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Wednesday February 1st

Did you hear about the tuba player who played in tune?

Neither did I! This is just one of the many #TubaHate jokes I found online. Apparently tubas are the most hated of the brass instruments? We felt bad so we’re letting people know about this free tuba and euphonium workshop! Maybe after this four-day workshop you’ll learn how to play in tune. (9am)

shshshshshshshsh (the sound the broom makes while curling)

Have you ever wanted to learn curling? Maybe follow it up with a cocktail? Sign up with your band of misfits (that’s what they always call the underdog athletes in movies) and come curl at the Wharf. And maybe stand up to some bullies and learn the true meaning of friendship while you do. (7pm, 8pm, 9pm)

What’s a birthday party without alpacas?

Alpaca-lyptic! Good thing Inca Social’s 4 year anniversary will have live alpacas, dancing, and free Concha a la Parmesana for the first 200 guests. There will be cheap drinks, food, and maybe even llamanade. (4pm)

Also || Oud Beersel, jazz sesh, treasure HEARunT at O st (really tried to combine hunt and heart but idk if it worked), cook book talk w/ Emmanuel Laroche, perfect liars club

Thursday February 2nd

The One Where They Have Trivia Night At Atlas

If you don’t get this reference, then you probably won’t do very well at this Friends-themed trivia night. Idk anything else about Friends except “we were on a break” but I’m like if you really loved her why did you go hook up with someone else? Anyway, winners get free gift cards. (7pm)

Festival night!

  • National Film Festival Lunafest is heading to Bethesda, with films by and about women. Tickets include a drink, a treat (hot girls love a little treat), and lots and lots of auction items! (6:30pm)
  • Ford’s Theatre (they spell it the fancy way, who know) is launching their free, three-day festival of readings from their first cohort of BIPOC playwrights. (7:30pm)

College improv but make it cool and adult 

It’s our favorite time of year: the Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament (or FIST) at WIT! Acronyms! Local troupes battle wits all while probably wearing cuffed jeans, funky socks, and fun collared shirts. Check out favs including THIS IS NOT A TOY! (7:30pm

Also || theater: Bars & Measures, After Migration, is cupid stupid dating show, free comedy show (plus apparently the venue has cheap drinks), dance takeover at the pocket, it’s…it’s uh it’s “poundhog” day presented by SLEAZE oh my

Friday February 3rd

Listen to tunes at saloons eating macaroons in the late afternoons

  • Check out MJ Lenderman, guitarist for iconic band Wednesday, in his solo show at DC9. His music is alt-country rock. It makes me want to ride a horse, but through the Dave Thomas Circle Wendy’s drive through. I saw them live, highly recommend. (8pm)
  • Iconic rock band The Hold Steady will be playing at Black Cat. Their sets have confetti and light shows…not something you want to miss! (8pm)
  • The National Symphony Orchestra will be filling up The Anthem with their vibrations. Honestly, this is the only band I want to see at The Anthem. Seating? Calm vibes? Sign me up. Last time I was at The Anthem I literally got body slammed. (8pm)

Also || comedy rap show at speakeasy (except i believe submitting something to 730 is like the opposite of what a speakeasy is), comedy: Chris Alan, The Unseen art exhibit, tunes: pigeons playing ping pong (sold out)

Saturday February 4th 

Civic responsibility era

  • Are you into art? Bored and wanting to join a board? Looking to give back? Come learn more about the 2023 Capital Hill Arts Workshop Board at their informational meeting. (1:30pm)
  • Give your thoughts on DC’s plans to mitigate internal flooding at Buzzard Point. $20 gift card to the first 50 people to attend!  (?pm)

It’s februARTy!

  • Surround yourself with sound at the Hirshhorn for Sound Shards, a 360 degree music concert experience examining how American history is shaped and contested. (4pm)
  • Contemporary artist Anne Lindberg’s new art installation asks the question, “what color is divine light?” (all day)
  • A new group show at Gallery Y explores joy—join a talk with the artists and start your year off right. (3pm)

Also || talk: Pete Holmes, CCL/Transit Equity Day, theater: Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, Konjur Collective, vintage market, if anyone could go there for me im looking for maybe some candle holders maybe a vase idk, tunes: SPROUTS!

Sunday February 5th 


Grammy watch party

Practice your cheering, gasping, and booing…and then head to Songbyrd for ​​THE Grammy watch party, featuring a music video power hour pregame, drink specials, prizes, and commercial interludes spun by Songbyrd’s very own DJ Low Japan. (6:30pm)

Art Brew Swap

SWAP DC and Urban Garden Brew are collaborating to bring a community art swap to Right Proper. Bring 2-5 pieces of art, art supplies, canvases or frames to donate and take home something new! Plus beer tasting, art vendors and tunes. (6pm)

Also|| Haiku contest ends, living the dream singing the dream, tunes: GEL, music: jessica pavone and tristan kasten krause, rise of remote healthcare (the event is in person tho), tunes at the pocket, free tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art, boozy game nite at mr. henry’s

Monday February 6th 

Not my electric circus, not my electric monkeys

Author and music journalist Marcus J. Moore sits down with Common and special guest Bilal at the Kennedy Center to discuss the creation, impact, and legacy of Electric Circus on the 20th anniversary of its release. An insightful look at an exceptional album! (7:30pm)

Architecture tour from the couch

Did you know the American Institute of Architects publishes a guide to the architecture of DC? Join a virtual conversation with author G. Martin Moeller, Jr. and get the scoop on hundreds of noteworthy local buildings and monuments. Get some new perspective on the best architecture that our city has to offer and make every bus ride way more interesting. (12pm)

Also || tunes: Lang Lang, architecture tour, a Tu B’Shvat Seder and dinner, fitz and the tantrums at 9:30, architecture tour

Tuesday February 7th

Wake up with Wallace! (your fav gecko)

Hey besties, happy February, month of love, also the month of mealworms I believe. Anyway I’m single and ready to get out there (I’m recently recovering from an eye infection but am doing well fans thank you for checking). Anyway, it’s a week til Valentine’s Day so I gotta get out to the city and meet me a cutie!

  • What better place to meet someone than at the Lost City Bookstore meet cute book club? I can’t wait to pick up “Mistakes Were Made” and meet someone! Maybe they can teach me to read. (7pm)
  • How can I love someone else if I can’t love myself? I join the Hirshhorn’s ten-minute daily mindfulness to make sure I’m centered. (2:50pm)
  • I stop by open mic night at The Saloon hoping someone will love my stand up routine where I bark for ten minutes. Did people think I could talk? (8pm)

Also || tunes: Sheila E., trivia tuesdays, Klangforum Wien, drag bingo, goldilocks trivia, all new material nite at Hotbed comedy, bingo at the fainting goat


2/8: talk: Heather Gay (omfg i love her), jam sesh,

2/9: talk: protest music and gender, tunes: The Rites of Spring, people uncorked, tunes: JW Francis

2/10: creative writing & Maya Lin, legendary choreographer’s “last dance” at Hirshhorn, tunes: Bacchae, Our Song, Our Story

2/11: talk: history of Valentine’s cards, rug and textile appreciation

Rock, roll, and Runaway

An ex-pageant queen who makes power pop? Cue Cinema Hearts, an indie rock band inspired by 60s girl groups and 90s grunge. Catch this local musician at The Runaway, along with indie band Well Wisher and energetic rock group Big Cry Country! (8:30pm)

2/12: Polar Bear Plunge, R&B club

2/13: tunes: Julia Wolf

2/14: Story District: Worst Date Ever, Valentine improv, tunes: Joel Brandon, hard cider and candles, Lost City Books date night

2/16: tunes: Mahler #9, talk: breaking up

2/17: awkward sex … and the city

2/18: art: Muslim carpets, tunes: Korine

2/19: tunes: Mark Bryay of Hootie & The Blowfish and His Son Kenny

2/23: tunes: Kimbra, women uncorked: cultural differences, Green Drinks

2/24: tunes: Junior Boys

2/25: tunes: Yelle, GloRilla, DC High School Film Festival

2/26: tunes: GZA does Liquid Swords; this excellent show closes @ portrait gallery

2/28: tunes: Bill Callahan, the future of anacostia’s art scene


3/1: tunes: Dandy Warhols

3/2: tunes: Shostakovich & Sibelius, tunes: Margo Price

3/3: tunes: Os Mutantes

3/9: tunes: Candlelight Beyonce

3/10: tunes: Betty Who, Winston Hodges at the comedy loft, Bad Bunny Birthday Bash

3/12: make your own face cream, women uncorked goes to Spa World

3/15: tunes: New Found Glory acoustic]

3/18: Chris Gethard

3/19: Rachmaninov, Tennyson, Poe, tunes: Yo La Tengo, comedy: Kasaun Wilson

3/21: women uncorked

3/23: tunes: Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich

3/28: tunes: Ari Lennox, Combo Chimbita


4/2: tunes: HEALTH

4/3: tunes: Lewis Capaldi

4/4: tunes: Titus Andronicus

⅘: tunes: Sleaford Mods

4/8: tunes: Vancouver Sleep Clinic

4/11: tunes: Duster

4/22: tunes: Darren Hayes (Savage Garden), tunes: M83

4/24: tunes: Sona Jobarteh

4/25: tunes: the Wailers

4/28: the GIZ go-go musical

4/29: Hump! Film Festival


5/1: tunes: 100 gecs & Fever Ray

5/2: tunes: Placebo

5/5: tunes: Yaeji

⅚: Theater: Murdered Men Do Bleed and Drip

5/10: comedy: Winston Hodges

5/12: tunes: MUNA

5/14: modern classical: Hailstork & Obama

5/16: Beetlejuice

5/19: tunes: The New Pornographers

5/23: tunes: OFF!, tunes: Walkmen


6/27: tunes: Shania Twain


8/4: tunes: Sam Smith

8/11: tunes: Sylvan Esso

8/15: tunes: Glen Hansard & Swell Season


9/7: tunes: Arctic Monkeys

9/10: tunes: Beck & Phoenix


10/14: Gilded Lily Burlesque

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