Saturday, June 15, 2019

UPCOMING: FESTIVAL: Today! Experience the Tastes, Sounds and Feel of Asia at the 2019 Chinatown Community Festival organized by The DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs on SAT, June 15 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm in Chinatown Park, 5th & I St NW, RSVP is Required to attend this Free, Family-friendly Festival

Saturday, June 15
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Family-friendly, Free
RSVP now on eventbrite here
RSVP Required by 11:59 pm on Friday, June 14

Experience the tastes, sounds and feel of Asia at the 2019 Chinatown Community Festival on Saturday, June 15  from 11 am - 2 pm in Chinatown Park, 5th & I St NW.

You can expect to enjoy:
  • Lively Performances: Wushu, Japanese Drumming show, Dog Tricks show
  • Indonesian Dance, Hawaiian Halau Hula, Turkmen Folk Dance & Cultural Demonstrations
  • Fitness Demonstrations
  • Food Samples
  • Face Painting, Henna Design, 3D Paper Cutting, K Make-up & Asian Arts and Crafts
  • Free Bike Repair, andmore!
This event is supported by CCBA, Panda Gourmet, Pho Viet and A Baked Joint.

For more information, or to request reasonable accommodations, contact MOAPIA seven days in advance at 202-727-3120. Feel free to also connect on twitter @dcmoapia and to tag them in any photos you may take at the event. Note: If any changes to the event due to rain I'll update the post, or you can go on twitter to inquire.

Chinatown Park 
5th & I St NW 
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown 

UPCOMING: YOGA DAY: Tomorrow! All are Welcome to Celebrate the "5th International Day of Yoga" by the Washington Monument this SUN, June 16 from 8:30 am - 11:00 am, Free, please RSVP, hosted by the Embassy of India and followed by an Indian Vegetarian Food Festival at the Freer|Sackler starting at 10:30 am

5th International Day of Yoga 
this year by the Washington Monument
Sunday, June 16
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Free, please RSVP here
you can also view and share the event on facebook here

The Embassy of India, in partnership with friends of Yoga, come together to celebrate the 5th International Day of Yoga this Sunday, June 16th. Share, deepen, and celebrate the dimensions of yoga. The 5th International Day of Yoga is an event organized by Embassy of India, Washington DC in Partnership with Friends of Yoga to raise awareness of benefits of Yoga on mental health and celebrate Yoga. Please bring your own yoga mat.

This year there will also be an Indian Vegetarian Food Festival following the event at  the Freer|Sackler museum starting at 10:30 am!

Although they are hoping for sunshine, there’s something magical about practicing yoga in the rain! Rain or Shine, the event will proceed as planned. Please check the weather forecast for details.

The Washington Monument 
1600 Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Smithsonian (Metro Map). Street parking may be available for those wishing to drive but likely spaces will be limited. Please read the signs. You can also take the red, Circulator bus, National Mall route, which is free and gets you closer.

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Tomorrow! JP Justice headlines "Chocolate City Comedy Show" this month at Drafthouse Comedy at 13th & L St NW on SUN, June 16 at 7:30 pm, doors 7:00 pm, use promo code FREEINDC for half-price tickets, just $7.50 plus small fee online, regularly $15, or two for $12.50 plus fee, Black box style venue, open to those 18+, drinks available for purchase for those 21+

Comedy-Ish productions presents Chocolate City Comedy Show at Drafthouse Comedy, 13th & L St NW
JP Justice headlines this month
Sunday, June 16
7:30 pm show, doors and seating 7:00 pm
Tickets regularly $15 plus service fee

Get half-price tickets! Just $7.50 + $2.08 service fee with FREEINDC promo code! for a total of $9.58 for one ticket, or get two tickets for just $12.50 plus $2.38 service fee for a total of just $14.89 for two people!

Venue is styled like a black box theater and is open to 18+ with no minimum purchase, drinks are available for purchase for those 21+

Note: All tickets must be shown at the door in print format or with the online ticket stub. Be sure to purchase tickets on eventbrite to get the discount price!

Comedy-Ish is bringing some of the most talented comedians from all over the US and Canada to DC every month now! You may have seen some of these comedians on Comedy Central, ComicView, B.E.T, MTV,VH1, Conan, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

In addition to headliner JP Justice (@JPJUSTICElaughs) (Def Comedy Jam, BET Comic View and NBC) this month's show will also feature Ishmael J. Gaynor (Comedyhype, Oakcity Comedy Festival), Elizabeth McDougal (Huffington Post) and Jatty Robinson (NBC). Jamal Richardson (Solcon) hosts the event.

About the venue: The folks from Arlington Drafthouse have a comedy arts performance space in the heart of DC at 13th & L St NW, Drafthouse Comedy is styled after a black box theater, with tall ceilings, great sight lines, and an intimate setting. The venue has beer, wine, liquor, and some light fare available for purchase for those 21 and older and is open to those 18 and up. There are no minimum purchase requirements for patrons, nor is there table-side service.

1100 13th St NW - enter on L St between 13th & 14th St
Metro: McPherson Sq is closest, also walking distance from Metro Center or you can take the Circulator bus, Woodley - McPherson Sq route, or any of the metro buses along K St or 14th St, to the stop closest to 14th & K St NW

UPCOMING: THEATER: Today + Tonight! See Avant Bard's production of "A Misanthrope" at The Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA on SAT, June 15 at 2:00 pm or at 7:30 pm or SUN, June 16 matinee performances at 2:00 pm, Show runs THURS, May 30 - SUN, June 30, Get PWYW tickets for a minimum of $10 online, or Pay-What-You-Will at the door if available

A limited number of Pay-What-You-Will seats will be available for All Performances of Avant Bard's production of A Misanthrope 
Evening shows at 7:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
Matinees at 2:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Shows Thursday, May 30 - Sunday, June 30
at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA
Regular ticket price is $40 but you can reserve seats online here for a minimum of $10, no service fees, if PWYW seats are still available, you can pay what you will at the door, box office opens an hour before the show starts

This Week PWYW Performances:

Evening - Thursday, June 13, Friday, June 14 & Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 pm
Matinee - Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 16 at 2:00 pm

New this season! Avant Bard's shows now have Pay-What-You-Will seats available for every show! See more about how the new PWYW program works on the video here, or read the details here, or below.

A Misanthrope is a play about a cynic named Alceste who thinks insincerity is a sin. But the joke's on him when he falls for Celimine, an ingenue who's more than his match. Matt Minnicino's A Misanthrope distills Molière's best-known farce into quippy rhyming couplets and pokes fun at social flattery with a hot take on the absurdity of modern hot airs. "Hypocrisy has never been more hilarious."

"Moliere's comic classic was about mocking hypocrisy of the French aristocracy, but we're going to look at these themes through a more modern lens," said Director Megan Behm. "We've set A Misanthrope in the present at a fabulous vacation villa in the South of France during a booze-fueled pool party with the wealthy and wanna-be famous. The characters are international jet-setter types, filthy rich and in the prime of their lives. They are all mostly oblivious to the consequences of their actions. With money to burn, why be serious about anything? To me, this play is about the inauthentic and superficial selves people project into the world, and then what happens when they are trapped in these roles."

See calendar image for dates and times. All Saturday matinees will be followed by Unscripted Afterchats with members of the cast and creative team.

Remaining PWYW evening performances 7:30 pm
  • Thursdays: June 20 & 27
  • Fridays: June 21 & 28
  • Saturdays: June 15, 22 & 29
Remaining PWYW matinee performances 2:00 pm
  • Saturdays: June 15, 22 & 29
  • Sundays: June 16, 23 & 30
About the Pay-What-You-Will Program: For every Avant Bard performance a limited number of tickets are Pay What You Will, which means you can name your price. They do this because they believe universal stories need universal access.

You can buy PWYW tickets online or over the phone beginning the Monday before each performance for a small minimum, or you can buy PWYW tickets at the door with no minimum, if seats are available. If they sell out of PWYW tickets online they plan to make social media announcements to prevent disappointed walk-ups. All Avant Bard tickets including PWYW are General Admission; seating is first-come first-served. If you'd like to know how much folks generally pay for Pay What You Will shows, the average ticket price is $20, half of the regular $40 ticket prices, but it's really up to you--and any amount is welcome.

Gunston Arts Center
2700 South Lang St
Arlington, VA 22206 (see map)
Metro: Crystal City and catch the 23A or 23B bus from bus bay two (the thoughtful folks at Avant Bard even made a video you can watch on how to get there using metro and bus which is especially great for visual folks) and get off at South Arlington Ridge Rd and South Lang St, nine stops, about a six minute bus ride. You can use metro trip-planner for metro and bus schedules. It's about 1.5 miles from the metro if you want to bike or walk, or you can also uber or lyft there, uber pool and lyft line are shared ride options that are more affordable. If you have a car and plan to drive you can see driving directions here. Ample free parking available.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today + Tonight! Find more Free and low-cost events listed every day on @FreeinDCBlog on twitter - and if you don't use twitter, no worries, you don't need an account to see the page

For more events please check out @FreeinDCBlog on twitter and the Free in DC page on facebook, search for "Free in DC" or click here! Much of the event content I cover comes from facebook and I don't always have time to craft individual posts on this site for every event I come across and I often post links to events on  @FreeinDCBlog on twittter and/or FreeinDC on facebook that aren't on the main site.

I tweet most every day, focusing on events happening that day, and some other events coming soon or ones that you might not find on the main site or on facebook. Also, if you aren't a twitter user you can just look at the page without needing to sign up for an account!

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tomorrow! Meditate in Community on SUN, June 16 and most Sunday Mornings at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, Individual Silent Meditation anytime between 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Meditation Talk 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with a Vegetarian lunch to follow, Free

Weekly Meditation on Sunday Mornings
except for the first Sunday of the month usually
at the Science of Spirituality DC Center

Sunday Morning Silent Meditation
10:00 am - 11:00 am
You can arrive anytime during the hour to meditate
Sunday Morning Meditation Talk
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
All welcome regardless of level of experience

The Meditation Talk and Meditation at 11:00 am is recommended for new folks. Feel free to arrive when you can to meditate with the group in a silent format so if you are an experienced meditator you are welcome to arrive anytime starting from 10:00 am for a silent meditation sit. Vegetarian lunch is provided after the meditation talk. at noon, for those who participate in the morning program.

Next gathering - Sunday, June 16
(They are meeting on the first Sunday this month since it was the holiday last weekend)
10.00 - 11:00 am Meditation, arrive any time
11:00 - 12:00 pm English Satsang/ Talk
12:00 - 1:00 pm Vegetarian Lunch

Hindi Meditation 
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Hindi Satsang, with Meditation portion from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Science of Spirituality Meditation DC Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and offers many free workshops and events. The center focuses on using the practice of Jyoti Meditation. Science of Spirituality has been offering free meditation workshops actively in the DC area since 1953. As part of an international, nonprofit, multi-faith organization consisting of two thousand centers and a million members world-wide, Science of Spirituality welcomes the community to participate in its meetings and activities. The group’s president is Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, known for his books on meditation and spirituality, and for leading conferences and workshops promoting love, unity, and peace, in all lands and among all peoples, through the practice of meditation.

Science of Spirituality also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their site and follow them on twitter @SOSMeditate.
Additional Sunday Meditations this month:
June 9, 16, 23 & 30

Science of Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Best reached by car or car sharing service. You can see metro trip-planner for best bus access, the M4 and D6 buses both have stops pretty close by but they don't run often. For those with cars, street parking is available easily in this residential neighborhood. For those without cars, you may want to take uber, lyft, via or a car sharing service like car2go, zipcar or getaround there from wherever you are. The nearest Metro station is Tenleytown. It's a 1.8 miles drive from the metro, see map, about six minutes. 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

UPCOMING: MAGIC + COMEDY: “Hocus Joke Us" Comedy Open Mic and Magic Show hosted by Mentalist + Magician Alain Nu and Comedian Nathan Luft MON, June 17 and every Monday night at Madam's Organ in Adams Morgan from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm or so, doors at 8:00 pm, $4, or arrive before 8:30 pm to get in Free, 21+

"Hocus Joke Us" Monday Night Comedy Open Mic and Magic Show in Adams Morgan featuring mentalist and magician Alain Nu and comedian Nathan Luft joined each week by other local comics at Madams Organ
every Monday night 
9:00 pm - 11:30 pm or so, doors open 8:00 pm
$4, 21+ 
Arrive before 8:30cpm to bypass the $4 cover charge!

Every Monday you can enjoy a comedy open mic and magic show! "Hocus Joke Us" is now hosted by comedian Nathan Luft and mentalist and magician Alain Nu "The Man Who Knows Mondays at Madams Organ on their second floor stage. Local comedians come by to share their work throughout the night. Line-up varies each week.

The original  show along this same line was started by Haywood Turnipseed Jr. some years ago under Madam's Magical Mondays and  The Dark Side. The torch has now been passed on to Nathan and Alain as they continue the show with a new name, "Hocus Joke Us."

Next Show - Monday, June 17
see facebook event page here

Mentalist Alain Nu, is known as "The Man Who Knows." He has starred in his own TV specials on TLC, called "The Mysterious World Of Alain Nu," has performed all over the world at casinos, on cruise ships, and in theatres. He may be one of the most interesting people living in the DC area that you have never heard of before. His take on magic and the way we think is truly unique and worth checking out!

Madam's Organ
upstairs area
2461 18th St NW
in Adams Morgan, next door to Tryst 
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/ 18th St stop by the FedEx or walk, about 15 minutes from either station, or you can catch the 42 or 43 bus from Connecticut Ave or Dupont Circle toward Mt Pleasant and get off at 18th & Columbia Rd. The 90 bus lines and L2 bus also go to 18th & Columbia if that is better for you. See metro trip-planner for best options. You can also take uber or lyft there. See new user promotions below.

UPCOMING: MUSIC: Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany, by Metro Center, TUES, June 18 from 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm, Concerts vary each week, Free, donations appreciated

Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany lunchtime concerts every Tuesday
12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
Free, donations appreciated to
 support music program and artists

View the schedule of performances
View the brochure for May - August 2019 here.

If you're able to get here Tuesday at lunch, recommend this series!

Tuesday, June 18 - next concert 

The Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Stt NW
Metro: Metro Center

Sunday, April 14, 2019

OF NOTE: FITNESS: Fitiverse is Free to Join and helps you to Connect with new Workout buddies and Find Free Fitness Activities in your area

Want to get fit? Connect on Fitiverse to find fun, new ways to work out! You can also find fitness buddies and free activities and classes in your area!

Fitiverse is local, social network that will help you to find new, fun and social ways to workout! Fitiverse focuses on fitness and connects you with compatible workout buddies who have access to the same fitness zones, which are like neighborhoods. Fitiverse is Free to join!

Find Free Workouts, Yoga Classes, Meet-ups and more, on Fitiverse. The local place to go for Free Fitness activities! Create your free account here!

If you're wondering why am I sharing Fitiverse on Free in DC when technically it's not an arts, culture or consciousness event, it is because Fitiverse shares a similar mission, to help people connect to fabulous, local, free things to do. In their case, they just focus on fitness. It's also free to join! The site was founded by two brothers who live in the DC area who share a passion for fitness and well-being. They wanted to help others in the greater community find people who live nearby, share similar schedules and are interested in similar ways of working out and having fun.

Create your free account to find some free activities, have some fun burning calories and maybe even make some new friends while you are at it.

Monday, January 21, 2019

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA & MEDITATION: More Free & Low-Cost Yoga & Meditation Classes at Yoga Studios in DC and Metro VA & MD!

Free & Low Cost Community Yoga & Meditation Classes in DC!
Below is a list of some of the more popular centers and studios that offer free, donation-based, and reduced price yoga and meditation lasses as part of their weekly schedules.

If you know of any other studios or places where you can find yoga classes that are free, by donation or $10 or less, feel free to email me over gmail at freeindcblog, comment on Free in DC's facebook page or send me a tweet @FreeinDCBlog.

Yoga Classes

Organized alphabetically by Studio/ Venue Name.
Please message me to let me know if there are any changes to note in this list.

Saturday lunchtime
Circle Yoga - Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase
Donation-Based Community Class on Saturdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm (except during session breaks). Suggested $5 minimum donation. "These “all levels” classes are typically yoga classes, though we sometimes offer Pilates, Feldenkrais, or other types of community classes. Check the community class schedule for details." View the full schedule of free community classes. Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Select Days, Times and Locations in DC
DC Public Libraries often host Free Yoga Classes, you can search their calendar here

Friday late afternoon
Down Dog Yoga - Georgetown
One hour Community Class "Flow for $5" on Fridays at 4:30pm I am pretty sure this is a heated yoga studio so you may want to call them to check before you sign up for this class. Description online simply says:  "These fun classes are taught by our teachers-in-training. Following our all-levels format, these classes offer an opportunity for you to support the development of our teachers in training, and at the same time offer a reduced rate as an opportunity to give back to the broader yoga community." View schedule here.

Select classes $10
Studio Serenity and Studio DC - locations in Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle
$10 community yoga classes
From their website: "Our studio has a strong commitment to making yoga accessible to everyone in our community, regardless of income. We are offering $10 community yoga classes every day of the week. Check out our class schedule to see which classes are only $10. These reduced $10 classes can only be purchased at the studio. ***Passes not available online, only in person.*** $10 Yoga Policies: *If you have a membership or intro special, you do NOT need to pay in addition for this class *Purchases that expire are not valid for extension, roll-over, or refund. *Not eligible for non-profit/student rate *Not eligible as credit to be applied to a regularly priced class, intro pass, class package, or OM Pass *Only valid for classes listed online as $10 class"  They also offer "Namaste Day - free classes all day: "One day out of the month, the studio offers the community an opportunity to enjoy the invigorating, challenging, joyful, sweaty, and celebratory yoga classes we have to offer....for FREE.***Members and pass holders can guarantee their spot by signing up in advance. Classes will fill up on a first come, first serve basis, so show up early."

Wednesday & Friday nights in Dupont Circle $10 Community Classes 
Tranquil Space - Update from April 24, 2018: The Dupont Circle location has $10 community classes Wednesday night at 8:00pm and Friday night at 7:00pm. Arlington location does not have any at the moment, though they tell me they are working on it!
Near Dupont Circle Metro 17th St location 1632-34 17th Street NW (202) 328-9642
Near Virginia Sq Metro 3528 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA (703) 829-6428

Friday night in Bethesda, MD
Unity Woods - Bethesda, MD location only. $10 drop-in Community Class on Fridays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm. This class may be followed by a free chanting class, Soul-Soothing Chanting, from 7:10pm - 7:40pm. See schedule and find more info here.

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC

Yoga District offers lots of donation based Meditation & Yoga Classes (most on Sundays) 

Meditation Classes

Monday night 
Circle Yoga - Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase
Mindfulness Meditation Mondays every Monday from 7:00pm - 8:30pm with The Opening Heart Mindfulness Community. "On Mondays, join us for sitting and walking meditation and a facilitated discussion. Introduction for newcomers is on the first Monday of each month starting at 6:15 pm. Wednesday  6:30-7:30 am and Friday sessions 12:00-1:00pm include sitting and walking meditation, but there is no facilitated discussion."  Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Select Days, Times and Locations in DC
DC Public Libraries host free Meditation workshops on occasion, you can search their calendar here

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC
Yoga District offers lots of donation based Meditation & Yoga Classes (most on Sundays)

Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, MD and the Meditation Museum II in McLean, VA
Want to learn more about how to Meditate? Join the Meditation Museum every Saturday. Free Intro to #Meditation Workshops from 11:00am - 12:00pm in Maryland 9525 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD, walking distance from the Forest Glen Metro, and in Virginia from 9:30am-10:30am and  2pm-3pm at 1984 Chain Bridge Rd. McLean, VA, walking distance from the Greensboro Metro. RSVP for either location on their website, just click on the calendar for the list of classes.