Hello friends! I want to enjoy this freakish February weather, really, but I feel like it interrupts my planned hibernation season. But if we are to make merry while the planet burns, here are a few ideas to take your mind off of the ice caps.
Tonight at 7 p.m., Steadfast Supply and Femme Fatale host a workshop for women called Commanding Your Vision. Three female entrepreneurs will discuss their stories and share insights to inspire others on similar paths. Entrepreneurs Nicole Crowder of Nicole Crowder Upholstery,Marta Staudinger of Latela Curatorial, Leah Beilhart of Behold.Her chat with moderator, Mollie Q. Coleman of Noirbnb.com. The discussion will be followed by a networking cocktail hour with nibbles and drinks. Tickets are $15 and attendees will get 10% off of any Steadfast Supplies purchase.
Friday night, enjoy some music along with pies at the newish music venue above Dangerously Delicious Pies. Three bands, Eastern Standard Time, The Fuss and Bongo District take the stage performing a mix of ska, jazz, soul, reggae, Latin and funk. Sounds like a night of carby fun. Tickets are $12 and the doors open at 7 p.m.
Saturday, help the 5th graders at Maury Elementary go to Space Camp by heading to the Used Book Sale. The $10 entry fee is an all-inclusive pass, which entitles you to snacks, crafts, story time, and up to 10 items including DVDs, books, puzzles, and games. Marie Kondo is actually okay with your books, people. Just make sure they spark joy and you’re fine. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Maury Village temporary location at 1840 Constitution Avenue NE.
C apitol Hill Presbyterian Church host its 4th Annual St. Valentines Concert and Sparkling Wine Tasting 6-8 PM to raise money for Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s homeless and food programs. The evening consists of a concert featuring “Songs of Love from the Movies” to be followed by a sparkling wine tasting with food pairings led by local sommelier Chani Wiggins who will speak briefly about each wine. Parents don’t even need a sitter to attend because there will be a concurrent children’s event hosted by the church’s childcare team where kids play and eat dinner. The concert and wine tasting is $30 (the children’s event is free for attendees). A set of two tickets is $55 and four tickets is $100. Get them here.
Sunday, the new Makeshift is hosting an open house. The space which is opening at 1321 Linden Court NE. (The alley behind the Atlas Performing Arts Center.) The venue will aim to offer a mix of creative art and music group classes for children and adults. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., stop by to check out the space, meet instructors, and make a Valentine’s Day craft.
That afternoon just across the alley at the Atlas, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington performs the musical Working which is based on the lives of real people interviewed by the journalist Studs Terkel. A variety of composers are featured including Stephen Shwartz, Craig Carnelia, James Taylor, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Micki Grant, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Hmmm. I was in a production of Working in college when Lin was still in elementary school so this production must have an updated take. Perhaps LMM penned a song about the gig economy?? See that Uber! Now I have to go. Tickets are $20-39 and they will sell out.