Freedom Friday: The Easter Edition

Easter Sunday in Harlem by Wegee © International Center of Photography

Happy Good Friday Everyone!

So you know ThatKellieGirl is getting her Easter bonnet ready for Resurrection Sunday! 🙂 

Coming from a long line of women who have donned Easter hats, I shouldn’t have been surprised when I became hooked on Easter hats last year ! 🙂  It was the first time I wore an Easter hat so I wore the traditional Easter hat with the glamorous big brim.  However this year, I want a more subdued, but fun look.  So I checked out a couple of vintage clothing stores and ended up at “Rock it Again“.  The good folks there have a wonderful selection of vintage clothing and accessories.  You can find unique, one of a kind pieces to take your ensemble to the next level.  And if you need some tips on how to “rock it”,  the owner Clint offers superb styling advice.  The best thing about it– the prices definitely beat the department stores.  So I am almost ready for Sunday, so the Honey Fiancé and I will be ready for the Easter parade! 🙂

And if you aren’t joining the Easter parade, make sure to get outside to enjoy the weekend festivities from the Cherry Blossoms to several Easter egg hunts for the kids. 

Have a great weekend!

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

The Crystal Run 5k Fridays race series is back! Join the Crystal City BID and Pacers Running Stores every Friday for one of the most popular and fun 5k races in the metro area! Racers will run a professionally timed and certified course along a fast and fun route through Crystal City!

Friday, April 6

Every Friday in April

Crystal City

6:30PM

20 bucks per race

Register here

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MESSIAH AND FRIENDS kicks off National Poetry Month featuring acclaimed poets: 13 Of Nazareth, former NBA player Etan Thomas, Ra Brown,  Pages, Theresa Tha S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D. and Comedian Rallo Boykins! Live sounds by DJ Hav and live painting by Jabious “Bam” Williams.  Refreshments available.

Friday, April 6

Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio

3804 34th ST

MT. Rainier, MD

$10 donation

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Classic 70s, 80s, and 90s R&B, Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, House, Reggae, and more at Fever First Fridays. All classics, all night. Featuring some of the nation’s top DJs. Our next guest DJ is the Big Dawg from Greensboro, NC: The Incredible DJ Polo! NC A&T alums admitted free all night with school gear or ID.

Friday, April 6

Bebop Cafe

816 H Street NE

9PM-2AM

10 bucks

Free before 10PM

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Learn and share the gift of yoga at Cherry Blossom Yoga. Enjoy music and vinyasa flow yoga.  All levels welcome- just bring yourself and your mat!

Saturday, April 7

Canon Performance Stage at Sylvan Theater

Grounds of the Washington Monument

Independence Ave SW & 15th St SW

10-11AM

Free

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Thursday Network will volunteer with Parkview Kids Zone to engage youth in fun activities and crafts in anticipation of the Easter holiday. Volunteers will facilitate the Easter Egg Hunt, assist youth in various Easter craft activities, and organize the relay races. Volunteers are also requested to donate plastic Easter Eggs and pre-wrapped Easter candy for the Easter Egg Hunt.  The Parkview Kids Zone Saturday events serve to keep youth active in a safe environment, and provide healthy interaction between caring adults and our youth. Each year Parkview Kids Zone provides an Easter Egg Hunt to help bring the community together on behalf of the youth of the Parkview neighborhood in Ward 1.

Saturday, April 7

Raymond Elementary School playground

915 Spring Road NW

Noon – 3PM

You must RSVP here

Madame Tussauds also is hosting an annual Easter Egg Hunt offering a fun and educational “eggs-ploration” through American history and pop culture.  More than one thousand eggs will be hidden throughout the attraction. Various trinkets and prizes will be contained in every egg, including one Golden Egg that will award its finder a personalized wax hands souvenir, an Oval Office photo shoot or a family V.I.P. package. Additionally, live bunnies provided by the Be With Me Playseum will be on-hand for special Easter photo-ops in the attraction’s replica Oval Office. Please Note: You must bring your own basket.
 
Saturday, April 7
 
Madame Tussauds
 
1001 F Street NW 
 
The event is free for ages 12 and under, $10 ages 13 and up.
 
8 – 10AM

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On April 10, the grand jury will meet in this case to determine whether Zimmerman will be indicted on homicide charges. On April 7, people will be marching in Sanford to put pressure on the grand jury. In Washington, DC, we will also be marching. Come out to the Million Hoodies March to turn anger into protest and demand justice for Trayvon Martin.

Saturday, April 7

Malcolm X Park

2500 16th St NW

12-3PM

Free

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The Southwest Waterfront community, home of the cherry blossoms, honors the 100-year anniversary of the gift of trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC with eight celebratory hours of free music, water-related activities, cultural experiences, live entertainment and delicious foods.

Saturday, April 7

Southwest Waterfront

7th Street and Maine Ave. SW

2-8PM

Fireworks begin 8:30PM

Free

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The monthly collective of A Tribe Called Best featuring Cheeky Sasso Ent, Beny Blaq Ent, the Usual Suspectz and Urbane DC.  Join their musical monthly fix by acknowledging the work and artistry of Hip Hop Icons- Mos Def and Andre 3000.  Featuring DJ Cuzzin B of True School & DJ Spinser Tracy

Saturday April 7

Muse Lounge

717 6th street NW

10PM

Free before guys until 11PM with RSVP to musefirstsaturdays@gmail.com

Ladies free before 12AM with rsvp

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A special live performance by Rick Galactik singing his hot single “Follow Your Heart” and more. Also with a Fresh return from the Winter Music Conference DJ’s Andrew Hogans and special guest Cleo Khary will be dropping some of the hottest beats from this years conference.

Saturday, April 7

Fasil Lounge

1608 7th st NW

10PM

8 bucks in advance; 15 bucks at the door

Click here for tixs

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Welcome to “REMINISCE”, an event that takes you back to the 90’s when music was made to make you DANCE and party all night long! DJ Quartermaine takes you through your favorite 90’s Hip Hop, Dancehall and R&B. Open bar from 9:30pm to 10:30pm sponsored by COURVOISIER.  Presented by Very Smart Brothers, Shine on Me Productions, and Just Cause Events.

Saturday, April 7

Liv

2001 11th St NW

9:30PM-3AM

Free

RSVP here

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The intimate, all-ages jazz concerts curated by Capital Bop return to the Dunes. This installment features saxophonist Lyle Link, the D.C. Jazz Composers Collective and drummer wunderkind Allen Jones.

Sunday, April 8
 
The Dunes
 
1402 Meridian Pl. NW
 
7-11:30PM
 
10 bucks
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Celebrating the African American Family! Easter Monday has been a Washington-area multicultural tradition for many years. Visitors enjoy a variety of special family activities, entertainment, and special opportunities to learn more about our animals. In addition, we offer an array of delicious food.  Admission is free, and this fun-filled day traditionally welcomes thousands of area families.

Monday, April 9

The National Zoo

3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW

11AM-4PM

Free

Click here for scehdule

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Howard Theatre Community Day with an installation of of “Jazz Man” sculpture to the facade of the Howard Theatre and unveiling of the Duke Ellington “ENCORE” sculpture .

Monday, April 9

Howard Theater

620 T St NW

12-3PM

Free

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