Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week November 16-18: Recess Comes to Penn Social

It’s recess at Penn Social, thanks to WithLoveDC. Photo courtesy of WithLoveDC.


PERFORMANCE and Q & A: Hip-hop and board games combine in an interesting, meaningful way at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Young hip-hop and spoken word artists are performing selections from their album Crowns, which is inspired by chess. Stick around afterwards for a Q & A with the producers and MCs involved with the album. Free, 6 PM.

DISCUSSION: Writer and activist Toni Tipton-Martin discusses her book The Jemima Code at Busboys and Poets on 5th and K. In The Jemima Code, Tipton-Martin delves into the role African Americans have played in shaping American cuisine as we know it, featuring “more than 150 black cookbooks that range from a rare 1827 house servant’s manual, the first book published by an African American in the trade, to modern classics by authors such as Edna Lewis and Vertamae Grosvenor.” Free, 6:30 PM.


YOGA AND RECESS: Who says recess is only for elementary schoolers? WithLoveDC is coming to Penn Social this morning with a yoga class, kick balls, chalk, and jump ropes to help you break a sweat and embrace your inner-child before shoving off to work. $6, 6 AM.

ART: Watch pop artist John Stango create a live work of art and celebrate his latest collection at Pinea. There will also be champagne and caviar to purchase—after all, this is an art show. Free to attend, 5:30 PM.

MUSIC: Priests play at the Black Cat tonight. The buzzy DC punk band’s recent spurt in popularity has led to less basement gigs, but singer Katie Alice Greer’s electric energy is sure to make tonight’s show feel just as intimate. $15, 7:30.


MEDIUM: Cindy Kaza is what’s called an evidential medium, meaning she acts as a conduit for the spirit world to pass on messages to friends and family that are still alive. Kaza comes to the DC Improv tonight to show off her talents, and regardless of whether you’re a skeptic or a believer, it’ll surely be an entertaining evening. $20, 8 PM.

PERFORMANCE: You may remember Mary Lambert’s voice from Macklemore’s gay rights anthem “Same Love”, and she probably made you cry. Lambert’s solo career has rightfully taken off since—she’s got some pipes!—and is performing at U Street Music Hall tonight. $20, 7 PM.