ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FROM CULTURECAPITAL.COM: SEPTEMBER 18-24, 2014

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Happenings in Metro DC

September 18 – 24, 2014

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Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous
Presented by: National Geographic
National Geographic
Through Sunday, April 12, 2015 ∙ $0-$11
Meet Spinosaurus. At over 50 feet long, 20 feet high and weighing in at 6 tons, Spinosaurus is the largest predatory dinosaur to ever roam the Earth — even bigger than T. rex. This bus-sized dino’s extraordinary features include a crocodile-shaped skull and 7-foot spines forming a sail along its back. Spinosaurus is unlike any other dinosaur you’ve seen or heard of before. Encounter this bizarre predator for the first time at the world premiere of “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous.”
In this exhibition, you can explore a full-sized skeletal model as well as genuine dinosaur fossils and learn about the latest technologies modern paleontologists use. Travel with National Geographic explorers and scientists to the remote edges of the Sahara to discover the origins of this rare African dinosaur and the mysterious journey that led to its rediscovery.

Nistha Raj
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Thursday, September 18 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The violinist and Strathmore Artist-in-Residence blends classical Hindustani music with elements of jazz, rock, and beat box to put an entirely new spin on Indian classical music.

Art on 8th: The Duende Quartet
Presented by: Dance Place
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Thursday, September 18 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Chill out and relax with Duende Quartet’s hallmark blend of smooth latin jazz and blue note cool!

Listen Local First DC presents Paperhaus
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Friday, September 19 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The popular D.C. psychedelic pop rock band featuring Alex Tebeleff, Eduardo Rivera, and Danny Bentley performs.

2014 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert
Presented by: GW Lisner Auditorium
GW Lisner Auditorium
Friday, September 19 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Celebrate our nation’s top folk and traditional artists in this evening of performances, demonstrations, and conversations! This year’s concert will include blues and Tejano music, African-American religious singing, Irish step dancing, and Native American and Ukrainian traditional art forms. Nick Spitzer, host of public radio’s American Routes, will emcee.
Tickets: This event is free but reservations are required.

FMMC Avanti Orchestral Concert
Presented by: Friday Morning Music Club
Church of the Epiphany
Friday, September 19  ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Pablo Saelzar, conductor. Dvorák Three Legends Op. 59; Mozart Bassoon Concerto, Jeff Ward, bassoon; Dvorák Slavonic Dance, Op. 72, No. 2 (10); Kodály Dances of Galánta.

First Studio: An Art Exploration for 3-5 Year-Olds
Kreeger Museum
Saturday, September 20 – Saturday, December 20 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $0-$7
Children and an adult companion are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of The Kreeger Museum. Each program includes a gallery tour, analysis of works of art, a story and a hands-on art-making experience.

Focus on Women! Artist Studio Tour to Baltimore
Presented by: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ $10 transportation fee
Catch the museum shuttle and visit the studios of Carlita White (jewelry design), Michelle Dickson (mixed-media), Amy Boone-McCreesh (mixed-media), and DeAndre Britton (painter).

Metro Mambo: Time Machine
Presented by: Dance Place
Dance Place
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 12:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Joe Conzo, author of “Mambo Diablo: My Journey with Tito Puente” will share his recollections and rare unreleased and live recordings of music by Puente, Machito and Tito Rodriquez as part of this popular Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum program hosted by WPFW’s Jim Byers. A slammin’ dance party featuring Orquesta La Leyenda follows the presentation!

H Street Festival
Presented by: Joy of Motion Dance Center – Atlas
Joy of Motion Dance Center – Atlas
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Anwar Saleem, Executive Director of H Street Main Street, and the entire H Street community invite you to join us on September 20, 2014 for HStreetFestival 2014, DCs best neighborhood Festival.

Petar Maric
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Serbian accordionist showcases his unique range and musicality.

Fresh DC
Presented by: Joy of Motion Dance Center – Friendship Heights
Jack Guidone Theater
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $13-$25
FRESH is an annual performance series featuring work by Drye/Marinaro Dance (NY/PA), 4thrightdance (NC) and Valerie Ifill (PA). These innovative dance artists/educators share an intense passion for choreography and the creative process.

English Country Dance in DC
Presented by: Dumbarton House
Dumbarton House
Sunday, September 21 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $5
English Country Dance is a social, folk dance form, which has earliest documented instances in the late 16th century and was popular well into the Baroque and Regency eras.
All are welcome – no experience necessary, just the desire to have fun.

Harlem Gospel Choir
Howard Theatre
Sundays: September 21, & 28 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $35-$45
On any Sunday you can visit with the Harlem Gospel Choir and enjoy a soul food brunch at The Howard Theatre. Here the Choir brings its experience of the Black Church to the U Street district in a foot-stomping, hand-clapping show for fans from around the world. The homestyle all-you-can-eat Southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir’s joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage.

D.C. Legendary Musicians Band
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday, September 21 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Representing more than 50 years of music, this band features the talents of D.C. musicians who have performed nationally and internationally with their own bands and other renowned performers such as Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Al Green, The Manhattans, and others.

Tudor Tots: Fall Frolic
Presented by: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tuesday, September 23 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $0-$5
Tudor Place has enchanted young children for almost two centuries. Experience it yourself on Tuesday mornings as we meet to read, sing, and play in the picturesque gardens. This family-friendly program offers a new theme each week, from “adventurous animals” to “growing gardens” and more. Children will participate each week in an interactive read-aloud, songs and themed movements, all related to the week’s topic, and will enjoy sharing this tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them. Parent/caregiver must remain with child. Ages 2-4

Ceibadanza
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Wednesday, September 24 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Ecuadorian dance company offers a contemporary dance performance.

***Maryland***

Nate Smith + KINFOLK
Presented by: Strathmore
Strathmore
Thursday, September 18 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ $22.50-$25
Drummer Nate Smith presents his “chilled-out, R&B-informed take on jazz” with his ensemble Kinfolk: Kris Bowers, piano; Fima Ephron, bass; Jeremy Most, guitar; Jaleel Shaw, saxophones; and Amma Whatt, vocals. This event takes place in the Mansion.

National Players presents “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Olney Theatre Center
Through Sunday, September 28 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $15
A sleepy, southern town confronts difference and justice through the eyes of six-year old Scout. In the heroics of her father, the struggles of her friends and neighbors, and the threat of a boogeyman, Scout lives through the joys of childhood innocence and the pains of growing up. Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, National Players is proud to stage this tale for the first time in its 65-year history.
Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Rapunzel
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Friday, September 19 – Sunday, October 12 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10 [Discount Tickets]
A “bewitching” tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses “coloring-book” charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences.

Stuart Little
Adventure Theatre MTC
Friday, September 19 – Sunday, October 26 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10 [Discount Tickets]
Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Shy and thoughtful, Stuart’s greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend?
Based on the Award Winning Book by E.B. White ∙ Adapted for the Stage by Joseph Robinette ∙ Directed by Colin Hovde ∙ Starring Chris Dinolfo ∙ Recommended for All Ages

The Cheikh Ndoye Group
Presented by: Montpelier Arts Center
Montpelier Arts Center
Friday, September 19 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $22.50-$25
An accomplished musical artist whose music is a rich fusion of jazz and world music, bassist Cheik Ndoye’s musical influences stem from his Senegalese heritage combined with his love for classic and contemporary American jazz. Ndoye will also be performing with violinist Karen Briggs, guitarist Dan Leonard, drummer Tosin, saxophonist Ted Baker, and pianist Ei Staples.

Exploring Indian Dance
Presented by: Strathmore
Strathmore
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ $20
This event takes place in the CityDance Studio/Education Rm.
Celebrate movement with three local dance companies and schools, including Natyabhoomi School of Dance, Lasya Dance Academy, and Nrityalaya.

La Santa Cecilia (Mexican-American)
Presented by: The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $10-$25
Named after the patron saint of musicians, this modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music draws inspiration from all over the world, utilizing Pan-American rhythms like cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock and klezmer music. Fronted by the lusty-voiced La Marisoul, this band takes on the plight of immigrants and deep social issues sheathed in deceptively seductive tunes that can shift from groovy, psychedelic and ambient, to jaunty, smoky and polyrhythmic. Vivo y en directo desde The Clarice. ¡Vamos!

United States Air Force Band Chamber Players Series- Geoff Reecer Jazz Trio
Presented by: Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
Tuesday, September 23 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Geoff Reecer Jazz Combo features three members of The US Air Force Airmen of Note playing guitar, clarinet and saxophone, and double bass. This concert will present a tribute to the music of Jazz composers Jim Hall and Jimmy Giuffre.

***Virginia***

The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents The Complete World of Sports (abridged)
Presented by Reston Community Center
CenterStage
Thursday, September 18 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $25-$50
In this merciless but affectionate satire, The Reduced Shakespeare Company sets it comic sites on the lunacy of sports. The result is a tour-de-farce of vaudevillian physical comedy that will delight every non-sports fan in the family.

Public Art Collection Tour: Part I 
Presented by: Arlington Cultural Affairs
Venue: Artisphere
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Visit a selection of Arlington’s public art collection along the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. Public Art staff and artists from the collection will narrate. Immediately followed by a talk by Nuria Rodríguez, curator of Artisphere’s Think with Your Hands exhibition at 2:00 p.m. Tour starts and ends at Artisphere; meet outside the building.
This event is free, but registration is required.

Children’s Theatre: ”Alice In Wonderland”
Workhouse Arts Center
Weekends through Sunday, September 28 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10-$13
An original musical adaptation inspired by the classic Lewis Carroll stories. Poor Alice has found herself lost in strange land filled with wondrous inhabitants! Featuring songs based on the poetry from the original text, the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, the White Rabbit and the rest of the zany cast will be on hand as Alice adventures through Wonderland. Will she ever find her way home again, or was it all just a dream..?!

Cute Animals Stop, Drop & Roll
Presented by: Jane Franklin Dance
Penrose Square on Columbia Pike
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
At the dog park, most people know the names of the dogs, but not the name of their owner. This casual community of animal lovers and Jane Franklin Dance spark a connection with those who share a common interest. Stop, Drop & Roll is for two groups in an opposing structure of athletic-inspired movement! Have you ever gone to a ball game and marveled at the timing and chance moments of teamwork? A movement plan explores competition and random opposition.

The Intergalactic Nemesis: Robot Planet Rising
Presented by: Artisphere
Artisphere
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 8:00 pm & Sunday, September 21, 2014 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ $20-$25
The world tour of the cult favorite from Austin, Texas, that’s played a limited run on Broadway and sold out the Kennedy Center now has a sequel… Earlier this year, Artisphere presented a whole new form of theatre, the Live-Action Graphic Novel, with The Intergalactic Nemesis, Book One: Target Earth. So it is with extreme pride that we present the sequel: Robot Planet Rising. Here’s how it works: Three actors voice the dozens of characters, a Foley artist creates all the sound effects, and a pianist plays a cinematic score, while more than 1,250 individual full-color hi-res comic book panels tell a hilarious sci-fi adventure story visually from an enormous movie screen. And it’s all done live in front of your eyes.

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Classics Go Pop!
Presented by: George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
Sunday, September 21 ∙ 7:00 pm  ∙ $24-$40
Jeffrey Siegel opens his season of Keyboard Conversations with a stellar program of well-loved and familiar compositions by some of the world’s most gifted composers. This captivating pianist has entertained and enlightened audiences for more than 40 years with his brilliant “concerts with commentary” series. Featuring a collection of music that never goes out of style or loses its enormous appeal, this exciting program includes favorites by Gershwin, Chopin, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and much more.

Stop, Drop & Roll
Presented by: Jane Franklin Dance
Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library
Wednesday, September 24 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Two groups in an opposing structure of athletic-inspired movement! Have you ever gone to a ball game and marveled at the timing and chance moments of teamwork? A movement plan by Jane Franklin Dance explores competition and random opposition

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Curious George
Publick Playhouse
Thursday, September 25 ∙ 10:15 am & 12:00 pm ∙ $6-$8
Enjoy this great new musical starring everyone’s favorite storybook monkey. Curious George’s inquisitive, attention-getting stunts make their mark in Rome, where he helps a chef win the Golden Meatball Contest. Recommended for grades pre-K – 3.

Museum Day Live!
Presented by: National Museum of Women in the Arts
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE with Museum Day Live! Ticket [Details]
Please note the museum will close at 1pm (instead of 5pm) due to unforeseen circumstances.
NMWA is opening its doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! This nationwide event offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution. Be sure to check out the popular exhibition, Total Art: Contemporary Video, and the latest installation, Soda_Jerk: After the Rainbow.

The Emperor’s New Clothes
Presented by: The Alden
The Alden
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ $10-$15
What’s big and fat and loves to dress up in fancy clothes? The Hans Christian Andersen story takes on a whole new dimension as this classic is transformed with vivid puppetry, performed by Grey Seal Puppets.

Asheru’s Guerilla Arts Ink
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Founded by award-winning hip-hop artist and U.S. State Department Global Ambassador Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, Guerilla Arts Ink is a local arts organization dedicated to serving area youth with authentic arts and cultural programming and apprenticeship opportunities, led by a group of top-notch teaching artists across all genres and media. This performance is a showcase featuring the talents of a very special group of teaching artists who have dedicated their time and talents to make the world a better place.

Deviated Theatre
Presented by: Dance Place
Dance Place
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 8:00 pm & Sunday, September 28 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ $15-$30
DEVIATED THEATRE performs in creature, an original fairytale for the digital age by Kimmie Dobbs Chan and Enoch Chan, which comes to life in a mix of acting, aerials, and contemporary dance. The tension between humanity’s cosmic origins—as ‘creature’—and humanity’s special potential—as ‘creator’—progresses toward an imminent apocalypse. Humanity splinters into the ‘born’ and the ‘made’ who take their chances in a new ‘age of unreason’. One human boy is there to witness it all.

Target Family Night: Youth Speaks “Raise Up” Contest Winners
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday, September 28 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Kennedy Center and Youth Speaks present a hip-hop and spoken word program featuring the winners of a nationwide competition designed to use the power of spoken word, hip-hop, and the reach of public media to foster a discussion among young people about their education and future aspirations.

 

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Fall Theatre 2014 in Metro DC

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H Street Festival∙DC’s Best Neighborhood Festival by Washington City Paper

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2014 H Street Festival

Saturday, September 20

Noon – 7 PM

FREE Admission

 Between the 400 and 1400 blocks of H Street NE

From H Street Neighborhood News:

The 2014 H Street Festival will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014. This will be the biggest Festival ever, spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE and featuring over 200 businesses, restaurants, community organizations and merchants. Come down and enjoy great food, drinks, music, contests,kids’ activities and more!

Organized by H Street Main Street, the annual celebration highlights the development of the H Street NE Corridor and it’s vibrant businesses. The event is one of the District’s most popular festivals, and has been named Washington, DC’s best neighborhood festival by Washington City Paper for the last four years. In a city that boasts so many wonderful neighborhoods, the H Street NE Corridor has become one of the most diverse and exciting neighborhoods to live in, shop, eat and hang out.

This year’s Festival will offer more entertainment than ever before, featuring more than 500 performers and artists on 14 staging areas spread throughout the event. Performances will range from jazz, pop and gospel music to fitness demonstrations, a “skills on wheels” performance and interactive art displays.

For those who come hungry or thirsty, the Festival will feature over 70 food vendors, food trucks and restaurants serving up meals from all corners of the world. Festivalgoers can also visit the beverage gardens located along the festival route to sample the many available libations.

Other attractions at this year’s Festival, include:

  • Washington Nationals Presidents – The Presidents will race down part of the Festival route from the 8th Street Stage (8 and H) following the singing of the national anthem at noon. The Presidents will also be available for pictures with festivalgoers at 3 p.m. at the Zone 9 parking lot (9 and H).
  • DC Streetcar Open House - Visitors will be able to get an up close look at the exterior and interior of the DC Streetcars, which are set to begin running later this year (5 and H, 8 and H and 13 and H).
  • Grand Opening of Gallery on O – The H Street Festival will celebrate the grand opening to the public of the Gallery on O, showcasing the 50thanniversary of Washington Informer photography (13 and H).
  • Kids Zone – The Festival will have a special “kid’s zone,” featuring GolfZilla, a Godzilla-themed inflatable target that kids can hit golf balls at, multiple appearances by Callaloo the puppet, face painting, a giant slide and other family-friendly activities (9 and H).
  • Interactive Art Displays – Festivalgoers will be able to get an up close look at a number of art cars (13 and H), as well as watch artists paint an H Street-themed bus from start to finish and build custom bikes from scratch (5 and H).
  • Contests and Competitions – Attendees are invited to compete in or watch the annual pie, chili and burrito eating contests, a bad tattoo competition (10 and H) and an arm wrestling competition (9 and H).
  • District Fashion Week – The Fashion Stage will kick off the annual District Fashion Week celebration with area designers (10 and H).
  • Pedicabs – Pedicabs will offer weary festivalgoers transportation at a special festival rate parallel to the festival route on G and I Streets.
  • And much more!

Sponsors of the event include, Auto Zone, DC50-TV, Fisher Brothers, Giant, H Street Community Development Corporation, H Street Connection, Insight Property Group, Property Group Partners, Stewart Investment, Uber, Walmart and Washington City Paper.

Festival hours are from noon – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Festival will take place between the 400 and 1400 blocks of H Street NE. For additional information, please visit http://www.hstreet.org.

H Street Main Street will also launch their first mobile app just in time for the H Street Festival. The app will allow visitors to keep abreast of H Street Main Street activities and stay connected to the Corridor. Once downloaded, visitors can tap on the H Street Festival icon and get a birds eye view of the Festival grounds. They will be able to identify stages, performers and major activities. Featured businesses will also be labeled. The app will be available for both iPhones and Android phones next week. Search for H Street Main Street.

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Established in 2002, H Street Main Street works with private and local partners to encourage and support small business growth and revitalization along the H Street NE Corridor. Over the last decade, the organization’s work has supported the creation of more than 140 new businesses and 1500 new jobs in the District. H Street Main Street’s work has been so successful, last year the organization was presented with a 2013 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA), recognizing H Street as an outstanding example of urban commercial revitalization. 

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¡Celebramos! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month at ZooFiesta

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zoo fiesta-September 21 2014

ZooFiesta

SUNDAY, September 21, 2014

10 A.M.-4 P.M.

FREE and open to the public!

¡Celebramos! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month at ZooFiesta. See animal demonstrations and learn about animals native to Latin America, such as golden lion tamarins, sloths, Andean bears, and anteaters. Meet Zoo experts and learn how they are working to save these species and more.

Family activities include animal feedings, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, educational activities highlighting conservation research in Central and South America, and authentic gourmet cuisine at a Latin American inspired food bazaar. ZooFiesta is free, so bring the whole familia!

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) will be around from 10am – 2pm with FREE books for kids, animal inspired activities, and giveaways for kids and families.

Want to get a head start on the fun? Download RIF’s activity sheet at RIF.org/zoofiesta and see how much you can do on your trip to the zoo!

 

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FREE (or CHEAP) THINGS TO DO IN THE METRO DC: September 13 & 14, 2014

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Welcome to the Weekend

DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE (or Cheap) Things To Do 

in the Washington DC Metro Area:

September 13 & 14, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Visit our Calendar for more FREE & Cheap happenings.***

***Washington D.C.***

Children’s National Race for Every Child
Freedom Plaza
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 7:00 am ∙ FREE for Spectators
The Race for Every Child is a fun-filled event with a serious purpose: to support children and families throughout the Washington area by raising funds for specialized medical care, research into childhood diseases, and important wellness and preventive services at Children’s National Health System. Due to permitting restrictions all 5K Run/Walk participants and 100-Yard Kids’ Dash participants required advance registration. Sorry, no exceptions. There will be a variety of fun children’s games and activities throughout the event. Join the fun and consider helping fulfill the important purpose with a DONATION.

White House Visitor Center Reopens!
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 7:30 am ∙ FREE Admission
The renovated museum offers enhanced opportunities for all to explore and learn about the White House and its roles as home, office, park, and ceremonial space. Visitors can explore touchscreen tours of the White House, interact with tactile exhibits, and experience the 14-minute signature film “White House: Reflections from Within.” Discover fascinating museum objects with compelling stories. Then shop at the White House Historical Association museum store.

Family Day: Buds Story Time
Rock Creek Park – Nature Center
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE but registration required by 9am
Buds is a tree-focused story time aimed toward an audience of toddlers and preschoolers (18 months to 4 years).  Buds will be held in the area outside the auditorium on the lower level of the Rock Creek Park Nature Center one Saturday per month.  The story time will feature four to five tree and environment focused books interspersed with songs and a craft project.  Each family will leave with a list of seasonally appropriate “scavenger hunt items” to track down while exploring the Arboretum on their own after the Buds program has concluded.

Family Day: Aviation and Space
National Air and Space Museum
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Join us for a family day that celebrates the accomplishments of women in aviation and space exploration. From the days of the earliest pilots to today’s space program women have been making significant contributions. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them. Note: Astronomical Observing at the Air and Space Museum [Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, South Terrace], Saturday & Sunday from 12-3pm - Use the Observatory’s safe solar telescopes to take a close-up look at our nearest star, the Sun. Learn about solar activity and its effects on Earth from knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

President Lincoln’s Cottage Family Day 2014
Soldiers’ Home
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Join President Lincoln’s Cottage, No Greater Sacrifice, and the Armed Forces Retirement Home and enjoy these grounds as the Lincoln family did. Family members of all ages will enjoy the live entertainment and creative activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers’ Home! Join us for a petting zoo, DIY top hats, food vendors, and a Civil War encampment.

Family Garden Day ***LAST Chance for 2014!***
National Arboretum
Saturday, September 13  ∙ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm  ∙ $5+/child & $10+/adult
Family Garden Days is an interactive family gardening, nutrition education, and cooking program.  It is designed to bring families together at the Washington Youth Garden to share in a communal experience of learning how to grow and prepare fruits and vegetables, maintain an organic garden, and prepare healthy meals.  Tailored to beginning gardeners and those looking to enhance their food and wellness practices, the program is an exciting opportunity for families to grow awareness, appreciation and connections to their food sources and engage in healthy life affirming outdoor activities!  Participating families harvest fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden for cooking demos as well as to prepare and enjoy at home.

STAR Family Festival: Sing, Talk & Read
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Learn how singing, talking and reading with your baby or young child now can help them later in school. It’s never too early to give your kids a smart start. Special guest appearances from WKYS FM Shorty de Prince and Angie Ange.

Hispanic Heritage Family Festival
American Art Museum [Kogod Courtyard/Patio Kogod]
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 11:30 am ∙ FREE!
Bring the whole family to the Smithsonian’s kickoff celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month! Held in conjunction with the exhibition Portraiture Now: Staging the Self, the day includes musical performances, interactive demonstrations, arts and crafts, storytelling, gallery tours, and a special display of creative work by Fairfax County Family Literacy Program families.
Sponsored by the Vanir Group of Companies, Inc. A and in part by the Reinsch Family Education Endowment and Univision Communications, Inc. A portion of travel of the Smithsonian Latino Center and Portraiture Now series, Staging the Self generously provided by Southwest Airlines. Schedule/Programa

ACM 47th Anniversary Community Celebration
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Stop by and help the museum celebrate its 47th anniversary!  Enjoy free indoor/outdoor activities for the whole family that includes arts and crafts activities, live musical performances, face painting, storytelling, and more. Performances are by Suttle Thoughts Band, Wildflower Band, Pepe González & Friends featuring Imani, Melvin Deal and the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers, Go-Go Fitness, and Grandma’s Cautionary Tales by storyteller Debra Mims. This event is FREE and open to the public.

5th Annual 17th Street Festival
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE
The 17th Street Festival is a FREE community event that celebrates the 17th Street Corridor from Riggs Place to P Street. Festival Includes: – Art Show – Business Specials – Entertainment Stage – Kids Zone Sponsored – Local Vendors – Pet Zone by City Dogs Rescue Presented By: Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets

21st Annual Taste of Georgetown
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission but fee for tasting tickets [Presale Discount]
Creative tastes from more than 35 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, as well as an expansive Craft Beer and Wine Pavilion and live entertainment. For the first time in the event’s history, the Taste will move from Wisconsin Avenue to K Street, along the scenic Georgetown Waterfront. This longstanding event in Georgetown is hosted by the Georgetown BID and benefits the Georgetown Ministry Center’s services supporting the homeless. The event began 20 years ago by Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown and its former Rector David Bird and member Robert Egger, who went on to found DC Central Kitchen. 

Chevy Chase Day 2014
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE – Rain or Shine
Starting at 10 am, there will be discounts and sales at businesses along Connecticut Ave. The Chevy Chase Citizens Association and the Chevy Chase Community Center will be co-sponsoring treats and activities, including free ice cream and free music, at the Chevy Chase Commons outside the Community Center (5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW). Serving Moorenko’s Ice Cream, which is being co-sponsored by the Avalon Theatre and Jon Laskin’s State Farm Insurance. Musicians will include SmithJackson (2:30 to 4:00 pm).Also on the Commons, Kinderhaus will sponsor face painting; Child’s Play will sponsor a moon bounce; the DC Library staff will provide an arts and crafts table and a story time; the Friends of the Chevy Chase DC Library will give away books; and Holly Worthington will sponsor cold water. In addition, local non-profit organizations will distribute information. The Community Center staff will also be providing information about the center’s upcoming fall activities. (In the event of inclement weather, most activities will be held indoors at or near their corresponding activities.)

My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours
National Archives
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
In My Prairie Cookbook, Melissa Gilbert, star of Little House on the Prairie, offers fans comforting family recipes and childhood favorites. From prairie breakfasts and picnic lunches to treats inspired by Nellie’s restaurant, the 80 simple and delicious dishes—crispy fried chicken, pot roasts, corn bread, apple pie, and more—let you to eat like the Ingalls family. Gilbert’s personal recollections and memorabilia, including behind-the-scenes stories, anecdotes, and treasured scrapbook images, accompany the recipes.
A book signing will follow the program.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration with Jarana Beat
American Indian Museum
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Jarana Beat celebrates the little-known music and instruments of Mexico and presents a new interpretation that melds the contemporary with traditional roots. The percussive footwork of dancers dressed in traditional regalia, the rhythms of world music blending with the regional sounds of son jarocho from the Gulf Coast, son guerrerense from the Southern Pacific Coast, son huasteco from the Central & North-Eastern region, mexika from the Central, and norteña from the North, all converge into a vibrant and unique musical performance that will have you on your feet.

Chocolate City Rocks! & Lil SoSo Productions present Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Students of the D.C. institute teach a comprehensive course of traditional martial arts training featuring kung fu and capoeira demonstrations.

36th Annual Adams Morgan Day 2014
Sunday, September 14 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
The festival will take place on 18th Street, NW, between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road as well as Belmont Road from 11am to 7:00pm. Nonprofits and local businesses will be along 18th Street and artists mostly from the region will be clustered on Arts on Belmont.
Generally an average of more than 35,000 people from the metro area attended the festival, which features large music stages at each end of 18th Street. The festival will have the same excellent pedestrian flow & circulation, and maintain the popular mix of diverse retailers, food and craft vendors, nonprofits, specialty products, and artists. Kid’s Fair at Marie-Reed Playground: Radio Disney
∙Moonbounce∙Face Painting∙Puppet Show∙Games & MORE!

JAMMIN DC: Caribbean & Ethiopian Music and Arts Festival
Freedom Plaza
Sunday, September 14 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
JAMMIN DC (JDC) is a Free Caribbean & Ethiopian Music and Arts Festival. This special installment celebrates the culture of Ethiopia and 28 Caribbean nations and territories including Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, and the US Virgin Islands in the most diverse city in the United States, Washington DC.
Jammin DC showcases the cultural diversity and rich history of 28 Caribbean Countries and Ethiopia with support from the Caribbean and Ethiopian Diaspora and the international community. Enjoy Live Performances, Embassy Row, Food Court, Beer Garden, Craft Vendors, Kids Zone, Community Booths and Much More…

Star Spangled Summer Finale
American History Museum– Flag Hall, 2nd Floor, Mall Entrance
Sunday, September 14 ∙ 12:30, 1:30 &  pm  ∙ FREE!
The U.S. Air Force Band’s Ceremonial Brass Quintet will be performing entertaining patriotic tunes, toe-tapping marches and a rousing rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” in honor of its 200th Anniversary.

The BoxTrolls Cardboard Challenge
CityCenter DC
Sunday, September 14 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE supplies included
Join Tommy McFly and The 94.7 Fresh FM Promotions Team in The Plaza for a special Cardboard Challenge, inspired by BoxTrolls The Movie!
Come by and build your best cardboard creation and you could win some awesome prizes courtesy of Focus Features! CityCenterDC will have all of the supplies you need to build your best cardboard creation, as well as Fresh music, fun, and games.

MoTH Family Fest
Garfield Park
Sunday, September 14 ∙ 1:30 pm ∙ FREE
MOTH is a virtual and real-world community for parents living on Capitol Hill. MOTH Family Fest is a celebration for Capitol Hill families and their friends. This annual celebration and features food, games, and other child-friendly activities. Entertainment will include moonbounces, face painting, performance from Turley the Magician, and live music from Mr. Skip, Most Wanted and Meadowlark.

Portrait Story Days: Romare Bearden
National Portrait Gallery – 1st Floor, education center, E151
Sunday, September 14 ∙ 2:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Young visitors and their families may drop in to listen to a story about an influential person in the Portrait Gallery’s collection and create a piece of art inspired by his or her portrait.

Chocolate City Rocks! & Lil SoSo Productions Present I Remember U: A Live Mixtape Experience
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday, September 14 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE
Combining elements of poetry, spoken word, emceeing, and beats, this program pays homage to the famed U Street corridor’s progressive music and arts scene in the late 1990s and features Ra Brown, Asheru, Poem-Cees, Dehiaja, and DJ Stylus.

DC PUBLIC LIBRARY Activities -  Find FREE things to do for kids in every library in D.C.:

September is Library Card Sign Up Month! Sign Up for a Library Card or refer someone to get a library card and be entered  in a  drawing for prizes at the end of the month! Its just that easy!

Caught Reading A Banned Book ∙ Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library ∙ Saturday, 9:30 am -In celebration of Banned Book Week, a celebration of the freedom to read,  we welcome customers to participate in our Caught Reading a Banned Book photo exhibit. Adults, Children and Teens are invited to pose for a “Mug Shot” with a banned book. Photos will be taken September 13-19. Photos will be displayed in the library during Banned Book Week. Participants will be asked to sign a photo release form.

Eric Energy Science Spectacular! ∙ Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library ∙ Saturday, 2:00 pm - The Eric Energy Science Spectacular is coming to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library!
Wild and wacky scientist Eric Energy will have kids of all ages mesmerized with eye-catching experiments. This live, interactive event combines topics such as air, matter, sound, electricity, and more. The mission of the show? Make learning fun. 
The Eric Energy Science Spectacular is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. Feel free to contact the MLK Children’s Room at (202) 727-1248 with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Batman Day  ∙ Juanita E. Thornton / Shepherd Park Library ∙ Saturday, 3:00 pm -This year is the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in comics!
DC named July 23 the official Batman Day, but we decided to celebrate a little later.  Come visit Shepherd Park Library to watch the superhero on the screen, grab some goodies, and have refreshments.

Kids’ Mancala Tournament ∙ Southwest Library ∙ Sunday, 2:00 pm - Got mad mancala skills? Come compete in our tournament on Sunday afternoon! Appropriate for ages 8-12. 

***Maryland***

Star-Spangled Spectacular
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Festivities through Tuesday, September 16 ∙ Schedule of Events
O Say Can You See! Star-Spangled Spectacular is a free festival that celebrates the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem. Tall ships, Navy ships and the Blue Angels will come to Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor to celebrate The Star-Spangled Banner.
Landside festivals include living history demonstrations, a family fun zone, live musical performances, and Chesapeake food and beverage.
Events crescendo on September 13 with two star-studded patriotic concerts and extraordinary fireworks display over Fort McHenry and the Baltimore harbor, which will broadcast live on PBS’ Great Performances.

Columbia Area Mothers of Multiples - Fall 2014 Consignment Sale
Cradlerock Elementary School
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 8:00 am ∙ $1 Entrance Fee
If you have kids, are pregnant or even thinking of becoming pregnant, then you do not want to miss CAMOM’s semi-annual children’s new/used clothing and equipment consignment sale. Quality kids’ gear for preemies, infants, toddlers, and pre-teens at nearly 75% off the retail price.
Cash, checks, Visa or MasterCard accepted (minimum credit card charge is $25).
(half-price on many items from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM)

91st Annual Charles County Fair
Charles County Fair Grounds
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 8:30 am – 9 pm & Sunday, September 14 ∙ 9:30 am – 7 pm
$5 (11+), $12 (4 Day Passes), Children Ages 10 and under are admitted FREE. 
Entertainment, special events, and activities for all ages as well as four stages filled with games, shows, live music, a baby show, pig races, pony rides and performers of all sorts add up to fun for the whole family. Lawnmower racing is one of several events added in recent years. This year, we have added a rodeo competition. Our carnival midway is full of exciting rides and contests for all ages. We even have a “kiddie” midway for those young ones among us. If you get hungry, there are plenty of choices from traditional county fair food to more healthy alternatives, even crab cakes! Schedule

THE GREAT FREDERICK FAIR, INC.
Frederick, MD
Through Saturday, September 20 ∙ 9:00 am – 9 pm 
$8 (11+)  Children Ages 10 and under are admitted FREE. 
The Great Frederick Fair has a wonderful and rich history in Frederick County, celebrating its 152nd fair in 2014. Schedule
SENIOR CITIZENS age 65 and over are admitted free on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday until 3 p.m., but MUST PAY for parking at all fair operated parking lots.
MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY is Wednesday – Active duty military in uniform are admitted free until 6 p.m.
FAIR FRIDAY (Kid’s Day) Sept. 19 all youth 18 and under are admitted free until 5 p.m., but MUST PAY for parking at all fair operated parking lots.
Parking: $7.00 Per Vehicle inside fairgrounds & Lots A, B, C, D  $5.00

Anne Arundel County Fair
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 9 am-11 pm & Sunday, September 14 ∙ 9 am – 8 pm
$6 (16+), $4 (8-15), Children Ages 7 and under are admitted FREE. 
Admission includes entrance into the fair and parking, but does NOT include carnival rides or games. Schedule of Events

Teddy Bear Clinic
National Museum of Health and Medicine
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Bring your favorite stuffed friend and explore the Teddy Bear Clinic at the National Museum of Health and Medicine with activities and crafts designed to highlight the body, physical fitness and healthy habits. This program is recommended for children in PreK – 2nd grade. This family program is free and open to the public!

Maryland Renaissance Festival ***Last Weekend for Discount Pricing!***
Anne Arundel County in Crownsville, just outside of Annapolis, MD
Saturday, September 13 & Sunday, September 14 ∙ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm  ∙ Through 9/14 Entrance Fee: $7+
Children 6 and under are free and do not require a ticket

Children’s Talk and Tour
Strathmore
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 10:15 am ∙ $5
This event takes place in the Mansion.  Young art lovers enjoy a talk about the current exhibition. Get behind the brushstrokes and into the head, heart and history of the artists with these kid-friendly Saturday tours. The program includes a hands-on activity.
Only children require tickets – their guardians do not need a ticket.

Saturday Song Circle
Imagination Stage
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ $6 (not including processing fee)
You and your child are invited to a fun, interactive musical experience! An Early Childhood Teaching Artist (playing a ukulele!) explores a popular children’s book with your family through song and musical instruments, and you will receive a list of all the songs to practice at home. Best for ages 1 month-3 years.* Sept.13 : The Little Engine that Could
*Though these workshops are recommended up to age 3, we know your 4 & 5 year-old children will enjoy them, too!

The Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival 
Intersection of Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) & Jefferson St
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Enjoy over 70 exhibiting and performing artists, enjoy live entertainment and eat some great food on the happening streets of Hyattsville, in the Gateway Arts District of Prince George’s County. Experience the Festival  View the performance schedule and FAQs here.

11th Annual Asian Festival 2014 
ROSECROFT RACE WAY
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 11 am -10 pm & Sunday, September 14 ∙ 11 am – 4 pm
FREE Admission (all day $10 parking/car)
Asian Festival extravaganza aims to promote diverse cultures and celebrate traditions and talents from the Asian continent. The Festival aims to bring together people from various cultural backgrounds, to promote peace, harmony and unity.

In The Street
Market Street - Frederick, MD 
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission - Some activities charge a fee.
The outdoor street festival includes nine blocks of themed fun, including areas highlighting children’s activities, local art organizations, regional artisans, history, sports and more.  Visitors will also find four stages of live entertainment, beer and wine gardens featuring local brews, delicious food and more!

“Back in Grandma’s Day”
Oakley Cabin
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE 
Bring the family and enjoy stories of old from members of the Griots’ Circle of Maryland, old fashion games and crafts, exploring an archaeology dig, and make your own set of marbles to take home.Bring a grandparent and receive a free Park Pass!
Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park is a 19th-century African American historic site. Built as one of three cabins adjacent to the historic Brookville Road, Oakley Cabin was the center of an African American roadside community from emancipation well into the 20th century. The dwelling, inhabited until 1976, is now operated as a living history museum. Educators will find Oakley Cabin a valuable resource in teaching local and African American history. The Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park provides hands-on living history experiences.
NOTE: In the event of severe weather, please call ahead to make sure the park will be open. On Saturday mornings, please call 301-650-4373 and a recorded message will advise you of the park hours. Tick season is here! Be prepared when you’re outdoors. Click the link to learn more about Ticks & Lyme Disease.

9th Annual Bluegrass on the Farm 2014 
Agricultural History Farm Park
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 12 pm ∙ $15 (ages 13+) at the gate. Rain or Shine. No refunds.
Children 12 and under are free.   Parking is free.
Bluegrass on the Farm is one of the longest running outdoor music events in the Washington, DC area. The festival takes place on a 55-acre complex with a historic farm site and a modern farming activity center. The Park offers visitors a unique perspective on the rich farming heritage of Montgomery County. Maryland. The area includes the original farmhouse, bank barn and several outbuildings. There are gardening and farm animal exhibits. The headliner band is the International Bluegrass Music Association award winning and Grammy nominated “Boxcars”.
Also appearing will be the local popular bands “Clearspring” from the Frederick area and long time festival favorites John O’Dell and “Windy Ridge”.

Fall Open House
DC Glassworks and Sculpture Studios
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Join us this Saturday, September 13 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm for our first Open House of the fall! Enjoy free glassblowing demonstrations, snacks and beer, and see what Studio and Resident Artists have been busy creating this summer.
You can also work with one of our instructors to make your own glass paperweight for a fee. Family friendly.

Maker Faire Silver Spring
Silver Spring Civic Center
Sunday, September 14 ∙  12:00 pm   FREE!
Maker Faire Silver Spring is a free, family-friendly event that brings together Makers of all types for a spectacular display of art, science, technology, craft and engineering. It is being presented by KID Museum, an emerging museum in Montgomery County which aims to cultivate creativity, curiosity and compassion through interactive exhibits and hands-on learning for children of all ages.

Friendship Picnic
Wheaton Regional Park
Sunday, September 14 ∙  1:00 pm ∙FREE!
Bringing together Communities with Diverse Cultures and Faiths. Come join the fun and meet new friends for a better community. Plenty of activities and rides for the kids, live music, dancing, Zumba and entertainment for all! Food and beverages will be provided so everyone may relax and enjoy the afternoon.

Family Sundays
Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday, September 14 ∙  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm   FREE!
The BMA is the place to be for free family fun! Every Sunday, enjoy different activities—sketching tours, hands-on workshops, gallery tours, and more—designed just for families. SEPTEMBER’s Theme: Meeting the Old Masters - September 14: Build a Big Boat

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington ∙ Family Dance
Glen Echo Park Ballroom Annex
Sunday, September 14 ∙  3:00 pm ∙Admission is $5 for ages 4 and older
The Family Dance, welcoming all ages, usually takes place the second Sunday of each month. It offers a rare opportunity to experience the joy of dance with your children and with your community. Bring the entire family, neighbors, church or synagogue group, birthday party, girl or boy scout troop. No experience is necessary, just come on out and dance. An experienced family dance leader shows you everything you need to know right then and there, with a focus on HAVING FUN!
The Family Dance is a unique opportunity for the very young and their parents, to experience the joyful community event of a contra and square dance. The target age children are 4-12, though many babies have started their dancing by bouncing along in a parent’s baby backpack. Kids and adults learn together through movement and music, experiencing the best in live music and enjoying the spirit of this folk tradition. It provides an opportunity to encourage an appreciation of folk culture, further inspiring future generations to get involved and make their own fun.

Movies on the Potomac – Neverland: Peter Pan
National Harbor
Sunday, September 14 ∙ movies start at 6:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Meet us at the Plaza’s big screen for a FREE evening of ocean breezes and all-ages fun! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the show!

***Virginia***

NVPOM Semi-Annual Consignment and Vendor Fair
Luther Jackson Middle School
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ FREE Admission!
Looking to save money on baby and children’s clothing, toys, and equipment? NVPOM’s
consignment sales are held twice a year, in the spring and fall. Items are gently used and generally at least 50% off of retail prices.
Both CASH and CREDIT CARDS accepted for payment.
No strollers are allowed on the sale floor for safety and security reasons. Children are welcome, but the area will be crowded – please find another way to keep your little ones safely by your side.
Items without tags will not be sold.
Shopping bags will be provided – personal bags are not allowed on the floor.

12th Annual King Street Art Festival at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Torpedo Factory Art Center
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Ice carving, live music, and hands-on art activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center during the 12th Annual King Street Art Festival. Watch Tatyana Schremko carve into ice. Local jazz band Independence will perform outside on the Waterfront gazebo stage starting at noon, followed by folk rock with Hearts and Spaces at 2pm. Also at noon, the Alexandria Office of Arts will have hands-on arts activities (which will also be available on Sunday). Starting at 7pm, a DJ will start spinning and projections on the Torpedo Factory Art Center will provide a lively evening display.

Fall Festival & Taste of Falls Church
Community Center
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission but fee for rides & Tasting!
Features include live entertainment, pony rides, children’s amusements, crafters, businesses and civic organizations, and cuisine from city kitchens. The children’s activity tent offers face painting and craft projects.
Admission is free to the public, but amusement rides and tasting require the purchase of one or more tickets.
The event is held rain or shine!

Alexandria Art Market
Nicholas A. Colasanto Park  (corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Mount Vernon Avenue)
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Introducing Alexandria’s 5th season art market featuring amazing artwork and multicultural performances. The variety of original artwork from over 25+ artists will be displayed for sale including, but not limited to, painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, and glasswork. Musical Performances from 12-2pm – Janna Audey

Smithsonian TechQuest Game: Eye in the Sky
Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ FREE, but parking $15
Smithsonian TechQuest, a new, alternate reality game at the Udvar-Hazy Center, will test your powers of observation, your problem-solving skills, and your decision-making abilities as you take on the role of intelligence analyst.  The game will engage you through hands-on activities and secret codes that lead to an ultimate conclusion.  It is aimed at upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families.
A self-guided activity, the game starts with a ten-minute orientation offered at regular intervals throughout the day. Staff will help guide you along the way. The game should take between 60 and 90 minutes.

Turkish Heritage Festival
Tysons Corner Center
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 11 am – 9 pm & Sunday, September 14 ∙ 11 am – 6:15 pm
FREE Admission 
In conjunction with Turkish Airlines and the American Turkish Association of Washington D.C., come celebrate the rich culture of Turkey at the first ever Turkish Heritage Festival. The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center will come alive with the tastes and talent of Turkey with live entertainment, mouth-watering traditional Turkish cuisine and coffee, and Turkish vendors bringing the best items of Turkey to Tysons.

4th Annual Bands, Brews, and Barbecue Festival
Old Town Manassas
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Old Town Manassas will hold its 4th Annual Bands, Brews, and Barbecue Festival on September 27, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This year, the event will be held on the Manassas Museum Lawn (9101 Prince William Street) and therefore expanding our inventory of beers and great barbecue. Entrance into the Festival will be FREE! Attendees may purchase individual beer sampling tickets inside the gate. Please make sure to bring a valid ID. Sample costs include $3.00 for a sample glass and $1.00 per sample ticket (beer/barbecue). Picnic on the lawn, while you enjoy some of Virginia’s finest barbecue or listen to everything from classic rock to jazz.

Family Day — Robotics
National Museum of the Marine Corps 
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 12:00 – 3:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Bring your family to the Museum for an afternoon of viewing the latest in robotics technology. Learn how Marines use robots to find hidden explosives, and how students compete as teams in school robotics competitions.

Get Movin’ Family Fun Day
ProJet Aviation Hangar at Leesburg Executive Airport
FREE Shuttle Service:Heritage High School
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 12:00 pm 
FREE EVENT in celebration of National Family Health & Fitness Day
Come and check out the fun!
Free gift for the first 500 families to register onsite∙Radio Disney music, games and prizes∙Radio Disney dance party∙Radio Disney Doc McStuffins “Toy check-up clinic”∙Appearance by the Washington Mystics mascot∙Health and wellness demos and exhibits∙Entertainment that will get you moving∙Indoor/outdoor fitness areas∙Interactive activities for all ages∙and much more!

The 19th Annual CCÉ Irish Folk Festival
Sherwood Center and The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
The Washington DC metropolitan area branch of the CCÉ, with sponsorship from The City of Fairfax and The City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts, presents the 19th Annual CCÉ Irish Folk Festival, in Fairfax, VA. All are invited to enjoy, free of charge, the “pure drop” – the beauty and depth of Irish music, dance, language and sport as it has taken root and come into full flower in our community.

Open House: The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders (NVMR)
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders (NVMR) is a club of model railroading enthusiasts headquartered in the historic train depot in downtown Vienna, Virginia. The club is over 60 years old and has been at this location for more than 30 years. Open House visitors include people of all ages who enjoy watching railroad activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s. That railroad was called the Western North Carolina (WNC) and every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry on our layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything; we must admit that to satisfy popular demand, an occasional sighting can be made of Thomas the Tank Engine and a few of his friends chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives.

Children’s Theatre: ”Alice In Wonderland”
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, September 13 – Sunday, September 28 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10-$13
An original musical adaptation inspired by the classic Lewis Carroll stories. Poor Alice has found herself lost in strange land filled with wondrous inhabitants! Featuring songs based on the poetry from the original text, the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, the White Rabbit and the rest of the zany cast will be on hand as Alice adventures through Wonderland. Will she ever find her way home again, or was it all just a dream..?!

2nd Saturday Art Walk
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The 2nd Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse showcases the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community.

Summer Chamber Series
The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum
Sunday, September 14 ∙ 3:00 pm  ∙ FREE Parking & Admission [Donations Accepted]
Each summer, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association sponsors a Summer Chamber Music Series, held between mid-June and September at The Lyceum in historic Old Town Alexandria.  These weekly performances are free and open to the public.  The performances feature small ensembles and soloists, primarily from Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the local arts community. Today: Guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin:  Music by Scarlatti, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Frandisco Tarrega, Albeniz, Rodrigo, and Nicolo Paganini

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM NIGHT - Despicable Me 2 in Spanish with English subtitles
Mosaic District [Open Air Movie Screen]
Sunday, September 14 ∙ 5:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Language Stars, the national leader in early childhood foreign language education with locations throughout the Chicago and Washington DC metropolitan areas, will host the first annual Language Stars Family Foreign Language Film Festival this summer at the Mosaic District in Fairfax, Virginia to expose children and their families to movies in other languages.

Summer Movies at Stonebridge
Potomac Town Center
Sunday, September 14 ∙ 7:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Summer Movie Nights at Stonebridge every Sunday at 7 pm through August on the Jumbo Tron!  Tonight’s Feature: Muppets Most Wanted

Giveaway Reminder

Marvel Universe Live! GIVEAWAY

Patriot Center
September 12 – 21, 2014
Marvel Universe LIVE!, featuring the most Marvel characters ever assembled in one production, will be flying into the nation’s capital with performances at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia starting September 12 through September 21. Marvel Universe LIVE! is a new live entertainment experience for the entire family. Children and adults alike will enjoy watching their favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine and many more during a comic extravaganza that brings both heroes and villains to life. The audience will enjoy the special effects, stunts and never before seen story in this family-friendly live action adventure. Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance. The fate of the universe depends on it! DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE HERE!

ALL ABOARD…DISNEY JR.’S CHOO CHOO SOUL GIVEAWAY

B&O Railroad Museum
Saturday, October 11, 2014
For one day only the B&O Railroad Museum presents two performances by Disney Jr.’s Choo Choo Soul. Follow the musical adventures of the hip-hop singer, train station manager, Genevieve Goings, and her dancing, beatboxing engineer, DC, as they entertain kids while performing soulful and current renditions of the ABC’s and 1-2-3’s.
This one hour show will have young railroad lovers, Thomas the Tank Engine fans, and families singing and dancing to the beat at the birthplace of American railroading! ADVANCED PURCHASE REQUIRED!

Enjoy your weekend!

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STAR Family Festival: Sing, Talk & Read

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STAR Family Festival: Sing, Talk & Read

Saturday, September 13, 2014 – 11 a.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

901 G Street NW, Washington,  DC  20001 [Directions]

 

Learn how singing, talking and reading with your baby or young child now can help them later in school. It’s never too early to give your kids a smart start.

Come to DC Public Library’s STAR Family Festival featuring:

  • Workshops for parents to support your child’s early learning
  • Fun activities, crafts and games for children
  • Free children’s books
  • Live entertainment by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and drummer Jali-D
  • Safety, health and education resources for your child
  • Door prizes including $200 gift baskets and other giveaways
  • Lunch provided
  • Face painting
  • Photo opportunities with costumed characters including Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Much more!

Special guest appearances from WKYS FM Shorty Da Prince and Angie Ange.

Come to the STAR Family Festival and see how easy and fun early learning can be.

For more info, call 202-727-0321.

View the complete listing of Kids Events here.

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Marvel Universe Live! coming to the Patriot Center {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

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You’ve seen my review, MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! IS MARVEL-OUS! Here’s your chance to see the crime fighting superheroes for yourself. Marvel Universe Live! at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia September 12-14 and 19-21. There are no further performances of Marvel Universe Live! scheduled in the D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia area.

Tickets are still available for the following shows:

***FAIRFAX, VA***
Patriot Center | September 12-21

Show times:

  • Friday, September 12 at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 13 at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, September 14 at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
  • Friday, September 19 at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 20 at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, September 21 at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM

Ticket Information: All seats are reserved. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and the Patriot Center box office.

For a complete list of tour dates, visit the Marvel Universe Live! website

***DISCOUNT***

Thrifty Friends, this experience is neither free nor cheap but there is still a Goldstar discount available. There is also an Opening Night Ticketmaster Advance Discount Code: MUL25 for Friday, September 12.

***Giveaway Details***

DC Thrifty Mom appreciates the opportunity to provide my Thrifty Friends with fun and exciting experiences.  I am excited to promote Marvel Universe Live! and sponsor this giveaway for one lucky DC Thrifty Mom follower to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the performance at the Patriot Center on Sunday, September 21 at 3:00 pm.

Note:  This giveaway is non-transferable and you must be at least 18 years old to enter.  Feld Entertainment is neither a sponsor nor endorser of this promotion.
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White House Visitor Center Reopens Saturday, September 13, 2014

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The White House Visitor Center was renovated from 2012 to 2014. The new exhibits include interactive multimedia, improved accessibility, and over 90 artifacts to discover. White House Historical Association Photo from www.nps.gov

The White House Visitor Center was renovated from 2012 to 2014. The new exhibits include interactive multimedia, improved accessibility, and over 90 artifacts to discover.
White House Historical Association
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White House Visitor Center Reopens

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The White House Visitor Center, located at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, offers visitors a window into life in the president’s iconic home. The visitor center is FREE to visit, and open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (except Thanksgiving, December 25 & January 1).

The renovated museum offers enhanced opportunities for all to explore and learn about the White House and its roles as home, office, park, and ceremonial space. Visitors can explore touchscreen tours of the White House, interact with tactile exhibits, and experience the 14-minute signature film “White House: Reflections from Within.” Discover fascinating museum objects with compelling stories. Then shop at the White House Historical Association museum store.

The National Park Service’s 2012-2014 renovation of the White House Visitor Center was made possible by a public-private partnership with the White House Historical Association, which contributed $7.5 million to the $12.6 million project. The renovation includes accessibility improvements developed in cooperation with the National Center on Accessibility. Additionally, energy-efficient LED lighting and low-flow sinks and toilets reduce the visitor center’s impact on the environment.

White House Tours

Public tours of the White Houseare available but must be requested in advance through one’s member of Congress. These self-guided tours are generally available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fridays, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturdays (excluding federal holidays). Hours and availability are always subject to change. All White House tours are free of charge.

Requests must be submitted through one’s Member of Congress or embassy three weeks to six months in advance of the desired tour date. Each Member of Congress has established his or her own procedures by which to accept tour reservation requests. Please contact the member or members through whom you wish to place the reservation request to learn more about their requirements. The switchboard at the US Capitol and each member’s web page will be able to assist you in reaching your senators and representatives. To reach members of the United States House of Representatives or Senate, please call 202-224-3121 or visit house.gov or senate.gov to find your members’ webpages. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible as a limited number of spaces are available.

The representative for the District of Columbia is Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. D.C. Residents may request a tour here. All tickets are provided to constituents on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the large number of visitors, please request your tour as early as possible and specify alternate tour dates.  For information on sightseeing and attractions, visit the Congresswoman’s Washington, D.C. Tourism Information page.

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Arts & Entertainment from CultureCapital.com: September 11-17, 2014

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Culture Capital

Arts & Entertainment:

Happenings in Metro DC

September 11 – 17, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

Masters of Son Jarocho
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Thursday, September 11 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This event takes place in the Family Theater.
Cesar Castro, Xochi Flores, Artemio Posadas, Delores Garcia, Luis Sarmiento, and Ana Urzua blend the complex music, song, dance, and poetry of the Mexican son Jarocho tradition

NSO Pops: Pink Martini & The von Trapps / Steven Reineke, conductor
Presented by National Symphony Orchestra
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, September 11  - Saturday, September 13 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $20-$88
With Pink Martini, one minute you’re in a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, the next you’re in a palazzo in Naples. This crowd-pleasing band and The von Trapps perform in support of their collaborative new album Dream a Little Dream.

Fall Art Walk – Galleries on Book Hill
Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill
Friday, September 12 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill invite you to the FALL ART WALK. Nine galleries will host an evening stroll and launch their fine art exhibitions in the most beautiful part of Washington, DC. Add to your collection and please join us for a night of art, fun, and refreshments.

Char Prescott & Ryo Yanagitani Duo
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Friday, September 12 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The S&R Foundation presents a duo performance by the cellist and pianist, both 2011 S&R Washington Award winners.

Art on 8th: Hand Dancing with Smooth & EZ
Presented by Dance Place
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Friday, September 12 ∙ 6:30 pm∙ FREE!
Smooth and Easy (SEZ) is the oldest and most accomplished Hand Dance troupe in the country! Dancers range from 8 to 68 with performance styles ranging from the 50’s and 60’s to contemporary hand dance.

ACM 47th Anniversary Community Celebration
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Enjoy an indoor/outdoor celebration for the whole family that will include arts and crafts activities, live musical performances, face painting, storytelling, and more. This event is free and open to the public.

My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours
National Archives
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
In My Prairie Cookbook, Melissa Gilbert, star of Little House on the Prairie, offers fans comforting family recipes and childhood favorites. From prairie breakfasts and picnic lunches to treats inspired by Nellie’s restaurant, the 80 simple and delicious dishes—crispy fried chicken, pot roasts, corn bread, apple pie, and more—let you to eat like the Ingalls family. Gilbert’s personal recollections and memorabilia, including behind-the-scenes stories, anecdotes, and treasured scrapbook images, accompany the recipes.
A book signing will follow the program.

Chocolate City Rocks! & Lil SoSo Productions present Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Students of the D.C. institute teach a comprehensive course of traditional martial arts training featuring kung fu and capoeira demonstrations.

Harlem Gospel Choir
Howard Theatre
Sundays: September 14, 21, & 28 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $35-$45
On any Sunday you can visit with the Harlem Gospel Choir and enjoy a soul food brunch at The Howard Theatre. Here the Choir brings its experience of the Black Church to the U Street district in a foot-stomping, hand-clapping show for fans from around the world. The homestyle all-you-can-eat Southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir’s joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage.

Chocolate City Rocks! & Lil SoSo Productions Present I Remember U: A Live Mixtape Experience
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday, September 14 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE
Combining elements of poetry, spoken word, emceeing, and beats, this program pays homage to the famed U Street corridor’s progressive music and arts scene in the late 1990s and features Ra Brown, Asheru, Poem-Cees, Dehiaja, and DJ Stylus.

The U.S. Army Field Band Chamber Ensembles
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Monday, September 15 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The chorus presents scenes from operas including Hansel and Gretel, Abduction from the Seraglio, Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute accompanied by members of the Concert Band with instrumental arrangements by SSG Kevin Walko.

Constitution Day Family Activities
National Archives
Wednesday, September 17 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Celebrate the 227th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution by writing with quill pens, dressing up, craft activities, and more!

Amadou Kouyate
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Wednesday, September 17 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The 2013–2014 Strathmore Artist-in-Residence, D.C. native, and dynamic djembe and koutiro drummer plays a mix of Manding music, traditional 13th-century songs, and contemporary original compositions incorporating blues and jazz.

***Maryland***

Lera Lynn
Strathmore
Friday, September 12 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $15
This event takes place in the Mansion. Houston-born, Georgia-bred, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Lera Lynn creates music that slides and slips through category’s grasp like a watermelon seed. Call it Americana, rockabilly, roots, folk, or country—or just call it Lera Lynn, who says “I just want to stop thinking about music as a marketing campaign. Ray Charles went from jazz to R&B to country. Paul McCartney will do a ballad next to ‘Helter Skelter,’ and not think twice. I’m just doing what moves me as it comes.” Lynn appears at Strathmore just three days after the release of her newest album The Avenues—hear her most recent songs in this must-hear Mansion concert.

Children’s Talk and Tour
Strathmore
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 10:15 am ∙ $5
This event takes place in the Mansion.  Young art lovers enjoy a talk about the current exhibition. Get behind the brushstrokes and into the head, heart and history of the artists with these kid-friendly Saturday tours. The program includes a hands-on activity.
Only children require tickets – their guardians do not need a ticket.

Blue Magic
Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $30-$35
Blue Magic is a classic R&B Soul Group and one of the most popular groups to come out of the City of Philadelphia. The group is noted for their sweet mellow sounds, classic love songs and smooth choreography, which is all mixed together and seasoned with a touch of class.

United States Air Force Band Chamber Players Series- Woodwind Quintet & Chamber Trio
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
Tuesday, September 16 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This concert will present music for winds and cello by two ensembles that are components of the United States Air Force Band. Formed in 2012, the Chamber Trio fits its unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet and cello to a wide variety of repertoire featuring new, original musical arrangements.

National Players presents “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Olney Theatre Center
Wednesday, September 17 – Sunday, September 28 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $15
A sleepy, southern town confronts difference and justice through the eyes of six-year old Scout. In the heroics of her father, the struggles of her friends and neighbors, and the threat of a boogeyman, Scout lives through the joys of childhood innocence and the pains of growing up. Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, National Players is proud to stage this tale for the first time in its 65-year history.
Recommended for ages 8 and up.

***Virginia***

Second Thursday Art Night
Torpedo Factory Art Center
Thursday, September 11 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Second Thursday Art Night series brings the fun and spontaneity of the creative process to the streets of Old Town. Visitors can browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy refreshments and music for free on the second Thursday of each month. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it!
This year’s events focus on specific artistic disciplines represented in our building. Look for special themed exhibits, sales and activities designed to highlight a particular visual form.

12th Annual King Street Art Festival at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Torpedo Factory Art Center
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Ice carving, live music, and hands-on art activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center during the 12th Annual King Street Art Festival. Watch Tatyana Schremko carve into ice. Local jazz band Independence will perform outside on the Waterfront gazebo stage starting at noon, followed by folk rock with Hearts and Spaces at 2pm. Also at noon, the Alexandria Office of Arts will have hands-on arts activities (which will also be available on Sunday). Starting at 7pm, a DJ will start spinning and projections on the Torpedo Factory Art Center will provide a lively evening display.

And I Helped!
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $40
This class is for your little chef and an adult companion. Little ones learn about nutrition while they engage in kitchen activities that teach the responsibility, time-management, and organizational skills necessary to command the kitchen brigade. Kids can also practice their motor skills, following directions and counting, all while having fun in the kitchen preparing their own meal. (Meets in W-3, Classroom 302.)
All Skill Levels, Ages 4 & up, Instructor: Chef Kathleen Linton. Saturday, September 13 (10am-12pm) Price is per student- at least one youth AND at least one adult must register at the same time for this special class. Materials cost of $5 per student covers fresh foods used in class, payable to instructor at first class.

Children’s Theatre: ”Alice In Wonderland”
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, September 13 – Sunday, September 28 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10-$13
An original musical adaptation inspired by the classic Lewis Carroll stories. Poor Alice has found herself lost in strange land filled with wondrous inhabitants! Featuring songs based on the poetry from the original text, the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, the White Rabbit and the rest of the zany cast will be on hand as Alice adventures through Wonderland. Will she ever find her way home again, or was it all just a dream..?!

2nd Saturday Art Walk
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, September 13 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The 2nd Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse showcases the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community.

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The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents The Complete World of Sports (abridged)
Presented by Reston Community Center
CenterStage
Thursday, September 18 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $25-$50
In this merciless but affectionate satire, The Reduced Shakespeare Company sets it comic sites on the lunacy of sports. The result is a tour-de-farce of vaudevillian physical comedy that will delight every non-sports fan in the family.

Rapunzel
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Friday, September 19 – Sunday, October 12 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10 [Discount Tickets]
A “bewitching” tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses “coloring-book” charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences.

Stuart Little
Adventure Theatre MTC
Friday, September 19 – Sunday, October 26 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10 [Discount Tickets]
Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Shy and thoughtful, Stuart’s greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend?Based on the Award Winning Book by E.B. White∙Adapted for the Stage by Joseph Robinette∙Directed by Colin Hovde∙Starring Chris Dinolfo∙Recommended for All Ages

First Studio: An Art Exploration for 3-5 Year-Olds
Kreeger Museum
Saturday, September 20 – Saturday, December 20 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $0-$7
Children and an adult companion are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of The Kreeger Museum. Each program includes a gallery tour, analysis of works of art, a story and a hands-on art-making experience.

Cute Animals Stop, Drop & Roll
Presented by Jane Franklin Dance
Penrose Square on Columbia Pike
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
At the dog park, most people know the names of the dogs, but not the name of their owner. This casual community of animal lovers and Jane Franklin Dance spark a connection with those who share a common interest. Stop, Drop & Roll is for two groups in an opposing structure of athletic-inspired movement! Have you ever gone to a ball game and marveled at the timing and chance moments of teamwork? A movement plan explores competition and random opposition.

Culture Shock, Washington, DC: Volume II
Dance Place
Saturday, September 20 – Sunday, September 21 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $20-$25
Dynamic hip-hop performances by all of Washington, DC’s Culture Shock troupes: Afta Shock, Culture Shock, Future Shock, Mini Shock and Mighty Shock. Committed to creating fresh, innovative choreography at the forefront of the hip-hop dance community, the world-renowned Culture Shock troupes have brought their groundbreaking hip-hop performances to stages all over the world.

Tudor Tots: Fall Frolic
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tuesday, September 23 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $0-$5
Tudor Place has enchanted young children for almost two centuries. Experience it yourself on Tuesday mornings as we meet to read, sing, and play in the picturesque gardens. This family-friendly program offers a new theme each week, from “adventurous animals” to “growing gardens” and more. Children will participate each week in an interactive read-aloud, songs and themed movements, all related to the week’s topic, and will enjoy sharing this tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them. Parent/caregiver must remain with child. Ages 2-4

Stop, Drop & Roll
Presented by Jane Franklin Dance
Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library
Wednesday, September 24 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Two groups in an opposing structure of athletic-inspired movement! Have you ever gone to a ball game and marveled at the timing and chance moments of teamwork? A movement plan by Jane Franklin Dance explores competition and random opposition.

Curious George
Publick Playhouse
Thursday, September 25 ∙ 10:15 am & 12:00 pm ∙ $6-$8
Enjoy this great new musical starring everyone’s favorite storybook monkey. Curious George’s inquisitive, attention-getting stunts make their mark in Rome, where he helps a chef win the Golden Meatball Contest. Recommended for grades pre-K – 3.

 

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Fall Theatre 2014 in Metro DC

The 2014 Metro DC Theatre Season is about to begin, and CultureCapital.com has a quick and easy look up for you to see what DC theatre companies and performing arts centers have in store for you. And best of all you can click through to the theatre and purchase your tickets starting now.

That’s why we call CultureCapital.com Your Link to the Arts in Metro DC.

Find the best of DC, Maryland and Virginia theatres, performing arts, museums, galleries, arts classes and more at CultureCapital.comSearch here by date, range of dates, locality and interest and choose from among 300 presenters throughout Metro DC. There are even categories for Free and Family Events!

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President Lincoln’s Cottage: Family Day 2014

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Family Day - Preseident Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln’s Cottage

Family Day 2014

Saturday, September 13th

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join President Lincoln’s Cottage, No Greater Sacrifice, and the Armed Forces Retirement Home on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and enjoy these grounds as the Lincoln family did. Family members of all ages will enjoy the live entertainment and creative activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers’ Home! Join us for a petting zoo, DIY top hats, food vendors, and a Civil War encampment.

Explore a Civil War EncampmentView the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, better known as the Bucktails, who served as Lincoln’s personal guards. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Play at the Petting Zoo: Ride a pony, chase the peacocks, and play with animals at a petting zoo with Tad Lincoln’s favorite pets. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Arts and Crafts: Make cards for veterans and create your own top hat! 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Picnic on the Grounds: Enjoy delicious food from our on-site vendors, or pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables or on the ample South Lawn. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Live Music: Listen to the US Army  Brass Quintet. 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Tour the Cottage: Take a guided tour of the Lincoln family’s seasonal retreat! NOTE: Regular ticket prices apply; visit www.lincolncottage.org/tickets to purchase.* First tour, 10:00 am; last tour, 3:00 pm.

*Cottage tours are not included in free Family Day activities. If you would like to take a tour of the Cottage, we strongly recommend purchasing Cottage Tour Tickets in advance. Regular ticket prices apply. Click here to purchase.

Family Day activities, sponsored by President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home, are FREE unless otherwise noted, and are open to the public. Event program and schedule subject to change.

Advanced Reservations for Family Day activities are requested but not required.  Click here to register online.

President Lincoln's Cottage

During the peak of the Civil War, Lincoln lived here with his family and developed the Emancipation Proclamation. Located on a picturesque hilltop in Washington, DC, the Cottage opened to the public in 2008. For ticketing and detailed information about your visit, click here.

Entrance: UPSHUR ST AT ROCK CREEK CHURCH RD, NW WASHINGTON, DC 20011

Telephone: 202-829-0436
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Teddy Bear Clinic ∙ National Museum of Health and Medicine ∙ FREE!

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Teddy Bear ClinicTeddy Bear Clinic

Saturday, September 13, 2014

10 am – 12 pm

National Museum of Health and Medicine

2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 [Directions]

FREE!

Bring your favorite stuffed friend and explore the Teddy Bear Clinic at the National Museum of Health and Medicine with activities and crafts designed to highlight the body, physical fitness and healthy habits. This program is recommended for children in PreK – 2nd grade. This family program is free and open to the public!

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The National Museum of Health and Medicine was established during the Civil War as the Army Medical Museum, a center for the collection of specimens for research in military medicine and surgery. In 1862, Surgeon General William Hammond directed medical officers in the field to collect “specimens of morbid anatomy together with projectiles and foreign bodies removed” and to forward them to the newly founded museum for study. The Museum’s first curator, John Brinton, visited mid-Atlantic battlefields and solicited contributions from doctors throughout the Union Army. During and after the war, Museum staff took pictures of wounded soldiers showing effects of gunshot wounds as well as results of amputations and other surgical procedures. The information collected was compiled into six volumes of The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, published between 1870 and 1883.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Museum staff engaged in various types of medical research. They pioneered in photomicrographic techniques, established a library and cataloging system which later formed the basis for the National Library of Medicine, and led the Museum into research on infectious diseases while discovering the cause of yellow fever. They contributed to research on vaccinations for typhoid fever, and during World War I, Museum staff were involved in vaccinations and health education campaigns, including major efforts to combat sexually-transmissible diseases.

By World War II, research at the Museum focused increasingly on pathology; in 1946 the Museum became a division of the new Army Institute of Pathology (AIP), which became the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in 1949. The Museum’s library and part of its archives were transferred to the National Library of Medicine when it was created in 1956. The Army Medical Museum became the Medical Museum of the AFIP in 1949, the Armed Forces Medical Museum in 1974, and the National Museum of Health and Medicine in 1989.

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