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