Friday, February 27, 2015

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! More Free events this FRI, Feb 27 - MON, March 2 from, a great Resource for Arts & 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 and you can connect with on facebook now too! TICKETPLACE is another great program of CultureCapital where you can find half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at

Friday,  February 27

Lunchtime - Author Talk & Signing at The Archives - Archives
A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life
Between the 18th and mid-20th centuries, countless African Americans passed as white, leaving behind families and friends, roots and community. Historian Allyson Hobbs explores the possibilities and challenges that racial indeterminacy presented to men and women living in a country obsessed with racial distinctions. A book signing will follow the program.
National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Afternoon - Author Talk at the Smithsonian Anacostia - Anacostia
Author Talk with Heather M. Butts  at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
The service of African American doctors, nurses, and surgeons in defense of the Union during the Civil War is explored by Dr. Heather M. Butts, author of the book African American Medicine in Washington, DC: Healing the Capital During the Civil War Era. A book-signing follows the talk. Limited copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE
Metro: Anacostia, see metro trip-planner for bus options from metro

Art by local artist Ben Tolman
Evening - Art Opening at Flashpoint - Chinatown 
Reception for Ben Tolman: Civilized at Flashpoint in Chinatown
Presented by: CulturalDC at Flashpoint Gallery
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Through drawings, sculpture and video, Ben Tolman explores the relationship between people and their constructed environment and to each other within that environment. The exhibit will be on view from February 27 - March 28, open Wednesday - Saturday from 12:00pm - 6:00pm and by appointment.
Flashpoint Gallery
916 G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, 9th & G exit, by MLK Library

7:00pm - 9:15pm
Please click link above to read more about the films, screening at American University, presented by the National Gallery of Art. Two films: Central Station (1998, 113 minutes) and Socorro Nobre (1996, 23 minutes).
American University - Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater
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

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

Saturday, February 28

Afternoon - Curator Talk on the Civil War Exhibit at the Smithsonian -  Anacostia
Curator Kathryn Jacob talks about the new Civil War Exhibit at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum
Kathryn Jacob, Curator of Manuscripts, Schlesinger Library, Harvard University talks about the library’s current exhibition What They Wrote, What They Saved: The Personal Civil War. The exhibition features diaries, letters, and first-hand accounts from men and women affected by the strife and conditions of that period. These stories complement ACM’s new exhibition, How the Civil War Changed Washington (February 2, 2015 – November 15, 2015) in which the personal stories of several Washingtonians living in the nation’s capitol during the war are featured.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE
Metro: Anacostia, see metro trip-planner for bus options from metro 

Afternoon - Art Opening in Upper Georgetown - Georgetown
Opening for Thirty Years of Discoveries Paintings, Calligraphy and Ceramics by Stephen Addiss
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Stephen Addiss is a painter, poet, ceramicist, musician, and Japanese art historian. Addiss was a professor for thirty-six years, retiring in 2013 from a distinguished position at the University of Richmond. He began studying calligraphy and ink painting in 1969 with Asian scholars, later studying in Japan and Taiwan. This exhibition features over thirty years of ink paintings, calligraphy and ceramics.
Robert Brown Gallery
1662 33rd St, NW
near Reservoir Rd, south of R St 
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro, or take the Circulator, Union-Station, Georgetown route, to the stop closest to Reservoir Rd, near the end of the line

Late Afternoon - Film Screening at the NGA West Building - Archives
3:30pm - 5:30pm
(João Moreira Salles, 2004, 117 minutes)
Luis Inácio (Lula) da Silva rose from poverty to become one of Brazils most popular presidents. João Moreira Salles had access to Lula during the 2002 campaign and fills his film with behind-the- scenes footage, foregrounding the "intermissions" between big public events.
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

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

Sunday, March, 1 

Afternoon - Author Talk & Signing at the NGA West Building - Archives
Lecture and Book Signing: Other Planes of There
Renée Green, artist, filmmaker, writer, and director, MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; in conversation with James Meyer, associate curator of modern art, National Gallery of Art.  Book signing of Other Planes of There: Selected Writings follows.
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

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

Monday, March 2

Evening - UMD School of Music Concert at The Clarice Smith Center - College Park, MD 
TEMPO Spring Concert
Established and run by graduate students at the UMD School of Music, TEMPO premieres new music happening beyond the walls of the University of Maryland.The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Stadium Drive, UMD - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a bus or taxi

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

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UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Today! Weekly: The Friday Noon Concert Series at the Arts Club of Washington hosts Free Mini-Concerts most Fridays, beginning FRI, Feb 20, from 12:00pm - 12:30pm, Free

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

Friday, February 27
Friday Noon Concert
The first Friday Noon Concert of the new year!

"Join us this week for the first concert of the 2015 Season. "All Brazilian!" celebrates the life and culture of Brazil through music. The first two pieces describe an annual June Music Festival and a lover's serenade to his beloved. The third piece ("Concertino Caboclo") describes the melting pot nature of Brazil and some of its mythical characters. Our musicians are among the favorite repeat performers of the Friday Noon Concerts: flutist Kathleen Trahan and pianist Milena Gligic."

"A longstanding Arts Club tradition, this popular concert series celebrated its 600th Friday performance last year. The concerts are held Fridays at noon, at the Arts Club, 2017 I Street NW. The concerts are free and open to the public, and typically last for about a half hour, featuring vocal and/or instrumental performances." Note: If no details are noted, you may want to call to confirm there is a concert before heading over there (202) 331-7282.

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Today! Weekly: The Friday Morning Music Club Weekly Chamber Music Recital continues on FRI, Feb 27 - 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, February 27
see program details here 

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: MINDFULNESS: Tonight! New Mindfulness Happy Hour in Dupont Circle, Relating Games and Meditation led by Klia Bassing of Visit Yourself every Friday night at Transformational Acupuncture! FRI, Feb 27 from 7:15pm - 8:30pm, $10 special offer for fans of Free in DC

Mindfulness Happy Hours in Dupont Circle led by Klia Bassing of Visit Yourself every Friday night at Transformational Acupuncture
Friday, February 27
7:15pm - 8:30pm
$10 special offer for Free in DC fans
Enter Promo code FREEINDC for reduced rate of $10 for your first event, regular price is $26

My friend Klia Bassing recently started hosting these fabulous Friday night Mindfulness Happy Hours and she is wanting to create a richer community of folks who may or may not be able afford the initial $26 first-time fee right now. This is not your usual happy hour. Upcoming Fridays - February 27, March 6 & March 13

Spend your Friday night "Happy Hour" in a new way! Meditating + Relating. Do you get bored with conversations that don’t feel real? Would you like to stay connected to your inner experience even while connecting with others? Does an evening of guided meditations and mindfulness games sound like your kind of good time? Come on out to one of these Mindfulness Happy Hours! Evening overview of what to expect:
  • Guided 10-15 minute meditation at the beginning of the eve, short guided meditation at the end
  • Interactive mindfulness games that invite you to be authentic, self-aware, and compassionate Some games will be in a large group, some in small groups
  • In-between games, there will be time to share individual experiences
  • At the end of the evening, you'll feel relaxed and--from having deeply connected with one another--the warmth of belonging.
For your first time attending, use the coupon code FREEINDC to bring the "one alumni entry" from $15 to $10. Each person attending will need to register on their own. If you have a fabulous tome and would like to attend another Mindfulness Happy Hour, you can attend for as little as $12/session if you purchase multiple entries (for yourself and/or to bring friends) instead of the regular $26 fee.

Klia Bassing in an interview on NBC news
Klia Bassing, MBA, MPP, a Mindfulness Meditation instructor since 2004, founded Visit Yourself at Work and is a teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (I met Klia through IMCW years ago when I first started meditating). You can find her on twitter @visityourself.  Klia brings a deep attentive presence and is known for her compassion and humor. If she senses it would be helpful to normalize a client's experience, she's shares her own personal experiences. Prior to teaching Mindfulness Meditation, Klia worked in international development at The World Bank and in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Transformational Acupuncture was founded Jeremy Riesenfeld, M.Ac., L.Ac., (who I first met when I was volunteering years ago at Crossings Healing in Silver Spring, MD). Jeremy has a passion for helping people transform their lives and health. For the past decade, he has used acupuncture and holistic health coaching to help patients with a range of mental, emotional and physical conditions. Learn more about him and the services offered here.

Transformational Acupuncture
1645 Connecticut Ave, NW
3rd floor, above The Hair Cuttery
Note: accessible by stairs only, no elevator
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q st north exit, walk north on Conn Ave, right side, about a block
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UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Tonight! 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, February 27

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: Tonight! Weekly: Community Yoga Class at Kali Yoga in Columbia Heights every FRI with Sachin from 6:30pm - 7:45pm + every SUN from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, teachers vary, by donation, RSVP online recommended

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

Next Class - Friday, February 27
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 22
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: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! Daily: Free Performance 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
Click here for a complete schedule of performances

Upcoming Performances:
Fri Feb 27 Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Sat Feb 28 Ukulele Joy: A Strum-Along Jam Session with The Sweater Set and Louisa Hall

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 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 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: Last Chance! New Art Space in NE near Brookland, ReCreative Spaces, presents "Duologue: Portraits, Patterns, Prints" works by Graham Patrick & Rose Jaffe, from FRI, Feb 6 - SAT, Feb 28, Gallery Hours THURS - SUN, Free

"Duologue: Portraits, Patterns, Prints" on view at ReCreative Spaces
Friday, February 6 - Saturday, February 28

Gallery Hours: 
Thursday & Friday 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm and by appointment

Local DC artists Rose Jaffe and Graham Patrick combine their passions for portraiture, printing and photography in this unique show of collaborative works.

Graham Patrick and Rose Jaffe
ReCreative Spaces, located near Brookland, is a new space in NE, created in partnership with The Menkiti Group, for people to gather and share their passion for art of all kinds! See their calendar of events here.

ReCreative Spaces
1613 Rhode Island Ave NE
Metro: Rhode Island Ave and take the 81, 82, 83, or 86 bus directly to the front of the space. See metro trip-planner for bus times and options. Folks driving car find street parking in the area.

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: The next Free Four-Week Intro to Meditation series begins on MON, March 2 and continues on Monday March 9, 16 & 23 at the Science of Spirituality DC Center from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free, RSVP now to ensure your space

Free Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next session!
Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks

I was just informed that even if you missed the first class on February 2 you can still join in the February class for the next three weeks!

Next full four week session begins in March!
Mondays - March 2, 9, 16 & 23
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, 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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

UPCOMING: RETREAT: Free Women's Day Retreat - Workshops, Meditation, Yoga & Vegetarian Lunch - SAT, March 7 at Science of Spirituality's DC Center from 9:30am - 3:00pm, Please RSVP to ensure your space

Science of Spirituality presents Women's Day: Inviting Women of All Cultures and Traditions to Celebrate
Saturday, March 7
9:30am - 3:00pm
Free, Please RSVP here!
The theme for this retreat will be Healing Hearts

Come out and revitalize your mind, body and soul in honor of International Women's Day at this free daytime retreat at the Science of Spirituality's Center located in a residential neighborhood in DC, near Arizona & Cathedral Ave, NW. Vegetarian lunch will be provided to all who attend.

This day long retreat will include two pre-lunch and two-post lunch workshops with various speakers and instructors on meditation, yoga, aging with grace and self-leadership. Each workshop will last approximately 1 hour. Questions?

SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries and ongoing Sunday morning meditations as well as free four week introduction to Jyoti Meditation  on Monday nights at their DC Center.

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.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: DANCE: ReCreative Spaces hosts Two Dance Classes! Contradiction Dance Open Class SAT, Feb 28, and every SAT through March 21, 12:30pm - 2:00pm, Pay-what-you-can + Hip-Hop Dance Class on TUES, March 3 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm, $10, advance RSVP recommended

Hip-Hop Dance Class with Natasha at ReCreative Spaces
every Tuesday through March 3
7:00pm - 8:00pm
$10, no service fee online, RSVP recommended as space is limited
Final Class in this series - Tuesday, March 3

Open to all levels, most appropriate for those returning to dance after some time, or those with little to no previous dance experience. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and clean sneakers.

Learn the fundamentals of this street-style dance form in a fun, relaxed environment. Class will include elements of choreography and freestyle, to help students develop their own sense of style.

Natasha Hawkins is currently the Director of Groove Elements, a Joy of Motion youth Hip Hop Company. Natasha has trained with both local and national talent including Aysha Upchurch, Tony Czar, Neil Schwartz, Jared Jenkins, Jason Anderson, and many others. She began dancing at a young age at the RJV School of Dance and continued dancing in high school and college, where she served as the president of the on-campus organization, Dark Arts Performing Dance Company at the University of Delaware. Natasha has danced at many area venues and has served as the director of Joy of Motion’s resident adult Hip Hop Company, DCypher Dance.

Kelly King
Open Class with Contradiction Dance
drop-in class every Saturday through March 21
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Pay-what-you-can, $15 suggested donation
Please bring a water bottle and dress in layers if you can

Kelly King invites you to join the company each week in an exploration of various styles of contemporary dance and approaches to movement. Class typically includes an introduction, conditioning warm-up, across the floor exercises and a choreographed combination. Kelly is known for her warm and inviting approach to class; she encourages all who are curious to attend with an open heart and open mind!

Remaining classes on Saturday - February 28, March 7, 14 & 21. Stay tuned to the Contradiction Dance Facebook and Twitter pages for class updates during times where weather conditions may be bad.

ReCreative Spaces
1613 Rhode Island Ave NE
Metro: Rhode Island Ave and take the 81, 82, 83, or 86 bus directly to the front of the space. See metro trip-planner for bus times and options. Folks driving car find street parking in the area. You can also hop in an uber from the metro, select uberx for the most affordable option. Get $20 off your first ride when you download the app and use the promo code FREEINDC14.

Monday, February 23, 2015

UPCOMING: YOGA: WithLove DC hosts their Final Free Community Yoga Class at the US Botanical Garden on SAT, Feb 28 from 10:30am - 11:30am, doors 10:00am, come early to get a spot

every Saturday in February
10:30am - 11:30am
doors at 10:00am, come early to get a spot!

Saturday, February 28 - last class in this series

Learn more about WithLove DC and keep tabs on their upcoming pop-up community yoga classes throughout the city. See photos from the first Practice With Love Pop Up at the Botanical Garden
US Botanical Garden 
100 Maryland Avenue, SW
Metro; Federal Center or take a bus closer, see metro trip-planner for bus access

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Lots more great Free and low-cost events to choose from this SAT, Feb 28

More Free and low-cost events to choose from this Saturday, February 28

Free, please RSVP here as space is limited
Note: This workshop is for those 16 and older
"Want to learn the basics of improv comedy? Look no further! DC-based improv comedy troupe Press Play is hosting a Free improv workshop that will teach the basic philosophy and techniques of improv comedy. Participants will engage in fun group-based exercises that focus on agreement and building on the ideas of others.No previous experience required. Attendees should wear loose fitting clothing and come ready to have fun. On a personal note: I've taken a few workshops with Coonoor, founder of Mindhatch, who is part of this troupe and she is fabulous! Not sure who is leading this one but it should be lots of fun. Love the Yes... and exercise! 
Hyattsville Municipal Building
4310 Gallatin St - Hyattsville, MD
a few blocks from the Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville 
Metro: West Hyattsville and bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus options there from other metro stations as well. You may want to consider using uber or lyft  to get there (see note below with promo for first time users!)

BloomScreen & DCIFF present: The Other Barrio
Film and Discussion following the screening
2:00pm - 4:00pm
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested
Proceeds support both the DC Independent Film Festival and BloomBars. Free organic popcorn.
Bloombars and the DC Independent Film Festival take on the issue of gentrification with The Other Barrio (2015, 91 min, see trailer) by Dante Betteo - A Latino investigator sifting through the suspicious circumstances of a fatal fire in a residential hotel in San
Francisco’s Mission District, finds himself face-to-face with greed, corruption and his own personal demons. This independent Neo-noir feature film, based on a story by San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia, uses San Francisco’s dramatic city-scape as a backdrop as it takes viewers deep into neighborhoods and communities seldom seen on film, while addressing issues around gentrification and displacement of low-income communities along the way. The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Deirdre Evans-Pritchard, Executive Director of DC Independent Film Festival.
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

A Metro Mambo presents: Sring - African American Intersections with Latin Jazz
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Free, advance RSVP required
“Metro Mambo” Latin-jazz lecture/concert series continues with “SPING (Spanish+Swing),” an afternoon of film clips highlighting African-American intersections in Latin-jazz. The selected video clips will offer insights on the cross-cultural impact of Latin-jazz and mambo, particularly how the popular explosion of Latin-music in the mid-20th century led African-Americans to reconnect with African rhythms. Cuban sandwiches and other food and drink will be available for purchase beginning at 1:00pm.
1231 Good Hope Road SE 
Metro: Anacostia and walk or take a bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus options. You may want to consider using uber or lyft  to get there (see note below with promo for first time users!)

#BLACKARTMATTERS - Art & Music Showcase
at Lamont Street Collective in Mt Pleasant
3:00pm - whenever it ends
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested
Proceeds go to the DC #BlackLivesMatter
Sounds by: Exactly, Nag Champa, Jenna Camille, Jamal Moore, John Moon,
Mind Over Matter, Music Over Mind
and more + Words by: Rasheedah Phillips & Thomas Stangley + Visuals by.... and Vibes by all of you attending! Plus, on a "first-come-first-eat basis" Dr. Stanley will serve a pot of homemade vegan stew
1822 Lamont St NW 
Note that this is a collective, a large group house
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk or take the 42 bus from Dupont Circle north toward Mt Pleasant to Lamont St

Free Writing Workshop for Artists! Writing for Artists: A Participatory Workshop with Robert Bettmann at the Tenleytown Library
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Free, space is limited to 20 participants, RSVP here to ensure your space
Arts writer, editor, and founder of the magazine Bourgeon, Robert Bettmann, leads this free 90 minute hands-on workshop hosted by Bettmann's organization, Day Eight. Attendees will consider various types of writing by artists, including press releases, artist statements, web text, and grant applications. Participants are invited to bring examples of their writing to workshop by the group, and will have the opportunity to draft and workshop new text. Participants can expect to leave with a clearer understanding of how to pursue their writing projects more effectively. This workshop is presented through a generous grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. More about the workshop facilitator: Rob has taught similar workshops for the Rockville Art League, Washington Project for the Arts, and Hamiltonian Artists. He is editor of the recently published book, Bourgeon: Fifty Artists Write About Their Work and author of Somatic Ecology: Somatics, Nature, Humanity and the Human Body (2009, Verlag). He was artist in residence at the Los Almendros Somatic Research Center in Costa Rica (which he wrote about for Conscious Dancer magazine). He received a BA in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College, an MA in Dance from American University and the certificate in Public and Non Profit Management from Georgetown University.
He has also performed ballet and modern dance professionally for a decade.  Rob is a man of many passions and talents. He's also a dad, a dancer, a contact-improver, and friend of mine. This should be a great workshop!
Tenley-Friendship Library
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Metro: Tenleytown, right across from the metro

Art Opening + Meet the Artist Great Chapin-McGill
The International Lifestyle Services' Team invites you to see the works of Greta Chapin-McGill and to meet her at the opening reception. Learn more about the artist on her website here. If you can't make it to this event the show will be on view through Friday, March 20 with a closing reception and artist talk that night at 6:00pm.
Gallery NK 
321 Rear K St NE
Metro: Union Station and walk about 15 minutes. See metro trip-planner for additional bus options that may get you closer or consider using uber or lyft (see note below with promo for first time users!)

The Vagina Monologues East of the River
$10 + $1.54 service fee online or call/text Simona at 216-374-7932 to bypass service fee
Recommended for those 14 and older 
All proceeds generated benefit a local Women's Shelter, Calvary Women's Services in SE DC. 
For the first time The Vagina Monologue comes East of the River DC! This event combines theatre performance and activism for a cause.
The Vagina Monologues is a collection of stories from women of different ages, races, and backgrounds about their vaginas. In sharing their stories awareness against the violence women face and empowerment toward their independence ensued. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. 
1231 Good Hope Road SE
Metro: Anacostia and walk or take a bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus options. You may want to consider using uber or lyft  to get there (see note below with promo for first time users!)

Flo Anito @ Intersections Festival, Atlas Performing Arts Center debut!
7:30pm - 9:30pm, with a break 8:30pm-9:00pm
All ages, drinks available for purchase for 21+
My friend Flo Anito plays her first show at the Atlas Performing Arts Center as part of the INTERSECTIONS Festival (which hosts over 125 shows consisting of music, dance, theatre, film, spoken word, etc over the course of just 3 weekends.... most of which are more than $10 but some are less, or even free, like this show!)
The description lists her as a "A quirky, clever multiple-WAMMIE-nominated songwriter with a great big voice, that is in turn, sweet, sultry, powerful and emotive."
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Washington Post Cafe Concert Stage - Kogod Lobby
1333 H St NE
Metro: Closest metro is Union Station but no direct buses from there, you can catch the X2 bus along H St NW from Gallery Pl - Chinatown if you don't want to take an uberx, taxi, etc...  (see note below for uber and lyft promos for first time users!) or you can catch any of the 90 line buses that go to 8th & H St NE and walk over. See metro trip-planner for bus info. 
9:00pm show, 7:00pm doors
$10 in advance here, $12 day of
The Riverbreaks - listenwatch, visit their website + Letitia VanSant & The Bonafides (guitarist David McKindley-Ward, drummer Will McKindley-Ward, and bassist Tom Liddle) play "a bold sound charged with the authenticity and sense of purpose we pine for in Americana... their full-throated harmonies, disarming rapport, casual habit of trading around instruments, and general penchant to have a good time" + local musician Sam, McCormally (Fellow Creatures, formerly of Ugly Purple Sweater). Sam is a guitarist, keyboardist, singer, and composer whose "songs set peculiar melodies in unusual harmonic contexts, and his vivid and often funny lyrics grapple with personal struggles, metaphysical experiences, and broader social issues." 
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 to the stop closest to M St & Wisconsin or 34th St NW. You may want to consider using uber or lyft  to get there (see note below with promo for first time users!)

Note: You may want to consider using uber or lyft  to get there, depending on where you are coming from and how cold it is outside it might make the commute much easier. Smart phone users can download the app and  get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 and $20 off your first Uber ride with the promo code FREEINDC14 when you sign up here: uber - Note: Be sure to select uberx for best price!

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: Free Meditation returns on SUN, March 8 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 - March 8, 15, 22 & 29
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 - February 28, March 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.

UPCOMING: THEATER: Washington Avant Bard's final Pay-What-You-Can Matinee of "Othello" at Theatre on the Run in Arlington, VA on SAT, Feb 28 from 2:00pm - 4:30pm

"Othello" at Theatre on the Run in Arlington
Final Pay-What-You-Can Saturday Matinees
Saturday, February 28
2:00pm - 4:30pm
by donation, buy tickets online or at the door

WSC, Washington Avant Bard, presents a story of love, betrayal and uncontrollable compulsions, William Shakespeare’s timeliest tragedy unfolds against the backdrop of war in the Middle East and the struggles of returning veterans to cope with their traumas. A psychological thriller at the intimate 85 seat black box theater, Theatre on the Run.

Theatre on the Run
3700 South Four Mile Run Drive -  Arlington, VA
Metro: Pentagon and catch the 25-C bus or the Art 75 bus which stop right in front of the theater.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Weekly: The James Benson Quartet performs on SAT, Feb 28 at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan, Live Jazz every SAT night from 9:30pm - 1:30am, often with Abby Nightingale on vocals, Free

Live Jazz with The James Benson Quartet at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan, often with the smooth and sultry vocals of Abby Nightingale
every Saturday night
9:30pm - 1:30am

The James Benson Quartet, who play jazz standards, blues, and bossa nova at Columbia Station every Saturday night, often with Abby Nightingale (listen here), performing sultry and smooth 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

UPCOMING: SHOWCASE: The Capital City Showcase is back with Comedians and Musicians performing at the DCAC in Adams Morgan this SAT, Feb 28 from 10:00pm - 11:30pm, $10 in advance, plus small service fee

The Capital City Showcase at the DCAC
Hosted by Christian Hunt
Saturday, February 28
10:00pm - 11:30pm
$10 online, $15 at the door
Note: small service fee of $1.54 when you purchase your ticket on eventbrite, but I think this event is still worth the price of admission

The Capital City Showcase is a DC-themed variety show that showcases local talent: stand-up comedians, improv comedians, storytellers, bands, acoustic guitarists, and hip-hop artists. The February Showcase will feature Comedians: Sean Joyce, Josh KudernaChris Milner, Sean Savoy and Nicki Fuchs along with Musician Jasmine Gillison and the band YellowTieGuy.

DC Arts Center 
2438 18th St, NW
in the Black Box Theater Adams Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park and walk across the bridge or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill from Woodley Park or Columbia Heights metro to Adams Mill. From Dupont Circle, take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Free Tours & Tastings at the brand new DC-based One Eight Distilling, Offering DC-made spirits for the first time since prohibition, Free Tours every SAT from 1:00pm - 4:00pm, 21+ to taste

New DC Distillery One Eight Opens on 1/8/15 and will be offerring the first vodka and whiskey produced in DC since prohibition! Starting Saturday, January 10 they will be offering free tours and tastings on Saturday afternoons! They are distilling vodka and white whiskey now and will be working on gin and aged whiskeys in future months.

Next Tour & Tasting - Saturday, February 28
Visit their Tours & Tastings page for info
continuing every Saturday
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free, 21+ to taste

Enjoy a tour of the distillery, records on the turntable, and samples of their spirits - they will be distilling vodka, gin and whiskey! You can buy some to take home with you if you like + local vendors and food trucks will be offering food for sale most weeks. 

Location info from their website: "Ivy City and the New York Avenue corridor is one of the few remaining industrial areas in DC. Less than a mile from Union Market, Gallaudet University, and the Hecht Warehouse Development, we are proud to be part of a movement bringing new business and vitality to northeast dc as well as bringing craft spirits to the DC metro area."

1135 Okie St NE
Metro: NoMa-Gallaudet U or Rhode Island Ave and walk or bike, about 25 min walk, or take a taxi or uber (sign up for uber with FREEINDC14 code and get $20 off your first ride), just a 5 min drive, also accessible by the D3, D4, E2 and E3 bus. Driving? Free on-street parking available. 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Monthly: "Community Day" at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Free admission on SUN, March 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, March 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: The "Afternoon Encounters with Music" series at the National Gallery of Art continues on SUN, March 1 with Musica ad Rhenum 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, March 1 
Concert: Musica ad Rhenum
Music by Bach and Telemann
West Building, West Garden Court
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Monthly: *Sparkle* Queer-Driven Open Mic for Poets, Musicians and all styles SUN, March 1 - and every first SUN of the month - from 8:00pm - 10:00pm at Busboys and Poets 14th & V St NW, All ages, $5

*Sparkle* monthly queer-driven open mic for poets, musicians and all styles of performance at
Busboys and Poets 14th & V St NW
every first Sunday of the month
8:00pm - 10:00pm, sign up 7:45pm
All ages, $5
see the facebook page for details

Tickets available at the door and online 24 hours before the show

Next *Sparkle* - Sunday, March 1 
*Sparkle* featuring Kris Gebhard, spotlight Tyler Vile

Sparkle is queer-driven open mic for all. Co-hosted by Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou, Sparkle houses a unique community of queer writers and allies.

Sign up begins at 7.45pm space is limited. 5 minutes. Acoustic and/or Spoken Word: Comedy, Poetry, Fiction. Please refrain from transphobic, homophobic and misogynistic works or any kind of "istic"

The March edition will feature "the widely talented, community-building powerhouse Kris Gebhard" and the spotlight performer will be "poetic truth teller Tyler Vile." 

About this month's features: Kris moved to DC in June, 2014 after many years in Minneapolis, MN and is excited to find a new home poetry home at Sparkle! He says: "Performance poetry has been enabling me to face truth, empowering me to provoke others, and cradling me affectionately since I discovered it 8 years ago. I host a monthly potluck dinner of queer poets and appreciators, all thoughtful folks are welcome to join us -- facebook friend / message me so I can add you to the group. I'm also a percussionist. I play marimba, set, and congas -- always looking to jam, musicians hit me up!"  Tyler Vile is a physically disabled queer trans woman who writes and performs poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, and much more. She has been published in The Bicycle Review, The Round-Up Writer’s Zine, and Bluestockings Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Punk Globe Magazine and has performed at Capturing Fire. 

Busboys and Poets
14th & V St NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus, Woodley Park/14th St/McPherson Sq line, right to 14th & U

Sunday, February 22, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Live Music Jam Series at the O St Mansion in Dupont Circle - Bluegrass Jam on SUN, March 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, Note: Select "stuff" when you go to check out otherwise they'll ask you for a donation amount. You can donate stuff to the mansion if you like. They accept all kinds of quirky things which they sell to visitors on site. I have some great espresso cups with saucers I picked up there.

Sunday, March 1
first Sunday of the month - Bluegrass Jam

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

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

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

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

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

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

New location as of March 2nd, 2014

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: 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 $9 suggested, please give as you can,  cash donations can be made after class or online here.

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

Next YCDC - Sunday, March 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: MUSIC: Free Gamelan Classes at the Embassy of Indonesia in Dupont Circle every MON & THURS night from 6:30pm-8:30pm, Free, Please RSVP

Free Gamelan Classes at the Embassy of Indonesia in Dupont Circle
every Monday & Thursday night
from January 5 - December 22
Free, RSVP here

"Gamelan is traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali in Indonesia, made up predominantly of percussive instruments. The most common instruments are metallophones played by mallets as well as a set of hand played drums called kendhang which register the beat." - Wikipedia

Embassy of Indonesia
2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Metro: Dupont Circle