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Wednesday January 19

Lagers and laughs

Join Rails Comedy at Saufhaus Biergarten, where they will debut their weekly comedy nights. (7pm)

A night at the theater

Dear Mapel is a coming of age play depicting the major life milestones experienced by Psalmayne 24, “a preeminent voice in hip hop theater and Mosaic’s Andrew W. Mellon playwright-in-residence.” (tickets)

Also ||  tunes: Guster, tunes: Curtis Harding, book: Life & Death at an Opioid Startup, tunes: Jack Kays, comedy: bade medicine, green drinks w Net Impact

Thursday January 20

Ward 5 endorsement town hall

Candidates Gordon Fletcher, Faith Gibson Hubbard, and Zachary Parker will take the stage to answer your questions and share why they should be endorsed by Sunrise DC. Topics of interest include DC housing, public safety, transportation, and the Green New Deal. (7:30pm)

Flex on your friends

If the extent of your dancing skills are swaying side to side, then you could use a Bachata lesson from LeRoy Oligie, founder of Watkanda Dance. (8:30pm)

Also ||  book: Davos Man, virtual spy chat, survivor-centered storytelling

Friday January 21


Sweater weather tunes

Grab a piece of pie and jam to some alt-rock music performed by South Phili band BRNDA w/Grocer and DC locals You and Me and You. (7:30pm)

Master of none, but comedy

Aziz Ansari takes his last minute one man show to the Anthem. Be prepared to lock your phone in Yondr pouches and LOL with some friends. (5:30pm)

Also || tunes: the Wombats, tunes: BRNDA, Grocer, You and Me and You, tunes: Back to Yours

Saturday January 22

And now, hold me

Britta Joy Peterson’s new showcase touches on the relationship between self and space


Exploring deaf geographies

Pyramid Atlantic will feature the works of 5 artists that reflect on their experiences and identity within the Deaf community through prints, papercutting, collage, paintings, and papermaking. (tickets)

Also || tunes: Cat Power, tunes: Indigo de Souza, book: 100,000 First Bosses w/ Olivia Nuzzi, DC tenant & community organizer oral histories, Bad Medicine presents sketch night

Sunday January 23

Winter bliss sound bath

Looking inward can be daunting, especially for those who experience seasonal depression. That’s where Healing Vibrations comes in. Pause, reset, and rewind with their winter bliss sound bath, where you will be instructed to meditate and “reflect inward towards our inner light.” (4pm)

Also || book club: Agatha Christia and sherry, tunes: Rachael Vilray, dance: Britta Joy Peterson, virtual masterclass, talk: can you copyright dance moves?

Monday January 24

Talks: Police brutality

It’s not just Kareem Abdul Jabbar dropping knowledge from the low post: former NBA big man Etan Thomas shares his book on police brutality in America from P&P. (8 pm)

Tunes: Fucked Up

Toronto’s Fucked Up are playing their sterling 2011 document of psychedelic punk teen romance David Comes to Life at Union Stage; “The Other Shoe” and especially “Queen of Hearts” are among the decade’s best soundtracks to a demolition. (7:30 pm)

Also || Reconsidering reparations (sold out)

Tuesday January 25

Drag bingo

Beers, bingo, and drag at Red Bear Brewing. (7pm)

Also || talk: Randall Kennedy & Kiese Laymon, book: South to America


1/26: book: Ending Racism by bell hooks, book: Joan Is Okay, tunes: The Wood Brothers

1/27: talk: Wajahat Ali + Spencer Ackerman

1/28: book: John Darniell’s Devil House

1/29: tunes: Melk (album release), tunes: Lomelda

1/30: Singing the Dream (MLK tribute)

1/31: book: Amartya Sen’s Home in the World


2/1: talk: Daniel Pink, dance: Alvin Ailey, tunes: Sphinx Symphony Orchestra

2/2: tunes: Courtney Barnett

2/4: tunes: Greensky Bluegrass, tunes: Ramxes

⅖: tunes: Hazel Scott celebration

2/8: tunes: Husbands, Foundations of Improv

2/9: The People’s Archive of BLM Plaza

2/11: comedy: Awkward Sex…and the City

2/12: tunes: serpentwithfeet, Story District: Sucker for Love, dance: Coyoba Theater

2/14: comedy: Kiss & Tell, Chad America’s Valentine’s Day Rock & Roll Party

2/16: talk: Marlon James

2/17: talk: Arthur Brooks, comedy: Mortified

2/18: tunes: Umphrey’s McGee, tunes: Black Country, New Road

2/19: comedy: WIT’s iMusical, tunes: Action Bronson

2/20: tap dance

2/22: tunes: Illuminati Hotties

2/24: comedy: the Time Machine Roast


3/2: tunes: We Are Scientists

⅗: tunes: Deafheaven, tunes: Besnard Lakes

3/6: tunes: Martin James Bartlett

3/7: tunes: Emanuel Ax + Yo-Yo Ma + Leonidas Kavakos

3/9: tunes: Gang of Four, tunes: Los Pericos

3/12: dance: Unvarnished America

3/13: tunes: Animal Collective

3/15: tunes: Davone Tines

3/17: tunes: Cautious Clay

3/18: tunes: Touche Amore, Story District: Funnier Than Fiction

3/19: tunes: BBNG, tunes: La Luz

3/20: tunes: Horsegirl

3/22: tunes: Mdou Moctar

3/25: dance: Lil Buck

3/26: tunes: Mitski

3/29: tunes: Hilary Hahn

3/31: tunes: Holy Fuck


4/1: dance: English with an Accent

⅘: tunes: Black Midi

4/7: tunes: Geographer

4/8: NSO at the Anthem

4/11: tunes: Tennyson

4/17: tunes: Hurray for the Riff Raff, tunes: Maude Latour

4/21: Big Thief, Dharma Gates DC meditation retreat (TikTok invitation, link), tunes: Fontaines DC

4/24: tunes: Matt Kearney

4/28-29: the Parable of the Sower


5/1: tunes: Screaming Females

5/2: tunes: Born Ruffians

5/5: tunes: Destroyer

5/7: tunes: The Antlers

5/9: tunes: Lucius

5/11: tunes: Brian Jonestown Massacre

5/12: tunes: Current Swell

5/14: tunes: HAIM

5/19: tunes: The Body

5/28: Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘n Out


6/11: tunes: Tigran Hamasayan

6/19: Kraftwerk 3-d


nouvelle vague

8/21: tunes: Lord Huron


9/8: tunes: RHCP

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