Freedom Friday: Happy Chinese New Year

Hello Lovelies!

This Monday, millions of people began ringing in the Lunar New Year.  In DC, the new year will be celebrated on Sunday in Chinatown. 2012 is the year of the dragon. The year of the dragon is considered to be the luckiest of the Chinese lunar years.  ThatKellieGirl was born in the year of the dragon, so we will see what is in store for the rest of the year.

In the meantime, enjoy this unseasonably warm weather by heading out to some great events this weekend.

Constantly performing and recording since the 1960″”s, he is the most well known jazz vibraphonists. He has produced some of the most loved modern soul-jazz records of all time. Classics beyond genre such as, “Everybody Loves The Sunshine”, most influential afro-jazz with musician Fela Kuti, “Africa – Centre Of The World”, and the most seminal jazz-funk, such as “Running Away”.

January 26-29

Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave NW

8PM & 10PM Shows

Get tickets here

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Huggy Lowdown hosts the number one segment on the Tom Joyner morning show, heard in over 115 markets across the country. He hits every morning at 8:30am EST delivering entertainment news and gossip to millions of Tom Joyner listeners. Before joining Joyner, Huggy spent 8 years on the Donnie Simpson show on WPGC in Washington DC, where he was voted D.C.’s favorite radio personality. Chris Paul is a writer for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, head locally on Magic 102.3, and he’s back on tour with Huggy Lowdown! Chris is the host of “Redskins Late Night” and is also known for his hilarious “Redskins Remixes,” and this will be his 17th season of ‘Skins songs.

Friday, January 26-29

DC Improv

1140 Conneticut Ave NW

8PM-11:30PM

Get tickets here

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Since 1997, Imani Winds, the Grammy nominated quintet, has enriched the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.

Friday, January 27

Atlas Performing Arts Theater

1333 H St NE

8PM

25 bucks/ 15 bucks for students

Get tickets here

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FELA!, the three-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical is back in DC! Firebrand, iconoloclast, rabble-rouser, composer of genius — Fela Anikulapo Kuti used his music as a weapon against the excesses of successive military regimes in his native Nigeria, and  any form of injustice, oppression, mismanagement and corruption.

January 26-29

Warner Theater

513 13th St NW

Get times and tickets here.

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The Washington Auto Show is a huge event displaying more than 700 new makes and models of cars, trucks, mini-vans and sport utility vehicles from over 42 domestic and import automakers.

January 27- February 5

Washington Convention Ctr

801 Mt Vernon Ave NW

Fri. Jan. 27 – 12:00 – 10:00 pm
Sat. Jan. 28, 2012 – 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun. Jan. 29, 2012 – 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Mon. Jan. 30 – Thur. Feb. 2, 2012 – 12:00 – 9:00 pm
Fri. Feb. 3, 2012 – 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat. Feb. 4, 2012 – 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun. Feb. 5, 2012 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Adults (13 & over) – $12
Seniors – $10
Children (6-12) $5
children under 6 are free.

Get tickets here

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Ocean Drive Fridays with Live Late night performance from the talented Reesa Renee.

Friday, January 27

CB Twelve Twelve

1212 U St NW

9PM

Free before 10PM

RSVP here

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Join Dunlap and Rich for Good Music Fridays.  Music by DJ Life and DJ Soprano. Open bar from 9PM – 10PM with complimentary passed hors d’oeuvre.

Friday, January 27

Lounge 201

201 Massachusetts Ave NW

9PM-2AM

$10 cover all night

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Disco, Boogie, Rare Grooves, and the best in Dance Music with Danny Krivit, Luis P, DJ Navbox, DJ BSide and Deborah Bond. Live artist painting by Ricardo Mavin.

Friday, January 27

The Warehouse

411 New York Ave NE

9PM-until

15 bucks

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Help WABA and your fellow DC area bicyclists make the roads safer and more fun for everybody by riding more responsibly in 2012!

Saturday, January 28

The ride will start at the corner of 18th St. NW and Columbia Rd. NW, in front of the Capital Bikeshare station.

The ride is 6.75 miles long

10AM

FREE

RSVP here

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Washington Sound Museum VII will be the very first one of 2012! This month, Huda Asfour will grace the stage with Christylez Bacon, fusing Contemporary Arabic Music with Progressive Hip-Hop. Huda Asfour is a Palestinian Oud and Kanoun player.  An Oud is a pear-shaped string instrument most commonly used in North African and Middle Eastern music. The Kanoun isa stringed instrument that is reminiscent of the inside of a piano. The Kanoun originated in the Middle East, but is now also found in Greece, Armenia, Romania and Eastern Europe.

Saturday, January 28

Bloombars

3222 11th Street, NW

7PM-10PM

15 bucks

A tea ceremony will kick off the event and will start promptly at 7pm.

Performances will begin at 8pm on Saturday, January 28th.

RSVP here.

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In the summer of 1958, pop music’s biggest superstars were born. Celebrate their legacy with DJ Dredd.

Saturday, January 28

Rock & Roll Hotel

1353 H St NE

10PM-3AM

13 bucks

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Celebrate one year of The Illest In Jheri Curl Funk, Champagne Soul & Lazer Boogie.
Saturday, January 28
Liv
2001 11th St NW
10PM
10 bucks in advance; 15 bucks at the door
RSVP here

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Washington’s Chinese community celebrates the arrival of another year on the lunar calendar. The annual parade through Chinatown features dragon floats, marching bands, music, dancing and plenty of nearby restaurants where you can move the celebration from the street to your plate.

Sunday, January 28

Chinatown

Sixth & I St NW

Parade begins at 2PM.

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Sisters4Sisters, Inc. is dedicated to the Empowerment of Women and Girls in Mind, Body and Spirit. Founded in 1999, the organization hosts monthly seminars on personal and professional development as well as Mission Critical Community Outreach in the areas of Homelessness, Domestic Violence, HIV-AIDS and Youth Mentoring.

Sunday, January 29

Atrium at Treetops

8181 Professional Place, Hyattsville, MD

2PM-5PM

20 bucks

Get tickets here.

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EVERYDAY SUNSHINE is a documentary about the band Fishbone, musical pioneers who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years. From the streets of South Central-Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980s, the band rose to prominence, only to fall apart when on the verge of “making it.”

Sunday, January 29

The Dunes

1402 Meridian Place NW

8PM-11PM

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