Saturday, October 30, 2010

PAST: Lunch + Lecture at the National Gallery of Art "Food for Thought: Robert Henri and "American Art" TUES, Dec 7th at 12:00pm, Free with RSVP

Food for Thought: Robert Henri and "American" Art
Tuesday, December 7th
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Free, RSVP Required*

In 1923, Robert Henri sparked an anti-academic rebellion with his publication of The Art Spirit.

This Tuesday, you can participate in a free seminar-style luncheon discussion of art history and related readings followed by a gallery tour of relevant art. Bring your own lunch or purchase it prior to class in the Cascade Café. The lecture will be led by J. Russell Sale. *Preregistration is required as the lecture is limited to 25 participants. Click here to RSVP.

East Building, Concourse, Education Studio
401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

PAST: Free Events this Week! Listings from WED, Dec 1st - TUES, Dec 7th

CultureCapital Insider

Below is a list of additional FREE events that don't already have individual posts - from members that are accessible by public transit. You can see a full list of Members - in DC, MD and VA - organized by category on the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington's website here. Be sure to click on the links for complete details and click on the location for address details and more.

Wednesday, December 1st

Metro: College Park and take taxi or bus 104 UM shuttle

The Kennedy Center - Terrace Theater
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free shuttle

Metro: College Park and take taxi or bus 104 UM shuttle

Thursday, December 2nd

Chamber Music Concert
Metro: Grosvenor

Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Metro: College Park and take taxi or bus 104 UM shuttle

Friday, December 3rd

Merto: Farragut North

Metro: Silver Spring

Saturday, December 4th

Silent film from 1928 with live music, original score
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Metro: Ballston

Sunday, December 5th
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit

Metro: College Park and take taxi or bus 104 UM shuttle

Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Monday, December 6th

Metro: College Park and take taxi or bus 104 UM shuttle

Tuesday, December 7th

Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

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PAST: Family Friendly Event: The College Park Aviation Museum hosts a Santa Fly-In this SAT, Dec 4th at 12:00pm, $4 - $2

Santa Fly-In
Saturday, December 4th
$4 adults, $2 ages 2-18

Great family friendly event. Watch Santa fly into the historic College Park Airport and then have your picture taken with him. Enjoy holiday arts and crafts in the museum.

College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr (map)
College Park, MD
Metro: College Park, short walk

PAST: ART: Solo Show for Tang at Transformer leaves Dec 4th, Free

Art On View at Transformer
October 30th - December 4th

Continuing their commitment to highlighting works of DC-based emerging artists in a solo exhibition format, Transformer's 8th Annual DC Artist Solo Exhibition presents the work of Tang in his first solo exhibition. Read more here.

1404 P St, NW
Metro: U St or McPherson Sq and take the Circulator bus to P St/ RI Ave or walk or you can walk from Dupont Circle Metro about 6 blocks

PAST: ART: Photo: Robert Keating's "The C&O Canal: Places and Stories" at The Art League leaves MON, Dec 6th, Free

Robert Keating's ''The C&O Canal: Places and Stories''
On View November 4th - December 6th

In capturing the 184.5-mile expanse of the C&O Canal, from Georgetown in Washington, DC to Cumberland, Maryland, photographer Robert Keating presents the waterway as a series of local and visually striking panoramas. Read more here.

The Art League

105 North Union St
Alexandria, VA
Metro: King Street and take the free trolley to the waterfront

PAST :Busboys and Poets hosts two events - Author event at 14th & V and Inside the Collector's Studio at 5th & K - 6:30pm & 7:00pm, Free

Free events Tuesday, November 30th

Busboys and Poets 14th & V at 6:30pm

Author event with Jeff Sharlet, contributing editor and co-founder of and author of C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy. The book examines what really happens inside the C Street house on Capitol Hill. Read more about this event, and other events this week at Busboys here.

Busboys and Poets 5th & K at 7:00pm

PinkLine Project’s Philippa Hughes and CAS51’s Darryl Atwell share their thoughts about the benefits and challenges of collecting art during the “Inside the Collector’s Studio” - followed by a tour of "Furious Dancing: The Exhibition" with curator Simone Jacobson and some of the exhibit's artists. RSVP See facebook invite here.

Friday, October 29, 2010

PAST: Here are some highlights for TONIGHT! Just got back in town, will post more events tonight or tomorrow. Hope you had a great Holiday!

Free events Tonight, Monday, November 29th!

DC She Writes Meeting at Teasim 8th & D
6:30pm - 8:00pm

If you are a DC area woman writer, you can join my friend, artist, yoga teacher, blogger and poet, Ananda Leeke for the third meet up of DC She Writes tonight 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the lower level of Teaism’s 8th & D St location near the Archives metro stop. Feel free to bring along an excerpt from one of your latest writing projects if you’d like to share.

Author Event at Politics and Prose

Over at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW north of Van Ness, Noah Feldman discusses and signs Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices, about how the four great justices dealt with each other and one of the most powerful presidents in history at 7 p.m.

Open Mic Night at BloomBars features Gowri K. and Jonathan B. Tucker
8:30pm - 11:00pm

BloomBars in Columbia Heights at 11th near Kenyon hosts their weekly Open Mic from 9 to 11 p.m. Tonight you’ll have a chance watch the hosts of this event, local poets and slammers Jonathan B. Tucker and Gowri K., perform each other’s work as well as collaborative poems and songs. Sign up starts at 8:30 p.m., performances of all kinds - poetry, dance, music, etc... are welcome for the Open Mic portion of the evening.

PAST: "Chanukah on Ice" at Pentagon Row Ice Skating Rink THURS, Dec 2nd 6:00pm - 8:30pm, $10 in advance, includes skate rental

"Hanukkah on Ice" at Pentagon Row
Thursday, December 2nd
6:00pm - 8:30pm
$10 in advance - includes skate rental

Ice menorah carving show, menorah lighting and ice skating. Questions, call (703) 370-2774. If you don't RSVP online, you can still attend for $12 at the door.

Pentagon Row Ice Rink
1201 S. Joyce St. in Arlington, VA
Metro: Pentagon City
Go through the mall to the parking garage (on the food court level) walk all the way to the back and you'll see stairs that go up to a parking lot area for shopping center, walk there to the right and look for the ice skating ring in the courtyard area near the Starbucks.

PAST: Giveaway! Win a Free Pair of tickets to One Common Unity's 10th Anniversary at U St Music Hall on SAT, Dec 4th!

Special Ticket Giveaway for the 10th Anniversary of One Common Unity

Free in DC readers have a chance to win tickets compliments of Massey Media! Enter by Wednesday, December 1st before 5:00pm.

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the 10th Anniversary of One Common Unity featuring live music by Farafina Kan, Mikuak Rai, Beat Ya Feet Kings, and Maimouna Youssef and hosted by HawaH. The Third Annual Common Folk Awards will also be given to Ayize Sabater, Juan Pacheco, Alli Chagi-Starr, Harley Eagle and Sulu DC.

Please respond by 12/1 to for your chance to win a free pair of tickets to the 10 year anniversary of One Common Unity at U Street Music Hall this Saturday, December 4th from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Regular admission is $20 per person, $30 at the door. Admission includes the after party which will go from 10:00pm - 2:00am.

Trivia question:

In his inaugural address, President Obama metaphorically paraphrased the quote, "You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist" to introduce his foreign policy methods. Which famous woman in history is this quote attributed to?

U Street Music Hall
1115A U Street, NW
Metro: U St

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit One Common Unity (OCU), a grassroots 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that supports a movement for peace education, and the building of a non-violent culture through music and art.
The event is co-sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Massey Media, Java Green Eco-cafe, Bus Boys and Poets, Flow Yoga Center, Honest Tea, and the Adinkra Group.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

PAST: ART: Scott Brooks' Solo Show "We the People" at Long View Gallery Oct 28th - Nov 28th, Free

On view at Longview Gallery
Scott Brooks' "We the People"
October 28th - November 28th

"Long View Gallery is pleased to present 12 new works by D.C.’s own Scott G. Brooks in a solo exhibition titled “We the People.” Brooks’ work reflects the political and economic turmoil that takes up the head space of those who are paying attention. “We the People” maintains the detailed figures and storytelling themes Brooks has become known for, albeit on a much larger scale. In the past, Brooks’ message was often subtle, hidden in his elaborate tableaus. In contrast, “We The People” blatantly speaks to the pop-culture-obsessed and politically-charged landscape in which Brooks lives today."

1234 9th St, NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center

PAST: ART: It's the "First Friday" of the month and you know what that means? Galleries in Dupont Circle are Open Late! FRI, May 4th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free - Hillyer is open 'til 9:00pm, by donation

First Friday's in Dupont - Hillyer and other Galleries Open Late
Friday, May 4th
6:00pm - 8:00pm, Hillyer open til 9:00pm
Free, Hillyer asks for donations, $5 suggested

First Friday's in Dupont is a collaborative effort to strengthen arts and culture in the beautiful, multi-cultural neighborhood that is Dupont Circle. On the First Friday of every month galleries in our community open their doors to multitudes of art enthusiasts from all walks of life for simultaneous openings.

Various Galleries throughout Dupont, many of which are along R St between the metro and 21st St, just follow the crowds. You can start at WPA or Hillyer, they may have a map there of the galleries, though the last time I saw one it was out of date. I found the map you see on this post, which also lists some info about some galleries, here and Dupont Circle Arts also has a list of galleries on the right sidebar you can refer to.

Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Ct, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle in an alley-way between the Phillips buildings and from 21st and Florida

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

PAST: ART: Works by Edvard Munch at the National Gallery of Art! Exhibit - Now thru Nov 28th! Free

Now on view at the National Gallery of Art
extended through November 28th

"Munch's greatest artistic legacy is his series of major prints depicting the basic human themes of attraction, love, and union; jealousy and separation; birth and awakening; and anxiety and death... Major loans from two of the world's finest private collections are joined by exquisite works from the Gallery's own collection." Read more here.

The exhibition is on view in the National Gallery's East Building, Mezzanine.

401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Archives Navy Memorial

PAST: ART: "Ex Libris" at Washington Printmakers Gallery in Silver Spring, MD from WED, May 30th - SUN, June 24th, Free

Ex Libris on view at WPG
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday, May 30th - Sunday, June 24th here.

"The result of almost two years of planning by WPG member Rosemary Cooley and her husband Joe Cooley, WPG is excited to announce a special exchange exhibition between American and Chinese printmakers, featuring 180 prints by 30 artists from Shanghai and throughout China." Six of the artists and organizers will be present at the opening." Read more here.

Washington Printmakers Gallery
Metro: Silver Spring

PAST: ART: "Tree Fever" and "Scapes and Escapes" at Studio Gallery in Dupont WED, May 23rd - SAT, June 16th, Free

On view at Studio Gallery in Dupont
Wednesday, May 23rd - Saturday, June 16th

Tree Fever
"Micheline Klagsbrun’s solo show at Studio Gallery is a gorgeous whirlwind of color, movement, and transformation. Klagsbrun’s show is comprised of two separate bodies of work; the first is a series of huge intensely colored paintings based off the poetry from Ovid’s Metamorphosis, and the second is a series of small works on paper inspired by the poetry of Dylan Thomas."

Scapes and Escapes
"Through her work, Carol Rubin performs a disappearing act, imagining herself in a swath of landscapes, real and invented.  Her abstracted forms react to spaces, such as the Dupont Circle view from her 4th floor studio, or the sensory-assaulting cacophony of a Senegalese market."

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Friday, 1pm - 7pm
Saturday, 1pm - 6pm

Studio Gallery
2108 R St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

Sunday, October 24, 2010

PAST: Free Computer Class TUES, Nov 30th at 10:00am,

Just got this tip from a reader:

Looking for jobs online?! Need help searching and filling out online job applications? Come learn the basics at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library's FREE computer classes.

Tuesday 11/30/2010

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Public Library
1630 7th St, NW 20001
(202) 727-0970

[Laptops provided by DC Public Library.]

PAST: Due to the Holiday: No WTD Happy Hour this Week - However - There are two Great Deals for $10! Chief Ike's 50% off + Pedal Pushers Attire

Though there isn't a free Happy Hour this week due to the holiday, there are two really great deals worth mentioning that are both just $10!

Why we like WTD? What's the Deal DC is a locally owned and operated site that offers "deals" specifically in the DC metro area. Unlike other sites which only run 1 deal per day, WTD also has multiple deals running all of the time and they also give you more time to purchase your deal - usually about a week or so which is great if you are waiting for your check for instance - AND in alignment with Free in DC's event listings - they always are sure to have great deals for $10 or less on their site!

You can view all of their current offers here!

FREE in DC Picks! Best deal- or deals - $10 or less

Special this week - two picks! Chief Ike's is actually the closest local bar to where I live and they host DJ nights and live music (including the free 1st Wednesday's with Flo Anito) so I have to give them a shout out and I am love biking in DC and use my bike as my main mode of transit - not to mention for fun - most of the year and definitely want to represent the bikers (or "pedal pushers" if you prefer) of DC. It really is a great city to bike it!

Pay $10 and get $20 worth! Deal is up 'til the 30th of November only

Ikes's has Trivia (Mon), Reggae (Tue), local bands (Wed), 80's (Thu), Ladies' Night (Fri) and DJ's (Sat). Deal must be redeemed by April 30th, 2011. Max 3 coupons per person.

1725 Columbia Road, NW
in Adams Morgan, by the Safeway
Metro: Chief Ike's is between Woodley Park and Columbia Heights, you can take the Circulator bus from the metro or walk in about 15 minutes or so

If you love to bike, you might also want to check out this deal (or consider it as a great gift idea for a friend who loves to bike).

50% off Attire and Gear from the Pedal Pusher's Club

Deal is up 'til November 29th.
Learn more about the Pedal Pusher's Club here!

They offer a variety of printed T's, cold weather jackets and accessories and carry clothing you can wear on and off the bike. Their products are eco-friendly, made via socially and environmentally responsible options. + 20% of every Ride DC shirt goes straight to WABA - sweet! Coupon must be redeemed by April 30, 2011.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

PAST: Free Writing Workshop with Award-Winning Slam Poet, Seth Walker MON, Nov 29th, RSVP Required

Writing Workshop with Award-Winning Slam Poet, Seth Walker hosted by the Beltway Poetry Slam (he is this month's feature on Tuesday night)
Monday, November 29th
Free, RSVP required

Seth Walker was the Houston Slam Champion in 2007, the Utah State Slam Champion 2009 & the North Beast Slam Champion in 2010 and spends his life as a touring poet. He will be leading a writing workshop for ALL LEVELS that is bound to bring some amazing inspiration and wisdom from the road. Light dinner served. RSVP to

Beltway Poetry Slam Slammaster Sarah Lawson's home
1753 Euclid St, NW (map)
in Adams Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus to Ontario Rd by the Safeway or you can take the 42 or 43 bus from Farragut/Dupont toward Mt Pleasant and get off at Ontario Rd.

PAST: MUSIC: Two Free Concerts at National Geographic with Johnny Rodgers Band 6:00pm and Nasar Abadey and Supernova at 7:15pm on THURS, Dec 2nd

Free Jazz and Rock Performances with the Johnny Rodger Band and Nasar Abadey and Supernova as part of The Rhythm Road series at National Geographic
Thursday, December 2nd
6:00pm & 7:15pm

Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA and Johnny Rodgers Band Perform After Returning from Tours Through The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, a Program Administered by Jazz at Lincoln Center in Partnership with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs designed to foster cultural exchange with audiences worldwide.

Johnny Rodgers Band


Johnny Rogers Band is touring Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands (see their tour blog with posts, pics)in November 2010 on behalf of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad. Formed in New York City in 2003, the band plays an array of styles ranging from pop to jazz to classic rock.

Nasar Abadey and Supernova

Nasar Abadey and Supernova (pictured above) a local DC based group formed in 1979, toured Eastern Africa in September 2010 on behalf of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad. Their music explores jazz elements such as traditional African rhythms, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban, Afro Brazilian, and free form.

National Geographic Society
Grosvenor Auditorium
1600 M St, NW
Metro: Farragut North or take any S line bus along 16th St to M St

PAST: MUSIC: Neo-Soul, R&B and hip-hop artist V. Rich performs at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage THURS, Nov 25th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Neo-Soul, R&B and hip-hop artist V. Rich performs at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on Thanksgiving Night!
Thursday, November 25th
6:00pm - 7:00pm

"Masterful on keys, with a voice reminiscent of Maxwell and musicianship influenced by the likes of Prince and Stevie Wonder, V. Rich meshes neo-soul, R&B, and hip-hop. "

Being that it is Thanksgiving eve, I imagine many of you will not be able to make it in person to the show but fear not - you can still stream the show LIVE if you are online at that time or you can watch it the very next day - or anytime after - from the Kennedy Center's fabulous Archives!

2700 F St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center Shuttle bus - runs every ten minutes or so from the metro

PAST: POETRY: It's time for some *Sparkle* again this WED, Nov 25th - Queer Driven Poetry & Open Mic Night at Busboys 5th & K, 9:00pm - 11:00pm $4

Poetry Open Mic - *SPARKLE*
Wednesday, November 25th
9:00pm - 11:00pm

Monthly queer-driven open mic poetry event - every 3rd Wednesday - hosted by the funny and talented Regie Cabico, pictured, and the fabulous Danielle Evennou.

5th & K St, NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Square or Gallery Place and walk or take the Circulator bus to 5th & Mass