Arts Desk

Freestylin’ D.C. Weekend Edition: Tom Stoppard and JFK

Hope you all have been enjoying the snow and the crisp, clear air outside. Looks like there are lots of fun things happening this weekend that won’t cost you a lot of money. Here are some suggestions from my site, Free in DC. All events listed below are free unless noted. Hope you enjoy!

Tonight
Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. the Constellation Theatre Company offers pay-what-you-can performances of Tom Stoppard's On The Razzle, which opens officially on Feb. 3. Half of the PWYC tickets, about 50, are available for purchase online for $10, or you can wait and just buy tickets at the box office starting around 7 p.m. The show is at the Source Theatre at 14th & T Streets NW.

Staying in the U Street Corridor, the Level X Lounge at Axum hosts a trio of musical acts tonight at 8:45 p.m.: Local singer/songwriter René Moffatt shares the bill with Roanoke-based The Independent and Texas-based songwriter Charlie Harrison.

Friday
In addition to the weekly Sounds of Hope benefit concert at the Potter's House, the Adams Morgan coffee shop also hosts its monthly open mic night tonight. The stage is open for musicians and poets of all ages, and there's even a piano on site. Event founder Mary Shapiro is the Sounds of Hope headline performer; donations support the Sopa A Las Dos program, which serves free soup every Monday through Friday at 2 p.m.

It’s Bloombars' first ever Theatre Cabaret! Fifteen aspiring and working actors perform songs and monologues in this open-mic style event. The show goes from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Columbia Heights arts facility.

In the H Street Corridor, Jimmy Valentine’s hosts "Wasteland," featuring my friends D.J. Strange and D.J. Medusa spinning darkwave and goth tunes. Music starts at 10 p.m.

Saturday
Just in time for Valentines Day, sample day is back at Biagio Fine Chocolate in lower Adams Morgan. From 3 to 6 p.m. a variety of chocolates and Spanish wines from Tradewinds Specialty Imports will be available for consumption. The tasting takes place in Studio B, the art gallery located behind the store.

At 2 p.m. the Kennedy Center hosts a screening of the 1965 documentary John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums. Following the film, a panel of artists, journalists, and policy makers will discuss Kennedy's legacy.

Sunday
The Writer’s Center
in Bethesda hosts an open mic for poets and prose writers at 2 p.m.; sign-up starts at 1:30.

Pianist Victor Goldberg performs works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Scriabin at 6:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art on the Mall, as part of the museum's free weekly Sunday evening concert series.

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.

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