There’s always something to do in The District! Check out my curated event list for Black Professionals in Washington, DC this week.
1. LOVE POEMS TO BLACK WOMEN: AN OPEN MIC NIGHT
Friday, February 9, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Join artists and community members in celebration of the Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools for an evening of expression and advocacy. Artists are encouraged to connect their work to the national Black Lives Matter Week of Action principle of celebrating Black women and girlhood or any other theme connected to the Movement for Black Lives. Come share your voice, listen, and support local performers. Learn more HERE.
2. MR CHEEKS: LOVE THE 90S FEST
Friday, February 9, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Love The 90s Fest kickoff with legendary Hip-Hop artist Mr. Cheeks of Lost Boyz performing all his hits. DJ Zu will be spinning all the best classic Hip-Hop , Neo-Soul and Reggae. Come experience live music, happy hour drinks, good people, food and positive vibes. Learn more HERE.
3. BRUNCH & BEYONCE
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bottomless mimosas and bloodys for $15. Beyonce music videos on a full wall projector. Prizes from the Washington Blade for Beyonce Trivia and Best Beyonce. Drag performances, Louisiana themed food menu, Beyonce themed cocktails and Beyonce music. What else is there to say to convince you to come but, Beyonce! Learn more HERE.
4. COOKING UP HISTORY: CARNIVAL AND HAITIAN FOOD AND TRADITIONS
Saturday, February 10, 1:00 p.m. –2:00 p.m.
Love food? Love history? Join the National Museum of American History for their free monthly cooking demonstration this February as they team up with the Embassy of Haiti and the National Museum of African American History and Culture for a Carnival celebration. On February 10, they’ll explore the history of Carnival and how communities in the Caribbean and United States celebrate this holiday through food with celebrity Haitian Chef Jouvens Jean. Food historian Ashley Rose Young and curator Joanne Hyppolite will speak with chef Jean about Haitian Carnival traditions while he prepares several dishes that highlight his personal history and wide-ranging culinary career from winning season six of Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” to writing his own cookbook, “Tap Tap Diaries.” Learn more HERE.
5. DC MARDI PARTY
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Join DC’s Mardi Party at Chinatown’s top bars for a wild festival of Mardi Gras themed fun. The DC Mardi Party is your chance to experience Mardi Gras, New Orleans-style, without leaving DC. Chinatown’s favorite bars are teaming up to offer you $3 Abita Beers, $4 Rum Cocktails and Food Specials all day long. Beads and masks are included. Now it’s up to you to see how many beads you can collect. Learn more HERE.
6. 2018 BLACK COMPOSERS CONCERT
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy a delightful afternoon of classical, jazz, gospel, and sacred music. The night will consist of local composer Andrew Smith, performed by some of Washington DC’s top musicians. Co-sponsored by the Dunbar Alumni Federation.This concert is free and open to the public. However, ticket donations are encouraged in order to continue to provide high quality and affordable arts programs to the community. Learn more HERE.
7. CARNIVAL IN DC: SOCIETY CARNIVAL EDITION
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
This year, The High Society Events is bringing a little bit of the West Indies and the Caribbean to NW DC. Come have fun and celebrate. They will have Saamba dancers and a live reggae band. There will be Latin and Caribbean food along with vendors. Learn more HERE.
8. NIKKI GIOVANNI AT BUSBOYS & POETS
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
There are poets and there is Nikki Giovanni. Nikki Giovanni is the award-winning poet of numerous books including Bicycles, Chasing Utopia, and Love Poems. Come join her at BusBoys and Poets and she sheds her love and light. Learn more HERE.
9. NEW IMPRESSIONZ & TCB CRANKFEST PT 2
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Crankfest PT 2 is ready to do it up for Black History Month at Capitale Live with New Impressionz and TCB. Hurry up and get your tickets because tickets are selling out fast. They will be partying until the wheels come off. And of course a lit photobooth . Learn more HERE.
10. AFROSINGLES DC AFRO-CARIBBEAN SINGLES IN THE CITY
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
You don’t want to miss the biggest Pre-Valentine’s Day Event in the City. African, Caribbean, African-American. Join them at 1230 Champagne Lounge for a night of socializing Hip-Hop, Afro-Beats, food, and drinks alongside some of D.C’s young professionals. All guets will get one free complimentary glass of champagne. So come out for a night of amazing music, exceptional food and sublime drinks; all experienced with exceptional people.Learn more HERE.
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