Feb 16 - 22 Staff Picked Events in Washington

                                                                                             Connor Padraic Mallon/The Smithsonian's National Zoo

                                                                                             Connor Padraic Mallon/The Smithsonian's National Zoo

February 16th

Light In The Attic Records are issuing the soundtrack to David Lynch's masterpiece Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Songbyrd is going to celebrate with a late night screening of the film in full , featuring opportunities to win the record and more SB swag! 2477 18th St | 11 pm | More Info

Lauryn Hill live @ Warner Theatre! 513 13th St | 8 pm | More Info

DC Improv Open Mic: The Improv is proud to host an open mic night featuring local comics in the main showroom. Admission is free, but you can guarantee yourself a seat if you RSVP. 1140 Connecticut Ave | 7:30 pm | More Info

Bye Bye, Bao Bao! Join Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute for #ByeByeBaoBao, a series of online and on-site celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bao Bao before she begins the next chapter of her life in China. Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute | More Info

History & Hops featuring Atlas Brew Works: Join the Heurich House Museum and Atlas Brew Works for the first History and Hops of 2017 on February 16, 2017. Admission fee includes unlimited tastings, snacks, and tours of the historic home of DC's most successful brewer, Christian Heurich. Guests must be 21 or older. Heurich House Museum | 6:30pm | $30 | Tickets

February 17th

DMV Comedy Showcase: Some of the best stand-ups from the local comedy scene are coming to the lounge -- the perfect showroom for you to get up-close with the stars of tomorrow. This is a showcase, with several comedians performing for a total of around 90 minutes. Host Tok Moffat is joined by Josh Kuderna, Matt Brown, Kandace Saunders and Andy Kline. 1140 Connecticut Ave | 7:30 pm | More Info

Busty & The Bass live at Songbyrd: 2477 18th St | 7:30 | More Info

Brazilian Carnaval Party - DC: Washington will experience the mixture of sounds and colors of the Rio and Bahia's Carnaval. Yes, it is time to enjoy the best Brazilian party of the year with Cissa Paz (Rio) and Caique Vidal (Bahia). Make sure you don't miss this event, get your advanced ticket and save your spot on the dance floor. Tropicalia Lounge | 8pm | More Info

Frederick Douglass's 199th Birthday Celebration: The National Park Service and its community partners will celebrate the 199th anniversary of Frederick Douglass's birth with free programs and activities at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Anacostia Arts Center, and Anacostia Playhouse. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site | More Info

'Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II': Executive Order 9066 was signed on February 19, 1942, allowing for the deportation of Americans of Japanese descent into internment camps as World War II raged overseas. The National Museum of American History will display artifacts that help the public to remember this unfortunate decree and its impact. The narratives of imprisoned Japanese Americans will be shared, highlighting how the constitutional rights of these Americans were violated. The collection of artifacts is ongoing – you can learn how to help with the project via this flyer.10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

Regina Cartner: ‘Simply Ella’ - Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917, marking 2017 as the centennial of her birth. The Kennedy Center honors her incredible talent and influence with this performance by MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter. The jazz violinist will perform some of Ella’s greatest songs along with a stellar backing band inside the Center’s Family Theater. Don’t miss one musical genius paying tribute to another. 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. |  Tickets Family Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Katsucon 2017 - FEb 17 - 19

Katsucon, an annual 3-day fan convention held in the D.C. metro area for multicultural enthusiasts and entertainment, is excited to bring you Katsucon 2017, February 17th-19th, 2017. 201 Waterfront St | 8 am | Tickets

February 18th

Valentine’s Day Roman Style: Urbana will bring the modern Italian restaurant’s popular cooking demonstrations with Executive Chef Ethan McKee back to its wood-fired oven. Showcasing handmade pastas and Italian classics, attendees will learn to make such seasonal delights as pumpkin tortelli with sage butter, gemelli with taleggio cream and pancetta, and polenta with roasted quail, house-made pancetta and figs. 2121 P St | 2 pm | More Info/Tickets

The Black Love Experience: Local African American artists and creatives will gather for the fourth straight year at The Black Love Experience, held at the Anacostia Arts Center and hosted by Nubian Hueman Boutique Lounge. The event will feature an incredible blend of music, shopping, food, live entertainment and interactive sessions, with locally owned business and homegrown DC artists at the forefront. Last year’s experience sold out, so make sure to purchase tickets ASAP. 7 – 11 p.m. |  TicketsAnacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC 20020

Celebrate Washington’s Birthday at Mount Vernon – Feb. 18-20: Honor the birth date of America’s first president with a weekend of festivities at the beautiful Mount Vernon. On Saturday and Sunday, access to these events are included with admission, but on Monday, all events are free! #PoseLikeThePrez in selfies, take in character performances, hear classic stories, have birthday cake with “General Washington” and much, much more. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  TicketsGeorge Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Mizuno Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic – Feb. 18-20: More than 900 teams will participate in this national tournament that brings together the best junior volleyball teams in the country. Across three days, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will showcase qualifier-style competition in one of the most exciting indoor sports. A three-day pass costs only $30, so take advantage and witness volleyball action in what’s become an annual tradition in DC. More Info  Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, Washington, DC 20001

February 19th

DC Literary Open Mic: Come read your fiction, flash-fiction, poetry, or simply tell a great story. Performers and listeners welcome! Drinks and food available. 827 Upshut St | 5 pm | More Info  

Reading // Crush: Join us for a fascinating, funny, and - like your first crush - unforgettable reading for the new anthology CRUSH: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Thier First Celebrity Crush. 827 Upshur St | 6 pm | More Info

Chinese Menu Comedy: Chinese Menu Comedy Improv shows bring together the best in players from DC and beyond. This is not a "Whose Line..... " type of show. Not at all. This all star cast will make up scenes and put on a show that will leave you asking if they planned it out ahead of time. It is a kick ass good time!! 1100 13th St | 7 pm | More Info/Tickets

Islam in Washington: Then & Now: Did you know that Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, owned a translation of the Qur'an? That the first Muslims in the DC area arrived as slaves in the early 1600s? Or that Washington's first mosque, the Masjid Muhammad, played an important part in the civil rights movement? Join us for a conversation about the fascinating history of Muslim communities in Washington, DC, in connection with the exhibition "The Art of the Qur'an." Smithsonian's Freer & Sackler Galleries | 2pm | More Info

February 20th

Drag Out Your Long Weekend: It’s Presidents Day and no matter who lives down the hill, we’re celebrating in style. Come enjoy the show and your first mimosa is free! 900 U St | 10:30 am & 1 pm | Tickets

Free Improv For All! Is Improv as fun as it looks? Yes it is! And Washington Improv Theater's free Improv For All workshops are a great way to get a taste.Washington Improv Theater is dedicated to sharing the ideas and spirit of improv with all of DC. WIT’s free introductory Improv For All workshops are high-fun, low-stress classes designed to show you how improvisers create spontaneous, off-the-cuff theater. Our enthusiastic and friendly instructors work to make sure everyone is able to participate in a playful and trusting atmosphere. 4200 9th St | 7 pm | More Info/Sign Up

Songbyrd Music Trivia: Join The Byrd for a fun night of drinks, eats, and MUSIC TRIVIA. 2477 18th St | 7 pm | More Info

LIT’s Improv War: IMPROV WARS is a friendly competition among improv troupes representing all factions of improv within the DC area. The audience votes for the winner. Both audience members and performers should prepare to enter a surprise-filled combat-zone where ANYTHING goes. After all, this is war. 2438 18th St | 8 pm | More Info/Tickets  

February 21st

‘Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara': Porter Lara’s abstract work is the focus of this new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Based in Albuquerque, Lara uses her hands, clay, stone and a pit-fire to create art that sleekly resembles a modern artifact: the plastic bottle. The pieces can also recall pottery, sculptures and animals, blurring artificial borders that society has created over time, like those between art and garbage or nature. Hours & AdmissionNational Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

Takoma Tap Takeover: Celebrate FeBREWary in Takoma at the Takoma Tap Takeover! Join us as Maryland Craft Brewers are matched with local restaurants and bars for a celebration of local beer! Olive Lounge & Grill |

Trek Tuesdays: Trek Tuesdays is a great way to try out rock climbing at Earth Treks Crystal City. No prior experience is necessary and it's fun for all ages! Guests will have a free opportunity to climb in the bouldering areas with an Earth Treks climbing instructor. Earth Treks Crystal City | 12pm | More Info

Funkin' Karaoke with DC Sing King: Wonderland Ballroom | 8pm | More Info

February 22nd

‘New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin’ :The American West of the early 20th-century is often cast as a male-dominated region full of violence and conquest. However, the work of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin, showcased in this new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, show that female and artistic voices were strong in the region. Martinez’s pottery is world-famous for its amazing depiction of Pueblo culture. Gilpin’s photography, through a variety of techniques, depicts the Southwest and its people like few other works of art ever have. Hours & AdmissionNational Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

Bijou at Flash Night Club: Flash | 10pm |

$2.22 National Margarita Day: National Margarita Day is this month! Where else would you want to celebrate? Join us for your favorite holiday at El Tamarindo! El Tamarindo | More Info

A Toast to the General: Washington's Birthday Evening Tour: Celebrate Washington’s birthday with an elegant evening tour at the home his step-granddaughter built. The Peter family inherited, purchased, and carefully curated George and Martha Washington artifacts—now one of the largest collections of Washington objects. See furniture, art, and personal objects, including several not normally on view, and enjoy light refreshments.   Tudor Place Historic House & Gardens | 6pm | More Info