Monday, September 22, 2014

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! At the University of MD, Audience and Artists join on the stage for a Cross-Disciplinary Discussion on Narratives on MON, Sept 22nd at 7:30pm + Three more Free events from for TUES, Sept 23rd

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! See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of exhibits on view! Plus, is now on facebook.

Monday, September 22nd

Evening - Cross-Disciplinary Discussion on Narratives at UMD - College Park, MD
Does the Audience Need to Know? The Role of Narrative and Meaning-Making
The audience will join the artists on stage for this exploration of what the audience does or doesn't need to know. This cross-disciplinary group will explore the questions: Where do your narratives come from? Are they important to the success of your creative projects? How can stories be of use to the design process? What makes a narrative a narrative? How much is enough? What is too much?
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 on facebook

Tuesday, September 23rd

Evening - Poetry Reading and Reception at Pepco Gallery - Gallery Pl - Chinatown
Poetry Witnesses Wars from the Civil War to World War I
Presented by the Goethe-Institut at Pepco Edison Place Gallery
Commemorating the atrocities of war and its effects on individuals, this poetry reading presents works critiquing civilization and mourning profound personal loss. Audience members will be invited to sign up to read a poem of their choice from among a selection of American works since the Civil War and European pieces responding to World War I. Introduced and moderated by Peter Beicken (University of Maryland) and David Gewanter (Georgetown University). Reception follows.
Pepco Edison Place Gallery
702 8th St NW 
between H & G St, right by SAAM/NPG
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown 

Evening - Film Screening on D-Day at The Archives - Archives 
'D-Day Remembered': 8th Annual Charles Guggenheim Tribute Program
D-Day Remembered (1994; 52 mins.), Charles Guggenheim’s Academy-Award-nominated documentary of the invasion of Normandy in World War II, uses rare archival films and pictures from British, American, and German archives. Narrated by David McCullough, the film also incorporates the voices of over 50 participants. The screening will be introduced by Craig L. Symonds, author of Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings. A book signing will follow the program.
National Archives
Constitution Ave between 9th & 7th St, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Evening - Jazz Trio performs at the JCC - Rockville, MD
United States Air Force Band Chamber Players Series- Geoff Reecer Jazz Trio
The Geoff Reecer Jazz Combo features three members of The US Air Force Airmen of Note playing guitar, clarinet and saxophone, and double bass. This concert will present a tribute to the music of Jazz composers Jim Hall and Jimmy Giuffre.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road - Rockville, MD
Metro: Twinbrook and wait for the Ride On bus or take a taxi, short trip, just over a mile (see map). You may also consider walking or biking from the metro.

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

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tonight! "Healthy Living for Physical and Spiritual Health" at the Southwest Library by the Waterfront Metro on MON, Sept 22nd from 7:00pm - 8:30pm + More Free Meditation events in VA and MD on TUES, Sept 23rd & SAT, Sept 27th

Free Workshops this month in DC, MD and VA from Science of Spirituality DC
for a complete list of events this fall, see the schedule or calendar online

SOS DC offers 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 @SOS_WashDC on twitter. Science of Spirituality also has a new home in DC located by the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave NW.

Monday, September 22nd - Washington, DC

"Healthy Living for Physical and Spiritual Health"
led by Karin Silverman
7:00pm - 8:30pm 
Looking for more vitality, better health and an enhanced sense of well-being? Join Karin Silverman as she explores how the vegetarian diet is gentle to the planet and can enhance our spiritual development. Silverman, who has been meditating for over 40 years, will offer participants a chance to practice a simple meditation technique.
Southwest Library
900 Wesley Place SW
Metro: Waterfront

Tuesday, September 23rd - Arlington, VA

"Healthy Living for Physical and Spiritual Health"
with Karin Silverman
7:00pm - 8:30pm
See description above
Licensed massage therapist Karin Silverman discusses the many benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. She will explore how the vegetarian diet is gentle to the planet and how it can enhance our spiritual development.
Karin, who has been meditating for over 40 years, will offer the audience a chance to practice a simple meditation technique. Through meditation each of us can experience more peaceful, enriching and meaningful lives.
Cherrydale Branch Library
2190 N. Military Rd - Arlington VA
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus optionsfrom the metro. If you are coming from downtown you
can catch the 3Y bus from 15th St between I and K Streets at 6:20pm toward Harrison St & Lee Hwy to Rt 29 Lee Hwy & Pollard St, arriving 6:50pm and walk at 0.22 mile NW to 2190 Military Rd, get directions

Saturday, September 27th - Silver Spring, MD

"Meditation for Healthy Living"
with Karin Silverman
10:30am - 12:00pm
Karin Silverman has been practicing meditation for over 40 years. Join her as she discusses the extraordinary benefits of meditation and how it improves the overall physical health of the body as well as the mental and spiritual health. Karin will present effective methods for creating a more satisfying lifestyle and a deep sense of peace. In this presentation, you will learn effective strategies and a simple but profound meditation technique that will help remove stress and worry. The audience will have a chance to practice this simple technique that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth.
White Oak Library
11701 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20904 Metro: No nearby Metro, you can catch the Z2 and C8 bus. Metrobus Z8 is also within walking distance.

UPCOMING: FILM: Tonight! Irish Arts organization Solas Nua hosts a Free Screening of "Earthbound" at Busboys and Poets 14th & V on MON, Sept 22nd from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Solas Nua presents a free Film Screening, Irish Popcorn! "Earthbound" at Busboys and Poets 14th & V
Monday, September 22nd
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Free, no tickets required, donations welcome

Earthbound is a Sci-fi comedy starring Rafe Spall (Prometheus, One Day, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), Jenn Murray (Dorothy Mills) and David Morrissey (Blitz, Centurion, Nowhere Boy, The Walking Dead).

"Joe Norman just wants the ordinary things in life; a job he doesn't hate; a place to call home and nice girl to settle down with. He's just like the rest of us. But this is also the story of a young man who was told by his father Bill, on his death bed, that he is an alien and must continue his dying species. Joe goes out of his way to meet and win the heart of a 'compatible' human mate. He finds and falls in love with Maria but once he tells her the truth she thinks he's crazy..."

Save the dates for these upcoming free events from Solas Nua!

Tuesday, September 30th 
Author Reading: Jan Carson
Wednesday, October 8th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Rírá Georgetown

Busboys and Poets
14th & V St, NW
Metro: U St or take the Woodley-McPherson Circulator bus that also runs along 14th St right to U St.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: CABARET: Tonight! Weekly: La-Ti-Do Musical Theater Cabaret & Spoken Word series at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont every MON night from 8:00pm - 10:00pm Performers vary every week $10 with online RSVP, 21+

La-Ti-Do Musical Theater Cabaret and Spoken Word Series at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont
every Monday night - artists vary each week
8:00pm - 10:00pm, doors 7:55pm
$10 at the door with RSVP, $15 at the door if you don't RSVP online, non-performing LTD Alumni just $5
Arrive early to get a seat as the space is on the small side, 21+
see the facebook page for details each week

Next La-Ti-Do - Monday, September 22nd
September feature performer: Vaughn Irving
Hosts: Don Mike Mendoza & Regie Cabico
Accompanist: Jonathan Tuzman

La-Ti-Do is DC's first curated spoken word/musical theater cabaret series! This weekly event takes place every Monday night in the cozy lower level piano lounge at the Black Fox in Dupont, performers vary. A really great, intimate evening of high quality musical entertainment and spoken word every week!

"Every Monday evening at La-Ti-Do, you can count on a couple of things: the warm welcome, and fabulous talents, of hosts DonMike Mendoza and Regie Cabico, and resident pianist Jonathan Tuzman, spoken word and musical theater performances (in addition to the month’s feature), and, most importantly, the feeling of community that comes from taking in DC’s performing arts community."

1723 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, take the Q St exit and walk a few blocks north on Conn, it's on the right side of the street.

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! Comedian and D.C. native Aparna Nancherla takes the stage with an opening set by Chelsea Shorte on MON, Sept 22nd as part of the Daily Millennium Stage Free Performance series at The Kennedy Center, Performances daily from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Artists vary, Free

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

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

Monday, September 22nd
Aparna Nancherla
This event takes place in the Theater Lab.
Program contains mature themes and strong language.
Comedian and D.C. native Aparna Nancherla takes the stage with an opening set by Chelsea Shorte. Nancherla was most recently a writer and correspondent of FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. An alumna of the NBC Stand Up for Diversity program, she was one of the breakout New Faces at the 2013 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. She has been a contributing writer for NPR, Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post Magazine, and can regularly be seen performing at the Upright Citizen’s Brigades in Los Angeles and New York City.

Upcoming Performances: 
Tues, Sep 23 Tri Minh’s Quartet
Wed, Sep 24 Ceibadanza

Thurs, Sep 25 & Fri, Sep 26 Arturo Garcia
Premiere of Arturo Garcia's work "Here and Now", part of the Kennedy Center's Local Dance Commissioning Project. The program also includes repertory by Katherine Horrigan and Marcus Jarrell Willis. Performed by Company Danzante.

The Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle

UPCOMING: PILATES + YOGA: Tomorrow ~ "The "Pilates in the Park" series continues on TUES, Sept 23rd! Free outdoor classes in Farragut Sq every TUES Yogalates and THURS Pilates from 5:30pm - 6:30pm THURS, Sept 4th - THURS, Oct 16th, Thanks to Golden Triangle BID

"Pilates in the Park" in Farragut Square! Series sponsored by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District in partnership with Yoga District
Tuesdays Yogalates and Thursdays Pilates
Thursday, September 4th - Thursday, October 16th
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Free, please bring your own yoga mat

Note: Weather Permitting in the Park. In in case of weather-related location or scheduling changes, please check the Golden Triangle website.

Next Class - Thursday, September  23rd - Yogalates

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

Enjoy light refreshments from the Protein Bar on 1011 19th St NW and a free quick massage from Eye Street Massage Therapy, located on the lower level of the office building right next to the Farragut West metro exit at 1634 I St NW. Arrive and check-in by 5:20pm.and be entered to win a $10 gift card to Protein Bar for a chance to win Pilates prizes from City Sports on 1111 19th St NW.

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

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

Weekly Monday night events organized by start time
click links for complete details on individual posts

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

Now described as "Interpretive and Folkloric Dance Fusion"
*Please confirm each week online by checking the BloomBars calendar or emailing Marta directly, her info is below*
6:30pm - 8:00pm
If you have questions or wish to confirm that the class is still going on, best to message Marta directly -
All ages, bilingual class
by donation, $10 suggested

Weekly Wu Style Tai Chi Class - First Class Free - at Urban Tao Acupuncture and Herbology in Dupont Circle
7:00pm - 8:00pm
All ages, All levels
Best to call 202-253-0670 if you have questions or want to confirm if the class is still happening 

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 Series at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont
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: FESTIVAL: Tonight! Media Rise Festival 2014 hosts a bunch of Free Nightly Networking Lounges MON, Sept 22nd - THURS, Sept 25th + Opening Party on FRI, Sept 26th + Youth and Film events on SUN, Sept 28th

Media Rise Festival 2014
Free events as part of the Festival listed below

Free Nightly Networking Lounges
Monday, September 22nd - Thursday, September 25th
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Share resources and conversations with others who care about using media for social impact.

Monday, September 22nd
Now Hiring!
Click link above to RSVP
Looking for a job? Hiring new talent? Come out to the “Now Hiring!” Networking Lounge, a fun, creative and informal space for leading companies and organizations to connect with a community of bright and emerging talent interested in media, communications and design for social impact. Who’s invited? People interested in exploring and sharing careers, jobs, gigs & opportunities related to media, design and communications for social impact, including: young adults, recent graduates, emerging professionals & job-seekers, recruiters & employers.
Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
640 Massachusetts Ave NW 
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or take the Circulator bus

Tuesday, September 23rd
Street Art for Social Change
Click link above to RSVP
A conversation about the intersection of street art and social change. See how artists, storytellers and designers can use their creativity to bring communities together; revitalize urban spaces; support social and environmental causes; and encourage dialogue about social issues. Artists: Gregg DealKelly Towles and Rose Jaffe. Moderated by Peter Chang of No Kings Collective.
1847 Columbia Rd NW, Downstairs
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus one stop to Adams Mill or take the 42 bus from Dupont Circle to Columbia Rd & Belmont

Wednesday, September 24th 
Transmedia for Local Impact
Click link above to RSVP
A presentation about cross-platform, multimedia projects focused on local D.C. stories, exploring culture, identity & place, with an emphasis on social change. Presenters: Shellée Haynesworth, Black Broadway on U, Bruce McKaig, This Place Has a Voice and Kelli Anderson, Ceremonies of Dark Men/
WeWork Wonder Bread Factory
641 S St NW
Metro: Shaw

Thursday, September 25th
Social Hour
Click link above to RSVP
Face-to-face. Person-to-person. Real connections. Mix & mingle here.
Location TBD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access to these events

Friday, September 26th 

Official Opening Party! 
9:00pm - 2:00am
21+ Register Now
Music + cash bar + light fare provided
Hosted against a beautiful backdrop of meaningful visual art and music contributed by cause-oriented creatives, featuring a sneak preview of the latest pop-up exhibit by local arts group No Kings Collective. Featuring music by DJ Underdog (OkayAfrica) & DJ rAt (Maracuyeah)
The Wonder Bread Factory 
1st floor - Wiltberger St NW
near S St NW between 6th & 7th
Metro: Shaw

Sunday, September 28th 

Youth Media Rise - for Educators, Parents and Youth 13 - 182:00pm - 6:00pm, doors at 1:30pm
Note: Free for youth only, admission applies for adults
Register Now
A festival-within-a-festival for youth (ages 13 to 18), media educators and engaged parents. It includes interactive workshops to enhance the curiosity and creative expression of young people in meaningful ways. And panel sessions for educators focus on the power of media to amplify youth voices for social and environmental causes. Educator Sessions include: Environmental Awareness & Sustainability - Creativity, Innovation & Youth Advocacy. Youth Workshops: Music & Spoken Word - Dance & Movement - Art & Design.
Thurgood Marshall Center 
1816 12th St NW - between T & S St
Metro: U St 

48-Hour Video Challenge
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Register Now
Drinks + snacks provided
A weekend competition, inviting filmmakers to create high-impact, high-quality videos for local nonprofits in just two days. The challenge concludes with a film screening, including an awards ceremony, to acknowledge the winning filmmakers. Interested in being a participating filmmaker or nonprofit partner? Learn how to get involved here.
Thurgood Marshall Center 
1816 12th St NW - between T & S St
Metro: U St 

UPCOMING: BELLY DANCE: Tonight! Free Intro to Belly Dance Classes at Saffron Dance locations by Clarendon, Takoma and Eastern Market Metro stations MON, Sept 22nd - SUN, Sept 28th, Free

Free Intro to Belly Dance Classes at Saffron Dance
locations by Clarendon, Takoma and Eastern Market Metro stations 
Monday, September 15th - Sunday, September 28th 
Free,  best for teens and older, no RSVP needed

Gather some friends and try belly dance stress-free - absolutely no dance experience necessary! 
Saffron Dance is offering free introductory “teaser” classes from September 15th to September 28th. These teaser classes give students a taste of Saffron’s signature 4-Week Belly Dance Crash Course program starting September 29th.  

Monday, September 22nd
Elena Faye - Clarendon - 5:30pm 
Shelley - Clarendon - 7:30pm 

Tuesday, September 23rd
Jenna - Takoma Park - 7:30pm 
Elena Faye - Clarendon - 8:30pm
Khalila - Great Falls, accessible by car only - 8:30pm

Wednesday, September 24th
Elena Faye - Takoma Park - 8:00pm 
Mireya - Clarendon - 8:15pm

Thursday, September 25th
Victoria Teel - Clarendon - 5:30pm
Linda - Capitol Hill - 7:30pm

Saturday, September 27th 
Andrea - Clarendon - 10:00am

Sunday, September 28th 

Malek - Clarendon - 10:00am 

Saffron Dance at Clarendon  - Headquarters
3260 Wilson Blvd - Arlington, VA 22201
Metro: Clarendon, Orange line

Saffron Dance at Capitol Hill
545 7th St SE
Metro: Eastern Market, Orange, Blue, or Silver line

Saffron Dance at Takoma Park
7014 Westmoreland Ave - Takoma Park, MD 
Metro: Takoma, Red line

Saffron Dance at Great Falls
760 Walker Rd - Great Falls, VA
Note: this location is only accessible by car

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Tonight! "The Garden" Open Mic for All Styles and All Ages, Featured Performers vary, every MON nightfrom 9:00pm - 11:00pm at BloomBars, sign up 8:30pm, by donation

"The Garden" Weekly Variety Open Mic at BloomBars
every Monday night
9:00pm - 11:00pm, sign up 8:30pm
All ages, by donation, $7 suggested

Next Open Mic - Monday, September 22nd

"The Garden" variety open mic is open to all ages and all styles! Poetry, music, comedy, story telling, dance... Hosted by haiku-obsessed poet Gowri K. or a guest host.

3222 11th St, NW
at Kenyon, next to Wonderland
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk one block north on 14th, turn right on Kenyon, left on 11th

Sunday, September 21, 2014

UPCOMING: KIDS: "Tudor Tots: Fall Frolic" at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden TUES, Sept 23rd at 10:00am event designed for kids ages 2 - 4, $5

Tudor Tots: Fall Frolic at Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
Tuesday, September 23rd
10:00am - 10:45am
event designed for kids ages 2 - 4
$5, Free for accompanying adult
buy tix online or call 202-965-0400

"Tudor Place has enchanted young children for almost two centuries. Experience it yourself on Tuesday mornings as we meet to read, sing, and play in the picturesque gardens. This family-friendly program offers a new theme each week, from "adventurous animals" to "growing gardens" and more. Children will participate each week in an interactive read-aloud, songs and themed movements, all related to the week's topic, and will enjoy sharing this tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them. Parent/caregiver must remain with child."

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
1644 31st St, NW
Upper Georgetown, between Q & R St
Metro: Accessible by Circulator bus or metro bus from Dupont Circle, Farragut North, Farragut West and Foggy Bottom. See metro trip-planner for best bus access. 

UPCOMING: FESTIVAL: FIGMENT DC Interactive Arts Festival is back! Enjoy this Free, Two-Day, Family-Friendly, Volunteer-Run, Burning Man inspired Arts Festival in Anacostia Park, Section E on SAT, Sept 27th & SUN, Sept 28th from 11:00am - 5:00pm

Save the date for FIGMENT DC - a Two-Day Interactive Arts Festival
This year the festival will be back at Anacostia Park
Saturday, September 27th & Sunday, September 28th
11:00am - 5:00pm
Family-friendly, Free!
view and share the facebook invite
A full description of all participatory exhibits is available here!

Save the date for the 3rd Annual FIGMENT DC, a two-day event that will transform the beautiful outdoor space of Anacostia Park into a magical, colorful playground! This free, public art festival in Anacostia Park is designed to build community with all-ages participatory projects. This year, over 40 local DC and DMV area artists will present collaborative art projects and events at FIGMENT DC, ranging across diverse media including music, sculpture, visual art and mixed media, earth works, dance and movement, and story-telling.  Exhibits featured at the event include the following:

  •  Bike Jousting: Participants can grab a bicycle and lance for the "Champion of Figment!" title.
  • Cabana: A Playful sculpture environment featuring plastic play balls suspended from an open umbrella, creating an immersive interactive experience.
  • Kinetic Playhouse: Spectators take part in building a free flowing structure designed purely for play.
  • The Tactical Giggler: An interactive laugh factory featuring a variety of auditory, visual, and tactile stimulus to entertain, that engages and invites participants to inspire and ignite laughter.
Additional projects include yoga, music, pillow fighting, and a caterpillar reminiscent of Wonderland.

FIGMENT DC is a participatory festival that is volunteer run, non-profit and non-commercial, now in it's third. FIGMENT started in New York City and now takes place in a bunch of others cities. Learn more about the history of FIGMENT here and read more about the FIGMENT principles, which are very similar to the Burning Man Principles, here. FIGMENT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization entirely funded by grants and individual donations. FIGMENT accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind.

Last year, my friends at Camp Contact offered Acro Yoga and Contact Improv Intros, Dance, Open-Mic Meditation and more! Keep an eye on the Camp Contact at Figment facebook page for more info.

FIGMENT is a festival designed to bring imagination to life. There will be all kinds of art forms and activities, and you are encouraged to bring your own as well! FIGMENT is the perfect time to play make-believe (for both kids & adults!) so feel free to dress up in whatever creative costume or outfit you want! You can also bring along toys: Hula hoops, poi, croquet sets, knitting, water guns, games – anything that you want to play with or invite others to join you in!

Dogs are welcome if they are friendly, but must be kept on a leash. Please clean up after your pooch! Have Roller skates? Bring them if you like, there is a covered roller rink on site! Feel free to come on your bike and consider decorating it with streamers, lights, fake fur, or other art, Burning Man style!

Note also that this is a “Leave No Trace” event, inspired by the Ten Burning Man Principles. While trash and recycling receptacles will be on-site, they ask you all that if you bring it in with you, please carry it out. This includes cigarette butts, which fit quite well in a small metal box in your pocket.

Another principle they are asking attendees to be aware of is Decommodification, which means that the festival is run without any commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. As this is a non-commercial event, there will not be any concessions of any kind on site. Please come prepared with your own water, snacks and refreshments! The event will have porta-potties/restrooms. Please refrain from bringing any grills, alcohol and drugs. Please do bring your curiosity, playfulness, an open mind and your creative spirit!

“FIGMENT is an opportunity for our DC community to come together and enjoy art in all its forms,” says Patty Simonton, director of FIGMENT DC 2014. “Unlike most art galleries in Washington, FIGMENT erases the lines between those who create and those who view art so that everyone can become an artist. DC really does have a thriving, creative arts community and this event brings that artistic energy out to a broad audience.”

Anacostia Park is a beautiful urban park along the east side of the Potomac River in DC. Conveniently located near the Potomac Ave and Anacostia Metro stations, the North Field is accessible from bike paths and I-395. There is some parking on site. If you are driving there, please review the directions to get to the park, as we know that GPS systems can frequently be wrong.

If you want to attend and don't own a bike, there is Capital BikeShare station right at the Potomac Ave Metro station but there is not one at the park so you can either keep the bike with you and pay for time or drop it at the closest station, at Pennsylvania & Minnesota Ave SE, which is still about a 15 minute walk from the park. If you don't want to walk from the metro, it should be a short, and affordable taxi ride, especially if you share it with others.

Anacostia Park Section E (see map)
at the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion
Metro: Anacostia or Potomac Ave. It's 1.2 miles from the Potomac Ave Metro, and a lovely walk over the Pennsylvania Ave bridge, see walking map. If you're biking, google recommends a slightly different bike route from the metro - yes, you can take your bike on the metro at no extra cost. There’s a bike trail to follow, but please keep an eye out for traffic! After you cross the bridge, turn left onto the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail before you get to 295, then turn right onto the path along the river. Look for a large covered pavilion – it’s the roller rink, and it’s hard to miss! There are a number of bike paths that lead directly to Anacostia Park, and we encourage you all to take advantage of them.

UPCOMING: FESTIVAL: The Annual Greenbelt Rhythm & Drum Festival is back in Old Greenbelt, MD on SAT, Sept 27th from 11:00am - 11:00pm, Enjoy Performances, Drum Circles, Kids Activities, Vendors and more! Free

Annual event in Old Greenbelt, MD
Saturday, September 27th
11:00am - 11:0pm
view and share the facebook event

Come on out for a fun-filled, family-friendly community-building event in Old Greenbelt. The annual Greenbelt Rhythm & Drum Festival is a free, all day music event with performances celebrate drumming from around the world.

Enjoy performances, drum circles, classes, kids activities, hula-hoopers, drum, art and clothing vendors and more! 

Schedule of events:
10:30am - Kids Parade
11:00am - Opening Drum Circle, kids-focused
11:30am - The Slidell Trio
12:00pm – Miyako Taiko
1:00pm – Stream & The Blue Dragons
2:00pm – Dom Pakka Chikki
3:00pm – Drum Circle with Ken Crampton
4:00pm – Bele Bele Rhythm Collective - group led by "Drumalady" Kristen Arant
5:00pm – The PanTones
6:00pm - Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang
7:00pm – Closing Drum Circle with Katy Gaughan, from the Wednesday Night Drum Jams in Takoma!
7:30 pm – Black Masala marches through Roosevelt Center into New Deal Cafe
8:00 pm – Black Masala show in the New Deal Cafe

Outdoors in the Roosevelt Center in Old Greenbelt
131 Centerway - Greenbelt, MD (see map)
Metro: Greenbelt and taxi over (especially if there is a group of you this may be worth it) or take a bus. See metro trip-planner to plan the bus based on your arrival time. You'll want to catch the G12 or G16 bus from the metro to Southway & Crescent Rd and walk a short distance. Just listen for the drums!

UPCOMING: SPECIAL EVENT: The Annual "Art All Night - Nuit Blanche" is back in Shaw this year and is expanded to include other neighborhoods in the city! SAT, Sept 27th from 7:00pm - 3:00am, Lots of Free events throughout the area, Including a big party at the renovated, postindustrial Wonder Bread Factory, Free, RSVP to ensure entry, 21+

Art All Night 2014: Nuit Blanche is back in Shaw!
Saturday, September 27th
7:00pm - 3:00am
follow Art All Night on facebook here
View a map of the locations and see a list of participating artists here!

For the third time, Art All Night DC: Nuit Blanche, a free overnight arts festival featuring live performances and art installations, will fill the streets of Shaw! This year the festival expands across the city with the inclusion of four additional neighborhoods! Shaw will have the largest number of venues, artists, and performances.

In addition to Shaw, the following neighborhoods will also be participating this year: Dupont CircleCongress HeightsH Street NE and North Capitol.

This year an entire floor of the former Wonder Bread Factory on S Street will be filled with art and music once again. For the first time Events DC’s Carnegie Library on Mount Vernon Square will participate with live music and a Silent Disco! There will also be more than two dozen other indoor and outdoor venues in the area that will be hosting art exhibitions and performances. Come on out and enjoy painting, photography, music, dance, sculpture, poetry, fashion, music, video projections, and much more!

Nuit Blanche is an all-night exploration and celebration of art, which began in Paris. Nuit Blanche DC – now in its third edition – is an innovative project that has the ability to bring an artistic and culturally vibrant nightlife to an area looking to expand its creative economy. Nuit Blanche galvanizes museums, galleries, and other cultural organizations to remain open overnight free of charge, essentially uniting the neighborhood into a free-flowing art space.

Wonder Bread Factory
641 S St NW
Metro: Shaw
.... and other venues throughout the city! See metro trip-planner for best access

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: The Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany, near Metro Center, Artists Vary, every TUES from 12:10pm - 1:00pm, 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!

Tuesday, September 23rd
Piano music from Jeremy Filsell

1317 G St, NW
Metro: Metro Center

ON VIEW: ART: 5x5 - DC's Largest Public Art Project - on view SAT, Sept 6th - SAT, Dec 6th! 5 curators selected 5 artists each, for a total of 25 Art Installations throughout DC!

5x5 = 5 curators x 5 artists each
Saturday, September 6th - Saturday, December 6th
See a map listing all 25 of the art installation this year!

Still some spots left for Mia Feuer's "Flooded" event series on Saturday, September 20th, RSVP here!

See a list of related events taking place as part of 5x5!

5x5, a project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, is a three-month long District-wide public art exhibition featuring 25 art installations. Five curators, Lance Fung, Shamim M. Momin, Stephanie Sherman, Justine Topfer and A.M. Weaver, were each commissioned to initiate five art activations, resulting in a total of 25 ground-breaking public art installations. These highly experienced and innovative contemporary arts professionals each selected and worked with five artists or artist teams to develop and present exciting, ephemeral works of art in public spaces throughout all wards this fall. Now in its second iteration, 5x5, the District's largest public art project to date, showcases contemporary public art for all residents, visitors and art enthusiasts. Artists are from the District, New York and places as far away as Argentina and Australia. The 25 selected artists represent many genres, from visual arts of all types to poetry, arts and activism and sound art. The 5x5 artists have shown in Paris, Poland, London and India and other places around the globe.

Landmark locations for artworks will include the SW Waterfront, St. Elizabeths East, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Arena Stage and the Reeves Center, among others. Programming partners, Hillyer Art Space, Furthermore, Hamiltonian, Pleasant Plains Workshop and Washington Project for the Arts, are planning a diversity of public programs that highlight the meaning and vitality of each of the 5x5 projects. Programming includes a variety of tours, panel discussions, performance pieces and workshops.

Metro: See metro trip-planner for best access to wherever it is you are trying to go

UPCOMING & ONGOING: FILM: Weekly: BloomScreen Tuesday Night Independent Film Series at BloomBars! Screenings every TUES from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Films vary each week and are followed by discussion and Q&A, All ages, by donation, $10 suggested

BloomScreen Independent Film Night at BloomBars
Films vary each week
Discussion with Q&A after, often with the director
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested, no one turned away
Free organic popcorn and refreshments served

Next Film - Tuesday, September 23rd

3222 11th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk over to 11th and turn left, right next door to Wonderland.

UPCOMING: MUSIC: John K and the DC Mystery Cats pay tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band at Gypsy Sally's in Georgetown on TUES, Sept 16th - continuing for five more TUES through Oct 21st - at 8:00pm, doors at 7:00pm, $10, 21+

John K and the DC Mystery Cats pay tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band
six Tuesdays at Gypsy Sally's in Georgetown
8:00pm show, 7:00pm doors
Tuesday, September 16th - Tuesday, October 21st
$10 online or at the door, 21+
Continuing  September 23rd, 30th and October 7th, 14th and 21st

John Kadlecik  and the DC Mystery Cats perform a tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band, playing actual historic set lists in their entirety! Read more here

3401 K St NW
Close to the Key Bridge, on K St, right across from the Waterfront Park
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Farragut North or Rosslyn and take the Circulator bus or the 38B bus closer

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: 40 Days of Seva: No Minimum Donation for All Yoga Classes at Sky House Yoga in Silver Spring, MD! Monday, September 8th - Tuesday, October 17th All classes are by donation, no minimum

40 Days of Seva: No Minimum Donation for All Yoga Classes at Sky House Yoga!
Monday, September 8th - Tuesday, October 17th
All classes are by donation, no minimum
RSVP with your donation online or email to donate when you arrive

For 40 days Sky House Yoga will be offering all its yoga classes for no minimum donation as a way of giving back to the community and making yoga more accessible to everyone. Click here for a full class schedule.

Sky House Yoga
911 Silver Spring Ave, Suite 201 - Silver Spring, MD Metro: Silver Spring, walk about 10 minutes

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Withlove DC Community Yoga Class at 52 O St Studios on TUES, Sept 23rd & TUES, Sept 30th from 7:30pm - 8:30pm, by donation

by donation, $8-$10 suggested, give as you can
See a complete list of classes being offered 

While there be sure to check out the art by Lisa Marie Thalhammer, whose current work-in-process incorporates aspects of sacred geometry, the rainbow chakras and yogi warriors in mystical environments.

Tuesday, September 23rd
7:30pm - 8:30pm
see invite for details about this class

Tuesday, September 30th

7:30pm - 8:30pm
see invite for details about this class

Learn more and connect with 52 O Street Studios on facebook

52 O St Studios
52 O St, NW
Metro: NoMa - Gallaudet (formerly New York Ave metro)

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Weekly: Poetry Open Mic at Busboys and Poets 14th & V Hosts vary each Week, every TUES night, 9:00pm - 11:00pm, All ages, $5

Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry at Busboys and Poets
every Tuesday night
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Open mic sign up starts at 8:30pm $5, available online or at the door if seats are still available  Note: seating is first come, first seated, no saved seats allowed.

Next Open Mic - Tuesday, September 23rd

Open Mic Night every Tuesday night, usually with a new feature and host. "Expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week."

Busboys and Poets
14th & V St, NW
Metro: U St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: "Wonderland Wednesdays" series at Wonderland Ballroom from 8:00pm - 11:00pm, Weekly Shows vary, Free - $5, donations for the artists appreciated, 21+

Wonderland Wednesdays at The Wonderland Ballroom
every Wednesday night, themes vary each week
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Free, except for 2nd Wed "Church Night" which has a $5 cover, donations for the artists appreciated, $5 suggested, 21+

Fourth Wednesday of the month - September 24th
"The Wonderland Circus"
8:30pm showtime
The gang from The Capital City Showcase brings you a variety show where anything goes, featuring comedians, musicians, storytellers, and burlesque artists!

Christian Hunt - 4th Weds
Wonderland Wednesdays take place every Wednesday night at The Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights, on the upper level. The shows will feature a variety of performers, including stand-up comedians, musicians, storytellers, spoken-word artists, and many more. The shows are all hosted and produced by some of DC’s best performing artists. All of these show are free of charge, though donations will be collected for the artists.
The line-up for these fantastic shows is as follows:

First Wednesday of the month - October 1st
"Highway Robbery" 9:00pm showtime
Comedian Haywood Turnipseed Jr. presents a wide array of comedians, musicians, and spoken word/hip-hop artists from the DMV and beyond!

Second Wednesday of the month - October 8th
"Church Night" 8:00pm showtime 
Linsay Deming presents an “alternative church service” featuring comedians, musicians, burlesque, and more.
Note: $5 cover for this one

Third Wednesday of the month - October 15th"Funny Moms Comedian" 9:00pm showtime
Adam Friedland presents a hilarious evening with some of DC’s funniest comics.

The Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk over to 11th

Saturday, September 20, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: "Yoga Share DC" Classes every THURS from 7:30pm - 9:00pm at BloomBars in Columbia Heights, Teachers and yoga styles vary each week, by donation, $10 suggested

Yoga Share DC donation-based Weekly Yoga Class in Columbia Heights
at BloomBars!
primarily Kundalini Yoga, other styles as well, teachers vary each week
every Thursday night
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Class starts at 7:45pm so please arrive beforehand
by donation, $10 suggested, give as you can

BYO yoga mat, chai tea and chill chit chat after class, please bring a mug
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

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.

September 25: Dogra Nitin
October 2: Sachin Iceguy
October 9: Heather of Withlove DC
October 16: Renee A. Leduc Clarke (Haridev)
October 23: Neda Dowlatshahi

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: 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, September 25th

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

Friday, September 19, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: BELLYDANCING: Monthly: DC's monthly fusion Bellydance Showcase, DCTribal Cafe, at Mad Momos SUN, Sept 28th - usually every fourth SUN of the month - from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, doors and seating 5:00pm, $10

DCTribal Cafe - DC's monthly fusion Bellydance Showcase at Mad Momos
usually every fourth Sunday of the month - this month on the fifth
6:00pm - 8:00pm show, doors and seating 5:00pm
$10 includes show and drink specials

Next show - Sunday, September 28th
see the DCTribal Cafe facebook page for monthly details

Spice up Sunday dinner with DCTribal Cafe, a monthly dinner destination featuring fantastic fusion belly dance performances, great food, friends and fun! Regulars usually include Mavi Belly Dance, and DJ Myra Sinnott Beatrix.

Mad Momos
3605 14th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or take any of the 50 line buses along 14th St closer

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: Community Yoga Class at Kali Yoga in Columbia Heights every FRI from 6:30pm - 7:45pm Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation with Sachin + every SUN from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, teachers vary, all welcome, by donation

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

Next class - Friday, September 26th
Friday Night Community Yoga Class in Columbia Heights at Kali Yoga
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, September 29th
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: COMEDY: Monthly: Don't Block the Box Comedy Show at Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights on FRI, Sept 26th - and every last FRI of the month - from 7:30pm - 10:00pm, $3, 21+

Don't Block the Box Comedy Show
at Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights
every last Friday of the month
7:30pm - 10:00pm
$3, 21+

On the last Friday of every month the Wonderland Ballroom presents a showcase with some of the best that local DC comedy has to offer! Come out for some comedy and cheap drinks and stick around for a dance party afterwards if you like.

Next Comedy Show - Friday, September 26th
Don't Block the Box Comedy Show 35: Natalie Shure

Headliner Natalie Shure (Down from NYC! Listed on "The 50 Funniest People in Brooklyn"), Upright Citizens Brigade, author of "Dispatches from the Russian Internet" series on Gawker, contributor to The Onion, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival) FEATURING Sachi Ezura (Down from NYC! Co-author of MTV's "Girl Code", Bridgetown Comedy Festival) Lauren Vino (Down from NYC! Barely Regal Comedy Show) LizaBanks Campagna (DC's own, recently written up by the Washington Post) Host  Linsay Deming (Church Night) |

Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights

Thursday, September 18, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: Meditation most SUN mornings from 10:00am - 12:00pm + Yoga in Spanish every SAT from 11:00am - 12:00pm + The next Free Four Week MON Night Intro to Meditation begins MON, Oct 13th, RSVP now, All events are Free and at the Science of Spirituality DC Center

Science of Spirituality  has a new home in DC!
All programs are free and open to the public
See the schedule or calendar page for more program information.

The Science of Spirituality Meditation Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and launched its first community outreach program in the 2014. The classes will practice Jyoti meditation, a discipline focusing on the experience of inner light. Although its Meditation Center is new, Science of Spirituality has been continuously active in the DC area since 1953. As part of an international, nonprofit, multi-faith organization consisting of two thousand centers and a million members world-wide, Science of Spirituality welcomes the community to participate in its meetings and activities. The group’s president is spiritual leader and author, H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, world renowned for his books on meditation and spirituality, and for leading conferences and workshops promoting love, unity, and peace, in all lands and among all peoples, through the practice of meditation.

Schedule Update:  Effective July 20th  group meditation will start at 10:00am, followed by a talk/ satsang in English from 11:00am - 12:00pm. There will also be a Hindi group from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. The Spanish language group no longer will meet on Saturdays, but will join the main group on Sundays for meditation at 10:00 and satsang at 11:00. The Spanish language group will, however, continue with its yoga class from 11:00am - 12:00pm on Saturdays, with the same contact info. and requirement to register.
Weekly on Saturdays - 
Yoga class en Espanol  - with Argeny Rodriguez

Saturdays - this month - September  6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
Spanish Language Yoga
11:00am - 12:00pm
Yoga Class limited to 8 students. Please Register beforehand: or (703) 212-8140.

Weekly on Sundays - except the first Sunday of the month
Note: new schedule beginning on July 20th, 2014

Sundays - this month - September 14th, 21st and 28th 
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

Free Four-Week Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next four week session!

Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks
Next session begins on Monday, September 15th!

Mondays - October 13th, 20th & 27th and November 3rd 
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP now to ensure your space!
RSVP required, email or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582.
Introductory classes will run in four-week cycles which repeat. For those who wish to go on after the introductory 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 - 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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

ON VIEW: ART: "Hothouse Video: Saya Woolfalk" at the Capitol Skyline Hotel SAT, Sept 20th - FRI, Nov 14th, Free

© Saya Woolfalk, Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow
Artworks + Projects, New York
Hothouse Video: Saya Woolfalk at the Capitol Skyline Hotel
On view Saturday, September 20th - Friday, November 14th

"Saya Woolfalk is a New York-based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. In this exhibition, Woolfalk presents video projects from the last 10 years of her practice, Winter Garden Hybrid Love Objects, Ethnography of No Place, and selections from her most recent video series, The Empathics and ChimaTEK. Combining live action footage with elaborately constructed installations, costumes, and stop-motion animation, Woolfalk’s videos transport viewers to a fantastical, alternative universe."

Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 I Street SW
Metro: Navy Yard and walk about 9 minutes, see walking map from metro