Thursday, January 31, 2013

PAST: COMEDY: "Don't Block the Box" Comedy Show at Wonderland in Columbia Heights presents The New York City Takeover and local Courteny Fearrington on FRI, Jan 31st from 7:30pm - 10:00pm, $3, 21+

Don't Block the Box Comedy Show at Wonderland in Columbia Heights with local Courtney Fearrington & the New York City Takeover
Friday, January 31st
7:30pm - 10:00pm
$3,  21+

Comedy with DC native, Courtney Fearrington (who has performed at The Kennedy Center, DC Improv and Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, seen on "The Truth About Money" on PBS, and a Don't Block the Box favorite). Hosted by Reggie Melbrough (State Theater). The New York City Takeover will feature Subhah Agarwal ("Modern Comedian" on PBS, NYC Comedy Festival) Joel Walkowski (Blender Magazine and New York Times contributor) Eli Yudin (Boston Comedy Festival, written for the New York Times).

Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk up 14th, turn right on Kenyon

PAST: PHOTO: "Linger On! Photography from Saxony-Anhalt" at the Goethe-Institut SAT, Nov 2nd - FRI, Jan 31st, Free

Linger On! Photography from Saxony-Anhalt
On view Saturday, November 2nd - Friday, January 31st

Featuring photographs by Germans Max Baumann, Iris Brosch, Reinhard Hentze, Carina Linge, Matthias Ritzmann, and Robert Schlotter, all from the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. Capturing fleeting moments in time, these diverse works by six artists present extraordinary encounters with contemporary art. Open Monday - Thursday from 9:00am - 5:00pm and Friday from 9:00am - 3:00pm and during special events.

812 Seventh St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or take the Circulator bus to 7th & Mass Ave

PAST: "Footsteps from North Brentwood" at Gallery 110 in Brentwood, MD, Now - FRI, Jan 31st, Free

"Footsteps from North Brentwood"
at Gallery 110 in Brentwood, MD
On view Now - Friday, January 31st

"Footsteps From North Brentwood" is an exhibition about life in Prince George's County's oldest African-American incorporated Town. The exhibit organized by the North Brentwood Historical Society features information, interviews, and memorabilia about life in North Brentwood. 
in the Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center
3901 Rhode Island Ave - Brentwood, MD
Metro: Bus accessible from metro, please see metro trip-planner for best bus access from where you are coming

PAST: YOGA: Community Yoga Class at Lighthouse Yoga in Petworth, Hatha Yoga with Jamila Crowther this FRI, Jan 31st from 6:30pm - 7:30pm, by donation

Community Yoga Class at Lighthouse Yoga in Petworth, Hatha Yoga led by Jamila Crowther
Friday, January 31st
6:30pm - 7:30pm
All levels welcome, by donation

From my friend Jamila, who will be teaching this class! "Need a little yoga to beat the winter blues? Stop by a 6:30pm community yoga class, taught by donation on Friday, January 31st at Lighthouse Yoga Center." (P.S. It's her birthday!)

Lighthouse Yoga Center
4804 Georgia Ave NW
Metro: Petworth, walk north on Georgia Ave about 17 minutes or take any of the 70 line buses north on Georgia Ave

PAST: MUSIC: Aztec Sun and Photo Radio play a Free Show at The Pinch on FRI, Jan 31st from 9:00pm - 1:00am, 21+

Live Music at The Pinch with Aztec Sun and Photo Radio
Friday, January 31st
9:00pm - 1:00am
Free, donations welcome, 21+

Aztec Sun's first show back in DC since their fall hiatus will be at The Pinch and will feature a collection of new songs and some new band members! They'll be joined by their friends Photo Radio. Photo Radio opens at 9:30pm, Aztec Sun goes on at 11:00pm.

The Pinch
3548 14th St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about 10 minutes north on 14th St, just past Parkwood Pl or take any of the 50 line buses that run along 14th St closer.

PAST: EXHIBIT: "Lions, Tigers, and Bears" on view at National Geographic from THURS, July 25th - SUN, Feb 2nd, daily 10:00am - 6:00pm, Free

Photographs by Michael Nichols, Steve Winter, and Paul Nicklen
"Lions, Tigers, and Bears" on view at National Geographic, Exhibit is in the Lobby
Daily 10:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday, July 25th - Sunday, February 2nd 

Based on the product of multi-year coverage by National Geographic photographers Michael Nichols, Steve Winter, and Paul Nicklen, these images attest to the wildness and beauty of lions and tigers and bears.

National Geographic
1145 17th Street, NW
building entrance is on M St between 16th & 17th 
Metro: Farragut North or take the S1, S2, S4 or S9 bus along 16th St to M St

PAST: ART: Mad Momos hosts their very first Art Exhibition featuring works by NY-based artist Lee Patrick Johnson, Opening on FRI, Feb 8th, Free

Art Show at Mad Momos features works by NY-based artist Lee Patrick Johnson 
Opens on Friday, February 8th, not sure of closing date

"Columbia Heights-based restaurant/beer garden Mad Momos kicks off their Inaugural Art Opening with a show by New York-based artist Lee Patrick Johnson. Johnson will be showcasing his artwork and artisanship, which ranges from ceramics to installation pieces. His boundaries are inevitably the pieces will be a smear of culture, color and ideas constructed of anything from pure 24-carat gold and porcelain to automotive paint and home furnishing supplies."

Mad Momos
3605 14th St, NW - just south of Spring Rd
Metro: Columbia Heights and/or Petworth, it's about 9 blocks from either. You can also take any of the 50 lines buses north along 14th St closer.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

PAST: MEDITATION: Free Meditation Series continues with Science of Spirituality DC at the Palisades Library on THURS, Jan 30th from 7:00pm-8:30pm, All are Welcome, Free

Highlights post for Free Meditation Workshops at DC Libraries this month with SOS DC!
Start the new year off right with some meditation!

Science of Sprituality continues to offer free meditation workshops at DC libraries!

Learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and with SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC. Learn more about their new home in Washington, DC at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.

David Newcomb

Thursday Nights - Palisades
January 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th
"Meditation: A New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping"
A Four-Part Series with David Newcomb
Feel free to attend any or all sessions!

Thursday, January 30th - Part Four
7:00pm - 8:30pm
In this busy, fast-paced world, peace seems like an elusive commodity. David Newcomb will offer a simple, effective meditation technique that can help you find inner peace. Begin your new year with a 4-part meditation series. Newcomb, author and meditation practitioner has been meditating for over 36
years. He has been offering workshops and lectures on mediation, personal transformation and spirituality. He has been inspiring audiences on how to practice and learn this very simple technique which can impact your life in many positive ways. In this series, you will have the chance to practice the art of meditation which can positively affect your life. Through first-hand demonstrations of this simple yet highly effective method you will discover the key to deeper concentration. Join David for this inspirational meditation workshop series and start the New Year on the right track!
Palisades Library
4901 V St, NW
Metro: see metro trip-planner for best bus access

PAST: MUSIC: Live Experimental Reggae Dub with Dr. Dubenstein! this SAT, March 30th at Tropicalia at 14th & U, Performance from 9:00pm - 10:30pm, $5, 21+

Electronic Dub Warfare with Dr. Dubenstein
Live Experimental Reggae Dub!
Saturday, March 30th
9:00pm - 10:30pm 
$5, 21+

Dr. Dubenstein is back with his crew at Tropicalia this Saturday for an early show, live set from 9:00pm-10:30pm. Get ready for some experimental reggae beats and heavy dub vibes.

2001 14th St, NW
enter downstairs on U St
Metro: U St or take the Circulator, Woodley Park - McPherson Sq route, to 14th & U

PAST: ART + WORKSHOPS + BUDDHISM: Shambhala Arts Day at the Shambhala Center in Cleveland Park + Special Talk by Sakyong, the head of the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage, from 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Events from 9:00am - 9:00pm, Free

Shambhala Arts Day at the Shambhala Center in Cleveland Park
Saturday, March 30th
9:00am - 9:00pm
Free and open to all
Please click the link above to see a detailed schedule

The Shambhala Center in Cleveland Park will be offering brief workshops, demos, and lectures, some of which are specific to their community such as Ikebana and calligraphy. Enjoy poetry, music, dance and more!

Workshops will be offered in the morning and late afternoon. From 1:00pm - 2:30pm Sakyong "the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and Shambhala International, a worldwide network of urban Buddhist meditation centers, retreat centers, monasteries, a university, and other enterprises, founded by his father, the Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (XI Trungpa Tulku). Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is a high lama in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism" will be speaking, and they expect that this will draw a large crowd.

Workshops will be held in the main shrine room and small shrine room concurrently. Feel free to attend any workshop you want or stay the whole day. No RSVPs necessary.  The Shambhala Center will also be offering art and music activities for children, facilitated by Sharon Doetsch-Kidder from 11:00am - 12:00pm in the Director’s Office. Contact for more information; RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC
3520 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Cleveland Park, super close to the metro

PAST: Three more Free, donation-based and low-cost events to choose from this SAT, March 30th, Events take place from 7:00pm - 3:00am

Washington Sound Museum XIX - featuring Harpist Nadia Pessoa
organized by Christylez Bacon at BloomBars
Saturday, March 30th
7:00pm - 10:00pm
All ages, by donation, $15 suggested, please give as you are able
Progressive Hip-Hop meets world-music genres over tea. This edition features Progressive Hip-Hop Artist Christylez Bacon, creator of this series, along with Orchestra Harpist Nadia Pessoa.   7:00pm Teatime, 8:00pm Performances.
3222 11th St, NW - just north of Kenyon
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north one block on 14th, turn right on Kenyon, left on 11th

Artshow_01: A DC Showcase + Hole in the Sky Open Studio 
Saturday, March 30th
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Free, RSVP Requested
The guys over at Hole in the Sky are opening their studio space for an evening of art appreciation + creative cross-pollination. Come out for muisc, mopeds, art and more. There will be "a cross-section of local artists who have been invited to adorn the walls with their dope artwork."
Hole in the Sky
2110 5th St, NE
Metro: Rhode Island Ave, walk to the left, west, on RI Ave, turn left on 5th St, right on W St, and turn left into the alley between 5th and 4th St. Note: The entrance to Hole in the Sky is a tricky because it's in an alley. There will be directional signs to help you find it. You might want to check out the google map as well. (P.S. According to their note,  if a dog barks at you when you're in the alley, please don't be scared.)

I DIG YOUR WIG --- raw, rare, & righteous cuts
at The Dunes in Columbia Heights
Saturday, March 30th
9:00pm - 3:00am
Free with facebook RVSP
Come early for a free dance lesson provided by Urban Artistry
"Northern Soul @ the Dunes, take two! UK Rock 'n' Souler Dan Connie & special guests present... I DIG YOUR WIG -- A party night of raw, rare and righteous Northern soul, R'n'B, & rock and roll from the 50s on. A sumptuous selection of low down dirty cuts that will put butter in your biscuit and ham in your hock. Can you get down?"
The Dunes 
1402 Meridian Place, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th St, past Park a few blocks, turn left on Meridian, where The Getaway is, and look for the glass door and go up the stairs.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

PAST: AUTHOR TALK: "Served Fresh" An Afternoon with Joe Yonan, Author of "Eat Your Vegetables" at the Georgetown Library this SUN, Feb 2nd from 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Free

"Served Fresh" An Afternoon with Joe Yonan, author of  "Eat Your Vegetables"
at the Georgetown Library
Sunday, February 2nd
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cookbooks will be available for purchase

The Georgetown Neighborhood Library welcomes Joe Yonan, the Food and Travel Editor of the Washington Post for talk about his new cookbook Eat Your Vegetables. The event will include a cooking demonstration (note, no food will be served at the event), a Q&A and a book signing.

The Georgetown Neighborhood Library 
3260 R St NW - lower level
Metro: Dupont Circle and take a bus across town or Tenleytown or Foggy Bottom and take any of the 30 line buses that run along Wisconsin Ave or the Circulator bus to the last stop. See metro trip-planner for best access from where you are coming from.

PAST: SPECIAL EVE: Enjoy an Eve of Yoga, Meditation, Music and Chant from a Jewish perspective with "The Kavanah Experience" this WED, Jan 29th at 7:00pm at Adas Israel in Cleveland Park, All are Welcome, Free, Please RSVP

"An Evening of Jewish Yoga, Meditation, Music & Chant"
Wednesday, January 29th
Free, All are welcome to attend, please RSVP

"Find your Kavanah (spiritual intention) with an evening of fully embodied Jewish practices, as we sample a taste of Jewish yoga, meditation, and Kirtan (call and response music). Try a bit of it all in a relaxed, welcoming environment. Followed by an organic tea sampling to the tunes of zen-like Jewish music!"

Adas Israel Congregation
2850 Quebec Street, NW
Metro: Cleveland Park or take the H2, H4, L2 or L4 bus

Monday, January 28, 2013

PAST: FILM: Screening of "Food Fight: Revolution Never Tasted So Good" + Meet the Farmer from Eat Well Natural Farm at Commissary on P St this TUES, Jan 28tht from 9:00pm - 11:00pm, Free

Movie Night + Meet the Farmer at Commissary on P St
Food Fight: Revolution Never Tasted So Good 
Tuesday, January 28th - Note: new date due to the snow
9:00pm - 11:00pm

The Commissary invites you to a free screening of the documentary by Chris Taylor, Food Fight: Revolution Never Tasted So Good, on their big screen. While there, you can also learn about and meet the farmer now behind Eat Well Natural Farm, a labor of love that started 3 years ago. "For the first two years it was tended by the owners of the Commissary during time away from their busy schedules running 5 restaurants in DC. The farm is slowly growing and now employs a full time farmer and is undergoing some exciting expansions this season." The Commissary invites you to come out for the film, and to come out to the farm sometime. They're always looking for volunteers too.

1443 P St NW - across from Whole Foods
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk or get there closer by bus, you can take any of the S buses - S1, S2, S4 or S9, to 16th & P St and walk just over a block or take the Circulator express bus from McPherson Sq or U St to 14th and RI Ave or 14th & P St.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Film Screenings at the Goethe at 6:30pm and Play Reading at Source at 7:30pm on MON, Jan 27th Thanks to, a great resource for Arts & Culture events in the DC Metro area!

Here are some more great free arts and culture events from! This site is a fantastic resource for events provided by CultureCapital (formerly known as the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington) a wonderful organization that supports and highlights the DC metro area's vibrant and diverse arts community! 

Stay connected to on facebook and be sure sign up for their weekly Insider email that goes out every Tuesday and/or for their new Weekend edition! You can also find more free things to do on the "Free in DC" Inside-Out page, which covers DC and metro VA & MD. Select Free events are organized below by date and time. Please click through for more details.

Monday, January 27th

Evening - Film Screenings at the Goethe - Chinatown
Indestructible II: Film Program
6:30pm - 8:15pm
see list of films being screened
All films are in English or have English subtitles. Total time: 96 min.
In cooperation with the Oberhausen, Germany International Short Film Festival and the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Goethe-Institut presents two film programs in response to the Hirshhorn's current exhibition, Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950on display through May 26, 2014.
812 Seventh St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Evening - Play Reading at Source - U St 
Die Mommie Die!
A comic melodrama, presented by Rainbow Theatre Project, that evokes the 1960’s "grande guignol" films that featured aging stars such as Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Lana Turner. A plot that reflects Greek tragedy as well as Hollywood kitsch, with a twist ending which airs out all the family’s dirty laundry. By Charles Busch, Directed by Chris Griffin. Rainbow Theatre Project is committed to being the premiere theatre for the LGBT community in the Nation’s Capital by presenting plays and musicals that reflect the unique experiences, interests and history of the LGBT community.
Source Theatre
1835 14th St NW
Metro: U St or take any bus along 14th St closer, or the Circulator to 14th & U 

Find more exhibits on view and free things to do on the "Free in DC" Inside-Out page!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

PAST: EXHIBIT: "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" at the Sackler Gallery on the National Mall from SAT, Oct 19th - SUN, Jan 26th, 2014, Free

"Yoga: The Art of Transformation"
at the Sackler Gallery on the National Mall
Saturday, October 19th - Sunday, January 26th, 2014

"Yoga: The Art of Transformation" is now on view at the Sackler Gallery! This exhibit is the world's first to focus on the art of yoga, showcasing more than 130 works of art! Many of these pieces are making their U.S. debut. The exhibit features representations of yoga from the past 2,000 years and explores yoga's philosophies, its goals of transforming the body and consciousness, its importance within religion and society and the surprising roles of yogis in society, from sages to spies. Works range from masterpieces of Indian sculpture, manuscripts and painting to turn-of-the-century magic posters, medical illustrations, photographs and films. "The Art of Transformation" is funded in part by the Smithsonian's first major crowd-funding campaign, which earlier this summer raised more than $174,000 in six weeks! I imagine some of you DC area yogis may have even contributed.

Note: This museum is not easy to navigate. I have visited numerous times over the years and still seem to get lost every time. Best to allow extra time to find your way to the exhibit as it feels a bit like a corn maze in there with a serious lack of signage and staff to assist you at the beds and turns, especially if you come in through the wrong entrance. The Freer and Sackler are connected by an underground exhibition space and there are multiple entrances to the buildings, which adds to the confusion. My suggestion is to enter through the main entrance on The Mall or through the gated area, Smithsonian Castle Gardens entrance on Independence Ave, turn immediately to the left and look for the grey building with the large yoga exhibit banners on the sides. There is an information desk at that entrance rather than just a security guard there. 

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW 

PAST: POETRY: Come out to the Kogod Courtyard in the NPG/ SAAM Building in Chinatown for the 2014 DC Youth Slam Team Semi-Finals! The top 20 qualifying poets will perform this SUN, Jan 26th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Free

Semi-Finals for the 2014 DC Youth Slam Team!
Sunday, January 26th
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Come out the Kogod Courtyard in the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum building in Chinatown this Sunday to join the DC Youth Slam Team as they decide who will be a part of the 2014 DC Youth Slam Team. The top 20 qualifying poets will be competing and the public is welcome to attend and cheer them on! Questions?

National Portrait Gallery & American Art Museum
in the beautiful Kogod Courtyard
8th & G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

PAST: WELLNESS: Community Wellness Fair at Joe's Movement Emporium in Mt Rainier, MD this SUN, Jan 26th from 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Free

Community Wellness Fair at Joe's Movement Emporium in Mt Rainier, MD
Sunday, January 26th
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Have a chance to win free movement classes from Joe's Movement Emporium and more at their Annual Community Wellness Fair! Additional offerings:

  • Get a Mini Massage or an Acupuncture Treatment
  • Try out Yoga, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais and the MELT Method - improve circulation, flexibility, and strengthen your core muscles
  • Work with a Nutritionist and Herbalist to balance your diet and overall health
  • Find out how Maryland offices can qualify for the state’s Free Workplace Wellness Services 
  • Browse and chat with the vendors that will be on-site

Joe's Movement Emporium
3909 Bunker Hill Road (map)
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712
Metro: West Hyattsville and short taxi (1.2 miles, see map) or see if there is a bus

Friday, January 25, 2013

PAST: A RT: Jessica Cebra: CAVE on view at TransformerSAT, Dec 14th - SAT, Jan 25th, Free + Artist Talk on SAT, Jan 18th at3:00pm, Free

Jessica Cebra: CAVE on view at Transformer
Saturday, December 14th - January 25th
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12:00pm - 6:00pm and by appointment.

"Continuing our commitment to highlight the work of exceptional DC-based emerging artists, Transformer's 11th Annual DC Artist Solo Exhibition presents the work of Jessica Cebra in her first solo exhibition."

"Jessica Cebra transforms the gallery space into a fantastical constructed cave, obsessively plastered with imagery drawn from the artist's personal museum souvenir postcard collection. Inside the cave, the legacy and stability of institutionalized narratives of art history are distorted and embellished to obscurity, covered in paper mosaic and collage - a fabricated shrine to impermanence. Fascinated by how history and collective memory are shaped by the ways we collect, preserve and present cultural artifacts, Cebra explores notions of impermanence, growth and decay by appropriating and manipulating imagery of man-made iconic idealizations, monumentality, and opulent materiality in the face of larger natural forces."

1404 P St NW
Metro: Closest access is by Circulator or 52, 54 bus along 14th St. You can catch the Circulator at McPherson Sq and get off at RI Ave or catch it from U St at 14th and take it to P St, you can also walk acorss P St from Dupont Circle, about 7 blocks

PAST: ART: "Wolf Kahn: Printmaking with Line and Color"at Neptune Fine Art THURS, Nov 21st - SAT, Jan 25th, Open WED - SATfrom 12:00pm - 6:00pm, Free

Wolf Kahn Barn Above Pond screenprint
size: 26 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches
Wolf Kahn: Printmaking with Line and Color
On view at Neptune Fine Art
Thursday, November 21st - Saturday, January 25th
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Spanning 40 years, from 1969 to 2010, this exhibition of monotypes, screenprints, etchings and lithographs reveals the scope and skill of Kahn's ability to transform space into color. The artist revisits themes and locations as an integral component in his working process. He seamlessly blends observation and invention, capturing seasonal changes and fleeting moments.

Neptune Fine Art
1662 33rd St NW - near Reservoir Rd, south of R St 
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro, or take the Circulator, Union-Station, Georgetown route, to the stop closest to Reservoir Rd, near the end of the line

PAST: ART: Show, Sale + Music & Video Game Tournaments this SAT, Jan 25th from 1:00pm - 1:00am as part of "The Amazing Art Jam" at Blind Whino by the Waterfront Metro in SW, All ages, $10, Free for kids under 10

"The Amazing Art Jam" at Blind Whino
Saturday, January 25th
1:00pm - 1:00am
All ages, $10, kids under 10 admitted Free

Note: video game tournament fees not included in cover. For all kinds of details, please see the invite. Too many names to re-list here.

"Art Show / Sale + Video Game Tournaments + Great Music = The Amazing Art Jam"

  • Open Art Gallery & Video Game Tournament starting at 1:00pm
  • Artist Reception  6:00pm
  • Party at 8:00pm

Refreshments available, maybe snacks, maybe a food truck or two will show up as well. Cash bar only for those 21+ with valid ID.

Blind Whino
734 First St. SW
Metro: Waterfront, about a 9 minute walk, east on M St toward 3rd St SW, left on Deleware Ave SW, destination will be on the right, at H St SW

PAST: HIP-HOP: "I Am: DC Youth's Hip-Hop Vision" organizedwith the DC Youth Slam Team at Busboys and Poets 14th & V this SAT, Jan25th from 5:00pm - 8:00pm, All ages, Free

Saturday, January 25th
5:00pm - 8:00pm
All ages, No cover noted so assuming it's free

An open-mic/speakout organized and driven by DC youth in collaboration with the Kennedy Center's one mic Hip-Hop festival. From the invite: "From March 28 to April 12, 2014, the Kennedy Center, in collaboration with Hi-ARTS, the producers of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, presents One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide, a festival celebrating this uniquely American art form. The festival highlights MCing, DJing, B-Boying, and graffiti writing, the original four elements of hip-hop culture, alongside contemporary interdisciplinary work born of hip-hop aesthetics through ticketed and free performances and exhibitions featuring the work of some of the most innovative hip-hop generation artists in the world today. The event explores hip-hop’s dynamic relationship with audiences and artists worldwide who identify themselves and their work as part of a global hip-hop culture."

Busboys and Poets
14th & V St NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator to 14th & U

PAST: MUSIC: Live Music from Sarah Donner and Flo Anito at the Tree House Lounge in NE on SAT, Jan 25th at 7:00pm, $8

Sarah Donner and Flo Anito at the Tree House Lounge
Saturday, January 25th 

Live performances from Sarah Donner and Flo Anito.

Tree House Lounge
1006 Florida Ave NE
Metro: NoMa and walk about 12 minutes along Florida Ave or see metro trip-planner to see if there is a bus that will get you closer. If you plan to drive there is plenty of street parking in front of the building and the surrounding area. Those biking are welcome to lock their bikes to the fence. There is also a Capitol Bike Share station a few blocks away at 8th St and Florida Ave NE, and Neal St and Trinidad Ave NE.

PAST: SACRED CIRCLE: "Open Spirit Circle" at the Seekers Church in Takoma, right across from the Metro, this SAT, Jan 25th from 8:00pm - 11:00pm, All ages, by donation, $10 requested

January Open Spirit Circle - Sacred Fire and Drum Circle
at the Seekers Church in Takoma Park
Saturday, January 25th
8:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, $10 at the door
If you are not able to make a donation please consider helping with set up, starting at 5:00pm

This event is being organized by some really sweet people, including my friends Beth and Rolande. It used to take place every month but now is not as frequent so if you're interested. I encourage you to come on out!

From the invite: "As the wheel of the seasons change, we find ourselves getting closer to winter and closer to the change of year. In January we will gather to drum, dance, chant, sing, celebrate in community. Please join us to keep the fire in our hearts alive through drumming and dancing in sacred space during the colder months."

About the event: Open Spirit Circles are a safe sacred space in which we express ourselves through drumming, dance, chant, trance, and song. The circles are held indoors around a fire pot, in a space that we collectively turn into sacred space. These circles were formed as a way to keep the magic of the summer outdoor fire circles alive and continuing through the winter months. Please feel free to bring your drums, rattles and shakers, Native American flutes and any sacred items you would like to place on any of the 5 altars around the circle. Dancing and hanging out is also welcome. If you'd like to come early to help decorate and set up, set up starts at 5:00pm. Please also remember to bring your own water bottle. There will be some extra drums for those who don't have a drum.

Seekers Church
276 Carrol Street NW - please use the entrance in the back by the parking lot
Metro: Takoma Park, right across the street from the Metro, please enter through the back of the building

PAST: SHOWCASE: The Safety Dance Arts Collective presents a Special Showcase at Chief Ike's in Adams Morgan this SAT, Jan 25th from 9:00pm - 3:00am, Free, 21+

The Safety Dance Arts Collective Showcase at Chief Ike's
Saturday, January 25th
9:00pm - 3:00am
Free, 21+

"You... are cordially invited to the soft opening of Safety Dance. What is Safety Dance you ask? Safety Dance is a collective of artists creating a safe place for music, visual arts & of course dance... Come! Bring your creative selves & your creative alter-egos & get open in a safe creative scene."  

Saturday, January 25th
Enjoy: "Live painting from Eve Hennessa who will depict the lovely Tango singer Gina Mirenda, a live acoustic set from renaissance woman Ann Applesauce of Mimi Loco and the Drama Queens, a wearable art display from Liz Navarro of Weird & Kreepy Treasures by Liz & dj sets from DJ Zack Rosen, DJ Mezkla, DJ Black Radio Internasionaal & DJ Alpha Betts."  

Chief Ike's Mambo Room
1725 Columbia Rd, just north of 18th past the Safeway
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus to the Safeway/ Chief Ike's stop, you can also take the 42 bus from Dupont or along Conn Ave downtown toward Mt Pleasant to Onatrio Rd stop by Safeway.

PAST: MUSIC: Grateful Dead Tribute Band Beggars Tomb at McGinty's in Silver Spring this SAT, Jan 25th at 9:30pm, $5, 21+

Beggars Tomb at McGinty's
Celebrating the Music of the Grateful Dead
Saturday, January 25th
$5, 21+

Learn more about Beggars Tomb, a Grateful Dead Tribute Band.

McGinty's Public House
911 Ellsworth Dr - Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Silver Spring, in the main downtown Silver Spring Center

Thursday, January 24, 2013

PAST: MUSIC: Live Music at Union Arts in NoMa "Girls, God, and Video" this FRI, Jan 24th starting at 8:00pm, $5

Live Music at Union Arts "Girls and God"
Friday, January 24th
Note: not sure about age restrictions, please contact the organizers if you have any concerns or quetsions

Music from: Girls and God (Dave Scanlon of Killer BOB), Layne Garrett and Ian McColm.

Union Arts
411 New York Ave, NE - 3rd floor
Please enter through the loading dock
Metro: NoMa-Galludet and walk about 15 minutes or take a taxi  - it's not too far from Union Market. There is also parking available behind the building in the alley 

PAST: HIP HOP: Nomadic Wax + pH Music present "Beats to the Rhyme" with The Poem-Cees, Hired Gun, DJ RBI, Dumi Right and others at The Dunes this FRI, Jan 24th from 8:00pm - 2:00am, $10

Nomadic Wax + pH Music present "Beats to the Rhyme"
Friday, January 24th
8:00pm - 2:00am

"Beats to the Rhyme" will feature: The Poem-Cees, Hired Gun, DJ RBI, Dumi Right and special guests!
"Nomadic Wax, Multiflora Productions and pH Music continue the showcase of artists at the forefront of global hip hop culture... An offshoot of the popular Internationally Known hip hop series which served to highlight live performances by dope artists from around the globe, this time out the event features the stateside talents of the Poem-cees, Hired Gun and international hip hop champion and representative Dumi Right. The night will be scored by the sounds of the talented artisan, DJ RBI a fixture on the DC music scene. Expect heavy doses of lyrics, rugged tracks, an eclectic mix of styles and delivery."

The Dunes
1402 Meridian Place NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk just a few blocks north on 14th, past Park Rd, turn left on Meridian, The Dunes is above The Getaway, go up one flight of stairs.

PAST: DANCE: Dancing Freedom at The Studio in Dupont Circle this FRI, Jan 17th from 8:00pm - 9:30pm by donation, $12 suggested, okay to give $10 or less

Dancing Freedom at The Studio in Dupont Circle
Friday, January 17th
8:00pm - 9:30pm
by donation, $12 suggested, okay to give $10 or less

Dancing Freedom is a free-movement practice that invites you to come home to yourself and fully experience being in your bodies in the moment, with joy, freedom, and creativity. It is a ritual of embodied soul care and transformation. It is lightly-facilitated uninhibited movement, play, nonverbal communication, listening, self-expression, meditation. Music invites you to fully feel and be with your emotions and breath…the rest is up to you! Dancing Freedom is a space where you can come home to yourself and fully experience being in your body in the moment, with joy, freedom, connection, and creativity. Dive in the flow and let yourself enjoy the dance. Bring a friend, and be part of a beautiful community of soulful movers and shakers!

1710 Connecticut Ave NW
right side, between R and S St
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

PAST: JAZZ: Jazz Standards with Abby Nightingale and The James Benson Trio upstairs at the Black Fox Lounge this THURS, Jan 23rd from 8:00pm - 11:00pm, Free

Live Jazz upstairs at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont Circle
The James Benson Trio - with Abby Nightingale on vocals
Thursday, January 23rd
8:00pm - 11:00pm

My friend Abby Nightingale will be performing a free show this Thursday. Come out for some Jazz Standards, Bossa Nova and Samba with Abby on vocals, James on guitar and Nathan Garrett on bass. Also Thursday night, downstairs at the Black Fox Lounge, La-ti-do will be celebrating their 2 year anniversary with a special donation-based show from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. If you hop up and downstairs you can enjoy both performances!

Black Fox Lounge
upper level -  by the main bar
‎1723 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, take the Q St exit and walk a few blocks north on Conn, it's on the right side of the street.

PAST: ART TALK: "The Ways We Collect" a Conversation with Artist Jessica Cebra - who has a show on view now at Transformer - and DC Public Library Specialists at the Tenleytown Library this THURS, Jan 23rd at 6:30pm, Free

Thursday, January 23rd

The DC Public Library and Transformer are proud to present artist Jessica Cebra in conversation with DC Public Library specialists to examine the ways we collect, preserve and present cultural artifacts. "We can't save everything, so how do we decide what has lasting value? Who gets to decide? What will be relevant to future generations?"

Having studied Library Science, archives management and historic preservation, Cebra believes that collecting, arranging, categorizing, preserving and exhibiting objects is as important as the significance of the artifacts themselves. With DC Public Library's Manager of Special Collections Kim Zablud, Community Archivist Derek Gray and Transformer Founder & Executive Director Victoria Reis, Cebra will discuss the politics of archiving, and how value is assigned to objects over time.

Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library:
4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Metro: Tenleytown, right across from the metro

PAST: CABARET: La-Ti-Do Musical Theater Cabaret & Spoken Word series Celebrates 2 Years at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont this THURS, Jan 23rd from 7:00pm - 10:00pm, by donation, $10 suggested, 21+

La-Ti-Do turns 2 Years Old! - Special Night! 
Thursday, January 23rd 
7:00pm - 10:00pm
by donation, $10 suggested, 21+

La-Ti-Do celebrates 2 years at the Black Fox Lounge and they are hosting a special party this Thursday! Come by starting at 7pm to see many La-Ti-Do alumni make their appearance and perform a little something in honor of this special day. They are also planning some special announcements! Guest Performers: Nia Simmons, Cheryl Daro, Rick Westerkamp, Tina Ghandchilar, Lou Steele, Charlie Wright, Diana Huey, Emily Levey, Sarah Lawson, more to be announced! Don Mike Mendoza & Regie Cabico host. Accompanist: Jonathan Tuzman.

La-Ti-Do is DC's first curated spoken word/musical theater cabaret series! This weekly event takes place every Monday night in the cozy lower level piano lounge at the Black Fox in Dupont, performers vary. A really great, intimate evening of high quality musical entertainment and spoken word every week! "Every Monday evening at La-Ti-Do, you can count on a couple of things: the warm welcome, and fabulous talents, of hosts DonMike Mendoza and Regie Cabico, and resident pianist Jonathan Tuzman, spoken word and musical theatre performances (in addition to the month’s feature), and, most importantly, the feeling of community that comes from taking in DC’s performing arts community."

Black Fox Lounge
‎1723 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, take the Q St exit and walk a few blocks north on Conn, it's on the right side of the street.

PAST: ART: "Solo Preview 2014" See Previews of Nine Solo Artist Shows coming up at The Art League in Old Town Alexandria, VA from THURS, Jan 9th - THURS, Jan 23rd, Free

Solo Preview 2014 at the Art League Gallery features Previews for Nine Solo Artist Shows
Thursday, January 9th  - Thursday, January 23rd

Open daily from 10:00am - 6:00pm
12:00pm - 6:00pm on Sundays
The Gallery stays open late on Thursdays
10:00am - 9:00pm

The Art League’s Solo Preview Exhibit will premiere a work by each of our nine solo artists for 2014. A panel of outside jurors selected these nine artists from around 50 applicants. To be considered, potential solo artists provided examples of their work, created a proposal, and completed the jurying process. All artists in this exhibit have successfully completed this process and are preparing exhibits for 2014. This exhibit offers viewers a glimpse of the exciting exhibits at The Art League Gallery this coming year. Artists include: 
  • E.E. McCollum, "The Cocoon Series" (March) 
  • Natalie Shudt, "Sway" (April) 
  • Courtney Hengerer, "Playground" (May) 
  • Susan O'Neill, "Figural" (June) 
  • David Alfuth, "The Adventure" (July) 
  • Web Bryant, "Washington From Light to Night" (September) 
  • Leslie Nolan, "Dissed" (October) 
  • Michelle Rogers, "Revisiting the Past" (November) 
  • Whitney Staiger, "Profiles" (December) 
The Art League
in the Torpedo Factory
105 North Union St - Alexandria, VA
Metro: King St and take the free trolley down to the Waterfront or take any bus that runs down King to get you closer.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

PAST: DJ NIGHT: All Vinyl, Global Grooves, B-Side Funk and More from DJ Crown Vic at Cafe Saint Ex on WED, Jan 22nd from 9:00pm - 2:00am, Free, 18+

Weird World featuring DJ Crown Vic at Cafe St Ex
Wednesday January 22nd
9:00pm - 2:00am

UPDATE: 4:00pm I jsut found out over twitter that tonight's @ElectricCowbell event @cafesaintex is cancelled "St Ex is NOT opening the downstairs due to extreme weather concerns"

Label boss Crown Vic of Electric Cowbell Records spins the world and then some. You’ll hear plenty of global grooves, b-side funk, and world soul cooked up in a genre called ‘Eclectico.’ All vinyl.
Music: World Grooves, Brazilian

Cafe Saint-Ex
1847 14th St, NW
Metro: U St or take any bus along 14th St to T St or the Circulator bus, McPherson Sq - Woodley Park route, along 14th St to U St and walk down a block or so. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

PAST: **Postponed due to weather** "Live From The Underground: A Creative Collective" featuring Jones, Visto, Ras Nebyu & Haile Supreme at The Dunes TUES, Jan 21st from 7:00pm - 10:00pm, $5

Live From The Underground: A Creative Collective featuring Jones, Visto, Ras Nebyu & Haile Supreme at  The Dunes
Tuesday, January 21st
7:00pm - 10:00pm
$5 cover, bar available for those 21+

Tuesday, January 21st - Update 2:50pm
"Due to the weather conditions, we are canceling tonight's showcase presented by The Underground. Please stay safe and warm inside tonight and please check back as we will be rescheduling soon."

"Tuesday evening, #TheUDGRD emerges at The Dunes. Come out and enjoy a night surrounded by art of all forms. The Underground will be showcasing acts found locally and afar to harvest their "different kind of buzz" along with a pop-up shop featuring 2322 Jewelry and the Awakening Clothing brand. SHAM's DJ O's Cool and The Savannah Harris Trio will be housing the event out with performances by Haile Supreme, Hippie Life Krew's Vi$to, JONES & Ras Nebyu of The Washington Slizzards."

The Dunes
1402 Meridian Place NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, north on 14th, left on Meridian, look for the glass door with the staircase, walk up one flight

PAST: FYI: All Smithsonian's are Open Today, but may close early this afternoon. The Zoo is Closed. TUES, Jan 21st

From the Smithsonian website. "The National Zoo is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 21, due to inclement weather. Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. and New York will open on time today, but may close early this afternoon." Check here for updates.

PAST: MUSIC: "Children of Uganda: Tour of Light 2014" at the National Museum of Natural History on TUES, Jan 21st at 11:30am, $3 - $6

Children of Uganda: Tour of Light 2014
Tuesday, January 21st
$3-$6 buy tickets
Presented by Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Program is suited for kids ages 6 and up. 

Note: They will also be performing a Free Show at the Kennedy Center as part of the Millennium Stage series on Sunday, January 19th from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, which you can also watch live online!

In a performance that's joyful, touching, and life-affirming, this gloriously memorable troupe of young singers and dancers illuminates African traditions--and their own country's future. With a connection that reaches across ages and cultures, their work has been hailed by the New York Times as "inspiring" and "euphoric." Don't miss the opportunity to meet--and be moved by--these truly unique artists. 

Please Note: Everyone must have a ticket to enter; including children under the age of 2 (select ‘Child Under 2’ from above price types). -Seating is at the discretion of House Management based on theater size and the number of people attending the show. You may be asked to sit in a designated section/area of the theater or auditorium. -For groups of 10 children or more (ages 2-16) please call Discovery Theater at 202-633-8700 for a group discount. This performance is part of the Meet the World programs which are supported by a generous grant from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

National Museum of Natural History - Baird Auditorium
10th & Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian

Sunday, January 20, 2013

PAST: Honor MLK with a Special Celebration of Poetry and more at the Folger Shakespeare Library! MON, Jan 20th from 11:00am - 1:00pm, Free

"Not Just Another Day Off" - Honoring MLK with Poetry and more at the Folger Shakespeare Library
Monday, January 20th
11:00am -1:00pm

Combining dramatic readings of speeches and poetry, Folger Shakespeare Library celebrates the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with this event. This event is co-sponsored with The American Poetry Museum.

Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Folger Haskell Center
Metro: Capitol South, if coming from the red line you can walk from Union Station but it's a bit further

Saturday, January 19, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Live Music with Rob Robinson at Ebenezers at 6:00pm on SUN, Jan 19th - Thanks to Gravy - local events App and Website

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:

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! Click "Learn More" on each post for more details! Free events below. See metro trip-planner for best bus and metro options. Please click through for more details about these events!

Sunday, January 19th

Live Music with Rob Robinson at Ebenezers
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Read more about Rob Robinson here.
201 F St NE
Metro: Union Station, short walk from the metro

If you haven't already downloaded the free Gravy app, you can do that here

PAST: WELLNESS: Pekoe Acupuncture and Wellness Center hosts an Open House at their new home in Shaw, on 9th near O St , this SUN, Jan 19th from 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Enjoy Free Mini-Sessions, Music, Art, Raffle and More!

Pekoe Acupuncture and Wellness hosts an Open House at their new location in Shaw
Free mini-treatments and more!
Sunday, January 19th
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Swing by Pekoe Acupuncture and Wellness Center - voted by City Paper readers as the Best Med Spa in the Best of DC 2013 - to celebrate their new location in Shaw, right near the new Giant. Chat with their staff and learn more about the wide array of holistic healing services (including Reiki, Reflexology and Aqua Detox Foot Bath offered by my very dear friend Rachel Kaufman). Originally scheduled for last month - on the day that the weather was really bad - Pekoe will be hosting an Open House this Sunday! There will be raffle prizes from the best in Shaw, mellow tunes, art, and more! The best part, free mini-treatments from Pekoe practitioners!

Pekoe Acupuncture and Wellness
1410 9th St NW #1 - between P & O St NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center

PAST: MUSIC: A Cappella Group Afro Blue - which you may know from the TV Show "The Sing Off" - performs a special concert Celebrating MLK this SUN, Jan 19th at 4:00pm at All Souls Unitarian Church 16th & Harvard, Free, donations welcome

Afro Blue returns to All Souls
Sunday, January 19th
Free, donations welcome

Fresh from their Christmas concert at the White House, Afro Blue comes to All Souls Church this Sunday to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King.  Since Professor Connaitre Miller established the group in 2002, Afro Blue has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered; reached the top four on NBC-TV’s a cappella group competition, The Sing-Off; and joined the legendary Bobby McFerrin in selections from his Grammy-nominated VOCAbuLarieS album during the 2011 DC Jazz Festival in what has been called “the finest concert in DC Jazz Festival history.”

The ensemble - which DownBeat Magazine has named Afro Blue best Graduate College Vocal Jazz Ensemble -  evolves as student members graduate from Howard University and new members are auditioned and trained. 2013–14 Afro Blue personnel are Amelia Brown, Imani-Grace Cooper, John Kenniebrew, Taylar Lee, Ayodele Owolabi, Peter Roberts, Devin Robinson, Matthew Robinson, Shacara Rogers and Marissa Zechinato.

The group has participated in the Kennedy Center’s American Voices Festival, opened for The Manhattan Transfer and Jon Hendricks, performed with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops, shared the stage with Dr. Billy Taylor, and collaborated with world-class jazz pianist and Howard University alumna Geri Allen. Most recently, Afro Blue received 2013 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies) for Best A Cappella Group, Best Choral Album, and Album of the Year (for The Best Is Yet to Come).

All Souls Unitarian Church
1500 Harvard St NW - at the corner of 16th St
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk south one block to Columbia, turn right, church is at the corner of 16th & Harvard, entrance between 16th & 15th, or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St right to Harvard

Friday, January 18, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Art Opening in Brentwood, MD on SAT, Jan 18th at 5:00pm - Thanks to - a Great resource for Arts & Culture events in the DC Metro area!

Here are some more great free arts and culture events from! This site is a fantastic resource for events provided by CultureCapital (formerly known as the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington) a wonderful organization that supports and highlights the DC metro area's vibrant and diverse arts community! Sign up for their weekly Insider email that goes out every Tuesday and/or for their new Weekend edition! You can also find more free things to do on the "Free in DC" Inside-Out page, which covers DC and metro VA & MD. Select Free events are organized below by date and time. Please click through for more details.

Saturday, January 18th

Work by Bill Harris
Early Evening - Art Opening at the Brentwood Arts Exchange - Brentwood, MD
Opening Reception: Solo Show, works by Bill Harris
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Opening Reception for Bill Harris’solo exhibit. Perhaps best known as a printmaker, he is also an accomplished wood turner, and brings the two processes together in masterful wall-mounted sculptures that contrast exacting technical precision with vibrant color in complex, dynamic form. Given command of the entire Brentwood Arts Exchange gallery, Harris’ exhibition engages, challenges, offers space for interpretation, and if you’re open to it, teaches. Refreshments will be provided.
Brentwood Arts Exchange 
at the Gateway Arts Center
3901 Rhode Island Ave - Brentwood, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro based on where you are coming from

See a list of free exhibits on view and find more free events on the "Free in DC" Inside-Out page!

PAST: PERFORMANCE: Family-Friendly, Free Performance of “The Music Box” with Synetic Theater in at Studio Violet in Crystal City this SAT, Jan 18th from 1:00pm - 2:00pm + Kids can participate in Free Workshops after the Show

Synetic Theater presents a Free Performance of “The Music Box”- Family-Friendly Show
Saturday January 18th
1:00pm - 2:00pm*
Recommended for kids grades PreK-8 
*Following the performance, kids can participate in free workshops with Synetic Teachers!* 

Synetic presents a free performance of their Outreach production “The Music Box!” 

"A wonderful collection of comedic vignettes set to music: an average day becomes extraordinary when a surly janitor and an uptight businessman discover a magical mask, two cowboys in the wild west tame a bull on the loose, two road workers try to catch a butterfly in an attempt to capture the heart of a girl, and the classic invisible wall. Students are introduced to the art of storytelling without words through pantomime, imagination, illusions, and physical comedy."

Synetic Theater's new studio 
Studio Violet - in Crystal City
2155 Crystal Plaza Arcade T-19 - Arlington, VA
Metro: Crystal City, this is one of the most confusing metro stations to exit, please allow extra time to get there in case you get confused, recommend looking at this map - see number 2 - beforehand. Google map directions say it's about an 8 minute walk if you exit the metro at 1750 S Bell St. Directions:  Head south on S Bell St toward 18th St S, turn right onto 20th St S and left onto S Clark St and left again onto 23rd St S, destination will be on the left.