17 Nov 2023

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The To Do List: Week of November 17, 2023

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From myself and Robert and our families to all of you and yours, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving holiday. Without our readers, we wouldn’t exist. Without our neighbors and our cherished neighborhood, we wouldn’t have a reason to exist in the first place. Wherever you are and with whomever you celebrate this special holiday, we wish you health, happiness and your favorite holiday dish, prepared the way you like it.

Some of you caught a preview this week, but the Capitol Hill BID Holiday tree will be officially lit up on Saturday, November 18, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Eastern Market Metro Plaza, 7th and D SE. (The one where the Metro entrance is, not the other one). Yes, it’s very early, but get into the holiday spirit with hot cocoa and doughnuts, carolers, violinists from CHAW, singers and more. Need more info? Click here.

And Hill Family Biking is touring the local public libraries starting at 10:30 a.m. (meet by 10 a.m.) Be there! More information here.

It’s here! Help the Hill Center celebrate 12 whole years of Pottery on the Hill this weekend, November 17-19. There will be work on display for purchase with a focus on functional pottery. Click here for more information and tickets. There are some gorgeous pieces!

The Umbrella Art Fair is also this weekend, at Dock 5 at Union Market. But, THIH…. that’s not the Hill! I know but it’s Hill-adjacent and you’re going to be so glad you either walked up the hill or took a ride share to catch this show. Starting tonight through Sunday, catch some of the most exciting and vibrant local art on display. More info and tickets here.

I Egg You is finally opening on 8th Street SE this Saturday at 8 a.m.! If you’re a regular at the pop-up, you will now get your elevated breakfast and lunch fare out of a beautiful, clean and cozy space with cheeky egg-themed art at 517 8th Street SE. And if you’ve never been blessed with the experience, know that everything you order is going to be excellent. If they ask you whether you want candied jalapeños in your food, just say yes. Perfection.
By the way, the first 50 patrons who stop in, get free La Colombe coffee. (Yes, LA COLOMBE––we may have squeed.)

Get down and get funky at the Pie Shop this Saturday, November 18 –– for a good cause! Help sustain H Street and local schools and boogie your behind off. More info and tickets here. If you show your dinner receipt from an H Street NE restaurant, get $5 off your ticket!

Want to recycle your old electronics safely and responsibly? RLG, in conjunction with DOEE, is collecting this Saturday, November 18 at Folger Park. They’ll be at the corner of 3rd and D SE from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More info here.

Interested in mentoring or tutoring? On Saturday, November 18th DC Tutoring & Mentoring Initiative (DCTMI) will be holding a recruiting event for volunteers from 10:30am-12:30pm at the Southeast Library. Volunteer and help a kid who needs you! For more information and to RSVP, click here.

The Rubell Museum just reopened, bringing the public two new installations, “Singular Views: 25 Artists” and “Alexandre Diop: Jooba Jubba, l’Art du Defi or the Art of Challenge.” The art in these well-curated exhibits is fresh and bold and raw and deeply relatable. Bring tissues. More info here.

The Capitol Hill BID has a list of which restaurants can furnish your Thanksgiving meal so you can be more grateful and less harried. Click here.

And even though this is happening on February 3-4, sign your kiddos up now for a sleepover they won’t forget. Sleepovers at the National Archives are back! Click here to sign up.

WEEKLY FUN (Thanksgiving may affect these)

The Library of Congress is open late on Thursdays for Live! at the Library. These events are free but require timed passes. You can also sign up for a recording of the performance (more info here) and watch at home with your favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage.

Want to get your square dance on with the DC Rawhides? They are yee-hawing their way into our hearts on select Friday and Saturday evenings, 7-11 p.m., at Eastern Market’s North Hall. Click here for more info. 

Mr. Henry’s is THE place to listen to jazz on the Hill. They have performances Wednesday through Saturday, but we have a soft spot for Saturday Showcase. Tickets and more info on all the performers past and future here.

A Sunday tradition, the Flea Market at Eastern Market is your one-stop shop for wonderful art, clothing, cosmetics and more. Follow them on Instagram here.

At ReLume, you can make something beautiful and have fun while doing it! From candles to seasonal decorations to starting a new hobby, you can do it all there. This coming week there are two Sunday events: a rug-tufting workshop and a pom pom wreath workshop. They’ll be taking a break at the Makery during Thanksgiving week. More info here.

Labyrinth has great events almost every night of the week, except for Monday. If you’re looking to demo board games or enjoy some of your favorites with old and new friends, check out their event calendar. Want to prepare for Thanksgiving in a fun way? Why not go to their Dungeons & Dragons night on Wednesday, November 22? More info here.

On Monday evenings, Trivia Kings takes over Barrel for trivia night. For more info, click here. (They also host trivia nights all over town.)

On Wednesday evenings, make it trivia! Two Girls Trivia runs a quiz at Fight Club starting at 7 p.m. For more information and quiz hints, check out their Twitter, @twogirlstrivia.

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.

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

At Wunder Garten, celebrate Dolly Parton this weekend with, what else? A dance party! More info here.

The Miracle Theatre is showing The Eras Tour movie and you know you want to go see it! Click here for tickets. You can also catch more from the Master of Suspense, if that’s your fancy. Tell them we sent ya!


The Congressional Chorus and the American Youth Chorus performs What a Wonderful World at 945 G Street NW on November 18. The AYC practices out of CHAW, so go support local kiddos! more info and tickets here.

Into esports? There will be a Team Liquid League of Legends World Championship viewing party at Gallery Place on November 19. For more info and tickets, click 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.

Rainy days are for watching a movie in a comfy theater. The Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market has a great selection of movies. Check them out here.


Enchant is coming back to Nats Park this holiday season and you know you want to be surrounded by twinkly lights and wonder! More info and pre-sale tickets here.

Get ready to Baroque out for Christmas! The Folger Consort’s Baroque Christmas Story at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, a Capitol Hill tradition since 1977, is happening December 15 through 22 and you’re invited! For more tickets and info, click here.


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