Friday, January 31, 2014

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free Film Screening of "The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs" at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum on SAT, Jan 31 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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!

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

Saturday, January 31

Afternoon - Film at the Smithsonian Anacostia - Anacostia
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013; 82 min)
2:00pm - 3:30pm
This award-winning documentary profiles Grace Lee Boggs, the iconoclastic social activist and philosopher who has dedicated her life to the possibility of a better, more just future for all of humanity. At age 99 and currently living in Detroit, Michigan, she has been building movements and developing strategies for social change for most of her life. Discussion with a museum educator follows the screening. This film is closed captioned.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Pl SE
Metro: Anacostia, see metro trip-planner for bus options from metro

Find more free events and exhibits on view inside of the beltway on the custom designed "Free in DC" Inside Out page on!

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Free and low-cost events to choose from on SAT, Jan 31 + Last Chance to see these Exhibits!

Saturday, January 31

The Washington Ballet excerpts from "Sleepy Hollow" and more at the American Art  Museum
11:30am - 4:00pm
see details on the facebook invite and read, hear and watch more on this post on WTOP as well.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Compiling Dimensions #7 Mixed Media Art Exhibit at H St Coffeehouse & Cafe
organized by We Are All Artists
6:00pm - 9:00pm
The "Compiling Dimensions" exhibition series features creative mixed media art works in Photography, Oil, Water, Acrylic & other medium Paintings, Stained Glass art, Architectural Models/Sketches, Craft, Cut Paper Collage & Sculpture. The Vol# 7 exhibit includes work by the following artists:
* A Ann Ratnayake (Photographer)
* Ken Ashton (Photographer)
* Kristy Simmons (Photographer)
* Tania Timm (Painter)
Complementary wine & light refreshments will be provided sponsored by Biergarten Haus. The exhibition is free and will be on display until the end of March, 2015.H St Coffeehouse & Cafe
1359 H St NE
Metro: Gallery Pl and take the X2 bus along H St or taxi or uberx over from Union Station or see metro trip-planner for other bus options

Djesben and Groovananda: Double the World Music Fun near Grosvenor, MD
Djesben and Groovananda live at St Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville
$10 in advance, $15 door
If you like World-Beat, Jamband, Rock, Jazz, Kirtan, Folk, Indian, Trance or Gospel... you may want to check out Groovananda. "Groovananda (which means “the bliss of the groove") is a yoga rock band that has influences including funk, jazz, yoga and Indian music. Fronted by yoga music pioneer Wynne Paris on harmonium, guitar and Sarod; the band moves from meditative spaces to exuberant and funky call and response jams. Guitarist and Yoga teacher Kelly Fisher offers up riffs and Asanas and percussionist Wes Crawford lays down the beat." "Djesben is a trio of multi-instrumentalists whose diverse backgrounds combine to create an original sound dubbed “World Jazz Groove.” The instruments of Djesben are not those of the typical trio: Topher Dunne plays the Chapman Stick, a 10-string tapping instrument with the range of a piano; Katy Gaughan plays a battery of percussion centered around her conga drums, the tall, wide-bellied hand drums of Latin music; Christian Crowley plays the dulcimer, a small stringed instrument from the Appalachian mountains that can be strummed like a guitar or bowed like a violin."
St Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, Maryland 20852
Metro: Grosvenor - Strathmore, looks like the bus only runs on weekdays but it's only a 6 minute drive from the metro when I mapped it if you want to go you can splurge on an uberx or taxi

Last Chance to see these exhibits!

Saturday is the last day to see WPA's "South Capitol Skyscape: Amber Robles-Gordon" 50-ft banner outside the hotel
Capitol Skyline Hotel
Metro: Navy Yard
Saturday is the last day for the January Show at Gallery Underground in Crystal City
featuring sculpture, ceramics, watercolor, oil, jewelry and more
Pictured to the left, Snow on the Hills, Bryan Jernigan
Gallery Underground
Metro: Crystal City

PAST: Dramatic Reading & Discussion on the "Death of Slavery: 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment" at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church on SAT, Jan 31, 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Free

"Death of Slavery: 150th Anniversary of  the 13th Amendment" at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
Saturday, January 31
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Come out for a dramatic reading from Frederick Douglass portrayer, learn more about what it took for President Lincoln to pass the 13th Amendment and hear Howard University Professor Edna Greene Medford speak.

Kevin McIlvaine, professional actor and Frederick Douglass portrayer will entertain with the forceful lecturing style that made Douglass the “moral leader” of the abolition and nineteenth century civil rights movement.

Edna Greene Medford, Ph.D., professor of history at Howard University and award-winning Lincoln scholar will discuss “President Lincoln and the 13th Amendment.”

Local church leaders will discuss the activism of their congregations that helped pass the amendment that ended slavery in the U.S. forever. At President Lincoln’s church,

"Just two months before the 1864 election, Lincoln was convinced that he was destined to be a one-term president. Yet he insisted that his party platform include the controversial commitment to pass the 13th Amendment. With this program, the Lincoln Group celebrates the promised accomplishment of “a new birth of freedom,” the abolition of slavery in the United States." Read more here.

New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
1313 New York Avenue, NW
Metro: Metro Center, 13th and H streets NW, 3 blocks north of Metro Center, or take any number of buses there, see metro trip-planner for bus options

PAST: Final Event in the "Orwellian America? Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age" series will take place on SAT, Jan 31 at 2:00pm at the Newseum and online

Special Series of events as part of "Orwellian America? Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age"
Thursday, January 22 - Saturday, January 31
Free events on select days at various locations
see full schedule of events

Watch live online, see info below
Join us at the Newseum's Knight Studio as representatives from the International Spy Museum and the Newseum Institute discuss issues of government transparency and national security, moderated by by the Newseum. Voice your opinion afterwards with our electronic voting system. See a TV studio in action as the conversation is live streamed to the DC Public Library,  Newseum and International Spy Museum websites. The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Please RSVP on Newseum's site.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

PAST: ART + PARTY: "Hustle" Hierarchy 1 Year Anniversary in Adams Morgan FRI, Jan 30 from 7:00pm - 11:00pm, Free, RSVP requested

"Hustle" Hierarchy 1 Year Anniversary
Friday, January 30
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Free, RSVP here

Hierarchy presents "Hustle" a special in-house design project presented by creative partners, No Kings Collective and the Napoleon Restaurant Group, celebrating Hierarchy’s 1 year anniversary. With heavy use of signature typography, this exhibit will feature 2D works, multimedia, sculpture and print series. Hustle is an exhibition that focuses on core values and an outlook of arts and entrepreneurship.

1847 Columbia Rd NW, in Adams Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus one stop to Adams Mill, walk to Columbia Rd and turn right, or Dupont Circle and take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant a bit closer, right to Mintwood Pl

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

PAST: AUTHOR TALK: Author Johann Hari talks about his new book "Chasing the Scream" at Politics and Prose this THURS, Jan 29 at 7:00pm + Check out the link to his recent article on The Huffington Post on Rethinking causes of Addiction, Free

Free, books available for purchase

Recommend reading this article "The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think" written by Johann Hari rethinking the causes of addiction, on The Huffington Post. 

"In his first book, Hari, twice named Amnesty International UK’s Newspaper Journalist of the Year, offers a comprehensive look at the war on drugs, from the 1915 Harrison Act to recent drug law reforms in Europe that may offer a glimpse of the future. Visiting labs, talking to law enforcers, dealers, and users, Hari challenges many assumptions about addiction and the social costs of drug criminalization. (Bloomsbury)"

Politics & Prose
Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Van Ness and walk up the hill or take the L2 bus or Friendship Heights and walk or take a bus, you may also want to consider taking an uberx or lyft from the metro or back to the metro. If you don't already have the apps on your phone you can get $20 off your first uberX, Uber Black or Uber SUV ride with promo code FREEINDC14 or $10 off your first Lyft with promo code FREEINDC10.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

PAST: AUTHOR TALK: Author of "The Other Wes Moore" Wes Moore talks about his new book "The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters" at Politics & Prose MON, Jan 26 at 7:00pm, Free, books available for purchase

Author of "The Other Wes Moore" Wes Moore talks about his new book "The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters" at Politics & Prose
Monday, January 26
Free, books available for purchase
"The Other Wes Moore left its Baltimore author on the eve of his departure for Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. In his new book, Moore recounts the lessons learned from travel and study, from the battlefields of Afghanistan, the Bush White House, the first Obama presidential campaign—and even a stint in Wall Street banking." 

"As his experiences teach him to think of work as a kind of mission, Moore completes the circle, returning to Baltimore where he applies his wisdom and compassion to effecting lasting change."(Spiegel & Grau)

Politics & Prose
Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Van Ness and walk up the hill or take the L2 bus or Friendship Heights and walk or take a bus, you may also want to consider taking an uberx or lyft from the metro or back to the metro. If you don't already have the apps on your phone you can get $20 off your first uberX, Uber Black or Uber SUV ride with promo code FREEINDC14 or $10 off your first Lyft with promo code FREEINDC10.

PAST: MUSIC: "Blizzards to Beaches Tour" featuring Ardamus, Ceschi, Crunk Witch, Shane Hall and Navi at the Velvet Lounge on U St MON, Jan 26, 8:00pm doors, $8,18+

"Blizzards to Beaches Tour" featuring Ardamus, Ceschi, Crunk Witch, Shane Hall and Navi at the Velvet Lounge
Monday, January 26
8:00pm doors
$8, 18+

Local Artists: Ardamus (DC) Bringing the darkside of conscious rap is DC's very own Ardamus. Lyrically tense and surgically observant. Expect a thought provoking and electric performance. Navi (DC) Known for his eccentric stage energy and stream of consciousness lyrics, he fuses hip hop, grunge, electronica, funk, and industrial music together in a unique and ever-shifting fashion.

Artists from out of town performing: Ceschi Ramos (CT) Fake Four Inc.'s head honcho, Ceschi, will be showcasing his road-worn vocal chords and bear-trap tight set, which oscillates between intelligent hip-hop and socially-conscious folk. Crunk Witch (ME) Being called "One of the best bands from Maine!" by Paste Magazine, this electro-pop duo bring an energetic and entertaining live show fueled by lights, lasers, love, and laughter. Shane Hall (MA) A nerdcore hip-hop artist who hopes you either like him or that you dislike him in such a way that it will bring you pleasure.

Velvet Lounge
915 U Street NW
Metro: U St, African-American War Memorial exit

Friday, January 24, 2014

PAST: HEALTH & WELLNESS: "AIM for a Healthier DC" Free Workshops, Demos and more in Celebration of International Integrative Health Day this SAT, Jan 24 with AIM Health Institute at St. George’s Episcopal Church 160 U St NW from 3:00pm - 6:00pm, Free

AIM for a Healthier DC  Learn more about Yoga, Naturopathic Home Remedies, Acupressure, Nutrition... Enjoy Cooking demos, Zumba, Arts and Craft, Massage 101 and more!
Saturday, January 24
3:00pm - 6:00pm
In celebration of International Integrative Health Day, AIM Health Institute has partnered with DC’s medical schools and community members to host a day of free workshops and health promotion at St. George’s Episcopal Church. 

Integrative medicine combines conventional medical therapies and complementary therapies as its practitioners intertwine research-based care with the wisdom of traditional healing to treat the whole person: mind, body, & spirit. AIM Health Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization bringing the world of integrative medicine to all, regardless of ability to pay.

Key features of this event include: yoga; naturopathic home remedies and acupressure; nutrition and cooking demonstrations; arts and crafts; Zumba; massage 101; free raffle prizes; and featured guests, Learn more about Alternative & Holistic Health · Acupuncture · Medical Research

Featured Guest Speaker:
Donna “The Animal” Wilkinson- DC Divas Running Back and 2 time Gold Medalist!

Free Raffle Prizes (examples: one hour massage, Trader Joe’s gift bag)

Free workshops and empowerment sessions offered: 
  • Naturopathic home remedies and acupressure (Dr. Orceyre, ND, MSOM,LAc)
  • Learn Massage 101 (Elizabeth Goldberg, LMT)
  • Healthy And Delicious Food Demonstration (Julie Wendt, MS and Rosina Cabo, PA-C, MNM)
  • Yoga (Heather Ferris, RYT)
  • Narrative Medicine (Dr. Linda Raphael, MA, PhD and Lauren Kascak, MS)
  • Creative Arts (Pauline Daniels, Director of Life Enrichment for Goodwin House)
  •  Zumba (Kelly Smith and Certified Zumba Instructor Jess Hawkens)

Metro: Shaw - Howard University and walk or take a bus closer, any of the 90 lines will get you closer, to the stop closest to 2nd St NW, see metro trip-planner for bus options. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

PAST: "Poetry Speaks Volumes" as Split this Rock delivers #BlackLivesMatter Poems to the DOJ this FRI, Jan 23 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Free

Poetry Speaks Volumes: Deliver #BlackLivesMatter Poems to the DOJ
Friday, January 23
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join Split This Rock on Friday, January 23 at noon to deliver poems that demand racial justice and police accountability to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). They will be reading from the poems received for the Virtual Open Mic on Police Brutality and Racial Justice and delivering them to the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of DOJ. Read more about the poems here. Join these poets in as they stand in solidarity with people of color, echoing these requests/demands that they wish to see made, demanding justice, accountability, and an end to racism with impunity.

Cosponsors: Code Pink, Institute for Policy Studies, DC Ferguson, Youth Speaks - Brave New Voices, SolidariTrees, the DC Youth Slam Team, Washington Peace Center, Baltimore Citywide Youth Poetry Team.

US Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Metro: Archives or Federal Triangle 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

PAST: DANCE CONVERSATION: Share your thoughts on "Space for Dance and Dancers" at this Open Space Technology event at Flashpoint in Chinatown THURS, Jan 22 from 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Free

Space for Dance and Dancers - Share your thoughts at this Open Space Technology event at Flashpoint in Chinatown
Thursday, January 22
5:30pm - 9:00pm
Free, RSVP requested
Snacks and drinks provided

A free, participatory dialogue about what matters to you - space for dance and dancers! Brought to you by Artomatic, Cultural DC, Dance Metro DC, Center for the Creative Economy, Contradiction Dance, and Recreative Spaces. Organized and facilitated by Leslie Zucker, Trainer, Facilitator and Life Coach for Life's Dancers.

"However you define "dance" (concert dance, social dance, competitive dance, street dance, whatever!) and however you define "space", (for living, dancing, rehearsing, touring, hosting, traveling, whatever!) if you have needs, wants, ideas about space for dance and dancers in the metro DC area, come talk about them!"

"The beginning (starting at 5:30pm) is very important - don't miss that part! It's when you will propose topics of interest to you that others will join.  The spirit of this event is that you are either inspired and learning or inspiring and contributing something interesting and related to space for dance and dancers. If, at any time, that is not true, then you are encouraged to change to a different conversation where it is. There are no "key-note speakers" or other presentations, it's truly a chance for you to be in conversations. It's a highly participatory experience and you are needed to make it work!"

"The results of this event will be supplied (as we collectively produce our messages) to donors, studios, companies, presenters, artists, and more. Just a few of the collaborators that will use the results of this event for future planning include: DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, Artomatic, Cultural DC, Dance Metro DC, Center for the Creative Economy, ReCreative Spaces."

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

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free and low-cost events to choose from on THURS, Jan 22

More Free and low-cost events to choose from on Thursday, January 22

DC Supersonic Weekly Chant Circle at Studio DC in Dupont Circle
every Thursday night
6:30pm - 7:30pm
by donation, $10 suggested, no one turned away
All welcome. Join DC Supersonic Kirtan to sing, dance, and make music. Connect with your fellow Bhakti yogis. Have fun. Learn mantras. Maybe even learn an instrument if you’re so inclined. No experience necessary, just come with an open mind and a yearning to engage the heart. Chant sheets will be provided.
Studio DC 
1710 Connecticut Ave NW, right by the Starbucks on R St
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north

Global Beats Dance Party at Cafe Saint-Ex
UPDATE: *This event was Canceled* this morning, perhaps the organizer is sick... not sure why... just passing info along
9:00pm - 2:00am
Global Beats, All Vinyl and Live Percussion with Ty Hussell.
Soul. . . . Funk, R&B, Disco! Latin. . . Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia!
Jamaican. . . . Reggae, Dance Hall, Rock Steady! African. . . Afro-Beat, High Life, Soukous!
Cafe Saint-Ex
1847 14th St NW
Metro: U St

Live Jazz featuring Alison Crockett at Dukem on U St
every Thursday night
9:00pm - 12:00am
Part of the Dukem Jazz Thursday series, artists vary each week
1114 U St NW
Metro: U St

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

PAST: IMPROV: "Three's Comedy" features three long-form improv comedy acts in one show! WED, Jan 21 at Mead Theatre Lab in Chinatown from 7:30pm - 9:00pm, $5 online or $10 at the door

See three long-form improv comedy acts in one show 
Wednesday, January 21
7:30pm - 9:00pm
$5 online or $10 cash only at door.

Porkchop Volcano -- the best short form improv team in DC
Hot & Sweaty -- joined by original cast member Tom Achilles
DC Couch Cast -- the final podcast from Tom & Taylor with the final guest being Tom himself.

Mead Theatre Lab
at Flashpoint
916 G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Sunday, January 19, 2014

PAST: MLK DAY: Honor MLK Day with a Poetry Reading and Open-Mic at The Haskell Center on Capitol Hill hosted by Split This Rock and the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series at the Folger Shakespeare Library MON, Jan 19 from 11:00am - 1:00pm, Free

Monday, January 19
11:00am - 1:00pm

In the spirit of the day, you are invited to bring food donations which will go to the Lutheran Church of the Reformation food pantry

The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series at the Folger Shakespeare Library and Split This Rock co-sponsor this year's poetry reading in honor of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.  A diverse group of poets respond to the question of " Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" King used this question as the title to his fourth and final book.  Featured poets: Kenneth Carroll, Niki Herd, and Myra Sklarew. An open-mic will follow.

301 East Capitol St SE
Metro; Capitol South or Union Station 

PAST: MLK DAY: MLK Day Peace March & Parade from 10:00am - 2:00pm on MON, Jan 19, Free

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.

Monday, January 19 - MLK Day
10:00am - 2:00pm

Assembly at 10:00am, Parade 12:00pm - 2:00pm.
Learn more about the event here!

United Black Fund
2500 Martin Luther King Junior Ave. SW
Metro: Anacostia and walk about 1 block SE on Howard Rd S

PAST: Annual MLK Tribute at The Kennedy Center featuring Natalie Cole and the Let Freedom Ring Choir on MON, Jan 19 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm in the Concert Hall, Free, Tickets Required and will be distributed that day beginning at 5:00pm, max 2 tix per person

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Georgetown University present "Let Freedom Ring!" featuring Natalie Cole
in a Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, January 19
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Free, tickets required* Please dress warmly; the line for people waiting to receive tickets will be outside.

This free program, part of the free daily performance series on the Millennium Stage, will take place in the Concert Hall at The Kennedy Center and will feature nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Natalie Cole and the Let Freedom Ring Choir.

Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Georgetown University will award the 13th annual John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to George Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Bread for the City, a local organization that provides food, clothing, medical care, legal counsel, and comprehensive social services to vulnerable low-income residents.

*Note: Tickets are required and will be distributed the day of the event in the Hall of Nations, max of two tickets per person, beginning at 5:00pm. All patrons are asked to be seated by 5:40pm. Please enter through the Hall of Nations.

The Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle that runs every ten minutes. Note: The Kennedy Center Shuttle stop at the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station will temporarily relocate about 200 feet south on 23rd Street, between H and I Streets, on the same side of the street, due to construction. Once the sidewalk work is completed, the shuttle stop will return to its regular location. Driving? Parking in the garage is rather expensive. You might be better off parking a little further away and taking an uberx to the Kennedy Center. Download the Uber app and get $20 off your 1st uberX, Uber Black or Uber SUV ride with promo code FREEINDC14

Saturday, January 18, 2014

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Three more Free or low-cost events to choose from on SUN, Jan 18

Highlights for Sunday, January 18

A Day of Flying in the Great Hall at the National Building Museum
9:00am - 4:00pm
Model Airplane Workshop,
9:00am - 11:00am
Cost per plane: $10 Member | $15 Non-member
Recommended ages 8+ and Webelos Cub Scouts
Construct a rubber-band-propelled model airplane with the D.C. Maxecuters and test fly it in the Great Hall. Flying in the Great Hall, 11:00am - 4:00pm, Free. Drop-in demonstration. All ages. Witness death-defying feats of acrobatic aeronautics—on a small scale. Watch as the D.C. Maxecuters fly their model airplanes through the Great Hall!
National Building Museum 
401 F St, NW
Metro: Judiciary Square is closest, short walk also from Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Friday, January 17, 2014

PAST: ART: East City Art Weekend Round-Up for Free Arts events throughout DC and MD on SAT, Jan 17

Weekend East City Event Round Up: 2015 Keeps Getting Better Edition

The list below covers free events from East City Art not already featured on Free in DC

Saturday, January 17

Demo at DC GlassWorks in Hyattsville, MD
10:00am - 1:00pm
see the facebook invite
Sally Resnik Rockriver visits DC GlassWorks to demonstrate her unique style of glassblowing. Rockriver’s conceptual approach stems from her self-taught techniques.
DC Glassworks
5366 46th Ave - Hyattsville, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from the metro

Art Opening for Wayson Jones at Glen Echo Park in MD
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Wayson Jones explores the properties of acrylic paints and gel media in his solo exhibition Jewels at the Stone Tower Gallery. Jones plays with perspective in his collages to encourage viewers to question the world around them.
The Stone Tower Gallery
7300 MacArthur Blvd - Glen Echo, MD
Metro: This location is best reached by car, see metro trip-planner for bus info

Art from doris-mae curator at Studio Gallery in Dupont Circle
Art from the doris-mae show at Studio 
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Portraits of Self as Others features the works of Luke Alexander Atkinson, Kanchan Balse, Laura Elkins, Amanda Kates, Joren A. Lindholm and Paul Pietsc. Thomas Drymon’s goal in curating
this exhibit was to find artists who showed “individual viewpoints within the context of the work.”
Studio Gallery
2108 R St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north exit

Small Works Exhibit Opening at CHAW near Eastern Market
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Personally Speaking… is a small-works exhibit featuring the works of thirteen CHAL artists being displayed at CHAW. Juror Ellen Cornett will give a brief talk about the exhibit during the opening reception.CHAW
545 7th St SE
Metro: Eastern Market

Art Opening at HEMPHILL on 14th St 
6:00pm - 8:00pm
The new exhibition at HEMPHILL celebrates the works of artist William de Looper and showcases his works from 1964-1970. Visitors can see how de Looper infused his canvases with color to create each piece.
1515 14th St NW
Metro: U St or McPherson Sq and take the Circulator any bus along 14th St to RI Ave/ P St or walk or you can walk over from Dupont Circle as well.

Art from the Adah Rose Gallery Exhibit
Art Opening at Adah Rose Gallery in  Kensington, MD
6:30om - 8:30pm
Jim Condron and Kristen Liu display their works at Adah Rose Gallery - for the first time - in Your Memories, Your Sentiments, Your Wishes, Your Secrets. Both artists explore the strange and unusual through their own styles.
Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Ave - Kensington, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from the metro

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

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

PAST: WORKSHOP: "Verbal Gymnastics" Interactive Poetry and Storytelling Workshop with Poet and Playwright John Johnson this THURS, Jan 15 from 11:00am - 12:30pm, Free

Interactive Poetry and Storytelling Workshop in Anacostia
Verbal Gymnastics with Poet and Playwright John Johnson
Thursday, January 15
11:00am - 12:30pm
For more info and to RSVP, requested, call 202-633-4844

This popular monthly spoken word program for adults uses body movement, poetry, and theatrical elements designed to spark inner creativity, reflection, and overall well-being. This program is also geared to promote awareness and civic engagement in the communities surrounding the Anacostia River.

Poet and playwright John Johnson hosts an interactive workshop that incorporates poetry and storytelling. Participants use their observation of community and personal experience to create a unique and original piece, unlocking the poet and wordsmith inherent in all of us. Johnson also shares some of his poetry and tips that highlight the creative spirit of the spoken word.

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE
Metro: Anacostia, take the W3 bus from Howard Rd right by the Metro towards United Medical Center to Fort Pl & #1901. Bus is an 8 minute ride. About a 30 min, 1.3 mile, walk.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: Three more Free and low-cost events to choose from on WED, Jan 14

More Free and low-cost events to choose from on Wednesday, January 14

$10 cash or credit at the door
8:00pm - 8:30pm, Free info session
January is National Choreography Month (NACHMO). Stretch yourself and awaken your creative senses in a modern dance class and choreography workshop taught by Glade's own Sylvana Christopher. Then hang around with afterwards for a NACHMO Baltimore/DC information session and meet & greet! NACHMO is a yearly challenge for dancers to create a new piece in just one month. This is the first year that NACHMO has expanded to Baltimore/DC. Come be a part of it!  
Dance Loft on 14
4618 14th St NW 
Metro: Columbia Heights and take any of the 50 line buses north on 14th to Buchanan, about ten min.

Press Play Hump Days: Comedy & Other Such Fun at the DCAC in Adams Morgan
7:30pm - 9:00pm
$10, DCAC members $8, buy online with small $1.34 service fee, or call to ask about tix at door
Press Play hosts and produces a monthly show featuring some of the best comedy, music, storytelling, etc...acts in the area! Press Play (longform improv): one of DC's longest-running improv teams and frequent festival performers brings the comedic heat! This show will feature stand-up from Chelsea Shorte, longform improv from Asian Moms, storytelling from Chase Kimball and live music from Evan and Ross. Can't make it to the January show, they are also offering $10 tickets to their Feb 11, March 11, and April 8 shows.
DCAC in Adams Morgan
2438 18th St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle and take the 42 bus to 18th St or Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill Rs/ 18th St

Wed Jan 14th @Flash: Feel the Love, Live
8:00pm sign-up and doors, 9:30pm band goes on
$5, 21+  
Feel the Love, Live is a new open mic night at Flash hosted by One Love Massive featuring Champion Sound, a 9 piece band featuring female vocalist Edy Blu. In addition, this event will feature PHILCO in between the live music! With an open mic format, all the music is 100% improv. "Known for their killer sound system and dance floor Flash is the least likely place you would expect to find such an amazing live music concept but its working, really well." Come early and sign up for the open mic or just hang out and enjoy what’s going on.
645 Florida Ave NW
Metro: Shaw, or short walk from U St, Vermont Ave exit, or any of the 90 buses on Florida/ U St 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

PAST: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free and low-cost events to choose from on MON, Jan 12

Monday, January 12
7:00pm - 9:30pm
Opera on Tap returns to Vendetta in 2015
bringing some of opera's hottest hits! Happy Hour is from 5pm-8pm, show 7pm. Performers: David E. Chavez, Shaina Kuhn, Cynthia Ballentine, Carla Rountree, Emily Riley, Simon Charette, Rachel Sitomer and Dane Suarez.
1212 H St NE
Metro: Nearest Metro is Union Station, you can uber (get $20 off your first ride with promo code FREEINDC14) or taxi from there or you can take the X2 bus from anywhere along H St, catch it from Gallery Pl Metro at 7th St NW, or take any of the 90 line buses that run along 8th St NE to H St NE and walk a few block. See metro trip-planner for best bus access.

Three Week Zohar Class - January 2015 in Adams Morgan
Hosted by Kabbalah Centre Washington, DC.
Open to all, you don't need to be Jewish to attend.
$30 for 3 Weeks, Monday nights - breaks down to $10 a class
"Start your week off strong by joining us every Monday for insights into the energy of the upcoming week. Participate in practical workshops, experience consciousness expanding meditations, and study spiritual wisdom that gives you real-life advantages. All classes are based on key wisdom contained in The Zohar, the ancient kabbalistic text that decodes the Torah's hidden meanings, allowing you to understand the spiritual significance of its messages. Quite simply, the Zohar is a manual for the days and weeks of your life. It helps you understand the laws of the universe so you can live in harmony with them – all for the purpose of finding fulfillment and seizing the opportunities before you on any given day." 
Life Asset
2448 Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Woodley Park and take the Circulator bus one stop to Adams Mill or walk, or take the 42 or 43 bus from downtown, Connecticut Ave or Dupont Circle to 18th & Columbia 

An Evening of Humorous Readings at Kramerbooks
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle hosts DC's first ever Evening of Humorous Readings, a chance for DC's funniest authors to read their best work (think McSweeney's or Shouts and Murmurs). Hosted by Brian Agler (McSweeney's, Splitsider, Funny or Die) Guests: Alexandra Petri (Washington Post, "A Field Guide to Awkward Silences") Sean Carman (McSweeney's, the Rumpus, 826DC) Sarah Schmelling (McSweeney's, New York Times, Slate)"
1517 Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St NW

Saturday, January 11, 2014

PAST: HEALTH EXPO: It's the Final Day of the Annual NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo 2015 at the Convention Center, SUN, Jan 11 from 9:00am - 4:00pm, Free

NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo 2015
Sunday, January 11 - Final Day of two day event
9:00am - 4:00pm 

For more info visit the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo website, twitter @nbchealthexpo hashtag #NBC4HEALTHEXPO, Facebook: NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo.

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

Friday, January 10, 2014

PAST: KIDS: "Kids in the Kitchen" Enjoy Healthy Cooking Demos, Hands on activities and more at the Children's National Medical Center this SAT, Jan 10th from 10:00am - 2:00pm, Free, Please RSVP

"Kids in the Kitchen"
Cooking Demos, Hands on activities and more!
Saturday, January 10th
10:00am - 2:00pm
All ages, Free, please sign up here
Junior League of Washington and Children's National Medical Center present Kids in the Kitchen, a fun-filled day of games, crafts, hands-on learning, and exciting raffle prizes - all to celebrate and promote nutritional literacy.

This annual event that showcases ways kids can eat smart and make healthy lifestyle choices. Local chefs host healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness experts lead kids in high-energy exercise sessions like Zumba, and certified nutritionists are on-hand to answer questions.

Can't make it this weekend? Save the date for the next one at YMCA National Capital on Saturday, March 7 from 10:00am - 2:00pm, Free, no sign up necessary

Children's National Medical Center's
Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and take the H4 bus toward Brookland or Rhode Island Ave and take the D8 bus toward the Washington Hospital

PAST: ART PARTY: Come on out to 12th Night 3 Kings Party at Gallery O on H on SAT, Jan 10 from 8:00pm - 11:00pm for Live Blues Music, Fire Dancing and more! Free, 21+

12th Night 3 Kings Party at Gallery O on H
Saturday, January 10
8:0pm - 11:00pm
Free,  21+

Celebrate 3 Kinds Day 12th Nite Mardi Gras Party at Gallery O on H this Saturday night. Enjoy live blues music from Ian B. Walters and Phil Wiggins, King Cake, Entertainment, Fortune Teller, and Dance A Fire!

Gallery O on H 
1354 H St NE
Metro: Union Station and take a taxi or uber or catch any of the 90 line buses to 8th & H St NE from Shaw or U St Metro along Florida Ave or U St

Sunday, January 5, 2014

PAST: THEATER: Director's Salon and Live Rehearsal for "La Sonnambula" at Source Theatre MON, Jan 5 at 7:00pm, from!

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!

Monday, January 5

Director's Salon for Bellini's Early Romantic Opera La Sonnambula (The Sleepwalker)
Discussion + Live Rehearsal! Part of the In Series
The director and production staff will discuss their work on the opera & talk about the rehearsal process. Audience is encouraged to ask questions and stay for a live rehearsal after the Q&A. The In Series invite audiences to an open conversation with the directors, designers and select performers of the season’s major productions. Hosted by In Series Board member Shannon Mouton, the panel-and-reception format promotes community engagement and understanding of the creative process. 
About the show: Full production with chamber ensemble will be on stage from January 11 - 25, with admission ranging from $22 - $42. Don’t miss the chance to fall in love with this Italian Early Romantic opera! "Considered Bellini’s masterpiece, this sweet story of innocent love, misguided jealousy, small town intrigues and sleepwalking (!) contains melody after melody of exquisite beauty. Enjoy the thrilling voices of our young stars in the amazingly virtuosic, yet heartfelt “bel canto” style, and in English! CarrieAnne Winter is Amina, Joseph Haughton is her beloved Elvino, Brody Del Beccaro is the mysterious Rodolfo, Kimberly Christie (In Series debut) is the conniving Lisa, and Eduardo Castro plays Alexis, Lisa’s perennial suitor." New English Adaptation Writer & Director: Steven Scott Mazzola. Music Director: Stanley Thurston. 
Source Theatre
1835 14th St, NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus to 14th & U St

More free events and exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital

Friday, January 3, 2014

PAST: WORKSHOP: Note: **This event is now Full** Help Keep DC Green! Sign up now for this Free "Stand Up for Trees" Workshop and Training at Casey Trees in Brookland SAT, Jan 31st from 9:00am - 3:00pm Learn how you can help protect DC's Tree Canopy, RSVP Required

UPDATE: January 22, I was just informed that **this event is now full** and the waitlist is filled as well. Stay connected with Casey Trees on facebook to find out the next time this one will be offered, they host this event twice a year.

Stand Up for Trees at this free training workshop at Casey Trees Headquarters in Brookland
Saturday, January 31st
9:00am - 3:00pm
Free, light breakfast and lunch provided as well*
RSVP to ensure your space now, this one is offered just twice per year!

The Stand Up for Trees workshop is designed for residents of DC who want to protect D.C.’s tree canopy. During the class, participants will learn how to engage with local officials and agencies to enact change in our neighborhoods and city and to keep DC green. 

Learn more about the state of DC’s trees, how the local government is organized, and who the key players are that help to manage our trees in public spaces and techniques for engaging these key officials and agencies to encourage them to protect and increase the amazing tree canopy in your neighborhood and throughout the city. Afterwards, you will be able to speak with current Casey Trees volunteers and Tree Advocates to learn of their experiences advocating for trees.

Who Should Attend? Open to all, especially recommended to those interested in advocating for the urban canopy or becoming a Citizen Forester as this is a Citizen Forester qualifying course.  ISA Continuing Education Credits are also available. While this class will be focusing on how to be an advocate for DC’s trees, residents from outside of the District will also benefit from learning about the challenges of managing an urban forest. 

The event will include the following instructors, all working at Casey Trees

  • Maisie Hughes, Director of Planning and Design
  • Sue Erhardt, Director of Education
  • Stephanie Juchs, Community Education Coordinator
  • Emily Oaksford, Planning Associate
  • Suraj K. Sazawal, Advocacy Associate
Learn more about Casey Trees and the wonderful work that they do! 

*Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so they can attempt to accommodate your needs.

3030 12th St NE
Metro: Brookland-CUA (Red Line) and walk 10 or take the H8 bus to 12th and Irving St NE.  Ample street parking is available for those wishing to drive and room for cyclists to park their bikes as well. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY: Monthly: Poetry Reading and Open Mic "Sunday Kind of Love" co-sponsored by Split this Rock and Busboysand Poets, 14th & V, every third SUN of the month from 5:00pm - 7:00pm, All ages, $5

"Sunday Kind of Love" monthly poetry reading and open mic
every third Sunday of the month 
5:00pm - 7:00pm
All ages, $5 online or at the door
Open Mic follows the featured poets
co-sponsored by Busboys and Poets and Split This Rock.

14th & V St, NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus, Woodley/14th St/ McPherson route, to 14th & U.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: COMEDY: Weekly: "Stand-Up at Bier Baron" Stand-Up Comedy Show every WED night from 8:30pm - 10:30pm, $10 at the door, RSVP Requested, 21+

"Stand-Up at Bier Baron"
every Wednesday night
8:30pm - 10:30pm
$10 at the door, RSVP Requested, 21+

This live stand-up comedy show features performances from top comics who perform regularly at the DC Improv, Arlington Drafthouse and Magooby's Joke House.

Bier Baron (formerly The Brickskeller)
1523 22nd St, NW -  just north of P St
Metro: Dupont Circle

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: "Hill Country Live" hosts Free Shows most nights from WED - SAT usually at 8:30pm, Free, 21+

"Hill Country Live" brings the spirit of Austin's music scene to DC!
Most of the shows downstairs in the Boot Bar are free
Wednesday - Saturday
8:30pm start time normally see the current schedule
Free, 21+

"Hill Country Live" showcases American Roots Music found in Texas and beyond its borders - artists who play with heart and soul are welcome, no matter where they are from. Styles you don't find in many other venues in the DC area include: Honky-Tonk, Western Swing, Rockabilly, Roots Rock, Alternative Country, Blues and Americana.

Hill Country has a BBQ market on the main floor, while the Boot Bar downstairs serves as a performance venue Tuesday through Saturday nights. Live band karaoke on Wednesday nights too. Shows are all free unless there is a cover noted. See schedule here.

410 7th St, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial or Gallery Pl - Chinatown

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Live Music at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub in Del Ray every WED - SAT in Alexandria, VA from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, All ages, Free

Live Music at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub
in Del Ray - Alexandria, VA
every Wednesday - Saturday
8:00pm - 10:00pm
All ages, Free 

Enjoy live music at St. Elmo's, a cute coffee shop on the main drag in Del Ray, every Wednesday - Saturday starting around 8:00pm. They have a nice selection of coffee and tea there as well. A complete updated list of events can be found on the St. Elmo's facebook page under 'Venue Profile.'

2300 Mt. Vernon Ave 
in Alexandria, VA 
Metro: Braddock Rd and take a bus along Mt Vernon Ave, see for best bus access from metro.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Book Talks at Politics & Prose most days of the week! Link to calendar online

Author Talks at Politics and Prose
Pretty much every day of the Week!
weekday evening usually at 7:00pm
Please visit their website for a list of events

Politics & Prose
Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Van Ness and walk up the hill or take the L2 bus

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Monthly: Phase 1 Monthly Open Mic at Phase 1 near Eastern Market, Enjoy live Music, Comedy and Poetry every third SUN of the month from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, doors 7:30pm, Free

8:00pm - 10:00pm, 7:30pm doors and sign up 

Phase 1 Open Mic every third Sunday features live music, comedy and poetry. Sign up in advance or show up. All talents, skill levels welcome!

Phase 1
525 8th St SE
Metro: Eastern Market, turn right onto 8th St by Starbucks when you exit the metro

UPCOMING & ONGOING: COMEDY: "Attack of the Comics" at Solly's on U St every 1st & 3rd TUES of the month, 8:30pm show, 8:00pm doors, Free

Haywood Turnipseed presents "Attack of the Comics"
at Solly's on U St
every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month
8:30pm show, 8:00pm doors

1942 11th St NW - at the corner of U
Metro: U St