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1940 9th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Nerd Nite May: This stuff kind of IS rocket science.
OK, maybe not exactly rocket science, but certainly the underpinnings of it. This month our talks will be about plasma physics and fusion (it really is easier to understand than it seems, we swear), gravity (because its Star Wars day, and maybe we should understand how they defied it so well), and techno-librarians (every good rocket scientist started with a physics book somewhere down the line). Spring is here and its time to take your brain out of that winter deep freeze. So as always, come and join us to be there, and be square.

Date: Saturday May 9th, 2015 A.D.

Time: Doors 6:00PM, Show 6:30PM

Where: DC9, 1940 9th St NW

Tickets:  here.”

“This Friday Saturday, May 9th, Irish charity Pieta House’s Darkness Into Light comes to Washington DC for the first time this year. Darkness Into Light is a unique, early morning experience which begins in darkness at 4.15am when thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. The walk/run will begin at Catholic University of America, in partnership with the CUA Gaels, crossing the finish line just as dawn is breaking at the breathtaking Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Pieta House is a centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide in Ireland and provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who need it.Darkness Into Light is now in its seventh year and last year’s event attracted 80,000 participants in 39 locations across Ireland, London, Sydney and America. With the number of locations doubling this year, organizers are expecting over 100,000 people to take part. 80 venues will host the event on the island of Ireland and abroad including in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland and the USA.

Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House, spoke about the launch in Washington, “Darkness Into Light is a people’s event organized by local committees all over Ireland and abroad. Although the number of people walking has never been greater, neither has the need. The addition of Washington as a location this year shows how Darkness Into Light is uniting people across the globe in solidarity with those who suffer.” She added “While suicide is a devastating tragedy, we mustn’t forget that there is hope, there is help, and Pieta House will be there to provide both.”

While Darkness Into Light raises much needed funds, it is also about awareness, solidarity and local communities. This year, Pieta House is asking those taking part to connect with others at the event. Walkers/runners are encouraged to speak to the person beside them, tell a story or simply say hello, connect and acknowledge one another. Make your presence known. No one should walk alone.

Online registration and further details are available now at  www.darknessintolight.ie

From the Air & Space/Smithsonian:

“This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the war that changed the United States forever. To honor the 16 million who served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II and to spotlight the essential role that aircraft played in U.S. victory, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association has led an effort to bring one of the largest privately owned collections of WWII airplanes ever assembled to Washington, D.C. to fly over the National Mall on May 8, the 70th anniversary of VE day (the public holiday to mark the Allied victory in Europe).

The “Arsenal of Democracy” aircraft will fly over the Mall in 14 formations, beginning at 12:10 p.m. As the media sponsor of the event, Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine has created recognition cards for viewing on a smartphone (at airspacemag.com/spotter) to help you identify the airplanes as they fly overhead. (Or download a PDF of the spotter cards here.) You can also read about the histories of these airplanes, presented in the order the formations will fly over the Mall. The special flyover edition of Air & Space/Smithsonian will be sold on the Mall for visitors viewing the flyover and is available now in Smithsonian museum stores and Barnes & Noble booksellers.
*Flyover is weather permitting. Rain date is Saturday, May 9, 2015.”

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“9:30 Club
815 V Street NW
February 14 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
$25

SpeakeasyDC presents the 7th annual Valentine’s love-fest of stories about the pleasures and perils of romance. The first show sold out, so a second show has been added!

Whether you’re with your sweetie or single, SpeakeasyDC’s Sucker for Love storytelling show is a unique and unforgettable way to spend Valentine’s Day — listening to heartfelt and hilarious true stories about loves found, lost, and imagined.

As always, SpeakeasyDC promises storytelling at its best.

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courtesy Korean Cultural Center

From an email:

“A new exhibition, “Ancestry, Artistry, Choreography,” tells the story of the rise of Korean-American choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess to international prominence by tracing his cultural heritage and the ways it has influenced his work. On view at the Korean Cultural Center (2370 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.), the exhibition opens Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. with a free performance by Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, remarks by the choreographer and a public reception. Sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the exhibition continues through Nov. 30. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ekelly80

From a press release:

“The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the selection of the five individuals who will receive the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors. Recipients to be honored at the 37th annual national celebration of the arts are: singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting and comedienne Lily Tomlin. (more…)

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“Stronghold: In Two Acts
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Big Bear Cafe, 1700 1st Street Northwest

You’ve probably heard of Bloomingdale and Eckington. Maybe even Edgewood and Truxton Circle. But Stronghold? On May 31st, you can watch an audio documentary live just blocks away from Stronghold at Big Bear Cafe produced by audio storytelling group From Block2Block. FB2B spent over a year reporting on this changing neighborhood and are now bringing their show to the community. This event will also raise money for the Stronghold Neighborhood Association College Scholarship Fund.

For more information visit here.”

El Mundo de los Luchadores

Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling event at the DC Fairgrounds (1299 Half Street, SE) this Sunday, May 4th from 2-7pm:

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year by watching live lucha libre, or Mexican professional wrestling. See the glimmer of their colorful masks as wrestlers Pequeno Pierroth, Sangra de Aguila, Hijo de Dr. Wagner, and Hijo de La Park spin through the ring; smell the traditional Mexican street food; and dance to the beat of live music when you attend el Mundo de Los Luchadores — the world of Mexican pro wrestling — presented by Art Whino. Head to Navy Yard on Sunday, May 4 for a full day of excitement, including a Mexican-inspired live mural painting, an art exhibit that lets you get up close and personal with the masks of the luchadores, tropical punk music of Escarioka, and more.

Tickets here.”

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Art, Wine and Thrifting at Fia’s Fabulous Finds:

“Friday, January 24 from 6:00pm-7:30pm
Wine and Art at Fia’s Fabulous Finds
806 Upshur Street, NW, DC 20011
Meet the Resident Artist at Fia’s
Fletcher H. Maffett, Jr

Fletcher’s remarkable photos are on display at Fia’s Fabulous Finds in the Petworth community in Washington, DC. His photographs include surreal floral imagery as well as unique urban motifs such as graffiti and unusual angles in cracks or in other structures. He finds interesting visuals in rusted light posts and architecture along with other unexpected urban scapes.

Sip on wine, meet the artist in this quaint boutique in the Heart of Petworth!

Register for Art and Wine at Fia’s Here – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-showing-wine-sipping-and-second-handvintage-clothes-shopping-at-fias-fabulous-finds-tickets-9756629341″

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