Monday, September 16, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free events TUES, Sept 16th from - a fabulous resource for Arts & Culture events in 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! See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of exhibits on view! Plus, is now on facebook.

Tuesday, September 16th

Morning - Film Screening - Cheverly, MD 
Platinum Movie: 12 Years a Slave
The 2014 Oscar and Golden Globe winner for Best Motion Picture is the true story of Solomon Northup, a freed black man from upstate New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana. Dramatic and emotional, the gripping film illustrates the tragic extremes of life in the mid-1800s, and how a brave and determined man survived to regain his freedom.
Platinum Movie: 12 Years a Slave
Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Rd - Cheverly, MD
Metro: Cheverly and take The Bus18 towards Langley Park to Landover Rd & Annapolis Rd.

Evening - Literary Event at the Arts Club - Farragut West
Literary Evening: Authors Ailish Hopper and Alan Michael Parker
The Arts Club presents a reading by Ailish Hopper and Alan Michael Parker, two acclaimed voices in contemporary publishing. Ms. Hopper teaches at Goucher College in Baltimore. Honors for her work include the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize. Mr. Parker is the Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College and the author of multiple volumes of poetry and prose. He has written for The New York Times and The New Yorker. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I St, NW
Metro: Farragut West or Foggy Bottom

Evening - US Air Force Chamber Concert - Rockville, MD
United States Air Force Band Chamber Players Series- Woodwind Quintet & Chamber Trio
This concert will present music for winds and cello by two ensembles that are components of the United States Air Force Band. Formed in 2012, the Chamber Trio fits its unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet and cello to a wide variety of repertoire featuring new, original musical arrangements.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

6125 Montrose Road - Rockville, MD
Metro: Twinbrook and wait for the Ride On bus or take a taxi, short trip, just over a mile (see map). You may also consider walking or biking from the metro.

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

Sunday, September 15, 2013

PAST: STAGED READING: The Shakespeare Theatre ReDiscovery Series kicks off with a reading of "Chains of Dew" on MON, Sept 15th at 7:30pm, Free, RSVP Required, Please arrive by 7:15pm

The Shakespeare Theatre ReDiscovery Series
a series of free staged readings this season
Free, RSVP required online or by phone 202.547.1122, option 4

Susan and God (1939)
by Rachel Crothers, Directed by Shirley Serotsky
Monday, November 17th
Free, RSVP here

450 7th St., NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or Archives

Chains of Dew (1922)
by Susan Glaspell, Directed by Holly Twyford
Monday, September 15th
Free, RSVP here
Seating is general admission, please arrive by 7:15pm to ensure your seat
Beloved D.C. actress and director Holly Twyford helms the first ReDiscovery Reading of the 2014-2015 Season, by one of the founding figures of modern American drama. "Guess who’s coming to dinner? It’s the Birth Control League! In Susan Glaspell’s Chains of Dew, New York feminist Nora Powers follows her friend (and possibly more), the freethinking poet Seymore Standish, to his Midwestern hometown. But when she meets his wife and mother, Nora is forced to confront her own prejudices."

PAST: POETRY: Two Time DC Grand Slam Champion and Award Winning Slam Poet Pages D. Matam celebrates the release of his new book "The Heart of a Comet" at Busboys and Poets 14th & V on MON, Sept 15th from 9:00pm - 11:00pm, All ages, $5 online, $10 at the door

Local Award Winning Slam Poet Pages D. Matam book release celebration for "The Heart of a Comet" at Busboys and Poets 14th & V
Monday, September 15th
9:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, $5 online, $10 at the door
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Award Winning slam poet Pages Matam (2 time DC Grand Slam Champion, 2013 Southern Fried Champion) celebrates the release of his new book of poetry, "The Heart of a Comet" along with special invited guest poets G. Yamazawa, Drew Law, B. Sharise Moore, Karega Bailey, Rasheed Copeland, Two Deep and Sarah Browning along with comedian Rallo Boykins. The event will also include a book signing, with copies of the book available for purchase, and a talk back. Food and drinks available for purchase.

"Pages Matam is a multidimensional creative writing and performance artist, residing in the D.C. metropolitan area, but originally from Cameroon, Africa. He is a Write Bloody author, educator, playwright, host, event organizer, Award Winning slam poet (2 time DC Grand Slam Champion, 2013 Southern Fried Champion) along with his greatest accomplishment, being a father. A proud gummy bear elitist, bowtie enthusiast, professional hugger and anime fanatic, be prepared to be taken on a journey of cultural and personal discovery unapologetic in its silly, yet visceral and beautifully honest in its storytelling."

Busboys and Poets 
14th & V St, NW
Metro: U St or take the Woodley-McPherson Circulator bus that also runs along 14th St right to U St.

PAST: THEATER: Forum (Re)Acts: The (Re)Mix on MON, Sept 15th at 8:00pm, Pay-What-You-Can

(Re)Acts: The (Re)Mix
Monday, September 15th
Pay-What-You-Can at the door

(Re)Acts: The (Re)Mix challenges artists to create pieces that react to remixing, remix culture, and artistic genesis. This installment of (Re)Acts sets up the conversations around Season 11's How We Got On and The Shipment. "Where, if anywhere, does your art and culture end, and mine begin?  Can we ever truly start from nothing?" Featuring new work by: Ramtin Arablouie, Sandra Atkinson, From Block 2 Block, Elizabeth Hansen, Jon Jon Johnson, Anu Yadav, and Kit Young

Forum Theatre - Silver Spring
at the Round House Theatre
8641 Colesville Rd - next to the AFI
Metro: Silver Spring

Saturday, September 14, 2013

PAST: FESTIVAL: Adams Morgan Day SUN, Sept 14th along 18th St from Columbia Rd to Florida Ave - Performances on Multiple Stages, Food, Vendors and more + "Arts on Belmont" Art Vendors, 12:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Adams Morgan Day! DC's longest-running festival! Music, food, vendors, art and more along 18th St and Belmont Sunday, September 15th
12:00pm - 7:00pm

Enjoy live Performances on multiple stages, Art, Food, Vendors and more at the 36th Annual Adams Morgan Day this Sunday! The festival will take place on 18th Street, NW, between Florida Ave and Columbia Rd as well as Belmont Rd from noon to 7:00pm. Nonprofits and local businesses will be along 18th St. Artists will all be along Belmont Rd.

Festival on 18th St NW between Columbia Rd & Florida Ave
"Arts on Belmont" on Belmont Rd between Columbia & 18th St
Metro: Woodley Park, also close to Columbia Heights. You can walk from the metro or catch the Circulator bus from Woodley Park or Columbia Rd at 14th St to Adams Mill Rd right by 18th St near Columbia Rd. You can also walk up 18th St from Dupont Circle to the bottom of the Festival at Florida Ave or take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to the top of the festival at Columbia Rd or to Belmont 

Friday, September 13, 2013

PAST: FAMILY FESTIVAL: Sing, Talk & Read - STAR Family Festival at MLK Library this SAT, Sept 13th from 11:00am - 3:00pm, Free activities, games, face painting, music, lunch and more!

Sing, Talk & Read - STAR Family Festival at MLK Library
Saturday, September 13th
11:00am - 3:00pm
Free, lunch provided 

Learn how singing, talking and reading with your baby or young child now can help them later in school. It's never too early to give your kids a smart start.  The free festival will feature:
  • Workshops for parents to support your child's early learning
  • Fun activities, crafts and games for children 
  • Free children's books
  • Live entertainment by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and drummer Jali-D
  • Safety, health and education resources for your child 
  • Door prizes including $200 gift baskets and other giveaways
  • Face painting
  • Photo opportunities with costumed characters including Clifford the Big Red Dog
Special guest appearances from WKYS FM Shorty de Prince and Angie Ange. For more info, call 202-727-0321.

MLK Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St NW
Metro: Galley Pl - Chinatown, 9th & G exit is closest, also close to Metro Center, just a few blocks

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: ART: East City Art Weekend Roundup for SAT, Sept 13th includes Eight Art events! The Annual Hyattsville Art Festival, Afternoon & Evening Art Openings and more! All events are Free

East City Art Weekend Roundup - Free events Saturday, September 13th

Hyattsville Art Festival 
11:00am - 5:00pm
Enjoy 70+ exhibiting artists during the 7th Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival. Guests can visit the corridor’s retailers, suppliers and non-profits throughout the event. See what other artists told Christina Sturdivant about the festival here. For more information about the festival, click here.
Baltimore Ave (Route 1) and Jefferson St. - Hyattsville, MD
Metro: Rhode Island Avenue or Prince George's Plaza and take a bus. See metro trip-planner for bus access

11:00am - 5:00pm
Curators and artists work together in Tag You’re It: Curate the Curator at artdc across from the Hyattsville Art Festival. For details about the exhibit, click here.
artdc Gallery
5710 Baltimore Ave - Hyattsville, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for bus access

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum 
12:00pm - 4:00pm
The hallowed neighborhood institution celebrates its 47th Anniversary with a community festival. For details on participating groups, click here.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place SE
Metro: See metro trip-planner for bus access

Art Enables’ Off-Rhode Gallery
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Steve Loya exhibits his “splotch monsters” and Cheryl Edwards leads a Second Saturday Workshop. For details, click here.
Art Enables at Off-Rhode Gallery
2204 Rhode Island Ave NE
Metro: See metro trip-planner for bus access

G Fine Art 
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Vesna Pavlović exhibits images of the Museum of Yugoslav History. For more information about the exhibit, click here.
G Fine Art Gallery
4718 14th St NW
Metro: See metro trip-planner for bus access

Project 4
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Artist Matthew Mann presents Associative Fugue. For details about the exhibit, click here.
Project 4 Gallery
1353 U St NW, Suite 302
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus to 14th & U

7:00pm - 9:00pm
The opening is the debut of the six new Hamiltonian Fellows for 2014. For more information about the fellows, click here.
Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus to 14th & U 

Art Whino
8:00pm - 12:00am
The G40 Art Summit hosted by Art Whino returns to DC with street and multidimensional art. For details, click here.
The G40 Summit
700 Delaware Ave SW
Metro: Navy Yard or Waterfront, see metro trip-planner for best access

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.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

PAST: The DC Office of the Tenant Advocate hosts the 7th Annual Tenant & Tenant Association Summit this SAT, Sept 13th at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Free, Advance Registration is Required

The OTA hosts the 7th Annual Tenant & Tenant Association Summit
"Tenant Knowledge is Tenant Power"
Saturday, September 13th
8:00am - 5:00pm
You can also register by phone (202) 719-6560
Lunch provided, free parking for those driving
Note: there will not be any onsite registration

The OTA Tenant Summit (see Summit Program [PDF]) serves as a day-long forum each year to bring together tenants, tenant associations, housing attorneys and advocates, policy experts, community leaders, and District officials to discuss matters of concern to the District’s tenant community. Registration, lunch, and parking are all free. Those in attendance will haev access to an on-site legal clinic, workshops and more. Learn about tenant issues like rent control, security deposits, ADA compliance and more. 

Who Should Attend? All District Tenants, Tenant Associations, Advocacy groups/ community leaders/ anyone who wants to learn more about tenant rights. If you're not able to attend the summit and you have questions or concerns, you can always call or visit the OTA office located at the Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 300-North, by 14th & U St.

800 Florida Avenue, NE
Metro: For metro bus routes/times please visit or call (202) 637-7000. The nearest metro station is the NoMa-Gallaudet U. Metro Station on the Red Line (formerly NY Ave). From the metro you can walk about a half-mile or take Gallaudet’s free shuttle to campus. Those planning to drive: Free Parking- be sure to place the parking pass in your windshield.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free and donation-based events this WED, Sept 10th

Wednesday, September 10th

Stretch to the Cure - All levels Yoga Class
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Free, donations to support cancer research can be made here,  12+ RSVP Requested to
Stretch to the Cure benefits the National Foundation for Cancer Research with an emphasis on how a healthy lifestyle (like one including yoga) can help prevent cancer. Come experience the benefits of yoga first hand!
Balance Studio
4719 Rosedale Ave - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, walk north about 12 minutes on Wisconsin, right on Rosedale. Driving? Free parking below the building

Sing-a-long Movie Series - Annie
Sing-a-long movie musicals every second Wednesday of the month at the MLK Library. You’re invited to sing along (as loud as you can). Microphones for the brave, snacks for all. Prizes for movie trivia & most spirited performance.
MLK Library - Room A-5
901 G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Opening Reception for "Bringing Bossa Nova to the United States" 
5:30pm - 7:30pm
On view Wednesday, September 10th - Friday, December 12th
Open during the Learning Resources Division's hours.
This exhibition returns to the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives after its debut as part of the critically acclaimed Jazz Samba Project at Strathmore. For nearly fifty years, radio broadcaster Felix Grant was a familiar voice to Washington, D.C. jazz lovers. His early interest in and fascination with Brazilian culture and music played a pivotal role in introducing bossa nova to the United States. This exhibition includes photographs; concert programs; correspondence; awards; unique interviews of prominent artists such as João Gilberto, Leny Andrade, Sergio Mendes and Dorival Caymmi; and a digital collection, the Bossa Nova Project, which forms the basis for exhibits that may be accessed online. Together they provide a glimpse into Brazilian music of this period and its explosive impact on the American jazz scene.
University of the District of Columbia
Arts & Sciences Bldg. 41-A
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Van Ness-UDC, exit station on your left, go left through (sculpture of balls), across parking lot. Signs will direct you.

Monday, September 9, 2013

PAST: MUSIC: "All Things Local" Local Singer-Songwriter Benefit for Living Classrooms Anniversary Week Kickoff at Gypsy Sally's! TUES, Sept 9th, 8:00pm show, 7:00pm doors, $10 in advance, $14 day of show, 21+

"All Things Local" Local Singer-Songwriter Benefit for Living Classrooms
Anniversary Week Kickoff at Gypsy Sally's!
Tuesday, September 9th
8:00pm show, 7:00pm doors
$10 in advance, $14 day of show, 21+

Gypsy Sally's is partnering with Listen Local First for a great evening of intimate music from 10 great local singer songwriters: The Hummingbyrds, Bobby Thompson, Jackson Edwards, Letitia Van Sant, Tom McBride, Justin Trawick, Natalie York, David Kitchen and Alan Barnosky. 

A portion of your ticket price will be donated to Living Classrooms, a regional charity that inspires kids to achieve their potential through experiential learning. Atlas Brew Works will also be here to celebrate their first anniversary -- brew specials and giveaways! This also kicks off the Gypsy Sally's one year anniversary week festivities!! Online sales stop at 5pm day of show then tix avail at door unless posted as sold out.

Gypsy Sally's
3401 K St NW
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, September 8, 2013

PAST: TALK: "Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas" at the National Archives with Author Cass R. Sunstein MON, Sept 8th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Free, via - a Fabulous resource for Arts & Culture events in the DC Metro area!

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.

Monday, September 8th 

Cass R. Sunstein, the nation’s most-cited legal scholar, discusses his latest book Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas, a compilation of his most famous, insightful, relevant, and inflammatory pieces. Sunstein cuts through the fog of left vs. right arguments and offers logical, evidence-based solutions to today’s most challenging questions. A book signing will follow the program.
National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

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

Saturday, September 7, 2013

PAST: FOLK FESTIVAL: The Annual Takoma Park Folk Festival is this SUN, Sept 7th! Enjoy Music, Vendors and more! 10:30am - 6:30pm, Free

The Takoma Park Folk Festival
Enjoy music, vendors and more!
Sunday, September 7th
10:30am - 6:30pm
Performers this year + view and download the brochure!

Since its inception in 1978, the Takoma Park Folk Festival has been a community affair, organized by volunteers from the Takoma Park area. The Takoma Park Folk Festival continues to be an event by and for the community of Takoma Park, and its all-volunteer organizing committee and performers maintain the legacy of founder Sam Abbott. This year there will be 7 stages with 50 or so acts performing, all free!

Takoma Park Middle School
7611 Piney Branch Ave
Takoma Park, MD  (map)
Metro: Takoma, it's about .9 miles from the metro, you can walk, bike or take the free shuttle bus there!
Free shuttle buses will run between the Festival and the Takoma Met ro - pick up at the kiss and ride - and the Montgomery College East Garage from 10:00am - 7:00pm. If you're driving, please park in the garage. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Here's a list of more Free and low-cost events for WED, Sept 3rd

Wednesday, September 3rd

6:30pm - 8:30pm
two-hour workshop only $5
All ages, no need to RSVP, just come ready to write!
continuing every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month!
Starting September 3rd, Split This Rock and The Beltway Poetry Slam (the new reigning champions of the National Poetry Slam!) will be hosting bi-monthly writing workshops on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month. 
Cash preferred. If you bring a check please make it out to "Split This Rock."

1112 16th St NW, Suite 600 - between M and L St 
Metro: McPherson Sq, Farragut North or S2 or S4 bus along 16th to M St

Monthly Wednesday Night Drum Jam!
The final outdoor drum jam of the summer
outside at the Gazebo in Takoma Park, MD
6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Free, donations of $5-$10 are appreciated
Drum outside with a fabulous group of folks on the first Wednesday of the month at the Takoma Park Gazebo, June-September. Bring a chair, some water and a drum. Drums provided for those who are not able to bring their own.
Takoma Park Gazebo
7035 Carroll Ave
Metro: Takoma

Press. Play. Repeat - an Improv Show!
7:30pm - 9:00pm, doors 7:00pm
Online sales end at 3pm on Wednesday
$8 online, plus $1.27 service fee or $10 cash only at the door
Beer and wine available for purchase, cash only, for those 21+
"Lather Up With Laughter! Let Press Play, one of D.C.'s premier longform improv comedy troupes, treat you to a night of comedy and storytelling. Enjoy storytelling by Chase Kimball, comedy from Jon Chesebro and Longform improv by three different troupes:  Ugh!, The Rich and the Richer! and of course, Press Play. Read more about the performers on the invite here.
The Loft at 600 F
600 F St NW, Suite 300
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown 

COMMUNION DC Returns to Gypsy Sally's
with local artist Margot MacDonald, plus music from Diane Birch and Crash
8:30pm, dors 7:00pm
$9.50 in advance til 5:00pm day of, $15 at the door unless sold out, 21+
Come on out for an Ecletctic mix of up and coming musical acts curated by Communion Music
3401 K St NW - close to the Key Bridge on K St by the Waterfront Park
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Farragut North or Rosslyn and take the Circulator bus