Tuesday, January 31, 2012

PAST: ART: Jimmy Miracle's "Wearing Ethereal" on view at Flashpoint Gallery in Chinatown FRI, Feb 8th - SAT, March 9th, Free

Jimmy Miracle: Wearing Ethereal on view at Flashpoint
Friday, February 8th - Saturday, March 9th

Wearing Ethereal will feature a series of photographs and sculptures that show the artist’s practice of transforming found materials into installations and sculptures. The artist explains, “I’m interested in accumulation and repetition. I seek to create a humble monumentality built by carefully and obsessively assembling ordinary materials into something spiritual.”

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00pm - 6:00pm

916 G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl- Chinatown, 9th St exit

PAST: ART: David Amoroso's "Delicate/Violent" at the Artisphere in Rosslyn from WED, Jan 9th- SAT, March 16th, Free

David Amoroso: Delicate/Violent 
On view at the Artisphere Mezzanine Gallery
Wednesday, January 9th - Saturday, March 16th

Delicate/Violent (Delicado/Violento) features a series of portraits by contemporary artist David Amoroso of local rappers and reggaetoneros depicted in violent postures juxtaposed against delicate backgrounds. These two extremes seem obvious at first glance, but the more a viewer studies the artwork, the more they can evaluate their own paradigms as they relate to the theme of the exhibit.

1101 Wilson Blvd 
Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn, exit and keep right, turn left at the corner, Wilson, walk a half block or so, look for the domed building on the left

PAST: ART: "Art Crimes: Cardiac Arrest" at The Dunes in Columbia Heights WED, Feb 6th - end of Feb, Free

Drinks available for purchase for those 21+

In honor of the month of love and friendship, Art Crimes presents "Cardiac Arrest" a group show featuring works by Yanina Angelini-Young, Leah Lewis, Justin Young, and Nate Lewis.
The show explores the expression of love and imagery of the heart from the perspectives of anatomy, popular culture, and personal experience. Read more about the artists here.

Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday - Sunday 12:00pm - 3:00pm

The Dunes
1402 Meridian Place NW,
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about 2 blocks or so past Park, about 5 blocks or so north of the metro, turn left on Meridian Place and go up the stairs. The Dunes is located above The Getaway.

PAST: ART: Fractal Animal Popup Adoption Agency's "Strange Love" Paintings by Micaela Barrett at Tryst from THURS, Feb 7th - THURS, Feb 28th, Free

a Collection of Paintings on view at Tryst - Opening Reception 
Thursday, February 7th - Thursday, February 28th

The Fractal Animal Adoption Agency presents "Strange Love" a collection of paintings by Micaela Barrett exploring the intricate interactions of infinite animals, on view during the month of February at Tryst coffee shop in Adam's Morgan, DC. "Come take a look at some fishy friendships, abnormal affiliations, unexpected understandings, bullish bondings, piggy pairings, and inexplicable intimacies." Come out for some wine and snacks at the opening and have a chance to chat with the folks from FAAA. Learn more about the project and view more pics here!
2459 18th St, NW
in Adams Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park and walk over the Calvert St bridge to Adams Morgan, or take the Circulator bus from Woodley Park or Columbia Heights to Adams Mill right by 18th St. You can also take the 42 or 43 bus that run along Connecticut Ave and from Dupont Circle to 18th & Columbia.

PAST: ART: "Compiling Dimensions #4 Mixed Media Art Exhibit" at SOVA on H St NE, FRI, Jan 18th - THURS, Feb 28th, Free

Compiling Dimensions #4 Mixed Media Art Exhibit
On view at SOVA on H St, NE
Friday, January 11th - end of February
Note: exact end date not noted so assuming the last day of Feb

The "Compiling Dimensions" exhibition series features creative mixed media art works in Photography, Oil, Water, Acrylic and other medium such as Paintings, Stained Glass art, Architectural Models & Sketches, Craft, Cut Paper Collage and Sculpture. Vol #4 includes work by: Ann Ratnayake (Painter), Heidi Ann Aslett (Painter, Photographer), Heidi Helgerson (Painter),  Lorina Harris (Sketch, Painter), Nelson Milder (Painter).

1359 H St NE
Metro: Take the X2 bus from Gallery Pl - Chinatown from H St NW to 14th & H St NE or short taxi from Union Station, or one of the 90 line buses from U St that run along 8th St to H St NE. See metro for best bus access.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

PAST: ART: January All-Media Exhibit at The Art League in Old Town, Alexandria WED, Jan 4th - MON, Feb 6th + Opening Reception on THURS, Jan 12th 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Free

Opening Reception for the January All-Media Exhibit 
at The Art League in Old Town, Alexandria
Thursday, January 12th
6:30pm - 8:00pm
On view Wednesday, January 4th -  Monday, February 6th

Juried by Alan Beland, this exhibit by Art League members will feature artwork of all media and subject matter. Gallery hours:  Open every Thursday evening until 9:00pm, Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm - 6:00pm.

The Art League
105 North Union St  (map)
inside of the Torpedo Factory in Old Town, Alexandria, VA
Metro: King St and take the free trolley or a bus from the metro down King St to the Waterfront

Thursday, January 26, 2012

PAST: CHOCOLATE: Cocova hosts another Complimentary Chocolate Tasting Today with Zingerman's sampling the Zzang Candy Bar! FRI, Sept 7th from 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Free Chocolate Tasting at Cocova 
Zingermans Original Zzang Bar Tasting
Friday, September 7th
4:00pm - 8:00pm

From the invite: "Come on by and see what makes the Zzang Original Candy Bar such an incredible confection. A representative of the Zingerman's Candy Company will be on site to sample their famous Zzang Original Candy Bar. This is the only "candy bar" we sell in our store. Why? Because it is made from all natural ingredients to create fresh made nougat, butter roasted peanuts, and thick fresh gooey caramel, all of which is covered in dark chocolate. How can you say no to something so incredible? This is what a 'Snicker$' bar always wanted to be. (Our words, not theirs.)"

Cocova (formerly Biagio)
1904 18th St, NW, down stairs between T St and Florida Ave
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk up 18th St

Monday, January 16, 2012

OF NOTE: Honoring MLK: You can watch the MLK Day at the National Cathedral which took place on MON, Jan 16th online now! Free

MLK Day Celebration at the National Cathedral 
Monday, January 16th
2:00pm - 4:00pm

NOTE: Though this event has passed, you can still watch it online here!
Special Celebration at the National Cathedral! Tribute honoring the life of Dr. King. Featured groups such as Malcolm X Dancers & Drummers, St. Augustine Gospel Choir, poet Tony Keith, Urban Nation H.I.P.–H.O.P. Choir, Washington Performing Arts Society’s Children of the Gospel Choir, and CityDance with singers from School Without Walls will “rock the nave” from 2 to 4 pm.  A coat and winter clothing drive is also planned. 

3101 Wisconsin Avenue
Metro: Tenleytown and take any of the 30 series bus (31, 32, 36, or 37) south on Wisconsin Avenue to  Woodley Avenue or Dupont Circle and take the N2, N3, N4, or N6 bus until you reach the corner of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues. Walk north on Wisconsin 1/2 block to the Cathedral.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

PAST: ART: Opening Reception for Photojournalism Exhibit "Chesapeake Bay Watermen: The Art of the Catch" this FRI, June 15th at the Gallery at The Center for Green Urbanism from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

Opening Reception for Photojournalism Exhibition "Chesapeake Bay Watermen: The Art of the Catch"
Friday, June 15th
On view Friday, June 15th - Wednesday, July 18th

Photojournalist, Maria Bryk's solo exhibition at The Center for Green Urbanism Tubman-Mahan Gallery tells the story of the Chesapeake Bay's watermen after being increasingly intrigued by their trials and triumphs. This show captures a glimpse at how these men catch food from the bay; their dedication, knowledge, and skill, and some of what happens after the catch comes to shore. Read more here.

The Center for Green Urbanism
Tubman-Mahan Gallery
3938 Benning Rd, NE
Metro: Minnesota Ave, short walk, about .4 mile (see walking map from metro), across from the Library.

: "The Commandant's Own," Marine Drum & Bugle Corps inaugural performance of the Friends of the National World War II Memorial 2012 Summer Concert Series at the WWII Memorial THURS, June 14th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm or so, Followed by a Free Concert from the Marine Corp Band on the Sylvan Stage at 8:00pm! Free

"The Commandant's Own," The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps - Concert at the WWII Memorial Thursday, June 14th
6:00pm - 7:30pm or so
Note: no end time noted so just guessing on that based on the list of songs being performed

“The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps will perform the inaugural performance of the Friends of the National World War II Memorial 2012 Summer Concert Series tonight at the World War II Memorial! Under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer-2 James Foley, they invite the public to attend this free concert. Chairs will be provided.

The following selections will be performed:

"Uncommon Valor" Truman W. Crawford
"American Salute" Morton Gould
"Reveille" Brian Dix
"Rocky Top" Felice and Boudleaux Bryant
"I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" Mack Gordon and Harry Warren
"Battle Hymn of the Republic" Julia Ward Howe
"The Stars & Stripes Forever" John Philip Sousa
"Armed Forces Salute" Stephen Bulla and Brian Dix

Sweet! Two concerts back to back.... following this performance, there will be a Free Concert with the United States Marine Band at the Sylvan Theater
8:00pm - 10:00pm or so

Just a short distance from the WWII Memorial, at the Sylvan Stage, on the grounds of the Washington Monument,at 8:00pm there will be another free performance from the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band . Director, Colonel Michael J. Colburn, conducting Free, no tickets required. In case of inclement weather, call the Concert Information Line at (202) 433-4011 to find out if a concert has been cancelled.

National World War II Memorial

On The National Mall across from the Washington Monument on 17th St, NW between Constitution Ave & Independence Ave
Metro: not that close to any metro, closest one is Farragut West, walk down 17th St, it's about a15- minute walk from the metro, perhaps a bit more in the heat. You can also walk from Foggy Bottom.

PAST: ART: Opening Reception for new show at the Hill Center near Eastern Market THURS, June 14th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Opening Reception at the Hill Center Galleries for their New Exhibit
Thursday, June 14th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Opening Reception with the Artists at the Hill Center near Eastern Market. The new show features the work of eleven artists working in watercolor, acrylic, photography, glass, wood and metal, Hill Center Galleries presents contemporary works of art for all to enjoy. All pieces of art by featured artists are available for purchase. A selection of photographs by DC students working with Critical Exposure is also on display.

Included in this exhibition is a spectacular series of photographs of the Atacama Desert in Chile by Judith V. May, a new collection of paintings by Mongolian-born painter Damba Tsolmon, acrylic paintings by Paula Cleggett, Betsy Glassie, and Alan Braley, glass mosaic paintings by Sandi Martina, wall-hung wood sculptures by Tim Eggers and Rance Rupp, metal hanging sculptures by “Tex” Forrest, abstract digital photographs by Geoff Ault and natural wood birdhouses by Gordon Ritchie.

Regular Gallery Hours:
Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Fridays 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturdays 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sundays 12:00pm - 5:00pm

The Hill Center Galleries
(in the renovated civil-war-era Old Naval Hospital)
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Metro: Eastern Market

PAST: MUSIC: Chicago-based band The Hudson Branch plays at Bloombars this THURS, June 14th from 8:30pm - 10:30pm, All ages, by donation

Chicago-based band The Hudson Branch plays at Bloombars
Thursday, June 14th
8:30pm - 10:30pm
All ages, by donation

Coming to Bloombars this Thursday night is Chicago's The Hudson Branch, Third Coast International Artist Festival's Artist of the Year!

3222 11th St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north one block on 14th to Kenyon and turn right and walk three blocks to 11th and turn left. Bloombars is next door to Wonderland.

DJ Night: "Visa Free: A Night of Borderless Beats" at Zeba Bar with special guest DJ Zhao of Ngoma Sound System, from Berlin and other DJ's this THURS, June 14th from 9:00pm - 2:00am, Free, 21+

Anthology of Booty presents "Visa Free: A Night of Borderless Beats" at Zeba Bar with special guest DJ Zhao of Ngoma Sound System, from Berlin
Thursday, June 14th
9:00pm - 2:00am
Free, 21+

Anthology of Booty Presents:Visa Free: A Night of Borderless Beats with special guest DJ Zhao of Ngoma Sound System, Berlin "Anthology of Booty DJs: rat, bent, mothershiester, natty boom, and trash/ inda nile. Non-stop nomadic beats: Afro-Electro, Zulu-House, Kuduro, Coupe Decale, Egyptian Dub, Funky Bashment, Darbuka Dancehall, Cumbia Digitale and Global Bass."

Zeba Bar
3423 14th St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, north on 14th about 4 blocks, past Meridian Pl on the right side of the street

Monday, January 9, 2012

PAST: ART: Milena Spasic's "Kosovo Series" at the Washington Studio School in Dupont MON, Jan 9th - FRI, Feb 10th, Free

Milena Spasic's "Kosovo Series" 
On view at the Washington Studio School
Monday, January 9th - Friday, February 10th

Washington Studio School is pleased to exhibit the paintings of DC artist Milena Spasic. 

2129 S St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle.

PAST: "Liana Finck: The Bintel Brief " at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue WED, Jan 11th - FRI, March 2nd, Free

Liana Finck: The Bintel Brief  on view at Sixth & I
Wednesday, January 11th - Friday, March 2nd

The exhibit showcases pieces from Liana Finck’s upcoming graphic novel based on The Jewish Daily Forward’s “Bintel Brief” advice column. Through the column, young immigrants sought advice on a variety of heartbreaking and absurd dilemmas. Finck’s illustrations capture these letters as seen from the point of view of a narrator – an omniscient but relatively helpless columnist inspired by the Forward’s founding editor, Abraham Cahan.

Liana Finck graduated from Cooper Union and received a Fulbright Fellowship to Brussels to write a graphic novel about Georges Remi, the creator of the beloved comic book character Tintin. She is a recipient of the prestigious Six Points Fellowship, a two-year grant for emerging Jewish artists.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
600 I St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown, you can also take the Circulator bus, Union Station-Georgetown Route, from lots of stops along K St downtown to 5th & Mass.

PAST: ART: Honfleur Gallery presents "Visual Audio: Inquiries Into Found Media" FRI, Jan 13th - FRI, Feb 24th, Free

"Visual Audio" On view at Honfleur
Friday, January 13th  - Friday, February 24th

Honfleur Gallery's newest exhibit, "Visual Audio: Inquiries Into Found Media," is a collaboration by Radio Transmission Ark and the Vernacular Preservation Society that combines atmospheric sounds, writings, drawings and more from the surrounding Anacostia community.

Note: While in the area you should also swing by Vivid to check out their new photography exhibition, just a few blocks away from Honfleur.

Honfler Gallery
1241 Good Hope Rd, SE
Metro: Closest reached by bus, you can take the new Circulator express bus, which you can catch from the Eastern Market Metro or you can walk from the Anacostia Metro.

PAST: ART: "Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings" and "Let's Eat! Works from the GW Permanent Collection" at GWU's Luther Brady Gallery, WED, Dec 7th - FRI, Feb 17th, Free

Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings
On view Wednesday, January 11th - Friday, February 17th

The center piece of the Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings exhibition is a large 5 ft. x 4 ft. wall drawing created on site especially for the gallery. The show includes more than 30 drawings of subjects drawn from ordinary life, which he portrays using a mechanical line. On January 10, 2012, the artist created a large wall drawing in the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. This video was created by William Atkins and Christopher Boyes from the Office of External Relations.

Let's Eat! Works from the GW Permanent Collection
2nd floor cases
On View Wednesday, December 7th - Friday, February 10th

This exhibition is produced in conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Museums & Gardens campaign and GW's Urban Food Task Force. Pairing paintings, sculptures, and prints from GW's notable permanent collection with healthy recipes related to their subjects, this exhibit hopes to demonstrate how small changes in one's diet can make a difference.
All of the recipes are available online: Let's Eat Recipes

Luther Brady Art Gallery
2nd Floor Casings
805 21st St, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom

PAST: ART: Solo Show for Mike Weber at Long View Gallery THURS, Jan 19th - SUN, Feb 19th, Free

Long View Gallery Opening for LA-based Artist Mike Weber
Thursday, January 19th - Sunday, February 19th

"Mike Weber spent his childhood exploring rural farmland outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Like any inquisitive child, he was drawn to investigate the abandoned homesteads that dotted the landscape. These forgotten buildings, full of history and littered with hints of their grandiose past, left a lasting impression on the youngster. Recalling his experiences in these abandoned homes brings up mysterious childhood emotions for Weber." See pdf invite.

View press release to read more.

Long View Gallery
1234 9th St NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center

PAST: "Year's End / New Beginnings " at Zenith Gallery at Chevy Chase Pavilllion in Friendship Heights, TUES, Dec 1st - SAT, Feb 25th, Free

Year's End / New Beginnings 
at Zenith Gallery at Chevy Chase Pavilllion
Tuesday, December 1st - Saturday, February 25th

This mixed-media show commemorates the clever ingenuity of artists and salutes the whimsical spirit of the visual arts. The show features works by artists: Fabiano Amin, Justin Beller, Brooke Fierce Bronner, Jay Burch, Eric Ehlenberger, Stephen Hansen, Peter Kephart, Joan Konkel, Michael Madzo, Chris Malone, Karen Starika, Bradley Stevens, Cassie Taggart and Ken Wyner. Art will also be displayed throughout Chevy Chase Pavilion.

second level next to Embassy Suites
5335 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Metro: Friendship Heights

PAST: ART: "30 Americans" features works by African American Artists (Rubell Family Collection) at the Corcoran, Oct 1st - SUN, Feb 12th, $10, $8

30 Americans now on view at the Corcoran - from the Rubell Family Collection
Saturday, October 1st - Sunday, February 12th, 2012
$10 general, $8 seniors 62+/students with valid ID, members/ those under 12, free

Pictured: Kehinde Wiley, Sleep, 2008. Oil on canvas, 132 x 300 inches. Rubell Family Collection, Miami. - Saw this in person and it is really impressive - an incredibly large canvas.

"30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. Provocative and confrontational, this exhibition focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture, and explores the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations."

Gallery Hours:

Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
10:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday - open late!
10:00am - 9:00pm

500 17th St, NW - near E St
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut North, walk about ten minutes or so down 17th

Sunday, January 1, 2012

PAST: FESTIVAL: The 6th Columbia Heights Day is this SAT, Oct 6th from 10:00am - 6:00pm, Free

Columbia Heights Day! Performances, Vendors, Food Trucks and More - Family Friendly Event
Saturday, October 6th
10:00am - 6:00pm
view schedule of events, connect on facebook

The 6th Annual Columbia Heights Day will take place at Harriet Tubman Elementary Field, and will feature live music, food trucks and more than 60 local businesses and nonprofits. There is also a KidsZone activity area for families with a petting zoo, games, arts and crafts and special performances.

Some highlights: Quiet Mind Yoga Workshop at 10:00am, Cupcake Eating Contest at 2:00pm, Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project plays at 1:00pm, DanceEthos Modern Dance Company performs at 1:30pm, and BloomBars presents, Ella at 2:00pm.

Tubman Elementary Field
3101 13th St, NW
enter on Kenyon St between 11th and 13th streets
Metro: Columbia Heights, and walk 1 block north to Kenyon, turn right and walk 2 blocks

PAST: ART: "My Barbarian" Video Performance by the Broke Peeople's Barooque People's Theater at Transofrmer on P St from SAT, Sept 22nd - SAT, Nov 10th, Free

"My Barbarian:"Broke People's Baroque People's Theater: Flat Busted Wig Beauty Window Fatale" at Transformer on P St
Saturday, September 22nd - Saturday, November 10th

Video of performance art on view, see image to the right. My Barbarian, Shakuntala DuBois, HD Video, 30 minutes, 2012. Read more here.

Artist Talk and Closing Reception for "My Barbarian" at Transformer on P St
Saturday, November 10th

Open: Tuesday - Saturday
1:00pm - 7:00pm

1404 P St, NW
Metro: McPherson Sq or U St and walk or take the Circulator bus one stop along 14th to P St./ RI Ave

PAST: FILM: "Who You Gonna' Call?" this SAT, Oct 27th at the Arisphere Dome Theatre "Ghostbusters" (of course!) 8:00pm, $8

Screening of "Ghostbusters" - in theme with Halloween
at Artisphere's Dome Theatre
Saturday, October 27th

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as a quartet of Manhattan-based "paranormal investigators." When their government grants run out, they go into business as The Ghostbusters. Armed with electronic paraphernalia, the team is spectacularly successful, ridding The Big Apple of dozens of ghoulies, ghosties and long-legged beasties.

Artisphere - Dome Theatre
1101 Wilson Blvd  - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn, short walk, turn right to get to Wilson and turn left, domed building on the left less than a block down

PAST: PHOTOGRAPHY: Panel discussion at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on the book "Photography Changes Everything" WED, Sept 12th from 7:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Panel discussion at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on the book "Photography Changes Everything"
Wednesday, September 12th
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Photography Changes Everything, a new book from the Smithsonian and the Aperture Foundation, uses the visual assets of the museum to explore how photographs impact our culture and our lives. Join Marvin Heiferman, editor, Bruce Hoffman, director of security studies at Georgetown University, and Philip Kennicott, art and architecture critic of the Washington Post, for a discussion moderated by Merry Foresta, founding director of the SI Photography Initiative.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level
between 7th & 9th St and F and G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown 

PAST: MUSIC: "Music and art from the Czech new wave" with Violinist and Lecturer at the NGA East Building on WED, Sept 26th from 12:10pm - 1:00pm. Free

Thomas Sully  Lady with a Harp: Eliza Ridgely, 1818 
Gift of Maude Monell Vetlesen, from NGA website
Music and art from the Czech new wave at the NGA
Wednesday, September 26th
12:10pm - 1:00pm

Barbora Kolarova, violinist and Andrea Rousova, lecturer. See concert notes (pdf 113k)

National Gallery of Art
4th & Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Judiciary Sq

PAST: PERFORMANCE: "Fire Pit of Horror!" with WSC Avant Bard at Lubber Run Park in Arlington, followed by After-Party, Costumes encouraged! SAT, Oct 27th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, After-party 8:30pm, Free

Fire Pit of Horror! with WSC Avant Bard at Lubber Run Park in Arlington followed by After-party
Saturday, October 27th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
After-party starts at 8:30pm
Costumes encouraged!
Free, RSVP requested
Click image to view larger, View facebook invite

Join WSC Avant Bard this Saturday at Arlington's Lubber Run Park Fire Ring to listen to the beating of the Tell-Tale Heart and cringe at the echoing footsteps of the approaching Beast. Experience 60 minutes of the greatest tales from gothic horror literature as WSC Avant Bard company members bring to life the works of Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft.

Following the readings, keep your costume on and join WSC Avant Bard at the Halloween After-party in support of our 23rd Season! Flyers with directions will be available at the Fire Ring. To attend the After party only, email WSCAvantBard@sarabarker.com. In lieu donations, WSC Avant Bard requests attendees to both events to purchase tickets to the first show of their 23rd season: Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author..

Lubber Run Park 
N. Columbus St. & 2nd St. N. Arlington, VA (map)
Metro: Ballston and walk about 20 minutes (walking map), just over a mile, or take a taxi, about 5 min drive. You can also take the 4H or 4B bus to Seven Corners from Rosslyn, get out at N. Park Drive & Arlington Blvd.

PAST: KIDS: Halloween Special, Costume Friendly day at the College Park Aviation Museum "Haunted Hanger" this SAT, Oct 27th from 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Free with Admission $4 general, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18, free for those under 2

Costumes welcome! "Haunted Hangar" at the College Park Aviation Museum 
Saturday, October 27th
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with admission
$4 general, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18, free for those under 2

Wear your costume and enjoy fun fall themed activities at the museum. Explore the museum gallery and all of its hidden haunts. Arts, crafts, hayrides, and spooky fun are waiting for kids and families. 

College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr. - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park, short walk from the metro

PAST: ART: Closing Party & Artist Talk with ULTRA at The Fridge this SUN, Oct 28th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Free

Artist Talk with ULTRA + Closing Party for ULTRA and Laura Elkins
at The Fridge, near Eastern Market
Sunday, October 28th
1:00pm - 3:00pm

This Sunday at 1:00pm, ULTRA will talk about his history as an artist starting out in 1981 at the age of 16, his influences and the evolution of his style over time. While there, check out his first solo show “quiet walks in dangerous places”  a series of all new portraits using his signature lean, angular style.  

At 2:00pm, ULTRA and Laura Elkins will have a closing party for quiet walks in dangerous places and Packin' Heat Talkin' Dirty. ULTRA’s portraits are inspired by the people he has seen while working in the early morning hours on the streets of DC. ULTRA has previously shown work at the Smithsonian, MOCA Gallery, Workhouse Gallery, Art Whino, Lamont Bishop Gallery, Torpedo Factory, and more. 

Read more in these write ups: ULTRA and Laura were featured in Roll Call and We Love DC. You can also see this one, covering the same event: quiet walks in dangerous places...

The Fridge 
516 1/2 8th St, SE 
Metro: Eastern Market, walk to the right on 8th St just over a block or so, turn into the alley after Belga Cafe, across from matchbox.

PAST: ARTIST TALK: Discussion with Artist Nana Bagdavadze at the Arts Club of Washington this WED, Sept 26th at 6:30pm, Free

Artist Discussion - Nana Bagdavadze
at the Arts Club of Washington
Wednesday, September 26th

Join artist Nana Bagdavadze in a discussion on how her personal experiences and familial connections caused her to embrace the ideas and imagery of science in her work. Nana will share her passionate quest to uncover the hidden beauty of the genetic world, as well as her use of the iconic DNA structure in her pieces.

The Arts Club of Washington
2017 I St, NW
Metro: Farragut West

PAST: STORYTELLING: This Sunday night Story League heads to Shirlington for their Story Contest VA Edition on the Theme of "My Fifteen Minutes: Stories About Brushes with Fame and the Famous" at Busboys and Poets in VA, SUN, Oct 28th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, All ages, $10

Story League presents Story Contest VA: My 15 Minutes
"Stories About Brushes with Fame and the Famous"
at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington, VA
Sunday, October 28th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tickets $10 online, no service fee

Story League Contests now happen in Virginia at the Shirlington location of our partners Busboys and Poets. Come out to support the art of bringing true personal stories to the stage OR throw your name in to win $100 for the best story of the night on the theme "My 15 Minutes: Stories About Brushes with Fame and the Famous." Submit your 100-word story synopsis here or fill out a card at the show.

Three judges will consider all story submissions before the contest begins and decide which 9 they most wish to hear. Tellers have a maximum of 7 minutes to tell a true, personal story. At 6 minutes you will receive a signal that you only have 1 minute left. No notes or props may be used onstage. The winner will be announced at the end of the night and will receive $100 cash as a prize. The audience will also select its favorite! The winners of our monthly contests go on to compete in Tournaments where the prize jumps to $250.

Busboys and Poets - Shirlington 
4251 S. Campbell Ave -  Arlington, VA
Metro: Pentagon and go to Bus Bay U3 take the 25A bus toward Ballston to S Arlington Mill Dr & S Randolph St and walk a short distance (a block west on S Arlington Mill Dr, left on Campbell Ave) or get off at Pentagon City and take a cab, about 5 min, $10 or less (great if you can share with other folks). You can see metro trip-planner for best bus options. 

PAST: STPPFest ......

Video Embed (html):
STPP Festival 2012 from Benjamin Payes on Vimeo.
Sweet Tea/Pumpkin Pie Music Festival (STPPFest)
Over 200 Free Performances! 
Friday, October 5th - Sunday, October 7th

STPPFest. I know there are definitely a good handful of bands this year that you guys are going to dig during this massive music festival. AND, out of the 250+ bands playing...around 200 of them are playing venues that DO NOT HAVE A COVER CHARGE :)
Video Link: https://vimeo.com/49393687

STPPFEST (DC) is not SXSW but it is DC's biggest music festival; it's ambitious but loose; one man's vision, but supported by 250+ bands and fans from all over; it is raw and unconstrained (using venues/restaurants never really intended for music shows); and with a Carpark & Twin Lakes Records Showcase, performances by Conveyor and Il Abanico, tasty pies by Dangerously Delicious DC, and much, much more! Plus, this years festival is powered by Lagunitas (our official beer sponsor) and Deep Eddy Vodka (our official vodka).

This year's Sweet Tea/Pumpkin Pie Music Festival (STPPFest) is October 5 - 7, 2012, and organizer Dave Mann has been tirelessly piling it all in, like the filling of a pie: bands, sponsors, venues, press, fliers, shirts - and when you are working with 250+ bands, the excitement comes with fears that it might all be a shit show. But it will not fall flat. There will be more than enough diamonds in this impressive rough. Besides, no one else in DC is doing this kind of thing nowadays.
It's on! Please consider this unique event for your coverage. Thanks so much.

PAST: Highlights Post for more Free Arts & Culture events from CultureCapital.com for SAT, Oct 6th - SUN, Oct 7th, Free


Here are some more free arts and culture events this weekend from CultureCapital.coma super resource from the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington,which covers the Metro DC's vibrant arts community. Please click through the links for more details about the event and location.

You can also find more upcoming free events and exhibitions on view in the DC metro area on the customized Inside-Out page on their site designed especially for fans of Free in DC

Saturday, October 6th 

Afternoon - Art Opening in MD
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Join Deron DeCesare for the opening reception of his solo exhibition "Old World and New: Apart, Though Still a Part." Prints inspired by his recent travels to Italy as well as local scenes will be on display. Also on view: a special mezzotint exhibition in the Press Room curated by Aaron Coleman.
Washington Printmakers Gallery
8230 Georgia Avenue, 2nd Floor
Metro: Silver Spring

Curator's Talk at 5:00pm by Lincoln Mudd.
The Friday Group, Artists: Gordon Lyon, Jaclyn Martin, George Wedberg. Curator: Lincoln Mudd
Fisher Art Gallery at Schlesinger Hall & Arts Center
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro

PAST: ART: Craig Colorusso's "Sun Boxes" Special Outdoor Exhibit at various locations in Rosslyn this THURS, Oct 4th - SUN, Oct 6th, Free

Craig Colorusso: Sun Boxes at various outdoor locations around the Rosslyn Metro
Thursday, October 4th - Saturday, October 6th

To commemorate Artisphere's 2-year anniversary, artist Craig Coleman will be activating various public spaces around Rosslyn with a work entitled Sun Boxes. 

A solar powered sound installation, Sun Boxes is comprised of twenty speakers, each equipped with solar panels. When heard together, Sun Boxes transform outdoor spaces into a walk-through sonic landscape. Come experience Rosslyn's green spaces in a new way and chat with the artist, who will be on site throughout the anniversary weekend, to learn about his process.

Here is where you can find Sun Boxes:
Thursday, October 4th 
11:30am - 6:00pm 
Le Meridien Hotel Outdoor Plaza
Friday, October 5th 
11:30am - 6:00pm
Freedom Park at Artisphere

Saturday, October 6th 
11:30am - 6:00pm
Central Space (across from Rosslyn Metro)
1101 Wilson Blvd - in Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn, turn right when you exit metro, left on Wilson and look for the domed building

PAST: FAIR: The Mycological Asssociation hosts a family friendly Mushroom Fair from this SUN, Oct 7th at Brookside Gardens in MD, not too far from the Glenmont Metro, from 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Free

The Mushroom Fair at Brookside Gardens
Sunday, October 7th
12:00pm - 5:00pm
All ages, Free

Join the Mycological Association of Washington (MAW) this Sunday at the Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Md., for a day of family friendly forays, cooking demonstrations, scientific lectures, and other fun activities - all featuring nature’s great recycler: the humble mushroom. If you haven't been here before, it is a beautiful park, with lots of beautiful spaces. I was there for a wedding once. It's in MD, under a mile from the Glenmont metro.

Brookside Gardens, visitors center
1800 Glenallan Ave - Wheaton, MD
Metro: Glenmont, walk from metro (see map) is just under a mile, about 17 minutes, or take a taxi

PAST: HALLOWEEN: Zombie Fest! Get $10 advance tickets to this Zombie themed Halloween event at the Half Street Fairgrounds this SAT, Oct 27th from 6:00pm - 11:00pm, $10 online, $20 at the door, 21+

Zombie Fest at Half Street Fairgrounds 
Saturday, October 27th
6:00pm - 11:00pm
$20 but you can get $10 tickets through Living Social if you buy them soon!
See invite for lots more info about the event!
Cash bar and food trucks available on site

This event was created by the Arlington Drafthouse and Art Whino and will include a Zombie Dance Party with Black Cat's Resident DJ Lil'e, Zombie Filmfest, Zombie Obstacle Course and Zombie Factory to turn you into a zombie. Schedule outline: Event opens at 6:00pm, Zombie themed Movies, Games and a Zombie Factory from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, drink specials for those dressed as Zombies, Classic Zombie movies, a Zombie Obstacle Course, live music and Zombie Dance Party 9:00pm - 11:00pm.

Half Street Fairgrounds
1299 Half St, SE
Metro: Navy Yard

PAST: FILM: Outdoor Screening of the 1993 classic "The Pelican Brief" as part of the U Street Movie Series, Final Screening of the Series, WED, Sept 26th around 8:00pm, Free

U Street Movie Wednesday September 26 – Pelican Brief
Final Film of the Series
Wednesday, September 26th
movie starts at dark, around 8:00pm
Rain date October 3rd 

The final film in the U St Harrison Recreation Movie Series this year will take place at Harrison Recreation Center, on V Street between 13th and 14th Streets, NW. Screening of The Pelican Brief, the 1993 classic film that features Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington where a law student writing a brief on the assassinations of two Supreme Court justices, finds bullets flying in her direction and she turns to a reporter for help. This features scenes in our own’s Ben Chili Bowl on U Street.

Local businesses Marvin, The Gibson, Patty Boom Boom, and Blackbyrd are providing a DJ starting at 7:00pm. Screening begins after sundown (at around 8:00pm). All movies are shown outdoors in a family-friendly environment and are free and open to the public. You may want to bring a blanket to sit on, and sweater/coat to keep warm. Sorry, dogs are not allowed in the park. 

Outside of the Harrison Recreation Center
V St between 13th & 14th
Metro: U St 

PAST: ART: "Color Sphere" at The Art League in Old Town Alexandria, VA from WED, Oct 3rd - MON, Nov 5th, Free

"Color Sphere" on view at The Art League Gallery in Old Town Alexandria
Wednesday, October 3rd -  Monday, November 5th

Color is most often used for the literal representation of the visual world, but it can be so much more than that. In this juried exhibit, Art League artists explore the use and meaning of color, its capacity to communicate, and the power it can exercise.

at the Torpedo Factory
105 North Union Street
Metro: King St,  take the Alexandria Dash Bus #2 or #5, eastbound or the free King Street Trolley which runs every 20 minutes, to Union Street, from 11:30am - 10:00pm.

PAST: STORYTELLING: "Tales from the Crypt" Storytelling event at Pleasant Plains Workshop SUN, Oct 28th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, All ages, no cover noted

"Tales from the Crypt" Storytelling event at Pleasant Plains Workshop, in conjunction with "Low Moments"
Sunday, October 28th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, no cover noted

"Time to dust off your skeletons in the closet and tell us your depest darkest art stories! We will have flashlights on hand for 'upshadowing' your face while you weave your tales of low moments or funny stories from your artistic careers. Exorcise your demons! This is an open mic event, but you can come even if you don't want to tell a story!"

Pleasant Plains Workshop
2608 Georgia Ave, NW
between Euclid and Fairmont
Metro: Columbia Heights 

PAST: FILM: BloomScreen presents the 2004 Portuguese Film "The Murmuring Coast (A Costa dos Murmúrios)" followed by a Discussion, at BloomBars this TUES, Dec 4th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, by donation

BloomScreen presents: The Murmuring Coast
Tuesday, December 4th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
by donation, suggested $10
RSVP requested, but not required
Free refreshments and popcorn provided.

Bloombars, in association with the Instituto Camoes and The Embassy of Portugal, is proud to present monthly Portuguese language film screenings. The Murmuring Coast (A Costa dos Murmúrios) (2004, 120 min, Portuguese w/ English subtitles.Warning: brief nudity) – Margarida Cardoso’s stunning drama, set against the backdrop of the Portugal–Mozambique war of the late '60's; and based on a famous novel by Lidia Jorge. After the screening, there will be a discussion led by Iane Campos-Siddique, organizer of the Washington Portuguese Language Meetup and a university Adjunct Lecturer in Portuguese.

About the film: "At the end of the 60s, Evita arrives in Mozambique and finds herself in a country devastated by the colonial war with Portugal. She is to marry Luís who is doing his military service. When Luís leaves to fight, Evita is left alone wandering around the city where she starts discovering how violence changes men … and also her husband. Lost in a world that is not hers, Evita becomes aware of the violence of a colonial age coming to an end. A time of war, loss and guilt."

3222 11th St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block, turn right on Kenyon, left on 11th

PAST: FILM: BloomScreen presents "The Big Banana" TUES, Oct 16th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, All ages, by donation, Discussion to follow, Free popcorn and refreshments provided

Tuesday, October 16th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation
Discussion to follow
Free popcorn and refreshments provided

Banned in Cameroon, this film shows conditions behind banana plantations... and you'll have a chance to learn more about where we get some of our fruit. Film followed by discussion.
3222 11th St, NW - just north of Kenyon, next to Wonderland
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon and turn right, and turn left at 11th

PAST: MEDITATION: The Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, MD hosts a "Be The Peace" Meditation Hour this FRI, Sept 21st from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Free, RSVP requested

The Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, MD hosts a "Be The Peace" Meditation Hour
Globally Synchronized Meditation Event
Friday, September 21st
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Free, RSVP requested

The  Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, MD invites you to join them this Friday night as they participate in “Be the Peace” event, one of the largest globally-synchronized meditation and prayer events in history! Watch a short video about the event.

In celebration of the International Day of Peace, hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals worldwide will join together as One for a worldwide “Be The Peace” event. “Be The Peace” will feature public meditation/prayer events in over 380 cities worldwide!

The Meditation Museum is a unique space in Silver Spring, MD that invites visitors to reflect on the quality of their thoughts, their lives and the world around them.

8236 Georgia Ave - Silver Spring, MD 
Metro: Silver Spring, or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to the end of the line in Silver Spring, less than a half a mile, about a 10 minute walk from the metro, see walking map walk north on Colesville to Wayne, right on Wayne, right on Georgia Ave walk toward the intersection of Georgia & Thayer. 

PAST: FILM: October means Halloween Time and Scary Movies are hitting the Screen, Indie Horror Film "Alpha Girls" Late Night Screening at the E St Cinema SAT, Oct 6th at 11:55pm + film makers will be present, $10

Late Night Screening "Alpha Girls" at E St
Saturday, October 6th

I normally don't post stuff like this but it is October and Halloween is just around the corner so I figured I'd give a mention to this bloody, witchcraft, demonic, soririty chics film. The Alpha Girls film makers are doing a tour of their DIY horror film "Alpha Girls" and they'll be in DC at the E Street Cinema this Saturday. If you're in the mood, you can check out the trailer here.
E Street Cinema
555 11th St, NW
Metro: Metro Center or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to 11th & E

PAST: ART: Watch Beth Baldwin, Artist-in-residence at the Artisphere, work live on her recycled art projects WED - SAT during her Studio Hours, from WED, May 16th - SUN, Nov 11th, Free

Beth Baldwin: Artist-in-residence at the Artisphere
Wednesday, May 16th - Sunday, November 11th
Baldwin will be working on site: 
Wednesday - Fridays
6:00pm - 10:00pm
12:00pm - 6:00pm

Artisphere selected local artist Beth Baldwin for a six month artist-in-residency from May through November 2012. In a 500 square foot studio located off of Artisphere's main entrance lobby, Baldwin will create her one-of-a-kind animals and houses made from recycled materials in full view of the public eye. Patrons are welcome and encouraged to walk through her studio, watch her work and ask questions during her residency hours: Wednesdays-Fridays from 6pm-10pm and Saturdays from Noon-6pm. Baldwin will also be selling her unique creations.

1101 Wilson Blvd - in Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn, turn right from metro and left on Wilson, look for the domed building on the left

PAST: MUSIC + TEA: Christylez hosts another Washington Sound Museum, XVI edition, with Ballad've, at BloomBars on SAT, Nov 24th from 7:00pm - 10:00pm, All ages, by donation

Saturday, November 24th
7:00pm - 10:00pm
All ages, by donation, $15 suggested

7:00pm teatime, 8:00pm show

BloomBars is always by donation and no one is turned away due to lack of funds. Please donate as you are able as the proceeds support the space. 

Progressive Hip-Hop meets world music over tea! Featuring: Christylez Bacon, Progressive Hip-Hop Artist and Ballad've.

Washington Sound Museum is a cross-cultural collaborative music experience, a monthly intimate celebration of music and beverage, in partnership with Christylez Bacon & BloomBars. The purpose of the event is to introduce audiences to a variety of musical genres while bringing them together each month through collaboration. At 7:00pm, prior to the performance, patrons can enjoy a tea reception on the upper level of the Bloombar’s building. Each month, a different tea will be featured along with a presentation that gives a brief history of the tea and some little known facts and trivia.

3222 11th St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk up 14th to Kenyon and turn right, left on 11th

PAST: FILM: Screening of "Willow Springs" at the Goethe this MON, Dec 3rd at 6:30pm $7, $4 reduced

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Film Screening of Willow Springs
Monday, December 3rd
$7, $4 reduced buy tickets

About the film: Three women living in blissful isolation in the California desert find their communal life threatened by the arrival of a strange man. Willow Springs shares with Ingmar Bergman's Persona (1966) and Robert Altman's 3 Women (1977) a kind of surreal, dreamlike humor, and similarly hints at fractured or interchangeable female identities.

812 7th St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or take the Union Station - Georgetown line to Mass Ave & 7th

PAST: Exhibit: "Titanic: 100 Year Obsession" at National Geographic THURS, March 29th extended through SUN, Sept 9th! Open 10:00am - 6:00pm daily, $8 general, $6 students, seniors, military, members, $4 for kids 5-12

An image of the Titanic’s bow.
Photograph by Emory Kristof
On view at National Geographic
Titanic: 100 Year Obsession
Extended, on view now - Sunday, September 9th
Original dates: Thursday, March 29th - Sunday, July 8th
10:00am - 6:00pm daily
$8 general, $6 students, seniors, military, members
$4 kids 5-12, Free for school and youth groups 18 and under

National Geographic was the first to unveil images of the wreck discovered by National Geographic explorer Robert Ballard in 1985. Take a new look, from its historic beginnings to the latest research, at the ship that has captured the world's imagination since she sank on April 15, 1912. Explore an intricately detailed 18-foot model of the ship and the latest imagery by National Geographic explorer James Cameron of the wreck on the ocean floor.

National Geographic Museum
1145 17th St, NW
Metro: Farragut North or take the S2 or S4 bus, along 16th St, or the 42 bus, along Connecticut Ave, to M St.