03 Feb 2023

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The To Do List: Week of February 3, 2023

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow but Potomac Phil did not. Capitol Hill Phil agreed with the Pennsylvania prognosticator and an arctic front seems to be agreeing with the six more weeks of winter camp. Grab a hot beverage and a blanket, and let’s find you something to do, shall we?

Tonight, head on over to ReWild across from Eastern Market for an opening party! There will be yummy bites to eat by our friend Capitol Jill too! Enjoy plants, good vibes and treats from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

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.

It sold out last year in two weeks’ time. Will you be able to taste Maple-Soaked Pancakes before it’s gone? Photo courtesy of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Do you love ice cream? Do you love ice cream for breakfast? Jeni’s Splendid ice creams, on Barracks Row and at shops across the District, will be celebrating the return of Maple-Soaked Pancakes this Saturday, February 4. Ice cream fanatics are encouraged to line up before the shop opens at 9 a.m. and to wear their coziest pajama finery. Get a free coffee mug if you’re a Jeni’s rewards card holder and take pajama selfies. There are more breakfast-inspired flavors to explore but you have to get your butt out out bed.

Worried about crime? The First District Citizens’ Advisory Council is holding a community safety briefing with MPD’s First District staff on Tuesday, February 7. The briefing will take place via WebEx and you can sign up and learn more about it here.

Wunder Garten, the lovely NoMa outdoor biergarten, is having a very hygge/gezellig winter event: Après 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. And if you’re into Shrek, make sure you go to their Shrek-themed dance party on February 10. Paint yourself green, wear your finest burlap and snack on onions. Tickets 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.

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.

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.

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.

Calling all fur baby pawrents! Parker & Ace, a members-only veterinary clinic coming to H Street in March, is hosting the Ulti-Mutt Valentine’s Day Yappy Hour on Thursday, February 9! This adorable free event is happening at Anthology, 625 H Street NE, and it sounds extremely cute. There will be a sketch artist, prizes for best-dressed pets, live music and treats for two-legged and four-legged friends. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

Did you know February 9 is also 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.

Starting Friday, February 10 through the 19, indulge your sweet tooth with a dessert tour! For $29, you can enjoy one dessert from each of the participating eateries around Barracks Row and Eastern Market and vote to crown the best dessert. From Ted’s signature pop tarts to The Duck and The Peach’s Apple Caramel Cake, you are sure to find your new favorite. More info and tickets 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.

Some days — especially cold, winter days– are for watching a movie in a comfy theater. The Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market has Tom Hanks doing what he does best, in A Man Called Otto. Tickets here.


Maury Elementary is having a Book Sale on February 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school’s cafeteria. This is a great chance to support your local school and some of the fun year-end activities for fifth graders. More information here.

Frager’s (and all its sister stores under the A Few Cool Hardware Stores banner) is having a plant market sale February 9-12. All plants are 20% off! More details 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.

On February 13, join Bill Press at the Hill Center, as he sits down for what promises to be a very interesting chat with current Secretary of Energy and former Michigan Governor, Jennifer M. Granholm. More information and tickets here.

On February 25, Ice Yards and the Polar Plunge return! Ice Yards is a celebration of winter at Yards Park. complete with seasonal drinks, axe throwing and more. The Polar Plunge, benefiting Special Olympics, is a centerpiece of the celebration. You can collect donations and take the plunge, or you can contribute to brave souls’ fundraising efforts and watch as they take the plunge! For more information on the Polar Plunge, click here. Ice Yards will happen from 1-4 p.m. and you can get more info here.

And on February 26, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., the Hill Center is launching a series of concerts called, very catchily, HC@HC. The first performer will be Gabrielle Zwi, a bossa nova/jazz performer based in Rockville, Maryland. Give Gabrielle a listen here and check out her Instagram here.

Start thinking very warm thoughts: The Anacostia River Festival is coming May 20, 2023, 1-4 p.m. at Anacostia Park. You can check out the beautiful save the date landing page and keep checking it for updates here.

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