Wednesday, March 29, 2017

UPCOMING: COMEDY FESTIVAL: Tonight! Underground Comedy Festival opening night WED, March 29 with $10 shows at 8:00pm & 10:00pm + More low-cost shows nightly THURS, March 30 & FRI, March 31

Comedy shows throughout DC! 
All of the $10 shows listed below! 
other shows $15 - $25 
Venues include The Big Hunt, the Bier Baron and Wonderland Ballroom
All events below are $10 plus small fee online and 21+

Wednesday, March 29

Rob Cantrell features at the Bier Baron 
near P St in Dupont Circle 
8:00pm, doors 7:30pm
$10 plus small fee online
Hosted by ​Church Night​​

DC native, Rob Cantrell, is a comedian living in Brooklyn, NY. He has been appeared on HBO, NBC, CBS, FX, AXS TV, and Comedy Central. Rob first gained national attention as a top ten finalist on the first season of Last Comic Standing. Since then he has performed at SXSW, Bonnarroo, New York Comedy Festival, and clubs all over the world. He has a comedy/Hip-Hop music album called Dreams Never Die and a webseries called Universally Speaking. He can also be heard as a frequent guest on the popular comedy podcast Doug Loves Movies.

Hosted by Church Night. A parody of a Middle-America church service, Church Night's comedy act is best suited for a late night in a cheap motel. Featured at festivals around the country, their webseries recently won Outstanding Comedy Series at LA Webfest, Best Web Series at Indie Capitol Awards, and Audience Choice awards at Miami Webfest. The series was nominated for several other awards and has screened internationally in Berlin and Dublin.
  • Rob Cantrell (HBO, NBC, CBS, FX, Comedy Central)
  • ​Justin Smith (MTV, PBS)
  • ​Tanael Joachim (AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live)
  • ​Carolyn Busa (Boston Comedy Festival)
  • ​Chris Alan (Cape Fear Comedy Festival)
  • Ross Benoit (Smiley Frown Podcast)
just south of Dupont Circle
10:00pm, doors 9:30pm
$10 plus small fee online
  • Nimesh Patel (TruTV's Comedy Knockout)
  • Samantha Ruddy (Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People)
  • Casey James Salengo (Brooklyn Comedy Festival)
  • Dan Perlman (Fox, TruTV, MTV2)
  • Rahmein Mostafavi (PBS, SiriusXM)
  • Josh Kuderna (Digression Sessions)
  • Umar Khan (Gin and Jokes)
  • Haywood Turnipseed Jr. (Attack of the Comics)
  • Wendy Wroblewski (Betches of Comedy)
  • Michael Summers (The Comedy Show-queso)
Thursday, March 30

Rob Haze features at Bier Baron 
8:00pm, doors 7:30pm
$10 plus small fee online
read more and buy tickets here

Rob Haze is a comedian from Atlanta, Georgia. He's been seen on Adam Devine's House Party on Comedy Central and the new Viceland show Flophouse. Rob is cohost of the Kanye West Podcast The Book of Ye. Rob was a New Face in the 2015 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. He was on the 9th season of Last Comic Standing. Rob is the 2015 winner of the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. He has made appearances on HLN News Now, and can be heard as a personality on the Ryan Cameron morning show. Rob was named by Creative Loafing one of the 25 people to watch in 2015. In 2012 Rob was a finalist in NBC Stand Up for Diversity and was a part of their 2013 college tour.
  • Rob Haze (Comedy Central, Viceland)​Nimesh Patel (TruTV)
  • ​Jor​dan Temple (Writer for MTV's Decoded)
  • Abby Rosenquist (Montreal Comedy Festival)
  • ​Casey James Salengo (Brooklyn Comedy Festival)
  • Martin Amini (Silver City) 
Comedy Showcase at the Big Hunt 
just south of Dupont Circle
10:00pm, doors 9:30pm
$10 plus small fee online
read more and buy tickets here
  • Dan Perlman (Fox, TruTV, MTV2)
  • Carolyn Busa (Boston Comedy Festival)
  • Eli Yudin (Hell Yes Fest)
  • Tanael Joachim (AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live)
  • Randolph Terrance (PBS, SiriusXM)
  • Elahe Izadi (Real Time with Bill Maher)
  • Andy Kline (PBS, SiriusXM)
  • Donnie Sengstack (Magooby's Comedian of the Year)
  • Shelley Kim (Nerdist)
Friday, March 31

Romane & Lettuce feature at Wonderland 
on 11th St NW in Columbia Heights
8:00pm, doors 7:30pm
$10 plus small fee online
  • ​Ryan Donahue (Jimmy Kimmel Live)
  • Rob Cantrell (HBO, NBC, CBS, FX, Comedy Central)
  • Clark Jones (Brooklyn Comedy Festival, TruTV)
  • Matty Litwack (Laughing Devil Winner)
  • Paris Sashay ("Effortlessly comfortable" - Borderstan)
  • Ahmed Vajellos (Don't Block the Box)
  • Natalie McGill ​(The Summer Camp Show)
just south of Dupont Circle
$10 plus small fee onlineread more and buy tickets here
  • Kenny DeForest (Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch")
  • Will Miles (Brooklyn Magazine's 50 Funniest Comedians)
  • Carolyn Busa (Boston Comedy Festival)
  • Dina Hashem (Comedy Central's Roast Battle)
  • Eli Yudin (Bridgetown Comedy Festival)
  • Justin Smith (MTV, PBS)
  • Tanael Joachim (AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live)
  • Jose Sanchez (State Theater)
  • Naomi Karavani (Women in Comedy Festival)
  • Andrew Cook (Parental Guidance)
  • Johnny Black (202 Comedy Festival)
Venue info below:

The Bier Baron Tavern
1523 22nd St NW
just north of P St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

The Big Hunt 
1345 Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Farragut North or Dupont Circle south exit, walk toward the circle and cross Connecticut Ave

Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk to 11th St 

UPCOMING: OPEN MIC: Weekly: Tonight! "Fun Fun at 121" Open Mic for Comedians, Musicians and others this WED, March 29 - and every WED night from 8:00pm - 10:00pm at Acre 121 right by the Columbia Heights Metro, All Ages, Free

Fun Fun at 121: Weekly Open Mic Comedy, Music & More!
every Wednesday night
8:00pm - 10:00pm
All ages, Free

Next Open Mic - Wednesday, March 29

The producers of The Capital City Showcase, the variety show that brings you some of DC’s finest performing artists, bring you Fun Fun at 121, a new variety open mic for all styles! Highlighting comedy, music and other performing arts every Wednesday night in Columbia Heights, right by the metro.

Comedians, musicians and artists wanting to perform can sign up in advance by emailing There will also be a limited amount of sign-ups on the night of each performance. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so come early if you want to catch happy hour and a great seat.

Acre 121
1400 Irving St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, right by the metro, a few doors down from the Five Guys, across the street from Panera

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! Here are some more Free and low-cost events WED, March 28

Wednesday, March 29

with Convergence Theatre
6:30pm - 9:00pm
by donation, $10 suggested, RSVP here
From the event page: "How does our culture promote the silencing of women? What does challenging the patriarchy actually look like? How can we radically imagine and create a more equal society through creative practice and play?
Raising Our Voices in a Culture of Silence is a joint performance event that addresses such questions, a collaboration between the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) and Convergence Theatre. Actors from Convergence Theater will support audience members to play out scenes of oppression, and then improvise ways to challenge and change these scenarios. In doing so, the audience will brainstorm resolution to conflict situations that can be used to inspire real action in our world. Facilitators from DVRP will help guide these artistically-inspired conversations that dive deeper into the causes of gender-based violence, and explore solutions to transform our communities. Join us for this “rehearsal for the revolution”, and be inspired to reflect, act, and create change for our world. Donations are welcomed to help support the continuing efforts of Domestic Violence Resource Project and Convergence Theatre, a theatre for social justice collective. Our suggested donation is $10. The Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) provides culturally appropriate, linguistic services to Asian/Pacific Islander (A/PI) survivors of gender-based violence. DVRP's mission is to address, prevent, and end domestic violence and sexual assault in the A/PI community, while empowering survivors to rebuild their lives after abuse. This event is co-sponsored by Mary's Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides health care, family literacy and social services to underserved populations in the DC area."
Source Theater
1835 14th St NW
Metro: U St, left on U, right on 14th

Safia Elhillo features Weds Night Open Mic Busboys 5th & K
hosted by Jonathan B. Tucker
9:00pm - 11:00pm
read more on the Busboys events page here 
"Safia Elhillo’s first full-length collection, The January Children, was released by University of Nebraska Press in March 2017. Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, she received a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA in poetry at the New School. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize, and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation, and Crescendo Literary and The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator. In addition to appearing in several journals and anthologies including “The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop,” her work has been translated into Arabic, Japanese, and Greek. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology “Halal If You Hear Me.” Safia has performed at venues such as TEDxNewYork, the South African State Theatre, the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway, and TV1’s Verses & Flow. She was a founding member of Slam NYU, the 2012 and 2013 national collegiate championship team, and was a three-time member and former coach of the DC Youth Slam Poetry team. She is currently a teaching artist with Split This Rock."
5th & K St NW
Cullen Room, to the back right, behind the staircase, doors to room are not visible when you enter
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or Mt Vernon Sq and walk or take the Circulator bus to the stop closest to 5th & Mass or take an uber or lyft there, see new user promotions at the bottom of this post.

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.

Monday, March 27, 2017

UPCOMING: VARIETY OPEN MIC: Glover Park Social, a new Variety Open Mic at Mason Inn THURS, March 30 and every Thursday from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

New! Glover Park Social: Variety Open Mic
Thursday, March 30
and every Thursday night at Mason Inn 
(No Glover Park Social March 16 for March Madness)
8:00pm - 10:00pm 
view and share facebook event page here

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  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 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: COOKING CLASSES: Free Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking Classes on Saturday afternoons from 1:00pm - 2:30pm at the Science of Spirituality DC Meditation Center SAT, April 1 will focus on Indian Cuisine, RSVP to ensure your space

Usher in the Spring with Free Classes in Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking
Saturdays at the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center in NW DC, near American University
Saturday afternoons from March 25 - April 15
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Attend any of the classes, as you like
Please RSVP so that they can plan accordingly. Questions:

Preparation of particular dishes representing each cuisine will be demonstrated, including sampling of finished dishes. Printed recipes, including the location of stores where ingredients can be found, will be given to each attendee, and there will be time for Q&A.

Saturday, April 1 - Class 2
Indian Cuisine
Please RSVP in advance

Saturday, April 8 - Class 3
Indian Cusine
Please RSVP in advance

Saturday, April 15 - Class 4
American Cuisine
Please RSVP in advance

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 @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 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 $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.

Sunday, March 26, 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

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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!

Thursday, March 23, 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, March 22, 2017

UPCOMING: Free events at The Hirshhorn related to the "Infinity Mirrors" exhibition, SUN, April 9 - SAT, April 30

Free events related to the Yayoi Kasuma: Infinity Mirrors exhibit!

Sunday, April 9
Taking a unique look into the experimental Black Gate Theater, where Kusama performed and staged happenings in New York City in the 1960s, this program will include screenings of Aldo Tambellini’s Black Zero and Otto Piene’s The Proliferation of the Sun, as well as never before shown documentary footage.

Friday, April 14
Gallery Talk: Mika Yoshitake on Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin
Curator of the exhibition Mika Yoshitake discusses Kusama’s obsession with polka dots and pumpkins for a special gallery talk on the Hirshhorn Plaza. Meet at the Information Desk. Note: This particular event may require tickets, I'm not sure. Will post an update once I find out.

Saturday, April 30
The Hirshhorn and Smithsonian Gardens team up for a day of family friendly activities inspired by “Orchids: A Moment” and “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.” Note: This particular event may require tickets, I'm not sure. Will post an update once I find out.

7th & Independence Ave SW
Metro: L’Enfant Plaza

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ON VIEW: ART: "What to do? Resistance Art for 2017 + Beyond" a group exhibit at ReCreative Spaces in Mt Rainier. MD from FRI, March 3 - FRI, March 31, Free

'Liberate Theology' by Andrea Noel
Art Opening for What to do? Resistance Art for 2017 + Beyond a group exhibit at ReCreative Spaces in Mt Rainier. MD
On view Friday, March 3- Friday, March 31
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 2:00pm, by appointment and during programming, see calendar,

What to do? Resistance Art for 2017 + Beyond features the works of The Monument Quilt Project, Andrea Noel Camilla Schaeffer, Victoria Sgarro, Juliana Vallejo, and Amelia Vercauteren.
Read more about the show on East City Art.

About ReCreative Spaces: ReCreative Spaces designs places for communities to gather and share their passion for art of all kinds. We work with property owners, developers, city agencies, small businesses and organizations to drive creativity, awareness and traffic into otherwise underutilized spaces. By offering site-specific programming and events we aim to cultivate artistic expression, build community, encourage social collaboration, and increase civic participation. ReCreative Spaces aims to provide low-cost, high-awesome creative programming to all, and to make affordable space available for artists to create and share their work.

3501 Perry St - Mt Rainier, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access or take an uber or lyft there, see new user promotions below

Monday, March 20, 2017

ON VIEW: ART: Exhibit featuring the Hill Rag's Art and the City "REvisit" artists throughout three floors of the Hill Center near Eastern Market from THURS, March 2 - SUN, April 30, Free

New exhibition featuring the Hill Rag’s Art and the City “REvisit” artists Opening Reception at the Hill Center - featuring works by local artists Matt Sesow, Dana Ellyn and others!
Exhibit features multiple works from each of the artists in the hallways and rooms of the Hill Center, on three floors!
On view from Thursday, March 2 - Sunday, April 30
This show is generously sponsored by the Hill Rag.
Works are for sale and 30% will go to support the Hill Center.

The Hill Rag’s Art and the City
A column by Jim Magner

"For the 14th year of my column, Art and the City, I elected to look back at some of the artists I had profiled in years past. I was looking for contrasts—for the creative journeys that bring new directions and new perceptions. What I found was dedication – a fervid reaching for excellence and evolving insights that let them soar higher, while ever-testing and questioning the meaning of it all. For all of these artists, the intervening years have been full of art – full of seeing, searching, and living visually. By being creative, they have given true value to time. This is a terrific show in the variety of subjects and styles.
  • The quality of work is exceptional and intellectually exciting, from: 
  • The ever-exploring idea art of Alan Braley,
  • The mystical watercolor landscapes of Tom Bucci,
  • The abstracted visual rhythms of Tati Kaupp,
  • The internal questioning force of Matt Sesow,
  • The passage through time and dancing colors of Jan Kern,
  • The exquisite oil landscapes of Andrei Kushnir,
  • The powerful abstract images of Anne Marchand,
  • The wonderfully whimsical drawings and pastels of Ellen Cornett,
  • The roaring social statements of Dana Ellyn,
  • The portraits and passions of Patrick Campbell,
  • The vision and award-winning landscapes of Barbara Nuss,
  • To the reaching and lifting river photography of Bruce McNeil.
About Jim Magner: I’ve been writing the Hill Rag column, Art and the City, since March 2002—14 years. I am an artist and writer. My book, A Haunting Beauty: Vietnam Through the Eyes of an Artist, has received awards and great reviews. I have had a presence on Capitol Hill for 40 years in one capacity or another and have a fair number of paintings in personal collections scattered about the area. I have also been a legislative assistant to a US senator and a teacher of kids with emotional disabilities. The former prepared me for the latter."

Hill Center
at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Metro: Eastern Market, just a block or so from the metro along Pennsylvania Ave 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

UPCOMING: COMEDY: "Attack of the Comics" Comedy Open Mic hosted by Haywood Turnipseed returns to Solly's on U St on TUES, April 4 - and every 1st & 3rd TUES of the month - at 8:30pm, doors 8:00pm, Free, 21+

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

Next Show - Tuesday, April 4

Free Comedy Open Mic hosted by Haywood Turnipseed Jr. and Mike "Ol Mike B" Brown at Solly's on U St on the first and third Tuesday of the month. If you want to sign up in advance for the open mic you can e-mail AttackOfTheComics at

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