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Wednesday, February 19

Will they or won’t they?

Giant and Safeway workers with UFCW 400 are having their healthcare cuts, pay frozen and pensions slashed. So they may strike. (11 am rally)

Talks: Immigration, early music, Hong Kong, & more

  • Kama DC gathers immigrants to tell their stories at Lapop. (7 pm)
  • Head to Bethesda if you’re like, really into 8th-century Central Asian stringed instruments. (7:30 pm)
  • In 71 Kissinger helped open China. Now the Kissinger Institute at the Wilson Center argues Hong Kong, Tibet, Taiwan and Xinjiang show the limits of Chinese power. (6 pm)

Also || karaoke.sexy | Design + Donuts | build your own air plant terrarium | graphic arts book club |Brewski at the Grand Delancey

Thursday, February 20

Join the zine scene!

DC Zinefest is hosting another ZineLab at Woodridge Library where you can flex your creative editorial chops and create your very own zine. All supplies and materials included. (6:30pm)

Help shape the DC budget

Want to have a say in Bowser’s FY21 budget? Share your values, priorities, and ideas at a budget engagement forum tonight at the UDC Student Center. Can’t make it? The next (and last) one is on Saturday at Kenilworth Rec Center. (6:30pm)

Also || Bowser’s budget engagement forum | tunes: Tosser (album release) | Mother Tongues Film Festival | artist Robert Wilson | Bag Raiders | pod save america:Un-Trumping America

Friday, February 21

Tunes across the city

Three options for indie tunes: 

  • Pinkwash, Lohesh and Saffron (tape release) play at Comet Ping Pong. (10 pm)
  • Pie Shop hosts Makeup Girl and Stray Fossa. (8 pm)
  • Crab Legs’ DC synth pop joins with shoegazy vibes from Baltimore, experimental folk from Nashville and more. (8 pm)
  • Anthony Pirog (of Messthetics) is celebrating his birthday with music in the Red Room at Black Cat. (8 pm)

Also || panel: push for local fashion | Rachel Harrison’s “The Help” | book talk: Salt the Snow | gallery talk: Hearts of Our People 

Saturday, February 22

Write your own obituary

Join Sarah, founder of Death Positive DC and end-of-life doula, to consider what others will remember of you. (1-3 pm)

Also || film screening: First Personal Plural | Tregaron Conservancy Trail Restoration | Mardi Gras at the Wharf | Winterfest Pours at the Georgetown Game Room | portrait story days: Frederick Douglass | Cryfest

Sunday, February 23

Janeese Lewis George rally + canvass

The progressive Ward 4 candidate holds a “last 100 days” rally at 12:15 pm, then heads out to canvass at 1 pm.

Rugby 101

The Washington Scandals teach you a new sport! (2-4 pm)

“An anti-guide to the monuments of DC”

A professor of art and archaeology at Hood College (that’s in Frederick) introduces us to “monumental controversies” such as DC’s monument to Confederate general Albert Pike. (6 pm)

Also || Guatemalan marimba at NMAI | book group: Libros Con Vino | film: Making Manifesto | Catwalk and Money Talk

Monday, February 24

Talk: Housing in America

New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty talks about his new book Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America. (7-8 pm)

Also || sex on the brain | JP Gritton: Wyoming | four area songwriters in Black Cat’s Red Room

Tuesday, February 25

Basho bash

17th century Japanese haiku bard Basho is the subject of a talk at Solid State on H. (6 pm)

Immigration in the DMV

Kojo Nnamdi helms a community forum in Columbia Heights, with a focus on how students and young people are navigating DACA, ICE raids and changes to TPS. (7 pm)

Also || Make a Mardi Gras mask | watercolor workshop | ladies coding lounge | author talk: thriller Follow Me | talk: African-Americans and the American Revolution | people of the Russian Arctic


2/26: suicide.chat.room (Taffety Punk + Beauty Pill) | Black History Month: Environmental Justice

2/27: expanding the boundaries of blackness | JESSY MORNER-RITT

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

2/29: Rooting DC conference | Pyramid Atlantic’s HyBall | Lost City Books Reopening Party | tunes: The North Country, the Effects | YMTE 12-hour marathon


3/2: No Access Washington

⅗: Phillips After 5 | DAN LUKE & THE RAID

3/6: tunes: Bacchae, Weed Tree

3/7: tunes: Bonnie Prince Billy + Jonathana Richman, Dojo 12 hour comedy marathon

3/9: tunes: Destroyer

3/11: tunes: Dead Kennedys, Lotion Princess

3/12: tunes: Algiers | ggwash’s 12th bday

3/13: Boiler Room | FXCK SXSW

3/14: a makeHER marketplace | get married at &pizza lol

3/15: tunes: Uniform + The Body | tunes: Horse Lords

3/16: Erik Larson: Churchill’s Darkest Year

3/18: tunes: Mock Identity

3/21: tunes: Born Dad

3/27: WordPress Camp | Wammies Weekend | comedy: Jessy Morner-Ritt

3/28: tunes: Soccer Mommy at 9:30 Club


4/2: Ferns of Dumbarton

4/5 : tunes: the Glitch Mob

4/16: tunes: TOPS

4/23: If Ferns Could Talk



5/2: tunes: Andy Shauf

5/3: Pursuing Justice 2020 conference

5/4: tunes: Acid Mothers Temple

5/9: tunes: Marian Hill at Union Stage

5/12: tunes: Bikini Kill


5/21: tunes: TORRES

5/23: tunes: GARBAGEFEST 5


6/6: tunes: Tame Impala

6/27: tunes: TV GIRL


7/23: Holst’s Planets HD


8/15: tunes: Rod Stewart + Cheap Trick

8/22: Joe Strummer Birthday Bash

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