Sunday, September 30, 2012

PAST: FESTIVAL: Poets & Writers will be happy to hear about this one! "District of Literature" a Day-long Festival at the Library of Congress and the Folger Shakespeare Library on MON, Sept 30th, Readings and Panels from 9:30am - 9:00pm, followed by a Reception, Free

District of Literature a day-long festival
Monday, September 30th
9:30am - 10:00pm

A day-long festival reflecting DC's literary past, present, and future and showcases the work of DC's resident poets, writers, and literary organizations, including Marie Arana, Edward P. Jones, George Pelecanos, and Richard McCann. 

This full day of events is sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Library of Congress and PEN/Faulkner. This day is made possible by support from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and a media sponsorship by Slate

Highlights in the morning include a reading by DC Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick, a reading curated by The American Poetry Museum on "Sterling Brown, DC's First Poet Laureate" and a panel hosted by Split this Rock, poetry festival, "Possessed of This City: Bringing the Spirit of DC Poetry to the Nation." General Schedule below.

Readings & Panel Discussions
9:30am - 4:00pm 
Library of Congress
Jefferson Building, Room LJ-119
Metro: Capitol South

Evening Readings followed by a Reception
5:00pm & 7:30pm
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Metro: Capitol South

PAST: TALK: Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard's Mom, will speak at Ford's Theatre on MON, Sept 30th "With Malice Toward None: A Mother’s Response to Hate" at 7:00pm, Free

Talk with Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard's Mom at Ford's Theatre
"With Malice Toward None: A Mother’s Response to Hate"
Monday, September 30th

Judy Shepard, Matthew's mother, discusses her work to keep Matthew's legacy alive through activism and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. With Cokie Roberts. Tickets are available in person at the Ford's Theatre box office for free or online, in which case Ticketmaster fees will apply. This event is being held in conjunction with the production of The Larimie Projectat Ford's Theatre from Friday, September 27th - Sunday, October 27th.

Ford's Theatre
511 10th St NW
Metro: Metro Center or Gallery Pl - Chinatown 

PAST: MUSIC: The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers' Chorus perform at GWU's Lisner Auditorium on MON, Sept 30th from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

perform at GWU's Lisner Auditorium
Monday, September 30th
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Free, RSVP online required

As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, the organization's four performing components, the Concert Band, the Soldiers' Chorus, the Jazz Ambassadors, and the Volunteers, each travel over 100 days annually.  Learn more about the U.S. Army Field Band on their website here.

Through these concerts, the internationally acclaimed organization fosters the support of the American people for members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world.

GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street, NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and walk or take the Circulator bus, Union Station/K St/Georgetown route, to 21st between K St and Penn, or any of the 30 line buses along Pennsylvania Ave to 21st or 22nd St stop

PAST: EMBASSY TOURS: Time for the Annual "Around the World Embassy Tour" with over 40 Embassies participating! SAT, May 4th from 10:00am - 4:00pm, Free

Around the World Embassy Tour
Saturday, May 4th
10:00am - 4:00pm

More than 40 embassies representing six continents open their doors to DC visitors and residents. Participants can travel the world as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, and music of different countries. Last year visitors were treated to karate demonstrations, dance performances, sari wrapping lessons, and henna demonstrations.

Participating embassies for 2013: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyz, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts & Nevis, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, and Zambia. Admission is free, reservations are not required, and complimentary shuttle service is provided.

Over 40 embassy locations, see list above
Metro: Dupont Circle, complimentary shuttle service is provided from corner of 20th & Mass Ave.

PAST: OPEN HOUSE: GALA Theatre Open House! Free Film Screening, Tour and more this SAT, May 4th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Free

Saturday, May 4th
1:00pm - 4:00pm

“Get Under the Dome” at GALA at the Tivoli Theatre this Saturday afternoon and enjoy a free screening of a documentary film about the legendary Roberto Clemente and a tour of the theater.  
Stick around for a Q&A after the screening with Modesto Lacen, the lead actor in the current production at GALA,  DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story (read the review in The Washington Post) and an opportunity to purchase half price tickets to the show (which make them $10-$21) at the Box Office. Be sure to vote for GALA in the Partners in Preservation Grant Competition.

GALA Hispanic Theatre
corner of 14th & Park Rd
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: ROOFTOP PARTY: Rooftop Silent Dance Party at the Rock and Roll Hotel! 5 DJ's, You select the Channel and Volume with your Headset! FRI, April 26th from 7:00pm - 2:00am, Free before 9:00pm, $5 after, 21+

Rooftop Silent Dance Party at Rock and Roll Hotel!
Friday, April 26th
7:00pm - 2:00am
Free before 9:00pm, $5 after
RSVP Requested, 21+

Come on out for a silent disco dance party on the rooftop of Rock n Roll Hotel this Friday! The music will be electronic with pop, funk and drum n bass elements. Please bring IDs, as they required for entrance and will be kept as collateral for the headsets.

DJ Lineup includes: Rachel Luxe, Dan Rabbit, Synz, Muramasa & Pat Premier.

What is a silent dance party? The basic gist is that each person gets their own headphones and can adjust the channel and volume, which is great. It's also a great way to throw an outdoor party without disturbing the neighbors. It's a really cool concept, worth checking out. The silent dance parties that Blue throws also tend to attract some folks from the DC Burner crew (folks who have been to Burning Man or are connected to the regional burns and burn culture). It should be a fun, colorful, and possibly bright and fuzzy crowd.

Rock and Roll Hotel Rooftop!
1353 H St, NE
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown and take the X2 bus along H St to the stop closest to 14th & H St, NE or take a short taxi from Union Station or take a 90's line bus from U St to 8th & H St, NE and walk over a few blocks. See metro trip-planner for best bus access. 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS:The Washington Ballet hosts an Open House on SUN, Sept 29th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Free - Thanks to for this one!

Here are some more great free arts and culture events from, a great online events resource from the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, which covers the DC metro area's diverse and vibrant arts scene. Find more upcoming free events and exhibitions on view in the DC metro area on the customized "Free in DC" Inside-Out page. Select Free events below are organized by date and time. Please click through for more event details.

Sunday, September 29th

Afternoon - Family-friendly Open House
Open House at The Washington Ballet
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Get an inside glimpse of The Washington Ballet, The Washington School of Ballet, Company dancers and students from NW and SE during Open House. Join them for an afternoon of performances, classes, make-up demonstrations, food, games and crafts. Have your photo taken with a dancer, take part in "Make a Ballet" and more. Fun for the entire family.
The Washington Ballet
3515 Wisconsin Avenue, NW - at Porter
Metro: Tenlyetown and walk .8 miles south on Wisconsin Ave or take any of the 30 line buses closer or you can take the H2 or H4 bus across town to Porter & Wisconsin.

PAST: JAZZ: Grammy-nominated Kneebody plays at the CapitalBop Jazz Series which will be at the brand new Blind Whino, where you can also see the G40 Art Summit! SUN, Sept 29th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm, All ages, $10, includes drink for those 21+

Grammy-nominated Kneedbody plays at the CapitalBop Jazz Series at the brand new Blind Whino in SW where you can also see the G40 Art Summit
Sunday, September 29th
4:00pm - 6:00pm
All ages, $10, includes a complimentary cocktail for those 21+

If you missed the CapitalBop Jazz Series kickoff with the Young Lions and Joe Herrera you can check out the series this Sunday, when the NYC-based, Grammy-nominated band Kneebody comes to town! Check out the G40 Art Summit too! All taking place at the brand new venue, Blind Whino, housed in a street art-covered Gothic church. Save the date! Next Sunday, October 6th will be the final CapitalBop Jazz event at the G40 Art Summit.

Blind Whino
734 1st St SW
Metro: Waterfront

PAST: FESTIVAL: The Media Rise Festival hosts Youth Media Rise - Free for Youth - from 12:00pm - 6:00pm followed by "Doc in a Day" Screening, Free for all, at 6:00pm this SUN, Sept 29th - Storytelling, Design, Art & Media + Empathy, Collaboration & Innovation

Media Rise Festival 2013 - Free & Low-Cost events
Storytelling. Design. Art. Media. + Empathy. Collaboration. Innovation. 
Thursday, September 27th - Sunday, September 29th

This Festival celebrates how storytelling, design, art and media can contribute to a peaceful, just and sustainable world. Remaining Free and Low-Cost events below! The three main themes are: 

Feel (Empathy) Connect (Collaboration) and Inspire (Innovation)

Sunday, September 29th
12:00pm - 6:00pm
Free for Youth 13-18, RSVP here Adults $35
this event is designed for youth ages 13-18, media educators and engaged parents 
Note: There is an Educator Track and a Youth Track! Workshops for youth will focus on digital storytelling, social media, theater and creative movement. Workshops for media educators and parents will focus on media literacy and innovative technologies. The day will include performances, studio spaces, a visual art showcase, and interactive lounges to enhance the curiosity and creative expression of young people in meaningful ways. 
Josephine Butler Parks Center
2437 15th St NW - across from Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St or the 52 or 54 on 14th St to Euclid 
Free, RSVP here
Film screenings, including an awards ceremony, presented by Stone Soup Films and sponsored by, to acknowledge the winning filmmakers. “Doc in a Day” 48-Hour Video Challenge Launch, a weekend competition that invites filmmakers to create high-impact, high-quality videos for local nonprofits in just two days.
Josephine Butler Parks Center
2437 15th St NW - across from Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St or the 52 or 54 on 14th St to Euclid 

Friday, September 28, 2012

PAST: ART: "The 25 Project" at Pop-Up Gallery in Shaw continues on SAT, Sept 28th from 7:00pm - 2:00am in conjunction with Art All Night, Free

Pop-Up Show, On view with Art All Night 
Saturday, September 28th 
7:00am - 2:00am 

In January 2014, the District of Columbia Arts Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary. To mark milestone, DCAC and No Kings Collective are collaborating for fundraising exhibit and online campaign inspired by and supporting DCAC’s long history of fostering artists and the emerging arts community—artists helping artists. "The project boasts a roster of 25 emerging to established artists, including several DCAC alumni. Interviews are posted daily to countdown to the fundraising exhibition, in which each participating artist was asked to donate a single piece of work. By asking non-standard questions, we opened a dialogue similar to what artists have in the studio — extended small talk — in order to reveal what makes these artists tick." How can you help? Come to the Show or donate.

No Kings Collective is a DC-based arts and culture group, composed of by working artist and designers. Specializing in both client-based and independent creative projects, with particular experience in the arts and entertainment, NKC provides consulting, curation, and production serves from conception to completion.

The DCAC, located  on 18th St in the heart Adams Morgan,  serves the DC area by presenting high-caliber, challenging works, encouraging professionalism among artists, and by providing a forum for education and cultural exchange. DCAC was founded in 1989 as an alternative arts center for local artists in response to eroding support for local artists.

Pop-Up Gallery 
1805 7th St NW
Metro: Shaw, directly above the metro exit

PAST: KIDS: Family Scratch Club for Parents & Children at MLK Library 9th & G St NW this SAT, Sept 28th from 10:30am - 1:30pm, Free, RSVP please to ensure your space

Family Scratch Club at MLK Library in Chinatown
Saturday, September 28th
10:30am - 1:30pm
Free, please RSVP here
Class for Parent and Child to work together

Family Scratch Club is an opportunity for kids and caregivers to create interactive digital content as a team. Scratch is programming language created at the MIT Media Lab that involves the snapping together of digital Lego-like bricks to create animations, games, and stories. In this inter-generational workshop, you'll learn more about Scratch, explain how it works, then turn it over to you and your kids to design.

The class is for children and their parents/caregivers. Kids between the ages of 8 and 14 tend to be most comfortable with Scratch, although children as young as 5 can grasp the concepts. Each student must bring his/her own laptop. Parents, please register online and also send an email to to let them know the number of children you’ll be bringing. No more than two kids per parent, please.

Martin Luther King Jr. Library
901 G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place- Chinatown

PAST: YOGA: The Final Free Outdoor Yoga Class of the Series with Sky House Yoga at the Fenton Street Market in Silver Spring on SAT, Sept 28th, Kids Class at 10:30am, Adults 11:30am -12:30pm, Free, BYO Mat

Free Outdoor Yoga Classes with Sky House Yoga at the Fenton Street Market in Silver Spring Saturday, May 25th - Saturday, September 28th
select Saturdays, see dates below
10:30am - 11:30 - Yoga for Kids
11:30am - 12:30pm - Yoga for Adults

Save the date for the final class!
Saturday, September 28th

Join Sky House Yoga teachers, Ashley Litecky and Nata Comins for two free one hour yoga classes each month from May - September at the Fenton Street Market right alongside the Silver Spring Farmer's Market! Two classes, at 10:30am for kids, and at 11:30am for adults. Please bring your own yoga mat and towel.

Fenton Street Market
corner of Fenton St & Ellsworth Dr
Metro: Silver Spring (see walking map) or take the S2 or S4 bus to the last stop on Wayne. Walk up hill on Colesville to Georgia and turn right, look for the stores and cross the street to Ellsworth and walk through the shopping area across Fenton to get to Veterans Plaza (if coming up Wayne by bus, left on Georgia). Driving? Free parking in parking garage across Ellsworth Dr.

PAST: Step Afrika, SAT, Sept 28th from 11:00am - 1:00pm at the Stanton Rec Center in SE - Free Program from the DCCAH at select DC Parks & Recreations locations

DC ImpARTS on the Arts at DC Dept of Parks & Recreation locations throughout the city - presented by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Free Programs run through Monday, September 30th

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with DC Department of Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in a six week program of free interactive workshops stimulating fiber arts, dance, and theater at various DC Parks and Recreation facilities. Note: Please call first to see if you can attend, not sure if you needed to be there for the entire series. 

Ward 8  
Contact Natasha Herring (202) 673-7647

Final Class - Saturday, September 28th 
Step Afrika
11:00am -1:00pm
No Age Range, Dance/Activity Room
Ft. Stanton Recreation Center
1812 Erie Street SE
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best metro and/or bus access

PAST: FESTIVAL: The SW ArtsFest is this SAT, Sept 28th from 9:00am - 6:00pm + 9th Annual Jazz Preservation Festival at Westiminster Church til 8:00pm + G40 Art Summit at Blind Whino til 11:00pm, by the Waterfront Metro, all Free

The 3rd Annual SW ArtsFest!
Saturday, September 28th
9:00am -  6:00pm*
Note:* The 9th Annual Jazz Preservation Festival goes til 8:00pm and the 2013 G40 Art Summit at the new space in a converted church Blind Whino is open til 11:00pm.

This Saturday is the 3rd Annual SW ArtsFest. Founded in 2011, SW ArtsFest brought together 10 different organizations and included hand dancing at Arena Stage, the (e)merge art fair, a jazz festival, a film festival, a church musical showcase, walking tours, folk concerts, flea markets, food, and, on the Southwest Waterfront, an art market and a sock-monkey art studio.

Each year this free festival brings new artists, more child-friendly activities, and a broader array of interactive events for all ages.  Events will include the return of the popular sock puppet studio, hand dancing instruction and performances and neighborhood walking tours. There will also be Virginia wine tasting, artist performances, and art exhibits as well as performances by poets and hip hop artists, including POEM-CEES, R&B artist EVG and singer/musician Kendall Isadore. Special activities for kids include Blues and Blowfish, painting at the SW Duck Pond, and the Annual End of Summer Fair. For the latest schedule of events, visit SW ArtsFest website. You can also find them on twitter @swdcartsfest.

The 9th Annual Jazz Preservation Festival will take place at Westminster Church from 12:00pm - 8:00pm and is also free. D.C.'s so-called "Jazz Church" is teaming up with WPFW to host the 9th Annual DC Jazz Preservation Festival. Expect great food, an assortment of vendors and righteous jazz all afternoon long. See the schedule of performers here. The event will close with an open jam session, all authentic jazz musicians welcome.

While there you can also check out the 2013 G40 Art Summit at the brand new space, pictured left, Blind Whino, which opened on September 6th. Read more about Blind Whino in the express article. See more than 300 works by 250-plus artists at the G40 exhibit, on view through Sunday, October 6th. 700 Delaware Ave SW. They are open from 12pm - 11pm on Saturdays. 

Outdoor Festival by Westminster Church
400 M St SW
Metro: Waterfront

PAST: ART TALK: Learn more about Murals in DC! The DC Murals Art4All final session will focus on "Past as Prologue" and will be at Dance Place in Brookland this SAT, Sept 28th from 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Free

Learn more about Murals in DC! DC Murals Art4All final session will focus on "Past as Prologue" and will be at Dance Place in Brookland
Saturday, September 28th
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Come on out to the last public event through Cultural Tourism DC's Art 4 All program and learn some of the stories behind DC's murals!

DC muralists show how past and present collide in the depiction of historic figures and places. Helena Metaferia’s restoration of iconic figures on a northwest Washington recreation center (Parkview Stories) evoked mixed responses when it went up in 2011; Juan Pineda’s Greetings from Deanwood (2010) places antique images in a pop art frame. Joel Bergner’s The Afro-Colombian Mural (2009) finds hope within the continuing tragedy of racism and human rights violations, while Seasons in the City (Albus CavusCollective, 2009) views Washington’s proud black educational tradition through a jaundiced eye.

Dance Place - Studio 21
3225 8th St NE
Metro: Brookland - CUA

PAST: FESTIVAL:The Barracks Row Fall Festival 2013 - including a Petting Zoo for Kids, Art in All Forms, the DC State Fair, Vendors and More - is this SAT, Sept 28th along 8th St SE near the Eastern Market Metro from 11:00am - 5:00pm, Free

Barracks Row Fall Festival - including a petting zoo, Art in All Forms and the DC State Fair - on 8th St SE
Saturday, September 28th
11:00am - 5:00pm
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Barracks Row Main Street in partnership with Arts on the Hill will present Art in All Forms
during Barracks Row Fall Festival. Events will take place at Tabula Rasa, 731 8th St SE, and Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Hall, 507 8th St SE. Both venues are located within the Barracks Row Fall Festival footprint. Some performances will also be repeated on the festival’s center stage at 8th and G Streets, SE.

This year Barracks Row Fall Festival features over 100 booths and lots more. The festival midway includes the oldest post in the Marine Corps, dozens of historic buildings plus forty international restaurants -- most with sidewalk cafés for perfect festival viewing. Matchbox Food Group (Ted’s Bulletin, DC 3 and Matchbox) will be partnering with Belga Cafe and Cava for the first ever outdoor beer garden. For kids, lamas, goats and hedgehogs will be at the petting zoo; acrobats from nearby Trapeze School New York will be sailing through the air at treetop height. At 2:30pm the world renowned Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performs.

Bringing the kids? The freshly renovated Meader Theater, circa 1910, now the National Community Church will play free cartoons so little ones can catch their breaths. Along with the petting zoo there are loads of kid’s activities. Playseum, partnering with the National Community Church, is devising a spectacular Kids Zone. Older kids can compete in corn hole, shuffleboard and bocce or take in the Labyrinth tent where board game drama unfolds throughout the day.

During the festival the Home of the Commandants and Marine Barracks Washington are both open for docent led tours! Meet celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme and hum along with the nostalgic harmonies from the Georgetown Chimes… it’s all about DC, Capitol Hill and a gem of a neighborhood revival named Barracks Row. There will also be demonstrations throughout the day at midway booths including: Capitol Hill Yoga, Roller Girls and at the Marine Corps Pull-Up booth.

The DC State Fair joins Barracks Row Fall Festival again this year showcasing unique categories: Funkiest-Looking Vegetable Grown in DC, Best Home Brew, Best Bike Accessory, Best Pie, etc. Plus, dozens of  DC State Fair contests all day long.  There, under the elms, urban adventure hooks up with an All-American small town fair. At 8th and I Streets, SE, a black-box cook-off starts at 7:00 a.m. Chefs from all branches of the United States armed forces compete to be named Top Chef in the US Military.

Barracks Row / 8th St SE
500 block of 8th St, SE 
Metro: Eastern Market, turn right on 8th St near the Starbucks

Thursday, September 27, 2012

PAST: PERFORMANCE & WORKSHOP: Special event "Vision Music and Dance Workshop" followed by a Collaborative Performance - for Musicians & Dancers especially - at Union Arts & Manufacturing FRI, Sept 27th, Workshop at 6:00pm, Performance at 9:00pm, by donation

Two-Night special event! Vision Music and Dance Workshop & Performance -  for Musicians & Dancers especially - Schedule details below
Thursday, September 26th & Friday, September 27th
by donation
learn more on facebook the invite

This two-day event will be a workshop and performance collaboration with local artists. Dancers and musicians are encouraged to attend. The performances will be a structured improvisation utilizing words, (spoken or sung), movements and tonal structures.

The essential theme of this workshop and performance is that through art and a reverence for life and all that is creative, we can create a world where Peace becomes possible. "Vision Music & Dance/on tour is a special project of Transparent Productions - "presenting the best in creative improvised music since 1997. Where 100% of the proceeds go to the artists" -  The Atlas, and Union & Arts Manufacturing, which presents the heart of the NY-based Vision Festival's manifestation of ideology and aesthetics. This 2-day project shares their transformative art and ideas with our area communities."

Thursday, September 26th
Patricia Parker & William Parker - Duet & Discussion
Patricia Nicholson - dance, voice, words & William Parker - bass, donsonghoni, shakuhachi, words
Note: This duet performance will be followed by a moderated conversation about the role of vision in our lives, our art and our community. At the Atlas Performing Arts Center/1333 H Street NE, WDC

Friday, September 27th
Patricia Parker & William Parker - Workshop & Workshop Performance
6:00pm & 9:00pm
A workshop/performance collaboration with local artists. Dancers and musicians are encouraged to attend. NOTE: The 6pm open dancers and musician's workshop is followed by a 9pm performance of the workshop participants. The performances will be a structured improvisation utilizing words, (spoken or sung), movements and tonal structures. The essential theme of this workshop and performance is that through art and a reverence for life and all that is creative, we can create a world where Peace becomes possible. At Union Arts and Manufacturing / 411 NY Ave. NE, Wash, DC

About the performers/ presenters:

Patricia Nicholson Parker is a dancer, choreographer, and improviser. She is founder and director of Arts for Arts and the Vision Festival, which for close to 20 years, has gathered some of the greatest music, dance, poetry, and visual art under one roof for a six-day celebration of spontaneous creativity. As a dancer-choreographer, she creates unique dance and theater pieces. Also possessing a strong background in social justice, Patricia is a catalyst and fighter for artists' rights; always on call to raise her voice to protest and organize actions against corruption in the arts.

William Parker is one of the most important composers and bassists in the creative music world, occupying an influential role as a integrator of contemporary stateside and international free-based jazz. Downbeat magazine describes his energy and spirit as "both Herculean and Gargantuan.

Atlas Theater and also at Union Arts and Manufacturing
1333 H Street NE / 411 New York Ave NE
Metro: Union Station or NoMa and take a bus - see metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access

PAST: CONCERT: The 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Concert will be at Lisner Auditorium this FRI, Sept 27th from 8:00pm - 10:30pm, Arrive by 7:45pm, Free, RSVP to ensure your space

2013 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert
this year at Lisner Auditorium
Friday, September 27th
8:00pm - 10:30pm or so
NOTE: Please arrive by 7:45pm, at which time all empty seats will be given to those in the stand-by line 

Nick Spitzer, host of public radio’s American Routes, will emcee this evening of conversations, demonstrations, and performances with the 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellows. See list below!

Can't make it in person? The event will also be available to you wherever you are via live webcast! Share your comments and photos on Twitter using the hashtag #NEAHeritage. 

You can request copies of the concert program by emailing Free tickets also available at the Lisner box office and House of Musical Traditions 7010 Westmoreland Ave in Takoma Park, MD walking distance from the Takoma metro.

Sheila Kay Adams
A seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller, and musician
Ralph Burns
Pyramid Lake Paiute elder Ralph Burns is a revered storyteller and native-language specialist
Verónica Castillo
Third-generation clay artist born in Izucar de Matamoros in the Mexican state of Puebla
Séamus Connolly
Musician, teacher, and scholar recognized worldwide as a master traditional Irish musician
Nicolae Feraru
Since immigrating to the US, Feraru has perpetuated the Gypsy traditional music learned from his father
Carol Fran
Fran's distinct voice and piano-playing style mark her celebrated career, spanning more than 6 decades
Pauline Hillaire
Artist, teacher, native-arts conservator, author and storyteller of Washington's Lummi Nation heritage
David Ivey
A master of Sacred Harp singing hwo is reinvigorating this unique vocal tradition for the 21st Century
Ramón "Chunky" Sánchez
Musician, songwriter, educator, and activist; a cultural icon and leader of the Chicano community

730 21st St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom or take the Circulator or any of the 30 line buses that run along Pennsylvania Ave to the stop closest to 21st 

PAST: The Final "Picnic in the Park" of the Series at Murrow Park,18th & H St NW, will be on FRI, Sept 27th! Picnic Tables will be set up every FRI in Sept from 11:30am - 1:30pm Thanks to the folks at the Golden Triangle BID

Golden Triangle BID invites you to 
"Picnic in the Park" at Murrow Park
Fridays in September
11:30am - 1:30pm
Free, bring your own lunch

Friday, September 27th
The final picnic of the series!

Get out of the office and enjoy some sunshine every Friday in September in Murrow Park at 18th & H St NW. The folks at Golden Triangle BID will be setting up picnic tables for you to enjoy your lunch in the park! They'll also have lawn games out for you to enjoy, and you can enter to win a free lunch for you and four of your friends or co-workers by signing up at the Golden Triangle table under the tent. 

Murrow Park
18th & H St NW
Metro: Farragut West 

PAST: The Final "Friday Night Live" of the season features live music from the Dan Haas Band on FRI, Sept 27th from 6:30pm - 9:30pm in Rockville Town Square, near the Rockville Metro! Free

Friday, May 3rd - Friday, September 27th
every Friday night 
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Final Concert of the Series!
Friday, September 27th
Dan Haas Band (Pop Rock)
Metro: Rockville, just about a 7 minute walk or so, take the elevator up to the bridge and follow the path, down the stairs, past the shops and movie theater and construction on the right, turn right once you pass the construction, cross the street, the Sq is a little further down, past more shops, on the left side

PAST: "Cyber In Securities" at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Chinatown, Closes on FRI, Sept 27th, Open from 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Free

WhiteFeather - Parent Folder
"Cyber In Securities" on view at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Chinatown
Friday, August 30th -  Friday, September 27th

Galley Hours: Tuesday - Friday 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) presents an exhibition exploring contemporary data collection and imaging surveillance practices, highlighting artists whose work makes visible experiences of tracking and being tracked in a digital age. The exhibition is part of WPA's Experimental Media 2013, the eighth installment of WPA's Experimental Media program. Twleve artists and art teams from across the US, Canada, and Europe will present a wide range of interactive media, unique technologies, and "take-aways" of works that simultaneously present themselves physically and as on-line data.

between H & G St, right by SAAM/NPG
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

PAST: ART: Multi-Media Exhibit at the National Gallery of Art "Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music" on view in the East Building SUN, May 13th - SUN, Oct 6th, Free

Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909
–1929: When Art Danced with Music.
Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music a multi-media show at the National Gallery of Art, East BuildingFreeOn view Sunday, May 12th - Sunday, October 6th
Update: Gallery is closed as of October 1st due to the Government Shutdown. Hopefully they will re-open soon!  Recommend seeing this one if you haven't already! I also recommend that you watch the film on the second floor before touring through the exhibit, it gives a lot of history and context which I found really interesting! I had no idea that there was so much innovation and collaboration between dancers, musicians, choreographers and fashion and set designers back in the day.
"The Ballets Russes--the most innovative dance company of the 20th century--propelled the performing arts to new heights through groundbreaking collaboration between artists, composers, choreographers, dancers, and fashion designers, with such familiar names as Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, George Balanchine, Vaslaw Nijinsky, and Coco Chanel. Washington is the sole US venue for 150 original costumes, set designs, paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, posters, and film clips in a theatrical multimedia installation."
National Gallery of Art
East Building Concourse, Auditorium
4th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Judiciary Sq, closest to the East Building

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Art Opening in Silver Spring + Wellness Expo at LAYC in Columbia Heights THURS, Sept 26th Thanks to Gravy - a Fab new events website and free App for iPhone and Android

Did you know? You can find lots more local events online on the new local events site, Gravy + if you have an iPhone or Android, I recommend downloading the free Gravy app!

Some cool things that make Gravy unique:
  • You can save events + select to save them saved directly on to your calendar on your iPhone! 
  • You can search by what you are in the mood for! Whatever, Lively, Classy, Brainy; Playtime 
  • You can also search by Currently Trending Events
  • Channels: My favorite channel of course is the Free & Discounted one! Others include Live Music, Happy Hours, Family Friendly, Around the Corner and more - connecting you with specific types of things going on around you. You can find the Channels in your MyStuff section.
The Gravy app is totally Free, which of course we all love, and you can download it here now!

Select Free events found on Gravy listed below!  Click "Learn More" on each post for more details!

5:30pm - 7:30pm
This free, fun-filled event for both youth and parents will feature health education information sessions on nutrition, fitness, skincare/personal care and reproductive health, along with breaks for healthy snacks. The fitness portion will be interactive with a chance to move to the music. Free giveaways for the first 25 people to register!
Latin American Youth Center 
in the Large Community Room
1419 Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Columbia Heights

Opening Reception for "Metaphors and the Mundane" at the King Street Gallery in Silver Spring, MD featuring works by Mark Earnhart, Mary Frank, and Chloe Watson
6:00pm - 8:00pm 
On view Monday, September 16th - Thursday, October 17th
Regular Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
This exhibit features three sculptors who explore objects as symbols and storytellers. Each uses the vernacular language of everyday things to reflect on the lives we live or the lives lived by others in history. Exhibit will be at the King Street Gallery at The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center in Silver Spring at the Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus 
930 King St - Gallery 
Metro: Silver Spring and walk (see walking map from metro) about .6 miles, 14 minutes

Get the Free Gravy App here!

PAST: OPENING: Mix and Mingle over Wine, Food & Music at the Grand Opening of the Palette Apartments in the Arts District Hyattsville, MD on THURS, Sept 26th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free, RSVP Requested, 21+

Come out to Mix and Mingle over Wine, Food and Music!
Celebrate the Grand Opening of Palette Apartment Building
in the Arts District Hyattsville
Thursday, September 26th
6:30pm - 8:30pm
RSVP here to ensure your space, 21+

Enjoy music, food, drinks, and a chance to mix and mingle with others in the Arts District in Hyattsville at the Grand Opening Celebration for the Palette Apartment Building. You'll have a chance to tour the new space and even head up the rooftop, weather permitting, where there will be a DJ spinning some tunes. Plus, party favors for those who attend!

The Palette at Arts District Apartments features a variety of unique homes and live/work units and is in close proximity to the Lustine Center, a restored 1950's automobile showroom with a billiards area, fitness center, art gallery, juice bar, and more. Maryland's first Yes! Organic Market and two eco-friendly Certified B Corporations, Big Bad Woof and Busboys and Poets, are also nearby, along with Elevation Burger, Tara Thai, Chipotle, Franklin's and several other regionally-acclaimed boutique retailers.

in the  Arts District Hyattsville
5501 45th Ave - Hyattsville, MD (see map, it's the top pin)
Metro: Prince Georges Plaza Metro is about 1 mile, which is walking and biking distance, or you can take metro to West Hyattsville and take the F8 bus from Bus Bay E to Jefferson St & Baltimore Ave, a 9 min ride, and walk about two blocks. See metro trip-planner for additional bus options.  

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

PAST: PHOTOGRAPHY: "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath" at the Corcoran SAT, June 29th - SUN, Sept 29th, $10, $8 for students and 62+ Free for kids 12 and under, Members and Military

War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath
on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art 
Saturday, June 29th - Sunday, September 29th
$10, $8 for students with valid ID and those 62+ 
Free for members, military active duty and those 12 and under

This landmark exhibition revolutionizes our understanding of this momentous subject, immersing viewers in the experience of soldiers and civilians during wartime. WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY brings together images by more than 200 photographers from 28 nations and covers conflicts from the past 165 years--from the Mexican-American War through present-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Also the last chance to see Selections from the Collection of Historic American Art featuring paintings by John Singleton Copley, Frederic Church, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, George Bellows, and Edward Hopper.

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

PAST: ART: "Be Square" the September Show at Gallery Underground in Crystal City features works by Arlington Artists Alliance Members from MON, Sept 2nd - SAT, Sept 28th, Free

Monday, September 2nd - Saturday, September 28th

The September show "Be Square" features 10″ x 10″ square paintings by Arlington Artists Alliance members.

Gallery Underground at the Crystal City Shops
2100 Crystal Dr - Arlington, VA
Metro: Crystal City

PAST: POETRY: "A Splendid Wake" Special Celebration Honoring DC Poets at GWU's Gelman Library, Looks like lots of DC Poets will be Speaking! WED, Sept 25th at 6:30pm, Free

Wednesday, September 25th
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"A Splendid Wake" brings together current DC poets to honor past DC poets who have built and sustained a complex and multifaceted literary community in the capital city. Speakers include: Karren L. Alenier, Luis Alberto Ambroggio, Sarah Browning, Grace Cavalieri, Teri Cross Davis, Brian Gilmore, D.C.'s Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick, Jennifer King, Merrill Leffler, E. Ethelbert Miller, Richard Peabody, Kim Roberts, Christopher Sten, and Terence Winch. 

This program also inaugurates a new Wiki to collect information about poets, movements, publications, events, institutions, and broadcasts in DC from 1900 to the present to "provide a picture of the diverse and unique life of poetry that evolved over more than a century." The event will be inaugurated by the Hon. Jim Graham, reading a poem by Walt Whitman.

GWU's Gelman Library
Special Collections, Suite 702 
2130 H St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom

Monday, September 24, 2012

PAST: MUSIC: Outdoor "Concert in the Courtyard" at National Geographic with Alma Tropicalia playing traditional Brazilian Music with a mix TUES, Sept 24th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Free

"Concert in the Courtyard" at National Geographic
Tuesday, September 24th
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Enjoy an exciting evening of traditional Brazilian music with an eclectic mix of Samba, Bossa Nova, and Rock ‘N’ Roll by Alma Tropicalia. In partnership with Golden Triangle BID & National Geographic Museum.

National Geographic Courtyard 
between 16th & 17th on M St NW
Metro: Farragut North or Dupont Circle South and walk, best access is by bus, take the S1, S2, S4 or S9 along 16th St right to M St 

PAST: FILM: BloomScreen and TransAfrica present African Heritage Month films on Timbuktu & the Nile Valley TUES, Sept 24th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, All ages, by donation, suggested $10

BloomScreen and TransAfrica present African Heritage Month films on Timbuktu & the Nile Valley
Tuesday, September 24th
7:00pm - 8:30pm or so
All ages, by donation, suggested $10, RSVP here
Free organic popcorn and refreshments provided 

BloomScreen Indie Film Night  is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers and other experts.

This week, join BloomBars and TransAfrica as they celebrate African Heritage Month. Filmmaker, Howard alum and noted African scholar Dr. Steffan A. Spencer will join the post-film discussion. The moderator will be Mwiza Munthali, Public Outreach Director of TransAfrica.

Films this week include: The Manuscripts of Timbuktu (2009, 52 min), by Zola Maseko – examines the life of one of Africa’s greatest scholars – Ahmed Baba – and the ancient manuscripts from Timbuktu, one the ancient worlds’ preeminent centers of learning. Kissed by the Sun (2013, 15 min), by Steffan A. Spencer – celebrates the vibrant cultural continuity connecting the great Nile Valley Civilizations of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan – once known to the world as Khemet, Axum/Punt and Nubia. Till this day, these lands feature monuments and traditions viscerally know by the world, which still retain their power to invoke wonder.

This film presentation was made possible thanks to our collaboration with TransAfrica – the oldest and largest African American human rights and social justice advocacy organization.

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

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Three more events to choose from on TUES, Sept 24th, Free - $10

Here are some more events for Tuesday, September 24th
organized by start time

"Dream On, Dreamer" Tour Benefit Concert at Pure Lounge on U St
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Note: $10 minimum donation fee for entry,  21+
Presented by DC based arts collective Creative Introverts, the “Dream On, Dreamer” Tour, beginning November 2013, kicks off with a benefit concert at Pure Lounge on U St. The team has utilized the crowd funding website Indiegogo to raise the funds, and have provided perks to donors, including official “Dream On, Dreamer” gear, digital music copies, and to sponsors, having a portion of their donation benefit a local arts & music program.
Pure Lounge
1326 U St, NW
Metro: U St

Tech in Motion: Going Green with Tech
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP required by 4:00pm day of event
Tech in Motion is proud to present "Going Green with Tech" where we will discuss what companies are doing to expand and innovate alternative resources and green initiatives.  We've all heard of the Environmental Movement pushing us towards a more environmentally friendly future. With technology's involvement, inventions that utilize solar energy, wind power, and electric cars have become the norm. This event will focus on sustainable technology and green initiatives that local companies are taking. The night will start off with light food and free beer followed by our panel discussion with 3 innovative speakers and a short Q&A session. 
1515 N Courthouse Rd, 8th floor
Metro: Courthouse, take exit toward Strayer University

LYGO DC Presents: Blorp!
6:30pm - 8:30pm
$10 at the door, RSVP Requested
Hosts Matty Litwack and David Tveite team up with LYGO DC to present "Blorp!" a pro-am comedy show at Desperados Burgers and Bar, Tuesday September 24 from 06:30p - 08:30p. This week's show features some of DC's finest comics, including Jessica Brodkin, Kyle Martin and Kasaun Wilson. Desperados Burgers and Bar
1342 U S, NW
Metro: U St

Saturday, September 22, 2012

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free Arts & Culture events from for SUN, Sept 22nd

Here are some more great free arts and culture events from, a great online events resource from the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, which covers the DC metro area's diverse and vibrant arts scene. Find more upcoming free events and exhibitions on view in the DC metro area on the customized "Free in DC" Inside-Out page. Select Free events below are organized by date and time. Please click through for more event details.

Sunday, September 22nd

Afternoon - Poetry Literary Reading - Bethesda, MD
Clifford Garstang and Hailey Leithauser
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Poet Hailey Leithauser reads from Swoop. She is joined by novelist Clifford Garstang, who reads from What the Zhang Boys Know. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, short walk south on Wisconsin, left on Walsh

Late Afternoon - Film Screening - NGA East Building
Film Series: From Vault to Screen: Le Joli Mai
Read more about the film here.
National Gallery of Art
East Building Concourse, Auditorium
401 Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

PAST: FESTIVAL: Get in to the Green Festival for Free if you Ride your Bike there and Park it in the Free Valet or if you bring an old cell phone to recycle SAT, Sept 21st & SUN, Sept 22nd

The Green Festival is back in DC this Weekend!
Saturday, September 21st & Sunday, September 22nd
Free if you ride your bike there and park it in the free valet or bring an old cell phone to recycle!
Learn more about the event - workshops, speakers, vendors...
Hours: Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm & Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm

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

PAST: FESTIVAL: The 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival is this Weekend on the National Mall! SAT, Sept 21st - SUN, Sept 22nd, Free

The 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival
is this Weekend on the National Mall!
Saturday, September 21st - Sunday, September 22nd 

Saturday, September 21st
10:00am - 5:30pm

Sunday, September 22nd 
12:00pm - 5:30pm

Writers, poets and journalists from across the country turn the Mall into a living bestsellers' table at the National Book Festival. Some of the authors scheduled during the event include: Margaret Atwood, Khaled Hosseini, Brad Meltzer, Joyce Carol Oates, Katherine Paterson and Natasha Trethewey. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event, which will host lots of authors, poets and illustrators. For more information, including event details and times, check out the festival's main website

The DC Public Library will also be participating this year! Learn more about their participation here

The National Mall
between 9th and 14th Streets
Metro: Smithsonian, Federal Center SW, L’Enfant Plaza and Archives/Navy Memorial are all close to The Mall. Numerous bus routes can also get you there, see metro trip-planner for best bus access. 

PAST: FESTIVAL: The Annual Black L.U.V. Festival will take place at the Monroe Street Market by the Brookland Metro this SUN, Sept 22nd from 12:00pm - 6:00pm, All ages, Free

Black L.U.V. Festival will take place this year at the Monroe Street Market by the Brookland Metro
Sunday, September 22nd
12:00pm - 6:00pm
All ages, Free

The Black L.U.V. (love, unity & vision) Festival was established in 1997 by artists in the historic U Street area. The festival is devoted to social change with a desire to uplift the DC creative community using cultural arts as a vehicle to inform and enlighten. Topics include: education, social injustice, healthcare -HIV/AIDS tests will be available-  and others that those in under-served communities and neighborhoods may face. Learn more about the event on their main website here!
716 Monroe St NE
Metro: Brookland - CUA, right by the metro, or see metro trip-planner for bus access

PAST: RUN DC Launch Party - Free 5K Running Tour followed by a Party at Ella's in Chinatown this SUN, Sept 22nd from 6:30pm -9:30pm, Free, RSVP Required, 21+

5K Tour, Pizza, and Drink Specials 
Sunday, September 22nd 

6:30pm - 9:30pm 
Free, RSVP Required, 21+ 

The official launch event for RUN DC will include a free 5K running/jogging tour, free pizza, and drink specials at Ella's Pizza after the tour. Meet in front of Roy Lichtenstein's bright blue 'Modern Head' (pictured) outside of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Chinatown. Meet by the Big Blue Sculpture 9th & F St NW Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Friday, September 21, 2012

PAST: SPECIAL EVENT: Love Dogs and Beer? Come on out to the Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash on SAT, Sept 21st from 1:00pm - 4:00pm, benefiting the Washington Humane Society, Family-friendly, Dog-friendly and Free!

Calling all Dog Lovers! Kickoff Oktoberfest and support the Washington Human Society at the Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash 
Saturday, September 21st
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Love Dogs? Love Beer? Than you do not want to miss the Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash on Saturday, September 21st at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building. The event is dog-friendly, family-friendly and free. 

Grab a beer as you watch a bunch of Dachshunds "dash" down a 50' green as they compete for the title of fasted DC Dachshund. Have a Dachshund you want to enter in the race? It's a $20 fee, 100% of that goes to the Washington Humane Society

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Metro: Federal Triangle drops you right there, you can also walk a few blocks from Metro Center if you're coming from the red line. For those who wish to drive, parking will be available in the building parking lot – please note, you must be prepared to present your driver's license on entry. More info here.

PAST: WORKSHOP: Are you a Caregiver? Learn more about Self Care and Stress Management for Family Caregivers at this Free Workshop from the Kadamba Tree Foundation at the Gregory Library in SE this SAT, Sept 21st from 10:30am - 12:00pm, Free

Workshop on Self Care and Stress Management for Family Caregivers at the Gregory Library
Saturday, September 21st
10:30am - 12:00pm

Airlines instruct passengers to secure their own oxygen masks before helping others, yet caring for a sick loved one can leave family caregivers with little time to care for themselves. Learn about the importance of care and stress management techniques that you can incorporate into daily life at this free workshop designed for those who care for others.

Thanks to Kadamba Tree Foundation for this event.

Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library
3660 Alabama Ave SE
Metro: Naylor Road, take the 36 bus to SE Branch Av & SE Alabama Ave

PAST: MEDITATION: Live near McLean, VA and curious about Meditation? Learn how you can "Transform Your Life Through Meditation" this SAT, Sept 21st at the Dolley Madison Library from 2:00pm - 3:30pm, Free

Learn how you can "Transform Your Life Through Meditation" at this Interactive, Introductory Talk and Workshop with Gerry Gorman of Science of Spirituality DC
Saturday, September 21st
2:00pm - 3:30pm

"Find out how meditation can awaken us to our higher purpose, connect us to the source of all happiness within us, and help us lead more enriching and productive lives. In this talk participants will learn a simple but powerful method of meditation that can transform your life spiritually. Participants will learn how meditation can help heal us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Learn how meditation can connect one to the universal fountainhead of divine peace, bliss, and illumination within us. Through meditation each of us can experience more peaceful, enriching and meaningful lives. Join Gerry Gorman who has been meditating for over 30 years for this inspiring workshop."

This event is organized in partnership with the Science of Sprituality, an organization that offers free meditation workshops throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including the DC area. Learn more about SOS DC and the Science of Spirituality DC Chapter and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with them on facebook and twitter as well @SOS_WashDC.

About the facilitator: Gerry Gorman has been a student of meditation for over 30 years and has studied with two of the most respected mystics of our time: Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj and Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. Professionally, he has worked as an engineer, engineering manager, and business development executive for a number of computer controls and technology companies and he now runs his own controls company.

Dolley Madison Library
1244 Oak Ridge Avenue
McLean, VA 22101 (directions)
Metro: This location is best reached by car, and there is free parking available in the lot. The library is accessible by bus, but not so close to a metro. Metrobus Routes 15K and 15L, the "Chain Bridge Road" line, travel between the Rosslyn Metro Station and Dolley Madison Community Library. Metrobus Routes 23A, B, C, and T, the "McLean-Crystal City" Line, travel from the Ballston Metro Station to within 5 blocks      of the Dolley Madison , Library. For more information, visit Metro's page for Virginia Bus Schedules.


PAST: FESTIVAL: The H Street Festival - along H St, NE between 4th & 14th Streets - will feature Live Music, Art, Vendors, and More! This SAT, Sept 21st from 12:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

The 2013 H Street Festival along the H St NE Corridor
Saturday, September 21st
12:00pm - 7:00pm
More about the festival here and on facebook

Spanning ten blocks this year, the free family-friendly H Street Festival will take place along H St NE between 4th St and 14th St this year. With 8 stages, 250 vendors and 150 food stalls, the 2013 H Street  Festival will be bigger than ever! This year’s visual arts lineup curated by Gallery O on H on the 1300 includes eight art cars, ten local artists and the gallery’s very own stage on 14th St.

H St Corridor in NE
Metro: Union Station and take a taxi or walk, or take the X2 bus from Gallery Pl - Chinatown that runs along H St or any of the 90 line buses that run along U St/ Florida Ave/ 8th St to 8th & H St, NE - see Metro trip planner for best access from where you are.