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Wednesday, May 23

Pop-Up Magazine’s Spring Issue (*730DC Exclusive Discount*)

One of the coolest events in media — think Moth Stories meets TED Talks. Last issue featured an oral/musical history of the saxophone and an audience-wide choose-your-own-adventure story. Use the code “ARTS” for $5 off. (6pm)


Be a pinball wizard

Do you have such a supple wrist? Do you sure play a mean pinball? Prove it. (8pm)

Also || Stitching for Reproductive Justice: Embroidery 101Profs & Pints: Why populists rise,  Superfruit @ U Street Music Hallthe Gardens @Union StationAizuri Quartet


Thursday, May 24

Swiss Beats at National Portrait Gallery

The Embassy of Switzerland is taking over the Kogod Courtyard with cheese, glow-in-the-dark print workshops, a dance performance, and exhibits after hours. (5:30pm)


Make HIV a 2018 voting issue

Using black political power to direct efforts and votes to end HIV in a discussion hosted by Impulse DC and the Human Rights Campaign, in recognition of DC Black Pride. Open bar and hors d’oeuvres beforehand. (5:30pm)

Also || Iftar in the Streets for RefugeesBrexit Over There, Impacts Over HereNational Latina Institute for Reproductive Health  

Friday, May 25 


Reggae vs. Soca

This month’s Reggae Fest at Howard Theater is Memorial Day Weekend. Bring your best wine. (11pm)


DC Black Pride

Start DC Black Pride weekend with a free reception/happy hour at the Grand Hyatt. (6:30pm) For more DC Black Pride workshops, panels, and parties all weekend long, visit the event website here.

Also || Tribe Popup DC’s Grand OpeningHaunted Pub TourFirst Jazz in the GardenLGBTQ speed datingAfrojack @ Glow Echostage 


Saturday, May 26 

Arts x Action

Arts x Action in hosting their 3rd community event. You can check out local DC social justice organizations, make zines, and listen to music. (4 pm)


Hardcore Parkour

The world’s largest Parkour festival is this Saturday in Rosslyn, VA. With live DJs and pop-up Parkour Parks, it looks like this will basically be a rave for very coordinated people. (10 am)

Also || The Midnite BBQ party (not at midnight)Three Sheets drunk lecturesRitmos Raros dance partysouthern-style brunch cooking classPetworth Jazz Presents Federico Pena


Sunday, May 27

Malcolm X Drum Circle

The Sunday drum circle at Malcolm X Park is back! (Did it ever leave? No, not from our hearts.) (2:30pm)

Tunes: Bluegrass, Laura Veirs, Willie Nelson and more

  • Escape to the Chantilly Farm BBQ & Bluegrass Fest.
  • Dance to live bossa nova at WunderGarten. (5 pm)
  • Go country without leaving the city: cowboy outcasts Willie Nelson and Sturgill Simpson play Anthem. (7:30 pm)
  • You won’t regret catching mesmerizing songwriter Laura Veirs at Union Stage. (8 pm)
  • Play your cards right and you just might end up on PBS, which simulcasts the National Memorial Day Concert from the West Lawn. (8-9:30 pm)
  • Maybe a trip to Takoma is in the cards: Minibeast (mem. of Mission of Burma) play Rhizome. (8 pm)  

Monday, May 28

Designing for memory

DC Design Tours is leading an Arlington National Cemetery Tour to honor fallen heroes in honor of Memorial Day. Their walking tours focus on architecture, urban planning, and design. (11am)

"DC Henge": A cosmic occurrence

Once a year the sun's setting aligns perfectly with DCs streets. Set your alarms because this Insta isn't going to take itself. (8:25 pm)

Also || bar bingodrag bar bingoBlack Panther Author at Busboys & PoetsSuper Secret Free Ska ShowNational Memorial Day Parade, Free admission under 30 at the Phillips Collection until Labor Day.  


Tuesday, May 29

DanceAfrica 2018

The 31st annual festival celebrating African dance and music kicks off a week of events including performances from African dance companies, a master class dance series, and marketplace. (6:30 pm)


Get to know the at-large candidates

The Foggy Bottom Association and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association will host a forum for candidates seeking party nominations for DC Council chair and at-large member positions at West End Public Library. (6:30 pm)

Also || N Street Village fundraiserFree Wifi Comedy ShowAdams Morgan Movie Night: HairspraySex Work is WorkJohn Nichols BandIsland Wildlife Book talk

Looking ahead: 

5/29: Dance Africa DC, N Street Village fundraiser

5/30: Farmers’ Market Brigade Training, sex and a certain age

5/31: breaking the anger habit, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Gala After Party @NBM, #MeToo: Discussion and Action, Expose Fake Clinics

6/1: Booker T Jones, meditation retreat

6/2: Radiohead tribute show for Planned Parenthood, Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, A Whole Village, Wales vs. South Africa: Rugby @ RFK, Orchid Mania

6/3: A Whole Village, Dog Adoption, Creek Critters Blitz, Israel@70

6/5: Green drinks DC roof happy hour, Night Out at Nats Park

6/6: Carl Zimmer, Perfect Liars Club

6/9: Tough mudder to save the pandas, Kingman Island Festival, Clean Creek & Parkway

6/10: Lamb Jam, historic homebrewing

6/11: Beginning fingerspelling

6/14: Art & politics with David Grosso

6/16: Connecting Up In Out, Outlander & tea, Kettlebell Chicks Class

6/17: AKC Agility Trials

6/20: Ikebana demo

6/21: Buy a mini donkey (for real), Campaign Expo, Ballet, Chant & Song

6/22: Skate of the Union

6/23: National Wildlife Visitor Center Tour, Kenilworth cleanup

6/24: Rare Essence

7/1: Healthy Masculinity Workshop

7/7: DC Jollof- Off

7/10: Non-obvious idea dinner, a conference on serious games

7/12: Hatsune Miku

7/13: Rivals Football Tryouts, Coco

7/14: Applications for ReThink Masculinity open

7/18: Virginia Commonwealth Games

7/22: Sleep

7/24: Harvard Business Review: Women’s Discussion

7/28: DC Fray Field Day

7/29: National Wildlife Refuge tour

8/2: Six Degree Singers auditions

8/9: NextGen Gov’t

8/25: Maryland Renaissance Faire, Wildlife Conservation & Recreation Day

8/28: Jewish Outdoor Escape, TriFit

9/1: Nat’l Book Fest

9/16: One Day University

9/18: Takoma Park Folk Fest

9/20: Inferno Pilates Teacher Training

9/22: Dance to end sexual violence, step out diabetes, Monarch Butterfly Festival

9/25: Lights of Hope

10/2: Raise the Roof

10/5: Women of the Wild

10/6: Wildlife Festival

10/7: Building Bridges for Climate Change

10/12: Mug Night

10/16: Harvard Business Review: Women’s Discussion

10/17: Celebrate Home

10/18: Great Southeast ShakeOut

10/20: Out of the darkness

10/21: 5K & FunRun

10/31: Halloween Skate

11/1: Fight Night, Diversity Job Fair

11/15: CLEO Gala

11/22: Trot for Hunger

12/1: MetroCooking Show, bereavement support group

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