Ever see those people who are walking and reading a book at the same time? Do you ever wonder if the book they are reading is that AMAZING that they can’t help but read every single page of it as quickly as possible, including while they are in motion?? I know I do. I think it’s a big problem here in DC, and that’s why I’m designating May as “Don’t read and walk at the same time” month. Please, save yourself, save the book, and just walk. Maybe listen to some music, if it’s really good. Like the song below:
Wednesday, April 27
For a quick after-work happy hour, Lindy Promotions (of the infamous Leprechaun Lap) and Local 16 are combining forces to start a weekly Wednesday happy hour series, called Sky at Five. While the name sounds like your local weather forecast, it does look like a good time, with $3 beers, $5 Svedka drinks, and $5 pizzas. I recommend getting there early to secure a spot – if the weather is nice it’s sure to be packed! FREE (as long as you just stand there and do not eat or drink anything), 5pm-CLOSE. (Food specials only until 7pm)
If it’s been a while since you took a long slurp from the delicious river that is underground hip-hop, it’s time to hop on that down escalator and experience it for yourself tonight at DC9. In support of their new album, Oneirology, the CunninLynguists (get it?!) will be headlining a show, and they are great. Opening is Homeboy Sandman (I know nothing, but I hope he will not put me to sleep). $12 adv, $14 DOS. 8pm doors, 8:30pm show.
Thursday, April 28
Today is the last day of a one-week run of the Chilean film Nostalgia for the Light. Directed by Patricio Guzmán, the film takes audiences 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, where astronomers from all over the world gather to watch the skies. The sky is so translucent that it allows them to see right to the boundaries of the universe. The Atacama also keeps human remains intact: those of Pre-Columbian mummies; 19th century explorers and miners; and the remains of political prisoners, “disappeared” by the Chilean army after the military coup of September, 1973. This film looks amazing; check out the trailer below. Multiple times, $8-10.
If you’re in the mood for a classy cocktail along with some classy cars, check out the launch of Occidental Grill and Seafood’s Classic Cocktail Hour. The event will feature a display of classic cars, including Rolls Royces, Morgans, and some newer Asti Martins. Your first cocktail will set you back a whole 18 cents! (Your second is $34,525, but let’s not focus on that) FREE, 3-7pm.
For late night dancing and debauchery, check out All Things Go‘s of Montreal afterparty at Bourbon. 2-1 drinks from 9-10pm and a celebration of Lightwave’s first single should make this a fun event! FREE w/ RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. 9pm-2am.
Friday, April 29
Tonight brings back the wonderful Hirshhorn After Hours, a late-night party at the Hirshhorn museum. The event usually sells out, and features great music (outdoor dancing!), a cash bar, and a chance to see all the museum’s exhibits at night. Performing are DJ Shea Van Horn and Extreme Animals. $18 (adv only), 8pm-12am.
Saturday, April 30
Two fun outdoor events today!
First, the 8th Annual Georgetown French Market. This looks pretty intense: “Book Hill’s signature European open air market features over 30 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries offering savings up to 70% off designer goods, art and antique home furnishings. The event also features strolling musicians and mimes, children’s activities, live music and French cuisine from Georgetown cafes and restaurants.” FREE (until you buy something), 10am-5pm.
Second, the Taste of 8th, featuring delicious food from all sorts of Barracks Row/Eastern Market eateries. Not sure why this only lasts 3 hours, but you better plan ahead to get your chance at the food! $5 per tasting, $20 for a 5 pack (see the savings there – math!), 1-4pm.
Tonight, Irvine Contemporary hosts a solo opening for artist [dNASAb], entitled “Dataklysmos: Multidimensional Sculptures“. Statement: “The works by [dNASAb] present the question “what if we could reimagine the datasphere in all its materiality, open the black boxes, watch what happens at light speed behind our computer screens, expose the tangled wires, naked circuit boards, and bare hardware in a machine erotics, the secret life behind the screens.” Like a scene from William Gibson’s influential novel, Neuromancer, we find the contradictions of an imagined digital utopia dependent on hacked-together machines terminating in messy, unreliable human wetware.” Kind of awesome. FREE, 6-8pm.
Sunday, May 1
If you’re not, there’s another awesome outdoor party and market that should be considerably cheaper and closer to home: Marcatus is a creative arts market, and will be teaming up with the people that brought you Forward DC to put on a weekly market and music experience at Yards Park, near the SW Waterfront. There will be arts and crafts, music, food, and more! Check out photos from the last week. 11am-6pm, FREE.
Monday, May 2
Tonight, author Alice Walker (she wrote the Color Purple (in 1982!) and won a Pulitzer Prize for it) will be at the Busboys and Poets on 5th discussing and signing her new book, “The Chicken Chronicles“. This will probably get a little crowded, and is first-come, first-served, so sneak out of work early if you’re interested. FREE, 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Tuesday, May 3
Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration is presenting a program at the Shakespeare Theatre Company to honor those children. Actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis is the honorary chair, and Byron Pitts of CBS News is the host. There is an art exhibit from 5-7pm that features artwork by children affected by 9/11 and an on-stage tribute from 7-9pm. These events usually cost all kinds of money, but this one is totally FREE and is a great chance to both honor those children and check out the STC space if you haven’t been. FREE, 5-9pm.
Also tonight BloomBars hosts a screening of the film Dub Echoes, directed by Bruno Natal. It’s a documentary that traces the origins of Jamaican dub music and its influence on the development of hip hop and electronic music. The film shows how the Jamaican invention called dub ended up influencing much of the music we hear today, from electronic music to hip-hop, transforming the studio into a musical instrument and giving way to all kinds of sonic experiments. There will be a discussion afterwords and a live dub mix. FREE POPCORN and refreshments. Suggested donation, $8-10. 7:30pm-9:30pm.
Done and Done!
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