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Wednesday January 16

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)

Art Noight

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

Thursday, January 17

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

Friday, January 18

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

Saturday, January 19

Women’s March 2019

  • Prep on Friday at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s sign making workshop (6pm)
  • On Saturday, join the #WomensWave—the rally starts in Freedom Plaza (10am)
  • Then head to the after party at women-owned Republic Restoratives (2pm)
  • Or take advantage of the special free community weekend at the Museum of Women in the Arts (10am-5pm)

Also || Heather McDonald, live music @ the ugly mug, vagina monologues, A Women’s History March, The Soft Moon,ping-pong lessons, Made in the DMV conference

Sunday, January 20

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,

Monday January 21

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)

Also || readings on the pike: flash fiction, Movie night at Arc’teryx Washington D.C, winter restaurant week, daylong non-violence retreat, Mick Jenkins, DeRay McKesson

Tuesday, January 22

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

  • Shaolin Jazz's Can I Kick It? series returns this year for a screening of Above the Law starring Steven Seagal. Will a live hip-hop score make Seagal's movies tolerable? (6:30 pm)
  • Widely regarded as the greatest martial arts movie ever made, BloomBars will screen The Last Dragon followed by an audience discussion and Q+A. (7 pm)

Also || Cuba in 2019, full moon hike, rock climbing, Roe Revisited? The Future of Reproductive Justice, Bugs, Drugs, Evolution & Medicine

Looking Ahead

1/17: Art Trivia night, Pre-Womens March Meet Up, glockenspiel solos, 20 Imperial Stouts, contemporary nigerian politics

1/18: Juggle Jam, ping pong pros night, big band version of West Side Story Laurie Halse Anderson

1/19: Images of Protest & Dissent, Bollywood fitness, Documented (interactive art exhibition)

1/20: dumplings & wine pairings, feminist writing workshop, intro to tarot cards

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

1/24: U Up? The Podcast, Journalists Held Hostage: Should Governments Pay Ransom to Terrorists?, DC Diary Recording HH, mapping eviction, DesiGroves dance workshop, House of Boom,

1/25: Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore - For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics, Friday night Lights workout

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

1/29: curling & cocktails, deconstructing the beatles, Ladies Only Run, DCPL Presents: Home Movie Day

1/30: Popcorn & Prosecco: Groundhog Day, clean beauty 101, free wifi comedy

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

2/1: peace run, greensky bluegrass, Ouroboros: Dawn of the Cabaret

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

⅖: block printing, The Sleeping Beauty Private Rehearsal @ The Washington Ballet

2/6: Congressional Hockey Challenge, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Popcorn & Prosecco: Pitch Perfect

2/7: Mandolin Orange, VDay Soiree, pretty ugly documentary screening, Phillips After 5

2/8: DBT & Lucinda Williams, CinEsomnia: La La Land

2/9: cupid’s undie run, jen kirkman, trees 101, wine tasting, hungry hippo IRL, Pop-Up Magazine

2/10: School of Rock, Beatles Love Songs, VDay Pub Crawl, Magic Mike Valentine’s Day Revue, Bjarki, The Lil Smokies, Gay Men's Speed Dating Crunch & Brunch

2/11: Silent Star, All Politics is Local with Tom Sherwood & Mark Segraves: Elissa Silverman

2/12: A Conversation with Author Dr. Jennifer Natalya Fink , Abe’s Bday, deafspace

2/13: support dc statehood on the hill, saymyname, PIECED TOGETHER & LIFE IS RICH , cherry glazerr, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Cherry Glazerr, Affair of the Heart fashion show

2/14: Sucker for Love, the art of seduction, Populism in Europe: An Illiberal Democratic Response to Undemocratic Liberalism, Free rock and roll dance party @ black cat, vday concert

2/15: Dulce Sloan, Mortified! Live Podcast Recording, katsucon, polar plunge

2/16: your name,  ‘80s Prom, yoga w/ bae, Valentine’s Ball @ Italian Embassy

2/17: Twelve Angry Men, the knocks, so fetch, for all those that got engaged on vday: a bridal showcase, deerhoof, dante elephante

2/18: Post-conflict Liberia: How Trade Makes the Modern State, Empress Of

2/19: jacob banks, julia holter, take your mom to michael buble, learn how to fix a flat tire

2/20: parcels

2/21: Mosaics of Power: Relations between State and Non-state Actors in the Syrian War,  Gang of Four

2/22: Kat Wright, Three Cheers to Grace, Schitt's Creek: Up Close & Personal

2/23: Snowed Inn, Academy Award–Nominated Animated Short Films, Play in a Day

2/24: Academy Award–Nominated Documentary Short Subject Films, Three Cheers to Grace

2/25: free improv workshop


2/27: WriteNight Takoma, Nightmares on Wax, Soul Coughing

2/28: They Said No to Nixon: Republicans Who Stood Up to the President’s Abuses of Power,

Flirting with Chaos: The Challenges of Post-Communist Regime Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe

3/1: Three Cheers to Grace, Capital Irish Film Fest

3/2: Sasheer, The Artless Bards: An Improvised Shakespeare Show, Three Cheers to Grace, http://www.ballyshaners.org/parade/

3/3: Citizen Cope comes home, twolves @ wizards, free community day @ nmwa, intro to fencing, mass appeal

⅗: wet

3/6: open mic comedy, queen of basel

3/7: Matthew Dear, The Women Who Animated the Movies: Uncovering a Colorful History

3/9: Beatles & Beethoven, Robyn, YouTube show takeover, bellows

3/11: Trace of Stones, readings @ folger

3/12: make a plant hanger, Slate Presents: Dear Prudence and Friends Live in D.C., comic illustrators in DC

3/13: Wine Club, Locavore Film Series: Shorts Program

3/14: Pi Day: Math and Poetry

3/16: Irish stroll bar crawl, Maggie Rose

3/18: free improv workshop

3/20: Jose Gonzalez

3/21: Work Smart, josh garrels, meek mill, DASER: Representing the invisible, houses & jungle, the comet is coming

3/22: pink tie fest, haywyre, sam feldt, vhs collection

3/23: Las Culturistas (live podcast recording @ Miracle Theater),  Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix In Concert, improv

3/24: Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project, Fade To Black: An Improvised Movie

3/25: Maggie Rogers

3/26: Tribute to Nujabes

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

3/28: MBAFest, celeb chef tour, NCAA March Madness: Eastern Regional Tourney

3/30: LOC tour, Bring Back the ’90s

3/31: Frenemies: The Buckley-Vidal Debate, straw-ban outreach in mt. p

4/3: Local Foods Impact Conference

4/4: After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings

⅘: Bethesda Documentary Film Fest

4/6: This is my brave, learn how to tango

4/7: Cherry Blossom 10-miler and 5K, jeremy loops, NMWA community day

4/8: Taste of the nation

4/13: Courage to Run 5K, crochet a sea turtle

4/16: The Dip

4/18: Stephen Kellogg

4/23: StoryCorp Mobile Booth comes to town

4/24: WriteNight Takoma

4/25: DC international film fest begins

4/26: AwesomeCon

4/27: Positive Presence, earth day fest

4/28: HEALTH

4/29: Big Band Jazz Fest

5/2: Shut Up and Write

5/4: Steve Gunn + Gun Outfit

5/7: Poetry Reading

5/11: Good Hope Gala, march for moms

5/16: My Brightest Diamond, DASER: Movement

5/17: All ‘80s all night

5/19: Night at the Market

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

6/8: lawyers have heart, pride parade

6/14: Newseum Exhibit Seriously Funny: From the Desk of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ Opens, CinESomnia: Rocky Horror Picture Show

6/15: By the People begins, CineSomnia: The Room

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

6/23: By the people ends

6/25: Babysit some QTs for Generation Hope

6/26: WriteNight Takoma

7/1: hugh jackman?!

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

7/29: poets on the fringe

8/7: evening meditation in rock creek park

8/19: Brain Injury Families & Friends Support Group

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

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