Upcoming Local Events – Weekend of February 1, 2019

This week’s events  are jam-packed with tons of fun!  #SoExcited  All events noted below are in the District unless otherwise noted.  Here’s what’s going on this week…

DC Northwest

African American & Black History Art Tour | National Portrait Gallery, February 2

For Black History Month let’s visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum / National Portrait Gallery to explore African American & Black Art History – from the perspective of artists, models and patrons. Our guided tour will include both lesser-known and well-known works, including the popular portraits of Barrack and Michele Obama. $7

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A Long, Long Way Film Weekend | National Cathedral, February 1- 2

Before his death in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. remarked that while the nation had come “a long, long way” in its quest for racial justice, it still had a long, long way to go.  In this spirit, the Long, Long Way Film Weekend at Washington National Cathedral compares historical and contemporary film, offering a unique opportunity to explore narratives of race and prejudice over time. In 2019, the second annual film weekend showcases Do the Right Thing (1989) and BlacKkKlansman (2018). $15 ($10 Students and Military)

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Jack Rose Super ‘Chili’ Bowl 2019 | Jack Rose Dining Saloon, February 3

Two teams. Five chilis. Five canned beers, 10 draft brews. Four large flat-screen TVs. As the final two football teams face off for the title of NFL Super Bowl Champion on Sunday, February 3, we’re hosting our annual Super “Chili” Bowl Cook-Off: an all-you-can-eat-and-drink rooftop party featuring unlimited homemade chilis and craft brews. $50

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Jason Moran and Ron Miles – I Am A Man | Kennedy Center, February 2

On the day before his assassination in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood alongside the striking sanitation workers of Memphis who carried signs declaring “I AM A MAN.” Ron Miles, “one of the finest trumpeters in jazz today” (Jazz Times), makes his most compelling artistic statement to date with a night of music from his new project, a record titled after this simple, powerful phrase that challenged centuries of discrimination. $45

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DC Northeast

2nd Annual Brunch Fest | Union Market – Dock 5, February 2

Enjoy brunch samples from 15+ of DC’s hottest brunch spots – $70
-The Boozy Coffee Bar – enjoy hot and iced coffee drinks!
-The Fresh Mimosa Bar will feature fresh squeezed juices and lovely sparkling bubbles

-Pink Playhouse featuring Rosés from around the World.
-Great selection of 30+ other beer, spirits and wine
-DC’s best DJ’s

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Trap Yoga feat. Instructor Brandon Copeland | Sweat DC, February 3

Trap Yoga is a vinyasa style class done at a moderate pace with all postures and poses explained in more depth. The Trap Yoga class focuses on the fundamental movements and sequences that form the basis of a strong yoga practice set to up-beat Trap music.  Whether you are the super flexible child gymnast, or the can’t touch your toes armchair enthusiast, you will enjoy and benefit from a Trap Yoga class. Ample modifications and a flow through the basics make this perfect for both beginners and regular yogis.

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Big Game Watch Party | City Winery, February 3

See everything that’s happening in Atlanta on the screens while you taste your cocktails, wine, beer, and bar bites…all included with your ticket! Additional food and drink special discounts will be available. $20
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Algebra Blesset | City Winery, February 2

As an R&B solo artist with such a simple solution, when mainstream success seems to be more about the right hair, nails and make -up, ALGEBRA’S debut album PURPOSE is the perfect curriculum for breathing life back in to a genre overwrought by factory made clones. $35 – $42

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Expected the Unexpected – Wine Paring & Album Listening | City Winery, February 3

Wine… you’ve had it before but not like this. Vine of the Rhyme and LLeft Entertainment are coming together to create a unique album listening party experience. Join us on Sunday, February 3 at City Winery as we pair wine with the latest release from Tracey Lee, Expect the Unexpected. $25

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DC Southwest

Skate Southwest | District Wharf, February 1 – 2

As if living in Southwest DC wasn’t awesome enough, now being a resident can get you free time on The Wharf Ice Rink—including free skate rental. So bring a valid ID (DC license, college ID, school ID, or other government-issued ID showing your 20024 ZIP code), and glide with us at the waterfront. Free for residents of 20024
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Brasstracks: The Vibrant Tour | Union Stage, February 1

After studying together at Manhattan School of Music, Ivan Jackson (trumpet) and Conor Rayne (drums) linked up to form production duo Brasstracks in 2014. In August 2016 Ivan and Conor produced arguably the biggest Hip Hop record of the year with Chance The Rappers ‘No Problem’ feat Lil Wayne and 2Chainz. This led to a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rap Song to add to Ivan’s nomination for his writing contribution to Anderson Paak’s ‘Am I Wrong’. Their most recent project “For Those Who Know Part 1” was released Oct 20th.  Now they enter the next chapter with the release of new single “Vibrant” and “The Vibrant Tour”.

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DC Southeast

District Soul Food Grand Opening | District Soul Food, February 2

District Soul Food Restaurant is a new restaurant in the heart of barracks row in Capitol Hill. Executive Chef, John Fearrington will bring a menu strongly influenced by Southern flavors.
District Soul Food Restaurant and Lounge will operate as a restaurant, Cigar Lounge, accompanied with a food truck and catering services for special events.

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ICE YARDS 2019 | The Yards DC, February 2


DC’S ADULT WINTER FESTIVAL! Now in its fifth year, Ice Yards has become the event of the season as DC’s only adult-friendly winter wonderland. Back by popular demand are icy cocktails and local DC brews, interactive ice activities, live music, and more. $10

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DC Polar Bear Plunge | Capitol RiverFront – Yards Park, February 2


The Polar Plunge is a very cool way for the community to come out and show their support for Special Olympics DC.  Two above- ground swimming pools will be erected and participants will “take the plunge” to the cheers of the crowd!  The Polar Plunge and ICE YARDS will be joining forces this year to take the frozen fun to another level! The event will include an ice bar, live music, interactive ice activities, food vendors from neighborhood favorites and so much more! Free to watch. $10 for ‘Plungers’

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Maryland

Toni Braxton wsg SWV | MGM National Harbor, February 1

As Long As I Live Tour

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Impact of Black Music During the Great Migration| Montpelier Arts Center, February 2

Three panelists discuss the impact music had on African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance. The panelists utilize the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s 2019 Black History Month theme, “Black Migrations.” Free

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Amy Schumer | Hippodrome Theatre At The France-Merrick PAC, February 2

Comedian and Towson University alum Amy Schumer is scheduled to perform at the Hippodrome Theatre

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Virginia

Chocolate Lovers Festival | 3999 University, Fairfax, February 1 – 3

Chocolate Lovers Festival, a three-day festival held on the first full weekend of February, features activities for all to enjoy. In 2019, the festival will be held Friday, February 1 for Liquid Chocolate only from 6pm-8pm, Saturday, February 2 from 10am to 7pm (see schedule of events for times and locations) and Sunday, February 3 from 12 noon to 4pm. Join us for the Taste of Chocolate, the Chocolate Challenge, Cake Walk, Silent Auction, open houses at historic buildings and much more. $1 per Pog

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