Monday, October 23, 2017

UPCOMING: MAGIC + COMEDY: Tonight! Weekly: "Madam's Magical Comedy Show" every Monday Night at Madam's Organ in Adams Morgan with Mentalist + Magician Alain Nu, Comedian Haywood Turnipseed, Jr. and others MON, Oct 23 at 8:30pm, doors at 8:00pm, $3, 21+

"Madam's Magical Comedy Show" features Comedy + Magic with Haywood Turnipseed, Jr., mentalist and magician Alain Nu and local comics at Madams Organ
every Monday night 
8:30pm - 10:30pm or so, 8:00pm doors
$3, 21+ 

Every Monday you can enjoy comedy and a comedy open mic hosted by Haywood Turnipseed, Jr and magic and other wow tricks from mentalist Alain Nu, "The Man Who Knows" every Monday night at Madams Organ on their second floor stage. 

Next Show - Monday, October 23

Magician Alain Nu: "Throughout his entire life, Alain Nu, The Man Who Knows, has been looking at life with an unusual perspective and doing amazing things. Starting at a very early age, with interests in uncanny phenomena, hypnosis, eastern mysticism and illusions, Alain realized for himself a fantastic world of possibilities and interesting explorations."

Comedian Haywood Turnipseed Jr. "As a husband/dad/Telephone Man/Jedi by day and a stand-up comic/occasional Sith Lord by night, Haywood Turnipseed still finds time to entertain DC’s masses at comedy spots around the region. Originally from the Holy Land of Indiana, Haywood now resides in DC with his family and is a U.S. Air Force Veteran."

Madam's Organ
2461 18th St NW
in Adams Morgan, next door to Tryst 
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/ 18th St stop by the FedEx or walk, about 15 minutes from either station, or you can catch the 42 or 43 bus from Connecticut Ave or Dupont Circle toward Mt Pleasant and get off at 18th & Columbia Rd. The 90 bus lines and L2 bus also go to 18th & Columbia if that is better for you. See metro trip-planner for best options. You can also take uber or lyft there. See new user promotions below.

New user promotions for uber and lyft! Get $10 off your first Lyft with promo code FREEINDC10 Sign up at Get $20 off your first Uber with promo code FREEINDC14 Sign up at While I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request future rides.

UPCOMING: WRITING WORKSHOP + OPEN MIC: Tonight! Free Writing Workshop with Janae Johnson on MON, Oct 23 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free, please RSVP, followed by Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Lissa Piercey at Busboys and Poets, Brookland 9:00pm - 11:00pm, $5

Free Writing Workshop with touring slam poet Janae Johnson, (see Janae perform)
Monday, October 23
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free! RSVP to

followed by Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Lissa Piercey at Busboys and Poets, Brookland
9:00pm - 11:00pm
$5, see note below

A Busboys and Poets event hosted this week by Lissa Piercey. For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week. Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear.

About the host: Lissa a performance poet and entrepreneur who lives mostly out of her olive green suitcase, but is based in Washington, DC. She began writing poems to process her own grief, and continued after discovering the power of poetry, community, and shared experience through open mics. Lissa has performed at conferences around the world, including the Opportunity Collaboration in Ixtapa, Mexico and the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England. She is a MassLEAP trained teaching artist, a TEDx speaker, and a former National Poetry Slam team member. As a founding member of arts collective Flatline Poetry, Lissa tours Colleges and Universities teaching Residence Life staff how to create safer spaces on their campuses.

Note: Wristbands are available for purchase online here at midnight and in the restaurant starting at 10:00 AM (cash only). No refunds. Ticket purchase limit of 4 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door if available. Guests must have their wristbands (tickets) on upon entering the event. Seating is available on a first come, first seated basis. No saved or reserved seats are allowed. Failure to check in within 30 minutes of advertised start time may result in forfeiture of seats.

Busboys and Poets, Brookland
625 Monroe St. NE
Metro: Brookland, turn left when you exit the escalators and walk through the market area, turn right on Monroe and walk about a block and a half, on the left side of the street

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tonight! Free Introduction to Meditation Series continues on MON, Oct 23 and the next two Mondays, thru MON, Nov 6, from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Science of Spirituality DC Center in NW, close to American University

Free Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next session!
Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks
Facilitated by Sangeeta Prasad and Paola Neyra

Note: If you weren't able to attend the first session in the 4-Week series on Monday, October 16 you're welcome to join in the second session, Monday, October 23, just RSVP to let them know you plan to attend.

Series continues - Monday, October 23
and the next two Mondays, thru November 6
7:00pm - 8:30pm
No experience necessary, all welcome to attend!
Free, RSVP required, email or call (937) 361-4515 or (630) 597-5174

"Jyoti meditation provides the experience of inner light, the joy of self discovery, and the lasting value of spirituality as a complement to physical, intellectual, and cultural attainments." Introductory classes will run in four-week cycles which repeat. For those who wish to go on after the intro sessions, there will be intermediate and advanced classes continuing throughout the year.

SOS DC also 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 the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and with Science of Spirituality on twitter at @SOSMeditate.

Science of Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus access. It looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. For those with cars, street parking is available. You may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are coming from or from the Tenleytown Metro. See promo codes below for new users.

(Please let me know if these codes are no longer working) Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers: Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at - be sure to select uberx for best price instead of uber. You can also select uber pool or lyft line if you aren't in a hurry and don't mind the possibility of sharing the ride. Note: they may not let you select uberpool or lyftline if it's your first time using the app and you want to apply the discount.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today + Tonight! Here's a list of more Free and low-cost events to choose from on MON, Oct 23

Monday, October 23

For more Free and low-cost events see highlights from the the daily post on the Current Newspaper events page, organized by start time. Search google for event or venue information if you need more details. You can visit metro trip-planner online for metro and/ or bus directions.

  • As part of the “Black Studies Now!” lecture series, Amber Jamilla Musser, professor at Washington University in St. Louis, will discuss “Carrie Mae Weems and the Sensations of Brown Jouissance.” 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 214, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW.
  • The weekly “Yoga Mondays” program will feature a gentle yoga class. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Free; tickets distributed at the second-floor reference desk beginning at 10:15 a.m. to the first 30 people who arrive. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • George William Van Cleve will discuss his book “We Have Not a Government: The Articles of Confederation and the Road to the Constitution.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Jacqueline Drayer, community outreach and grants manager for the DC Preservation League, will discuss “Adapting Washington’s Historic Buildings,” with particular attention to case studies of Dorsch’s White Cross Bakery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Franklin School. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • Helene Cooper, Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, will discuss her book “Madame President: The Extraordinary Story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,” about the world’s first elected black female president and Africa’s first elected female head of state. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Herter Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

  • Ziya Meral, an expert on Turkish and Middle Eastern foreign policies, will discuss “Turkey in Uncharted Waters,” about the current social, political and religious dynamics in Turkey that affect its diplomatic relationships and regional influence. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. McGhee Library, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
  • U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer docent Nancy Ragsdale will discuss the history of the National Garden, plants attractive to butterflies, native plants of the middle Atlantic area and roses that grow well in the Washington environment. 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Meet in the lobby of the Conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW.

  • The Dupont Circle Village’s monthly “Live and Learn Seminar” will feature a talk on “All About Medicare” by Chris DeYoung, co-director of the Health Insurance Counseling Project, part of the George Washington University Law School’s Community Legal Clinics. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free; registration requested. Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-234-2567.
  • Elliott Abrams, professor at the Georgetown University Center for Jewish Civilization and former White House adviser on Middle East policy, will discuss his forthcoming book “Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring.” 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
  • The National Churchill Library and Center will present a talk by Daniel Mulhall, ambassador of Ireland to the United States, on Irish politics, history and diplomacy in the wake of Brexit. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Room 101, Gelman Library, George Washington University, 2130 H St. NW.
  • Luisa Cifarelli will discuss “The Lost Notebook of Enrico Fermi — The True Story of the Discovery of Neutron-Induced Radioactivity.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW.
  • International touring trumpeter Volker Goetze will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Charles Derber will discuss his book “Welcome to the Revolution: Universalizing Resistance for Social Justice and Democracy in Perilous Times.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • The “Marvelous Movie Monday” series will present the 1984 film “A Soldier’s Story,” starring Denzel Washington as an African-American military officer investigating a murder during World War II. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • Jennifer Egan will discuss her novel “Manhattan Beach.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Josh Dean and Jason Fagone will discuss their respective books, “The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History” and “The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW.
  • “Trump’s First Year: Will Politics, Policy and the Presidency Ever Be the Same?” will feature panelists Glenn Thrush of The New York Times, April Ryan of American Urban Radio, John Roberts of Fox News, Olivier Knox of Yahoo! News and Sarah Binder of George Washington University. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW.
  • Keegan Theatre’s “Boiler Room Series” will feature a staged reading of “Reason for Return,” a new play by DC Cathro. A discussion will follow. 7:30 p.m. $10. Andrew Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW.
  • Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “ReDiscovery” series will feature a reading of Kate Hamill’s “Vanity Fair,” an adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel. A panel discussion with Hamill and Victorian literature scholar Rachel Vorona Cote will follow. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122, option 4. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

UPCOMING: THEATER: Get Pay-What-You-Will tickets to see Avant Bard's "Emilie" on THURS, Oct 26 at 7:30pm & SAT, Oct 28 at 2:00pm at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA, by donation, $10 minimum to reserve online or by donation at the door if available

Pay-What-You-Will shows for Avant Bard's production of "Emilie" every Thursday 7:30pm & Saturday 2:00pm during the run of the show
by donation/ Pay What You Will 
See calendar for dates and times

You can name your ticket price, any price, at the door. If you are able to, they recommend that you reserve your PWYW ticket online in advance with a $10 minimum.

"A smart comedy about a brainy and badass woman, written by the most-produced playwright in America"

Avant Bard’s first production of the season is Lauren Gunderson’s Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight—a witty reincarnation of a passionate and defiant woman who in 18th-century France dazzled Voltaire and blazed a trail for women in science. She was smarter than the men around her. And she made it in their world.

Lauren Gunderson was recently ranked most-produced playwright in the 2017/2018 season by American Theatre magazine in a national survey of nonprofit theaters.  

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In Emilie, her seductively theatrical rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie du Châtelet returns to life in the present, determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? During this inspiring and surprising comic drama, Emilie defends her life and loves, and in the process creates a legacy that alters the course of physics.

Emilie is directed by Helen Hayes Award winner Rick Hammerly. Starring as Emilie is Sara Barker, recently seen at Avant Bard in King Lear, Othello, and Orlando and a company member with Avant Bard.

While WSC Avant Bard is still the formal name of the company ("WSC" stands for the original name, Washington Shakespeare Company), increasingly the company refers to itself as simply Avant Bard. You can learn more about Avant Bard here

Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two
2700 South Lang St - Arlington, VA 22206 (see map)
Metro: Crystal City and catch the 23A or 23B bus from bus bay two (the thoughtful folks at Avant Bard even made a video you can watch on how to get there using metro and bus which is especially great for visual folks) and get off at South Arlington Ridge Rd and South Lang St, nine stops, about a six minute bus ride.  You can use metro trip-planner for metro and bus schedules. It's about 1.5 miles from the metro if you want to bike or walk, or you can also uber or lyft there if that makes more sense, see promotions for new users at the bottom of this post. If you have a car and plan to drive you can see driving directions here. Ample free parking available. 

New User Promotions: You cam get $10 off your first Lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at and use the promo code FREEINDC14. I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request future rides. Please notify me if these promo codes are no longer valid, they've been up for a while.

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Franqi French hosts "Broad Way" at Drafthouse Comedy on L St near McPherson Sq on WED, Oct 25, 8:00pm show, 7:30pm doors, Free, RSVP requested, 18+

Broad Way hosted by Franqi French
at Drafthouse Comedy on L St NW
Wednesday, October 25
8:00pm show, 7:30pm doors
Free! RSVP requested here,
venue is open to those 18+ with no minimum purchase required

"This isn't your mom's comedy show, so leave your feelings at home and be prepared to LAUGH!! Franqi French and Drafthouse DC is bringing you a series of some of the funniest ladies from here and across the nation!"

About Franqi French: If you weren't at Caroline's on Broadway in NYC to catch Franqi French with DL Hughley, perhaps you caught one of her several appearances on TV One's "Roland Martin Show." A nationally appreciated talent, Franqi's coast to coast appearances include The DC Improv as well as The World Famous Comedy Store on Sunset Strip, Stand Up NY & DC Drafthouse. An award winning comic, Franqi has shared the stage w/ Todd Glass, Donnell Rawlings, Fortune Feimster, Judy Gold and more!

About the venue: In April of last year, the owners of the Arlington Drafthouse opened up a comedy arts performance space at 13th & L St NW, in the heart of DC. Drafthouse Comedy is styled after a black box theater, with tall ceilings, great sight lines, and an intimate setting. The venue has beer, wine, liquor, and some light fare available for purchase. There are no minimum purchase requirements for patrons, nor is there table-side service.

1100 13th St NW - enter on L St between 13th & 14th St
Metro: McPherson Sq is closest, also walking distance from Metro Center or you can take the Circulator bus, Woodley - McPherson Sq route, or any of the metro buses along K St or 14th St, to the stop closest to 14th & K St NW

UPCOMING: FOOD + MUSIC: "Kitchen Concerts" at Habana Village in Adams Morgan, Food, Music & Donation Drive TUES, Oct 24 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm, $10 or Free with donation of supplies, 21+

Kitchen Concerts @ Habana Village
Plus Donation Drive for the homeless*
Tuesday, October 24
7:00pm - 9:30pm
$10, buy online here, 21+
*Get in Free if you bring blankets and winter clothes (socks, long underwear, sweaters, etc.) donations for DC's homeless

Brought to you by The Hues, Pangia, and Chef DJ & Co. Kitchen Concerts merges food and music together for a unique event hosted by DC's own Chef DJ. Enjoy this cooking exhibition alongside an intimate performance by local musical talent Mecha Korrect. Cover includes complimentary appetizers and signature cocktails!

Habana Village
1834 Columbia Avenue NW
in Adams Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or catch the Circulator bus to Adams Mill stop by SoHo/BB&T and FedEx (McPherson-Woodley route) or walk from Columbia Heights about 16 minutes or so. You can also catch the 42 bus or any of the 90 line buses or the L2 bus to the corner of 18th & Columbia Rd NW. 

UPCOMING: SHOWCASE: Halloween Weekend! Come out to The Capital City Showcase's Screamin' Halloween Show at Mason Inn on SAT, Oct 28 from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Costumes encouraged, $10, 21+

The Capital City Showcase Screamin' Halloween show at Mason Inn Wisconsin Ave
Saturday, October 28
8:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 buy online here with small service fee, or pay at the door is space is available, seating is first come, 21+
view and share the facebook event here
Costumes encouraged + Costume Contest 

The Capital City Showcase is the variety show that features some of the DMV's best comedians, musicians, and performing artists. For over seven years, the Showcase has included DC's best artists of all kinds, including stand-up comedians, improv troupes, bands, acoustic singer-songwriters, and hip-hop artists.

This month they are putting together an amazing night of comedy and music, where all of our acts will be getting in the spirit with their own Halloween costumes, so attendees to the show are encouraged to do the same. There will be a costume contest with amazing prizes! There will also be drink specials throughout the entire show, and the show will be immediately followed by a DJ dance party.

The Halloween Showcase will feature comedy headliner: Danny Rouhier, musical headliner: Dr. BadLove and the Remedies, as well as comedy from Mike Garvey and Michele Sometimes, and music from Rachel Levitin.

Comedy Headliner: Danny Rouhier: Co-host of 106.7's The Fan's "Grant and Danny", Danny Rouhier has long been a staple of the DC comedy scene. He shared the stage with some of the country's finest comedians, and has featured locally at such venues as The DC Improv, Magooby's Joke House, and Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse.

Musical Headliner: Dr. BadLove and the Remedies:Dr. BadLove and The Remedies have taken their blend of electronic funk, hip-hop, and raw guitar riffs at venues all across the DC area, including most recently at Tropicalia. They are playing in support of their brand new EP "The Remedy".

2408 Wisconsin Ave NW
north of W Pl NW and south of Calvert, just past the Whole Foods  (see map)
Metro: See metro trip-planner for all bus options. You can get there by taking any of the 30 line buses (except for the 38B) that run along Wisconsin Avenue NW or by the Circulator bus, yellow line (see route map), which gets you a short distance south of the venue. You can catch the 30 lines buses north on Wisconsin from the Tenleytown Metro or from Foggy Bottom area along Pennsylvania Ave or you can take uber or lyft there, see promotions for new users below.

Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers who have not yet downloaded the lyft or uber apps: Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at - be sure to select uberx for best price instead of uber. You can also select uber pool or lyft line if you aren't in a hurry and don't mind the possibility of sharing the ride. Note: they may not let you select uberpool or lyftline if it's your first time using the app and you want to apply the discount. (Please message me if these promo codes are no longer working, thye have been up for a while.) 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more Free and low-cost events every day @FreeinDCBlog on twitter - and if you don't use twitter, no worries, you don't need an account to view the page!

For more events please check out @FreeinDCBlog on twitter and the Free in DC page on facebook, search for "Free in DC" or click here! Much of the event content I cover comes from facebook and I don't always have time to craft individual posts on this site for every event I come across and I often post links to events on  @FreeinDCBlog on twittter and/or FreeinDC on facebook that aren't on the main site.

I tweet most every day, focusing on events happening that day, and some other events coming soon or ones that you might not find on the main site or on facebook. Also, if you aren't a twitter user you can just look at the page without needing to sign up for an account!

Friday, October 13, 2017

OF NOTE: FITNESS: Fitiverse is Free to Join and helps you to Connect with new Workout buddies and Find Free Fitness Activities in your area

Want to get fit? Connect on Fitiverse!
No gym, no problem! Free to join
Find new fitness buddies and activities and 50+ Free weekly classes in DC

Fitiverse is local, social network that will help you to find new, fun and social ways to workout! Fitiverse focuses on fitness and connects you with compatible workout buddies who have access to the same fitness zones, which are like neighborhoods.

Find Free Workouts, Yoga Classes, Meet-ups and more, on Fitiverse. The local place to go for Free Fitness activities! Create your free account here!

If you're wondering why am I sharing Fitiverse on Free in DC when technically it's not an arts, culture or consciousness event, it is because Fitiverse shares a similar mission, to help people connect to fabulous, local, free things to do. In their case, they just focus on fitness. It's also free to join! The site was founded by two brothers who live in the DC area who share a passion for fitness and well-being. They wanted to help others in the greater community find people who live nearby, share similar schedules and are interested in similar ways of working out and having fun.

So go ahead, check it out, what do you have to lose? Create your free account, find some new free activities, have some fun burning calories and maybe even make some new friends!