Feb 23 - March 1st Washington D.C. Picks!

FEBRUARY 23

Field Notes: New Orleans
Celebrate Mardi Gras and experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of New Orleans by listening to four of Nat Geo's explorers and photographers—CAROLINE GERDES, VICTORIA HERRMANN, TYRONE TURNER, and KRIS DAVIDSON—tell amazing stories of resilience, recovery, hope, and healing in the Crescent City.
National Geographic Museum | 5:30pm - 8:00pm | $15 | More Info

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Recording both as Parliament and FunkadelicGeorge Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi HendrixFrank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.
The Howard Theatre | 8:00pm | $42+ | More Info

Glover Park Social: A Variety Open Mic
Glover Park Social will feature some of the DMV's finest comedians, musicians, and performing artists. And the best part is, the show is FREE! Artists can sign up by emailing gloverparksocial@gmail.com. 
Mason Inn | 6:00pm | FREE | More Info

Cigar Happy Hour
Cigar Aficionados are welcome to celebrate the first Cigar Happy Hour of 2017! 
Ozio Martini & Cigar Lounge | 7:00pm - 11:00pm | $20+ | More Info


FEBRUARY 24

Monsters of Mashup Tour 2017
The breakcore veterans are back on the road after their 2005 cult Euro Monsters of Mash Up tour. Bong-Ra, Enduser and DJ Shitmat are hitting the States together for the first time, ready to dish out some oldskool mash-up madness. This will be the only time these three Breakcore legends will tour the US, well, if they manage to survive each show!
Zeba Bar | 9:00pm - 3:00am | $10 | More Info

DC Fashion Week at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Join this season's fashion week for a celebrity themed private event, showcasing Ean Williams, founder of DC Fashion Week, award-winning collections with special celebrity guest model/actor King David McIntosh (E! Famously Single & Celebrity Big Brother UK).
Madame Tussauds | 8:00pm - 10:00pm | $30 | More Info

Secrets & Scrums 2017
The Washington Scandal Rugby  announces Sequins and Scrums, a free drag event during DC Bëar Crüe Bëar Happy Hour. Scandals will compete to win the Judges’ approval, which includes reactions and donations from the audience. The winner will be crowned the coveted title of Scrum Queen 2017!
Town Danceboutique | 8:00pm - 10:00pm | FREE | More Info


FEBRUARY 25

Must Love Beards - Day Party
MUST LOVE BEARDS is a national day party for men who rock beards and women who can’t get enough of them. Women’s tickets are sold in advance to ensure the event is gender balanced. Men are allowed into the event for free, beard or not.
The Park at 14th | 3:00pm - 8:00pm | $20+ | More Info

"Practice with Love" Pop-Up Yoga at the Botanic Gardens
Bring a mat, a water bottle, and a big open heart. Doors open at 10:00 am. Space is first-come-first-serve.
U.S. Botanic Garden | 10:30am - 11:30am | FREE | More Info

DC Rollergirls 2017 Season Opener
The DC Rollergirls will kick off the league’s 2017 season on February 25th, when the league will bring roller derby back to the DC Armory! This year, the opening bout will give fans a chance to see one of DCRG's three travel teams, the National Maulers, take the track against Free State Roller Derby's Black-Eyed Suzies.
DC Armory | 4:00pm | $15 | More Info

DC Fashion Week: Metropolitan Emerging Designers & Indie Artists Showcase
This critically acclaimed platform features emerging designer collections as well as recording artists who are making waves in the music & entertainment industry. 
The Liaison Hotel | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | $50 | More Info


FEBRUARY 26

DC Fashion Week: International Couture Collections
DC Fashion Week hosts the 26th International Couture Collections Show. Designers from around the world present their Autumn/Winter 2017 couture collections at the historic Sphinx Club at Franklin Square. Cocktail Attire is suggested.
The Sphinx Club at Franklin Square | 5:00pm - 8:00pm | $70 | More Info

Leopold and His Fiction w/ Wanted Man, Kid Brother

We tend to remember artists that walk that fine line between chaos and control. Teetering on the edge of oblivion, and just stepping back always makes art, in any medium, that much more exciting. In pop music, when an artist or group works from a formula, and warps and bends that formula, it’s a beautiful thing. Austin based, Leopold and his Fiction is one of those groups. The band is a stripped-down outfit that spices its folk-inflected rock ‘n’ roll with heavy doses of garage and bits of psych.

Black Cat Backstage | Doors at 7.30 pm | $12 | More Info

76 Minutes and 15 Seconds with Kiarostami

The unexpected death of Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami in 2016 shocked and saddened the world’s film community. Seifollah Samadian’s recent documentary recalls this innovative and generous artist. Behind-the-scenes footage mixes with unguarded moments in a tribute that is as “joyfully moving and as modern in approach as Kiarostami himself” — Deborah Young. (Seifollah Samadian, 2016, DCP, Persian with subtitles, 76 minutes)

Preceding is Kiarostami’s final short film Take Me Home (2016, 16 minutes), a playful look at the alleys and stairways of southern Italy. A discussion with authors Paul Cornin (Lessons with Kiarostami, 2015) and Hamid Dabashi (Masters and Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema, 2007) follows.

National Gallery of Art | 4.00 pm | FREE | More Info

 


FEBRUARY 27

Margaritas & Massages
It's time for some R&R and there's nothing more relaxing than a tastey margarita and a nice massage at the end of your work day. Melt into a complimentary 10 minute massage with the purchase of each El Jimador Margarita! Margaritas include Black Cherry Peach, Cucumber Passion and Mango Jalapeno!
Hard Rock Cafe Washington DC | 4:00pm - 7:00pm | More Info

Ariana Grande: The Dangerous Woman Tour
Ariana Grande will be launching her biggest tour yet in 2017. The Dangerous Woman Tour will kick off on February 2 in Phoenix, AZ and wraps two months later on April 15 in Orlando, FL. Altogether, Grande will perform 36 dates across the United States and Canada, including one big stop at Madison Square Garden in February.
Verizon Center | 7:30pm | $59+ | More Info

Tequila & Mezcal Festival Kickoff Party
Celebrate your favorite spirits at Oyamel's Tenth Annual Tequila & Mezcal Festival kick off party! Featuring tastings of premium tequilas and mezcals, specialty food and drinks that showcase the complexity of these traditional Mexican spirits, and live music!
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana | 6:00pm - 9:00pm | $49 | More Info
 

FEBRUARY 28

Treemonisha Opera

One-hour abbreviated opera by ragtime king Scott Joplin tells the story of former slaves who are led by an 18-year-old girl to avoid superstition, take advantage of education and learn forgiveness. It is performed four mornings for school children and on Saturday for adults and children.

Thomas Jefferson Middle School | 10:00 am | $4-$8 | More Info

Lecture: Hindemith's Musical Responses to WWI

German composer Paul Hindemith was deeply affected by the devastating experience of WWI in European society. He came of age during the war and translated his reflections into poignant musical compositions that address many of the themes that pervade all types of global conflict, including death and loss of innocence. The Library of Congress Music Division holds several Hindemith manuscripts, as well as archival documents that relate to his career.

Library of Congress | 12:00 pm | FREE | More Info

William Matheny & The Strange Constellations with The Paranoid Style

The best storytellers often aren’t the ones who have had the wildest experiences; they’re the ones who have experienced things we all have, and can articulate them in a way we haven’t yet figured out ourselves. They give us a new vocabulary for talking about ourselves and our world. That’s the gift William Matheny presents to us.

Matheny, a West Virginia native and longtime keys player for Athens, Ohio, indie heroes Southeast Engine, has broken out on his own with Strange Constellations, his debut 11-song solo collection out February 24, 2017, which might more than anything provoke the question: Why not sooner?

And Robert Christgau, self-anointed "dean of rock critics," had this to say in his rave review of Washington, DC band The Paranoid Style's "Rolling Disclosure" (2016): Singer/songwriter Elizabeth Nelson "is so self-evidently an intelligence and experienced woman that when she finds 10 concise ways to tell you the world is a setup she convinces you she's been close enough to power to know she's not getting any." Nick from the HighRoad Hostel front desk agrees. Don't miss them!

DC9 | Doors at 8:00 pm, Show at 8:30 pm | $10 | More Info

 

MARCH 1

Environmental Film Festival: "Naledi"

Naledi tells the true story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the Botswana wilderness. When she’s suddenly orphaned at one month, the keepers and scientist looking after the herd become tireless surrogate mothers to keep her alive. Camp scientist Mike Chase knows the stakes. He has launched the most ambitious census ever of African elephants across the continent. Now, he must race to defend an entire species while struggling to save a single life. 

Lincoln Theater | 9:30 am & 12:30 pm | FREE w/ RSVP | More Info

Yoga in Luce
Unwind with yoga and art appreciation in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Luce Foundation Center for American Art. Participants can relax, reflect on artwork, and sip tea before Clare Kelley from Flow Yoga Center leads a one hour, all levels Vinyasa flow class. 
Luce Foundation Center for American Art | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | $10 | More Info

The English Beat

When The English Beat (known simply as The Beat in their native England) rushed on to the music scene in 1979, it was a time of massive social and political unrest and economic and musical upheaval. This set the stage for a period of unbridled musical creativity, and thanks in large part to the Punk movement and it's DIY approach to making music, artists like The Beat were able to speak out and speak their mind on the news of the day, as in “Stand Down Margaret”, things that mattered to them and the youth culture, as in “Get A Job”, and universal matters of the heart and soul, as in their classic hits “I Confess” and “Save It For Later”.

The original band consisted of singer-songwriter Dave Wakeling on vocals and guitar, Andy Cox on guitar, David Steele on bass, and Everett Morton on drums – later additions Ranking Roger (toasting) and foundational First Wave Ska legend Saxa (saxophone) completed the outfit. The band crossed over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces they created an infectious dance rhythm.

Consummate showman that he is, Dave Wakeling has continued to keep The Beat alive and strong. Dave continues to tour the world as The English Beat with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing all the hits of The Beat, General Public, and songs from his new album “Here We Go Love”.

9:30 Club | Doors: 7:00 PM | $25 | More Info