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12 Of Our Favorite Events This Week

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Tim Brown


PRIX-FIXE POP UP: Ampara Fondita is a forthcoming Mexican restaurant focusing on seafood. Before it opens its brick-and-mortar location, check out its cuisine at a pop-up. Hosted at Timber Pizza, the four-course prix-fixe menu offers dishes like grilled squid, wood-roasted pineapple, mussels, and whole red snapper. (Timber Pizza Company, 7 – 10 p.m., $90)

DOCU NIGHT: Little Voices from Fukushima is a documentary about mothers and their children living in areas affected by nuclear disasters. It looks at both Chernobyl and Fukushima, and compares the effects of both on their surrounding environments, and the recuperation efforts to help those affected. (Busboys and Poets – Takoma, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., FREE)

WOMEN IN STEM: To wrap up Women’s History Month, come to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where it will host an event focused on women in STEM fields. There will be a discussion on issues and barriers women in STEM jobs faces, as well as a keynote address, panel, and Q&A session. (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2 – 5 p.m., FREE, registration required)

MORE: Gun Violence: Public Health & the Second Amendment (Georgetown Law, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., FREE), SayHerName: Activist Happy Hour (Busboys and Poets – Brookland, 5:30 – 8 p.m., FREE), An Evening With Finback & RAR (ChurchKey, 4 – 11 p.m. FREE), Learn to Use a Sewing Machine (Petworth Library, 12 noon – 2 p.m., FREE)

Photo by Flickr user Erin


CITY VEGGIES: Summer is coming, which means fresh produce. Why not grow your own? Learn how at tonight’s workshop, which focuses on growing veggies in the city. It will teach you how to plant vegetables that grow quickly and require less space, so you can take advantage of whatever outdoor space you have. Stick after to pick out your own plants, soil, and pots. (District Hardware and Bike, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE, registration required)

CINEMATSURI: If you haven’t been able to catch any of the CineMatsuri films, make sure to do so before the Japanese film festival is over. Tonight, the film DEAR ETRANGER plays, and you can catch Love and Goodbye in Hawaii on Thursday and a series of shorts next Tuesday. (E Street Cinema, times vary, $13 for Japan-America Society of DC members, $15 for general public)

SPRING WREATH: Take your succulent game to the next level with a spring wreath-making workshop. You’ll get a wreath frame and base to decorate with moss, succulents, and other greenery to make a seasonal decoration for your home. Even if you’re not a green thumb-er, don’t worry – there will be on-site instruction. (Urban Jungle, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $109)

MORE: Meet the Maker (Shop Made in D.C., 6 – 8 p.m., FREE), Higher Education in Egypt (Egyptian Cultural & Education Bureau, 6 – 9 p.m., FREE), Jokes on Tap (Union Stage, 8 p.m., FREE), Discovering Dupont Underground (Dupont Underground, 6 – 7:30 p.m., $28)

Photo by Josh Bassett


POLITICAL BOOK CLUB: Join Kramerbook’s political book club tonight for a discussion of White Trash by Nancy Isenberg, which looks at the history of class in America. Hosted by Brookings senior fellow John Hudak, the discussion will focus on the book’s insights to the political and socioeconomic divides that played a major role in the 2016 presidential election. (Kramerbooks, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE)

EXHIBIT OPENING: Tonight is the opening of the exhibit Evolving Traditions: Paintings of Wonder from Japan at the Embassy of Japan. The collection includes works by modern artist Yuki Ideguchi as well as traditional Japanese paintings from the embassy’s collection. At the event this evening, listen to lectures by the artist and experts about the stylistic evolution of Japanese art. (Embassy of Japan, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., FREE, registration required)

COMIC HISTORY: Atlas Obscura is hosting a historical comic book-making workshop tonight. Award-winning cartoonist and writers Jason Rodriguez and Liz Laribee will host the event, which will begin with a discussion about the history of comics. You’ll then look at early 1900s postcards to get inspiration before creating your own historical comic – no prior experience necessary! (826 DC, 7 – 9 p.m., $50)

MORE: Hill Country Live Band Karaoke (Hill Country, 8:30 p.m., FREE), Stories From a Fallen World: A Tribute to Denis Johnson (The Library of Congress, 7 – 8:30 p.m., FREE), Community Yoga (A Baked Joint, 7 – 9 p.m., $20), Jared & the Mill with Wylder (Union Stage, 8 p.m., $15), Premium Irish Whiskey Tasting (Embassy of Ireland, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., $50 – $100), Bodegas Salentein Wine Tasting (Texas de Brazil, 6:30 – 8 p.m., $35)

Photo by Lauren Parnell Marino


ALL ABOUT DINOS: If you’re a Jurassic Park fan, this event is for you: Paleontologist Dr. Julia Clarke will be at the Carnegie Institution for Science tonight to talk about her work digging up ancient creatures. She’ll show you the technology she uses to find out how dinosaurs looked and sounded in real-life, and how their bones tell us more about them. (Carnegie Institute for Science, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., FREE)

MITCH LANDRIEU: New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu made headlines when he removed four Confederate statues from the city. Now, he’s written a book, In the Shadow of Statues, which looks at the effects these statues have today, and the nation’s history of racism. Landrieu will be in conversation at Politics and Prose tonight with Atlantic editor-and-chief Jeffrey Goldberg. (Politics and Prose, 7 – 8 p.m., FREE)

DIY: Learn to create small decorative dishes out of marbled clay – perfect for storing jewelry. Tonight, you’ll learn to marble clay, shape the dishes, and add some decoration with paint. You’ll leave with two pieces: one for storing jewelry, and the other for holding small flowers or incense. (The Lemon Collective, 7 – 9 p.m., $65)

MORE: Securing Their Roles: Women in Constitution-Making (United States Institute of Peace, 10 – 11:30 a.m., FREE), Mohsin Hamid: Exit West (Sidwell Friends School, 7 – 8:30 p.m., FREE), A Conversation with Cass Sunstein and Benjamin Wittes (Kramerbooks, 6 – 7:30 p.m., $25), Girl Talk: Let’s Talk Women’s Mental Health (The Outrage, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., FREE), MINT/Lululemon Sprint Club (MINT – Manhattan Laundry, 6 – 7 p.m., FREE), Demonstration: Repotting Orchids (U.S. Botanic Gardens, 10 a.m., FREE), Conversational DC: French (Colony Club, 6:30 – 8 p.m., FREE)

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