Your Plans This Weekend? Lots to Do Close to Home!

by January 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0


A weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan January 11, 12 and 13.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • Percussion Concert & Workshop at the 9:30 Club: Join NSO and the all-women percussion band Batala Washington for a free demonstration and workshop at the 9:30 Club (815 V Street NW) on Saturday, January 12 from 11 am until 1 pm.
  • Dupont Farmers Market: The Dupont Farmers Market will be open on Sunday, January 13 from 10 am to 1 pm through March 31.
  • Opening Reception for Steven Cushner at Hemphill: The Shaped Paintings is a must see exhibit to kick-off the New Year, and it opens this Saturday, January 13, with a public reception from 6 until 8 pm at Hemphill (1515 14th Street NW).
  • The Washington Jewish Film Festival: The festival continues through this weekend, January 13. The festival is showing 55 films from 15 different countries at 10 different venues throughout the city. More information is available online.
  • DC Metro Food Tours – Little Ethiopia: This weekend’s food tour will take a trip through the heart the Ethiopian enclave in the U Street and Shaw areas. On Saturday, January 12 from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm the tour will stop to sample foods from a variety of restaurants. More information is available online.
  • Culture Kids, Art for Families: The Textile Museum (2320 S Street NW) will hold a family-friendly arts and crafts workshop on Saturday, January 12 from 2 to 4 pm. For more information, visit the website.
  • National Geographic’s 125th Anniversary: Sunday 13, the NG museum (1145 17th St NW) is giving out free cupcakes to the first 125 visitors, and will also be handing out “yellow borders” to visitors all day long. They are asking people to use the famous border to “Frame What Matters” to them. At 1:00 pm they also will be hosting a Google + hangout with some of NGS’ most famous scientists and explorers from all over the world, including Jane Goodall, James Cameron and Bob Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic. Anyone can submit questions beforehand. You can participate on the National Geographic Google + page, or you can watch it unfold live on monitors at NG headquarters.

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Saturday, January 12: Nerd Nite, Dance for the Dying, 6 pm

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Friday, January 11: Eshovo M., Continue, Mechekorrect, Tomboy, Nate G., 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 12: Lenoramble, Pleasure Curses, Dr. Neanderthal, 9 pm

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Saturday, January 12: Martin Sexton, the Alternate Routes, 7 pm

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Friday, January 11: Mucca Pazza, Olivia & the Mates, Mission South, 9 pm
  • Saturday, January 12: Ugly Purple Sweater, Kingsley Flood, Kindlewood, 8:30 pm
Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW)
  • Saturday, January 12: Honor by August, 8 pm
  • Sunday, January 13: Sunday Brunch featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir, 1:30 pm
Tropicalia (2001 14th Street NW)
  • Friday, January 11: Get Funky EP Release Party, 7 pm
  • Saturday, January 12: Congo Sanchez, featuring Fort Knox Five, 8 pm

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