Thursday, July 31, 2014

UPCOMING: OPEN HOUSE: Today! Eye Street Massage hosts an Open House at their space by Farragut Sq this THURS, July 31st from 11:00am - 7:00pm, Free Mini-Massages, Meditation, Energy Work and more!

Summer Open House at Eye Street Massage!
Thursday, July 31st
11:00am - 7:00pm
Free, RSVP appreciated for planning purposes Entry based on available space so come early!

Eye Street Massage, run by my friend Pam, invites you to come by for an open house at their space, located by Farragut Square, right next to the Farragut West metro. Celebrate Summer this Thursday with Eye Street Massage.

Mingle over refreshments and enjoy:
  • Free 5-minute chair massages in-studio until 6:00pm
  • Free 16-point stress relief treatment
  • Free consultations on our services and treatments
  • Free  guided meditation at 5:30pm. Limited space
  • Free energy healing sample as time allows
  • Plus, be entered into a drawing to win a 45-minute massage or 30-minute hypnotherapy session. Bring a friend & enter twice! 
  • You'll also be able to save 40% off a 60-minute massage or energy healing if you book for August or September 
Eye Street Massage Therapy
1634 Eye St, NW
Lower Level, Suite 125 
(between 17th St & Connecticut Ave.)
Metro: Farragut West - the building entrance is just one door down - or Farragut North or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to the stop closest to Eye Street.

UPCOMING: PILATES + YOGA: Today! The Final Class as part of the "Pilates in the Park" series in Farragut Sq will be a Pilates class on THURS, July 31st from 5:30pm - 6:30pm, Thanks to Golden Triangle BID, Free

"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
extended now through Thursday, July 31st!
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Free, 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.

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.

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: HIGHLIGHTS: Free events this FRI, August 1st - SUN, August 3rd from!

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 more free events and exhibits on view! Plus, you can now find on facebook too.

Friday, August 1st 
Dark Star Park by Nancy Holt
Morning - Special Annual Event at Park - Rosslyn, VA
Dark Star Park Day
9:00am - 9:35am
Presented by Arlington Cultural Affairs. Come out for a celebratory proclamation at the artwork that launched Arlington Public Art – Nancy Holt’s Dark Star Park. See the shadow alignment that happens once a year, marking the day in 1860 when William Ross acquired the land that would become Rosslyn. Shadow alignment at 9:32am.
Dark Star Park
1655 Fort Myer Dr - Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn

Lunchtime - Film about Jazz at The Archives - Archives
Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns is an exploration of one of the defining art forms of America. In this episode, a new generation emerges, led by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis – schooled in the music’s traditions, skilled in the art of improvisation, and aflame with ideas. The musical journey that began in New Orleans at the start of the 20th century continues. As it enters its second century, jazz is still brand new every night, still vibrant, still evolving, and still swinging.
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial 

Afternoon - Kids Movement Workshop - Anacostia
Move This World (for Youth)
2:00pm - 4:00pm
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.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE (map)
Metro: Anacostia and take the W2 bus, see metro trip-planner for bus access from metro

Afternoon - Art Inspired Film at the NGA West Building - Archives
Film Event: The Great Confusion: 1913 Armory Show
(Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton, 2013, 90 minutes)
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Introduced by Michael Maglaras. In February and March 1913 thousands of Americans had their very first look at contemporary trends in European art. A huge showcase (known officially as the International Exhibition of Modern Art) opened at the 69th Regiment Armory on New Yorks East Side. This show (and its critical reaction) roused, bewildered, and often infuriated the public...
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Evening - Outdoor Performance Series - Brookland
Art on 8th: DC Casineros
Presented by Dance Place
Join the DC Casineros’ company of community DJs and dancers for an evening of Son, Songo, Timba, Guaguanco, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Guaracha, and Rumba – expect to be up on your feet!
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
716 Monroe St NE
Metro: Brookland - CUA, right by the metro, or take a bus, see metro trip-planner for bus access

Early Eve - Art Opening - Crystal City, VA
Making Their Mark: Art Brut
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Gallery Underground presents “Making Their Mark: Art Brut” in partnership with Purple Art, an art therapy program that works with the unique cultures both of individuals with disabilities, and of military members and their families. Opportunities are created for artists to overcome severe and profound challenges in order to express themselves and explore possibilities. Translated as “raw art,” Art Brut describes artwork created without the influence of classical art or culture. These artists lack formal training and live outside the cultural mainstream, creating what is also known as “Outsider Art." Presented by Arlington Artists Alliance. On view Monday, July 28th - Saturday, August 23rd.
Gallery Underground
Crystal City Shops
2100 Crystal Dr - Arlington, VA
Metro: Crystal City

Evening - Art Opening at the DCCAH Gallery - Navy Yard
Visual Arts Exhibition featuring 2015 Artist Fellowship Program
6:00pm - 8:00pm
This free exhibition presents some of the District’s finest visual artists competing for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ FY15 Artist Fellowship Program (AFP) grant. Through the AFP, District-based artists may be awarded up to $10,000 in unrestricted support for FY 2015. Each artist has submitted a piece that represents their body of work and artistic perspective. The gathering of these artworks in the District’s first operated public gallery captures the broad scope of the dynamic art scene and provides an opportunity for artists to express their visions to the public. Many works are available for purchase. Regular Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Exhibition is on view through Monday, September 1st, closes that day at 5:00pm.
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
200 I Street SE
Metro: Navy Yard

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

Saturday, August 2nd 

All Day - The Corcoran Free Day! - Farragut West
Free Summer Saturdays: Family Workshop: Animal Maquettes
Free Admission + Guided Tours + Sketching Workshop
every Saturday between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day
10:30am - 3:00pm
This week, participate in a workshop inspired by Albert Paley's maquettes. Families will work together to create their own animal displays, from 10:30am-12:30pm. Guided tours are available from 11:00am - 3:00pm. The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design's Free Summer Saturdays series of programming includes gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances.
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
500 17th St NW
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut North, walk down 17th toward E St

Morning -  Special event focusing on South African Spoken Word - Anacostia
Community Leaders Are Readers: The South African Spoken Word Tradition
11:00am - 12:30pm
Recommended that you call ACM at 202.633.4844 to register for this event.
Presented by Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. In conjunction with the exhibition Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence, this special edition of “Community Leaders are Readers” focuses on South African languages. Local artist Akua Allrich talks about the tonal rhythms found in African speech patterns and their relationship to poetry and music. A participatory art workshop follows.
Anacostia Neighborhood Library
1800 Good Hope Rd, SE
Metro: Anacostia and walk, bike or taxi 1.2 miles or walk or catch the Circulator bus which runs about every ten minutes toward Skyland right from the metro at Howard Rd, about a 7 minute bus ride, get off at right at Good Hope Rd & 18th St SE

Daytime/Evening - Signature Theatre Annual Open House - Shirlington, VA
Signature's Open House
12:00pm - 10:00pm
Special ticket offers, free performances every fifteen minutes, kids’ activities and more. See full schedule of events!
Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Ave - Arlington, VA
Metro: Pentagon Metro and take the 7A, 7F, 22A, 25A, 25D, or ART 87 bus to Shirlington, about a 10-25 minute ride, depending on the bus line. See metro trip-planner for best bus access to Shirlington Bus Station depending on what time of day you plan to travel. When you get to the bus stop, walk towards Campbell Avenue and make a left. The Theatre will be at the end of the street. Taxi rides from Pentagon City are about $12 if you share with a few folks this might be a good option.

Afternoon - Art Lecture at the NGA West Building - Archives
Lecture with Dennis Weller, National Gallery of Art. Also on Sunday at 2:00pm.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

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

Sunday, August 3rd 

Afternoon - Poetry Reading -  Bethesda, MD
Brian Gilmore, Heather Davis and Jose Padua
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Brian Gilmore reads from his recent collection of poems, We Didn’t Know Any Gangsters. He is joined by poets Heather Lynne Davis and Jose Padua. 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

Afternoon - Art Talk at the NGA West Building - Archives
Lecture with Dennis Weller, National Gallery of Art.
National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

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

UPCOMING: FESTIVAL: Today! The Kaypi Peru Festival continues at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Learn more about the Richness and Diversity of Peru and have a chance to purchase Handmade Crafts from Indigenous Artists! THURS, July 31st - SUN, August 3rd, daily from 10:00am - 5:30pm, Free

Celebrate the Art and Culture of Peru at the Kaypi Peru Festival this week at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
Tuesday, July 29th - Sunday, August 3rd
10:00am - 5:30pm

Join the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian this week for the Kaypi PerĂº Festival, celebrating the indigenous cultures of Peru. Kaypi PerĂº, which means "This is Peru" in the Quechua language, is a week-long festival devoted to sharing and celebrating the richness and diversity of Peru through traditional dances and live music, photo exhibitions, films, lectures, Peruvian food and drinks, and hands-on activities for kids and families. The festival will also include exhibition and sale of handmade crafts by indigenous Peruvian artisans.

The festival is presented with the Embassy of Peru and a partnership with the Amazon Conservation Association, National Geographic Society and the Mountain Institute.

Smithsonian's National Museum of American Indian
4th & Independence Ave SW
Metro: L’Enfant Plaza L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Green/Yellow lines), exit Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums. On the National Mall between the Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. For Bus,Lines 30, 32, 34–36—Friendship Heights/Southern Avenue

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Tonight! Weekly: "Yoga Share DC" will be Kundalini Yoga with Haridev on THURS, July 31st + 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
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
**Note: Doors are locked when the class starts, at 7:45pm, so be sure to get there beforehand**

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.

Coming up - Thursdays at Bloombars:
Kundalini Yoga Blooms with Haridev (Renee) "Kundalini Yoga to Live your Life with Ease"
Join Haridev for some cooling summertime Kundalini yoga at YogaShare.

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: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! Comedian James Adomian performs in the Terrace Theater on THURS, July 31st as part of the 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.

Thursday, July 31st
James Adomian
Note: This program contains mature themes and strong language and will be in the Terrace Theater.
Actor and comedian James Adomian takes the stage with opener Pete Bladel. Having recently wrapped production on David Cross’s feature directorial debut Hits, James Adomian is currently developing a new show for IFC called The Embassy. His television appearances include Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show.

Upcoming Performances:

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! More Free and low-cost events this Week! THURS, July 31st - SUN, August 3rd

Highlights post for more free and low-cost events this week!

Thursday, July 31st

8:00pm - 10:00pm
Free, 21+
"a wild jamboree of improv, comedy, and music"
Metro: Columbia Heights

Friday, August 1st

All ages, $5 - $10 sliding scale
Metro: Braddock Rd or Pentagon and take a Dash bus there. See metro trip planner for bus access

Ottomania: An Eastern Dance Revolution with special guest Kosta Kostov at Zeba Bar
10:00pm - 3:00am
Free, 21+
Metro: Columbia Heights

Sunday, August 3rd

Silly Time Outdoor Yoga in Meridian Park
9:30am - 10:30am
Free, bring a yoga mat or towel
All ages welcome, donation-based, $8- $10 suggested
With Love DC tanks and post cards will be for sale after class.
Can't make it to this gathering? Check out their others here.
Metro: Columbia Heights or S2 or S4 bus to 16th & Euclid

Adele Hampton's DC Farewell Feature + Open Mic as part of monthly *Sparkle* Queer Open Mic 
8:00pm - 10:00pm
All ages, $5
Busboys and Poets 
14th & V St NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus or any metro bus that goes to 14th & U St 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: KARAOKE: Tonight! 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)
8:00pm - 1:30am
Free, 21+
Starting Thursday, April 10th - Weekly every Thursday at Solly's!

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

ON VIEW: ART: Did you know? Tonight! The Phillips Collection permanentcollection is by donation during the Week and on THURS nights 'til8:30pm

Did you know? The Phillips Collection is open 'til 8:30pm every Thursday night and that
Admission to the permanent collection is by donation Tuesdays - Fridays and Thursday eves!
Free for members and those 18 and under all of the time!

Note: "Philips After 5" takes place on the first Thursday and regular full price admission applies after 5:00pm
$10 for students and those 62+ and $12 general
Free for members and those 18 and under! 

Did you know that during the week, Tuesday - Friday, and on Thursday evenings (except for the first Thursday of the month, see note below) admission to the permanent collection is officially by donation! Just be sure to tell them that you are there for the permanent collection. If you come on the weekend, on Saturday or Sunday, and there is not a special exhibit on view, admission is $10, $8 for students and seniors. When there is a special exhibit, admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and for visitors 62 and over. Free for members and those 18 and under all of the time!

Last Chance for this Exhibit  
Jean Meisel: 50-65 Horizon Line
Thursday, January 23rd - Sunday, May 4th
"50-65 Horizon Line brings together more than 50 of Jean Meisel's small watercolors of horizon lines displayed in an intimate alcove of the Phillips house. Created from her imagination, the subtle landscapes and seascapes demonstrate the DC-based artist's mastery of form, color, and light."

Special event on the first Thursday of the month: "Philips After 5" takes place every first Thursday of every month and combines live music, gallery talks, superb modern art, food, and a cash bar from 5:00pm -8:30pm. Other elements, such as films and demonstrations, are often included as well. Reservations are strongly advised for this popular event. Reserve. $12; $10 for visitors 62 and over and students. Members always admitted free, no reservation needed. For schedule information on our Phillips after 5 programs, check the Phillips online calendar.

Arthur G. Dove: Red Sun, 1935
Made In The USA: American Masters From The Phillips Collection, 1850-1970
Saurday, March 1st - Sunday, August 31st
Following an acclaimed worldwide tour, the Phillips's renowned collection of American masterworks returns to the museum. The exhibition tells the story of American art from the late 19th-century to the mid-20th century when American art became a significant global force after World War II. This extensive exhibition features more than 200 works by over 120 artists and will occupy nearly two-thirds of the museum's galleries. Artists include Milton Avery, Stuart Davis, Richard Diebenkorn, Arthur Dove, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, John Marin, Robert Motherwell, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mark Rothko, John Sloan, Clyfford Still, and many others.
P.S. Tryst now runs the coffeeshop there, and when the weather is nice, they also have a cute outdoor cafe!

Rothko Room at the Phillips
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 8:30pm
11:00am - 6:00pm

The Phillips Collection
1600 21st St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! 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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

OF NOTE: LOCALS DISCOUNT: Did you know that you can ride the Old Town Trolley or DC Ducks or take the Monuments by Moonlight Tour for Free when you attend with a Full Paying Adult if you are a DC Resident or live within 50 miles of DC? Sign up online for the Washington DC Hometown Pass to take advantage of this one!

Are you a DC area resident? Accompany a paying guest for Free on Old Town Trolley Tours, DC Duck Tours and Monuments by Moonlight Tour with The Historic Tours of America Washington DC Hometown Pass

Note: You'll need to sign up for the Washington DC Hometown Pass online first. Tour Tickets must be purchased on site, not available online.

Note: This is just an FYI post. If you have company who wants to go on the tour you can accompany them for free if you want to. It's a bit different than the usual $10 or less post I realize but figured that during the summer lots of people may be visiting town and this may be something that some of you may want to take advantage of. If you're a student, intern or local and you have a DC area driver's license and want to be a tourist for a day, this may also be something fun to do with friends. While more than $10 per person if you divide it, still works out to save you each about $20.

Free for locals with a full fare adult ticket only: Regular ticket $39, child ticket (4-12) $29, children under 4 free except for on the DC Ducks tours. This deal is applicable for the following tours: 

• DC Duck Tours (April - October)
• Monuments by Moonlight Tour

All DC residents and those within a 50 mile radius of  DC can take advantage of a free tour when accompanied by a full fare adult paid guest. You'll need to bring along a valid local driver's license, government issued id or voter's registration with you to show at the depot where you buy your ticket in conjunction with the Hometown Pass, for all pass holders over the age of 15.  Tickets may not be purchased online and may not be purchased using any discounts or coupons. Accompanying adult guest ticket must be purchased at a Historic Tours of America tour or attraction ticket booth.  See Terms.

You can purchase tickets at the following three locations (see map of the stops on the tour):

  • Welcome Center, stop #1, sales desk 9:00am - 3:00pm daily
  • Union Station, stop #4, sales desk 8:00am - 9:00pm daily
  • Georgetown, stop #18, Spring and Summer Tour only. Cash only. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

ON VIEW: ART: Highlights post from! Exhibits on view through August and September, Free

Front Window Artist Mary Gawlik
Please click through links for details about these Art Exhibits!

On view now through:

Sunday, August 10th 
  Metro: Rosslyn

Saturday, August 16th
Front Window Featured Artist Mary Gawlik 
  at Brentwood Arts   Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center 
  3901 Rhode Island Ave - Brentwood, MD
  Metro: See metro for best bus access from metro
Mary Freedman: Outgrowths and Passages at Washington Studio School
  Metro: Dupont Circle

Sunday, August 17th
RIPPLE: Cloth, Community, and Connectivity at VisArts at Rockville
  Metro: Rockville
  Metro: Rosslyn

Saturday, August 23rd 
  Metro: Rosslyn

from the exhibit Altered Ego
Friday, August 29th
WPA Lobby Project: Anthony Palliparambil Jr. at 1200 First St. NE
  Metro: NoMa

Saturday, August 30th
- African-Asiatic Woman: Sonja Meltonramesar at PG's African American Museum & Cultural Ctr
  Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro

Sunday, August 31st
In Our Gallery: Penelope Barringer's FLORA{L} at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
WPA Lobby Project
  Metro: King St and take the free trolley down King St to the Waterfront
Transient States at the Target Gallery
  Metro: King St and take the free trolley down King St to the Waterfront

Monday, September 1st
The Monuments Men and the National Gallery of Art at the National Gallery of Art West Bldg
  Metro: Archives

Sunday, September 7th
Van Gogh
Celebrating Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Art at the National Gallery of Art West Bldg
  Metro: Archives

Sunday, September 14th
 - The Color of Nature: Recent Acquisitions of Landscape Watercolors at the NGA West Bldg
  Metro: Archives

Sunday, September 21st
Gina Matchitt: Being There at Artisphere
  Metro: Rosslyn

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Weekly: The "Jazz in the Garden" series continues on FRI, August 1st at the NGA Sculpture Garden! Outdoor Jazz every FRI from May 23rd - August 29th, 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

Jazz in the Garden is back! 
Friday nights in the NGA Sculpture Garden
Friday, May 23rd - Friday, August 29th
5:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, weather permitting
Please see @ngadc on twitter for show updates related to weather

The free series features an array of jazz artists performing a range of styles--including salsa, blusion, vibraphone, and Afrofunk--every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, rain or shine, from May 23rd - August 29th. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the cafe. Coolers and alcohol are not allowed. You can purchase some alcoholic beverages, such as pitchers of sangria, at the cafe. Best to bring a blanket along if you want to sit on the grass.

Next Concert -  Friday, August 1st

between 7th & 9th St, NW- Constitution Ave & Madison Dr, NW (see map)
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial or take the S2 bus that runs along 16th St to the final stop, walk to Constitution Ave and turn left, walk a block or so, park is on the right side.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, July 25, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: The Science of Spirituality DC Center offers Free Meditation every SUN morning from 10:00am - 12:00pm + SAT Yoga in Spanish from 11:00am - 12:00pm + The next Four Week Monday Night Intro to Meditation series begins MON, August 18th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, RSVP to ensure your spot, All events are Free

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.

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

Introductory classes begin every four weeks

Mondays - August 18th & 25th and September 1st & 8th 
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.

Can't make this one? The next session will begin on Monday, August 18th and will continue every Monday for four weeks.  

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.

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
This month - Sunday July 13th, 20th and 27th 

Sundays - new schedule beginning on July 20th, 2014
every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month
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, followed by Meditation en Espanol  - with Argeny Rodriguez

Saturdays - this month - July 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th 
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 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

Note: In the Winter the Malcolm X Drummers move indoors to BloomBars!
3:00pm - 5:00pm indoors, outdoors is usually longer
donations appreciated
3222 11th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or take any bus along 11th or 14th to stop closest to Kenyon

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
*Note: On break for the summer, starts up again in the fall*
6:30pm - 8:15pm or so, arrive earlier for seating
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Main Floor, West Garden Court
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial or Judiciary

Sunday, July 20, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: 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 

Sunday, July 13, 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+