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Wednesday, January 22

Abortion Access Force

Lizz Winstead (co-creator of the Daily Show) is hosting an evening of comedy from Abortion Access Force ft. some of the most hilarious feminist buzzkills in stand-up. In addition to the performances, Winstead hosts a post-show talkback with local abortion providers and activists and several activist groups have booths full of direct action items. (7 pm)

MLK and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom

Before “I Have a Dream,” MLK addressed DC with “Give Us a Ballot.” Derek Gray, DCPL archivist and historian, explains. (6:30 pm)

Also || classic cocktail class | no new DC jail teach-in | how to become a full-time artist | LGBTQIA+ in STEM | the architecture of villainous lairs | yoga at SAAM | Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn

Thursday, January 23

Health’s Angels turns one

A year ago this month, activist Autumn Rain and public historian Jenn Montooth started organizing personal storytelling shows to highlight womxn’s health, body positivity, reproductive rights, chronic pain, and many other experiences often ignored. This week, Health’s Angels is putting on its fifth show and celebrating its first anniversary at Songbyrd. (7pm)

“The Imperfect Victim”

As part of a larger discussion series in 2020 to support sexual assault survivors and empower allies, The Outrage and Vanede will lead a conversation on inclusion in feminism so allies can work to break down barriers that prevent overlooked groups of sexual assault survivors (LGBTQ, those experiencing homelessness, undocumented immigrants and more) from getting the acknowledgment and justice they deserve. (6pm)  

Preview Tabla, from the team behind Supra

For $35, get unlimited khachapuri (cheese-filled bread), khinkali (dumplings), and more as part of a festive preview dinner at Tabla, a new Georgian restaurant in Park View, opening in March.

Also || US Government Still Spying on Dissent | Heavyweights Comedy | Indeed’s job market | cuisine of Iran | allyship for sexual assault survivors | facing addiction | hunt for Nazi uranium | Wild & Scenic Film Festival | ASL gallery walk at NPG

Friday, January 24

Cowork with us

We’re back at Eaton House for another Locale! Hang out, talk shop, nap on a fancy couch, and linger for drinks afterwards (or join us there even if you can’t cowork!). Space for coworking is limited so reserve a ticket; happy hour is open to all. (10am-5pm)

tunes: The North Country, Canvas Vibes

  • Local indie faves the North Country release new single at Pie Shop, with our buds in Born Dad opening. (Read our interview with Born Dad; 7 pm)
  • Canvas Vibes is a monthly series at Black Cat where local artists and musicians synergize artistically on stage. Oh, and there’s tarot. (8 pm)

The Heckler’s Ball

Coordinated heckling powers this fantastically fun show with prizes given to best comics, heckles, and audience participation. Even better, don't feel like a jerk because proceeds go to help dogs and cats at Humane Rescue Alliance. (8 pm)

Also || Second Floor Spectacle @ Big Bear | Speakeasy night at Woodrow Wilson House

Saturday, January 25

Calling all puzzlers

The Mount Pleasant Library (long may it prosper) is hosting a puzzle swap — if that’s your thing, then bring your solved puzzles to trade, and help solve a big community puzzle. (11:30am)

Be (and wear) what you want

  • “My Queer Valentine,” an exhibit that explores non-heteronormative and non-binary relationships, opens today at Torpedo Factory. (All day)
  • Join Sew Queer and They/Them Collective for a free mending/sartorial workshop (5pm)

Also || Story District’s Top Shelf | PT for new parents | American Television record release show @ Pie Shop | coffee brewing workshop w/ a Baked Joint| ASL gallery walk @ NPG | Show at new-ish venue The Pocket

Sunday, January 26

Learn to sketch and sojurn

Join local artist and Friend of 730 Carlos Carmonamedina as he shows you how to document and revisit your travels through illustration and journaling. If you haven’t seen his prolific DC Postcard work, check ‘em out here. (1pm)

Eee-ee-ee-ee! Eeee-ee-eee-ee!!

At the latest Profs and Pints, learn about the recently-resurgent Dolphins of the Potomac River and delve inside the minds of whales, dolphins, and porpoises with Prof. Janet Mann. (6pm)

Also || Embodied life

Monday, January 27

Talks: Ezra Klein + Jamelle Bouie

  • Ezra Klein with Jamelle Bouie: In Why We’re Polarized the editor-at-large and cofounder of Vox offers his take on the structural and psychological tendencies behind our 2020 divisions. (7 pm)
  • One explanation: Maybe it’s evolved. Or maybe that’s a convenient excuse. Listen to a Howard primatologist explain primates & conflict. (7 pm)

Also || build an environmental career you love 

Tuesday, January 28

Tuesday Talks

An embarrassment of intellectual riches to choose from:

  • What do millennials think? The International Committee of the Red Cross leads a discussion around a recent global survey (5pm)
  • A look at the career of Brazilian muralist Paulo Werneck, who produced over 300 mosaic murals in Brazil from 1942 to the late 1970s (6pm)
  • Eco-anxiety? Overwhelmed by our environmental future? Join Well Read for meditation and community discussion about what we CAN do for the environment. (6:30pm)
  • The What’s With Washington podcast is recording live! With special guests and silly games (6:30pm)
  • Author talk with critic Kyle Chayka (who gave us the term “airspace”) on his new book about minimalism’s cultural moment...and what it says about us (7pm)

Ladies Drawing Against Humanity

Ladies Drawing Night, but with Cards Against Humanity. No drawing ability needed, but a sense of humor is required. (7 pm)

Also || Canadian national ballet



1/29: true crime: double murder in Appalachia | tunes: Julian Lynch (Real Estate) | whole tuna butchering + dinner | AU writers for 826DC

1/30: Robin Ha: Almost American Girl | placemaking at HBCUs | outraged embroidering | “iron cages” closing

1/31: tunes: pree


2/1: Polar Plunge, Ice Yards

2/4: Classic cocktail class

⅖: City Paper’s Best of DC voting | the origin of images

2/6: Ward 2 Candidates Environmental Forum

2/8: Awkward Sex...and the City | optical synthesizers! | square dance

2/9: Freddy Leighton Memorial Show feat. Knife Wife, Sir EU, Tuff Lover, more

2/13: tunes: Des Demonas, the showtime crap sale

2/14: benefit show for HIPS

2/18: tunes: Bat for Lashes | NewsBash 2020

2/20: tunes: Tosser (album release) | Mother Tongues Film Festival

2/21: tunes: Pinkwash

2/23: Guatemalan marimba at NMAI

2/28: Story District: Funnier than Fiction | tunes: Hannah Jaye & the Hideaways


3/6: tunes: Bacchae

3/7: tunes: Bonnie Prince Billy + Jonathana Richman

3/9: tunes: Destroyer

3/11: tunes: Dead Kennedys

3/15: tunes: Uniform + The Body

3/27: WordPress Camp


4/5 : tunes: the Glitch Mob


5/2: tunes: Andy Shauf

5/4: tunes: Acid Mothers Temple

5/12: tunes: Bikini Kill

5/21: tunes: TORRES


6/6: tunes: Tame Impala


8/15: tunes: Rod Stewart + Cheap Trick

8/22: Joe Strummer Birthday Bash

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