Wednesday, September 3, 2014

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! Step Explosion performs on WED, Sept 3rd at 7:00pm + More Free events this THURS, Sept 4th - MON, Sept 8th from - a Fabulous 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! Check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of more free events and exhibits on view and connect with on facebook too.

Wednesday, September 3rd

Step Afrika! brings the excitement and energy of stepping to DC Parks and Recreation Centers in all 8 Wards this summer with the second annual Step Afrika! Step Explosion.
RH Terrell Recreation Campus
155 L Street, NW
Metro: Union Station or see metro trip-planner for closer bus access

Thursday, September 4th

Art on 8th: Alex Martin 
Alex Martin seeks to create music that expresses his unique confluence of world cultures, what he calls “New World jazz.” A graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at Austin, he makes music that tells stories of the exotic and the familiar – all of us being “exotic” to someone else in the rich tapestry of human culture. Presented by Dance Place
716 Monroe St NE
Metro: Brookland - CUA, or take a bus, see metro trip-planner for bus access

Step Explosion
Step Afrika! brings the excitement and energy of stepping to DC Parks and Recreation Centers in all 8 Wards this summer with the second annual Step Afrika! Step Explosion.
Rita Bright Recreation Campus
2500 14th Street, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk downhill or take the 52 or 54 bus along 14th St to stop closest to Clifton

Opening reception for retrospective of master metalsmith, Komelia Okim. 
155 Gibbs St - Rockville, MD
Metro: Rockville, about a 5 minute walk from the metro. See metro and driving/parking directions here.

5:00pm - 8:00pm
An artist makes many decisions before and during the creative process. Often the finished work is not at all like the original concept. Each work in this show will include a short statement by the artist on their original inspiration, and how it evolved as the work progressed. This show will be juried by James Farrah.
Gallery Underground
Crystal City Shops
2100 Crystal Dr - Arlington, VA
Metro: Crystal City

Find more free events + exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on!

Saturday, September 6th

10:00am - 3:00pm
A day of free musical activities for the community presented by the DC Youth Orchestra Program! Enjoy free master classes, open rehearsals an instrument petting zoo, and concerts by local musicians.
1700 E. Capitol St NE
Metro: Stadium-Armory

10:00am - 11:00am
Discover how people, including Shakespeare himself, used heraldry to describe their family history. This program is recommended for children ages 6–12. Advanced registration is required. Reserve your spot here!
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Metro: Capitol South

Move This World (for Adults)
10:30am - 12:30pm
Recommended that you call ACM at 202.633.4844 to register for this event
Performance troupe Move This World leads an interactive empowerment workshop based on the themes in the Ubuhle exhibition related to self-esteem, independence, and empowerment. The group uses gesturing and body movement as a platform for participants to attain a sense of self-empowerment.
1901 Fort Place, SE (map)
Metro: Anacostia and take the W2 bus, see metro trip-planner for bus access from metro

1:00pm - 7:00pm
Click link above for info, complete details here.
Gateway Park
Lee Hwy & N. Lynn St - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn

The culminating show for Step Explosion will feature 8 of the greatest step teams in the DMV along with the dynamic artists of Step Afrika.
Raymond Recreation Center
3725 10th St NW
Metro: Georgia Ave - Petworth

Two films. Read more about the films by clicking the link above. Introduced by Peter von Bagh. Remembrance is a  poetic assemblage of reflections, photos, prose, paintings, and archival fragments linked to the Finnish town of Oulu (2013, 69 minutes). Splinters tells the story of the Aho- Soldan family. (2011, 74 minutes).
McEvoy Auditorium
betweeen 7th & 9th and F & G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown

3:00pm - 5:00pm
In the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, curator Kade Twist discusses the importance of the work in Hacking Objects of Desire. Three indigenous Norwegian artists examine pertinent question about commercialism and globalism as they re-appropriate everyday objects to reflect the worldview of the S├ími people. The exhibition features photographs, sculpture, and video.
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union St - Alexandria, VA 
Metro: King St and take a bus south along King St to the Waterfront or take the free Trolley down to the Waterfront

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Artists’ Talk at 5:00pm
At the Fisher Art Gallery. “Electronic Aesthetics” is curated by Judith HeartSong, Washington ArtWorks Director of Resident Artist Programs and Exhibitions, and presents two Maryland based artists, Eric Celarier and Glen Kessler. In their work, Celarier and Kessler share a principal concern with how the advent of the microchip has initiated a hyper evolution of societal and technological change. The interplay between Celarier’s circuit board “quilts” and Kessler’s “CircuitScape” paintings reveals a beautiful and intriguing take on the changing role technology plays in our lives.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall
at NoVa Community College
3001 North Beauregard St - Alexandria, VA
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro. Driving?  Parking available in the Beauregard Garage $2 per hour.

5:00pm - 8:00pm
Axis is an exhibition of visual and literary arts created by 13 artists linked into an alliance by the common experience of having been fellows at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.
Brentwood Arts Exchange
At the Gateway Arts Center
3901 RI Ave - Brentwood, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheep Jones returns to plan b for her 4th solo show. Her works are always a favorite and sell quickly. Ranging in size from 6” x 6” to 48” x 60”, the works take on various concepts and include wildlife like owls, fish, birds, and bees or plant life and the roots below. Undoubtedly, a few of her paintings will include her iconic shed/house imagery.
1530 14th St NW
Metro: U St or McPherson Sq and take the Circulator bus to 14th & RI Ave/ P St or walk, also walking distance from Dupont

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

Sunday, September 7th

12:00pm - 5:00pm
"Community Day" free admission every first Sunday of the month!
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Metro: Metro Center or take any number of buses that go to 13th & H St NW

Readings by Poet Christine Kitano and Author Timothy Denevi 
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Timothy Denevi reads from Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD. He is joined by poet and Emerging Writer Fellowship recipient Christine Kitano, author of Birds of Paradise. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest

Courtesy of Jewish Historical
Society of Greater Washington Collections.
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Program will include remarks by Ambassador Richard Schifter, “Voices of the Movement” concert by Robyn Helzner, and ceremonial ribbon cutting. This award-winning exhibition tells the story of the two-decades long effort by Washington Jews to free their refusenik brethren living in the Soviet Union. Voices of the Vigil showcases more than 90 historic photos, archival documents, protest buttons and t-shirts, and other memorabilia to tell the story of our community’s role in the struggle for freedom for Soviet Jewry. In addition to holding a 20-year daily vigil across the street from the Soviet Embassy, Washington Jews organized rallies and marches, lobbied politicians, mailed letters and packages to refuseniks, and visited Jews in the Soviet Union.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd - Rockville, MD 
Metro: White Flint and walk, bus or taxi, about a two minute drive or a twenty minute walk
Find more free events + exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on!

Monday, September 8th 

Cass R. Sunstein, the nation’s most-cited legal scholar, discusses his latest book Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas, a compilation of his most famous, insightful, relevant, and inflammatory pieces. Sunstein cuts through the fog of left vs. right arguments and offers logical, evidence-based solutions to today’s most challenging questions. A book signing will follow the program.
National Archives
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Find more free events + exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on!

UPCOMING: ART: Celebrate the Opening of 5x5 - DC's Largest Public Art Project! RSVP now to ensure your space on the Free Public Bus Tours of the Art Installations SAT, Sept 6th at 11:00am and 2:00pm + Enjoy Free Workshops, Art Openings, Poetry and more as part of the Opening Weekend, SAT, Sept 6th & SUN, Sept 7th

Opening Weekend for 5x5 - DC's Largest Public Art Project!
Saturday, September 6th & Sunday, September 7th

5x5 = 5 curators x 5 artists each
Saturday, September 6th - Saturday, December 6th

5x5, a project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, launches with free public bus tours and special events! The three-month long District-wide public art exhibitions will go on view beginning Saturday, September 6th with free bus tours and art events for DC residents and visitors throughout the weekend!

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. All events are free and open to the public!

Opening Weekend Highlights include: 

Saturday, September 6th

Free Public Bus Tours of 5x5 Art!

Hop on the Bus - Get a Tour of the Art!
11:00am - 1:30pm
RSVP here
Meet at 4th & I St, SW
Metro: Waterfront

Hop on the Bus - Get a Tour of the Art!
2:00pm - 4:00pm
RSVP here
Meet at 14th & U St, NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus to 14th & U

Performances, Workshops, Art Openings and more!

Nonument Park Opening Reception
11:00am - 1:00pm
Opening reception for Lance Fung's Nonument Park. Performance artists Graham Boyle and Eames Armstrong will perform their respective pieces "End the Quota" and "I'm afraid to be alone at night ever since..." throughout the opening.
Nonument Park
1000 4th St SW
Metro: Waterfront

Concert of traditional and contemporary Persian music, I.R.A.N.U.S.A.
11:00am - 2:00pm
R. L. Christian Library
1300 H Street NE
Metro: bus accessible from along H St, nearest metro to pick up bus is Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Print Workshop in NoMa
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn about screen printing with Oakland-based graphic artist collective Dignidad Rebelde and take home free poster prints featuring images from their new NoMa print works mural. The mural looks back on NoMa’s indigenous histories, and considers how today’s gentrification and housing policies affect futures for neighborhood youth.
1st and N St. NE
Metro: NoMa - Florida Ave

LAND Opening Reception
5:00pm - 8:00pm
LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) will host an opening reception to celebrate the launch of the 5 installations as part of 5×5:2014 on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at artist Glenn Kaino’s installation.
Naval Building 170
200 Tingey Street SE
Metro: Navy Yard

Sunday, September 7th

Afternoon of Poetry & Open Mic at Hillyer Art Space in Dupont Circle
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Hillyer is partnering with The 5×5 Project to collaborate with Curator A.M. Weaver, and her public art project Ceremonies of Dark Men. Enjoy an afternoon of spoken word, open mic and to learn more about the project.
Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! Here's a list of more Free and low-cost events for WED, Sept 3rd

Wednesday, September 3rd

6:30pm - 8:30pm
two-hour workshop only $5
All ages, no need to RSVP, just come ready to write!
continuing every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month!
Starting September 3rd, Split This Rock and The Beltway Poetry Slam (the new reigning champions of the National Poetry Slam!) will be hosting bi-monthly writing workshops on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month. 
Cash preferred. If you bring a check please make it out to "Split This Rock."

1112 16th St NW, Suite 600 - between M and L St 
Metro: McPherson Sq, Farragut North or S2 or S4 bus along 16th to M St  Monthly Wednesday Night Drum Jam!
The final outdoor drum jam of the summer
outside at the Gazebo in Takoma Park, MD
6:30pm - 8:30pm
click image to view larger
Free, donations of $5-$10 are appreciated
Drum outside with a fabulous group of folks on the first Wednesday of the month at the Takoma Park Gazebo, June-September. Bring a chair, some water and a drum. Drums provided for those who are not able to bring their own.
Takoma Park Gazebo
7035 Carroll Ave
Metro: Takoma

Press. Play. Repeat - an Improv Show!
7:30pm - 9:00pm, doors 7:00pm
Online sales end at 3pm on Wednesday
$8 online, plus $1.27 service fee or $10 cash only at the door
Beer and wine available for purchase, cash only, for those 21+
"Lather Up With Laughter! Let Press Play, one of D.C.'s premier longform improv comedy troupes, treat you to a night of comedy and storytelling. Enjoy storytelling by Chase Kimball, comedy from Jon Chesebro and Longform improv by three different troupes:  Ugh!, The Rich and the Richer! and of course, Press Play. Read more about the performers on the invite here.
The Loft at 600 F
600 F St NW, Suite 300
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown 

COMMUNION DC Returns to Gypsy Sally's
with local artist Margot MacDonald, plus music from Diane Birch and Crash
8:30pm, dors 7:00pm
$9.50 in advance til 5:00pm day of, $15 at the door unless sold out, 21+
Come on out for an Ecletctic mix of up and coming musical acts curated by Communion Music
3401 K St NW - close to the Key Bridge on K St by the Waterfront Park
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Farragut North or Rosslyn and take the Circulator bus 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Tonight! Monthly: Flo Anito and friends are back this WED, Sept 3rd for their regular gig at Chief Ike's in Adams Morgan, every first WED of the month from 8:30pm - 11:30pm, Free, 21+

First Wednesday's with Flo Anito and friends
at Chief Ike's in Adams Morgan
every first Wednesday of the month
8:30pm - 11:30pm
Free, 21+

Next Show - Wednesday, September 3rd
see invite for this month - with Andy Branigan

Flo Anito and friends perform live at this free monthly event every first Wednesday. Come on out and support live, local music! The usual lineup is opening act starting at 8:30pm, Flo at 9:30pm, and closing act at 10:30pm.

in Adams Morgan
1725 Columbia Rd, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus two stops from Columbia Rd or Woodley Park and take the Circulator to the Safeway stop.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY: Tonight! Monthly: "Pure Poetry" Open Mic for Poets, Musicians and Vocalists - every first WED of the month - at Pure Lounge on U St, 8:00pm show, doors 6:00pm, $5 before 9:00pm, $10 after, 21+

Pure Poetry at Pure Lounge
every first Wednesday of the month
8:00pm show, 6:00pm doors
Hosted by Orville the Poet
$5 cover, 21+

Next event - Wednesday, September 3rd
see this month's facebook invite for details

Hosted by Orville Walker aka "Orville the Poet." Monthly open mic for poets, musicians and singers. First Wednesdays at Pure.

1326 U St, NW
Metro: U St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! 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+

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. In addition, The Wonderland Ballroom will be offering its “Working Man’s Special” which includes a shot of Jim Beam and a Genesee Cream Ale for $6. All of these show are free of charge, though donations will be collected for the artists. For more info, call 202-431-4704. Wednesdays are Wonderful! The line-up for these fantastic shows is as follows:

First Wednesday of the month - September 3rd
"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! 9:00pm showtime.

Second Wednesday of the month - September 10th
"Church Night" 8:00pm showtime 
Linsay Deming presents an “alternative church service” featuring comedians, musicians, burlesque, and more.
Please Note: As of April 2014, this one has a $5 cover

Third Wednesday of the month - September 17th
"Funny Moms Comedian" 9:00pm showtime
Adam Friedland presents a hilarious evening with some of DC’s funniest comics.

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!

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: KARAOKE: Tonight! Twice-Monthly: Kostume Karaoke every first and third WED night at Little Miss Whiskey's on H St NE from 8:00pm - 1:30am, Free, 21+

Kostume Karaoke at Little Miss Whiskey's twice a month
every first and third Wednesday of the month
8:00pm - 1:30am, or so
Free, 21+
UPDATE: Starting Thursday, April 10th they will switch to a weekly event every Thursday at Solly's!

Next Kostume Karaoke - Wednesday, September 3rd
see facbeook page for next invite with details

Some people come for the karaoke, some come for the costumes, some come for both... and a lot of silliness! Costumes provided, and you must be in costume to take the mic.
Kostume Karaoke now takes place every 1st & 3rd Wednesday at Little Miss Whiskey's on H St, NE. Connect Kostume Karaoke on facebook here.

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

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! The The Dixie Power Trio performs on WED, Sept 3rd 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.

Wednesday, September 3rd
The Dixie Power Trio

Upcoming Performances: 
Sep 4 - Sep 5 Adriane Fang
Sep 6 Okinawan Performing Arts
Sep 7 Alfred Street Baptist Church Music and Arts Ministry Presents "The Glory of Gospel"
Sep 8 Sandaraa
Sep 9 Hoba Hoba Spirit
Sep 10 U.S. Marine Chamber Ensemble

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: TRIVIA: Tonight! Twice-Monthly: Charity Trivia Night and Happy Hour at Solly's on U St, every first and third WED of the month, Trivia 8:00pm - Closing, please arrive early to get a table, Free, 21+

Charity Trivia Night Twice a Month at Solly's on U St
every first and third Wednesday of the month
8:00pm - 12:00am, Game starts at 8:30pm
please arrive early to get a table
Free, 21+ 10% of drink sale proceeds go to charity

Solly's on U St hosts a fundraiser Trivia night every first and third Wednesday of the month. Doors open at 8:00, game starts at 8:30. Great prizes and every event benefits a new charity!

Next charity night - Wednesday, September 3rd

Solly’s U Street Tavern
1942 11th St NW
Metro: U St

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

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

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

"Wonderland Wednesdays"
at Wonderland Ballroom!
different theme shows every Wednesday, hosts and performers vary each week!
8:00pm - 11:00pm 
Free, except for on the 2nd Wed of the month when there is a $5 cover, all donations go to artists, $5 suggested
Metro: Columbia Heights

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 2, 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

Next Class - Thursday, September 4th
this class will be led by my friend Neda Dowlatshahi, who did her teacher training in India

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.

Often outdoors in warmer weather, select days, weather permitting
1375 Kenyon St NW - Rooftop
Metro: Columbia Heights

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: MEDITATION: Weekly: Meditation most SUN mornings 10:00am - 12:00pm + Yoga in Spanish every SAT 11:00am - 12:00pm + The next Free Four Week MON Night Intro to Meditation begins MON, Sept 15th, All events are Free and will be 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.

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

Mondays - September 15th, 22nd & 29th and October 6th 
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.

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

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

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

7:00pm -8:30pm
Metro: Cleveland Park

"Yoga Share DC" Yoga Class at BloomBars in Columbia Heights
7:30pm - 9:00pm
by donation, doors close at 7:45pm
RSVP please to ensure your space and join the facebook group to stay connected Note: used to be on Tuesdays, now on Thursdays
Metro: Columbia Heights

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

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

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

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

Friday Night Jazz Night at Westminster Church
6:00pm - 9:00pm
$5, free for those under 16
Metro: Waterfront

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

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

Weekly Saturday highlights

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

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

Weekly Sunday events, organized by start time
please click links for complete details on individual posts

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

When it's Warm... Relax, Dance, Drum, & People Watch in the Park!
Sunday's when it's Warm out  in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
Mid-afternoon until it gets dark
Warmer weather, outdoors in Park
Between 15th & 16th -  Euclid & W St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Euclid and enter at the top of the park or walk from U St metro to the bottom of the park and follow the stairs/ path up to the upper level

The Insight Meditation Community of Washington hosts a Sunday eve Sangha Meditation Group 
now at the Church of the Holy City on 16th St near Corcoran  (they're doing renovations at All Souls)
6:00pm - 7:30pm
by donation
Metro: Columbia Heights

Monday, September 1, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Monthly: "Community Day" at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Free admission 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, September 7th
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.

Meret Oppenheim: Tender Friendships
On view Saturday, April 26th - Sunday, September 14th
Surrealist artist. Featuring artist’s books, prints, and paintings, this focus exhibition is drawn from an extraordinary recent donation to NMWA.

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

Saturday, August 30, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: SKILLSHARE: Monthly: DC Trainers Network Skillshare at St. Stephens Church, 16th & Newton, Themes and facilitators vary each month, Next Workshop will be on WED, Sept 10th and will focus on Non-Violent Direct Action, or NVDA, Workshops usually every first WED of the month from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

DC Trainers Network Skillshare
usually every first Wednesday of  the month
7:00pm - 9:00pm or so

Next Skillshare - Wednesday, September 10th
Theme: Non-Violent Direct Action - NVDA
Facilitated by Nadine Bloch,Washington Action Group, and Samantha Miller, DC Action Lab.
RSVP here and check out the facebook invite

"Come on out for a hands-on, interactive workshop on elements of nonviolent direct action - a powerful tool for social change! Through role plays and exercises we will review nonviolent Street Smarts and Safety, working in Affinity Groups, and planning effective nonviolent direct action (NVDA), Flying Squads and mobile tactics, with a focus on how to use NVDA strategically within a campaign. For all folks ready to invest in effective actions, or move their campaigns to the next level. Especially for all those going to NYC for the People's Climate March or those engaging in Campaign Nonviolence's actions."

Calling all popular educators, trainers, facilitators, instructors, teachers, and anyone interested in further developing those skills! The  DC Trainers’ Network monthly skillshare is a structured, interactive space where people can share skills and gain confidence in their training abilities and everybody is both a teacher and a learner. It strives to provide an inclusive practice space to experiment with different approaches for learning and teaching.

St. Stephens Church
at the corner of 16th & Newton St, NW
Metro: Columbia Heights on walk about 12 minutes, or take the S2 or S4 bus that runs along 16th St right to Newton

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ON VIEW: Here is a great list of Free, donation-based and low-cost things you can do "Off The Mall"

Explore DC "Off The Mall" Here are some ideas! Lots of Free, discount and low-cost venues!

Did you know? Free in DC has it's own CultureCapital Inside-Out page on CultureCapital listing free events and exhibitions on view!

If you've never been to or heard of the Pepco Gallery in Chinatown, Joan Hisako Healing Arts Gallery on U St, Honfleur Gallery in Anacostia and the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, you might want to check them out as well. 

Great list of Free, donation-based and low-cost Yoga and Meditation Classes!  If you know of others, or if anything on this post is out of date, email me to let me know

Looking to get out of the house? Head out to these Coffee Shops and Cafes with Free Wi-Fi!

Museums and other places "Off The Mall" 

The National Building Museum
Free if you just want to hang out in the space, $8 - $5 if you want to see any of the exhibits on view. The building itself is a beautiful space, huge ceilings, cafe, and one of DC's best gift shops.
401 F St NW
Metro: Judiciary Sq

National Geographic Museum
Admission to this museum varies, lots of the exhibits are free in general
those with kids might enjoy the Meerkats 3-D film currently screening, $7
1145 17th St NW - two buildings, other one has an entrance on M St
Metro: Dupont Circle, south or Farragut North, L St exit, easiest access is by bus, take any of the S line buses along 16th St to M St or the 42 bus to M St

The Wilderness Society - Ansel Adams Gallery
On view Monday - Friday during the day, Free
Photographer Ansel Adams was a Wilderness Society council member and supported the organization for more than four decades. Throughout his career, he photographed dozens of iconic portraits of wildlands, such as Alaska’s Denali and California’s Yosemite. Before his death in 1984, Adams gave 75 signed, original images to The Wilderness Society. Since that time the collection has grown to a total of 88 landscape photographs and one portrait of Adams by photographer Arnold Newman. Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm, Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm. Closed, weekends and federal holidays. 
1615 M St NW, in the Sumner School building 
Metro: Dupont Circle, south or Farragut North, L St exit, easiest access is by bus, take any of the S line buses along 16th St to M St or the 42 bus to M St

The Phillips Collection
Did you know that they Phillips is by donation during the week? Permanent collection only. Click link above for detailed post on Free in DC.
1600 21st St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north exit

National Museum of Women in the Arts
General Admission $10, Members/Students/65+ $8, Free for those 18 and under
1250 New York Ave NW
Metro: Metro Center or take any of the S buses along 16th St that run to 13th & NY Ave.

The Mansion on O Street
DC's most unusual and quirky museum if you ask me! Great for all ages.
The basic "Self-Guided/Gift Shopping/Book Tour"
$8 donation/person
Create your own adventure when you explore the museum and its collection of more than 20,000 books and other donated items on your own. Search through 100 rooms and 32 secret doors for new titles, rare volumes, or your all time favorites! Get 2 free books of similar value for every 10 you purchase. Most titles are priced $5 or less. 10% discount off other items (antiques excluded).
2020 O St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit, walk down O Street, between 20th and 21st

The Corcoran Gallery of Art 
$10, Seniors 62+ Students with valid ID $8, Free for12 and under, Members and Military Active Duty. They also have a side gallery called Gallery 31 that is free during museum hours
500 17th St NW
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West and walk down 17th St toward E St about ten minutes or so

Museums listed below are part of the Dupont - Kalorama Museums Consortium 
click through for hours and admission details - see map

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: 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 
curated showcase, featured guest artists vary each week
8:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 when you RSVP in advance online, pay at the door, 21+

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

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+