Thursday, October 31, 2013

PAST: ART: "LEGAL: Branco, Gen Duarte, Nick Alive, TIKKA, Vermelho" the first presentation of Brazilian Street Art in DC at Gallery 102, GWU, on view this month! MON, Oct 6th - FRI, Oct 31st, Open MON - FRI from 9:00am - 5:00pm, Free

"LEGAL: Branco, Gen Duarte, Nick Alive, TIKKA, Vermelho"
On view Monday, October 6th - Friday, October 31st
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

This exhibit is the first presentation of Brazilian street art in Washington, DC. Swing by the student-led art gallery, Gallery 102 at The George Washington University to see the art while it is on view during the month of October.

Gallery 102 at GW University
801 22nd St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom

PAST: FILM: Final Screening in the "Viewing China" Series will be on FRI, Oct 31st at 3:00pm at the National Gallery of Art West Building, Free

The National Gallery of Art and American University School of Communication present a free film series "Viewing China" during October
Friday, October 17th - Friday, October 31st
click through each link for event details

In collaboration with the American University School of Communication, a sequence of recent non-fiction films from mainland China contrasts traditional and modern ways of life, while informing the discourse between works from the stateowned Central Newsreel and Documentary Studio Group (China Central Television or CCTV) and independently-made productions. Examples of early actualités by Sun Mingjing, a pioneer of cinematography who established China’s strong educational film tradition, are also featured. Films are in Mandarin and local dialects with subtitles. With thanks to Icarus Film, Day Zero Film, China Film Archive, and China Central Newsreel and Documentary Studio Group. Remaining screenings listed below.

Friday, October 31st
National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall

West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

PAST: ONLINE: Final Day of Special Virtual Genealogy Fair, a Live three-day virtual event, will be on THURS, Oct 30th from 10:00am - 4:00pm, Free

The National Archives hosts a Virtual Genealogy Fair
Live three-day, virtual Genealogy Fair
Tuesday, October 28th - Thursday, October 30th
Free, watch online!
October 28, 10am-2pm  Watch live on YouTube.
October 29, 10am-5pm  Watch live on YouTube.
October 30, 10am-4pm  Watch live on YouTube.

The National Archives is hosting a live, three-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. The free program offers family history research tools for all skill levels on Federal records including census, American Indian, military, naturalization, and immigration. Other topics include overviews of online genealogy resources and guidance on preserving personal records. Lectures will feature tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research. Lectures are designed for experienced genealogists and novices.

National Archives
online from your computer!

PAST: MUSIC: Art Soiree's Living Room Live Series comes to a close with their final Concert of the series featuring Victorio Menghi on THURS, Oct 30th from 7:00pm - 12:00am, All ages, Free, RSVP Requested, Series continues every Thursday night through Oct 30th, Free, RSVP

Art Soiree Living Room Live October Concert Series comes to a close with Victorio Menghi
on Thursday, October 30th
7:00pm - 12:00am, music starts at 8:00pm
Free, RSVP here, All ages welcome
every Thursday September 25th - October 30th

Thursday, October 30th
Victorio Menghi

With German and Italian family roots, Buenos Aires born VIctorio is inspired by his native music genre, Argentinian tango. Victorio combines modern musical styles with tango music to create a universal language that helps him interact with all the world’s cultures. The Tango Fusion pioneer has a degree in “Electro Acoustic Composition” and has performed in several South American countries.

Check out this new Art Soiree series at the Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown. Living Room Live is a unique concert series aimed to spotlight and support emerging artists while giving exclusive access to the true music fans. Running every Thursday from September 25th - October 30th. Enjoy live concert performances by featured artists, while sipping on one of the hotel's signature cocktails or simply enjoying the comfort of hotel's lounge & lobby wood-fireplace in the company of art and music lovers.

The Ritz Carlton, Georgetown
3100 South St, NW
Metro: Farragut North, Foggy Bottom or Rosslyn and take the Circulator or the 31, 32 or 36 metro bus.

PAST: ART: "Hothouse Video: Saya Woolfalk" at the Capitol Skyline Hotel SAT, Sept 20th - FRI, Nov 14th, Free

© Saya Woolfalk, Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow
Artworks + Projects, New York
Hothouse Video: Saya Woolfalk at the Capitol Skyline Hotel
On view Saturday, September 20th - Friday, November 14th

"Saya Woolfalk is a New York-based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. In this exhibition, Woolfalk presents video projects from the last 10 years of her practice, Winter Garden Hybrid Love Objects, Ethnography of No Place, and selections from her most recent video series, The Empathics and ChimaTEK. Combining live action footage with elaborately constructed installations, costumes, and stop-motion animation, Woolfalk’s videos transport viewers to a fantastical, alternative universe."

Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 I Street SW
Metro: Navy Yard and walk about 9 minutes, see walking map from metro

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

PAST: STORYTELLING: Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire, and Romance returns to DC at a new venue, Wonderland! WED, Oct 29th from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, $10, 21+

Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire, and Romance returns to DC at a new venue, Wonderland Wednesday, October 29th
8:00pm - 10:00pm 
$10, 21+

New York’s sexiest storytelling show, Bare!, is back in DC and at a new venue! As usual,
Jefferson will be bringing together storytellers, comedians, sex educators and others to share true tales from their own experiences of sex, desire and romance. With stories as diverse as the people telling them, Bare! opens doors to bedrooms, back seats and dungeons to tell what your mama left out about the birds, bees and in-betweens.

The October 29th show will be hosted by Jefferson (One Life Take Two) and will feature Shivali Goudar, Monica Graziosi and Kevin T. Phillips... and perhaps even you! Put your name in the hat for a chance to bare all on the Bare! stage. Read more about the featured storytellers her.

Jefferson is the curator and host of Bare! A sex educator and writer, Jefferson keeps a pseudonymous blog, One Life, Take Two, that details his life as a parent and pervert. He is a storyteller frequently seen on stages around the city and elsewhere, including The Moth, where he is a StorySlam winner. He is also host of the monthly series Spill! True Stories of Queer Sex, Desire and Romance, a monthly companion show that brings together storytellers, comedians, sex educators and others to share true tales from their own experiences of queer sex, desire and romance. In DC at the Black Fox Lounge usually on the third Wednesday of the month and in NYC once a month at Public Assembly.

Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance appears regularly in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Try your hand at sexy storytelling at Foreplay! A Sexy Storytelling Open Mic, biweekly in New York at The Delancey.

Wonderland Ballroom 
1101 Kenyon St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights

PAST: ARTS AWARDS: The 29th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards will take place this WED, Oct 29th at Lisner Auditorium from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free, RSVP online to ensure your space

29th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards at GW Lisner Auditorium
Wednesday, October 29th
6:30pm - 8:30pm  
Free, RSVP to ensure your spot

Celebrating the District’s most talented artists, arts organizations and arts supporters! Presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and HumanitiesRead more here.

With performances by Levine Music, Kendall Isadore, Split This Rock, Chamber Dance Project, and the cast of Arena Stage’s Five Guys Named Moe and Grammy-nominated recording artist Maysa. Mistress of Ceremonies: Andrea Roane, WUSA 9 News. See who wins the awards in the category of: Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Excellence in Service to the Arts,  Innovation in the Arts, Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, Outstanding Emerging Artist and Excellence in Arts Teaching. Those receiving special recognition are: Dr. James Billington, The Librarian of Congress; Cathy Hughes, Chairperson, Radio One and TV One; Maida Withers, founder and artistic director of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company; Victor Shargai, theater advocate and interior designer, Victor Shargai and Associates Inc.; and Rebecca and Hugo Medrano, founders, GALA Hispanic Theatre.

GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St 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

Sunday, October 27, 2013

PAST: SPECIAL EXHIBIT: "Peace & Hope: 1760 ft Art Exhibit by 1000+ Syrian Refugee Children" on The National Mall FRI, Oct 24th - MON, Oct 27th, Open from 8:00am - 3:30pm, Free

"Peace & Hope: 1760 ft Art Exhibit by 1000+ Syrian Refugee Children" on The National Mall
Thursday, October 23rd - Monday, October 27th
See facebook invite and eventbrite for details

'Peace & Hope: A Gift From the Children of Syria to the World' is an apolitical cultural diplomacy exhibit aimed at educating the American public about the plight of Syrian children & youth.

Friday, October 24th - Sunday, October 27th
8:00am - Sunset, daily

Monday, October 27th
8:00am - 3:30pm

About the exhibit: Painted by 1,000+ children and youth in the Shakespeare Tent, Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, Peace & Hope tells the story of Syrian children/youth impacted by over 3 years of conflict that has left millions displaced. Under the leadership of Syrian actor Nawar Bulbul, over the course of a few months, children and youth of all ages were invited to paint what "peace and hope" mean to them.

The art exhibit is over 1/3 miles long (536 meters - 1,760 feet) and weighs over 300 lbs (136 kilograms). The backdrop of the exhibit will be the US Capitol from one side, Washington Memorial from the other side, and directly in front of the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art. The exhibit is supported by over 25 organizations including UNHCR and UN-Habitat. It will remain up during the Marine Corps Marathon and will feature a UNHCR tent to simulate life in a refugee camp, where the canvas was made.  The art installation is part of a larger public affairs initiative, #RestoreHappy. To learn more:

On the National Mall
between 6th & 7th St NW on Jefferson Dr
Metro: Smithsonian or L'Enfant Plaza

PAST: MUSIC: Big Band Halloween Scream Concert at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at UMD on MON, Oct 27th at 7:30pm, Free

Monday, October 27th

A spirited evening of spine-tingling performances by the UMD Jazz Ensemble, UMD Jazz Lab Band and University Jazz Band is the hallmark of this annual favorite. Things will go bump in the night!

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Stadium Drive, UMD - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a bus or taxi

PAST: AUTHOR TALK: Reading with Irish Author Eimear McBride at Rírá Georgetown on MON, Oct 27th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free, in partnership with Irish Arts Organization Solas Nua

Author Reading: Eimear McBride
Monday, October 27th
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Eimear McBride reads from her novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. "Eimear McBride's debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumor. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist, to read A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is to plunge inside its narrator's head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn't always comfortable - but it is always a revelation."

"Touching on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma, McBride writes with singular intensity, acute sensitivity and mordant wit. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is moving, funny - and alarming. It is a book you will never forget."

Rírá Georgetown
3125 M St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom or Farragut North and take the Circulator bus from K St or any of the 30 line buses to the stop closest to 31st and M St NW

Saturday, October 26, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free events on SUN, Oct 26th Thanks to - a Fabulous resource for Arts and Culture events in the DC, MD & VA 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!

Check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of more free events and exhibits on view and connect with on facebook too.

Sunday, October 26th 

Afternoon - Literary Reading at The Writer's Center - Bethesda, MD
Howard Feinstein and Adele Levine Read at The Writer's Center
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Howard Feinstein reads from Fire on the Bayou. He is joined by Adele Levine, who reads from Run, Dont Walk. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest

Afternoon - 5x5 special event at the NGA West Building - Archives
The 5x5 Project: Soda_Jerk: Hollywood Burn
Hollywood Burn is Soda_Jerk's narrative feature constructed entirely from hundreds of sampled audiovisual fragments. In this anti-copyright epic, Elvis Presley and a league of video pirates are pitted against the evil tyrant Moses and his Copyright Commandments. Read more on the 5x5 site here.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Afternoon - Concert with Arlington Philharmonic - Arlington, VA
Music for Dance
Join Arlington Philharmonic for their opening concert of their 2014-2015 season, “Music for Dance!” Repertoire includes a variety of dance pieces by Fauré, Kodály, and Ginastera and features DC-based violinist Emil Chudnovsky performing the celebrated Tchaikovsky violin concerto. Considered one of the most challenging and hauntingly beautiful pieces in violin literature, this performance is not to be missed!
Washington-Lee High School
1301 N Stafford St - Arlington, VA
Metro: Ballston or Virginia Sq

Evening - Concert - Works by Czech Composers at the NGA - Archives
Concert: Alexander and Natalia Shonert
6:30pm - 8:30pm
As part of the Sunday Night Concert Series at the National Gallery of Art, West Building. Alexander Shonert, violinist, Natalia Shonert, pianist; Music by Czech composers.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for more free events and exhibits on view!

PAST: MUSIC: Come dressed in your best Victorian Steampunk, Creepy, Funky, Quirky or Dark Attire to hear local band American Sinner and for a chance to appear in their film this SUN, Oct 26th from 3:00pm - 5:30pm at The Electric Maid in Takoma Park, Free, 18+

American Sinner Live Rehearsal/Filming
Sunday, October 26th
3:00pm - 5:30pm
Free, 18+

Come dressed in your best Victorian Steampunk, creepy, funky, quirky or dark attire, or come dressed as you are to hear songs from local band American Sinner. They'll will be choosing a few costumed individuals to appear in scenes from their upcoming movie. Hear new songs from their upcoming album, Island of the Dolls. Enjoy some music, food, drinks and some interesting company.

The Electric Maid
268 Carroll St NW
Metro: Takoma, right across the street pretty much from the metro

Friday, October 25, 2013

PAST: POETRY: The DC Poetry Project presents the first Annual Costume and Open Mic Poetry Reading and a Special presentation of Poe's "The Raven" performed by R. Michael Oliver at the Shaw Library on SAT, Oct 25th from 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Free, RSVP Requested, 18+

The DC Poetry Project Presents: Costumes and Open Mic Poetry
Saturday, October 25th
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Free, 18+
RSVP Requested to

If possible, please bring bags of hard candy as a donation to Operation Shoebox’s “Trick or Treat for Troops” Program, which sends candy and other items to service members overseas. 

R. Michael Oliver
The DC Poetry Project Presents: Costumes and Poetry… Oh What a Treat! The DCPP's First Annual Costume and Open Mic Poetry Reading! Meeting Room/Lower Level Costume Optional (But Encouraged) Special Presentation of Edgar Allen Poe’s classic poem, "The Raven" performed by R. Michael Oliver! 

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library
1630 7th St NW
at the intersection of Rhode Island Ave & R St
Metro: Shaw-Howard, right above the metro exit

PAST: ART: Weekend Round Up from Easy City Art for Free Art events on SAT, Oct 25th in DC and MD

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Artist Collectives and Fever Edition

Saturday, October 25th

Opening of New Studio Space - Fontana Forge
10:00am - 4:00pm
Celebrate the opening of Fontana Forge in Brookland-Woodridge. The new studio space is designed for artisans focusing on black-smithing of furniture, furnishings, and gift-ware. The morning events are for metalworkers, sculptors, and jewelers and the afternoon events are for friends, neighbors, and colleagues; visitors are encouraged to choose which time frame is most convenient.
Off the Beaten Track Warehouse
2414 Douglas St NE
Metro: See metro trip-planner for metro and bus access

Art Opening at Harmony Hall - Fort Washington, MD
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Five Make Art celebrates the works of five women at the height of their careers. Pam Rogers, Liz Lescault, Ellen Cornett, Gloria Chapa, and Claudia Vess express their individual visions and passions in ways unique to themselves in this group exhibition. The variety of works span from watercolor to pastel to installations.
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Rd - Fort Washington, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for metro and bus access

Art Opening at Project 4 Gallery
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann presents recent work in her solo exhibit titled Feverland. Her paintings explore the patterns that emerge from the chaos and organic environment established through her process. As her works develop, these patterns dissolve creating diverse pieces, which strain on the verge of disunity.
Project 4 Gallery
1353 U St NW - Suite 302
Metro: U St

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook by follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Japanese Bamboo Flute Concert at the Freer at 7:30pm, Free, on SAT, Oct 25th

Bamboo Brilliance: A Mujuan Shakuhachi Celebration at the Freer
Japanese bamboo flute (shakuhachi) virtuoso Kurahashi Yodo II leads an ensemble celebrating the 40th anniversary of the school his father founded in Kyoto.
Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive at 12th St, SW
Metro: Smithsonian

Monday, October 21, 2013

PAST: MUSIC: Update: **Sold Out - a few spots may be available on-site if there are some no shows** John K and the DC Mystery Cats pay tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band at Gypsy Sally's in Georgetown, final show of the series, TUES, Oct 21st at 8:00pm, doors at 7:00pm, $10, 21+

John K and the DC Mystery Cats pay tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band
six Tuesdays at Gypsy Sally's in Georgetown
8:00pm show, 7:00pm doors
Tuesday, September 16th - Tuesday, October 21st
$10 online or at the door if space available, 21+

Update: From twitter **All Shows Remaining are Sold Out** 
If you really want to see them you can try showing up. There may be a few spots available at the door based on no-shows. Tickets will be released about 15 minutes after the show starts.

Final show of the series - Tuesday, October 21st

John Kadlecik  and the DC Mystery Cats - featuring my friend Mary-el - perform a tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band, playing actual historic set lists in their entirety! Read more here.

3401 K St NW
Close to the Key Bridge, on K St, right across from the Waterfront Park
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Farragut North or Rosslyn and take the Circulator bus or the 38B bus closer

Sunday, October 20, 2013

PAST: MUSIC: The Vivaldi Project - Daniel Pearl Memorial Concert at the JCC in Rockville MON, Oct 20th at 7:30pm, Free, RSVP Recommended

The Vivaldi Project - Daniel Pearl Memorial Concert
Monday, October 20th

The Vivaldi Project brings to life the Classical String Trio, an exciting and flexible genre explored by some of the 18th century’s greatest composers. Performing on period instruments, The Vivaldi Project Trio, consisting of violin, viola and cello, will explore the missing link between Vivaldi and Beethoven, capturing the delightful textures and sonorities of a set of mostly unknown works. The program will include performances of trios by Haydn, Mozart, Boccherini and Cambini plus lively commentary about the works.

If you aren't familiar with the story of Daniel Pearl and how he was killed, you can read more on wikipedia here and on the Daniel Pearl Foundation website.

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd - Rockville, MD 
Metro: White Flint and walk, bus or taxi, about a two minute drive or a twenty minute walk

PAST: DISCUSSION: "Meet the Makers: MakerPlaces in libraries and beyond" at MLK Library at 9th & G St NW on MON, Oct 20th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Meet the Makers: MakerPlaces in libraries and beyond
Monday, October 20th
7:00pm - 9:00pm

"Join us at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for an open discussion about Makerspaces and what is happening both locally and nationally within the maker movement. Find out by joining our discussion with panelists: Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop and Author of "The Maker Movement Manifesto"; Phyllis Klein, Co-Founder of D.C.'s FabLab; Nick Kerelchuk, Manager of DCPL's Digital Commons; and moderator John Rennie, Editorial Director of Science for McGraw-Hill Education and winner of the Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science for this broad-ranging discussion."

MLK Library
901 G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Saturday, October 19, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free events on SUN, Oct 19th from, a Fabulous resource for Arts & Culture events in the DMV

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!

You can find more free events and exhibits on view inside of the beltway on the custom designed "Free in DC" Inside Out page on and you can also find on facebook and @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter. TICKETPLACE is another great program of CultureCapital where you can find half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area!

Sunday, October 19th 

Afternoon - Lecture at the NGA West Building - Archives
Lecture on Andrew Wyeth by Patricia Junker, Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art, Seattle Art Museum.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Afternoon - Classical Concert at the NGA West Building - Archives
Concert: National Gallery of Art Piano Trio
Music by Brahms and other composers.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Find more free events + exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on!

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free and low-cost events on SUN, Oct 19th

More events to choose from...

Sunday, October 19th

Local Author Fair: Discover a New Book as part of  The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival
An annual Festival favorite, meet and greet authors at the Local Author Fair! A selection of Washington-area authors will introduce you to their books with short presentations. Buy a locally-grown book and chat with area readers and writers at a wine and cheese reception.
16th & Q St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk or take the S2 or S4 bus run along 16th St

Kramerbooks Presents Hannah Pittard for REUNION
The author of the highly acclaimed The Fates Will Find Their Way returns with a novel about a far-flung family reunited for one weekend by their father's death. "A nuanced and intriguing study of family and love, money and debt, failure and success, starring one of the most likeable flawed narrators to come along in some time."—Emily St. John Mandel, The Millions
1517 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north exit, just across the street

Friday, October 18, 2013

PAST: MUSIC: PorchFest will take place this SAT, Oct 18th, turning the Porches of 15 homes in Adams Morgan into Stages from 3:00pm - 7:00pm, Family-Friendly, Free

Porchfest - Live Music Outside in Adams Morgan
"Not House Music. Music at Houses"
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Neighborhood music festival in Adams Morgan this Saturday. Enjoy free, live music on the front stoops and porches of Adams Morgan residents at Porch Fest, held in partnership with Cultural Tourism DC's Art4All program. Maps will be available on the day of the event at an information booth located at 18 Street and Columbia Road, NW.

"It may never be easier to get up close and personal with the musical talent of Washington than at the second annual Adams Morgan PorchFest when the front porches of homes and a few local businesses are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by."

Inspired by similar PorchFest events across the country aimed at creating a family friendly, neighborhood-based alternative to the nightclub music scene, Adams Morgan's version will span an eclectic range of styles and will transform the porches of over 15 Adams Morgan homes into "stages for a day" so you can follow your ears around the community, sampling local musical talent from Brass Connection to members of the National Symphony Orchestra. All free. Family friendly.

Select venues in Adams Morgan
maps handed out at 18th & Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the CVirculator bus to Adams Mill/ 18th St or take the 42 or 43 bus from Connecticut Ave or Dupont Circle toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia Rd.

PAST: ARTIST TALK: Photographer Mark Parascandola Talksabout his exhibit "La Chanca: Living on the Margin" at Studio 1469 onSAT, Oct 18th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

Artist Talk with Photographer Mark Parascandola on his current solo exhibit "La Chanca: Living on the Margin" at Studio 1469
Saturday, October 18th
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Read more about the artist, Mark 
Parascandola. The exhibition will feature approximately ten prints from the artist’s current project, La Chanca: Living on the Margin. The photographs will be accompanied by a video revealing the shifting patterns and juxtapositions that unfold through the neighborhood’s narrow, winding streets. La Chanca is a historically impoverished zone made up of small dwellings built into the hillside on the outskirts of the city of Almería in southern Spain. The inhabitants painted their homes using whatever ingredients were available, resulting in a multicolored patchwork. Over the years, the zone has attracted writers, artists, and photographers inspired by its unique urban structure and cultural mix. Read more about the exhibit here. Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 11:00am -  6:00pm and by appointment.

1469 Harvard St NW, rear - in the alley
Note: Entrance to the alley is located off of 15th St between Harvard and Columbia, directions 
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St right to Harvard St 

PAST: THEATER: Final "Toast" Performance by dog & pony at CHAW, near Eastern Market, SAT, Oct 18th at 7:30pm, $10 tickets available for Fans of Free in DC!

TOAST - dog & pony - Free and Discounted Shows
Saturday, October 11th - Saturday, October 18th
About the Performance - Watch Preview Trailer!
$10 discount tickets with promo code, others Free!
Promo code FREEiNDC for $10 tickets, normally $17

"Toast is a participatory-performance-meets-science-fair that explores invention and discovery, the development of technology, and the intricate networks that weave us together. It distills ingredients for innovation and applies them in a multimedia, participatory performance that fully and transparently harnesses the audience as an integral resource for the completion of the show in performance."

"A secret society of inventors invites the audience to collaboratively push the boundaries of our current technology and explore the awesome potential of group innovation."

You will never experience the same Toast twice... ever.  Still not sure what to expect? Watch this video trailer!

Remaining performances below. RSVP online by clicking the links

Saturday, October 18th
7:30pm - 9:30pm
$10 tix with promo code FREEiNDC

CHAW - Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St SE
Metro: Eastern Market

Thursday, October 17, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free and low-cost events this FRI, Oct 17th

More free and low-cost events this weekend!

Friday, October 17th

Free Loft Late Night Music with 19th Street Band 
at The Hamilton, upstairs
10:30pm - 1:30am
The 19th Street Band has had the honor of sharing the stage with country music stars such as Craig Morgan and Chuck Mead. They have opened for Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith at Jiffy Lube Live as well as Grammy Award-winning Western Swing icons Asleep at the Wheel at The Birchmere.
The Hamilton
600 14th St NW
Metro: Metro Center

PAST: DANCING: Get Down to Get Your Rights Up this FRI, Oct 17th at Zeba Bar with DJ Meegs, Sequoia, KC, and Juan Zapata at a benefit for BORDC from 9:30pm - 2:00am, $5 donation suggested, 21+

FUNK the Police: Get down to get your rights up!
Friday, October 17th
9:30pm - 2:00am
$5 donation to support BORDC, no one turned away due to lack of funds, RSVP here, 21+ 

Celebrate the grassroots movement to restore civil rights and civil liberties this Friday. Enjoy drink specials, live percussion, and some awesome DJs from DC house music collectives: Meegs (Meso Creso), Sequoia (Mischief / Meso Creso), KC (Fatback / Our Thing), Juan Zapata (Team Zapata / Brutal Disco) and Tones (SF). 

Sliding scale cover, with no one turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds will benefit the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, a national non-profit organization building the grassroots movement to restore constitutional rights. BORDC supports multiethnic, transpartisan, local coalitions around the country championing long overdue limits on the powers of police and intelligence agencies at the federal, state, and local level.

3423 14th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th, past Park Rd, just past Meridian Pl, near Newton

PAST: YOGA: Final Day of the 40 Days of Seva: No Minimum Donation for All Yoga Classes at Sky House Yoga in Silver Spring, MD! MON, Sept 8th - FRI, Oct 17th All classes are by donation, no minimum

40 Days of Seva: No Minimum Donation for All Yoga Classes at Sky House Yoga!
Monday, September 8th - Friday, October 17th
All classes are by donation, no minimum
RSVP with your donation online or email to donate when you arrive

For 40 days Sky House Yoga will be offering all its yoga classes for no minimum donation as a way of giving back to the community and making yoga more accessible to everyone. Click here for a full class schedule.

Sky House Yoga
911 Silver Spring Ave, Suite 201 - Silver Spring, MD Metro: Silver Spring, walk about 10 minutes

PAST: BALLET: Joy of Motion Dance offers a Free Beginner Ballet Class for Adults at their Atlas location on H St NE on FRI, Oct 17th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Free Ballet for Beginners Class at Joy of Motion Dance Center
Friday, October 10th & Friday, October 17th
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Joy of Motion Dance Center welcomes you to take a free Beginner Ballet Class with Tammy Hurt. You can find the classes listed on the regular adult classes drop-in schedule.

Joy of Motion Dance Center - Atlas
1333 H Street, NE
Metro: Gallery Pl and take the X2 bus along 7th St, Union Station and take a taxi or see metro trip-planner for other bus options that go there, or close by

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

PAST: PILATES + YOGA: The "Pilates in the Park" series comes to a close on THURS, Oct 16th with a Free Pilates Class in Farragut Sq on THURS, Oct 16th from 5:30pm - 6:30pm, Thanks to Golden Triangle BID

"Pilates in the Park" in Farragut Square! Series sponsored by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District in partnership with Yoga District
Tuesdays Yogalates and Thursdays Pilates
Thursday, September 4th - Thursday, October 16th
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Free, please bring your own yoga mat

Note: Weather Permitting in the Park. In in case of weather-related location or scheduling changes, please check the Golden Triangle website.

Final Class of the Series - Thursday, October 16th - Pilates

Join the Golden Triangle BID every Tuesday and Thursday evening this spring for free Pilates and Yogalates class in Farragut Square Park. Instruction will be provided by certified Pilates and Yogalates instructors. Bring your own mat and enjoy these fun and relaxing after work exercise sessions with the Golden Triangle BID.

Farragut Square Park
Connecticut and K Streets, NW (map)
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West or take the Circulator or a bus along K or I St

Monday, October 14, 2013

PAST: WORKSHOP: Author and Speaker Joy Baldridge joins Sister Jenna for a Talk and Workshop on “Listening Skills that Positively Impact Communication” at the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, MD on TUES, Oct 14th from 5:00pm - 6:30pm, Free, RSVP now to ensure your space

Joy Baldridge
“Listening Skills that Positively Impact Communication” with Joy Baldridge & Sister Jenna at the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, MD
Tuesday, October 14th
5:00pm - 6:30pm - note earlier time for this one
Free, Space is limited, RSVP here!

Renowned self-management expert, Joy Baldridge, author of “The Fast-Forward MBA in Selling” and “Pure Joy,” joins Sister Jenna for a conversation on listening and the deeper importance of refining this skill in order to live a more joyful and successful life.

"Listening is a gift that you give to yourself and others. In this... interactive session you will learn how to be a good listener. You will take the Listening Quiz to determine how well you listen and the ways you can improve. Good listeners learn faster, make fewer mistakes, build strong, trusted relationships and are held in high regard."

Sister Jenna
"Our present world offers many challenges. We have become accustomed to a speed and intensity that often becomes competition to our ability to stay calm. This session will offer tools for staying calm during chaotic moments of our lives, especially in the workplace."

Joy has appeared in many publications including: Time Out New York, Working Mother, SUCCEED and American Health and has been a guest on many radio programs.

Sister Jenna is the director and founder of the Meditation Museum and the host of the America Meditating Radio Program. You can listen a recent program featuring Joy and sister Jenna on the America Meditating Radio Show.

If you haven't been to the Meditation Museum before, this unique space hosts lots of free workshops and events and also features a unique art museum with pictures, posters, paintings and sculptures, designed to remind us of our true, highest selves and our responsibility to humanity.

To see a list of upcoming free workshops and events at the museum, please visit their website at You can also stay connected to the museum and their upcoming events through Meetupfacebook and twitter.

The Meditation Museum
8236 Georgia Avenue
Metro: Take the S2 or S4 bus toward Silver Spring to the last stop, on Wayne near Georgia, from anywhere along 16th St or take the Metro to Silver Spring, (see walking map) walk north on Colesville and keep right on Wayne, walk up to Georgia, turn right on Georgia and the Meditation Museum is just a block and a half down on the right side of the street. Driving? There is a large garage with metered parking (free on weekends and after 7:00PM on weekdays) one block away at  1101 Bonifant St, Bonifant-Dixon - Garage 5/55-  on the same side of Georgia Avenue as the Museum. Note:  Please do not park in the Pyramid Atlantic Parking lot next door to the Museum as this is a private, towing enforced, lot for Pyramid Atlantic customers only.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Here's a list of Free events this FRI, Oct 10th - TUES, Oct 14th in DC and MD from, a fabulous resource site for Arts and 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!

You can find more free events and exhibits on view inside of the beltway on the custom designed "Free in DC" Inside Out page on and you can also find on facebook and @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter. TICKETPLACE is another great program of CultureCapital where you can find half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area!

Friday, October 10th

Evening - Art Opening at Neptune Art - Upper Georgetown 
Out of Bounds: Opening Reception
6:00pm - 8:00pm
on view from Friday, October 10th - Saturday, November 29th
Neptune Fine Art presents a group exhibition of contemporary abstraction featuring nine American artists in diverse media with exciting, independent visions. Participating artists: Elizabeth Enders, Erick Johnson, Ying Li, Jennifer Riley, David Row, Bill Schmidt, James Siena, Allan Tarantino, Michael Weiss.
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

Follow on facebook + @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter for 1/2 price tickets.

Saturday, October 11th

Raphael, The Alba Madonna, c. 1510,
National Gallery of Art, Washington,
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
Afternoon - Art Talk at NGA West Building - Archives 
Gallery Talk: The Tondo in Renaissance Art
1:00pm - 1:50pm
also on Sunday at 1:00pm
Permanent collection gallery talk given by David Gariff, staff lecturer, National Gallery of Art.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Main Floor, Rotunda
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Follow "Free in DC" Inside Out page for more free events and exhibits on view!

Sunday, October 12th

Lunchtime - Documentary on PR-American Muslim Rapper Hamza Pérez - Anacostia 
Photograph courtesy of Hamza Pérez

12:00pm - 1:45pm
Discussion and Q&A with Hamza Pérez follows the screening! This documentary follows Puerto Rican American rapper Hamza Pérez as he forgoes a life dealing drugs to start down a new path as a young Muslim raising his family in Pittsburgh’s tough North Side. This film is closed captioned.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE (map)
Metro: Anacostia, take the W2 bus, see metro trip-planner 

Afternoon - Art Talk at NGA West Building - Archives 
1:00pm - 1:50pm
Permanent collection gallery talk given by David Gariff, staff lecturer, National Gallery of Art.
West Building Main Floor, Rotunda
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Afternoon - Poetry and Prose Reading at The Writer's Center - Bethesda, MD
Delmarva Review Reading
2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Writer's Center hosts a poetry and prose reading by writers recently published in The Delmarva Review. Readers To Be Announced. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest

Late Afternoon - Documentary Film Classic at the NGA West Building - Archives
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket
James Baldwin and Marlon Brando at Civil
 Rights March in DC 08/28/1963. U.S. Information
Agency. Press and Publications Service
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Now considered a documentary film classic, The Price of the Ticket (view trailer and read more) (Karen Thorsen, 1990, 87 minutes) has been restored with the help of the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts in honor of Baldwin’s 90th birthday! See a biographical timeline on Baldwin here. Produced in association with Maysles Films and PBS/American Masters, The Price of the Ticket premiered in 1990 at Sundance and went on to win numerous awards at home and abroad. An emotional portrait, a social critique, and a passionate plea for human equality, its extensive vérité footage allows Baldwin to tell his own story: exploring what it means to be born black, impoverished, gay, and gifted in a world that has yet to understand that "all men are brothers." "On-camera witnesses" include the late Maya Angelou (she reads passages from the authors writings), Amiri Baraka, David Leeming, Bobby Short, and William Styron.
West Building,  Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Follow "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for more free events and exhibits on view, on facebook@TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and TICKETPLACE for half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area!

Monday, October 13th

Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Evening - Spoken Word, Movement, and Music Performance at UMD - College Park, MD 
Here They Stood: A Site-Specific Spoken Word Opera
A site-specific performance incorporating spoken word, movement, and live music drawing on material from Joseph's upcoming, We Shall Not Be Moved: the Hip-H'opera Project, commissioned by Opera Philadelphia and Art Sanctuary. The work centers on the MOVE Organization in Philadelphia and investigates the state of education in today's society. This is the culmination of award-winning poet, playwright, dancer, performer, and social activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph's residency at the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
H.J. Patterson Hall
Stadium Drive, UMD - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a bus or taxi

Evening - New Music Concert at UMD - College Park, MD
TEMPO Fall Concert
Established and run by graduate students at the UMD School of Music, TEMPO premieres new music happening beyond the walls of the University of Maryland.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Gildenhorn Recital HallStadium Drive, UMD - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a bus or taxi

See "Free in DC" Inside Out page for more events + connect with onfacebook

Tuesday, October 14th 

Evening - Illustrated Lecture Art Deco Art & Architecture at The Arts Club - Farragut West
The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meiere
Art and architectural historian Kathleen Murphy Skolnick will present an illustrated lecture, beginning at 7:00pm, on the work of Hildreth Meière (1892-1961), one of the most talented and prolific but largely unknown American muralists of the first half of the 20th century. Skolnik is co-author with Catherine Coleman Brawer of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière, published this past May. During her 40-year career, Meière completed approximately 100 commissions. "An unsung heroine of Art Deco art and architecture, Ms. Meiere is the artist behind many of the most spectacular murals of the first half of the twentieth century. The dynamic roudels of Dance, Drama and Song at Radio City Music Hall, the shimmering glass mosaics in St. Bartholomew's Church, an altar at St. Patrick's Cathedral, the glistening red mosaic walls at One Wall Street, and the rich designs at the National Academy of Sciences and elsewhere are all the work of Meiere, a central figure in American decorative art." Books will be available for purchase and signing following the presentation.
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I St, NW
Metro: Farragut West or Foggy Bottom

See "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital for more free events and exhibits on view!

PAST: YOGA: Final Free Outdoor Class as part of Yoga in NoMa om FRI, Oct 10th at Lunchtime with Kristen Krasj 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Yoga NoMa: Free Outdoor Classes continue this week
Free classes Wednesday, October 1st - Friday, October 10th
Lunchtime and After Work/ Early Eve options
RSVP requested, not required,

In preparation for the opening of NoMa's first yoga studio, Yoga NoMa (opening on October 15th) will be offering free, outdoor yoga classes from October 1st - 10th!

Friday, October 10th 
12:00pm - 1:00pm
with Kristen Krash
Grassy area on the corner of
First and M St, NE
Metro: NoMa/Gallaudet University

PAST: ARTIST EVENING: The Smithsonian American Art Museum hosts an Evening with Richard Estes, in celebration of the new exhibit on view, on FRI, Oct 10th at 6:00pm, Free

An Evening with Richard Estes at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Friday, October 10th
Can't make it in person? The event will also be webcast here

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition Richard Estes’ Realism on view on the first floor of the American Art Museum from October 10, 2014 - February 8, 2015, exhibition curator Patterson Sims will discuss the life and work of Richard Estes, followed by a conversation with the artist this Friday, October 10th in the museum’s McEvoy Auditorium.

Richard Estes is considered the foremost practitioner of the international group of artists known loosely as photorealists and has been celebrated for more than forty-five years as the premier painter of American cityscapes. Richard Estes’ Realism is the most comprehensive exhibition of Estes’ paintings ever organized. A master of contemporary realism, Estes is primarily known as a painter of urban scenes. The exhibition features forty-six paintings spanning a fifty-year career, including a number of works from private collections that are rarely seen publically. The exhibition also shows, for the first time, Estes’ panoramic landscape paintings and water scenes alongside his more famous cityscapes, offering new insights into Estes’ particular vision.

Smitshsonian American Art Museum
McEvoy Auditorium
between 7th & 9th and F & G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown 

PAST: POETRY: ReCreative Spaces in NE hosts an All Ages Open Mic and Poetry Slam with the DC Youth Slam Team and Beltway Poetry Slam Team, both the Current #1 Teams in Poetry! FRI, Oct 10th from 6:30pm - 10:00pm, $5 donation suggested

6:30pm - 10:00pm
All ages, $5 donation suggested
Open Mic 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Slam 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Did you know that DC is now the Capital of Poetry! In August 2014 BeltwaySlamDC won first place in the National Poetry Slam competition with Elizabeth Acevedo taking home the title of Grand Slam Champion and the DCyouthSlam placed first and took home the win at the Brave New Voices competition! Come on out for an Open Mic and Slam and join the energy of the DC Slam Poetry scene. 

ReCreative Spaces
2003 Bunker Hill Rd NE
Metro: Brookland - CUA and take the G8 bus

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free events on FRI, Oct 10th & SUN, Oct 12th

Friday, October 10th

#Opulentlife Party III at the Look Supper Club
Free, RSVP, 21+
Participating DC fashion brands: Talltique, Twice as Warm, Native Danger and State of Affairs. "#Opulentlife provides a collaborative environment for entrepreneurs and companies to mingle in a relaxed atmosphere to feature the work of fashion forward, like-minded creatives that embody the entrepreneurial spirit."
Look Supper Club
1909 K St NW
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West

Sunday, October 12th

Healthy Living Expo - sponsored by Natural Awakenings and Dawson's Market
12:00pm - 6:00pm
click here for more info and complete details
Join other health seekers for a free expo with wellness practitioners, delicious foods, organic products - all designed to make your life happier, healthier and more balanced. Speakers, demos, samples, fun! Bring your yoga mat out for free Yoga classes at 2pm and 4pm and Meditation at 1pm and 3pm thanks to the lovely folks at Withlove DC.
Dawson's Market
225 N Washington, St - Rockville,  MD
Metro: Rockville, short walk from the metro, across the bridge, through parking lot, across from the movie theater