Free For All: Bonsai bonanaza!

Tiny trees are interesting.

Bonsai Demonstration

A member of the Bonsai Society of the Eastern Shore will be holding a demonstration and answering questions about how bonsai are created and trained. In short, some guy will show you how people make miniature trees, which sounds awfully enticing.

This free event will take place at the U.S. National Arboretum on Sunday, the 13th, at 1:00 pm, located by the Stadium-Armory Metro station, at Bladensburg Road and R Street. For information about the demonstration, head over the Arboretum’s website.

Free Opera in the Outfield

Rossini’s The Barber of Seville will be performed for free at the Washington Nationals’ park Saturday, September 12th from 7:00pm – 10:30pm. Okay… maybe, that was a little bit of a stretch of the imagination, but it isn’t far from the truth.

The opening night of Washington National Opera’s 54th season will be broadcast live on the Nationals’ state-of-the-art HD scoreboard, and seating will be freely available throughout the park. There will also be giveaways, including a Target shopping spree and opera packages, so don’t miss out on this one. The park opens at 5:30 pm, so get there early.

The Infinite to the Proximate

Maybe this odd numerological date has got you thinking about the world and its relation to proximity and infinity. If so, Ken Fandell’s art may be for you.

Currently exhibiting at Hamiltonian Gallery (located at 1353 U Street, by U St Metro station), “The Infinite to the Proximate: Infinity, Time, Space, Technology, Interpersonal Relations, Bodily Functions, and My Work” will be presented by the artist tonight at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but make sure to RSVP to if you plan to attend the lecture.

Film From the Vaults

In an effort to show the lighter side of the its motion picture holdings, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration will be screening a selection of short films this Thursday. Shorts include “Finding His Voice,” a 1929 animated cartoon that was created to show “talking movies” and a sampling of short subjects from the Army-Navy Screen Magazine featuring Bob Hope, Betty Hutton, and Abbott & Costello.

The screening will begin at noon and run for an hour. RSVP is not required, so just head down to the William G. McGowan Theater!

Photo from Flickr user ortizmj12, used under a Creative Commons license.

One Comment on “Free For All: Bonsai bonanaza!

  1. The arboretum is actually a bit of a ways from the Stadium-Armory stop; you’ll need to hop on the B2 toward Bladensburg Rd. after you get off of the Metro. It would be about a 2 mile walk.

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