Native Cinema Showcase Screening: Encanto @ Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Feb 11 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Native Cinema Showcase Screening: Encanto

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m.

(USA, 2021, 120 mins.) Directors: Byron Howard, Jared Bush, and Charise Castro Smith


Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in a magical house in a vibrant town in the mountains of Colombia. The magic of this wondrous, charmed Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift, from super strength to the power to heal—every child that is except one, Mirabel (voice of Stephanie Beatriz). But when she discovers that the magic surrounding Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.

Special support for Native Cinema Showcase provided by the Walt Disney Company.

The Art League’s Patrons’ Show @ The Art League Gallery in Studio 21
Feb 19 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Patrons’ Show, the Art League’s biggest fundraiser, is back on Sunday, February 19, from 6–9 pm. Ticket holders may choose to attend the event in person at the Torpedo Factory or from the comfort of home via the streaming platform Vimeo. This much-anticipated event, now in its 55th year, allows ticket holders to acquire high-quality, original fine art—valued from $235 to upwards of thousands of dollars—while supporting a great non-profit organization and community of artists.

The Patrons’ Show Exhibit features over 600 original fine artworks donated by Art League and Torpedo Factory artists. It opens for viewing in The Art League Gallery and online Friday, February 3, two weeks before the drawing. Ticket holders fill the Gallery during these two weeks studying the artwork and noting their favorite pieces, so they’ll be prepared to select from the available artwork when their turn arrives.

At the Patrons’ Show event, the emcee announces the name of every ticket holder in a random drawing. Each person called chooses their favorite work of art from the Show to take home! In addition to the artwork, ticket holders may win other valuable prizes donated by local businesses.

Tickets for the Patrons’ Show fundraiser are $235 and can be purchased here.

Anyone can see the bevy of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, printworks, and more on the League’s Patrons’ Show 2023 album on Flickr; and download the handy Art Thief app to pick and organize their favorites on an iPhone, iPad, or iTouch (but grab a ticket if you want to claim artwork!).


Gallery Hours:

Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm


Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Ice Yards! & Polar Plunge @ The Yards
Feb 25 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Yards is excited to announce the return of Ice Yards! In partnership with Special Olympics DC, the neighborhood will host the Polar Plunge Fundraiser at the 9th annual winter festival.

Participants, following a month-long fundraising campaign, will “take the plunge” to raise funds for Special Olympics DC in an above-ground swimming pool on the boardwalk as Ice Yards guests cheer them on. The Polar Plunge supports over 2,500 DC-based athletes with year-round sports training and the opportunity to compete in the Special Olympics DC Games.

Ice Yards guests will be able to enjoy live music, photo booths, ax-throwing, iceless curling, and so much more! Seasonal beverages and treats from favorite Yards restaurants will also be available to help folks stay warm post-plunge.


  • Saturday, February 25 | 1pm – 4pm

  • The Yards | 355 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003


HOW: To register for the SODC Polar Plunge, please visit www.dcpolarplunge.org. Ice Yards tickets will be available in the coming weeks! For more information, visit theyardsdc.com and follow The Yards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @TheYardsDC.

Concert Celebrating the Garifuna Language with James Lovell  @ Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Feb 25 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Concert Celebrating the Garifuna Language with James Lovell 

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m. 

Visit the National Museum of the American Indian and enjoy a concert by James Lovell, a passionate Garifuna artist whose mission is to preserve the Garifuna culture, language and arts through music. He composes and translates songs that uplift and encourage younger generations to stay connected to the endangered Garifuna language, an Arawakan language spoken mainly in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Film Screening: Night Raiders @ Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Feb 26 @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Film Screening: Night Raiders

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2–5 p.m.  


The National Museum of the American Indian presents Night Raiders as part of the Mother Tongue Festival, which returns in person to the National Mall in 2023. 


(Canada/New Zealand, 2021, 97 mins.) Director: Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)    

English, Cree with English subtitles  


In a dystopian future in 2043, a military occupation controls disenfranchised cities in post-war North America. Children are considered property of the regime, which trains them to fight. A desperate Cree woman (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers) joins an underground band of vigilantes to infiltrate a state children’s academy and get her daughter back. A parable about the experience of Indigenous peoples, Night Raiders is a female-driven sci-fi drama about resilience, courage, and love.  


The Mother Tongue Film Festival is a public program of Recovering Voices, a collaboration between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and the Asian Pacific American Center. Learn more about the 2023 festival and past programs at mothertongue.si.edu.

FITDC HerStory 5K Run/Walk at Freedom Plaza @ Freedom Plaza
Mar 4 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Runners take your mark. In celebration of Women’s History Month, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting the fifth annual FITDC HerStory 5K Run/Walk at Freedom Plaza on Saturday, March 4 at 9:00 a.m. The FITDC HerStory 5K is free of charge, open to all DC residents and for all race levels. Residents can submit race registrations at: http://herstory5k.com.

Downtown DC’s flat running course along Pennsylvania Avenue will again serve as the perfect backdrop for the race event, which highlights panoramic views of the U.S. Capitol and national monuments. Both dog and stroller friendly, the FITDC HerStory 5K is geared toward families, kids, weekend athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike.

Events and prizes for the FITDC HerStory 5K include:

  • Free commemorative HerStory T-Shirt and Race Bib for all race participants while supplies last (courtesy of AETNA)
  • Post-Race Finish Festival with music, giveaways and vendors from local women-owned businesses.
  • Freedom Plaza adorned with quotes for HerStory making women
  • Pop-up exhibits about women’s history
  • Parking space is extremely limited at Freedom Plaza, so FITDC encourages race participants to leave their cars at home. Convenient methods of transportation include: walking, Capital Bikeshare, DC Metro, Uber, Lyft or taxicab.

Race packet pick-up will take place on Wednesday, March 1 and Tuesday, March 2 from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at SteadFast Supply (301 Tingey Street, SE) Hook Hall (3400 Georgia Ave., NW) and Bourne 2 Fly Fitness (3408 18th Street NE). When registering, please specify shirt size and preferred packet pick-up location.

Before, during, and after their run/walk, residents are encouraged to tag @myfitdc, while they share pictures and selfies on social media using the hashtags #HerStory5K and #CelebrateWomen. Race participants can track their run time through our sign-up portal to compare and connect with family and friends.

REGISTRATON: DC residents can submit race registrations at: http://herstory5k.com.

WHAT:  Fifth Annual FITDC HerStory 5K Run/Walk

  • Free and Open to DC Residents
  • Free commemorative T-Shirt & Race Bib for All
  • Participants
  • Post-Race Finish Festival: Music, Giveaways, Vendors from
  • Women-Owned Businesses
  • Freedom Plaza Featuring Exhibits and Quotes from
  • HerStory Making Women

WHEN:  Saturday, March 4, 2023 / Registration 9:00am | 5K Begins 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Freedom Plaza – 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Race Route:  Downtown DC along Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

PICK-UP:  Wednesday, March 1 & Tuesday, March 2 / 
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Three Locations:

-SteadFast Supply at 301 Tingey Street, SE

-Hook Hall at 3400 Georgia Avenue, NW

-Bourne 2 Fly Fitness 3408 18th Street NE

Registrants please specify pick-up location and T-shirt size

Race Day: Saturday, March 4 at 9:00 a.m. (Freedom Plaza)

Retro Prom @ William Talley Recreation Center
Mar 18 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Amid a celebratory 25th-anniversary MainStage season, MET’s resident comedy troupe that started it all, Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) is thrilled to announce the glorious return of MET’s treasured annual fundraiser and the best party of the year, Retro Prom.

Retro Prom will feature the musical stylings of DJ Genius of Benefactor Events to dance the night away to, delicious food by The Savory Spoon, a gift card tree raffle, a silent auction, fun prom photos, a cash bar and a late night pizza party. This sell out event for guests 21 years and older will be held on Saturday, March 18th from 7:00PM – 11:00PM at the William Talley Recreation Center (121 N. Bentz St. Frederick, MD 21701) in Baker Park.

The roaring ‘20s is this year’s Retro Prom theme. Though it is not a requirement that party guests wear a themed outfit it is encouraged that guests dance the night away dressed for prom, all decades of attire welcomed. New to Retro Prom this year is online bidding, which will allow guests to bid from wherever they are on silent auction items, receive outbid notifications, and seamlessly check out at the end of the night. Raffle ticket purchases and donations may also be completed online.

Tickets or tables may be purchased online at www.marylandensemble.org, by phone at (301) 694-4744, or in person at the MET Box Office. Individual tickets are $50 each. Tables are available for guaranteed seating for 4, 8, 10, or 12 attendees. Costs for tables range from $240 – $720 with advanced registration. Tables include a sign with the party’s name, guaranteed seating, and a bottle of champagne on ice. There will also be standing high-top tables and limited non-table seating for those purchasing individual tickets only.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) who for over 25 years have been producing thought-provoking theatre, fun family entertainment, artist residency programs for public schools, challenging classes and side-splitting comedy. MET is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Eudora Welty Lecture Features Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout @ National Press Club
Mar 23 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

On Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 pm the Folger Shakespeare Library’s

O.B. Hardison Poetry Series presents the Eudora Welty Lecture with Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge, My Name is Lucy Barton) at the National Press Club. Sponsored

by the Eudora Welty Foundation, this annual lecture celebrates creative origins in the spirit of Welty’s

treasured One Writer’s Beginnings.

Ann Patchett (Bel Canto and The Dutch House), who presented the Lecture from Welty’s living room in

Jackson, Mississippi in 2022, will introduce Strout. The Lecture will be followed by a book signing with

Elizabeth Strout.

Tickets are $25 ($20 for Folger Members and subscribers) and can be purchased at www.folger.edu/poetry

or by contacting the Folger Box Office at (202) 544-7077.

Previous Welty Lectures were delivered by Salman Rushdie in 2016, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in

2017, Richard Ford in 2018, Jesmyn Ward in 2019, and Ann Patchett in 2022.

Elizabeth Strout is widely known for her works in literary fiction and her descriptive characterization.

She was born and raised in Portland, Maine, and her experiences in her youth served as inspiration for

her novels—the fictional "Shirley Falls, Maine" is the setting of four of her seven novels. Strout's novels

include Amy and Isabelle, Abide with Me, Olive Kitteridge for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for

Fiction, The Burgess Boys, My Name Is Lucy Barton, Anything is Possible, Olive, Again, and Oh,

William!. Her latest book Lucy by the Sea was published in 2022.

Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels: The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s

Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, and Commonwealth. She has written three books of

nonfiction—Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy; What Now?, an expansion

of her graduation address at Sarah Lawrence College; and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a

collection of essays examining the theme of commitment. In 2019, she published her first children’s

book, Lambslide.

90th Georgetown House Tour @ Georgetown various
Apr 22 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

On Saturday, April 22, 2023, St. John’s Episcopal Church will host the 90th Georgetown House Tour, which is believed to be the oldest, most prestigious house tour in the country.  This annual event, which attracts more than 1,800 guests each year, gives locals and out-of-towners alike the opportunity to visit historic homes in a variety of styles.  Some exceptional homes and landmarks will be presented this year highlighting the charm and history of Georgetown’s past with modern design and architectural enhancements showing the evolution of the times.  The self-guided tour begins at St. John’s Church where guests will receive a House Tour Magazine complete with an interactive map and historic information about each property.  Attendees will also receive complimentary admission to The Parish Tea, which will be held in Blake Hall at historic St. John’s Church, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  In addition to tea, coffee, and lemonade, guests will enjoy delightful tea sandwiches and delicious desserts made by St. John’s members and generous community partners.

Advanced tickets for this event are priced at $55 per person and are available for purchase here.  Tickets may also be purchased at St. John’s Episcopal Church two days before and the day of the tour at 3240 O Street, NW, 20007, and are priced at $60 per person.

WHEN:          Saturday, April 22, 2023.  Homes will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Parish Tea will be served at the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church Georgetown, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:       St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 3240 O Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007.       

WHY:             St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish and has a long and storied history. The original church building was built in 1796 and completed in 1804.  President Thomas Jefferson and Francis Scott Key, author of our National Anthem, were founding members of the church and Dolley Madison was a regular attendee.  St. John’s has continued to grow and now has many programs for parishioners and the larger Washington, D.C. community.  St. John’s Church is engaged in many outreach programs, which are supported, in part, by the Georgetown House Tour.  Over the past few years, St. John’s has funded a broad range of human service organizations, including: Bishop Walker School, Bright Beginnings, Cornerstone Community, Seabury Senior Ministries, Georgetown Ministry Center, Grate Patrol, Jubilee Jobs, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, Manna, Metro Teens & Pediatric AIDS, New Futures, and Joseph House (all in the Washington metro area), in addition to Seafarers & International House, American Near East Refugee Aid, Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, and Honduras Support through the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

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