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Happy Monday everyone. I’m back with some suggestions for fabulous and free arts, culture and consciousness events for you this week, from my site, Free in DC. Tuesday is especially jam-packed with lots of great events!
Tonight Head over to the Artisphere in Rosslyn for Box Smashers, a pay-what-you-can discussion series focusing on folks in the arts community who think outside the box. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Arlington’s Public Art Projects Curator Welmoed Laanstra interviews Sara Reisman, director of the Percent for Art Program in New York.
Enjoy live music at Columbia Heights’ BloomBars from Venzulana-bornJavier E. Soteldo Brandt, aka el Toco, at tonight’s edition of the donation-based open mic “The Garden.” Sign-up starts at 8:30 p.m., and the event starts at 9 p.m.
Tuesday The PinkLine Project hosts a happy hour fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. at American Ice, in the U Street Corridor. Funds will support Michael Blasenstein and Michael Iacovone, who were detained and banned for life from all Smithsonian institutions after protesting the removal of “A Fire in My Belly” from the “Hide/Seek” exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery last month.
Tonight marks the second session of the free weekly Introduction to Jyoti Meditation drop-in demonstrations in the twelfth floor clubroom at the City Vista apartment building at 475 K St. NW. Raymond Holmes of the local Science of Spirituality chapter and will lead these sessions each Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. until February 15.
The DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency hosts its monthly open mic night for poets, musicians, and spoken word artists at Bossa in Adams Morgan, followed by live music from the Fourth Stream. The open mic starts around 7 and goes til 9 p.m., when the music begins.
Tuesday means BloomScreen Indie Film Night at Bloombars. Tonight’s film is GO: The Schools for Schools Film, which tells the story of the Invisible Children organization’s 2007 campaign to raise $1 million dollars in 100 days to rebuild schools in war-torn northern Uganda. The film screens from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and a discussion will follow.
Wednesday Catch some dance on your lunch break as the Fairfax-based modern dance company Next Reflex Dance Collective performs at the Sidney Harman Hall as part of the weekly Wednesday “Happenings at the Harman” program from noon to 1 p.m.
Enjoy happy hour specials at the launch party for Anand Giridharadas’ new book India Calling at Eden Lounge, 1716 I St. NW, from 6 to 8 p.m. In the book, the American-born columnist for the International Herald Tribune returns to India, his family’s land of origin, and explores the country’s modern-day dilemmas. RSVP is requested.
It’s Kostume Karaoke—time to sing and get silly at Solly’s in the U Street Corridor, from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m every second and fourth Wednesday. Though the karaoke is free, this is a 21+ event and you’ll want to bring some cash along if you want to grab some drinks at the bar. Amy Melrose is the creator of Free in DC , an arts, culture, and consciousness blog highlighting free and low-cost events that are all Metro accessible in the D.C. area. You can also follow Free in DC on Twitter and Facebook.