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Wednesday February 7


Join As You Are for the first monthly queer reading night! Have you ever been reading at a bar (I promise it’s something normal) and some weirdo comes up to you with unsolicited questions and opinions? Well, AYA will have indicator nametags from red (don’t want to talk) to green (I’d love to chat about my book! Elena Ferrante anyone?) so that everyone can read in comfort! (6pm)

Oh these little old things? I made them. 

Join MLK Library for their craft & chill event where you can create African-inspired earrings with all materials provided. Then bring them home! (5:30pm)

Also || Mother of all comedy shows, tunes: No/Más / Knoll / Deliriant Nerve / Disrotter, gentrification and the creation of DC’s wealth gap, realign your career

Thursday February 8

In the life of a building our moment is brief

Join the National Gallery for a presentation on J. Max Bond, one of the most influential Black architects of the 20th century (and the architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture)! The discussion will explore architecture and its impact on buildings in Harlem, Mississippi, and Atlanta between the 60s and the 80s. (4pm)

Putting the Y in art-y

GATHER/TOGETHER is an exhibit by DC artists Zsudakya and James Terrell - well known in the DC art community for their individual artwork and collaborative pieces (they literally pass the canvas back and forth like I could never!!!). Check out the exhibit at Gallery Y and catch the opening reception! (6pm)

Also || tunes: Squid + Water From Your Eyes, Portrait Gallery ASL tours, 1898 Revisions poetry night,, portrait show: Workers, a night of Native comedy, tunes: DiToro, Valentine’s Date at LoC with Rebecca Ross, tunes: Bob Marley birthday tribute, talk AI, climate careers, tunes: girlgenius showcase, shop for those you love, world poetry, Gallery Y(mca) opening reception: GATHER/TOGETHER, Valentines SIP and Shop

Friday February 9

Black History film festival 

Friday kicks off a two-day Black History Film Festival. Watch short films including the short doc Now & Forever about the new windows at the Washington National Cathedral. Tickets are free and include film premiers and a post-premier reception. (5:30pm-12am)

I went to this event last year and can confirm: Very fun

It’s free bluegrass and $3 beer night at Union Stage, featuring two iconic bluegrass bands: Split String Soup and Rock Creek Revival. Come pop it, lock it, polka dot it, countrify then hip hop it, put your hawk in the sky move side to side, jump to the left, stick it, glide! Zig zag cross the floor, shuffle in diagonal, when the drum hits hands on your hips, one foot it, 180 twist! (5pm)

Also || joke sistas, Awkward Sex…and the City, tunes: Becky Hill and Ben Nelson, Pendry with live guitarist, tunes: RedHorizon, curator’s tour: Simone Leigh, book talk: George Pelecanos, Notch Brewing launch, Pat Curran on Jeopardy watch party, comedy: Bombs Away, Free Gypsy Jazz concert

Saturday February 10

What comedy show you should go to based on when you think you peaked

  • Still can’t find anything to replicate the high you got from running your engineering sorority in undergrad like the Navy? Rush to Motley Mischief, a sketch comedy show featuring the hilarious Midnight Gardener’s League! (8:30pm)
  • If you’re hitting your prime 5 years into your vague consultancy gig, Work Sucks comedy show is the place for you! Turn those dreams of burning down your office building so you can telework into knee-slapping improvised jokes on stage! (Pls don’t commit arson in our name) (9pm)
  • Can’t stop reliving your high school glory days? Do you describe yourself as “precious” in all of your stories from childhood? Won’t stop bragging about winning Wonderland Trivia literally 3 years ago when your friends were hosting? We love an indecisive king! You won’t want to miss the Comedy Karaoke Trivia Funtime Show! (7:30pm)

2/10: #SafeAndFreeDC, #WePowerDC, Potomac polar plunge 😣, Comedy Karaoke Trivia Show, Comedy as a Second Language, Sio x Galentines party, DC Queer Bike Ride, here’s the tea- women’s circle, Callbox Tour, tunes: Freq Flag / Sensor Ghost, sex ed pop up, Maryland Burlesque, Jazz at the Kreeger, SEED and Solstice, Mardi Gras at the Wharf, tunes: Kara Levchenko, Lunar New Year at SAAM, book talk: biography of Naomi Osaka, lunar new year celebration, Ward 4 Out Loud, Black Folk and the public square, free bluegrass & $3 beer day, cinema hearts DJ, our Rock Creek Kings are back 😌 , improvised musical comedy, nature reflection and mental health or go to an invasive plant removal

Sunday February 11

Songs about love? OUT! Songs about cheating? IN

February is usually reserved for songs about love, but the R&B Club wanted to put something a little different together: songs about cheating. From records like Betty Wright's "Clean Up Woman," to Billy Paul's "Me & Mrs. Jones," and XScape's "My Little Secret," there are some bops! Fun, but not included are songs about almost cheating. (12pm)

It’s not that simple, readers - he’s gay!

For this writer, Dylan Adler is a household name (mostly just me and my partner quoting that video to each other). Lucky for you, he’ll be headlining Cupid’s Queer Comedy Special alongside some other very funny people! I also think he’s a former gymnast so ask him to do a backflip!! (6pm)

Also || film: Bushman, film: Phoenixes, Comedy4Peace, tunes: Jair-Rohm Parker Wells & Susan Alcorn, make your own card, sound bath, storytelling according to Coyote

Monday February 12

It’s not too late to follow up on your New Years’ Resolution

Have you been wanting to start running? Nervous to find people to do it with? Or, are you a runner but want some more workouts? Then DC Run Club is perfect for you! Join them for their weekly HIIT workout and conditioning run! (7pm)

TIL Ritter means Knight in German

Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band are bringing their distinctive Americana sound to 9:30 club for the 20th anniversary of Ritter’s album ‘Hello Starling.’ Grab your bestie who will cry at anything and shed a single tear to ‘Kathleen’ and other beautifully written and performed tunes! (doors at 7pm)

Also || tunes: Josh Ritter, Profs & Pints: The Love Lecture, Stage Fright comedy show, Lunar New Year at Lost Gen

Tuesday February 13

Heck ya! Let’s talk about friendship!!!

Join friends and authors Rhaina Cohen and Dr. Marisa Franco to discuss friendship, people that put friendships at the center of their lives, and how the science of attachment can help you make and keep friends! Plus, stick around after for friendship bingo and maybe make some new friends! (7pm)

Can’t we just print more money??

Confused about how the city budgets its funds? Jews United for Justice is here to teach you how DC’s budgeting process works, from allocating funds past social justice victories and what you can do to ensure next year’s budget reflects your values! (6pm)

Also || The Power of Friendship, Women Uncorked, Kink or disorder (looking at how psychology approaches unusual sexual behaviors), healthy homes DC advocacy day, Valentine’s Day Comedy Show


2/14: Story District: Worst Date Ever, tunes: Umphrey’s McGee, DC Improv Valentine’s Day Showcase, o street mansion celebrates Valentine’s Day, Palantine’s card-making workshop, local author Ashley Parker, letters of love & lust from the White House, workshop: embodiment, people’s book at vigilante cafe and sweet earline’s, Valentine’s at The Sovereign or at ChurchKey or at Shelter, explore personal boundaries, couples sketch show, LGBTQ Improv Game Show, El Mercat Valentines, Embodiment Workshop

2/15: teen graphic novel reading group, sketch at the Portrait Gallery!, tunes: Parasite Nurse, theater: Where We Belong, India on the Red Sea, tunes: Argo and the Violet Queens, the Feels speed dating, book talk: Hamilton Nolan on labor power with Sara Nelson, talk: Major Jackson, talk: Billie Dee Williams @ DCPL, Girls Rock DC: Heartbreak Hotel, supporting artists through organizations, rally: Free Ocalan, political trivia night, Orcas vs. Yachts, theater: Where We Belong, Softly, Softly Expressions, book talk: The Tusks of Extinction, “feels” dating event, film: The First Step, 40 Acres: Camp Barker, bilingual middle school fair

2/16: tunes: Jamila Woods, theater: Tempestuous Elements, tunes: Grimm Winter6th and I: Mardi Gras Shabbat, art: At Home @ Grandma’s House, theater: Tempestuous Elements, book talk: Sex, Lies, and Sensibility, 1230 by Please Bring Chips, mid-atlantic jazz festival 

2/17: Portrait Gallery ASL tour, Rock the Rink, Speak Softly @ Morris Bar, the story of chocolate, Montenegro at Midnight, book talk: A Real Right to Vote with Rep Raskin, five generations of Black country cooks, Kujichagulia - Self Determination, invasive plant removal, indigo & Shibori 101, community control of the police, Black History at Lafayette Park, Gay Men’s Chorus

2/18: Singing the Dream: Songs for MLK, tunes: Granny & the Boys, tunes: Lion of Judah, 4th annual Chili Cook-Off, last day to submit your pride poem, tunes: Elsa Nilsson’s Band of Pulses, Takoma Death Cafe, Yolks on You Burlesque Show, Winston Hodges comedy, DIY skincare

2/19: George Washington as American Revolutionary

2/20: Department Stores - a Feminine Oasis, tunes: Mostly Other People Do The Killing, REACH to Forests at KenCen, the Inner Loop, create powerful written testimony, Lance Kramer talk, Two Years of War In Ukraine, “How Your Story Sets You Free”, Situation Comedy all stars, storytelling sanctuary at shaw’s tavern, good soup: queer soup night

2/21: tunes: Poolside, movie: Frybread Face & Me, book talk: Esther Goldenburg

2/21-25: DC Independent Film Forum

2/22: tunes: Aimee Mann, Destin Conrad at 6th and I, tunes: Tuvan throat singers, Women Uncorked: Intro to Kink, NMWA nights, book club: Jon Fosse, book talk: the legacy of slavery in an American family, talk: on Pauli Murray, blood drive, Shoetopia after hours, film: Origin @ Alamo Drafthouse, book talk: Donna Everhart

2/23: tunes: Jess Williamson, tunes: Nate Scheible Tape Release / Claire Alrich / Niki Afsar with Jonathan Williger, SAAM lunchtime gallery talks, book talk: Leslie Jamison’s new memoir, art talk: Humanscape 63, Drag Lab, comedy in Arlington ft. Brendan Gay, theater: Soul of Langston, belly dance technique and drills, recorder player (but professional not like your third grade chorus), living with forests

2/24: Portrait Gallery teen conversation circles, multidisciplinary hair show, Capital City Symphony: Battles Within, beer at bluejacket, film: Kevin Jerome Everson, Hill Family Biking, Luangisa African Art Show, Cumbia party!, Ice Yards 2024, invasive plant removal at RCP, BLKR The Berry fundraiser

2/25: Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, film: The I and S of Lives, film: Kevin Jerome Everson, u up? natural wine @ No Kisses, tea with Myrtis, Pa'Lante Serie Cultural Latinoamerican, concert series ft Bridget Kirby, environmental justice book club, book talk: Holler Rat, Profs & Pints: Race & Fast Food

2/26: tunes: Raffaella, tunes: Beatrice Rana, book talk: Joy-Ann Reid, tunes: Beatrice Rana, Profs & Pints: Pre-Election Polls and Presidents

2/27: musical bingo, book: Billie Holliday bio, Profs & Pints: Nasa’s Next Big Thing, art talk: Carbon-ATE, Cleveland Park musical bingo

2/28: tunes: No Trick PonyThe Hands of Orlac, People Uncorked: Sex Discussions, joe’s dirtie lab, talk: Chinatowns and land trusts, book talk: Good Material,

2/29: Burn Book: A Tech Love Story, tunes: Jane O’Neill, tunes: The WMD Drone Trio / Parker Speirs, tunes: le Consort, talk: An American Teenager and the City That Failed Him, Rock Star Fund 2024, influence of Islam on the Italian Renaissance, storytelling cocktail hour, Black storytelling with Sista’ Martha


3/1: tunes: Two Door Cinema Club, Las Misticas del Mexico, new Spy Museum Exhibit, tunes: Left Lane Cruiser, City in Green, art talk: Wendy MacNaughton, tunes: Seven Pillars

3/2: Drag me to the Disco, art exhibit: Girl Math, Photojournalism Now, art history symposium

3/3: A Bel Canto Salon

3/4: Mapping Suffrage, book talk: Origins of Iraq invasion

⅗: book talk: Xochitl Gonzalalez

3/6: tunes: Moonshine Society, Super Tuesday and the Road to 2024, book talk with Stuart Gibbs,

3/7: book talk: Amitav Ghosh, tudor cocktail class, Wild & Scenic film festival

3/8 : A Learning Theater Production: Princess and the Pea, Daniel Van Kirk, Awesome Con, tunes: Jamal Moore + Janel Leppin, book talk: Emily Brooks, tunes: Jamal Moore / Janet Leppin

3/9: Comedy Karaoke Trivia Funtime, Daniel Van Kirk, tunes: Griefcat, tunes: Marian McLaughlin / Caleb Flood, Rooting DC, Las Misticas del Mexico, invasive plant removal at RCP, talk with Renée Stout, Edisa Weeks delirious dances

3/10: Bach’s Te Deum, Bruckner, DC Movie Club Oscar’s watch party!, NMWA chat with Cecilia Alemani, tunes: Clarice Assad

3/11: Rotterdam Philharmonic

3/12: tunes: Sleater-Kinney (Black Belt Eagle Scout opening!), tunes: Laura Jane Grace, book talk: Here After by Amy Lin

3/13: tunes: The Kooks, book talk: Ismael Einashe ‘Strangers’

3/14: tunes: Mary Timony, book talk: Jennifer Moorman and Love Hudson-Maggio, sake dinner pairing fundraiser

3/15: NORA and the lighthouse

3/16: Joe’s movement emporium, tunes: Time Phase Trio / sinonó, hidden history of first ladies, DC puzzle swap, youth law fair, The Family Ballet

3/17: tunes: Tim Berne Trio

3/18: book talk with Alexander Ward

3/19: tunes: This Is Lorelei / Fantasy of a Broken Heart / Berra

3/20: tunes: Zakir Hussain, tabla, joe’s dirtie lab

3/21: DC Sketchfest, Environmental Film Festival, tunes: Carolyn Zaldivar Snow / Eli Woodbridge / Marie Carroll / Lispectre, art talk with Todd Gray, book talk: Jerry Epstein

3/22: Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction, haus of bambi dance show

3/23: exhibit: the Anxious Eye, learn to make a paper bouquet!, tunes: Hour / Susan Alcorn / Heather Stebbins

3/24: Pa'Lante Serie, Women Uncorked

3/28: book talk: Lauren Oyler, Becky Lynch at 6th and I

3/29: 25th annual youth poetry contest, musical: Unknown Soldier, dance: Amber Lucia Chabus 

3/30: workshop: painting the moment, Shining Beacons art residency

3/31: Happy 339th Birthday Bach!, painting with paper


4/3: Grow your own herb garden

4/07: book talk: Joëlle Retener, book talk: Liz Montague

4/11: seder, book talk: Cal Newport

4/12: tunes: Swans, the story is in our bones

4/13: opening play: Chicks, Comedy Karaoke Trivia funtime show!

4/14: New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024

4/17: tunes: Rip Room / Bed Maker / Quattracenta, joe’s dirtie lab (artist critique) 

4/21: tunes: Coreyah, tunes: Griefcat, tunes: Ruston Kelly

4/25: tunes: Oneohtrix Pt Never

4/27: Project GLOW

4/28: Project GLOW, book talk: Kudzu Queen


5/2: tunes: Belle & Sebastian (The Weather Station opening!), Tudor Nights: Up in Arms

5/8: Ball for the Mall

5/15: joe’s dirtie lab (artist critique)

5/16: The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, book talk: Nicole Chung “All You Can Ever Know”

5/18: tune: Mannequin Pussy

5/19: Storytime with Laura Gehl (kid friendly!)


6/12: joe’s dirty lab (artist critique)


8/15: tunes: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard


9/26: tunes: Keane


10/3: Tudor Nights: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

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