Saturday, April 19, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Today! Weekly: Community Yoga Class in Petworth with Erika Bolstad - most SAT mornings - from 11:00am -12:00pm, Free, donations welcome

Free Yoga with Erika Bolstad at the Park View Rec Center in Petworth
most Saturdays (see website for updates or to contact her)
11:00am - 12:00pm
Free, donations welcome

"Erika's labor of love is loosely affiliated with Friends-of-the-Park and the class content is aimed at beginners while being tailored to fit the students that show up. You can read more here."

Park View Recreation Center
693 Otis Pl NW
at the corner of Warder and Otis
Metro: Petworth, looks like it's about an 8 minute walk, walk south on Georgia, left on Otis

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Today! Weekly: District Flea is back every SAT from 10:00am - 5:00pm at the corner of W St & Florida Ave NW starting on SAT, April 5th, near the U St Metro

District Flea is back for the Season!
every Saturday beginning on April 5th
10:00am - 5:00pm
Free to get in though you'l probably want some money to spend while you're there.

Like the original Brooklyn Flea, the District Flea is an outdoor market that will feature top vendors of vintage and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers, plus delicious fresh food. A collaboration between local vendors and the folks that started Brooklyn Flea, District Flea hosts 100+ collectors, makers, and chefs from in and around DC, Baltimore, Philly, and New York. Beginning April 5, 2014 they will be open every Saturday from 10am-5pm, at 945 Florida Ave., NW (W and Florida). If you go, be sure to swing by and say hi to my friend + say hi to Christopher at Brown & Williams British clothing wares, he usually vends.

District Flea outdoor market
945 Florida Ave NW
Metro: U St, African American War Memorial exit 

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! More Free and low-cost events to choose from SAT, April 19th & SUN, April 20th

Highlights for more Free, donation-based and low-cost events!

Saturday, April 19th

Tots2Teens Expo at the Convention Center
10:00am - 6:00pm
The Tots-to-Teens Expo is designed to help make life easier for those who plan the activities for their families - focusing exclusively on products or services that cater to children and teens. Read more here.
Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW
Metro: Mt. Vernon Sq - Convention Center

4/20 Sale and Party at The Noon in Silver Spring 
From the invite: "A day packed with crucial sales, live glassblowing, local bands and dj's, insane promo deals, a raffle and did someone say free food? One Love Massive crew will be in attendance with The One Love Bus. We will also be raffling off a gift certificate from our friends Baying Hound Aleworks in Rockville! Bring your Noon receipt next door to Capitol Tattoo and receive 20% off your tattoo!
--Live Glassblowing By Diggy and Friends-- Current Musical Line Up: Luxe- RaggaDj Globb- DnBDainbramage-House, Noel Sonkwa- DnB- Special 2 hour set, Chomp Chomp-Chillwave/ hip-hop and Hounds of Hades-Blue Reggae. The Noon
7918 Georgia Ave, near Eastern Ave and Blair Rd - Silver Spring, MD,
Metro: Silver Spring and walk about 15 minutes or see metro trip-planner for closer access by bus

Anacostia Park Cleanup: From Trash to Art - with the folks behind the Figment DC Festival
1:00pm - 3:00pm
In honor of Earth Day, and in celebration of FIGMENT as a leave no trace event, join the folks behind Figment for a cleanup and art day at Anacostia Park, where the festival will be again this year, from Sept. 27-28, 2014. Meet at 1:00pm in front of the skating rink and spend the first hour picking up trash aka MOOP (matter out of place) and looking for objects to turn into art. At 2:00pm, meet back in front of the skating rink to create our recycled art. They'll supply trash bags and limited art supplies. Please bring gloves, any art supplies you wish to use/share and your imagination!
Anacostia Park, Section DC
Meet at the Skating Rink
Metro: easiest access by car, you can metro to Potomac Ave and bike across the bridge to the bike/walking path along the waterfront to the last section of the park. See metro trip-planner for best access or post the facebook event page to see if you might be able to catch a lift with someone.

Exhibit is on view Friday, March 7th - Friday, April 25th
Join artist Adrian Loving for an artist talk about his exhibit "Fade 2 Grey: Androgyny in Eighties Popular Music," on view at Vivid Solutions DC Gallery through April 25. Loving will speak about his inspirations and the process behind the body of work in the show. A Q&A session will follow.
now located inside the Anacostia Arts Center!
1231 Good Hope Road SE
Metro: Anacostia and walk, bus, bike or cab closer. Starting on April 1st the Potomac Ave - Barracks Row- Skyland Circulator bus will be running past 7pm again! You can catch that Circulator bus from Howard Rd and get off at the stop right after it turns right onto Good Hope Rd, or pick it up from Eastern Market Metro on 8th St SE by the Starbucks)
Acoustic Show in The Lounge at The Lab All Ages in Alexandria, VA
7:00pm, doors 6:30pm
All ages, sliding scale donation $8-$5 
Acoustic music from The DuskwhalesStephen LeeRed SammyA Different Kind of War and Whitman.
The Lab - Alexandria, VA
1819 N. Quaker Lane
Metro: Braddock Rd or Pentagon and take a Dash bus there. See metro trip plannerfor best bus access from the metro.

Shred Opening Reception at Hierarchy
7:00pm - 12:00am
Free, please RSVP as space is limited 
DC-based artist group No Kings Collective hosts another opening at Hierarchy, a new special exhibition venue located in Adam’s Morgan at 1841 Columbia Rd, in partnership with the Popal family, owners of Napoleon Bistro & Lounge, Malmaison and Cafe Bonaparte. 'Shred' is the solo exhibition of Mathew Curran, an L.A.- based muralist and fine artist who brings stencils to life, creating unique large-scale murals in a process where he cuts away to the root of his art. For a sneak peek at Curran’s work, click here.
1841 Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus one stop to Adams Mill, walk to Columbia Rd, turn right, or Dupont Circle, take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant a bit closer, right to Mintwood Pl

Textuality: A Texting Dance Party
9:30pm - 2:00am
Free, 21+ RSVP Requested
"Textuality is DC's only interactive texting dance party, where guests dance, flirt, and text to big screens in an evening of mischief, fun, and games. It's free to join the texting fun, and you'll never know what trouble will crop up. Dig in at secret locations and request your favorite songs from Textuality's live DJs, who will spin live house and Textuality's signature pop mashup hour starting at 10pm."
Mova Lounge
2204 14th St NW - near Florida Ave
Metro: U St or take any of the 50 line buses along 14th St to get closer

Sunday, April 20th

Epic Egg Hunt + Homemade Peeps - at Pinstripes in Georgetown
10:30am - 3:00pm
$4, 100% of the proceeds from basket sales will benefit the Children's National Medical Center
Pinstripes is launching its 1st annual Epic Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. Over 1,500 of colorful eggs full of everything from candy to complimentary brunch, bowling and bocce coupons will line the C & O canal and patio areas around Pinstripes Georgetown. To participate, guests may purchase an Easter basket from Pinstripes for $4. Easter basket purchases start at 10:30am and the Epic Egg Hunt begins at 11:00am on Easter, Sunday, April 20th. Join Pinstripes for their legendary brunch afterwards.
1064 Wisconsin Ave NW
Metro: Please see metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro depending on where you are coming from, also accessible by the Circulator bus

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Today! Weekly: Spanish Language Yoga & Satsang on SAT from 10:00am - 12:00pm + Weekly Meditation on SUN from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Veggie Lunch 1:00pm, Weekly except for the first Weekend of the month, Free

Science of Spirituality  has a brand new Meditation Center in DC!
They have been offering regular programs there since January 2014

The new Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, which opened October 31st, launched its first community outreach program on Monday, January 6th, 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. All are Welcome to attend the upcoming weekly events at the center as well.

Weekly on Sundays - except the first Sunday of the month
April 13th, 20th and 27th
English program 2:00pm - 4:00pm, preceded by lunch at 1:00pm

Sundays - except the first Sunday of the month
11:00am - 12:00pm - Hindi Language Meditation
12:00pm - 1:00pm  - Hindi Language Satsang
  1:00pm - 2:00pm  - Vegetarian Lunch, all who attend the meditation are welcome
  2:00pm - 3:00pm  - English Meditation  
  3:00pm - 4:00pm  - English Satsang 
  4:00pm - 4:30pm  - Tea and Snacks following the program

Weekly on Saturdays - except the first Saturday of the month
Yoga followed by Satsang - with Argeny Rodriguez

Saturdays - except for the first Saturday of the month
April 12th, 19th and 26th
10:00am - 11:00am
Yoga Class limited to 8 students. Please Register beforehand: or (703) 212-8140. 
Spanish Language Satsang now on Saturdays
Saturdays - except for the first Saturday of the month
11:00am - 12:00pm
See the schedule or calendar page for more program information.

Monthly - Four-Week Intro Series on Monday Nights
Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks.

Mondays - Next session - Monday, April 28th
continues Mondays - May 5th, 12th & 19th
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Free, RSVP now to ensure your space!
RSVP required, email or call (301)598-3582 or (240)-271-8963

Introductory classes will run in four-week cycles which repeat. The next session which you can sign up for will begin on March 31st and run through April 21st. For those who wish to go on after the introductory 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 - 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: YOGA: Today! Weekly: Free Recurring Yoga Classes at DC Public Libraries every MON night and TUES night and SAT mornings + select SUN afternoons

Updated - January 2014 Winter Series Schedule
Thanks to Yoga Activist for offering most of these


Weekly on Mondays - Evening
Free Yoga Class at the Cleveland Park Library
Free weekly yoga classes led by a qualified instructor, courtesy of  Yoga Activist. Geared toward beginners, but all are welcome.
Cleveland Park Library
3310 Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Cleveland Park, walk south on Connecticut Ave a few blocks


Weekly on Tuesdays - Evening
Tuesday Evening Weekly Yoga class at Northwest One Library
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Northwest One Library hosts free yoga classes every Monday night. All skill levels welcome and they provide mats! 
155 L St NW
Metro: Convention Center, walk about ten minutes (see walking map) down M St toward 3rd St, right on NJ Ave and left on L St.

Weekly on Tuesdays - Evening
Tuesday Evening Free Yoga Class at the Cleveland Park Library
Free weekly yoga classes led by a qualified instructor, courtesy of Yoga Activist. Geared toward beginners, but all are welcome.
Cleveland Park Library
3310 Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Cleveland Park, walk south on Connecticut Ave a few blocks


Weekly on Saturdays - Morning
10:00am - 11:00am
Wear some comfortable clothing and bring a mat, but if you don’t have one, yoga mats are available for use during the class. Classes are taught by Yoga Activist and are held on the lower level, in the Larger Meeting Room.
This class is free and open to the public.
Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library
3935 Benning Rd. NE
Metro: Minnesota Avenue, just a short walk from the metro, turn right on Minnesota and left on Benning

Weekly on Saturdays - Morning

Yoga at Your Library at the Petworth Library - New class as of 2014!
11:00am - 12:00pm
New beginner level yoga class for adults and teens brought to you courtesy of Yoga Activist. No experience is required. Bring your own mat, but if you don’t have one, yoga mats are available for use during the class.
Petworth Library
4200 Kansas Ave NW
Metro: Petworth, three blocks from the metro


Bi-Monthly on Sundays - Afternoon
Afternoon Asanas for those 50+ at the Petworth Library
next one will be Sunday, April 13th
Relax, relate and release as you tone and stretch while practicing yoga using chairs. This program is especially tailored to adults aged 50+ and persons with limited mobility who have doctor consent. All participants are required to sign a liability waiver on their first day of attendance. Mark your calendars... this one meets every second and fourth Sunday! Please call 202-243-1187 or stop by to register. Petworth Neighborhood Library is accessible to wheelchairs and Metro
Petworth Library
4200 Kansas Ave NW
Metro: Petworth, three blocks from the metro

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY: Today! Monthly: Youth Open Mic this SAT, April 19th, and every third SAT of the month, at Busboys and Poets 5th & K St, NW, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, $5

Monthly Youth Open Mic for all styles for those 20 and younger at Busboys and Poets 5th & K St NW
every third Saturday of the month
5:00pm - 7:00pm, doors and sign-up 4:30pm
$5, cash at the door

Saturday, April 19th

Open Mic artists get 5 minutes to perform whatever they like, poetry or song, or dance, or story, or otherwise. 
This monthly youth-focused and youth-led series is held every 3rd Saturday. 

Young people (under 20) are encouraged to come share their poetry, music, rap, acting, or other appropriate skills. Email for more info.

5th & K St, NW
Metro: between Gallery Pl and Mt Vernon Sq or you can take the Circulator bus to 5th & Mass.

UPCOMING: PERFORMANCE: Tonight! Comedian Gary Gulman performs on SAT, April 19th as part of the Millennium Stage Daily Performance Series at the Kenndey Center, daily from 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.

Saturday, April 19th
Gary Gulman
Comedian Gary Gulman takes the stage with opener Nik Oldershaw. With a host of television appearances, Gulman has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Showtime Presents Gary Gulman, and his own Comedy Central one-hour special Gary Gulman: Boyish Man.

Upcoming Shows: 
Apr 20 The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra
Apr 21 U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note
Apr 22 Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Today! 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: MUSIC: Tonight! 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

Saturday, April 19th
Free Loft Late Night Music with Steve and Annie Sidley

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

Friday, April 18, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: Community Yoga Class at Kali Yoga in Columbia Heights every SUN afternoon from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, teachers vary + every FRI night from 6:30pm - 7:45pm Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation with Sachin Kandhari, all welcome, by donation

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

Friday Night Community Yoga Class in Columbia Heights at Kali Yoga, above Zeba Bar
Yoga, Asanas and Meditation led by my friend Sachin
every Friday night
6:45pm - 7:45pm class, 6:30pm doors open for arrival
Note: Class begins and doors lock promptly at 6:45pm
All welcome, by donation, please give as you can

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

Sachin Kandhari
Community Yoga Classes with various teachers
most Sundays*
4:00pm - 5:00pm
by donation, please give as you can
suggest you arrive a little early for this one too
Note: They recommend that you sign up online. *You may want to also confirm online to make sure the classes are happening that week - sometimes there may be teacher training sessions.

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

UPCOMING: PANEL: Discussion on Food Insecurity in the U.S. at the University of MD on MON, April 21st at 7:00pm, Free, Thanks to - a Fabulous local Arts & Culture events site!

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

Monday, April 21st

Evening - Panel Discussion on Food Insecurity in the U.S. at UMD - College Park, MD
Fast Food, Slow Food and Food Justice: Global Policies Creating Global Hunger
Food insecurity exists in every state in America. In 2011, 17.9 million households were food insecure and 50.1 million Americans struggle to put food on the table. In the United States, hunger isn't caused by a lack of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty. Join UMD professors Perla M. Guerrero, Luka Arsenjuk and Psyche Williams-Forson, along with USC's Orlando R. Serrano, Jr. as they discuss how food is at the heart of major policy flaws and societal disparities in the United States and around the world.Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Clarice Smith Center - Stadium Drive - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a taxi or UM shuttle 104 to campus

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

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Two Free Meditation events in VA this month! TUES, April 22nd from 7:00pm - 8:30pm in Reston and THURS, April 24th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm in Annandale, Free

Two Free Meditation events in Virginia this Month!

Tuesday, April 22nd
"Take a Break from Stress with Meditation" at the Reston Regional Library with Gerry Gorman of Science of Spirituality DC
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Enjoy a free meditation workshop in Reston, VA on Tuesday night April 22nd. 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.

Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Dr (map) Reston VA
Metro: West Falls Church and catch one of the Fairfax Connector bus lines that go to the Reston Towne Center bus depot, located four blocks from the library. To walk from the bus depot to the library, walk north on Explorer St. to Bowman Towne Dr. Turn right on Bowman Towne Dr. The library will be the second building on the right. More bus info.

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY: Monthly: "Sunday Kind of Love" Open Mic and features with Split This Rock this SUN, April 20th - and every third SUN of the month - at Busboys and Poets 14th & V St NW from 5:00pm - 7:00pm, All ages, $5

"Sunday Kind of Love" at Busboys and Poets 14th & V
every third Sunday of the month
5:00pm - 7:00pm
All ages, $5 online or at the door
As always, Open Mic follows!

Sunday, April 20th
April features Elizabeth Acevedo & Pablo Miguel Martinez

The "Sunday Kind of Love" monthly poetry reading and open mic is co-sponsored by Busboys and Poets and Split This Rock. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey.

More about this month's features:

Elizabeth Acevedo was born and raised in New York City. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from GWU and is currently an MFA candidate at the UMD. Acevedo has been published or has work forthcoming in The Acentos Review, The Ostrich Review, and Callaloo. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and a member of the 2013 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. She lives and works in Washington, DC, as a teaching artist for Split This Rock.

Pablo Miguel Martínez's collection of poems, Brazos, Carry Me (Kórima Press), received the 2013 PEN Southwest Book Award for Poetry. Martínez's work has appeared in journals, newspapers, and anthologies. Martínez has been a recipient of the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Artistic Excellence, the Oscar Wilde Award, and the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize. Martínez is a Co-Founder of CantoMundo, a national retreat-workshop for Latina/o poets. He teaches English at the University of Louisville.

Busboys and Poets
14th & V St, NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus, Woodley/14th St/ McPherson route, to 14th & U.

UPCOMING: POETRY: The hosts of Busboys and Poets Weekly Tuesday Open Mic Nights at 14th & V present a special Poetry Concert in Honor of National Poetry Month this SUN, April 20th from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, All ages, $10

Poetry Concert at Busboys and Poets 14th & V
Sunday, April 20th
8:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 in advance plus small fee
All ages, click image to view larger

Join the hosts of Busboys and Poets weekly Tuesday open mic for a special concert performance in celebration of National Poetry Month. I'm not sure if tickets will be sold at the bookstore or at the door, best to call them directly to ask. 202-387-POET (7638).

Busboys and Poets
14th & V St NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus or any bus along 14th St right to 14th and U 

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

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

Note: Due to Easter being this Sunday, April 20th
I recommend that you confirm each of these events before heading out

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 - Afternoon - Dark and In the Winter the Malcolm X Drummers move indoors to BloomBars!
3:00pm - 5:00pm indoors, outdoors is usually longer
donations appreciated
From the invite: "Spread the WORD! Once again, we welcome the Malcolm X Park Drum Circle back to their winter home. Every Sunday from 3-5pm, starting December 22nd, drummers, percussionists, dancers and all the beautifully rhythmic and creative souls who gather on Sundays in the warmer months are invited to BloomBars to keep the spirit alive until the cold passes. Bring drums instruments and open hearts."
3222 11th St NW
When Indoors: Metro: Columbia Heights or take any bus along 11th or 14th to stop closest to Kenyon
When outdoors in Park: Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St right there

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

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: This SUN, April 20th, Americana Jam with Caroline Ferrante and The Whole Megilla at O St Mansion! Live Music Jams every SUN - Bluegrass, Classical, Americana and Blues! Themes vary each week, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

O St Mansion hosts different Jams most Sundays on the month! 
every Sunday - themes vary each week!
11:00am - 2:00pm
Free, RSVP Required

Sunday, April 20th - Easter Sunday
"Got Bonnet?? Americana Jam and Bonnet Brigade at O Mansion"

The first Sunday of every month - Bluegrass Jam
The second Sunday of every month - Classical Revolution DC
The third Sunday of every month - Americana Jam 
The fourth Sunday of every month - Blues Acoustic Jam
If there is fifth Sunday of the month, I am not sure if there is a jam, you can contact the O St Mansion directly to ask.

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY: Monthly: "Performetry: Old Poems, New Poems, Your Poems" Featured Readings + Open Mic at BloomBars on SUN, April 20th, and every third SUN of the month, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, All ages, by donation, $10 suggested

Sunday, April 20th
and every third Sunday of the month 
6:00pm - 8:00pm
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested donation
complimentary homemade refreshments included

Performetry: noun \pə(r)-ˈfȯrm-ə-trē\, also \pə(r)-ˈfȯrm-i-trē\ : The act of giving body to sound and presence to poetry through performance.

This monthly performance series at BloomBars traverses generations of verse, focusing on the theatrical presentation of classical, contemporary, and musical forms of poetry. Each event includes the performance of a classic poem, featured works from a contemporary DC-area poet, an open mic, and live musical interludes. This month features: Elizabeth Bruce, Marianne Szlyk, Sly "Abruvannamedsly" and Suriya as well as an Open Mic.

Performetry is sponsored by The Performing Knowledge Project with the generous support of BloomBars, and funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

3222 11th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th St one block and turn right on Kenyon, left on 11th 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Weekly: Yoga Co-op DC Weekly Intermediate-Advanced Community Yoga Class at Stroga in Adams Morgan will be on SUN, April 20th, classes every SUN from 3:00pm - 4:30pm, by donation, $7 or more suggested

Yoga Co-op DC Community Class - for intermediate and advanced yogis at Stroga
every Sunday afternoon
3:00pm - 4:30pm
donation based, minimum $7

next class - Sunday, April 20th - 

Teachers vary each week, join the Yoga Co-op DC (YCDC) group on facebook for info on who is teaching each week.

1808 Adams Mill Rd NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and walk or take the Circulator bus to the stop at Adams Mill 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Monthly: Luminous Warrior Gatherings - led by Sara Salam in Silver Spring, MD - are now free! The next one will be on SUN, April 20th from 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

Luminous Warrior Gatherings - led by Sara Salam - are now free!
Sunday, April 20th
12:00pm - 3:00pm, may end earlier
Free (used to be $22, free as of December 2013)
  • Get inspired and support others who also live life on purpose:
  • Gather as Community and share updates on the current times
  • Participate in a guided Healing and Activation Journey
  • Ask questions and receive guidance about your path
Note: Silver Spring, MD. Once you confirm your spot they will send you the exact address.There is likely a bus that will get you close by from the Silver Spring Metro. See metro trip-planner once you have the address to find out the best way to get there.

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

ON VIEW: ART: 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 15, 2014

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

Explore DC "Off The Mall" while all of the monuments, museums and parks are shut down. Here are some ideas! Lots of Free, discount and low cost spots to check out!

Did you know? Free in DC has it's own CultureCapital Inside-Out page on CultureCapital listing free events and exhibitions on view! Reminder: All Smithsonian Musuems, the Library of Congress, and National Parks are Closed still, including all of the monuments. 

Other places: Some more off-beat spots that are usually open on weekdays so you normally wouldn't have a chance to get to like the Pepco Gallery in Chinatown, Joan Hisako Healing Arts Gallery on U St, Honfleur Gallery in Anacostia and Meditation Museum in Silver Spring.

Daily Performances at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 
in person or live stream, there's a great online Archives as well!

During the week there are some wonderful weekly lunchtime programs!

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

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

Museums and other places "Off The Mall" 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: DC Emancipation events continue MON, April 21st - SUN, April 27th, while all events are Free, some may require advance RSVP

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:

Sunday, April 6, 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

**Please confirm whether this class is still occurring, didn't see it on the BloomBars calendar**
6:30pm - 8:00pm
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

**Still on, confirmed**
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+

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

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

BloomScreen Independent Film Night at BloomBars
Films vary each week, followed by discussion with Q&A
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested
Free organic popcorn and refreshments served
Metro: Columbia Heights

Weekly Open Mic for Singer/ Songwriters at Gypsy Sally's 
8:00pm - 12:00am, Sign-up 7:30pm
Free, 21+
Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge in Georgetown 
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle or Rossyln and take the Circulator bus or metro bus closer

Tuesday night Sattva Meditation in Cleveland Park
8:00pm - 9:30pm
All ages, Free
Metro: Cleveland Park

Tuesday Night Poetry Open Mic at Busboys and Poets
14th & V St NW
9:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, $5
Hosts vary each week
Metro: U St

Last Resort Comedy Show - now at The Bier Baron in Dupont Circle
earlier time as of January 2014, new location as of February 25th, 2014
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Free,  21+
The Last Resort weekly Comedy Show features comedians from the DC Improv, Arlington Cinema Drafthouse, Baltimore Comedy Factory, Laugh Factory and more.
The Bier Baron
1523 22nd St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle 

Weekly "Harold Night" Improv Night with WIT at Source Theatre
New time as of September 2013
9:00pm - 10:00pm, followed by a Jam
Now every Harold Night ends with a free jam where audience members can give improv a try side by side with experienced players.
Metro: U St