Monday, September 30, 2013

PAST: MUSIC: Violinist Joshua Bell performs a mini-concert along with a small group of students he mentored at Union Station on TUES, Sept 30th from 12:30pm - 1:00pm, Free!

Grammy winner Joshua Bell (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Tuesday, September 30th
12:30pm - 1:00pm

You may have seen the video of the Grammy-winning violinist playing for spare change in a Metro station back in 2007 as an experiment with the Washington Post. Now, Bell is planning another public appearance in DC and this time he's giving us all a heads up! Bell will perform along with nine students he mentored with the hopes of promoting music education. If you can find your way to Union Station on a lunch break on Tuesday, this one should be great! 

Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave, NE
Metro: Union Station

PAST: AUTHOR TALK: Irish Author Donal Ryan comes to Busboys and Poets 5th & K on TUES, Sept 30th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm Presented with the local Irish arts organization, Solas Nua, Free

Irish Author Donal Ryan comes to Busboys and Poets 5th & K - Presented with local Irish Arts organization, Solas Nua
Tuesday, September 30th
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Donal Ryan, author of the Guardian First Book Award winning "The Spinning Heart" and Novel of the Year follow-up "The Thing About December," will be reading and discussing his novels at Busboys & Poets 5th & K St location on Tuesday, September 30th. Ryan's novels beautifully illustrate Ireland before and after the economic crash in 2008.

Donal Ryan is a native of Ireland. He lives with his wife Anne Marie and two children just outside Limerick City.

Busboys & Poets
1025 5th St, NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center or Gallery Pl - Chinatown are closest, best reached by Circulator bus to 5th & Mass Ave and walk over just one block to 5th & K St NW

PAST: ART: Video Installation "Soda_Jerk: After the Rainbow" at the NMWA from FRI, Sept 19th - SUN, Nov 2nd, $8 - $10, Free on the first SUN of the month

Soda_Jerk, After the Rainbow (film still), 2009;
2-channel video installation, 5 min. 42 seconds;
Courtesy of the artists
Soda_Jerk: After the Rainbow on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
Friday, September 19th - Sunday, November 2nd
Regular admission to the museum is $10, $8 for students and those 65+, 18 and under free. Free also every first Sunday.

Next Community Day - Sunday, November 1st
Community Days are held on the first Sunday of every month.

NMWA presents a video installation by Soda_Jerk, a two-person art collective from Australia, in collaboration with the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), as part of 5x5, a citywide public art project.

Developed through sampling, a technique of appropriating segments from music, videos and film, After the Rainbow (2009) combines film clips from The Wizard of Oz (1939) and a 1960s television special starring Judy Garland. The work interweaves the fantasy world of cinema with the complex reality of Garland’s life. After the Rainbow is the second work in Soda_Jerk’s Dark Matter series, an ongoing cycle of video installations featuring deceased movie stars. The series explores the relationship between screen technologies and the personal and communal experiences of time and death.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave, NW
Metro: Metro Center, use the 13th St exit and up two blocks to NY Ave or take one of many buses that go to 13th & H St NW

PAST: YOGA: Withlove DC Community Yoga Class will be a Flow Class with Heather at 52 O St Studios on TUES, Sept 30th from 7:30pm - 8:30pm, by donation

by donation, $8-$10 suggested, give as you can
See a complete list of classes being offered 

While there be sure to check out the art by Lisa Marie Thalhammer, whose current work-in-process incorporates aspects of sacred geometry, the rainbow chakras and yogi warriors in mystical environments.

Tuesday, September 30th
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Flow with Heather - see invite for details about this class

Learn more and connect with 52 O Street Studios on facebook

52 O St Studios
52 O St, NW
Metro: NoMa - Gallaudet (formerly New York Ave metro)

Friday, September 27, 2013

PAST: MEDITATION: Free Workshop on "Meditation for Healthy Living" with Karin Silverman from Science of Spriituality DC at the White Oak Library in Silver Spring, MD on SAT, Sept 27th from 10:30am - 12:00pm, Free

Free Workshops this month in DC, MD and VA from Science of Spirituality DC
for a complete list of events this fall, see the schedule or calendar online

SOS DC offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with @SOS_WashDC on twitter. Science of Spirituality also has a new home in DC located by the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave NW.

Saturday, September 27th - Silver Spring, MD

"Meditation for Healthy Living"
with Karin Silverman
10:30am - 12:00pm
Karin Silverman has been practicing meditation for over 40 years. Join her as she discusses the extraordinary benefits of meditation and how it improves the overall physical health of the body as well as the mental and spiritual health. Karin will present effective methods for creating a more satisfying lifestyle and a deep sense of peace. In this presentation, you will learn effective strategies and a simple but profound meditation technique that will help remove stress and worry. The audience will have a chance to practice this simple technique that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth.
White Oak Library
11701 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20904 Metro: No nearby Metro, you can catch the Z2 and C8 bus. Metrobus Z8 is also within walking distance.

PAST: FESTIVAL: The Annual Greenbelt Rhythm & Drum Festival is back in Old Greenbelt, MD on SAT, Sept 27th from 11:00am - 11:00pm, Enjoy Performances, Drum Circles, Kids Activities, Vendors and more! Free

Annual event in Old Greenbelt, MD
Saturday, September 27th
11:00am - 11:0pm
view and share the facebook event

Come on out for a fun-filled, family-friendly community-building event in Old Greenbelt. The annual Greenbelt Rhythm & Drum Festival is a free, all day music event with performances celebrate drumming from around the world.

Enjoy performances, drum circles, classes, kids activities, hula-hoopers, drum, art and clothing vendors and more! 

Schedule of events:
10:30am - Kids Parade
11:00am - Opening Drum Circle, kids-focused
11:30am - The Slidell Trio
12:00pm – Miyako Taiko
1:00pm – Stream & The Blue Dragons
2:00pm – Dom Pakka Chikki
3:00pm – Drum Circle with Ken Crampton
4:00pm – Bele Bele Rhythm Collective - group led by "Drumalady" Kristen Arant
5:00pm – The PanTones
6:00pm - Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang
7:00pm – Closing Drum Circle with Katy Gaughan, from the Wednesday Night Drum Jams in Takoma!
7:30 pm – Black Masala marches through Roosevelt Center into New Deal Cafe
8:00 pm – Black Masala show in the New Deal Cafe

Outdoors in the Roosevelt Center in Old Greenbelt
131 Centerway - Greenbelt, MD (see map)
Metro: Greenbelt and taxi over (especially if there is a group of you this may be worth it) or take a bus. See metro trip-planner to plan the bus based on your arrival time. You'll want to catch the G12 or G16 bus from the metro to Southway & Crescent Rd and walk a short distance. Just listen for the drums!

PAST: SPECIAL EVENT: The Annual "Art All Night - Nuit Blanche" is back in Shaw this year and is expanded to include other neighborhoods in the city! SAT, Sept 27th from 7:00pm - 3:00am, Lots of Free events throughout the area, Including a big party at the renovated, postindustrial Wonder Bread Factory, Free, RSVP to ensure entry, 21+

Art All Night 2014: Nuit Blanche is back in Shaw and this year also in Dupont, North Capitol, H St and Congress Heights neighborhoods!
Saturday, September 27th
7:00pm - 3:00am
follow Art All Night on facebook here
View a map of the locations and see a list of participating artists here!

For the third time, Art All Night DC: Nuit Blanche, a free overnight arts festival featuring live performances and art installations, will fill the streets of Shaw! This year the festival expands across the city with the inclusion of four additional neighborhoods! Shaw will have the largest number of venues, artists, and performances.

In addition to Shaw, the following neighborhoods will also be participating this year: Dupont CircleCongress HeightsH Street NE and North Capitol - where the Art Soiree party will be.

This year an entire floor of the former Wonder Bread Factory on S Street will be filled with art and music once again. For the first time Events DC’s Carnegie Library on Mount Vernon Square will participate with live music and a Silent Disco! There will also be more than two dozen other indoor and outdoor venues in the area that will be hosting art exhibitions and performances. Come on out and enjoy painting, photography, music, dance, sculpture, poetry, fashion, music, video projections, and much more!

Nuit Blanche is an all-night exploration and celebration of art, which began in Paris. Nuit Blanche DC – now in its third edition – is an innovative project that has the ability to bring an artistic and culturally vibrant nightlife to an area looking to expand its creative economy. Nuit Blanche galvanizes museums, galleries, and other cultural organizations to remain open overnight free of charge, essentially uniting the neighborhood into a free-flowing art space.

Wonder Bread Factory
641 S St NW
Metro: Shaw
.... and other venues throughout the city! See metro trip-planner for best access

PAST: FESTIVAL: The Annual Barracks Row Festival takes place on SAT, Sept 27th from 11:00am - 5:00pm, Family-Friendly, Free

Barracks Row Fall Festival on 8th St SE
Saturday, September 27th
11:00am - 5:00pm

This year's Barracks Row Fall Festival features over 100 booths and activities for all ages. See schedule of events here.

Barracks Row / 8th St SE
500 block of 8th St, SE 
Metro: Eastern Market, turn right on 8th St near the Starbucks

PAST: ART PARTY: Art Soiree Party as part of "Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC" this one in the North Capitol Neighborhood near the NoMa Metro - on SAT, Sept 27th from 7:00pm - 3:00am, Free, RSVP Requested, 21+

Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC at North Capitol
Saturday, September 27th
7:00pm - 3:00am
Free,  RSVP Requested, 21+

Art Soiree party as part of Art All Night! From the team that put The Wonderbread Factory on the cultural map, comes a new neighborhood experience: North Capitol Main Street – as part of the citywide Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC festival produced by DCCAH. Enjoy live performances, graffiti art, video screenings, whimsical creations, live painting, bodyart and light happenings transform three massive outdoor spaces into the ultimate mash-up of cultural and urban arts experience. Presenting works by international and local artists of different disciplines, while highlighting the unique history and cultural diversity of the neighborhood! Three outdoor lots, 50 local and international artists, one incredible night!

North Capitol Main Street
15 Florida Ave NW
Metro: NOMA - or take the special Circulator bus that will run between Dupont, Shaw & North Capitol that night!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Two free events to choose from on SUN, Sept 28th 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 exhibits on view! Plus, is now on facebook.

Sunday,  September 28th

Afternoon - Poetry & Literary Reading at The Writer's Center - Bethesda, MD
Sue Ellen Thompson and John Gery
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Sue Ellen Thompson reads from They, her new collection of poems, and John Gery reads from his book Have at You Now!, followed by a reception and book signing.
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest

Afternoon - Quartet Concert at UMD - College Park, MD 
Members of the Army Field Band and artists from the UMD School of Music join forces for a dynamic concert that depicts movement through music: a military march, ballet suite, an original work based on 17th-century dances, a new arrangement of Bjork's Overture to Dancer in the Dark and an original piece based on the exciting scenes at a circus.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Stadium Drive, UMD - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a bus or taxi

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

PAST: FESTIVAL: The Final Day of FIGMENT DC Free, Two-Day, Family-Friendly, Volunteer-Run, Burning Man inspired Interactive Arts Festival in Anacostia Park, Section E will be on SUN, Sept 28th from 11:00am - 5:00pm

This Weekend! FIGMENT DC - a Two-Day Interactive Arts Festival
This year the festival will be back at Anacostia Park
Saturday, September 27th & Sunday, September 28th
11:00am - 5:00pm
Family-friendly, Free!
view and share the facebook invite
A full description of all participatory exhibits is available here!

Save the date for the 3rd Annual FIGMENT DC, a two-day event that will transform the beautiful outdoor space of Anacostia Park into a magical, colorful playground! This free, public art festival in Anacostia Park is designed to build community with all-ages participatory projects. This year, over 40 local DC and DMV area artists will present collaborative art projects and events at FIGMENT DC, ranging across diverse media including music, sculpture, visual art and mixed media, earth works, dance and movement, and story-telling.  Exhibits featured at the event include the following:

  •  Bike Jousting: Participants can grab a bicycle and lance for the "Champion of Figment!" title.
  • Cabana: A Playful sculpture environment featuring plastic play balls suspended from an open umbrella, creating an immersive interactive experience.
  • Kinetic Playhouse: Spectators take part in building a free flowing structure designed purely for play.
  • The Tactical Giggler: An interactive laugh factory featuring a variety of auditory, visual, and tactile stimulus to entertain, that engages and invites participants to inspire and ignite laughter.
Additional projects include yoga, music, pillow fighting, and a caterpillar reminiscent of Wonderland.

FIGMENT DC is a participatory festival that is volunteer run, non-profit and non-commercial, now in it's third. FIGMENT started in New York City and now takes place in a bunch of others cities. Learn more about the history of FIGMENT here and read more about the FIGMENT principles, which are very similar to the Burning Man Principles, here. FIGMENT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization entirely funded by grants and individual donations. FIGMENT accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind.

Last year, my friends at Camp Contact offered Acro Yoga and Contact Improv Intros, Dance, Open-Mic Meditation and more! Keep an eye on the Camp Contact at Figment facebook page for more info.

FIGMENT is a festival designed to bring imagination to life. There will be all kinds of art forms and activities, and you are encouraged to bring your own as well! FIGMENT is the perfect time to play make-believe (for both kids & adults!) so feel free to dress up in whatever creative costume or outfit you want! You can also bring along toys: Hula hoops, poi, croquet sets, knitting, water guns, games – anything that you want to play with or invite others to join you in!

Dogs are welcome if they are friendly, but must be kept on a leash. Please clean up after your pooch! Have Roller skates? Bring them if you like, there is a covered roller rink on site! Feel free to come on your bike and consider decorating it with streamers, lights, fake fur, or other art, Burning Man style!

Note also that this is a “Leave No Trace” event, inspired by the Ten Burning Man Principles. While trash and recycling receptacles will be on-site, they ask you all that if you bring it in with you, please carry it out. This includes cigarette butts, which fit quite well in a small metal box in your pocket.

Another principle they are asking attendees to be aware of is Decommodification, which means that the festival is run without any commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. As this is a non-commercial event, there will not be any concessions of any kind on site. Please come prepared with your own water, snacks and refreshments! The event will have porta-potties/restrooms. Please refrain from bringing any grills, alcohol and drugs. Please do bring your curiosity, playfulness, an open mind and your creative spirit!

“FIGMENT is an opportunity for our DC community to come together and enjoy art in all its forms,” says Patty Simonton, director of FIGMENT DC 2014. “Unlike most art galleries in Washington, FIGMENT erases the lines between those who create and those who view art so that everyone can become an artist. DC really does have a thriving, creative arts community and this event brings that artistic energy out to a broad audience.”

Anacostia Park is a beautiful urban park along the east side of the Potomac River in DC. Conveniently located near the Potomac Ave and Anacostia Metro stations, the North Field is accessible from bike paths and I-395. There is some parking on site. If you are driving there, please review the directions to get to the park, as we know that GPS systems can frequently be wrong.

If you want to attend and don't own a bike, there is Capital BikeShare station right at the Potomac Ave Metro station but there is not one at the park so you can either keep the bike with you and pay for time or drop it at the closest station, at Pennsylvania & Minnesota Ave SE, which is still about a 15 minute walk from the park. If you don't want to walk from the metro, it should be a short, and affordable taxi ride, especially if you share it with others.

Anacostia Park Section E (see map)
at the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion
Metro: Anacostia or Potomac Ave. It's 1.2 miles from the Potomac Ave Metro, and a lovely walk over the Pennsylvania Ave bridge, see walking map. If you're biking, google recommends a slightly different bike route from the metro - yes, you can take your bike on the metro at no extra cost. There’s a bike trail to follow, but please keep an eye out for traffic! After you cross the bridge, turn left onto the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail before you get to 295, then turn right onto the path along the river. Look for a large covered pavilion – it’s the roller rink, and it’s hard to miss! There are a number of bike paths that lead directly to Anacostia Park, and we encourage you all to take advantage of them.

PAST: FESTIVAL: The Media Rise Festival 2014 hosts a Youth Media Rise event free for youth age 13-18 and the 48-Hour Video Challenge on SUN, Sept 28th

Media Rise Festival 2014
Free events as part of the Festival listed below

Sunday, September 28th 

Youth Media Rise - for Educators, Parents and Youth 13 - 18
2:00pm - 6:00pm, doors at 1:30pm
Note: Free for youth only, admission applies for adults
Register Now
A festival-within-a-festival for youth (ages 13 to 18), media educators and engaged parents. It includes interactive workshops to enhance the curiosity and creative expression of young people in meaningful ways. And panel sessions for educators focus on the power of media to amplify youth voices for social and environmental causes. Educator Sessions include: Environmental Awareness & Sustainability - Creativity, Innovation & Youth Advocacy. Youth Workshops: Music & Spoken Word - Dance & Movement - Art & Design.
Thurgood Marshall Center 
1816 12th St NW - between T & S St
Metro: U St 

48-Hour Video Challenge
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Register Now
Drinks + snacks provided
A weekend competition, inviting filmmakers to create high-impact, high-quality videos for local nonprofits in just two days. The challenge concludes with a film screening, including an awards ceremony, to acknowledge the winning filmmakers. Interested in being a participating filmmaker or nonprofit partner? Learn how to get involved here.
Thurgood Marshall Center 
1816 12th St NW - between T & S St
Metro: U St 

PAST: BELLY DANCE: The Final Free Intro to Belly Dance Class of the series at Saffron Dance in Clarendon on SUN, Sept 28th at 10:00am

Free Intro to Belly Dance Classes at Saffron Dance
locations by Clarendon, Takoma and Eastern Market Metro stations 
Monday, September 15th - Sunday, September 28th 
Free,  best for teens and older, no RSVP needed

Gather some friends and try belly dance stress-free - absolutely no dance experience necessary! 
Saffron Dance is offering free introductory “teaser” classes from September 15th to September 28th. These teaser classes give students a taste of Saffron’s signature 4-Week Belly Dance Crash Course program starting September 29th.  

Sunday, September 28th 
Malek - Clarendon - 10:00am 

Saffron Dance at Clarendon  - Headquarters
3260 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA 22201
Metro: Clarendon, Orange line

Monday, September 23, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Three more Free events from for TUES, Sept 23rd

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 23rd

Evening - Poetry Reading and Reception at Pepco Gallery - Gallery Pl - Chinatown
Poetry Witnesses Wars from the Civil War to World War I
Presented by the Goethe-Institut at Pepco Edison Place Gallery
Commemorating the atrocities of war and its effects on individuals, this poetry reading presents works critiquing civilization and mourning profound personal loss. Audience members will be invited to sign up to read a poem of their choice from among a selection of American works since the Civil War and European pieces responding to World War I. Introduced and moderated by Peter Beicken (University of Maryland) and David Gewanter (Georgetown University). Reception follows.
Pepco Edison Place Gallery
702 8th St NW 
between H & G St, right by SAAM/NPG
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown 

Evening - Film Screening on D-Day at The Archives - Archives 
'D-Day Remembered': 8th Annual Charles Guggenheim Tribute Program
D-Day Remembered (1994; 52 mins.), Charles Guggenheim’s Academy-Award-nominated documentary of the invasion of Normandy in World War II, uses rare archival films and pictures from British, American, and German archives. Narrated by David McCullough, the film also incorporates the voices of over 50 participants. The screening will be introduced by Craig L. Symonds, author of Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings. A book signing will follow the program.
National Archives
Constitution Ave between 9th & 7th St, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Evening - Jazz Trio performs at the JCC - Rockville, MD
United States Air Force Band Chamber Players Series- Geoff Reecer Jazz Trio
The Geoff Reecer Jazz Combo features three members of The US Air Force Airmen of Note playing guitar, clarinet and saxophone, and double bass. This concert will present a tribute to the music of Jazz composers Jim Hall and Jimmy Giuffre.
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

PAST: KIDS: "Tudor Tots: Fall Frolic" at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden TUES, Sept 23rd at 10:00am event designed for kids ages 2 - 4, $5

Tudor Tots: Fall Frolic at Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
Tuesday, September 23rd
10:00am - 10:45am
event designed for kids ages 2 - 4
$5, Free for accompanying adult
buy tix online or call 202-965-0400

"Tudor Place has enchanted young children for almost two centuries. Experience it yourself on Tuesday mornings as we meet to read, sing, and play in the picturesque gardens. This family-friendly program offers a new theme each week, from "adventurous animals" to "growing gardens" and more. Children will participate each week in an interactive read-aloud, songs and themed movements, all related to the week's topic, and will enjoy sharing this tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them. Parent/caregiver must remain with child."

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
1644 31st St, NW
Upper Georgetown, between Q & R St
Metro: Accessible by Circulator bus or metro bus from Dupont Circle, Farragut North, Farragut West and Foggy Bottom. See metro trip-planner for best bus access. 

PAST: CONVERSATION: Karma Kafe Conversations - It's All in the Bean! with Sister Jenna, director of the Meditation Museum TUES, Sept 23rd from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, MD, Free, please RSVP

Karma Kafe Conversations - It's All in the Bean! with Sister Jenna, director of the Meditation Museum at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, MD
Tuesday, September 23rd
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Free, donations welcome, please RSVP Required

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

Busboys and Poets - Hyattsville
5331 Baltimore Ave -  Hyattsville, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro. You can take the green line metro to Prince George's Plaza, College Park or West Hyattsville and take a bus or from PG or WH, you can take a short taxi ride, about $7. I think there is also a bus that goes from Rhode Island Avenue metro on the red line though that may be a longer trip. Driving? You can park in the lot behind the shopping center.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free and low-cost events this SUN, Sept 21st

Free and low-cost events this Sunday, September 21st

9/11 Unity Walk 2014: "Service for Peace"at Washington Hebrew Congregation
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Free, donations appreciated, RSVP here
The 9/11 Unity Walk, see program, brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and faiths to learn to respect each other through a framework of experiential education, compassionate leadership and intentional service. 9/11 Unity Walk seeks to create a world where we are united, rather than divided, by our many faiths. This year's theme "Service for Peace" in light of International Day of Peace which happens to also fall on Sunday, September 21st, 9/11 Unity Walk is partnering up with The White House President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge and LDS Day to Serve in Service for Peace, bringing young people from all different faiths across the country to experience this the Unity Walk in service to others!
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St NW
This free walking tour will be presented and led by local Adams Morgan resident, documentary film maker, researcher, preservationist and community activist Eddie Becker. "Take a step back in time Adams Morgan, starting briefly, with the displacement of the Native American People, who once made tools from quartz along rock creek, through the history of slavery and institutionalized segregation that divided the neighborhood. Learn about bank red-lining, leading up to the riots & police occupation in the 1960's. And early 70's And find out cultural contributions of immigration from Chile and Central America and the displacement caused by the conversion of Apartment buildings into Condominiums in the 1970s and 80s. Then hear about the conversion of residential housing and local retail services into bars and nightclubs in the 1980's and 90's and how that process continues through to today with brief moments of push back and resistance." The walk will be about 15 blocks and is wheelchair accessible
Tour leaves from Sun Trust Bank Plaza
18th & Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Woodley Pk and walk over the bridge or take the Circulator bus one stop to Adams Mill, also accessible by any of the 90 line buses or the 42 bus from Dupont

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meet Heather Lounsbury one of Los Angeles’ most well-known acupuncturists and author of Fix Your Mood with Food. Heather will speak about how she draws from her own personal and clinical experiences as well as her extensive studies in holistic and Chinese nutrition and Chinese medicine to help people achieve emotional and physical health. Readers will be empowered by natural options for mood improvement with plant-based, whole foods dietary insight based on ancient healing practices. Whether you’re a constant worrier, easily agitated, stressed, suffer from panic attacks, or anything in between, you can take back control and return to emotional balance. Heather will give guidance on how to elevate mood naturally for people who want to improve (and prevent) a variety of physical ailments, including heart conditions, high cholesterol, digestive issues, headaches, and energy problems. Her talk and book include comprehensive food charts and health tips. Books will be available for sale at the event, as well as book signing. 
1115 U St, NW 
Note: Entrance is on 11th St 
2nd Floor, Suite 202
Metro: U St

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Nuria Rodríguez, Curator and Director of UNIT will discuss the process of creating augmented reality for the exhibition. Afterwards, head up to the Terrace Gallery with graphic designers Pep Carrió and Isidro Ferrer where they will discuss selected works from the exhibition. Read more about the exhibit here.
Dome Theater
1101 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn

Swing by DCAC for a conversation with artist Dana Jeri Maier, moderated by Philippa Hughes of the Pink Line Project. Dana will discuss her work in “You Can’t Put Art on a Pedestal.” Discussion topics will include (but are not limited to): the way art is experienced in museums, why people feel intimated by art galleries, and what’s the deal with all of Dana’s mordant little cat drawings, anyhow?
2438 18th St, NW - Adams Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park and walk across the bridge or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill from Woodley Park or Columbia Heights metro to Adams Mill. From Dupont Circle, take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia.
Curator & Artist Talk: THINK WITH YOUR HANDS
Family-Friendly event at BloomBars - Callaloo in Concert with Winston, IhsAn and Pan Lara
4:30pm - 5:30pm 
BloomBars hosts an free, family-friendly afternoon with award-winning storyteller Marjuan Canady, illustrator and animator Nabeeh Bilal and musicians IhsAn and Pan Lara. Click link above to read more about the artists.
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.

OnStage Ignite Artist Sarah J. Ewing presents an evening of dance that explores the question “What defines home?” Ewing’s professional troupe, S.J. Ewing and Dancers, will perform an adaptation of Australia Home Land, commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the 2013 Local Dance Commissioning Project, in which Ewing shares cultural experiences from Australia’s history. The evening includes a performance by students from CityDance– connecting the DC youth to the Capitol Hill community through the joy of dance. Whether you are attracted to the cultural context of Australia Home Land, or just the simple joy of dance, Ewing and friends promise a fun, thought-provoking experience.
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE 
Metro: Eastern Market

Friday, September 20, 2013

PAST: CONFERENCE: Hostelling International-DC presents the 2014 Peace Conference focusing on Immigration and Cultural Diversity in the U.S. on SAT, Sept 20th from 10:30am - 4:30pm, $7, RSVP Required

Peace Conference: Immigration and Cultural Diversity in the U.S.
Saturday, September 20th
10:30am - 4:30pm
$7, RSVP here

Hostelling International-DC 2014 Peace Conference focuses on immigration and cultural diversity in the United States. The goal of this event is to raise awareness about the immigration issue in the United States and to empower our participants to make a difference in their community. The event will feature experts in immigration, cultural diversity, cross-cultural exchange, and will include a a panel discussion on cultural diversity and peace activism. The conference will also feature a complimentary lunch (i.e. Peruvian style chicken, falafel, chicken lettuce wraps), an Afro-Caribbean dance performance, and a raffle. Raffle prizes are: Newseum tickets, t-shirts, and $50 visa gift card.

Speakers include:
  • Alex Nowrasteh, the immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity
  • Amira Maaty, Director of the Intercultural Management Institute (IMI) 
  • Amy Grenier, Policy Research Assistant at the American Immigration Council in Washington, DC 
  • Daniel Alejandro Leon-Davis, a 2011 graduate of Seminole State College of Florida and is an alumnus of the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative University. He currently works as the Chief of Staff to Russell Simmons’ Political Director, Michael Skolnik. 
  • Massoud Adibpour, founder of Make DC Smile, an organization that promotes positivity among the Washington, DC metropolitan area and beyond.
  • Nawal Rajeh, co-founder of Peace Camp, works in the conflict resolution/peace education field, running trainings for teachers, as well as, in-class intervention programs for inner-city youth in Pittsburgh, DC and Baltimore. 
  • Raj Patel, Founder & CEO of Explora, a NY based start-up enabling greater connectivity for travelers. 
  • Sergio Fernández de Córdova, an internationally recognized entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist working at the intersection of media and leveraging public-private partnerships for social impact. 
The Washington Center
1005 3rd St, NE (map)
Metro: NoMa and walk about 10 minutes, turn right on 3rd St NE

PAST: FESTIVAL: The Annual DC VegFest is is back at The Yards Park on SAT, Sept 20th from 11:00am - 6:00pm, Family-Friendly and Free

The Annual DC VegFest at The Yards Park
Saturday, September 20th
11:00am - 6:00pm
Family-friendly, Free
While there is no cover to attend the event you'll probably want to have some money to spend

This DC VegFest is an annual vegetarian and vegan food celebration organized by Compassion Over Killing. The free, outdoor festival, held at the beautiful Yards Park right by the water, will feature over 100 exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, speakers, free food samples, and more. See the list of exhibitors and the schedule of speakers.  This annual family-friendly event is also dog-friendly.  You can check out the event info page to learn more, and see their website for complete details. You can also connect with DC VegFest on facebook and twitter.

If you go, you might want to also stop by to chat with the folks from Science of Spirituality DC @SOS_WashDC, a great organization that offer lots of free meditation talks and workshops in the DC metro area - which you can often find posted here on Free in DC!

Some local businesses I'm excited to see will be there include Pete's Apizza, with a location in Columbia Heights that I often eat at, and Adams Morgan based Amsterdam Falafelshop and Busboys and Poets, which just added some new vegan and vegetarian items to their menu which I had the chance to sample recently at the media preview party for the festival.

The Yards Park
10 Water St SE
Metro: Navy Yard, take the New Jersey Ave exit, see walking map from metro. You can also take the DC Circulator, Union Station/Navy Yard Route via Capitol Hill or one of the many bus lines including the A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, V7, V8, V9 have stops along M St SE.

PAST: FESTIVAL: The Annual H Street Festival takes place this SAT, Sept 20th from 1:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

H Street Festival
Saturday, September 20th
1:00pm - 7:00pm
see details and read more highlights here

The H Street Festival is an annual street festival designed to showcase the unique qualities of this vibrant community. The event is a part of the revitalization strategy to bring attention to the developing arts and entertainment district spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE. The 2014 festival will feature more than 500 performers and artists on 14 staging areas spread throughout the event. Performances will range from jazz, pop and gospel music to fitness demonstrations, a “skills on wheels” performance and interactive art displays. Plus, you can enjoy an array of local, regional and international cuisine, shopping, arts exhibits, educational events, seminars and conversations with local entrepreneurs, artists and community organizations.

H Street Main Street will also launch their first mobile app just in time for the H Street Festival. The app will allow visitors to keep abreast of H Street Main Street activities and stay connected to the Corridor. Once downloaded, visitors can tap on the H Street Festival icon and get a birds eye view of the Festival grounds. They will be able to identify stages, performers and major activities. Featured businesses will also be labeled. The app will be available for both iPhones and Android phones next week. Search for H Street Main Street.

H St Corridor in NE
Festival takes place along H St NE
between 4th & 14th St NE
Metro: Union Station and take a taxi or walk, or take the X2 bus from Gallery Pl - Chinatown that runs along H St or any of the 90 line buses that run along U St/ Florida Ave/ 8th St to 8th & H St, NE - see Metro trip planner for best access from where you are.

PAST: ART: More Free Art Events this SAT, Sept 20th from the East City Art - Weekend Round Up

East City Art - Weekend Round Up

Note: This Round Up only includes free events that have not already been posted on Free in DC 

Saturday, September 20th

2:00pm - 12:00am
Join local artists for This Place Has a Voice a free public art project. The day will be chalked full of photographs, videos, sculptures, installations, and performances from local artists. Highlight: At 5:30pm local artist Jon Lee presents the first in a series of memory feedings. This collaboration with Bruce McKaig will involve him feeding Jon a cake decorated with edible photos from his life. It will take place within the white cube at the southern end of  Canal Park at M and 2nd SE. A meditation on interdependence and vulnerability, "FEED ME your memories" is an endurance-based micro-drama.
Arthur Capper Senior Center 
900 5th St SE
Metro: Navy Yard

Harmony Hall hosts an artist talk with Alan Binstock on his current exhibition, Retro/Spective. The exhibition features his sculptures of stone, glass, and steel. 
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Rd -  Fort Washington, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for metro and bus access

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Transformer hosts a multimedia exhibit of artist Tamar Ettun’s works, which explores the connection between sculpture and performance. Influenced by turmoil in Israel, My Hands are the Shape of My Height, focuses on PTSD and features the use of human forms. For details on the exhibit, click here.
1404 P St NW
Metro: U St or McPherson Sq and walk down 14th or take the Circulator bus or any metro bus to 14th & P St or 14th & RI, also walking distance from Dupont Circle 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.

PAST: ART TOUR: Public Bus Tour of Art in Arlington, VA on SAT, Sept 20th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Free, Registration is Required

Dark Star Park by Nancy Holt

Presented by the Arlington Cultural Affairs
Saturday, September 20th
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Visit a selection of Arlington’s public art collection along the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. Public Art staff and artists from the collection will narrate. Immediately followed by a talk by Nuria Rodríguez, curator of Artisphere’s Think with Your Hands exhibition at 2:00pm. Tour starts and ends at Artisphere. Meet outside the building.

Saturday, October 18th
Free, registration is required.
Visit a selection of Arlington’s public art collection along the Route 1 corridor, Shirlington, Columbia Pike and Virginia Square. Public Art staff and artists from the collection will narrate. Immediately followed by the opening of AAC’s Fall SOLOS from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

1101 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn

Thursday, September 19, 2013

PAST: COMEDY: #PotShotComics Comedy Night at the Bier Baron FRI, Sept 19th, Two shows! 7:00pm and 9:30pm late show, regularly $20, now $10 plus small fee + Now any remaining seats night of Free with special password for fans of Free in DC

#PotShotComics at the Bier Baron
Friday, September 19th
Two shows! 7:00pm, buy here + 
late show at 9:30pm, buy here
Tickets are regularly $20, get $10 tickets with the promo code word BONG

UPDATE: If there are remaining seats at the door, you can get in FREE now with the password CHEECH. If you want to ensure your space, best to buy tickets in advance.

Note: The show this month will be taped!

Disclaimer: with the small service fee $10 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 Jr.Terrance HawkinsEric P. RubinGina Brown, Jake Biltey, Erin GilmanJesse RivasKasha Patel and Deacon Lars. Late show starts at 9:30pm and usually runs late with pop-ins like Tony Woods, Sean Savoy, Reggie Melbrough. 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, walk along P St to 22nd or take any bus that runs along P St

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Third Thurs Four more events to choose from on THURS, Sept 18th, Free or by donation

Thursday, September 18th

Poly Discussion with Tamara Pincus at The DC Center
Free, $5 donations appreciated
"Polyamory is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. This group is designed to be a forum for people at all different stages to discuss polyamory and other consensual non-monogamous relationships. Newcomers will be given a basic introduction into what polyamory is and what some of the advantages and disadvantages are. Attendees who are already in relationships will be given the opportunity to discuss their situations and get advice from the group if they feel that would be helpful. We will cover a variety of topics including coming out as poly to parents, managing jealousy, managing polyamory with kids and whatever other issues people have on their minds."
The DC Center
in The Reeves Center
2000 14th St NW - at the corner of 14th & U - #105
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus or any bus along 14th or U St to the intersection of 14th & U

"Breathing Life" Art Exhibition at the Josephine Butler Parks Center
Local art, free food, cash bar, and live folk music!
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Free, RSVP Requested
"A unique exhibition exploring the unity of human and non-human form, featuring artwork from Michael O. Snyder of Interdependent Pictures and programming from Washington Parks & People and One Common Unity, D.C. based non-profit organizations with a unified mission to breathe life into urban green spaces and connect urban communities to the earth. The 24 pieces showcased in the exhibit were created using a double exposure technique to blend the human body with natural forms. The images were captured in Washington, D.C.'s Meridian Hill / Malcolm X Park with local yoga instructors Hawah Kasat and Helena Snyder. While the event is free, donations are welcome online and at the door. All framed images and posters are for sale. All sales and donations will benefit Interdependent Pictures, Washington Parks and People and One Common Unity."
Josephine Butler Parks Center
across from Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
2347 15th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about 12 minutes or take the S1, S2, S4 or S9 bus to 16th & Euclid and cut through the park, look for the pretty light yellow building on 15th St

Third Thursday Poetry Reading "We Are Takoma" featuring Gregory Luce
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Gregory Luce is the author of the chapbooks Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications) and Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press). His poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals, including Kansas Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Innisfree Poetry Review, If, Northern Virginia Review, Foundling Review, MiPOesias, Praxilla, Little Patuxent Review, and in the anthologies Living in Storms (Eastern Washington University Press) and Bigger Than They Appear (Accents Publishing). He lives in DC and works as Production Specialist for the National Geographic Society.
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave - Takoma Park, MD (map)
Metro: Takoma, about an 8 minute walk, left on Carroll, left on Maple, just past Philadelphia

now every Third Thursday of the month
8:30pm - 11:00pm
Free, 21+
The lovely and talented Flo Anito plays her new monthly gig at District 2 Bar and Grille, where bartender Rob O'Neil Klein (formerly of Chief Ike's) has moved to. District 2 is over on Wisconsin Ave near the Cathedral.
3238 Wisconsin Ave NW - at Macomb St by the Cathedral
Metro: Tenleytown and take any of the 30 line buses south along Wisconsin or take a bus across from Woodley Park, see metro trip-planner for best bus acesss

PAST: PANEL: "DC Mindfully: Creating a Mindful Nation" Discussion with Sylvia Boorstein, Tara Brach and Congressman Tim Ryan THURS, Sept 18th from 7:30pm - 9:00pm, by donation

DC Mindfully: Creating a Mindful Nation - Panel Discussion with Sylvia Boorstein, Tara Brach and Congressman Tim Ryan
Thursday, September 18th
7:30pm - 9:00pm 
by donation, please give as you can 
$20 suggested, no one turned away

Join these three renowned voices for achieving peace through mindfulness, in celebration of the Peace Alliance’s 10th anniversary and the UN declared International Day of Peace (Sept. 21st). Exploring the questions: what is mindful activism? How do we stop the violence in our homes, our schools, our neighborhoods our nation and our world? Please join us as we explore and recommit to building peace.

near the intersection of New Mexico and Nebraska
Metro: Tenleytown and take the free shuttle bus to the AU Campus 

PAST: ART + SCIENCE: DASER on Imagining Deep Time THURS, Sept 18th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER)
on Imagining Deep Time
Thursday, September 18th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Free, RSVP required, please bring photo ID 

DASER  is a monthly discussion forum on art science projects providing a snapshot of the cultural environment of the region and fostering interdisciplinary networking. This month, DASER explores the theme of deep time in conjunction with the current exhibition Imagining Deep Time. DASER is co-sponsored by Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) and Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology with the goal of fostering community and discussion around the intersection of art and science.

Schedule: 5:30pm Doors open 6:00pm - 6:15pm Welcoming remarks and community sharing time. Anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out during social time following the event. 6:15pm - 7:15pm. Panelists' presentations (15 minutes each, see list of panelists below) 7:15pm - 8:15pm. Discussion 8:15pm - 9:00pm. Reception and Book Signing with Rachel Sussman and Byron Wolfe in the Great Hall and West Gallery
  • Byron Wolfe, photographer and associate professor and program director, Photography, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Magdalena Donahue, PhD candidate in geology, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Olga Ast, conceptual interdisciplinary artist, curator, and author of Infinite Instances, New York City
  • Rachel Sussman, contemporary artist and author of The Oldest Living Things in the World, New York City 
  • JD Talasek, Facilitator; Director, Cultural Programs, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
The National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Ave NW
Auditorium and Great Hall
Metro: Foggy Bottom and walk about 13 minutes or see metro trip-planner for bus options, ie 80 bus, that may get you closer.