Monday, May 22, 2017

UPCOMING: SHOWCASE: Tonight! The Sanctuaries presents "Sacred Arts Activism" a showcase featuring eight culturally and spiritually diverse artists MON, May 22 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Thurgood Marshall Center near U St, by donation

Sacred Arts Activism: Stories that Transform Arts Showcase featuring recent graduates of  The Sanctuaries
Sacred arts activist training program, The Collective
Monday, May 22 
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation, RSVP here, sliding scale $5 - $50

This special event is presented by The Sanctuaries, an arts activist group using soulful arts for social change. The evening will feature eight culturally and spiritually diverse artists who will share live performances and personal reflections about how they've been transformed through the sacred arts activist training program. Over the past 7 months the artists have been learning about arts activism, developing spiritual practices for mindful action, and working on the front lines of grassroots campaigns. Enjoy live music, poetry, painting, storytelling and more! 

Note from the organizers: All of our tickets are sliding scale donations that directly support the program. Please give what you can. We encourage you to purchase your ticket early because seating is limited. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Featured Artists, from The Sanctuaries Sacred arts activist program, The Collective
  • Jeremy C Darby - Illustrator
  • Jojo Donovan - Writer
  • Nouf Bazaz - Painter and Poet
  • Aliana Grace Bailey - Mixed Media Artist & Designer
  • Ken Gonzales - Writer
  • Naomi Kumar - Painter
  • Valentina Raman - Writer and Singer
  • Dejah Greene - Photographer
All are welcome to come out for this event with an open heart and an open mind.

Thurgood Marshall Center
1816 12th St NW
between S St and T St NW
Metro: U St and walk a few blocks

Sunday, May 21, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Highlights: Here's a list of three more Meditation Workshops at Libraries in DC next TUES, May 23 - THURS, May 25, Free

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 Heighst 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 

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!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

UPCOMING: 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. 

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!

Monday, May 8, 2017

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 SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC.

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.