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Plan Your Best Fly-In Ever

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or planning your first lobby day ever, author and speaker Nicole Tisdale has the guide that'll help you hone your execution. Register for the webinar, Wednesday, February 19th at 2 PM.


Taste the “aeroir”

Eat a “smog meringues” to taste your city’s air. And different cities taste different! The meringues creator’s hope the “dessert” will serve as a “Trojan treat” —  “creating a visceral experience of disgust and fear that prompts a much larger conversation about the aesthetics and politics of urban air pollution.” (This may be the most legitimate ‘Thanks, I Hate It’ ever.)


“That’s what I want my wife to look like.”

Dating in DC isn't always a nightmare. From a farmer’s market meet-cute to a drunken confession, the love story of the co-owners of Timber Pizza and Call Your Mother is so pizza-cheesy it could be a romcom. And if that doesn't warm your cold pre-Valentine's Day heart, one of these seven other stories of DC's most notable couples might. 



Seventy years after its implementation, DC is starting to run out of phone numbers with the area code (202). As soon as 2023, new arrivals seeking DC-area phone numbers could be stuck with something other than (202), but officials haven't decided what to replace it with yet. For scale, a brand new area code can create roughly eight million unique phone numbers. (202) only has 360,000 left. 


Flower truck takes to the streets

Third generation florist Ali Chrisler is selling her wares from the back of a 10-foot-long mobile flower truck in the streets of DC. Blue Ribbon Floral is kind of like a food truck but with more petals. And it’s cute!


Also || Learn about urban agriculture, local angle on the Oscars, mistaken identity at DC’s child welfare agency

Wednesday, February 12

“I wheelie like you”

It’s a Valentine’s pop-up ride with DC Bike Party. (7:30 pm)


Talks: Carmen Maria Machado, Story Collider & Science, "Always Here"

  • Science gets personal at Story Collider's storytelling event. Five volunteers, from a geologist to an art activist, share how science helped them find their power. (7:30pm)

  • Panel talk at the Outrage showcases the long history of Black women’s leadership in DC social movements. (6-8 pm)


Also || The Mueller Report Illustrated | The Cushwa beer | Solly’s Trivia Night | Yoga in Luce | See Me at the Portrait Gallery


Thursday, February 13


Love is hell: From the makers of FUNLAND comes Love is Hell: A Valentine's Day Horror Experience. The Funland team invites you to explore the horrors of love and romance, including advice from evil Cupid, games, themed photo stations, and of course, Port City beer! 


Luce Unplugged: Des Demonas

Luce Unplugged invites musicians to perform in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s programming space, the Luce Foundation Center, while surrounded by thousands of artworks. Staff will kick off the evening by giving talks on pieces of art chosen by the performing artists, followed by a performance at 6pm. (5:30pm)


A whole bunch of good (p/v)alentine’s eve activities

Also || the showtime crap sale, jake shimabukuro, | talk: Doug Brinkley + Jeanne Theoharis | cacao bite making | Billentine’s Bingo @ Black Cat | enigma codebreaking | rising in the ranks | DIY workshop: Macrame Plant Hangers | Warren in Arlington | makars | chocolate and wine tasting


Friday, February 14



Also || benefit show for HIPS | Transformer’s Heartbreakers Ball | French Kisses at No Kisses | Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. | handi-hour pop-up


Saturday, February 15


The Women of Cedar Hill

Cedar Hill — Frederick Douglass’ historic Anacostia home — was also later a home to “poets, actresses, musicians, principals, lawyers, seamstresses, journalists and women reformists.” Learn about their history and the activism that preserved Cedar Hill in this walking tour. (11:30am)

Get your fermentation on

Learn about making sourdough bread and kombucha at this event by Love + Solidarity Collective. You’ll walk away with your own scoby or sourdough starter! (2:30pm)

Also || Sketching the District: Frederick Douglass | DSA 4 Bernie VA Canvass | writing race and resistance | Melissa Aldana Quartet | Portrait Story: Barack Obama | mommy & me workshop


Sunday, February 16


Free books!

Wall of Books (RIP) is giving out all-you-can-carry free books. Stock up your bookshelf or pick some out to donate to your favorite local organization. (11am)


Presidents day stuff

It's *almost* presidents day, maybe you want to hear the story of Obama's portrait? 

Also || DC9 indie rock karaoke | the love lecture | patrons’ show 2020 | the power of positive drinking | Amanda Shires: Atmosphereless Toura temporary video exhibition in an ELEVATOR!?


Monday, February 17


No Access Washington

It’s all about the secret alleys, hidden caverns, and artistic hideaways with Beth Kanter and Emily Pearl Goodstein at the GW Museum. (noon)


Discuss art + activism

This panel discussion at the Kennedy Center will focus on the application of visual arts to the LGBTQ+ community. (6pm)

Also || women behind washington | no access washington | idk go to a monument?


Tuesday, February 18


HIPS volunteer open house

Come learn about the organization from board and staff members at the monthly open house—hear more about HIPS and how you can help. Bring a friend, a snack, and/or a donation! (6pm)


Readin’ writin’ gettin’ randy

Also || Bat for Lashes | NewsBash 2020 | Britain on the Brink | democracy cafe | Misfortunes of Family | upland unveiling


plan ahead // consult the weekly scheduler online

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