Thursday, May 21, 2015

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Free events to choose from on THURS, May 21 + More Free events FRI, May 22 - MON, May 25 from - Memorial Day Weekend!

Here are some great free arts and culture events sent to us by! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events presented by nearly 300 Metro DC Arts Presenters. For quick way to find even more free arts and culture events try our "Free in DC" Inside Out feature, curated by the staff of is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at

Thursday, May 21

Evening - Special Oratory Festival at Ford's Theatre - Metro Center or Gallery Pl - Chinatown 
Stand Up: Be Heard Oratory Festival
In after-school residencies, Ford's Theatre teaching artists use oratory to help students build speech, writing and leadership skills. In year-long after-school programs, students learn skills for self-expression using the words of Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and others to learn the tools of rhetoric and oratory. As they progress, students write and deliver their own speeches. They perform on the Ford’s Theatre stage and take trips to hear oratory in action. Read more here.
Ford's Theatre
511 10th St NW
Metro: Metro Center

Evening - Behind the Scenes of Boardwalk Empire - Archives
Boardwalk Empire: Behind the Scenes of the HBO Series
Inspired by Nelson Johnson’s New York Times best-selling book, HBO re-created the realism and texture of Prohibition-era Atlantic City in the hit series Boardwalk Empire. With video clips and behind-the-scenes stories, Terence Winter leads a discussion of the show’s creation. Panelists include Gretchen Mol, the actress who played Gillian Darmody; Edward McGinty, Jr., the actor who portrayed Ward Boss Boyd and research adviser for the show; Lesley Robson-Foster, visual effects supervisor; Nelson Johnson, author of Boardwalk Empire; and others. A book signing will follow the program.
National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

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

Friday, May 22

Lunchtime - Screening of PBS Series on Prohibition, at The Archives - Archives
Prohibition: A Nation of Scofflaws (Film Screening)
Episode two of the 2011 PBS series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick addresses how the enforcement of Prohibition was inconsistent and caused unintended consequences, including making criminals of a large portion of the population. (110 minutes.)National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Saturday, May 23

Afternoon - Film Screening at the Smithsonian Anacostia - Anacostia
Film: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011; 96 min)
RSVP Required, call 202.633.4844 or register online here 
This award-winning Sundance documentary is a fascinating look at the American Black Power movement between 1967 and 1975 from the perspective of a Swedish film crew. The film contains journalistic footage never seen on U.S. TV plus intriguing interviews and sound bytes from civil rights notables Stokely Carmichael, Melvin Van Peebles, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and others. Film intersperses archival footage with contributing commentary from contemporary voices such as Erykah Badu, Kathleen Cleaver, Talib Kweli, Sonia Sanchez, Kenny Gamble, and others. Q&A with a museum educator follows the screening.
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

Afternoon - Art Opening at NoVa Community College - Alexandria, VA
Brian Williams creates abstract, otherworldly landscape oil paintings on aluminum. While the paintings evoke dunes or seascapes with varying naturalistic elements, the work disrupts our idea of our relationships to natural settings. The title of his solo exhibit “The Lonely Drone” calls to mind an imaginary view from a drone flying over a dream landscape
at NoVa Community College
3001 North Beauregard St - Alexandria, VA
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro. Driving? Parking available in the Beauregard Garage $2 per hour.

Evening - Chamber Music Concert at NoVa Community College - Alexandria, VA
It is well know that Johannes Brahms played a big part in the international fame that befell Antonin Dvorák after he submitted his work for the Austrian State Stipendium. But it is much lesser known that Brahms was “visibly overcome by the mastery and talent of this unknown individual.” This tremendous pairing in friendship is analogous when pairing their music and their inventive, beautiful melodies that were seemingly endless.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall 
at NoVa Community College
3001 North Beauregard St - Alexandria, VA
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro. Driving? Parking available in the Beauregard Garage $2 per hour.

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

Sunday, May 24

Daytime - "Rolling Thunder" Biker Ride - by Memorials
Rolling Thunder - Annual Demonstration Run
The Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run is an annual ride and gathering that first started in 1988. Riders from around the nation, and even around the world rally in the Pentagon parking lots and begin the run through the streets of D.C. Afterward, it is an opportunity to meet old and new friends, pay respect at the memorials and participate in the Memorial Day events. Bikes leave the North Pentagon parking lot to begin their run through the Mall area. After the run, police will direct riders to West Potomac Park, where they will pay tribute to their fallen brothers and sisters.
Metro: Foggy Bottom and walk down to the Mall or just look/ listen for the bikes in VA by the Pentagon or in DC by the memorials

Afternoon - Illustrated Author Talk on the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, at NMWA - Metro Center
Literary Event: American Artists of the Gilded Age
Through this illustrated talk, author Mary Tonetti Dorra brings the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition to life and shares the compelling story of artist Mary Lawrence, Dorra’s grandmother, the only woman allowed to exhibit a sculpture outside the Women’s Building. Dorra will discuss American artists of the Gilded Age and reveal a portrait of the era illuminated in her historical novel, Demeter’s Choice: A Portrait of My Grandmother as a Young Artist.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

Afternoon - Curator Talk about the formation of Barry Farm - Anacostiaa
Curator Talk: Alcione Amos
2:00pm - 4:00pm
RSVP Required, call 202.633.4844 or register online here
Exhibition curator Alcione Amos talks about the formation of historic Berry Farm in conjunction with the exhibition How the Civil War Changed Washington. On display at the program will be an enlarged map of Historic Barry Farm from 1867 and items that were dug during archeological research at the Howard Road area where the Metro Station was built in the 1980s.  
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

Evening - Free Concert with the Marine Band at Wolf Trap followed by Fireworks at Wolf Trap - Spring Hill, VA
now much more accessible by Metro and short taxi or uber ride
2015 Summer Blast Off!: The President's Own United States Marine Band with Fireworks!
"The President's Own" United States Marine Band will launch Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts' summer season with a program of concert band favorites. A fireworks display will follow the concert!
Metro: Spring Hill, on the new Silver line.Wolf Trap is a bit over 2 miles from the station, You can walk or bike from the metro on lovely trails or you can take #480 bus from the metro. You can also easily take a taxi or uber there from the metro. See uber  promo below for $20 off your first ride. 
1551 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182
Evening - Concert by the Capital 
National Memorial Day Concert on the U.S. Capitol West Lawn
8:00pm - 9:30pm, Gates open at 5:00pm
Laurence Fishburne, Laura Benanti, Esai Morales, and Jason Dolley join an All-Star Line-Up for the PBS National Memorial Day Concert honoring our American Heroes, live from the U.S. Capitol, featuring a special performance of the National Anthem by American Idol Season 14 Winner Nick Fradiani. Note: No alcohol permitted. Approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.
E. Capitol St. and First St NW
US Capitol, West Lawn
Note: The public will not be admitted to the West Lawn of the Capitol beginning at 5:00pm. Checkpoints will be set up for search of bags and parcels. Guests will be required to enter through a metal detector. The gates are located at the Southwest corner of the Capitol grounds. More details can be found on the U.S. Capitol Police's website in the Press Room. Driving? The best place to park near the Capitol Building is at Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE. There are more than 2,000 public parking spaces.
Metro: Capitol South or Union Station

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

Monday, May 25

Morning - Ceremony and Commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery -  VA
National Memorial Day Observance at  Arlington National Cemetery
11:00am, Attendees are encouraged to be at the Tomb of the Unknowns or seated in the amphitheater by 9:30am
see complete details online here
The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, to be followed by an observance program hosted by the Department of Defense in Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater. A prelude by the United States Marine Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30 a.m. Both the wreath-laying ceremony and the observance program are free and open to the general public. No tickets are needed to attend these events. Space is limited to standing room only for the wreath-laying ceremony and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the amphitheater.
Arlington National Cemetery
State Hwy 110 & Memorial Dr
Metro: Arlington Cemetery 

Afternoon - Parade  on The Mall
National Memorial Day Parade 2015
along Constitution Ave between 7th and 17th St

From the American Revolution up to present day conflicts, the Parade commemorates the American spirit and the sacrifices of those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who serve so we can live in the Land of the Free. The parade includes floats, high school marching bands, veterans, service members, local and national celebrities, service organizations and clubs, and much more! See complete details on the official website here..
along Constitution Ave between 7th and 17th St
Metro: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian or Archives

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

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UPCOMING: PANEL + HAPPY HOUR: Tonight! The Humanities Council of DC's Monthly Humanitini Happy Hour will focus on DC's New Americans on THURS, May 21 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at The Coupe in Columbia Heights, Free, RSVP Requested

Humanitini: DC's New Americans
at The Coupe on 11th St in Columbia Heights 
Thursday, May 21
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Free, Please RSVP here

Humanitini is the Humanities Council of DC's free monthly happy hour program designed to bring Washingtonians together to discuss issues that are timely, engaging and entertaining. 

This month's Humanitini will cover the history and cultures of DC's New Americans! Panelists: Christine Warnke, Ted Gong, Quique Aviles, Joel Makonnen, and William Gilcher

Ethiopians, Chinese, Greeks, Salvadorans, and other immigrant groups that have established vibrant enclaves in DC over the years, representing a wide array of nationalities and ethnicities. The DC metro area is currently home to more people of Ethiopian descent than any city outside Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.  How are historians, anthropologists, and other scholars working to preserve the cultures of extant immigrant communities while reclaiming those that have been rendered invisible?

The Coupe
3415 11th St NW 
corner of 11th & Monroe
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk over to 11th and north or take a bus closer

UPCOMING: OUTDOOR MOVIES: "Golden Cinema" Free Outdoor Movie Screenings in Farragut Square every Friday night at Sunset, Pre-show Activities begin at 7:30pm, from FRI, May 22 - FRI, July 31

Golden Cinema Outdoor Movie Screening Series in the Golden Triangle
with an “All Worked Up” movie line up in Farragut Square Park
Friday, May 22 - Friday, July 31
every Friday night
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Pre-show activities begin 7:30pm, Movies begin at sunset

The Golden Cinema series kicks off on Friday, May 22nd. After a long work week, come out to the park and spend some time unwinding outdoors. Grab a blanket, invite your friends and family to join you, maybe pick up some dinner nearby, hang out under the stars and enjoy the evening!

Movie Schedule - Friday Nights
May 22   Empire Records
May 29   The Devil Wears Prada
June 5    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
June 12  The Social Network
June 19  Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
June 26  Hook
July 10  Nine to Five
July 17  Miss Congeniality
July 24  The Italian Job
July 31  The Wedding Planner

Note: Weather Permitting in the Park. In case of weather-related changes, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

Farragut Square Park
between Connecticut Ave & 17th St, I St & K St, NW (map)
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West or take the Circulator or a bus along K or I St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Tonight! Monthly: "Take 5!" Live Jazz on THURS, May 21 - and every third THURS of the month - in the Kogod Courtyard at the American Art Museum in Chinatown from 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Relax and "Take 5!" Free, Live Jazz at SAAM/ NPG
usually every third Thursday of the month
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Next Take 5! - Thursday, May 21
Take 5! Jazz Series - Organissimo

Organissimo’s trio presents new, original music that is instantly identifiable yet constantly evolving, infusing elements of funk, gospel, blues, progressive rock, and Latin rhythms onto a solid foundation of jazz. Organissimo features Jim Alfredson on Hammond B3, Larry Barris on guitar, and Randy Marsh on drums. Tonight, they celebrate the great organist John Patton.

Relax and Take 5! with free, live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard. Stop by the Courtyard Café for refreshments and borrow a board game to play during the concert.  Take 5! takes place once a month in the Kogod Courtyard at SAAM/ NPG in Chinatown. The huge, glass-ceiling and open space allow you to look up to the sky, making it one of DC's loveliest and most unusual architectural spaces!

Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery
between 7th &a 9th St, F & G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OUTDOOR OFFICE: "Farragut Fridays" in Farragut Square! A new outdoor office set up with Free Work space in the Park! Tables, Shade Structures, Free Wi-Fi and more! Every FRI from 9:00am - 5:00pm from FRI, May 1 - FRI, Sept 25, Compliments of the folks at the Golden Triangle BID!

Farragut Fridays in Farragut Square! A new program from the folks at the Golden Triangle BID
Free Outdoor Office every Friday!
9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday, May 1 - Friday, September 25
Plus Picnic in the Park every Friday too!
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Plus, additional events on select Fridays

Get out of the office and work outside instead! Bring your laptop out and enjoy working outside every Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm in Farragut Park on Fridays. There will be a full set up that includes free Wi-Fi, tables, chairs, and games to get your creativity flowing. Enjoy the free work space as an alternative to your office and schedule your meeting in the park! All are welcome! 

They'll have special events as well on select Fridays as well. Tech Trends events will take place from 11:00am - 12:00pm on select Fridays. Join members of the tech community co-working outside in Farragut Park for tech demos, learning labs, and meet-ups. Plus, connect and collaborate on the next big idea.

Participating tech companies participating include: Cove, UberOffices, WeWork, DC Tech Meetup, General Assembly, MoDev, Tableau, TechShop, Yapper, DC Young Entrepreneurs, and more. You can see a full schedule of events here. So go ahead, schedule a meeting outdoors, play in the grass, or come out to watch a movie under the stars. The Golden Cinema series runs from Friday, May 22 - Friday, July 31 with pre-show activities starting at 7:30pm and movies begin at sunset.

So you don't have to pull out a calendar, here is the list of upcoming Friday dates: 

May 8, 15, 22 & 29 
June 5, 12, 19 & 26 
July 3, 10. 17, 24 & 31
August 7, 14, 21 & 28
September 4, 11, 18 & 25

Note: In case of weather-related concerns, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

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

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: The next Free Intro to Meditation series begins on MON, May 25 at the Science of Spirituality DC Center and continues on Monday, June 1, 8 & 15 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free, RSVP to ensure your space

Free Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next session!
Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks

The 4-Week Intro begins on Monday, May 25
continues Mondays - June 1, 8 & 15
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP required, email or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582

Note: If you missed the first session on May 25 you are welcome to join in the second session on June 1. If you miss the first two session you'll need to wait til the next series begins on Monday, June 22.

"Jyoti meditation provides the experience of inner light, the joy of self discovery, and the lasting value of spirituality as a complement to physical, intellectual, and cultural attainments." Introductory classes will run in four-week cycles which repeat. For those who wish to go on after the intro sessions, there will be intermediate and advanced classes continuing throughout the year.

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 - DC Center
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: YOGA: Tonight! Weekly: Yoga Share at BloomBars, Community Classes in Columbia Heights every THURS from 7:30pm - 9:00pm, Teachers and yoga styles vary each week, $10 donation requested

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
by donation, $10 or more suggested, give as you can, BYO yoga mat
see the facebook group events page for details each week
Bring a mat, mug for tea and something warm to wrap yourself in!
Gather at 7:30. Class starts at 7:45. Tea at 9:00.

Next Yoga Share - Thursday, May 21
Led by Jen Young - see the facebook group events page for details

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. Stick around after class for some homemade chai tea and connection time, bring a mug if you can.

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 (Read more about Kundalini Yoga here) 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. See the facebook group events page for details each week.

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: DANCE: Tonight! Weekly: Contact Improvisation Dance Class at the Dance Loft every THURS night, Dance from 7:00pm - 8:00pm, $10, Jam from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, $8 or both for $15

Weekly Contact Improvisation Dance Series on Thursdays at brand new space - The Dance Loft
every Thurs since Feb 26
for beginners and experienced folks, all welcome
drop-in class, RSVP requested here

Thursday, May 21

Contact Improvisation Dance
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Contact Improvisation Jam
8:00pm - 10:00pm 
$8, or attend both for $15

What is Contact Improv? Learn more on this video from Germany. Come out to move, lift, roll & play while cultivating awareness of the connection with others. "We will take a break from Thursday classes after this class, lets get a great group together for this Thursday!"

The offerings at Dance Loft continue to expand! They now offer Gaga on Tuesdays and Contact improvisation Dance Jam on Thursdays, plus Ecstatic Dance every Saturday, Poi/Hoop/Acro Jam every Sunday at 5pm, Ballet on Sunday! Learn more and sign up for classes on the Dance Loft on 14 site here! Note: Please go to to check on weather related cancellations.

Dance Loft on 14
4618 14th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and take any of the 50 line buses north on 14th to Buchanan, about ten min.

UPCOMING: PICNIC: Tomorrow ~ Grab your lunch and Enjoy some time outside with the "Picnic in the Park" series in the Golden Triangle! FRI, May 1- WED, Sept 30 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Wednesdays in Murrow Park at18th & H + Fridays in Farragut Square

Picnic in the Park in the Golden Triangle!
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Friday, May 1 - Wednesday, September 30
Wednesdays in Murrow Park at 18th & H St NW
and Fridays in Farragut Park between Farragut North & Farragut West Metro

Yes, there will be picnic tables, smaller tables and shade structures set up if you don't plan to bring a blanket out with you!

Rediscover your lunch hour outside with the folks at the Golden Triangle as they host another season of Picnic in the Park, this time twice a week and in two locations! Bring your lunch out or pick up a bite to eat in the neighborhood and enjoy some time relaxing outside. They'll even have lawn games and table tennis at Farragut Sq or Fridays. Enjoy time on your own, with friends, or networking with other businesses in the Golden Triangle. All are welcome to come out and enjoy!

Note: In case of weather-related location or scheduling changes, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or GoldenTriangleDC on facebook.

Wednesdays - Murrow Park
at 18th & H St NW, near Pennsylvania Ave
Metro: Farragut West

Fridays - Farragut Square Park
between Connecticut Ave & 17th St, I & K St NW
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Tomorrow ~ The Summer Series "Jazz in the Garden" kicks off this FRI, May 22 with Jazz Guitarist Tom Lagana in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 5:00pm - 8:30pm, series continues every Friday through FRI, August 28

Jazz in the Garden is back!
Friday nights in the NGA Sculpture Garden
Friday, May 22 - Friday, August 28
5:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, weather permitting
Please see @ngadc on twitter for show updates related to weather

First Show of the Season! 
Friday, May 22 
Jazz Guitarist Tom Lagana

Guitarist Tom Lagana has been steadily building a strong reputation as a multi-faceted artist in the mid-Atlantic region. As a jazz guitarist and bandleader in clubs, festivals, and recordings, as a classical guitarist in master classes and with orchestras, as an educator, and as a composer, Lagana has garnered respect for his creativity, musical integrity, and devotion to his craft.

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. 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.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Tonight! Weekly: "Spit Dat" Open Mic Night every THURS at the ECAC near Howard University, from 8:45pm - 11:30pm, All ages, Just $1

"Spit Dat" Open Mic Event at the ECAC
Every Thursday Night
8:45pm - 11:30pm, sign up 8:30pm
All ages, just $1

Droopy the Broke Baller (pictured) and Mister Mysterious Dwayne B present "Spit Dat" weekly open mic event every Thursday night at the ECAC!

Note: From the description: "There is no age restriction for our "Spit Dat" open mic event. We welcome all open-minded and respectful audiences. However, if you plan to bring youths through the event, please realize that we do not censor our artists and therefore your children [and, for that matter, you] may be exposed to content of an "explicit" nature."

Emergence Community Arts Collective (ECAC)
733 Euclid St, NW (right near Georgia Ave)
Metro: Shaw - Howard University or Georgia Ave - Petworth and take any bus that runs along Georgia Ave to the stop closest to Euclid, or you can walk from Columbia Heights, about 16 minutes, .8 miles, see walking map

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! Weekly: Kostume Karaoke at Solly's on U St every THURS night from 8:00pm - 1:30am, Free, 21+

Kostume Karaoke at Solly's
every Thursday night
8:00pm - 1:30am
Free, 21+

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!"

Solly's Tavern
11th & U St
Metro: U St, African American Civil War Memorial exit

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every THURS night

Weekly Thursday night events organized by start time

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

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

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

Monday, May 18, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: PILATES + YOGA: "Pilates in the Park" series continues on TUES, May 26 with a Free Yogalates Class in Farragut Square! Free Outdoor Classes TUES, May 5 - TUES, Sept 29 with Yogalates every TUES & Pilates every THURS from 5:30pm - 6:30pm, Thanks to Golden Triangle BID

"Pilates in the Park" in Farragut Square! Series sponsored by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District
Tuesdays Yogalates and Thursdays Pilates
Tuesday, May 5 - Tuesday, September 29
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Free, please bring your own yoga mat
Arrive and check-in by 5:20 p.m. and be entered to win special prizes.

Tuesday, May 26 - Yogalates Class

Note: Weather Permitting in the Park. In case of weather-related location or scheduling changes, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

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

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

OF NOTE: FITNESS: Fitiverse is a new local, social network site that helps you find Free Fitness & Wellness activities in DC! Started by locals, Fitiverse shares a similar mission to Free in DC, with a Fitness Spin!

Fitiverse is a new 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.

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.

So go ahead, check it out, what do you have to lose? Create your free account, find some new free activities, have some fun burning calories and maybe even make some new friends!  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

UPCOMING: FESTIVAL: (Up)Rising Festival this SUN, May 24 at ReCreative Spaces and along Rhode Island Ave NE from 1:00pm - 1:00am, Free

(Up)Rising Festival at ReCreative Spaces and along Rhode Island Avenue NE.
Sunday, May 24
1:00pm - 1:00am
Free, RSVP Requested
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ReCreative Spaces invites you to celebrate community engagement through a participatory arts festival taking place at ReCreative Spaces and at l businesses along Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street. See the full list of Participating Artists + Vendors here!

"Participants will engage with, or actively observe, curated art installations and multi-faceted performances. Participating artists share a revolutionary vision and engage festival-goers through heart, mind, body, and ideals."

Select Artists & Vendors: Ganzeer (May featured Artist whose work is on view at ReCreative Spaces), Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, Contradiction Dance, Davina Louise/DC Creators, DC Youth Slam Team, Nirvana Holistic Spa, Rose Jaffe, Soul & Ink and YB Green and lots more!

Participating Businesses: Crave It Food Truck, DC Brau, DC Dragons, Dental DC, Good Food Markets, Grassroots Gourmet, Healthy Fool Food Truck. Kaaos Gym
, Nido, Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street, Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF)
 and Zeke’s Coffee!

This events is held in partnership with Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street, Menkiti Group, Plaza Art Supply, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Department of Housing and Community Development, DCTV, and DC Brau

ReCreative Spaces, located near Brookland, is a new space in NE, created in partnership with The Menkiti Group, for people to gather and share their passion for art of all kinds! See their calendar of events here. Plus, ReCreative Spaces is also an Art Gallery and space for dance classes, poetry events and more! If you're an artist looking to use the space you can also reach out to them about studio space rental and event space rental, contact Emily, find contact info here. Gallery Hours: Thursday & Friday 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm and by appointment.

ReCreative Spaces
1613 Rhode Island Ave NE
Metro: Rhode Island Ave and take the 81, 82, 83, or 86 bus directly to the front of the space. See metro trip-planner for bus times and options. Folks driving car find street parking in the area.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: The Friday Noon Concert Series at the Arts Club of Washington, Free Mini-Concert this FRI, May 22, and most Fridays, 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

Next Concert - Friday, May 22
see post on here

"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: Program began again on Friday, February 20 and concerts are usually held every Friday. If no details are noted on their website, you may want to call to confirm detail before heading over there (202) 331-7282.

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

Monday, May 4, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: May Gallery Show at ReCreative Spaces "Injustice Among Us" a Solo Exhibit by Egyptian Artist Ganzeer, FRI, May 1 - SAT, May 30

 Hands of Injustice by Ganzeer
On view Friday, May 1 - Saturday, May 30

Regular Gallery Hours: Thursday & Friday 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm and by appointment.

Ganzeer combines his keen design aesthetic with his wish to document and discuss issues informing today's political landscape. "Injustice Among Us" offers a visually and emotionally compelling look at what it means to live in America today, from a perspective that is too often silenced.

This show is presented in conjunction with (Up)Rising Festival, which will take place on Sunday, May 24 along Rhode Island Avenue NE. 
Ganzeer is the pseudonym of an Egyptian artist, currently based in Brooklyn, New York, operating mainly between graphic design and contemporary art since 2007. Art in America Magazine has referred to Ganzeer’s work as “New Realism,” and the Huffington Post ranked him among “25 Street Artists from Around the World who are Shaking Up Public Art,” but Ganzeer rejects both labels and regards Bidoun magazine’s description of him as a “contingency artist” as probably the most accurate, while Ganzeer refers to his own practice as Concept Pop. has placed him on a list of "50 People Shaping the Culture of the Middle East" (2013), and he is also one of the protagonists in a critically acclaimed documentary “Art War” (2014) by German director Marco Wilms.  His art has been shown in Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Jordan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and the United States, as well as in myriad Cairo galleries. 

ReCreative Spaces, located near Brookland, is a new space in NE, created in partnership with The Menkiti Group, for people to gather and share their passion for art of all kinds! See their calendar of events here. ReCreative Spaces is an Art Gallery and a space for dance classes, poetry events and more! If you're an artist looking to use the space you can also reach out to them about studio space rental and event space rental, contact Emily, find contact info here.

ReCreative Spaces
1613 Rhode Island Ave NE
Metro: Rhode Island Ave and take the 81, 82, 83, or 86 bus directly to the front of the space. See metro trip-planner for bus times and options. Folks driving car find street parking in the area.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

OF NOTE: Want to see more events? Check out Free in DC on facebook and twitter! Some events are posted there that are not on the site

Connect with Free in DCs on twitter and facebook!
@FreeinDCBlog on twitter, on facebook search for "Free in DC" or click here!

Since lots of my content comes from facebook and I don't always have time to craft individual posts on this site for every event I come across (especially when I am traveling, or during holidays) I might share events on facebook that aren't on the main site. I don't post a lot there, but you can connect at

You can also follow me on twitter @FreeinDCBlog. I tweet every day! Mostly 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! 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany, near Metro Center, TUES, May 26 from 12:10pm - 1:00pm, and every TUES, Artists Vary each Week, Free, donations appreciated

Displaying photo.JPG Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany
lunchtime concerts every Tuesday
12:10pm - 1:00pm
Free, donations appreciated, $10 suggested,
donations support music program and artists

View the schedule of performances

Next Concert - Tuesday, May 26
Sarah Rose Taylor, soprano Nigel Potts, organ: a concert which includes Nigel Potts’ transcriptions of Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Mélodies by Reynaldo Hahn.

Love this series! If you are able to get there on
Tuesdays at noon, recommend checking it out!

1317 G St, NW
Metro: Metro Center

Friday, May 1, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every MON night

Weekly Monday night events organized by start time

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

Meditation Mondays with Richael Faithful at Freed Bodyworks
every Monday night
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Richael, Freed's new shamanic and energy healer, hosts a free one hour meditation at Freed Bodyworks every Monday night.
Freed Bodyworks
1337 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Metro: Potomac Ave, short walk from the metro

6:45pm - 8:00pm, doors 6:45pm
If you have questions, message Marta directly -
All ages, bilingual class
by donation, $10 suggested

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 Night at James Hoban's in Dupont Circle
Note: No La-ti-do on Monday, April 6 as it is the night of the Helen Hayes Awards in DC
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 free and low-cost events every TUES night

Weekly Tuesday night events organized by start time

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
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 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 free event low-cost events every WED night

Weekly Wednesday night events organized by start time

Wednesday Night Meditation at the Vajrayogini Buddhist Center in Adams Morgan - Discount for students, seniors and unemployed only
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... 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
Note: Some of these events may no longer be happening, please confirm on the Wonderland website 
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 hosts vary each week, see the calendar of events for details each week
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