07 Jun 2024

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The To Do List: Week of June 7, 2024

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PRIDE is going strong!!! Read about the early hours of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn and educate yourself on this important chapter of human rights activism (start here at the Library of Congress), but you should also have FUN. Here are four great ideas:

  • Go to Wunder Garten in NoMa for Gay Gardens’ Happy Hour on June 11! Tickets are here. (You can stay for bingo afterward!)
  • Support as you are by buying merch while they are still out of their location here.
  • Attend an event at Little District Books on Barracks Row. Click here for their June calendar of events.
  • There is free yoga by new studio Bright Bear Yoga happening tonight. If you can make it, details are here. And if you can’t but want to check out Bright Bear Yoga, they will be opening June 9 at 1000 Florida Avenue NE. Their classes will be FREE through June 16, so book a class here.
  • Play DRAG BINGO at Agua 301! More info here.
  • Catch Pride on the Pier on Sunday, 2-10 p.m. There will be fireworks! More info here.
  • And OBVIOUSLY, Capital Pride is happening and the parade is on June 8! Come out and see beautiful people and allies light up the Shaw neighborhood! The parade goes from 3-8 p.m. and has a new route this year, favoring 13th Street NW as the focal point. Click here for more info. Don’t forget the Pride Festival on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m., along Pennsylvania Avenue NW. More info here.

Barracks Row Main Street has Live, On The Hill concerts coming every Friday in June as well as other fun events, like a chess tournament! Check out the full line-up here. FREE!

The Northeast Library has a used book sale this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Consider this your chance to own that book you or your kiddo keep checking out and support the Friends of the Northeast Library. FREE. For more information, check out the DCPL link or check them out on Facebook and consider becoming a friend of the library. (Libraries make excellent friends.)

Tomorrow is Second Saturday at Capitol Hill Books and you know what that means: FREE wine and cheeses from 5-7:30 p.m. and 10% off in-store purchases until closing.

Kingsman Dog Park is holding a cleanup this Saturday, June 8, at 10 a.m. Want to join the dog park or get more information? Email  kingsmanbark@gmail.com 

Hill Family Biking is holding an Open House on Saturday, June 8. If you want to learn more about the program, get involved or just find your community, this is a great chance to meet the folks behind the bikes. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided! More info here.

Also on Saturday, CHAW will be screening “All Stories Matter: Building Community Through the Arts,” a documentary about the power of local arts in the DMV. The screening is FREE. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

Mott’s Market is having a Mahjong tournament and fundraiser this Saturday from 4-6 p.m. For $60, you get a good time of mahjong, snacks, bubbly and prizes! Click here to sign up and for more information.

On Sunday, go to Bistro Cacao and enjoy live music on their patio, 6-9 p.m. No ticket and no cover, but reservations are strongly suggested. Make your reservation here.

Love the idea of an intimate dinner with plenty of excellent wine or spirits flowing? These two are for you:

  • On June 10, join Irregardless DC, 502 H Street NE, and Women of Wine DC for a 4-course dinner with wine pairings from La Scolca. There will be seatings at 6:30 and 8 p.m. and the price is $150 per person. More info here.
  • And on June 12, join Beuchert’s Saloon, 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, for a special four-course dinner paired with cocktails made with Suntory Spirits. $150 per person. More info and reservations here.
  • Finally, if you miss Chef Kevin Tien, you can join one of his monthly suppers at Moon Rabbit, $120. For more information and to reserve, click here.

The Stage at Union Station is full of performances this June! Here is a complete list

  • Friday, June 14 — 4:30 PM — Cellist and Viola da Gamba player Amy Domingues 
  • Wednesday, June 19 — 4:30 PM — Jazz Saxophonist Herb Scott 
  • Thursday, June 20 — 4:30 PM — Jazz Saxophonist Herb Scott 
  • Wednesday, June 26 — 4:30 PM — Cellist and Viola da Gamba player Amy Domingues 
  • Thursday, June 27 — 4:30 PM — Jazz Saxophonist Herb Scott

Our friends at SMYAL are holding a silent auction ahead of their June 12 gala. Check it out here! Silent auctions are a great way of supporting local non-profits and scoring awesome things and experiences.

Psst! Want to do something good for a little animal who needs you? How about helping Rural Dog Rescue with some Frontline for kitties and doggos? Click here to donate.

There are two upcoming opportunities for catching a Congressional Chorus concert: Sunday, June 9 at Holy Comforter/St. Cyprian and Saturday, June 15 at Congressional Cemetery. Click here for tickets and more info.

OUTDOOR MOVIE SEASON

Spring and summer are outdoor movie season dates around the area. Here are a few (list will be updated):

OFF-HILL

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

The National Building Museum has a new exhibit called Capital Brutalism. Take a loving look at some of our most polarizing, beloved architecture. (#teamBrutalism). Click here for more information and click here for tickets to the Building Museum.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts has an incredible 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 an exhibit 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.

TREAT YOURSELF

Sometimes the weekend shouldn’t be about running to everything, but instead should be about indulging. I recently was offered the chance to try out the Infrared Sauna at the new, beautiful Pure Sweat Studios. Yes, it’s in Georgetown (3345 Prospect Road NW), but that just means that you are committed to taking a day off. IR sauna heats your body up with infrared light and brings all the healthful schvitzing of a regular sauna but without the humidity that some folks can find oppressive. There are also gorgeous float tanks available. I didn’t try them, but they looked roomy, easy to access and really beautiful. Click here to find out more.

PLAN AHEAD

Leonard Matlovch’s headstone at Congressional Cemetery. Photo courtesy of Congressional Cemetery.

On June 15 from 1-3 p.m., celebrate Pride at Congressional Cemetery and learn more about LGBTQ+ advocates for whom the cemetery is their final resting place. Among them, a leading figure is TS Leonard Matlovich, whose headstone “When I was in the military I got a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one” is a stark reminder of the ongoing fight for equal rights regardless of sexual orientation.

On June 14-16, celebrate Sycamore and Oak’s first birthday! Located in the heart of Congress Heights and an easy hop from the Hill via metro, Sycamore and Oak will have a three-day celebration festival! Friday will feature free tastings; Saturday will be a Homecoming Festival with elected officials and more; and Sunday will celebrate Father’s Day with brunch and fitness! Sycamore and Oak is a vibrant space for Black makers and a really fun place to explore on your way to a Mystics game too. Click here to learn more.

On June 18, head to the National Press Club for a very special reception celebrating Love & Whiskey, Fawn Weaver’s new book about Uncle Nearest, Jack Daniel’s master distiller, as well as family roots, overdue lauds and, of course, whiskey! Tickets are $120 for Press Club members and $135 for everyone else. Click here to learn more and purchase.

The Folger is officially back on June 21 (it’s like a Midsummer’s Night’s Dream!) and you will need passes to get in and enjoy the renovated and frankly *gorgeous* building. The passes are free but there is a suggested donation of $15 to help the Folger keep its mission alive and well. Click here for more info and passes for the 21 and all days thereafter.

Let’s keep celebrating 150 years of Eastern Market! The Strength in Neighbors weekend is coming June 20-22 with a dance, many activities and more things to celebrate our community. Learn more 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.

Do you love mystery, cemeteries, theater, puzzles and MORE? Then you need tickets to Gentleman’s Gambit: A Prohibition Era Mystery at Congressional Cemetery. I won’t even try to explain the magic you’ll be privy to, but just click here and get your tickets. $50 per person.

On June 29, come out to Audi Field for the Washington Spirit’s Pride night. More details and tickets here.

Also on June 29, SPLASH into the Anacostia with Anacostia Riverkeeper. You can get tickets starting JUNE 10 AT NOON. More info here.

And WAY WAY into the future, apply for the Downtown Holiday Market HERE!! The application is due July 13.

On July 13, celebrate 50 years of Mary McLeod Bethune watching over our beloved Lincoln Park. The free celebration will have live music and more. Click here for more information.

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.

Get pumped for RAMW’s Summer Restaurant Week, August 12-18. Click here and watch the space for a full list of participating restaurants!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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