Earth Day Plogging @ Raymond Recreation Center
Apr 20 @ 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

VIDA Fitness is teaming up with DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to clean up the District while breaking a sweat for Earth Day. D.C residents are invited to join in the second annual Plogging event, picking up trash while jogging, as they run a preset two mile course beginning at Raymond Recreation Center.

Ploggers will be provided with trash bags and gloves to use as they run and pick up litter. VIDA Fitness and DPR will ensure appropriate disposal of all trash collected during the plogging event. This event is free and open to the public. 

After plogging VIDA Fitness will provide snacks and drinks for all participants. Sign up is requested to ensure enough supplies are on hand for all ploggers.

WHEN:             Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:           Starting at Raymond Recreation Center VIDA Fitness and DPR will lead joggers on a designated two mile route through Northwest DC.

WHY:               To clean up the trash and litter in the District in honor of Earth Day

HOW:              Sign up at https://vidafitness.com/plogging and also receive a free workout at VIDA Fitness

Pearl Dive’s Annual Crawfish Boil @ Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Apr 20 @ 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace’s Annual Crawfish Boil is right around the corner!

The venue will be offering up a feast of Crawfish, Corn on the Cob, House Made Andouille Sausage, Coleslaw, Cornbread Muffins, Roasted Potatoes, Wood Grilled Oysters, Pulled Pork Sliders, Hush Puppies, Abita Beer, House Wine Pours, and Hurricane Punch!

All you can eat and drink!

Music from the Suitcase + Meditations on Family with Pianist Anna Polonsky @ Kennedy Center
Apr 23 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Music from the Suitcase + Meditations on Family with Pianist Anna Polonsky

Featuring Washington D.C. Premieres by Gity Razaz and Andreia Pinto Correia

Commissioned by Washington Performing Arts


Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:30pm

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | 2700 F Street NW | Washington, DC

Tickets: $45 at www.washingtonperformingarts.org



On Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:30pm, Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik, known for his “dark-hued tone and razor-sharp technique” (The New York Times) makes his Kennedy Center debut presented by Washington Performing Arts at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Terrace Theater (2700 F Street NW). Kutik and pianist Anna Polonsky, lauded for her “dazzling virtuosity” (San Francisco Chronicle) will perform selections from Kutik’s ongoing project Music from the Suitcase including Stravinsky’s Divertimento from A Fairy’s Kiss; Prokofiev’s Waltz from Cinderella (arr. Fikhtengoltz); and Rubenstein’s Romance in E-flat Major, Op. 44, No. 1 (arr. Wieniawski); plus Schnittke’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2. Following the concert, there will be a talkback with Kutik and NPR’s Nina Totenberg, who has followed Kutik’s career since his student days under her father’s tutelage.

They will also give the first Washington D.C. performances of two new works that are part of Kutik’s new commissioning project,Meditations on Family – Gity Razaz’s Cadenza for the Once Young and Andreia Pinto Correia’s Litania, commissioned for Yevgeny Kutik by Washington Performing Arts.

ALAN CUMMING: LEGAL IMMIGRANT @ Music Center at Strathmore
Apr 24 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM



The set list for Tony Award-winner Alan Cumming’s provocative new concert show is as eclectic and idiosyncratic as Cumming himself. Legal Immigrant, a collection of musings on his 10 years as a US citizen, growing older, and what it feels like to be an immigrant in today’s America (regardless of your prefix) is a true, old-fashioned cabaret featuring a smorgasbord of genres. Ever wanted to hear Schubert and Peggy Lee together in one song? You will! Hits by Scottish treasures The Proclaimers also make an appearance, and there might even be a Disney Princess medley sung without a drop of irony.

1st Annual Meow DC @ Dock 5 at Union Market
Apr 27 @ 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

With the rise of cat celebs like Grumpy Cat and Moshow the Rapper, combined  with cat videos in  every corner of  the internet —  it’s about time Washingtonians have an outlet to share their feline fervor with their neighbors. That’s why DC’s animal welfare organization, Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA), is hosting the 1st Annual Meow DC this coming spring.

This event is designed for everyone from the devoted cat lover to the fly-by feline fan.  Kitty aficionados from all over the metro area can don their cat ears and themed outfits, purchase kitty-themed goods from the many local vendors, attend talks about everything from community cats to confusing kitty behavior, and even meet internet sensation Sunglass Cat! There also will be adorable kittens and sassy adult cats alike on hand for cuddles and adoption throughout the day. Plus, it doesn’t end there. Keep your cat ears on and attend the Meow DC After Party at The Pub & The People from 5-8pm where a percentage of sales will benefit HRA, as well as $1 from every Tito’s beverage. Oh, and did we mention there will be awesome giveaways!

And if that weren’t enough, the real attraction (the catnip, if you will) is that all proceeds benefit the amazing work HRA does year round for local DC cats, both indoor and outdoor. Each month, HRA helps nearly 400 local homeless animals get adopted and 565 animals get spayed or neutered.  HRA field officers respond to 1,600 calls monthly, and HRA volunteers donate 2,400 hours every month.  While HRA does incredible work for the vulnerable animals in our community, they still rely on the generosity of individuals and organizations throughout the DC metro area.

This event is generously sponsored by Nardi Media, LLC and Design Foundry. A full list of participating booth vendors is available on the event website.

Tickets are $40 and on sale now at www.meowdc.org. Meet & Greet Tickets for Sunglass Cat are $15 and available at www.meowdc.org.

  • WHO: In-studio interviews are available with HRA representatives to discuss the importance of supporting our local furry friends through events like Meow DC. Adoptable animals can be available in-studio upon request.
  • WHERE: Dock 5 at Union Market – 1309 5th Street NE, Washington DC 20002
  • WHEN: Saturday April 27, 2019 from 10:00AM EST until 5:00PM EST
  • AFTER PARTY: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (The Pub & The People; 1648 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001)
Walters Art Museum Presents Second-Annual Community Youth Arts Celebration @ Walters Art Museum
Apr 27 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Learn how the next generation of Baltimore’s artists and leaders are harnessing the power of creativity to tell their stories. As part of the day’s activities, attendees can create their own museum memes, buttons, and custom banners, learn how to screen print with Jubilee Arts: Youth in Business, and make a personalized zine with Baltimore Youth Arts. Special guests include the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore Ceasefire, and Open Works. Performances include screenings with Wide Angle Youth Media, musical ensembles with two Arts Every Day schools, and the Lethal Ladies of Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women step team.

The day’s festivities include Behind the Façade, a program of original monologues by Baltimore School for the Arts theater students. Performed in 1 West Mount Vernon Place, this performance brings to life the range of people, enslaved and free, who made Mount Vernon their home in the years before and after the Civil War.

Presented in collaboration with Arts Every Day. Special thanks to MECU of Baltimore and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.


Walters Art Museum

600 North Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21201


Saturday, April 27, 2019

11 a.m.–4 p.m.


Frühlingsfest @ Heurich House Museum
Apr 27 @ 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM


What: Enjoy the spring blooms in the museum’s Castle Garden full of local beer and Rockland’s BBQ. Get your hands dirty with a gardening project, complete a craft project led by local artists and artisans including Marni Manning and Urban Jungle, and take a flower-themed tour of the historic home of DC brewmaster Christian Heurich.

When: Saturday, April 27th from 12:00-4:00pm

Tickets: Entrance is $15 for adults (11+), $5 for children (2-10), and includes the gardening activities and tour. Food and craft activities are additional costs.

Additional Details: Details about the festival will be released through the museum’s Instagram with the hashtag #CastleBlooms.

More information: http://bit.ly/Frühlingsfest2019

Refugees International’s 40th Anniversary Dinner @ Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium,
Apr 30 @ 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Refugees International will honor former special representative of the United Nations Secretary General for International Migration and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and senior counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Louise Arbour with its highest humanitarian honor, the McCall-Pierpaoli Award, for her lifetime of work in the pursuit of justice and human rights at its 40thAnniversary Dinner on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The award will also be presented to former president of Portugal H.E. Jorge Branco de Sampaio and President of the Carnegie Corporation Dr. Vartan Gregorian in recognition of their joint efforts to support Syrian students to pursue their higher education with the Global Platform for Syrian Students and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

“This year’s awardees have demonstrated incredible willingness to take on the most difficult challenges and push the international community to do better in pursuit of justice and human rights,” said Refugees International President Eric Schwartz. “We are humbled to be able to present them with this honor.”

Refugees International will also honor Taller Salud, a humanitarian aid group in Puerto Rico, with its Richard C. Holbrooke Award for providing critical services and unwavering support to the people of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and María. U.S. Representative Will Hurd of Texas will receive Refugees International’s 2019 Congressional Leadership Award for his commitment to public service and recognition that humanitarian principles must inform policymaking toward those who have been forced to flee their homes. And Mayor Wilmot Collins of Helena, Montana will receive Refugees International’s Exceptional Service Award for his extraordinary advocacy on behalf of refugees not only in Helena but throughout the United States.

This year’s Anniversary Dinner Benefit Committee Chairs are Vali and Darya Nasr. Ambassador to the United States from Costa Rica Dr. Fernando Llorca Castro and Mrs. Evelyn Cermeño will serve as the evening’s Honorary Committee Chairs. Sarah Bovim, Vice President Government Relations at the Whirlpool Corporation, and Jodi Bond, Executive Vice President of Global Government & Industry Affairs at Chubb, will chair the Global Partnership Initiative.

Refugees International’s Anniversary Dinner is its largest fundraising event of the year. The celebration honors individuals and organizations that demonstrate extraordinary leadership and commitment to humanitarian action, changing the lives of refugees and displaced people around the world. Past honorees include Founder and CEO of Chobani Hamdi Ulukaya, Syria’s White Helmets, Sir Richard Branson, Rohingya human rights activist Tun Khin, journalist Maureen Orth, among many others. Attendees of the Anniversary Dinner include Members of Congress, diplomats, representatives of corporations, foundations, and nongovernmental organizations, and individuals whose generous support enables Refugees International to serve as a powerful voice for displaced people around the world.

This year’s event has made possible by corporate sponsorships from Chubb, Gilead Sciences, and

Repsol Oil & Gas, LLC and through generous gifts from our 40th Anniversary Celebratory Circle sponsors Eileen Shields-West and Robin West; our Lifesaving Circle sponsors Maureen White and Steven Rattner and Elizabeth and Michael Galvin; our Humanitarian Circle sponsors Jan Weil and Amos Avgar; our Changemaker sponsors Nina and Dino Saglimbeni and the Kathwari Family Foundation; and our Visionary sponsors George and Frederica Valanos, among others.

LECTURE: Around the World in 80 Trees @ Conservatory Garden Court, US Botanic Garden
May 2 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Jonathan Drori, author and environmentalist

From India’s sacred banyan to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, trees offer us sanctuary, inspiration and companionship – not to mention sustenance and raw materials – and forests have surprising parallels with human communities. In this fascinating and beautifully illustrated talk, Jonathan Drori, author and trustee of The Eden Project in Cornwall, and former BBC documentary film-maker and board member of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of our lives, from the romantic to the regrettable, and how they are capable of the most bizarre antics. An unmissable event for tree and nature lovers. Please note: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7 p.m.

DATE: Thursday, May 2

TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Conservatory Garden Court

FREE: Pre-registration required, visit www.USBG.gov/Learn

This program sponsored by the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden.

SPECIAL PROGRAM: Beyond the Julep: Mint and Historic Cocktails @ U.S. Botanic Garden
May 3 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Dwight Grimm, Owner and Head Mixologist of the Projectionists Club at the Greenville Drive-In, Greenville, NY

Lamiaceae, commonly known as the mint family, contains over 7,000 species found around the globe. Many of the species contain distinctive medicinal and flavor properties that humans have been utilizing for centuries. In addition to providing the flair in such classic cocktails as the mojito and the mint julep, members of the family like lemon balm, hyssop, lavender, and marjoram are often secret ingredients in the production of historic spirits. Join us on a unique sensory adventure as we smell, touch and, yes, drink, samples in a discussion of this important botanical family. Please note: Program is intended for those 21 years of age and older. Small bites and beverage samples will be provided. Doors open at 6 p.m.

DATE: Friday, May 3

TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Conservatory Garden Court



Pre-registration required, visit www.USBG.gov/Learn

This program sponsored by the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden.

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