Tuesday, May 23, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tonight! Free Meditation Workshop at Library in Foggy Bottom on TUES, May 23 at 7:00pm + Additional free workshops on WED, May 25 & THURS, May 25 at libraries in DC

Tuesday, May 23 - in Foggy Bottom near GW

"Finding Lasting Happiness through Meditation"
7:00pm 
led by David Newcomb
West End Interim Library
2522 Virginia Ave NW 
Metro: Foggy Bottom

Wednesday, May 24 - in Mt Pleasant

"Reducing Stress Through Meditation" 
7:00pm 
led by David Newcomb 
3160 16th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk over or take any of the S line buses along 16th St to Lamont or the 42 or 43 bus along Connecticut Ave or Columbia Rd toward Mt Pleasant to the final stop at Lamont

Thursday May 25  - Congress Heights

7:00pm 
Join long time mediator David Newcomb at the Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library as he connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of our lives. This program is ideal for adults of all ages. All are welcome.
- Reducing stress through meditation
- Meditation for health and wellness
- Meditation for optimum well-being
- Explore inner peace withing through meditation
1547 Alabama Ave SE 
Metro: Congress Heights, a short, 0.4 mile walk from the metro along Alabama Ave, 8 minutes or less, turn left on Alabama when you exit the metro 

UPCOMING: Tomorrow ~ Eye Street Massage Celebrates 20 Years of Business this month! Swing by their place near Farragut Sq on WED, May 24 to celebrate with them from 4:00pm - 7:30pm and get discounts on future services

Eye Street Massage 20th Birthday Celebration
Wednesday, May 24 
4:00pm - 7:30pm
Free, RSVP requested
view and share event on facebook 

My friend Pam Moyer and the entire team at Eye Street Massage invite you to come by to celebrate 20 years business at Eye Street Massage, offering massage and energy bodywork in the heart of DC at Farragut Square next to the 17th St Farragut West metro exit. Come by for some birthday cake, bubbly, beverages and treats and a chance to win raffle prizes!

They'll also have gifts for those who swing by and discount coupons for future appointments. You'll also have a chance to chat with Pam and others who work there, a truly lovely group of people. 
1634 Eye St, NW
Lower Level, Suite 125 
("Eye" St is for I St, between H and K St,)
between 17th St & Connecticut Ave.)
Metro: Farragut West - entrance is just one door down - or Farragut North or take any number of buses - the 42, any of the 30 line buses and others - to the stop closest to 17th & I "Eye" St. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

ON VIEW: EXHIBIT: "The Iconic and the Everyday: Creative Finland in America" on view at The Embassy of Finland WED, May 24 from 3:00pm - 7:00pm and SAT, June 3 & SUN, June 4 from from 11:00am - 4:00pm and select weekends through August 13, Free

The Embassy of Finland hosts a special exhibit The Iconic and the Everyday: Creative Finland in America showcasing how Finnish design and architecture have been a part of American life in the last century, presented as part of Finland’s centennial celebration.
Thursday, May 18 -  Tuesday, August 15
Free

Open to the public select Weekends, and Wednesdays  from Saturday, May 20 - Sunday, August 13, See specific dates and times below!

The Iconic and the Everyday exhibit explores the contemporary presence and influence of Finnish architecture, design and industry in the lives of everyday Americans. The exhibit focuses on iconic architecture in the United States by Finnish masters such as Eero Saarinen, Alvar Aalto and the likes, as well as, the everyday items by Finnish companies, such as Marimekko and Fiskars, known not only for their design but also, functionality. The exhibition is curated by Professor Peter MacKeith, Dean of Architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design in University of Arkansas. The exhibition designer is architect Jonathan Boelkins.

The exhibition also has a reading nook where children and the childlike can get to know Moomins, the loved cartoon characters from Tove Jansson. Moomins live in Moominvalley and go on many wondrous and often accidental adventures. Even adults can learn something from the surprisingly philosophical and laidback characters.

Open on Wednesdays May 24 - August 9, 3:00pm - 7:00pm

and select Weekend days noted below, 11:00am - 4:00pm 
  • Saturday, June 3 
  • Sundays: June 4 & 11
  • Sundays: July 2, 9, 16 & 30
  • Sundays: August 6 & 13
  • Saturday, August 12
Embassy of Finland - on Embassy row
3301 Massachusetts Ave NW
Metro: Nearest metro is Woodley Park, it's about a 1.1 miles, 24 minute walk. Head north on Connecticut Ave and turn left on Woodley Rd, which turns into Garfield, take a left on 34th St and walk two blocks to Mass Ave, turn left and you'll see the Embassy. Dupont Circle metro station is 1.5 miles, straight shot on Mass Ave. You can may want to consider taking uber/ uberpool or lyft/ lyft line there, see promotions for new users below, or you can see metro trip-planner for best bus access depending on where you are coming from. For those with cars planning to drive, the closest street parking can be found on Fulton Street, NW.

Uber & Lyft Promotions: New Lyft users get $10 off your first ride with promo code FREEINDC10 Sign up at lyft.com. New Uber users get $20 off your first ride, sign up: uber.com/with the promo code FREEINDC14 Be sure to select uberx for your own car. You can also select uberpool (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 a ride, but I don't think you can use the new user credit on shared rides.

UPCOMING: IMPROV: WIT Road Show at the DCAC in Adams Morgan continues this THURS, May 25 - SUN, May 28 + Additional shows THURS - SUN nights thru SUN, June 18 Use Promo Code FREEINDC for $10 discount tickets!

WIT Road Show at DC Arts Center
Shows Thursday - Sunday nights
continuing Thursday, May 15 - Sunday, June 18
Line-ups vary nightly!
Get $10 ticket tickets with promo code FREEINDC regularly $12 online, $15 at door
Note: All online sales shut off at 6:00pm the night of the show
See calendar and buy tickets here

"What will happen at the WIT Road Show? Your guess is as good as ours! Harold Night Harold Night WIT’s company ensembles and special guests take over DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan with our thrilling, unpredictable performances! Each show’s line-up is unique and every performance is one-of-a-kind. These shows are presented at DC Arts Center in the heart of Adams Morgan."

For all shows, unclaimed tickets may be resold at curtain time. Late arrivals will be seated at WIT’s discretion. Washington Improv Theater strives to ensure its shows are accessible to all audiences at our home stage at Source. However, our guest venue DC Arts Center is not accessible to wheelchair users and may be challenging to patrons with limited mobility. If you have accessibility questions, please email us at wit@witdc.org. DCAC Members can call DCAC for the member discount code.

Thursday, May 25 - Sunday, May 28
7:30pm shows Thursday - Sunday nights
9:30pm shows on  Friday and Saturday nights
Remember: Use promo code FREEINDC for $10 tickets!
regularly $12 online, $15 at door
Note: All online sales shut off at 6:00pm the night of the show
See calendar and buy tickets here

Thursday, May 25
7:30pm

Friday, May 26
7:30pm 

Saturday, May 27


Sunday, May 28
Additional shows Thursday - Sunday nights from Thursday, June 2 -  Sunday, June 18!

Get $10 ticket tickets with promo code FREEINDC regularly $12 online, $15 at door

Note: All online sales shut off at 6:00pm the night of the show, see calendar and buy tickets here

DCAC (DC Arts Center)
  1. 2438 18th St, NW
    Metro: Woodley Park and walk across the bridge or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill from the Woodley Park or Columbia Heights metro. From Dupont Circle, take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia.

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: The next Free 4-Week Introduction to Meditation series begins on Memorial Day, MON, May 29 and continues the following two three Mondays, thru MON, June 19 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
Introductory classes begin every four weeks.

Next 4-Week Series begins  - Monday, May 29
and the next three Mondays, thru June 19
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 aren't able to attend the first session on Monday, May 29 you're welcome to join in the second session, Monday, June 5. Please 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 will also continue to offer 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.

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 lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 - 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: THEATER: Avant Bard offers Pay-What-You-Will tickets to their new production of "King Lear" THURS, May 25 - SAT, May 27 and all THURS evenings and SAT matinees through SUN, June 25 at The Gunston Arts Center in VA, by donation

Pay-What-You-Will shows for Avant Bard's production of King Lear
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Prewitt
Thursday, May 25 - Sunday, June 25
All previews Thursday, May 25 - Saturday, May 27 and Thursday evening and Saturday matinees are by donation/ Pay What You Will!
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. See calendar for dates and times. 

"An epic parent-child drama and then some. Shakespeare's greatest tragedy begins as fairy tale (“Once upon a time there was an old king who had three daughters...”) and ends in nightmare—of homelessness, alienation, family strife, and civil war. Starring local acting legend Rick Foucheux as Lear. Also starring Acting Company members Sara Barker as Edgar, Frank Briton as Cornwall, Christopher Henley as The Fool, and Cam Magee as Gloucester. A once-in-a-lifetime performance that's not to be missed." Learn more about the cast members here.  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 lyft.com. $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at uber.com 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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

UPCOMING: VARIETY OPEN MIC: Glover Park Social, a new Variety Open Mic at Mason Inn! THURS, May 25 - and every Thursday night - from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

New! Glover Park Social: Variety Open Mic
now every Thursday night at Mason Inn 
(No Glover Park Social March 16 for March Madness)
8:00pm - 10:00pm 
Free

Next event - Thursday, May 25
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The producers of the monthly variety show The Capital City Showcase have just launched a new weekly variety show open mic every Thursday night at Mason Inn in Glover Park.

Come out to see some of the DC area's finest comedians, musicians, and performing artists at this free show! Interested in performing? Artists can sign up by emailing gloverparksocial@gmail.com.  Mason Inn opens at 6:00pm and seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so come early to make sure you get a great seat.

Mason Inn
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: 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 lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 - 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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Meditate in Community on Sunday Mornings at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, the next Meditation & Talk will be on SUN, May 28 from 10:00am - 12:00pm followed by a vegetarian lunch + New Spanish Meditation at 1:00pm, Free

The Science of Spirituality  DC Center
hosts lots of free programs.
See the schedule or calendar page for more program information.

The Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, which opened in the Fall of 2013, shares the practice of Jyoti meditation, a discipline focusing on the experience of inner light, at their free workshops. 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.

Weekly Meditation on Sunday Mornings
except for the first Sunday of the month
Sunday Morning Silent Meditation
10:00am - 11:00am
Sunday Morning Meditation Talk
11:00am - 12:00pm
Free
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.

New! Sunday Spanish Meditation led by Paola Neyra
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Free
Questions? Call 540-907-0019

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.

New User Promotions: $10 off your first Lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at lyft.com. $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at uber.com 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.

Thursday, May 18, 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!

Wednesday, May 10, 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!