Events

All events are free unless otherwise noted, and in some cases registration or rsvp is required. See full list of events below:

Saturday September 24, 6-8pm
What’s Going On Launch Party!
A & D Bar – 1314 9th St NW
(presented as part of Art All Night)
featuring  Thick Air Studios
Our kickoff event is held in conjunction with Art All Night: Made in DC. Come by and get your event guide and pin, mingle with other Shaw peeps and the ‘What’s Going On’ artists, and afterwards we’ll check out Art All Night events in Shaw!
(cash bar, light appetizers provided)

Saturday September 24, 2pm
Shaw Neighborhood & Food Tour
This tour is designed to get you up to speed by exploring the neighborhood’s changing culture and cuisine.  Our Shaw Neighborhood tour will take guests to a number of restaurants, including old favorites and trendy new eateries that will help you discover the ever-changing history and culture of this delicious part of the district. Along our walk, we’ll also stop at cultural and historic landmarks to get a real feel for the rich heritage Shaw has to offer.  Tours cover just over a mile, and last approximately 3 hours.
Ticketed event, register at: carpedcfoodtours.com

Saturday September 24 – Wednesday September 28, 7-11pm
Portable Punctuation by Thick Air Studios
A roving performance powered by Shaw residents wielding illuminated signs of punctuation marks that spark wonderment and fuels storytelling. Passersby can use these familiar symbols to highlight a favorite building, question the name of a store, or unify a group with an ampersand. In bringing punctuation to the sidewalks of Shaw, we will give the participants a new tool to clarify their changing surroundings.

Saturday, September 24, 7-9pm
Common Threads by New Community ArtSpace
Shaw Neighborhood Library – 1630 7th St, NW
ArtSpace is seeking those who can crochet or want to learn a basic chain stitch to create a long colorful thread that will run from ArtSpace to various locations around Shaw. Join the group or work independently and return your portion of the Common Thread to ArtSpace.
more info>>

Sunday September 25, 2-3pm
Common Grounds – a performance by Tsedaye Makonnen
Compass Coffee – 1921 8th St NW
Tsedaye and a group of participants will perform a coffee ceremony with a twist that nods to the changing landscape of Shaw. The performances will be set against a backdrop of newer coffee houses in Shaw and will be participatory for passersby. The ceremony aims to draw connections between residents and visitors and reflect the traditions of the Ethiopian community in DC and along 9th Street in Shaw.

Monday September 26, 6-8pm
‘I want a president…’ Workshop
Bread for the City – 1525 7th Street NW
Presented by artists Natalie Campbell and Saisha Grayson, join us for a group creative writing extercise that corrals voices from the community and paints a picture of who they’d like to see in the white house. This workshop is part of a series of workshops in DC that will culminate in a group reading in front of the White House on October 16
FREE Register here>>

Tuesday, September 27, 6-8pm
Common Threads by New Community ArtSpace
ArtSpace – 614 S St NW basement
ArtSpace is seeking those who can crochet or want to learn a basic chain stitch to create a long colorful thread that will run from ArtSpace to various locations around Shaw. Join the group or work independently and return your portion of the Common Thread to ArtSpace.
more info>>

Tuesday September 27, 7-10pm
Little Salon
At the home of local artist and resident, George Shomari Smith
A one-of-a-kind experience curated to give DCers a non-pretentious dose of the amazing creative talent that surrounds them. To include music, poetry, literature, art, snacks and performances.
This is a ticketed event, go to www.littlesalondc.com to register

Wednesday September 28 5-7pm
Live music/ open rehearsal with  Fellowcraft
7 Drum Lessons Studio – 2008 8th St NW
Fellowcraft, an up and coming original rock and roll band in DC, was born in Shaw, and still rehearses here. We’ll be at 7DrumLessons (7DL) Studios. 7DL is an incredible Shaw resource that has hosted many of the city’s great acts!
FREE click here to RSVP>>

Thursday September 29th at 6pm
Shaw Community Social Justice Walking Tour with ONE DC
Meet at ONE DC office: 614 S St. NW
ONE DC invites you to engage with us in a conversation and community learning process about displacement and resistance in DC, and how we organize for equitable development. Long-time DC residents and organizers with ONE DC will show you the physical side of gentrification in the Shaw neighborhood and discuss its effects on the community, along with stories of how ONE DC organizes with residents to stand up for community-led, equitable development.
FREE Register here>>

Thursday September 29th from 6-8pm
Drop in open house at Capital Checkers Club!
Capital Pool Checkers Club – 813 S Street NW
For decades, Capital Checkers has provided opportunities for youth, adults and seniors to come together around a simple pleasure, playing checkers. They have taught in schools, engaged the local community, and provided important outlets for senior citizens. Come join them for a drop in game or two with refreshments on hand, and meet the founding members! FREE (drop in / no need to register)

Saturday, October 1, 9am-10:30am (In English) 10:30am-12pm (In Spanish)
Introduction to first-time home-buyers programs in DC!
Latino Economic Development Center – 641 S Street NW
Learn about HPAP and other DC resident programs that can help you purchase your first home! FREE Register here>> 

Saturday October 1, 2pm
Shaw Neighborhood & Food Tour
This tour is designed to get you up to speed by exploring the neighborhood’s changing culture and cuisine.  Our Shaw Neighborhood tour will take guests to a number of restaurants, including old favorites and trendy new eateries that will help you discover the ever-changing history and culture of this delicious part of the district. Along our walk, we’ll also stop at cultural and historic landmarks to get a real feel for the rich heritage Shaw has to offer.  Tours cover just over a mile, and last approximately 3 hours.
Ticketed event, register at: carpedcfoodtours.com

Saturday, October 1st, 5pm
Common Threads final event
Meet at Artspace: 614 S St NW
Help us unravel the thread in various directions throughout the neighborhood and end up at Shaw Tavern for the WGO: Voices of Shaw closing event  more info>>

Saturday October 1, 5-7pm
What’s Going On: Voices of Shaw Wrap Party!
Shaw’s Tavern
520 Florida Ave NW
featuring ReciproCITY– a performance art ceremony honoring members of the Shaw community by Tsedaye Makonnen
cash bar, light appetizers provided

Sunday, October 2, 2-4pm
Neighborhood Sketchcrawl by Lizzie Sampson
Starting Point: Howard Theater – 620 T St NW
Ending Point: Blagden Alley – 629 N Street NW (Rear)
Inspired by Urban Sketchers, participants will learn three basic drawing techniques for capturing the neighborhood in motion. These techniques will be used during an art walk around Shaw, as the group creates a visual archive of the neighborhood. For the workshop, participants will be shown a drawing demonstration, given a small handmade sketchbook and sketching materials, and asked to experiment with drawing. At the end of the Sketchcrawl, participants will discuss their experience, and share their works during a “mini critique”. (Important: No artistic background required – just the willingness to take risks through drawing).
FREE Register here>>

Sunday October 2, 2-3pm
Common Grounds – a performance by Tsedaye Makonnen
NOTE NEW DATE & LOCATION: Zenebech Ethiopian Restaurant 608 T Street NW

Tsedaye and a group of participants will perform a coffee ceremony with a twist that nods to the changing landscape of Shaw. The performances will be set against a backdrop of a beloved Ethiopian restaurant that is closing in a week. The ceremony aims to draw connections between residents and visitors and reflect the traditions of the Ethiopian community in DC and along 9th Street in Shaw.

Sunday October 2, 4PM
DC Alley Museum Talk with co-curator/muralist Lisa Marie Thalhammer
Blagden Alley – 926 N Street, NW Rear
Come hear and discover how artists are turning a DC alley into a vibrant outdoor museum.
Facebook invite>>

Tuesday October 11, 6pm
Scattered Orchestra an original idea by the Spanish collaborative mmmm… performed by Bohemian Caverns Orchestra

Blagden Alley: 924 Blagden Alley NW
Scattered throughout Blagden Alley, within the Shaw neighborhood, Bohemian Caverns Orchestra will simultaneously play the same music. The music played will be inspired by Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye and will mostly be of the jazz genre. Pedestrians experience the music differently depending on which street they walk past, the speed at which they walk, and by which direction they are headed. Strolling through the orchestra, pedestrians are able to experience each instrument independently without failing to perceive the music being played.