Happenings: Oct 11th – Oct 18th 2017


Oct 11th – Oct 18th 2017

Hello friends!! Join us every Wednesday for the events not to miss in the coming weeks.  While our google calendar is great, sometimes events can get lost in the sauce.  So here are some events we are excited for in the coming week!!

Defend Yourself’s 20th Birthday Party
Who: Defend Yourself
What: It’s our 20th Birthday, and we’re throwing YOU a party! We’re grateful to all of you making Defend Yourself what it is — whether you’re an organization that worked with us, a student, a community partner, or someone interested in our work, we’d love to celebrate with you! Join us to party — Defend Yourself style! Delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks. A chance to learn, or practice, your skills. A professional photo booth, where you can get your fierce on! Surprise giveaways. New t-shirts with quotes that you voted for! A wall mural for you to write or draw your own empowerment wisdom. Our new video shorts, showing Defend Yourself skills in action and more! Come connect with old friends and meet new ones. *Please RSVP*, so we can make sure we have enough food and drinks for everyone. Come celebrate 20 years of more safety, more confidence, more freedom, and more fun! Where: Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW Washington, DC 20001
When: Wed, October 11, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM



Bacon and Bourbon
Who: Bacon and Bourbon
What:Join the Washington City Paper at the 5th annual Bacon & Bourbon Whiskey Festival, for an evening of Bacon, Bourbon, Whiskey, Cold Brews, and Live Bluegrass Music (Now that’s a delicious mouthful!).  Bacon dishes from local restaurants will be piled high for sampling. Well, we’ll call this 5th annual event for what it is – Hog Heaven!
Where: The Showroom LLC ,1099 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20005
When: Thurs, October 12, 2017, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM





Vices DC
Who: Vices
What: VICES, a spin-off of DC’s genre-melding Trillectro Music Festival, is a no holds barred dance party featuring some of the (tr)illest party rockers from across the country curating high energy vibes. Think Young Thug meets Disclosure.
VICES creates a space where all colors and creeds can rock together for a night without inhibition.
VICES shows love to anyone pushing the culture forward, so if a fire song dropped this week, you’ll hear it here. You also never know who may pop up for a surprise performance or guest DJ set. Event is 21+ w/ proper ID to enter. All ticket sales are final.
Where: Flash – 645 Florida Avenue Northwest – Washington, DC 20001
When: Thurs, October 12, 2017, 9:00 PM – 11:30 PM


Racism is Like Rain, Either it’s Raining or it’s Gathering Somewhere, 1993; Mary Lovelace O’Neal


Magnetic Fields
Who: Magnetic Fields
What: Join us on Thursday, October 12 from 7:30-9:30 p.m., to journey to Magnetic Fields, an exhibition that explores the formal and historical dialogue on abstraction among black women artists from the 1960s to today. Enjoy a first-look at the exhibition at this after hours event featuring behind-the-scenes spotlight tours, light refreshments, and an open bar. #MagneticFieldsDC
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
When: Thurs, October 12, 2017, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM






The Business Of Beautiful
Who: Business of Beautiful
What: In the spirit of Paying It Forward, Superfierce artist and 2017 Style Setter Violetta Markelou alongside a panel of fashion and beauty experts will teach you tips and tricks so you can be EVEN MORE BADASS than you already are !
LEARN pro-makeup, get style advice from professionals, SHOP women owned fashion and jewelry designers and SUPPORT an organization that helps low-income women enter the workforce.Come one come all ! This event is FREE when you bring a bag of clothing for donation to Suited For Change.
Learn, shop, support and network with the badass ladies that make up our wonderful city. 6:30 -Doors Open, 7:15-8 pm – Live makeup demo with makeup and hair expert Jody Rusnak (Violetta’s makeup guru and collaborator for the last 11 years), 8-845- How to style yourself Tips from experts, Frederique (Fashion stylist at Washingtonian Magazine, Stara Glam (editorial fashion stylist) Emily Blumberh Senior Stylist & Custom Specialist (Trunk Club) SHOP 6:30-9:30 WOMAN OWNED AND OPERATED ARGENT Nova Bossa Mercedes Bien VintageSophie Blake NYCierra Lynne custom designs Kicheko Goods EAT- Get your Taco on courtesy of Gringos & Mariachis DONATE- Bring a bag of clothing in support of Suited for Change. WIN ! – $5 raffle tickets will be sold to win a luxurious massage at The Ritz Carlton Georgetown Spa $200 OFF a 3 month hot desk membership at We Work Bring some cash so you can WIN WIN WIN !!!
Where: Blind Whino SW Arts Club, Delaware Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC, United States
When: Fri, Oct 13th, 2017, 6:30pm PM – 9:30 PM
Why: SUPPORT an organization that helps low-income women enter the workforce



Fair Chance Butterfly Bash
Who: Fair Chance
What: Honoring: Marie & Wendell Johns. Co-Chairs: Elisabeth Cohen & Elizabeth Spratt Cooper. The Butterfly Bash is Fair Chance’s signature event to raise funds and honor local leaders committed to helping kids living in poverty in Washington, DC. We look forward to welcoming our 700 guests — and more than 50 corporate sponsors representing DC’s top financial, real estate and legal firms. All proceeds support Fair Chance’s vital work: strengthening the sustainability and performance of community-based nonprofits to achieve life-changing results for children and youth living in poverty. In our 15 years of service, Fair Chance has transformed 100 nonprofits and reached 80,000 kids in poverty here in Washington.
Learn more about sponsorship levels and benefits at: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fairchancebutterflybash
Where: Dock 5 | Union Market, 1309 5th St NE Washington, DC 20002
When: Fri, October 13, 2017, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM


Melanin Movies: Get Out
Who: Melanin Movies
What: Join us for the first of many during our Melanin Movies series where we showcase films by black filmmakers + directors. Friday, October 13th we’ll be showing “Get Out” by Jordan Peele. Seats are limited. Tickets are $10 early bird, and $15 general admission — which includes popcorn, drinks, and other light refreshments.
Where: Distinctly Creative 4303 Rhode Island Avenue, Studio 211 Brentwood, MD, 20722
When: Fri, Oct 13th, 2017, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM



Fit & Fab Pop-Up x Athleta
Who: Fit & Fab
What: Join the Fit & Fab crew at a private pop-up hosted by Athleta in Georgetown! Come ready to stretch, shop and see what Fit & Fab is all about. Of course there will be plenty of gifts and giveaways. Featuring yoga by Dr. Kristian Henderson. This event is free. Learn more about the Athleta brand at www.athleta.com Learn more about LeeAnn Sims at www.leeannsims.com.  FAQs – What can I bring into the event? Bring a yoga mat, towel, and water. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Email info@fitandfabweekend.com
Where: Athleta – 3229 M Street Northwest – Washington, DC 20007
When: Sat, Oct 14th, 2017 9:00 AM – 10:00 Am



DEATH BY FLAVOR : Killa Cakes Tasting + Launch
Who: Death By Flavor
What: Are you a badass bride-to-be in need of a kickass cake?Are you a rad mom looking for a unique birthday cake? Are you a millennial suffering an existential crisis? Well sugar is cheaper than therapy, so get your buns over here and PUT THESE CAKES IN YOUR MOUTH.  Killa Cakes is brand spanking new and ready to blow your minds. With cake flavors like Unicorn Vomit, Cereal Killa, and Banilla Gorilla, you’ve never experienced anything like this before. And yes, there will be milk so you can relive your childhood.
Cereal Killa: Sweet taro cake between layers of cereal milk buttercream, with marshmallow crunchies layered between.
Coco Loco: Milk chocolate mud cake layers filled with dark espresso frosting, topped with chocolate cookie and fudge brownie bits.
Berrylicious: Fresh brown butter berry cake, topped freeze dried blueberry whipped cream and brown sugar crumble.
Lotta Matcha: Matcha green tea cake, topped with black sesame spread, marshmallow frosting, and roasted red berry smash.
Banilla Gorilla: Scrumptious layers of banana cake, topped with peanut butter buttercream (say that three times fast) and freeze dried banana toffee crunch and burnt caramel drizzle.
Peach Passion: Peach cake layers filled with a mango mouse and jalapeño infused passionfruit curd.
Snack Attack: Layers of potato chip cake (OMG potato chip) with a salted caramel buttercream, stout infused chocolate drizzle, with pretzel crack layered between.
Unicorn Vomit: Luscious vanilla confetti cake filled with white chocolate frosting, sprinkled with cotton candy pop rock crystals.
Where: BUREAU – 1800 Wyoming Ave NW – Top Floor – Washington, District of Columbia 20009
When: Sat, Oct 14th, 2017, 12:00 PM -4:00 PM


IlluminAsia: A Festival of Asian Art, Food, and Cultures,
Who: IlluminAsia
What:  Join us for a festival of Asian art, food, and cultures to celebrate the grand reopening of the Freer|Sackler. The IlluminAsia festival will transform the museums’ grounds with an Asian food market, interactive cooking and art demonstrations, live music by members of the Silkroad Ensemble, and creations by local and international artists. Inside, visitors can experience the reimagined galleries and innovative exhibitions, as well as performances, conversations, and other immersive activities. IlluminAsia kicks off on Saturday, October 14, with a night market featuring food and art and a stunning animated projection on the Freer Gallery façade. On Sunday, October 15, the food market will continue alongside cultural programming for all ages throughout the museums and outdoor gardens. IlluminAsia is copresented with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.  The museums will be open 6 pm–12 am on Saturday, October 14, and 10 am–5:30 pm on Sunday, October 15. Freer|Sackler, National Mall, and Haupt Garden | Free and open to the public.
Where: Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20560
When: Sat, Oct 14th , 2017, 5:00 PM – 12:00 Am Oct, 15th, 2017th and  Sun, Oct 15th, 2017, 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM Oct 16th, 2017


Rock Yo Rizos presents One Year Later
Who: Mel of Rock Yo Rizos
What: Mel created the “#IamlettingGO” campaign to connect women across social media who felt alone during any type of life transition be it a relocation, marriage, childbirth, or starting a business.  Many stories were being shared that connected individuals through their beautiful struggles. For the first week of the campaign, Mel shared on her social media outlets what she was letting go of and encouraged her followers to do the same using the hashtag #iamlettingGO.  Over 500 people have shared to date.  Ultimately, she revealed the process and the reasons for shaving her signature shoulder length curls as part of her “letting go” process. The short film “One Year Later” covers the first year of Mel’s hair growth journey through footage that she has collected over the past year.  Her decision to cut her hair brought up issues that she was unaware of and she shares how the power of spirituality, travel, and the support of her family has led her to where she is today.
Where: Beyond Studios DC, Washington, DC, United States
When: Sat, Oct 14th, 2017, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM



Marcus Goodwin Candidate for Dc Council At- Large
Who: Marcus Goodwin
What:Join Me Sunday October 15th as we kickoff a new movement for the District’s Future. My mission is to make DC more Affordable. Everyday people are being priced out of living working and investing in DC. Now is the time for a candidate with passion and fresh ideas to help our great city and residents prosper. * Complimentary Food * Family & Kids Welcome
Where:Half Smoke 65 Florida Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, United States
When: Sun, Oct 15th, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Why: Mission is to make DC more Affordable


EdibleDC Magazine Awards
Who: EdibleDC
What: The groundbreaking, EdibleDC Magazine Awards, will celebrate the best of the DMV food and drink culture through an award cermony and reception with fifteen original categories such as Best Chef x Farmer Collaboration, Best Community Garden, Best Local Distillery, Best Local Winery, Best Local Brewerey and more…
District Winery, opening late August, in the revitalized Yards neighborhood along the Anacostia River, will serve as the event venue. Tickets get you access to the awards reception where you can meet the finalists and winners, eat food from top local chefs paried with area farmers, and drink fantastic beer, wine, and cocktails from across the region. Tickets are all inclusive and this event is 21+.
Where: District Winery – 385 Water Street Southeast – Washington, DC 20003
When: Mon, Oct 16th, 2017, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM






History and State of DC’s Black Press
Who: DC’s Black Press
What: Join local journalists, editors and publishers for a lively and informative discussion about the history and state of the Black Press in Washington City from the first abolitionist newspaper founded before the Civil War to the challenges and opportunities facing black journalists in today’s local media scene. Panel Moderator: Denise Rolark-Barnes, Publisher of The Washington Informer. Panelists: Jazmin Goodwin, Editor-in-chief of Howard University’s The Hilltop; James Wright, local reporter for the Washington Afro; Prof. A. Peter Bailey, author and professor of the history of the Black Press.
Where: DC Public Library–Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library
When: Mon, Oct 16th, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM










DCA Live Presents Trending 40 The New Power Women of DC Tech
Who: DCA Live
What: Join DCA Live and our host committee to celebrate the great women emerging in the DC area tech community.  Our group includes founders, CEOs, investors, engineers, marketing gurus, and others who contribute to the local ecosystem.  We’ll honor this impressive and diverse group with a lively and fun event on October 17.  Join 200+ movers and shakers from the tech and business community for a fun evening of music, food, drinks and great networking. TRending 40 The new power women of tech
Where: 2231 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
When: Tues, Oct 17th, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Why: To celebrate the great women emerging in the DC area tech community






Feast: A FRESHFARM event
Who: Spike Gjerde and Ris Lacoste
What: Join Co-Hosts Spike Gjerde and Ris Lacoste for a special tribute to Nora Pouillon, a James Beard award-winning chef, organic food pioneer, and founding FRESHFARM Board Member.Indulge in local libations, inspired small plates, bay oysters, a harvest-grown dinner, and unique, travel-centric auction items as we celebrate our local foodshed.  Individual tickets: $350 ($200 tax deductible). Go to freshfarm.org/feast for tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and more information
Where: Union Market, D.C., DC, United States
When: Tues, Oct 17th, 2017, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Why: Annual fundraiser that directly invests in the food and farms of the Mid-Atlantic watershed!












Pineapple presents: women in food deliver
Who: Pineapple DC
What:We don’t have to tell you that the entrepreneurial women in food deliver–on freshness, accessibility, innovation and so much more. When we look at the grocery world, we’re excited to see a growing number of delicious, healthful and women-made products to #pinefor. Join us in conversation with online grocer FreshDirect, which just launched delivery in DC, featuring four NY-based women behind some of our fave foods: Anita Shepherd of Anita’s Yogurt, Nekisia Davis from Early Bird Foods, Chloe Epstein of Chloe’s Fruit and Vanessa Dew of Health-Ade Kombucha. FreshDirect Food Merchant Marissa Dobbins will highlight how these women have grown their companies from good ideas to craveable, nationally distributed products, and why FreshDirect chooses to carry them. Whether you’re growing your own food empire or want to learn more about the stories behind your favorite brands, this event will deliver deliciousness (including products from these companies & FreshDirect to take home to stock your fridges and pantries…#pineforpantry, ya know?)
Where: Union Market – 1309 5th Street NE – Washington, DC 20002
When: Wed, oct 18th, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


D.C. Sustainability Summit
Who: D.C Sustainability
What:See prominent disruptive thinkers and game-changing innovations at the 3rd Annual DC Sustainability Summit and Green Product Expo. The day-long conference celebrates our commitment to green design and increasing awareness about sustainability in the commercial real estate community. The event consists of educational seminars and discussions given by leaders in green building and sustainable design, as well as a product expo featuring emerging green products and technologies. DCSS is attended by developers, brokers, local government officials, general contractors, architects, engineers and other professionals within the real estate community. This event is a forum to share knowledge and experience and is not-for-profit. We have made every effort to keep ticket prices low and accessible for all members of the community. Reserve your tickets early, this event will sell out!
Where: Capital One Auditorium 1680 Capital One Drive, McLean, VA, United States
When: Wed, Oct 18th, 2017, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Why: The day-long conference celebrates our commitment to green design and increasing awareness about sustainability in the commercial real estate community


Make Sure to Also Check Out:

Super Fierce at Blind Whino
Who: Superfierce
What: Created by Maggie O’Neill – “I began SUPERFIERCE because I wanted to create something I couldn’t find when I started my career. I collaborated with my network of fearless female creatives whose common goal was to expand our network. We came together to create a pay it forward platform of connectivity, solidarity and mentorship for other women artists. We want to change the statistics in our field.  We are creating a support system and foundation for female artists to grow as both creators and business owners, and giving back to other women in their professional communities. I invite you to join me and many other amazing partners in this movement.”
Where: BlindWhino
When: October 4th, 2017 – November 4th, 2017

Femme Fatale
Who: Femme Fatale
What: You are the creator of your reality. So why not create a reality full of magic, love, and community? Femme Fatale DC is honored to announce the launch of the second pop up shop experience at former Union Social, 100 Florida Avenue NE, Washington DC open from October 11th thru Christmas Eve, Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 8pm! We have a weekly farmers market by My Grow Connect on Saturdays from 11am – 3pm, and lots of other events – make sure you checking out our event calendar under the “Upcoming Events” tab. We got everything you need in one place!!! The shop features over 50 (yes, we said 50) local womyn owned businesses; these are womyn who are passionate, driven, dedicated to their craft, and we cannot wait to for you to come experience the magic.  We are located right across from the NoMa Metro Station. There is a parking garage next to us with parking rates of $4/hr as well, plus street parking in the neighborhood.
Where: Union Social 100 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
When: Thurs Oct 12, 2017 – Sun Dec 24, 11:00am – 8:00pm


Pub Dread
Who: Pub Dread
What: The latest pop-up bar to come to 7th Street is Halloween themed with various rooms and spooky drinks all from the mind of hospitality genius Derek Brown.
Where: 1839-1843 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC, United States
When: Sun Oct 1,2017 – Tues Oct 31, 2017. 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM


Upcoming Events Not To Miss:

Cardi B
Who: Cardi B
What: Belcalis Almanzar (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper, songwriter, television personality, and internet celebrity. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, she first earned public attention in 2015 after becoming a regular cast of the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York.
Where: Echostage 2135 Queens Chapel Rd NE Washington, DC 20018
When: Thurs Oct 19,2017 9:00pm


Sun Gods Pop-Up Series
Who: Sun Gods
What: Join Us for the launch of our Sun Gods Pop-Up Series! View our Collections and Accessories. Skincare by Cocoa Butter Mothers. Henna by HennaSooq. #sungodsofficial {Refreshments, fruits and veggies will be provided!}
Where: Steadfast Supply DC 300 Tingey Street SE #140 Washington, DC, 20003
When: Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:30pm – 6:00pm

The Bentzen Ball
Who: Bentzen Ball
What: The Bentzen Ball is a comedy festival curated by Tig Notaro and produced by BYT. It takes place in Washington, DC from October 26th through 29th, 2017. There is at least one show each night taking place at the Lincoln Theatre. You can buy tickets to each show individually as they go on sale.
Where: Lincoln Theatre 1215 U Street Northwest Washington, DC 20009
When: Thu, Oct 26, 2017, 6:00 PM –Sun, Oct 29, 2017, 11:30 PM


2017 Makers Mart Arts & Craft Fair
Who: Makers Mart Arts & Craft
What: The Makers Mart Arts & Craft Fair features a pop-up artisan market, promoting local women artists and designers who create handcrafted art and merchandise. A wide variety of products, including jewelry, fine art, home accents, and personal accessories will be available. Tickets will be sold at the door. General admission is $10, $8 for seniors and students, and members are free. Children under 18 are free. Tickets to the craft fair include admission to the museum’s collection and the special exhibition Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today. FEATURED ARTISTS & ARTISANS: Amanda Hagerman, Anya Pinchuk, Arttepuy, Bicycle Trash, Birds at Noon, Black Pepper Paperie Co., ‘Chups, Cindy Liebel Jewelry, Emma Marty Jewelry, Grey Moggie Press, Handmade Habitat, Hollow Work, Kicheko Goods, Kuzeh Pottery, La Loupe Design, Living Threads Company, Marcella Kriebel, MiW ethical jewelry+objects, Nora Fisher Designs, Off on a Tangent, Oh Bessie!, Printed Wild, Second Daughter, Sharlaine Anapu, Siwar Box, Stitch and Rivet, Sweet Nothing, The Neighborgoods, The Outrage
Where: National Museum of Women in Art 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington DC
When: Sunday, October 29, 12 p.m.–5 p.m. and Monday, October 30, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.


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