Wednesday, January 28, 2015

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! Free events this WED, Jan 28 - SAT, Jan 31 from, a fabulous resource for Arts and Culture events in the DC Metro Area!

Here are some more great free arts and culture events from! This site is a fantastic resource for events provided by CultureCapital (formerly known as the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington) a wonderful organization that supports and highlights the DC metro area's vibrant and diverse arts community!

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

Wednesday, January  28

Lunchtime - Art Talk at NMWA - Metro Center
Gallery Talk: Collection Connections
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Bite-size lunchtime talks are offered most Wednesdays throughout the special exhibition, Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea. Museum staff members facilitate interactive talks that encourage close looking and the investigation of mediums, techniques, or overarching themes of the exhibition. This week, Assistant Educator Ashley W. Harris draws connections between artworks in this special exhibition and NMWA’s collection.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Metro: McPherson Sq or Metro Center, or take a bus to 13 & H St

Lunchtime - Quick Art Talk on Picasso at the NGA West Building - Archives
Gallery Talk: "Le Gourmet" by Pablo Picasso - 12 Minute Talk
12:00pm - 12:12pm
(also on Tuesday, January 27 at the same time)
Permanent collection gallery talk given by Eric Denker, staff lecturer, National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
West Building Main Floor, Rotunda
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Lunchtime - Art Talk for People with Visual Impairments at the NGA West Bldg - Archives
Gallery Talk: Picture This: Old Master Paintings for People with Visual Impairments
1:00pm - 1:50pm
This tour makes the collections more accessible to adult visitors with visual impairments. The basic teaching methodology employed is called intensive verbal description, although some tours may include tactile elements. 
National Gallery of Art
West Building Main Floor, Rotunda
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Lunchtime - Author Talk on Reagan and the Iran-Contra at The Archives - Archives
Iran-Contra: Reagan's Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power
12:00pm - 1:00pm
A book signing will follow the program.
When a Nicaraguan soldier downed an American plane carrying arms to “Contra” guerrillas on October 5, 1986, a tightly held U.S. clandestine program was exposed. A month later, reports surfaced that Washington had been covertly selling arms to Iran in exchange for help freeing hostages in Beirut. The profits from the arms sales were going to support the Contras, despite an explicit ban by Congress. In his book Iran-Contra, Malcolm Byrne describes the details of the confusing scandal that raised the prospect of Presidential impeachment.
National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

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Thursday, January 29

Evening - Film Screening at the Goethe - Gallery Pl 
Discovering Georgian Cinema: The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear
A film director organizes a casting call for 15 to 23-year-olds, and the results form the basis for a revealing portrait of Georgian society. Interview footage with the youths is combined with vérité segments of the subjects in their daily lives. Director Tinatin Gurchiani travels through her homeland to cities and villages, finding echoes of the Soviet past and indications of the challenges that face Georgian society today.
812 Seventh St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Evening - WPA Art Opening at Artisphere - Rosslyn, VA
Nikki Painter, Surge, 2013. Collage, gouache,
watercolor, ink, colored pencil, pencil, and pen
on paper, 26 1/2" x 27 1/2". Courtesy of the
Artist and Civilian Art Projects
SELECT 2015: Opening Reception
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) presents its 34th annual art auction exhibition, SELECT 2015, featuring more than 100 works by local, national, and internationally renowned artists chosen by 8 top and emerging curators and WPA’s board of directors. WPA’s selection of engaging, inspiring and exciting art works in a variety of media present a broad view of contemporary practice in the region and beyond.
1101 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn. turn right when you exit the metro, left on Wilson, on the left side just down the hill

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Friday,  January 30

Evening - The NGA presents a Film Screening at American University - Tenleytown/ AU
Film Series: Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary: Like Water Through Stone
Presented by the National Gallery of Art
(Marília Rocha, 2009, 85 minutes)
In the remote Espinhaço Mountains of Minas Gerais, four young women approach the end of their sheltered and relatively calm adolescence. Filmmaker Marília Rocha sensitively recounts their coming-of-age, even as the outside world begins to intrude. These authentic, unsentimental women seem compatible with the raw beauty of their landscape.
American University,
on the second floor of the McKinley Building
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (see campus map)
Metro: Tenleytown and take the free AU Shuttle to campus

Evening - Special Performance + Archival Film "A Living Voices" Production - Fairfax, VA
"Island of Hope"
Recommend fro those 8 and up
"A Living Voices" Touring Production featuring a performance uniquely combined with archival film, turning history into a moving, personal journey. Leah is a ten-year-old Jewish girl growing up in Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Her family escapes oppression and sails to a new life in the new world. Discover life at Ellis Island during its busiest years, and the fears and dreams of every hopeful American immigrant.
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV)
8900 Little River Turnpike - Fairfax, VA
Metro: Vienna, see metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro

Evening - Art Opening Reception at VisArts - Rockville, MDLaini Nemett: East of Sheridan
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Laini Nemett’s recent paintings and constructions piece together fragments of places to investigate ways of conceiving and experiencing “home”.
VisArts Rockville 
1st Floor, Gibbs Street Gallery 
155 Gibbs St - Rockville, MD
Metro: Rockville, walk about 5 minutes. See metro and driving/parking directions here.

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Saturday, January 31

Afternoon - Film at the Smithsonian Anacostia - Anacostia
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013; 82 min)
2:00pm - 3:30pm
This award-winning documentary profiles Grace Lee Boggs, the iconoclastic social activist and philosopher who has dedicated her life to the possibility of a better, more just future for all of humanity. At age 99 and currently living in Detroit, Michigan, she has been building movements and developing strategies for social change for most of her life. Discussion with a museum educator follows the screening. This film is closed captioned.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Pl SE
Metro: Anacostia, see metro trip-planner for bus options from metro

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UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! Monthly: "The Wonderland Circus" Variety Show at the Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights is back this WED, Jan 28th - 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, January 28th
see the facebook event for the January show

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 January Circus will feature comedians Yoki Danoff, Benjy Himmelfarb and Haywood Turnipseed, Jr. as well as music from Spencer Joyce and The Record Machine and Burlesque from Bella La Blanc.

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: Tonight! "Orwellian America? Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age" Free events at various locations throughout DC continuing WED, Jan 28 - SAT, Jan 31

Special Series of events as part of "Orwellian America? Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age"
Thursday, January 22 - Saturday, January 31
Free events on select days at various locations
see full schedule of events

Wednesday, January 28
Orwellian America: Follow the Money
Ever wonder where all that campaign fundraising money goes? Learn how to "follow the money" with the Center for Responsive Politics at the Digital Commons.
MLK Library
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Orwellian America: United States of Secrets Film Screening
As part of the library’s Orwellian America program, join us for a film screening of Part 1 of the Frontline documentary 
Petworth Library
Metro: Georgia Ave - Petworth
The Sunlight Foundation believes that in order to achieve an informed and engaged citizenry, the public must have the means and the knowledge to access the vast ocean of online government information. Learn about the value of government transparency and how you can access government information online.
Tenley-Friendship Library
Metro: Tenleytown
Watch live online, see info below
Join us at the Newseum's Knight Studio as representatives from the International Spy Museum and the Newseum Institute discuss issues of government transparency and national security, moderated by by the Newseum. Voice your opinion afterwards with our electronic voting system. See a TV studio in action as the conversation is live streamed to the DC Public Library,  Newseum and International Spy Museum websites. The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Please RSVP on Newseum's site.

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! Tarus Mateen and WestAfroEast perform on WED, Jan 28 as part of the Daily Free Performace Series at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Artists vary daily, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Free performances at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 
Performances every night, 365 days a year
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday, January 28
Tarus Mateen and WestAfroEast

Free performances every night at 6:00pm. Can't make it in person? Stream the show live online, or watch it anytime after on the online archives!

Upcoming Perfromances:

Click here for a complete schedule of performances.

2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle that runs every ten minutes

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

Weekly Wednesday night events organized by start time

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

"Wonderland Wednesdays" at Wonderland Ballroom!
different theme shows every Wednesday, hosts and performers vary each week!
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Note: Some of these events may no longer be happening, please confirm on the Wonderland website 
Free, except for on the 2nd Wed of the month when there is a $5 cover, all donations go to artists, $5 suggested
Metro: Columbia Heights

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

UPCOMING: AUTHOR TALK: Recently read and really Interesting article on Rethinking Addiction on The Huffington Post... Author Johann Hari will be in DC to talk about his new book "Chasing the Scream" at Politics and Prose this THURS, Jan 29 at 7:00pm, Free

Free, books available for purchase

Recommend reading this article "The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think" written by Johann Hari rethinking the causes of addiction, on The Huffington Post. 

"In his first book, Hari, twice named Amnesty International UK’s Newspaper Journalist of the Year, offers a comprehensive look at the war on drugs, from the 1915 Harrison Act to recent drug law reforms in Europe that may offer a glimpse of the future. Visiting labs, talking to law enforcers, dealers, and users, Hari challenges many assumptions about addiction and the social costs of drug criminalization. (Bloomsbury)"

Politics & Prose
Bookstore and Coffeehouse
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Van Ness and walk up the hill or take the L2 bus or Friendship Heights and walk or take a bus, you may also want to consider taking an uberx or lyft from the metro or back to the metro. If you don't already have the apps on your phone you can get $20 off your first uberX, Uber Black or Uber SUV ride with promo code FREEINDC14 or $10 off your first Lyft with promo code FREEINDC10.

UPCOMING: PANEL: "Scholars & Scoundrels: A Panel on Public Access to Evidence in the Digital Age" on THURS, Jan 29 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm at NPR, Free, RSVP Requested

"Scholars & Scoundrels: A Panel on Public Access to Evidence in the Digital Age" at NPR 
Thursday, January 29
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, please RSVP as space is limited

Reception with light refreshments begins at 6:00pm, Panel to start approximately 6:45pm

"Online video footage can call into question both private sanctions and court decisions, as well as lead to broad public discussion of social issues. However, the persistence of information on the Internet and the inability to control what happens to that information raises many questions. While judges are required to allow the media access to digital evidence, what can or should the media do with it? The panel, organized by the Council for Court Excellence, includes judges, members of print, online and broadcast media, and defense and prosecuting attorneys, all responding to a hypothetical yet realistic case where the rights to privacy and a fair trial may clash with the public’s right to know and freedom of the press." Explore a hypothetical case with a panel of the very people facing these issues today and in the future:
  • Washington Post crime reporter Peter Hermann
  • D.C. Superior Court Judge Herbert Dixon
  • Channel 9 News Director Bill Lord
  • Principal Asst. U.S. Attorney for DC Vincent Cohen, Jr.
  • Deputy General Counsel for the Washington Post Jim McLaughlin
  • Magistrate Judge, US District Court for DC (Ret.) John Facciola
  • Criminal Defense Attorney Reid Weingarten
  • Huffington Post Sr. Political Editor Sam Stein
Panel will be moderated by: National Public Radio Sr. Associate General Counsel Ashley Messenger

"The constitutional and legal rights of the media, the privacy rights of victims and their families, judicial fairness and the public’s right to know all hang in the balance."

National Public Radio building
1111 N. Capital St, NE
Metro: NoMa or check metro trip-planner for bus options

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: The next Free Four-Week Intro to Meditation begins on MON, Feb 2 at the Science of Spirituality DC Center and continues Weekly on Monday Nights Feb 9, 16 & 23 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

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 session begins on Monday, February 2

Mondays - February 2, 9, 16 & 23
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP now to ensure your space!
RSVP required, email 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.

SOS DC will also continue to offer free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and with SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC.

Science of Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. For those with cars, street parking is available.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: The next "Yoga Share DC" class will be a Kundalini Yoga Class led by Nina, Jot Prakash, on THURS, Jan 29 at BloomBars! Classes every THURS from 7:30pm - 9:00pm in Columbia Heights, Teachers and yoga styles vary each week, by donation, $10 suggested

Yoga Share DC donation-based Weekly Yoga Class in Columbia Heights
at BloomBars!
primarily Kundalini Yoga, other styles as well, teachers vary each week
every Thursday night
7:30pm - 9:00pm, tea follows the class
see the facebook group events page for details each week
Class starts at 7:45pm so please arrive beforehand
by donation, $10 or more suggested, give as you can, BYO yoga mat
Bring a mat, mug for tea and something warm to wrap yourself in!

Next Yoga Share Class - Thursday, January 29
Yoga Share co-founder Nina, Jot Prakash, leads a Kundalini Yoga Class

Proceeds benefit BloomBars and the teacher leading the class each week
RSVP is requested to ensure your spot as the space is on the smaller side
Stick around after class for some homemade chai tea and connection time, bring a mug if you can

The Yoga Share group hosts a yoga share for yoga teachers and yoga enthusiasts, with rotating teachers who volunteer to teach. Often times the class is Kundalini Yoga 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 - indoors on Thursday nights
3222 11th St NW - just north of Kenyon
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th St one block, turn right on Kenyon, walk to 11th and turn left

UPCOMING & ONGOING: DANCE: Weekly: New Contact Improvisation Dance Class at the Dance Loft, now every THURS night from 7:30pm - 9:00pm, drop-in class, $10 at the door

New Weekly Contact Improvisation Dance at brand new space - The Dance Loft!
Now every Thursday at the Dance Loft! on 14th
for beginners and experienced folks, all welcome
$10, drop-in class
Note: Please go to to check on weather related cancellations.

Next Class - Thursday, January 29
Come out to move, lift, roll & play while cultivating awareness of the connection with others.

What is Contact Improv? Learn more on this video from Germany.

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: YOGA: The Final Thursday Night Pop-Up Yoga at Yoga Heights will be led by Heather of WithLove DC on THURS, Jan 29 from 7:45pm - 8:45pm, by donation, $8-$10 suggested

Pop-Up Community Yoga Class at Yoga Heights courtesy of WithLove DC
Thursday nights in January
7:45pm - 8:45pm 
by donation, $8 - $10 suggested

Wednesday night yoga classes WithLoveDC
at Yoga Heights. Join the folks at WithLove DC as they flow together in a new space and spread love to new neighborhoods each month. "Bring your mat, water bottle, and a smile."

Learn more about WithLove DC.

Thursday, January 29 
     led by Heather of WithLoveDC

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

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

Kostume Karaoke now every Thursday at Solly's
every Thursday (formerly every other Wed, beginning April 10th)
8:00pm - 1:30am
Free, 21+

Next Karaoke Night - Thursday,  January 29

Some people come for the karaoke, some come for the costumes, some come for both... and a lot of silliness! Costumes provided, and you must be in costume to take the mic.

From facebook: "We have been happily getting together to sing every 2nd & 4th Wednesday night at Solly's on U St Solly's for 6 years. It's time to make a (more) regular thing of it. Join us every Thursday night at 8pm starting on April 10! And... We'll continue to be at Little Miss Whiskey's on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, so if that's a better night, or a better neighborhood for you, join us there!"

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

Saturday, January 24, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Weekly: Live Jazz with The James Benson Quartet, SAT, Jan 31 featuring Vocalist Abby Nightingale at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan! Live Jazz every SAT night from 9:30pm - 1:30am, Free

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
Save the date! Abby is back on Saturday, January 31

Come out and enjoy some of the best live jazz DC has to offer. The James Benson Quartet, plays jazz standards, blues, and bossa nova at Columbia Station every Saturday night, often with the lovely Abby Nightingale (listen here) on vocals. Columbia Station has earned the title of one of DownBeat Magazine's Best Jazz Venues in DC, and the world and is located in the heart of Adams Morgan along 18th St.

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

Friday, January 23, 2015

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE + TALK: Dramatic Reading & Discussion on the "Death of Slavery: 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment" at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church on SAT, Jan 31, 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Free

"Death of Slavery: 150th Anniversary of  the 13th Amendment" at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
Saturday, January 31
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Come out for a dramatic reading from Frederick Douglass portrayer, learn more about what it took for President Lincoln to pass the 13th Amendment and hear Howard University Professor Edna Greene Medford speak.

Kevin McIlvaine, professional actor and Frederick Douglass portrayer will entertain with the forceful lecturing style that made Douglass the “moral leader” of the abolition and nineteenth century civil rights movement.

Edna Greene Medford, Ph.D., professor of history at Howard University and award-winning Lincoln scholar will discuss “President Lincoln and the 13th Amendment.”

Local church leaders will discuss the activism of their congregations that helped pass the amendment that ended slavery in the U.S. forever. At President Lincoln’s church,

"Just two months before the 1864 election, Lincoln was convinced that he was destined to be a one-term president. Yet he insisted that his party platform include the controversial commitment to pass the 13th Amendment. With this program, the Lincoln Group celebrates the promised accomplishment of “a new birth of freedom,” the abolition of slavery in the United States." Read more here.

New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
1313 New York Avenue, NW
Metro: Metro Center, 13th and H streets NW, 3 blocks north of Metro Center, or take any number of buses there, see metro trip-planner for bus options

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: Yoga in Spanish SAT, Jan 31, and every SAT from 11:00am - 12:00pm, Free + Meditation on SUN, Feb 8 - and most SUN mornings - from 10:00am - 12:00pm, Free + Yoga in Spanish every SAT from 11:00am - 12:00pm, Free, at the Science of Spirituality DC Center near 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 Sundays - except the first Sunday of the month
Sundays - February 8, 15 and 22
10:00am - 11:00am - Group Meditation
11:00am - 12:00pm - English Satsang
11:00am - 12:00pm - Spanish Satsang
12:00pm - 1:00pm   - Hindi Language Satsang

Weekly on Saturdays 
Yoga class en Espanol  - with Argeny Rodriguez
Saturdays - January 31, February 7, 14, 21 & 28
Spanish Language Yoga
SOS DC will also continue to offer free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and with SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC.
Science of Spirituality - new home in Washington, DC
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. For those with cars, street parking is available.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: The Friday Morning Music Club Weekly Chamber Music Recital continues on FRI, Jan 30 - Concerts most FRI in Chinatown - from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Free

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

Next Concert - Friday, January 30 
See online calendar for program details

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

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Monthly: "Community Day" at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Free admission on SUN, Feb 1 - 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

Next Community Day - Sunday, February 1
Free Community Day at the NMWA

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: MUSIC: Weekly: Live Music Jam Series at the O St Mansion in Dupont Circle - Bluegrass Jam on SUN, Feb 1 - 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

Sunday, February 1
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: MUSIC: The "Afternoon Encounters with Music" series at the National Gallery of Art continues on SUN, Feb 1 with the National Gallery of Art Chamber Players performing 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

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

Upcoming performances, all at 3:30pm

Sunday, February 1
National Gallery of Art Chamber Players

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Weekly: Jazz Night at Westminster Church, Jazz Performances every FRI night by the Waterfront Metro in SW from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, $5, under 16 free

Jazz Night at Westminster Church
in Southwest by the Waterfront Metro
every Friday night!
6:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, $5, free for those under 16
See the full schedule here

Jazz Night every Friday at Westminster Church just a block or so from the Waterfront Metro in SW.

Next Jazz Night - Friday, January 30

Food and beverages are available for purchase from 5:30pm to 8:45pm. For those driving, parking is also available in the church lot, neighboring commercial garages, or on the street.

400 I St SW
Metro: Waterfront, short walk, about a block past the Safeway, on the left side of the street

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, $8 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 $8, please give as you can,  cash donations can be made after class or minimum donation of $8 can be made 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, February 1

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: YOGA: Weekly: Community Yoga Class at Kali Yoga in Columbia Heights Evening Class with Sachin every FRI from 6:30pm - 7:45pm, by donation + every SUN from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, teachers vary, 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, January 30
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, February 1

Community Yoga Classes with various teachers most Sundays*
4:00pm - 5:00pm
by donation, please give as you can
suggest you arrive a little early for this one too
Note: They recommend that you sign up online
*You may want to also confirm online to make sure the classes are happening that week - sometimes there may be teacher training sessions.

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

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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

Weekly Thursday night events organized by start time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Metro: Waterfront

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

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

Weekly Saturday highlights

Weekly Stand Up Comedy Show at Shaw's Tavern
"Wake & Bacon"
3:00pm - 4:30pm show
Free with a suggested donation of $10
2:00pm - 3:00pm brunch service available
Comedians vary each week, RSVP Requested.
Shaw's Tavern
520 Florida Ave NW
Metro: Shaw

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

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

Weekly Sunday events, organized by start time

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: Columbia Heights

Friday, January 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

"La-Ti-Do" Musical Theater Cabaret & Spoken Word Night at James Hoban's in Dupont Circle 
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+

Saturday, January 3, 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 here or on Free in DC's facebook page or email me to let me know. Note: list was last confirmed on December 20th, 2012.

Yoga Classes - Organized alphabetically by Studio/ Venue Name:

Saturday Morning & Monday Night
BicycleSPACE  - Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center 
Monday nights 7:30pm + Saturday morning 8:15am by donation 1019 7th St NW 

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
Community class on Fridays at 4:00pm that are $10 for a drop in and $6 for students. I beleive that all of their classes are hot yoga. Call if you have questions. Details here. Note: no community classes the last two weeks in December, classes resume in January

Saturday afternoon
Flow Yoga Center - Logan Circle/ P St
Donation-based (pay-what-you-can) classes used to be offered every Saturday at 1:30pm. Proceeds benefit charities dedicated to making yoga and wellness services accessible to individuals in need. Details here. Update: I can't locate the info online. Please call first to confirm 202-462-FLOW (3569)

Every day - select classes $10
Studio Serenity / Studio DC Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle
Select $10 yoga classes every day! Weekdays during lunchtime, usually 12:00pm or 12:30pm start times, at either Dupont Circle or Adams Morgan. On Saturdays they offer a 4:00pm - 5:15pm class in Adams Morgan and a 4:30pm - 6:00pm class in Dupont and on Sundays from 4:30pm - 6:00pm in Dupnt and 5:30pm - 6:45pm in Adams Morgan.  and Saturday and and Sundays with start times between 4:00pm and 5:30pm. They also offer a free class for members who bring friends to class, the free class goes to the member. They also give students a free class during their birthday week. Details here. They also offer a $10 for 10 consecutive days for newcomers, (valid for location where purchased) details 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: MUSIC: Twice-Monthly: The Sunday Concert Series at the National Gallery of Art continues on SUN, Feb 8 with pianist Alan Mandel and soprano Marlissa Hudson, 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
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 Concert - Sunday, February 8
Marlissa Hudson, soprano, and Alan Mandel, pianist
Marlissa Hudson, soprano, and Alan Mandel, pianist; music by Mandel; in honor of African American History Month

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: WORKSHOP: Note: **This event is now Full** Help Keep DC Green! Sign up now for this Free "Stand Up for Trees" Workshop and Training at Casey Trees in Brookland SAT, Jan 31st from 9:00am - 3:00pm Learn how you can help protect DC's Tree Canopy, RSVP Required

UPDATE: January 22, I was just informed that **this event is now full** and the waitlist is filled as well. Stay connected with Casey Trees on facebook to find out the next time this one will be offered, they host this event twice a year.

Stand Up for Trees at this free training workshop at Casey Trees Headquarters in Brookland
Saturday, January 31st
9:00am - 3:00pm
Free, light breakfast and lunch provided as well*
RSVP to ensure your space now, this one is offered just twice per year!

The Stand Up for Trees workshop is designed for residents of DC who want to protect D.C.’s tree canopy. During the class, participants will learn how to engage with local officials and agencies to enact change in our neighborhoods and city and to keep DC green. 

Learn more about the state of DC’s trees, how the local government is organized, and who the key players are that help to manage our trees in public spaces and techniques for engaging these key officials and agencies to encourage them to protect and increase the amazing tree canopy in your neighborhood and throughout the city. Afterwards, you will be able to speak with current Casey Trees volunteers and Tree Advocates to learn of their experiences advocating for trees.

Who Should Attend? Open to all, especially recommended to those interested in advocating for the urban canopy or becoming a Citizen Forester as this is a Citizen Forester qualifying course.  ISA Continuing Education Credits are also available. While this class will be focusing on how to be an advocate for DC’s trees, residents from outside of the District will also benefit from learning about the challenges of managing an urban forest. 

The event will include the following instructors, all working at Casey Trees

  • Maisie Hughes, Director of Planning and Design
  • Sue Erhardt, Director of Education
  • Stephanie Juchs, Community Education Coordinator
  • Emily Oaksford, Planning Associate
  • Suraj K. Sazawal, Advocacy Associate
Learn more about Casey Trees and the wonderful work that they do! 

*Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so they can attempt to accommodate your needs.

3030 12th St NE
Metro: Brookland-CUA (Red Line) and walk 10 or take the H8 bus to 12th and Irving St NE.  Ample street parking is available for those wishing to drive and room for cyclists to park their bikes as well. 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Community Kirtan, Yoga and Meditation select days and times every week at Yoga District locations in DC, Free, donations welcome

Community Meditation, Kirtan & Yoga Classes at Yoga District locations in DC
Free, donations welcome 
please note that this schedule is subject to change

Meditation - Evenings
Monday        6:45pm - 7:15pm  Dupont 
Tuesday        7:00pm - 7:30pm  Dupont
Wednesday   7:00pm - 7:30pm  Dupont - Pranayama: Breathing 
                    8:15pm - 9:00pm  14th St - Relax, Breathe, Meditate 
Thursday      6:45pm - 7:30pm  Dupont
Saturday       7:45pm - 8:30pm   Dupont
Sunday         6:30pm - 7:05pm  14th St
                    7:00pm - 8:30pm   H St

Meditation - Mornings
Wednesday   7:30am - 8:30am  I St 

Kirtan: Chanting
Saturday        8:00pm - 9:00pm  Bloomingdale
Sunday          12:00pm - 1:00pm  H St

Sunday Night  6:30pm - 7:15pm 14th St - Yogic Sleep: Resting Meditation for Stress Relief 
                      6:30pm - 7:15pm  Glover Park - Yogic Sleep: Yoga Nidra
Sunday Night  7:15pm - 8:15pm 14th St - Sunday Night with the Sutras: The Yogic Principles

Nonprofit Community Run Yoga Studios
  • Glover Park: 2201 Wisconsin Ave, NW - newest studio
  • Dupont Circle: 1635 Connecticut Ave, NW, 5th Flr
  • U St. Corridor: 1910 14th St, NW, Units 1 & 3
  • Bloomingdale: 1830 1st St, NW
  • Downtown: 1922 I St, NW, 2nd & 3rd Flrs
  • Food and Tea Bar, District Tea, located on the 1st Flr
  • H St. Corridor: 526 H St, NE, 2nd Flr 
Metro: Please see metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access