Tuesday, July 28, 2015

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Free events this WED, July 29 - MON, August 3 from CultureCapital.com, a Fabulous Resource for Arts & Culture events in the DC Metro Area

Here are some great free arts and culture events sent to us by CultureCapital.com! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events presented by nearly 300 Metro DC Arts Presenters. For quick way to find even more free arts and culture events check out the "Free in DC" Inside Out feature, curated by the staff of CultureCapital.com.

TICKETPLACE.org is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at TICKETPLACE.org.

Wednesday, July 29

Lunchtime - Author Talk on the ADA at the National Archives - Archives
Author and professor Lennard Davis tells the untold story of how a group of leftist Berkeley hippies made an alliance with upper-crust, conservative Republicans to bring about a truly bipartisan bill. The Americans with Disabilities Act has since become the model for most civil rights laws around the world. A book signing will follow the program. Read more about the book here. Note: All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.
between 7th & 9th on Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial

Lunchtime - Gallery Talk at the NMWA - Metro Center
Special Selections: Super Natural and Organic Matters-Women to Watch 2015
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Note: Talk is free but if you want to tour the museum before or after, regular admission applies.
Free, bite-size lunchtime talks are offered every Wednesday. This week, Assistant Educator Ashley W. Harris discusses selections from the special exhibitions, Organic Matters—Women to Watch 2015 and Super Natural, on view through September 13. Note: The Museum will be open free of charge from 12:00pm - 5:00pm this Sunday, August 2 as part of their monthly Community Day program, every first Sunday of the month.
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

Evening - Outdoor Concert at Strathmore - Grosvenor, MD
Free Summer Outdoor Concert: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
7:00pm
Leave the dishes in the sink and come hear the compelling new sound in country/bluegrass. Grammy nominated for their album Cold Spell, Solivan and the boys bring new textures and classic techniques as they move the art of bluegrass into the future.
5301 Tuckerman Lane - North Bethesda, MD
Metro: Grosvenor, walk across the street, to the left when you exit the metro, or take the bridge across from the garage, concerts will be in the grassy area

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

Thursday, July 30 

Early Evening - Speaker & Happy Hour at the Arlington Arts Center - Virginia Sq, VA 
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Join Deana Haggag, Director of The Contemporary in Baltimore, and hear about her work in this nomadic, non-collecting art museum. With only a P.O. box for an address, the museum challenges the boundaries of where to experience art, what audiences expect from contemporary art, and how a museum functions as an incubator. Haggag brings her curatorial expertise and her background in art history and philosophy to the principles that guide The Contemporary: artists matter, collaboration is key, and audience is everywhere. Program courtesy of Arlington Economic Development, the Creative Economy initiative and Arlington Arts Center, which also is sponsoring the happy hour.
Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Boulevard
Metro: Virginia Sq

Evening - Outdoor Music at the Arts Plaza at Monroe St Market - Brookland/CUA  
at the Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
6:30pm
Duende Quartet is devoted to playing Latin Jazz in the style of Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader and Willie Bobo with a nod to the Blue Note sound of the 60s. In a unique small group setting (with piano as the lead instrument) Duende Quartet captures the vibe of the jazz combo while using the rhythms of a Cuban conjunto.
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
716 Monroe St NE
Metro: Brookland, exit to the left and keep left to get there

Evening - Artist Panel at Honfleur - Anacostia
view and share the facebook event page
Meet the local artists who are part of this annual juried exhibition. The panel of artists will talk about their work and inspirations and show slides of their work chosen for the exhibition. Panel moderator is award-winning photographer Susana Raab. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibition is on view from July 10 through August 28.
Honfleur Gallery
1241 Good Hope Road, SE
Metro: Anacostia and walk or take the Circulator bus on Howard Ave toward Skyland. You can also catch the same bus from 8th St SE, near the Starbucks, from the Eastern Market Metro.

Evening - Outdoor Concert at Lake Anne - Reston, VA
Take a Break Concert Series: The American Guitar Trio
at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne
7:00pm
The American Guitar Trio plays contemporary Flamenco music as part of the concert series at Lake Anne, a natural setting for enjoying music outdoors. Bring a picnic and sit at one of the tables located throughout the plaza, or dine on the patio at one of the restaurants you can find there.
Reston Community Center at Lake Anne
1609-A Washington Plaza - Reston, VA
Metro: Wiehle-Reston East and catch the  Fairfax Connector Bus 552 (see schedule and see route map) to North Shore at Village, Lake Shore stop closest to Lake Anne. It's about a 12 minute bus ride. You can also see metro trip-planner for schedule details.

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

Friday, July 31 

Early Evening - Dance Performance at the Plaza near Busboys and Poets - Brookland/ CUA
Presented by Dance Place and the Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market at the plaza by Busboys. DC Casineros is a world-renowned dance company that performs Cuban dance styles, including Rueda de Casino, Afro-Cuban Rumba, Cha Cha Chá,Mambo, Danzón, and Yoruba Orisha dance.
Busboys and Poets Brookland Plaza 
625 Monroe St NE
Metro: Brookland/ CUA, exit to the left, walk to the left and take a right on Monroe St, walk about one block, plaza is on the left just near the Barnes & Noble and Busboys and Poets

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for more free events and exhibits on view and visit TICKETPLACE for half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area! You can also Follow CultureCapital.com on facebook and @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter.

Saturday, August 1

Morning - Family-Friendly Performance at the Reston Town Center - Wiehle-Reston, VA
Family Fun Entertainment Series: Percussion Discussion
10:00am
This show “snares” its audience with comic takes on the world of percussion. The interactive performance includes a sound effects version of a space fantasy, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on the kettle drums, a Latin-Afro audience ensemble, a marimba cartoon classic, and ends with A History of Drumming and Music in America.
Reston Town Center
11900 Market St - Reston, VA
Metro: Wiehle-Reston East and catch a bus to Reston Town Center or take a taxi or uber there, it's not too far by car. See metro trip-planner for bus schedule.

Morning/ Afternoon - Kid-friendly Docent-led tours of the Civil War Exhibit - Anacostia
11:00am & 2:00pm
Families get a personal docent-led tour of the exhibition How the Civil War Changed Washington and participate in a self-guided treasure hunt activity. Kids receive a free museum token for finishing the hunt. Each Tours to Treasure program lasts approximately 90 minutes; recommended for families and children (6 years and up).
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Pl SE
Metro: Anacostia, see metro trip-planner for bus options from metro or take uber or lyft there, see special promotion codes for new users below.

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

Sunday, August 2

Afternoon - Talk on the History of Fort Reno Park at the Smithsonian Anacostia Anacostia 
2:00pm
Fort Reno was built at the highest point of the city. Its construction started in August 1861, and eventually it would contain 3,000 troops, making it the largest of the forts surrounding Washington. Curator Alcione Amos will discuss how this bustling military installation was transformed into an urban neighborhood after the war and eventually turned into a park run by the U.S. Park Service in addition to be the location for a water reservoir and a school.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Pl SE
Metro: Anacostia, see metro trip-planner for bus options from metro or take uber or lyft there, see special promotion codes for new users below.

Afternoon -  Open Mic for Poetry and Prose at The Writer's Center - Bethesda, MD 
Poetry & Prose Open Mic
2:00pm - 4:00pm, sign-up begins 1:30pm
Share something new you've written or a favorite piece from your ouvre. Sign-up starts at 1:30 pm. The reading starts at 2:00 pm and will be followed by a reception.
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest, not that Walsh St is only accessible from the northbound lanes on Wisconsin Ave so you'll want to cross Wisconsin when you exit the metro.

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for more free events and exhibits on view and visit TICKETPLACE for half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area! You can also Follow CultureCapital.com on facebook and @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter.

Monday, August 3

Evening  - Taffety Punk Theatre Co. performs at the Folger - Capitol South
Bootleg Shakespare: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Presented by Taffety Punk Theatre Company at the Folger Theatre
7:30pm, tickets handed out starting at 6:00pm, see note below. Shakespeare’s spirited comedy about how sucky men are. Proteus loves Julia. His best friend, Valentine, moves to Milan and falls in love with Sylvia. Proteus then moves to Milan and promptly falls in love with Sylvia. Julia follows Proteus and sees firsthand what a rat her boyfriend is. Will the boys get their $#!% together before the girls justifiably kill them? Will the dog be sent to the stocks? Can you really take a boat from Verona to Milan? All will be revealed. Note:  A maximum of two free tickets will be distributed at the Folger Theatre on the day of the performance starting at 6:00pm. No phone or web reservations available. If all tickets are gone by show time, there will be a queue for potential standing room availability. If you get there early for tickets, there are lots of restaurants nearby that you can have dinner at while you are waiting for the show to begin. 
Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Metro: Capitol South, also walking distance from Union Station 

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

Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers: Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 - be sure to select uberx for best price!

OF NOTE: Bridj expands their service to Petworth starting on MON,August 3 connecting to Foggy Bottom, Farragut Sq and Metro Center with Weekday morning and evening rush hour service! Download the App to your smartphone by FRI, August 7 and use the freeindc promo code for 10 free rides, a $50 value!

Bridj, a Boston-based smart mass transit system, launched service in DC at the end of April and and will expand their service to Petworth starting on Monday, August 3! New users can download the Brigdj app to their iPhone or Android here! Sign up with promo code freeindc for 10 free rides, a $50 value! FYI: The buses have free WiFi service on board.

The current service area offers rides from Cathedral Heights and Glover Park to Foggy Bottom, Farragut Sq and Metro Center, with morning rush hour service, weekdays from 7:00am - 9:30am.

Expansion: Beginning on Monday, August 3 service will also be offered from Petworth! All areas will also offer service in the late afternoon/early evening for the commute home!

Rides are regularly $5 each. Promo runs through Friday, August 7 so be sure to download the app and set up your account with the promo code before this post comes down.

How it works: Pickup spots vary, but if you're anywhere within the areas of service you can get picked up/dropped off within a 5 minute walk of your destination. Reserve your seat through the Bridj app. Tell them where you want to go and they’ll match you up with others headed in the same direction. After a short walk to close by pick up point, you can track your ride as it arrives, show the driver your pass, and enjoy a stress-free commute.

The 16th St. NW Corridor has been dealing with overcrowded public transit for years, and the frequent stops slow down everyone’s commute. Bridj hopes to help combat this issue with express trips that can be routed to avoid heavily congested areas. Passengers will experience fewer stops between start and end points, resulting in a quicker, more comfortable trip.

Download the Bridj app now! Use the promo code freeindc for 10 free rides, a $50 value!

UPCOMING: SPIRITUALITY: Annual Master's Day: A Multi-Faith Celebration, this year on the theme of "Love, Unity and Peace" will take place on SAT, August 1 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm at the Science of Spirituality DC, Free


Master's Day: A Multi-Faith Celebration
on the theme of "Love, Unity and Peace" at the Science of Spirituality DC Meditation Center
Saturday, August 1
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Free
Complimentary vegetarian dinner will be served after the program

This Saturday speakers from many of the major religions - including Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Sikh and Buddhist - will focus on the themes of love, unity and peace at an annual Interfaith Celebration hosted by Science of Spirituality DC (SOS DC).

SOS DC offers free meditation workshops at their center and at area libraries. You can learn more about them and Jyoti Meditation on their website and connect with SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC.

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 but they don't run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. For those of you with smart phones who don't own cars you may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are or from the Tenleytown Metro, which is closest. See promo below.

Special Promo: New Lyft users get $10 off your first ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at lyft.com. New Uber users get $20 off your first ride, sign up: uber.com/go/freeindc14 and use the promo code FREEINDC14 - be sure to select uberx for best price when you request a ride!

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more events taking place @FreeinDCBlog on twitter! Additional events may be listed there that are not featured on this site

For more events please check out @FreeinDCBlog on twitter and the Free in DC page on facebook, search for "Free in DC" or click here! Much of the event content I cover comes from facebook and I don't always have time to craft individual posts on this site for every event I come across (especially when I am traveling a lot during the summer) I might share events on  @FreeinDCBlog on twittter and/or FreeinDC on facebook that aren't on the main site.

I tweet most every day, focusing on events happening that day, and some other events coming soon or ones that you might not find on the main site or on facebook. Also, if you aren't a twitter user you can just look at the page without needing to sign up for an account! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

UPCOMING: PICNIC: Grab your lunch and Enjoy some time outside with the "Picnic in the Park" series in the Golden Triangle! FRI, May 1- WED, Sept 30 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Wednesdays in Murrow Park at18th & H + Fridays in Farragut Square

Picnic in the Park in the Golden Triangle!
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Friday, May 1 - Wednesday, September 30
Wednesdays in Murrow Park at 18th & H St NW
and Fridays in Farragut Park between Farragut North & Farragut West Metro

Yes, there will be picnic tables, smaller tables and shade structures set up if you don't plan to bring a blanket out with you!

Rediscover your lunch hour outside with the folks at the Golden Triangle as they host another season of Picnic in the Park, this time twice a week and in two locations! Bring your lunch out or pick up a bite to eat in the neighborhood and enjoy some time relaxing outside. They'll even have lawn games and table tennis at Farragut Sq or Fridays. Enjoy time on your own, with friends, or networking with other businesses in the Golden Triangle. All are welcome to come out and enjoy!

Note: In case of weather-related location or scheduling changes, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or GoldenTriangleDC on facebook.

Wednesdays - Murrow Park
at 18th & H St NW, near Pennsylvania Ave
Metro: Farragut West

Fridays - Farragut Square Park
between Connecticut Ave & 17th St, I & K St NW
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West

UPCOMING: ART LECTURES: Free Lectures on Cézanne and Fragonard at the National Gallery of Art West Building WED, July 29 - SUN< August 9

Free Talks listed below will be in the West Building Lecture Hall

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Young Girl Reading,
c. 1770, oil on canvas, Gift of Mrs. Mellon Bruce
in memory of her father, Andrew W. Mellon,
1961.16.1 - image from NGA website
Wednesday, July 29 
1:00pm
Lecture led by Faya Causey

Saturday, August 1
2:00pm
Lecture led by Faya Causey

Tuesday, August 4 
1:00pm
Lecture by Yuriko Jackall


Sunday, August 9
2:00pm
Lecture by Yuriko Jackall.

National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives, closest entrance from the metro is the side entrance on 7th St just past Constitution

Sunday, July 26, 2015

UPCOMING: THEATER: City at Peace presents Free Performances of "Sou'd Out" at the Atlas Arts Center on H St NE this THURS, July 30 & FRI, July 31 at 11:00am & 7:00pm, Tickets Required

City at Peace: SOUL'D OUT
Thursday, July 30 & Friday, July 31 
11:00am & 7:00pm performances both days
Free, tickets required, Reserve tickets here

"What have you bought into? Soul’d Out invites you into the lives of young people who have bought into ideas that do not serve them. Buying into judgement and shame, stress and insecurity, stereotypes and negativity… What will it take for these young people to be free of the ideas they have bought into? Featuring the raw talent of City at Peace youth."

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE
Metro: Closest metro is Union Station but no direct buses from there, you can catch the X2 bus along H St NW from Gallery Pl - Chinatown if you don't want to take an uberx, taxi, etc... or you can catch any of the 90 line buses that go to 8th & H St NE and walk over. See metro trip-planner for bus info.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: The next Free Intro to Meditation series begins on MON, August 17 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm and the following three Mondays, through MON, September 14 at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, Free, RSVP to ensure your space

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

The next series begins on Monday, August 17
7:00pm - 8:30pm
and continues the next three Mondays:
August 24 & 31 and September 7
Free, RSVP required, email DCinfo@sos.org or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582

Note: If you miss the first session on Monday, August 17 you are welcome to join in the second session on August 24. If you miss the first two session you'll need to wait til the next series begins on September 14.

"Jyoti meditation provides the experience of inner light, the joy of self discovery, and the lasting value of spirituality as a complement to physical, intellectual, and cultural attainments." Introductory classes will run in four-week cycles which repeat. For those who wish to go on after the intro sessions, there will be intermediate and advanced classes continuing throughout the year.

SOS DC will also continue to offer free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and with SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC.

Science of Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. For those with cars, street parking is available. You may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are coming from or from the Tenleytown Metro. See promo codes below for new users.

Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers: Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 - be sure to select uberx for best price!

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OUTDOOR MOVIES: Final Screening in the "Golden Cinema" Free Outdoor Movie Screening Series in Farragut Square will feature "The Wedding Planner" on FRI, July 31 at Sunset, Pre-show Activities begin at 7:30pm

Golden Cinema Outdoor Movie Screening Series in the Golden Triangle
with an “All Worked Up” movie line up in Farragut Square Park
Friday, May 22 - Friday, July 31
every Friday night
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Free
Pre-show activities begin 7:30pm, Movies begin at sunset

The Golden Cinema series kicks off on Friday, May 22nd. After a long work week, come out to the park and spend some time unwinding outdoors. Grab a blanket, invite your friends and family to join you, maybe pick up some dinner nearby, hang out under the stars and enjoy the evening!

Final Screening - Friday, July 31
The Wedding Planner

Note: Weather Permitting in the Park. In case of weather-related changes, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

Farragut Square Park
between Connecticut Ave & 17th St, I St & K St, NW (map)
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West or take the Circulator or a bus along K or I St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Free Gamelan Classes at the Embassy of Indonesia in Dupont Circle every MON & THURS night from6:30pm-8:30pm, Free, Please RSVP

Free Gamelan Classes at the Embassy of Indonesia in Dupont Circle
every Monday & Thursday night
from January 5 - December 22
6:30pm - 8:30pm 
Free, RSVP here

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

Embassy of Indonesia
2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Metro: Dupont Circle 

Friday, July 24, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OUTDOOR OFFICE: "Farragut Fridays" Outdoor Office in Farragut Square! Free Work space in the Park! Tables, Shade Structures, Free Wi-Fi and more! Every FRI from 9:00am - 5:00pm from FRI, May 1 - FRI, Sept 25, Compliments of the folks at the GoldenTriangle BID!

Farragut Fridays in Farragut Square! A new program from the folks at the Golden Triangle BID
Free Outdoor Office every Friday!
9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday, May 1 - Friday, September 25
Plus Picnic in the Park every Friday too!
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Plus, additional events on select Fridays

Get out of the office and work outside instead! Bring your laptop out and enjoy working outside every Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm in Farragut Park on Fridays. There will be a full set up that includes free Wi-Fi, tables, chairs, and games to get your creativity flowing. Enjoy the free work space as an alternative to your office and schedule your meeting in the park! All are welcome! 

They'll have special events as well on select Fridays as well. Tech Trends events will take place from 11:00am - 12:00pm on select Fridays. Join members of the tech community co-working outside in Farragut Park for tech demos, learning labs, and meet-ups. Plus, connect and collaborate on the next big idea.

Participating tech companies participating include: Cove, UberOffices, WeWork, DC Tech Meetup, General Assembly, MoDev, Tableau, TechShop, Yapper, DC Young Entrepreneurs, and more. You can see a full schedule of events here. So go ahead, schedule a meeting outdoors, play in the grass, or come out to watch a movie under the stars. The Golden Cinema series runs from Friday, May 22 - Friday, July 31 with pre-show activities starting at 7:30pm and movies begin at sunset.

So you don't have to pull out a calendar, here is the list of upcoming Friday dates: 

June 12, 19 & 26 
July 3, 10. 17, 24 & 31
August 7, 14, 21 & 28
September 4, 11, 18 & 25

Note: In case of weather-related concerns, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Monthly: "Community Day" at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Free admission on SUN, August 2 - and every first SUN of the month - from 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Free "Community Day" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts!
every first Sunday of  the month
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Free

Next Community Day - Sunday, August 2
Free Community Day: August

Community Days are held on the first Sunday of every month. Regular admission to the museum is $10, $8 for students and those 65+, 18 and under free.

When you are there, I recommend checking out their gift shop, where you can find wearable art and items made from recycled materials. Aside from the gift shop at the Building Museum, this may be my favorite one in town. I got one of my favorite fabric necklaces there a while back.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave, NW
Metro: Metro Center, use the 13th St exit and up two blocks to NY Ave or take one of many buses that go to 13th & H St NW

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Weekly: The "Jazz in the Garden" Outdoor Concert Series continues with on FRI, July 31 in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Live Jazz every Friday through FRI, August 28

Jazz in the Garden is back!
Friday nights in the NGA Sculpture Garden
Friday, May 22 - Friday, August 28
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. 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 Jazz in the Garden - Friday, July 31

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.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every WED night

Weekly Wednesday night events organized by start time

Wednesday Night Meditation at the Vajrayogini Buddhist Center in Adams Morgan - Discount for students, seniors and unemployed only
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... 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
Note: Some of these events may no longer be happening, please confirm on the Wonderland website 
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
Free
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 hosts vary each week, see the calendar of events for details each week
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 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every THURS night

Weekly Thursday night events organized by start time

DC Supersonic Weekly Chant Circle at Studio DC in Dupont Circle
most Thursday nights - you may want to check first to confirm
6:30pm - 7:30pm
by donation, $10 suggested, no one turned away
All welcome. Join DC Supersonic Kirtan to sing, dance, and make music. Connect with your fellow Bhakti yogis. Have fun. Learn mantras. Maybe even learn an instrument if you’re so inclined. No experience necessary, just come with an open mind and a yearning to engage the heart. Chant sheets will be provided.
Studio DC
1710 Connecticut Ave NW, right by the Starbucks on R St
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north

Weekly Guided Meditation at The Shambhala Center, Cleveland Pk
7:00pm -8:30pm
Free
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
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Free, 21+
Brought to you by the folks from Last Resort Comedy
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit

8:30pm
Free
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

Live Jazz at Dukem Jazz Thursday, on U St
every Thursday night
9:00pm - 12:00am
Free
Part of the Dukem Jazz Thursday series, artists vary each week
Dukem
1114 U St NW
Metro: U St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every FRI night

Weekly Friday night events organized by start time

Friday Night Jazz Night at Westminster Church
6:00pm - 9:00pm
$5, free for those under 16
often followed by Jazz Night at the Movies
9:15pm
Metro: Waterfront

Friday Night Unplugged Open Mic at Politics & Prose Coffeehouse
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Free
Note: On Feb 28, 2015 the cafe changed ownership and is now being run by Politics and Prose directly as P&P Coffeehouse instead of Modern Times. You might want to call to confirm that they are still doing the open mic nights. The website said that services will continue uninterrupted but that was it. Their number is (202) 362-2408. You can also email cafe@politics-prose.com
Metro: Friendship Heights or Van Ness and take a bus 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every SAT

Weekly Saturday highlights

Weekly Stand Up Comedy Show at Shaw's Tavern
"Wake & Bacon"
3:00pm - 4:30pm show
Free with a suggested donation of $10
Note: except for the Drunk Show $10 every third Sunday
2:00pm - 3:00pm brunch service available
Comedians vary each week, RSVP Requested.
New Venue - Old Engine 12 Restaurant - The Firehouse
1626 North Capitol Ave. NW - between Q & R St NW
Metro; NoMa, walk about .5 miles, left on Florida, right on N Capitol

Live Jazz with The James Benson Quartet at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan, often with guest vocalist Abby Nightingale
every Saturday night
9:30pm - 1:30am
Free
Columbia Station
2325 18th St NW
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill Rd stop, near 18th & Columbia and walk about two blocks, or Dupont Circle and take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to Belmont and walk downhill one block to 18th St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every SUN

Weekly events every Sunday, organized by start time

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

When it's Nice Out... 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: Dupont Circle, best reached by the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St

Saturday, July 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

New location as of March 2nd, 2014

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: DANCE: Weekly: Contact Improvisation Dance Class at the Dance Loft every THURS night, Dance from 7:00pm - 8:00pm, $10, Jam from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, $8 or both for $15

Weekly Contact Improvisation Dance Series on Thursdays at brand new space - The Dance Loft
every Thursday night -  since Feb 26
for beginners and experienced folks, all welcome
drop-in class, RSVP requested here

Next Class and Jam - Thursday, July 30

Contact Improvisation Dance
7:00pm - 8:00pm
$10

Contact Improvisation Jam
8:00pm - 10:00pm 
$8, or attend both for $15

What is Contact Improv? Learn more on this video from Germany. Come out to move, lift, roll & play while cultivating awareness of the connection with others. The Thursday series at the Dance Loft will be led by Darrell Duane or Ilana Silverstein.


The offerings at Dance Loft continue to expand! They now offer Gaga on Tuesdays and Contact improvisation Dance Jam on Thursdays, plus Ecstatic Dance every Saturday, Poi/Hoop/Acro Jam every Sunday at 5pm, Ballet on Sunday! Learn more and sign up for classes on the Dance Loft on 14 site here! Note: Please go to DanceLoft14.org to check on weather related cancellations.

Dance Loft on 14
4618 14th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and take any of the 50 line buses north on 14th to Buchanan, about ten min.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free andlow-cost events every MON night

Weekly Monday night events organized by start time

"Blue Monday Blues" at Westminster Church, Waterfront Metro artists vary each week - see schedule
6:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages
$5

Meditation Mondays with Richael Faithful at Freed Bodyworks
Best to confirm with Freed that this event is happening each week
every Monday night
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Free
Richael, Freed's new shamanic and energy healer, hosts a free one hour meditation at Freed Bodyworks every Monday night.
Freed Bodyworks
1337 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Metro: Potomac Ave, short walk from the metro

6:45pm - 8:00pm, doors 6:45pm
If you have questions, message Marta directly - marta@martadances.com
All ages, bilingual class
by donation, $10 suggested

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

"La-Ti-Do" Musical Theater Cabaret & Spoken Word Night at James Hoban's in Dupont Circle
8:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 when you RSVP in advance online, pay at the door, 21+

featured guest artists vary each week as does the guest co-host
9:00pm - 11:00pm
8:30pm sign up 
All ages, by donation


Friday, July 17, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Free Bilingual Yoga Class for English & Spanish speakers every SAT from 11:00am - 12:00pm + Free Meditation on SUN, August 9 from 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Science of Spirituality DC Center at Arizona & Cathedral Ave NW

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

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

Weekly on Saturdays 
Bilingual Yoga class en Espanol/English -Argeny Rodriguez
Saturdays - August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 
Yoga class for English & Spanish speakers, open to all 

Weekly on Sundays - except the first Sunday of the month
English and Spanish Language Meditation & Satsang
Sundays - August 9, 16, 23 & 30
Group Meditation - 9:00am - 11:00am
English & Spanish Satsangs - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Vegetarian Langar 12:00pm - 2:00pm
All are Welcome

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 but they don't run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. For those of you with smart phones who don't own cars you may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are or from the Tenleytown Metro, which is closest. See promo below.

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UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: Yoga Co-op DC's Weekly Intermediate-Advanced Community Yoga Class now at Flow Yoga's new space on 14th St in Logan Circle every SUN from 2:45pm - 4:15pm, Teachers Vary each Week, by donation, $9 or more suggested

Yoga Co-op DC Community Class - for intermediate and advanced yogis - now at Flow Yoga's new location n 14th St every Sunday afternoon
2:45pm - 4:15pm
by donation, minimum $9 suggested, please give as you can, cash donations can be made on site

YCDC has a new home! Flow Yoga Center. 1508 14th Street NW. There is no preregistration so please arrive a bit early to secure your spot in the class. The room fits about 50 people. Teachers vary each week, join the Yoga Co-op DC (YCDC) group on facebook to see who is teaching. See the facebook page to learn more about the special guest teacher and style of yoga they will be offering each week. All classes are 90 minutes long. Connect with Yoga Co-op DC on facebook for details each week.

Next YCDC - Sunday, August 2

Flow Yoga Center - new location
1508 14th St NW
Metro: McPherson Sq or U St and take the Circulator bus to 14th & P St or Rhode Island Ave or walk over P St from Dupont Circle or take any bus along 14th St or 16th St to P St 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: Practice With Love Pop Up Yoga Classes outside of the Southeast Neighborhood Library, or inside if weather is bad, SUN, August 2 - and every Sunday through August 30 - from 1:30pm - 2:30pm. Free

Practice With Love Pop Up at the Southeast Neighborhood Library
every Sunday through August 30
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Free

Next Yoga Class - Sunday, August 2
Kat leads this class

"Bring your mat and come flow with us!" The response from the classes held before at the Southeast Neighborhood Library was so positive that they invited the yoga teachers back to continue offering gatherings throughout the summer  Join our yoga guides, Chantae, Clare, and Heather for 3 months of pop up yoga!  "Classes will gather on Sundays from 1:30pm - 2:30 pm. On sunny days we will practice on the grass across from the library in front of the Eastern Market Metro. On cloudy or rainy days we will be inside the Southeast Neighborhood Library in the basement meeting room."

Remaining Classes in this series: 
Aug 9 Lisa Marie
Aug 16 Heather
Aug 23 Kat
Aug 30 Lisa Marie

Southeast Neighborhood Library
Note: May be Outside or Inside the Library
403 7th St SE
Metro: Eastern Market

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Contact Improv Jam every SUN afternoon on Capitol Hill, 2:00pm - 5:00pm, Donation $5 - $10 suggested

Contact Improv Sunday Afternoon Jam
every Sunday afternoon
2:00pm - 5:00pm
$5 to $10 donation
Read more here

Contact improv jams take place every Sunday on Capitol Hill. Best to arrive on the early end if you are new so you can get acquainted with the jam, and jamming in general! All donations support the church's community outreach program.

The first Sunday jam of the month there will be a guided improv structure, usually an Underscore, which is especially helpful for those who are new.  Anyone interested in practicing CI, or just getting a glimpse it in practice, are welcome to attend any of the Sunday sessions. 

Please note: As part of the insurance coverage that our hosts require, every sunday jam participants are asked to sign a liability release/waiver which you can print and sign if it's your first time (they should also have some at the door).

St. James/St. Monica Church parrish hall, Capital Hill
222 8th St. NE (map, walking from Union Station)
Metro: Union Station, it's about a 15 minute walk from there

Friday, July 3, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: CABARET: Weekly: La-Ti-Do Musical Theater Cabaret & Spoken Word series is back on MON, August 3 - and every MON night - 8:00pm - 10:00pm at James Hoban's on Dupont Circle, Performers vary every week, $10 with online RSVP, 21+

La-Ti-Do curated spoken word/musical theater cabaret series
every Monday night
8:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 at the door when you RSVP online, $15 at the door if not, $7 Students/Seniors with ID
$5 for non-performing LTD Alumni, 21+

La-Ti-Do is DC's first curated spoken word/musical theater cabaret series! Regular hosts: Don Mike Mendoza & Regie Cabico.

Monday, August 3
La-Ti-Do presents "Old-School Night: An Evening of Golden Age Musicals & Spoken Word"

This week La-Ti-Do kicks off August with an evening of songs from the musicals of the 50's, 60's and early 70's and spoken word inspired by the era. Guest Performers: Kendall Helblig, Morgan DeHart, more TBA. Hosts: Don Mike Mendoza and Regie Cabico. Accompanist: TBA.

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

Note: If you have dinner first at James Hoban's and spend $25 or more, bring your receipt for $7 admission

James Hoban's
1 Dupont Circle NW 
New Hampshire Ave
Metro: Dupont Circle, take the south exit, James Hoban's is basically on the circle

Thursday, July 2, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: Community Yoga Class at Kali Yoga in Columbia Heights every FRI from 6:30pm - 7:45pm and every SUN from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, by donation, RSVP online recommended

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

Next Class - Friday,  July 31
Yoga, Asanas and Meditation led by my friend Sachin
every Friday night
Sachin Kandhari
6:45pm - 7:45pm class, 6:30pm doors open for arrival
Note: They recommend that you sign up online
Class begins and doors lock promptly at 6:45pm
All welcome, by donation, please give as you can

My friend Sachin Kandhari will be teaches a donation-based yoga class on Friday nights! "A holistic yoga session including asana, pranayama, and meditation. All levels are welcome, and a sliding scale means you can pay whatever you want, whether it's $10, $5, or $0. Whatever you can afford, you are welcome & encouraged to attend."

Next Class - Sunday, August 2

Community Yoga Classes at Kali Yoga with various teachers most Sundays*
4:00pm - 5:00pm
by donation, please give as you can
suggest you arrive a little early for this one too
Note: They recommend that you sign up online and to confirm online that the class is happening that week as sometimes there may be teacher training sessions.

Kali Yoga
3423 14th St, NW
formerly Quiet Mind Yoga, above Zeba Bar
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about three blocks north on 14th St, on the right, or you can take any of the 50 line buses that run along 14th St there. 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: "Blue Monday Blues" every MON night at Westminster Church by the Waterfront Metro, Performers vary each week, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, $5

every Monday night
6:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, $5, free for those 16 and under
view schedule hereview pics on flickr here

"Blue Monday Blues" brings together great local blues players for an evening of down-home blues. Food and beverages available for purchase from SW Catering Company, featuring Southern and Mediterranean cuisine, from 5:30pm - 8:30pm.

400 I St, SW (map and directions here)
Metro: Waterfront, seems to be a short walk from the metro
For those with cars, parking is available in the church lot or on the street.