Freedom Friday: The Earth Day Edition

Hello Good Folks!

Happy Earth Day! 

In honor of Earth Day, the Earth Day Network is campaigning towards “A Billion Acts of Green“.  Everyone is asked to do one green act to show their commitment to the earth.   It can be as simple as turning off the water while you brush your teeth to coordinating a community clean-up. 

I remember as a kid how I was so excited to participate in Earth Day.  In class, we talked about the importance of taking care of “Mother Earth” and we drew pictures of the earth and nature.  However, the experience that made the most impact on me as a kid was my girl scout troop being honored by our Mayor for picking up the most trash.  To this day, I do not litter and I hate to see trash on the ground especially in residential neighborhoods. 

Many of us as kids were more sensitive and caring of the world around us.  If it was a pet or being mesmerized by ladybugs and fireflies, we had a natural “soft-spot” for nature.  So where does it go afterwhile?  What makes us throw trash out the window or waste energy by leaving lights on throughout the house?  How do we return to that natural affinity to nature and the earth? 

One person that is out front making a difference in the environment is activist Majora Carter.  Here is a news segment about her.  She is inspiring and very creative when it comes to activism.

Peace and Blessings!

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Chicago’s own, Donell Jones( with the  Sound of the City Band) is the featured artist this Friday at The Park Unplugged LIVE.  

Friday April 22

The Park

920 14th St NW 

7PM

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Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer P for Drama,  Lynn Nottage’s Ruined opens at the Arena Stage tonight.  It is the story of Mama Nadi, a bar and brothel owner in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, and the brutalized women who seek refuge there. Inspired by interviews conducted in Africa, this searing play is an engrossing and uncommonly human story told with humor and song, revealing the immeasurable loss and hopelessness of war, yet finding affirmation in life and hope.

A free series of guest speakers connected with Ruined. The series is open to public and will take place on select Friday nights during the run, immediately following the performance.

April 22-June 5

Arena Stage

1101 6th St SW

Click here for dates and tickets

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The Promise: The Making of Darkness On The Edge of Town combines never-before-seen footage of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band shot between 1976 and 1978, including home rehearsals and studio sessions with new interviews with Springsteen, E Street Band members and others. The Promise is running only at Emerging Pictures’ network of community-based cinemas, performing arts centers and independent art-houses as a benefit screening and fundraiser.

April 22 and 23

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H St NE

8PM

Get tickets here

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Created in 1994 as a cross-cultural exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, South Africa, Step Afrika! has grown into a beloved Washington institution. The company fuses traditional African gumboot dance, practiced by South African mine workers, with “stepping,” a percussive style of dance originated by African-American college students.   Come celebrate a full day of stepping, and visit America I AM at the  National Geographic Museum

10 a.m. – Free workshop
Learn the basics at this morning workshop.
12 p.m. – Demonstration (all tickets $10)

Saturday, April 23

National Geographic Museum

1145 17th St NW

Get tickets here

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Come out for some live soul/ R&B performances at “The Saturday Evening Cocktail Party” hosted by Dunlap & Rich.  There will be complimentary passed hor d’oeuvre and music by DJ Life (1st Saturdays at 201).

Saturday, April 23

Navy Memorial Museum

701 Pennsylvania Ave NW

5PM-10:30PM

Free before 7PM with RSVP

RSVP here

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EVERYONE is invited to the Lipstick Revolt premier event celebrating amazing women! Lipstick Revolt is about creating a platform for women to show their talent by hosting exclusive events that feature artists, singers, rappers, authors, and much more.  This event will feature 8 Female Djs, 8 Female Performers and 8 Female Photographers & Bloggers.

Saturday, April 23

Wonderland Ballroom

1101 Kenyon St NW

11AM-3AM
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Femi Kuti and The Positive Force is now on tour after dropping their latest album, Africa for Africa. In a career spanning over twenty years, Femi Kuti, the eldest son of Fela Kuti the father of Afrobeat, has been able to find his own voice while preserving the memory of his father. On his new album, Africa for Africa Femi articulates a raw and forceful call to the long tradition of Afrobeat.

Saturday, April 23

9:30 Club

815 V St NW

10PM

Get tickets here

If you can’t make it to the concert, DJ Underdog will be spinning “all-things-African” at Dodge City (917 U St NW) from 10PM to 2Pm.  The event is FREE.

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Community Service w/ DJ Underdog & i:Wah, the music is an uplifting torrent of new “House”, mixed in with a more than generous serving of Soulful House, Afrobeat, Electronic Dance, Coupe Decale, Samba, Zouk, Disco, Fete, JuJu, Fania, Afro Drumming and much more.  Filling the groove and moving you into the dance.

Sunday, April 24

Patty Boom Boom

1359 U Street NW

8PM

Free

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