Weekend Roundup: February 23 through 26

Welcome to another weekend! We round out February 2023 with lots of things to do for jazz fans, Golden Girls enthusiasts, cocktail connoisseurs and more.

Take in an Online Evening Lecture about Frederick Douglass

Smithsonian Associates is presenting an evening lecture tonight beginning at 6:45 p.m. entitled “Frederick Douglass: Autobiographer.” Douglass scholar Robert S. Levine will be speaking about Douglass the autobiographer and talks about the changes and additions he made to his later autobiographies like “My Bondage and My Freedom” and “Life and Times of Frederick Douglas.” Get tickets to the event here.

Jazz Fans Won’t Want to Miss This One

Washington Performing Arts is presenting “Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra” with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Sunday at 7 p.m. Trumpeter and Pulitzer-winner Marsalis and the world-renowned Lincoln Center Orchestra will play big-band hits from Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and more. Tickets can be purchased here.

Special Olympics DC to Host the Polar Plunge at Ice Yards

Ice Yards DC will be Saturday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. at 355 Water St. SE.

The Yards are partnering with Special Olympics DC Saturday for the Polar Plunge at Ice Yards. The fundraiser has become an integral part of the annual winter festival. While you cheer on Polar Plunge participants, Ice Yards will be hosting live music, photo booths, axe throwing, iceless curling and more. Thank goodness it will only be in the 40s that day! More information on the event can be found here.

“The Golden Girls” Head to The Warner Theatre

The Golden Girls stage show is at The Warner Theatre this weekend only. Courtesy of Bryan Buttler Media Relations, LLC

Make sure you have your slice of cheesecake after this show. “Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue” begins a limited engagement at The Warner Theatre this evening through Sunday only. The professional stage show is written by Robert Leleux, author of “The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy” and “The Living End” and is unlike any previous Golden Girls tributes you’ve seen before. Grab your own girls (or guys!) and get tickets here.

The 10th Annual D.C. High School Film Festival is this Weekend

Saturday afternoon, the D.C. Independent Film Forum organized a D.C. High School Film Festival featuring students from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Jackson-Reed High School and Winston Churchill High School. The free event will showcase 13 short films of multiple genres, including documentaries, animations and narratives. More information on the event (including how to reserve a spot) can be found here.

Have a Drink for a Good Cause

Uncle Nearest Whiskey is raising money for HBCUs with old fashioned cocktail purchases.

From January through March in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Black History Month and Women’s History Month, Uncle Nearest is partnering with bars and restaurants across the country to raise up to $1 million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Uncle Nearest is a whiskey brand inspired by the first known African American Master Distiller. For every Old-Fashioned cocktail sold, the company will donate $1 to support HBCUs. Local participating bars include Jack Rose Dining Saloon, Quill Bar at The Jefferson Hotel, Tupelo Honey and more. More information on this effort can be found here. 

Don’t Miss Kinky Boots at Olney Theatre Center

Solomon Parker III as Lola with the Angels in ‘Kinky Boots.’ Photo by DJ Corey Photography.

The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit by Cyndi Lauper is at the Olney Theatre Mainstage now through March 26, stiletto boots and all. The show tells the tale of Charlie Price, a man in need of saving his family’s shoe factory. He meets Lola, a drag queen from London in need of a quick repair on her boot. This unites them in a business venture and the rest is history. More information on the show can be found here.













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