Tuesday, August 30, 2011

PAST: DJ Night: It's the Final Wasteland! DJ Medusa & DJ Strange spin Goth & Darkwave and Glam! FRI, Sept 30th 9:30pm - 2:30am, Free, 21+

WASTELAND -Goth, Darkwave, and a touch of Glam
with DJ Medusa & DJ Strange
Friday, September 30th
9:30pm - 2:30am
Free, 21+
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WASTELAND - after 4 years - it's the Final Edition of this monthly dance party brought to you by DJ Medusa & DJ Strange. Come out for the final hoorah!

1103 Bladensburg Rd, NE - note that the door is unmarked
Metro: See metro trip planner for best bus access, to be honest, best to take a taxi from Union Station if you can't find your way there by car.

PAST: ART & MUSIC: FRI, Sept 30th - invites from facebook - Art Opening at Flashpoint and Sofar DC 8 - Live Music at the Dunes, Free

Two more for tonight! Art Opening + Live Music
Friday, September 30th

Art Opening

Site Aperture: Opening Reception at Flashpoint Gallery
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Flashpoint Gallery

916 G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown 9th & G exit
  • Live Music

    Sofar DC 8 | Jonny Grave, The North Country, & The Riverbreakes Live!
    8:30pm - 11:30pm

    The Dunes
    1402 Meridian Place, NW
    Metro: Columbia Heights

  • PAST: 20+ Food Trucks & Live Music by the Navy Yard Metro at "Truckeroo" FRI, Sept 20th 11:00am - 11:00pm, Free (bring $ if you want food)

    Truckeroo is happening Today!
    Friday, September 30th
    11:00am - 11:00pm
    Free to get in,
    though you definitely will want to bring money for food!

    20+ Food Trucks and Live Music!

    Music lineup:

    12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Jameson and The Double-O

    3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Deren "Fatskeys" Blessman

    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Human Country Jukebox

    9:00pm - 11:00pm
    Full Mesh

    Half and M St, SE
    across from the metro exit
    Metro: Navy Yard

    PAST: Family Friendly: Open House at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, MD this SAT, Oct 1st from 11:00am - 5:00pm, Fre

    Family friendly event! Open House at the
    Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, MD
    Saturday, October 1st
    11:00am - 5:00pm
    Free, reservations requested

    Learn about Latino and American cultures through this fun-filled event, for all ages.

    11:00am Mask Making Workshop
    12:00pm Movement Workshop for kids
    1:00pm Cantigas Performance with Masks
    2:15pm Tour of facility and also Swing Dance workshop
    3:15pm SwingTime Big Band

    7995 Georgia Ave - in Silver Spring, MD
    Metro: Silver Spring or take a bus closer, see metro for bus access

    PAST: Family Friendly: Mt Vernon Triangle Fun Fair this SAT, Oct 1st from 12:00pm - 5:00pm at 4th & K St, NW, Free

    Mount Vernon Triangle Fun Fair
    Saturday, October 1st
    12:00pm - 5:00pm
    Rain or shine

    A family friendly day of fun, food, and music. The Fun Fair will host a live stage with jazz, rock, gospel, and djs. There will be a kids area with moon bounce, ball crawl, spin art, and face painting. Of course, there will also be community non-profit tables and vendors on hand selling food, arts, and crafts.

    Mount Vernon Triangle Fun Fair
    400 K St, NW
    Metro: Mount Vernon Sq or Gallery Pl - Chinatown

    PAST: Adams Morgan ANC 1C hosts Free Community e-Cycling & Free Paper Shredding! SAT, Oct 1st from 9:00am - 12:00pm

    this Saturday in Adams Morgan
    ....free paper shredding too!
    Saturday, October 1st
    9:00am - 12:00pm
    more info here

    ANC IC is doing it again! Bring your old electronics and hazardous waste items down to the Mary's Center, 2355 Ontario Rd, NW - enter Ontario Road parking lot - this Saturday morning and they will bring it over to the Fort Totten Transfer Station for recycling for you! They'll also have a mobile secure shredding unit on hand to shred any records you no longer need.

    WHAT to bring: household electronics and hazardous waste to be recycled. Also bring any records and papers (e.g., old bank statements, pay stubs, etc.) that you would like to have destroyed. The mobile shredding unit has a video monitor that allows you to watch as your documents are destroyed.

    For more info about what items they are and are not permitted to accept please click here to see the color pdf brochure.

    While there, you can also get your blood pressure checked by the DC Fire & Emergency Medical Services (DC FEMS) who will be there onsite providing free blood pressure screenings!

    Mary's Center - in Adams Morgan
    2355 Ontario Rd, NW (map)
    enter Ontario Road parking lot
    Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to the Safeway/ Chief Ike's stop by Ontario Rd and walk down hill about two blocks.

    PAST: Arts & Crafts Fair! Crafty Bastards is back this SAT, Oct 1st at Marie Reed Learning Center in Adams Morgan, 10:00am - 5:00pm, Free

    The City Paper's Annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is back!
    Saturday, October 1st
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Of course, you'll likely want to bring some money along to spend

    "You won't find mass produced or imported goods here. You will find talented vendors handpicked by a select jury for their DIY chops and singular vision selling things you never knew existed and that you may never see again! There'll be surprises at every booth including reconstructed clothing, punk-rock baby clothes, handcrafted jewelry, whimsical and demented plush toys, handspun yarn, screen-printing, avant-garde art and much more! "

    Read more details on the website and on the Crafty Bastards blog.

    Adams Morgan
    Marie Reed Learning Center
    18th & Wyoming Ave, NW (map)
    Metro: Since 18th St is still under reconstruction, there are no buses going directly here. You can take the 42 bus from Dupont to Wyoming and walk down to 18th or you can walk north on 18th St from Dupont Circle. You can also walk or take the Circulator bus from Woodley Park to Adams Mill Rd - it's another 4 blocks or so from there

    PAST: Family Friendly Festival "Columbia Heights Fall Festival" at Girard Street Park SAT, Oct 1st 11:00am - 3:00pm, Free

    Columbia Heights Fall Festival at Girard Street Park
    Saturday, October 1st 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Bring your family and friends out to the park for a fun day of free festivities! There'll be food, face painting, moon bounce, candied apples, snow cones, popcorn, live music, games, and more!

    Girard Street Park
    1480 Girard St, NW
    Metro: Columbia Heights or take any bus along 16th St or 14th St to stop closest to Girard

    PAST: ART: East City Art Round Up: Guest Post - Events FRI, Sept 30th - SUN, Oct 2nd

    Weekend Round Up: Guest Post from East City Art

    Friday, September 30th

    Art Opening and Live Jazz at Honfleur Gallery

    Art Opening starts at 7:00pm

    Jazz starts at 8:00pm

    In case you missed Honfleur gallery at the (e)merge art fair last weekend, head over to the gallery this Friday to see new work by Cuban artist Gustavo Diaz Sosa. At 8pm, a musical performance by jazz ensemble “The Connection will follow. Both events are free of charge.

    Honfleur Gallery

    1241 Good Hope Rd,SE

    Metro: Anacostia

    Sunday, October 2nd

    Drawing Class at The Fridge

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Take drawing lessons from DC-based artist Ben Tolman, whose latest body of work a few more drawings… can be seen at the Fridge through October 8. All ages and drawing ability are welcome. Supplies are included for a suggested donation of $20. (Note: I'm not sure how they will feel if you donate less, you may want to contact the folks at the Fridge directly to ask - this should be a really neat event though - Ben Tolman is super talented.)

    The Fridge

    516 8th St, SE - in alley

    Metro: Eastern Market

    Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

    Sunday, August 28, 2011

    PAST: Free Arts & Culture Events this Week from CultureCapital.com! WED, Sept 28th - TUES, Oct 4th, Free

    CultureCapital Insider

    Here are some more great FREE arts and culture events this week from CultureCapital.com.

    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, September 28th

    Gallery Talk

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

    Friday, September 20th

    Gallery Talk

    12:00pm - 12:12pm

    A twelve minute talk with Dianne Stephens, staff lecturer, NGA.

    National Gallery of Art
    West Building Main Floor,
    Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial, closest to the West Building

    Saturday, October 1st

    Staged Reading

    A staged reading of an imagined meeting between Anne Frank, a Jewish girl killed during the Holocaust, and Emmett Till, an African-American boy murdered in Mississippi in the 1950s - at Ford's Theatre.

    Metro: Metro Center

    Sunday, October 2nd

    Art Lecture


    Given by Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Photograph

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

    Poetry + Prose Open Mic

    2:00pm, sign up 1:30pm

    Features readers, Janice Shapiro, Bummer: And Other Stories and novelist Angela Davis-Gardner, Butterfly's Child.

    Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest

    Sunday Night Concert Series


    String Quartet plays music by Beethoven

    National Gallery of Art
    West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court
    Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial, closest to the West Building

    Monday, October 3rd

    Works in Progress: The Quiet Laotian: Oil on Bamboo
    12:10pm and 1:10pm

    Given by Daniel B. Shay, Art Services Manager.

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

    Tuesday, October 4th

    Classical Concert

    12:10pm - 1:00pm

    Note: For this performance, the Washington Bach Consort will be playing at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church around the corner from the
    Church of the Epiphany where they normally play as the Church is still undergoing renovations.

    New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
    1313 New York Avenue
    Metro: Metro Center or McPherson Square

    Literary Reading


    Christopher Sten, Professor of English and American literature at GWU, will read from and discuss his book Literary Capital: A Washington Reader.

    Metro: Farragut West or Foggy Bottom

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    PAST: FILM: Film about a Love story in Nazi Germany - with a happy ending even... WED, Sept 28th at 8:00pm at the Artisphere $6, $4

    The title of this one still freaks me out a bit but the story sounds good....

    Film Screening of "Surviving Hitler: A Love Story"
    Wednesday, September 28th
    $6 general, $4 students, seniors, military

    "This documentary tells the true story of Jutta, a teenager in Nazi Germany, who is shocked to discover she is Jewish. She joins the German resistance and meets Helmuth, an injured soldier. The two become sweethearts and soon co-conspirators in the final plot to assassinate Hitler. At the center of this harrowing tale of war, resistance, and survival is a love story for the ages, with riveting narration by Jutta herself, original 8mm footage (shot by Helmuth) and, miraculously, a happy ending."

    1101 Wilson Blvd - Arlington
    Metro: Rosslyn

    Saturday, August 27, 2011

    PAST: "The Sweater Set" plays at this weeks "Happenings at the Harman" WED, Sept 28th Free Performances every WED from 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    "Happenings at the Harman"
    Performances every Wednesday
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Wednesday, September 28th
    12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Local indie band The Sweater Set

    About the band:

    Since their early years as teens in a DC church choir, Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin (pictured) have developed a unique musical relationship. Intricate Soprano harmonies soar over multi-instrumental arrangements of ukulele, guitar, flute, hand percussion, accordion, glockenspiel and the occasional kazoo/mouth trumpet solo.

    The Sweater Set has been nominated for 7 Washington Area Music Association awards including Best Contemporary Folk Duo of 2010, Best New Artist of 20009, has been awarded two Young Emerging Artist grants from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and are 2010-11 Strathmore Artists in Residence in Bethesda, Maryland.

    "Happenings at the Harman" is a performance series that takes place at Harman Hall every Wednesday from noon - 1:00pm. The series brings the community up close and personal with the performers and performances at the Harman Center for the Arts as well as throughout the metro-D.C. community. Performances are free, arrive early to grab a good seat! Learn more here.

    Sidney Harman Hall

    610 F St, NW
    Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown, Arena exit

    PAST: ART: These shows leave soon, check them out before they go!

    Last chance to check out these shows! Click through for more details.

    On view through Friday, September 30th:

    Janis Goodman | Paintings
    Stage Premier Realtor
    on 14th, between P & Q
    Metro: Dupont Circle or U St and walk
    Metro: Farragt West

    Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown

    On view through Sunday, Oct 2nd

    Metro: Judiciary Square

    Metro: McPherson Sq or Metro Center

    Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
    Metro: Farragut West

    On view through Monday, October 3rd

    Metro: King Street and take free trolley or a bus to waterfront

    PAST: Two more events Tonight! TUES, Sept 27th

    Two more events tonight, Tuesday, September 27th!

    From Busboys and Poets facebook page ...

    6:30pm - 8:00pm

    "Author Mary Jo McConahay discusses and signs her new book, "Maya Roads." Drawing upon three decades of working, traveling, and living in Central America’s remote and dangerous landscapes, this memoir chronicles a journalist’s fascinating experiences with the people, politics, archaeology, and species of the rainforest, the cradle of Mayan civilization. Event is co-sponsored by Teaching for Change, Guatemala Human Rights Commission, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), and Latin American Youth Center."

    14th & V St, NW
    Metro: U St

    and a film screening, from Bloombars page...

    "Tonight at 7 pm: BloomScreen presents: DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival. Preview the first film, "Kingdom of Women" below and catch the rest tonight! The Kingdom of Women: Ein El Hilweh I Burning Tents Scene (trailer) All ages, by donation.

    3222 11th St, NW
    Metro: Columbia Heights

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    PAST: Fiesta DC - Latino Festival in Mt Pleasant - Happening Now! 'til 7:00pm, Free

    Fiesta DC in Mt Pleasant Today!
    Sunday, September 25th
    12:00pm - 7:00pm
    Parade: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

    Come out today for this annual celebration highlighting the Latino culture. There'll be a Parade of Nations, a children’s festival, a science fair, a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates, arts & crafts, and international cuisine.

    Along Mt. Pleasant St, NW
    between Argonne Pl and Park Rd
    Metro: Columbia Heights and walk to the left on Irving about two and a half blocks

    Note: Image pictured is from this post, where I found the info

    PAST: THEATER: Today! "When The Stars Go Out" Bright Alchemy Theatre, Pay-What-You-Can Performance at Flashpoint SUN, Sept 25th at 3:00pm

    Bright Alchemy Theatre's When The Stars Go Out
    Friday, September 23rd - Sunday, September 25th
    all performances are Pay-What-You-Can!
    view and share facebook invite

    Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm - Sunday at 3:00pm

    Check out this sneak-preview, workshop performance of Bright Alchemy Theatre’s newest play written by Stephen Spotswood. Naomi struggles with the death of her best friend and impending motherhood while her husband, on a journey to the farthest reaches of the solar system, may never come home again…

    Mead Theatre Lab
    at Flashpoint
    916 G St, NW
    Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, exit at 9th & G

    PAST: FESTIVAL: Today! Last day of the National Book Festival on the National Mall btwn 7th & 14th St, NW - SUN, Sept 25th, 1:00pm - 5:30pm, Free

    The National Book Festival
    this weekend on the Mall!

    Saturday, September 24th
    10:00am - 5:30pm

    Sunday, September 25th
    1:00pm - 5:30pm

    View the complete festival brochure online!

    The 11th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, will take place on the National Mall this weekend! There's lots of events taking place as part of this event - which spans 7 blocks lone - but there is lots of info on the website you can check out more thoroughly if you like.

    Some of what you can expect... More than 100 authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations on the National Mall throughout the weekend in the Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Contemporary Life, Poetry & Prose, Children, and Teens pavilions, the Family Storytelling Stage, and (Sunday only) The Cutting Edge, State Poets Laureate, and Graphic Novels will be represented under the banner of the Pavilion of the States.

    Of course, books will also be for sale so you might want to bring along some cash or credit.

    National Mall - see festival map
    between 7th & 14th St, NW and
    Madison Drive & Jefferson Drive

    PAST: FILM + PANEL + TOUR: Today! Special event about Women & Documentary Film at AU this SUN, Sept 25th from 2:00pm - 5:00pm, Free

    Louise Rosskam Film Event: Documenting the Face of America: Roy Stryker and the FSA/OWI Photographers

    Sunday, September 25th

    2:00pm – 5:00pm


    Film Screening and Panel Discussion with filmmaker Jeanine Butlerothers on "Women and Documentary" followed by a tour of the exhibit Re-viewing Documentary with guest curators Laura Katzman, associate professor of art history, James Madison University, and Beverly W. Brannan, senior curator of photography, Library of Congress. The event is sponsored by the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Read more here.

    American University

    Abramson Family Recital Hall

    in the Katzen Arts Center

    4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

    Metro: Tenleytown and take the free AU Shuttle or you can drive and park for free on the weekends in the garage at the Katzen

    PAST: MUSIC: Today! Pianist Ina Mirtcheva, violinist Brendan Conway play at Church of the Holy City SUN, Sept 25th, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, by donation

    "Music with the Angels" series returns with the first concert of the season!
    Pianist Ina Mirtcheva and violinist Brendan Conway
    Sunday, September 25th
    3:30pm - 4:30pm approximately
    donation based, suggested $10

    Hear works by Chopin, Liszt, and a selection of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Reception will follow the program. Donations support the artists.

    About the artists:

    Multiple competitions and awards winner Ina Mirtcheva has performed widely, incl. at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institute, Werner Recital Hall as well as in Europe and Canada.

    Mr. Conway is a winner of international and regional competitions, a soloist and chamber musician. He has worked extensively with Stefan Milenkovich, Patti Kopek, Pinchas Zuckerman, and Itzhak Perlman.
    1611 16th St, NW - between P and Q
    Metro: Dupont Circle and walk over or get closer if you take the S2 or S4 bus anywhere along 16th St or by the McPherson Sq metro.

    PAST: FILM: Final Week to see "Hamtdaa: Together in Photos" at the Artisphere Bijou Theatre, Now - SUN, April 17th, Free

    Last Chance to see the film "Hamtdaa: Together in Photos"

    Now through Sunday, April 17th

    An introduction to Arlington's Mongolian community through the lens of photographer Mario Quiroz.

    Pictured: Dance practice by members of the Mongolian community: Photo by Mario Quiroz
    Artisphere Bijou Theatre

    1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington
    Metro: Rosslyn

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    PAST: Art Supply Swap and Coffee & Craft Artist Talk SUN, Sept 25th 10:00am Free Talk, 11:30 - 1:00pm, Swap, $5

    Coffee & Craft Artist Talk + Art Supplies Swap
    hosted by SCRAP and the Center for Green Urbanism
    Sunday, September 25th
    Talk free, swap $5

    Artist Talk
    10:00am - 11:15am

    Enjoy a free cup of coffee while listening to the featured artists’ processes, inspirations and challenges

    Materials Swap
    11:30am - 1:00pm

    Bring craft materials no longer inspiring you and leave with some that do!

    3938 Benning Road, NE (map)
    Metro: Minnesota Ave, short walk

    PAST: YOGA & MEDITATION: New Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class at The Center near Tenleytown Metro every THURS night from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    "Happy Hour" Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Class
    every Thursday night starting on August 25th
    6:30pm - 8:00pm
    **First Class Free for Free in DC readers only!**

    Next class will be on:

    Thursday, September 1st

    Learn how to quiet the "Monkey Mind"with Yoga and Meditation. My friend Vincent Hu is teaching a new "happy hour" yoga class at The Center. He's offering the first class for free for Free in DC readers and I hope some of you might check it out. If you like it, new member rates are 4 classes for just $20. Regular drop in rate is $15 per class. Read more here and on the facebook invite here.

    4321 Wisconsin Ave, NW
    Metro: Tenleytown, walk south about two blocks on Wisconsin Ave

    PAST: ART FAIR: (e)merge is this Weekend! Students, Seniors and Groups of 10 or more can attend for $10 - general admission is $15

    (e)merge art fair is this weekend at the Capitol Skyline Hotel
    with artists and galleries from DC - and around the world!
    Friday, September 23rd - Sunday, September 25th
    $10 - $15*

    *Though general admission is $15, this event sounds really interesting - highlighting emerging artists - and it looks like there are $10 tickets available for students & seniors and groups of 10 or more. Buy tickets here.



    Friday, September 23rd
    12:00pm – 7:00pm

    PANEL: "Emerging Art / Emerging Practices"
    Friday, September 23rd
    Room 1

    Moderator: Claire Breukel (Contemporary Art Curator, Writer) Panelists: Matthew Higgs (Director/Chief Curator, White Columns), Kristen Hileman (Curator, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD), JJ McCracken (Artist), and Walter Robinson (Editor, Artnet Magazine)


    Wilmer Wilson IV "Bandage/I Voted"
    Room 2 - all day

    "A durational sculptural performance and photography installation created by Wilmer Wilson IV to examine the implications of everyday objects - band aids and a familiar emblem associated with political elections – I Voted stickers. When not performing, the artist will distribute materials to viewers."

    James J. Williams III " Wandering Hearts Are Fond"
    Pool Deck, south - 1:00pm

    A 20-25 minute continuous multimedia performance that builds on the theme of relationships and power struggles. The elements of this work include video, music, and spoken word.

    Melissa Ichiuji "Everything to Lose"
    Pool Deck, south 3:30 pm

    The artist conceived Everything to Lose as a work of total self-absorption. Through the use of movement, costume and sound, the artist metaphorically discards layers that separate her from others and from the divine universal spirit that comprises everything.

    Saturday, September 24th
    12:00pm – 7:00pm

    PANEL: "Collecting for the Future"
    Saturday, September 24th
    Room 1

    Moderator: Karen Sommer Shalett (editor-in-chief, DC Magazine) Panelists: Ann Garfinkle (Art Attorney, Whiteford, Taylor and Preston LLP), Dorothy Kosinski (Director, The Phillips Collection), Tony Podesta (Collector) & Mera Rubell (Collector)

    PERFORMANCE: Bradley Chriss- "Meat Poem: for Georges"
    Room 3 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    In this performance and installation, the artist will host a banquet for Georges Bataille’s ghost and read of selections of Bataille’s writings.

    Sunday, September 25th
    12:00pm – 5:00pm

    PERFORMANCE: Holly Bass - "Moneymaker"
    Pool Deck, west - 12:00pm - 5:00pm

    This work builds on Bass’s exploration of images of black women in popular media, commercial hip-hop, and financial transactions between the artist and viewer - combining an endurance performance and a conceptual hip-hop art piece (consisting of 'Jukeboxes" made from Sambo-style penny banks and a wearable "bootyball") that generates and harnesses electric power.

    10 "I" St, SW (at South Capitol - map)
    Metro: Navy Yard, just a few block walk

    PAST: Silver Spring Latino Fiesta! SAT, Sept 24th 11:00am - 7:00pm, Free

    Silver Spring Latino Fiesta!
    Saturday, September 24th
    10:00am - 7:00pm
    click image to view larger

    The Downtown Silver Spring commercial district celebrates Hispanic Heritage month. Like most Latino Festivals, the event will offer samples of Latin American food, music, dance and culture.

    Performance Highlights:

    Samba Trova - samba


    Timba - live band
    closes the festivities

    Downtown Silver Spring -
    along Ellsworth Ave
    between Georgia Ave & Fenton St
    Metro: Silver Spring - or take the S2 or 24 bus along 16th St there

    PAST: So many things going on today in DC ! Here are some more I haven't posted yet. Enjoy!

    More free events today which are totally worth mentioning!

    100 Thousand Poets for Change, DC: Poetry Walk of Shame - poets walk to three embassies and give voice
    11:00am - 1:00pm

    "Poets in 450 cities in 95 countries are organizing the largest poetry reading in history... Join Split This Rock and Foreign Policy in Focus, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies" for a short walk that will stop at the embassies of three countries -- Yemen, Burma, and Turkmenistan -- where poets may not feel free to share their own voice out of fear for their safety.

    Meet at the Embassy of Yemen
    2319 Wyoming Avenue, NW (map)
    Metro: Woodley Park and walk down Connecticut Ave, over the bridge, to Wyoming, just past Kalorama. You can also take the 42 bus from Dupont to Columbia and Wyoming/ Kalorama and walk over

    Free walk "From Slavery to Freedom" in Adams Morgan
    Saturday, September 24th
    10:03am tour and 1:30pm tour

    Meet at 18th & Columbia at the Sun Trust Bank Plaza. Mary Belcher and Eddie Becker will lead a free walk through Civil War Adams Morgan. Rain or shine.

    The above event is part of the Cultural Tourism DC's WalkingTown DC events!
    Walking tours and Biking tours throughout DC!
    September 23rd - October 2nd

    "Hailed as a “DC institution” by The Washington Post, this year’s WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC 2011 expands to ten days anchored by two consecutive weekends on September 23 – October 2. Grab your walking shoes, grab a bike and get ready for the largest WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC ever. More than 175 tours will lead you through the neighborhoods of Washington, DC."

    CHALK4PEACE 2011 at NPG and SAAM
    11:00am - 3:00pm

    "A day of chalk art and interactive fun!" Read more about this family festival on the NPG site here!

    Outside of SAAM/NPG
    F St, between 7th and 9th St, NW
    Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

    PAST: MUSIC: "Washington Sound Museum" Christylez & Shannon Dunne at BloomBars! SAT, Sept 24th 7:00pm - 10:00pm, All ages, by donation

    Washington Sound Museum V
    Saturday, September 24th
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
    All ages, by donation

    The Washington Sound Museum is back at BloomBars for a 5th installment - after a field-trip to the Kennedy Center. Featured musical guests include Shannon Dunne, who'll play traditional Irish music and DC's own Christylez Bacon, who will throw down some progressive hip-hop. The performance starts at 8:00pm and will be preceded by tea reception, starting at 7:00pm.

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

    PAST: "Art All Night - Nuit Blanche" DC's first go at this concept! Free events 7:00pm - 3:00am this SAT, Sept 24th around 7th St - Shaw

    Lots of Free events Tonight!
    Art All Night - Nuit Blanche
    DC's first Nuit Blanche!
    Saturday, September 24th
    7:00pm - 3:00am

    Free events will be taking place all night tonight at about 20 different venues around 7th St in the Shaw,- Mt Vernon Sq and Chinatown area. Inspired by the Nuit Blanche event in Paris. Check out the program!

    "Art All Night : Nuit Blanche DC is an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art, stretching from the heart of Chinatown to the Shaw neighborhood. Watch as DC’s creative community re-imagines public and private space and invites us all to see our city anew."

    "Indoor and outdoor venues will showcase work by artists in a diverse range of media – with vibrant visual arts, street performances, live music, and DJs contributing to an unprecedented mash-up of cultural experiences in the nation’s capital. With this inaugural festival Washington DC joins a global network of Nuit Blanche all-night arts events, that started in Paris in 2002 and has captivated audiences from Toronto to Tel Aviv."

    See website for more info!

    Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown or Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center

    PAST: ART: Art History lovers event "Ninth Annual AU–GWU Graduate Art History Symposium" at AU - SAT, Sept 24th from 9:00am - 5:00pm, Free

    Ninth Annual AU–GWU Graduate Art History Symposium
    Saturday, September 24th
    9:00am - 5:00pm

    Join MA students from American University and George Washington University as they present current art historical research covering a range of periods, from ancient to contemporary. Lunch box lunches will be provided.

    Note: Picture above is from a blog post written by Catherine Southwick (one of the students who will be presenting at this symposium) about her trip to Paris. Claude Monet's The Argenteuil Bridge (1874) Musee d'Orsay.

    I got a pdf which I can't link to with more details so here is some more info:

    Presenters, in order of presentation (starting at 9:30am)

    Nichole Rawlings (AU)
    “Female Sexuality and Death in the Work of Hans Baldung Grien”

    Caranine Smith (GWU)
    “Finding Faith in the Art of Fitz Henry Lane”

    Emily Mendonca (GWU)
    “Seasons of Color: Thomas Cole’s Application of William Oram and George Field’s theories in The Voyage of Life”

    Elizabeth Holland Searcy (GWU)
    “Campaign for Victory: Trauma and Desegregation in Jacob Lawrence’s War Series”

    Emily Heap (AU)
    “Mr. Ono and Mrs. Lennon: Redefining Binaries in Ono’s Early Half-a-Room”

    Courtney Tompkins (AU)
    “Marisol’s Art of the 1960s: An Alternative Pop Idiom”

    Noelia Irizarry (GWU)
    “Villains and Martyrs: Revolutionary Posters from Puerto Rico’s Taller El Alacrán”

    Catherine Southwick (AU) (click her name to read her blog post about her Paris trip!)
    “The ‘Renovation Blockbuster’: Scholarly Show or Storage Solution?”

    American University - Katzen Arts Center - Room 112 (according to the official invitation)
    (though online it says Kogod School of Business 223 - which I think is an error)
    4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
    Metro: Tenleytown and take the free AU shuttle to the Katzen Center, if driving, you can park in the Katzen garage for free on weekends

    PAST: PERFORMANCE: "Laugh it Up, Funny Girl” an original Jazz Cabaret performance in Takoma Park SAT, Sept 24th at 7:30pm, Free

    "Laugh it Up, Funny Girl” an original Jazz Cabaret Performance
    Saturday, September 24th
    7:30pm - 9:30pm
    view and share invite on facebook

    "Laugh it Up, Funny Girl” follows the life of one single gal living and loving in the age of Internet dating, online stalking, and digital surveillance. Featuring three new songs by Charlie Barnett!

    Watch a promo video for the show!

    Check out the City of Takoma Park’s facebooke page or give them a call at 301.891.7224 if you'd like more information about this event and other events.

    Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
    7500 Maple Avenue - Takoma Park, MD
    Metro: Takoma Park