Patton Oswalt will make you LOL.
The word itself invokes a form of poetry that is much more dynamic than what you’d expect from a poetry reading. Normal poetry readings might bring to mind a quiet, boring evening spent listening to someone who gives more meaning than you ever thought possible to the significance of a chair.
For a new perspective on the whole poetry scene, those interested can go to the Hillyer Art Space (located in the alley behind the Phillips Collection) at 9 Hillyer Court, NW. Admission is $8 if under 25 years of ago, and $10 above.
The event, entitled “SLAM,” will feature performer and artist Jake Marmer doing his own version of poetry reading, which combines poetry, performance, the philosophical, the existential, and jazz. His performance will be followed by an open mic night. The event will go from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on October 24th.
Food Drive and Fundraiser
Maybe the word free doesn’t carry the connotation of giving things away; but it isn’t like you have to pay anything for this event. Today at the Whole Foods throughout DC (including Georgetown’s Whole Foods at 2323 Wisconsin Avenue), 5% of all sales will be donated to various local hunger-fighting charities, along with each store hosting an in-store food drive. The food drive is looking for canned foods, 100% fruit juices, soups, and cereals. So if you plan on doing some grocery shopping, do yourself an altruistic favor and do it today.
Sculptures, Mobiles, and Stamps
At the Discovery Center at the lower level of the National Postal Museum this Saturday at 1:00 p.m., you can combine your love for modern art and postage stamps. Stamp collecting has never looked as artistic as it has when presented by collector Mark Haimann, who will present artist Alexander Calder’s life, art, and impact through stamps.
Come see why Calder is known as “America’s Modern Art Ambassador,” and when you’re done make sure to complete your visit at the museum with the exhibit “Alphabetilately: The Alphabet of Philately” to check out some stylish stamps.
The 2009 Bentzen Ball
So I’m going to have to use another definition of free for this event, because of it’s $30 cost. But, in theory, it’s free because it is based on your willingness or unwillingness to participate! This is a one of a kind event though, and is worth the notice. In its essence it is simply a massive comedy festival located at different theaters and places throughout D.C.
Beginning on Thursday the 22nd at the Historic Lincoln Theatre, fans of laughing will get to see Patton Oswalt, Todd Barry, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Ian Edwards, and more, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This is only the beginning though, and the list of comedians and events is simply endless. Head to the festival’s website for the entire schedule, and make sure to check out the few free events that are thrown in there!