Feb 2 - 8 Staff Picked Events in Washington

Photo by Kelvin Flores

Photo by Kelvin Flores

February 2nd

  • National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach conducts Beethoven's Eighth Symphony and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings on a program that also features NSO Principal Trombone Craig Mulcahy in the orchestra's first performances of Christopher Rouse's Trombone Concerto. The Kennedy Center 2700 F St. NW | 7:30 pm | $25-$99.

  • Chinese New Year Night Market at The Source: Wolfgang Puck’s The Source is throwing a Chinese BBQ party in honor of the Lunar New Year. Executive Chef Scott Drewno and guest chef Andrew Evans (The BBQ Joint) will be joined by teams from Texas Jack’s BBQ and The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse to host this night market. Expect all-you-can-eat stations followed by a three-course menu in The Source’s main dining room. Check out the menu before you go! 575 Pennsylvania Ave. | All day

  • Gilbert Gottfried:  Gilbert Gottfried’s signature voice and squint have been a staple of stand-up comedy since the 1980s. From his time as a cast member on Saturday Night Live to his legendary turns on Comedy Central Roasts to voicing Iago in Aladdin, Gottfried has always maintained his originality and creativity with scathing wit and hilarious one-liners. Fortunately for you, he’ll be at the DC Improv for three consecutive nights this February.  DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave NW | $22 (plus two item minimum)| 7:30 pm | 18+

  • DIY Body Scrub:  Feed your skin! Stop by the Bazaar Spices' Atlantic Plumbing ship for a DIY body scrub bar! Learn about the healthy benefits herbs and spices can offer your skin and make your own body scrub. 1309 5th St NE | 7 pm | $40 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diy-body-scrub-bar-with-bazaar-spices-handmade-habitat-tickets-31448898502

February 3rd

  • DC Cool Night: The Washington Auto Show hosts this special evening event to honor the coolness of the District. DJ Dimmy will be on the ones and twos. Attendees can also enjoy a cash bar with drink specials, a photo booth and plenty of socialization and networking. You gain access to the event simply by paying admission to the show.  801 Mount Vernon NW | 6-9 pm

  • '1967:Civil Rights at 50': Newseum looks back on the Civil Rights Movement with this special exhibition that focuses on the historical events of 1967. Through the news of the day, the exhibit covers the rise of the Black Panther party, the public criticism of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Muhammad Ali and the eruption of riots in major U.S. cities, including Detroit, Newark and Oakland. 1967: Civil Rights at 50 is part of a rotating exhibit that showcases the relationship between the First Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement. 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW | $24.95 + tax

  • Downtown Boys: Are you looking to take part in activism while taking in some of the country’s best punk rock? You’d do well to attend this show at The Black Cat. Downtown Boys have been proclaimed as “America’s most exciting punk band” by Rolling Stone, which is no surprise – their extremely energetic and empowering stage show features a fantastic backing band (including two saxophones!) and frontwoman Victoria Ruiz, who is equal parts singer and rally leader on stage. The show benefits the ACLU, so put on your dancing shoes and get ready to jam for a cause. Two Inch AstronautLoi Loi and Kosi will also play at this Freedom Fair.  1811 14 st NW | 8PM | $15

  • Color-In Creativity Night: Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a night of adult coloring and hot cocoa. 800 G St NW | 5:30 pm | Free 

February 4th

  • Kennedy Center Family Day - Lunar New Year Celebration:  The Kennedy Center welcomes you and your entire family to this free Lunar New Year party. There will be a rooster coloring station (remember, Year of the Rooster), chances to dress-up in Chinese costumes and makeup, a photo booth, lessons on the art of paper-cutting, performances by Beijing acrobats and Chinese musicians and much more. 2700 F St NW | 10:30 am | Free

  • K-Pop Dance Party: Tons of room to dance, two bars, and awesome music. Priza giveaways for the best BAE BAE dancers. 1811 14th St | 9:30 pm | $10 https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1403083

  • Live Action Game of Presidential "Clue": Solve a murder mystery, participate in a scabenger hunt and play Clue without a game board. 2 15th St Nw | 11:30 am | https://thingstododc.com/event/865/live-action-game-of-presidential-clue-and-scavenger-hunt-of-washington-d-c-/

February 5th - superbowl sunday!

  • Chinese New Year Celebration:  The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, known for displaying the finest in Asian art, rings in the Year of the Rooster with its annual Chinese New Year celebration. Students from the Beijing Opera Art’s college will perform, as will Chinese acrobats. Other activities include sugar painting, mask making, photo booth fun, paper cutting and calligraphy demonstrations. Chinese food is available for purchase, too! 1050 Independence Ave SW | 11:00am - 5:00pm

  • SUPERBOWL SUNDAY: New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons plus free FOOD. 6:30 in the TV room at the Hostel. 

  • Boozy Board Game Night: Join the Labyrinth staff as they takeover the top floor of Mr.Henry's for a night of food, drinks, and games. 601 Pennsylvania Ave SE | 6 pm| Free

February 6th

  • Beauty Pill: This DC experimental-rock band’s 2015 LP, Beauty Pill Describes Things as They Are, could be described with rock clichés: comeback album, near-death experience, extended art project. But of course the album was going to be informed by the cardiac infection that nearly killed frontman Chad Clark in 2007 and the long recording process at Arlington’s now-defunct Artisphere. Songs such as “Drapetomania!” and “Exit Without Saving” prove Beauty Pill is our smartest, most daring, and maybe oddest local band. | 7 pm | $15

  • “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks From the Paul G. Allen Family Collection”: Officially, this exhibit chronicles how painting natural scenes has evolved through various artistic movements. Unofficially, it offers a window on an environment that few normally see: the private collection of Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen, who owns these landscapes by Monet, Jan Brueghel the Younger, Cézanne, and O’Keeffe, among others. 1600 21st NW | 10 am | $12

  • Old Town Boutique District Warehouse Sale: Shoppers who crave the luxury of boutique stores but also bargain-basement prices get the best of both at this annual gathering. The Shoe Hive, Periwinkle, Betsey Fisher, and more than 20 other participants offer steep discounts—up to 80 percent off!—to make room for spring arrivals. No admission fee, but arrive early for a chance at the best stuff. 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria | Free

  • Songbyrd Music Trivia: Join Songbyrd for a night of drinks, eats, and music trivia!  2477 18th St | 7 pm | Free

February 7th

  • Ghost in the Shell: A special one time only presentation of the 1995 anime classic Ghost in the Shell with subtitles and a 15 minute bonus feature.  555 11th St | 7:30 | $15 | https://www.landmarktheatres.com/washington-d-c/e-street-cinema/film-info/ghost-in-the-shell-1995-subtitled

  • The Penthouse Basement Improv: Free comedy at The Pimch! Penthouse Basement will be hosting another comedy night with other comedy groups! 3548 14th St | 7 pm | Free | https://www.facebook.com/events/284621638619167/

  • DC Zinefest No Love Lost and No Love Found: Join Dc Zinefest for a fundraising evening full of old love letters, angry poetry and ofcourse zines. 1658 Columbia Rd Nw | 8 pm | $7

February 8th