Thursday, July 2, 2015

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! Free events THURS, July 2 - SUN, July 5th + Exhibits On View - from CultureCapital.com, a fabulous resource for Free Arts & Culture events in the DC Metro Area!

Here are some great free arts and culture events sent to us by CultureCapital.com! 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 check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out feature, curated by the staff of CultureCapital.com.

TICKETPLACE.org is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at TICKETPLACE.org.

Thursday, July 2

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Judith HeartSong’s Salon: An Artful Conversation is a monthly meeting of artists, writers, and arts professionals who come together to bond, network, and get out of their heads for a little while. It is a conversation, a support group, sometimes a counseling session, always a networking extravaganza, an experimental lab for new ideas, and a place to learn and grow by leaps and bounds as an artist and professional. Speakers from the metro area and beyond come to share their wisdom and expertise. The Salon has been running successfully in Maryland for more than three years and is now a monthly First Thursday event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Bring a store-bought dish to pass or beverage to share, and come be a part of the conversation!
105 North Union Street - on the Waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, VA
Metro: King St and take the free trolley down to the Waterfront or any bus that runs down King St and gets you close to the Torpedo Factory. For those of you with smart phones, you can also download the uber or lyft app on your phone and see details below for a new user promos.

See the special "Free in DC" Inside Out feature on CultureCapital.com for more free events!

Friday,  July 3 
8:00pm
Can't make it to the event on the 4th or just don't want to deal with the crowds? Come on out to the free Concert Rehearsal for the Capitol Fourth Concert. "On July Fourth, America’s national Independence Day celebration honors our country’s birthday with an all-star salute led by two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron, along with a cast of legendary performers. Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, this top-rated extravaganza features 20 cameras positioned around the city, ensuring viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks in the nation."
West Lawn US Capital
Metro: Capitol South or Union Station, Federal Center SW

See the special "Free in DC" Inside Out feature on CultureCapital.com for more free events!

Saturday, July 4 

See the special Fourth of July post for a list of free events celebrating the holiday!

Sunday, July 5

Civil War Tours to Treasure
11:00am & 2:00pm
Please RSVP here
Families get a personal docent-led tour of the exhibition How the Civil War Changed Washington and participate in a self-guided treasure hunt activity. Kids receive a free museum token for finishing the hunt. Each Tours to Treasure program lasts approximately 90 minutes; recommended for families and children (6 years and up).
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE
Metro: Anacostia, see metro trip-planner for bus options from metro

See the special "Free in DC" Inside Out feature on CultureCapital.com for more free events!

Last Chance to see these free exhibitions, on view through:

On view through Thursday, July 2
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or short walk from Metro Center
On view through Friday, July 3
Future Perfect Project: Photography Documentation & Take It Right Back: Works by Paula Doepfner at the Goethe-Institut
812 7th St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or take the Circulator bus to the stop closest to 7th & Mass
On view through Friday, July 3
Lucent Moments: The Works of Emily Piccirillo at Zenith Gallery
1429 Iris Street, NW
Metro: Silver Spring or Columbia Heights and take a bus along 16th or 14th, see metro trip-planner
West Building, Ground Floor
6th & Constitutuon Ave NW
Metro: Archives, nearest museum entrance is on 7th St just past Constitution
On view through Sunday, July 5
Sharpened at VisArts at Rockville
155 Gibbs Street, Rockville Town Center, Rockville, MD
Metro: Rockville
On view through Monday, July 6
Flights of Fancy II - Art Inspired by the Bee & Butterfly Garden at Lee Arts Center
5722 Lee Highway
Metro: See metro trip-planner for bus options
On view through Monday, July 6
105 North Union Street - on the Waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, VA
Metro: King St and take the free trolley down to the Waterfront or any bus that runs down King St
On view through Tuesday, July 7
FuturePerfect - Telling Stories for a Better Future How Art and Narratives Can Change the World at the Goethe-Institut
812 7th St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or take the Circulator bus to 7th & Mass Ave

Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers: Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 - be sure to select uberx for best price!

UPCOMING: FESTIVAL: Today! The Smithsonian Folklife Festival focuses on Peru, with a smaller festival on the National Mall, continuing daily from THURS, July 2 - SUN, July 5, Free

Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Peru on the National Mall
Free
Wednesday, June 24 - Sunday, June 28 &
Wednesday, July 1 - Sunday, July 5

The Mall is under renovation and construction so this year it will be a smaller festival. 

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival focuses on Peru this year! "Peru boasts a stunning vertical landscape that integrates a diversity of cultures and ecosystems. Experience these unique connections through cooking and craft demonstrations, music and dance performances, ritual and celebratory processions, and more. 11am-5pm daily.ertical landscape that integrates a diversity of cultures and ecosystems. Experience these unique connections through cooking and craft demonstrations, music and dance performances, ritual and celebratory processions, and discussions." Read more here!

between Madison & Jefferson, 3rd & 4th St NW
See the map here
Metro: Federal Center SW and walk north on 3rd St 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: PILATES + YOGA: Today! The "Pilates in the Park" series is back with a Free Outdoor Pilates Class on THURS, July 2 in Farragut Square, Yogalates every TUES & Pilates every THURS from 5:30pm - 6:30pm, TUES, May 5 - TUES, Sept 29, 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.

Thursday, July 2 - Pilates Class

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.

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.

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 & ONGOING: Tonight! Weekly: The next DC Supersonic Chant Circle at Studio DC in Dupont Circle will be on THURS, July 2 - Chant Circles most THURS nights - from 6:30pm - 7:30pm, All welcome, by donation

DC Supersonic Weekly Chant Circle at Studio DC in Dupont Circle
most Thursday nights
6:30pm - 7:30pm
All welcome, by donation, $10 suggested, no one turned away

Thursday, July 2
DC Supersonic Weekly Chant Circle

The folks from DC Supersonic Kirtan are back at Studio DC and they invite you to come out to sing, dance, make music and connect with fellow Bhakti yogis. Learn mantras and 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.

See the DC Supersonic Kirtan facebook page for event info or call the Studio DC directly to confirm if there is a chant circle first

Studio DC - Dupont location
1710 Connecticut Ave NW, right by the Starbucks on R St
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north, walk less than two blocks from the metro, stay to the left side, which connects back to Connecticut Ave, when you exit the metro

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, July 2
Yoga Share presents: GREEN ENERGY yoga with Irina

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.

BloomBars
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: OUTDOOR OFFICE: Tomorrow ~ "Farragut Fridays" Outdoor Office in Farragut Square! 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: 

June 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

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 facebook.com/FreeinDC

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! 

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 Thursday night -  since Feb 26
for beginners and experienced folks, all welcome
drop-in class, RSVP requested here

Next Class and Jam - Thursday, July 2

Contact Improvisation Dance
7:00pm - 8:00pm
$10

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. The Thursday series at the Dance Loft will be led by Darrell Duane or Ilana Silverstein.


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 DanceLoft14.org 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 & 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.

Thursday, July 2

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
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

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

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

UPCOMING: CELEBRATE: Free events on the Fourth of July! SAT, July 4

Celebrate July 4th - Highlights from CultureCapital.com
Saturday, July 4th
Free events listed below, listed in order of start time

10:00am
Explore the National Archives Museum and view the original Declaration of Independence in the Rotunda, taste American Heritage Chocolate®, participate in hands-on activities for all ages, sign a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence and much more. There will also be a Declaration of Independence reading by historical reenactors and performance by the 3rd U.S. Infantry “The Old Guard” Fife and Drum Corps.
National Archives
Constitution Avenue, NW, between 7th and 9th Streets
Metro: Archives

National Independence Day Parade
11:45am
The Parade consists of invited bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams, VIP's, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants. The Parade is a major national event which seeks to draw the attention of Americans to the real meaning for the holiday. It is a patriotic, flag-waving, red white and blue celebration of America's birthday!
Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets
Metro: Archives 

A Capitol Fourth Concert followed by A Capitol Fourth Fireworks
8:00pm Concert begins, 9:30pm Fireworks
On July Fourth, America’s national Independence Day celebration honors our country’s birthday with an all-star salute led by two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron, along with a cast of legendary performers. Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, this top-rated extravaganza features 20 cameras positioned around the city, ensuring viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks in the nation. Of course, after the concert there will be fireworks to celebrate!
Metro: Capitol South or Union Station, Federal Center SW

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

UPCOMING: PICNIC: 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 at 18th & 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: FESTIVAL: The 2015 DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival is back this year! Lots of Free events at venues throughout DC from MON, July 6 - SUN, July 12


Diggin’ It, the 2015 DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival
at venues throughout DC
Monday, July 6 - Sunday, July 12
All events listed below are Free unless otherwise noted

The DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival showcases local, national and international artists leading Hip-Hop’s multi-medium expression with dance, workshop and classes. The Festival displays the genre’s multi-faceted forms: the 10-year anniversary of the one-woman show from Anu Yadav called “Capers,” a youth summit, Music on the Mall and more. In addition to performances, panel conversations and development series create discourse and dialogue to foster a growing and innovative Hip-Hop ecology in Washington, DC. The “New Works in Development Series” display local playwrights, performers and dancers who have new works in various phases of development. The series includes readings, staged readings, choreographers showcase and productions. In addition, to support the future of Hip-Hop theater, a “Youth Hip-Hop Theatre Showcase” will be presented at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.

Monday, July 6
Balloon the Oomph, DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Balloon the Oomph that keeps you there uses theatre, spoken word, music and movement to journey through Washington, D.C’s changing neighborhoods, historic communities ventures to discover the effects of gentrification and what it’s going to take to survive it.
The Kennedy Center
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the Kennedy Center shuttle, which is free and picks up right by the metro exit

DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Opening Night Kick Off Party
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Please RSVP
Lil SoSo productions presents Opening Night Kick Off Party. Celebrate the kick-off the festival at the Opening Party hosted by Lil SoSo Productions. This party will take you back to the landmarks, icons, and tastemakers of DC in the height of poetry, hip-hop, and go-go culture.
Old Engine 12 Restaurant 
1626 North Capitol St NW
Metro: Noma/Gallaudet

Tuesday, July 7
Music On The Mall: DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival Take Over
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Music On The Mall: HHTF Take Over presented by: The DC Commission of Arts and Humanities. “Music on the Mall” is a series of performances on the National Mall that only happens during the summer. We have curated a series displaying DC’s Best. We will feature local artists, such as Head Rok, Princess Best, and Poemcees to name a few. The artists encompass a broad range of musical styles and backgrounds, offering something for everyone to enjoy.
Music on the Mall
Smithsonian Metro Station entrance, Jefferson Ave & 12th St NW
Metro: Smithsonian 

CAPERS…10 Years Revisited: DC DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival
7:00pm - 9:00pm
CAPERS…10 YEARS REVISTED Written and Performed by Anu Yadav. Directed and Developed by Patrick Crowley. This festival marks the 10 year anniversary of the one-woman show based on the stories of families at DC’s Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg public housing projects – nicknamed ‘Capers – who protested the government-funded relocation and demolition of their neighborhood. In this critically acclaimed production, Anu Yadav shifts between a dozen characters in this moving portrait of families struggling to fight for their community and their human right to a place to live.
Anacostia Playhouse 
2020 Shannon Pl SE
Metro: Anacostia

Wednesday, July 8
Please RSVP to RSVP@hi-artsnyc.org
Breaking New Ground Future Building Youth Summit. We are looking into the future of Washington DC with a youth centered and led day at the Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Wednesday begins with a Youth Summit, at THEARC in Southeast Washington DC. This summit includes youth led master classes, panel conversations on hip-hop in college and beyond, and a think tank on the future of hip-hop arts and culture in Washington DC.
THEARC
1901 Mississippi Ave SE
Metro: Southern Avenue Station

Spiritrails, DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival
6:00pm
Written and Performed by Dahlak Brathwaite. Musical Accompaniment by Dion Decibels. Directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Sean San Jose. In Spiritrials, addiction, religion, and the law intersect in a government sponsored drug rehabilitation program. In this timely and personal exploration of the criminal justice system, an “anonymous” narrator shifts in and out of four characters as he examines his place in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage.
The Kennedy Center 
Terrace Theater, Rooftop level
2700 F St NW 
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free shuttle bus to the Kennedy Center

Thursday, July 9
7:00pm
Sound of the Underground is a showcase of new works that will feature emerging theater artists and art. Through the song-to-script portion, three DC-based playwrights have added three DC songs to their playlists. The product will be staged reading of 3 new plays inspired by the unique voices and experiences of DC go-go and Hip-hop artists. This showcase pairs playwright Caleen Jennings with “Miss Washington by the Crossrhodes (Raheem Devaughn and W. Ellington Felton), playwright John Johnson with “Welcome to DC” by Mambo Sauce, and playwright Tearrance Chisholm with Junkyard Band’s hit “The Word.” The Emerging Dancemaker aspect of the evening will showcase use of verbal narrative in two original solo performances of choreographers/dancers. The evening is an exploration in theatrical storytelling that highlights DC.
2020 Shannon Pl SE
Metro: Anacostia 

Friday, July 10
5:30pm
An interactive tour of a new mural dedicated to Paul Robeson. Cory L. Stowers has received a Public Arts Building Communities Grant from the DC Commission on the Art and Humanities grant to create Living Time Line: Paul Robeson, a mural depicting the life of the great athlete, performer, and Civil Rights activist. The interactive mural will display Robeson in various activities and garb over the decades of his life, beginning with his a photo of him as an All-American football star in1 929 at Rutgers University and continuing on through his assent to worldwide celebrity, activist and voice for social justice. The narrative is anchored at each end with two-story portraits of Robeson first as a young man, and a later depiction of Robeson in his seminal Broadway role of Othello.
Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute
1351 U St NW 
Metro: U Street

Saturday, July 11
2:30pm
From dancing at a Go-Go to beating your feet, come learn how dance in Washington DC Hip Hop Culture has evolved over the years. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned dancer, this is a class for all ages and skills.
Joy of Motion at Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown and catch the X2, X8 or X9 bus that runs along H St

6:00pm- 12:00am
Note: This one has a $10 cover
Words Beats & Life presents THE FRESHEST OF ALL TIME. B-boys and B-girls demonstrate their skills in circles and give lessons. Competing for cash prizes.
St. Stephens Church
1525 Newton St NW
use side entrance on 16th St
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk or take the S2 or S4 bus right to 16th & Newton

Sunday, July 12
Shake the Dust, DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival
6:00pm - 8:00pm
From the executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjoberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute the uplifting power of music and movement.
Gateway Arts Pavilion
2700 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Metro: Congress Heights


Monday, June 29, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Monthly: "Community Day" at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Free admission on SUN, July 5 - and every first SUN of the month - from 12:00pm - 5:00pm

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

Next Community Day - Sunday, July 5
Free Community Day

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

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

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: ART: Monthly: "First Friday in Dupont" Galleries in Dupont Circle Open Late on FRI, July 3 - and every first FRI of the month - from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free, Hillyer stays open til 9:00pm, $5 donation requested

"First Fridays in Dupont" - Galleries Open Late
every first Friday of the month
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free
Click here for the First Friday website with participating galleries!
Note: Hillyer stays open til 9:00pm and usually requests a $5 donation

Next First Friday in Dupont - Friday, July 3

From Hillyer email "On the First Friday of every month galleries in our community open their doors to multitudes of art enthusiasts from all walks of life for simultaneous openings. We encourage all to join us for our openings and to circulate between our neighboring galleries, which host an ever-changing array of styles and media." Most other galleries are only open from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Hillyer stays open the latest, til 9:00pm (except in August). Click here for the First Friday website with participating galleries! The Dupont Circle Arts blog also seems to be a pretty good resource.

Hillyer
9 Hillyer Ct, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Hillyer is in the alley between the two Phillips Collection buildings, turn right

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Weekly: The "Jazz in the Garden" Outdoor Concert Series continues with Speakers of the House on FRI, July 3 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

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.

Next Jazz in the Garden - Friday, July 3 Speakers of the House play old-school funk, boogaloo, and rock

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.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OUTDOOR MOVIES: "Golden Cinema" Free Outdoor Movie Screening Series in Farragut Square continues on FRI, July 10 with "Nine to Five", Films every Friday night - except on FRI, July 3 - 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
Free
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!


Note: No Screening on Friday, July 3 due to the holiday weekend

Upcoming Friday Night Movies
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: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every FRI night

Weekly Friday night events organized by start time

Friday Night Jazz Night at Westminster Church
6:00pm - 9:00pm
$5, free for those under 16
often followed by Jazz Night at the Movies
9:15pm
Metro: Waterfront

Friday Night Unplugged Open Mic at Politics & Prose Coffeehouse
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Free
Note: On Feb 28, 2015 the cafe changed ownership and is now being run by Politics and Prose directly as P&P Coffeehouse instead of Modern Times. You might want to call to confirm that they are still doing the open mic nights. The website said that services will continue uninterrupted but that was it. Their number is (202) 362-2408. You can also email cafe@politics-prose.com
Metro: Friendship Heights or Van Ness and take a bus 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free andlow-cost events every SAT

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
Note: except for the Drunk Show $10 every third Sunday
2:00pm - 3:00pm brunch service available
Comedians vary each week, RSVP Requested.
New Venue - Old Engine 12 Restaurant - The Firehouse
1626 North Capitol Ave. NW - between Q & R St NW
Metro; NoMa, walk about .5 miles, left on Florida, right on N Capitol

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 free and low-cost events every SUN

Weekly events every Sunday, organized by start time

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

When it's Nice Out... 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: Dupont Circle, best reached by the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: Free Bilingual Yoga Class for English & Spanish speakers every SAT from 11:00am - 12:00pm + Free Meditation on SUN, July 12 from 9:00am - 12:00pm at theScience of Spirituality DC Center at Arizona & Cathedral Ave NW

Science of Spirituality  now has a 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.

Update: No meditation on Sunday, June 28 due to pipe repairs needed and renovation going on in the building. The following week they are off as usual. Next meditation will be on July 12

Weekly on Saturdays 
Bilingual Yoga class en Espanol/English -Argeny Rodriguez
Saturdays - June 6, 13, 20 & 27
Yoga class for English & Spanish speakers, open to all 

Weekly on Sundays - except the first Sunday of the month
English and Spanish Language Meditation & Satsang
Sundays - June 14, 21 & 28
Group Meditation - 9:00am - 11:00am
English & Spanish Satsangs - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Vegetarian Langar 12:00pm - 2:00pm
All are Welcome

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 but they don't run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. For those of you with smart phones who don't own cars you may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are or from the Tenleytown Metro, which is closest. See promo below.

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Saturday, June 13, 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
$5

Meditation Mondays with Richael Faithful at Freed Bodyworks
every Monday night
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Free
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 - marta@martadances.com
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
$10

"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
Pay-What-You-Choose
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 and 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
Free
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 

Friday, June 12, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: Three Exhibits on view at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD - including the 34th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition - Opened on FRI, June 12, On view from 10:00am - 5:00pm every day, Free

Three Exhibits on view at the Montpelier Arts Center
opening on Friday, June 12
Free
Gallery hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm, seven days a week

34th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition: Reception
The 34th Annual Montpelier Invitational Sculpture Exhibition will take place in the Main Gallery at Montpelier Arts Center. Read more here.

David Brosch: Reception
David Brosch received his BA in fine arts and BS in architecture from the University of Maryland. While his concentration was in printmaking at school, he paints as well today. Regardless of the media, his artwork usually contains representational imagery and strong colors. Read more here.

Through the tactile nature of thick, action-filled paint strokes, Andrei Trach expresses moods and ideas through color, texture, and movement. Each work is a distinct orientation, enabling the viewer to see an optical mix of colors and textures. Three-dimensional aspects accent the dramatic and the bold in his paintings, which are a visceral response to and expression of his world. Read more here.

Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Road
Laurel, MD 20708
Metro: Greenbelt and catch the 87 bus from Bus Bay C toward Laurel to RT 197 Laurel-Bowie Rd & Murkik Rd and walk a shot distance. You can catch the bus from Greenbelt at 6:35pm arriving 6:52 or the next one, at 7:05pm arriving at 7:20pm. Walk a short distance north on Laurel Bowie Rd, turn left on Muirkirk Rd and walk about two blocks.

Friday, June 5, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: June Gallery Show at ReCreative Spaces, Solo Exhibit by James Bennett "Rods, Cones and the Occipital Lobe" FRI, June 5 - SUN, June 28, Free

June Gallery Show Rods, Cones and the Occipital Lobe by James Bennett
Free
On view Friday, June 5 - Sunday, June 28

Native Washingtonian and former teacher at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, James D. Bennett explores the Washington landscape. From the serenity of early morning on the National Mall, Washington Harbor at night, a view from the Monument at night to the rustic beauty of Mount Vernon, Virginia, this exhibition frames the elegance of our region in black and white and color digital photography. Although he grew up just steps away from ReCreative Spaces Gallery on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast, James Bennett has traveled capturing imagery of Central America, Europe, North Africa and West Africa.

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.

Regular 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. You may also want to consider taking uber or lyft there. New user promotions below.

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