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by Prince Of Petworth April 23, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Brandon Kopp

MONDAY, APRIL 23

PRESERVE IT: Today, the Library of Congress will be celebrating Preservation Week. You can go check out a lecture on the Library’s work to preserve veterans’ legacies, check out special collections, and go on a tour to see how rare artifacts are preserved. (Library of Congress, times vary, FREE, registration required)

CREATIVE HAPPY HOUR: Calling all D.C. creatives! Come meet up, swap ideas, and get to know your fellow artists at a happy hour. Hang out under the Liz Taylor eyes at Dacha and mingle over good food and beer. (Dacha Beer Garden, 4 – 8 p.m., FREE, registration required) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 20, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Flickr user ctj71081

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

NEW J. COLE ALBUM: Rapper J. Cole’s new album KOD came out at midnight last night. Its announcement earlier this week was a surprise, and not much is known about it–come check it out for yourself at Songbyrd’s listening get-together tonight. They’ll play the album for everyone to hear, and have happy hour specials, too. (Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House, 7 – 11 p.m., FREE)

WINE NOT: What would a weekend in D.C. be without some sort of alcohol festival? Wine Spectator is hosting a Grand Tour tasting today, and these aren’t your run-of-the-mill, grocery store wines, either. Each has been rated 90 points or higher by the magazine’s editorial staff, so it’s safe to say there won’t be any Barefoot. Come out and sip, meet winemakers, sample a buffet, and take home a souvenir glass. (Ronald Reagan Building, 7 – 10 p.m., $225)

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME: Did you see the Oscar-winning movie Call Me By Your Name? It was originally a book, and the author will be speaking at George Washington University tonight. André Aciman will be in conversation with Spencer Kornhaber, the Atlantic culture critic, to discuss the transition from literature to film and the story’s resonance in today’s society. (Lisner Auditorium, 7 p.m., $20)

MORE: Writing Lab (YogaWorks – Dupont Circle, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $25), Georgetown Comedy Show (Chinese Disco, 7 – 9:30 p.m.), Women on the Move: Refugees Left Between Two States (The Global Women’s Institute, 5 – 6:30 p.m., FREE, registration required), European Ballroom Dance Lessons (Ultra Bar, 7:30 – 10 p.m., $14), Washington Wizards v. Toronto Raptors (Capital One Arena, 8 – 11 p.m., prices vary)

Photo by Flickr user abrowntable

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

ARE YOU KITTEN ME RIGHT MEOW?: Two words: kitten yoga!! That’s right–Yoga Heights will be partnering with the Humane Rescue Alliance for a feline-friendly flow. It’s the perfect time to work on your cat pose: You’ll do a gentle yoga class while kitties run around the room. And, yes, they’ll all be available for adoption. (Humane Rescue Alliance, 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., $25)

HERE FOR THE BEER: If beer isn’t your thing, read past this entry–it’s DC Beer Fest today at Nats Park. Stroll throughout the stadium while sampling a variety of craft and seasonal brews. A ticket gets you unlimited tastings, and there will be live music, games, and food trucks, too. (National Parks, 12 noon – 8 p.m., $45) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 16, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Clif Burns

MONDAY, APRIL 16:

BEER + WHISKEY DINNER: Bluejacket brewery isn’t just for beer–tonight it’s hosting a dinner with the distiller behind whiskeys like WhistlePig. The prix-fixe, five-course dinner will have a different wine and beer pairing with each dish, and options include oysters, short rib and crawfish gravy, and chocolate brioche. (Bluejacket, 7 – 9 p.m., $125)

MADELINE ALBRIGHT: Come see Madeleine Albright in conversation with Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg tonight. The first woman to serve as Secretary of State will discuss her experience with fascism when handling international relations, and how she thinks it’s present in the world today. If you can’t make it in-person, you can stream the event live, too. (Sixth & I, 7 – 8:30 p.m., $35)

MOON SIGHTING: CenterDC is starting a new monthly event–get together with a group to catch the new moon appear each cycle. You’ll meet at sundown to spot the moon, then gather together for snacks and conversation. It’ll also serve as a chance to learn more about the hijri calendar and Islamic history, too. (Thurgood Marshall Center, 7 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Piaf! The Show (French Embassy, times vary, $65), Georgian Embassy Movie Series: Repentance (Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., FREE), Sip + Savor Yoga Social (Wunder Garten, 6 – 7 p.m., $18), Barbara K. Lipska: The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind (Politics and Prose, 7 – 8 p.m., FREE)

Photo by Tim Brown

TUESDAY, APRIL 17

OPERA IN #METOO: An interesting discussion on opera works in the era of #MeToo will be hosted tonight. In a multi-dimensional form of art where many of the works are written by men, the notions of love, fear, control, and aggression are often present in many operas. How should performers and directors address these themes going forward? Hear more from speakers on the performing and production side of things this evening. (National Presbyterian Church, 7 – 8 p.m., FREE)

HAENYO: The Baltimore pop-up dinner group Haenyo will make its debut in D.C. tonight. The group has no permanent kitchen, and serves dinners in a rotating list of spaces–and now Big Bear Cafe is on the list. Come check it out for a meal of Korean dishes made with Maryland goods. (Big Bear Cafe, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m., prices vary) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 13, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

FRIDAY, APRIL 13

Photo by Ted Eytan

ART WALK: Come check out the Art Walk at Monroe Street Market for its first event of the year. The artist’s studios will be open, the live music will be playing, and the cocktails will be flowing. Try your hand at pottery or watercolor painting, and enjoy treats from &pizza, Busboys and Poets, Holy Crepes food truck, and more. (Monroe Street Market, 5 – 8 p.m., FREE)

SNOW CHILD: Tonight marks the world premiere of the musical Snow Child, which is adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. It follows a couple in the 1920s Alaskan wilderness trying to rebuilding their marriage after losing a child. Then everything changes as soon as a child emerges from the woods surrounding their cabin… (Arena Stage, times and prices vary)

CRAFT + COCKTAILS: Collaging gets amped up a notch with cocktails at Shop Made in D.C. Tonight, join Capitol Hill Arts Workshop teacher Cherie Lester to make a collage on ready-to-hang hardwood. Choose from fabric, paint, paper, or bring your own memorabilia; whatever you choose, Lester will be there to help you lay out the design. (Did we mention there’ll be cocktails?) (Shop Made in D.C., 6 – 8 p.m., $34)

FLOWER CROWN + PLAY: The Lemon Collective will take things off-site for tonight’s event. Meet the crew at Folger Theater to make your own flower crown before heading in to see its production of The Winter’s Tale. A ticket includes crown materials and signature cocktails inspired by the play. (Folger Theater, 6 – 8 p.m., $25)

MORE: Gin Deconstructed (The Gibson, 7 – 10 p.m.), Literary Cocktails: Scott Pilgrim (Petworth Citizen, 7 p.m.), Thai New Year (Thai Xing, times vary), Adams Morgan Mommy Meet-Up (Pitango Gelato, 3 – 7 p.m., FREE), Mimi Miller Fashion Pop-Up Shop (W Washington D.C Hotel, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., FREE), 15th Annual Viennese Ball at the French Embassy (Embassy of France, 7 – 11:30 p.m., $85 – $165)

SATURDAY, APRIL 14

Photo by Flickr user Erin

CHERRY BLOSSOM PARADE: It’s the big finale of all the cherry blossom madness–the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Head to Constitution Avenue to watch the seasonal celebration hosted by ACB7’s Alison Starling and Jonathan Elias. Keep your eyes peeled for big-time cameos like rapper Silento, Cara Mund aka Miss America, and Carla Hall of The Chew. (Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets, 10 a.m., FREE)

VINO, PLZ: The weather is going to be awesome today, so if you need even more excuses to head out and drink, look no further than DC Wine Fest’s spring shindig. Sample vinos from a bevy of wineries both local and afar while taking in the art at Long View Gallery. There will be live music and food, too. (Long View Gallery, times and prices vary)

YOU’RE THE EXPERT: The podcast You’re the Expert uses comedy to dive into scientific research. In each episode, comedians try to guess what a scientist studies, and tonight it’s taping an episode live in DC. Come hear comedians like Scott Adsit from Veep and 30 Rock try to figure out how a National Geographic Explorer spends his or her days. (National Geographic Museum, 6:30 – 9 p.m., $25)

EMANCIPATION DAY: It’s Emancipation Day, the celebration of President Abraham Lincoln freeing slaves in the District of Columbia (which he did prior to signing the Emancipation Proclamation). To commemorate the historic event, there will be a concert, parade, and fireworks in Freedom Plaza. The best part? Singer Brandy will be there performing. (Freedom Plaza, 2 – 8:45 p.m., FREE) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 6, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

FRIDAY, APRIL 6

Photo by Beau Finley

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (AND WOMEN): The Watergate Hotel break-in happened almost 46 years ago, but living in DC makes it seem all the more present. Go on an All the President’s Men-themed tour around the city, stopping by sites connected to the actual break-in as well as those from the book and movie. Unfortunately, it’s TBD if Robert Redford will show up. (Meet at Foggy Bottom Metro Station, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., $9.95)

DIRTBAG: Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey is a documentary about a trail-blazing mountaineer who died last year at the age of 94. Come hear about his epic stories about  completing some of the most historic mountain ascents ever. Beer and wine will be provided at the event, and you can enter to win a pair of REI climbing pants. (REI, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE)

FIRST FRIDAYS: It’s First Friday in Park View and Petworth tonight! Come party along Georgia Avenue with live music, food and drink, and art from the Petworth Arts Collective. Participating spots include Bravo Bar, Colony Club, Heat Da Spot Coffee Lounge, and more. (Park View and Petworth, 6 – 9 p.m., FREE)

SWEDISH JAMS: New Tide Orquestra is a Swedish group that plays a mix of chamber and baroque music (with some improve and tango thrown in for good measure, too). Come catch them tonight at the Swedish Embassy. So it’s not ABBA, but they have won a Swedish Grammy, so it’s bound to be good. (Swedish Embassy, 6:30 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Sunny Sweeney(Hill Country, 9:30 p.m., $17 – $75), Discover Amazing Peru: Dinner Reception + Art Exhibit(Embassy of Peru, 7 – 9 p.m., $70), Cub Sport with Redline Graffiti(Union Stage, 8 p.m., $13 – $15), Fifth Annual Georgetown Latin American Film Festival(Georgetown University, 7:30 p.m., FREE)

SATURDAY, APRIL 7


Photo by Olaf Zerbock

CHERRY BLOSSOM WINE + BEER: Everything cherry blossom has taken the city by storm, so there’s gotta be some kind of boozy festival dedicated to the blooms, too. Check out the Cherry Blossom Wine and Beer Festival for over 100 wines, craft beers, and ciders, as well as games, an artisan market, food trucks, live music, and more. If you buy a ticket, you automatically get full beer, cider, and wine spritzer pours-a win-win, no? (TK, 1 p.m., TK)

ADULT PILLOW FIGHT: This is basically like a free anger management session – the 10th annual D.C. pillow fight is today. BYOP (bring your own pillow) and meet at the park at Independence Avenue and 14thStreet to partake in the silliness. Emphasis on silliness, though – this is a fun, friendly event (with kids), so please throw your pillows around lightly. (Corner of Independence Avenue and 14thStreet NW, TK, FREE) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 2, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Flickr user Mr.TinDC

MONDAY, APRIL 2

KAYAK + BLOSSOMS: As part of the Cherry Blossom Festival, head to the Wharf’s boathouse for kayaking. The self-guided tour takes you on a front-row view of the blossoms along East Potomac Park. You can get a double or a single kayak, and no experience is necessary. (The Wharf, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., $35 – $70)

KIMCHI JUICE: Head to H Street restaurant Maketto tonight to check out work by artist Julia Chon. Best known as Kimchi Juice, her art often features animals flipping off the viewer (check her out on Instagram). All month, her work will be on display at the restaurant, and she’ll be at the opening reception tonight. (Maketto, 7 – 10 p.m., FREE)

MOVIE NIGHT: It’s Movie Mondays at the Navy Yard Slipstream. Tonight’s theme is ladies’ night, and both Florence Foster Jenkins and The Dressmaker will be on. Don’t forget to check out the all-night happy hour, free popcorn, and half-off wine bottles, too. (Slipstream, 4 and 6 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Passover Italian Style (Fiola, 5 – 9:30 p.m., prices vary), Songbyrd Music Trivia (Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe, 7 – 9 p.m., FREE), Industry Night: The Beckett Trio (Atlas Performing Arts Center, 8 – 9:15 p.m., $15), Auditions for Twelfth Night (Grace Episcopal Church, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., FREE), Ira Shapiro: Broken (Politics and Prose at the Wharf, 7 – 8 p.m., FREE), Anthony Ray Hinton: The Sun Does Shine (Politics and Prose, 7 – 8 p.m., FREE)

Photo by Flickr user wolfpackWX

TUESDAY, APRIL 3

METRO HISTORY: Despite all the Metro delays and shortcomings, it’s still an interesting part of Washington’s history. Come learn more about it at tonight’s talk, An Example of the Nation: Modernism and Classicism in the Washington Metro. Zachary Schrag, author of The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro, will give the lecture, and it’s hosted by Core Architecture + Design and Ten Arquitectos. (West End Library, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., FREE) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Archie Thomason

FRIDAY, MARCH 30

CHOCOLATE, PLEASE: Cut out the middle make and learn how to make chocolate yourself. Ismael Neggaz, the man behind Chocotenango, will be at Shop Made in D.C. for a hands-on workshop. You’ll learn about the history of chocolate, how to discern good vs. mediocre stuff, and make some treats, too. (Shop Made In D.C., 6 – 8:30 p.m., $80)

TOTALLY AWESOME CON: Awesome Con is the District’s version of Comic Con, aka an event bringing together fans of comic and the movies, books, games, and TV shows they inspire. The event kicks off today and goes through Sunday, with plenty of time for talks, meet-and-greets, screenings, crafts, and more. (Walter E. Washington Convention Center, prices and times vary)

SEDER: Need somewhere to celebrate Passover? Teddy & the Bully Bar will host a special Seder tonight and Saturday, complete with matzoh ball soup, potato latkes, gefilte fish, and brisket. If you would like a Haggadah at your table, the restaurant can accomodate that – just ask! (Teddy & the Bully Bar, 5 p.m. – close, $45)

BURNING MAN: Whether you’re a Burner (Burning Man attendee) or wouldn’t be caught dead waving a glow stick in the desert, this new exhibit at the Renwick is pretty cool. No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man opens today, and it follows the evolution of the radical festival. Artwork for the event will be on-display, too, both in the museum and in the surrounding neighborhood. (The Renwick Gallery, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.,  FREE)

MORE: Lucy Rose (Union Stage, 8 p.m., $18), Women in Cryptocurrency (The Lemon Collective, 7 – 8:30 p.m., FREE), Dinner Reception at Saudi Arabian Embassy (Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, 7 – 9:15 p.m.)

Photo by Victoria Pickering

SATURDAY, MARCH 31

GO FLY A KITE: Pray for wind – it’s the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival! Head to the Washington Monument to watch experts and novices alike take to the sky. Feel free to bring your own, or just want the many competition and demonstrations. There will be everything from kite trick demonstrations to a makers competition. (The National Mall, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., FREE) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 26, 2018 at 12:25 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Tim Brown

MONDAY, MARCH 26

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 27

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) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 23, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Flickr user Erin

FRIDAY, MARCH 23

TULIP FESTIVAL: Today and tomorrow, the park at CityCenter will be filled with over 40,000 tulips. You can walk through it and enjoy the flowers for free, and it’s just a dollar per stem to take some home. Get as many as you can – all funds raised will support DC Central Kitchen. (CityCenter, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., FREE)

ASTRAL WEEKS: Washington Post‘s David Malitz recently released a book, Astral Weeks, which looks at the story behind Van Morrison’s album of the same name. Malitz will be at Right Proper tonight do a reading, answer questions, and sign copies of the book. Fittingly, the brewery’s Astral Weeks beer will be on-tap all night. (Right Proper Brewing Company, 7 – 9 p.m., FREE)

ONE JOURNEY: One Journey is a group that promotes refugee entrepreneurs and celebrates their contributions. Come to its fundraiser tonight and enjoy food, coffee, and art all made by local refugees. There will be speakers and a raffle, too. (The Warner Building, 7 – 9 p.m., $85)

FOLGER FRIDAYS: It may be hard to imagine Shakespeare as a graphic novel, but that’s the kind of thing illustrator Gareth Hinds creates. Come hear the author and artist talk about turning pieces like Macbeth or Beowulf into lively illustrations. After, stick around the theater to see a performance of The Winter’s Tale. (Folger Theatre, 6 – 7 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Argentine Tango Lessons (18th Street Lounge, 7 – 9 p.m., $20), Washington Wizards v. Denver Nuggets (Capital One Arena, 7 p.m., prices vary), Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea (The St. Regis, 4 – 6 p.m., $85), Fabio Trabocchi Collaboration Dinner (Del Mar, 6:30 – 10 p.m., $200), Lucius with Ethan Gruska (The Lincoln Theatre, 6:30 p.m., $35), Stand-Up by Dulce Sloan from The Daily Show (Drafthouse Comedy, 7 – 9:30 p.m., $20)

Photo by Miki Jourdan

SATURDAY, MARCH 24

FIESTA: Rock out to a live mariachi band and DJ at the Mexican Cultural Institute’s black-tie fiesta tonight. In between learning moves from in-house dancers, take a break to try out the Mexican buffet and open bar (complete with tequila, of course). There will be galleries display Mexican art and a chance to win a trip to Mexico, too. (Mexican Cultural Institute, 8:15 p.m. – 12-midnight, $90)

TO DYE FOR: The Freer|Sackler museum launches its latest exhibit today. To Dye For: Ikats from Central Asia looks at the history of the now-popular fabric used by designers like the late Oscar de la Renta. The collection mixes 30 ikat pieces from the museums collection with several de la Renta creations, highlighting its cultural legacy and lasting presence. (Freer|Sackler, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., FREE)

MARCH: Even if it’s not your thing, there’s no arguing that the March For Our Lives will be a historic event. Whether you’re protesting or just there to check it out, there are plenty of events happening around it, including musical performances by the likes of Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 12th Streets NW, 12-noon, FREE) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Massoud Adibpour

MONDAY, MARCH 19

THE PUPPET LOBBY: Whether you’re a puppet expert, novice, or just curious, The Puppet Lobby is a monthly get-together that showcases local puppeteers and connects you with fellow puppet people. This month, puppet designer Lisi Stoessel, artist Francisco Benavides, and Wit’s End Puppets member Amy Kellett will be leading the discussion and info session. After the event, everyone will head down to Brookland Pint to continue the night. (Brookland Artspace Lofts D.C., 7 – 8 p.m., FREE)

OPA!: Head to Zaytinya this week for its inaugural Greek Spirit Festival. From today to Friday, the restaurant will have tastings and special cocktails that highlight Greece’s traditional spirits and drinks. Tonight, come by for a metaxa tasting, or sample one of their special cocktails like tsipouro sour or pomona. (Zaytinya, 5 – 6:30 p.m., prices vary)

DRINK 4 GOOD: Speed Rack is a national competition that pits female bartenders against each other in round robin-style, judged and timed face-offs. The D.C. one is tonight at Union Stage, and will feature local D.C. women mixologists. It’s for a good cause, too – all the proceeds benefit breast cancer research. (Union Stage, 5 p.m., $25)

MORE: Free Champagne Tasting (Schneiders of Capitol Hill, 5 – 7 p.m., FREE), Short Story Happy Hour (East City Bookshop, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., prices vary), Drag Bingo (Right Proper, 6 – 8 p.m., FREE), Grand Opening (The Capital Burger, 4:30 – 11 p.m., FREE), Planting Peace: Regenerative Agriculture, Indigenous Rights & the Climate (Busboys & Poets – 14th St., 6 – 8 p.m.), Music at Dumbarton Oaks (Dumbarton Oaks, 8 – 10 p.m., $54)

Photo by Brandon Kopp

TUESDAY, MARCH 20

THE BARD: “If music be the food of love, play on…” Yep, the Twelfth Night is coming to D.C. Well, sort of – the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of the Bard’s classic will be screened at West End Cinema tonight. It’s a special event, so make sure you catch it while you can – you’ll feel like you’re in England without ever leaving the District. (West End Cinema, 7 – 10 p.m., $15) (more…)

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