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Wednesday, September 22

Black Power in DC

Chocolate City author and UMBC professor George Derek Musgrove joins the DCPL People’s Library series to talk about Black Power here from 1961-1998. (4:30 pm)

Autumnal equinox

Do whatever you do to celebrate the changing of the season -- burn incense, dance under the moon, order a PSL -- or just visit Temperance Alley’s celebration, part of a week of programming at the temporary garden/park. (6-8 pm)

Also || dc improv, talk: anderson cooper, shaolin jazz, human rights in Americas awards

Thursday, September 23

Let’s get boozy!

Wishing you could be in Italy sailing into the Amalfi Coast? This demystifying amaro event will teach you how to blend various flavors of amari to make your very own bougie bottle. (6:30pm)

How to see a plant: vegetables

Don’t neglect your garden vegetables! Join U Street Neighborhood Association to, “learn the art of close observation and how to be in relationship with the garden plants.” (5pm)

Also || tunes: Islands, tunes: Tame Impala, tunes: Dierks Bentley, a roadmap for your career pivot, virtual town hall, silva gallery x latela curatorial, bike buying 101, talk: Machiavelli for Women, talk: Israel, movie: compensation

Friday, September 24

District Hunt

“Every year, Game Genius designs and hosts a city-wide treasure hunt around a social theme. Form a team, solve puzzles, and learn about local changemakers!” (team contest begins 9/24, self-directed 9/27)

Art All Night

Art All Night is back! This festival will feature 2 nights, 8 wards, and 100+ local artists all across the city. Find what’s going on in your neighborhood to plan your creative scavenger hunt. (all night)

  • In petworth, dance to live mariachi performances while strolling down Uptown Main St. for art viewings, documentaries, an artisan market, and more. (5pm

Also || tunes: Bleachers, outlaw music festival, Awkward Sex...and the City, district hunt, therapeutic art session, Deaf enlightenmeant and arts festival, art of memory workshop, “jangly and glamorous” art, exhibit: the other slavery

Saturday, September 25

NEXTfest dc

Celebrate a brand new music festival launching in Malcolm X Park featuring “the evolution of Black music in DC.” Listed as one of this year’s top fall festivals by WaPo, musicians will perform their Go-Go and Jazz styles, while participating in panel discussions, workshops, and art installations. (all day)

Do something good

The Water for People committee is hosting their annual Rock Creek Park hike to fundraise and raise awareness for the need to have “high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments.” (9:30pm)

Also || Indigenous People’s Day teach-in, DC Bike Ride, tunes: Oh He Dead!, all ages dance party, book: The Eternal Audience of One, Afrobeats Block Party w Jollof Cookoff, used book sale, Rosslyn Reads, tunes: Sebastien Leger, heavyweights comedy, mutual aid picnic, wuthering heights choreo, art all night cont., art in the park, brookland arts walk clay festival

Sunday, September 26

Visual arts and fashion

It’s the last day to see Tribute Collective’s The Mediators, a fashion and art exhibition featuring the works of three DC based artists. (5pm)

Yoga and sound bath

Take more time for yourself. Rejuvenate your energy in an aromatherapeutic room while lying still in a sound bath. #selfcaresunday (10am)

Also || Hope & Seek in Rock Creek, talk: understanding racial capitalism, the breath of the world

Monday, September 27

Probably just chill

You know how restaurants take Monday off? That. 

also || what creates a terrorist?, talk: the American Indian Movement

Tuesday, September 28

Committee of the Whole considers DCPS conditions

Sure to be an interesting (probably very long) and important conversation; you can submit testimony at the link. (9 am)

Talk: When pirates prowled the Chesapeake

Recall your inner seven-year-old, or whatever age you felt most called to brazen lawlessness and thought “a pirate’s life for me!” (6 pm)

Tunes: Rufus Wainwright & Jose Gonzalez

Both dudes known for heartfelt folk who transcend the solo “singer-songwriter with guitar,” given their proficiency with more orchestrated music in the mode of Nick Drake; at the Anthem? Not sure how it will play. Wainwright is in the “wearing a suit” mode of his career and not in the Dan Bejar way. (8 pm

Also || how to negotiate effectively, science lectures: how to change the freezing point of water


Smithsonian Arts & Industries reopening


9/29: tunes: Sarah Jarosz

9/30: tunes: Gary Numan, GGW Fall Mixer at metrobar, DCFPI Annual Reception & 20th Anniversary Party, crybaby comedy at Toki


10/1: The last YMTE at Wonderland, film: Remember the Titans

10/2: Halcyon Awards, Wiener 500

10/3: tunes: Tinashe

10/6: tunes: Rodrigo y Gabriela, Eleanor Roosevelt Celebration for JWJ Education Fund

10/8: tunes: Waxahatchee, film: Coco

10/9: Down in the Reeds music festival

10/10: tunes: Chris Staples, Books in Bloom

10/14: cheeseboard class, Immigrant Film Festival

10/15: film: Knives Out

10/16: All Things Go Music Festival

10/17: tunes: Torres

10/18: tunes: Waxahatchee

10/21: Hasan Minhaj

10/22: Howl-o-Ween, film: Nightmare Before Christmas

10/23: Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! all ages dancy party (literally)

10/29: tunes: 100 gecs


11/6: tunes: Of Montreal

11/14: tunes: Finneas

11/15: tunes: Wolf Alice

11/21: tunes: Mastodon/Opeth


12/1-2: tunes: New Pornographers

12/8: tunes: Allen Stone

12/11: tunes: Bully

12/12: tunes: The Joy Formidable

12/28: John Oliver


1/24: tunes: Fucked Up 


2/2: tunes: Courtney Barnett


⅗: tunes: Deafheaven

3/19: tunes: BBNG

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