Thursday, October 23, 2014

UPCOMING: WORKSHOP: Today! "Verbal Gymnastics" Interactive Poetry and Storytelling Workshop with Poet and Playwright John Johnson this THURS, Oct 23rd from 10:30am - 12:30pm, Free


Poet and playwright John Johnson
Interactive Poetry and Storytelling Workshop in Anacostia
Verbal Gymnastics with Poet and Playwright John Johnson
Thursday, October 23rd
10:30am - 12:30pm
Free
For more info and to RSVP, requested, call 202-633-4844

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

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

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

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! Free Author Talk about Lincoln at The Archives on THURS, Oct 23rd at 7:00pm + More Free events SAT, Oct 25th & SUN, Oct 26th Thanks to CultureCapital.com - a Fabulous resource for Arts and Culture events in the DC, MD & VA Metro area!

Here are some more great free arts and culture events from CultureCapital.com! 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 CultureCapital.com for a list of more free events and exhibits on view and connect with CultureCapital.com on facebook too.

Thursday,  October 23rd 
Evening - Author Talk and Book Signing at The Archives - Archives
Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion
7:00pm
This “Lincoln and the Power of the Press” talk and conversation will focus on press and politics in the age of Abraham Lincoln, including Lincoln’s dabbling in journalism, and his use of political patronage to secure and maintain press support. Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, author, co-author or editor of over 40 books will participate in a discussion including the publishing giants who dominated Civil War journalism. A book signing will follow the program.  Note: Can't make it in person? Did you know that all public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel!
National Archives
use the special events entrance at the corner of
7th & Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital for more free events and exhibits!

Saturday, October 25th

Daytime - Food Day Festival - Farragut North
Harvest Festival - DC's official Food Day Celebration
10:00am - 3:00pm
Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Celebrate all things food at the Harvest Festival, DC’s official Food Day celebration and part of the National Geographic Museum’s Food: Our Global Kitchen exhibition! Watch demonstrations by local chefs for both kids and adults, ride a smoothie-bike, taste healthy and delicious treats, explore a mini-farmers market complete with a produce scavenger hunt, explore your inner artist with fruit and veggie watercolor painting, and much more.
National Geographic Museum
1145 17th St NW - two buildings, other one has an entrance on M St
Metro: Farragut North, L St exit, or Dupont Circle, south, or take a bus closer, any of the S line buses along 16th St to M St or the 42 bus to M St


Artists Talk & Symposium at the Goethe - Institut - Gallery Pl - Chinatown
The Wall in Our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall, Symposium
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Three American artists featured in “The Wall in Our Heads: An Exhibition of American Artists and Kai Wiedenhöfer,” Frank Hallam Day, Stephanie Syjuco, and Bill Van Parys, in conversation with Kai Wiedenhöfer, will consider the role of Berlin in the American cultural imagination and more broadly the notion of the artist as citizen before and after 1989. Each artist will share personal insights and glimpses into their work produced in/about the Berlin Wall, culminating in a roundtable moderated by exhibition curator Paul M. Farber.Goethe-Institut

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

Sunday, October 26th 

Afternoon - Literary Reading at The Writer's Center - Bethesda, MD
Howard Feinstein and Adele Levine Read at The Writer's Center
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Howard Feinstein reads from Fire on the Bayou. He is joined by Adele Levine, who reads from Run, Dont Walk. 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 - 5x5 special event at the NGA West Building - Archives
The 5x5 Project: Soda_Jerk: Hollywood Burn
2:00pm
Hollywood Burn is Soda_Jerk's narrative feature constructed entirely from hundreds of sampled audiovisual fragments. In this anti-copyright epic, Elvis Presley and a league of video pirates are pitted against the evil tyrant Moses and his Copyright Commandments. Read more on the 5x5 site here.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Afternoon - Concert with Arlington Philharmonic - Arlington, VA
Music for Dance
3:00pm
Join Arlington Philharmonic for their opening concert of their 2014-2015 season, “Music for Dance!” Repertoire includes a variety of dance pieces by Fauré, Kodály, and Ginastera and features DC-based violinist Emil Chudnovsky performing the celebrated Tchaikovsky violin concerto. Considered one of the most challenging and hauntingly beautiful pieces in violin literature, this performance is not to be missed!
Washington-Lee High School
1301 N Stafford St - Arlington, VA
Metro: Ballston or Virginia Sq

Evening - Concert - Works by Czech Composers at the NGA - Archives
Concert: Alexander and Natalia Shonert
6:30pm - 8:30pm
As part of the Sunday Night Concert Series at the National Gallery of Art, West Building. Alexander Shonert, violinist, Natalia Shonert, pianist; Music by Czech composers.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for more free events and exhibits on view!

UPCOMING: THEATER: Tonight! Final Pay-What-You-Can Night for WSC Avant Bard's "Visibile Language" - All Shows will be in ASL and English - at Gallaudet University - WED, Oct 22nd & THURS, Oct 23rd at 7:30pm + SAT Matinees PWYC from SAT, Oct 25th - SAT, 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
Wednesday, October 22nd & Thursday, October 23rd
7:30pm
Saturdays - October 25th, November 1st, 8th &15th
2:30pm
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.

PWYC Nights! Wednesday, October 22nd & Thursday, October 23rd
7:30pm

Saturday Afternoon PWYC shows!
Saturdays: October 25th November 1st, 8th & 15th
2:30pm

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: 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
see the facebook group events page for details each week
Class starts at 7:45pm so please arrive beforehand
by donation, $10 suggested, give as you can, BYO yoga mat
see the facebook group events page for details each week

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 lovely Monica Hayes, who happens to be a friend of mine :)
Thursday, October 23rd
Yoga Share Blooms with Monica Hayes!

"Monica Hayes, a certified yoga instructor and advanced Thai Massage & Reiki practitioner, has considered herself a yogi for most of her life. She has always been curious about the meaning of existence and how she can become more connected to the divine and to humanity. She began serious study of eastern philosophy, religion and astrology in her early twenties. A few years ago, her path led her to begin Yoga as a regular spiritual practice to stay centered, light and free of pain and excess stress. She believes Yoga can help us stay balanced in a world of imbalance and offers a way to peacefully respond to and navigate the world around us."

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.

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

UPCOMING: MUSIC: Tonight! Art Soiree's Living Room Live Series is back for the fifth Concert of the series with Brazilian Jazz from the Emy Tseng Trio on THURS, Oct 23rd from 7:00pm - 12:00am, All ages, Free, RSVP Requested, Series continues every Thursday night through Oct 30th, Free, RSVP

Art Soiree Living Room Live October Concert Series continues with the Emy Tseng Trio
Thursday, October 23rd
7:00pm - 12:00am, music starts at 8:00pm
Free, RSVP here, All ages welcome
every Thursday September 25th - October 30th
Thursday, October 23rd
8:00pm
Emy Tseng Trio: Performing in Portuguese and English, Emy Tseng interprets modern and Brazilian jazz and showcases an exquisite fusion of the genre and eclectic arrangements of standards.

Check out this new Art Soiree series at the Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown. Living Room Live is a unique concert series aimed to spotlight and support emerging artists while giving exclusive access to the true music fans. Running every Thursday from September 25th - October 30th. Enjoy live concert performances by featured artists, while sipping on one of the hotel's signature cocktails or simply enjoying the comfort of hotel's lounge & lobby wood-fireplace in the company of art and music lovers. Remaining dates: Thursday October 30th

The Ritz Carlton, Georgetown
3100 South St, NW
Metro: Farragut North, Foggy Bottom or Rosslyn and take the Circulator or the 31, 32 or 36 metro bus.

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! Hear Highlights from La Bohème with the Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program on THURS, Oct 23rd as part of the 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

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.

Thursday,  October 23rd
Washington National Opera presents Highlights from La Bohème
Enjoy a free preview of musical highlights from La Bohème, featuring members of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and other artists from the WNO production in the Opera House this November.

Additional Upcoming Performances:
Mon Oct 27   Shannon Dunne Dance
Tues Oct 28   Laurent Piron's Magicalement Drole
Wed Oct 29   Arabesque
Thurs Oct 30 Tev un Man
Fri Oct 31     Halloween BOOgie Down with The Loser’s Lounge

2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! "Can I Kick It" Kung-Ful Classic Screening at Marvin THURS, Oct 22nd + More Free and low-cost events FRI, Oct 24th & SAT, Oct 25th

More free and low-cost events to choose from!

Thursday, October 23rd


"Can I Kick It?" Kung-Fu Classic Screening at Marvin
8:00pm - 12:00am
Free, RSVP Requested, 21+
For the 5th installment of CAN I KICK IT?, the crew will be screening the Kung-Fu classic "8 Diagram Pole Fighter" and the cult martial arts film "Ong Bak." DJ 2-Tone Jones will be on deck spinning classic hip-hop, funk, and soul.
Marvin
2007 14th St, NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus to 14th & U or any bus along 14th or U there



Friday, October 24th

Don't Block the Box Comedy Show 36: Danny Rouhier
7:30pm - 10:00pm
$3, 21+
Come on down to Wonderland for a special Don't Block the Box, one week before Halloween for cheap drinks and fantastic laughs! Headliner: Danny Rouhier (Host of Grant & Danny on 106.7 The Fan in DC, The A-List on Animal Planet, Tyra Banks Show opener) Featuring: Vijai Nathan (Montreal Just for Laughs, Kennedy Center SpeakeasyDC) Sean Gabbert (Sirius XM, DC Improv) Ashley Mayo (J-Spot, Constitution Hall) HOST Reggie Melbrough (Story League)
Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk over to 11th

Saturday, October 25th

AAFP 5K Family Fun Run/Walk 
6:30am - 8:00am
The AAFP Assembly in Washington, D.C. will include the Family Fun Run/Walk 5K! All are welcome to participate at no cost and support a great cause while promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Museum of the American Indian
4th St &  Independence Ave SW
Metro: L'Enfant Plaza, exit Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums, or take any of the 30's buses

Bamboo Brilliance: A Mujuan Shakuhachi Celebration at the Freer
7:30pm
Free
Japanese bamboo flute (shakuhachi) virtuoso Kurahashi Yodo II leads an ensemble celebrating the 40th anniversary of the school his father founded in Kyoto.
Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive at 12th St, SW
Metro: Smithsonian

UPCOMING: POETRY: The DC Poetry Project presents the first Annual Costume and Open Mic Poetry Reading and a Special presentation of Poe's "The Raven" performed by R. Michael Oliver at the Shaw Library on SAT, Oct 25th from 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Free, RSVP Requested, 18+

The DC Poetry Project Presents: Costumes and Open Mic Poetry
Saturday, October 25th
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Free, 18+
RSVP Requested by Thursday, October 23rd to letpoetryring@gmx.com

If possible, please bring bags of hard candy as a donation to Operation Shoebox’s “Trick or Treat for Troops” Program, which sends candy and other items to service members overseas. 

R. Michael Oliver
The DC Poetry Project Presents: Costumes and Poetry… Oh What a Treat! The DCPP's First Annual Costume and Open Mic Poetry Reading! Meeting Room/Lower Level Costume Optional (But Encouraged) Special Presentation of Edgar Allen Poe’s classic poem, "The Raven" performed by R. Michael Oliver! 

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library
1630 7th St NW
at the intersection of Rhode Island Ave & R St
Metro: Shaw-Howard, right above the metro exit

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! 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
Free
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

8:30pm
Free
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

Wednesday, October 22, 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. 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Friday Morning Music Club plays their next Free Chamber Music Recital on FRI, Oct 24th - 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
Free

The next concert - Friday, October 24th

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 & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: Meditation SUN, Oct 26th and most SUN mornings 10:00am - 12:00pm + Yoga in Spanish every SAT11:00am - 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 - October 12th, 19th and 26th 
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 - October 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
Spanish Language Yoga
11:00am - 12:00pm
Yoga Class limited to 8 students. Please Register beforehand: Arg.medit@gmail.com 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: MUSIC: Weekly: The Friday Noon Concert Series at the Arts Club of Washington continues on FRI, Oct 24th from 12:00pm - 12:30pm, Free

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

Series continues - Friday, October 24th

Note: If no details are noted, you may want to call to confirm there is a concert before heading over there (202) 331-7282.

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

UPCOMING: MUSIC: District5 Wind Quintet performs on FRI, Oct 24th at 8:00pm + More Free events at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland - Highlights from CultureCapital.com - SAT, Oct 25th - MON, Oct 27th

Free events at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center - from CultureCapital.com

Friday, October 24th 
District5 Wind Quintet
8:00pm
District5 is a wind quintet of dynamic personalities who embark on a mission of creative and virtuosic programming as the newly formed Graduate Fellowship Quintet at the University of Maryland. With several collaborative events already in the works, District5 strives to bring excitement and passion to every performance.

Saturday, October 25th
Cantare!
8:00pm
Cantare! expresses the natural synergy between music and visual art.This interdisciplinary program entitled All American pairs the artwork of contemporary visual artist Patrick Delaney with the music of American composers: Leslie Adams, Jake Heggie, Scott Joplin, Camille Nickerson, Frank Proto and Gene Scheer.
Sunday, October 26th 
UMD Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Preliminaries
1:00pm
Which School of Music student will be the next featured soloist with the UMD Symphony Orchestra?In the preliminary round of the annual UMSO Concerto Competition, students perform excerpts of a concerto or concert piece for an independent jury panel. A select number of competitors are advanced to the final round where a winner, runner-up and second runner-up are announced.

Monday, October 27th 
Big Band Halloween Scream
7:30pm
A spirited evening of spine-tingling performances by the UMD Jazz Ensemble, UMD Jazz Lab Band and University Jazz Band is the hallmark of this annual favorite. Things will go bump in the night!
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Stadium Drive, UMD - College Park, MD

Metro: College Park and take a bus or taxi

UPCOMING & ONGOING: ART: Weekly: Art Soiree's Friday Fine Art Series continues at the Ritz Carlton Georgetown! Artists Vary each Week, FRI, Oct 24th features Art by James Wang, from 8:00pm - 12:00am, Free, RSVP Required, 21+


Art Soiree's Fine Art SeriesThe Ritz Carlton, Georgetown!
 is back at
Series continues every Friday night, artists vary each week! 100% of art sales go to the artists
8:00pm - 12:00am
Free, RSVP Required, 21+

Next Fine Art Event  - Friday, October 24th
Exclusive One Night Solo Exhibit for James Wang
8:00pm - 12:00am
Free, RSVP Required, 21+

About James Wang: "A neo-contemporary mixed-media international artist: painter, drawer, and photographer. James creates artwork with scanned three-dimensional objects, digital photographs, and collected images. His pieces have a predominant Asian influence, as he was born in Taiwan, and a dash of “Americana” from growing up in the United States." Read more here
Every Friday night, the restored turn-of-the-century brick factory that is now The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, becomes a unique gallery and art hub! Each night presents works by talented local artists in a unique one night exhibition setting. Explore the original artwork by local multi-talented artists, meet them in person, and enjoy live musical performances, while sipping on one of the hotel’s signature cocktails or a luscious wine, or simply enjoying the comfort of hotel’s lounge, bar, lobby wood-fireplace, and garden areas in the company of art lovers. 100% of proceeds from the sale of the art benefit artists directly! Artists vary each week!
The Ritz Carlton, Georgetown
3100 South St, NW
Metro: Farragut North, Foggy Bottom or Rosslyn and take the Circulator or the 31, 32 or 36 metro bus.

UPCOMING: MUSIC: Local bands Furniteur and Laughing Man perform at "Luce Unplugged" at the Luce Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum this FRI, Oct 24th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Luce Center, Christylez performing
"Luce Unplugged" features local bands Furniteur and Laughing Man at the American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Friday, October 24th
6:00pm - 8:00pm|
Free
Atlas Brew Works will also be offering a free tasting for those 21+ and a cash bar will be available
Luce Unplugged is a monthly concert series that pairs live, acoustic music by DC-area musicians with works in the museum's collection. Explore the center’s thousands of artworks while listening to sets by local bands, Furniteur and Laughing Man, selected by Washington City Paper. Each concert features an "opening act"—a staff-led talk on an artwork selected by the featured group, after which the headliner performs an hour-long set.

Laughing Man 



Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
museum is between 7th & 9th, F & G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

UPCOMING: FILM: "Viewing China" Film Series continues on FRI, Oct 24th at 7:00pm at AU, series runs from FRI, Oct 17th - FRI, Oct 31st with Free Screenings on select dates at American University and at the National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art and American University School of Communication present a free film series "Viewing China" during October
Free
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 actualités 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 24th
7:00pm
American University, (see campus map) Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater
Metro: Tenleytown and take the free shuttle bus to AU campus

National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall

National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall

National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: BELLYDANCING: Monthly: DC's monthly fusion Bellydance Showcase, DCTribal Cafe, at Mad Momos SUN, Oct 26th - 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, October 26th
see the DCTribal afe facebook page for monthly details

Spice up Sunday dinner wCith 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

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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

Yoga
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
Other
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 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
Free
Metro: Friendship Heights or Van Ness and take a bus 


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
Free
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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: The next Free Four Week Intro to Meditation course at the Science of Spirituality DC Center begins MON, Nov 10th and continues Weekly on MON nights on Nov 17th, 24th & Dec 1st from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free, RSVP now to ensure your space!

Free Four-Week Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next four week session!
Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks
Next session begins on Monday, November 17th

Mondays - November 10th, 17th & 24th and December 1st
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP now to ensure your space!
RSVP required, email DCinfo@sos.org 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 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.

Saturday, October 4, 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
Free
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
Note: 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 Voteon 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

Thursday, October 2, 2014

UPCOMING: YOGA: Pop-Up Community Yoga Class at Yoga Heights continues WithLove DC on MON, Oct 27th from 7:30pm - 8:45pm, by donation, $8-$10 suggested

Pop-Up Community Yoga Class at Yoga Heights courtesy of WithLove DC
Mondays in October
7:30pm - 8:45pm
by donation, $8 - $10 suggested
Remaining dates listed below

Monday, October 27th
Flow with Julia Saraswati Colton

This month, enjoy four Monday night yoga classes at WITHLOVEDC's October pop up space Yoga Heights. Join the folks at WithLove DC as they flow together in a new space and spread love to new neighborhoods each month. "Bring your mat, water bottle, and a smile."

Yoga Heights
3506 Georgia Ave NW - at Newton
Metro: Georgia Ave - Petworth, south of the metro, between Columbia Heights & Petworth

ON VIEW: ART: "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"
Free
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