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Wednesday, December 12

Experimental spanish rock

Fancy some symphonic, electro-acoustic music melded with Goya prints? Check out Erizonte at the former residence of the ambassadors of Spain with a Goya-inspired music, video and dance performance. (6:45pm)


Queer and trans immigrants and their allies meet at the White House before marching—nay, “hip-bumping, salsa-dancing, debke-stomping, and booty-shaking”—to shithead Stephen Miller’s house for another of their famous dance parties. (5:30 pm)

Queercore punk band Homosuperior play at Black Cat. (7:30 pm)

Also || watercolor & cocktails, gender and anger in literature, fashion for lunch, winter art fair at colony club, no pulp comedy, Rent the Runway’s sale, holiday card signing for incarcerated youth,

Solstice Lights, talk on Trevor Paglen at SAAM, Profs and pints 

Thursday, December 13

Bloomingdale & black art

The Barnett Aden Gallery was the first privately-owned black gallery in the United States. 75 years after its opening, artist, scholar and curator David C. Driskell will join historian Marya McQuirter in conversation to discuss its history and legacy. (7pm)

Pretty Boi Drag

Amateur Drag King Night brings the best and most up-and-coming-est drag kings to the stage. Sign up to participate or come and cheer them on. (8pm)

Also || Finding Your Voice as a Food Writer, bomba estereo, 2020 census, story collider: geosciences!, learn to make chocolate, Banned in DC is sold out :(

Still Rising: The Increasing Role of Women as Heads of Religious Freedom Organizations, high tide in dorchester screening, jingle & mingle, Byblos cooking class, improvised rock comedy, Luce Unplugged, film screenings around the theme of joy, future of hospitality,  beer dinner + comedy, the Hip Hop Family Tree

Friday, December 14

Many musics for your moods

Let loose to Harry & the Potters at the Black Cat’s Yule Ball. (6pm)Get cultured with some Chopin and Chesnokov. (7:30pm)Check out Curls (with Christopher Owens of Girls fame) and Baby Bry Bry at Songbyrd. (8pm)Bop to some local punk bands at Slash Run. (8:30pm)Go “VOGUE the night away” at the Anna Winter U Hall party. (10pm)

A feast for your senses

Celebrate artists living and working in DC at the Sense Gallery’s inaugural show, featuring the likes of Rose Jaffe and Esteban Whiteside - and more! (7pm)

Also || Lindsay Stirling, ugly sweater row, Mumford & Sons, Women Uncorked, Step Afrika’s holiday show

DC Human Rights Anniversary

Saturday,  December 15

Last DC Rollergirls bout of the season

Come see the DC Rollergirls last Bout of the season against Free State Roller Derby and Southern Maryland Roller Derby. Still have holiday shopping to do? The Bout will have over 20 vendors set up! (4:30 pm)

Get beautiful things

Hole in the Sky is putting on their holiday bizarre bazaar with all sorts of goods from local makers. (2-7pm)Head out to MilkBoy ArtHouse for a v intriguing art show where everyone walks away with something. (3-7pm)

Also || Lay wreaths at Arlington Nat’l cemetery, workshop for new yogis, Darlingside, solidarity saturday for N St Village, Naughty Snowball party

Pirog brothers at PSW, glade dance xchange, workshop for new yogis,cosmic vibrations, Little Miss Sunshine at Dojo

Sunday,  December 16

Funk + comedy jam

A little funk and jazz music, comedy, libations, and civic engagement all at the historic Howard Theater! The Home for Homeless [H4H] campaign is throwing the show to raise awareness and money for city-wide efforts to combat homelessness. (5:30 pm)

Forage for a wreath

A festive day of foraging, fun and artisanal wreath making in the countryside includes an AM foraging workshop, farm-to-table lunch, and PM wreath making instruction by DC artist Arrin Sutliff! (here)

Also || Jane Austen Bday Tea, LeBron’s in town, winterfest, Christmas wrap party, Yolks on You!: A Comedic Burlesque and Variety Brunch Party, Hains Point 100

“honor your sacred femme” retreat, Russian folktales, 1968 50 years later, Rock ‘n Shop, organizing workshop

Monday, December 17

Nightmares before Christmas

Hit up Profs & Pints and learn a little something about Krampus and other seasonal demons. (6pm)

The circular economy for hair

Do you have hair products that just aren’t right for you—but you can’t fathom throwing those bottles away? The Curl Swap is your chance to get rid of those unwanted or unused products.


Also || comedy open mic, Wigstock at Suns Cinema, Dial Code Santa Claus screening, carols at the Willard, Las Posadas Navidenas procession

Tuesday, December 18

The 1930s like you've never seen before

As part of the Films Across Borders series, Union Maids tells the story of three women who lived through the 1930s labor movement that led to the creation of the CIO. Footage from the National Archives chronicles the fight to form unions through goon squads, hunger marches, and red baiting. (6 pm)

We Choose to Go to the Moon

The National Portrait Gallery closes out their "One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey" exhibition with a NASA collaborated dance performance from Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company that explores the mystery of the cosmos and fragility of life. (6:30 pm)

Also || fuzz queen + time is fire, gypsy sally’s jam, The Effects, comedian Jon Savitt, Martha’s Table volunteering, free wifi comedy

Looking Ahead

12/19: acoustic open mic, three’s comedy, Robert Frost’s winter

12/20: Generation Hope Holiday Volunteering, Merry Murder Mystery, learn about Native activists

12/21: Winter solstice campfire

12/22: Alleycat, Children’s National blood drive, Robyn v Gaga, Color Palette

12/23: Last chance to see Corbin Bleu, gem of the ocean, the Messthetics

12/24: the nutcracker, waterskiing santa in old town, O Museum

12/28: Evening yoga

12/30: mimosa yoga

12/31: A Comedy NYE, nye monopoly at dc9, R&R Hotel NYE Blowout, SpyGala, cuba libre nye, second city nye, NYE Blood Drive, resolution revolution, International NYE, NYE flow, Funk vs. Bluegrass NYE, NYE Yoga Awakening, navy yard nye, NYE Healing Touch, nye glow flow, NYE @ National Harbor, NYE mini retreat, Pink Talking Fish, glow with the flow, last night of Black Cat downstairs

1/1: Brookside Garden of Lights, Festival of Lights, NYD PJ Brunch, transform 2019

¼: Nancy Pelosi on the future of women’s leadership, 47Soul, Elvis fights

⅙: She the People, woodshock screening, billy elliott, gtown glow

⅛: Gritty comes to town, ashlee & evan lolz

1/9: Men Seeking Men, Horse Lords

1/12: UX Camp, improv for biz, fashion drawing 101, rayland baxter

1/13: 5 minute comedy party, oh god

1/14: Goya Film

1/17: Dan Deacon with an orchestra

1/18: anti-racism training

1/19: Heather McDonald, Women’s March 2019: It’s Time to March Again

1/21: winter restaurant week, Mick Jenkins

1/23: Banff Film Fest, Pun DMV, Write Night DC (poetry of incarcerated youth)

1/24: U Up? The Podcast

1/26: Neko Case

1/31: Moshe Kasher

2/2: Sewing Machine 101, comedian Steven Wright

2/7: Mandolin Orange

2/8: DBT & Lucinda Williams

2/11: Silent Star

2/14: Sucker for Love

2/15: Dulce Sloan

2/16: ‘80s Prom

2/27: WriteNight Takoma

3/6: open mic comedy

3/9: Beatles & Beethoven, Robyn

3/11: Trace of Stones

3/20: Jose Gonzalez

3/23: Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix In Concert

3/25: Maggie Rogers

3/27: Write Night DC (poetry of incarcerated youth), Generation Hope Volunteering

3/30: LOC tour

⅘: Bethesda Documentary Film Fest

4/16: The Dip

4/18: Stephen Kellogg

4/23: StoryCorp Mobile Booth comes to town

4/24: WriteNight Takoma

5/11: Good Hope Gala

5/19: Night at the Market

5/22: Write Night DC (poetry of incarcerated youth)

6/8: lawyers have heart

6/20: Make It & Take It: Art Happy Hour

6/25: Babysit some QTs for Generation Hope

6/26: WriteNight Takoma

7/24: Write Night DC (poetry of incarcerated youth)

10/23: Write Night DC (poetry of incarcerated youth)

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