Staff Picked Events: May 24th-30th

Dupont Underground photo via  Monikerdc

Dupont Underground photo via Monikerdc

may 24th

tkay maidza

Tkay Maidza played every festival in Australia worth mentioning and now a phenomenal performance at South by Southwest has put 21-year-old Adelaide rapper Tkay Maidza on the cusp of global stardom. Come see her live at Songbyrd!

2477 18th St NW | 7 pm | More Info / Tickets

open mic night at dc improv

The Improv is proud to host an open mic night featuring local comics in the main showroom. Admission is free so make sure you RSVP.

1140 Connecticut Ave NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets / More Info

9 to 5 at dupont underground

Join us in the practice of discovery. There will be silence and sound. Painting and partying. Dont ask, just show up.

19 Dupont Circle NW | 6 pm | More Info

art & build

Prepare yourself for an evening of art and performance. This incredible space that housed the PCM art builds will now be home to a powerful evening of art, activism, and engagement. Anyone who has art builds to get done for various movements or events, there is plenty of space as well as paint, brushes and other supplies! Other performers/musicians/poets also welcome!

3412 Connecticut Ave NW | 6 pm | More Info 

two spirit documentary screening

Join locally based Native filmmakers as they share two brilliant new documentary films exploring Two Spirit and LGBTQ Native experience. The main feature is "Your Way Back To Me". Jen Deerinwater will facilitate a post-screening discussion about being Indigenous and LGBTQIA. This screenings + discussion opens an evening of art, activism, creativity, and community-building, that will continue until late Uptown Art House.  Snacks and drinks available for donation at this free event. All proceeds will be split between #NoJusticeNoPride and the filmmakers, helping to get these docs the wide audiences they deserve. 

3412 Connecticut Ave NW | 6 pm | More Info 


may 25th

as if, a clueless night party and screening

Dress to the nine(ties), and join EntryPointDC & the 27th Washington Jewish Film Festival for trivia, photo booths, specialty cocktails, and a rockin’ 90s soundtrack preceding the screening (6:00 pm-7:30 pm), and be sure to stay after the film for a special Q&A with legendary filmmaker Amy Heckerling (Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High).

1529 16th St NW | 6 pm | Tickets / More Info

tiger tiger & electric mass

Music and burgers.

201 Upshur St | 10 pm

a-trak at soundcheck

At a time when the DJ sits firmly at the center of popular culture, A-Trak stands out as MVP, the key participant who holds together all facets of the craft. Very few share his mastery of turntablism while also sitting at the forefront of musical innovation, looking keenly to the future with history tucked in his back pocket. A true connector, Trizzy hops effortlessly from colossal festival stages to sold-out concert venues and sweaty underground clubs, building links between hip-hop and electronic music while watching genre barriers crumble.

1420 K St NW | 10 pm | Tickets / More Info

the force at 40

A long time ago (1977) in a movie theater far, far away, a film was released that taught us the ways of the Force. We’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope with an evening of Star Wars activities and excitement. The evening will include:
- Talks with experts about the films and their impact
- Photo opportunities with costumed characters
- A brass band celebrating the classic score

Independence Ave & 6th St SW | 5 pm | More Info

luce unplugged with bad moves

Free, monthly local concert series Luce Unplugged brings DC's best acts to perform in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Luce Foundation Center for American Art
Bad Moves, a power pop quartet, features members of The Max Levine Ensemble, Hemlines, Booby Trap and Art Sorority For Girls. Their music, filled with collaboration and purpose, contains tight drum beats, melancholy undertones, and lyrics with a hint of reluctant opportunity.

800 G St NW | 5:30 pm | More Info

the south's best butts: luncheon with matt moore

Join food writer and Southern gentleman Matt Moore under the Garden Party tent to learn secrets from the Barbecue Belt's top pitmasters. Matt will show and share finger-licking tips for meltingly tender meals from the humble pork "butt," starting with where it's cut from. (Hint: Not the hind end.)  And he won't forget the fixin's! Learn saucy sides and savories, Southern lore, and best barbecue etiquette from a man who knows his way around a smokehouse. Your cookouts will never be the same!

1644 31st St NW | 12:15 pm | Tickets / More Info 


may 26th

live! at madams organ 

Schools out for summer so come get ugly at the hottest Blues Bar in DC! Half priced brew and some slick Rock n' Roll tunes on tap for you! Tune in, groove out, and drink up! 

2461 18th St NW | 7 pm | Tickets 

no scrubs: 90's dance party

NO SCRUBS: 90's Dance Party began in 2003 as a one-off concept party by friends and DJ partners Will Eastman and Brian Billion. The idea was simple: play both guilty pleasures and underground classics you listened to growing up in the 90's: Salt N Pepa and Nirvana. Ace of Base and Happy Mondays. The Prodigy and Biggie. We're pleased to announce NO SCRUBS returns to 9:30 Club! We're exercising our pleasure groove to Bell Biv Devoe, TLC, C&C Music Factory, Oasis, 2Pac and everyone 90s all night long. Be sure to get there at doors for this special event which always sells out. Look forward to seeing you there!!!

815 V St NW | 9 pm | Tickets / Info

jazz in the garden series 2

Jazz In The Garden at Pavilion Café in the National Gallery of Art features an eclectic mix of jazz is performed by top Washington-area artists. During jazz concerts, the Pavilion Café offers a special menu of creative American cuisine and refreshments, including a beer and wine menu. 

7th St & Constitution Ave | 2 pm | More Info

elf power at songbyrd

Their latest album “Twitching in Time” combines experimental arrangements and sublime songwriting with their powerful live bombast, into their strangest, most cohesive, and most exciting sounding album yet. The constant shifting of sounds and styles makes for one of the band’s most diverse and satisfying albums yet.

2477 18th St NW | 7 pm | Tickets / More Info


may 27th

dardanella: the great gatsby lawn party

With wishes for summer in the air, come out and join us on the grassy knoll! Return to a simpler time of music, dancing, tasty treats, and savory libations. We bring you our 3rd event in the District of Columbia! A chance to step back to the end of the 1st World War, the Volstead Act (in memoriam), Prohibition, Women’s Suffrage, and the roaring sights and sounds of the 1920’s. Sprawled out before the magnificent towers of The National Cathedral, return to an older era of flapper dresses, boater hats, and the big band scores of the 1910's, 1920's, & 1930's. Two 11 piece orchestras will warm up your feet, dance performances, lessons, and contests by the Fidgety Feet, DC's Premiere Dance Team, lawn games including croquet, bocce, and tug o' war, 2 dance floors, photo sets, food & beverage, specialty alcoholic Prohibition cocktail bars, and much more await! Period attire strongly encouraged.

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW | 11 am | Tickets / More Info

the orwells live at the black cat

1811 14th St NW | 7 pm | Tickets / More Info

vegan potluck picnic 

Join staffers from FARM for a vegan picnic in the park. This is a fun opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and try new vegan recipes and old vegan favorites. If you can, please bring a non-vegan friend to introduce them to animal-free fare!
Please bring a dish to share that contains NO animal products (no meat, no dairy, no eggs, no honey, no gelatin).

1800 Beach Dr NW | 4 pm | More Info

brunch with whiskey (an open mic)

Friends are welcome to join us at Red Rocks H street for a day party style poetry open mic featuring sounds by Little Bacon Bear, opening set by Whiskey Girl and southern hospitality from your host M Lewis.

1348 H St NE | 1 pm | Tickets / More Info

Live Action clue and dc scavenger hunt 

Time to solve a murder mystery while taking part in an incredible game and Scavenger Hunt as we bring the game of CLUE® – without a board – to DC. 
Take to the streets of Washington D.C.. Throughout the afternoon, as you compete in tasks and retrieve items and information, more cues will be revealed pointing to the murderer, the weapon and the location. The winner will be the one who earns enough points through various challenges (Clue themed) and collecting enough items that can used to help deciper the basics of the crime.
Put on your detective hats you team up and search for clues and participate in incredibly fun and exciting challenges against each other – that will become necessary to sold the crime.

425 12th St NW | 11:30 am | Tickets / More Info


may 28th

summer kick off all night happy hour

Featuring Jaws & Wet Hot America Summer plus FREE PINBALL

1811 14th St NW | 7 pm | More Info

memorial day summer rooftop kickoff

The weekend we’ve all been waiting for is finally here-Memorial Day Weekend, the start of summer. After you crush some bottomless brunch on our 1st and 2nd floor, head up to the rooftop for a Sunday Funday. Our roof will be open all day and night with specials including $7 Hawthorne Crushes, $5 16oz Bud Lights, $5 Rosé and $5 Grapefruit Eddy shooters!

1336 U St NW | 3 pm 

betamax video club

A celebration of 80's B movie classics and home video club culture. 
This month we follow two bumbling tabloid reporters on assignment in Transylvania. They are faced with a dilemma: find the elusive Frankenstein or find new jobs. While chasing their story our unlikely heroes encounter an oddball cast of characters including an insane doctor, clumsy butler, a nymphomaniac vampires, and the usual assortment of werewolves and mummies one encounters when exploring the Transylvanian countryside. What surprises lay in wait as the mystery unravels?

3813 Georgia Ave NW | 10:30 pm | More Info

hot 99.5 rooftop pool party with aaron carter

Join Hot 99.5 on Sunday as we kick-off summer with Aaron Carter at the Rooftop at the Embassy Row Hotel!

2015 Massachusetts Ave NW | 1 pm | Tickets / More Info


may 29th

memorial day music trivia

Join us at The Byrd for a fun night of drinks, eats and MUSIC TRIVIA! We're writing our own questions, so expect a few curveballs. Stay tuned for more info, and in the meantime, brush up on your music knowledge. Wikipedia is a good resource.

2477 18th St NW | 7 pm | More Info


we rock! camper showcase

Grab you friends and grab some tickets!! Girls Rockl! DC's 3rd annual We Rock! Camp will take the stage Monday of Memorial Weekend! Those tingles of love and adoration mean it's almost time for the show!! We Rock! Camp is just like our youth summer camp, but for women, trans, and gender non-conforming adults age 19 and up. We Rock! campers learn an instrument, form a band or DJ crew, collaborate to write an original musical expression, and perform for you, our live audience, all in one weekend! 

1811 14th St NW | 7 pm | Tickets / More Info 

e.t the extra terrestrial screening

3107 Mt. Pleasant St NW | 7:00 pm | Tickets / More Info



may 30th

pizza party at soundcheck

Welcome to our signatured Pizza Party at Soundcheck ! Free pizza for everyone while they last! On deck local talent and favored Dc Dj resident DJ RISE! 

1420 K St NW | 10 pm | Tickets / More Info

moonchild live at songbyrd

‘Voyager’ is the third full-length album from LA’s Moonchild, whose candid style of soul and new-school jazz has propelled them onto a swirling, emotionally charged journey of the heart. Since 2014 they have dedicated their time and energy into honing dreamlike and ethereal compositions which explore the intricacies of relationships with emotional nuance. The band cites influences like D’Angelo, Hiatus Kaiyote and J. Most as playing a key part in expanding the group's musical horizons which none more evident than on ‘Voyager’

2477 18th St NW | 7:30 pm | More Info / Tickets

record night

Join us at Colony Club for Record Night with the folks at Ted Onion for an evening of listening. Right Proper Brewing Company beers! $4 draft beers and $12 pitchers. BYOR! 

3118 Georgia Ave NW | 8 pm | More Info

movie and a meal: life is beautiful

Join us for an Italian dinner served buffet style and glass of wine as we screen La Vita e Bella - Life is Beautiful. The classic 1997 Italian comedy-drama film presents the bittersweet story of Guido as he creates a game out of the Holocaust in order to hold his family together and help his young son survive the horrors of the Nazi years. Directed by and starring award winner Roberto Benigni, this is the movie you definitely wouldn’t want to miss!

1525 Wisconsin Ave NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets / More Info