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Wednesday, December 13

Talks: Startups, donuts, domesticity

  • Startup Grind hosts Matthew Calkins, CEO of Appian, one of the hottest IPOs of 2017. (6 pm)
  • So random, we love it: learn about the rules and regulations of package and label design. (6:30-8 pm)
  • Federal Donuts won the Beard Award for their donuts, which they talk about at Sixth & I. (7 pm)
  • Monthly feminist discussion group Emotional Labor Union talks about domesticity, plus a clothing swap. (7-8:30 pm)

Holidays: Festivus, Hanukkah, Christmas and councilmembers

  • For the rest of us, Alexandria celebrates Festivus! at Rustico. (5-11 pm)
  • Live in Ward 5? Celebrate the holidays with your councilmember, Kenyan McDuffie. (6-9 pm)
  • It’s Hanukkah Happy Hour at Decades in Dupont. (6 pm)
  • Professors and Pints presents a talk on the famous Christmas Truce of WWI. (6 pm)
  • Go see modern holiday classic Elf at Johnny Pistola’s. That’s fun to say! (7 pm)

Also || demand worker justice at Line Hotel,  save net neutralitywatercolor & cocktails, yoga for runners, jokes that give back, Atlas Obscura Garden Party, life in the US by OECD stats, startup grind with founder of Appian, test drive new career

Thursday, December 14

Alone & Together at Sixth & I

In this musical series, singer-songwriters perform original songs, covers, covers of each other’s original songs, covers of covers, surprise jams, and more. (7pm)

Silent disco at Georgetown

Don a headset, crank the tunes, and dance to one of three beats indicated by the color of your glowing headset. In theme with the above event title, no? (6-9pm)

Also || “Showpig” by Chris Fleming, Maine Beer Co, Holiday tap takeover, La Grande Illusion, seasonal happy hour at One Eight, participatory comedy?, wawa debut, vintage crew jam, La Femme, pottery holiday show, dig where you are, ugly sweater celebration, Winterfest at Wundergarten

Friday, December 15

December Bright workshop

Spend your Friday with wine and treats as you craft a plan and path for the life you want to lead as you head into 2018 . Painting and collage supplies as well as high impact visualizations and writing exercises included. (7:30pm

Homelessly in Love

“Homelessly in Love is a feature-length documentary that follows the romantic lives of five men and women experiencing housing instability in the District of Columbia.” Check out early cuts of the film and meet the filmmakers at Potter’s House. (6:30pm)

Also || Dupont Underground after hours, Shamir, Call Me By Your name premiere, General Shaw's Chicken Comedy showcase, ain't my type of hype - queer dance party, Homelessly in Love, Imaging Freedom opens, Wunder Garten winterfest opens, oil painting opening, learn to contra dance, YPFP Holiday Party, Ballad Of

Saturday, December 16

The Spirit of Kwanzaa

Dance Place’s annual Kwanzaa celebration features dancers from Coyaba Academy, Coyaba Dance Theater and several special guests to celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa. (8pm)

Youth Poets

Brave the cold to join Words Beats & Life at the 4th Annual DMV Grand Slam Finals where 12 of the best youth storytellers from the DMV compete for the title of Grand Slam Champion. (5pm)

Also || drink the district wine festival, nog fest, bellydance, ugly sweater soiree, selfies with Santa, Mighty Greens, beginner’s tarot, Hanukkah karaoke, holiday fiesta market, GAY/BASH, Church Night Holiday Spectacular, intro to krav maga, Takoma cocoa crawl, nog fest, place holiday wreaths at Arlington,  igdc closing

Sunday, December 17

GRUMP Holiday Market & ZooLights

This is the last day to catch the Zoo’s holiday market of local creators. It starts after dark (ugh, winter) so you can sidle on in and check out ZooLights after. (5pm)

Spoken word afterparty

Woolly Mammoth is hosting Spit Dat DC, a group of spoken word artists who will be putting on a show after the 7pm performance of “Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains” by The Second City comedy group. Come for one or both. (9:15pm)

Also || German Christmas music, Anacostia Unmapped, Indigo Dye Party, drums class, free waffles, love & laughter, new moon ritual, plant party, Pentatonix, stomp out slumlords - training and class, social art practice in action, rock ‘n shop at Black Cat

Monday, December 18

Sip & Paint

Sip and paint away any holiday season stress at Kramerbooks, where you’ll learn how to paint “The Nutcracker” with drinks and snacks. (6:30pm)


Commissary hosts an evening of bottomless latkes featuring traditional, sweet potato, and brussel sprout latkes. Happy Hanukkah! (6pm)

Also || Ta-Nehisi Coates, profs and pints: Russian folklore, telecaster tribute: Anacostia Delta band, singalong, Native Americans on film, LGBTQ voices against violence, solidarity with airport workers

Tuesday, December 19

Real stories and faces of the Dreamers

The Inside Out Project is an interactive photo-booth truck that provides a platform for people to transform their stories into works of public art. This week, the truck stops in DC to remind the community of the untold stories surrounding the DREAM Act. (9 am)

"Write a Letter. Change a Life."

Join Amnesty International activists for their annual Write for Rights night, a chance to write letters on behalf of those imprisoned for expressing their opinion, human rights defenders, and various other courageous individuals whose human rights are being violated. (6:30 pm)

Also || My So-Called Jewish Life, Jazz Night in Van Ness, Wilco Deluxe Reissue, Merry Murder Mystery, evening with DC women entrepreneurs, intro to ux design, Soldier Poet, Chris Matthews - Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

Looking ahead

12/20: Belgian drafts

12/21: The 9 Holiday edition, Chinese Xmas, standup + pro wrestling

12/22: Odetta Hartman @ Comet, HR (of Bad Brains), chocolate class

12/23: National Gallery of Art tour for those who are low-vision or blind, Otherfeels presents Next Up II, Art in the Park

12/24: Falafel Frenzy

12/28: Flosstradamus

12/29: Broomball & Beer

12/30: Ex Hex w Desdemonas, Charlie Wilson, This/Side, Ward 3 listening session

12/31: Mellow Mushroom NYE, NYE with Second City, Thievery Corporation/Gogol Bordello/Trouble Funk, champagne & pearls, Nadastrom, hip hop orchestra, Gatsby Gala

1/1: NYD Hike in Rock Creek

1/2: Broomball & Brews

¼: Books bites & brews

⅕: Rock Creek Happy Hour, Renwick’s The Final Stop

⅙: Les Miserables, the memory palace

1/7: Music for 100 Guitars, Junkyard Band, NSO at Spy Museum

1/10: Daniel Pink

1/12: MLK Shabbat, Rock Creek Weekend of Service

1/13: Jamaica student scholarship fundraiser

1/16: Green Drinks DC happy hour

1/17: Navy SEAL teaches escape techniques

1/18: Friend Request, a sabbatical at home

1/19: Wellness Wind-down, vinyasa & vino

1/20: Story District: Top Shelf, piano at the Cosmos Club, Through the Repellant Fence

1/21: Goldmundd String Quartet, meet the real Indiana Jones

1/23: Bernard Henri-Levy, Women Uncorked

1/27: Newseum food party, DCMD showcase

1/30: Young Karl Marx, women in media, DC Row opens

⅖: Bullets into bells

2/6: Carrie Mae Weems

2/10: Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge

2/7: Food as art, pancakes & booze art show

2/13: Foxtrot

2/20: Emotional Labor Union

3/6: Shopping

3/23: Palm, Beehive

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