Saturday, July 30, 2011

PAST: Happy Hour with WTD at Asia Nine this WED, August 31st from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free with RSVP, 21+

Another Happy Hour with WTD - this time at Asia Nine! Wednesday, August 31st
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free with RSVP, 21+
Free Ketel One drink and get 20% off your bill. Join WTD at Asia Nine for a great happy hour. Sign up online and you'll get a free Ketel One drink (includes martinis) plus 20% off the rest of your bill.

Why Free in DC recommends WTD (What's The Deal):

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. + 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)... + In alignment with Free in DC's event listings - they always are sure to havegreat deals for $10 or less on their site!

Choose from $10 deals including:
50% off Classic American Food and Drinks at Luna Grill and Diner
get $20 for just $10!

915 E St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown

Grill and Dine

PAST: MUSIC: The NSO plays a Free Labor Day Concert on the West Lawn of the US Capital this SUN, Sept 4th at 8:00pm

National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert
Sunday, September 4th
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Presented by National Symphony Orchestra. This concert is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service, National Capital Region. Read more about the program also on the Kennedy Center's website here.

West Lawn US Capital
East Capitol and 1st St, NW
Metro: Union Station or Capitol South, you can also take any of the 3o line buses closer

PAST: Free Arts & Culture Events this Week from! WED, August 31st - TUES, Sept 6th

CultureCapital Insider

Below is a list of additional FREE arts and culture events this week from
Culture Capital is a program of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, a nonprofit organization serving Metro DC’s arts & culture community and the public for over 30 years.

Please c
lick through for complete details about the event and location details!

Wednesday, August 31st

Gallery Talk

Permanent collection gallery talk given by Adam Davies, staff lecturer, NGA

National Gallery of Art
East Building Ground Level, Information Desk
Metro: Judiciary Square is closest to East Bldg

Thursday, September 1st

Opening Reception

An expansive group exhibition highlighting the current work of 15 Corcoran alumni - specifically those that graduated between 2002-2010. In collaboration with transformer gallery
. Read more about the show here.

Metro: Farragut West

Friday, September 2nd

Film Series

This Other Eden: Ireland and Film:

National Gallery of Art
East Building Concourse, Auditorium
Metro: Judiciary Square is closest to East Bldg

Sunday, September 4th

Opening Reception

Expressions Fine Art at the Rockville JCC
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Browse beautiful and unique paintings, ceramics, sculpture and jewelry created by sabras as well as Israelis from Europe, Ethiopia and the Former Soviet Union.

Metro: See metro for best bus access from metro, easiest reached by car

Tuesday, September 6th

Author Event


Joining the author, Louisa Thomas, will be historian Michael Beschloss. A book signing will follow the program.

Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

12:10pm and 1:10pm

Michelle Bird, Curatorial Assistant, Department of French Paintings, in conversation with artist Carlos Garaicoa.

National Gallery of Art
East Building Concourse, Small Auditorium
Metro: Judiciary Square is closest to East Bldg

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PAST: YOGA: Free Outdoor Classes being offered this Summer! TUES eve in Meridian Hill Park & WED eve in Dupont Circle

Here are some FREE yoga classes you can take advantage of this summer in the park!

Tuesday, August 30th
6:30pm - 8:30pm
More info here

Citizen Effect is hosting free yoga in Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park as part of their 2nd Annual Yoga Challenge. See their facebook page and website for more info.

between 16th St & 15th St, NW - W St and Euclid (map)
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk down, or take the S2 or S4 bus from anywhere along 16th St

In Dupont Circle -

Throughout August, final one is this week!
Wednesday, August 31st

Lululemon offers free yoga classes every Wednesday this summer in Dupont. Be sure to BYO Mat and water to this one as well!

Circle at intersection of P St/ Mass Ave/ Conn Ave (map)
Metro: Dupont Circle

PAST: It's the Final Free "Summer Saturday" at the Corcoran this SAT, Sept 3rd from 10:00am – 5:00pm

Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran

Free admission every Saturday!

Memorial Day through Labor Day

May 28th - September 3rd

10:00am – 5:00pm


In addition to free admission on Saturdays during the summer, the Corcoran will also be hosting a variety of workshops, demonstrations, and performances every week. Every Saturday from 11am – 4pm, there will be chalk drawing on the corner of 17th Street and New York Avenue with highlights from the collection. In addition, there will be free highlights tours of the collection and special exhibits every Saturday at 12:00pm and 3:00pm.

Click here to learn more about the specific events taking place each week.

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th St, NW
Metro: Farragut West and walk about ten minutes or so down 17th St

PAST: MUSIC: Final Concert in the Summer Concert Series, Lunchtime in Rosslyn is this WED, August 31st, 11:45am - 1:30pm, Free

Lunchtime Concert Series in Rosslyn

every Wednesday from June 1st - August 31st

11:45am – 1:30pm


Throughout the summer, Rosslyn will also be featuring a weekly concert on Wednesdays. They aso have a Thursday concert series, which you can read more about here.

Remaining performances include:

Wednesday, August 31st

North Meets South

Outdoors at Wilson Blvd & N. Moore St

Metro: Rosslyn

PAST: Crave Sugar? Free "Kick the Sugar Habit" Tele-class with my friend, DC Health Coach Vincent Hu, WED, August 31st from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Kick the Sugar Habit Tele-class
Wednesday, August 31st
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Details on facebook invite

If you’re constantly craving sweets and want to understand why or if you want to gain control without willpower or deprivation, please join Vincent Hu, Certified Health Coach, for a FREE tele-class and learn how to
Kick the Sugar Habit for good!

Vincent is a friend of mine who is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor who also teaches Meditation, Kundalini Yoga and Holistic Nutrition.

PAST: Interactive Art Exhibit Make your own 3-D "Etch-a-Sketch" like Art with Sketch3D at the Artisphere! Now - WED, August 31st, Free

Sketch3D - it's like an interactive, 3D, giant "Etch-a-Sketch"
Now - Wednesday, August 31st

"Sketch3D is an interactive, integrated software/hardware system that enables users to create their own anaglyphic 3D drawing using a giant "Etch-a-Sketch". Anaglyph images, like those created using the Sketch3D "Etch-a-Sketch" installation, are used to provide a stereoscopic 3D effect, when viewed with two color 3D glasses (each lens is chromatically opposite color, commonly red and cyan)." Read more here.
Artisphere (domed building)
Upper Town Hall
1101 Wilson Blvd in Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn, just about a block and a half walk

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

PAST: "Modern Man" take the stage at the Black Cat, 9:00pm, $10 + Free Dance Party "Push Pop" at The Black Cat! 10:00pm, All ages

Modern Man plays tonight at the Black Cat
Opening acts: The Dustys and Harper Blynn
Friday, August 26th
9:00pm - 2:00am

Born in DC, local garage rockers, Modern Man headlines Black Cat’s main stage tonight. "A garage rock band with a full, nicer-than-my-garage sound, Modern Man believes firmly in tube amps, koozies and shouting."

And at the same location and same time:

Push Pop Dance Party
Friday, August 26th
10:00pm - 2:00am
Free, doors at 9:30
All Ages

"The perfect way to get out your hurricane jitters: a free dance party at Black Cat’s backstage. DJs Micah Vellian and The Pinstriped Rebel spin a “dangerously sweet” night of genre-bending dance music. Download a sample mix by Micah Vellian here."

Black Cat
1811 14th St., NW
Metro: U Street. Walk a block west to 14th, then walk two blocks south.

PAST: FASHION + ART: Fashion Meets Art Runway Show at DC Eco-Friendly Boutique CARBON, FRI, August 26th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Fashion Meets Art Runway Show at DC Eco-Friendly Boutique CARBON
Tonight! Friday, August 26th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
RSVP requested:

Fashion Show starts at 7:00pm. CARBON teams with International Visions Gallery for a spectacular sidewalk fashion show. Event kicks off the IVC's Artisan Series co-sponsored by Bombay Sapphire. Up to 70% off.

2643 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Woodley Park - directly across from the metro exit

PAST: "Apartment Therapy Design"

"Trendspotting: What’s Out, What's In, What's Back Again"
Apartment Therapy Design Evening
Tuesday, August 30th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
RSVP here

With recent tradeshows in Las Vegas and New York, the end of summer often brings a glimpse into the future of design. New trends emerge and quickly make their way to design magazines, blogs, and television shows around the world. So, what are the latest decorating trends? How will we see them used? Are they even relevant to how we live? Join in at a panel discussion at The Dunes with some of DC’s brightest design stars -- Alex Sanchez, Eric Kole, and Zoe Feldman-- to tackle those questions.

The Dunes

1402 Meridian Place, NW, upstairs
Metro: Columbia Heights - Walk a few blocks north on 14th, until you hit Meridian Place, turn left and you'll see the door. It's above The Getaway.

PAST: FILM: Free Outdoor Screenings at Carter Barron this FRI, August 26th & SAT, August 27th at 7:30pm, Free but tickets are required

Friday, August 26th
Free with tickets

Iron Man 2 (PG-13)

Saturday, August 27th
Free with tickets

Despicable Me (PG)

Carter Barron - by Rock Creek Park
16th St and Colorado Ave, NW
Metro: Take the S2 or S4 bus from anywhere along 16th St, closest metro stations - which you'd walk over to 16th St from - are Columbia Heights or Silver Spring.

PAST: MUSIC: Free Outdoor Concerts in Arlington at Lubber Run Amphitheatre this FRI, August 26th & & SAT, August 27th at 8:00pm Free


Friday, August 26th

Saturday, August 27th
Cartoon Johnny A Cappella Vocal Band
learn more about the band

Lubber Run Amphitheatre
N. 2nd & N. Columbus Street
Arlington VA
Metro: See metro for best bus access from metro, it's in a residential neighborhood. Easiest reached by car. Free parking on site.

PAST: FILM: The "Recovered Treasure: UCLA's Annual Festival of Preservation" Series at the NGA continues SAT, August 27th & SUN, August 28th, Free

Film Series at the National Gallery of Art
Recovered Treasure: UCLA’s Annual Festival of Preservation
Saturday, August 20th - Sunday, August 28th

Read more about the festival here.

Final film of the series!

Sunday, August 28th

Pictured above, a still from this film courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive

National Gallery of Art
401 Constitution Ave, NW
East Building Concourse, Auditorium
Metro: Judiciary Square is closest to the East Bldg

PAST: Highlights for this Weekend's events at Busboys and Poets DC locations, FRI, August 26th - SUN, August 28th, Free or low-cost events

Highlights for Busboys and Poets DC locations this weekend:

Friday, August 26th
14th & V - American Sign Language Open Mic (ASL)

Saturday, August 27th
5th & K - "Into Eternity" - FOCUS-IN! August Film of the Month

Sunday, August 28th


Film Screening of "Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin"

Celebrating the 48th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Metro: 14th & V - U St, 5th & K - Mt Vernon Sq or Gallery Place or take the Circulator bus

Monday, July 25, 2011

PAST: Celebrate MLK this Weekend Free Performances every Night at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, live or online! 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Performances Daily at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
6:00pm - 7:00pm

*** Special events in Honor of MLK this weekend! ***

A three-day celebration of the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.

See schedule here! Watch in person or stream the show live online!

It's a bit tricky getting to the Kennedy Center by 6:00pm I realize, during rush hour especially. So, I wanted to be sure that you all know that you can also stream the shows and watch them live from the comfort of your home, office or wherever you happen to be at that hour! I use this feature often and LOVE it!

They also archive all of the performances so you can watch them online anytime so instead of just visiting YouTube, Hulu and Netflix, you can also check out the Archives from the Millennium Stage! Personal Pick from the Archive: "Brave New Voices - Bringing the Noise for the Earth"Talented and inspiring kids doing amazing things to help promote a sustainable future.

Below is a list of remaining performances in August:


Friday, August 26th


Gospel legends Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes of Richmond, Virginia—whose career in gospel music spans nearly 55 years—a cappella group Naturally 7, and urban jazz harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet kick off a three-day celebration of the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.

Yonnet is best known for his strong improvisational skills and ability to play chromatically on a diatonic harmonica. He's performed with Prince, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, John Legend and Kindred The Family Soul.

NOTE: This performance is FREE, tickets are required. Reserved seating tickets, two per person, will be distributed on the day of the performance, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Hall of Nations.

Saturday, August 27th
Founded by Smalls to preserve the unique melodies and storytelling of South Carolina’s Gullah culture, The Hallelujah Singers perform an evening of music and narration in celebration of the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.

Sunday, August 28th
The Dream Remix with Holly Bass

Holly Bass, joined by a DJ and cadre of wordslingers, hosts a poetic celebration of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial through verse highlighting Dr. King’s dream of a nation dedicated to justice, equality, and ending war.

Monday, August 29th
Rahim AlHaj and the Little Earth Orchestra

Originally from Baghdad, the two-time Grammy® nominee is a virtuoso oud musician and composer. Part of the Millennium Stage Happy Hour Series. With drink specials from 5:30 to 8 p.m., patrons can purchase a cold libation from the bar while mingling, dancing, and enjoying a wide range of music.

Tuesday, August 30th
With a repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to today’s contemporary composers, the award-winning pianist has thrilled audiences throughout the world.

Wednesday, August 31st
Firmly rooted in post-bop jazz traditions, Mike Lee, Ted Chubb, Kellen Harrison, and Shawn Baltazor bring new twists to acoustic straight-ahead jazz.

The Kennedy Center
2700 F St, NW (
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center Shuttle

PAST: Pay-What-You-Can Previews for Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days" this THURS, August 25th - SUN, August 28th

Pay-What-You-Can Previews this Thursday - Sunday!
Happy Days by Samuel Beckett presented by WSC Avant Bard
Thursday, August 25th - Sunday, August 28th

Preview performances are pay what you can Thursday through Sunday nights at 7:30 pm the week prior to opening night. There are some Saturday matinees at 2:00pm that are pay-what-you-can with a few limited advance tickets available for sale at $10. Directed by Jose Carrasquillo. Show Opens Monday, August 29th. Read more here.

1101 Wilson Blvd
Metro: Rosslyn

PAST: Highlights post for Classes and Events this Weekend at BloomBars! FRI, August 26th - SUN, August 28th, All ages, by donation

Here's a list of classes and events this week at BloomBars in Columbia Heights. All events are all ages and by donation, suggested $10. Read more about each event by clicking the links below.

Live Music

Friday, August 26th at 8:30 pm

Columbia Heights Day!

Saturday, August 27th
10:00am - 8:00pm
Columbia Heights Day special events! Lots of events including Poetry, Belly Dance, Capoiera, Open Mic, Tap Dance, Bachata, Samba, and more.

Update: According to BloomBars as of Friday "We are trying to work out the details, but it looks like it will still be taking place indoors. We have rescheduled the Washington Sound Museum with Christylez Bacon to next week and will instead have an open mic/jam session as long as the weather isn't TOO bad on Saturday night."

Capoiera Class

Sunday, August 28th
11:00am - 12:00pm

Drumming Class

Sunday, August 28th
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Live Music

Sunday, August 28th
8:30pm - 10:30pm

3222 11th St, NW
near Kenyon, next to Wonderland
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: WORKSHOP: Create Your Own Time Capsule at this Family Friendly Workshop at National Geographic this SUN, August 28th, 1:00pm, Free with RSVP

Free Family Workshop at National Geographic
Sunday, August 28th
Free, RSVP Required
email to register

This family workshop is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Etruscans: An Ancient Italian Civilization. Over 2,500 years ago, the Etruscans dominated the Italian peninsula and scholars have been studying the objects they left behind in an effort to help understand the ancient Etruscan world. They serve as time capsules, left unintentionally, for future generations to understand a vanished people.

Create your own time capsule illustrating you and your world. Using images and words from magazines and newspapers, build a collage that represents who you are and what's important to you. How will future generations interpret what you've left behind? How will you be understood 2,500 years from now?

1145 17th St, NW (near M St)
Metro: Farragut North or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to M St

PAST: FILM: Screening of "The March" in Honor of the MLK Memorial Dedication SAT & SUN, August 27th - 28th, 12:00pm - 12:30pm, Free

Film Screening of "The March" in Honor of the MLK Memorial Dedication
Saturday, August 27th & Sunday, August 28th
12:00pm - 12:30pm

To celebrate the opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, the National Archives present free screenings of the 1963 film documenting the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Directed by James Blue for the United States Information Agency.
William G. McGowan Theater
Constitution Avenue, NW
between 7th and 9th Streets
Metro: Archives - Naby Memorial

PAST: THEATER: Preview Forum Theatre's New Season at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring this MON, August 29th at 7:30pm, Free with RSVP

Forum Theatre hosts a Free Sneak Peak Preview of their new Season at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring
Monday, August 29th
Free with RSVP

The preview will feature scenes from four upcoming shows - Mad Forest, Language Archive, The Illusion and Church - with performances by Forum Company Member Alexander Strain, Helen Hayes winner Nanna Ingvarsson, Woolly Mammoth Company Member Mitchell Hébert, and Forum favorites Scott McCormick, Dana Levanovsky, and Mark Halpern.

A small reception will follow the preview and many of the folks working on the productions - directors, designers, actors and others on the Forum team will be available for questions.

In addition, their new Associate Produceer, Stephanie Freed, will be chatting about the brand-new Second Series program - which will be focusing on free and nearly free events all year long!

Please RSVP to or 240-644-1390.

8641 Colesville Road (next to the AFI)
Metro: Silver Spring or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Silver Spring

Sunday, July 24, 2011

PAST: Kite Making Workshop at the Aviation Museum in College Park this SAT, August 27th at 1:00pm, $8 includes kite and admission to musuem

Saturday, August 27th
Pre-registration required

Spend the afternoon at the museum building and decorating your own kite. The $8 workshop fee covers museum admission and the price of one kite kit.

Museum is open 10:00am - 5:00pm

1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
College Park, MD
Metro: College Park (about a ten minute walk from metro, see walking map)

PAST: Self Guided Tours at the Dumbarton House "War of 1812 Commemoration" SAT, August 27th & SUN, August 28th 11:00am - 3:00pm, $5, Free

Saturday, August 27th - Sunday, August 28th
11:00am - 3:00pm
$5, kids, youth, and students-with-ID Free
AAA member discount with card

"Washington in flames could be seen as far away as Baltimore on August 24, 1814. Honor the anniversary of Dolley Madison's flight, first to "Belle Vue" (today known as Dumbarton House), as the British advanced on Washington. Learn about the capital city during the War of 1812. After touring the museum, enjoy a sampling of "Dolley Cake," Mrs. Madison's favorite, a delicious caramel confection - while supplies last!" Last entry is 2:45pm.
2715 Q Street, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk about 7 blocks or take a bus closer

PAST: FILM: "The Rich Have Their Own Photographers" WED, August 24th at 8:00pm, $6, $4

Wednesday, August 24th
$6, $4 students, seniors, military

"A deeply inspirational film about the life and artwork of Milton Rogovin, America's premier social documentary photographer. Rogovin photographs the disenfranchised, the marginalized and those he considers the forgotten ones. His renowned series include miners around the world, a collaboration with Pablo Neruda of Chilean villagers, and a Buffalo, NY, neighborhood across three generations."
1101 Wilson Blvd
Metro: Rosslyn

PAST: ART: "Local Color" at Gallery plan b WED, July 27th - SUN, August 28th, Free

On view at Gallery plan b Local Color
Wednesday, July 27th - Sunday, August 28th

Check out these works depicting scenes of local DC neighborhoods, done in various media, by Chad Andrews, David Ballinger, Michael D. Crossett, Ron Donoughe, Charlie Gaynor, Luis Gomez, David Kalamar, Joey P. Mánlapaz, Isabelle Spicer, and Steven Stichter.

Gallery plan b

1530 14th St, NW (just south of Q St)
Metro: U St and walk or take the Circulator bus along 14th St to RI Ave/ P St and walk a few blocks from McPherson Sq or 14th & U St. You can also walk about 7 blocks from Dupont Circle.