PoP Weekend Picks (From Weekly Emails)

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Ed. Note: If you have events you’d like included in the weekend picks please email [email protected]

The closing weekend of Please Take A Number written and performed by Nia Orms
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street, NE

During these times of contentious legislative activity, bankers running amok, jobless rates soaring and broken promises we could all certainly use a laugh. And whats funny during times like these you ask?

Welfare. Thats what.
Thats right I said it, welfare. Nia Orms one-woman-seven-personality performance “Please Take A Number” is a thought-provoking, laughter inducing homage to everyone’s favorite “entitlement” program. Better than a therapy session or an episode of In Living Color, Nia’s quick hour & a half play tells stories behind the lives of seven people waiting in a welfare office that will entertain and enlighten. I know It sounds like heavy content for a Friday or Sat night but believe me, you have no idea what you are in store for.

This award winning play has toured the country for three years and has one final weekend in Washington DC at the Atlas Theater, before hitting the road again. More info about the play and the characters is at

World Water Week
Next week is World Water week. Here is DC, participating restaurants (over 100) will ask their patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free and all funds raised would support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world.

There is also an art component and gallery opening next Tuesday to highlight artists rendentions of a water glass.

Visit for more information.

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Esperanza Education Fund launch party – March 20th
A party celebrating the launch of the Esperanza Education Fund, a new college scholarship program for immigrant students in the DC area.

The party will be a lot of fun — held at the largest non-network television studio on the East Coast, featuring an Indian buffet dinner by Delhi Dhaba, an open wine and beer bar, a performance by the Mongolian School Dance Troupe, and live music by Movimiento, a 10-piece salsa band — all for just $25.

Go to for the invite, to buy a ticket, or to learn more about the organization.

Friday, March 20, 6-9 pm
Atlantic Video Studios (650 Mass. Ave NW)

COMING UP at the
733 Euclid St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

This Sunday March 22nd from 10:30-1:30: Little Dresses for Africa

Carlenia Springer will be hosting a volunteer session for those interested in sewing dresses for children in Central Africa from donated pillowcases. Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide relief to children in Central Africa. Sewing circles around the country are working together to make simple dresses for little girls. They use a pillowcase because they are readily available and because the hem is already in the material. Even a novice seamstress can be involved in this worthwhile project. You can join the sewing circle, donate new or gently used pillowcases, or donate sewing materials. Visit for more information.

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