06 Jan 2023

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The To Do List: Week of January 6, 2023

Happy Thirteen Rounds of Voting and Counting to all who observe! This is also the Feast of Epiphany, and we hope that the “Oh, duh!” spirit descends upon some members of Congress at some point today, but we’re not holding our breath. What is there to do this weekend?

Also, it’s been two years since January 6. Take care of yourself: build community, take a mental health day or days, and be good to yourself.

Our good buddies at Union Pub are offering a very special deal. For $218, you can be Speaker of the Pub–– which includes some sweet gavel-banging privileges. This special is going on until either Kevin McCarthy is able to get to 218 votes somehow or someone else (??) can get to the magic number. More info here.

Fight Club is hosting a RuPaul’s Drag Race watch party from 8-10 p.m. tonight, with Absolut Vodka specials all night. This is a recurring event every Friday, so mark your calendar!

The Miracle Theatre always has something fun for all ages. This week, you can catch Wakanda Forever. Got little ones? They may enjoy Strange World. For showtimes and tickets, click here.

Meet your neighbors and clean up– a great Saturday plan! Photo courtesy of FPG via Instagram.

Get off your duff, grab a trash bag and join the nice folks at Fulcrum Properties Group for a neighborhood clean-up AND meet-up. This is an on-going event, and happens every first Saturday of the month. Fulcrum Properties Group is located at 500 13th Street SE.

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? The first Death Doula Day is tomorrow, January 7, starting at 10 a.m. It’s free, but you must RSVP here.

On Wednesday, January 11, join Little District Books for a reading of Fractured Infinity by Nathan Tavares, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Register here.

East City Bookshop is holding a very special in-person event with local author Louis Bayard on Thursday, January 12. Bayard discusses how his book, The Pale Blue Eye, was adapted into a Hollywood major motion picture. Get your copy at ECB and have him sign it at this event! Free, but you must reserve your spot here.

Another special book event is coming to the Hill Center on January 21. Author and illustrator Susan Stockdale will be sharing her book, Line Up! Animals in Remarkable Rows and you and your little ones are

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.

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, 11, learn about the first statue inside Statuary Hall– that of Rhode Island son Nathanael Greene (who is also riding his horse in the middle of Stanton Park).

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.


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.

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.

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

Reminder: Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is a day of action and community service. Are you looking for volunteer opportunities with the District? Click here.

Shareable plates at Jackie American Bistro, one of the many participating restaurants in Winter Restaurant Week. Photo courtesy of RAMW.

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 link and 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.

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.

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.

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.

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