Friday, October 31, 2014

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! Free events on FRI, Oct 30th + More Free events on SAT, Nov 1st & SUN, Nov 2nd 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!

Friday, October 31st

Afternoon - Choir performs at the NGA West Building - Archives
Concert: Prague Philharmonic Choir
Music by Dvorak and other composersNational Gallery of Art
West Building, West Garden Court
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Evening - Finalists in the Concerto Competition perform at UMD - College Park, MD
UMD Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Finals
In the final round of the annual competition, students compete for the opportunity to perform as soloists with the UMD Symphony Orchestra. Finalists perform 15- to 20-minute excerpts of a concerto or concert piece for an independent jury panel. Following the jury's deliberation, a winner, runner-up and second runner-up will be announced.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Stadium Drive, UMD - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a bus or taxi

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of free events and exhibits on view! Plus, is now on facebook.

Saturday, November 1st 

Morning - Kids event at the Folger - Capitol South
Beware the Ides of March
10:00am - 11:00am
Recommended ages: 6-12
Explore Julius Caesar and learn how Shakespeare helped translate historical events into thrilling drama.
201 East Capitol St SE
Metro: Capitol South, also walking distance from Union Station

Morning - Reading event for Kids up to 7 years old - Anacostia
11:00am - 12:30pm
Recommended for kids up to 7 years old
RSVP by clicking the sign up tab here or call 202.633.4844
This popular ongoing program, a collaboration of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum and the Anacostia Neighborhood Library, is open to parents and their early childhood children to indulge in books and reading appreciation with local leaders in the community. Children participate in a hands-on workshop led by a professional artist and create an art take-away.
Anacostia Neighborhood Library
1800 Good Hope Rd, SE
Metro: Anacostia and walk, bike or taxi 1.2 miles or walk or catch the Circulator bus which runs about every ten minutes toward Skyland right from the metro at Howard Rd, about a 7 minute bus ride, get off at right at Good Hope Rd & 18th St SE

Afternoon - Film Screening at the NGA West Building - Archives
Film Series: American Originals Now: Jodie Mack: Fabriflicks
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Jodie Mack in person. Using domestic and recycled materials, the program illuminates formal and cursory elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. Questioning the role of decoration in daily life, the works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects. Includes Posthaste Perennial Pattern (2010) and Point de Gaze (2012) among others.
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Afternoon - Film Screening at the National Portrait Gallery - Gallery Pl - Chinatown
4:30pm - 6:45pm
Presented by the National Gallery of Art, this event will take place in the National Portrait Gallery in Chinatown while the NGA is being renovated. "Introduced by Frank Tomasulo. Fifty years on, Bellocchio’s provocative, low-budget, first feature remains one of the great, if grotesque, domestic dramas of cinema. Fists in the Pocket is set in the claustrophobic household of a blind widow and her four grown children (three are epileptics). The family negotiates their life together in picturesque seclusion, until one son (Lou Castel) decides he must save his “normal” brother from the rest of the family." (1965, 105 minutes)
National Portrait Gallery
McEvoy Auditorium
betweeen 7th & 9th and F & G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of free events and exhibits on view! Plus, is now on facebook.

Sunday, November 2nd

Afternoon - Family-Friendly Day - Rosslyn, VA
Family Day at Artisphere
12:00pm - 3:00pm
"This fun-filled event is centered around a dance party for kids, designed by the team from Baby Loves Disco. Have a frighteningly fun time with your favorite Looney Toons characters as we screen some of their spookiest episodes including A Haunting We Will Go, Bewitched Bunny and more! Rounding out the event will be a mix of activities, including an art “make and take” project from Cuddles and Rage. What goes better with art than food?! Join Liz Reed of Cuddles and Rage and create your very own adorable cupcake and donut characters."
1101 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn, turn right from the metro exit, left on to Wilson, on the left side of the street

Afternoon - Literary Reading at The Writer's Center - Bethesda, MD
Joram Piatigorsky and Enid Shomer
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Novelist Joram Piatigorsky reads from Jellyfish Have Eyes. He is joined by visiting writer Enid Shomer, author of The Twelve Rooms of the Nile. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest
Afternoon - Art Lecture at the NGA West Building - Archives
Lecture: El Greco in America: Critics, Collectors, and Connoisseurs
This event takes place in the West Building Lecture Hall. Richard L. Kagan, Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor Emeritus of History and Academy Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Main Floor, Rotunda.
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Afternoon - Documentary Screening - Anacostia
Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (2014; 89 min)
"This compassionate and insightful documentary is Goldberg’s homage to one of the first ladies of comedy, Jackie “Moms” Mabley. Born Loretta Mae Aiken, Mabley was a pioneering comedienne who became one of the highest paid female entertainers of her day. Her naughty but cloaked humor made her an inspiration and role model to many of today’s top female (and male) comics. Commentary in the film is provided by Joan Rivers, Anne Meara, Robert Klein, Kathy Griffith, Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, and others. Discussion with a museum educator follows the film."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

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of free events and exhibits on view! Plus, is now on facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Today! Weekly: The Friday Noon Concert Series at the Arts Club of Washington continues on FRI, Oct 31st from 12:00pm - 12:30pm, Free

Friday Noon Concerts at The Arts Club of Washington
most Fridays afternoons
12:00pm - 12:30pm
see calendar for weekly program details

"A longstanding Arts Club tradition, this popular concert series celebrated its 600th Friday performance last year. The concerts are held Fridays at noon, at the Arts Club, 2017 I Street NW. The concerts are free and open to the public, and typically last for about a half hour, featuring vocal and/or instrumental performances." Note: If no details are noted, you may want to call to confirm there is a concert before heading over there (202) 331-7282.

Series continues - Friday, October 31st
no details noted, recommend calling to confirm

Arts Club of Washington
2017 I St, NW
Metro: Farragut West or Foggy Bottom

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Today! Weekly: Friday Morning Music Club plays their next Free Chamber Music Recital on FRI, Oct 31st - and every FRI - in Chinatown from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Free

Friday Noon Chamber Recitals in Chinatown
with the Friday Morning Music Club
every Friday at noon
12:00pm - 1:00pm

The next concert - Friday, October 31st

The Friday Morning Music Club presents free noontime chamber concerts every Friday from October through May at the Calvary Baptist Church, located in downtown DC, right by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery and Pepco Edison Place Gallery, on 8th St NW, in the heart of Chinatown. Programs vary each week, see the FMMC website and calendar for program details.

Calvary Baptist Church
755 8th St. NW
Metro: Gallery Pl or walk from Metro Center

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! Learn the Dance moves to Thriller, Time Warp, Monster Mash 5:00pm + Dance Party & Costume Contest at 6:00pm on FRI, Oct 31st 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.

Happy Halloween - Friday, October 31st
Halloween BOOgie Down with The Loser’s Lounge
Dance lessons begin at 5pm, with live music starting at 6pm
The Kennedy Center’s Explore the Arts program throws a Dance Party and Costume Contest, featuring live music by The Loser’s Lounge. Come learn the dance moves to “Monster Mash,” “Time Warp,” and “Thriller.” 
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle

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

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

Yoga, Asanas and Meditation led by my friend Sachin
every Friday night
Sachin Kandhari
6:45pm - 7:45pm class, 6:30pm doors open for arrival
Note: They recommend that you sign up online
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."

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.

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: Tonight! Weekly: Highlights post for FRI night events!

Weekly Friday night events organized by start time
click links for complete details on individual posts

Friday Night Jazz Night at Westminster Church
6:00pm - 9:00pm
$5, free for those under 16
Metro: Waterfront

Friday Night Unplugged Open Mic at Politics & Prose Coffeehouse
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Metro: Friendship Heights or Van Ness and take a bus 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

UPCOMING: PHOTO WALK: The Global EyeEm Adventure - Photowalk is this SAT, Nov 1st from 2:30pm - 6:00pm, starting at the Smithsonian Metro and ending at the Georgetown Waterfront, Bring your Camera and wear Comfy Shoes to this Free event! RSVP requested

Photo Courtesy of Flickr user: memories_by_mike -Messay 

The Global EyeEm Adventure - Photowalk!
starting at the Smithsonian Metro, ending at the Georgetown Waterfront Park
Saturday, November 1st
2:30pm - 6:00pm
Free, RSVP requested on facebook

The Global EyeEm Adventure is a unique event that will take place worldwide, connecting photographers from all across the globe as they  get together to shoot, share and learn. Whether you have just started dabbling in photography or are a seasoned pro, you’re invited to join in the fun. All cameras are welcome – the only essential is a sense of adventure! After the event you'll have a chance to catch the sunset, at approximately 6:08pm.
Google Route Map and approximate times:

Meet outside the Smithsonian Metro Stop
  2:00pm - 2:30pm
Start walking toward The Washington Monument
Washington Monument
  2:40pm - 3:10pm
World War II Memorial
  3:30pm - 4:00pm
Lincoln Memorial
  4:10pm - 4:45 pm
Start walking towards Georgetown Waterfront
End at Georgetown Waterfront Park, Water St NW
  5:00pm - 5:45pm

Meet outside the Smithsonian Metro Stop
to head over to the Washington Monument
Metro:  Smithsonian Metro

Tuesday, October 28, 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 - end of 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. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

ON VIEW: ART: 5x5 - DC's Largest Public Art Project - on view SAT, Sept 6th - SAT, Dec 6th! 5 curators selected 5 artists each, for a total of 25 Art Installations throughout DC!

5x5 = 5 curators x 5 artists each
Saturday, September 6th - Saturday, December 6th
5x5, a project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, is a three-month long District-wide public art exhibition featuring 25 art installations. Five curators, Lance Fung, Shamim M. Momin, Stephanie Sherman, Justine Topfer and A.M. Weaver, were each commissioned to initiate five art activations, resulting in a total of 25 ground-breaking public art installations. These highly experienced and innovative contemporary arts professionals each selected and worked with five artists or artist teams to develop and present exciting, ephemeral works of art in public spaces throughout all wards this fall.

Now in its second iteration, 5x5, the District's largest public art project to date, showcases contemporary public art for all residents, visitors and art enthusiasts. Artists are from the District, New York and places as far away as Argentina and Australia. The 25 selected artists represent many genres, from visual arts of all types to poetry, arts and activism and sound art. The 5x5 artists have shown in Paris, Poland, London and India and other places around the globe.

Select highlights include:

The 5x5 Project: Abigail DeVille: The New Migration
on view through Sunday, November 2ndNote: this is the one in Anacostia that the people in the neighborhood were not pleased with and was almost removed due to the controversy. After further consideration the DCCAH released a statement saying that the exhibit would in fact remain on view still through Sunday, November 2nd 
Recommend that you read about the artist and the story behind the work for a better understanding
1205 - 1215 Good Hope Rd SE
Metro: Anacostia 

The 5x5 Project: Kota Ezawa: Hand Vote
on view through Friday, November 21st
Read more about this one here
202 M St SE
Metro: Navy Yard

on view through Friday, November 21st
U.S.A.I.R.A.N obscures the perceived divide between Iranian and US identities. By re-appropriating the exterior of a vacant building in D.C.’s thriving H Street corridor, artist Sanaz Mazinani creates a sculptural symbol for the transference of culture in which one’s personal politics are re-contextualized and cross-examined.
1300 H St NE
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown and take the X2 bus along H St or Shaw or U St and take any of the 90 line buses to 8th & H NE and walk over 

Landmark locations for artworks will include the SW Waterfront, St. Elizabeths East, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Arena Stage and the Reeves Center, among others. Programming partners, Hillyer Art Space, Furthermore, Hamiltonian, Pleasant Plains Workshop and Washington Project for the Arts, are planning a diversity of public programs that highlight the meaning and vitality of each of the 5x5 projects. Programming includes a variety of tours, panel discussions, performance pieces and workshops.

Metro: See metro trip-planner for best access to wherever it is you are trying to go

Saturday, October 25, 2014

UPCOMING: MARKET: Monthly: The final DC MEETMarket of the season will be on SAT, Nov 1st at the corner of 15th & P St NW from 11:00am - 5:00pm, Free

Final DC MEETMarket of the season at 15th & P!
Saturday, November 1st
11:00am - 5:00pm 

The DC MEETMarket takes place every first Saturday of the month from April - November.

See the facebook event page for details each month and on the main website here.

Held on the first Saturday of every month from April to November, the DC MEETMarket aims to bring together over 40 local vendors and the surrounding neighborhoods in a celebration of community and craftsmanship. This monthly outdoor market located at 15th and P St NW, in the heart of Logan Circle, is free to the public and dog-friendly. The DC MEET Market is proudly sponsored by Relay FoodsHonest Tea, and Zipcar®.

In addition to the vendors, there will also be live musical performances this month from DJ AYESCOLDFinley Martin and RagnaPop. Read more about the performers here.

St. Luke's parking lot
1514 15th St, NW - at P St
Metro: McPherson Sq or U St and take the Circulator bus along 14th St to RI Ave/ P St or walk from Dupont Circle. You can also catch the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to P St.

UPCOMING: THEATER: Pay-What-You-Can Matinees for WSC Avant Bard's "Visibile Language" - All Shows will be in ASL and English - at Gallaudet University - SAT, Nov 1st at 2:30pm and every Saturday through Nov 15th

Pay-What-You-Can shows! WSC Avant Bard's Visible Language "A world premiere musical about the 1890s culture war that changed the life of every Deaf person in America" at the Eastman Studio Theatre at Gallaudet University

Saturday Afternoon PWYC shows!
Saturdays: October 25th November 1st, 8th & 15th

Book and lyrics by Mary Resing Music by Andy Welchel - All singing! All signing!

This show is a  joint production of WSC Avant Bard  and the Gallaudet University Theatre and Dance Program, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Gallaudet University and the 25th anniversary of Avant Bard.  All performances will be in American Sign Language (ASL) and English, and all performances will be captioned.  November 1st show will be audio described.

A world premiere musical about the 1890s culture war that changed the life of every Deaf person in America. Right here in Washington, DC, in the volatile 1890s, two powerful and egotistical men—Alexander Graham Bell and Edward Miner Gallaudet—clashed over how the Deaf should be taught to communicate. That contest was to impact every Deaf person thereafter. This new bilingual musical tells that momentous story through the real people who lived it, including a young girl named Helen Keller, just beginning to learn what it means to be a woman in an era of progress.

Gilbert C. Eastman Studio Theatre located in Elstad Annex 131
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue NE
Metro: NoMa–Gallaudet on the red line and walk or take a short taxi or Uber ride.  Driving? Free on-campus parking is available.

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

Weekly Saturday highlights

Weekly Stand Up Comedy Show at Shaw's Tavern
"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

Live Jazz with The James Benson Quartet at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan, often with guest vocalist Abby Nightingale
every Saturday night
9:30pm - 1:30am
Columbia Station
2325 18th St NW
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill Rd stop, near 18th & Columbia and walk about two blocks, or Dupont Circle and take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to Belmont and walk downhill one block to 18th St

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

Friday, October 24, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Sunday Concert Series at the National Gallery of Art every SUN night in the Fall and Spring from 6:30pm - 8:15pm, Free

The Sunday Night Concert Series at the National Gallery of Art
every Sunday night in the West Building, West Garden Court unless otherwise noted
6:30pm - 8:15pm, arrive earlier
Note: You must arrive before 6:30pm to get in. Late entry and reentry is not permitted. All concerts take place in the West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court unless otherwise noted. 
Note: The West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court, where the concerts are usually held, is a beautiful space, however almost all of the seats have an obstructed, or minimal view. If you want a seat with a view, best to arrive early to get in line.

National Gallery of Art 
West Building, Main Floor, West Garden Court
6th & Constitution Ave, NW entrance
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial or Judiciary Sq

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: 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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for MON night events!

Weekly Monday night events organized by start time
click links for complete details on individual posts

"Blue Monday Blues" at Westminster Church, Waterfront Metro artists vary each week - see schedule
6:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages

6:30pm - 8:00pm
If you have questions or wish to confirm that the class is still going on, best to message Marta directly -
All ages, bilingual class
by donation, $10 suggested

Weekly Wu Style Tai Chi Class - First Class Free - at Urban Tao Acupuncture and Herbology in Dupont Circle
7:00pm - 8:00pm
All ages, All levels
Best to call 202-253-0670 if you have questions or want to confirm if the class is still happening 

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra live at Bohemian Caverns on U St
Two sets, 8:00pm and 10:00pm
8:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages

"La-Ti-Do" Musical Theater Cabaret & Spoken Word Series at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont
curated showcase, featured guest artists vary each week
8:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 when you RSVP in advance online, pay at the door, 21+

featured guest artists vary each week as does the guest co-host
9:00pm - 11:00pm
8:30pm sign up 
All ages, by donation

Learn how to Salsa! Monday nights at Lima Lounge on K St
9:00pm class, followed by a dance party
Free, 21+

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for TUES night events!

Weekly Tuesday night events organized by start time
click links for complete details on individual posts

DC Youth Slam hosts a Free Writing Workshop for Teens at MLK Library every Tuesday
4:30pm - 6:30pm
MLK Library
Metro: Gallery Pl - also close to Metro Center

Free Yoga Class every Tuesday night in Cleveland Park
Classes courtesy of Yoga Activist, geared toward beginners, all welcome.
Metro: Cleveland Park

BloomScreen Independent Film Night at BloomBars
Films vary each week, followed by discussion with Q&A
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested
Free organic popcorn and refreshments served
Metro: Columbia Heights

8:00pm - 12:00am, Sign-up 7:30pm
Free, 21+
Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge in Georgetown 
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle or Rossyln and take the Circulator bus or metro bus closer

Tuesday night Sattva Meditation in Cleveland Park
8:00pm - 9:30pm
All ages, Free
Metro: Cleveland Park

Tuesday Night Poetry Open Mic at Busboys and Poets
14th & V St NW
9:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, $5
Hosts vary each week
Metro: U St

Last Resort Comedy Show - now at The Bier Baron in Dupont Circle
earlier time as of January 2014, new location as of February 25th, 2014
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Free,  21+
The Last Resort weekly Comedy Show features comedians from the DC Improv, Arlington Cinema Drafthouse, Baltimore Comedy Factory, Laugh Factory and more.
The Bier Baron
1523 22nd St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle 

"Harold Night" Improv Night with WIT at Source Theatre
9:00pm - 10:00pm, followed by a Jam
Now every Harold Night ends with a free jam where audience members can give improv a try side by side with experienced players.
Metro: U St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for WED night events!

Weekly Wednesday night events organized by start time
please click links for complete details on individual posts

7:00pm - 8:30pm 
*discount only for students, seniors and unemployed $6* $12 general
Please come 10-15 minutes before the class and ring bell to be let in. Once the class starts, they won't be letting people in.  No registration required. Walk-ins welcome. Class led by Gen Kelsang Varahi. "By practicing these meditations over time you will discover that it is possible to experience inner peace without having to rely upon external conditions. Just breathe! This is a 4 week series. Each class is self-contained but you will receive more benefit if you can participate in all 4 classes. Everyone is welcome. The classes are suitable for beginners and those with experience as well."
Vajrayogini Buddhist Center
1787 Columbia Rd NW - right in the heard of Adams Morgan near the corner of 18th 
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill or take the 42 bus from Dupont north toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia. 

"Wonderland Wednesdays"
at Wonderland Ballroom!
different theme shows every Wednesday, hosts and performers vary each week!
8:00pm - 11:00pm 
Free, except for on the 2nd Wed of the month when there is a $5 cover, all donations go to artists, $5 suggested
Metro: Columbia Heights

Wednesday Night Musicians Open Mic
at IOTA in Clarendon, VA
8:00pm - 12:30am
Sign-ups 7:30pm & 10:00pm
Metro: Clarendon

Wednesday Night Comedy Nights in Clarendon, VA
"Ha-Ha at Ri Ra" - apparently this is now called "Crafts and Laughs"
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Free, 21+
Every Wednesday night join us for free comedy and buckets of craft beers, and half price burgers too.
Ri Ra 
Metro: Clarendon

Wednesday Night Late Night Open Mic at Busboys and Poets 5th & K St NW
9:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, $5, buy online with a small service fee of $1.27 added starting at midnight the day of, or onsite the day of for $5
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq or Gallery Pl - Chinatown or Circulator bus

Wednesday Night Late Night Samba Class at BloomBars
9:00pm - 10:30pm
All ages, by donation, believe they are requested $10-$15 for this one
Metro: Columbia Heights 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for THURS night events!

Weekly Thursday night events organized by start time

Weekly Guided Meditation at The Shambhala Center, Cleveland Pk
7:00pm -8:30pm
Metro: Cleveland Park

"Yoga Share DC" Yoga Class at BloomBars in Columbia Heights
7:30pm - 9:00pm
by donation, doors close at 7:45pm
RSVP please to ensure your space and join the facebook group to stay connected Note: used to be on Tuesdays, now on Thursdays
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Free, 21+
Brought to you by the folks from Last Resort Comedy
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit

Metro: Cleveland Park or Woodley Park or take the L2 or L4 bus

Weekly "Spit Dat" Open Mic Night at the ECAC near Columbia Heighst & Howard University
featured artists vary each week
8:45pm - 11:30pm
All ages, Just $1
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk, or take any H bus or bus along Georgia Ave

Thursday, October 23, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: Meditation SUN, Nov 9th and most SUN mornings 10:00am - 12:00pm + Yoga in Spanish every SAT from 11:00am - 12:00pm, Free, 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.

The Science of Spirituality Meditation Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and launched its first community outreach program in the 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 Sundays - except the first Sunday of the month
Sundays - November 9th, 16th and 23rd and 30th
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

Weekly on Saturdays 
Yoga class en Espanol  - with Argeny Rodriguez
Saturdays - November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th
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.