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Storytelling at Big Bear
The cozy Bloomingdale bar and cafe is the perfect spot to unwind this winter (though it somehow doesn’t have a fireplace...get on that, Stu!) Cozy up for Bloomingtales storytime. (7 pm)
The monthly community night at Hole In The Sky is back. BYOsketchbook and mingle, work on projects and share ideas. They have tablespace, art supplies, and a cooler of crispy bois (BYO if you want, too). It’s like hanging out in your friend’s living room! if your friend’s living room had like, a table saw and an LED sculpture of a squid in it. (7pm)
Also || School of Rock at the National Theatre, Locavore Film Series Presents PAPER CLIPS, AU Farmer’s Market, #MuseumSelfieDay, The Sower, Art Night @ HITS, Film Screening: Putin’s Witnesses, learn how to make Cakepops, bingo on the roof @ R&RH, Czech Music at the Kennedy Center, The Office Trivia
Daybreaker @ the Renwick
The trusty endorphin-inducing morning dance party is at the Renwick with kombucha and breakfast treats in tow. There’s yoga from 6-7am to get your limbs all nimble before the dancing starts. (7am)
Grand opening of Spin DC with Olympic ping pong players?!
No, this is not another boutique cycling studio. The new ping pong social hall opens with endless ping pong with a $10 donation (all proceeds go to our friends at 826DC). Word on the street page paddle is that Olympic ping pong pros are hangin’ around. What else could you want?! (7pm doors, 8:30pm ping pong show -- we don’t really know what this means either).
Also || Dan Deacon with an orchestra, daybreaker, natural wine tasting, goal setting class, oh boy, it’s dc leather weekend, tiki cocktail class, Diplo, R&RH’s free for feds show, femme fatale “NO” tees, sonic extremism @ Rhizome
Indigenous Peoples March
Before this weekend’s Women’s March, march in solidarity with Indigenous people from around the world in a call for justice—for missing and murdered indigenous women, for Standing Rock Sioux water protectors, and other human rights and environmental defense issues. Gather at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office for prayers, then rally and march. (8am-4pm)
Hip Hop Museum launch party
Culture House (the artist formerly known as Blind Whino) is home to the Hip-Hop Museum’s first pop-up experience, a month-long gallery show and one-night concert featuring The Sugarhill Gang, Trouble Funk, Melle Mel and Grandmaster Caz to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the world’s first commercial hip-hop single, “Rapper’s Delight.” Don’t miss the kick-off. (6pm)
Also || Indigenous Peoples’ March, anti-racism training, 19: The Musical Presentation, Women’s March Lobby Day, Handbook for a Post Roe America, underground comedy, anti-racism training, 19: The Musical Presentation, ping pong party at SPIN, juggle jam
Women’s March 2019
DuPont Brass at KenCen
If you’ve been in DC a few years, you’ve probably seen these horn players at Metro stations around town — they were especially known for playing Dupont Circle (yeah, they capitalise the P), and they’ve been taking their act pro. Catch them at the Millenium Stage’s free show and pretend you’re in Dupont in summertime again. (6pm)
Cut! It! Off!
Ever wanted to see a Civil War medical historian amputate a fake leg using authentic 19th-century tools and techniques? Boy do we have the event for you! Atlas Obscura Society hosts a tour and demonstration on old-timey surgery, not for the faint of heart—the leg “feels and sounds” like the real thing. (5:30pm)
Also || Jazz and Freedom Festival, since everyone got engaged over the holidays, here’s a wedding expo, MLK Day of Service @ Carter Barron, HBCU museum tours, a lunar eclipse, wine and dumpling class, a deeper dive into amazon in va, tarot for beginners, Panic! at the Disco, ping pong lessons, history of alcohol in america,
Celebrate MLK Day
Events to honor and engage with MLK’s legacy will take place throughout the day.
Wine & Strudel
The Austrian Embassy hosts a Viennese cafe. Drink wine, eat Apfelstrudel mit Schlagobers (apple strudel with whipped cream), and listen to classy classical music. (3-5pm)
Coffee and a conversation about coffee
Author and Counter Culture’s East Africa supply chain manager Getu Bekele sits down for a talk about his new book, A Reference Guide to Ethiopian Coffee Varieties. Coffee will be provided followed by a Q+A session and book signing. (4:30 pm)
A classic martial arts movie and whatever Steven Seagal's doing
1/21: building museum tour
1/22: Mic Jenkins
1/23: MLK’s Political Legacy, Jason Rezaian, Popcorn & Prosecco: Jerry Maguire ,Banff Film Fest, Pun DMV, Write Night DC (poetry of incarcerated youth), HORN FROM THE HEART: THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD STORY, pineapple presents: grape expectations, interactive butchering demo, “The Young Juggler” film screening, heavy seas celebration, hamilton’s history remix
1/26: Neko Case, Current Affairs: Live Podcast recording, the gifts of tony podesta, katzen winter reception, interfaith summit, district warehouse sale, Girl Who Lept Through Time: Anime Screening, square dance, Sarah Glenn Marsh: Song of the Dead, native games, special olympics charity bar crawl, bumper jackson, AU museum reception, CARIB
1/27: Unveiled, Nicole Chung: All You Can Ever Know - Lit on H Street, bootcamp detox, Neko Case, Your Best 2019! Vision Boarding & Intention Setting, bossed up bootcamp, how to talk about sex, congress beyond gridlock?, learn to knit a scarf!
1/28: DC Music Industry Open House, China's Battle for Hearts and Minds in Africa: Reflections on Beijing's Soft Power in the "Hopeless Continent", Do's and Don'ts of Screenwriting , back country film fest
1/31: Moshe Kasher, Is America ready for a Third Party?, FeminismToMe: Respect - Aretha Franklin and Political Activism, NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: I’M NOT RUNNING, night of ideas, party w/ the nuns on the bus, No Pulp Comedy w Haywood Turnipseed
2/2: Sewing Machine 101, comedian Steven Wright, Stepping Up, Speaking Out, A Tour of Her Own, First Ladies, Women on Stage: Raising the Curtain on Washington’s Theatre Scene, Leading Ladies, I Spy, Lotion Princess EP launch
2/4: Sushi to die for
2/25: free improv workshop
3/14: Pi Day: Math and Poetry
3/18: free improv workshop
3/20: Jose Gonzalez
3/25: Maggie Rogers
3/26: Tribute to Nujabes
4/8: Taste of the nation
4/16: The Dip
4/18: Stephen Kellogg
4/24: WriteNight Takoma
4/29: Big Band Jazz Fest
5/2: Shut Up and Write
5/7: Poetry Reading
5/17: All ‘80s all night
5/19: Night at the Market
6/23: By the people ends
6/26: WriteNight Takoma
7/1: hugh jackman?!
7/29: poets on the fringe