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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

The Karma Cabaret Benefit for the Yoga Activist Mat Donation Program at the Red Palace Sunday

What good can yoga do for a person? Perhaps a whole lot.

The trouble is, not everyone has access to a yoga class. And that's where Yoga Activist, the nonprofit organization dedicated to what the organizers call "yoga activism," comes in.

Founded in 2009, Yoga Activist works to provide yoga classes to underserved communities such as homeless shelters, low-income senior centers, public libraries and other service organizations.

"The mission is basically to bring yoga to communities that might not have access to it," said Carrie Mumah, Yoga Activist communications director.

Yoga Activist doesn't actually provide classes, but rather partners volunteer yoga instructors with interested groups. Yoga Activist also trains interested parties in basic yoga instruction to take back to the community.

According to Mumah, the benefits of yoga can include helping depression, insomnia, substance abuse withdrawals and other medical issues.

"It's grown a ton in the last few years," Mumah said of the increased understanding of yoga's benefits.

Yoga Activist also accepts new and gently used mats as part of its mat donation program, and distributes the mats to yoga outreach programs across the country.

Recently, the Stick-e company donated a thousand mats to Yoga Activist, and on Sunday Yoga Activist is holding a fundraiser for its mat program at the Red Palace. The show, which features the Tender Henries, the Torches, Milkmachine, DJ Baby Alcatraz and more will cost a $10 donation. Yoga Activist will also be accepting mat donations.

When: Doors at 8 and show at 8:30 p.m. Sunday

Info: $10; yogaactivist.org and redpalacedc.com

The Wallflowers at National Ballpark Saturday

The Wallflowers, the Jakob Dylan led band that had a pair of hits in the '90s with "One Headlight" and "6th Avenue Heartache," perform for free on Saturday after the Nationals second game of a double-header with the Atlanta Braves.

When: After the late game, which is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m on Saturday

Info: Free with a 7:05 game ticket; washington.nationals.mlb.com

Nicki Minaj at DAR Constitution Hall Saturday

The innovative and talented Nicki Minaj comes to town on her Pink Friday Tour. With 2 Chainz.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Info: $43.75 to $123.75; dar.org.

Belgian Restaurant Week Mussel Throw-down Saturday

Belgian Restaurant Week wraps up with a Mussel Throw-down at Capital Yards Park, featuring the top Belgian chefs in the country. Enjoy mussels, beer, frites and more.

When: noon to 7:00 p.m. Saturday

Info: No admission fee; belgianrestaurantweekdc.com

Capital Fringe Festival through July 29

In case you missed the news, the annual Capital Fringe Festival is back in full swing. The event that features an eclectic array of comedy, drama, music, theater and more at various D.C. locations enters its second of three weekends.

When: Through July 29 (dark Mondays)

Info: Festival buttons are $7, single ticket prices $17; capfringe.org

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