Things to Do

Film Festivals, Leather-Themed Dance Parties, and a Vaccination-Themed Brunch: The Best Things to Do in the DC Area, 1/10-1/16

Plus a polar plunge, s'mores and skating, and maple sugaring

Happy January

โ€‹โ€‹Hello Neighbor,ย 

Stay warm out there!ย 


So, What Should You Do Jan 10 – 16?

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

  • The ๐Ÿ›‹ indicates an event is happening in-person inside.
  • The ๐ŸŒฒ indicates an event is happening in-person outside.ย 
  • The ๐Ÿ’ป indicates an event is happening virtually.ย 
  • The ๐Ÿ’‰ indicates an event requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.ย 
  • And lastly, the ๐Ÿ†“ indicates an event is ย free.ย 


Top Picks of the Week

1. Two Black women who choose to live on opposite sides of the color line. ๐ŸคŽ๐Ÿค Join director and writer Rebecca Hall and actresses Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga to discuss their new movie Passing. The film is available to stream on Netflix (Thurs, free, ๐Ÿ’ป๏ธ).

2. Jewish and Black solidarity. โ›ช๏ธ ๐Ÿ• Before MLK weekend, Rabbi Aaron of Sixth & I and Reverend Doctor D.K. Kearney of Turner Memorial AME Church lead a text study and conversation about faith and justice (Wed, free, ๐Ÿ’ป๏ธ๏ธ).ย 

3. Twenty-Sixth annual Festival of Films from Iran. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐ŸŽž The popular annual festival will be in a hybrid format, with films available on the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Artโ€™s video-on-demand platform (starts Fri, free, ๐Ÿ’ป๏ธ๏ธ), and some titles being shown in-person at AFI Silver Theatre. The festival is in two parts, with the first including feature films from January 14 to January 30.ย 

4. A Vaccination-themed brunch. ๐Ÿฝ Celebrate the contribution of immigrants to the science of vaccines. The Immigrant Food brunch will feature injected croquettes, syringe-filled cocktails, and filling churros with chocolate (Sat/Sun, $, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, downtown).ย 

5. The great outdoors at home ๐Ÿดโ›บ๏ธ๐ŸŒฒ Did you know there are more than 80,000 wild horses on our federal lands and more than 50,000 in holding facilities? If you didnโ€™t, consider watching this documentary (anytime, $12, ๐Ÿ’ป๏ธ๏ธ), hosted by Miracle Theatre. Or join REI and discover the 211-mile John Muir trail, also known as Nuumu Poyo (Wed, free, ๐Ÿ’ป๏ธ๏ธ๏ธ); or brush up on someย Winter Camping Basics (Thurs, free, ๐Ÿ’ป๏ธ๏ธ๏ธ). Learn about maple sugaring with the U.S. Botanical Gardens (Fri, free, ๐Ÿ’ป๏ธ๏ธ๏ธ).


Everything Else This Week

  • Chilly time to go swimming. ๐ŸงŠ Watch a polar plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics of Virginia (Sat, free entry, ๐ŸŒฒ, Mosaic District).ย 
  • The DC South Asian Film Festival. ๐ŸŽฌ Starting Sunday, enjoy a virtual film festival for the remainder of the month highlighting 37 films by emerging and contemporary filmmakers from South Asia (starts Sun, $5+, ๐ŸŒฒ, ๐Ÿ’ป๏ธ๏ธ๏ธ).ย 
  • The world of Dune. ๐Ÿ› Explore the religion and race in Dune (Mon, $13, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Dupont Circle).
  • China, Olympics, Uyghur. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Considering the upcoming winter Olympics, learn about China, Sports and Power (Tues, $13, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Georgetown). Or learn more about the Uyghur minority group and the forced labor camps providing American goods in a virtual book talk for Made in China (Tues, free, ๐Ÿ’ป๏ธ๏ธ๏ธ).ย 
  • The business of journalism. ๐Ÿ“ฐ Join Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward in a conversation about Bernsteinโ€™s new memoir, Chasing History (Tues, $5, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Chevy Chase). Or uncover the erosion of trust (Fri, free, ๐Ÿ’ป๏ธ๏ธ๏ธ) between the press and the government.
  • Black female artists. ๐Ÿ–ผ Discover Washington Color Schoolโ€™s Alma Thomasโ€™s (Thurs, free, ๐Ÿ’ป๏ธ๏ธ๏ธ) techniques and art materials. Celebrate the birthday of Edmonia Lewis (Wed, free, ๐Ÿ’ป๏ธ๏ธ๏ธ), including with a specialty cocktail demonstration.ย 
  • Welcome to the Black parade. ๐ŸŽธ Iโ€™ll be dusting off my Hot Topic gear and heading to Emo Night Brooklyn (Fri, $15, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Shaw).ย 
  • Get your leather. ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ–ค The Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend is coming up. Thereโ€™s a few dance parties including Furball DC (Fri, $20, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, 14th St.), DistrktC (Sat, $50, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, 14th St.), and BENT: Leatherette (Sat, $25, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Shaw), which features performances by Pussy Noir.ย 
  • The LGBTQ community in Roanoke. ๐ŸŒˆ Thereโ€™s a new book release about Living Queer History (Mon, free, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰ , Adams Morgan).
  • For those with little ones. ๐Ÿงธ Enjoy an outdoor family movie night (Sat, ๐ŸŒฒ/๐Ÿ’‰, Edgewood). Join the Arts & Industries Buildingโ€™s Future Exhibit for a We Dream Family Day (Sun, free, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, National Mall). Maybe learn how to draw cute animals like hedgehogs, bunnies, or cats (Wed, free, ๐Ÿ’ป๏ธ๏ธ๏ธ), or learn how they keep warm in winter ($7 for age 7 and up, ๐ŸŒฒ, Arlington).ย 
  • War, pride, and tourist dollars. ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Uncover the modern history of Cambodia’s Angkor temples, starting in the mid-19th century (Mon, free, ๐Ÿ’ป๏ธ๏ธ๏ธ).
  • Make Caps sโ€™mores at the Capitals campfire at the Wharf. ๐Ÿ’ While watching the Capitals take on the NY Islanders, skate at the Capitals-inspired Wharf Ice Rink. There will be gear giveaways and a visit from Slapshot (Sat, $5 off skate rental with Capitols gear, ๐ŸŒฒ, The Wharf).
  • Harp yoga. ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Hosted at Lost Boy Cider, this yoga flow inspired by live harp music is sure to be soothing (Tues, $35, Alexandria).


Your Neighbor,ย 

Jade Womack (@clockoutdc)ย 

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