Saturday, July 22, 2017

UPCOMING: SPIRITUALITY: Today! Science of Spirituality DC hosts a Multi-Faith Celebration, Master's Day, on the theme of "Love, Unity and Peace" this SAT, July 22 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Free

“Masters Day – a Multi-Faith Celebration” on the theme of Love, Unity and Peace
with Guest Speakers from various faiths at Science of Spirituality's DC Center
Saturday, July 22
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Free
complimentary vegetarian meal served after the program

All are welcome to attend this free inter-faith celebration highlighting speakers from different faiths this Saturday afternoon.

Master’s Day, an international day of observance in which people of all faiths can honor their own spiritual founders. Speakers from many of the major religions - including Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Sikh and Buddhist - will focus on the themes of love, unity and peace at an annual Interfaith Celebration hosted by Science of Spirituality DC (SOS DC).

This special day was introduced by Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj on 27th July 1980 in honor of his Spiritual Master Hazur Baba Sawan Singh Ji.

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.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! More Free and low-cost events this Weekend! SAT, July 22 - SUN, July 23

Saturday, July 22

Matt Sesow & Dana Ellyn: July Open Studio and Sale
12:00pm -3:00pm
Free, though you might want to have some money to spend
"Stop by to say hi and dig through hundreds of bargain priced paintings … choose from brand new work and plenty of old treasures. This is a new way for us to bring to you our latest paintings, some are still wet. We create a ton of new work every month and this is the best way we've discovered to make it available to you immediately, at a great price, direct from the artist."
Mather Studios
916 G St NW #304
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, 9 & G exit

Film Screening of "House of Bamboo" Samuel Fuller's 1955 film
2:00pm
Free
National Gallery of Art,  East Building Auditorium 
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Book Talk "Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter" 
Heath Fogg Davis with Shannon Minter
6:00pm
Politics and Prose
Metro: Friendship Heights or Van Ness or take the L2 bus closer

7:00pm - 9:00pm
by donation,  $10 suggested to help defray cost of screening, but all are welcome! Screening fee goes to Plastic Oceans Foundation, a nonprofit working to reduce plastic pollution (plasticoceans.org)
view film trailer here
biodegradable goodies will be available
About the film: A Plastic Ocean is a new feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turns out to be untrue. In A Plastic Ocean, an international team of adventurers, researchers, and Ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine Ocean. The results will astound viewers–just as it did our adventurers–who captured never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health.  During its four-year production period, A Plastic Ocean was filmed in 20 locations around the world in beautiful and chilling detail to document the global effects of plastic pollution–and introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better. 
Sweetbay Yoga
5456 Westbard Ave - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Friendship Heights and take a bus, uber, bike or walk

Groupmuse House Concerts - Chamber Music
$10 donation BYOB, 21+
P.S. You can find more groupmuse house concerts in DC & MD this weekend and next weekend!

Sunday, July 23

National Building Museum continues its Summer Concert Series
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Free
Metro: Judiciary Square or walk a few block from Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Screening of  James Ivory's 1995 "Jefferson in Paris" 
4:00pm
Free
National Gallery of Art,  East Building Auditorium 
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

National Honor Choir performance featuring high school students from across the United States 7:30pm
Free
Washington National Cathedral
Metro: Tenleytown and take a bus along Wisconsin Ave 

Thursday, July 20, 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!

Wednesday, July 19, 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!

Monday, July 17, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Free 4-Week Introduction to Meditation series begins on MON, July 24 and continues the following three Mondays, thru MON, August 14 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Science of Spirituality DC Center. located 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.

4-Week Series begins - Monday, July 24
and the next three Mondays, thru August 14
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, July 24 you're welcome to join in the second session, Monday, July 31, 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 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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Meditate in Community Sunday Mornings at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, next Meditation & Talk will be on SUN, July 23 from 10:00am - 12:00pm followed by a free vegetarian lunch + Spanish Meditation now offered 10:30am - 11:30am & Hindi 1:00pm- 2:00pm, Free

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

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.

Sunday, July 23
10.00 - 11:00 am Meditation
10.30 - 11:30 am Spanish Satsang
11.00 - 12:00 pm English Satsang
12.00 - 1:00 pm Vegetarian Langar
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.

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.

Friday, July 14, 2017

ON VIEW: EXHIBIT: "The Iconic and the Everyday: Creative Finland in America" at The Embassy of Finland on WED, July 19 and every WED from 3:00pm - 7:00pm + SUN, July 30 from 11:00am - 4:00pm, 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 laid back characters.


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

Open also Weekend days noted below, 11:00am - 4:00pm 
  • Sundays: July 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.