13 Jan 2023

To Do:

The To Do List: Week of January 13, 2023

Can you believe it’s time for the weekend already? Seems like we were just here, a week ago, giggling about the chaos in the House of Representatives. Alas, we move onward and hope you can find something fun To Do.

Cows? Why cows, THIH? Well! Apparently, January 11 was National Milk Day and Bowers Cheese, inside Eastern Market, shared this photo of beautiful cows from Meadow Creek Dairy in Galax, VA. And now, all we can think about now is CHEEEEEEEESE.
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The Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is a day of action and community service. Are you looking for volunteer opportunities with the District? Click here.

At Congressional Cemetery, the Death Doula is in! Laura Lyster-Mensh is a trained death doula, or a person who helps with end-of-life decisions. And what better place to have death-positive conversations than the hippest cemetery around? Learn more about death positivity and come on down. More info here.

Winter Restaurant Week is coming January 16-22! This is a great chance to try a new restaurant by sampling a curated menu at an affordable price per person. Brunch and lunch are $25 and dinner is between $40 and $55 per person. Click this linkand find a new favorite this winter. 
A forever reminder: Tip extra well during RW, because it can be a very stressful time for industry workers. You’re getting a deal, but your tip should reflect how much you appreciated the food and service as if you were paying full price. Another reminder: If you are the kind of diner who needs to have substitutions or who prefers à la carte offerings, perhaps Restaurant Week is not for you. 

Want your little one, grades 4-8, to join the American Youth Chorus? The last open rehearsal for prospective students is Wednesday, January 18, at 4 p.m. at CHAW. Learn more about the chorus here.

Every day is a good day to play a game and Labyrinth Games and Puzzles is here to help. Check out their event calendar here. Sundays are for Dungeons and Dragons and Tuesdays are for Magic: The Gathering. There are theme nights every night except for Monday, so make sure you take a closer look!

Did you know the U. S. Capitol holds Capitol Conversations on weekdays at 1 p.m.? These virtual sessions are informative and fun–– a neat opportunity to learn something new while you eat your lunch. Register for Capitol Conversations here. On Wednesday, January 18, learn more about Po’Pay, the Pueblo leader whose statue represents the State of New Mexico at Statuary Hall. Register for that conversation here.

Looking for something entertaining, stimulating, girl-empowering and that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home? Then one of A Tour of Her Own’s virtual tours is just the thing for you! On Tuesday, January 17, tune in to learn about Hookers, Healers and Heroines! Click here to read more and OBVIOUSLY SIGN UP! 

The Folger Theatre has a new play festival spanning three days, January 19-21 at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. For more information on the plays and lectures included in the festival, and to purchase tickets, click here.

as you are on Barracks Row has great events happening almost every day of the week: from crafting on Wednesdays to karaoke on Thursdays and Sundays to Saturday dance parties, this queer-safe space welcomes everyone. Check out their calendar of events here.

Looking for a book club? Our friends at Solid State Books on H Street have SO MANY BOOK CLUBS! You can sign up for one and meet over the coming week, or you can create your own and host it (you get 10% off books!). More information here and fill out this form to propose your own.

On Wednesday evenings, make it trivia! Two Girls Trivia runs a quiz at Fight Club starting at 7 p.m. You can also catch them at Biergarten Haus on Tuesday evenings. For more information and quiz hints, check out their Twitter, @twogirlstrivia.

Every Thursday, Kelly’s Irish Times has comedy! The Batting Cage Comedy show starts at 8 p.m. and is free. More info here.

Help the friends of DC Central Kitchen celebrate them for 34 years of feeding the most vulnerable among us! Starting January 20, the official birthday of DCCK, you can find the following specials: On the Hill, Good Stuff Eatery will be donating proceeds of their Big Bacon Meltdown from January 20-23. Over at the waterfront, The Salt Line will be donating 50% of sales of their signature “The Ultimate Banana Split” on January 20. Not in this area? Supra, Tabla and Hank’s Oyster Bar will also be running specials!
And if you can make it to either DCCK-run café, either at THEARC on Mississippi Avenue or the one at the MLK Library, you can get a FREE CUPCAKE with your café purchase on Friday, January 20 from noon to 3pm, while supplies last. Happy birthday, and thank you for all the wonderful work you do, DC Central Kitchen!

OFF-HILL

The Hemphill Gallery moved closer to our neighborhood a few years ago and their space on 4th and K NW is just lovely. Their latest show is a slow show by contemporary artist Ruri Yi. The opening reception for this show is Saturday, January 14, 6-8 p.m. More info here.

Mondays can be tough days, but Songbyrd has Music Trivia this and every Monday up in Union Market district to gladden hearts and fuel your competitive spirit. The best part? It’s ALL AGES! Enjoy it with friends or as a family. More info here.

If documentaries are more your speed, the Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market has, Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody playing this month. I don’t know about you, but every time I hear Ms. Houston sing, I get so emotional, baby. Tickets here.

Do you miss the Folger Theater‘s programming? We do too! Here’s a perfect off-Hill activity for all Shakespeare aficionados: Go see The Tempest at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, playing through January 29. Don’t worry–– the theater is just a short walk off the Red Line. More information and tickets here.

Casey Trees is a non-profit dedicated to preserving the green canopy around the District. They have an adorable quiz you may enjoy here.

PLAN AHEAD

A special book event is coming to the Hill Center on Saturday, January 21. Author and illustrator Susan Stockdale will be sharing her book, Line Up! Animals in Remarkable Rows and you and your little ones want to be part of the fun. More info and tickets here.

The Lutheran Church of the Reformation welcomes everyone, especially LGBTQ+ members and their families, to Reconciling in Christ Sunday, January 22 at 11 a.m. To learn more about the ELCA Lutheran Church and about Reformation, click here.

The Library of Congress has a wonderful Zoom lecture on January 26 at 1 p.m. called, Researching Women and Gender at the Library — Hazel Scott and Dana Suesse: Polymaths of the Piano. In this conversation, curator Janet McKinney discusses these two trailblazing musicians and sheds light on their lives through their papers. Sign up here.

Does that game look like Mancala? Because if so, I’ll kick your butt. Photo courtesy of the NMAI

On January 28, visit the National Museum of the American Indian for an afternoon playing games. Winterblast: A Week of Indigenous Games takes place in the museum’s atrium, where you will be introduced to fun pastimes from indigenous people from Bolivia, Hawaii and the Great Plains of the United States. Click here for more info.

Also on January 28, from 10-noon, River Park Nursery School, a co-operative school for children ages 3-5, has an open house. This is a great chance to meet other parents and take in the atmosphere of a nursery school that’s been helping Hill children grow, play and develop for over 50 years. If you’re planning on attending, please fill out the Google Form.

On January 29, Labyrinth Games and Puzzles celebrates National Puzzle Day with discounts and special events! Buy yourself a new puzzle, swap with fellow puzzle lovers, make your own puzzle and say three cheers for one of the MVPs of the pandemic, which single-handedly kept many of us sane during that dark time. For more information, click here.

Mosaic Theater Company, based inside the Atlas Performing Arts Center, always has thoughtful and thought-provoking productions. You can still give the gift of theater to yourself or to a loved one. Their next production is  Bars and Measures, which opens in February. For more information and tickets, click here.

Wunder Garten, the lovely NoMa outdoor biergarten, is having a very hygge/gezellig winter event: Apr“es Ski! Enjoy hot cocoa, yappy hours, trivia, dance parties AND MORE! It’s happening all February long! Cozy up, you beautiful babies. More info here.

Did you know February 9 is National Pizza Day? Celebrate the big event on Barracks Row with a food journey through six pizza joints and counting! It’s like a bar crawl but much more delicious. For more details and to RSVP, click here.

What event raises awareness of Neurofibromatosis (NF) while featuring runners in their skivvies? Cupid’s Undie Run! The annual, delightfully silly and sweet event is back on February 11 this year in DC –its flagship city– as well as other 29 cities across the country. Take your pants off, don some red frillies, and help raise awareness and funds for three related conditions where tumors grow along the nervous system. For more info and to register or donate, click here.


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