Saturday, August 23, 2014

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! Seven Free events to choose from! SAT, August 23rd + More Free events on SUN, August 24th from - a Fabulous Arts and Culture events site for DC, MD and VA!

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.

Saturday, August 23rd

All Day - Free Summer Saturdays - Farragut West
Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran + Guided Tours
10:00am - 5:00pm
The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design's Free Summer Saturdays series of programming includes gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances. Admission to the museum and to these special programs and workshops is free every Saturday between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend. Guided tours are available from 11:00am - 3:00pm.
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
500 17th St NW
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut North and walk down 17th St toward E St

Morning/Afternoon - Art Market in Old Town, VA - King St
Art Material Market at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
10:00am - 3:00pm
The 2nd Annual Artist Materials Market. The market will also feature on-site offering demonstrations and workshops, a book-swap table, and a special Art League exhibition featuring legacy artwork. More than 20 vendors, along with many artists in the Torpedo Factory’s 82 studios will be selling or trading a variety of art supplies for use across all visual media. There will be more common items like easels, fabric, brushes and paints, but there will also be more unique finds, too. Read more here.
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union St- on the Waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, VA
Metro: King St and take the free trolley down to the Waterfront or any bus that runs down King St and gets you close to the Torpedo Factory

Day/Night 5x5 Public Art Event - Waterfront SW
Mud Dance - presented by Washington Project for the Arts (WPA)
12:00pm - 10:00pm
see facebook invite for more info
Members of the community are invited to come out by the Waterfront Metro for a picnic and art-making event! Eat, dance, listen to music, meet neighbors, and stomp to create a mixture of mud, straw, and recycled materials (called “cob”) that will be used for making outdoor seating designed by artist Michael Koliner for Lance Fung’s Nonuments Park. Part of the DCCAH's citywide 5x5 public art project, Nonuments will create a temporary park in the empty lot at 4th and I Streets SW during the months of September and October. Nonuments seeks to challenge our community’s understanding of the word “monument” and the cob benches will help to create a park space where the SW community can reflect on ideas, people, and personal struggles that are not the subjects of the traditional monuments that occupy our city.
990 4th St SW
Metro: Waterfront

Afternoon - Artists Talk in Arlington, VA - Virginia Sq
Reprise Gallery Talk: Of Present Bodies and Interactivism
1:00pm - 4:00pm
see facebook invite for more info
Come to hear from the artists and curators of 'Of Present Bodies' and 'InterActivism,' and stay to mingle with them over wine and cheese.
Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Boulevard
Metro: Virginia Sq, right across from/ behind exit

Afternoon - Art Talk at the NGA West Building - Archives
Lecture on Van Gogh will be given by Diane Arkin
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Afternoon - Silent Film and Live Music at the American History Museum - Smithsonian 
Ciné-Concert: The Big Parade at the American History Museum
2:00pm - 4:20pm
Silent film (1925, 140 min) with live music. Andrew Simpson performs
Note: The screening is in collaboration with the National Museum of American History
The shock of the Great War is felt through the tender tale of a rich businessman's son (John Gilbert) who enlists, leaves for France, falls for a local girl (Renée Adorée), but loses his youthful American innocence in the trenches
National Museum of American History
Warner Brothers Theater
14th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian or take the S2 or S4 bus that runs mainly on 16th St to the final stop

Afternoon - Films from the 1970's at the NGA West Building - Archives
This program presents only the unique or unusual—archival findings of very rarely screened 16 mm prints. Titles include In Marin County (Peter Hutton, 1970) and Five Artists: BillBobBillBillBob (Gunvor Nelson and Dorothy Wiley, 1971), among others. (Total running time approximately 95 minutes). 
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Avenue, NW is now on facebook + Find more free events on their "Free in DC" Inside Out page!

Sunday, August 24th

Afternoon - Art Talk at the NGA West Building - Archives

Lecture: Van Gogh's Late Works
Lecture on Van Gogh will be given by Diane Arkin
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of exhibits on view. You can also connect with on facebook now too!

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Today! Science of Spirituality presents a Spanish Talk and Meditation at Arlington Central Library this SAT, August 23rd from 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Free

Ciencia de la Espirutualidad presenta “Conozca el Verdadero Proposito de la Vida” una charla donde podremos juntos descubrir el verdadero propósito de nuestra vida.
Sabado, Agosto 23
3:30pm a 4:30pm
Programa gratis y abierto a todos.
Biblioteca Central de Arlington
1015 N Quincy Street – 2do Piso -Arlington, VA
Science of Spirituality presents a Spanish language talk and meditation
“Know the True Purpose of Life” 
Saturday, August 23rd
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Free and open to all, click image to view larger
Arlington Central Library
1015 N. Quincy St - Arlington, VA
Metro: Virginia Sq or Ballston, the library is in between the two stations

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Today! Weekly: Free Recurring Yoga Classes at DC Public Libraries every TUES night in Cleveland Park and SAT mornings in Petworth and also at the Benning Library + Additional Classes on Select Days, Free

Weekly Yoga Classes at DC Public Libraries! Updated - June 2014 Thanks to Yoga Activist for offering most of these Note that there are always classes being added and there are some one time classes and lunchtime classes as well. 

For a complete calendar list of Yoga Classes at DC Libraries - click here!

TuesdayWeekly on Tuesdays - Evening
Tuesday Evening Free Yoga Class at the Cleveland Park Library
Free weekly yoga classes led by a qualified instructor, courtesy of Yoga Activist. Geared toward beginners, but all are welcome.
Cleveland Park Library
3310 Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Cleveland Park, walk south on Connecticut Ave a few blocks

Saturday - Weekly on Saturdays - Morning
10:00am - 11:00am
Wear some comfortable clothing and bring a mat, but if you don’t have one, yoga mats are available for use during the class. Classes are taught by Yoga Activist and are held on the lower level, in the Larger Meeting Room.
This class is free and open to the public.
Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library
3935 Benning Rd. NE
Metro: Minnesota Avenue, just a short walk from the metro, turn right on Minnesota and left on Benning

Saturday - Weekly on Saturdays - Morning

Yoga at Your Library at the Petworth Library - New class as of 2014!
11:00am - 12:00pm
New beginner level yoga class for adults and teens brought to you courtesy of Yoga Activist. No experience is required. Bring your own mat, but if you don’t have one, yoga mats are available for use during the class.
Petworth Library
4200 Kansas Ave NW
Metro: Petworth, three blocks from the metro

UPCOMING & ONGOING: WALKING TOURS: Tonight! Washington Walks offers six Free Walking Tours this Month! Next Tours will be on THURS, August 14th, Tours every THURS, FRI, SAT & SUN Nights! Choose from Memorials by Moonlight and Haunted themed Tours + Learn more about Dupont Circle on SUN Mornings! Tours run through SUN, August 31st

Free Walking Tours this month with Washington Walks 
Tours offered Thursdays - Sundays
Free during the month of August!
Regularly $15, $10 with US military of federal government ID, kids 3 and younger free
Rain or shine! While tours are free, tips for guides welcome
Remaining Tours Thursday, August 7 - Sunday, August 31st

Choose from three different Memorials by Moonlight tours, two Haunted themed tours and a neighborhood tour of Dupont Circle. Each walk lasts approximately 2 hours. No need to RSVP in advance, simply show up and look for the Washington Walks guide, who will be easily identifiable, wearing a blue and green Washington Walks badge.  Learn more about Washington Walks, founded in 1999, and read more about the guides who will be giving the tours here!

Enjoy these six classic walks for free from August 1st through Labor Day!

Memorials by Moonlight Tours:

Thursday & Saturday nights
Memorials by Moonlight: Sampler
7:00pm - 9:00pm
This tour includes visits to the National World War II Memorial, District War Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Abraham Lincoln Memorial. The Washington Monument and Thomas Jefferson Memorial are seen and discussed from a distance. Along the way, your guide sets the scene for the Federal City's original plans to memorialize its national heroes and how they've evolved with time. Read more here. 
Meet in front of the Organization of American States by the statue of Queen Isabella I, which was donated to the OAS by Spain in 1966.
17th & Constitution Ave NW
Statue is located on the N side of Constitution and W side of 17th St at the SE corner of the OAS Building
Metro: Farragut West and walk about 12 minutes down 17th St 

Friday & Sunday nights
Meet here - Queen Isabella I Statue
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Learn more about the monuments along the Reflecting Pool and interesting facts like: "Had you ventured along the acreage covered on this walk during the Civil War years, you would have found yourself submerged beneath the Potomac River." In this tour you'll see series of major monuments to America's wars in Europe and Asia, evoking the triumph and anguish of warfare. Read more here. This tour includes visits to Constitution Gardens, the National World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Abraham Lincoln Memorial.
Meet in front of the Organization of American States by the statue of Queen Isabella I, which was donated to the OAS by Spain in 1966.
17th & Constitution Ave NW
Statue is located on the North side of Constitution and West side of 17th St at the SE corner of the OAS Building
Metro: Farragut West and walk about 12 minutes down 17th St 

Friday & Sunday nights
7:00pm - 9:00pm
See the Jefferson Memorial and other memorials as you stroll around this beautiful Tidal Basin, one of DC's most famous man-made bodies of water. See memorials to brilliant leaders and the only First Lady honored on the National Mall featured in a presidential memorial. This tour includes visits to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, George Mason Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial plus views of the Washington Monument, U.S. Air Force Memorial and District War Memorial.
Meet the guide by the refreshment stand located at the back (south side) of the memroial
Metro: The nearest Metro station to this site is Smithsonian at 12th & Independence Ave SW, and it's about a 10-15 minute walk from there. If you have a bike or Capital Bikeshare access, there is a bikeshare station right by the Jefferson Memorial, it's nice to bike down there too! If you plan to drive, be sure to read the parking restriction signs carefully and click here for more info about parking options.

Haunted Tours:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Features stories about the Octagon, D.C.'s most ghost-filled residence. Read more here.  Please note that this walk does not include interior visits to any of the buildings featured. 
Meet at "The Octagon" house sign 
1799 New York Ave NW 
Metro: Closest metro is Farragut West, walk about 8 minutes south on 17th or 18th St to New York Ave  

Saturday night only
Capitol Hauntings
7:30pm - 9:30pm
A decidedly unnerving-and historical-walk through one of DC's oldest neighborhoods. Read more here. Please note that this walk does not include interior visits to any of the buildings featured.
Meet by the Capitol South Metro exit
Metro: Capitol South

Neighborhood Tour:

Sunday morning only
Dupont Circle
10:30am - 12:30pm
Dupont Circle is a  vibrant, diverse and historic district that has a lot of great character and charm.  The tour will start with a look at the “Brewmaster’s Castle,” then it’s on to Dupont Circle itself and then on to explore more buildings in the neighborhood. The walk will conclude at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market, where you can pick up some great farm fresh fruits, veggies, breads, flowers and more if you like. Read more here
Meet the guide outside the Dupont Circle Metro exit, south side
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit by the entrance to Panera Bread on 19th St NW. You can also take the 42 bus to the stop just south of the circle on Connecticut Ave. 

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! Chocolate City Rocks on SAT, August 23rd as part of the Daily Millennium Stage Free Performance series at The Kennedy Center, Performances daily from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Artists vary, Free

Free performances at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 
Performances every night, 365 days a year
6:00pm - 7:00pm


Free performances every night at 6:00pm. Can't make it in person? Stream the show live online, or watch it anytime after on the online archives! Click here for a complete schedule.

Saturday, August 23rd
Chocolate City Rocks!
The alt-rock outfit led by singer/writer Terence Nicholson and bassist Ezra Greer joins the heavy-hitting go-go group formed by hip-hop icon Head-Roc and the MVP Band to present Chocolate City Rocks!
Upcoming Performances:
Aug 24  Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra
Aug 25  United States Navy Band Country Current
Aug 26  Gina Ling Chinese Dance Chamber
Aug 27  Kotebel
Aug 28  Footworks
Aug 29  MetroPerforms! 2014 Showcase
Aug 30  Page to Stage
Aug 31  30th Annual VSA Playwright Discovery Performance

The Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Today! Weekly: Highlights post for SAT events!

Weekly Saturday highlights

Weekly Stand Up Comedy Show at Shaw's Tavern
LYGO DC presents "Wake & Bacon"
3:00pm - 4:30pm show
Free with a suggested donation of $10
2:00pm - 3:00pm brunch service available
Comedians vary each week, RSVP Requested.
Shaw's Tavern
520 Florida Ave NW
Metro: Shaw

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tomorrow ~ QMeditation beginner class at the Northwest One Library with Raymond Q. Holmes, Founder of the Quintessence Institute, on SUN, August 24th from 1:30pm - 3:30pm, $10

QMeditation for beginners at the Northwest One Library
with Raymond QHolmes, Founder/Director of Quintessence Institute
Sunday, August 24th
1:30pm to 3:30pm
$10, please pay online to secure your seat

Join Raymond Q. Holmes, Founder of the Quintessence Institute  for a beginner class in Qmeditation, a practice which can help to navigate change, and develop resilience at the Northwest One Library. Questions:

Northwest One Library - second floor
at R.H. Terrell Recreation Center 
155 L. St, NW 
Metro: Best reached by bus, you can take the Circulator bus, Union Station - K St - Georgetown route to NJ Ave stop and walk over. The Library is a half a block north of the intersection of K & New Jersey Ave NW, just 2 blocks from the K at City Vista Condominiums.  Closest Metro is Union Station

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Tonight! Community Kirtan, Yoga and Meditation select days and times every week at Yoga District locations in DC, Free, donations welcome

Community Meditation, Kirtan & Yoga Classes at Yoga District locations in DC
Free, donations welcome 
please note that this schedule is subject to change

Meditation - Evenings
Monday        6:45pm - 7:15pm  Dupont 
Tuesday        7:00pm - 7:30pm  Dupont
Wednesday   7:00pm - 7:30pm  Dupont - Pranayama: Breathing 
                    8:15pm - 9:00pm  14th St - Relax, Breathe, Meditate 
Thursday      6:45pm - 7:30pm  Dupont
Saturday       7:45pm - 8:30pm   Dupont
Sunday         6:30pm - 7:05pm  14th St
                    7:00pm - 8:30pm   H St

Meditation - Mornings
Wednesday   7:30am - 8:30am  I St 

Kirtan: Chanting
Saturday        8:00pm - 9:00pm  Bloomingdale
Sunday          12:00pm - 1:00pm  H St

Sunday Night  6:30pm - 7:15pm 14th St - Yogic Sleep: Resting Meditation for Stress Relief 
                      6:30pm - 7:15pm  Glover Park - Yogic Sleep: Yoga Nidra
Sunday Night  7:15pm - 8:15pm 14th St - Sunday Night with the Sutras: The Yogic Principles

Nonprofit Community Run Yoga Studios
  • Glover Park: 2201 Wisconsin Ave, NW - newest studio
  • Dupont Circle: 1635 Connecticut Ave, NW, 5th Flr
  • U St. Corridor: 1910 14th St, NW, Units 1 & 3
  • Bloomingdale: 1830 1st St, NW
  • Downtown: 1922 I St, NW, 2nd & 3rd Flrs
  • Food and Tea Bar, District Tea, located on the 1st Flr
  • H St. Corridor: 526 H St, NE, 2nd Flr 
Metro: Please see metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access

Friday, August 22, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: Meditation most SUN mornings 10:00am - 12:00pm + Yoga in Spanish every SAT 11:00am - 12:00pm + The next Free Four Week MON Night Intro to Meditation begins MON, Sept 15th, All events are Free and will be at the Science of Spirituality DC Center

Science of Spirituality  has a new home in DC!
All programs are free and open to the public
See the schedule or calendar page for more program information.

Schedule Update:  Effective July 20th  group meditation will start at 10:00am, followed by a talk/ satsang in English from 11:00am - 12:00pm. There will also be a Hindi group from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. The Spanish language group no longer will meet on Saturdays, but will join the main group on Sundays for meditation at 10:00 and satsang at 11:00. The Spanish language group will, however, continue with its yoga class from 11:00am - 12:00pm on Saturdays, with the same contact info. and requirement to register.

Weekly on Sundays - except the first Sunday of the month
Note: new schedule beginning on July 20th, 2014

Sundays - this month - August 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st 
10:00am - 11:00am - Group Meditation
11:00am - 12:00pm - English Satsang
11:00am - 12:00pm - Spanish Satsang
12:00pm - 1:00pm   - Hindi Language Satsang

Free Four-Week Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next four week session!
Introductory classes begin every four weeks
Next session begins on Monday, September 15th!

Mondays - September 15th, 22nd & 29th and October 6th 
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP now to ensure your space!
RSVP required, email or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582.
Introductory classes will run in four-week cycles which repeat. For those who wish to go on after the introductory sessions, there will be intermediate and advanced classes continuing throughout the year.

The Science of Spirituality Meditation Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and launched its first community outreach program in the Winter of 2014. The classes will practice Jyoti meditation, a discipline focusing on the experience of inner light. Although its Meditation Center is new, Science of Spirituality has been continuously active 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 spiritual leader and author, H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, world renowned 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.
Weekly on Saturdays - 
Yoga class en Espanol  - with Argeny Rodriguez

Saturdays - this month - August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th
Spanish Language Yoga
11:00am - 12:00pm
Yoga Class limited to 8 students. Please Register beforehand: or (703) 212-8140. 

SOS DC will also continue to offer free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and with SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC.
Science of Spirituality - new home in Washington, DC
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. For those with cars, street parking is available.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Half-Price Summer Sundays at the NMWA in August! SUN, August 17th, 24th & 31st, just $5 or $4 + Monthly: "Community Day" at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Free admission every first SUN of the month from 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Free "Community Day" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts!
every first Sunday of  the month
12:00pm - 5:00pm

Next Community Day - Sunday, September 7th
Community Days are held on the first Sunday of every month. Regular admission to the museum is $10, $8 for students and those 65+, 18 and under free.

Sundays - August 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st
$5 general, $4 students and those 65+, free for those under 18
Take this opportunity to visit NMWA’s collection and current exhibitions. Explore Total Art: Contemporary Video, which highlights the inventive processes that sustain women artists’ position at the forefront of video. Also, examine Meret Oppenheim: Tender Friendships, featuring sculptures, books and drawings created by artist Meret Oppenheim. 

Meret Oppenheim: Tender Friendships
On view Saturday, April 26th - Sunday, September 14th
Surrealist artist. Featuring artist’s books, prints, and paintings, this focus exhibition is drawn from an extraordinary recent donation to NMWA.

When you are there, I recommend checking out their gift shop, where you can find wearable art and items made from recycled materials. Aside from the gift shop at the Building Museum, this may be my favorite one in town. I got one of my favorite fabric necklaces there a while back.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave, NW
Metro: Metro Center, use the 13th St exit and up two blocks to NY Ave or take one of many buses that go to 13th & H St NW

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: When it's Nice Out.... Relax, Dance, Drum, People Watch.... every SUN in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park from Afternoon - Dark, Free

Every Sunday, this park attracts a whole array of people from all walks of life. It's almost like a mini-festival every Sunday afternoon.The drum circle there is quite amazing! Definitely worth checking out, it's by the Joan of Arc statue on the upper level, pretty easy to spot with the people dancing and drumming. In the grassy area, you'll usually find people practicing acro-yoga, slacklining or practicing some other sport, as you can see in the video. If you prefer a more relaxed vibe, head down to the hilly part near the fountain closer to W St, there is also a flatter area at the bottom where you can hang out.

Video courtesy of  Eddie Becker, a local videographer 

Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park
Between 16th St & 14th St, NW
Top of the park is at Euclid St, bottom is at W St
Metro: Columbia Heights or U St and walk or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Live Music Jams at the O St Mansion in Dupont Circle every SUN - Bluegrass, Classical, Americana and Blues! Themes vary each week, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

O St Mansion hosts different Jams most Sundays on the month! 
every Sunday - themes vary each week!
11:00am - 2:00pm
Free, RSVP Required

Sunday, August 17th
Americana Jam 

The first Sunday of every month - Bluegrass Jam
The second Sunday of every month - Classical Revolution DC
The third Sunday of every month - Americana Jam 
The fourth Sunday of every month - Blues Acoustic Jam
If there is fifth Sunday of the month, I am not sure if there is a jam, you can contact the O St Mansion directly to ask.

The Mansion on O Street
2020 O Street NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, South

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Today! Weekly: Yoga Co-op DC's Weekly Intermediate-Advanced Community Yoga Class at Stroga in Adams Morgan, teachers vary, every SUN from 3:00pm - 4:30pm, by donation, $7 or more suggested

Yoga Co-op DC Community Class - for intermediate and advanced yogis at Stroga
every Sunday afternoon
3:00pm - 4:30pm
donation based, minimum $8, please give as you can

Teachers vary each week, join the Yoga Co-op DC (YCDC) group on facebook to see who is teaching.

Next class - Sunday, August 24th
YCDC - Power Flow Yoga with Chris Parkison
click link above to read more about this week's special guest teacher and style of yoga they will be offering

1808 Adams Mill Rd NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus to the stop at Adams Mill 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for SUN events!

Weekly Sunday events, organized by start time
please click links for complete details on individual posts

Contact Improv Jam on Capitol Hill
2:00pm - 5:00pm
by donation, $5 - $10 suggested
Metro: Eastern Market 

When it's Warm... Relax, Dance, Drum, & People Watch in the Park!
Sunday's when it's Warm out  in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
Mid-afternoon until it gets dark
Warmer weather, outdoors in Park
Between 15th & 16th -  Euclid & W St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Euclid and enter at the top of the park or walk from U St metro to the bottom of the park and follow the stairs/ path up to the upper level

The Insight Meditation Community of Washington hosts a Sunday eve Sangha Meditation Group 
now at the Church of the Holy City on 16th St near Corcoran  (they're doing renovations at All Souls)
6:00pm - 7:30pm
by donation
Metro: Columbia Heights

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: Community Yoga Class at Kali Yoga in Columbia Heights every SUN from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, teachers vary, all welcome + every FRI from 6:30pm - 7:45pm Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation with Sachin, by donation

Kali Yoga Studio is happy to offer two donation-based, community classes to enjoy each week! Friday nights and Sunday afternoons

Friday Night Community Yoga Class in Columbia Heights at Kali Yoga, above Zeba Bar
Yoga, Asanas and Meditation led by my friend Sachin
every Friday night
6:45pm - 7:45pm class, 6:30pm doors open for arrival
Note: Class begins and doors lock promptly at 6:45pm
All welcome, by donation, please give as you can

My friend Sachin Kandhari will be teaching a new donation-based yoga class on Friday nights! "A holistic yoga session including asana, pranayama, and meditation. All levels are welcome, and a sliding scale means you can pay whatever you want, whether it's $10, $5, or $0. Whatever you can afford, you are welcome & encouraged to attend."

Sachin Kandhari
Community Yoga Classes with various teachers
most Sundays*
4:00pm - 5:00pm
by donation, please give as you can
suggest you arrive a little early for this one too
Note: They recommend that you sign up online. *You may want to also confirm online to make sure the classes are happening that week - sometimes there may be teacher training sessions.

Kali Yoga
3423 14th St, NW
formerly Quiet Mind Yoga, above Zeba Bar
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about three blocks north on 14th St, on the right, or you can take any of the 50 line buses that run along 14th St there. 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: IMCW meets every SUN -now at the Church of the Holy City on 16th St near Corcoran starting on SUN, March 2nd - formerly at All Souls, every SUN from 6:00pm - 7:30pm, by donation

Insight Meditation Community of Washington hosts a Meditation & Talk 
every Sunday night
6:00pm - 7:30pm
dhana, donation, based, $10 suggested, no one turned away
Hosted by IMCW

Note: All Souls will be undergoing renovations this year so the sangha will be relocating to the Church of the Holy City, on 16th St near Corcoran, starting on March 2nd, 2014. The last session at All Souls will be February 23rd.

"Insight meditation cultivates our natural wisdom and compassion. Meditation practice develops concentration, which allows us to calm and steady the mind. This class includes a 30-minute guided meditation, 45-minute dharma talk, and then discussion. Newcomers to meditation and long time practitioners are welcome to attend our classes in metro D.C. No registration is necessary. Chairs are always provided or you may bring your sitting gear."

This evening meditation is usually led by Hugh Byrne, sometimes by others. You can check out all of the teachers bios here.

New location as of March 2nd, 2014

Church of the Holy City
in the upstairs room
1611 16th Street, NW
Metro: Dupont is closest but best reached by the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to the stop closest to Corcoran, also just a few block walk from 14th & RI Ave/ P St stop if you take the Circulator bus

Monday, August 18, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: CABARET: Weekly: La-Ti-Do Musical Theater Cabaret & Spoken Word series at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont every MON night from 8:00pm - 10:00pm Performers vary every week $10 with online RSVP, 21+

La-Ti-Do Musical Theater Cabaret and Spoken Word Series at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont
every Monday night - artists vary each week
8:00pm - 10:00pm, doors 7:55pm
$10 at the door with RSVP, $15 at the door if you don't RSVP online, non-performing LTD Alumni just $5
Arrive early to get a seat as the space is on the small side, 21+
see the facebook page for details each week

Next La-Ti-Do - Monday, August 25th
August monthly feature, Tina Ghandchilar

La-Ti-Do is DC's first curated spoken word/musical theater cabaret series! This weekly event takes place every Monday night in the cozy lower level piano lounge at the Black Fox in Dupont, performers vary. A really great, intimate evening of high quality musical entertainment and spoken word every week!

"Every Monday evening at La-Ti-Do, you can count on a couple of things: the warm welcome, and fabulous talents, of hosts DonMike Mendoza and Regie Cabico, and resident pianist Jonathan Tuzman, spoken word and musical theater performances (in addition to the month’s feature), and, most importantly, the feeling of community that comes from taking in DC’s performing arts community."

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

Saturday, August 16, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Weekly: The final "Jazz in the Garden" performance of the season will feature the Dixie Power Trio on FRI, August 29th from 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

Jazz in the Garden is back! 
Friday nights in the NGA Sculpture Garden
Friday, May 23rd - Friday, August 29th
5:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, weather permitting
Please see @ngadc on twitter for show updates related to weather

Final Concert -  Friday, August 29th
Dixie Power Trio (zydeco, Cajun, and Louisiana funk)
The free series features an array of jazz artists performing a range of styles--including salsa, blusion, vibraphone, and Afrofunk--every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, rain or shine, from May 23rd - August 29th. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the cafe. Coolers and alcohol are not allowed. You can purchase some alcoholic beverages, such as pitchers of sangria, at the cafe. Best to bring a blanket along if you want to sit on the grass.

between 7th & 9th St, NW- Constitution Ave & Madison Dr, NW (see map)
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial or take the S2 bus that runs along 16th St to the final stop, walk to Constitution Ave and turn left, walk a block or so, park is on the right side.

Friday, August 15, 2014

ON VIEW: EXHIBIT: Two exhibits on view at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum "Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence" and "Home Sewn: Quilts from the Lower Mississippi Valley" from MON, Dec 9th - SUN, Sept 21st, Free

Monday, December 9th - Sunday, September 21st

Ndwango (means "cloth") is a new form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Ubuhle (means "beautiful") artists' community was established in 1999 by local resident Bev Gibson and master beader Ntombephi Ntombela [En-Tom-be-Fi En-tom-bell-la] to empower local women with the means to provide for their families through their art. The flat surface of the textile onto which the Ubuhle women bead is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts that many of them grew up wearing. Using black fabric as a canvas and different colored Czech glass beads as the medium of expression, the Ubuhle community has re-imagined the longstanding beading tradition as a contemporary art form. Twenty-nine works are featured, including The African Cruxifixion. Ubuhle: pronounced Uh-Buk-lay in Xhosa (Ho-Sa)

Monday, December 9th - Sunday, September 21st

The first in a series of collections-focused exhibitions, Home Sewn features quilts created by Annie Dennis (1904­­–1997) and Emma Russell (1909­­–2004). Quilts represent classic American quilt patterns and techniques passed down through five generations. This exhibition examine the generational, social, and economic fabric of an African American quilting community in rural Mississippi. In addition, fieldwork and interviews with present-day African American women quilters give voice to the continuing tradition of quilting in these communities.

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE (map)
Metro: Anacostia and take the W2 bus, see metro trip-planner for bus access from metro

Thursday, August 14, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: BELLYDANCING: Monthly: DC's monthly fusion Bellydance Showcase, DCTribal Cafe, at Mad Momos SUN, August 31st - usually every fourth SUN of the month - from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, doors and seating 5:00pm, $10

DCTribal Cafe - DC's monthly fusion Bellydance Showcase at Mad Momos
usually every fourth Sunday of the month - this month on the fifth
6:00pm - 8:00pm show, doors and seating 5:00pm
$10 includes show and drink specials

Next show - Sunday, August 31st
see the DCTribal Cafe facebook page for monthly details
see August invite - DCTribal 9 Year Anniversary Show!

Spice up Sunday dinner with DCTribal Cafe, a monthly dinner destination featuring fantastic fusion belly dance performances, great food, friends and fun! Regulars usually include Mavi Belly Dance, and DJ Myra Sinnott Beatrix.

Mad Momos
3605 14th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or take any of the 50 line buses along 14th St closer

Monday, August 11, 2014

UPCOMING: SING-A-LONG: The Final Movie Nights you can Sing-a-long to this Summer will be at the Shaw Library on WED, Augsut 27th at 6:30pm, Free

Summer Sing-a-long Series at DC Public Libraries select nights
All ages, Free, Popcorn provided

Join DC Libraries this summer for sing along nights! Whether you prefer to sing with a crowd or step up to the mic for a solo, DCPL has your favorite movie musicals ready. Prizes will be awarded for movie trivia and most spirited performance. For movie titles & more information, please call 202.727.1291. Final Screening of the Summer will be:
Wednesday, August 27th
Hop in a canoe and find out what’s around the river bend
Watha T. Daniel/ Shaw Library
1630 7th St NW
Metro: Shaw - RI Ave exit, directly above the metro exit

UPCOMING: MUSIC: The Final "Music on the Mall" Outdoor Performance will feature guitarist and vocalist Cecily Bumbray on TUES, August 26th, Performances every Tuesday from June 3rd - August 26th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Free

"Music on the Mall" every Tuesday on The Mall 
Tuesday, June 3rd - Tuesday, August 26th
Cecily Bumbray closes out the series!
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Next performance - Tuesday, August  26th
Cecily Bumbray - Vocals/Guitar 
(see a video of her performing here)

Music on the Mall features lunchtime performances by District of Columbia acoustic musicians and spoken word artists on the National Mall each Tuesday during the summer. Presented by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, in conjunction with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Art in Transit Program and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).

Music on the Mall is located at the Smithsonian Metro Station entrance, Jefferson Avenue and 12th Street, SW, and is absolutely free. Benches available so bring your lunch and enjoy some fun in the sun!

Final Concert - Tuesday, August 26th 
Herbert Johnson Acapella Vocals

National Mall
12th & Jefferson Dr, NW
Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian and walk a few blocks

Saturday, August 2, 2014

OF NOTE: LOCALS DISCOUNT: Did you know that you can ride the Old Town Trolley or DC Ducks or take the Monuments by Moonlight Tour for Free when you attend with a Full Paying Adult if you are a DC Resident or live within 50 miles of DC? Sign up online for the Washington DC Hometown Pass to take advantage of this one!

Are you a DC area resident? Accompany a paying guest for Free on Old Town Trolley Tours, DC Duck Tours and Monuments by Moonlight Tour with The Historic Tours of America Washington DC Hometown Pass

Note: You'll need to sign up for the Washington DC Hometown Pass online first. Tour Tickets must be purchased on site, not available online.

Note: This is just an FYI post. If you have company who wants to go on the tour you can accompany them for free if you want to. It's a bit different than the usual $10 or less post I realize but figured that during the summer lots of people may be visiting town and this may be something that some of you may want to take advantage of. If you're a student, intern or local and you have a DC area driver's license and want to be a tourist for a day, this may also be something fun to do with friends. While more than $10 per person if you divide it, still works out to save you each about $20.

Free for locals with a full fare adult ticket only: Regular ticket $39, child ticket (4-12) $29, children under 4 free except for on the DC Ducks tours. This deal is applicable for the following tours: 

• DC Duck Tours (April - October)
• Monuments by Moonlight Tour

All DC residents and those within a 50 mile radius of  DC can take advantage of a free tour when accompanied by a full fare adult paid guest. You'll need to bring along a valid local driver's license, government issued id or voter's registration with you to show at the depot where you buy your ticket in conjunction with the Hometown Pass, for all pass holders over the age of 15.  Tickets may not be purchased online and may not be purchased using any discounts or coupons. Accompanying adult guest ticket must be purchased at a Historic Tours of America tour or attraction ticket booth.  See Terms.

You can purchase tickets at the following three locations (see map of the stops on the tour):

  • Welcome Center, stop #1, sales desk 9:00am - 3:00pm daily
  • Union Station, stop #4, sales desk 8:00am - 9:00pm daily
  • Georgetown, stop #18, Spring and Summer Tour only. Cash only. 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: "Yoga Share DC" Classes every THURS from 7:30pm - 9:00pm at BloomBars in Columbia Heights, Teachers and yoga styles vary each week, by donation, $10 suggested

Yoga Share DC donation-based Weekly Yoga Class in Columbia Heights
at BloomBars!
primarily Kundalini Yoga, other styles as well, teachers vary each week
every Thursday night
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Class starts at 7:45pm so please arrive beforehand
by donation, $10 suggested, give as you can
BYO yoga mat, chai tea and chill chit chat after class, please bring a mug
Proceeds benefit BloomBars and the teacher leading the class each week
RSVP is requested to ensure your spot as the space is on the smaller side

Next Class - Thursday, August 28th

The Yoga Share group hosts a yoga share for yoga teachers and yoga enthusiasts, with rotating teachers who volunteer to teach. Often times the class is Kundalini Yoga since Irina and Nina who started the group both practice and teach Kundalini. See invites each week on the Yoga Share DC page. Best to join the Yoga Share DC group on facebook to see the invite. Note: You'll need to join the Yoga Share DC group on facebook to RSVP to the facebook invite. You can also sign up for their emails here.

Each week there are different teachers who practice all kinds of yoga so best to check the invite to read more about the teacher who will be teaching that week and the style of yoga they will be offering.

Often outdoors in warmer weather, select days, weather permitting
1375 Kenyon St NW - Rooftop
Metro: Columbia Heights

BloomBars - indoors on Thursday nights
3222 11th St NW - just north of Kenyon
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th St one block, turn right on Kenyon, walk to 11th and turn left

Friday, August 1, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Weekly: "The Garden" Open Micfor All Styles and All Ages, Featured Performers vary, every MON nightfrom 9:00pm - 11:00pm at BloomBars, sign up 8:30pm, by donation

"The Garden" Weekly Variety Open Mic at BloomBars
every Monday night
9:00pm - 11:00pm, sign up 8:30pm
All ages, by donation, $7 suggested

"The Garden" variety open mic is open to all ages and all styles! Poetry, music, comedy, story telling, dance... Hosted by haiku-obsessed poet Gowri K. or a guest host.

Next Open Mic - Monday, August 25th 

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Monthly: *Update: On break for the summer, no show for the month of August* Steinway Series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum -every second SUN of the month- from 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Free

The Mendelssohn Piano Trio Mother's Day Tribute on May 11th
The Steinway Series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum!
every second Sunday of the month
3:00pm - 4:30pm or so
Free, tickets handed out beginning at 2:30pm in the G St Lobby

Next concert - Sunday, September 14th
with The Verge Ensemble

The Steinway Series features the museum’s Steinway Concert Grand model D piano, which was refurbished through a generous gift from Shelby and Frederick Gans. The calendar listing usually says it goes til 4:30pm but I've been to quite a few and they have all had an intermission and ended closer to 5:00pm.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level
between 7th & 9th St and F and G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

UPCOMING & ONGOING: FILM: Weekly: BloomScreen Tuesday Night Independent Film Series at BloomBars! Screenings every TUES from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Films vary each week and are followed by discussion and Q&A, All ages, by donation, $10 suggested

BloomScreen Independent Film Night at BloomBars
Films vary each week
Discussion with Q&A after, often with the director
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested, no one turned away
Free organic popcorn and refreshments served

Next Film - Tuesday, August 26th

3222 11th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk over to 11th and turn left, right next door to Wonderland.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: KARAOKE: Twice-Monthly: Kostume Karaoke every first and third WED night at Little Miss Whiskey's on H St NE from 8:00pm - 1:30am, Free, 21+

Kostume Karaoke at Little Miss Whiskey's twice a month
every first and third Wednesday of the month
8:00pm - 1:30am, or so
Free, 21+
UPDATE: Starting Thursday, April 10th they will switch to a weekly event every Thursday at Solly's!

Next Kostume Karaoke - Wednesday, September 3rd
see facbeook page for next invite with details

Some people come for the karaoke, some come for the costumes, some come for both... and a lot of silliness! Costumes provided, and you must be in costume to take the mic.

From facebook: "We have been happily getting together to sing every 2nd & 4th Wednesday night at Solly's on U St Solly's for 6 years. It's time to make a (more) regular thing of it. Join us every Thursday night at 8pm starting on April 10! And... We'll continue to be at Little Miss Whiskey's on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, so if that's a better night, or a better neighborhood for you, join us there!"

Kostume Karaoke now takes place every 1st & 3rd Wednesday at Little Miss Whiskey's on H St, NE. Connect Kostume Karaoke on facebook here.

Little Miss Whiskey's
1104 H St, NE
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown and take the X2 bus there, runs along H St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Weekly: Poetry Open Mic at Busboys and Poets 14th & V Hosts vary each Week, every TUES night, 9:00pm - 11:00pm, All ages, $5

Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry at Busboys and Poets
every Tuesday night
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Open mic sign up starts at 8:30pm $5, available online or at the door if seats are still available  Note: seating is first come, first seated, no saved seats allowed.

Open Mic Night every Tuesday night, usually with a new feature and host. "Expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week."

Busboys and Poets
14th & V St, NW
Metro: U St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: "Wonderland Wednesdays" series at Wonderland Ballroom from 8:00pm - 11:00pm, Weekly Shows vary, Free - $5, donations for the artists appreciated, 21+

Wonderland Wednesdays at The Wonderland Ballroom
every Wednesday night, themes vary each week
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Free, except for 2nd Wed "Church Night" which has a $5 cover, donations for the artists appreciated, $5 suggested, 21+

Wonderland Wednesdays take place every Wednesday night at The Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights, on the upper level. The shows will feature a variety of performers, including stand-up comedians, musicians, storytellers, spoken-word artists, and many more. The shows are all hosted and produced by some of DC’s best performing artists. In addition, The Wonderland Ballroom will be offering its “Working Man’s Special” which includes a shot of Jim Beam and a Genesee Cream Ale for $6. All of these show are free of charge, though donations will be collected for the artists. For more info, call 202-431-4704. Wednesdays are Wonderful! The line-up for these fantastic shows is as follows:

First Wednesday of the month - August 6th
"Highway Robbery" 9:00pm showtime
Comedian Haywood Turnipseed Jr. presents a wide array of comedians, musicians, and spoken word/hip-hop artists from the DMV and beyond! 9:00pm showtime.

Second Wednesday of the month - August 13th
"Church Night" 8:00pm showtime 
Linsay Deming presents an “alternative church service” featuring comedians, musicians, burlesque, and more.
Please Note: As of April 2014, this one has a $5 cover

Third Wednesday of the month - August 20th
"Funny Moms Comedian" 9:00pm showtime
Adam Friedland presents a hilarious evening with some of DC’s funniest comics.

Fourth Wednesday of the month - August 27th
"The Wonderland Circus" 
8:30pm showtime
The gang from The Capital City Showcase  brings you a variety show where anything goes, featuring comedians, musicians, storytellers, and burlesque artists!

The Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk over to 11th