08 Sep 2016


To Do: Weekend of September 8th – 11th

Party LIke It's plays at the final Yards Park concert of the year this Friday at 6:30.

Party LIke It’s plays at the final Yards Park concert of the year this Friday at 6:30.

Hello normal life! Back to school/work/Metro-pains/traffic. Boo. Let us distract ourselves with fun, activities and food until Monday.

Tonight, the Hill Center presents The Mehmet Polat Trio as part of the Global Sounds series, Dounouya (DOON-EE-YA) which is the West African word for “The Whole World.” The Amsterdam-based Mehmet Polat Trio is a spiritual yet adventurous meeting of three virtuosos of their instruments: Ney, Kora and Oud. With roots in the Ottoman, ancient Anatolian, Balkan and West African music traditions, the trio galvanizes audiences with its singular and eclectic musical authenticity. The original compositions are colored by daring improvisations and grooves. Series curators/hosts Brendan Canty and Jim Thomson will  facilitate a chat with the artists. Tickets are $15 and the show starts at 7:30. Get your tickets here.

Friday, East City Books hosts a reading and discussion with author and photographer Judy Polumbaum at 6pm. The event is free but you can secure your seat here.

Yards Park hosts the free Friday night concert with the band Party Like It’s which plays crowd pleasers from the 80s, 90s and 2000s. This is the last concert of the season, so make it count!

Rorschach Theatre offers Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC)  previews this weekend at the Atlas Performing Arts Center for its latest play, A Bid to Save the World.  After suffering the loss of her beloved brother, a young woman conjures a world where Death no longer has power over the living. Sounds good to me! PWYC tickets can be purchased through the Atlas box office by calling (202) 399-7993, ext. 2. If you can’t make it this weekend, you have until October 2nd. Tickets will be $20-$30. Get your tickets here.

Saturday morning is the monthly used book sale at the Southeast Library (403 7th Street SE). The sale begins around 10:00 am and ends just before 3 pm.  The volunteer-run organization Friends of the Southeast Library (FOSEL) will be selling children’s books, novels, mysteries, cook books, non-fiction, and more. Entrance to the sale is through the library (and down the stairs) or through the basement door on the D street side.

Sunday, learn more about one of the small, one-block only streets in our neighborhood. Emerald Street, NE (between E, F, 13th and 14th streets NE) has a fascinating history. The Capitol Hill Restoration Society hosts a free walking tour, Sunday, September 11. Learn about freewheeling land speculators, flamboyant developers, boom and bust, Emerald Street’s recovery from the 1968 riots, and its interesting architecture. If there is that much history on this one block, imagine the stories the rest of these row houses could tell! The tour begins at 10a.m. No need to RSVP but if you feel so inclined you may contact caphrs@aol.com.

Congressional Cemetery hosts a free lecture about how DC has appeared in the movies. Mike Canning’s Hollywood on the Potomac offers a comprehensive look at how Washington, DC has been portrayed in American film. In examining more than 50 motion pictures of the Sound Era, it reveals how Washington has been treated as either subject, setting, or background. The lecture begins at 5:30pm. No tickets are needed.

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