by Moonlight tours, two Haunted themed tours and a neighborhood tour of Dupont Circle. Each walk lasts approximately 2 hours. No need to RSVP in advance, simply show up and look for the Washington Walks guide, who will be easily identifiable, wearing a blue and green Washington Walks badge.  Learn more about Washington Walks, founded in 1999, and read more about the guides who will be giving the tours here!

Enjoy these six classic walks for free from August 1st through Labor Day!

Memorials by Moonlight Tours:

Thursday & Saturday nights
Memorials by Moonlight: Sampler
7:00pm - 9:00pm
This tour includes visits to the National World War II Memorial, District War Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Abraham Lincoln Memorial. The Washington Monument and Thomas Jefferson Memorial are seen and discussed from a distance. Along the way, your guide sets the scene for the Federal City's original plans to memorialize its national heroes and how they've evolved with time. Read more here. 
Meet in front of the Organization of American States by the statue of Queen Isabella I, which was donated to the OAS by Spain in 1966.
17th & Constitution Ave NW
Statue is located on the N side of Constitution and W side of 17th St at the SE corner of the OAS Building
Metro: Farragut West and walk about 12 minutes down 17th St 

Friday & Sunday nights
Meet here - Queen Isabella I Statue
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Learn more about the monuments along the Reflecting Pool and interesting facts like: "Had you ventured along the acreage covered on this walk during the Civil War years, you would have found yourself submerged beneath the Potomac River." In this tour you'll see series of major monuments to America's wars in Europe and Asia, evoking the triumph and anguish of warfare. Read more here. This tour includes visits to Constitution Gardens, the National World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Abraham Lincoln Memorial.
Meet in front of the Organization of American States by the statue of Queen Isabella I, which was donated to the OAS by Spain in 1966.
17th & Constitution Ave NW
Statue is located on the North side of Constitution and West side of 17th St at the SE corner of the OAS Building
Metro: Farragut West and walk about 12 minutes down 17th St 

Friday & Sunday nights
7:00pm - 9:00pm
See the Jefferson Memorial and other memorials as you stroll around this beautiful Tidal Basin, one of DC's most famous man-made bodies of water. See memorials to brilliant leaders and the only First Lady honored on the National Mall featured in a presidential memorial. This tour includes visits to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, George Mason Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial plus views of the Washington Monument, U.S. Air Force Memorial and District War Memorial.
Meet the guide by the refreshment stand located at the back (south side) of the memroial
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, it's nice to bike down there too! If you plan to drive, be sure to read the parking restriction signs carefully and click here for more info about parking options.

Haunted Tours:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Features stories about the Octagon, D.C.'s most ghost-filled residence. Read more here.  Please note that this walk does not include interior visits to any of the buildings featured. 
Meet at "The Octagon" house sign 
1799 New York Ave NW 
Metro: Closest metro is Farragut West, walk about 8 minutes south on 17th or 18th St to New York Ave  


Saturday night only
Capitol Hauntings
7:30pm - 9:30pm
A decidedly unnerving-and historical-walk through one of DC's oldest neighborhoods. Read more here. Please note that this walk does not include interior visits to any of the buildings featured.
Meet by the Capitol South Metro exit
Metro: Capitol South

Neighborhood Tour:

Sunday morning only
Dupont Circle
10:30am - 12:30pm
Dupont Circle is a  vibrant, diverse and historic district that has a lot of great character and charm.  The tour will start with a look at the “Brewmaster’s Castle,” then it’s on to Dupont Circle itself and then on to explore more buildings in the neighborhood. The walk will conclude at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market, where you can pick up some great farm fresh fruits, veggies, breads, flowers and more if you like. Read more here
Meet the guide outside the Dupont Circle Metro exit, south side
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit by the entrance to Panera Bread on 19th St NW. You can also take the 42 bus to the stop just south of the circle on Connecticut Ave. 

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free and low-cost things to do this Labor Day Weeekend!

Friday, August 29th

Free Friday Yoga in the Park!
6:30pm
Free class in Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park
YCDC founder Zhenya Valenrod will lead a 75-90 minute mixed flow practice. The weather forecast calls for 85°F and sunny. Meet behind the spot where the the drum circle takes place on Sundays.
Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park
Euclid St entrance between 15th & 16th 
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Euclid

8:30pm show, 7:00pm doors
$10 if you buy in advance, $14 at the door, 21+
The Circus Life celebrates one year! Enjoy performances by Derek Evry and his band of misanthropes, Tiffany Thompson Ban, Victoria Vox, Justin Trawick and the Common Good, Mundy, Don Kim and his famous band, Louisa Hall and DJ Sam Snow.
Gypsy Sally's
3401 K St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Farragut North or Rosslyn and take the Circulator bus or the 38B bus closer. Close to the Key Bridge, on K St, right across from the Waterfront Park.

Saturday, August 30th

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.

Our Borders: An Immigration Film Festival & Celebration
5:00pm - 1:00am 
Free
click link for more details and schedule of events!
The Lamont Street Collective
1822 Lamont St NW 
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the 42 bus or S2 or S4 bus to Lamont St and walk


National Book Festival: Stage [Hearts] Page -
DC Youth Slam on Books & Reading
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Free
Come on out for the first-ever slam at the National Book Festival!
The slam—a contest in which poets read or recite their poems, which are then judged by a panel—will include the District of Columbia’s top youth slam groups: the DC Youth Slam Team and Louder Than a Bomb DMV. Champion delegates from both groups will compete to be named the city’s top youth slammer, by performing new works on the subject of books and reading. The event is a collaboration among the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center, the National Endowment for the Arts and the poetry organization Split This Rock. Judges will include national and international slam champion Gayle Danley, Tanuja Desai Hidier, author of "Born Confused," and Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin. The emcee for the slam will be Beltway Grand Slam champion Elizabeth Acevedo. Read more here.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Pl NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center

Sunday, August 31st

12:00pm - 3:00pm
Free/ Pay-it-Forward!
Staying in town for Labor Day weekend? Come to Himalayan Heritage in Adam's Morgan for the August edition of Karma Kitchen - and bring a friend or two.
2305 18 St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle or Woodley Park and walk or take the 42 bus to Belmont or any 90 line bus along 18th St closer, see metro trip-planner

PAST: JAZZ: Weekly: The final "Jazz in the Garden" performance of the season will feature the Dixie Power Trio on FRI, August 29th from 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

Jazz in the Garden is back! 
Friday nights in the NGA Sculpture Garden
Friday, May 23rd - Friday, August 29th
5:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, weather permitting
Please see @ngadc on twitter for show updates related to weather

Final Concert -  Friday, August 29th
Dixie Power Trio (zydeco, Cajun, and Louisiana funk)

The free series features an array of jazz artists performing a range of styles--including salsa, blusion, vibraphone, and Afrofunk--every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, rain or shine, from May 23rd - August 29th. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the cafe. Coolers and alcohol are not allowed. You can purchase some alcoholic beverages, such as pitchers of sangria, at the cafe. Best to bring a blanket along if you want to sit on the grass.

between 7th & 9th St, NW- Constitution Ave & Madison Dr, NW (see map)
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial or take the S2 bus that runs along 16th St to the final stop, walk to Constitution Ave and turn left, walk a block or so, park is on the right side.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

PAST: SING-A-LONG: The Final Movie Nights you can Sing-a-long to this Summer will be at the Shaw Library on WED, Augsut 27th at 6:30pm, Free

Summer Sing-a-long Series at DC Public Libraries select nights
All ages, Free, Popcorn provided

Join DC Libraries this summer for sing along nights! Whether you prefer to sing with a crowd or step up to the mic for a solo, DCPL has your favorite movie musicals ready. Prizes will be awarded for movie trivia and most spirited performance. For movie titles & more information, please call 202.727.1291. Final Screening of the Summer will be:

Wednesday, August 27th
6:30pm
Hop in a canoe and find out what’s around the river bend
Watha T. Daniel/ Shaw Library
1630 7th St NW
Metro: Shaw - RI Ave exit, directly above the metro exit

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
Free

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 CultureCapital.com - a Fabulous Arts and Culture events site for DC, MD & VA!


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!

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

Sunday, August 24th

Afternoon - Art Talk at the NGA West Building - Archives

Lecture: Van Gogh's Late Works
2:00pm
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 CultureCapital.com for a list of exhibits on view. You can also connect with CultureCapital.com 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: Raymond@QInstitute.com

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
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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
8:00pm
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

Saturday, August 17, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free events from CultureCapital.com for SUN, August 17th


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!

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

Sunday, August 17th

Lecture: A Quiet Cult: The Continuing Allure of the Art of Vermeer
2:00pm
Lecture will be given by David Gariff.
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Closing Reception for Jackie Hoysted: The Candy Store
2:00pm
Jackie Hoysted sets up an installation of encaustic paintings that look and smell good enough to eat. The scented paintings are minimal, candy colored transparent fields, some with sugary textured rectangles floating on top. Her confectionery of sweet paintings plays with the ideas of art as eye candy and the gallery as a sales room, but also doubles as a personal contemplation on desire and craving.
VisArts Rockville
in Rockville Town Square
155 Gibbs St - Rockville, MD
Metro: Rockville, about a 5 minute walk from the metro. See metro and driving/parking directions here.

SynchroSwim 2014! 
5:00pm
Presented by Washington Project for the Arts (WPA)
Free admission begins at 4:30pm, following Capitol Skyline’s Saturday Pool Party
DC’s performance art explosion is taking to the pool with the fourth presentation of WPA’s synchronized swimming performance art competition! A celebration of creativity and enthusiasm. During the one-hour event, 4 artist teams will perform short, unique routines set to musical compositions. Performers this year include DC Synchromasters, The Docents, The Elementals, and Fluid Movement.
Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 I Street SW
Metro: Navy Yard and walk about 9 minutes, see walking map from metro

Find more free events and exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page +  connect with CultureCapital.com on facebook now too!

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
Free

"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

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.
Strathmore
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
Free

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 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!

Check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for a list of more free events and exhibits on view and connect with CultureCapital.com 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"
2:00pm
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 CultureCapital.com!

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.

DC ZINEFEST 2014
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
Free
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
9:00pm
$10
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 david@gypsysallys.com. 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 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 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: eohdept@gwu.edu
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