Saturday, June 30, 2012

Due to storm, the power was out where I was last night and today and I was unable to update the site - back online now, apologies for any confusion this may have caused

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Edvard Munch Show on view at the NGA West Building, suggested activity for SUN, June 30th Thanks to Gravy - a Great New App and Online Resource for Events in DC

Here are some Highlights for Free events this Week from the new local events calendar and App Gravy - now an online site too!
organized by date and time
Free, and in DC, unless otherwise noted

Gravy is new events app for iPhone and Android that helps you find events nearby!

You can also save events and select to have them saved directly to your own personal calendar on your iPhone (personally love that option) and if you want to search by what you are in the mood for you can search by five Categories - Whatever, Lively, Classy, Brainy and Playtime - and currently trending events. Best of all, the App is free and you can download it here!

They've also introduced new "channels" - such as Live Music, Free & Discounted, Happy Hours, Family Friendly, Around the Corner and more - which can help you to tap into specific types of things going on around you. You can find them in your MyStuff section. Select free events this week, organized by start time, below!

Sunday, June 30th

Exhibit on view at the National Gallery of Art
On view May 19th - July 28th
The National Gallery of Art marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch, Norway's most famed painter and printmaker, with an exhibition of more than 20 renowned works on paper from the Gallery's collection. This exhibit includes Geschrei (The Scream) (1895), The Madonna (1895), and a unique series of six variant impressions, Two Women on the Shore (1898).
National Gallery of Art
Ground Floor of the West Building
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

PAST: PARTY: City Bikes' "Party like it's 1988" 25th Anniversary Bash and Giveaway this SUN, June 30th from 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

City Bikes' "Party like it's 1988" Anniversary Bash and Giveaway
Sunday, June 30th
5:00pm - 9:00pm

Celebrate 25 years of City Bikes this Sunday and party like it's 1988 as they take over all four floors of the City Bikes building in Adams Morgan with 80s-inspired live bands, DJs, bike portraits, slinky races and more! They'll also be announcing the winner of our "Ride Like It's 1988" custom bike giveaway. Stop by any one of their three locations between now and June 30th to enter the "Ride Like It's 1988" custom bike giveaway. Celebrate City Bikes silver anniversary—glitter, anyone?—with City Bikes staff, customers and friends. It's their way of saying Thank You.
More info about the giveaway on the City Bikes site

*Win a brand new Specialized Vita or Sirrus (regularly a $619 value, on sale now for $569), customized with 80s flair. Any purchase at one of our City Bikes locations between now and June 30th automatically enters you to win. Or visit us on the day of the party (6/30) at our Adams Morgan store. No purchase necessary, see store for details.
City Bikes
2501 Champlain St NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus, or the 42 bus from Dupont, to Onatario Rd stop by the Safeway/Chief Ikes if coming from 14 & Columbia.

PAST: Learn What's up with the Dupont Underground at The Wydown, a new coffee spot on U St, this SUN, June 30th from 11:00am - 3:00pm, Free

Dupont Underground at The Wydown, new spot on U St 
Sunday, June 30th
11:00am - 3:00pm

In case you aren't familiar with Dupont Underground - which has been vacant for a long time, Dupont Underground is a now a not-for-profit organization working to re-open the abandoned streetcar stations and tunnels underneath Dupont Circle into a center for arts, design, and innovative entrepreneurship. Join us and learn about the history of the former transit space, our plans for the future, and where we are now.

The Wydown Coffee Bar 
1320 U street NW
Metro: U Street

PAST: COMEDY: Glo's Glitter Comedy Showcase Part VI at Mova Lounge on 14th St, just north of U St, this SUN, June 30th at 6:00pm, doors 5:00pm, suggested donation $3-$5

Glo's Glitter Comedy Showcase Part VI
hosted by Glo at Mova Lounge
Sunday, June 30th
6:00pm, doors 5:00pm
Suggested donation $3-$5, RSVP requested on eventbrite, please type in GlosGlikterComedyshowcase 

Featuring: Sampson McCormick, Ray Diva, MS. Meme Manning, Ol Mike B, Jessica Brodkin, Ryan Schutt, Abe BArth, Ryan Downey and Chris Milner. Plus, DJ's and drink specials. 

MOVA Lounge D.C.
2204 14th St NW - just north of W St 
Metro: U St or take the Woodley Pk/14th St/McPherson Sq  Circulator bus to 14th & U or the 52 or 54 bus along 14th St to the stop closest to W or Florida Ave on 14th. 

PAST: ART: "It Was Written" featuring works from two DC Street Artists and Muralists, Aniekan Udofia and HKS 181 on view at the Fridge from FRI, June 7th - SUN, June 30th, Free

"It Was Written" works by Aniekan Udofia and HKS 181 at The Fridge
Friday, June 7th - Sunday, June 30th
Open from 1:00pm - 5:00pm on Sunday, June 30th

It Was Written will feature works from two of the greatest DC street artists and muralists HKS 181 and Aniekan Udofia. 
"Hip hop’s guiding principle of chronicling the culture of urban Americans has been replaced by an egocentric bravado rooted in fantasy. The paintings in the show are born out of the artists' desire to document the importance of the commonly shared narrative to hip hop music. HKS and Aniekan borrow lyrics from the likes of Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest and The Last Emperor to create inventive paintings that re-imagine these classic songs in the visual art arena."

The Fridge
516 1/2 8th St SE 
entrance is in the alley after Belga Cafe
Metro: Eastern Market, turn right on 8th St SE near the Starbucks, cross the street and walk about a block and a half or so, turn left into the alley after Belga Cafe across from matchbox/

PAST: ART: "Wilmer Wilson IV: The Forever Aftermath" at the Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA from WED, April 3rd - SUN, June 30th, Free

Wilmer Wilson IV: The Forever Aftermath at the Artisphere
On view Wednesday, April 3rd - Sunday, June 30th

"Seizing on a dynamic moment in D.C. performance art, Wilmer Wilson IV: the FOREVER Aftermath culminates Wilmer Wilson IV's performance art series Henry "Box" Brown: FOREVER, and provides a forum for other DC-area artists to explore the evolution of performance as an art form. The exhibit and forums focus on the aftermath of performance art. On display is a rotating selection of documentation and detritus from the Henry "Box" Brown: FOREVER performances, which were commissioned by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities."

Artist in Residence Studio
1101 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn, turn right when exiting metro, left on Wilson and walk a block or so, on the left side

PAST: ART: Exhibit at The Coupe features works by Leticia Grosz and Veronica Melendez throughout the month of June

Leti and Vero's Art on view at The Coupe
Monday, June 10th - Sunday, June 30th

The June exhibit at The Coupe in Columbia Heights features works by Leticia Grosz and Veronica Melendez.

The Coupe
3415 11th St NW
at Monroe, one block north of Park
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th, turn right on Park and left on 11th, cross the street

Friday, June 29, 2012

PAST: FILM + DISCUSSION: Special Saturday BloomScreen featuring "The Face of Birth" a documentary about women who choose homebirths, followed by a discussion, this SAT, June 29th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm at BloomBars, by donation

Saturday, June 29th
12:00pm - 2:00pm
by donation, supports BloomBars and the non-profit Mamatoto Village
Popcorn and Refreshments provided 

BloomBars and the Village Birth Co-op host a screening and discussion on birth choice. The Face of Birth: Where the Personal Gets Political (2012, 90 min - view trailer), by Gavin Banks and Kate Gorman, is a documentary about families that choose to give birth at home, and about respecting and protecting a woman's right to choose how, where and with whom she gives birth.  Read more about the film on the invite. The screening will be followed by a discussion with natural childbirth advocates from the DC Metropolitan region, moderated by doula-in-training, Tsedaye Makonnen. They will discuss the importance of encouraging expectant mothers and their partners to choose their own birth experiences.

Donations will help to support Village Birth Co-op's Mamatoto Village - starting this fall -  in providing free doula services and support to DC teen moms throughout their pregnancy, birth and postpartum period.

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

PAST: "Howlers and Growlers" Fundraiser & Adoption event at DC Brau Brewery this SAT, June 29th from 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Free, 21+

"Howlers and Growlers" Fundraiser & Adoption event at DC Brau! 
Saturday, June 29th
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free,  21+

Come on out to the 2nd "Growlers and Howlers" fundraiser and adoption event at DC Brau! Enjoy a free tour of the DC-based brewery and try some beer samples... and meet some adoptable dogs. DC Brau will be taking donations on site for City Dogs Rescue. Anyone who donates $30 will receive a free Growler from DC Brau as a thank you.

Note: The DC Brau brewery is located behind the post office. You will need to go down the alley and turn right. Please be mindful of where you are parking, and don't park in spaces reserved for other businesses.

DC Brau Brewery
3178 Bladensburg Rd NE - near Eastern Ave (map)
Metro: Not near any metro station but accessible by bus - see metro trip-planner for best bus access from where you are coming from - or get there by car, sidecar, car2go, zipcar, taxi, bikeshare or bike.

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Three more Free events this SAT, June 29th! Clothing Swap near NoMa 10:30am - 2:00pm, Jazz with John Eaton in McLean, VA 1:00pm - 3:00pm & Serenade! Choral Festival features Choir Performances from 2:00pm - 4:00pm at Church in Old Town Alexandria, VA

Serenade! Choral Festival continues in Alexandria, VA
Saturday, June 29th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Free, RSVP Requested

An international choral concert featuring the Latvian Voices (Latvia), Dong Choir (China), Florida's Singing Sons' Boychoir (USA), and Australian Voices SIX (Australia).

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
228 South Pitt St -  Alexandria, VA
Metro: King Street, one mile from the metro (see walking map), you can walk down King toward the Waterfront or catch any of the buses or the free trolley that run down King St to get you closer.

PAST: MURAL SHOW: Hole in the Sky hosts a Mural Show featuring 20+ DC Artists this SAT, June 29th from 7:00pm - 11:00pm, Free, $5 donation appreciated

Hole in the Sky hosts a Mural Show featuring 20+ DC Artists! Saturday, June 29th
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Free, $5 donation appreciated

Hole in the Sky has invited 20+ DC artists (see the list of artists) to each paint 4'x8' wall panels to deck out their space. All of the murals will be available for sale and artists will be on hand to chat with you. This is also a fundraiser to help Hole in the Sky make some improvements to their space so a donation of $5 is requested. Some of the artists whose work will be on view include a few people I know personally, Emma.G.O'Rourke and Gordon Davis.

Hole in the Sky
2110 5th St NE -- 2nd Floor
Note: The entrance is a bit tricky cause it's in an alley between 4th + 5th and V + W. Here's a map.
Metro: Rhode Island Ave (see walking map), walk is about .5 miles, maybe ten minutes. Directions: Walk to the left on RI Ave, turn left on 5th St, right on W St, and turn left into the alley between 5th and 4th St. (P.S. According to their note, if a dog barks at you when you're in the alley, please don't be scared.)

PAST: Celebrate Unity in Diversity at Unity Park in Adams Morgan on SAT, June 29th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Free

Celebrate Unity in Diversity at Unity Park
Saturday, June 29th
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Enjoy Music, Poetry, Art, Games and connect with neighbors and people in the Adams Morgan community. Find out about Adams Morgan developments and developments around the City. "More importantly, bring your love for Adams Morgan and our diverse families. Come meet neighbors and get arty." Euclid & Champlain Streets NW right by City Bikes.

Unity Park
Columbia Rd at Champlain
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator to Ontario Rd stop by the Safeway or take the 42 bus from Dupont Circle

Thursday, June 28, 2012

PAST: MUSIC: Final Free event as part of the 2013 National Orchestral Institute and Festival will be an Open Rehearsal with Alan Pierson on FRI, June 28th from 9:30am - 12:00pm, Free

2013 National Orchestral Institute and Festival at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, UMD
Free events below
Thursday, June 6th - Saturday, June 29th

Final Free Open Rehearsal
Open Rehearsal with Alan Pierson
​Friday, June 28th 9:30am - 12:00pm

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
at the University of Maryland
Metro: College Park, see transit options and additional directions here

PAST: ART: Two Exhibits Celebrating Jazz! Honfleur Gallery presents "Figures in Jazz" + "Unsung Jazz" upstairs at the temporary home for The Gallery at Vivid Solutions, from FRI, April 26th - FRI, June 28th, Free

Honfleur Gallery presents Figures in Jazz by John K. Lawson and upstairs, The Gallery at Vivid Solutions presents Unsung Jazz by Antoine Sanfuentes
Friday, April 26th -  Friday, June 28th

Two Jazz Exhibits! Honfleur will show a series of collages by John Lawson depicting Jazz greats in his show Figures in Jazz. Lawson, who lost most of his work during Katrina, has also assembled a series of poems to pay homage to his subjects.

Upstairs, at The Gallery at Vivid Solutions' temporary home, Antoine Sanfuentes’ Unsung Jazz, documents Washington, DC Jazz musicians who are relatively unknown outside of Washington. The exhibition gives the viewer insight into the rich, tradition of local jazz.

Honfleur Gallery
1241 Good Hope Rd SE
Metro: Anacostia and walk or take the Circulator bus on Howard Ave toward Skyland. You can also catch the same bus from 8th St SE, near the Starbucks, from the Eastern Market Metro.

PAST: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is open late! FRI, June 28th from 7:00pm-10:00pm, Free

Friday, June 28th
7:00pm - 10:00pm

"Get a sneak preview of the new exhibition "Peter Coffin: Here & There," and check out "Directions: Jennie C. Jones: Higher Resonance" and "Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913–Present." The entire museum will be open from 7 to 10 pm, with a gallery talk by associate curator Evelyn Hankins at 9 pm in "Over, Under, Next." Food and drink available for purchase on the Plaza."

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
7th & Independence Ave, SW
Metro: L’Enfant Plaza 

PAST: AUTHOR TALK: Tonight! "Into the Light - The Healing Art of Kalman Aron" with Author Susan Beilby Magee at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center on U St FRI, June 28th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Free

"Into the Light - The Healing Art of Kalman Aron" with author Susan Beilby Magee at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center on U St
Friday, June 28th
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Free, donations welcome, RSVP requested

"Join us as cancer survivor, healer and author Susan Beilby Magee shares the life-lessons of Kalman Aron, a gifted artist who emerged from the ashes of the Holocaust to explore the nature of humankind and the mystery of life - all on canvas. A powerful, visual record unfolds of Aron's remarkable journey from darkness into light. Magee shows the evolution of his art over six decades and reveals his answers to universal questions: What happens to the rage, sorrow and despair? Does one choose to remember, forgive, and heal? Healing himself through his art, Aron's example offers hope to all." Books available for purchase and signing.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center
1632 U St NW
Metro: closest by bus, take any of the S buses that run along 16th St, S1, S2, S4, S9, to 16th & U St and walk over or metro to U St or take the Circulator to 14th & U and walk over a few blocks. 

PAST: MUSIC: "Serenade! 2013" Opening Celebration this FRI, June 28th at 7:30pm at the Church of the Epiphany near Metro Center, All ages, Free

Classical Movements presents Serenade! 2013 Opening Celebration will take place at the Church of the Epiphany
Friday, June 28th
All Ages, Free, donations benefit The Welcome Table

Come out for a wonderful choral concert to benefit The Welcome Table Ministry of Epiphany, which provides a hot breakfast every Sunday morning to 150 homeless men and women. The opening celebration will feature the Children's Chorus of Washington, The Watch, Latvian Voices, Florida's Singing Sons Boychoide and Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir.

 Serenade!, a choral festival of international choirs. From Australia, Australian Voices 6, Gordon Hamilton, Music Director; from the U.S., Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir, Craig Denison, Director; and from Poland, Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir, Agnieszka Franków-Zelazny, Director.

Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St NW
Metro: Metro Center

PAST: ART: "Unreal" Artwork by Allen Linder, Benedict Oddi & Christina Osheim at Brentwood Arts Exchange SAT, May 11th - SAT, June 29th, Free

Allen Linder, Fauna Giganticus
Unreal an exhibition of artwork by Allen Linder, Benedict Oddi & Christina Osheim at Brentwood Arts Exchange
Saturday, May 11th - Saturday, June 29th

Unreal brings together the work of sculptor/draftsman Allen Linder, painter Benedict Oddi and ceramic sculptor Christina Osheim. All three artists create rich works of improbable invention tethered to a reality created in the act of making. The combination of Linder's intricate ink drawings evoking mystery through the search for form, Oddi's fantastical monochromatic landscapes, and Osheim's abstract sculptures implying functional interaction creates a surreal mental and physical space in which the viewer can explore and discover their own personal narrative.

Brentwood Arts Exchange
At the Gateway Arts Center
3901 Rhode Island Ave - Brentwood, MD
Metro: Rhode Island - Brentwood and take 81 or 83 bus in direction of Cherry Hill get off at Rhode Island & 39th Street, see Metro trip planner for best bus access

PAST: ART: "2012 Members’ Summer Exhibition" and paintings by Vicki Doyle at the Arts Club of Washington FRI, June 7th - SAT, June 29th, Free

Two Exhibitions on view at the Arts Club of Washington
Friday, June 7th - Saturday, June 29th

2012 Members’ Summer Exhibition in the Monroe Gallery and Parlors, MacFeely Gallery. A highlight of the gallery season, this exhibition features works in a wide variety of media by Arts Club artists.

Also on view, Vicki Doyle (paintings), in the Spilsbury Gallery. Painter Vicki Doyle is the featured artist in this cooperative gallery that showcases works by Arts Club members. Participating artists include Lorna Aldrich, Cherry Baumbusch, Jenna Beebe, Ruth Meixner-Bird, Susanne Eisinger, Jack Hannula, Teri Hiley, Larry Jarvik, Martine Khadr-Van Schoote, Pamela King, Peggy McNutt, Mahy Polymeropoulos, Enza Quargnali, Leslie Sorg Ramsay and Jeanne Sullivan.

Arts Club of Washington
2017 I St NW
Metro: Farragut West or Foggy Bottom

PAST: ART: Qrissy's Surrealistic Paintings "Paradigm: An Evolution Imagined" will be on view at The Dunes in Columbia Heights FRI, June 7th - FRI, June 28th + Artist Talk on June 17th, Free

The Dunes Presents - Qrissy's PARADIGM
Friday, June 7th - Sunday, June 30th
Gallery hours: open during other events, mostly in the evenings

From the invite: "PARADIGM: An Evolution Imagined" was born from a loose, gestural session of sketching and then analyzed and honed through a series of tighter and tighter drawings until the narrative revealed itself. The resulting collection of paintings represents the artist’s personal theories related to the future of our world (as it might evolve beyond humanity) and the metamorphoses of life and design as the universe matures. 

About the artist: Contemplation of life-cycles, mortality and the evolution of humanity was a mighty looming force in Krissy Downing’s early life as a shy, sickly kid in Seattle. Confined to a hospital bed or a living-room couch for several years as a teen, she honed an intense desire to explore and master a number of crafts; most notably musical composition and drawing. As a self-taught practicioner, Krissy became very comfortable with a heavily improvisational approach to music and art and now practices both with great confidence in an aesthetically captivating stream-of-consciousness style.

The Dunes
1402 Meridian Place NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th on the same side of the street as Target, pass Park Rd and keep walking about two more blocks. The Dunes entrance is around the corner on Meridian Pl, upstairs, above The Getaway.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

PAST: ART: "Seeds, Pods and Saplings: The Convergence of Three" at the DCCAH Eye Street Gallery FRI, March 22nd - SUN, June 30th, Free

Friday, March 22nd - Sunday, June 30th

Seeds, Pods and Saplings, curated by Zoma Wallace, brings the together the talents of Japanese-born sculptor Yuriko Yamaguchi, painter Michi Fugita, and internationally renowned multimedia artist Iona Rozeal Brown who have collectively created a surreal landscape in bloom.  

DCCAH Eye Street Gallery
200 I (Eye) St, SE
Metro: Navy Yard 

PAST: POETRY: Literary Birthday Celebration for Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar featuring readings of his works by Holly Bass and Al Young at the Library of Congress, Madison Building THURS, June 27th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Free

Local Poet and Performance Artist
Holly Bass
Literary Birthday Celebration for Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar
featuring readings of his works by Holly Bass and Al Young
at the Library of Congress, Madison Building
Thursday, June 27th
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Poets Holly Bass and Al Young will celebrate the birthday of American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature a display from the Library's collections. Co-sponsored by the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress.

Library of Congress  Mumford Room, James Madison Building (see building map) 101 Independence Avenue, SE
Metro: Capitol South

PAST: Learn more about how to get involved- as an Artist or Volunteer - in the upcoming FIGMENT DC Festival which will be held in Anacostia in September! Meet and Greet at Honfleur Gallery as part of Lumen8Anacostia this THURS, June 27th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Learn more about how to get involved as an artist or volunteer in the upcoming FIGMENT DC Festival - Meet and Greet at Honfleur as part of Lumen8Anacostia
Thursday, June 27th
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Learn more about how to participate in this year's Figment DC Festival, which will take place this year in Anacostia - over two days in September! Meet the organizers and chat with them about artist and volunteer opportunities this Thursday at Honfleur Gallery as part of LUMEN8Anacostia.

Honfleur Gallery
1241 Good Hope Rd SE
Metro: Anacostia and walk or catch the Circulator bus toward Skyland from Howard Ave closer, or take the same Circulator bus from 8th St by the Startbucks at Eastern Market and get off at the stop where it turns right at Good Hope Rd.

PAST: POETRY OPEN MIC: Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency, GPI, is back at Coffy Cafe in Columbia Heights this THURS, June 27th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, All ages, Free

Guerrilla Poetry in Columbia Heights
Thursday, June 27th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, Free

New Columbia Heights monthly Open Mic Night - and perhaps spontaneous poetry writing workshop as it was last month - hosted by Shahid Buttar at Coffy Cafe, one of my favorite new coffee shops in DC to work from. They also have really good espresso, coffee, teas, and crepes. GPI is a great Open Mic with a great group of folks I have known for many years. Good stuff, recommend.
Coffy Cafe
3110 14th St, NW
at 14th & Park Rd, across from Tivoli
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk one and a half blocks north on 14th, left side of the street.

PAST: POETRY & BOOK TALK: Bob Holman "Sing This One Back to Me" Reading and Performance at Busboys and Poets 14th & V this THURS, June 27th from 9:00pm - 10:30pm, All ages, Free

Bob Holman "Sing This One Back to Me" Reading and Performance at Busboys and Poets 14th & V
Thursday, June 27th
9:00pm - 10:30pm
All ages, Free

"Sing This One Back to Me" poems by Bob Holman, with special guest appearance by Papa Susso. "From West Africa to NYC, the oral tradition comes alive through the collaborative storytelling of Holman and legendary griot Papa Susso." Co-sponsored by Split This Rock.

About the author: Bob Holman is a poet, multimedia producer, poetry activist, and performance poetry professor who lives in New York City. Bob has published six books, most recently A Couple of Ways of Doing Something (Aperture, 2006), praise poems paired with photographs of artists by Chuck Close. He’s also put poetry on television, radio and the Web, producing The United States of Poetry for PBS, appearing on MTV’s Spoken Word Unplugged and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and serving as poetry commentator on WNYC and NPR. Currently, he teaches Exploding Text: Poetry in Performance at Columbia University and is the founder and proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club. 

"The postmodern promoter who has done more to bring poetry to cafes and bars than anyone since Ferlinghetti.” - Henry Louis Gates Jr.

14th & V St, NW
Metro: U St and walk two blocks or take the Woodley/14th St/McPherson Circulator bus right there, to 14th & U

PAST: SEMINAR: Session One of Four in the Series "On Collecting Fine Art" will be on "Collecting Works on Paper: Prints and Drawings" this THURS, June 27th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

"On Collecting Fine Art" Series of Talks at American University's Katzen Center
select Thursdays, listed below
7:00pm - 8:30pm

"Collecting Works on Paper: Prints and Drawings" 
Session One of Four in the Series
Thursday, June 27th
7:00pm - 8:30pm

American University presents a series of seminars sponsored by the Art Dealers Association of Greater Washington and the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. “On Collecting Fine Art” will coincide with the Katzen Arts Center exhibition “Washington Art Matters,” on view June 15th - August 11th. This series of panel discussions is designed to encourage collecting fine art with advise from established Washington area gallery directors, who will share their knowledge and expertise. 

Topics covered in the various panels will include how to get started, how to educate your eye, how to develop a collection, how to understand descriptions of various processes and techniques, and how to maintain best practices for archival preservation of an art collection. The target audience for these seminars will be young professionals, novice collectors and art students. Each panel will feature presentations by gallery directors, who are members of the Art Dealers Association of Greater Washington [ADAGW]. ADAGW galleries represent a broad spectrum of fine art, from established masters to contemporary art, in all media, by artists known locally, nationally and internationally. These art experts will share their knowledge and offer guidelines “On Collecting Fine Art."

On Collecting Fine Art Series: Moderator: Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Thursday evenings listed below starting at 6:30pm.

June 27 ~ Collecting Works on Paper: Prints and Drawings
July 18 ~ Collecting Photographs: Vintage and Contemporary Photography
July 25 ~ Collecting Sculpture, Glass & 3-dimensional Art
August 8 ~ Collecting Contemporary Paintings: Washington area and national artists Panel

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Abramson Family Recital Hall
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Metro: Tenleytown and take the free AU shuttle from the bus stop by Panera in the bus lot to AU, it's usually the first bus stop, just tell the driver you want the stop closest to the Katzen. Free parking is also available after hours indoors at the Katzen for those wishing to drive.

PAST: FOOD TRUCKS: First ever Food Truck Night in Adams Moragn at Pleasant Pops! Featuring Cap Mac and BBQ Bus THURS, June 27th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Free, though you'll probably want to have some money if you plan to buy some food

Food Truck Night @ Pleasant Pops Featuring Cap Mac and BBQ Bus
Thursday, June 27th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Pleasant Pops is partnering up with their fellow food truckers, CapMac and BBQ Bus DC - for the first ever Adams Morgan food truck night! 
The trucks will be parked outside of Pleasant Pops' brick and mortar shop to provide you with delicious dinner options - available for purchase. Of course, Pleasant Pops will be slinging pops, espresso drinks and all of their  usual fare. Family friendly. Plus, large picnic tables outside! 

Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market and Cafe
1781 Florida Ave. NW Suite G
right near the intersection of Florida, 18th and U Streets.
Metro: Dupont Circle, turn right on Q St, left on 18th, right on Florida or see metro for bus options

PAST: MUSIC + DANCE: Local Musician Tom Goss will be doing a Video Shoot at Town Danceboutique and Bears, Bear Lovers and Dancers are needed to fill the Dancefloor! THURS, June 27th, 7:00pm doors, video shoot starts at 8:00pm, Free

Calling all Bears, Bear lovers and Dance lovers... Local Musician Tom Goss Dance Party & Music Video Shoot at Town Danceboutique for his single "Bears" 
Thursday, June 27th
7:00pm doors, video shoot starts at 8:00pm

Local artist Tom Goss will be shooting a music video for his summertime single Bears! He's been in the studio with Rich Morel recording and now he is asking for your help in recording the final scene of his music video, which is a big, fun dance party. He needs a lot of folks (bears and non-bears) to come hang out and dance at the show! Plus, it's free and you can say you were in a music video if you go!

TOWN Danceboutique
2009 8th St NW
Metro: U St, African American Civil War Memorial exit

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

PAST: PERFORMANCE: The Final "Happenings at the Harman" this Season, featuring Songs & More on WED, June 26th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm at Shakespeare Theatre's Harman Hall in Chinatown, Free

Free Performances on Wednesdays as part of "Happenings at the Harman"
every Wednesday at noon - season runs through the end of June
at Shakespeare Theatre's Sidney Harman Hall in Chinatown

Final Performance of the Season!
Wednesday, June 26th
Happenings: Songs & More
Songs & More with Cam Magee and Beverly Cosham

"Happenings lunchtime performances...Bring your lunch and we will bring your shot of culture!" Check out one of DC's best Free Performance Series every Wednesday at noon and every second Wednesday at happy hour! Performances are usually somewhere between 30 minutes and 50 minutes, sometimes with an opportunity for the audience to chat with the performers afterwards. For lunchtime performances, feel free to bring your lunch along to the show!

New this season, free monthly happy hour performances in addition to the weekly lunchtime ones. Super convenient location, across the street, to the left, from the Gallery Pl Metro, Arena exit at 7th & F St. Stay connected with STC on facebook!

Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harman Hall
Forum Theater, downstairs
610 F St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, just across the street, to the left from the arena exit

PAST: YOGA + DJ + CHAI: "Namaste. Hai." Candlelit Yoga Class in Adams Morgan + Live DJ + Chai Above the Bike Shop this THURS, June 27th, Choose from 8:00pm or 10:00pm Class, by donation, RSVP to ensure your space

namaste. hai. candlelit yoga + live dj sessions
above the bike shop in adams morgan
Thursday, June 27th
choose from 8:00pm or 10:00pm class!
by donation, $10+ suggested, please give as you are able
RSVP on eventbrite here to ensure your space

Anusara inspired, candelit yoga class, led by Mallory Hemerlein, who also teaches the Saturday morning class at The Dunes, beginners most welc(OM)e, please byo yoga mat if you can.

homemade yogi chai + 'adult' yogi chai will be available after class, come/stay after the 2nd class, enjoy music, atmosphere & altitude. *Please note, there are a few levels of stairs you'll need to climb to get to this space*

"bridge the gap between your internal & external experiences while simultaneously integrating the body & mind through music & vibration. as such, we are able to transcend solitary individuality & viscerally connect to one all candlelit room frees us to play with our senses, muting sight, & heightening sound as we move through gentle/ beginner friendly, yet intense poses. the accompanying live music works in synergy with the momentum of the class, weaving together ethereal sounds & concrete beats as the BPM's increase in tandem with your heart rate throughout the practice."

Above the Bike Shop
2501 Champlain St, NW (map)
right by the intersection of Columbia and Champlain
Metro: Columbia Heights or Woodley Park and take the Circulator bus to Ontario Rd by the Safeway, or walk if you like, or take the 42 or 43 bus toward Mt Pleasant to Ontario Rd from Dupont Circle, when you get off the bus, just walk back down Columbia to Champlain and turn left

PAST: YOGA: Final Free Yoga Class at the Georgetown Waterfront Park! Wednesdays in June, with Down Dog Yoga Instructors! WED, June 5th - WED, June 26th, from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Please Bring your own Yoga Mat

Free Yoga Wednesdays at the Georgetown Waterfront with Down Dog Yoga Instructors
every Wednesday evening in June, weather permitting
Wednesday, June 5th -  Wednesday, June 26th
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Free, Bring your own yoga mat

**Update: Canceled** Just got a note on twitter  @TheGeorgetownr saying: "@FreeinDCBlog @downdogyoga Yoga in Park has been canceled due to weather conditions.... Check out @gtownbusiness twitter page to learn more"

Unwind by the Potomac with a free yoga class led by instructors from Down Dog Power Yoga every Wednesday in June in Georgetown.

"Class will take place weather permitting on 6/5, 6/12, 6/19 and 6/26. Bring your mat and meet at Waterfront Park at K Street and Wisconsin Avenue, NW. across from Georgetown Floor Coverings, Inc. After class enjoy dining, shopping and exploring Georgetown. Each attendee receives free water and certificate for a Frrrozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity 3 plus a chance to win gift cards to use at Georgetown businesses." Thanks to the Georgetown Business Association for posting this one.

P.S. They also have a lovely outdoor labyrinth in this park. You can also read more about the park on wikipedia here as well as their main website, below.

Georgetown Waterfront Park 
3000 K St, NW
Metro: best reached by the Circulator bus that goes right to the Waterfront from K St if you're near Farragut North or Farragut West or from 22nd & Penn if you're near Foggy Bottom, GWU.

PAST: STORYTELLING: Monthly: "Spill! True Stories of Queer Sex, Desire and Romance" at the Black Fox Lounge WED, June 26th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, $8, 21+

Spill! True Stories of Queer Sex, Desire and Romance
Hosted by Jefferson
Wednesday, June 26th
8:00pm - 10:00pm
$8, 21+

Each month, Spill! brings together storytellers, comedians, sex educators and others to share true tales from their own experiences of queer sex, desire and romance. With stories as diverse as the people telling them, Spill! opens doors to bedrooms, back seats and dungeons to tell what your mama left out about the birds, bees and in-betweens.

Hosted by Jefferson (One Life Take Two, Bare!) from NYC!  Storytellers this month include:  Sean Michael Graham (Spill!) Slam Poet (Urban Erotika) . . . and maybe even you! "You've surprised, been surprised or are you simply jaded? Put your name in the hat for a chance to spill all on the Spill! stage.. . . and still more! One lucky audience member will win Spill!’s sexy raffle, courtesy of The Garden."

Jefferson is the curator and host of Spill! A sex educator and writer, Jefferson is also a storyteller frequently seen on stages around the city and elsewhere, including The Moth, where he is a StorySlam winner. He is also host of the monthly series Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance.

Black Fox Lounge
1723 Connecticut Avenue NW
Metro: Dupont Circle or take the 42 or 43 bus

PAST: "Meet the Folks Behind Your Food" Happy Hour with Slow Food DC at Glen's Garden Market in Dupont Circle this WED, June 26th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free, 21+

"Meet the Folks Behind Your Food" Happy Hour 
Wednesday, June 26th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Free, 21+

Slow Food DC and Glen's Garden Market have partnered to kick off the summer season in style, while celebrating the abundance of the Chesapeake Bay Region! Meet some of Glen's premier food artisans, taste their creations and enjoy $4 local craft beers on draft! Danielle Vogel, the founder of Glen's Garden Market, will share a few words about the market and the local food movement.

Glen's Garden Market
2001 S St, NW 
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit, between Connecticut Ave and 20th St NW, old Safeway location

Monday, June 25, 2012

PAST: TALK: Archivist David Pfeiffer talks about "The U.S. Military Railroad during the Civil War" at the National Archives on TUES, June 25th at 11:00am, Free

Presentation on "The U.S. Military Railroad during the Civil War"
Tuesday, June 25th

David Pfeiffer, archivist, discusses records relating to the U.S. Military Railroad during the Civil War. His talk is based on his Prologue magazine article "Working Magic with Cornstalks and Beanpoles."

National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archive - Navy Memorial 

PAST: MEDITATION: Free Meditation Intro Workshop in Springfield, VA "Meditation for Stress Reduction" TUES, June 25th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

Free Meditation Intro Workshop in Springfield, VA
"Meditation for Stress Reduction"
Tuesday, June 25th
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Learn how meditation can help you to better cope with the stresses of life at this free workshop in Springfield, VA with Gerry Gorman of Science of Sprituality. He'll discuss the benefits of meditation on physical and mental health and will demonstrate a powerful and simple meditation technique you can apply to your daily life. He'll also help to answer any questions you may have about meditation. Beginners welcome and encouraged to attend!

About the facilitator: Gerry Gorman is a business owner with a career in engineering and business development and also a long time practitioner of meditation. Meditating now for 30 years, he has had the opportunity to study with both Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj and Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. He currently teaches meditation workshops with Science of Spirituality DC, an organization that offers free meditation workshops throughout the DC area and the Mid-Atlantic region. Learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with them on facebook and twitter as well

Richard Byrd Library
7250 Commerce St - Springfield, VA
Metro: The library is about 1.4 miles from Springfield metro, see map, you can take the metrobus route 18E, the Burke Centre Line. For more info, visit the WMATA Virginia Bus Schedules. Connector routes 310, 321 (and reverse 322), 331 (and reverse 332) and 40 also go there.

PAST: MEDITATION & TALK: Ananad Mehrotra, Founder of Sattva Yoga and Teacher featured in the Documentary "The Highest Pass" - in town for BuddhaFest - will lead a Free Talk and Meditation in Cleveland Park on TUES, June 25th from 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Please RSVP

Special Event! Free Wisdom Talk & Satsang with Anand Mehrota, founder of Sattva Yoga (and teacher featured in the documentary recently featured at BuddhaFest "The Highest Pass" who was also one of the featured speakers) at this week's Sattva DC meditation in Cleveland Park
Tuesday, June 25th
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Free, RSVP to to get the exact address

From the invite: "Every Tuesday at 8pm ET we gather in DC to hold space for joyous stillness and the nourishment of community. All are welcome to join us, in person or via Skype. On Tuesday, June 25th, Sattva Founder and Master Teacher Anand Mehrotra will join us to lead meditation and give a wisdom talk. This is a special opportunity, not to be missed. If you are not located in DC, we invite you to join us via Skype. Please add DCSattva as a contact on Skype and be online at 7:30pm ET. Send us a message within Skype to let us know that you're online for meditation and we will call you to connect."

Private home in Cleveland Park
Metro: Cleveland Park or see metro trip-planner for bus access 

PAST: YOGA & PILATES: The "Pilates in the Park" Series finishes off with an outdoor Yogalates class in Farragut Square on TUES, June 25th from 5:30pm - 6:30pm Thanks to Golden Triangle BID, Please BYO Yoga Mat

"Pilates in the Park" is back in Farragut Square!
Free Weekly Yogalates & Yoga classes outside
Tuesdays, April 23rd - June 25th
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Please bring your own mat

The Golden Triangle BID hosts free Pilates classes in Farragut Square Park every Tuesday. Instruction will be provided by certified teachers from Yoga District (which, by the way, only charges $10 for all drop-in classes at their studios throughos ut DC!). Classes will be rotating between Vinyasa Yoga and Yogalates (a mat-based blend of Yoga and Pilates) and are a great way to relax, unwind after work and enjoy the fresh air. In case of inclement weather, please refer to the Golden Triangle BID site, any changes to the schedule or last minute cancellations due to weather will be noted there and on twitter ‏@GoldenTriDC.

Final Class! Yogalates
Tuesday, June 25th

Farragut Square
between 17th & Connecticut Ave and I St & K St NW
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West

PAST: POETRY SLAM: Beltway Poetry Slam's "New Shit Slam" featuring Ainsley Burrows, hosted by Pages Matam, at The Fridge TUES, June 25th from 8:00pm - 10:30pm or so, 7:30pm sign-up and doors, All ages, $5

Beltway Poetry Slam's "New Shit Slam" featuring Ainsley Burrows and hosted by Pages Matam
Tuesday, June 25th
8:00pm - 10:30pm or sp 
7:30pm sign-up and doors
All ages, $5

"Tired of hearing the same poems slam after slam after slam? Looking to take a risk but too jazzed about the idea of being the only one? Then the New Shit Show is for you! All of the poems will be brand spanking new!" 

If you plan to read, be sure that you have two original pieces that haven't been performed at a Beltway Poetry Slam and that can each be performed in 3 min. or less without the use of props or costumes.
516 1/2 8th St, SE
in alley across the street from matchbox
Metro: Eastern Market, take the escalators up and turn right on 8th St, SE, walk about one block and turn left into the alley directly across the street from matchbox.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

PAST: MEDITATION: Make time for "Meditation for Spiritual Awareness" MON, June 24th with David Newcomb of Science of Spirituality at the Watha T. Daniel Library right above the Shaw Metro from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

"Meditation for Spiritual Awareness" 
Monday, June 24th
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Learn simple and easy technique to help you find a greater sense of inner peace and spiritual awareness. David Newcomb of Science of Spirituality DC will teach meditation techniques to help enrich your life. David is a retired contract consultant, long time meditator, author, musician and teacher.

Science of Spirituality offers free meditation workshops throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including the DC area. Learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with them on facebook and twitter as well @SOS_WashDC

1630 7th Street, NW
Metro: Shaw, just steps from the metro exit

PAST: ART: "An Artistic Discovery: The Congressional Art Competition" at the Artisphere WED, March 26th - SUN, May 4th, Free

Wednesday, March 26th - Sunday, May 4th

Hosted by Congressman James P. Moran, as part of the national Congressional program, this exhibit recognizes the creative talents of NoVa's young artists. One exhibiting youth will receive the honor of having their art work displayed in the U. S. Capitol for one year.

Works In Progress Gallery
1101 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn

PAST: FAMILY FRIENDLY EXPO: The 2013 Tots 2 Teens Expo at the Convention Center this SAT, April 20th from 9:00am - 6:00pm, Free and fun for All ages

Tots 2 Teens Expo at the Convention Center
Saturday, April 20th
9:00am - 6:00pm
All ages, Free

The 2013 Tots 2 Teens Expo is an event that is free and fun for the whole family. Hundreds of area vendors whose focus is family in the DC area. There will be free health screenings, free eye exams, free CPR training & certification. There is a health & fitness stage that includes Zumba. A health cooking stage with local area chefs cooking up healthy meals for the family. All are welcome to attend. Connect on facebook here.

Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center

PAST: CHOCOLATE TASTING: It's Time for April Sample Day at Cocova! SAT, April 20th from 3:00pm - 6:00pm, Sample over Thirteen different Chocolates from Around the World, Free

Calling all Chocolate Lovers! It's Time for the April Sample Day at Cocova
Saturday, April 20th
3:00pm - 6:00pm

This Saturday Cocova hosts their monthly Sample Day and they'll be sampling over 13 different milk, white, and dark bars. They'll also be sampling a few other special treats - so come early for the best selection!

Cocova - Capital Chocolate, LLC
1904 18th Street, NW
Studio B Art Gallery and Tasting Room 
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk up 18th St toward Florida Ave

Saturday, June 23, 2012

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free Arts & Culture events from for SUN, June 23rd!
Here are some more great free arts and culture events from, a great online events resource from the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington covering the metro area's vibrant arts community! You can also find more upcoming free events and exhibitions on view in the DC metro area on the customized "Free in DC" Inside-Out page. Remaining free events below are organized by date and time. Please click through for more event details.

Sunday, June 23rd 

Afternoon - Poetry & Literary Reading - Bethesda, MD
Staff Reading followed by reception
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Writer's Center staff poetry and prose reading. Staff members reading will include Stewart Moss, Jill Leininger, Laura Spencer, Zachary Fernebok, Genevieve Deleon and Sunil Freeman.
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh Street  - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest, walk a short distance south on Wisconsin, cross the street, to the left at Walsh.

PAST: MUSIC: "Music with the Angels" Recital features works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin and others at the Church of the Holy City on 16th St this SUN, June 23rd from 7:00pm - 8:00pm or so, Free, donations welcome

"Music with the Angels" Recital features works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin and others at the Church of the Holy City  on 16th St near Logan Circle
Sunday, June 23rd
7:00pm - 8:00pm or so
Free, donations benefit the Tower Fund
Reception to follow the performance

Music with the Angels organizer Mila Naumova, piano, teams up with talented young musicians and composers Nibal Maysaud, oboe, Kenton Venskus, bass clarinet, and Miguel Rodriguez, piano - performing compositions by J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, F. Chopin, I. Stravinsky, Eric Ewansen, Carl Niesen, and others, including unperformed original compositions. These young artists are not yet out of their teens and will wow us with their skill and charm.

Church of the Holy City
1611 16th St, NW
Metro: Closest by the S2 or S4 bus to the stop closest to Corcoran or walk over from Dupont Circle, Q St

Friday, June 22, 2012

PAST: FESTIVAL: Pirate Family Festival at National Geographic this SAT June, 22nd from 10:00am - 4:00pm, Free

Pirate Family Festival at National Geographic
Saturday, June, 22nd
10:00am - 4:00pm

National Geographic Museum brings Real Pirates to life with historical re-enactors, telescope making, and traditional pirate tunes. Create your own jolly roger, see a live pirate show and falconry demonstration, learn how to build a boat and dive into the world of underwater archaeology!

National Geographic Museum
1145 17th Street NW
Metro: Farragut North is closest, you can take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to M St NW and walk a half block, you can also walk from Farragut West.

PAST: OPEN STUDIO: Artist Dana Ellyn hosts an Open Studio at Mather Studios 9th & G St NW this SAT, June 22nd from 11:00am - 3:00pm, Chat with her about her work and have a chance to buy her works directly + View and buy small works from Matt Sesow as well, Free

Dana Ellyn: Open Studio 
Saturday, June 22nd
11:00am - 3:00pm
More info here!

Come by to chat with local artist, and art teacher, Dana Ellyn and have a chance to view and purchase works directly from her! You'll also be able to check out some small works by her talented artist husband, Matt Sesow.

Dana Ellyn's Studio
Mather Studios Building
916 G Street, NW #304
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, 9th & G exit, or walk just a few short blocks from Metro Center 11th & G exit. When you arrive at the building, use the phone outside to look up 'Ellyn' and dial 0304 to be buzzed in.

PAST: MUSIC: All Day & Night Festival Alliance Francaise's "Fête de la Musique" at Malmaison in Georgetown this SAT, June 22nd! Music goes from 2:00pm - 3:00am, Event is Free before 11:00pm, $5 - $10 after

The Alliance Francaise's "Fête de la Musique" will be at Malmaison in Georgetown this year! 
Saturday, June 22nd
2:00pm - 3:00am
Free before 11:00pm 
$5 after with advance purchase online, $10 at the door, 'til 3:00am 
view and share facebook invite 

Kids activities from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, with a percussion workshop and drum decorating crafts.

"Inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique, the Alliance Française and Malmaison will play host to a summer journey through many musical worlds. Taking place along the Potomac River, this grand fête will transform Malmaison and the surrounding area into a haven where musicians, music enthusiasts, artists, and food lovers alike will collide for an all-day musical experience. The festival is a unique opportunity for all Washingtonians to be a part of a worldwide phenomenon that began in France and is now in hundreds of countries around the world." 

Participating Artists include: 
  • Baba Ras D is a percussionist, guitarist, performing artist and educator with more than 10 years of experience in youth development, education and conflict resolution. He is the creative director of Revel Youth Shine, Inc., a program designed to keep young people (aged 7 to 21) engaged in positive community oriented activities through music. He'll be giving a Percussion workshop for kids at the event!
  • El Bouffon Mime, poet, painter, El Bouffon's passion for masks, the Commedia dell'arte and drama drove him to literature in search of his own "meaning of farce." He now dedicates his time to giving classes in schools and centers for child creativity.
Musical Acts: 
  • Musical Duo Natalie J. Plumb and Geoff Browning La Unica Irish-Latin band based in DC - reminiscent of The Chieftains, Gipsy Kings, Santana... 
  • Flo Anito Local singer-songwriter, Flo was classically trained in voice, piano, and 'cello. "Her lyrically-driven, jazz-infused pop sound has quickly proven itself to be a thought-provoking addition to the DC music scene."
  • Gramophonic roots-rock quartet from DC whose high-energy music draws heavily on American folk, blues, and gospel styles with songs that evoke the band’s experience living in the Middle East and Asia. 
  • The Nova Lights blends reggae, funk, jazz, and blues "into a cocktail of killer grooves."
  • Honest Haloway was created by DC-based songwriter Tim Kratzer, whose "muted tones gradually build and evolve into memorable intervals, creating visceral tracks that retain an ethereal, moody and, at times, a seductive atmosphere. It’s bedroom indie electronica..."

VJs and DJs :
  • VJ/DJ Arthur Loves Plastic Bev Stanton, born in the Bahamas and raised near Disney World, is Arthur Loves Plastic. One of 24 female electronic artists and DJs profiled in Pink Noises: Women in Electronic Music and Sound (Tara Rodgers; Duke University Press, 2010), she recently released a 30-minute download EP created with iPhone apps. 
  • VJ Masrae of SND+VSN | SND+VSN is a collaborative force of music, film, and art photography, coming together LIVE. Take a presentation that would normally be shown in an art gallery and put it into a bar setting. Be moved by the images you see or just listen to the music and party with friends." 
  • DJ BEATrix DC-based, and a resident DJ at  Meso Creso, Washington's world music and art collective that hosts' a 1,000 Nights party every two months at Zeba Bar, DJ BEATrix offers a mix of booty-shaking tunes with tropical bass, Afro-Brazilian, Balkan beats, Latin, tribal house, Bollywood/Bhangra, NOLA bounce, and other world beats. She is also a co-founder and resident of Ottomania and Tropic of Bass and spins at numerous east coast clubs and parties.
  • Mettabbana spins sets that consist of global organic bass tracks (including his own remixes), melded with raw analog and urban electronic music from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, the Balkans and beyond. He has been an active part in building DC’s world/global bass music scenes, playing regularly at Tropicalia, Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, Zeba Bar and at various international festivals.

3401 Water St NW
Metro: Best reached by Circulator bus to Georgetown, get off at the stop closest to Wisconsin and K St and walk over a few blocks. The Circulator bus in an express bus that costs just $1 (or less with a smartip card transfer from metro) has two routes that get you close by which you can pick up near the Rosslyn, Dupont Circle, Farragut North, Farragut West and Foggy Bottom metro stations.