Calendar of Events: Jan. 30 – Feb. 5, 2019

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Wednesday, January 30th

Entrepreneur discussion

Life After Shark Tank: It’s Not Just About the Money.  The GW Office of Innovations and Entrepreneurship brings a panel of previous Shark Tank participants and current D.C.-based entrepreneurs together to talk about what it takes to really get in front of an investor and how to land those imperative business deals.  5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at GWU’s Marvin Center, Betts Theatre, 800 21st Street NW.  Free, with registration.

Foreign policy discussion

Hungarian Ambassador Lásló Szabó will speak on The Future of the European Union, or more specifically, the political and cultural vision of Central and Eastern Europe and its implications to the region’s relations with the United States.  4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW.  Free.

Food event

Cidermaking Workshop.  Cidermaker Jared Fackrell conducts this 90 minute hands-on interactive workshop.  Learn how to make cider again later from the comfort of your own home!

Thursday, January 31st


The first D.C. edition of The Night of Ideas, a global marathon of ideas that will activate The Embassy of France with talks and performances by today’s leading thinkers and creators, attracts with the theme: Facing Our Time.  Co-organized by the Hirschhorn and French Embassy, Night of Ideas features a keynote address by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  6:30 at la Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Rd NW.  Free, though reservations required.

Fundraising event

Friends of Guy Mason’s fundraising event benefits this small 501(c)(3) organization that, as partner with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, advocates for a community of neighbors and users of the Center.  Hosted by Glover Park Hotel, the night will feature music by the Tritore Jazz Trio.  6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at 2505 Wisconsin Ave. NW.  Tickets $75.

Music event

Scenes & Arias from Great Italian Operas. The Georgetown University Italian Research Institute of Georgetown College, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy, Italian Cultural Institute, and Georgetown College Department of Performing Arts cordially invites you to a performance of opera scenes and arias from Rossini, Verdi, and Puccini.  6:00 p.m. at Gaston Hall – Healy Building, 37th & O Streets NW.  Free, though registration is required.

Friday, February 1st

Art talk

Hirschhorn/AM’s No Access Washington, DC: The Capital’s Hidden Treasures, Haunts, and Forgotten Places, tells a story of the nation’s capital through places in, near, under, over, or around the city.  It’s a collection of spaces that most can’t, rarely, or don’t know how to see.  Join author Beth Kanter and photographer Emily Pearl Goodstein for am morning chat about how they took a journey and discovered hidden-in-plain-sight wonders.  9:00 a.m. at Independence Ave SW &, 7th St SW.  Free.

Art walk

First Friday Dupont.  A longstanding Dupont Circle tradition, First Friday Dupont offers the ability to connect with modern and contemporary art by national and international artists with a special emphasis on local and up and coming artists.  Gallery spaces will be open from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for a self-guided art walk around greater Dupont Circle.

Saturday, February 2nd


Vinyl & Vinyasa Yoga is a challenging yet engaging vinyasa class instructed by flow master @Mary2TheGame with vinyl music selections from WPGC’s own @DJChalant.  All levels of yoga practice welcome.  Bring your own mat.  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Songbyrd Record Café & Music House, 2475 18th Street NW.  Tickets $10.

Food event

Make dumplings for Chinese New Year!  Join in to fête the Year of the Pig at this 2nd annual dumpling making and eating extravaganza.  Learn tips and tricks to make a delicious dumpling treat.  Leave with all you need to make dumplings again at home.  6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Pear Plum Café, 3064 Mount Pleasant St.  Tickets $60 – 110.

Skills development

Overcome any fear of renovation and become your own project manager at this workshop for individuals who want to gain a better understanding of home improvement and construction management, with a focus on making residential renovation and rehab more approachable for women.  Participants will learn about the building process from start to finish, while developing a plan for navigating wants versus needs.  1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at District Bridges Office, 3400 11th Street NW, Suite 200.  Tickets $85

Sunday, February 3rd

Art museum

Free Community Day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts offers gratis admission to explore newly reinstalled collections and current exhibitions, including Rodarte DC, Ambreen Butt: Mark My Words, and Betsabeé Romero: Signals of a Long Road Together. 1250 New York Ave NW.  Noon – 5:00 p.m.


Profs & Pints: Ancient Chinese Philosophy features Justin Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University and scholar of ancient China and The Silk Road, introducing the most important thinkers from ancient China and how they tried to change the world they lived in.  6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Bier Baron Tavern & Comedy Loft, 1523 22nd Street NW.  Tickets $12-15.

Monday, February 4th


Profs & Pints: Spies Everywhere! is a look at Washington’s World War I spy panic with Mark Benbow, associate professor of history at Marymount University.  6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Bier Baron Tavern & Comedy Loft, 1523 22nd Street NW.  Tickets $12 -15.

Comedy event

Comedy Shuffle is a free-for-all comedy show open to anyone who wants to sign up for 3 – 5 minute sessions.  A seasoned comic interrupts the amateurs at this open mic night with live color commentary.  8:00 – 11:00 p.m. at Bier Baron, 1523 22nd Street NW.  Free.

Tuesday, February 5th

Trivia event

Friends Trivia at Pinstripes Georgetown.  Could you BE any more of a ‘Friends’ fan?  Pinstripes hosts the most exciting friends trivia night sine Monica and Rachel lost their apartment to Joey and Chandler back in Season 4.  5 rounds of questions start at 7:00 p.m. at 1064 Wisconsin Ave NW.

Film screening

La Maison Française screens Diabolique, by Henri-Georges Clouzot.  Set at an all-boys boarding school in rural France, Diabolique centers on a love-hate relationship with an abusive shared love interest.  4101 Reservoir Road.  Free.