Sunday, April 26, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Tonight! The Sunday Concert Series at the National Gallery of Art returns on SUN, April 26, Concerts usually every second and fourth SUN of the month from 6:30pm - 8:15pm, Oct - May, Free

The Sunday Night Concert Series at the National Gallery of Art
now every second  & fourth Sunday of the month
6:30pm - 8:15pm, no late entry so arrive earlier
Free

Note: Used to be every Sunday night but starting with The Seventy-Third Season of Concerts 2014–2015 Sunday Evening concerts will take place on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from October through May in the West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court unless otherwise noted. Late entry or reentry of the West Building after 6:30pm is not allowed.

Next evening concert - Sunday, April 26
David Kaplan and Timo Andres, pianists, with National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble
Music by Andres, Brahms, and Schumann

New this Season! Afternoon Encounters take place at 3:30 pm in the West Building, West Garden Court, unless otherwise indicated. Admittance is on a first-come, first admitted basis ten minutes before the concert begins. Limited seating is provided for those who cannot stand. Encounters are planned to last no more than sixty minutes, and late entry is permitted.

Note: The West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court, where the concerts are usually held, is a beautiful space, however almost all of the seats have an obstructed, or minimal view. If you want a seat with a view, best to arrive early to get in line.
National Gallery of Art 
West Building, Main Floor, West Garden Court
6th & Constitution Ave, NW entrance
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial or Judiciary Sq

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



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

Video courtesy of  Eddie Becker, a local videographer 

Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park
Between 16th St & 15th St, NW
Top of the park is at Euclid St, bottom is at W St
Metro: Columbia Heights or U St and walk or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Starts Tomorrow! The next Free Four-Week Intro to Meditation series begins on MON, April 27 and continues on Monday, May 4, 11 & 18 at the Science of Spirituality DC Center 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

Next 4-Week Into begins on Monday, April 27
Mondays - May 4, May 11 & May 18
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP required, email DCinfo@sos.org or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582

"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.

Note: If you can't make it to the first session you can join in the second session but if you miss the first two you'll need to wait til the next series begins on Monday, May 25.

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: DANCE + MORE: Tonight! DMV Diggs Deeper IV at ReCreative Spaces this SUN, April 26 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm, $7


DMV Diggs Deeper IV at ReCreative Spaces
Sunday, April 26
6:00pm - 10:00pm
All ages, $7
Doors & Open Cyphers 6:00pm
Performances 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Diggs Deeper strives to create a platform for all dancers to express themselves freely and to provide the community access to pioneers. Previous events have been held in LA, Phoenix, Chicago, Detroit, Denver and NC.

What to expect? Q&A Panel with: Sonny C. Tran & Jamile McGee. Music from DJ Captain Puerto Rico. Photography from Miranda Millora-Sanders and videography by Kyle Park.

Dance Performances from: Zenas Tobi Okanlawon, Ryan J. Solivio, Manny Freeman, Esercainas Valencia, Kelsey Cramer, Kelly Ruiz, Ivan M. Honrado, Heungkook Stephens, Brandee Stuart, Toya McKay, LaShonda Wilson, Kevyn Jones, Jason Evan Barrett, Eric Liranzo, Margaret Allen, DaQuan Williams and Alusine Berserker Kargbo.

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 also an Art Gallery and space for dance classes, poetry events and more!

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.

Special Promo: Depending on where you are coming from it might also be worthwhile to consider taking a car service over there, especially if you are going in a group as there is no extra charge per person. 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!

OF NOTE: Launches Tomorrow! Bridj, A New Way to Commute, Connecting Capitol Hill to Dupont Circle, Launches in DC on MON, April 27! Service hours MON - FRI 7:00am - 9:30am, Download the App to your smartphone + Sign up with freeindc promo code for 10 free rides, a $50 value!

Boston-based smart mass transit system Bridj launches in DC this Monday, April 27 with morning rush hour service connecting Dupont Circle and Capitol Hill, running on weekdays only for now from 7:00am - 9:30am, Check out this short video to learn more about how Bridj works!

See a map of the general DC coverage area and click image below for map with street details.

Be sure to use the promo code freeindc to get 10 free rides, a $50 value! Rides are regularly $5 each. The buses even have WiFi service on them!

Service will be between Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle only for now. Pickup spots vary, but if you're anywhere within that service area you can get picked up/dropped off within a 5 minute walk of your destination. They'll likely be expanding pretty rapidly into surrounding areas.

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!  

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free Arts and Culture events MON, April 27 & TUES, April 28 from CultureCapital.com

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!

Find more free events and exhibits on view inside of the beltway on the custom designed "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com and you can connect with CultureCapital.com on facebook now too! TICKETPLACE is another great program of CultureCapital where you can find half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at TICKETPLACE.org.

Monday, April 27

Evening - Conversation on Arts and the Environment at UMD - College Park, MD
Nile Project photo by Matjaz Kacicnik
Sustainability in the Nile Basin: Artists Making Change
6:45pm
The Nile Project was founded in 2011 by Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero to address the Nile River Basins cultural and environmental challenges. This conversation, moderated by Kojo Nnamdi, will illuminate pressing issues about water conservation and security on the planet, and describe how artists are responding to environmental challenges through community-based work, their own artistry and development of creative methods to spread important messages about sustainability and climate change. Using music, education and innovative programs, The Nile Project inspires, informs and empowers university students to work together to foster the sustainability of their ecosystem. 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Stadium Drive, UMD - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a bus or taxi

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

Tuesday, April 28

Lunchtime - Author Talk and Book Signing at The Archives - Archives A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America's First Female Four-Star General
12:00pm - 1:00pm
General Ann Dunwoody, the first female four-star general in military history, shares leadership lessons from her 38 years of service in the Army. A book signing will follow the program.National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Evening - Opening Reception at District Architecture Center on 7th St - Gallery Pl - Chinatown
Above Left: The Yards, Photo by David Galen
 Right: The Wharf, Courtesy of Perkins Eastman DC
Architecture Week: Exhibition Opening - reVISION :: Thinking Big
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Join us at DAC's SIGAL & Sorg Galleries for the opening reception of reVISION::Thinking Big. This exhibition focuses on five of the city's largest contemporary developments. Each is currently in design, in the final stages of development review, or under construction, and changing the face of Washington, DC: The Yards, The Wharf, Burnham Place at Union Station, Capitol Crossing, and McMillan. Organized around three themes—reconnecting to the water, building above barriers, and repurposing public works—the exhibition examines the theories and context behind each project’s design as well as the complexity inherent in projects of such vision and scope.
District Architecture Center
421 7th Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or Archives

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

UPCOMING: EDUCATION: Thinking about getting your MBA? Come out to the QS World MBA Tour on THURS, April 30 from 4:50pm - 9:15pm, Fair from 6:30pm - 9:00pm, Registration opens at 3:30pm, Free with advance RSVP, just mention Free in DC when you get there, $15 without RSVP

QS World MBA Tour! Speak to admissions directors from the world's top MBA programs at the Renaissance Hotel near Foggy Bottom and Dupont
Thinking about getting your MBA? Come out to the
Thursday, April 30
4:50pm - 9:15pm
Registration Opens at 3:30pm
Free, RSVP required, just be sure to mention Free in DC at the door!
$15 if you just show up day of, RSVP online but forget to mention Free in DC and they'll ask for $5
Plus Panels and info sessions throughout the event!

Thinking about getting your MBA and want to know more? Come to the QS MBA Tour on April 3th and gain valuable MBA knowledge. Speak to admissions directors from top local and international business schools, network with top tier MBA alumni from Wharton, Columbia and Dartmouth and others and find the right program for you. Gain valuable MBA experience by attending informative presentations and seminars and network with top tier alumni.

MBA Fair - Learn more about Specific Programs
6:30pm - 9:00pm

Participating Business Schools with Alumni representing them at the Fair include:
• Wharton
• Columbia
• Dartmouth

Additional Schools Participating in the Fair include:
• University School of George Mason
• European School of ESMT
• George Washington University
• Hult International Business School
• IMD Full Time
• IE Business School
• Loyola University Maryland
• Tias Business School
• University of Cape Town
• University of Maryland
• University of Miami
• School of Rotterdam

With an increasing demand in DC for greater qualifications from employees in various sectors, such as education, finance and public policy, now is the time to begin your MBA research. Come out to this event to meet with top local and international business schools and get ahead of the competition. As an attendee you will also be eligible to apply for $1.7M of exclusive MBA scholarships. 

If you are interested in learning more about MBA programs, you definitely want to sign up to attend this one, conveniently located at the Renaissance hotel on New Hampshire Ave, near Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle.

Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW
near the intersection of  22nd & M St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom or Dupont Circle, south exit, about a 7 minute walk from either station,

Saturday, April 25, 2015

UPCOMING: ART: Closing Party for "Black Lives/ White Light" April Gallery Show at ReCreative Spaces on TUES, April 28 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Black Lives/ White Light April Gallery Show at ReCreative Spaces in NE, near Brookland
Black Artist Response + Closing Reception
Tuesday, April 28
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Free

"Please join us for the final panel discussion and closing reception in conjunction with the “Black Lives/White Light” exhibition. Panelists - Billy Colbert, Zoe Charlton, Jamea Edwards, Wayson Jones, Amber Robles-Gordon, Aliana Grace Bailey. Black artist will discuss their reactions to the exhibition and artist responsibilities during the BlackLivesMatter movement." 

On view Friday, April 3 - Tuesday, April 28. Gallery Hours: Thursday & Friday 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm and by appointment

“Black Lives/White Light” is an exhibition featuring 8 White artists responding to the Black Lives Matter Movement. This all-media show surveys how White artists have reacted to the fight to preserve and protect Black Lives.

Exhibited Artists include: Robin Bell, Patrick Burns, Bill Crandall, Kate Deciccio, Michael Fischerkeller, Kathryn Jones, Joe Ovelman, and Lisa Marie Thalhammer

This exhibition, curated by Sheldon Scott and Deirdre Darden, will also include artist talks and panel discussions to further the conversation around Black Lives Matter. 

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 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

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.

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: The Youth Symphonic Orchestra and Choir “Polígono Don Bosco” performs on MON, April 27 Millennium Stage, Daily Performances from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Free performances at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 
Performances every night, 365 days a year
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Free
Click here for a complete schedule of performances

Monday, April 27
The Youth Symphonic Orchestra and Choir “Polígono Don Bosco”

Saturday, April 4, 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 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! 

Friday, April 3, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Free Bilingual Yoga Class for English & Spanish speakers every SAT from 11:00am - 12:00pm + Free Meditation continues on SUN, May 10 from 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Science 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.

Weekly on Saturdays 
Bilingual Yoga class en Espanol/English -Argeny Rodriguez
Saturdays - May 2, 9. 16. 23 & 30
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 - May 10, 17, 24 & 31
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.

Special Promo: New Lyft users get $10 off your first ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at lyft.com. New Uber users get $20 off your first ride, sign up:uber.com/go/freeindc14 and use the promo code FREEINDC14 - be sure to select uberx for best price when you request a ride!

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: The U.S. Army Band performs a special Outdoor Concert on The Mall as part of the "Afternoon Encounters with Music" series at the National Gallery of Art, West Building on SUN, May 3 from 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Free

The Seventy-Third Season of Concerts 2014–2015
"Afternoon Encounters with Music" at the National Gallery of Art, new series!
3:30pm - 4:30pm, or earlier
Free

Encounters are shorter, under one hour, and late entry is permitted, unlike the Sunday evening concerts.

Next Concert - Wednesday, May 3
United States Army Band - Special Outdoor Concert on the West Building, Mall Steps!
3:30pm
Music by Sousa and other composers
Note: Regular admittance is on a first-come, first admitted basis ten minutes before the concert begins. Limited seating is provided for those who cannot stand.

West Building, West Garden Court
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Thursday, April 2, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: The Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany, near Metro Center, continues on TUES, April 28, Concerts every TUES from 12:10pm - 1:00pm, 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

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

Next Concert - Tuesday, April 28
Soyoon Yim, piano Albert Hunt, clarinet Rachelle Betancourt, violin: ‘Defining New Boundaries’: music by Schumann & Stravinsky
Save the date for the next Washington Bach Consort monthly Noontime Cantata on May 5

1317 G St, NW
Metro: Metro Center

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: Yoga Co-op DC's Weekly Intermediate-Advanced Community Yoga Class at Stroga in Adams Morgan, teachers vary, every SUN from 3:00pm - 4:30pm, by donation, $9 or more suggested

Yoga Co-op DC Community Class - for intermediate and advanced yogis at Stroga
every Sunday afternoon
3:00pm - 4:30pm
donation based, minimum $9 suggested, please give as you can,  cash donations can be made after class or online here.

Teachers vary each week, join the Yoga Co-op DC (YCDC) group on facebook to see who is teaching. See the facebook page to learn more about the special guest teacher and style of yoga they will be offering each week. All classes are 90 minutes long. Connect with Yoga Co-op DC on facebook for details each week.

Next YCDC - Sunday, May 3

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Live Music Jam Series at the O St Mansion in Dupont Circle! Bluegrass Jam on SUN, May 3, Jams every SUN - Bluegrass, Classical, Americana and Blues! Themes vary each week, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

O St Mansion hosts different Jams most Sundays on the month! 
every Sunday - themes vary each week!
upstairs, in one of the more plush living rooms
11:00am - 2:00pm
Free, RSVP Required, Note: Select "stuff" when you go to check out otherwise they'll ask you for a donation amount. You can donate stuff to the mansion if you like. They accept all kinds of quirky things which they sell to visitors on site. I have some great espresso cups with saucers I picked up there.

Sunday, May 3


first Sunday - Bluegrass Jam

The first Sunday of every month - Bluegrass Jam
The second Sunday of every month - Classical Revolution DC
The third Sunday of every month - Americana Jam 
The fourth Sunday of every month - Blues Acoustic Jam
If there is fifth Sunday, contact the O St Mansion directly to ask

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: DANCE: Weekly: The April Beginner Blues Dance Series continues at the ECAC on WED, April 29 and continues every Wednesday night in April from 8:00pm - 9:00pm, $5

Beginner Blues Dance Classes at ECAC April series continues on Wednesday, April 29
(though you may want to wait for the next class on May 6 when the next session begins)
8:00pm - 9:00pm
$5 per class, cash at the door
Come on out to learn more about blues dancing at this beginner dance series! This recurring month-long series starts on the first Wednesday of every month, but no worries if you missed the first one, there's a bit of review at the beginning to catch you up. Although it's recommended to attend the whole month, people are welcome to begin at any point in the series.

Classes are completely drop-in and you don't need to come with a partner, in fact, come out on your own and make new friends. After the class folks usually head over to Angles Bar in Adams Morgan. 

733 Euclid Street NW  
right off Georgia Ave, next to Howard University
Metro: Shaw - Howard University or Georgia Ave - Petworth and take any of the 70 line buses that run 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: YOGA: Weekly: Community Yoga Class at Kali Yoga in Columbia Heights every FRI with Sachin from 6:30pm - 7:45pm + every SUN from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, teachers vary, by donation, RSVP online recommended

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


Next Class - Friday,  May 1
Yoga, Asanas and Meditation led by my friend Sachin
every Friday night
Sachin Kandhari
6:45pm - 7:45pm class, 6:30pm doors open for arrival
Note: They recommend that you sign up online
Class begins and doors lock promptly at 6:45pm
All welcome, by donation, please give as you can

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

Next Class - Sunday, May 3

Community Yoga Classes with various teachers most Sundays*
4:00pm - 5:00pm
by donation, please give as you can
suggest you arrive a little early for this one too
Note: They recommend that you sign up online

*You may want to also confirm online to make sure the classes are happening that week - sometimes there may be teacher training sessions.

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

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

Insight Meditation Community of Washington hosts a Meditation & Talk 
every Sunday night
6:00pm - 7:30pm
dhana, donation, based, $10 suggested, no one turned away
Hosted by IMCW
Note: While All Souls is undergoing renovations the sangha will be at the Church of the Holy City

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

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

New location as of March 2nd, 2014

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

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

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 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
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 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: 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

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: Highlights post for free and low-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
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 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, March 31, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA & MEDITATION: More Free & Low-Cost Yoga & Meditation Classes at Yoga Studios in DC and Metro VA & MD!

Free & Low Cost Community Yoga Classes in DC!
Below is a list of some of the more popular studios that offer free, donation-based, and reduced price yoga classes as part of their weekly schedules.

If you know of any other studios or places where you can find yoga classes that are free, by donation or $10 or less, feel free to post a comment on Free in DC's facebook page or send me a tweet @FreeinDCBlog on email me to let me know. 

Yoga Classes - Organized alphabetically by Studio/ Venue Name:
Please message me to let me know if there are any changes to note in this list.

Saturday lunchtime
Circle Yoga - Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase
Free Community Class on Saturdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm (except during session breaks). More here. All donations benefit the teacher’s charity of choice. No advance registration. View the full schedule of free community classes. Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Friday late afternoon
Down Dog Yoga - Georgetown
One hour Community Class on Fridays at 4:30pm I believe they ask fro $10 for drop in folks and $6 for students and I am pretty sure this is a heated yoga studio so you may want to call them to check. Description online simply says:  "These fun classes are taught by our teachers-in-training. Following our all-levels format, these classes offer an opportunity for you to support the development of our teachers in training, and at the same time offer a reduced rate as an opportunity to give back to the broader yoga community." View schedule here.

Every day - select classes $10
Studio Serenity / Studio DC Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle
$10 community classes at both locations every day of the week These two yoga studios are run by the same people and have a strong commitment to making yoga accessible to everyone in the community, regardless of income, with $10 community yoga classes, usually offered between 12:00pm and 1:30pm Monday - Friday and Saturdays & Sundays between 4:00pm and 6:45pm. See the complete schedule of low-cost classes here. 

Thursday late night in Arlington + 
Wednesday late afternoon and the Second Sunday afternoon in Dupont 
Tranquil Space - Arlington, VA near Virginia Sq Metro and Dupont Circle 17th St locations
In Arlington, VA only, $10 Yoga On the Go every Thursday from 8:30pm - 9:30pm. In Dupont Circle $5 Class every Wednesday at 4:30pm and on the Second Sunday on the month 3:30pm - 4:30pm, all-levels class, donations benefit different charities each month and feature different teachers each month as well. $5 suggested.

Friday night in Bethesda
Unity Woods - Bethesda, MD - additional locations in Woodley Park, and Arlington, VA in Ballston
$5 Community class on Fridays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm at the Bethesda, MD location only. Details here.

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC

Yoga District offers lots of donation based Meditation & Yoga Classes (most on Sundays) 

Meditation Classes 


Monday night 
Circle Yoga - Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase
Monday Night Mindfulness every Monday from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, and an early Intro for newcomers on the first Monday of the month at 6:15pm. The eve includes a sitting and walking meditation and a facilitated discussion. Learn more. Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Saturday afternoon
Stroga - Adams Morgan
Donation based Loving Kindness Meditation class on Saturdays from 1:15pm - 1:45pm taught by Andres Meneses.

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC
Yoga District offers lots of donation based Meditation & Yoga Classes (most on Sundays) 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY WORKSHOP: Twice-Monthly: Split This Rock & Beltway Poetry Slam's Poetry Writing Workshop series continues on WED, May 6 - and every first and third WED of the month - from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, used to be $5, now Free!

Split This Rock & Beltway Poetry Slam Writing Workshops
every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
6:30pm - 8:30pm
two-hour workshop, used to be $5, now Free!
All ages, no need to RSVP, just come ready to write

Next Workshop - Wednesday, May 6

Starting in September 2014, Split This Rock and The Beltway Poetry Slam (the new reigning champions of the National Poetry Slam!) began hosting bi-monthly writing workshops, continuing on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month, downtown at the Split this Rock main headquarters on 16th St between L & M St NW.

1112 16th St NW, Suite 600 - between M and L St 
Metro: McPherson Sq, Farragut North or S2 or S4 bus along 16th to M St

UPCOMING: KIDS MUSICAL THEATER: Kids in Rising Grades 6-12 can Audition for Scholarships to Attend the Summer Musical Theater Training Program at Adventure Theatre MTC in Rockville, MD on SUN, May 17 from 45:00pm - 7:00pm, Free, Please RSVP


Student Auditions for the Summer Musical Theater Training Program at Adventure Theatre MTC  in Rockville, MD - Wintergreen Plaza

ATMTC Academy is proud to offer competitive scholarships for performing arts students interested in the Summer Musical Theater Training Program. Application, audition requirements, and appointment scheduling can be found online. You must apply and schedule an audition appointment online to be considered. Full and partial awards available for all three sessions.

Scholarship Auditions for the Summer Musical Theater Training Program
for Rising Grades 6-12
Sunday, May 17
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Free, Click here to register.

Students auditioning should prepare two contrasting songs; a ballad and an up-tempo. Select 16-32 bars that best support your vocals. It is acceptable to start in the middle of a song if you so choose. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided on the day of auditions. Be sure to bring: A completed Scholarship Application, A headshot or a recent 8x10 photo. and wear appropriate dance attire to allow freedom of movement, along with ballet or jazz shoes. (Jeans and hard-sole shoes are not permitted.) No bare midriff's please. Hair longer than chin length must be pulled back from the face. Questions? Contact Jared Shortmeier at 301.251.5766 x24 or e-mail jshortmeier@adventuretheatre-mtc.org

837 D Rockville Pike - Rockville, MD 20852
Metro: Rockville, walk south (to the left) on Rockville Pike about a mile or take a bus, taxi or uber if you aren't planning to drive - I imagine in this area most people who have kids also have cars. Smart phones users can download the uber and get $20 off their first ride with promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 - be sure to select uberx for best price!

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Monthly: "The Wonderland Circus" Variety Show at the Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights is back on WED, May 27 - and every fourth WED of the month - from 8:30pm - 10:00pm, doors 8:00pm, Free, 21+

Monthly Variety Show "The Wonderland Circus" brought to you by Christian Hunt and the producers of The Capital City Showcase
every fourth Wednesday of the month
8:30pm - 10:00pm
Free! 21+
Seating is first come, doors at 8:00pm

Next event - Wednesday, May 27
search facebook for the invite with more details

Monthly variety show in Columbia Heights! The producers of The Capital City Showcase bring you an evening of DC’s finest performing artists at their new event "The Wonderland Circus" at Wonderland Ballroom on 11th St. This variety show is open to a wide variety of performers, and anything goes! "Expect thrills, chills, and amazement" at this free show.

The Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk one block north on 14th St to Kenyon and turn right and walk a few blocks, Wonderland is at the corner of 11th and Kenyon

UPCOMING & ONGOING: KARAOKE: Twice-Monthly: Kostume Karaoke - every first and third WED of the month - at Little Miss Whiskey's on H St NE from 9:00pm - 1:30am, Free, 21+

every first and third Wednesday of the month
9:00pm - 1:30am, or so
Free, 21+
plus, weekly event every Thursday at Solly's!

Next Kostume Karaoke - Wednesday, May 6


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

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