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Wednesday, November 20

Being an artist in Iran

What impact do social and cultural changes have on artists in Iran? Talinn Grigor, a Professor of Art History at the University of California at Davis, explores this question through the work of six female photographers at the Smithsonian's Freer Sackler. (4pm)

Rally for clean water at St. Elizabeth’s

Supporters will rally this morning after last month’s revelations that patients at DCs only public mental health hospital lack clean water. (9-10 am) Later, pack the room at the health committee’s public oversight hearing on the issue. (5:30 pm)

Also || 5th (5th?!!) Primary Debate Watch | tunes at rhizome | revolutionary manners | Nashwa: Night of Middle Eastern and North African Rhythms | tunes: Reggae Meets Korean Pansori

Thursday, November 21

“Thumb in Open Palm” Artist Panel and Exhibit Opening

Two Gallaudet art professors are hosting a panel with NoMa BID to discuss their new exhibit “Thumb in Open Palm,” which translates to “Help” in ASL, on view at 1200 First St. NE. (6pm)

Titus Andronicus

Was “The Monitor” snubbed by 2010s decade-end lists? Absolutely. Your fav “blue collar indie rock” band from New Jersey is playing some tunes at Black Cat tonight. (7:30pm)

Also || tunes: Loud Boyz, Taciturn | tunes: YÀNJÚ and Sheila | book talk: Ghetto | artist conversations: Kennedy Yanko | 100 years of women voting

Friday, November 22

Be an early bird and get the… worm?

Downtown DC’s holiday market, located right outside the Portrait Gallery, opens today. The festive shopping experience, now in its 15th year, is the perfect place to find artsy gifts. (12pm, through Dec. 23)

DC History Conference

The 2019 D.C. History Conference, which takes place November 21-24, explores the theme of “Communities and Characters” through a number of nerdy and necessary talks, screenings and other events throughout the weekend. 

Also || tunes: San Fermin | va cider week at ChurchKey | Jane Goodall exhibition opening | live music @ Haydee’s | 2000s indie dance party

Saturday, November 23


Like riding bikes and food/clothing drivers? Here you go, do both. Team up and receive a manifest of activities to complete, all to benefit Arlington Street People's Assistance Network. (9:30am)

Punk rock flea market

It’s in the name: come check out awesome vendors to fulfill all your punk dreams. Bring a canned good to donate at the door. (12-5pm)

Also || tunes: Gesaffelstein | Ward 5 Comp Plan meeting | ARL Jr League gala | tree lighting in old town | improv in French

Sunday, November 24


You may have heard the word “impeachment” floating around recently. But how much do you know about the history of impeachment? Learn more on this non-political tour. Tickets required. (2:30pm)

Boozy spelling bee

Start a new weekly thing: spelling while drunk at the Capitol Cider House. No spell check allowed. (6pm)

Also || tunes: Black Marble | black history and america’s gothic soul | QWERTY dance party / drag show | AfroBeats dance party | tunes: Wale @ Bliss

Monday, November 25

What’s up with hamburgers

This profs & pints session gets into “the story of American cooking”, starting with the real story of the first Thanksgiving and going through Jell-O, avocado toast and more. (6pm)

tarot & cocktails

Get yer tarot cards read at Slash Run. Also their burgers are dope, so maybe do that too. (8pm)

Also || tunes: Brockhampton | womxn’s circle with Naïka Gabriel | U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Arrival from New Mexico | weekly life drawing | DC comedy walking tour

Tuesday, November 26

Gallery meditation

Each Tuesday, the Freer Gallery hosts a midday half-hour of meditation. Take a break to empty your mind - and then go fill it with art. (12:15pm)

Sci fi book club

Discuss the book Consider Phlebas at Steady State Books with other sci fi enthusiasts. (This book was, per this writer’s opinion, not Iain Banks’ most interesting work, even within the series.) (7 pm)

Also || learn to build websites | Looking Glass trivia | no-cover standup comedy | poetry book club | WMATA hq picket | activist trivia



11/29: zoo lights | tunes: deadmau5 | tunes: the Joy Formidable


12/3: Sustainability in the DC Budget

12/5: Church Night Holiday Spectacular | tunes: all girl/all boy

12/6: creative coffee | happy hour flow | tunes: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | tunes: Dark Star Orchestra | The Inner Loop Gala | tunes: Safer, Lightbeams, Lohesh

12/7: tunes: Tourist + Matthew Dear | Ward 3 Comp Plan meeting | Barry Bishop & the DC streetwear scene | tunes: Guided by Voices | tunes: Hannah Jaye & the Hideaways

12/12: brew lights | tunes: Nova ONE, pen palindrome

12/14: A$AP Ferg

12/15-16, 21, 24: Choral Arts Songs of the Season

12/16: Mount Eerie

12/20: tunes: Lightmare/Lotion Princess/Born Dad

12/21: Rock ‘n Shop


1/29: tunes: Julian Lynch (Real Estate)


2/18: Bat for Lashes


3/9: Destroyer


5/2: Andy Shauf

5/12: Bikini Kill

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