Thursday, April 24, 2014

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! DC Emancipation events continue with a Library of Congress on "Twelve Years a Slave" on THURS, April 24th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm + Final Free event on SUN, April 27th at 2:00pm

Please click through links for complete details
All events are Free, some may require advance RSVP
See metro trip-planner for best bus and metro access

What is Emancipation Day? The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day. Read more about the History of Emancipation Day and see the Emancipation Day Photo Gallery. Remaining free events:
Thursday, April 24th
Twelve Years a Slave: Solomon Northrup's Washington Lunchtime Talk at The Library of Congress
12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Daniel A.P. Muray African American Culture Association of the Library of Congress presents author, scholar, lecturer, and historian of the African diaspora, C.R. Gibbs, to talk about the Solomon Northrup story - his drugging and kidnapping in the District, sale into slavery in the deep south, and eventual return to the District to seek justice. Those who have read the book "Twelve Years A Slave" or saw the Oscar winning movie with the same title, will learn even more about slavery in Northrup's Washington (1840's and '50's), as well as little known facts about his return to the District and quest for justice. Gibbs will also discuss the impact of Northup's tragedy on the nation and the struggle for emancipation, justice and equality.
Library of Congress
James Madison Bldg, Law Library Media Center
2nd Floor, Room LM-240
Metro: Capitol South

Sunday, April 27th
Salem Baptist Church Emancipation Day Celebration
This program will include songs of liberation, poetry, recitals, readings and other performances in celebration of emancipation in the District of Columbia. Come celebrate with some of the best gospel groups, poets, actors, etc. in the metropolitan area.
Salem Baptist Church
917 N Street NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tonight! Live in VA and Curious about Meditation? "Spring into Meditation" on THURS, April 24th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm in Annandale, Free

"Spring into Meditation" Meditation Workshop in Annandale, VA
Led by Gerry Gorman of Science of Spirituality DC
Thursday, April 24th
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Gerry Gorman will discuss and demonstrate a powerful yet simple meditation technique that can help enhance physical, mental, and emotional wellness, concentration, and an overall sense of ease and equilibrium. 

This event is organized in partnership with the Science of Sprituality, an organization that offers free meditation workshops throughout the DC area and at their new Meditation Center in DC

Gerry Gorman has been a student of meditation for over 30 years and has studied with two of the most respected mystics of our time: Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj and Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. Professionally, he has worked as an engineer, engineering manager, and business development executive for a number of computer controls and technology companies and he now runs his own controls company.

Learn more about SOS DC and the Science of Spirituality DC Chapter and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with them on facebook and twitter as well @SOS_WashDC.
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
Metro: Note this location is best reached by car. You can catch a bus from Dunn Loring there, though it's a 30 minute bus ride from there, or a 45 minute bus ride from Pentagon City.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! Here's a list of more Free events this THURS, April 24th - SUN, April 27th from - a Fabulous online resource for Arts and Culture events in DC, MD and VA!

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!

Please note: Weekends are usually really busy with events but this weekend is an exception with Passover, Good Friday, Easter and folks on Spring Break.  See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for a list of exhibits on view! Plus, is now on facebook

Thursday, April 24th

Evening - History Lecture at the Dumbarton House - Dupont Circle/ Georgetown 
War of 1812 Exhibition Opening & Lecture
Note: Invite says that this event is sold out so please call 202-337-2288 to see if there's a stand by list.
Celebrate the opening of War of 1812 Commemoration Exhibition with cocktails and lecture "Impressment and the War of 1812" by Prof. Denver Brunsman.
Dumbarton House
2715 Q St, NW
between Dupont Circle and Georgetown
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk or take a bus closer. You can also take a bus along Wisconsin Ave to Q St and walk over if you're coming from that direction. For those driving, parking is free but limited (behind the garden at 27th and Q Streets NW).

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

Friday, April 25th

Lunchtime - Chamber Music Concert - Chinatown 
Friday Morning Music Club: Chamber Concert
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Friday Morning Music Club members perform as part of this weekly concert series. See program details here.
Calvary Baptist Church
755 8th St NW - between H & G
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown
Evening - Film Sat the Embassy of Argentina - Dupont Circle
TANGO - NO me dejes nunca
Presented by Pan American Symphony Orchestra. Carlos Saura's "Tango," is a tantalizing, sometimes brilliant musical film: a magical blend of grace and savagery that, like the tango itself, turns lovemaking into warfare, lust into beauty, life into song. It's an ultimate dance film; the tango numbers themselves express the tensions of the characters. Concentrate too much on Saura's story -- about a crippled film director trying to make the ultimate tango picture while falling in love with his star.Embassy of Argentina
1600 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle 

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on and find on facebook

Saturday, April 26th

All Day - Family-friendly Festival at UMD - College Park, MD
The 16th Annual Maryland Day
10:00am - 4:00pm
This community open house has something for the entire family with more than 40 different events throughout the Center -- on stage, in the studios and behind the scene. See a complete schedule of events hereClarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Stadium Drive, UMD - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a bus or taxi

Afternoon - Family-Friendly Dance Festival - Arlington, VA
Bowen McCauley Dance: 5th Annual Move Me Festival
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Bowen McCauley Dance presents the 5th Annual Move Me Festival. Move Me is a free family-friendly celebration of the arts and culture, serving nearly 1,000 people annually, featuring performances and artistic activities by local arts partners. The festival culminates with performances by the BMD professional company and a special performance by BMD's Kenmore Junior Company. Enjoy live music, dance, theatre, and activities for children and adults alike.
Kenmore Middle School
200 South Carlin Springs Rd - Arlington, VA
Metro: Ballston and take the 25B bus toward Van Dorn St from Bus Bay B to Carlin Spring Rd & 3rd St, about a 7 minute ride, walk 0.05 mile North on S Carlin Spring Rd. You can also see the metro trip-planner for bus schedule and other possible bus options.

Afternoon - Kid's Workshops - Georgetown 
Children's Art Workshops at Jackson Art Center in Georgetown
3:00pm - 5:00pm
(Plus, come back for the Open House on Sunday)
Create in a real art studio: Card making for young children and watercolor workshop for kids 7 and older (and interested parents) led by Jackson artist Sherry Kaskey. Plus: Explore working artists' studios open for the weekend. Plus, come back from the full Open Studios the following day - Sunday, April 27th from 12:00pm - 5:00pm - when more than 30 working artists' studios will be open to the public. Come explore and meet and greet the artists over art, conversation, refreshments and music.
Jackson Art Center
3050 R St NW-  in Georgetown (see map)
across from Montrose Park, a few blocks from Wisconisn
Metro: Bus access only, see metro trip-planner for best bus access. Accessible by Circulator bus, Georgetown - Union Station line, to Wisconsin Ave stop closest to R St from K St, from Farragut West or Farragut North along K St, or take any of the 30 lines buses, except for the 38B, from Farragut West or Foggy Bottom, or catch the cross town bus, bike or walk about a mile, from Dupont Circle.

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

Sunday, April 27th
Afternoon - U.S. Marine Band Concert Celebrating Shakespeare at NVCC - Alexandria, VA
Free Concert Celebrating Shakespeare's 450th Birthday at NoVa Community College with the United States Marine Band
2:00pm - 4:00pm
"April 23, 2014, will mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of the most remarkable storyteller in history, William Shakespeare. His timeless themes are as relevant today as they were four and a half centuries ago. With thousands of unforgettable quotes and more than 1,700 English words coined by the Bard of Avon, his influence continues to extend far beyond the theater and into our everyday lives. This program features both music of Shakespeare’s time, such as Gordon Jacob’s William Byrd Suite, and works borne from his inimitable prose, such as Sergei Prokofiev’s famous ballet based on Romeo and Juliet and highlights from Sir Arthur Sullivan’s incidental music for The Tempest. The program will include a solo performance by the winner of the 2014 Concerto Competition for high school musicians. SULLIVAN/trans. D. Patterson*: Suite from The Tempest, Opus 1 JACOB: William Byrd Suite PROKOFIEV/trans. D. Patterson*: Suite from Romeo and Juliet"
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. For those driving, parking is $6 per car in the Beauregard Garage.

Late Afternoon - Filmfest DC Film Screening at NGA East Building - Archives
Filmfest DC: Helsinki Forever
Presented by Filmfest DC
4:00pm - 6:00pmHelsinki, Forever (Finland, 2008, 74 min, color) preceded by Station (Finland, 1989, 31 min, color) Both films are in Finnish with English subtitles. Helsinki, Forever will be introduced by Sami van Ingen, Finnish filmmaker, curator, and great-grand nephew of American filmmaker Robert Flaherty (Nanook of the North) and will be preceded by Station. Read more about the films here
National Gallery of Art
East Building
4th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives
See more free events and exhibits on view on the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on!

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! Free events from Gravy - a great local events app and website - for THURS, April 24th - SUN, April 27th

Did you know? You can find lots more local events online on the new local events site, Gravy + if you have an iPhone or Android, I recommend downloading the free Gravy app!
Some cool things that make Gravy unique:
  • You can save events + select to save them saved directly on to your calendar on your iPhone! 
  • You can search by what you are in the mood for! Whatever, Lively, Classy, Brainy; Playtime
  • You can also search by Currently Trending Events
  • Channels: My favorite channel of course is the Free & Discounted one! Others include Live Music, Happy Hours, Family Friendly, Around the Corner and more - connecting you with specific types of things going on around you. You can find the Channels in your MyStuff section. 
The Gravy app is totally Free, which of course we all love, and you can download it here now!

Select Free events found on Gravy listed below! Click "Learn More" on each post for more details!

Thursday, April 24th

5:00pm - 12:00am
Happy hour specials 'til 7:00pm, music starts 7:00pm
Free, Space is limited, RSVP and details here, 21+
"A Hot Night of Gypsy Jazz" with Bitter Dose Combo Players. Redefine your Thursday evenings with the Sunset Rooftop Performance Series, beginning on Thursday, April 24th, and every Thursday thereafter while the weather is nice, at the Beacon Sky Bar. The series will cover a wide musical spectrum, from Jazz to Bossa Nova, to Fusion, to Latin Sounds and Afro Beats, the series offers the best mix of brand new, up-and-coming and well known, local musicians!
The Beacon Sky Bar, outside on the rooftop
1615 Rhode Island Ave NW
Metro: Farragut North or take the 42 bus or S2, S4 bus along 16th St closer

DJ Native Sun will take over the booth and Sir Glen Lamar will perform live to celebrate the release of his EP "Take 30: Just Listen."
Kabin Lounge
1337 Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit

Andorid and iPhone users can get the Gravy app for free here!

Friday, April 25th

Live Broadcast! Digital Concert Hall: Berlin Philharmonic at the Goethe-Institut
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Members of the Berlin Philharmonic with Sir Simon Rattle
and Gábor Tarkövi, Ohad Ben-Ari: Hans Werner Henze 
Goethe - Institut
812 7th St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown or take the Circulator bus to 7th & Mass Ave

Saturday, April 26th
1:00pm - 5:00pm
After an incredible 14-day effort and tens of thousands of pounds of donated clothing later... come on out this Saturday to Monroe Street Market’s Art Walk for "the big finale to a month of giving back to a great cause; the 2014 #FwdYourFashion Festival! Enjoy a sunny April Saturday full of music, fashion, shopping, fun and giveaways for everyone!"
2:00pm - 5:00pm
G-FEST promotes diversity and educates participants about world languages and cultures. Meet embassies, cultural organizations, performance groups, our Teaching Fellows and other GLNers as they represent their countries’ cultures and traditions through booths, performances, language lessons and games. Featured countries this year will include Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Haiti, Honduras, Georgia, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Tanzania, Uzbekistan and many more! Cultural Performances: Traditional song and dance, including Eastern European folk dancing, Taiku, Bhangra dances, Korean fusion dance, Argentine tango and more! Plus, enjoy 15-minute language lesson demos, sample a language, and meet GLN's Teaching Fellows. You can also enter a raffle for a chance to win awesome prizes including gift cards from local restaurants, theaters,
museums, yoga studios, gyms, and more!
NYU DC's Constance Milstein & Family Global Academic Center
1307 L St NW
Metro: McPherson Sq

Official Kick-Off - Art Soiree Saturday Night Rooftop Fusion at the Beacon Sky Bar
7:00pm - 1:00am
Space is limited, RSVP and more details here, 21+
This Saturday, April 26th is the official kick-off to a summer long Saturday Night Rooftop Fusion Series at Beacon Hotel Rooftop.
Enjoy an night of live artistic fusion and be part of the creative process, as featured artists work on a new project and produce live art using different mediums. The evening will feature Painters, DJs, Musicians, Digital and Video Installation Artists, Dancers, and all sorts of talents in between, creating live. More details here.
The Beacon Sky Bar, outside on the rooftop
1615 Rhode Island Ave NW
Metro: Farragut North or take the 42 bus or S2, S4 bus along 16th St closer

Barbara King
Sunday, April 27th

Rhythm Cafe: Sassy Sarah Vaughan at the Anacostia Community Museum
11:00am - 12:30pm
"Sarah Vaughan’s music by Brooklyn, New York native Barbara King. Her electrifying performance last year set the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable and enjoyable afternoon of entertainment."
1901 Fort Place, SE (map)
Metro: Anacostia and take the W2 bus, see metro trip-planner for bus access from metro

Jackson Art Center Spring 2014 Open Studios in Georgetown, across from Montrose Park
12:00pm - 5:00pm
More than 40 working artists' studios will be open to the public. Come explore and meet and greet the artists over art, conversation, refreshments and music at this twice-a-year event. Artists vary in medium, from works on paper, canvas and fabric done in oil, acrylic, pencil and pastel as well as photography, sculpture, and ceramics.
Jackson Art Center
3050 R St NW-  in Georgetown (see map)
in a former DC public school building directly across from Montrose Park in Georgetown
Metro: Bus access only, see metro trip-planner for best bus access. Accessible by Circulator bus, Georgetown - Union Station line, to Wisconsin Ave stop closest to R St from K St, from Farragut West or Farragut North along K St, or take any of the 30 lines buses, except for the 38B, from Farragut West or Foggy Bottom, or catch the cross town bus, bike or walk about a mile, from Dupont Circle.

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! Students from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music perform Classical Music in the Terrace Theater on THURS, April 24th at the Kenndey Center Millennium Stage, Performances vary every day, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Performances every night!
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.

This event is taking place in the Terrace Theater
Students play Lorenzo’s Fire Dance, Thomas’ Street Song, Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles, Hindemith’s Kleine Kammermusik, and Holst’s Fantasia on the Dargason and March.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Tonight! Weekly: "Yoga Share DC" every THURS night from 7:30pm - 9:00pm at BloomBars in Columbia Heights, often Kundalini Yoga, by donation, $10 suggested, RSVP to ensure spot

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

Thursday, April 24th
Yoga Share Blooms with Neda - who did her yoga training in India!

Proceeds benefit BloomBars other great organizations
RSVP to ensure your space - max 12, comfortably 10
BYO yoga mat, mug for tea and something warm to wrap yourself in.

**Note: Doors are locked when the class starts, at 7:45pm, so be sure to get there beforehand**

See invites each week on the Yoga Share DC page. You'll need to need to join the Yoga Share DC group on facebook to see the invite. Most weeks are Kundalini Yoga since Irina and Nina who started the group both practice and teach Kundalini. 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.

Starting on Thursday, November 7th, 2013 Yoga Share will take place indoors, upstairs at BloomBars! 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. Please bring your yoga mat and mug for tea. Gather at 7:30pm, class will start around 7:45pm.

"Every Thursday (new night starting in September) the Yoga Share group hosts a yoga share for yoga teachers and yoga enthusiasts. Different from a yoga class, a yoga share has rotating teachers who volunteer to teach. This group is meant to be a bonding and sharing space for yogis and yoga professionals." Fall and Winter, Indoors - New location beginning Thursday, November 6th. Warm Weather, Weather permitting, Outdoors. 1375 Kenyon St NW - Rooftop Metro: Columbia Heights

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: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! Three More Free events this THURS, April 24th + Lots more Free and low-cost events this FRI, April 25th - SUN, April 27th

Highlights post for more Free and low-cost things to do!
Thursday, April 24th - Sunday, April 27th
Free, donation-based or $10 or less

Thursday, April 24th

Humanitini: "Conversations on Great Streets-Celebrating Historic Mount Pleasant St."
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free, RSVP Requested, 18+
Join the Humanities Council and Mount Pleasant business and cultural leaders and residents for cocktails and conversation during our provocative after-work "Humanitini" happy hour series celebrating the vibrant culture of historic Mt. Pleasant Street. A panel discussion featuring Alberto Ferrufino, owner of Don Juan Restaurant and Pedro Aviles, founder of Aviles Associates, LLC and others will help Humanitini participants wind down on one of Washington's vibrant corridors and gain wisdom about the remarkable past and present places, people and resources.
Don Juan Restaurant
1660 Lamont St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk over on Irving, turn right on Mt Pleasant, or take the S2 or S4 bus alsong 16th St to Lamont, or the 42 or 43 bus from Connecticut Ave downtown or from Dupont Circle. You can also take the Circulator bus Woodey-McPherson to Mt Pleasant & Irving St or 16th & Columbia.

Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.) April Meetup
Thursday, April 24
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP Requested, 21+
Are you a local D.C. reader between the ages of 21 and 35? Looking for a more casual book club experience? Then join the Georgetown Neighborhood Library for Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.), a new book group for younger adults.   For their April selection they will be discussing the book "Gulp". Author Mary Roach, “America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) takes us on a tour of the alimentary canal. Questions, email or
2233 Wisconsin Ave NW
Metro: Accessible by bus, see metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro based on where you are coming from

SOS EPA: Giant Light Projections at the EPA 
8:00pm - 9:30pm
This Thursday "The Other 98% will project messages against the Keystone XL pipeline directly onto the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Using a large-scale, high-intensity projector, the Other 98% will broadcast comments from ordinary Americans asking the EPA to boldly and publicly reject Keystone XL, creating a light show that will both educate and delight onlookers."
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Metro: Federal Triangle

Friday, April 25th

Power Lunch with DC Sustainable Energy Utility with Food Trucks, Prizes and more!
11:00am - 3:00pm
With food trucks, prizes, and music, it's a great opportunity to learn how District agencies, organizations, and businesses are working to use energy more wisely, save you energy and money, and make this the most sustainable, livable city in the country. The first 500 attendees will receive free LED and CFL light bulbs courtesy of the DCSEU and Sylvania! Join the DCSEU, WMATA, District Department of the Environment (DDOE), District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Sustainable DC, Capital Bikeshare, Zipcar, and many others for the city’s most energizing lunch break.
Half Street Fairgrounds
1299 Half St, SE
Metro: Navy Yard

Saturday, April 26th 

ONE Fun Run! A Fun, Free 5K Run/ Walk/ Dance... to Raise Awareness about Energy Poverty
7:45am registration, 9:00am race
Free, RSVP Required
view and share facebook invite
The ONE Campaign, a movement of 3.5 million people working to eradicate extreme poverty, is hosting a 5K run/walk to raise awareness about energy poverty. The race is a free event! Instead of an absurd registration fee, participants will have the opportunity to tackle the absurdity of extreme poverty by signing letters urging their members of Congress to support legislation that would provide 50 million people in Africa access to electricity for the first time. There will be free t-shirts and the race won't be timed so you can run, walk, or dance your way to the finish line.
Anacostia Park
1900 Anacostia Dr SE
Metro: Anacostia, the race start is about an 8 minute walk from the Anacostia Metro Station. From the station, follow the signs toward the kiss and ride. Volunteers will be at the platform to guide participants to the registration tables.
Taylor Agostino Group Community Clean Up Day
8:00am - 8:00pm
Community Clean Up Day will also include a Shredding Event
10:00am - 2:00pm
Broad Branch Market - near Chevy Chase Circle
5608 Broad Branch Rd NW
Metro: accessible by bus from metro, see metro trip-planner
For questions regarding the shred event, please contact Tracy Stannard at 202.249.8551.
About the Community Clean Up Day: To help local residents kick start their spring cleaning and dispose of bulky, unwanted items, the Taylor Agostino Group is hosting a T.A.G. Along Event—their inaugural Taylor Agostino Group Community Clean Up Day, their moving team will spend the day going from home to home and hauling away unwanted objects, from furniture or old appliances to items with tricky disposal rules. Residents interested in requesting a pick up on April 26th should contact Steve Agostino at 202.321.5506. Co-sponsored by Broad Branch Market. 

Muungano Day Celebration – 50 Years April 1964 - April 2014
9:00am - 3:00pm
On Saturday, April 26, 2014, Tanzania will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the union between the Republic of Tanganyika and the People’s Republic of Zanzibar that gave birth to the United Republic of Tanzania. The Embassy of Tanzania will have an open day with festivities to highlight Tanzanian Culture and Tourism. There will be cultural and art display, traditional dances, fashion display, food tasting and many more.
Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania
1232 22nd St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom

Washington Revels "Madrigals, Morris, and Maypole"
9:30am - 12:30pm singing, Garden Fair til 4:00pm
Celebrate Spring at the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) Garden Fair and Plant Sale. The Washington Revels Gallery Voices will entertain with madrigals and some traditional Revels songs, for a day of merriment. We will dance the Maypole several times and invite fairgoers to join us in more Maypole dancing. While you are there, pick up some wonderful green stuff for your garden. View photos from previous year's Garden Fairs!
Washington Revels
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Metro: Minnesota Ave, The Garden Fair is held at the US National Arboretum in the New York Avenue parking lot (get directions) and see metro trip-planner for best bus access depending on where you are coming from

YMCA's Healthy Kids Day at various locations throughout the area
10:00am - 2:00pm
Free, open to all
see complete schedule and location details
On Saturday, April 26th, the YMCA is offering more than just a day of play. Join hundreds of neighbors and organizations as we celebrate the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day. At ten free events across the DC region, take part in fun, active play and educational opportunities such as obstacle courses, healthy eating and exercise demos, arts and crafts, games, giveaways and more. Visit or call 202-232-6700 to find the event near you.
YMCA - multiple locations including:
1711 Rhode Island Ave, NW
Metro: Farragut North

The Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival
12:00pm - 8:00pm
$10 donation requested
see complete lineup here!
The Fifth Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival presented by Whole Foods Market, features two main stages of bluegrass and Americana music with returning headliners The Hackensaw Boys and more. The festival will celebrate local music, food, and culture as well as the revitalization of the Anacostia River.
Kingman Island
575 Oklahoma Avenue NE
Metro: Stadium-Armory and take the Free Shuttle! Lots of other options for get there too - biking, walking, driving, etc... Click here for details.

Design Apprenticeship Program II Final Presentation at the National Building Museum
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Washington, D.C. teens collaborated with design professionals to build Little Free Libraries that will encourage local residents to connect with each other through a “leave a book, take a book” system. Partnering with Community Forklift, design teams used salvaged and up-cycled materials to construct the libraries. During this final presentation, participants share how their library design uniquely represents a local community. Old City Farm & Guild, City Blossoms, Common Good City Farm, and Wangari Gardens are among the recipients. Attendees are encouraged to bring a book to donate.
National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Metro: Judiciary Square

Live Music at The Lot @ Union Kitchen - All Ages Free Performances from Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists, The Walking Sticks, Haile Supreme & Sun Cycle, and Farma Wesley
3:00pm - 10:00pm, showcase starts at 5:00pm
Union Kitchen, DCDIT, & WRGW present the first show of the season at The Lot @ Union Kitchen, supported featuring some of DC's best in Rock, Pop, and Hip Hop. Food and drink available for purchase. Food trucks from Union Kitchen will be available on site!
Find more info and links to the bands performing here!
The Lot @ Union Kitchen
1110 Congress St, NE
Metro: Union Station

Chamber Music Concert with the Colart Duo at the Church of the Holy City at 16th and Corcoran
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Free, donations appreciated
The award winning, Netherlands-based Colart Duo will be performing music by Telemann, Larsson, Chopin, Maslanka and Piazzolla. Austrian saxophonist Martina Stückler and Latvian pianist Māra Zandersone will be visiting DC as part of their first United States tour.
Church of the Holy City
1611 16th St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle Walk up Q st four blocks, turn left on 16th St or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to the stop closest to Corcoran

Sunday, April 27th

"Viva Sun-Day" by the Dupont Circle Farmer's Market
Enjoy Free seated massages, giveaways, raffles & more!
9:00am - 12:00pm
“Viva Sun-Day” offers free interactive demonstrations of art therapy, qi-gong, and neuro-feedback along with raffles, coupons and tours of the integrative wellness organization the Viva Center. "The sun is Viva’s symbol of living an abundant life, the same way it is a symbol of growing and hope for our farmers. Stop by on your way to the Dupont Farmer’s Market!"
The Viva Center
Q St &19th St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

Washington DC Lindy Exchange - Free Outdoor Dance by the U St Metro
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Dance at the Washington, DC Lindy Exchange (DCLX) free outdoor dance this Sunday! The Bumper Jacksons, a local jazz band, will be playing, and there will be lots of people there swing dancing. U St African American Civil War Memorial
1925 Vermont Ave NW
Metro: U St/African American Civil War Memorial go up the U St side towards the memorial (the 10th St. side)

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+

BIG UPDATE: Starting Thursday, April 10th they will switch to a weekly event 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

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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ON VIEW: ART: Tonight! Did you know? The Phillips Collection permanent collection is by donation during the Week and on THURS nights 'til 8:30pm

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!

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

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."

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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

UPCOMING: ART: Come on out for a Big Bash at the Opening for the Final "Art Crimes" Exhibit featuring Works by Jack Bender this SAT, April 26th from 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Free, at The Dunes in Columbia Heights - which is sadly closing it's doors soon

Opening Reception for Art Crimes: Jack Bender at The Dunes in Columbia Heights
Saturday, April 26th
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Free, drinks available for purchase for those 21+

Come on out and Celebrate the Final Art Crimes Exhibit at The Dunes - one of my personal favorite places in DC, which I is sadly closing it's doors, according the this post on the Washington City Paper, on April 30th.

From the invite: "Jack Bender is a lifetime painter and all-around creative force who brings a unique vision to the canvas. He uses painting as a storytelling medium where he explores the intersection of spirituality, pop-culture, and contemporary American politics in ways that are both intellectually provocative and visually stimulating. His works are intensely personal and raw."

About the artist: "Jack Bender grew up in Los Angeles... began studying life drawing at the age of 14 with Famed California painter, Martin Lubner who had a studio on La Cienega. He was taken with Edward Keinholtz and the controversy his work caused. Bender would cruise through the alleyways and find discarded treasures, old doors, and metal objects, and bring them home to mount on wood and then paint. After studying Fine Art, Drama, and Cinema at the University of Southern California, Bender began in the 1970s to build a career in television, becoming one of the most celebrated director-producers of primetime TV. His television work has included Lost, Alias, The Sopranos, Felicity, and many others. Under Bender’s direction, Lost won best show at the 57th Annual Emmy Awards and also the Golden Globe. He most recently has executive produced and directed the CBS worldwide hit “Under the Dome.” He painted the iconic pieces used in the first season. Whenever he is not working on one of his shows, he is painting at his home studio in LA.The greatest recent addition to his life and art has been his wife, Laura Owens, becoming a Rabbi and opening him up to our stunningly rich heritage."

1402 Meridian Place NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, north on 14th, left on Meridian, look for the glass door with the staircase, walk up one flight

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Monthly: "Take 5!" Live Jazz Series - usually every third THURS - will take place this month on FRI, April 25th Perfromers vary each month, in the Kogod Courtyard at the American Art Museum from 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Relax and "Take 5!" Free, Live Jazz at SAAM/ NPG
usually every third Thursday of the month
5:00pm - 7:00pm

April's Take 5! will be on a special date!
Friday, April 25th
5:00pm - 8:00pm

"During Jazz Appreciation Month, join us for a special evening performance by The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra as we celebrate the First Lady of Song’s birthday. The Orchestra will highlight Ella Fitzgerald’s collaborations with big bands, including the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and feature the outstanding vocals of Lena Seikaly."

Take 5! takes place once a month in the Kogod Courtyard at SAAM/ NPG in Chinatown. The huge, glass-ceiling and open space allow you to look up to the sky, making it one of DC's loveliest and most unusual architectural spaces!

Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery
between 7th &a 9th St, F & G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown

Monday, April 21, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: COMEDY: Monthly: Don't Block the Box Comedy Show 30, Headliner Jason Weems, at Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights FRI, April 25th from 7:30pm - 10:00pm, $3, 21+

Don't Block the Box Comedy Show 30: Jason Weems at Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights
Friday, April 25th
7:30pm - 10:00pm
$3, 21+

Don't Block The Box Comedy Show at Wonderland Ballroom. Come out for some comedy and cheap drinks and stick around for a dance party afterwards if you like. Headliner: Jason Weems (NBC's "Last Comic Standing", The Lunch Time Show, DC Improv, DVD "Vol. 1: Intellectual Property" out now) Featuring: Benjy Himmelbarb (Jewish Jews of Comedy) Natalie McGill (Bentzen Ball) David Tveite (Laughing Skull Comedy Festival) Host: Reggie Melbrough (Story League).

Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Loft Late Night Music Series at The Hamilton every FRI & SAT from 10:30pm - 1:30am, All ages, Free

Free Loft Late Night Music at The Hamilton
every Friday and Saturday night!
10:30pm - 1:30am
All ages, Free

Friday, April 25th
Loft Late Night Music with Moonshine Society
High energy roots rock, blues, and old school R&B in a style... often compared to Susan Tedeschi, Lou Anne Barton, and Bonnie Raitt, the band is comprised of A-List players including powerful vocalist Black Betty.

Saturday, April 26th
Loft Late Night Music with Harris Face
DC-based folk-rock-blues artist whose "percussive guitar, harmonica, and emotive rock dominate his music, drawing comparisons with an acoustic Springsteen, the Counting Crows, and modern roots crusaders like William Elliott Whitmore."

Note: The Loft Late Night performances are all in the loft area of the bar and not the main music venue area, Some shows may be delayed a bit if there is a private event in the loft.

The Hamilton
600 14th St, NW
Metro: Metro Center