23 Feb

The To Do List

Another weekend is upon us and how are you going to spend these balmy February days? With buds and crocuses prematurely popping up all over one might get an early start on cleaning up the garden I suppose.  I, however, prefer to wait until the calendar says it’s time. This is DC and you just never know what a winter will bring.

Thursday night begins the third annual INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival at the Atlas. I will give you a more thorough run down of the events later on but thought some of our readers might want to secure tickets for tonight’s performance/reading/interview with Avatar and Terra Nova star Stephen Lang.  Mr. Lang is the brother of Atlas founder Jane Lang and is in town to do a reading of Robert Browning’s interpretation of The Pied Pier, accompanied by percussionist Tom Teasley. After the reading NPR’s Bob Mondello will conduct an interview and Q and A with the star. Performance begins at 7:30 and tickets can be purchased here.

The Hill Center is hosting a different type of reading as Newsweek/Daily Beast columnist Linda Killian stops by to discuss her book The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents. The event begins at 7 and one can register to attend here.

Friday night from 7pm to 9pm the Hill Center hosts Bacon and Bourbon Date Night. I know than more than a few of my fellow bloggers here at THIH are big fans of bacon so register as quickly as you can folks. You don’t want to miss what chef Wendi James has planned. Even this vegetarian is almost tempted by ‘Banana Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce and Candied Bacon.’ Almost… Go here to to reserve your spot.

Have you been  to The Fridge yet? It’s the Hilly Award winning art gallery in the alley behind Belga Cafe on Barracks Row. Saturday night you have a chance to rub shoulders with young artists at the opening reception for Warhol Through the Eyes of the Children of Perry Center. Artists affiliated with the art collective Albert Cavus introduced the kids to the work of Warhol and the kids created their own work inspired by the king of Pop Art himself. The opening reception is from 5-9 and is free and open to the public.

Sunday night is Oscar night!  The red carpet will be rolled out at… ok it’s the Hill Center again but this is for a REALLY good cause. The Mayor and the Council are hosting a fundraiser for Jan’s Tutoring House, the 20-year-old tutoring and mentoring program founded by Jan Eichhorn, the lifelong social and community activist who fought for DC home rule and congressional representation.  The event runs from 6pm – 8pm so you will have plenty of time to head home for some serious Clooney-gazing.  Space is limited so register today.

It’s not often we discuss Monday events in the To Do but we can’t resist something so perfectly in tune with our penchant for the historical. Lounge 201 will host a trivia night to benefit The U.S. Capitol Historical Society. The event will test your knowledge of the building for which our dear ‘hood is named as well as some general knowledge. (We should get THIH team together because with Robert and Tim we would totally crush). Lounge 201 is located at 201 Massachusetts Ave NE.  Admission is free and a percentage the proceeds will go to benefit the Society.

That’s it for me folks. All of these ideas sound grand but I’m spending the next three weekends at the Atlas. Do stop in and say hello.

Jen DeMayo is Dorector of Community for the Atlas Performing Arts Center.