Freedom Friday: The Block is Hot Edition

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Hello Good Folks!


Summer is right around the corner, but things are already in full gear– high temperatures and power outages.  Hopefully, your lights are back on.   With all of this, I am ready for the weekend to cool out and relax.

You can start by chilling out at the Annual Capital Jazz Festival  starting tonight with legends Herbie Hancock, David Sanburn and George Duke!  The whole weekend has a great line-up.  You can still get tickets at the door, at least for lawn seating . 

For those who want to support a great cause and get some excercise, on Saturday, the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure begins at 8AM at the National Mall.  If you still want to run, you can do late registration until 6PM today (6/3) at the Hyatt (400 New Jersey Avenue, NW ).

The temperature seems to have evened out, so check out some events.

Lastly, shout out to all my fellow Geminis.  Let’s get it in! 🙂


Chart-topping and critically acclaimed R&B songstress, actress, and song-writer, Vivian Green, graces The Park Unplugged stage on June 3rd. Green bares her beautiful Philly soul to the citiy’s intimate concert venue, with hits “Emotional Rollercoaster,” and “I Gotta Go (Gotta Leave)”.

Friday, June 3

The Park

920 14th St NW

Show starts at 7Pm

RSVP here– List closes at 3PM today (6/3)



This weekend, Arts on the Avenue kicks off a three-day art gathering in Anacostia that will feature  D.C.’s visual and spoken word artists. Masterful works from heavyweight D.C. artists Melani Douglass and Anieken Udofia, along with art from J’Nell Jordan, Lizzie Spaceship, Johnnie Bess, and Greg Slade, will be on display Friday to Sunday.

June 3-5

The Blank Space SE

1922 MLK Jr. Avenue SE

Click here for the schedule



Come out to Twins Jazz  for an awesome Soul Jazz Experience with Akua  Allrich.

June 3 &  June 4

Twins Jazz 

1344 u St NW

9pm & 11pm shows

15 bucks- Get tickets here

Aint Misbehavin’ opens today (6/3) at the Atlas Performing Arts Theater. The outrageously prodigious comic and musical soul of 1930s Harlem lives on in this rollicking, swinging, finger-snapping revue that is still considered one of Broadway’s best. The inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club, honky tonk dives along Lenox Avenue, rent parties, stride piano players and that jumpin’ new beat, Swing. Although not quite a biography, “Ain’t Misbehavin'” evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs he made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

June 3-19

Atlas Performing Arts Theater

1333 H St NE

Get time and tickets here.

The DC Jazz Festival kicks of this week featuring more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, DC. Signature events include Jazz on the Mall, Bobby McFerrin at the Warner Theatre and a Kennedy Center concert featuring artists from HBO’S Treme.

June 1-13

Various location in DC

Click here for the schedule and tickets


The 24th annual Dance Africa  concludes its celebration of dance and music of the African Diaspora this weekend. Featuring special guest Cutumbo from Santiago, Cuba, and some of the best African dance companies in the DC metropolitan area. On Saturday, there will also be a marketplace & free outdoor performances starting at noon until sunset.

June 4-5

Dance Place

3225 8th Street, NE

Click here for the schedule and tickets.

In recognition of Caribbean Heritage Month in June, AFI Silver is proud to once again host screenings of the DC Caribbean Filmfest, now in its 11th year. The festival is co-presented with Caribbean Association of World Bank and IMF Staff (CAWI), Caribbean Professional Network (CPN), Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) and TransAfrica Forum.

June 3-6

AFI Silver Theater

8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD

Click here for schedule and tickets


This weekend kicks off the Indian Summer Showcase.  The Smithsonian, since 2006, has presented 22 concerts featuring groups from more than 15 Native communities in the U.S. and Canada, and five Latin American countries. This year the museum hosts the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the Siletz Tribe of Oregon, and the Huíchol Indians of Mexico for multiday festivals celebrating Native music, art, culture, dance, film and food, as well as the Living Earth Festival, which explores and honors indigenous contributions to the environment.

June 3-August 6

American Indian Museum

Fourth Street & Independence Ave., S.W

Click here for schedule


Dunlap and Rich hosts 1st Saturdays with a Ciroc Vodka Tasting.

Saturday, June 4

Lounge 201

201 Massachusetts Ave NE



Spike Lee, award winning director, will be presented with the 2011 Paul Robeson “Here I Stand” award by the Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute. Mr. Lee will be interviewed live on stage by George Curry, columnist and former Editor-in-Chief of Emerge Magazine. Special performances by Urban Artistry, Hung Tao Choy Mei “Lucky Lions and Thunder Drummers”, International Martial Arts sensation Olivia Zhang and Frederic Yonnet.

Saturday, June 4

Lincoln Theater

1215 U St NW


Get tickets here


Marcātus, a creative art market near the Nationals Ballpark, will be a multidimensional event different from any other to reach the District. Marcātus invites you to come out for the whole day to enjoy the sounds of live music, smells of exotic foods, eye candy of art, to hunt for creative treasures, or simply to relax on the Great Lawn with a frosty beverage taking in the picturesque views of the Anacostia River.

Sunday, June 5

The Yards

10 Water St SE

11AM to 6PM



Christian Hang Suite presents First Sundays “White Affair” featuring Stellar Award nominee Mike McCoy and Voices United.  Attendees should plan to arrive early. Seating is “first come, first served”.

Sunday, June 5

Half Note

4881 Glenn Dale Rd
Bowie, MD


15 bucks


Every June the all-day Takoma Park Jazz Festival is held on the streets of Takoma Park. The Fest has two stages, with music featuring local and nationally known performers, food and art/craft vendors.

Sunday, June 5

Old Town Takoma Park, Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park

11AM to 6PM

Click here for the schedule


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