And just like that, it’s March. This year is going at breakneck speed. What can we do to evade our thoughts of mortality for a little while?
First off, a salute to all the women who make this city a wonderful place to live. Happy International Women’s Month!
Now that we know the Cherry Blossom Festival starts March 20 and that peak blossoms will be March 22-25, are you ready to decorate your porch for the Petal Porch Parade? A happy neighborhood celebration of spring and pink, this event encourages neighbors to go ALL OUT and decorate their homes and add them to the official map. For more information, click here. Make sure you click the link and watch the videos with adorable ideas on how to make cherry blossoms for outdoor and window decor!
Don’t forget: INTERSECTIONS is going on through March 13 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center! You can browse shows and purchase tickets here and you can have DC Metro Theater Arts help you navigate the acts you want to see.
The Miracle Theatre is doing a run of romantic movies this winter. This week, watch Casablanca is on March 4. Tickets here. Also, for the little ones, why not watch Encanto? Show’s at 4:30 p.m. Tickets here.
Who alive doesn’t love Dolly Parton? If you’re a fan of hers and of young adult fiction, join Dolly and author James Patterson as they discuss Patterson’s newest thriller “Run, Rose, Run,” this Sunday, March 6, at 7.30 pm. This chat is being hosted by our friends at East City Bookshop and you can sign up here to watch.
But wait! If you love discussing books in person, sign up for this special chat hosted by East City Bookshop at The Yard on Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. to listen to author Lillie Lainoff discuss her YA gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers. Sign up here.
Also on March 8, visit ShopHER inside Union Station, mezzanine across from Pizzeria Uno. ShopHER is a small business incubator that features women’s small businesses. From 6-8 p.m., enjoy sips of bubbly as you watch Balinese Legong dancers and shop for BATAX clothing at a special discount. BATAX incorporates Western silhouettes with Indonesian textiles. For tickets and more information, click here.
If you’d rather create (and imbibe), then a special Cherry Blossom-themed Sip and Paint at The Betsy is the event for you. For more info, click here. To make reservations, call 202-544-0100. $135 per person.
In the mood for hanging out at a garden in bloom– and taking photos? IGDC has a lovely guide to photogenic gardens around the area. We would definitely add Kingman Park to this list.
Do you love orchids? The Hillwood Museum will have a Zoom all about these beautiful plants March 9. An Orchid-Filled Greenhouse showcases Marjorie Merriweather Post’s extensive collection, as horticulturist Drew Asbury talks about these incredible plants. Learn more and sign up here.
By the way, you have until March 13 to enter Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s “The Capitol Hill Home” photo contest. The winning entry scores a pair of free tickets to the CHRS Mother’s Day House and Tour Garden. More information here.
Do you believe in the subversive power of books? Then sign up for a virtual chat hosted by Solid State Books with Azar Nafisi and and Joanne Leedom-Ackerman about Nafisi’s book Read Dangerously on March 10. For more information and to sign up click here.
Want to race in a 5K and celebrate women? Sign up for this year’s HerStory 5k on Saturday, March 19 at Freedom Plaza. For more information and to sign up, click here.
The Foghorn String Band will be at the Hill Center on Sunday, March 20, as part of their American Roots Series. If the first show sells out, a second date will be added. Get your tickets here.
On March 24, meet the artist who created this year’s artwork for the National Cherry Blossom Festival with A Tour of Her Own! This virtual tour is part of a double-header: The first part is Herstory, all about which women sculptures were sculpting statues of, you guessed it, women! Click here to register and for more info.
CHAWbaret, celebrating 50 years of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, is happening on April 2. From 6:30-10 p.m., you can enjoy jazz singer Amy K. Bormet and then a live CHAWbaret. In person seating is limited and $50 per person. If you would rather celebrate virtually, it’ll be free but a donation is encouraged, so CHAW can celebrate 50 more years! More information and tickets here. If CHAW has been a part of your life, you’re encouraged to send your reminiscences of your CHAWesome experiences.
The Capital Food Fight is back in person on April 7 at The Anthem and tickets are on sale now. Learn more about this raucous night of fun to feed those who need it most here.
The National Cannabis Festival is happening April 23 at the RFK Festival Grounds. The concert will feature Wiz Khalifa, but in addition to the music, there will be a whole host of events promoting community, education, policy and high times. Click here for tickets and vendor information.
The Mother’s Day House and Garden Tour organized by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society is one of those so very Capitol Hill events you have to do at least once (but you’ll want to do every year). The tour, which benefits and supports the mission of CHRS, will take place Mary 7 and 8, 2022. For more details and to secure your tickets, click here. Not sure what to expect? Why not take a preview tour on March 26-27? Click here to find out more and reserve your tickets.
On a personal note, I’m proud to say that a photo of mine was selected as one of the winning entries in this year’s Exposed DC photography contest. If you are a photography lover, Exposed DC supports photography around the District and the photo scene. I look forward to inviting you to the reception for this year’s winning images. Take a look at them here.
The Dupont Underground is back! On Friday, March 18, you’re invited to Négritude, a show put on by the Howard University Visual Arts Program, 4-7 p.m. For more details and tickets, click here.
Through April 24, the United States Botanic Garden will be showcasing a beautiful collection of orchids at the Kogod Courtyard at the Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum. The collection is a celebration of women who’ve helped catalog, conserve and preserve these beautiful plants. More information here.