Calendar of Events: Feb. 6-12, 2019

Image courtesy Congressional Ice Hockey Challenge

Wednesday, February 6th

Theatre discussion

Meet the playwright and director of “El viejo, el joven y el mar,” a play presenting Miguel de Unamuno struggling to find more about truth, freedom of speech, and political liberty.  6:30 p.m. at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th Street NW.  Free.

Sporting event

The 2019 Congressional Hockey Challenge is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports an annual ice hockey game for charity and is on track to raising $1,000,000 for its featured charities since 2009. This friendly but fast-paced and competitive ice hockey game pits federal lawmakers, congressional staff and administration officials from across the political spectrum against lobbyists representing a broad array of interests. 7:00 p.m. at Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW.  Tickets $10.

Thursday, February 7th

Gala event

The Embassy of Austria and Ambassador Doctor H.E. Wolfgang Waldner will host the Environmental Filmfest Gala, where the Environmental Champion Award will be given out to a leader who has made significant contribution to the future of our planet.  The theme of the gala is The Fierce Urgency of Now!  6:30 p.m. at the Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Court NW.  Tickets $175 – 5,000.

Art event

Phillips After 5: Around the World. Come celebrate Carnival at the Phillips! Decorate a mask, grab a Caipirinha – Brazil’s national cocktail – and warm up with the global rhythms of Black Masala. 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. at The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St NW.  Tickets $12. http://www.2480a.blackbaudhosting.co

Cultural event

There is no better way to start the new year than an exclusive Champagne open bar evening at the Residence of the Ambassador of France, with some of the best Champagnes in the world. The French-American Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate to its 4th annual La Soirée Champagne, the perfect and rare opportunity to taste different Champagnes from France’s best, while at the same time mingle with the Chamber’s Board of Directors as well as Chamber members and friends, high-ranking diplomats and VIPs. 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Residence of France, 2221 Kalorama Rd. NW. Tickets $179-249.

Friday, February 8th

Concert event

Folger Consort, the early music ensemble in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library, performs a concert of The Food of Love: Romantic Music of the Renaissance. Representing both “food” and “love” is a varied and appealing program of instrumental and vocal music from across Europe from the Renaissance and early Baroque. Folger Consort—led by Robert Eisenstein (viola da gamba) and Christopher Kendall (lute)—will be joined by Arcadia Viols (viol consort) and Les Canards Chantants (solo-voice ensemble). 8:00 p.m. in the Gothic nave of Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW. Tickets $30-$60.

Arts event

Attendees at Sleeping Beauty Soiree will be treated to a unique experience inspired by this classic story and iconic ballet. Enter the magic forest or the royal court in honor of Aurora’s 16th birthday for an exquisite selection of wine, cocktails, and food. Dancers in costume will help The Sleeping Beauty come to life at this themed-cocktail reception. The evening will conclude with festive and celebratory dancing alongside TWB’s very own dancers on the dance floor! A benefit for The Washington Ballet’s artistic programs, proceeds from the Sleeping Beauty Soiree raise critical funds to support high quality classical and contemporary ballets in the community as well as Julie Kent’s artistic vision to build national recognition for The Washington Ballet.  7:00 p.m. at The Homer Building, 601 13th St. NW.  Tickets $285.

Saturday, February 9th

Concert event

Soprano Yulia Petrachuk and duet Musalliance perform vocal and instrumental music from Baroque to Flamenco at this unique opportunity to experience original music arrangements for soprano, guitar and Russian mandolin. The program includes masterworks by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Borodin, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Spiro, Dmitri Shostakovich, Frideric Handel, Giovanni Pergolesi, Niccolo Paganini, Augustin Lara, Leo Delibes, Franz Schubert and Johann Bach. 7:30 p.m. at National Cathedral School / Grace Chapel, 3609 Woodley Road NW.  $35 – 135.

Art discussion

Scholar Spotlight – The Shōwa Bauhausers. Through a close investigation of artist Migishi Kōtarō (1903 – 34)’s atelier in Tokyo (1934), Dr. Suzie Kim will discuss modern architectural practices of Japanese architect and former Bauhausler, Yamawaki Iwao (1898 – 1987), who sought to advance Japanese housing style based on his study at the Dessau Bauhaus between 1930 and 1932, and searched for a synthesis between geometric forms, straightforward structures, reinforced concrete, and the traditional Japanese construction methods. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Japan Information & Culture Center, 1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100. Free, registration required.

Gala event

Sweethearts and Patriots is a charity gala that benefits organizations in support of veterans. In 2019, the beneficiaries will be Disabled American Veterans and Terre Fraternité. The evening will be a celebration with a French and American patriotic theme including heavy hors d’oeuvres, libations and dancing. The event is open to all, and sponsored by the District of Columbia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.  7:00 p.m. at The French Embassy, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW.  Tickets $150-200.

The SOME Winter Ball Board and Committee are hosting the Annual SOME Young Professionals’ Winter Ball with proceeds from the event supporting SOME’s affordable housing programs for homeless and very low-income families. Join fellow Washingtonians for an evening of cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and fabulous live entertainment from The Blue Tips! 8 p.m. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW.  Tickets $115

Sunday, February 10th

Theatre discussion

Camera, Lights Action! Hear about plays, productions and more from DC’s own Ari Roth, who has changed the local theater scene with his thought-provoking plays.  Over brunch, Ari will discuss the current Mosaic Theater’s 4th season and the rationale for selecting plays.  Ari has produced 130 productions, including 44 world premieres, and created the annual festival’s  “Voices From a Changing Middle East” and “Locally Grown: Community Supported Art” alongside forums like the Peace Café (co-founded by Mimi Conway and Andy Shallal). Part of Northwest Neighbors Village “salon” series of conversations with some of DC’s most interesting people, you can hear about Ari’s experiences and discuss them in a small group setting.  10:00 a.m. – Noon at Northwest Neighbors Village, 4901 Connecticut Ave NW. $75.

Cultural event

Join Mayor Muriel Bowser in the 2019 Lunar New Year Parade as DC celebrates the Year of the Pig! The event features traditional and colorful performances such as lion dance, a Kung Fu exhibition, and is capped off with an exciting firecracker finale.  Hosted by DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs.  1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Chinatown at 6th & I St. NW.  Free to participate.

Monday, February 11th

Musical event

Spend an evening sipping on cocktails and singing your favorite tunes at theatreWashington’s monthly showTunes & Cocktails. Featuring Maestro Glenn Pearson and Guest Artist Kevin McAllister, a multiple Helen Hayes Award nominee, next appearing in Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Signature Theatre (January 23 to March 30). Enjoy delicious selections from the Beacon’s menu – and a chance to win some great theatre ticket giveaways.  7:00 – 10:00 p.m at the Beacon Bar & Grill, 1615 Rhode Island Ave, NW.  Free.

Book event

The Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian, recipient of the National Press Club’s 2015 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award, will share his highly-anticipated memoir “Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison—Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out,” at a National Press Club Headliners book event.  Rezaian was serving as Tehran bureau chief for the Washington Post in July 2014 when he was arrested by Iranian police, accused of spying for America. Convicted (but never sentenced) of espionage in a closed-door trial in Iran in 2015, Rezaian’s memoir details the harrowing conditions he faced during his 544 days in Iranian prison, and the dramatic diplomatic feats made just beyond Tehran’s prison walls that would lead to his eventual release.  7:00 p.m. in the Club’s First Amendment Lounge, 529 14th St. NW.  Tickets $40.

Tuesday, February 12th

Skills development

Logan Hardware is hosting its first annual Ladies’ Night Event, designed to give customers an introduction to home improvement while getting to know their Logan neighbors.  The event also offers guests 20% off of their night’s purchases. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Logan Hardware, 1734 14th StreetNW. Free, register at

Screening event

A special community screening of Canadian filmmaker and homeopath Ananda More’s documentary “Magic Pills.” Promise or placebo? The film explores multiple media campaigns against homeopathy, which propelled More to travel the world and uncover whether homeopathy is truly science-based and effective or a mere placebo that endangers lives. Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Mehta of Aloe Wellness on MacArthur Blvd. will be attending as special guests, and conversation will be welcomed and encouraged afterwards. Light refreshments will be served.  5:30 p.m. at the Palisades Recreation Center, 5200 Sherier Place, NW. $15.