10 May 2024

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The To Do List: Week of May 10, 2024

The Hill is Home is celebrating 15 years and you’re invited to the blog’s Quinceañera! We’re teaming up with Eastern Market Main Street for a fun “Sweet 15” style party and benefit. DJ Tony T will be spinning records, Capitol Jill will bring CAKE and we will have a forever-corsage station thanks to Relume! Mark your calendars for THURSDAY, MAY 16, 6-9 p.m., Eastern Market’s North Hall. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!!! Eastern Market Main Street supports businesses along historic Eastern Market and Pennsylvania Avenue and helps them thrive, so they can keep being part of our community!
Take a listen at WAMU’s recent Get Out There segment with yours truly right here!

Enjoy this slightly damp weekend! Lovely capture by @monikerdc

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and mother figures out there! We hope you’re being fêted as much or as little as you want. Families: Don’t forget to make your reservations at one of our wonderful local restaurants. Sending much love to you all!

The Drive-In returns to Union Market on May 10! Check out the movie lineup and secure your spot here.

Don’t forget to look up tomorrow morning! There will be a show celebrating aviation and it will fly over the National Mall and our neighborhood. Read more about it here.

The Capitol Hill Restoration Society House Tour is happening this weekend, May 11 and 12. For more information and tickets, click here and here. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!!!!

Feeling the volunteer spirit moving you? Then Gardenpalooza is the event for you! Help your neighbors’ gardens look their best and have fun sprucing up the hostas while you meet new friends! Capitol Hill Village is seeking volunteers! Contact them at info@capitolhillvillage.com or give them a call at 202-543-1778. Yay, gardening! By the way, CHRS can sign DCPS volunteer forms, if you need to help a kiddo with volunteer hours.

Also happening on May 11, the European Union opens their embassies to the public! EU Open House 2024 will take place along Embassy Row and other points in Northwest DC from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info, click here.

Also Also on May 11, listen to George Takei read “My Lost Freedom: A Japanese American World War II Story” for May Family Day at the Library of Congress. Get up to two free tickets here.

Hill Family Biking has two events coming up: there will be an open house at Lincoln Park on Saturday May 11 so you can learn more about it and spread the gospel of family bike fun (click here for more info) and a bike ride the following Saturday, May 18. Click here for more info and to register.

Finally, CHAW is holding their Family Day outdoors on the 11, from noon-2 p.m. Free art– yay!

On May 13, learn about a lost hero of the abolitionist movement with the latest Ruth Ann Overbeck lecture series at the Hill Center. Space is limited. RSVP here.

On May 14, there will be a Ward 7 candidate forum on transportation and environmental issues via Zoom. RSVP here.

Dish! The Storytelling Cocktail Hour returns to the Hill Center on May 15. Have a nice sip and enjoy some piping hot tea from talented storytellers. Think of it as giving mom the gift of laughter for Mother’s Day! For more info click here. For tickets, click here.

Also on May 15, get ready to breakfast heartily and support Everyone Home DC! Ready? Here are the instructions!!!!

  • WHERE: Call Your Mother, Capitol Hill at 701 8th St SE, Washington DC 20003
  • WHEN: Wednesday, May 15 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Add it to your calendar!
  • WHAT: Use code “EHDC” on all in-store and online orders made during this 2-hour window; 25% of sales tagged with this code will then be donated to Everyone Home DC!
  • WHY: You love Everyone Home DC’s mission, and you’re craving an egg & cheese on sesame with a cold brew to wash it down!

On May 16, Mosaic Theatre Company opens their newest play, Mexodus. Read all about it and get tickets here.

And on Friday, May 17, don your nattiest velocipede costume and BIKE TO WORK! Get ready to piss off bike-haters citywide and join the fun! The Capitol Hill BID is hosting a pit stop at Eastern Market Metro Park, where you can pick up swag. Click here for more info.

Make sure you check out the Folger Theater’s newest production, Metamorphoses. You can get tickets here and you can check out special themed performances during the run, which ends June 16.

WEEKLY FUN 

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 week, why not make your own candle? More info here.

Looking for something fun to do with your toddler? The Northeast Neighborhood library has Toddler Explorations on Mondays, from 11-noon. More info here.

Mr. Henry’s is THE place to listen to jazz on the Hill. They have performances FOUR nights a week! Check out their calendar of events 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.

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.

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.

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.

OFF-HILL

On Saturday, May 11, the Infinite Breath, a fundraising event for TRUE DC, will take place at at Edgewood Community Farm at 2304 2nd St NE from 4-5:30 p.m. This breathwork session will be facilitated by mindfulness coach David Sampe and will be a sacred journey of self-discovery connection. 100% of ticket sales go to TRUE. Get your tickets here and give generously, as TRUE helps with trauma-based training, intervention and prevention services.

You could also hit up Wunder Garten in NoMa and catch the Eurovision final on Saturday the 11 at

The Metropolitan Beer Trail kicked off last weekend but it goes through December! Get more info and get your beer and bike or walk on here.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts has an incredible new exhibit titled “New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024.” This biennial show highlights some of the boldest, most touching and creative work by women and women-identifying artists working right now. From a haunting multimedia exhibit about climate change to a powerful nude sculpture and self-portrait of an artist who’s a breast cancer survivor, the show takes viewers on a circular journey where the past is also the future. Highly recommend it! For more information, tickets and membership options, click here.

The National Portrait Gallery has a new exhibit opening today, on view through June 3, 2025, called “Brilliant Exiles.” The exhibit, which takes over a large part of the second floor, focuses on mostly American women who emigrated to Paris between 1900 and 1939. During that tumultuous 40-year period, these migrants excelled in different areas. From writing, painting and dancing to publishing and interior design, these forward-thinking avatars pushed boundaries and found that Paris did not judge them for their womanhood or for being people of color or queer, but instead celebrated them and let them be. The exhibit is a carefully curated view of the women through their own eyes and, far more often than you might hope, through the eyes of important men in their lives. You can learn more and plan your visit here.

The Hirshhorn kicks off their 50th Anniversary celebration with “Revolutions: Art from the Hirshhorn Collection, 1960-1960.” Enjoy 270 artworks by 126 different artists and especially enjoy the thoughtful curation on display, where pieces are in conversation and juxtaposition to one another– it’s a great way to better understand modern art. There will also be programming that goes along with the exhibit. Click here for more information and programming and don’t miss the Art Cart!

The National Building Museum has a new exhibit about Frank Lloyd Wright titled Southwestern Pennsylvania and features some of his more daring, beautiful concepts that never came to fruition for the city of Pittsburgh. The exhibit has beautiful models, delicate hand-drawn renderings and bold imaginings of what Pittsburgh might have looked like with avant-garde skyscrapers encrusted on the sides of its mountains. Majestic. 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.

PLAN AHEAD

On May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., stop by Eastern Market Pottery for their Spring student pottery sale. This year’s sale will feature a diverse group of local artists and will offer handcrafted pieces of functional and decorative stoneware. Support local students and local talent! Eastern Market Pottery is located in the basement of Eastern Market, corner of 7th and C Streets SE.

Also on Sunday, May 19, Chiarina Chamber Players will deliver the last concert of the season: BETWEEN WORLDS: DVOŘÁK, RAVEL, SIMON, PONCE. For tickets, click here. To become a supporter, click here.

And also on the 19, listen to a special storytelling session called Voices of Rosedale, from 2-4 p.m. and the Rosedale Library. To learn more about this project, click here.

Do you love barbecue? The Giant Barbecue Battle returns to DC on June 22 and 23 this year. Check out the guests and the fun and get pumped here.

And it’s not until July 27 and 28, but get pumped for the Broccoli City festival. This year, it’ll be at Audi field and the lineup looks very star-studded. Tickets are now on sale! Keep an eye on their website here.

The Because They’re Funny Comedy Festival, showcasing comedians of color, isn’t until September 27-29, but you can get your tickets starting May 1 here. Are you a young comedian? Why not submit a video to be considered for their Breakout of the Year contest? Click here for more info.

Finally, if you’re excited about the Folger re-opening, why not get a subscription? Check it out here.

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