Things to Do

Robots, Stained-Glass Tours, and Curling: the Best Things to Do in the DC Area, 1/18-1/23

Plus, events honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Photograph courtesy of Jade Womack.

Itโ€™s Cold Out There!

โ€‹โ€‹Hello Neighbor,ย 

I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend!


So, What Should You Do Jan 18 – 23?

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 free.ย 


Top Picks of the Week

1. MLK Jr + voting rights. ๐Ÿ—ณ Enjoy a showing of โ€œSelmaโ€ (Wed, free, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Kennedy Center) or learn about the Memphis Sanitation Strike at various showings ofย  โ€œI Am A Manโ€ (Wed, free, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Penn Quarter). Attend a conversation with award-winning journalist Karen Gray Houston (Thurs, free, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Penn Quarter), discussing her new book, โ€œDaughter of the Boycott: Carrying on a Montgomery Family’s Civil Rights Legacy.โ€ย 

2. Jewels of light. โ›ช Decode the symbolism and stylistic evolution of the National Cathedralโ€™s stained-glass windows on thisย  behind-the-scenes tour (Sat and Sun, $30, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Cathedral Heights).

3. Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week. ๐Ÿฝ Kicking off this week, enjoy $25 brunch and $40 or $50 dinner menus from restaurants all across the DMV. Here is a round-up of new destinations to try, by Washingtonian food editor Anna Spiegel.ย 

4. Danger Will Robinson. ๐Ÿค– Wonder about the role of robots in the future? Hear from the maker of the RoomieBot (Thurs, free, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, National Mall).

5. Have you ever considered curling? ๐ŸฅŒ Get ready for the Olympics by practicing your stone-throwing technique at the Wharf. Spots are sold out for this week, but sign-ups open Thursday (curl on Wednesdays, free, ๐ŸŒฒ, The Wharf) for an opportunity to curl next week!ย 


Everything Else This Week

  • Art exhibit openings. ๐Ÿ–ผ Watch a duet of motorized piano and hyperreal projections at Artechouseโ€™s new exhibit, โ€œTransient: Impermanent Paintingsโ€ (ongoing, $24 for adults, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, The Wharf).ย โ€œInheritance of White Silenceโ€ (starts Wed, free,ย  ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Rockville) by Hannah Brancato explores internalized racism and complicity in the system of white supremacy through embroidering and cutting-out phrases in linen napkins. Thereโ€™s an opening reception for โ€œReignโ€ (Thurs, free, ๐Ÿ›‹, Ballston) by Briana Hertzog; the exhibit features fanciful paintings of queens and their subjects. The Pancakes & Booze Art Show (Thurs, $20, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Park View) will feature over 100 local artists, unlimited pancakes, and body painting. There’s also the opening of “Deaf Geographies” (starts Sat, free, ๐Ÿ›‹, Hyattsville) which invites visitors to have a deeper understanding of the complexities of deaf life through art.ย 
  • Mother Nature, but virtual. ๐ŸŒ Learn about the natural forces (Tues, free, ๐Ÿ’ป) combating climate change with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. For those planning trips, maybe take a virtual tour of Yosemite National Park (Tues, free, ๐Ÿ’ป) with REI.ย 
  • Twenty-one years ago. ๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿ’˜ Learn the choreography to JLOโ€™s 2001 song โ€œLove Donโ€™t Cost a Thingโ€ (Fri, ๐Ÿ’ป,$20 or ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, $30, Friendship Heights).
  • Is outdoor karaoke the cousin of caroling? ๐ŸŽค I donโ€™t have the answer, but join metrobar for their monthly outdoor hot cocoa karaoke party (Sat, free, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Edgewood).ย 
  • Wine all about it. ๐Ÿท ย Gather your own drinking buddies for a “Drink The Districtโ€ wine festival (Sat, $69+, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Park View) at Hook Hall or a South Africa wine-tasting lecture at home (Fri, $75, ๐Ÿ’ป). Or meet others at this seminar about Dry January (Thurs, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰ $10).ย 
  • Japan ๐Ÿค basketball. ๐Ÿ—พ๐Ÿ€ The Wizards will be hosting a Japanese Heritage Night (Fri, $25+, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Chinatown) where attendees will be gifted a limited-edition Japanese heritage scarf.ย 
  • The new year of the trees. ๐Ÿ• Celebrate by crafting your own Tu Bโ€™Shvat seder with Sixth & I (Wed, $12, ๐Ÿ’ป).
  • Celebrate drag all week. ๐ŸŒˆ Take part in a RuPaul’s Drag Race Watch Party (Fri, free, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Union Market). Celebrate local performers with Superstar: A Variety Drag Revue (Sat, free, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Union Market) at Songbyrd or All Purposesโ€™ Monumental Drag Brunch (Sat, $20, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Navy Yard).ย 
  • Flowers + plants. ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒป Find new plant friends at 3 Stars Brewing Co.โ€™s plant swap (Sun, free, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Lamond Riggs). Or learn some new techniques at She Loves Meโ€™s flower arrangingย class (Wed, $80, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Eckington) or the US Botanical Gardenโ€™s winter wreathmaking demo (Fri, free, ๐Ÿ’ป).ย 
  • A self-defense workshop. โ›” Become familiar with different techniques of self-defense (Sat, $22, ๐Ÿ›‹, Alexandria) at this workshop hosted at Lost Boy Cider.ย 
  • “The Black Joke.” Join a book talk about this ship, which patrolled the western coast of Africa as part of the British Royal Navyโ€™s anti-slavery squadron (Thurs, free, ๐Ÿ’ป) and played a significant role in the fight to end the transatlantic slave trade.ย 
  • Crafting corner. ๐Ÿงถ Uncover a new pandemic hobby at DC Libraryโ€™s sewing machine (Tues, free, ๐Ÿ’ป) seminar.ย  Join a cocktail + paint-your-pet (Thurs, $20, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Union Market) workshop with Sarah Paints Rappers and Last Call. Bend, hammer, and solder silver at a couples ring-making workshop (Sat, $165, ๐Ÿ›‹, Alexandria). Make your own dinosaur and unicorn soaps (Sat, $45, ๐Ÿ›‹, Alexandria) or a beaded bracelet (Sat, $20, ๐Ÿ’ป).ย 
  • For those with little ones. ๐Ÿงธ Travel to the island of Sodor with the National Childrenโ€™s Museumโ€™s new exhibit โ€œThomas & Friends: Explore the Rails!โ€ (opens Fri, $16 for adults, ๐Ÿ›‹, downtown). See the story of โ€œCorduroyโ€ (Sat, $28, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰,ย  Bethesda) come to life at Imagination Stageโ€“thereโ€™s a Planet Word Day where children attending will receive a copy of the book. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the DC Public Library has activity kits (pick up until Feb 4) as well as origami dove-making (Tues, ๐Ÿ›‹, ๐Ÿ’‰, Chevy Chase). ย 


Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of this newsletter,

Jade Womack (@clockoutdc)

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.