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Hello neighbor,

On our radar this week, we highlight Embassy-sponsored celebrations and events. Here are some announcements and summaries for you:

So what should you do?

For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times:

  • The πŸ›‹ indicates that an event is happening in person inside.
  • The 🌲 indicates that an event is happening in person outside.
  • The πŸ’» indicates that an event is happening virtually.
  • And finally, the πŸ†“ indicates that an event is free.
  • the πŸ’‰ indicates an event requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.

Your last minute weekend plans

1. Since the weather will be fine on Saturday. πŸ˜ŽπŸŒžβ˜€οΈπŸŒ€ Head to the early Wharf Winter Games (Sat, πŸ†“, 🌲, The Quay) to have a chance to play cornhole ice cream and pin-the-tail-on-the-husky. Support local by heading to the Valentine’s Day Sidewalk Market (Sat, πŸ†“, 🌲, Mount Pleasant), the Buy local for your Valentine’s Market (Sam, πŸ†“, 🌲, Tysons)or the openings of Little sister (Sam, $, πŸ›‹, Georgetown) and Botanical black box (Sam, $, πŸ›‹, Takoma). Give back by volunteering in a Columbia Heights Cleanup (Sam, πŸ†“, 🌲, Columbia Heights). Visit the baby porcupine at Smithsonian Zoo (Thursday-Sun, πŸ†“ but need timed passes, 🌲/πŸ›‹, Woodley Park).

2. Since the weather will be terrible on Sunday. πŸ₯ΆπŸ§Šβ„οΈβ˜οΈ Stay inside and visit these exhibits before they close at the end of the month: β€œAquatint: from its origins to Goyaat the National Gallery of Art (daily, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹/πŸ’‰, National Mall) and β€œCaravans of gold, fragments in time: art, culture and exchanges through medieval Saharan AfricaΒ» at the Museum of African Arts (Wed-Sun, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, National Mall). Test new heights in a local bouldering room, like Brooklyn Rocks ($29 day pass) Where Movement Climbing ($27 day pass). Free yourself from the streaming algorithm and watch a movie on AFI Silver Theater Where Landmark E Street Theater.

3. Celebrate the performing arts. 🎫 See IkΓ© UdΓ© β€œNollywood portraits” (in progress, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, National Mall), which sheds light on the rich talent behind Nigeria’s $3 billion film industry. Watch the Gala Hispanic Theater in Columbia Heights which recently debuted”La Casa de La Laguna” (until February 27, $, πŸ›‹/πŸ’‰, Columbia Heights). There aren’t many tickets left, but you might be able to attend the β€œSwan Lake” (Thu-Sun, $25+, πŸ›‹/πŸ’‰, Kennedy Center) Where β€œ50 years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center(Saturday, $59+, πŸ›‹/πŸ’‰, Kennedy Center). Head to H Street for a 3-course dinner at Sospeso + Prologue theater show combo (Saturday, $75+, πŸ›‹/πŸ’‰, H St).

4. Comic relief for love in a swamp. πŸ˜…πŸ˜“ For those who need a laugh, consider stopping by a comedy show on awkward sexual experiences (Fri, $20, πŸ›‹/πŸ’‰, 14th St) or a community open mic (can I call it community healing?) about how β€œLove Hurts” (Thursday, $15, πŸ›‹/πŸ’‰, Le Quai). I don’t know what it is, but a β€œtext your ex” wall (Saturday, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹/πŸ’‰, West End) looks intriguing. And if you need something very different, switch to a gore Violent-ine Day Massacre drag show (Fri, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹/πŸ’‰, NoMA).

5. A hodgepodge of ideas. πŸ’« Join Blk Fwr Mrkt at Shopkeepers DC for a speed smear workshop (Saturday, $35, πŸ›‹/πŸ’‰ H Street). Head to Merriweather District for their glow on the ice ice skating event (every Thursday, 50% off tickets, 🌲, Columbia). Maybe you know someone who would benefit from a Taxes for Artists Workshop (Thursday, πŸ†“, πŸ’»). Run in your underwear as part of the Cupid’s Undie Run (February 12, $35 to register, Penn Quarter) to raise funds to find a cure for neurofibromatosis. For those looking for an Instagram-worthy experience, consider stopping by Cupid’s Haus at the Sun Room (Saturday, $92+, πŸ›‹/πŸ’‰, Eckington).

What’s on our radar: Cultural events

Here’s a look at some of the Embassy-sponsored celebrations and events that caught our attention:

    • A French astrophysicist leaves Earth and her daughter. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸš€ The French Embassy is organizing a screening of the film β€œNearbyΒ» as part of a series of films celebrating the French Presidency of the European Union (February 10, $5, πŸ›‹/πŸ’‰, Glover Park).
    • Poetics of the Hispanic Diaspora. πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ–‹ The Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy will host the Spanish comic book author Anapurna about comics and their creative process (Feb 16, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹/πŸ’‰, Columbia Heights).
    • Celebrating 70 years of traditional Mexican dance. πŸ‡²πŸ‡½πŸ’ƒπŸΎ the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico by Amalia Hernandez returns to DC at the Lincoln Theater in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute (February 25, $30+, πŸ›‹/πŸ’‰, rue U).
    • Mardi Gras parade 🀝 Fireworks 🀝 Ice sculptures. πŸ‘‘πŸ§ŠπŸŽ‡ Head to Navy Yard and the wharf for a day of celebration. Start at Ice Yards with Ax Throwing and a snowboard stimulator before attending the Mardi Gras parade and fireworks (February 26, $15 for Ice Yards, 🌲, shipyard) and (February 26, πŸ†“ for Mardi Gras, 🌲, Le Quai).
    • Piano concert for Ukraine. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦πŸŽΉ The Embassy of Ukraine, in partnership with Ukrainian American activists, will host a benefit concert in commemoration of the heavenly hundred. There will be appetizers and wine as well as a photo exhibit”Maidan in Washington, DC” on display (February 26, $25+, πŸ›‹/πŸ’‰, Georgetown).
    • The future of indigenous cultures. πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺπŸ–Ό The House of Sweden will host an exhibition entitled β€œarctic highwaysβ€œ, which features works by Sami and Indigenous artists exploring what it means to be β€œlimitless” (starting March 5).
    • Japanese street festival. πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸŒΈ In its 60th year, the Japan-America Society of Washington DC invites the public to Sakura Matsurithe largest celebration of Japanese culture in the United States (April 9-10, $10+, 🌲, Downtown).

jade (@clockoutdc)

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day and an event blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, while moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.

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