Freedom Friday: The Mother’s Day Edition

Hello Lovelies.

Happy Freedom Friday! 🙂

I am so happy to be getting some R & R over the past couple of days. At first I felt a little guilty for not doing anything, but that feeling quickly left! 🙂  Part of my R & R is spending time with my Mother and family to celebrate Mother’s Day.  Each year, Mother’s Day takes more and more priority and importance in my life as I get older.  Due to having a very supportive and loving mother, and as I journey through womanhood, I am beginning to understand the sacrifices that women make for their families.  I only hope that I can be a blessing to both of my parents as they have been blessings to me.  And even though this is Mother’s day, I will be honoring my Father too. 🙂 Both of my parents played an equally significant role in my life.

So if you are looking for some Mother’s Day activities and event, you can catch Dick Gregory today (5/11) at the Howard Theatre and Comedian Godfrey is performing at the DC Improv all weekend.  And for the kids (and big kids), check out the Universoul Circus.

And shout out to all of the graduates receiving their degrees this weekend.

Be safe and enjoy!

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

This month, Messiah and Friends feature poet Omekongo Dibinga, international poet known for activism and using his talents for justice in the Congo, Africa. Also the return of DMV spoken word veteran Komplex. Spins by DJ Jav and live art from Saheed and BAM.

Friday, May 11

Adinkra Arts Center

3804 34TH St. Mt. Rainer, MD

7PM

10 bucks

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Check out an exhibit from The DC Latino Collective consisting of  brothers Mauricio Lopez and UNJUANTED and their compatriot Vicente Herrera. The artists present 30 new paintings on canvas in styles such as surrealism and abstract expressionism, inspired by artists including Picasso, Salvador Dali, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

Until May 27

The Fridge

Rear Alley, 516 1/2 8th Street, SE

FREE

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Passport DC is a month-long celebration of international cultural Awareness in Washington, DC. With tours of more than 70 embassies and hundreds of other international activities, it is easy to travel around the world without ever leaving the city!

Until May 31

Throughout the District

Click here for the schedule

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African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond – The exhibit presents a selection of works by 43 black artists who lived through the tremendous changes of the 20th century. In paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs, the featured artists embrace themes both universal and specific to the African American experience, including the exploration of identity, the struggle for equality, the power of music and the beauties and hardships of life in rural and urban America

Until September 3

Smithsonian American Art Museum

800 F St NW

FREE

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The Kennedy Center is closing out  the “Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America” Festival.  The event  offers free performances and events at the Kennedy Center as well as locations around DC from a circus-punk marching band and political puppet theater to jugglers, contortionists, and stunt dogs.  Performers featured during the week come together for a final time at Street Arts in the Park,  an afternoon of performances and activities on Saturday.

Saturday, May 12

Yards Park

Third and Water Sts SE

Noon to 6PM

Click here for the schedule

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Treat Mom to a fashion and trunk show at the Anacostia Boutique and Art Gallery.

May 13-13

Anacostia Boutique and Art Gallery

2806 Bruce Place SE

11AM-6PM

FREE

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Over a year and a half in the making, the “Echoes of Indiana” provides a rare, revealing glimpse of  bona fide guitar legend, Wes Montgomery. The tapes are the earliest known recordings of Montgomery as a leader, pre-dating his auspicious 1959 debut on Riverside Records. The album showcases Montgomery in performance from 1957-1958 at nightclubs in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, as well as rare studio recordings. The release contains previously unseen photographs and insightful essays by noted music writers and musicians as well as Montgomery’s brothers Buddy and Monk.

Saturday, May 12

Joe’s Record Paradise

8216 Georgia Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20910

2-5PM

Free

Seating is first come, first served

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Adult Recess is the brain child of Host-DC, which is a group of young professionals that were growing weary of the local party scene. The same locations every week were beginning to lose their appeal. As a result, Adult Recess was born.  Attendees can listening to music, play their favorite childhood games-  Monopoly, Twister, Connect Four, Battleship, Uno, Chutes And Ladders, Nintendo Wii, and meet people.

Saturday, May 12

Aloft National Harbor

156 Waterfront St

National Harbor, MD 20745

7-11PM

Get tickets here  

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For those of you who can’t make the yearly pilgrimage to DJ Spinna’s WonderFULL party in NYC this Saturday, you can celebrate in DC with Reluctant Yuppie, Inc. the music, effect, and the overall experience of Stevland Hardaway Morris…better known as the great Stevie Wonder, as this is the eve of Stevie’s 62nd birthday.  From DJ Kyotey Grey, you will hear all of Stevie’s Hits (not just a few), the featured recordings, the sleepers, his productions, his influences, as well as his sampled work by other artists. No need to stand around holding your drink all night long…be prepared to let yourself go!

Saturday, May 12

Lounge of III

1013 U St NW

10PM-3AM

FREE

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Take dancing in the streets to a new level for as a full day of instruction in styles from flamenco to hip-hop. Local dance companies perform their works and offer dance lessons by the Dupont Circle fountain, and the festival evolves into a dance party.

Sunday, May 13

DuPont Circle fountain

Connecticut Avenue and Dupont Circle NW

3-9PM

FREE

Click here for schedule

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Behind the Groove spinning live soulful underground, latin & afro house, R&B club classics, disco and much more. Featuring the OMG Boys: DJ’s Osiruss & Luminescentsoul

Sunday, May 13

Tap & Parlor

2001 11th NW

FREE

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Join Gypsy Soul & LiL SoSo Productions, LLC for the FELA! World Tour official kick off party for the Baltimore run. Come soulcialize at a party powered with Afro Beats spun by DJ Jahsonic and DJ Stylus. Calypso Cafe will have great Caribbean food available and Coors Lig…ht will help to keep you cool with limited complimentary bottles while they last. There will be giveaways and a chance to win tickets to see FELA!
Sunday, May 13
Calypso Cafe
771 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230
9PM-1AM
10 buck in advance ; 15 bucks at the door
Get tickets here
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Kicking off on Sunday is DC Yoga Week.  Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Yoga Association, DC Yoga Week is designed to increase awareness about the benefits of yoga and meditation and encourage greater physical health and well-being. This event gives people a chance to try a yoga class at a reduced cost without making a long-term commitment.
March 13- 20
Throughout the District
Click here for schedule

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