Tuesday, December 12, 2017

UPCOMING: MUSIC: Today! Weekly: Free Lunchtime Concert at The Church of the Epiphany, near Metro Center, on TUES, Dec 12, and every TUES from 12:10pm - 1:00pm, Artists vary each Week, Free, donations appreciated

Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany
lunchtime concerts every Tuesday
12:10pm - 1:00pm
Free, donations appreciated to
 support music program and artists

View the schedule of performances for more details

Tuesday, December 12
Jeremy Lyons, guitar, and Lisa Perry, soprano, focusing on Spanish Masterpieces with music by de Falla and Joaquin Rodrigo.

See the full program for December 12 and the Season Brochure for Winter/Spring 2018 here.

If you're able to get here Tuesday at lunch, recommend this series!

1317 G St NW
Metro: Metro Center

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Tonight! "Attack of the Comics" Free Comedy Show at Solly's on U St hosted by Haywood Turnipseed on TUES, Dec 12 and every 1st, 2nd & 3rd TUES of the month from 8:30pm- 11:00pm, doors 8:00pm, Free, 21+

Attack of the Comics at Solly's on U St
every 1st, 2nd  & 3rd Tuesday of the month
8:30pm - 11:00pm, doors 8:00pm
Free, 21+

Next Show - Tuesday, December 12

Every 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday at Solly's Tavern on U St you can enjoy a unique comedy "studio" in DC, Attack of the Comics. See some of the area's funniest comics perform there three times a month. Hosted by Haywood Turnipseed, Jr., the show includes music provided by a DJ, surprise special guests, audience participation and chances to win free drinks.

1942 11th St NW
at the corner of 11th & U St NW
Metro: U St 

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today + Tonight! Here's a list of more free and low-cost events happening in DC on TUES, Dec 12

Tuesday, December 12

Here is a list of more Free and low-cost events from the Current Newspaper daily events page (Thanks to The Current Newspaper staff for compiling!). Events are organized by start time. Some events may require advance RSVP, if so that will also be noted. If more information is needed about the event or the venue you can search google or refer to the links included if they are listed. For public transit access by bus or metro, see metro trip-planner.

All Day
  • Aid to Artisans will hold its 2017 Holiday Craft Sale, featuring handmade artisan crafts from Egypt, Guatemala, Colombia, India and other countries. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Creative Learning, Suite 104, 5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW. aidtoartisans.org. The sale will continue daily through Dec. 18.
  • The 13th annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. downtownholidaymarket.com. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
  • The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • The Georgetown Library will present a walk-in yoga class practicing introductory vinyasa techniques. 11:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.

  • H. Perry Chapman, professor and associate chair of Northern Baroque art at the University of Delaware, will discuss “Virtuous Rivalry in the Age of Vermeer.” 2 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • As part of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Family Week, a backstage tour will follow the daily path of actors from dressing rooms to the stage. 4:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. Tours will also be offered Friday at 5:15 p.m.

     5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly LED displays, a light show set to music, 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel, live entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark play zone for children. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).
  • The “Holiday Lobbying” concert series will feature the Thomas Circle Singers. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100.
  • A holiday celebration of opera from around the world will feature soprano Beyana Soldo, pianist Milena Gligic and baritone Jose Sacín. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Project Natale will play versatile, contemporary jazz music as part of the U.S. Botanic Garden’s “Holiday Music in the Garden” series. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • Harriet Elam-Thomas, former U.S. ambassador to Senegal, will discuss her memoir “Diversifying Diplomacy: My Journey From Roxbury to Dakar.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.
  • Writer, speaker and activist Jaclyn Friedman will discuss her book “Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.
  • The Petworth Library will host a writers’ workshop. 7 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1187.
  • As part of a film series on “Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration,” the Embassy of France will present Julie Bertuccelli’s 2014 film “School of Babel,” about a diverse group of newcomers to France attending the same class to learn French. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. frenchculture.org.
  • The Arts Club of Washington will commemorate the “Nanking Massacre” of 1937 with “Rhyme for Human Peace/Comfort for the Atrocity Victims,” featuring poetry readings by local writers and live piano performance of works by Chopin, Schubert and others. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3.
  • The Washington Improv Theater’s “Harold Night” will feature long-form improv performances by various ensembles. 8 and 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. witdc.org.
  • Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night hosted by Joseph LMS Green. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • The Washington Improv Theater’s “Harold Night” will feature long-form improv performances by various ensembles. 8 and 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. witdc.org.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

UPCOMING: HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Hands on Drum hosts their 3rd Annual Bazaar and Craft Market on SUN, Dec 17 from 11:00am - 8:00pm, Family-Friendly, Free

Holiday Bazaar and Ghana Send-Off Party at Hands on Drums
Sunday, December 17
11:00am - 8:00pm
Free and family-friendly!

Holiday Bazaar and Ghana Send-Off Party at Hands on Drums! From teh event page: "Come celebrate with us and send off our Hands On Drums Ghana trip crew with style! Sales, entertainment and food! ♥ "

Come out out and enjoy:
Hands on Drums
600 Rhode Island Avenue NE
Metro: Rhode Island Avenue, short walk from the metro

UPCOMING: STAGED READING: The "Scripts in Play Festival" continues with Free Staged Play Readings THURS, Dec 14 - SUN, Dec 17 at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA

Scripts in Play Festival, a series of Play Readings, kicks off this Friday, December 1 at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA Free!
14 staged readings of 12 new plays 
Friday, December 1 - Sunday, December 17 

After each reading there will be an afterchat where they will ask for your feedback. Including the chat, the program will run about 2.5 hours. The feedback you give will help Avant Bard plan future seasons. You can see a short video promo about the festival and learn more about Avant Bard here.

What to expect? "Staged reading is the common term for actors who have rehearsed the play reading their parts on book. Typically in performance the actors stand and read from scripts placed on music stands, though some scenes might be blocked and acted out more fully. It varies a lot, depending on the script and the director."

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Final Free Readings!

Thursday, December 14
The Misanthrope 

Friday, December 15
Far Away

Saturday, December 16
Marvellous, An Illuminated Tale

Her, Across The River

Sunday, December 17
Sizwe Bansi Is Dead

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. 

UPCOMING: SONG & MEDITATION: Monthly: Singing, Meditation, Silence and Reflection, Vespers Taizé-style evening WED, Dec 13, and every second WED of the month, from 7:30pm - 8:30pm at All Souls Unitarian, 16th & Harvard St NW, Free

Vespers - a  Taizé-style Candlelit Evening of Singing Meditation, Silence and Reflection
every second Wednesday of the month
7:30pm - 8:30pm
a light reception follows the service

Vespers - Wednesday, December 13

Vespers is modeled after the traditional Taizé worship service which uses silence, reflection and repetitive singing of short chants and rounds to quiet the mind and promote deep meditation. This candlelit evening service is designed to be a midweek respite from the fast pace of life.

The Taizé Community is an ecumenical monastic order in France founded in 1940 to promote peace and justice through prayer and meditation. Vespers services mirror Taizé-style attention to silence, holy words, and singing, but also includes other meditative traditions such as yogic singing and Buddhist chanting.

16th & Harvard St NW
enter between 15th & 16th on Harvard
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk a few blocks, or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th to Harvard

UPCOMING: DRUM JAM: Monthly Wednesday Night Drum Jam returns to The Electric Maid in Takoma this WED, Dec 13 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm, right by the Takoma Metro, All ages, by donation, $5 - $10 suggested

Monthly Wednesday Night Drum Jam is back at The Electric Maid in Takoma, right by the metro
Wednesday, December 13
7:00pm - 9:30pm
All ages, by donation, $5 - $10 sliding scale donation requested to cover the cost of room, use of instruments, Katy & Mark's time

"Come early and get a seat and let yourself move to the beat!" Drums provided or bring your own. No experience necessary. Kids welcome. Please bring your own water.

Katy Gaughan and friends are back with their monthly drum jam at the Electric Maid. Join Katy along with Mark Francis Nickens and others. Drummers and dancers welcome! Come to drum or to dance, or both! See more pics here.

7:00pm: "how to play the drum"
7:30pm - 8:15pm: facilitated drum circle
8:15pm - 8:30pm: break
8:30pm - 9:30pm: drum jam

The Electric Maid
268 Carroll St, NW
Metro: Takoma, just across the street, steps away from metro exit.

UPCOMING: IMPROV CLASS: The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale hosts their Monthly Free Improv Workshop on SUN, Dec 17 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm, RSVP now to ensure your space!

Monthly Free Improv Workshop at The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale 
Sunday, December 17
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free, RSVP to info@unifiedscenetheater.com

Ever thought “Hey, this improv stuff looks fun. But I’m not sure I could do it. Wouldn’t mind giving it a test run before I do.” Well, now’s your chance! Come out this Sunday afternoon for a free 2-hour improv workshop at The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale. You might surprise yourself — and have fun doing it!

Space is limited, so please email to let them know you’re coming info@unifiedscenetheater.com

The Unified Scene Theater
80 T St NW
Metro: Shaw - Howard U and walk about 12 minutes or take a bus. You can catch the 80 line towards Fort Totten right to T and North Capitol, and walk a block West to the theater, or the G8 which drops you off right across the street from the theater on Rhode Island Ave Also, a Capital Bikeshare station (located at 1st and RI Avenue, NW) is within mere steps of the theater, or you can hop in an uber or lyft there, see promotions for new users below.

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Free Four-Week Intro to Meditation continues on MON, Dec 18 and the next two Mondays thru MON, Jan 1 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Science of Spirituality DC Center in NW, close to American University

Free Four Week 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

Series continues - Monday, December 18 
and the next two Mondays, thru January 1
7:00pm - 8:30pm
No experience necessary, all welcome to attend!
Free, RSVP required, email DCinfo@sos.org or call (937) 361-4515 or (630) 597-5174

Note: If you weren't able to attend the first session in the 4-Week series on Monday, December 11 you're welcome to join in the second session, Monday, December 18, just RSVP to let them know you plan to attend.

"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.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

UPCOMING: MAGIC + COMEDY: 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 on MON, Dec 18 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, December 18

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.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

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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!

Sunday, November 26, 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!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Meditate in Community on SUN, Dec 17 and most Sunday Mornings at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, Silent Meditation from 10:00am - 11:00am, Meditation Talk from 11:00am - 12:00pm, Vegetarian lunch to follow, Free

Weekly Meditation on Sunday Mornings
except for the first Sunday of the month
at the Science of Spirituality  DC Center

Note: No gathering on Sunday, December 10

Sunday Morning Silent Meditation
10:00am - 11:00am
Sunday Morning Meditation Talk
11:00am - 12:00pm
All welcome regardless of level of experience

Meditation Talk and Meditation at 11:00am is recommended for new folks. Feel free to arrive when you can to meditate with the group in a silent format so if you are an experienced meditator you are welcome to arrive anytime starting from 10:00am for a silent meditation sit. Vegetarian lunch is provided after the meditation talk. at noon, for those who participate in the morning program.

Next gathering will be on Sunday, December 17
10.00 - 11:00 am Meditation
11:00 - 12:00 pm English Satsang/ Talk
12:00 - 1:00 pm Vegetarian Lunch

Meditation Talks in Other Languages
10:30 - 11:30 am Spanish Satsang
1:00 - 2:00 pm Hindi Satsang

The Science of Spirituality Meditation DC Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and offers many free workshops and events. The center focuses on using the practice of Jyoti Meditation. Science of Spirituality has been offering free meditation workshops actively in the DC area since 1953. As part of an international, nonprofit, multi-faith organization consisting of two thousand centers and a million members world-wide, Science of Spirituality welcomes the community to participate in its meetings and activities. The group’s president is spiritual leader and author, H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, world renowned for his books on meditation and spirituality, and for leading conferences and workshops promoting love, unity, and peace, in all lands and among all peoples, through the practice of meditation.

SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and connect with them on twitter @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 acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close but they don't run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. For those of you with smart phones who don't own cars you may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are or from the Tenleytown Metro, which is closest. See promo below.

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