Upcoming Local Events – Weekend of February 22, 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

Carnival Celebration: A Night on the Riviera | Embassy of France, February 23

From the elegance of classical French culture to the most celebrated Rivera nightlife of the 21st Century, experience a special evening of fantastic French food (buffet-style) and wines, late night DJ and a nightclub experience that will turn the venue into “The Embassy of Lights”, with a spectacular Riviera-style ambiance, as well as attractions and shows. $99-$800, 8pm

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D-Nice Dance Party | Kennedy Center, February 22

Join the Kennedy Center for this free #KenCenHipHop Dance Party spun by world-renowned DJ D-Nice. From Oscar night galas to the Super Bowl, or from Essence Fest to the legendary private parties thrown by Diddy, D-Nice can now be heard in places like Cannes, Singapore, South Africa, and Miami.  9:00pm, Free

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Jay Electronica | Howard Theater, February 23

$35 advance, 9:00pm

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Giant Panda Housewarming Celebration | Smithsonian National Zoo,  February 23

The Giant Panda Housewarming Celebration, sponsored by Airbnb, is free to the public and will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m., followed by activities throughout the day. Visitors can talk with panda scientists and keepers, and young panda fans can enjoy a coloring station. The giant pandas and red pandas will receive special frozen treats throughout the day, and snacks will be available for human visitors as well.  Free, 9:30am

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DC Fashion Week | Various,  February 22

Check out autumn/winter fashion collections at DC Fashion Week. The weekend starts on Friday night with an awards show and pop-up shop at The Washington Court Hotel. On Saturday, see the new designs at the emerging designers showcase in the Liaison Hotel, while on Sunday, and international designers will show their latest collections at the Embassy of France. See Website for full schedule of events

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Oscars Viewing Party | Embassy Row Hotel, February 24

We cordially requests the pleasure of your company for a viewing of the awards ceremony, in honor of the best films of 2018, at the luxurious Embassy Row Hotel. Start your evening with handcrafted cocktails available for purchase at the bar as you meet, network, and socialize with ICDC Members followed by a screening of the live broadcast of the awards ceremony on large TV screens of the venue and experience the magic of cinema. Join us on your own or with friends. $10, 7:30pm

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Dane Cook | DAR Constitution Hall, February 23

Cook has been performing stand up for over twenty years, although these days he’s just as well known as a movie star. From small early roles in the cult Mystery Men and Flypaper, he’s now progressed to leading man material with the likes of Good Luck Chuck and shown his dramatic chops in Mr. Brooks. $50.00, 7:00pm

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Architecture & Design Film Festival | National Building Museum, Through February 24

The Architecture & Design Film Festival, celebrates the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. With well-attended screenings, legendary panelists, vibrant discussions and events in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, it has grown into the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject. See website for details

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Meet Dr. King | National Theatre, February 23

The story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of both triumph and tragedy. In this dramatic show, audiences come to see that the rights won during the American Civil Rights Movement came with a heavy price  9:30am, Donation

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DC Northeast

Black Alley | City Winery, February 23

BLACK ALLEY has become one of the most followed, trendsetting and sought-after music groups hailing from the nation’s capital. With endorsements from national recording artists such as Grammy Award nominee Raheem DeVaughn, Hip Hop standouts Big KRIT & Wale, and the legendary Sheila E, Black Alley is untouchable, striving to rock harder and heavier each time they unite and contribute to the greater good of music..  $25, 8 :00pm

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Blind Tasting Workshop | City Winery, February 23

Even though it may seem intimidating, you don’t need to be a wine expert to be able to blind taste; just a little bit of book knowledge about some common grape varietals and lots of practice (i.e lots of drinking). Over the course of the evening, our resident sommelier will help you taste and analyze 4 wines, so you’ll be able to make a successful conclusion about what’s in your glass just like the pros. Our wine educator will guide you through the process, offering useful tasting tips along the way and answering any questions you may have. This is a fun, interactive and educational class that will really get you hooked on blind tasting! If you want to start developing your blind tasting skills or put your wine knowledge to the test, this fun and engaging class is perfect for you! We’ll see you in class!  $30, 6:30pm

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INTERSECTIONS Festival | Atlas Performing Arts Ctr, Through March 3

The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival is a performing arts festival that presents work that impacts our society, culture, and world by informing, inspiring, educating, and entertaining. INTERSECTIONS is about presenting excellent art that inspires a connected community, engaged artists and audiences alike, and creates a vibrant neighborhood, city, and world. We are interested in unique perspectives and art that connects us to the many facets of our humanity. Plan on seeing more than one show? Purchase a Festival Pass and see it all! See Website for Details

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DC Southwest

HHMDC Grand Induction Ceremony (Big Daddy Kane) | Blind Whino, February 23

You’re invited to join us for the induction of Hip-Hop legend Big Daddy Kane into The Hip-Hop Museum DC Hall of Fame! Activities Include;
• Induction Ceremony & Acceptance Speech (2pm)
• Memorabilia Signing
• Hip-Hop Karaoke Battlewith a DJ, snacks and adult beverages from Bluejacket and One Eight Distilling. $20.00. 12pm

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DC Southeast

National Margarita Day | Mission, February 22

Join Mission on National Margarita Day for $7 Mission Margaritas, $23 Pitchers, $5 Jimador Tequila Shots and $8 Queso Fundido. 4:00pm

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Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week | Various, Through February 24

Join us in celebrating the winter edition of Vegan Restaurant Week: Vote For Your Favorite Dish! Restaurants will be challenged to demonstrate their love and compassion for promoting healthier diets, reducing animal cruelty and saving the environment, by offering tasty and creative vegan options on their menus and you get to cast your vote!  Enjoy a variety of plant-based menu items. We welcome all diners not just vegans! See Website for Details

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Pet Adoption Show | Bowie Petsmart, February 23

We do not have a central shelter facility, so the best place to meet our adoptable cats and dogs is at an adoption show. Our general schedule is below, but we hold special shows periodically at alternate locations. Be sure to check our calendar for the date and location of the next show. If you have previously filled out an adoption application, please print it out and bring it with you. We cannot guarantee that an animal you want to meet will be at the show. Please check the animal’s listing the day before the show and we will do our best to let you know if he/she will be there. Free, 12pm

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Adina Howard / Big Daddy Kane | Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supperclub, February 22

Big Daddy Kane is a Brooklyn, New York M.C. who undisputedly defined the term “lyricist” in the world of hip-hop. Along with the lyrical ingenuity he brought to the genre, he also introduced innovative live performances as well. Kane was the first rapper to ever hold not one but two sold out shows at the world famous Apollo Theater for women only. These lives performances, which consisted of theatrics, choreography and tailored costumes proved that Big Daddy Kane was not only an M.C., he was a full entertainer. Kane revolutionized hip-hop fashion and the way hip-hop shows were performed.. $59.50 – $79.50, 8pm

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9th Annual Barleywine Festival | Mad Fox Brewing Company, February 23 ,24

Join us for our 9th Annual, Barleywine Festival. This is hands down, the largest Barleywine Festival in the Mid-Atlantic. We will be showcasing 30+ Barleywines from around the region and across the county. Free, 11:30am

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Jeffrey Osborne | Birchmere, February 24

Osborne’s solo career has brought him four grammy nominations,  five gold and platinum albums, including his debut self entitled album ” Jeffrey Osborne”, “Stay with Me Tonight” and “Only Human”.He scored an international hit with “On the Wings of Love” in 1982. After his six albums released on A&M during the ’80s, he moved to Arista for Only Human (1990), then switched to a series of independent labels. His releases during the 2000s included ” That’s for Sure” (2000) and “Music Is Life” (2003), as well as cover albums ” From the Soul “(2005) and “A Time for Love” (2013). His latest project entitled “Worth It All” is being released in 2018 on Artistry Music. $79.50, 7:30pm

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