Wednesday, October 1, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: DJ & DANCING: Monthly: "Ottomania: An Eastern Dance Revolution" at Zeba Bar in Columbia Heights - dates vary, usually every third SAT of the month - from 10:00pm - 3:00am, Free, 21+

OTTOMANIA: An Eastern Dance Revolution at Zeba Bar every month, dates vary, usually every third Saturday
10:00pm - 3:00am
Free, 21+

"A bouncy mezze feast of underground dance music from & influenced by the East from the Balkans to the Middle East and don't forget South Asia and the Pacific!" With DJ BEATrix and special guest DJ's.

OTTOMANIA: An Eastern Dance Revolution every month at Zeba Bar in Columbia Heights. From the Balkans to the Middle East...and more! Ottomania is expanding its repertoire to include music not only from the Balkans, but also the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South/Southeast Asia, East Asia, and even the Pacific!

Zeba Bar
3423 14th St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on14th St, near Newton

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: The Shambhala Center in Cleveland Park hosts a guided practice every THURS Night 6:30pm - 8:30pm and 1st & 3rd SUN morning of the month + Open Meditation, Unguided, MON & TUES nights 6:00pm - 6:45pm, Free

Meditation Schedule at the Shambhala Center in Cleveland Park
Free and open to the public, donations welcome

Every Monday and Tuesday Nights
6:00pm - 6:45pm
Evening meditation practice. No meditation instruction.

First Thursday of the month
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Group meditation instruction in main shrine room for first-time visitors and more experienced meditators, including discussion, followed by refreshments.
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Evening meditation practice in small shrine room for those who prefer not to participate in group instruction

Rest of the Month Thursday Schedule
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Evening meditation practice in the first half hour, then an hour-long Dharma talk or presentation with discussion, followed by refreshments. See calendar for upcoming topics.
7:00pm - 7:30pm
Meditation instruction offered in the small shrine room. Following instruction, join the Dhrama discussion if you’d like.

First Sunday of the Month
9:00am - 12:00pm
Meditation practice and instruction
Children’s Program begins at 10:00am

Third Sunday of the Month
9:00am - 11:00am
Meditation practice and instruction
11:00am - 12:00pm
Sadhana of Mahamudra

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC
3520 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Cleveland Park, super close to the metro

Monday, September 29, 2014

PAST: PILATES + YOGA: The Final Free Class in the "Pilates in the Park" series will be Yogalates on TUES, Sept 29 in Farragut Square from 5:30pm - 6:30pm, Thanks to Golden Triangle BID for this series!

"Pilates in the Park" in Farragut Square! Series sponsored by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District
Tuesdays Yogalates and Thursdays Pilates
Tuesday, May 5 - Tuesday, September 29
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Free, please bring your own yoga mat
Arrive and check-in by 5:20 p.m. and be entered to win special prizes.

Final Class of the Series!
Tuesday,  September 29 - Yogalates
 
Join the Golden Triangle BID every Tuesday and Thursday evening this spring for free Pilates and Yogalates class in Farragut Square Park. Instruction will be provided by certified Pilates and Yogalates instructors. Bring your own mat and enjoy these fun and relaxing after work exercise sessions with the Golden Triangle BID.

Note: Weather Permitting in the Park. In case of weather-related location or scheduling changes, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

Farragut Square Park
Connecticut and K Streets, NW (map)
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West or take the Circulator or a bus along K or I St

PAST: Banned Book Club event at the National Museum of Women in the Arts TUES, Sept 29 at 5:30pm, Free

Here are some great free arts and culture events from CultureCapital.com! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events Here are some great free arts and culture events from CultureCapital.com! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events presented by nearly 300 Metro DC Arts Presenters. For quick way to find even more free arts and culture events try our "Free in DC" Inside Out feature, curated by the staff of CultureCapital.com.

TICKETPLACE.org is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at TICKETPLACE.org.
 
Tuesday, September 29

Early Eve - Book event at the NMWA - Metro Center
Banned Book Club: Mrs. Dalloway
5:30pm
Light refreshments will be served. BYOB (Bring Your Own Book)
Join us for an evening of discussion about Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway. Published in 1925 and considered one of the top 50 English-language novels of all time, Mrs. Dalloway weaves two narratives together as each touches on mental health issues, homosexuality and the meaning of life. Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week at NMWA. In conjunction with the museum’s Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center Library and Research Center exhibition Vanessa Bell’s Hogarth Press Designs.
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

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for more free events

Saturday, September 27, 2014

PAST: ARTS FESTIVAL: Come on out to FIGMENT DC! Free, Family-Friendly, Volunteer-Run, Burning Man inspired Interactive Arts Festival SUN, Sept 27 from 11:00am - 5:00pm in Anacostia Park, Section E

This Weekend! FIGMENT DC - a Two-Day Interactive Arts Festival
This year the festival will be back at Anacostia Park
Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27
11:00am - 5:00pm
Family-friendly, Free!
view and share the facebook invite and follow FIGMENT on facebook

Read more about what to expect and see festival map! See pics from past events! Check out the flickr album from years past to get a sense of the space and what to expect. Pictures really do say a lot about this festival.

FIGMENT DC is a free, two-day event that will transform the beautiful outdoor space of Anacostia Park into a magical, colorful playground! Adults and kids are invited to come out and play! Create, and learn with and from your neighbors and help to transform this beautiful urban park into a magical, family-friendly, artists' wonderland! Come out with your games, colorful outfits and smiles, because you help to create FIGMENT.

“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 2015. “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.”

Inspired by Burning Man and keeping with the Burner principles, nothing is for sale and there is no corporate sponsorship. Again 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. This year Camp Contact might have some Acro Yoga and Contact Improv going on Sunday, possibly on Saturday as well.

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!

FIGMENT DC is a participatory festival that is volunteer run, non-profit and non-commercial. 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.

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!

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!

PAST: FESTIVAL: Final Day of the Washington City Paper's Annual "Crafty Bastards" Arts & Crafts Fair outside of Union Market near the NoMa Metro SUN, Sept 27 from 10:00am - 5:00pm, $5

Washington City Paper's Crafty Bastards! Arts & Crafts Fair will take in the park.  lot outside of Union Market again this year!
Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27 
10:00am - 5:00pm 
$5 one day pass, $8 for both
you can buy tickets online here!
Now in its 12th year, Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper. Crafty Bastards 2015 will feature 170+ vendors. One day passes are just $5, but a some different crafters will be coming on Sunday so you might want to buy the two day pass for $8.  Connect with Crafty Bastards on twitter, facebook, flickr and Pinterest and check out the FAQ page to learn more!

Union Market
1309 5th St NE
Metro: NoMA-Gallaudet U, exit on to Florida Ave, turn right on Florida, left on 5th Street NE. The Market will be on your left. From the metro, it's about 12 minutes (see map)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: AERIAL YOGA: Attend your first Aerial Yoga Class for Free at the YMCA on 14th & W St NW, Classes offered on MON and FRI evenings & SAT afternoons

Aerial Yoga Classes in DC at the YMCA
new location on W St near 14th St NW
Mondays 7:45pm - Level 1
Fridays 5:00pm     - Level 1
Saturdays 1:15pm - Level 1
Saturdays 2:30pm - Level 2
First class is Free, email Angela angela.meyer@ymcadc.org

Interested in trying Aerial Yoga? You can try your first class at the YMCA Anthony Bowen for free! Read more on Active Life DC.

YMCA Anthony Bowen 
1325 W St NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator or any bus along 14th St to U or W

Monday, September 1, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: TRIVIA: Twice-Monthly: Charity Trivia Night and Happy Hour at Solly's on U St, every first and third WED of the month, Trivia 8:00pm - Closing, please arrive early to get a table, Free, 21+

Charity Trivia Night Twice a Month at Solly's on U St
every first and third Wednesday of the month
8:00pm - 12:00am, Game starts at 8:30pm
please arrive early to get a table
Free, 21+ 10% of drink sale proceeds go to charity

Solly's on U St hosts a fundraiser Trivia night every first and third Wednesday of the month. Doors open at 8:00, game starts at 8:30. Great prizes and every event benefits a new charity!

Next charity night - Wednesday, October 1st

Solly’s U Street Tavern
1942 11th St NW
Metro: U St

Thursday, August 28, 2014

PAST: JAZZ: Weekly: The Final "Jazz in theGarden" of the Summer will feature Afro Bop at the National Gallery ofArt Sculpture Garden on FRI, August 28 from 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Live Jazzevery Friday through FRI, August 28

Jazz in the Garden during the Summer every Friday night in the NGA Sculpture Garden
Friday, May 22 - Friday, August 28
5:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, weather permitting
Please see @ngadc on twitter for show updates related to weather

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. 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.

Final Jazz in the Garden of the Summer! Friday, August 28
Afro Bop Alliance plays Afro-Cuban Jazz

National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden
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.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

PAST: ROCK OPERA: The Premiere Performance of "99 A Rock Opera" will take place at the Black Cat on FRI, August 14 at 9:00pm, $10

99 A Rock Opera live at the Black Cat
Friday, August 14
9:00pm

Created by DC area artists and composed by Mark Baughman, 99 A Rock Opera tells of a protest story. Using dramatic lyrics, heavy rock-n-roll, dancing and multi-media, in the tradition of  “Tommy” by The Who. Taking it’s inspiration straight from the headlines, the rock opera asks: Can well-meaning people work out their differences, or even coexist? Are they are compelled to join one side or another and fight for people and institutions that are barely know? 

Get a sense of what you're in store for at the premiere event by watching and listening to some of the pieces that will be featured in the performance here! The show will ultimately be a full blown staged musical (a la Tommy and Rent) but now it's the concert version in which we're experimenting with slides, video, narration and dance.

Short Synopsis: A middle aged engineer working for the Department of Environment in Cleveland, Ohio, tasked with managing a group of protesters (who are the “99ers”) discovers that the leader of the 99ers is his college flame. Thrilled to see her after all these years, he is crushed by her rebuke that he is a sell-out. Other characters add more complexities to this story, including others who are at the protest and the wife of the engineer who has been hiding her illness, and those who are part of the opposition.

DC Dogs is a performing arts troupe featuring vocal performances from male and female voices.  This performance was composted by Mark Baughman, who is also featured on guitar and vocals. He is joined by Dave Benson on bass and vocals, George Cranford on drums and Sue Sedmak featuring on vocals, guitar, and keyboards. Additional credits: Jonathan Zack, Director, Producer and vocals. Betsy Muller, designer and vocals.

1811 14th St NW
Metro: U St, walk to the left one block on U St to 14th St and turn left on 14th and walk about one and a half blocks, keep on the left side of the street. You can also take the Circulator bus to 14th & U.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

PAST: OUTDOOR FILM: The Final "Screen on the Green" will feature the classic "Back to the Future" on MON, August 10, film screens at dusk, around 8:30pm, on The National Mall, Free

Final "Screen on the Green"
Monday, August 10
at dusk, around 8:30pm 
Free

Bring a blanket to the National Mall on a warm night and watch a classic film on a gigantic movie screen for the final "Screen on the Green." Though films aren't screened til dark, people often congregate earlier to claim their spot on the law.  Movies play except in extreme weather and there are no rain days. The film film will be the classic with Michael J. Fox, "Back to the Future" (1985) – Rated PG. A young man is sent back 30 years into the past and must make sure his high school aged parents meet in order to save his own existence.

The National Mall
between 4th and 7th St, NW 
Note: New location this year, due to construction on the Mall.
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial or Judiciary Sq

Saturday, August 9, 2014

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free events from CultureCapital.com SUN,August 9


Here are some great free arts and culture events from CultureCapital.com! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events presented by nearly 300 Metro DC Arts Presenters. For quick way to find even more free arts and culture events try our "Free in DC" Inside Out feature, curated by the staff of CultureCapital.com.

TICKETPLACE.org is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at TICKETPLACE.org.

Sunday, August 9 

Afternoon - Author Talk at the Smithsonian Anacostia - Anacostia
Author Talk: Music Along the Rapidan
2:00pm
Please RSVP here
James Davis, State University of New York, Fredonia will talk about his book Music Along the Rapidan, which centers on how civil war soldiers used music as a form of emotional comfort against the cacophony and brutal backdrop of war. The talk includes musical clips of popular period styles and songs. Davis is a professor of musicology at SUNY, Fredonia. Limited copies of his book will be available for purchase.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE
Metro: Anacostia, see metro trip-planner for bus options from metro

Afternoon - Poetry Reading at The Writer's Center - Bethesda, MD
Mariposa Reading
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Join Maritza Rivera and poets who have read at Mariposa or in the Mariposa writers retreats. The reading will be followed by a reception and signing.The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest, be sure to cross Wisconsin when you exit as Walsh is only accessible from the northbound side of the street.

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for more free events and exhibits on view and visit TICKETPLACE for half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area! You can also Follow CultureCapital.com on facebook and @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PAST: MUSIC: "Luce Unplugged" features local indie-rock band Fellow Creatures on FRI, August 6 from 5:30pm - 7:00pm at the Luce Foundation Center on the third floor of the American Art Museum in Chinatown, All ages, Free

Luce Unplugged features local indie-rock band Fellow Creatures at the American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Thursday, August 6
5:30pm - 7:00pm
All ages, Free, cash bar with snacks and drinks for those 21+

Come on out for an evening of music and drinks in unique environment! Luce Unplugged brings DC's best bands to play in the American Art's Luce Foundation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Sam McCormally, formerly of Ugly Purple Sweater, returns to Luce Unplugged to perform with his new indie-rock band Fellow Creatures. The band, named one of six local artists to watch by D.C. Music Download, has been busy this year—they headlined a show at the venue the Black Cat and released a danceable electronic rock single, “Shuka Shuka.” See them perform following an art talk on a work they picked out from the collection. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase from a cash bar.
museum is between 7th & 9th, F & G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free events to choose from on THURS, August 6

Thursday, August 6 


Shaw Rooftop Shindig with live music from Flo Anito at the Cambria Suites Rooftop
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Free, 21+
Celebrate summer with a rooftop party in Shaw featuring music from local singer/songwriter Flo Anito. Hosted by Runin Out.
899 O St NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq - Converntion Center

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free
On view August 5 - August 15, 2015
Transformer is proud to announce the launch of the second of four individual exhibitions within our E12: Social Practice Lab series with E12 artist Kunj’s "vis·i·bil·i·ty." Engaging with audiences through a series of public actions, events and performances, Kunj will explore the topic of visibility, invisibility and hypervisibility, while questioning the necessity of community-created “safe-space.”At the Opening Kuny will explore “Your Birthday” examining hyper-visibility and birthday rituals.  Kunj is a DC-based interdisciplinary artist, whose work focuses on hetero-normative dissuasion questioning and rebelling institutional ideas of race, gender, and queerness. Often times creating work is that is impermanent, Kunj uses ritual performance and structure to explore the notion of no-identity versus new-identity. He received his BA in Anthropology and Studio Art from the University of Maryland, with emphasis on physical culture, identity, and printmaking, and has performed at Grace Exhibition Space (NY), EMP Collective (MD), and The National Portrait Gallery (DC). 
1404 P St NW 
Metro: Dupont and walk or you can walk or take the Circulator bus closer. Catch it on 14th St from McPherson Sq or U St and get off at RI Ave or P St.   

7:00pm - 9:00pm 
All ages, Free
"We are creating a Team of inspired integrity based Healers, Shaman, Energy and Sound Agents of Love. To co-create a field of healing, clearing and transformation for the city, land, water, spirit, and all people that walk this land. Join us at the Washington Monument Thursday August 6th at 7pm and we will create The Field for this event and see how we can be of Service to The People and The Bigger picture. Feel free to bring instruments, singing Bowls, and tools of trade... Let's Co-create something amazing! This is a free event, although donations are welcome to support Sion's work and earth healing around the globe." 
The event will be facilitated by Richard Sion Windelov (New Zealand). "Sion has been a practicing Shaman for many years, teaching around the world the arts of Healing, Transformation, Tantra, Ceremonial Theatre, Music and Shamanic Practice. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, humour and practical down-to-earth know-how about living a Spirit Based Life in Human form." 
The Washington Monument
near Independence Ave & Raoul Wallenberg Pl, SW (map)
Metro: Smithsonian, also accessible from Federal Triangle

PAST: Living Colour at Afropunk DC at a secret location in DC this THURS, August 6 from 8:00pm - 1:00am, Free, RSVP Required

Living Colour at Afropunk DC 
Thursday, August 6
8:00pm - 1:00am
Free, RSVP Required
Secret Location in DC - Sent after you RSVP

Fresh off of a highly successful Afropunk Chicago featuring performances by Danny Brown and Hannibal Buress, Afropunk DC will host performances by Living Colour, Thundercat and DC natives Black Alley. Redd's Wicked Apple is continuing its partnership with cultural collective group, Afropunk, to curate the events that merge the multi-dimensional worlds of urban alternative music, art, food and technology. Afropunk will be creating content specifically for DC, as they do for all their events, called Born To Be Different. The DC stop, hosted by Rosemary Fiki will feature acclaimed DC visual artist Cita Sadeli Chelove and the great Chef KPE.

Secret Location in DC
Sent after you RSVP
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus or metro access

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PAST: TEENS: The final DC Youth Slam Writing Workshop for Teens this Summer, at the Split This Rock office on 16th St near K St, will be on WED, July 29 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm, Free

Weekly Writing Workshop for Teens with the DC Youth Slam Team
at the Split This Rock office
now every Wednesday from
Wednesday, June 17 - Wednesday, July 29
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Free

Last Workshop of the Summer! Wednesday, July 29
Note: On break in August, will start up again in September

Stay connected with the DC Youth Slam Team and all of their events on facebook here.

Did you know that the DC Youth Slam Team placed first and took home the win at the Brave New Voices competition in 2014.... and every Wednesday teens can take a free workshop hosted by the DC Youth Slam Team at the Split This Rock office on 16th St right near K St. In 2014 The Beltway Poetry Slam Team also won first place in the National Poetry Slam competition with Elizabeth Acevedo taking home the title of Grand Slam Champion. Go DC Poetry!


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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

PAST: MUSIC: The Final Outdoor Concert as part of the FortReno Concert Series will be on MON, July 27 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm at thePark near the Tenleytown Metro, Free

The Fort Reno Concert series near the Tenleytown Metro
select days Monday, July - Monday, July 27
7:00pm - 9:30pm
Free

The Fort Reno Concert series  has apparently raised enough money to make it happen again this year! They just released the news and lineup. Outdoor concerts on Monday & Thursday nights. Bands perform outside in the park at Fort Reno Park near Tenleytown - AU metro, Complete schedule and info here! All shows begin promptly at 7:00pm and are over by 9:30pm. Please note that this is a family friendly event. Balloons, glass bottles, alcohol and drugs are prohibited.

Monday, July 27
Polyon
Fort Reno (map)
Nebraska Ave NW & Chesapeake St NW
Metro: Tenyletown - AU


Saturday, July 26, 2014

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free events SUN, July 26 from CultureCapital.com, a Fabulous Resource for Arts & Culture events inthe DC Metro Area

Here are some great free arts and culture events sent to us by CultureCapital.com! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events presented by nearly 300 Metro DC Arts Presenters. For quick way to find even more free arts and culture events check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out feature, curated by the staff of CultureCapital.com.

TICKETPLACE.org is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at TICKETPLACE.org.

Sunday, July 26

Afternoon - Talk about Civil War Films at the Smithsonian Anacostia
 - Anacostia

The Civil War on Celluloid
2:00pm
Please RSVP here
Jeffrey McClurken, University of Mary Washington, talks about the historical representations (both good and bad) of the Civil War in film. From caricatured stereotypes in movies such as Gone with the Wind, and Birth of a Nation to the thinking man’s historical drama in 1989’s Glory, and 2014’s Lincoln, McClurken gives an academic spin on how the war’s historical narrative in the movies has evolved. Glory actor Mel Reid will be on hand to participate in an audience Q&A.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE
Metro: Anacostia, see metro trip-planner for bus options from metro

Afternoon - Poetry Reading at The Writer's Center - Bethesda, MD
Federal Poets Reading
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Members of the Federal Poets read from their work, including Jacqueline Jules, Judith McCombs, Don Illich, and Michael H. Levin. The reading will be followed by a reception and signing.
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest, you'll need to cross Wisconsin Ave to the northbound side as Walsh St is only accessible from that side.

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for more free events and exhibits on view and visit TICKETPLACE for half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area! You can also Follow CultureCapital.com on facebook and @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter.

PAST: COMEDY: Identity Crisis, a Local Comedy Show presented by Lousy Humans, at the Black Cat this SUN, July 26, doors 7:30pm, $10

Identity Crisis - A Local Comedy Show presented by Lousy Humans at the Black Cat
Sunday, July 26
7:30pm doors
$10 online 

Some of the areas best stand-up comedians will be coming together for this incredible night of laughter. Several have toured on their own and they've performed with the likes of Marc Maron, Drew Carey, Pablo Francisco and Trevor Noah. The eve will feature: Andy Kline, Kandace Saunders, Mike Finazzo, Paris Sashay, Adrian Rodney, Katherine Jessup, Jamel Dotson and Martin Amini.

Black Cat 1811 14th St NW
Metro: U St, walk a block west to 14th, then walk two blocks south, Black Cat is on the left side of the street.

Monday, June 30, 2014

PAST: Author Talk with Gretchen Carlson at Politics and Prose on TUES, June 30 at 7:00pm - Highlight from CultureCapital.com, a fabulous resource for Arts & Culture events in the Metro area

Here are some great free arts and culture events sent to us by CultureCapital.com! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events presented by nearly 300 Metro DC Arts Presenters. For quick way to find even more free arts and culture events check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out feature, curated by the staff of CultureCapital.com.

TICKETPLACE.org is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at TICKETPLACE.org.

Tuesday, June 30

Evening - Author Talk with Journalist and former Miss AmericaChevy Chase Circle
Gretchen Carlson: Getting Real
7:00pm
From her early years as a violin prodigy to being crowned Miss America in 1989, from a Stanford education to hosting The Real Story on Fox, Carlson, an award-winning journalist, has led a charmed life. As she recounts in her candid, wise, and inspiring memoir, none of this success has been given to her—she’s worked hard for all of it, and offers her experience as a professional, a wife, and a mother as an example to other ambitious women to persevere despite sexism and other challenges.
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Metro: Van Ness or Friendship Heights and take a taxi, uber or lyft a short distance if you don't want to walk, or you can see metro trip-planner for bus  options, The L2 bus along Connecticut Ave goes there. You might also want to consider taking uber or lyft there depending on where you are coming from, see new user promotion codes below.

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for more free events and exhibits on view and visit TICKETPLACE for half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area! You can also Follow CultureCapital.com on facebook and @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free events on MON, June 22 from CultureCapital.com, a fabulous resource for Arts & Culture events in DC, MD & VA


Here are some great free arts and culture events sent to us by CultureCapital.com! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events presented by nearly 300 Metro DC Arts Presenters. For quick way to find even more free arts and culture events check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out feature, curated by the staff of CultureCapital.com.

TICKETPLACE.org is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at TICKETPLACE.org.

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for more free events and exhibits on view and visit TICKETPLACE for half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area! You can also Follow CultureCapital.com on facebook and @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter.

Sunday, June 21

Afternoon - Poetry & Prose Open Mic at The Writer's Center - Bethesda, MD
Poetry & Prose Open Mic
2:00pm - 4:00pm, sign-up begins at 1:30pm
Share something new you've written or a favorite piece from your ouvre. The reading starts at 2:00 pm and will be followed by a reception
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest, cross the street when you exit as Walsh St is only accessible from the northbound side of Wisconsin

Afternoon - Photographer Talk & Book Reading at the National Gallery of Art - Archives
Lecture and Book Signing: Reading from "Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs" by Sally Mann
2:00pm
In this presentation at the National Gallery of Art, acclaimed photographer Sally Mann reads from her revealing memoir and family history, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs. Click the link above to learn more
National Gallery of Art
East Building Atrium
4th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives, closest entrance from the metro is the side entrance on 7th St just past Constitution

Afternoon - Talk about Jamaican Vintage Postcards at the Smithsonian Anacostia - Ancacostia
2:00pm
Marva McIntosh has been an avid collector of vintage Jamaican postcards for over 20 years. She talks about their appeal not just as tourist commodities but the postcard’s branding which over the years has continued to feed the island nation’s economy as a tourist mecca, but at what cost? Many locals live in abject poverty and are disenfranchised from the lifestyle the postcards project. This program is being presented in recognition of Caribbean American Heritage Month and to celebrate community diversity.
1901 Fort Pl SE
Metro: Anacostia, see metro trip-planner for bus options from metro or take uber or lyft there, see special promotion codes for new users below. 

Afternoon - Kids Performance at the Clarice Smith Center at UMD - College Park, MD
National Orchestral Institute Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf
3:00pm & 5:00pm
In this family-friendly performance, members of the National Orchestral Institute perform Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and give their own imaginative musical interpretations of beloved children’s books. Participate in fun, pre-show crafts with Arts on a Roll! At 2:00 pm and again at 4:00 pm, make a mask of your favorite character from the Peter and the Wolf story and take it with you to the orchestral performances at 3 pm and 5 pm.
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Clarice Smith Center Stadium Drive - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a bus or taxi to campus, see public transit directions. You can also take uber or lyft there from the metro. See special promotions for first time users at the bottom of this post.

Afternoon - Film Screening at the National Gallery of Art - Archives
Film Series: American Originals Now: Barbara Hammer Resisting Paradise
4:00pm
Barbara Hammer in person. Click link above to learn more about the film
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives, closest entrance from the metro is the side entrance on 7th St just past Constitution

Late Afternoon - Artist Talk & Closing Reception at the DCAC, Adams Morgan - Woodley Pk
Thank You Artist Friends On Facebook Project Artist Talk and Closing
5:00pm
Akemi Maegawa's 317 etched portraits on 2x2 inch handmade porcelain tiles were inspired by profile pictures of artists on Facebook. They are physical evidence of Maegawa's intimate gaze, memory and relationship with that artist while questioning the difference between virtual and real, ephemeral and permanent, public and private.
DCAC (DC Arts Center)
2438 18th St, NW
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.

Early Evening - Author Talk at Politics and Prose - Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase Cicle
Howard Gillette: Class Divide: Yale 64 and the Conflicted Legacy of the Sixties
5:00pm
"With its protests and music, if not outright revolution, the ‘60s were a heady time—especially for young people fresh out of college. In one hundred interviews with members of the Yale class of 1964—a diverse and privileged group that included Joe Lieberman, Gus Speth, and Stephen Greenblatt—Gillette, author of Between Justice and Beauty and Rutgers history professor emeritus, lets those who lived through it tell their stories of this tumultuous era, with its radically transformed ideas of civic responsibility."
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Metro: Van Ness or Friendship Heights and take a taxi, uber or lyft a short distance if you don't want to walk, or you can see metro trip-planner for bus  options, The L2 bus along Connecticut Ave goes there.

See the special "Free in DC" Inside Out feature on CultureCapital.com for more free events!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

PAST: OUTDOOR FITNESS: Weekly: Get out of the Indoors and enjoy "Workout Wednesdays" on Woodrow Wilson Plaza every WED from May 20 - June 17 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm right by the Federal Triangle Metro, Free

Workout Wednesdays on Woodrow Wilson Plaza
starting on Wednesday, May 20
continuing every Wednesday through June 17
5:30pm - 6:30pm 
Free

Stretch, sculpt and tone your muscles every Wednesday from May 20 – June 17 with free workout sessions led by instructors from FitNut. For a midweek shape-up, head to the Plaza for an hour of exercise and tips on nutrition and healthy living. No need to reserve a spot, simply show up. Bring your mat, grab your coworkers and get ready to get fit. 

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Metro: Federal Triangle drops you right there, you can also walk a few blocks from Metro Center if you're coming from the red line. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

PAST: MUSIC: Chamber Music Recital at the Dumbarton House with members of the Friday Morning Music Club on TUES, June 9 from 7:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

Friday Morning Music Club Chamber Music Recital at the Dumbarton House
Tuesday, June 9
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Free

See program details for June 9 here. Save the date! Next FMMC concert at the Dumbarton House, Wednesday, September 16 at 7:30pm
2715 Q Street, NW
Metro: Dupont Cirlce and walk about 6 blocks over to 27th & Q, or you can take the D2 or D6 bus closer.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

PAST: CULTURE: Learn more about Omani Arts & Culture at the Omani Cultural Evening at the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center at 16th & L St NW this THURS, June 4 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Free, Please RSVP

Omani Cultural Evening at new Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
Thursday, June 4
5:00pm - 8:00pm
The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center invites you to an Omani Cultural Evening celebrating Omani culture with traditional oud music, a food tasting, an Omani cultural exhibition, photography display, henna demonstrations, traditional Omani coffee, sweets, and more! Please RSVP in advance. You're welcome to come by anytime between 5:00pm and 8:00pm. Conveniently located downtown at the corner of 16th & L St NW in the former home of the School for the Arts in Learning.

1100 16th St NW, corner of 16 & L
Metro: Farragut North or take the S1, S2, S4 or S9 bus along 16th St to stop nearest L St

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free and low-cost events to choose from on THURS, June 4

Thursday, June 4
7:00pm - 10:00pm, sign up 6:45pm
sign-up 6:45pm, doors 6:30pm
All ages, by donation, $5 or more requested, free for performing artists
S.A.W. Open Mic with Peggy Brennan. Performers have up to 15 min or 3 songs, whichever is less
Waters, sodas, & tea/coffee available for sale. Read more here
The Electric Maid
268 Carroll St NW
Metro: Takoma, just across the street on the right


Reading with Ruben Castaneda for S Street Rising at Upshur Street Books
7:00pm
Free
"During the height of the crack epidemic that decimated the streets of D.C., Ruben Castaneda covered the crime beat for the Washington Post. The first in his family to graduate from college, he had landed a job at one of the country’s premier newspapers. But his apparent success masked a devastating secret: he was a crack addict. Even as he covered the drug-fueled violence that was destroying the city, he was prowling S Street, a 24/7 open-air crack market, during his off hours, looking for his next fix."  Read more here.
Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur St NW
Metro: Georgia Ave - Petworth or take a bus along Georgia Ave right to to Usphur

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

PAST: PANEL: "Healing Through Art" a Panel Discussion at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts on WED, June 3 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Free, RSVP Requested

"Healing Through Art" a panel discussion at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
Wednesday, June 3
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free, please RSVP here as space is limited

Come out for “Healing Through Art” the second installation of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ three-part series entitled Curate Your Culture: Community Conversations. 
This conversation will explore how local DC organizations are using the arts as an outlet to heal and explore the minds and bodies of those within our community.

Storyteller, Rev. Joani Peacock, will kick off the evening with a 10-minute story about living with mental illness and the role the arts can play in recovery. Afterwards there will be a panel discussion that will focus on how the arts and humanities are playing a critical role in the health and healing of those facing physical and psychological challenges. How can creative expression help individuals suffering from terminal illness, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), emotional distress and other physical ailments?

Panelists include:
  • Gay Hanna, Ph.D., M.F.A, executive director of the National Center for Creative Aging
  • Commander Moira McGuire, NC, USPHS, program manager of the Warrior Clinic and director of the Creative Arts Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Shanti Norris, executive director of the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
  • Jeff Majors, musician and music therapist 
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U St, NW
Metro: U St or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to U St

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

PAST: "The Power of Presence" with Patricia Carvalho and Marli Medeiros at the Meditation Museum's new location near the Forest Glen Metro station in Silver Spring, MD on WED, May 27 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Free, RSVP Requested

"The Power of Presence" with Patricia Carvalho and Marli Medeiros at the Meditation Museum's new location in by the Forest Glen Metro
Wednesday, May 27
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Free, Please RSVP here

Tonight, The Meditation Museum welcomes special guests, Patricia Carvalho and Marli Medeiros from Brazil, for "The Power of Presence." 

"There is an art of being aware, being able to go with the flow of time, and being open to receive a current that empowers us to make the right choices. When we experience this power of the presence, life looks like a miracle. Together we will explore how to live the miracle of each day." 

Patrícia Carvalho, is a dentist by profession, has practiced Raja Yoga meditation for 25 years, and is the coordinator of the Brahma Kumaris in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Marli Medeiros, is an executive life, career coach and has practiced Raja Yoga meditation for 33 years. She is the coordinator of the Brahma Kumaris in Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Meditation Museum hosts lots of free workshops and also has a large collection of art that you can view.  To see a list of upcoming free workshops and events at the museum, please visit their website at MeditationMuseum.org. You can also stay connected to the museum and their upcoming events through Meetupfacebook and twitter.

The Meditation Museum
9525 Georgia Avenue, Suite 101 - Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Forest Glen, an easy 8 minute walk north along Georgia Ave
Note: They just moved! Further north in MD but a short walk from the metro, just a few blocks

Monday, May 26, 2014

PAST: MUSIC: Final Indoor American Roots Music Concert at the United States Botanic Garden features Ian Walters on TUES, May 26 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Free

Final Indoor Concert featuring Ian Walters
Tuesday, May 26
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Free

Come celebrate Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots with this concert series featuring American roots music. Ian B. Walters is a regular at the DC Folk Festival and roots music venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Despite his young age, Ian is a member of the piano faculty at the Augusta Heritage Center's annual Blues Week in Elkins, WV. He uses various styles, including Boogie Woogie, Honky Tonk, and New Orleans Stride and Ragtime to demonstrate a historical approach to the development of American Popular Music.

Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Concerts continue outdoors on select Thursdays 5:00pm-7:00pm beginning on June 11. See summer schedule here.

United States Botanic Garden
Conservatory Garden Court
100 Maryland Avenue, SW
Metro: Federal Cente

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free events to choose from on THURS, May 21 + More Free events FRI, May 22 - MON, May 25 from CultureCapital.com - Memorial Day Weekend!

Here are some great free arts and culture events sent to us by CultureCapital.com! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events presented by nearly 300 Metro DC Arts Presenters. For quick way to find even more free arts and culture events try our "Free in DC" Inside Out feature, curated by the staff of CultureCapital.com.

TICKETPLACE.org is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at TICKETPLACE.org.

Thursday, May 21

Evening - Special Oratory Festival at Ford's Theatre - Metro Center or Gallery Pl - Chinatown 
Stand Up: Be Heard Oratory Festival
7:00pm
In after-school residencies, Ford's Theatre teaching artists use oratory to help students build speech, writing and leadership skills. In year-long after-school programs, students learn skills for self-expression using the words of Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and others to learn the tools of rhetoric and oratory. As they progress, students write and deliver their own speeches. They perform on the Ford’s Theatre stage and take trips to hear oratory in action. Read more here.
Ford's Theatre
511 10th St NW
Metro: Metro Center

Evening - Behind the Scenes of Boardwalk Empire - Archives
Boardwalk Empire: Behind the Scenes of the HBO Series
7:00pm
Inspired by Nelson Johnson’s New York Times best-selling book, HBO re-created the realism and texture of Prohibition-era Atlantic City in the hit series Boardwalk Empire. With video clips and behind-the-scenes stories, Terence Winter leads a discussion of the show’s creation. Panelists include Gretchen Mol, the actress who played Gillian Darmody; Edward McGinty, Jr., the actor who portrayed Ward Boss Boyd and research adviser for the show; Lesley Robson-Foster, visual effects supervisor; Nelson Johnson, author of Boardwalk Empire; and others. A book signing will follow the program.
National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for more free events and exhibits on view and  visit TICKETPLACE for half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area! You can also Follow CultureCapital.com on facebook and @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter.

Friday, May 22

Lunchtime - Screening of PBS Series on Prohibition, at The Archives - Archives
Prohibition: A Nation of Scofflaws (Film Screening)
12:00pm
Episode two of the 2011 PBS series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick addresses how the enforcement of Prohibition was inconsistent and caused unintended consequences, including making criminals of a large portion of the population. (110 minutes.)National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Saturday, May 23

Afternoon - Film Screening at the Smithsonian Anacostia - Anacostia
Film: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011; 96 min)
2:00pm
RSVP Required, call 202.633.4844 or register online here 
This award-winning Sundance documentary is a fascinating look at the American Black Power movement between 1967 and 1975 from the perspective of a Swedish film crew. The film contains journalistic footage never seen on U.S. TV plus intriguing interviews and sound bytes from civil rights notables Stokely Carmichael, Melvin Van Peebles, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and others. Film intersperses archival footage with contributing commentary from contemporary voices such as Erykah Badu, Kathleen Cleaver, Talib Kweli, Sonia Sanchez, Kenny Gamble, and others. Q&A with a museum educator follows the screening.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE (map)
Metro: Anacostia and take the W2 bus, see metro trip-planner for bus access from metro

Afternoon - Art Opening at NoVa Community College - Alexandria, VA
2:00pm
Brian Williams creates abstract, otherworldly landscape oil paintings on aluminum. While the paintings evoke dunes or seascapes with varying naturalistic elements, the work disrupts our idea of our relationships to natural settings. The title of his solo exhibit “The Lonely Drone” calls to mind an imaginary view from a drone flying over a dream landscape
at NoVa Community College
3001 North Beauregard St - Alexandria, VA
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro. Driving? Parking available in the Beauregard Garage $2 per hour.

Evening - Chamber Music Concert at NoVa Community College - Alexandria, VA
7:30pm
It is well know that Johannes Brahms played a big part in the international fame that befell Antonin Dvorák after he submitted his work for the Austrian State Stipendium. But it is much lesser known that Brahms was “visibly overcome by the mastery and talent of this unknown individual.” This tremendous pairing in friendship is analogous when pairing their music and their inventive, beautiful melodies that were seemingly endless.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall 
at NoVa Community College
3001 North Beauregard St - Alexandria, VA
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro. Driving? Parking available in the Beauregard Garage $2 per hour.

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for more free events and exhibits on view and  visit TICKETPLACE for half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area! You can also Follow CultureCapital.com on facebook and @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter.

Sunday, May 24

Daytime - "Rolling Thunder" Biker Ride - by Memorials
Rolling Thunder - Annual Demonstration Run
12:00pm
The Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run is an annual ride and gathering that first started in 1988. Riders from around the nation, and even around the world rally in the Pentagon parking lots and begin the run through the streets of D.C. Afterward, it is an opportunity to meet old and new friends, pay respect at the memorials and participate in the Memorial Day events. Bikes leave the North Pentagon parking lot to begin their run through the Mall area. After the run, police will direct riders to West Potomac Park, where they will pay tribute to their fallen brothers and sisters.
Metro: Foggy Bottom and walk down to the Mall or just look/ listen for the bikes in VA by the Pentagon or in DC by the memorials

Afternoon - Illustrated Author Talk on the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, at NMWA - Metro Center
Literary Event: American Artists of the Gilded Age
2:00pm
Through this illustrated talk, author Mary Tonetti Dorra brings the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition to life and shares the compelling story of artist Mary Lawrence, Dorra’s grandmother, the only woman allowed to exhibit a sculpture outside the Women’s Building. Dorra will discuss American artists of the Gilded Age and reveal a portrait of the era illuminated in her historical novel, Demeter’s Choice: A Portrait of My Grandmother as a Young Artist.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

Afternoon - Curator Talk about the formation of Barry Farm - Anacostiaa
Curator Talk: Alcione Amos
2:00pm - 4:00pm
RSVP Required, call 202.633.4844 or register online here
Exhibition curator Alcione Amos talks about the formation of historic Berry Farm in conjunction with the exhibition How the Civil War Changed Washington. On display at the program will be an enlarged map of Historic Barry Farm from 1867 and items that were dug during archeological research at the Howard Road area where the Metro Station was built in the 1980s.  
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE (map)
Metro: Anacostia and take the W2 bus, see metro trip-planner for bus access from metro

Evening - Free Concert with the Marine Band at Wolf Trap followed by Fireworks at Wolf Trap - Spring Hill, VA
now much more accessible by Metro and short taxi or uber ride
2015 Summer Blast Off!: The President's Own United States Marine Band with Fireworks!
8:00pm
"The President's Own" United States Marine Band will launch Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts' summer season with a program of concert band favorites. A fireworks display will follow the concert!
Metro: Spring Hill, on the new Silver line.Wolf Trap is a bit over 2 miles from the station, You can walk or bike from the metro on lovely trails or you can take #480 bus from the metro. You can also easily take a taxi or uber there from the metro. See uber  promo below for $20 off your first ride. 
1551 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182
Evening - Concert by the Capital 
National Memorial Day Concert on the U.S. Capitol West Lawn
8:00pm - 9:30pm, Gates open at 5:00pm
Laurence Fishburne, Laura Benanti, Esai Morales, and Jason Dolley join an All-Star Line-Up for the PBS National Memorial Day Concert honoring our American Heroes, live from the U.S. Capitol, featuring a special performance of the National Anthem by American Idol Season 14 Winner Nick Fradiani. Note: No alcohol permitted. Approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.
E. Capitol St. and First St NW
US Capitol, West Lawn
Note: The public will not be admitted to the West Lawn of the Capitol beginning at 5:00pm. Checkpoints will be set up for search of bags and parcels. Guests will be required to enter through a metal detector. The gates are located at the Southwest corner of the Capitol grounds. More details can be found on the U.S. Capitol Police's website in the Press Room. Driving? The best place to park near the Capitol Building is at Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE. There are more than 2,000 public parking spaces.
Metro: Capitol South or Union Station

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

Monday, May 25

Morning - Ceremony and Commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery -  VA
National Memorial Day Observance at  Arlington National Cemetery
11:00am, Attendees are encouraged to be at the Tomb of the Unknowns or seated in the amphitheater by 9:30am
see complete details online here
The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, to be followed by an observance program hosted by the Department of Defense in Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater. A prelude by the United States Marine Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30 a.m. Both the wreath-laying ceremony and the observance program are free and open to the general public. No tickets are needed to attend these events. Space is limited to standing room only for the wreath-laying ceremony and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the amphitheater.
Arlington National Cemetery
State Hwy 110 & Memorial Dr
Metro: Arlington Cemetery 

Afternoon - Parade  on The Mall
National Memorial Day Parade 2015
along Constitution Ave between 7th and 17th St
2:00pm
From the American Revolution up to present day conflicts, the Parade commemorates the American spirit and the sacrifices of those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who serve so we can live in the Land of the Free. The parade includes floats, high school marching bands, veterans, service members, local and national celebrities, service organizations and clubs, and much more! See complete details on the official website here..
along Constitution Ave between 7th and 17th St
Metro: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian or Archives

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for more free events and exhibits on view and  visit TICKETPLACE for half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area! You can also Follow CultureCapital.com on facebook and @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter.

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