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Wednesday January 26

Community Skate + Tunes at Canal Park

Shake and skate it off with free ice skating and rentals at Canal Park Ice Rink and fresh live DJ beats (6pm)

Laughs supplied, BYOB

Petworth’s Room 808 supplies the laughs every Wednesday with Speakeasy Comedy DC, a showcase featuring nationally-known comics and DMV talent. BYOB & Food! (8pm)

Also || book: Ending Racism by bell hooks, book: Joan Is Okay, tunes: The Wood Brothers, talk: Spies, Comics, and Cocktails

Thursday January 27

Food: from cultural diplomacy to covid closures

Local food industry pros gather to explore food as cultural diplomacy, activism, and economic stability, and the role of immigrants in DC’s food ecosystem. (7pm)

Guide to Indigenous DC

AU Professor Dr. Elizabeth Rule discusses the history and current presence of Native Americans in the DMV, and the walking tour app she developed to share that history. (12:00pm)

New Activism and Identity in America

Wajahat Ali and Spencer Ackerman, moderated by 1A’s Jenn White, talk identity and politics in  post-9/11 America and the new approach of millennial activism. (7pm)

Also || valentine’s beer and printmaking, comedy: secret show at room 808, sip & savor at Lyle’s, road safety town hall with EHN

Friday January 28

Nonstop 90s dance hits

Techno pop or chart-toppers? Why not both?! Dance away to choice hits at Songbyrd’s free 90s music video dance party. (7:30pm)

  • Also: Virtual DISdance with DCPL, where you learn how to use one of the city’s various digital resources available to the public — this week, Consumer Reports, aka the better Wirecutter — and then have a 30-minute dance party. Not making this up! Chaotic good! (5 pm)

Coffee and community

Counter Culture Coffee reopens its training center doors for the first in a series of monthly pop-up shops, featuring a new coffee and signature beverage and supporting a new nonprofit organization each month. (11am)

Also || book: John Darnielle’s Devil House, comedy for charity

Saturday January 29

Somebody, Nobody, Anybody

DC-based band Melk makes music about the interactions and objects that interrupt the mundane day-to-day. They’re celebrating their second EP release "Somebody, Nobody, Anybody" with a show at Pie Shop. with Scorpio!. (7:30pm)

3 comedy teams, one night

The Rails Comedy brings together a sketch team, a improv team, and a film team for a jam-packed night show featuring both digital and live comedy performances. (7:30pm)

Also || this is memory…, lazer cut quilts, tunes: lomelda

Sunday January 30

The meditative space between

The Additive Arrow, a piece for synthesizer and cello by composer Catherine Lamb, will have its DC-debut at the Phillips collection on Sunday. The work is described as a “meditative exploration of the space between instruments, ears, and open space.” In person-tickets are sold out, but virtual seats are still available. (4-5:30 pm)

Get flee DC

Hone your inner creative with a visit to Sandlot Southeast’s market, showcasing the most clothes, records, art, and home goods amidst community. (2pm)

Also || back 2 war in europe, Side hustle sundays, Monster Jam at Capital One

Monday January 31

Implicit Orders, Explicit Violence

Profs & Pints hosts Kurt Braddock, fellow at the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab at American University, to discuss the concept of “stochastic terrorism.” He’ll share research as to how vague calls to violent action become real threats. (6pm

Lunar New Year Dinner Demo

The National Museum of Asian Art convenes local Asian American chefs Kevin Tien, Rosie Nguyen, and Yuan Tang for a virtual “reunion dinner,” where they will share family traditions and give cooking demonstrations. (If you want to snack along with them, you can also order a box of sweets from the chefs in advance here) (6pm)

Also || book talk: Amartya Sen’s Home in the Worldunderground comedy, beloved community food vendor co-op

Tuesday February 1

Take action on transit equity

Citizens Climate Lobby DC hosts Jeremiah Lowery, Advocacy Director for the Washington Area Bicycle Association, for a talk on key problems and solutions around transportation equity in DC followed by a letter-to-the-editor writing session (7pm). 


The CAN I KICK IT Series, which sets martial arts movies to a live DJ, returns after 2 years. Watch DEADPOOL set to a mix of hip-hop, funk, rock, jazz tunes scored by a live DJ (6:30pm). 

Also || zoombathon, the power of regret, end breed-specific legislation in Prince George’s!!!, talk: Daniel Pink, dance: Alvin Ailey, tunes: Sphinx Symphony Orchestra


2/2: tunes: Courtney Barnett, talk: China, Empire of Stories, meet & greet Robert White

⅔: the mother of all comedy, wordplay at DC Improv

2/4: tunes: Greensky Bluegrass, tunes: Ramxes, Rosa Parks prayer breakfast, dance workout, design & social impact

⅖: tunes: Hazel Scott celebration, researching Black family histories, SAAM’s Lunar New Year, meet ‘n greet James Butler

2/6: talk: history of India

2/7: talk: Jonathan Greenblatt, talk: Battle of the Wilderness (Civil War)

2/8: tunes: Husbands, Foundations of Improv

2/9: The People’s Archive of BLM Plaza

2/10: DC Moth StorySlam, comedy: the Midnight Gardeners, comedy: Couples Therapy, virtual handi hour with sewing and patches

2/11: comedy: Awkward Sex…and the City, tunes: Oh He Dead

2/12: tunes: serpentwithfeet, Story District: Sucker for Love, dance: Coyoba Theater, Polar Bear Plunge

2/13: Gay Men’s Chorus, chamber music

2/14: comedy: Kiss & Tell, Chad America’s Valentine’s Day Rock & Roll Party, comedy: Valentine’s Showcase

2/15: climate and local gardens

2/16: talk: Marlon James, grassroots comedy

2/17: talk: Arthur Brooks, comedy: Mortified

2/18: tunes: Umphrey’s McGee, tunes: Black Country, New Road, meet ‘n greet: Andre Davis

2/19: comedy: WIT’s iMusical, tunes: Action Bronson

2/20: tap dance

2/22: tunes: Illuminati Hotties

2/23: paint your pet

2/24: comedy: the Time Machine Roast


3/2: tunes: We Are Scientists

⅗: tunes: Deafheaven, tunes: Besnard Lakes

3/6: tunes: Martin James Bartlett

3/7: tunes: Emanuel Ax + Yo-Yo Ma + Leonidas Kavakos

3/9: tunes: Gang of Four, tunes: Los Pericos

3/12: dance: Unvarnished America

3/13: tunes: Animal Collective

3/15: tunes: Davone Tines

3/17: tunes: Cautious Clay, tunes: Pogues tribute

3/18: tunes: Touche Amore, Story District: Funnier Than Fiction

3/19: tunes: BBNG, tunes: La Luz, tunes: Heaven Forbid/Hedge Rider

3/20: tunes: Horsegirl

3/22: tunes: Mdou Moctar

3/25: dance: Lil Buck

3/26: tunes: Mitski

3/29: tunes: Hilary Hahn

3/31: tunes: Holy Fuck


4/1: dance: English with an Accent

⅘: tunes: Black Midi, tunes: Daniel Rossen

4/7: tunes: Geographer

4/8: NSO at the Anthem

4/11: tunes: Tennyson

4/15: tunes: Cat Power

4/17: tunes: Hurray for the Riff Raff, tunes: Maude Latour

4/20: tunes: Indigo de Souza, Horsejumper of Love

4/21: Big Thief, Dharma Gates DC meditation retreat (TikTok invitation, link), tunes: Fontaines DC

4/24: tunes: Matt Kearney

4/28-29: the Parable of the Sower

4/30: sucker for love


5/1: tunes: Screaming Females

5/2: tunes: Born Ruffians

5/5: tunes: Destroyer

5/7: tunes: The Antlers

5/9: tunes: Lucius

5/11: tunes: Brian Jonestown Massacre

5/12: tunes: Current Swell

5/14: tunes: HAIM

5/19: tunes: The Body

5/21: DC Pizza Festival

5/28: Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘n Out


6/11: tunes: Tigran Hamasayan

6/19: Kraftwerk 3-d


nouvelle vague

8/21: tunes: Lord Huron


9/8: tunes: RHCP

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