Freedom Friday: The Soul Conversations Edition

Hello Good Folks!

ThatKellieGirl is looking forward to this weekend.  And I am so excited to start it out on the radio!  YUP!  That’s right, ThatKellieGirl will be “talking about it” on WPFW’s Soul Conversations.  I will be letting you know about new music and musical happenings in the DMV.

And if you aren’t hip to WPFW’s Soul Conversations with Kimberly Washington and DJ YZO, you’ve been missing out!  I feel so honored to be in their company.  So check us out TONIGHT on 89.3 FM WPFW, 11PM-1AM (EST) on Friday Nights Soul Conversations Radio Show.  If you are out of the DMV area, you can stream the show on-line.

And now you can check out the happenings below!  🙂

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

The International Soul Society Festival is a global celebration of urban dance, music, and arts culture, gathering practitioners and enthusiasts from around the globe. Produced by Urban Artistry, the event has grown to serve guests and artists from New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Seoul, London, Sofia, Stuttgart, Cape Town, and more!

April 21-29

Throughout DC

Click here for schedule and tickets


Forward is a five day festival celebrating electronic creative culture – music, art, and new media. Entering its fifth year, FORWARD 2012 will continue a tradition of bringing artists and attendees’ cutting edge programming centered on live performances, art exhibitions, and workshops.

April 25-29

Throughout DC

Click here for schedule and tickets


A sweaty, exhilarating party experience that connects beats from Cuban roots to the beaches of Rio to the discos of Lagos.

Saturday, April 27

U Street Musci Hall

1115A U Street NW


Free all night for 21+


Created initially as a cd concept for Tamara Wellons, Songs for Janie will feature music inspired of Janie from Zora Neale Hurston’s, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Tamara will perform with a live band in a presentation that combines theatrical and story telling elements to convey Janie’s journey in three movements. In utilizing Alice Walker’s “womanist” perspective, the Songs For Janie project will bring together literature and music for a 21st-century look at what it means to be Black, woman, and American.

April 27-28

Joe’s Movement Emporium

3909 Bunker Hill Road

Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

Get tickets here


On Friday, the five-week 100th National Cherry Blossom Festival draws to an end with one last event, Petalfest featuring a free outdoor concert and community celebration featuring The Family Stone and Chelsey Green and the Green Project.
Friday, April 27
Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW


Remember the booklet that came with your music vinyl, CD or cassette? Where you could discover influential genres and personal statements of artistic expression? In the age of digital downloads, dynamic performer Paige Hernandez and a team of lyricists, vocalists and musicians bring these LINER NOTES to life. Follow the journey from jazz riffs to hip-hop beats in this explosive theatrical event! Each performance features a tailored cocktail menu by noted mixologist Jonathan Harris and original music from the Corner Store and Akua Allrich.

Friday, April 27

The Dunes

1402 Meridian Pl NW

(between N Center St & N 14th St)


20 bucks

Get tickets here


Listen to Jazz! Canoe the river! Bike the trail! Connect to your parks! Join park lovers, friends, families, educators, and some of the regions hottest young jazz artists at the Anacostia River & Jazz Fest along the Anacostia. Experience the sights, sounds and soul of DC’s diverse jazz heritage and the natural & cultural treasures found throughout the Anacostia area. Featured artists: Marcus Johnson, Frederic Yonnet, Origem, Victor Provost, Tony Small, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Teen Arts Performance Troupe!!  The National Park Service is offering free shuttle service from the Anacostia Metro Station to the park every 20 minutes throughout the day.

Saturday, April 28

Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion

1900 Anacostia Drive SE




Maryland Day celebrates its fourteenth anniversary.  Visitors can “Explore Our World” with tours, exhibits and demonstrations. The university is broken up into six specific areas: Ag Day Avenue, Arts Alley, Biz and Society Hill, Science and Tech Way, Sports and Rec Row and Terp Town Center. Elmo creator, Kevin Clash, will be at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Student performers including dancers, comedy troupes, and more.

Saturday April 28

University of MD

Baltimore Avenue and Rossborough Lane
College Park, MD




Don’t miss the largest celebration of science in the US: the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival will feature over 3,000 fun, interactive exhibits, more than 100 stage shows and 33 Author Presentations. New this year, the USA Science & Engineering Festival Book Fair, and a Career Pavilion for high-school students that includes a College Fair, a Job Fair and a Meet the Scientist/Engineer Networking area.  Major Science Celebrities including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Mayim Bialik from the Big Bang Theory, and Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from the hit TV Series the MythBusters will be performing.
April 28-29
DC Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Sat. -10am-6pm
Sun. -10am-4pm
Peruse clothing and accessories by indie designers hosted by Planet Maud Vintage & Co.; join Monica Miller as she discusses her book, Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity; take a gallery walk with curator Shantrelle P. Lewis; listen to monologues by Theatre Morgan students (Morgan State University); and groove to the sounds of DJ Jahsonic.
Saturday, April 28

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture

830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Noon to 5PM

Museum admission required


The 2012 PG College Spring Music Festival brings unique crafts, great food, and top-quality entertainment. Live performances will include renowned bands such as Black Alley, the Eclipse Band, Bela Dona Band, and Raheem DeVaughn-headliner hosted by comedian Eddie Bryant. Additional activities include children’s activities, tattoo artists, face painting and a unique selection of foods and crafts.

Saturday, April 28

Prince George’s Community College Novak Field House & Queen Anne Auditorium

301 Largo Road, Largo, MD

Noon to 6PM



NBUF Black Arts Movement presents a Visual and Performing Art Exhibition Dedicated to the Life of Trayvon Martin.

Saturday, April 28

Tendani Art Place

1922 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE




Come party the night away to a glorious fusion of music and dance from Brazil and the African World.  This month’s party will debut THE KIZOMBA LOUNGE, a Kizomba dance party featuring a FREE KIZOMBA dance lesson instructed by OSCAR BA of DC Kizomba-Semba. Come explore the roots of Brazilian Samba through this sexy Angolan partner dance.

Saturday, April 28

Axum’s Level X Lounge
1934 9th St. NW

FREE Ethiopian Food Buffet -8pm – 10pm

FREE Kizomba-Semba Dance Lesson -8pm – 11pm

10 bucks

Party-rocking DJ Dredd spins music by Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson — three artists who were all born in the summer of 1958.

Saturday, April 28

The Rock and Roll Hotel

1353 H St. NE


This month, we’re paying homage to campy ’80s retro-futurism, so expect all the usual Axel F treats plus healthy doses of electro-funk, latin freestyle and everything else suitable to get your cybertronic groove on.
Saturday, April 28
Liv Nightclub
2011 11th St NW
10PM – 3AM
$5 before 10pm / $10 after
Kev Marcus and Wil b are Black Violin, two classically trained musicians who, along with their DJ TK and a drummer, have created the ultimate synergy between classical and hip hop music.
April 28-29
Kennedy Center
2700 F St NW
Click here for schedule and tickets
18 bucks

DC based collective MDLN Ventures presents the NYC’s The Romantic Movement, a collaborative effort between a most diverse and talented cache of artists and style purveyors. The Romantic Movement, comprised of the sartorially minded Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs of style/culture based blog Street Etiquette and Jesse Boykins III, Mara Hruby, Joekenneth Museau,Joshua Bennett, and Melo – X, offers a smooth blend of contemporary soul, spoken word, hip-hop and jazz in a manner both reflective and progressive, engaging to not only your ears, but also your eyes.

Sunday, April 29
The Water Street Project

3401 Water St NW

Get tickets here
The French Market offers Washingtonians a chance to welcome spring with superb shopping, French cuisine and exciting entertainment along the neighborhood’s quaint cobblestone streets. A trip to Paris without the airfare, this unique European-like market offers two days of incredible deals on the latest trends, delicious French fare and strolling entertainment. Shoppers can score savings of up to 70 percent off designer goods, art and antique home furnishings at over 30 participating boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries. The streets will come alive with strolling musicians and mimes, while families can enjoy children’s activities including a caricature artist, balloon sculptor and more with Dumbarton House and Tudor Place. Completing the European experience, several of Georgetown’s best restaurants and cafés will serve authentic French fare street-side including crepes, grilled merguez sausages, fresh breads, cheese and more.
April 29-30
 Book Hill area of Georgetown, located on upper Wisconsin Avenue, NW, between P Street and Reservoir Road
The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series at the Folger Shakespeare Library presents an evening of poetry with The Dark Room Collective. Nothing  Personal features Collective members Tisa Bryant, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Major Jackson, John Keene, Tracy K. Smith, Sharan Strange, Natasha Trethewey, and Kevin Young.   In 1996 The New Yorker deemed them “…a group that could turn well out to be as important to American letters as the Harlem Renaissance.”  The evening will also include a discussion moderated by Meta DuEwa Jones and a reception with book sales and signing.
Monday, April 30
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street SE
 $15 for adults and $7.50 for students

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